Monday, August 30, 2010

Happy 52nd Anniversary!!!

Happy 52nd Anniversary, Mom and Dad!!!!

"You're the strangest person I ever met, she said & I said you too & we decided we'd know each other a long time."

— Brian Andreas

Letting Go

Abundant Living

The International Festival was a lot of fun on Saturday. Nice to see Medina celebrating diversity.
Marko got to work in the Kiwanis snowcone booth. Fun day!!!
I hope you enjoy the words below!!!
Proverbs for Abundant Living
Brian Cavanaugh

In life we are to encourage and build up each other;

not to discourage and tear down one another.

In life we are to add, not subtract;

to multiply, not divide.

In life we are to leave an enduring impression;

not a careless dent.

In life we are to smooth out the rough roads along the journey;

not create new potholes.

In life we are to sing a joyful song;

not just drone a groan.

In life we are to add our harmonious strains to life's symphony;

not strain the symphony with clatter and clang.

In life we are to soar on eagles' wings.

not to peck and cluck with our beaks in the dirt like chickens.

In life we are to radiate light into unseen places;

not permit unknown fears to dim our radiance.

In life we are to leap in faith;

not to limp with doubt.

In life we are to give freely of our time, our love, our resources;

not to cling on to them greedily.

In life we are to lift up others;

not push them down.

In life we are to open our hands to those in need;

not to clutch our hands in fists of distrust.

In life we are to lend a helping hand to make loads lighter;

not use heavy hands to hold others back.

In life we are to be messengers of peace, signs of joy;

not Chicken Little portents of gloom-n-doom.

In life we are to enjoy, to savor, to remember, to reflect;

not to overlook, to forget, to ignore, to reject.

In life we are to seek conscious awareness;

not doze in the doldrums of half-awake.

In life we are to dare mighty things;

not to fear things gravely.

In life we are to show up, stand up, step forward and speak up;

not to cringe in fear, choosing to sit down,
to step back, allowing the voices of silence to speak so loudly.

In life we are to exercise proper stewardship of earth's resources;

not pillage the heritage of future generations.

In life we are to move forward through forgiveness;

not grind to a halt mired in bitterness and resentment.

In life we are to be wacky, weird, and wonderful
in our own unique God-given way;
not to be staid-n-proper lemmings, stuck on life's treadmill.

In life we are to reach, to stretch, and to soar;

not to slink in fear, held back by mistrust and doubt.

In life we are to realize: "I am a remarkable Somebody!";

not listen to other's jabs: "You're a Nobody, an Everybody, an Anybody."
In life we are to comprehend, "I am worthwhile";
not tremble with feelings of worthlessness.

In life we are to create, to laugh, and to live life nobly;

not to despair, to moan, or to live life less.

On Happiness

Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy,
but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.
-Wayne Dyer

On being a mom

A mother I know had spent the whole summer in the company of her children,
thinking only of their needs.
On her return in the fall she went for the first time in months to an adult dinner party.
To her horror she discovered that, to start conversation with the distinguished man next to her,
she said automatically, "I bet I can finish my soup sooner than you can."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Letting Go

the power of our thoughts


above are pictures from this morning....before the first day of school.
Mira and Macy,
Cassie (my other daughter) and Macy,
and Macy and Cassie hugging Marko......they make me smile.
Marko and I got to do yoga together after the girls left for was nice having him wake up early again!!!
hope you enjoy the words below.

I learned that inspiration
does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly
...and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly
and every day give it a little chance to start flowing,
prime it with a little solitude and idleness.

Brenda Ueland

Sunday, August 22, 2010

on awakening


Whatever you give to life, it gives you back.
Do not hate anybody.
The hatred which comes out from you will someday come back to you.
Love others, and love will come back to you.

Old friends

Had a very nice "girls' night out" last night.
I hope you enjoy the quote below!!!

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think of the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the twin towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. And if you look for it, I've got a sneaking suspicion that love actually is all around.

--from 'Love Actually'..

Saturday, August 21, 2010


My parents had us over last night for a "back to school taco salad night."
It was very nice and relaxing.

My friend, Roberta was telling me about a research study done
re: what the happy memories that kids remember the most from their childhood................

and they are:

1. childhood pets

2. family vacations

3. memories of spending time with grandparents

Thankfully, our kids will have lots to remember then!!!!!
I hope you enjoy the pictures and the quote below.



Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
~Robert Brault

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

On Being a Poser

Me and my plastic

Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?

- Fanny Brice

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Let it Grow!!!

We are enjoying fresh tomatoes this year!!! They taste so much better than the ones from the store.....I don't think I can eat "store bought" tomatoes anymore. Marko is learning how to garden this year. The pictures above are of his tomato plants. My dad bought him some potted plants this year after Marko expressed interest in gardening and Marko has done a great job with them. He is also growing peppers and beans. :) I hope you enjoy the quote below!!! Namaste, Michele

Live as if you liked yourself, and it may happen: reach out, keep reaching
out, keep bringing in. This is how we are going to live for a long time: not always, for every gardener knows that after the digging, after the planting, after the long season of tending and growth, the harvest comes.
-Marge Piercy

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Atlantic City pictures.....Mira and Macy got to go for Nationals.
It was fun!!!!
We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one else can spare us.
- Marcel Proust



Marko and his friends had a special visitor for one of his games, Mr. Chronister.
He was their teacher last year and a very good guy.
He was a guest coach for a game :)
I hope you enjoy the words below!!!!...been trying to sit in silence everyday!!!!

The most direct and consistent way that I know to bring peace into every
aspect of your life is through the regular practice of meditation. Take time
on a daily basis to quiet your mind and calm your body. This helps you take
peace beyond a mood you are trying to maintain to your essential state of
~ David Simon, MD