LEAVES, CONFETTI & CELEBRATIONS

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

  • Seuss 

Anyone who knows me well knows this: I love October. There’s something about the turn, the crispness, the colors.

I love the way the light slants into the living room bathing it in a warm glow. Golds, oranges, reds – Autumn confetti in the fallen leaves. Sunrise hits the highest treetops, illuminating the blue sky background with brilliant gold and crimson. For me, it’s a special time of year. Magic crackles in the bite of ...

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FALL AGAIN

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

“Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower.”

  • Albert Camus

Tonight at 10:29 p.m. (EDT), Autumn returns in its annual blaze of glory. A few hot days notwithstanding, the nip of Autumn’s chill has been with us for the last few weeks.

I love this time of year. Everything feels alive with a crackle in the air. It’s the time of year where it seems as if everything’s possible – no barriers, no limits and infinite possibilities.

Although only a few trees have begun to turn from Summer green to Autumn’s fiery crimsons, oranges and ...

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POWER OF THE PEOPLE

August 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

--Henry Ford

 

I can’t stop watching the subway rescue video from Perth, Australia. This is what happened last week: at the tail end of morning rush hour, a man lost his footing when entering the subway train. His leg became wedged in between the subway car and the platform. He couldn’t budge – not an inch.

Then something amazing happened. One person called others over to assist. More and more came. Within minutes, dozens of people, fellow commuters rushing to work, stopped to help. At first, ...

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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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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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