Sunday, January 31, 2010


We went to visit our new child/adolescent psychiatric unit on Friday after work.
We are moving to a new hospital in about 3 weeks. It is a beautiful unit......everything is new and it is huge and the best part is it only took me thirty minutes to get home :)
I hope you like the words below.

The majority of us lead quiet,
unheralded lives
as we pass through this world.
There will most likely be
no ticker-tape parades for us,
no monuments created in our honor.
But that does not lessen our possible impact,
for there are scores of people
waiting for someone just like us
to come along;
people who will
appreciate our compassion,
our unique talents.
Someone who will live a happier life
merely because we took the time
to share what we had to give.
Too often we underestimate
the power of a touch,
a smile,
a kind word
a listening ear,
an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have a potential
to turn a life around.
It's overwhelming to consider
the continuous opportunities
there are to make our love felt.

Leo Buscaglia

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Jesse got the big snip this week.......glad he is feeling better.

"You don't have to go looking for love when it's where you come from."

~Werner Erhard

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

somewhere over the rainbow/what a wonderful world

One of my very favorites........makes me smile!!!
....and it is a wonderful world!!!

On being a parent

I loved this!!! I hope you do too.

ps Thanks Miles of Smiles for the picture!!!

There are many signs that parents aren’t doing a good job as parents. All you have to do is look around at the millions of people living out the results of their own bad parenting to know that. Take a moment and look at these ten signs and evaluate how you are doing:

Ten Signs You Are A Bad Parent

If you don’t know where your child is right now,
you are a bad parent.

If your child is obese,
you are a bad parent.

If your child has a television in their bedroom,
you are a bad parent.

If you don’t know your child’s friends,
you are a bad parent.

If you tolerate disrespect from your child verbally or physically, you are a bad parent.

If you promise consequences for either good behavior or bad behavior and don’t deliver, you are a bad parent.

If you don’t teach your child about money,
you are a bad parent.

If you don’t have open, honest communication with your child about sex; the dangers, consequences and joy of it,
you are a bad parent.

If your grown child still lives at home and mooches off you,
you are a bad parent.

If your own life is an example of what you don’t want your child to grow up and become, you are a bad parent.

Some of you are now spewing and sputtering and shouting “yeah but” at me because your kids are great yet they have a TV in their room or are overweight or blah, blah, blah-de-blah-de-blah! Okay, you can tell yourself that, and since I don’t know you or your kid I’ll step back and give you the benefit of the doubt. But I still don’t believe you. Just because you don’t see the harmful results of your action or inaction today, doesn’t mean that you won’t later.

“But I genuinely LOVE my kids Larry!”

I’m sure you do. But we have to stop pretending that the definition of being a good parent is “loving your child.” Parenting is MORE than love. Parenting is loving your child enough to make sure you produce a responsible, productive fit adult who lives a life steeped in honesty, integrity and respect. An adult with a strong work ethic who knows how to give her word and keep it even when it isn’t convenient. A person who knows how to be financially responsible by earning, investing, saving, giving and enjoying their money. That requires communication, involvement, education, discipline and punishment. It requires work. Love without the actions to back it up doesn’t really mean much.

If you want proof about the damaging effects of these ten signs and more, read my book, Your Kids Are Your Own Fault: A Guide For Raising Responsible Productive Adults. Go to

Monday, January 25, 2010


Your one precious life!!


See? Dogs and cats can get along :)
I hope you enjoy the words below!!! true.

To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize... the value of one minute:
Ask the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have.

Life is AWESOME! Enjoy every moment of it!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Operation Beautiful

Mira found a yellow sticky note at school on Friday. It was just randomly stuck on the wall in a hallway....It said: "You look nice today. You are beautiful."
She brought it home and looked up the website:

so I decided to participate and posted this at work:
We all have our good days and bad days. But what if all it takes is one little encouraging note to turn someone else's bad day around?

The mission of Operation Beautiful is to leave post-its that have heartwarming, pleasant, smile-provoking messages on them. Write on a bunch of post-its and leave them anywhere: on peoples' cars, dressing room mirrors, whereever - you'll be able to brighten someone's day :)



seems to be my theme song....or feel this was somehome written for me :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Unconditonal Love

Our new pet therapy dog, Mickey.....She is the best!!! and so is my friend, Laura!!!

You don't have to understand someones pain to help make it go away...a kind word, a smile, or a shoulder to cry on can mean the world to someone who is hurting!

~Melissa K Ralston

What is meant to be

Peace and Love

There will be a tomorrow that exists without me. And I know that. When that day arrives, I want this world to have seen greater beauty because I existed. I want my life to have meant something. I want this world to be brighter. I want this world to be happier. I want people to have smiled more and to have laughed more because I've spent time here. I want others to have seen and felt the uniqueness of my spirit. And if I accomplish that, when my soul does move on and my gift stays here and makes just one ripple, I will look down and I will smile. I will smile wide.

-Mike Litman

ps thanks Churk!!!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Tao Te Ching

An original from the House of Blues :)

33rd Verse
"One who understands others has knowledge;
one who understands himself has wisdom.
Mastering others requires force;
mastering self needs strength.

If you realize that you have enough,
you are truly rich.

One who gives himself to his position
surely lives long.
One who gives himself to the Tao
surely lives forever."

Sunday, January 17, 2010

the secret of learning

I don't ever think learning was suppose to be about memorizing useless facts.....
or practicing test questions so you can score high on standardized tests.
but that is just my opinion.....what do I know???......I am not in the education field.

“In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: forget about it. Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream it. One day, you will glance up at your collection of Japanese literature, or trip over the solar oven you built, and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself.”

- Grace Llewellyn

It is all God

photo by Churk Lui

I BELIEVE God is everything. . .
Everything that is or ever was or ever will be.
And when you can feel that,
and be happy to feel that,
you've found It...
My first step from the old white man was trees.
Then air.
Then birds.
Then other people.
But one day when I was sitting quiet
and feeling like a motherless child,
which I was,
it come to me:
that feeling of being part of everything,
not separate at all.
I knew that if I cut a tree,
my arm would bleed.
And I laughed and I cried and I run all round the house.
I knew just what it was.
In fact,
when it happens,
you can't miss it.


Makes me smile :)

Tanya Davis' song Art by Andrea Dorfman

Saturday, January 16, 2010


I was playing on the zen board at work when I visited the gift shop :)

Sometimes we speak to change the world;
sometimes we speak to keep the world from changing us.

(Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution)

Friday, January 15, 2010


Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine's version of "America's Got Talent." She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to interpret Germany's invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.

The Power of words and music


Macy and Cassie.....just being Macy and Cassie :)

"Love is considered the most basic emotion that human awareness can feel; therefore, it is the closest to the source of life. The burst of well-being you feel when you fall in love is due to the fact that you unconsciously open the channels of awareness that allow more Prana [Life Force] to flow."

-Deepak Chopra

Bless and Prosper

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Turn your wounds into wisdom.

You will be wounded many times in your life.

You'll make mistakes.

Some people will call them failures

but I have learned that failure is really God's way of saying,

"Excuse me, you're moving in the wrong direction."

It's just an experience, just an experience.

-Maya Angelou


I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. -- Agatha Christie

Saturday, January 9, 2010


I have always loved this passage and I hope you do too. :)

Friday, January 8, 2010


Pair # 5????

When people show you who they are, believe them, the first time.
Not the
29th time!
That is particularly good when it comes to men situations
when he doesn't call back the first time, when you are mistreated the first time, when you see someone who shows you a lack of integrity or dishonesty the first time, know that that will be followed by many, many, many other times that will at some point in life come back to haunt or hurt you.
people show you who they are, believe them, the first time. Live your life from truth and you will survive everything, everything, I believe even death. You will survive everything if you can live your life from the point of view of truth. That took me a while to get, pretending to be something I wasn't, wanting to be somebody I couldn't, but understanding deep inside myself when I was willing to listen, that my own truth and only my own truth could set me free.

-Maya Angelou

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Hey Fred, You wanna go bowling???

My mother was really telling me to go ahead and love life,
to engage in it, give it all you've got.
To love it with a passion.

-- Maya Angelou


A good affirmation for me today :)

Saturday, January 2, 2010


My friend Jo sent me this picture yesterday and I thought is was pretty cool.
I hope you enjoy the prayer of "hope" below.

I pray we, all children of the earth,
no matter our path to enlightenment,
come to realize that we are one.
We may walk our own paths, but we are not alone,
for we walk at the same time, toward the same end/beginning.
From our individual perspectives, be we Pagan, Christian, Muslim, Jew,
Buddist, Taoist, or Hindu, we are the same.
I pray that we all feel the love of our Creator
and by example learn to see each other as brothers and sisters,
allowing the boundary lines of religion to fade away.
May the Creator bless your path.
May you always have enough, and may you give enough in return.
Blessed Be.

-Fae Aisling

All you need is love


Mira and Macy messing around in the snow last night.

Yesterday was Mira's 16th birthday......
and a start of a new decade.
Happy New Year and hope you enjoy the quote below!!!!

"If you are here because you feel sorry for me,
you are wasting your time,
but if you are here because your life
and destiny are linked with mine, then we will make a difference..."

- Elizabeth Penashue, an Innu elder