Inspiration: How Do You Relax?

“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.” Osho Inspiration: How Do You Relax? Rest with soothing music... Inspiration: How Do You Relax? Relaxation techniques work... We’ve had a long and challenging day. Our muscles are taut, our mind is stressed, and we desperately need to unwind… How do you relax? What props/tools help you achieve a state of relaxation?  ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG…

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  Life’s Little Instructions Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… The huge robot soldier at Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… Supermoon; perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… Big Art at Storm King Art Center: Alexander Calder Five Swords (red) and Buddha at Rest. In NYC: Giant Needle and Button on Fashion/7th ...

Haiku: It Was The First Time….

“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.” Oprah Winfrey Haiku: It Was The First Time…. It was the first time… Left my peaceful apartment Red dressed devil glared “A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Haiku: It Was The First Time…. She heard it coming… cool breeze, whoosh wings, Patchouli We’ve met… A.D.1? “When someone shows you who they are, ...

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire…

“And so it is, that both the Devil and the angelic Spirit present us with objects of desire to awaken our power of choice.” Rumi Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire… was not the pastoral farm Once upon a time, a humble farmer and his ambitious wife were on their way to a Farmers Market in a neighboring town. As they prepared to leave, the farmer’s wife asked her husband to pack the bottle of gin that they kept in a ...

New Varieties for 2012 – In Video!

Earlier this month I posted my top picks of the new plant varieties for 2012. This time your in for a much larger floral treat! Sit back and enjoy these great videos featuring many more new 2012 plant varieties from several different growers. To see more head on over to youtube.com and search for Spring Trials 2012

Humor: Laughter Matters…

“We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.” Jean de La Fontaine Humor: Laughter Matters... Join the amazing laughing man by mused™ via Flickr Laughter is definitely the best medicine for us and it is healthy to find things to laugh about daily. It is also important that we remember some of the benefits of laughter and then seek and add humor to our lives. When I created this blog, I named it Mirth ...

Picture This: Moments In The Snow…

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof Picture this: Captured Moments in the Snow #1 via eof The call came at 5:30am one morning, school will be closed and the kids can stay home and indulge in whatever their hearts desired. “Can they come stay at your house for a change?” Phina asked the recorded female voice… “I mean, with all the school ...

Tuesday morning on the 10.25

“Are things any better with Jack, or still the same?” “They’re still the same.  I’ve tried my hardest to find out what the problem is, but nothing I do makes any difference. I’m afraid I have just given up.” As the two women take their seats across the aisle from me, I try not to stare. Their conversation has aroused my interest, set my imagination to work. I wonder what on earth could be wrong with Jack and think up several different scenarios.  ...

Our Pregnancy Update – week 17

Baby at 17 weeks gestational age - image courtesy of BabyCenter.com It’s been quite a while since we updated you on the progression and development of Junior Constantino and thought it was about time. Prior to Christmas we visited my wife’s obstetrician who conducted a brief examination and found that everything is going extremely well. She also allowed us to listen to the baby’s heartbeat, which was fast and strong. Currently, we’re at week 17 gestational age for Junior, and Kim (my lovely ...

My First Video Blog and Telling a Story….

This week I have the privilege of attending the 2012 Launch and SCORRE Speakers’ Conferences that are organized by the outstanding team at Dynamic Communicators. These conferences are specifically designed for anyone who has a message, service or product they want to share with a larger audience. The Launch Conference  strives to equip organizations or individuals with the skills they need to growth their business. The SCORRE Conference seeks to empower organizations or individuals with the ability to succinctly and clearly communicate regarding it Aside ...

Putting My Money (…you know where…)

Best-selling author, speaker, blogger - Michael Hyatt This is launch week for a fantastic book titled Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World written by best-selling author, speaker, uber-blogger – Michael Hyatt. I’m part of Michael’s Platform Launch Team and am helping make his book a New York Times best seller. That best-seller list is determined by reported book sales during a specific week – for Michael’s book, it’s this week. To help drive those sales – Michael is offering a great bonus offer to ...

My Favorite Part of Being a Dad

The kiddos and me on a fall hayride One of my favorite things about being a dad is experiencing the myriad of “first” with our kids. Whether it’s the first laugh, word, step, Christmas or first day of school – they are all precious moments that truly add meaning to life. Here’s the lasted in a constant string of “firsts” from our four-month old son  T.J.   Question: What’s a favorite first your family has celebrated?

7 Questions With an Author: Steve Rizzo

Author, comedian and motivational speaker Steve Rizzo This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Steve Rizzo. Steve Rizzo is a personal development expert, whose clients include American Airlines, BP, JP Morgan Chase, Scholastic, Sprint, and many others. He’s also an accomplished comedian who has performed with headliners such as Drew Carey, Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld. Additionally, Rizzo is a ...

Monkey Mind Maybe

My meditation sitting didn’t go as planned this morning. I went into it feeling sort of blue, hoping to visit the tranquil center of my soul, but then Monkey Mind invaded my thinking. I taped my brain waves during this morning’s session and this is how it went. Please realize that Monkey Mind isn’t me. I don’t know who he is. Monkey Mind: “So, why so glum chum? What’s the prob today? Something always seems to be bothering you. Aren’t you ...

Wedded Blisters - Part 10: Dinner Debate - Funny Movie Short

Here's the latest episode in my "Wedded Blisters" series of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along the way. These mini-movies continue to be my most viewed blog postings. If you like one, please share it on Facebook and Twitter! Episode #10 deals with the biggest question every couple faces - where to eat out for dinner!  The links other recent episodes follow the video below.  Please let me know what ...

Deep and Plain

I had an unexpected visit from my neighbor, Addie, yesterday morning. Addie is a spry ninety one year old, who’s as thin as Olive Oyl, and can still move like a warmed up yoga instructor. Her tanned face has been stamped by time, like a well traveled passport, and when she speaks she’s a study in animation, using all available facial expressions to make her point. Addie laughs easily, with her mouth wide open, oblivious to onlookers and divinely confident. ...

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Defining Moment 1985

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One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a car blocked us in. A man jumped out waving his gun and badge. It was an off duty cop, out for an afternoon of shopping with his girlfriend. We were boxed in and… …

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Self Injury Awareness Day 2014

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This is my second year writing about sharing the importance of making March 1 – Self Injury Awareness Day. Many aren’t aware of this day and its importance and there are those that may be misinformed into thinking it is only about self harm as in *trigger warning* cutting and the like. I am going to attach a picture of the many ways a person self harms, …

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A Son Goes Astray: Risk Factors and City Kids

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A child’s exposure to violence can have consequences for his development. Children exposed to violence are more likely to have internalizing and externalizing behavior problems (Peled 1995). Risk factors have a cumulative impact and can span over 5 domains. In other words, the more risk factors spread out over multiple domains one has, the greater the likelihood for serious delinquency ang gang involvement. …

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Flying Solo

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The suitcase sat in an empty corner of her bedroom, labels dangling from its handle, its brand-newness glittering. Deep red, her favourite colour, and the recommended hard shell. The manufacturer promised it to be lightweight. Lightness of being was what she was aiming for. That and a tough exterior. Could the two be achieved together …

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With Effects on the Side

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There’s no argument about it, the side effect of life, is death. Few want to acknowledge it to themselves let alone talk about it. But, what can we do to make our living experience worth the ultimate side effect? I say laugh your ass off, or at least until it’s hanging by the remote that pins …

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Sometimes Living in Denial is Good….

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Last year, I was fortunate to have two of my articles published with RELEVANT Magazine online, which has a readership of 20-somethings and Millennials. The two articles were 7 Ground Rules to Survive Relationship Conflict and What to Consider Before Considering Kids respectively. This morning, the good folks at RELEVANT featured another piece I wrote titled When Living in Denial …

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Contemplating choice

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I reflect frequently upon loss in this blog and other venues. Just a few weeks prior to my sister’s death, I lost a close family friend unexpectedly. The timing of his death related to my sister’s is one that I still find heartbreaking and hard to believe. He was more of a cousin friend than just …

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