Saturday, November 30, 2013

Small Business Saturday!

Tis' the season to feel the rush, the bustle the hustle as we all watched the news or heard the stories of those who just had to run into the stores on Thanksgiving day, on Black Friday to fight over things they can buy any day of the week! As folks hope for the deal of deals, the madness has begun... The holidays are upon us.

Today though, is the day for those little shops, the small businesses that this country was founded on. Those very businesses that now fight hard to stay in the brick n' mortar store fronts to make it in a world of cyber"ness", in big business where lines stood ready to charge at the first sight of the turn of keys to open the door. Today is the day to shop locally and shop small!

This is a day to take your time, to savor those little shops or take a drive to somewhere and just enjoy the day as you find off the path stores that are waiting to show you all that they have to offer for the holidays... More times than not they will also give you something else... amazing service, gratitude that you have entered their place of business along with a personal touch. That personal touch that is now often missing at those chains, those big time businesses that we often do our shopping while standing in line or looking like deer in the headlights with the swirl and the stress that runs rampant.

It is officially the holiday season: with that comes the holiday stressors that many seem to feel. Never enough time to get it all done, running, doing, events to attend. Those who wish the holiday would just come and go, leaving them at peace or in their own place of discomfort.

For many it now is  a holiday of missing, of longing, of memories that have to sustain them with a missing that hurts the heart, tears that stain the cheeks once again. An empty chair at the table and wondering how in the world they will get through it.

For some the "fa la la" is a sound that is dreaded as they try to muster the strength to just move through the day. They may forget the strength and the angels that are standing by ready to move in reminding them that there is joy to be had if they choose it.

Be gentle with yourself, but do not be afraid to get rough enough with yourself to move from stillness into action.

Take one breath at a time; it helps to know that you are never alone, not really. There are angels around us all the time.

Do what you feel like, not what is expected by others. 

If traditions are too painful as they once were, there are no rules set in stone. Create new and different traditions that make you feel better, more sure of you.

If shopping is too arduous, too stressful. Don't do it.

If you want to laugh? Go to a mall, get a coffee and take a seat somewhere. Then just "watch" as others run here, there, everywhere trying to figure out what it is they are actually doing! It can be quite comical.

Be cautious on self medicating pain, sorrow, grief, sadness. 

Write down your feelings, your thoughts, your reasons to still be grateful for each little thing in your life.

Slow down; there is no fire here, these are the holidays, they come each year and usually create stress in everyone.

Hallmark moments are usually best reserved for Hallmark cards, movies. 

With that said; do what makes you feel best, leave the lights on in your home to brighten things up. If you are not returning home until after dark, consider leaving a radio/t.v. on .... so that you return to light and sound.

Take best care of you as you visit your local businesses today.

Blesssings to all who are going through it, been through it or are up against it. BELIEVE

Walk in beauty,

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday...

If you are out and about with the crowds of "Black Friday", you are out and about with the crowds of "Black Friday". I sure hope you find all that you are looking for among the crowds while holding on to that feeling of great gratitude and thankfulness that filled the air yesterday! Just maybe you or someone you know were hitting the streets and the bargains held in many of the stores yesterday after a sumptuous meal as the doors were unlocked to those "amazing bargains", folks standing at the ready to run from aisle to aisle with happy faces and intent feet flying.  Wonder how many faces are showing those smiles out there today with happy feet? 

Oh Thanksgiving... such a day to see the posts on Facebook for the thousands of people talking of such warmth, such joy, such remarkable photographs of family, food, as they expressed such lovely sentiments of "thankfulness".  It does a heart, soul and spirit good to read of the thoughts of so many in unison as they give thanks on a day where so many are on the roads, sharing meals, sharing precious moments or comical ones!

My question becomes this: IF that can be done once a year on a Thursday in November, why oh why can't it catch on for every day of the year? Ok, maybe not turkey with all the trimmings... but the attitude of gratitude should be attainable!

We don't need the "Black Friday" as the follow-up to clean dishes and over filled bellies, the adrenalin surge as we try to find a parking place, then running like our lives depend on it into the stores with wild eyes to find the "next best thing" on sale as the motivator to keep going. Do we?

What is it that they are wanting so badly anyway? Is it the thrill, the excitement, the t-shirt that says, "I survived Walmart/Black Friday?"

As I sit in the quiet, having coffee, wondering what in the world a 12 year old wants for Christmas this year, what does a 13 year old want, what does a Mom desire... I am filled with remarkable gratitude, I am so thankful for each and every person who has walked in and through my life. Some for a reason, many for a lesson... I am still full from that turkey of yesterday, still tickled by the 4 leggeds who stood in turn for their turkey bites and those tongues of theirs savoring each little bite.

Oh how grateful my heart is, how thankful I am for each moment of this precious life.

Wishing you a tongue licking weekend... Hope you have leftovers for that fantastic turkey sandwich later today... nothing like it.

Black Friday... Super Saturday... and of course after a long and wonderful weekend, folks can sit back and click on buttons for the famous
"cyber monday" for even a better deal. But then again, there's no crowds to fight, no running from store to store, no adrenalin surges nor parking places to maneuver...  As Olivia would say, "Whatever floats your goat"!

Get your gratitude on and just go with it!

Walk in beauty,

author of:
Down The Hallway
Healing Heartaches
Chronic Pain with John Argent


Thursday, November 28, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to one and all!

Wishing everyone a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving! May the blessings surround you, the feelings of gratitude begin your holiday season while carrying you into the new year.

May you feel the attitude of gratitude with each step you take!

It's the day of thanks. May your "thanks" be plentiful and your giving be continual.

On to the Parade... I hope you are smelling great smells as you settle in for a day of joy.

 My heart if filled with great gratitude... for all who gather.


Walk in beauty

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Down The Hallway, I'm filled with gratitude

The day before Thanksgiving... I am thankful today, I am thankful each moment for life; my life with each breath. As I started the day with coffee, sitting here listening to the wind and noticing the change of temperature, I opened emails. I was just filled with gratitude when I realized I had an email from CHARMAINE. 

Yes, Charmaine has read Down The Hallway and now has written! I realized I was holding my breath as I read her words, thinking also that this was "that moment" of finding out what she thought. I've had several emails from readers who wanted to know if I had sent a copy to her, if I thought she would like the book, "if if if". The day before Thanksgiving, and here I sit with my coffee, ready to find out!

Down The Hallway the story of one woman's journey with Dissociative Identity Disorder. That one woman, Charmaine... this is her letter:

Dear Doc,
I just sat and held the book when it got here, running my fingers over the picture of the hallway. I read, I cried, I laughed, I nodded thinking "oh yes, she got it right". I would reread on JR, Charie and the other Alters actually missing knowing they were there, and most of all, I sighed over and over as I remembered our journey together. You asked me did you do the book justice. did all I was hoping and more so that others might read and do what I am doing which is nod and say "omg someone gets it".

To be heard and be believed is all a REAL Dissociative Identity Disorder person wants; to not be doubted or treated like a fake. Sadly those that do fake to get TV shows or for attention ruin it for those of us that are real and live through this nightmare. Thank you for the journey and thank you for doing the book. My prayer is and always has been that someone will read this story and understand a little better and not judge so quickly just because we are not like you. And that they understand a little better what brought us to where we were or are; being DID. And that those that are really DID know they are not alone and there is hope. I think you gave that in the book.

The walk down the hallway with you is forever etched in my head and my heart. I was amazed you were willing to do it, touched that you stayed by my side and relieved that you were with me. I can still feel you double squeezing my hand to let me know you were here with me and I had not gotten lost in the hell of the hallway. I thank you from the depths of my heart.  It was a hard journey for both of us; you as the observer and me seeing what I had hidden all these years but we made it through and as you told me, I did something no one else did for me. I saved me. I could not have made that journey without your ever present guidance. Thank you.

Thanks Doc. I will treasure this book and our work together. Hopefully I will see you very soon so we can sit face to face and talk and you can see how much I have grown in spirit. And thank you for the stain glass image reminding me that I might have been in pieces but am whole now and shining brightly and with beauty...not as before but as a new beauty.


Charmaine has spoken on the hallway. I am honored, I am more than because she was.

 For those who have asked about Charmaine, for those who have read and re-read the book, now you know she too read it. (More than once) i think ...

I am filled with gratitude.

Time to get busy in the kitchen, I think I'm beginning to smell winter in all its splendor.

Walk in beauty,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It's getting close to Thanksgiving!

Here we are the week of Thanksgiving! Gratitude all around as folks are now doing the 'turkey trot' running here there and everywhere as grocery stores fill up, the drawers get looked through for the just perfect recipe! Still others are combing through the internet as they make plans to launch into the stores for those special buys now that stores are opening on the day of Thanksgiving trying to jump ahead of the traditional Black Friday.  Oh what a busy week it is, kicked off with snow storms from the West to the East and ice storms around. The chill of the holidays beings felt by many as they now shift into "the holidays".

The energy is ramping up, emotions are running wild to match with the turkeys holding signs saying "MOOOO" just in case they are chosen for the menu.  People are flocking already like herds in front of stores in tents waiting for Friday... the "main event" of insanity once again. Some seen to have t.v.'s in their tents in front of Best Buy as they gather there; I suppose Best Buy is providing the electricity for that, as a mini community has already formed.

Is it magic in the air or insanity of ritual once again? Has the Thanks of Thanksgiving gone by like days of old? Once a time of gathering, of rituals like the Macy's Day parade, great smells in the home made by a kitchen of wonderment as the "gratitude and thankfulness" added to the aromas that filled the senses.

It seems now we only hear of the "Deep discounts" that are soon to be ours, the many ads that have people already planning to spend what they claim to not have to get something that they either don't really need or want to be thankful for.

Perhaps pizza would be a better choice for the day of Thanksgiving, then there would be less mess, those folks could eat while driving to the store with the best deal, in the car and by pass all need to feel relaxed or thankful for their blessings... It's hard to know.

Gratitude, thanks in giving on this day and the days to come, with no thought of standing in lines, camping in front of stores ... Just the ability to be grateful as aromas fill the senses as memories of times held sacred float the mind and heart. Moving from one moment to the next with complete honesty of gratefulness seems a much better choice to me.
Deep discount? Yes on the ability to just be. 
This year, our own Tarpon Springs High School Band will be marching in the famous Macy's Parade! You can bet I will be watching, it is a tradition, one that I look forward to each year as I count my blessings, as the gratitude pours over me... I am thankful.

 Best of all things to each of you as you begin the preparations for your Thanksgiving, your traditions, your times of great thanks that will carry you through each day.

Walk in beauty,

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gratitude : prayers going strong

Filled with great gratitude; the fire is lit, the sage is in the air. Color me grateful for my life, for the good I can do, the gifts of others that I have been given by their actions and words. May you find peace today. Blessings to all who gather; Prayers going UP:

DLB, Dot/COB/Mom, Angela, Kamryn Elijah, D'Vante, Olivia, Joan,  Linda McDonald, Laura, Mitch, Eileen, Audrey, Anne, Patti R., Pat, Stephen, Matthew, Jane, Walter, Jen, Snoop, Lance Dyer, Dakota, Bev, Erik, Shari Taylor Webster, Stephen Bright and family, Gayle, Chris W., Penni, Suz, Chase, Jaxon, Matthew, Bryan, Corey Richardson (Kokie),
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, DC, Courtney and baby, 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,

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 in beauty

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Joys others bring...

 Sometimes folks can get a "kick" out of the joy of others, their lives, their thoughts, their very excitement about life. It doesn't take much to make a person decide to join in on happiness as they hear happiness in the voice of another, or see photos of others, or hear about the enthusiasm of others. I am continually tickled to life when hearing about day to day moments from others, in both the good, the bad the extraordinary times. Friends that I've met along the way; my pal Joe Graff up in Indiana who loves Monday's in a way that I've never known anyone to love... is a perfect example! He likes to "dance on desks or car hoods on Monday's; he is just that excited about life!"
Then there are those who marvel at the first snow like a little child with mittens and a sled as I sit and freeze with the image as today Colorado is getting enough for snowmen in the making!
"If you're happy and you know it... clap your...
Makes me laugh every time I see it!

People can lift us up or attempt to drag us down. At  times they don't ever know that they have just tickled us in ways unimagined as we get to read about their zest, their enthusiasm, their great loves, enjoyments, passion.

Meet my pal Joey Graff, his love of his life Rachel, their son Caleb as they were insane about the "Rocks" last night rooting them on to victory in the cold of cold weather!
The build up to the game began mid-week as I would see posts from Joey boy about the upcoming excitement building for the "Rocks" in Westfield Ind. His posts of "flutterflies fluttering" as he readied himself and Rachel for the excitement had me there in my mind. The victory as now the Rocks are headed for State Championships. Oh my the excitement has hit me here in Florida, the happiness factor is flying from there to here.
I can feel the joys ...
Congratulations Team, Caleb, Joe and Rachel...
Whatever will you do between now and the next game with all that adrenalin?  
Let the party begin:
Rachel has the right idea; put on your favorite shirt, and get the Margaritas going, it's Saturday and time to get HAPPY going! Yep that's what I'm talkin about...

 When we celebrate the joys, the happiness of others, we feel joy within, our own happiness increases. We mirror what we see, what we hear what we feel from and with others. Surround yourselves with those who outshine the sun, feel the heat, be the one who shows that passion, purpose, humor, joy.

Listen to the excitement within you, the joy that exudes from others as you allow it to replace anything that does not serve you well!

Have a joyous weekend.

Rock on Westfield Rocks up there in Indiana, may you be more than you ever imagined on the field and off!

Here's wishing you all a day of sunshine, warmth, snowmen that dance and courage to do those cartwheels that we all remember so well!

Walk in Beauty
author of
Down The Hallway
Healing Heartaches
Chronic Pain with John Argent 

Friday, November 22, 2013

JFK ~ Dallas ~ 50 years ago; just like yesterday

JOHN F. KENNEDY our President; assassinated on a beautiful afternoon so long ago on November 22, 1963.

With each year, the documentaries run on television, the conspiracy theories heighten, a new book or three hit the shelves. New cars, new outfits, new this or that, less trust in politics than ever before. War that seems now to be determined to last at least another decade for our warriors.

One thing has remained: 
the country and world missing him, honoring and  remembering  JFK, his wisdom, his walk, his way.
The impact of his assassination has stayed with the world, in their minds, their hearts as we have seen it replayed each year over the last 50 years now; we have taught the children of this President of his legacy, of his public death on a sunny afternoon in a ragtop as he grinned from the back seat in Dallas.

We miss John F. Kennedy and the hope he brought to our country even today.  We miss him it seems even with his colorful love of women, good times. We miss the caliber of first lady that Jackie was in her style, grace and respect of our Nation and her role of First Lady.
We miss "back then". We miss when we all were led to reach for the greater good for and in all. We worked our asses off for the greater good and for ourselves to be the best we could be. John F. Kennedy challenged us to ask not what our country could do for us, but what WE could do ...
Has anyone seen him in the reflections of others?

  Be the light that outshines all that is thought to be bright.

Remembering the horror on a day so long ago that took JFK our President. Remembering all the many people who still remember where they were at that moment, the moment that Walter Cronkite told the Nation with his tears, his voice... the day our Nation and the world cried.

 WE as a Nation, as people need to look UP, look around, get involved to make this world a better place, right here in our yards, our back yards. 

We need our soldiers boots on OUR grounds now that we have heard they will be on the grounds of enemies in this war at least another decade. What are they thinking ... What would JFK think? What do you think?

thank you "salute" to those serving

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sylvia Browne we will miss you here...

Many were as stunned as I to hear that the famed psychic and spiritual teacher, Sylvia Browne died at the young age of 77 last night. She is a best selling author, is probably best known for her appearances on live television where she would speak to strangers in audiences as their loved ones had messages from them who had died.  She was on stages around the world with the audiences filling each seat as each held their breath hoping she would call them out with a special message of a deceased loved one.

Sylvia Browne, she was madly loved, respected or doubted by those wanting to expose her. As I think back, I continue to be struck by her raspy voice, her abruptness when delivering her message at times and her smile. A knowing smile with her head cocked to the side and very very long finger nails that she often used to point with or position "just so" at her mouth.
I do remember her frequent appearances with Montel Williams; their bond, their apparent love for each other as they shared his stage. It seemed she was his spiritual adviser for a long time as she also reached out to an audience who longed for a message from a loved one now gone from sight. She seemed to always hit the mark when she channeled to them. She had been there it seemed, she had that spirit connection I remember thinking long ago.
Now she walks in the next place, I hope she had a peaceful transition. She gave much to millions in our world here.

My deepest condolences for her friends, her family, for those here who looked to her for spiritual advise, for hope, for relief. May you remember her words, her philosophy, her colorfulness as you celebrate her now.

She was instrumental during her life in bringing the lost home, in helping police departments along the way. She was a beacon of hope for those bereft feeling all was lost when she was the vessel for a message that helped them know that a loved one was still there for them. She went through hell here on this earth from those who wanted and made it a mission to discredit her, to spend their time hating her or judging her. She walked through it, made quite a name for herself during it, shook off the hurts and kept true to herself as she rose to the top of it. A known NYTimes #1 bestseller, she did something to get her where she lived well, laughed much and kept going even with the "naysayers".
Sylvia's main beliefs were deeply rooted in the existence of reincarnation. That remained a central theme in her philosophy and she let the world know it held the key to understanding life. She also made a point of  never imposing her values upon anyone. Often, she had been quoted as saying, "Take with you what you want and leave the rest behind." 

Some have dedicated years to "exposing her as less than human or a fraud" but it never stopped her from being who she was. I'm sure the press and those who seemed to enjoy that will have a party now that she has walked on.

Who knows? Westboro freaks may even want to boycott her funeral ... and she probably "saw that" coming and laughed that raspy laugh of hers. She will be remembered for the many hearts she has touched through the decades, her gifts of spirit, of Creator, and her books that are on the shelves of those who admired her and were inspired by her words.

Thank you Sylvia Browne for your life and for giving hope enlightenment to so many.

My thoughts to your family; husband, children, grandchildren, your friends, and those who loved you.

Prayers going up to all who are in it, walking through it, or been through it. May you find a spark to light you up on the journey, here ya are!

Walk in beauty


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

STAND... find your balance

Just imagine trying to find your feet to stand in a bubble... to find your core strength as that bubble tosses you around in water, as your brain is sending messages through your body of "omg this is just the best thing ever while you are laughing so hard you cannot imagine yourself really inside a bubble"!

Finding balance at times may seem just as difficult but it is possible, YOU are more than possible!
As we all must remember at all times to use that creative genius also known as our brain, our imagination, everything is indeed possible... we must be mindful in remembering that those "hiccup moments" are just that. They will pass, just as we sometimes hit a speed bump maybe going a bit too fast, it will shock or surprise us along the road we know as life.

Our eyes, our feelings may not always see or feel it as it is. Balance is everything...
STAND, sit with your back straight and your head high using your core strength with all that you have within you.
Life can sometimes be rough; it can knock us off balance at times... and when that happens,
how we react will often depend on
how we position
You know, how we can immediately react and
"balance" or reset our stand...
kind of like being on a balance beam if you will, it's all about the balance!
Sometimes we stand just like any other day, and if you try this you just might be in for a big surprise.
Have someone help you on this.
Just stand straight and have someone you trust stand in front of you;
then have them take their hand, their forefinger and just press/push against your shoulder...
It probably won't take too much pressure and you will notice you "lose your balance"
Just like that!
Caught you off guard huh?
Now, time to reset your balance I'm thinking.
Focus, feel your feet, on the ground, plant yourself firmly... feel deeply in your stomach and connect the two solidly.
Seat yourself firmly and solidly planted and connected.
ask your friend to try it again.
Solid now right?
That is how you stay balanced, with a stance that is solid.
Then when those moments take you by surprise, you are solid. Things won't disrupt you from your stance so abruptly.
feelin' me here?

The life experiences are meant to "shake us" and to move us in directions sometimes unimagined, and that is ok,
change is all around us.
we can feel and BE in control of those major quakes and unexpected times if we are on solid ground from within... by grounding ourselves and our stance.
Ever been on a boat?
Hit a wave or two and noticed how your stance changes on its' own?
Got your sea legs goin?
Been hiking?
Wake up from a deep sleep and forget where you are?
Walking up hill and notice how your body shifts, you lean into it...
It's all in the stance!
Notice how young ones will
change their focus, change their states,
something just happens
and they are there!
Been on a ladder lately?
Notice how your body changes?
You become more alert in your movements,
more present with each step,
more aware!

If we know deeply from within
that no matter our circumstance
or the cards that are dealt
we can
with amazing grace
through the storms of life
still weather it
without falling down
without losing our stance
securing our stance in our mindfulness

Stand UP
Stand strong
Be the YOU that you choose

Walk In Beauty
author of:
CHRONIC PAIN with John Argent

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sometimes ... somedays...

Sometimes, somedays it just takes a lot of hands... a lot of feet to move things. If not in real time, in your mind, your spirit, your visualizations. With that many hands you can move a mountain or those obstacles that may "pop up" in a day, a moment, a thought. Imagery is a great tool it allows you to move the mountain sometimes. Somedays we all need that; it helps us along when the path is difficult or an unexpected hiccup happens along the way.

Some days are just like that it seems. MOUNTAIN MOVE OUT OF MY WAY becomes the mantra of the day. It beats the hell out of cowering in the corner or feeling great defeat!  There are those days when a good book, a great movie and a couch or good for the soul though. It is the balance that matters along with the recognition that life can sometimes throw some unexpected hiccups along the way.

If you give time to sadness one must also give time for gladness. In that same vein we must also give time for those hiccups, those moments in time when the "sometimes and somedays" just wear on our nerves or leave us shaking our heads at ourselves, others, or situations that just are. It is then that images of Holding up the sky are helpful, many hands involved in helping whether real or imagined. Many voices along the way blowing the horn using a shared breath to get the word out... spreading the news.

The Moccasin Telegraph (word of mouth if you will) can travel far, reaching to lands and states and the Universal Oneness that connects us all. In good times in bad times, in times when nothing else can.

Sometimes, somedays ... everyone has them good bad or indifferent.

MOUNTAIN MOVE OUTTA MY WAY. A mantra that everyone can use when those days come in. Remembering that feelings are feelings and they will pass or be transformed by YOU.

somedays are diamonds, somedays are coal.  Sometimes a person has to work has to find the shine in order to realize the diamond was there all along.  somedays, Sometimes folks just have to get out of their own way in order to know the difference.

 SHINE ON, be brilliant, be as awesome as you desire in ways that are uniquely yours.

Walk in beauty,

author of
CHRONIC PAIN with John Argent