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The Powers of Collective Prayers!

6 Oct

Dear All,

I finished my workout this morning and before leaving the gym I looked at my phone and found this text from my youngest daughter…

“Hi Mom, a good friend of mine from CC, Will Sullivan, got into a bad car wreck in Idaho and he’s in a coma with head trauma and swelling, breathing on a ventilator. Hid friend died at the scene. Please hold him in your prayers.”

Today, I humbly ask everyone no matter what God you believe in,( even if you don’t believe) to please hold Will and his family in your prayers and/or send up good thoughts to the spirits….Because at a time when I feel the most helpless, I do believe in the powers of collective prayers!

Thank you in advance!


…Much love to you all…

Marley and The Bitch!

15 Sep

Friday’s with Marley…
I’ve just returned from a hike, started to make my “to do list” when I hear moaning from upstairs.

Marley are you OK….What is going on?

Marley waddles downstairs, flops down on the rug and with her eyes shut says…

…I don’t understand why I’m gaining weight. I watch what I eat.

Well Marley, maybe we can figure this out together before getting too worked-up.

For example….
…..I met Agnes while on vacation. She was a little bit of a thing with much pep in her walk. Her mother told me that Agnes is very disciplined. She eats two teaspoons of kibble in the morning and three teaspoons of kibble in the evening along with hiking three miles, five times a week.

…So tell me Marley what is YOUR disciplined routine?

She rolls over, opens her eyes and says…I wake up early…I move from my bed to yours….

Yep go on….

I wait for you to have your first cup of coffee and then I eat a big bowl of breakfast…

Yep, Ok….

I return to your bed…And when you go off to exercise I move to a chair in the living room.

Perfect, what else?

When you finally return, I eat a treat and move to the living room sofa.

Yep, yep…

By the time you are done with what ever you do, I eat another bowl of food…

Alrigh-ty, anything else?

Yep…I curl-up on the living chair so not to disrupt my digestion before going upstairs to bed.

Marley…All you do is eat and sleep…And p.s. eating what ever you want with your eyes open is not watching what you eat, I’m just saying!

Marley gives a snort, gives me the stink eye and says Agnes is the reason why people call female dogs bitches!


Marley and Me!

25 Apr

Fridays with Marley…

…Marley and I had a full day ahead of us, so this morning we started drinking Bloody Mary’s. With no topic off limits,  philosophizing whether patience was a virtue.

I said, you snooze you loose, no virtue!

Marley presented a darn good argument, all good things come to those who wait.

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I don’t know?….Marley may be right…A lot of delicious treats have come her way!

Today’s Reminder!

25 Mar

“There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.

Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good.

Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy.

Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living.”

Today I saw this post on a friend’s Facebook page.

For me, it was such a beautiful reminder of my center, kindness and inner-peace…

And thought maybe for today, there were others, that could use a kind loving reminder as well…


A Holiday Thought!

9 Dec
Take a few minutes to write down every holiday custom you feel you should follow. Start with family patterns, but don’t end there. Offices and friendships have their own traditions. Looking over your list, visualize each activity. Notice how your body reacts. Do you tense or relax, feel like smiling, snarling or weeping? What creates a genuine sense of enthusiasm? True enthusiasm makes us feel divine, whether we take that as a religious reality or simply a wonderful emotion. The holy days are the best times to focus on real enthusiasm, the inner source that lightens and sanctifies our lives all year.

How to Stay Sane This Holiday Season

-Martha Beck

A Holiday Thought!

5 Dec

“You have not lived today until you have done
something for someone who can never repay you.”
-John Bunyan

A Holiday Thought!

2 Dec

“You can do anything…But not everything”

-David Allen

Setting my intentions now for a peaceful Christmas season..Making thoughtful decisions to fill my time with love instead of crazy!

“Be Thankful”

26 Nov

“Be thankful for your allotment in an imperfect world. Though better circumstances can be imagined, far worse are nearer misses than you probably care to realize.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

Beauty In Negative Spaces!

23 Oct

I am once again taking an on-line Art History course from the MoMA. This time I am studying art from 1945-1989…A very interesting art period given the transitional period of post WWII, Madison Ave’s influences and a movement of political distrust.

Right now I am up to 1969, (week 4). The art during that time period started to focus on negative spaces…. The space where an object ends and your space begins. The space and relationship that was created due to something that is not in the emotional piece of the work.

A great example is Donald Judd’s 1967 “Untitled Stack.”The 9 inch spaces between the 9 inch industrial 3 dimensional stacks purposely voids the artist in his work. Judd also would argue, “Untitled Stack”   is the space between a painting and a sculpture. It’s mounted on the wall like a painting but yet it also does not stand alone like a sculpture.


But by 1969 the negative space was now the object of non-geometric, and non-ridged objects (anti-form), it was all about taking the “artist’s hand” out of the work (no visible brush strokes, etc) and it’s all about the (negative) space between the art, the environment and the viewer…

AND so that got me thinking…

…The question that begs to get asked…

Would the world (our relationships) be more artistic if we took ourselves out of our work?  Ridding ourselves of entitlements, preconceived notions, ideas, expectations, and insecurities…But instead focus on the space between us and the physical/emotional/spiritual world?

I mean, it just could be the most beautiful negative space in our lives!

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