Ella Fitzgerald Performance Moved Me into Another World…..Her World

I was imagining being Ella Fitzgerald during the beautiful Tribute to her tonight presented by Livia Genise Productions. Starring as Ella Fitzgerald was the amazing Sue Carney with excellent narration by David King-Gabriel and expert musicians Mark Reppert, Steve Fain, and Steve Sutfin.

Narratives between songs that spoke of Ms. Fitzgerald’s journey brought her presence into the room that could be felt with great emotion. It stretched my imagination to feel her homelessness and singing on street corners; being discriminated against; a “Me Too” survivor; so spirited in music that it lived inside her as she lived inside it; having the ability to keep that spark and spunk in tact in spite of endless obstacles….

I wondered how much healing occurred winning more awards than any other artist in history. I imagined her gratitude when befriended by Marilyn Monroe who convinced a club owner to hire Ella. Marilyn made a trade with the club owner. She offered to sit in the front row every night for a week while Ella performed. Calling attention to Ms. Fitzerald’s talent, other stars also showed up.to experience Ella Fitzgerald’s undeniable soul surrendering.

Suffering from diabetes with legs amputated below the knees and blind, she still performed as she aged. She lived her music. She kept her passion regardless of anything in life, making her aging process fulfilling. This Tribute had a deep impact on me. Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. is the final show. Bellview Grange, Ashland.  A performance to FEEL.

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RoxyAnn Winery Displays Vibrant Melody Blore Art

This afternoon’s gifts were exceptionally fun and inspirational at RoxyAnn Winery with live music, delectable edibles and the exceptional display of Melody Blore Art. Direct, brilliant and captivating, her pieces call for attention with their very original, creative flare. Unafraid of vibrance, Melody brings to life the essence of a dream time in vivid color with personalities and settings that are unforgettable. Her work can be viewed at RoxyAnn Winery until Feb. 28.

Melody began painting just five years ago. It is as if her soul was waiting to express its exuberance that sings of flavors perhaps from French cafes and the European countrysides.

Visit Melody at the Ashland Art Center and keep an eye out for upcoming classes. Not only is she a gifted artist, but her heart and sentiment bring a warmth to all that she greets.

It was such a delight to embrace such a variety of Melody’s art pieces at RoxyAnn Winery this afternoon with Lisa Manyon of Write On Creative and hear Melody’s sentiment when she spoke to the full house.She highlighted the background about her artwork pertaining to the rose symbol that serves as a central theme reminiscent of her mother.  She asked for a toast to her mother who is no longer here. That is the kind of presence you will meet when you visit with this artist who connects the dots with heart through art.  Visit Melody Blore Art Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CreativeLifeStylist/

 

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Preventing Surgery and Improving Eyesight at 68 with Natural Methods

“Your eyesight has IMPROVED, Janai!” Exciting to hear that but I wondered how she remembered me before dilating my eyes and greeting me with a big smile.

“We have never seen anyone heal that condition so it’s very easy to remember you.” She was referring to my diagnosis two years ago with an eye condition that the doctor thought would require surgery. Diagnosis: Idiopathic Epiretinal Membrane.

How did I heal it? Google goddess hit the computer and found a doctor who had created homeopathic medicine to strengthen the eye in areas needed online and ordered the meds. Also, I spent time visualizing the right eye matching the left eye in health and functioning plus talking to it like a friend. It worked!

Two years later, still healed. In addition, my eyesight improved from last year! I love how much we are capable of as human beings!!! Tapping human potential is awesome in the aging process!!! #lovinlifeisgreat@68

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Uplifting Others Fuels Awesome Aging

Passion. Mission. Vision. EMPOWERING SUPERKIDS is a big slice of my life pie. It is an energy that generates rather than depletes. It is the feeling of heart and soul purpose alive inside my being that feels like a river is flowing rather than a lifeless stagnation that whithers one’s sense of self.

For 41 years I have taught children how to empower themselves with self-help skills, concentrating on how the mind/body/emotions/breathing work together as a system. Emotional intelligence and stress management are basic foundations in an approach to living life with greater control of oneself, acting versus reacting.

As I age, I find my work to empower and uplift others is a key catalyst in my own upliftment and empowerment. How fortunate i feel to have such an intensity about leaving a legacy that will continue with a life of its own when mine is no more.

Helping others creates a full heart that I believe adds to one’s own heart health. In this recent bout of flu victims, it has been a heartfelt endeavor to take food to those who are ill and run errands on occasion.

These actions connect us to each other in meaningful ways. We are all on journeys trying to find our way and helping others enriches the jungle of our seeking depth and fulfillment.

At almost 69, I look forward to finally launching my career in EMPOWERING SUPERKIDS to a whole new level. It is a
road unknown and not traveled so I have no road map. Perhaps
there is no need for one as long as I continue doing the work and it
opens doors to further my ability to help others help themselves at a young age. Onward/upward/forward/TRUSTward with the Awesome Aging Adventure! #lovinlifeisgreat@68

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THE GREATEST SHOWMAN…..IS THE GREATEST SHOW!

Writing movie reviews is not my forte. Having an experience that is breathtaking, uplifting and soul stirring and then writing about it IS my forte.

In my journey of Awesome Aging, I look for what is really functional, and moves me to a space that not only uplifts but carries me into another
dimension of myself. THE GREATEST SHOWMAN has done that three times now. I never revisit a movie more than twice in the theater and that is extremely rare.

After experiencing the big screen and the music of THE GREATEST SHOWMAN three times now, I know it has a significant meaning in my life and will continue to influence me through its music.

By the way, the sound track of the movie is NOW trending #1 on ITunes!! Movie critics have not been very kind to the movie. Perhaps because they are nit picking and want to sound critical. Everyone I know that has seen the movie raves about it.

The transitions from one phase to another, especially with the music, are flawless. The beauty is magnificent with vibrant colors, choreography that elevates viewers to unimaginable heights. Emotions are tapped over and over in ways that stretch the imagination. If movies were rated with Feng Shui points, this movie is off the charts!

I hope to see it again before it leaves Ashland Street Cinema this Friday. And I recommend it to everyone. Miss it and you are missing something that could bring you to a new appreciation of feeling naturally high after watching a movie in a theater.

And, for the record, when it is for sale I will be owning a copy!
So….GO!

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Love in the Classroom…..

Love in the classroom. He kept pointing to his chest. The 5 yr. old was in a class I was teaching about connecting with others eye to eye and heart to heart when saying ‘thank you.’ Every so often he would say, “I feel something HERE” as he pointed to chest.

Other children joined in, saying they felt something, too. By the end of class the boy exclaimed, “I KNOW what it is! I FEEL LOVE!”

I LOVE that love was felt. Successful holistic lesson! Unforgettable….for me AND the students! This kind of intrinsic reward accelerates my awesome experience in aging with a full heart. #lovinlifeisgreat@68

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Xmas Fairy Report on Homeless Shelter Packages Delivered


Xmas Fairy Delivery to Homeless Shelter last night….left me with a heart sensation of expansion that is very deep. The homeless rate grows exponentially now. More people crowded into the temporary shelter than in past years. Everyone was so sweet and appreciative of the gifts from the Xmas Fairy and Elves. My son assisted me at the shelter.

Here are some glimpses of the evening in pictures and written vignettes (all photos taken with permission and some requested photos be taken to help further this work). With each person I handed two separate one gallon bags (food in one, hygiene items, sox/fleece gloves/hats/scarves, Emergen-C/cough lozenges in the other) plus a $4 gift certificate to Bi-Mart and $8 meal certificate to Wendy’s…..for 40 people.

I ‘connected’ with every single person, eye-to-eye and heart-to-heart, wishing them a Merry Christmas and asking each person’s name which I used in addressing them. I touched each person on the arm and some wanted hugs. A few just wanted to hold my hand. Also I waved my singing wand above each person’s head, asking them to close their eyes and make a wish, to keep it in their hearts. Every person loved doing this. It was so heart touching. And the magic of the moment occurred with each one.

Some memorable moments of the evening: A woman having tears roll down her face receiving the gifts; some men and other women having teary eyes; some who needed to be greeted on the floor instead of standing up so I met them there; someone calling out that I was not a fairy but an angel; a man who was wobbly and his fingers could not grasp the certificates so I had to wind his fingers over them; several people who came back 2-3 times to express appreciation; a man who fell in the creek trying to find a friend in the dark and was soaking wet with no blanket to keep warm; a woman who said, “I wish I could make people feel good like you do.” My response to her: “We ALL have special ways to help others and do not all do the same things. A smile, helping someone with a door, and so many things help others. It’s up to you to just do them and it will help. It is the time on the planet where we need to be helping each other every chance we can.” She looked surprised like a light bulb went on and realized she is empowered to help others. There was a man who shared that he is praying for an old trailer no one wants so that he can have a place to live. A young man approached me asking if he could take the bags and certificates not only for himself but also for his pregnant wife who was laying on the floor and not feeling very well to walk over and get her own.

Everyone was so gracious. Some remembered me from other years. I owe a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated monetarily and with items to share, as well as those who assisted in collating everything (the ELVES…Lisa Manyon, Barbara Tricarico, Cheryl Markiewicz, and younger elves Ava, Holden, Claire and Grayson), because I cannot do this alone. Every cent and every ounce of effort was an integral part of making this a meaningful success for 40 people whose realities are challenging. My life is fuller and more meaningful from this experience. I am grateful to the homeless for accepting my presence and the presents.So many said, “God bless you.” I did and do feel blessed…..and so fortunate to be embraced by a part of the culture so different than the way I live….and so fortunate to feel the passion in my heart to answer the call to do this act of goodwill without discrimination, without judgment, with love. I am grateful. #lovinlifeisgreat@68 #trulyawesomeagingwithpassionasfuel

 

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Young Elves Selflessly Save the Day with Older Elves for Xmas Fairy Homeless Project

Cross-generational elfing is where it’s at! Four young elves saved the day, assisting older elves. Different ages joining together to spend an afternoon being selfless to help homeless have a caring feeling at Christmas. The homeless will be receiving packages prepared especially for them hand delivered by the Xmas Fairy which I am totally honored to BE!

It was amazing to see how conscientious the young elves were to make sure everything was distributed evenly in the packages they were in charge of. Friends were quite generous this year making it possible to provide sox, fleece gloves, hats, scarves, hygiene products, cold lozenges and Emergen-C, food and gift certificates for 40 at Wendy’s that were $8 apiece. Deep gratitude to the generous persons who donated money and items this year…..it is the best year yet for fantastic gift packages!

I showed the young elves pictures of how the homeless sleep on the floor and their belongings are in a backpack. They looked intently and then imagined what they would put in a backpack if they only had that one option for all their belongings. It was hard for them to imagine that reality but they looked at the pictures intently to try to grasp it. And then they rolled up their sleeves and put their ALL into doing a great job!

Packages, one with fleece warming items, hygiene and health items, the second package with food, will be warmly delivered to each individual at a temporary shelter soon. I find this experience as the Xmas Fairy to be the true meaning of the soul of Christmas goodwill. It fills my heart and humbles it at the same time. Oh, if everyone could feel cared about……so important to do what we can. It is good for our own heart and soul health in the process. Pictures below to show homeless bedding, items in packages, etc. (photos taken with permission)

 

 

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TEN REALTY Tithes Monthly to Local Charities…Grateful The Conscious Living Foundation is the November Recipient

At the Ashland Chamber of Commerce weekly Greeters meeting today, Sophia Siobhan Wolohan Bogel of TEN REALTY presented The Conscious Living Foundation, non profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 a check for $1,600. She and her husband, Adam, named TEN REALTY for the purpose of tithing 10% to a monthly charity in the community. It is their belief that strengthening the community is the wisest way to live in the community.

As Executive Director of The Conscious Living Foundation, I was honored to receive this check that supports my program, EMPOWERING SUPERKIDS, by teaching children as young as 3 how to manage stress and develop emotional intelligence. 50% of U.S. children and youth suffer from some form of mental health issue according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and NIMH (National Institute for Mental Health). There is an 8 to 10 year lag from the onset to treatment and 75% of those cases are not resolved. In addition, 21% of all child abuse cases in Oregon are in Jackson County!

Billions are spent in our country annually with little to show for that investment. A stitch in time saves nine. Moreover, unnecessary suffering that can be prevented is not at the forefront of mental health yet. Prevention IS the key!

85% of a child’s brain develops by the age of 5 years. I teach children beginning at age 3 how the mind, body and emotions work together as a system along with proper breathing. TEN REALTY sees the picture clearly regarding the state we are in with societal maladies and mental health issues. Their support means more children will be reached and supported in developing self-awareness, self-control, self-care and self-confidence. Children who are empowered with skills help to strengthen their families, schools, neighborhoods, towns and the overall culture. It is time to prioritize them and that is exactly what TEN REALTY has done with their contribution.

I like to imagine in my Awesome Aging process that businesses take note of TEN REALTY’s leadership in tithing and supporting charities that help to build a healtheir community. TEN is the model for what is needed at this critical juncture in our chaotic world.

Thank you, TEN, for your vision, mission and passion. You stated that my work is changing the world. I reflect that sentiment back to you because YOU are changing the world, too!

My Aging process just got much more Awesome with TEN’s encouragement and support!

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Ecstatic Experiences in Ixtapa, Mexico: Airborne Riding on Dolphins

Just returned from Ixtapa, Mexico, where I was privileged to play with dolphins. Holding my back in arched position in the water, legs straight behind me, toes down, arms straight out, two dolphins connected to my feet with their front snout areas. They propelled me straight up in standing position above the water and swam with me for two pool lengths being airborne: one pool length, drop into water, start over, repeat being airborne. I was ecstatic!

Next I was able to be pulled by a swimming dolphin for two pool lengths. It was joyous! I felt like we were dancing in the water. The sensation of connecting through interspecies play truly created a natural high that kept a joyous ecstasy flowing through my body for hours afterwards.

The dolphins have a way of feeling kindred. They sense who we are and are so very kind and loving.  A good dolphin dose feels like an injection for keeping aging in the Awesome range. It is nothing short of medicine on the fun shelf of self-medicating. And dolphins are play experts that can encite one’s inner child like a piece of candy. I highly recommend it. #lovinlifeisgreat@68

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