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I’m Directing This Flick

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Today is my favorite day of the year. The freshness of Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping, and, oh yes, today is also my Birthday.

As a child I never knew if the day would be spent playing outside with friends on the verdant, newly sprouted grass or cozied up inside with a round of hot chocolate for all as the early Spring winds blew whirlwinds of white snow off the two foot high snow banks outside. If I was still living in the north, this year I would be drinking hot chocolate today.

It’s a time of year full of surprises. Of course there are the April Fool’s Day pranks. My Grandmother would not believe it when my Dad told her my Mother had given birth to me. “I know what day it is,” she skeptically replied.

No joke. Here I am. And on this first day of the rest of my life, I’ve decided on a theme for the next 59 years.

“My life is a feel good movie of my own direction.” 

That means I choose to not include the drama, the tragedy and the fear that are part of all the other movies that people choose to live in everyday.

“But it’s not my fault,” is the common explanation on the lips of the victims of circumstances. Yes, it is easier to blame another for what happens in your life. When you do that, you give up your own control. Would you let someone push you out of the driver’s seat of your car and recklessly careen down the road? Of course not.

Your Life. It is Your Life.

Why allow someone else to drive you where you don’t want to go?

Nothing is more important than that you feel good. Like a feel good movie you want to see over and over again.

“Today, no matter where I am going, no matter what I am doing, no matter whom I am doing it with…nothing is more important than that I feel good.”  Abraham- Esther & Jerry Hicks

The First of Many

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Chirpy birds greeted me this morning as I opened the sliding door. My vista of blue skies and brilliant sunshine announced the glorious first day of April. My Birthday.

Two Boys and a Girl (8-12) Blowing Out Candles on a Birthday CakeGrowing up in Michigan, what the first day of April brought was not as predictable. Planning a Birthday party for myself and a dozen friends could mean outdoor games on the lawn beside the crocuses and daffodils. The warm spring breeze carried out shrieks and giggles throughout the neighborhood.

As we sat at the rickety folding table, on chairs decorated with crepe paper, I blew out the candles on my colorful cake, lovingly homemade by my aunt. After an off key rendition of Happy Birthday was sung, we devoured the cake with huge scoops of ice cream.

But just as common, an April snowstorm could keep we young revelers inside. The folding table fit snugly into the living room, leaving little room for play. We braved the cold for a snowball fight when we became too rambunctious inside. The friends did not mind the cramped quarters and the cake was just as good.

Today, I realize that everyday is just how we make it.

Sunshine or snow.

And my sister still called me to sing Happy Birthday, off key.


"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well." Voltaire

Reason to Celebrate

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Leonardo da Vinci described it as the driving force of all nature.  Not a day goes by that you and I are not intimately connected to its powers of refreshment and rejuvenation. Whether flowing from a pristine Artesian well or purchased in a three dollar plastic bottle, water is easily  attainable for most of us.

Or is it?

a toddler drinking water from a garden hose Unimaginable as it seems to our pampered way of living, access to clean, drinkable water is not an automatic right for all humanity. This startling fact is the driving force behind the compassionate and grueling work of charity: water.

This munificent organization is about just what its name says. It's sole mission is to apply charitable donations for the procurement of life giving water for all. In the most uninhabitable conditions, wells are drilled, often numerous times, until the goal of drinkable water flows from the earth to supply the parched inhabitants in all corners of the world.

As I watched videos of their Herculean efforts and witnessed the joy on the faces of the grateful recipients, it was easy to write a check as a way to join their celebration. It makes me appreciate my blessings every time I turn on the faucet.

Now I have the opportunity to extend the good feelings and celebration to you. Coming up on my Birthday in just a few days, I'm asking you to be generous- but not to me. Instead, I have pledged my Birthday to the mission of charity: water.

Visit this link, take a sip of your crystal clear water, and be generous.

I thank you on behalf of so many you will help.

Your generosity will ensure that many fellow citizens of earth will continue to have Birthdays, just like you and I.


"Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all."

Nelson Mandela

Day Eleven of the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

 Birthdays have always been a cause for celebration in my family. This week is no exception as we celebrated my sister's birthday at the historic English Inn, a charming bed and breakfast restaurant.

On the eleventh day of the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge, I'm sending owner, Erik Nelson, a note of appreciation for helping to make our experience so special.

We come to expect a level of service and are often disappointed when businesses don't meet our expectations. When they do meet and happily exceed expectations, as they did at The English Inn, it's another cause to celebrate. 

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