Life: Full of Surprises…

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” Ashley Montagu Life: Full of Surprises... Congratulatory balloons According to some believers, the world will meet its Maker on May 21st; some of us believe it and others don’t. I don’t. We live on an incredibly fascinating planet that churns out all sorts of events daily; some of them we expect (like the weather), and others we don’t; like ...

Pushing through The Shadow & Opening to The Light…

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross At different points in our creative lives, we might go through moments of crystal clarity or contagious confusion as we follow our hearts calling. Many voices, views, even vampires compete for our attention and we must address them all; individually. With finality. The shadow likes to throw its cast net and capture weak ...

Inspiration: The Impulse To Create…

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.” Rita Mae Brown Inspiration: The Impulse To Create... Creativity - Reclining Figure by Henry Moore Why do you write, sculpt, paint, create music, anything really? What makes you write, draw, design things, create? I was minding my own business, catching up on the WP Daily Post prompts when my eyes settled on the post  The Impulse To Create by Daryl L. L. Houston. Initially, I didn’t want to ...

Reflections: Letting Go…

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” Oprah Winfrey Reflections: Letting Go… Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love? Leo Buscaglia What are we holding onto? Are we even aware of what is holding us back? My spin teacher always reminds ...

Inspiration: Three Choices… And A Story.

“We can all be angels to one another. We can choose to obey the still small stirring within, the little whisper that says, ‘Go. Ask. Reach out. Be an answer to someone’s plea…’ The world will be a better place for it. And wherever they are, the angels will dance.” Joan Wester Anderson Inspiration: Three Choices… And A Story. The Choice of Hercules as retold by James Baldwin “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. ...

Reflections: At A Crossroads…

“Occasionally we find ourselves at unexpected crossroads with more than one opportunity from which to choose… Linda Lee Chaikin Reflections: At A Crossroads… We reached an impasse The crossroad to the unknown Time won’t wait for us In life, we sometimes reach a point of indecision; a crossroad. At that point, we must stop and reflect, look back and then move forward. What crossroads have you had in your life? “Stand at the crossroads if you will, but if you’ll not choose, I’ll move on without ...

Freebie Friday! Free August 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpapers

Wow! Can you believe it’s August already? Not sure about you, but my summer sure did fly by quickly! Celebrate the last month of summer with these colourful desktop wallpapers. The resolution is 1920 x 1080— perfect for widescreen monitors. To download, click on image. Image will open up in a new window. Right click to “Set as Desktop Wallpaper” or to “Save.” Enjoy!

Reflections: Affirmations Open Doors…

“An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change.” Louise L. Hay Reflections: Affirmations Open Doors.., macro flora rose from mirth and motivation blog Affirmations are like seed planted in soil. Poor soil, poor growth. Rich soil, abundant growth. The more you choose to think thoughts that make you feel good, the quicker the affirmations work. Louise L. Hay Do you believe in affirmations? Do you start your day with affirmations and prayers? As Louise Hay explains in the quote above, affirmations are seeds we plant ...

A Soft Surrender

I was taking my usual walk when I noticed a fallen leaf on the grassy path ahead. I couldn't help but feel a pinch of pity wondering if this leaf knew that it was dying. I paused waiting for the rise and fall a faint pulse but the leaf remained motionless staring into the dappled underbelly of a former life. Could it see the flitting birds above whose cares blended well with green? And what of the greedy squirrels dropping acorns as they ran the soft thuds of a midwinter snack was it jealous ...

One Thing Government Can NOT Do…

Politics as usual this 2012 election year. We can expect to see more political ads on TV and signs with politicos’ names spiked in lawns across the country during the next several months as we head into a critical presidential election season. With the political fervor ramping up, so will the rhetoric and hyped-up promises for “change” at the local, state and national levels. It’s what politicians, politics and our government tend to do – over promise and under deliver with a premium price tag ...

Young and Old and a Goal-Driven Author

In the 1990s I was fortunate to make the acquaintance and eventually become a four-time publisher of Dr. William H. Thomas. Here’s a link to his 2004 nonfiction book What Are Old People For? Quoting from elsewhere on that publishing site, the below will give you an idea about the man: Winner of the Heinz Award for the Human Condition and named as one of America’s Best Leaders by the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Bill Thomas is a geriatrician ...

Driving With the Rear View in Mind….

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It's Wednesday, which means it's also time for my weekly WeightWatchers weigh-in update. As an aside, I was a bit concerned heading to weigh-in today because this past Sunday I ran my 5th marathon and I wasn't really sure what impact that type of "forced trauma" might have on my body. I'm not going to lie, continuously moving for 4-5 hours takes a short-term toll on someone's physique and I've been drinking water like a fish the past couple of days to replenish lost fluids - ...

Habits – From Quirky to Annoying After “I Do”

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” ~ Rita Rudner Before a couple is married, it’s easy for them to think living together with another human being 24/7 will be a breeze. After all, if they could survive growing up with people with whom they had no prior input as to whether or not they cohabitated, then living with their spouse by their own free will ...

The New York Times Book Review and Me

I generally keep my posts to 4-5 paragraphs so my busy friends will consider reading them. I get it! This one’s longer, though. Look at it as a loping re-entry after I let the summer and my novel-writing grab my attention away. (The following article was first published under the same title on Blogcritics.) On Sunday mornings in Maine, my husband drives to the island’s general store around 7:30 and comes back with two egg sandwiches, a hazelnut coffee for me, ...

A Major Mental Milestone Achieved!

Most people will tell you that there are several factors that drive success in life, regardless of the endeavor you seek to pursue.  Those factors typically include: perseverance, ambition, education, potential, desire, creativity, hard work, luck…etc.  However, one success factor that is very often overshadowed by the other factors is mental toughness. I personally, believe that mental toughness and the ability to rebound from adversity are two critically important factors toward successful weight loss.  I think anybody who’s struggled with their ...

Are We There Yet?

As I walk, my path narrows, pinpointing my destination—a lofty target with margins that vanish into infinity. I wonder as I tread; what does this path hold for me? For if life is indeed a journey, and this trail is to get me there, you’d think I would be more certain about outcomes. I’ve traveled many a road and found that up usually leads to down—and down to up. The climax becomes the foreplay, offering intimacies and secrets for new adventures, ...

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The Knead for Success (In Life or Dough)

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You are the baker of your ideas; you are the yeast and the sponge from which all elasticity rises. If you choose, you can stretch and fold or slap and punch your way though any obstacles. You will know when your plan becomes the texture of your earlobe that guaranteed rewards wait just outside the oven of completion. However, if you simply loaf, you may find your outcome to be lame and bland …

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Mask of conformity and existence

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A roller-coaster day of possibilities, slammed into oblivion one-by-one. The result is a feeling of deflation, exhaustion, loneliness, and incompetence. The energy required to pick myself up, and dust myself off is lacking. The buffeting waves of optimism followed by decimation has left me drowning in self-doubt. When will I ever reach the calm shores of contentment and usefulness? Is it even possible? …

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Negativity Sucks and Breeds a Pie in the Face

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I had a strange dream last night. I was working at a trade show. The convention center was filled with hundreds of people interacting with others in a very solemn way. Everyone was dressed in black as if attending a funeral. It was confusing to me that not one person smiled, as if the residing emotional committee had banned smiling. I was representing a company that had invented a new type of …

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Five Things I Don’t Want To Be Doing During An Earthquake

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As a California resident I am reminded of the importance of earthquake preparedness on a daily basis. I know we are overdue and I do have certain items in place in case of emergency but the biggest danger is that you don’t know where you will be when it hits. It would be nice to have ample warning so you could get yourself to an open field because it isn’t the earthquake that injures people it’s …

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Good Morning Vietnam er… Iraq

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Good Morning Vietnam er Iraq! As President Obama readies to send some 300 troops to Iraq in an “Advisory Capacity” lest we who served in the Vietnam War era forget, there was a “group” of “Advisors” then too, called MACV. For those not familiar with the Vietnam (non – war, we couldn’t call it a war) I have …

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Tricks of the mind

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Sometimes you feel you are all alone. Sometimes you think no one cares. Sometimes it seems no one is listening. Sometimes it seems everyone glares. – But, sometimes it’s just our minds that tells us we’re neglected, tricking us into believing we are worthless, not worthy of being loved. – It is our mind that blinds us to the truth of how much others care and to …

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Where We Are Supposed To Be

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April 6th, 5:00AM and there I sat underneath the Palm trees and across from a fountain. Sipping an over priced Cafe Mocha and waiting for the dawn in Southern California. The fountain is quiet and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s broken. 2,180 miles away from home for the Seduction of Spirit Mediation and Yoga Retreat. …

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