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The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts Paperback – January 21, 2017
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About the Author
Cathy Burnham Martin’s first published work was at age 6, when her poem won a town library contest. That was back when her parents refused to let her have the then-popular Chatty Cathy doll, stating that one chatty Cathy in the house was more than enough. Though poetry took a back seat, she has driven her writing and blabbing proficiencies along a highly eclectic career path through recruiting, acting, marketing, broadcasting, and bank organizing. This professional voiceover artist, journalist, corporate communications geek, and dedicated foodie earned numerous awards as a television news anchor and business woman. She has written, produced, and hosted dozens of groundbreaking documentaries, TV specials, and news reports, ranging from the Moscow Super Power Summit and the opening of the Berlin Wall to extensive coverage of New Hampshire’s First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primaries. A born storyteller, Cathy is a business speaker, a member of the Actors Equity Association, and media coach. A Professional Member of the National Speakers Association since 1995, she has been dubbed “The Morale Booster” and continues speaking and coaching through SpeakEasy Corporate Communications. Cathy Burnham Martin narrates her own books as well as those of other authors. Audiobooks can be found on such sites as Audible.com as well as from Amazon and iTunes. In addition to fiction and nonfiction books, Cathy writes articles for the GoodLiving123.com blog.
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I had the pleasure of working with Cathy at WMUR-TV from the late 1980’s through early 90’s. When we first met, she was their entertainment and lifestyle reporter, keeping New Hampshire viewers up to date on all things fun and interesting. Soon after the GM promoted her to evening co-anchor. I operated the studio camera for her rehearsals as she transitioned into that role. The news director kept coaching her to tone down her naturally effervescent personality, so she could be a “serious journalist” and read scripts about crimes, fires and other somber stories without cracking a smile. Some people doubted she’d succeed, but by gosh, this bubbly “bimbo” did it! Cathy practiced and played the role of hard news anchorwoman to perfection, earning many awards and much respect.
We became friends and I would often go to Cathy seeking advice, both personal and professional. She was warm, wise, and always seemed to know exactly what to say to help me. Toward the end of my tenure at WMUR, I found myself on the wrong side of the new management team. I was young, idealistic, perhaps a bit too outspoken, and I was loyal to the manager who had hired me, someone who was fired when the new GM “cleaned house” and installed his own middle managers. Naturally I went to Cathy’s edit room for a private chat, trying to understand what was happening at work. I stared in amazement as she prepared for a show, precisely applying lip liner without using a mirror. (She explained how she had memorized the contours of her face and no longer needed to look while doing her makeup.) I felt unprepared to handle the personnel changes and situation I was in, so I asked Cathy why college didn’t teach us how to navigate business politics and survive the “games” that are played in the workplace. She looked at me and in all seriousness said, “Because, then no one would want to go to work!” Such a simple explanation, and yet so profound that it stayed in my memory all these years. Cathy helped me cope during a difficult time in my career, and taught me how to turn pitfalls into life lessons.
“Bimbo” is loaded with similar insightful observations, sassy comments and sage advice. Cathy shares some of her own experiences and the knowledge she has gained from truly living Life. Now that I’m divorced and want to have a better, more fulfilling relationship someday, I especially enjoyed her chapters on the 5 levels of intimacy and how to improve communication between men & women. I trust Cathy’s compassionate guidance, and plan to heed her words of wisdom once again.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ~Amy's Bookshelf Reviews
She discusses how to identify such things as a "Control Freak", the importance of communication for a couple, even in their long-term sex life. With on-going humor through out the book, she provides ways to ease and accept the inevatable process of aging. I especially appreciated her skills sets towards her involvement in her husband's hobbies for the betterment of them as life partners, as well as her attitudes respecting and sharing his beliefs when around the opposite sex. Most will discover this read more than worth while, with a unusual style combined with a entertaining presentation method. Loved it!
I purchased the audio version which was extremely well read by Cathy herself!!!