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Book of Days #2

Book of Days #2

January 9

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

–Melody Beattie


Book of Days #1

A number of years ago, my friend Sheila O’Malley, created a personal desktop type of calendar/book for me. It was as she titled it, “Book of Days” – Quotes of inspiration, revelation, ephiphany, realization and love manifest. This was a labor of love and awesomeness. Sheila is one heck of a writer, movie critic and most importantly, longtime friend.

Buddha Balboa

Rake and Blow

Life is not Or.  It’s And.  More often than not, life is an and experience.  One should rake and blow.

Case in point.  We were hanging out with some friends in Brooklyn, having brunch.  Jonathan and his wife Karen were there and we were discussing yard work.  They have 2 children – boys – at that time in their teens.  As most of us understood growing up, yard work was part of the kids duties.  We had our chores – extra hands to help out around the house – sometimes with the promise of an allowance at completion.  “Hard work never killed anyone” – a common quote from a parents playbook.