FIREWORKS & FREEDOM

July 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Independence is happiness

--Susan B. Anthony

 

This year marks 238 years since the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. While America celebrates its freedom, are you celebrating yours? As we go through the long weekend, taking in the displays of fireworks, fun with family and friends, backyard barbecues, picnics and parades, think about the fight and struggle our founders and citizens went through to get to this day.

Here’s the thing: if you want independence, you have to fight for it. It’s hard work, so if you’re not prepared to push forward, that’s okay. Independence is not ...

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GOOOAAALLL!!!!!!

June 23, 2014 Leave a comment

GOOOAAALLL!!!!!!

PART 2

 

 

A few days ago, we explored the U.S. Men’s team win over Ghana in the World Cup, and how a couple of spectacular goals at the beginning and end of the game in Goooaaalll! Part 1 .

 

Yesterday, the U.S. Men’s team faced Portugal. What happened? Well, they were thisclose to winning – and to advancing into the next round. But what happened? They didn’t get the win, as it were. Perhaps they got caught up in premature euphoria. And Portugal wanted not to lose. So, in the last few seconds of the ...

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GOOOAAALLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 17, 2014 1 comment

GOOOAAALLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Part 1

 

 

“I had a dream. I told some teammates I dreamed I scored in the 80th minute and we win the game.”

--John Brooks, substitute defender,

U.S Men’s National Soccer Team

 

 

On Monday, the U.S. Men’s Soccer team surprised a lot of people – except themselves (and perhaps their fans) – in their first match of the tournament, with a spectacular 2-1 win over long-time Group of Death nemesis, Ghana. Two goals: one in the 30th second of the match by captain Clint Dempsey, and the other in the 86th minute ...

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Published in Motivation

MAINTAIN MOTIVATION MOMENTUM!

June 9, 2014 Leave a comment

MAINTAIN MOTIVATION MOMENTUM!

In today’s world, it’s a challenge to maintain an upbeat, positive attitude – especially when you start – and end – your day with the news. Sure, it’s necessary to be informed, but if you’re soaking in all that negativity and bad stuff, positivity can flee from you like a fugitive you see on the latest broadcast.

Negativity affects every aspect of your life:

  • Health (Mental, Physical, Social, Spiritual)
  • Work
  • Family
  • Relationships
  • Friends
  • Money
  • Sleep

 

People who possess and maintain a positive attitude experience healthier, better lives.  Don’t believe it?  Here are some statistics:

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Poppies In Memoriam: Remembrance & Dreams

May 24, 2014 Leave a comment

This weekend, Americans observe Memorial Day. At nearly 150 years old (initiated following the end of the Civil War), Memorial Day is the way in which our nation commemorates those who have died in service to the United States.

We need to remember that THIS is the reason for the day, rather than a “day off” to hold backyard barbecues, pool parties and store sales touting “the BEST Memorial Day savings.”

No. No. No.

We have lost ourselves if this is what is important to us.

Having a father who served in both World War II and Korea, Memorial Day ...

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Mother’s Day is a Century Old!

May 10, 2014 Leave a comment

MAMA MIA – Mother’s Day is a Century Old!

“I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet,

there would be no more wars.”

--E.M. Forster

 

            Have you planned the dinner? Signed the card? Sent the flowers? If not, get a move on, because Mother’s Day is this weekend – the official, 100th anniversary of the holiday!

Do you know the history of Mother’s Day? Granted, EVERY day should be Mother’s Day because without Mom (whether Mom, Grandma, Mentor, Sister, Friend) we can become rudderless. Moms are our internal compass, that little person ...

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MAY DAY – MAKE IT HAPPEN!

May 1, 2014 Leave a comment

MAY DAY – MAKE IT HAPPEN!

 

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

-William Shakespeare

 

 

May Day! May Day!

Believe it or not, summer is upon us. In ancient European cultures, today was the traditional summer holiday, and the summer solstice (on June 21) was considered Midsummer.

In ancient Rome, the earliest May Day celebrations occurred with the Festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, vegetation and fertility.

In Great Britain, the maypole, may baskets full of flowers and sweets, and the crowning of the ...

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BIG BEAUTIFUL BODACIOUS EARTH!

April 22, 2014 Leave a comment

BIG BEAUTIFUL BODACIOUS EARTH! “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”

--Chief Seattle

 

Happy Earth Day!

It’s a day of ACTION. Talking is great, but lip service is cheap if nothing is done.

On this day 44 years ago, the very first Earth Day was celebrated. From that first Earth Day of 20 million people on April 22, 1970, a multitude of acts, agencies and events grew. Besides the of the EPA, the ...

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WANTED: DRAGON TRAINER

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

WANTED:  DRAGON TRAINER 

“…and for the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Last time, I confessed my addiction to Game of Thrones and love of dragons in the Day of the Dragon post. But the dragons are inextricably entwined with their mother, Daenerys Targaryen.  For me, Daenerys is one of the most compelling and complex figures in epic fantasy and on television.  As with all great figures, she is multi-layered.

Her journey is a hero’s journey, triggered by and tinged ...

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DAY OF THE DRAGON

April 9, 2014 Leave a comment

DAY OF THE DRAGON

“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.”

--R.A. Salvatore, Streams of Silver

Okay, I admit it. My Game of Thrones addiction is a full-blown disease. Great writing, an intricate story, compelling acting, amazing filming …. it’s the whole package.

Of course, everyone has their own favorites, but the Khaleesi, Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Mother of Dragons is especially spellbinding.  ...

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