Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Waky Wonderful Wednesday: a toolkit for ya!

Sometimes YOU Just Gotta Make Your Own Fireworks
You Gotta Find YOUR Magic Kingdom Within
You Gotta Believe!

GOOD MORNING WORLD!!! I love fireworks; magic, excitement... real and imagined, I love it all!

It's HUMP Day!!!

Lookin for tools to have a wicked kewl Wednesday? Here ya go... Let the good feelings begin, time to get your dance on, your good feelings surging through that wonderful body and soul.

So how about we add a few more tools to your “feel good” tool-bag….

Grab some peppermint. Many Aromatherapists suggest that peppermint is a natural stimulant and will “pep” your energy up in a wholesome way.

Essential peppermint oil, peppermint tea, chewing gum, oil sticks and candles to scent the room, even in your bath if your so choose. Now keep in mind; these are "my thoughts"... No I am not a doctor of aromatherapy, nor a doc of medicine, nor am I prescribing anything for anybody... I repeat, these are my thoughts ~ Got it? Now don't go putting chewing gum in your bath water or oil sticks in your mouth... or candles in your tub... Happy thoughts and common sense OK?!

The University of West Virginia did a study some time back that showed an immediate improvement in athletes performance after sniffing peppermint. Isn't that just amazing?

It also showed similar results for skills such as typing. Anyone ever try peppermint as a mood enhancer. . . I can think of lots of sources of peppermint including bath oil, hand lotion, mints and lots of others.
Maybe we can do our own experiment on the blog.Be careful now, after all my little Gypsy got into the Lemon Grass *(yes the same Lemon Grass used for cooking) and ended up at the vet as her windpipe closed... from the vapors no less! Each of us are so unique care must always be used when using nature, oils, and such things to heal, to relax, to help.
Feedback welcome.

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For those of you concerned with disturbing neighbors with loud music…

It really is true that almost any upbeat music does work to re-energize.
Try just three minutes for a start. Pick your own tune, doesn’t have to be rock music, but an upbeat tempo is the key.

Perhaps an IPod, or ear phones will solve the “disturbing” neighbors issue.

Dance if you can, if your want, or if you can. The physicality plays a role too, but is not absolutely necessary. Movement can happen in a chair if you must, but fluidity of movement is essential for you to allow your body and your blood to move and to feel the rhythm of life.

S T R  E T   C H

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wow, that was awesome huh?
YAY!!!! You may even be able to visualize your own firework display when visualizing...

You know... as I sit here, and was waiting, my feet were tapping to a tune in my head... and I'm thinking:

Upbeat tunes can break the monotony of dreary tasks, dreary thoughts, and a lack of energy. I personally think that adding a smile to the experience really gets the job done.

Just as quiet, soft elevator music quiet us and lull us to sleep ( a different and equally meritorious use when needed), music that rocks you, gets you moving can step it up a notch

Who among us hasn’t needed a quick pick me up? hmm, Wednesday, known as "hump day" many need a "pick me up" in the middle of the week~


Take a few moments to meditate. REady?
B R E A T H E  ~ ~ ~ in through your nose, (smell the flowers) and exhale slowly and completely through your mouth... (blow out the candles)...
OK, here we go ------ Breathe IN ~~~~~~~~~
E X H A L E ______________ empty it all blow out all those candles...... GOOD JOB.

It sounds like an opposite approach, and it is. But a few moments of mindful deep breathing and silence can do wonders. 

Our brains and bodies are constantly responding to stimuli which now and then can be exhausting in it’s own right.

A few moments of conscious quiet may well help.
Sit quietly, close your eyes.

Perhaps you may benefit by visualizing an especially restful or peaceful place that has been relaxing for you in the past.
Take a few really deep, slow breaths and just be in the moment. Again, whatever works for you is a tool you can employ at will.

One last thought on today’s tools.
Readers have shared that though they want to laugh, really laugh out loud it can be challenging to find something funny enough to provoke that response. 

I have found some VERY silly You tubes online. Old sitcoms like I Love Lucy work for me, but then again, I laugh most of the time most of the time!.

Humor and laughter cause a cognitive shift, a genuine change in energy level. Laughter, well, a real belly laugh changes the thought process. Changing this process allows our body to make this physiological shift quickly and effectively. I so wish you could hear my Godson Kamryn laugh... since he was just a little one, he could laugh so hard, he would have to lean over and place his little hands on his knees laughing . . . and then having to draw a deep breath only to start all over again once he could catch his breath! He was only 2 years old. It is getting harder to get that same laugh from him at 11, it takes more, but when he does? Oh my it is remarkable  forcing all that are around him to be involved in the infectious laughter that is uniquely his! True and unadulterated laughter, raw, and filled with passion... laughter that is untamed ~ there for all of humankind to make their own ~ 

It also releases chemicals in the brain that provide good feelings to flow.

So that’s it for today. A few new tools to try or retry. Practice does make perfect.  Good luck in your attempts at perfection with this one! Shoot for the stars... Step out of your comfort zone and laugh with wild abandon.

Let me know what  tools are in your bag of tricks. Feel free to try any and all of these suggestions. I trust each has potential.

Enjoy your day. I am having an OutStanding Day already and it is just beginning!

Know that I am holding each of you close in my heart."Keep your heart above your head and your eyes wide open"!

The fires are burning brightly here, the embers are bright, the intention is strong and pure... Healing Heartaches one heart-beat at a time; living with intention  mindfully with purpose and with desire.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you enough, I pray you passion and peace along your journey.

Walk In Beauty

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Healing Heartaches, Stories of Loss and Life and Chronic Pain; Hand in Hand available on and
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Two Rules for Tuesday

Terrific Tuesday in the making... Two Tuesday Rules to think on.

Seems these days everyone wants to know everything, wants to hear it all, know it all or feels as though they already do.  The news media social sites of Facebook and folks who just let us know each movement of their lives, their doings and goings; what they think, feel, eat for snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We now have ways to hear it all, to absorb the energy and the words of others into our own lives in ways never before. If we allow it, if we don't filter it or let it just go through us rather than get stuck in us.

Does that make any sense at all? LOL

We hear so much these days it is hard to not be affected or infected along the way. Hard to not stop looking for the good, hard to not embrace the wonder in our world when so much is so hard to understand and so bitter to learn about on a daily basis. There is just so much that folks want the minute to minute updates on. Whatever happened to classified information that is to protect us as a whole. What has happened to privacy in people's own lives and the sanctity of personal lives and experiences? It seems we read about it daily on the internet, self reporting that used to be reserved for journals seldom shared.  It is quite remarkable at times. Things that once were shared in therapy offices now are seen and commented on by those online offering opinions on relationships, parenting skills, life options, politics, race gender issues.  It seems we have so many experts out there in internet/news land nowadays sharing so very openly.  Could that be why the anger has increased so much, the hate being taught more than math or English while beauty and nature is ignored?  People are more fearful than I can remember; is it because they read of the issues, illnesses, The anger and potential of harm being done all over the country, the world and now live in fear of what might be for themselves? Fear wrecks havoc on the brain.

 Yes, there just might be a need to play those cards a bit closer to the chest; with friends acquaintances with social media. It may be good to get outside and away from the internet or social sites where you are subject to hearing or seeing the laundry aired of so many, or even of friends from time to time. It may in fact be a great idea to absorb some Vitamin D while you still can, before the cold months return and you have to get inside to cocoon for winter. It is outside that the eyes, mind, spirit soars on the wind as beauty will still amaze and stir the soul to creativity. It is there where you can still find the child playing within you as you feel the ground under your feet, feel the wind and sun on your face, if only for a little while. There you can hold your private thoughts to yourself, remembering that not everything has to be shared with another, some things are yours to hold sacred within, to nurture, to grow. Just as a seed grows from the darkness it blooms from the light into something unique and beautiful. So do we...

  In the darkness of the night, we can still look up, we can tell our stories to Creator, to spirit, to those who have gone before us that are sacred... we can plant our seeds by moonlight safely knowing that we are sure they will be carefully tended to. There may even be times those seeds are watered with our own tears, our own sweat, our own stories.
In our own time.

Yes, two rules for Tuesday... and a thought to sit with for today. May you laugh through it knowing that YOU are your most valued resource.  
Last words by the famous philosopher, Dr. Seuss:

 I wish you enough!
Walk in beauty

Monday, July 29, 2013

Transformation, a legend

Ah, the wonder
and the lessons that they teach us.

This day has already gifted me with a most beautiful butterfly... she has danced and danced, performing for me for the longest time... reminding me of  transformation with each graceful dip and swoop across the plants and then high up to the trees; and back for me to admire. I love butterflies ...

That reminds me of a story~ and I HOPE it will fill your heart today ~

Many, many years ago back when the Earth was still quite new, there once lived a beautiful butterfly who lost her mate in battle.

 To show her grief, she took off her beautiful wings and wrapped herself in a ashen cocoon. In her sadness, she could not sleep, she could not eat and her relatives kept coming to her lodge to see if she about her.  She grew weary of them asking, she didn't want to be a burden on her people so she gathered her wings and her medicine bundle and went away on a long journey.

She wandered about for many days and months, until  she had gone all around the world.  On her journey she kept her eyes downcast and stepped on each stone she came to as she crossed fields and creeks and streams. There came a time, one day as she was looking down, she happened to notice the stone beneath her feet, and it was so beautiful that it healed her sorrow, almost as if something "clicked" within her right at that moment in time.
 She then cast aside her dark cocoon, shook the dust from her wings, and donned them once more.

 She was so happy she began to dance to give thanks ~ wado~ for another chance to begin her life anew. Then she went home and told The People about her long journey, where she had been, the things at the creek, how it had "clicked" and how it felt to fly differently now with her wings once again, and how it had healed her. 

The Legend Continues To This Day...

To this day,The People dance the "Fancy Shawl Dance" as an expression of renewal, transformation and to give thanks for new seasons, new life, and new beginnings.

The shawl in the Fancy Shawl Dance represents the butterfly's wings, the fancy steps and twirls represent the butterfly's style of flight. This is another reason you will sometimes hear the Fancy Shawl Competition Dance referred to as "the butterfly dance", and it is most beautiful to watch and to participate in.

As we approach the dog days of August, many feel the urge to cocoon now, to stay inside where they can control the temperatures, to shield themselves from the beauty that is outdoors and those dancing beauties of nature around us... Some may want to escape the heat, the moments that soon will turn to cold, snow and the dark months when being outside is hard to do an would prefer the heat once again, but "click" in a moment, you may want to fold your blanket neatly (cocoon of modern times) and STOMP... be a butterfly and dance, to the sounds of life, that magnificent sun and her heat, the drum of your heart beat and rejoice in the great gratitude that you are alive today... 

"The caterpillar dies so the butterfly could be born. And, yet, the caterpillar lives in the butterfly and they are but one. So, when I die, it will be that I have been transformed from the caterpillar of earth to the butterfly of the universe."
{John Harricharan}

The fire is burning brightly with thoughts on the wind for all in our prayer bowl ... special prayers going up for EE in CO, for a Mom here in FL who is grieving the loss of a son for those who have asked, prayers are going UP ... and for all of you I thank you for all that you are.

May you hold gently to knowing that life is filled with transformation and beauty... 

For that I give thanks, and so it is !

Walk In Beauty,

*Down the Hallway*, is soon to be published, stay tuned!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

May you have a day of beauty, prayers going UP

As the prayer bowl is fired up with hope of kindness to walk on our soils, hope to fill our hearts as we leave our mark with each word that echoes within and around this precious life we know. May we cherish the sunrise, the moments shared until finding our breath taken by the sunset as colors paint the skies... Knowing we are leaving the day better than we started it in our homes, our communities and all we see, talk to along the way. A smile can travel a long distance, stand up. Make joyous noise, leave a footprint of kindness even when you have to walk loud and big.

Laugh, laugh, laugh ... make some joyous noise today...
 May you have a day of beauty in all ways from your view, within and around...

Prayers and thoughts for those who are going to it, are in it, are fighting to get through it... one step at a time, one step, then the next.

There are times it is a good idea to turn off the TV, turn up the music, and just look at the beauty surrounding our world, get your hands in the dirt, stomp your feet on the ground, remember that YOU are alive, YOU are enough, just YOU... and to feel the gratitude. The Universal Energy of Oneness that allows you to remember, to feel the oneness of LIFE... and to then "dance your dance". Your own way, your own style, your own brilliant light that comes from within and outshines the sun.

 Blessings to all ... on this most wonderful Sunday.

"Feelings change - memories don't." [Joel]

The sage is filling the air, the fire is burning;

DLB, Dot/COB/Mom, Angela, Kamryn Elijah, D'Vante, Olivia, Joan,  Linda McDonald, Laura, Mitch, Eileen, Audrey, Anne, Pat, Stephen, Matthew, Jane, Walter, Jen, Snoop, Erik, Shari Taylor Webster, Stephen Bright and family, Gayle, Chris W., Penni,
Elizabeth Gardiner Myers, her beloved sister-in-law and family,  little Rylie, Jan, Charlie, Eagan,  John D, John S., Kurt, Kendra, Matt, Stoney, Regina, Suz, Corby, TK, Ericka, Louise, Tommy, Joan, Bob, Fluff, Scott, The Korabek/Shram tribe, AnneMary, Shirley, Karen, Lori, Tanya,  Kendra, Kurt, Joan, Jack, Tom, Chris, Sabian, Rus, Stan, Greg, Scott, Christian, Mike, Richy, Areila, Penny, Ford, Bob, Frank, Eric, Kurt, Bob, Chases Cows, George, Justan, Phillip, Deion, Hunter, Pop, Ledg, Matthew, Stephen, Pat, Jennifer, 
ZERO, soar on dear one, we miss you always yet know you are with us in all the familiar places ... Prayers and strength for Alexis and her family,  Chelsea, Baby Florenzo, and Sara may the Creator welcome you all home to the Ancestors...   Those in Christiansburg VA and surrounding communities for strength and healing, VAAP, Stephen Deirslen and family,  Kurt, Ali, Jeremiah, Pop Spring, Joe, Rachel, Matthew, Nick, Leanne, Leslie, Stephen, Gayle, Karen, Janet, Perry, JT, Moses, Little Nicholas, Karen, Ericka, young Peyton, Bill, Shauna, Dixie, Kurt, J&L, John, Alexis, Kassity, Kelsi, Bob, Lauri, Larry,

KM, Osh Kosh, Choctaw Nation, SODA, Kari, Jamie, Tiffany, Bob, David, The Durant P.D., Windhorse, Hezra and Dan, Pat, Joan, Jane, Mickey, Cynthia, Rubuye, Patches, Charla, Kurt, Lyle, Bear, Sylvia, Heidi, Samatha, Marcus, Brenda McQuire, Jan, Joan,  Louise E. Duckwork and her family, friends, Brother Michael Belford, Rev Bev and family,Erin, Bear, Ellie, Andrei, Maggie, ED, Mary, Ari, Kostas, Jean, Rene, Joanie, Stevie, Nat, Matt, Jamie,
The sage is filling the air...

For Sandy Hook and those in Newtown CT., for all those who have been touched, shattered and devastated by violence we are with you here and pray for an end to such horrible things happening in our world. 

For our warriors, We are fighting alongside you and thinking about you.

Rebecca, Hudson, Peyton, Dottie, Zero, George, Peyton, Billy Ray, Yvonne, Les, Lana, Lanita, Kelly, John, Bill,
~ `~

Erin, Ellie, Andrei, WM, Yvonne Cassie, Mildred, Michele, Evelyn, Kelly, Betsy, The Faulkner Family, Stan, Dan, Christie, Ledge, Rick Paul, Colin G Brady, 

  NYPD, Guardian Angel Hospice and those there, Lanita, Dana, Leslie, Dottie, Kelly, Molly, Evan, Jeff, Ruby, Kevin, Scott, Dakota, Ruby, Dottie, Todd, John, BK, Clare, Yvonne, Evelyn, Sonny, Trace, Lyle, Michael, Beverly, Shauna, Dixie,

Julia Skinner and her NRV ELITE in Christiansburg VA,thank you for a wonderful year.

Coach Woodka, the Tarpon Springs Basketball team, Coach Carb and family, Cooper, Mark, Marvin, Zaden, Zamerion, Daniel, 
Carol, Sandy, Carrie and her family in Aurora,Ali,BK, Carolyn, Karen, Kelly and her family up North,

For those who have asked and we are standing with you in your time of sorrow, angst, difficulties.
   Heidi and family, Dianne, Ken,  Lori, Cynthia, Scott, Ali Legend, and children,  Heather Belle, Carolyn, Rog, Dusty, the 5,000 guardians now standing in the memory of Thomas O'Brien, the family of Trayvon Martin,
  Harriet, Sherry Reed, Mary Grace, Shirley, BK, Stephanie, Lorrie, Pop and his family,

Sherry C.,  Katie and Bill Majestic, Marvin, Layne, Lori, Jim, D, Heidi, Julia, Rolling Thunder, The Patriot Guard, Carol,The Schram/Korabek family, Kyle, Mark, Todd, Yvonne, Harry, Kevin, Jen, Charles,  Glenn, "the littleOne", Anne Klein, Monica Graff, Penny, Chris, Joy, Anne, Sara, Jenn, Shirley, AnneMary, Michael, Jeannie,Patti Labelle and family, The Wounded Warrior Brigades,   Warren Buffet, Best of health be restored to you sir, Kyle Jones in TN; a magic maker, a musician and a good man, M Dave Glenn Alley a talented musician who is extending himself in service to others, blessings to you friend,BK, Kevin, Dash, Graham, Suzannah,

Seth Greenberg and family, Eileen D. and family, Steve and family, Anne, A, Sandy, "EI", Kev, Chris,

Lyle Emerson and his family in Buffalo and little Kendra 3 years old who is fighting Lymphoblastic Leukemia,

Bernice Etsitty and the life of her son, gone too soon Garrett Joe,Joey, Sam, Tyler, Robbie, Elizabeth, Tommy,
Duke Limongello gone too soon,

and all the children of all colors, all ages, and causes

gone to soon.

Sandy Hook Elementary School

in memory and prayers:

  Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
- Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
- Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female.
- Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
- Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
- Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
- Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
- Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
- Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
- Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
- Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
- Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
- James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
- Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
- Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
- Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
- Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
- Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
- Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
- Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
- Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
- Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
- Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
- Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
- Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
- Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female


and for
OUR President and his family

of our United States of America,

those who are serving our Nation and their service animals
and all who have served
and their families,those who have fallen and are still missing we honor and thank you,

May the Creator bless you for holding us in your arms to protect our freedoms.

We  remember.

danLrene, CJ, Florence, Jenn, Bill, Denise, Ashe, Stuart Jr,  Barry Gibb, his family, Whitney, the Houston family, the family of our disco queen Donna Summer ,

Andre, Bill, Taft Abras, Mary Labyaks' family , Andrea, Patti, Jamie, Sasha, Kerri, Josh, Kar, Cash, Neil, Lori, Cindi, Tom, Shasta, Bill Simpson and Family, Jenn, Steph, Dana, Kari, Sandy, Marty, Marsha, Wanda, Ellen, Cindee, Peggy, Joyce Cruz, a CANCER survivor working at Southwest Airlines *it was an honor to meet you dear one*, Ike Davis, in New Mexico, an artisan who plays in the mud and creates beautiful tings out there, ** what a joy you are to so many of SOUTHWEST, thank you for visiting with me, prayers of continued success and tobacco to your Pueblo uncle! and for Christos Fandaros, Thomas Galvin, John Knudson, Curtis, Susie Langham, Stasia and Billy Hall, Christina Chavez and Rick and Ryan, Pam Meyer, Whitney, Diane Bystista, Susan, Leann Vincent, Roxanne Duran, Carole Poppendeck, Mary Jo H-shortes, Bridget, Robert Tanner Mara Tanner, Yolanda L Acosta, Antonio F. Balderrama, Denise Flowers, Lisa Balance, Sherry Stedman, Rose, Marquette, Acosta, Ortega, The Pueblo Peoples,

All those I was honored to spend time with in

" Choctaw Nation, IN, VA, DC, MD, FL, CT, PA, Ohio, Michigan, South Dakotas, Geisinger Medical Center, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio, Solaris Hospice, Evercare, Hospice of the Western Reserve, Gesinger, Guardian Angel Hospice,  Crossroads Hospice, New Hope Hospice, Comfort Keepers KS, El Paso, Santa Fe, Albuquerque"

Jeremy, Florence, Cal, Sarch, our friends of Portugal, Mike, AnnMary,Stephanie, Jimmy, Keli, Kasi, Katherine, Julie, Allan, Lynda,LeeAnn, KS Comfort Keepers, Stephen Bright, Linda and staff Melody,Brenda A and children Sarah, David Rachel; Gloria, Pete, Fred, Max, JJ, Barb and Leo Henning, Rick Fechner, Ryan Baurain, Melissa Reid, "Probation Professional pals", Jim Vander May (*who has been working in the Professional field for 45 years in Michigan*, Dale, Herschel, Bonnie, Louise, Holly, Jerry, Faith, Yvette, Happy, Audrey, and Rod Markowski and family, Lynn, Ryan, Jordon, Darryl Markowski, I thank you for your service) Brian Markowski, Shannon Becker, Nick, Reagan, Dr Iris Taylor of Detroit Medical Center,, please take best care of you) Sandy R. Carol, Stephanie, Geri, Chris, Matt, those in Oklahoma City, in Tulsa, In Ft Worth, Dallas, Ike, Isabel, Teresa, Janelle, Patricia, Susan, Karen, Laura in Yuba City CA, The Walter Reed Warrior Transition Brigade, Hope Hospice, Crossroads Hospice and those who care out there working and walking the walk, Perry, Clayton, George, Janet, and all in green! Rick, Calley, Ron, Rebekeh, Brenda, Becca, Audrey, Gabe, Dena, Beth, Lill, Jay Hanson, Jennifer, Beth Jett, Huntsville AL, Sheri, Wendy Reese and family, Sandy, Toby, Edith Vaughn and family,Susan, Greg and Kyle Korabek (Landon Korabek on the other side now), Stephen Bright and family, Walter Littlemoon, Jane, Laura, Mitch, Jenn, Chris, Mary, Taft, Martha Deaver, Morris, Dahlee, Rose Brick, The Baitinger Family, The Yaslowitz Family, The St Petersbug PD, Congresswoman Gabbie and her family, Dahlee in NJ, Judy Kelley, beloved husband and family, Jennifer, (now being watched over by her beloved husband and child), Norma, EE, Little Cub to CJ and Angel eyes Jack, Daniel, Dave, Cindy and Steve, Marty, Sweet Pea and Pie Face, Florence, Jeremy, Dennis, Darrel, Greg, Leroy, Rebekka, Carly, John, Diana, Crystal, Karen, Janet, Callie, Lorie, Laura, Larry, Clive,

2 Wolves and Jinx in SD, (

Kelly and family,Judy W and her 4 sons up there in New England, Cherokee Wick, Benni, Gayle, Jonathan, Great Aunt Effie's family, Marilyn Warren, Ilene, Tweak and Chris, Jen and Brian, Ericka, Shannon, Hannah Sherabow, Pam C. and family, Susan S., Angela A., Nancy W, Sue G, Kelly and family, Susan Brouse, Cindy and Stevie, Kim, Olatz, EVB, Guin, Yiva, Mary, Sandra and family, Christina Helen, Dotti B., Susan and Greg, Amy, Becky and Barry Long, Christina, Matt and children, Aaron, Lisa and family, Freda, Linda Katie, Pat D, Tink and Mitch, LITTLE Ben, Jerry, Trish, Barb, Anastasia, Mary, Rylee, Lindsay, Ann, Sarah, Ruth, Johnny, Bobby and the Tucker Family, The Spraker Family,Kenny H, Michelle, Sandy, Addie and family in Canada, Sandy, BraveHeart, Rowena, Chris, Robyn Elizabeth, Jean, Duke,Rowena, Chris, Baby Robyn Elizabeth, Diane Smallze and family, Patti and family, The Korabek Family and friends, The Gasse Family and Friends,

Officer Crawford of St Petersburg, The Kocab Family, baby Lilly Nicole Kocab, The Curtis Family, Tarpon PD, those serving here and there in Uniform... Those now walking The Thin Blue Line, (far to many joining that line recently across our Nation),

Mylee, Mikey and family in DC, Jack M & Janis in OC, Stephen, Stuart Wittel  of the US MARINES and his parents Sandy and Stuart, Lavie Coltrane and family, Andrea Gasse and family here and in New England, Ali and family, Randy and Winnie in New Mexico, Jill Wheaton L, Dr Peter in NY, Dr Rev Bev, Irene M, Bernice, Eileen and family, Vicki, Matthew and family, Chris, Lovie, Nancy, Pedro and Our adopted family in BRAZIL, Our North American Black American Bears, The Windcross Convservacy and those beautiful Spanish Mustangs known as "pocket ponies"... the dolphins , always our most remarkable dolphins!!!

AND for:

Anne, Jim, JADE, Cynthia, Joseph, Cathy Madden, Nathan, and her family., Cindy in NC, Liz, Lee, Molly, Joanie, Jude, COFA, Judi, Ken, Matthew, Nick, Matt, Mark's family and many friends , Pat, Irene, Kevin, Dr D, Deb, Randy, Dr B, Isabelle, Kelsey, Sabrina , Charlie and family, Jean, Julie, Rhonda, Victoria, Mildred, Andi and family, Faith, Denise, Jim, Tom, Joey, Shelby friends and family, Judi, Phylis, Joyce, Gina, Tonya, Beverly and Family, Janeth, Melissa,Virginia, Stacey, Elizabeth, Nita, Gary Siegal, Adrienna, Brian Mawbey, the Boyan Family, Jean R and friend Christy Rider, Victoria and hubbie, Stephen, Gayle, Steph, Chris, Erica, Eileen, John, Mindy, Jack, Susan Werth Becken, her brother Mike and family, Craig James Lightfoot and his family, Kenny, Audrey, Ed Saner, Patty Crowley, Bennie, Gail, Jonathan, Moe, Beverly, Dennis, Peter, Trish, Cynthia, Heidi and her family, Kathy Knights family, Edith Vaughn, Candy, Cynthia, Jenn, Eve, Edith, Jason, Karen, Linda, Joyce, Belinda, Jeanette, Jennifer, Patti, Sandy S, and . .. 

(Feel free to let me know if you would like to add your/or a friends name to our prayer bowl.

Walk your walk, in beauty

Friday, July 26, 2013

Sage Lesson through the Music: Let it Go

IF you can't change things, figure out a way to
"just let it go"

today's message... through the music

Thanks to Zac Brown, here ya go... sear it into that brilliant brain of yours! "You're not the only ship out on the ocean...

save your strength for things that you can change... forget the ones you can't change.
Let it go!"  Where is that pony?

I wish you enough... as you keep your heart above your head and your eyes wide open!

Music, the universal healer, the thing that moves us, the one thing that we can feel, absorb into our nervous system and at times can just say it all!

Walk in beauty,

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Entertainers boycott FL for stand your ground and Trayvon Martin...

We all love them, we listen to them, we buy their music.
Hell, in many cases we've made them who they are today, along with their millions and their ability to keep the music playing.
Now somehow they are confusing justice on the Trayvon Martin case/verdict with stand your ground laws in Florida
and have decided to boycott Florida.
Taking their talents, leaving their fans to wonder.
Leaving me astounded that the one and only Patti Labelle has weighed in and posted this news:
he list of artists that have been reported to join the boycott include Roc Nation's Rihanna and Wale, as well as Kanye, Patti LaBelle, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, R. Kelly, Alicia Keys, Young Jeezy,, Erykah Badu, Frankie Beverly, Parliament, Madonna, Eddie Levert, Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones.

Reports from a Florida news outlet indicate that the Jay Z and Justin Timberlake's Summer of the Legends tour stop planned for Aug. 16 is still on as scheduled. Rumors have been circulating that the two as well as several of Jay's Roc Nation artists had joined in solidarity with Stevie Wonder's boycott of the Sunshine State.

According to Local 10, an executive affiliated with the tour made the confirmation. The concert, the final date of the tour, is slated to be at the Sun Life Stadium.

Wonder made his boycott announcement at a Canadian music festival, saying that he refuses to play gigs in states where the "Stand Your Ground" law exists as a response to the verdict in George Zimmerman's criminal trial for the death of Trayvon Martin.
Well now that I've had time to "sit with it", to listen to the music, to really mull it over in my heart... I just do not understand folks anymore.
Entertainers are born to entertain, they proclaim to love their fans, love to do what they do, love the $$$$ that comes with those high price tickets as well. What are they thinking?
If they plan to boycott states with stand your ground, they sure will be sitting at home more these days, and in the years to come, along with losing those faithful fans in the process... 
STand your ground has been around for a long time, in many states.  Some of those very states are the homes of these singers.  Many just might be performing in one now. Are our beloved entertainers "profiling Florida" while furthering the hate being spread and fostering racism here in 2013? Oh God perish the thought...
 Have we confused the issues of the tragedy and loss of one young man in Sanford Florida as many more have died needlessly by the hands that pulled triggers since that day yet do not make headlines across our Nation?  Are we perpetuating and teaching hatred to our youth in this process through what is known to be the Universal healing tool of the music that is heard seen by those we look to pay big money to see, yet now are being confused by as they take a stand against a state that has a law called Stand your Ground?
Stars, music, the moon all meant to enjoy to wonder about, to fill excited about, to just feel good about. Now we have those we have watched be discovered, those we have supported, screamed and applauded, have listened to their music that speaks to our souls decide we are not worthy of them... why?
Because they are taking a stand against a law and a cause of one young man who died needlessly.  Bet other families from the poorest to the wealthy would like to think they were as important to those whose voice is their instrument.
Meantime in other news; our soldiers are fighting for our very freedoms 24/7. Where do our entertainers stand on performing a special concert for their families, friends loved ones. Would their color, gender matter or their age... Would they meet them at the airport to sing them home, to stand for the flag draped casket... 
In Philadelphia a woman was charged with the brutal murder of her child 4 years old... where is the boycott, the outrage. Her boyfriend who was there is still not charged. Like Florida PA also has a similar Stand Your Ground law, but that child was just too little to use it. We didn't hear news about that though.
We should be able to look to the music for healing, those who fill us up as the ones to find solace in during hard times, bad times and good times. We should be able to hear the words better the sounds of the percussion finer, the sax should be keener, the steps of those who perform should be etched in our souls finer during times like this.
Instead they (some of them) have decided to show us a different side of them.. It is not a pleasant view.  Just saying
It's time for rearranging priorities for the greater good of all people, music is a perfect way to do that. To take people over the rainbow, to stand for them, all of them in a brighter light of healing through the healing power of the music.
    Look for the helpers, look for the goodness.
 “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ~ Bob Marley ~

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

After the Jury speaks, the hate grows, boycotts in FL across the lands

Many have watched, have listened since the beginning in Sanford FL where a kid was walking back home after being in the store. We've heard and heard the media, the many and varied takes on the story, the opinions of so many and now the verdict is in. 
Zimmerman is free. Guilty or free with the end verdict for Zimmerman;
 Trayvon Martin would not get his life back, his potential to grow and become something greater than that moment, the night his life ended by gunshot. Greater than what people projected, greater than the kid that he was and more than the hopes that his parents had for him in a life yet to be lived. It does not matter what I think, what you think, what the media continues to blast or the press thinks. It does not matter the "leaks" from here or there, the cries of those who proclaim themselves men of God in rallies, protests and fueling hatred only to divide people stirred in controversy as more murders are committed daily across our lands.
This boy; Trayvon is dead leaving parents to grieve him, to mourn him and the dreams they had for him in life.  That is the second greatest sadness; their grief delayed by the press, by the trial, by the many people getting in the way of true pain of loss and trauma of sudden loss.

 They have not had time to get "to it", to the work involved in grieving the loss of their son. It has been shock/trauma, lawyers, opinions, press, rallies, thousands of people in their business, and it continues.  The "Stand Your Ground" law has somehow gotten ahead of the bullet that killed this kid.  The focus has shifted from senseless murder to rage/racism/to Stand your Ground to self defense. Now we have Al Sharpton, Jessi Jackson, others involved staging rallies, erupting into riots across the lands from one coast to another... tell me "just how does that help Trayvon or his parents?"
How does that help in working toward building a kinder community, country for the betterment of ALL PEOPLE?

There are bad things happening daily, crimes that are hate filled, that are passion filled, that are mistakes. Make no mistake on this though...
George Zimmerman was NOT supposed to be carrying a gun on his neighborhood watch. It stated that in his papers for watch. Rule 1 broken/violated.  He was told to stay in his car when he saw what he felt was suspicious, or in other words to "stand down". Rule 2 violated, putting him and Trayvon in harms' way.

He was NOT standing his ground as the law expresses, as it was NOT his ground; it was public grounds he was on. He was NOT in his home, not in HIS car, but in pursuit of a stranger who was on his way HOME... and a struggle or "fight" happened...
but what I just can't understand>>> he said that he was "pinned down on his back". Legs arms pinned down. So how in the hell did he get to his weapon and shoot this kid in the heart?  Guess that is one of the many things I will just never understand.

But now we have entertainers who are boycotting as a result of the jury decision, justice has spoken.  We have those rallies, those riots we are hearing about from the media and the press. That alone is enough to make ya wonder.  We will all shake our heads for a long time to come on this as we will wonder how big of a role the media really played in everything that was reported, how much was imprinted on the brains of the jurors, how in the world Zimmerman will ever really be free in the world even with a not guilty verdict as he left the court room.  We have to wonder about so many things now. Safety for our kids, our neighborhood watch *(if we are the watch or the watched)* 

The reality is this; there are millions of Trayvon Martin's in our country; most do not get the news that this case has generated for so long or at all. We find the news clip buried under or behind something by accident, or see it on Facebook posted by someone we barely know.  We hear of those things and think how in the world could such ugliness happen in our world, sordid acts of harm being done, yet seldom hear of what happens to the one responsible.  It crosses all color lines, all faith systems, all ages. From the little ones to the Elders, committed by those of the same race or different races, yet seldom do we hear of the riots, rallies, protests of justice on the steps or hear of it at all. Those daily horrid acts do not get the media attention nor do acts of random kindness.

This was different somehow, this was a kid, a hoodie, a bag of skittles on his way home on a rainy night and a guy on neighborhood watch, in all places >>> Florida<<<.

Now the entertainers are going to boycott us, and their loyal fans I've just learned:
Taken from none other than my beloved Patti Labelle's site this new news. I am so disappointed that she has chosen to stand on the side of furthering the great divide setting us back to the 50's in actions that affect the very fans who have stood by her and so many entertainers for so many years... Perhaps they will reconsider when they consider that.

Florida Boycott..The list of artists that have been reported to join the boycott include Roc Nation's Rihanna and Wale, as well as Kanye, Patti LaBelle, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, R. Kelly, Alicia Keys, Young Jeezy,, Erykah Badu, Frankie Beverly, Parliament, Madonna, Eddie Levert, Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones.

Reports from a Florida news outlet indicate that the Jay Z and Justin Timberlake's Summer of the Legends tour stop planned for Aug. 16 is still on as scheduled. Rumors have been circulating that the two as well as several of Jay's Roc Nation artists had joined in solidarity with Stevie Wonder's boycott of the Sunshine State.

According to Local 10, an executive affiliated with the tour made the confirmation. The concert, the final date of the tour, is slated to be at the Sun Life Stadium.

Wonder made his boycott announcement at a Canadian music festival, saying that he refuses to play gigs in states where the "Stand Your Ground" law exists as a response to the verdict in George Zimmerman's criminal trial for the death of Trayvon Martin.

Florida, where Martin's tragic death occurred, has been the center of the debate, although more than 20 states have some form of the law.

Jay and Justin did, however, dedicate a rendition of "Forever Young" to Martin during their show last week at Yankee Stadium. The following day, Jay and his wife, Beyoncé, stood by Martin's mother at one of the nationwide rallies held in his honor.
Justice has spoken the jury has ruled on Trayvon Martin. It is time to let the parents, friends and loved ones have time to begin their grief process and work.  It is past time for this Nation to work on healing, on growing, on finding the path toward each other.
 "I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."  ~Martin Luther King, Jr. ~
What would Martin and John say today?
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