Many of the world’s scientists, medical doctors, engineers, mathematicians, teachers, lawyers, Senators, Presidents, CPA’s and writers have studied and played musical instruments since they were children. These eminent individuals have integrated music into their thinking process. Music is a powerful tool for motivating, inspiring, educating and soothing pain. Remember to start your New Year right by listening to Classical and Baroque music which has the power to make you smarter, help you work faster with more accuracy, improves health and healing, grows healthier plants in fewer days, increases sales in stores, and can prevent crime. If classrooms, school cafeterias, and school buses played Classical Music, the students would be calmer and more focused without violent tendencies.

Our New Year’s blog and radio show celebrates the extraordinary life and work of Elizabeth Hanford Dole, lawyer, teacher, U. S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, U. S. Secretary of Labor, President of the Red Cross, musician, and wife. Included is an article on improving mental health through music and dancing.

Our article of the month is “ Character Matters” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM

Radio Show Feature Question for January 2017: How does Classical Music play a part of Elizabeth Hanford Dole’s life as a lawyer, teacher, U. S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, U. S. Secretary of Labor, President of the Red Cross and what musical instrument does she play?


Elizabeth Hanford was born on July 29, 1936 to John Van Hanford and Mary Ella Cathey Hanford in Salisbury, North Carolina. Her parents were successful wholesale florists. She grew up with an older brother, John who was 13 years older.

Elizabeth nicknamed herself “Liddy” at the age of two. As a child she studied the piano and took ballet lessons. Her parents “encouraged her to enter contests or practice the piano.” She was taught by her parents “to strive for excellence”.

She says, “she learned self-improvement as a measure of personal growth and a way to satisfy my goal-oriented parents”. She was “always an excellent student ” in school.

Elizabeth during high school was involved “in drama and student government” and “was elected president of her freshman class in high school.” She played piano for the Men’s Bible Class at First Methodist Church. In high school she “was voted “Most likely to Succeed”.

After high school Elizabeth attended Duke University following her brother’s example. She majored in political science and sang in the Chapel Choir. “She was also elected president of the woman’s student government association, 1958 May queen, and “leader of the year” by the student newspaper.” She graduated Duke University on June 2, 1958, earning a Political Science degree, Phi Beta Kappa.

At Oxford in 1959 “Elizabeth did her post-graduate work”. She then went to work in Melrose, Massachusetts at Melrose High School as a student teacher while completing her master’s degree in education at Harvard University in 1960. She continued at Harvard Law School earning a J.D. in 1965, Phi Beta Kappa. Her law school class had 550 law students and 24 of them were women.

Elizabeth Hanford Dole Worked for 5 Presidents:

*Elizabeth moved to Washington, D.C. after graduation from Harvard Law School and began work “as a staff assistant in the Department of Health, Education & Welfare” at the White House.

*She was appointed in 1968 “legislative assistant to Betty Furness, Consumer Affairs Adviser to President Lyndon Johnson.” In 1972 Elizabeth met Bob Dole and began a friendship and latter “a courtship”.

*President Richard Nixon appointed her in 1973 “to the Federal Trade Commission. (1973-1979). In 1975 Elizabeth Hanford and Bob Dole were married.

*In 1980 Elizabeth Dole assisted “in the transition to the Reagan White House” and “was appointed Special Assist for Public Liaison, in charge of carrying the Administration’s communication to business and labor groups.”

*Elizabeth Dole was appointed in 1983 by President Reagan, “ U.S. Secretary of Transportation.” During her four years, 1983-1987, as Secretary of Transportation she initiated “air bags for automobiles, brake lights on the rear windshields of cars, and improved airline safety.”

Elizabeth Dole said, “The joy of public service was at its height as Secretary of Transportation because I chose safety as my major area of emphasis. What could be more important than trying to save lives and prevent crippling, disabling injuries, and I had a great team who shared my passion.  I was privileged to serve as the first female Secretary and the first woman to serve as a departmental head of a branch of our armed forces, the United States Coast Guard, which was then located within the Transportation Department.  I looked for areas that had just been sitting around for a long time.  Drinking and drug tests for employees after a railroad accident had been unresolved for seven years.  We completed that rule, and it was upheld by the courts. We were the first civilian department to undertake random drug testing for senior employees and for 30,000 of our 100,000 workforce involved in security and safety positions. That was a bit revolutionary at the time.  I can remember my general counsel saying people are going to rebel against this.  I said, “Well, what could be more important? If you’re involved in a safety or security job, like railroad inspector or air traffic controller, with thousands of people’s lives at stake, it’s critical that the public be assured you’re not under the influence of alcohol and that you’re not on drugs.” So we got it done. I am most proud of Rule 208, which had been kicking around the government, unresolved for 20 years. It had gone all the way to the Supreme Court and was remanded on my watch because airbags had not been sufficiently reviewed. Safety belt law and airbags.”

*Appointed “Secretary of Labor “ by President Bush’s Administration from 1989 to 1990. Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole said, “A major initiative at the Labor Department was settling a very, very, bitter coal strike.  I visited the coalfields in Southwest Virginia and saw the strife that was tearing families and communities apart.  I asked Rich Trumka, who was President of the United Mine Workers, and Paul Douglas, the President of Pittston Coal Company, to come to my office.  These men were not talking to each other, and efforts at mediation hadn’t worked at all.”

“My mother, interestingly enough, in hearing of this, said, “You know, when people break bread together, sometimes it helps to warm things up.”

“I kept that in mind.  When Rich Trumka asked for a second cup of coffee, I said, “Rich, it’s about noon-time.  Would you all like to just step next door?  We can go into my little private dining room, have a sandwich and talk there.” I had some white wine, Jean, and I had them toast to the resolution of this bitter coal strike.  And these two men who hadn’t even been speaking to each other, what could they do?  I had my glass in the air!

I said, “If I can find a super-mediator who is acceptable to both of you, will you agree to further mediation and that I’ll be the spokesperson so that you’re not going out with different stories?”

“ They agreed, but of course, none of us were sure I could find a person suitable to both parties, but Bill Usery, a former Secretary of Labor, proved to be acceptable to both sides and all through the Christmas holidays, right up to New Year’s Eve, negotiations were underway.  On New Year’s Eve, the strike was settled.  Rich and I are still friends today after going through that grueling process.”

And also at Labor, I worked to improve the skills of America’s workforce through numerous initiatives; took to the bully pulpit after an investigation documented the presence of corporate “glass ceilings”; established, with the help of the AFL-CIO, a construction training center in Warsaw, as Poland broke free of communism, and made safety of our workers a top priority.  For example, we sent teams of inspectors to uncover violations of the child labor laws. So those are the joys of public service, again.  Each position had its own challenges.”

*Elizabeth Dole became President of the American Red Cross in 1991 and worked the first year without pay. (1991 to 2000)

As President of the Red Cross Elizabeth Dole said, “Many functions at the Red Cross were in great need of modernization.  It was a very challenging job.  The American Red Cross is larger than half the Fortune 500 companies.  We undertook “disaster revitalization”, which was a three-year upgrading of the disaster relief operations.  We had only 3,000 people then who were handling the national disaster work.  We increased the number to 21,000.”

“We set up a Disaster Operations Center that never shuts down so that, around-the­ clock, they are working with the weather people, working with the press, and moving equipment and personnel where needed.  We warehoused equipment in areas most likely to get hit, for example, tornado alley in the Midwest, or hurricanes in coastal states, like my North Carolina.”

“And, no chapter had ever been re-chartered in the history of the Red Cross.  So we established a new field structure built around coalitions at the state level, rather than operating chapter by individual chapter. In the process, we challenged all chapters to meet certain standards or lose their charter.  They have to meet high standards every five years now.”

But the most ambitious project in Red Cross history was blood safety, a total and complete overhaul of the way Red Cross collects, tests, and distributes half of America’s blood supply.  It took seven years and $287 million dollars. It included the creation of the world’s largest blood information database, the establishment of a first-class quality assurance system. It replaced fifty-three aging and semi-independent labs with nine cutting edge national testing labs; and it also replaced twenty-eight different computer systems with a single next-generation computer which linked all Red Cross blood operations.”

“The very decentralized system I found at the Red Cross was under FDA regulation and urgently needed centralization with national standard operating procedures. It was a massive thing.”

“Another challenge was Armed Forces Emergency Services.  The Red Cross then was providing about 4,000 communications a day to armed services overseas – – emergency messaging. But it was being done through 145 stations on military installations.  We shut those down and established two case management centers using the latest technology.”

We started Disaster Mental Health Services.  Psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses and others in this area took Red Cross disaster training and volunteered to provide mental health assistance for victims of disasters and their families, as well as Red Cross workers.  When I visited Ground Zero, in New York, I found myself looking at three parts of my life.  There was the Coast Guard who had been under the DOT when I was Secretary, guarding the harbor. And then the DOL workers were there – – Labor Department.   And then in a building nearby, was the American Red Cross.  All at Ground Zero – – trying to help the victims of that horrible disaster.”

*Elizabeth Hanford Dole was the first female U.S. Senator from North Carolina from 2003- 2009.

Senator Elizabeth Dole’s work as a Senator:

Senator Dole said, “My maiden speech in the Senate focused on hunger and my belief that this tragedy can be eliminated in America. I often quoted The Washington Post’s David Broder, that “America has some problems that seem to defy solution. This one does not. It just needs caring people and a caring government, working together.” We formed a bipartisan Hunger Caucus and I successfully sponsored needed legislation, such as a tax credit for transporting food from farms, and retail and wholesale establishments to food pantries and soup kitchens for the needy.”

“… Working on trade issues is vital to North Carolina.  I can remember a weekend where the White House and I were back and forth all weekend. I was not going to support that particular trade agreement unless they fixed some problems it created for our North Carolina manufacturers. Now, we’re working on immigration issues. The immigration issue has been major. People care not only about securing the borders but enforcing the laws. I have been working with the sheriffs in our 100 counties on a very specific part of that, which is people who self-identify themselves because of their criminal activity, whether it’s drug related, gang related, drunk driving that’s killed people in North Carolina.  I have met with the sheriffs. My staff has outreached to all one hundred.  I’ve met personally with probably half of them in meetings across the state.  We’re working with ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement at Homeland Security, and the sheriffs to develop a statewide plan that will give the sheriffs the tools they need to enforce the laws where illegal aliens have committed crimes.  We just announced the statewide plan.  So if illegal aliens are considering illegal acts, criminal acts, they’d better not come to North Carolina because our sheriffs are going to have the enforcement tools.  That’s been a joy to work on because if people don’t feel safe and secure in their homes, nothing else really matters.  So, again, it’s a safety issue, a community issue. So there are tons of challenges, and you’re dealing with the universe here in the Senate.  You can find those areas, again, where you can make a real difference that are so inspiring.  Your whole team gets involved because they feel the passion, too.  So in that sense, it’s the same as running an executive department where you are looking for those areas where you can really make a difference.”

Elizabeth Hanford Dole, lawyer, teacher, U. S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, U. S. Secretary of Labor, President of the Red Cross, wife, and musician. Elizabeth Hanford Dole has been a public servant for 44 years and is dedicated to serving and helping others. When a classmate from high school was dying of cancer and needed help with her chemotherapy treatment Elizabeth helped her. When Elizabeth Hanford Dole saw a need she filled it! “In 2012, Dole established the Elizabeth Dole Foundation dedicated to helping caregivers of “wounded warriors”.

Elizabeth Dole today:


“Character Matters” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM

As a child did you ever break a window or a toy of someone else’s by accident? Did you take responsibility for your actions?

When my kids were young, I noticed a hole the size of a small fist, suddenly appearing in the wall of our hallway. The hole in the wall was covered by a piece of paper the same color as the paint on the wall. When the children arrived home from school I asked, “Who is responsible for the hole, the fist through the wall?”

Each child pointed to the other. I then asked for each child to make a fist to see who had put it through the wall. When it was determined which child had done the damage, we all went to the hardware store to buy the materials to fix the wall together.

My children quickly realized that it was better to “fess up” when they made a mistake instead of waiting for my husband or I to find out.

I read a story about Coach Wooden, which made a lasting impression on me. Coach Wooden had gone with his assistant Coach with a scholarship in his pocket, to visit a top high school athlete and his Mother. During the interview the high school athlete was disrespectful to his Mother. The assistant Coach looked at Coach Wooden, knowing the scholarship offer was in Coach Wooden’s pocket. They left the athlete and his Mother with out making an offer.

Coach Wooden said, “If he was disrespectful to his Mother he would be disrespectful to me!”

A person of character makes good decisions. Your character is like a seat belt. When you have character, like a seat belt, it pulls you back, so you don’t go out the window. You think before you speak!

Bob Costas, NBC Sportscaster observed, “John Wooden is a man of integrity and always remained true to what he believed.”

Bob Costas asked him, “How do you instill character qualities in the young people you teach and coach?”

Coach Wooden replied, “I required my players and students to treat everybody with respect, whether it be the custodian or the President of the University. I told them I expected them to always be considerate of others, and I never permitted the use of profanity.”

I was in a store recently where the manager of the store was yelling at an employee in front of the customers. On our journey through life, praise should be done in public and correcting someone should be done in private. Men and women of character should “pause” and think before they speak. They should respond not react to a situation.

A person of character owns up to their mistakes. When they make a mistake they admit it and apologize for it immediately! When you make a mistake and yell at an employee in public like this manager did at the store, an apology is in order.

President Thomas Jefferson said it best. “If you have to eat crow, eat it while it’s young and tender.”

What are the 3 traits you want to develop to be a person of good character?

1) A person of good character is honest, has integrity, is dependable, has discipline over their emotions, and is responsible and accountable.

2) A person of character leads by example and thinks before he or she acts. They are willing to “pause” and count to “10 or 20” and think through the matter before responding.

Coach John Wooden said, “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”

3) When you make a mistake be willing to fess up and apologize. President Thomas Jefferson said it best. “If you have to eat crow, eat it while it’s young and tender.”

By following the three suggestions above you will develop good character too and be a role model to someone else! (2016) Madeline Frank

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“Dancing With Parkinson’s Disease” (Nov. 19, 2016) by Katie Demeria from the Richmond Times –Dispatch. Earl Hill, a participant with Parkinson’s says, “It’s amazing how the music—it just stimulates you. I can move when the music is on.”

Since “he started taking the Parkinson’s Dance Class he has not” needed “his cane.”

Veronica Nugent, dance instructor for 25 years says, “A lot of research shows that exercise can help people with Parkinson’s disease, and music has an especial benefit—it helps regulate movement,” Nugent said. “It’s not a cure, but it can alleviate some of the symptoms.”

Lynn Klanchar, “a nurse with McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond who works with Parkinson’s patients and helped Nugent start the dance class.” She says, “ Exercise appears to be a hope to preserve neurons that do produce dopamine. You want to stimulate what’s left” in the brain. Exercise can do that.”

“According to the participants in Nugent’s class, nothing helps encourage movement as much as music.

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Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year 2017 from Your Non-Invasive Medicine Music Expert, Madeline

For over 30 years, Dr. Madeline Frank has helped children and adults overcome problems through Classical music. Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM is an award winning teacher, author, researcher, speaker and concert artist. She has found a scientific link between studying and/or listening to musical instruments and academic and societal success. Madeline Frank earned her Bachelor and Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Her education has included scholarships at the Juilliard School, Indiana University, and the University of Cincinnati and she has a violin performance diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts. (C) 2017 Madeline Frank.