Sunday, November 28, 2010

Open to life's winding road, continued...

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Andrew Taylor’s neighbor, and a dear friend of mine, arranged our interview. She adores him and it’s easy to see why. He’s a truly genuine person who makes it his mission in life to, in some small way, brighten the day of everyone he meets.

He explained to me, “I challenge myself to answer with a new adjective each time someone asks, ‘How are you?’ Or I’ll say, “Any day above ground is a good day. … Unless you’re an out of work spelunker.”

As you can see he’s a clever character with a smart sense of humor. If you’re local and Andrew’s article has peeked your interest, check out his profile page on His member, user ID is HopefullyYours42.

I feel it’s a priceless treasure to find a life partner who’s ethical, extremely enthusiastic, and has a sense of humor; Andrew fits these criteria perfectly!

Are you looking for love? … If so, what traits are important to you?

Leave me a comment.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Turkey leftovers, continued...

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This is the first year that I do not have turkey leftovers. We went to my oldest sister's home and we had a wonderful traditional turkey meal. Her turkey turned out really tasty. The picture I posted with the article was her turkey. It was perfect.

It was a nice break this year to awake on Thanksgiving morning in the 8 o' clock hour instead of 5 to 6 AM to stuff a bird. I do miss the leftovers but since I'm trying to watch my calories over the holidays, it is easier to leave the stuffing, gravy and potatoes elsewhere!

I love the mix of turkey and pasta in the tetrazzini recipe I posted in today's article. It's different than the white chili or casserole dishes that are common leftover meals.

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, can you share any recipes for leftovers? Leave me a note! I love trying new ones.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Survive by believing you will

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Tomorrow, Thanksgiving, is my Dad's 71st birthday. If you follow my posts, you know he passed 2 years ago. I would have never imagined how his death has impacted my life. It helped me prioritize things, I changed careers in the aftermath and it has given me a new spiritual perspective. It has been life altering. I miss him dearly and I wish he was here so we could celebrate his birth tomorrow.

I will be with my family and we'll share memories of him although all of our lives altered dramatically after his loss. We have survived and my Mom who was married to him almost 50 years has learned how to cope without him. If we had a choice, we would take him back in a heartbeat but unfortunately, this isn't our choice!

The best thing we can do is make the most of our lives and make him proud!

How are you honoring the loss of your loved one? What has helped you survive? Leave me a comment and explain.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

No veteran dies alone, continued...

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I hold a special place for the VA Ann Arbor hospital. When my father's insurance money ran out for hospice care, the VA stepped up and took him into their facility. They supported us and cared for him through the end of his life. They handled everything with professionalism, dignity and grace.

This is why I am going to volunteer for the program, No Veteran Dies Alone. I'm not sure how well or strong I'll be but I am sure it is a very worthy cause. I was so crazed with the thought of my Father dying while we weren't there, this is why we tried to be with him 24/7. It is very important to me that our veterans get the same priority.

Please, if you feel you are able to do this type of work, contact your local VA and reach out to help!

How are you making your community better? Drop a note and let me know. I'm sincerely interested!

Friday, November 19, 2010

One in the broader sense, continued...

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Call me crazy, and many will, but regardless if I'm physically with someone or not, I feel energies that surround me. This, in itself, assures me that I am never alone. I'm not telling you that I'm surrounded by ghost or that my life is haunted, I'm telling you there is a greater presence and I'm connected to it. The more I pray, meditate and focus, the more I feel this strength. The more I feel assured that "everything will be alright" regardless of what I'm currently going through. I believe this energy surrounds everyone but you have to become aware of it to be able to tap into it.

I'm curious if you understand what I'm conveying. Please send me a comment and confirm or deny this posting!

Come see me in the Ypsilanti Craft Show

I'll be at the Riverside Gallery in Ypsilanti tomorrow from 10AM-3PM with many Ann Arbor Woman Artists. If you have an opportunity and you're local stop in and see us:)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

We are grateful, continued...

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Of course any of us can easily create a list of things that have went wrong in our life but it is a bit more difficult to look beneath the challenges and find silver linings that we probably reluctantly learned to appreciate. If you haven't, get ready for another round of heartache while the universe attempts to mentor you in a new direction!

I write 5 gratefuls down each day to get my mind processing positively. These articles also keep me on track. There are many times when I'm feeling down, I will thumb through the pages of my work and re-read an article or 2 as a reminder to keep my chin up.

I know things can get very tough but the message here is to make sure your focusing your energy on the positive stuff instead of energizing more mayhem!

Drop me a note and share what you are thankful for this year!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

After his mother's death, continued...

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Unfortunately, Max is not alone. His story is among many; children with step-parents who do not feel the parental love they shared with their natural parent. Many of the newcomers do not feel this love in their heart nor to they feel it necessary to work on developing. During the interview with Max he did talk about how his Dad's wife, at times, tried to make an effort. Hopefully she'll continue to work on their relationship. Acknowledging a need for improvement is a great start.

I can only imagine what Max went through; first losing his mother and then trying to find a way to embrace someone else who is very different from his mom. Through all of his heartache he is still holding on to his faith and leaning on a support circle that includes his work with Willow House and his religion. Max has found a healthy way to cope and hopefully someday as he matures into an adult he'll find a way to relate better with his step-mom and she'll be able to view him as the remarkable person he is and will continue to be!

Friday, November 12, 2010

The power that elevates, continued...

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The power that elevates, many christians would start by giving God credit as the foundation of this. I believe he is the underlying source that fuels sincere power. Of course, individuals come to mind who have come to the forefront through dark power such as Hitler but this isn't the type of power my article is focused on. It is about striving for and succeeding through hard work and with purpose. Many times this means going against the current and overcoming hardship during the early years. Most people do not even attempt their dreams because of their fear associated with such hardship. It takes a lot of courage and persistence to keep pushing through!

People like Oprah have remarkable spirits, it is evident in their work.

I believe I have a remarkable spirit also and I am working to enable it to soar! I'm living each day with purpose and I'm fighting the change one obstacle at a time. I have faith that I'll get there. I'll never be Oprah, there is only room enough for 1 in this world and I'm just fine with that:) It is my dream to help as many as possible by inspiring and soothing souls with my art and words.

What is your purpose? Tell me about it, I really want to know.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Patience is love, hope and faith, continued...

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I am someone who leaves the house with a bag filled with opportunity just in case I get a spare moment during my day. Why not take advantage of this time? This is where multi-tasking really works well. It helps you get ahead while you're still crossing tasks off of your list. You're actually killing 2 birds with one stone although I would never really want to KILL A BIRD!

Everyone is intolerant at times because we're human but I do believe if you embrace the concepts shared in the article, you'll find your day, even when filled with delays, will run much more smoothly!

Leave me you thoughts, what do you think?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I hope you never hear, your mom died, continued...

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Max is an extraordinary teenager today. He suffered more than most can even imagine at the tender age of 8 years old. His world was changed and his dreams with his mother lost. It is a true miracle which I credit God for that he was able to work through this loss with the help of Willow House and come out of this as a healthy young adult.

I've said this before but the healing powers continue through volunteer work and Max is discovering this now as he works with kids in this organization. He chose a path that gives back as a gesture of love and appreciation that reflects his journey of loss and survival.

Do you know anyone who might benefit from Max's story? If so, please forward the blog and article link. Max is hopeful by sharing, he will continue to touch and help others!

Friday, November 5, 2010

You don't believe, continued...

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I often refer to myself as "hokey poky" because I believe in ghost, UFOs, psychics, heaven and hell, dream interpretation, and many other intangible and mysterious happenings. This doesn't mean I believe ever person who steps forward with a ghost video or every psychic who sells their service is real. Realistically there are probably more hoax's than real occurrences or fakes than authentic intuitive people. I love how Ghost Hunters go to "debunk" the activity first and if they catch their own evidence and after they've ruled out man-made interference, they rule it as "paranormal".

I do think that this mind-set carries over into flexibility in other areas of your life. Of course, you can still be open-minded and not believe in ghost but I think this case is an exception to the norm. It is interesting how your view/opinion can create havoc or promote flow. It is a great rule of thumb to start open-minded in every situation, look at the facts unbiased and then make your decision.

Are you open-minded? What are your thoughts about how this plays into your life?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Disappointed with politics, continued...

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I must admit that I wasn't very thrilled to jump out of bed yesterday and rush to the poll to vote. First of all the commercials that bombarded me on a daily basis caused me to run the other way. I was not motivated by the negative attacks that came forward. You see I usually vote for the person meaning I have been known to vote right left or in between (not really loyal to a party). I wasn't totally impressed with either candidate in our local Michigan election although I really am grateful for my right to vote. I don't mean this as an insult to these men who fought for the Governor's spot but I feel strongly about the horrid condition of the economy here in Michigan and because of this I was praying for an extraordinary person to step forward. I did do some research and I voted for the best person considering everything. I'm hopeful they will surprise me as their passion is fueled by our challenge!

As I stepped forward to cast my vote I thought of the women who were jailed as they stood strong and fought for the right to vote. It was their spirits I felt yesterday and that motivated me to get out of bed and fit voting into my day!

How do you feel about our voting process and/or about your political outcome?