LOVE, SIMON….Recommended by Me….Mother of a Gay Son

Watching LOVE, SIMON, I was so touched by the artistry so tastefully done to bring viewers to a place of empathy. I am aware of the journey a gay son has taken through discrimination and inequity. It is nigh on to impossible with some people who are opposed to anyone who is not just like them….to help them open up by merely having a conversation.

LOVE, SIMON accomplishes the formidable task of bringing to light the humanness in the pressure of being discriminated against and not accepted as a normal human being. In my aging process, having been born in 1949, I have witnessed oppression of many in these decades since childhood. I am ever so grateful for more leaders across industries to be voices of equality and inclusion for those who deserve respect.

It has to be such a relief and encouragement to those in the homosexual community to have such a powerful statement from Hollywood in support of their right to be free.

Thank you, LOVE, SIMON producers, cast and crew! What a worthy project! The world is a better place and those who gain from this will have a happier aging process!

My complete sentiments about this movie in a nutshell: “LOVE, SIMON”….heart rendering and excellent! The movie has a special touch that will hopefully open closed minds and hearts to the reality of other humans who want to be…and deserve to be… treated as humans. Period. As the mother of a gay son, I applaud this movie as a catalyst for greater empathy, acceptance, equity, diversity, inclusion, kindness and mutual respect. It is a gift to those who will receive it. #lovinlifeisgreat@68


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Lost an Argument with a Vacuum Sweeper

It’s one thing to agree to disagree and works well with many relationships. However, vacuum sweepers do not seem to cater to that philosophy.

Not once, not twice, but three times in the not too distant past I have been entangled with the vacuum sweeper while cleaning in my flannel nighty. Supposedly we get wiser with age. To live up to that I may need to stop vacuuming….hahaha…..NOT! Well, maybe just vacuum in pants with no loose ends. Or…..I may just use an old fashioned broom!

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R.I.P.Officer Malcus Williams, We Honor and Appreciate you

“All people, no matter their station in life, deserve to be treated with dignity.” May we all remember your motto and life theme. R.I.P. Officer Malcus Williams. You were and are honored/respected/loved by everyone whose lives you touched.

Your daughters received a standing ovation with their beautiful singing of your favorite song, “Colors of the Wind” today at your Celebration of Life. The bagpipers brought countless tears with their exemplary “Amazing Grace” and your law enforcement brothers and sisters gave a beautiful display of honor and respect. Your friends opened our eyes to your amazing, dedicated life for 51 years.

Thank you for walking your talk and living to the fullest in service of others. “As minority police officers, we must be forgiving, we must be positive role models and above all else, we must strive to elevate the comfort level for everyone in our community everyday, irrespective of their ethnicity, gender or economic status.” When I saw a homeless man attending your Life Celebration, it was acknowledgment of your goodness.

You have inspired many to live with integrity. You are a testament to creating a full hearted life experience. May we all benefit from your example and create aging journeys that become fulfilling.

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Very often I am asked what I do for my vitality and vibrance. In response, a workshop will be offered at Zagorska Oasis Spa and Satl Cave IN the Salt Cave where a very soothing and nourishing atmosphere add to anyone’s health and day.

There are a number of factors I find essential in creating an awesome aging experience and empowering myself to live fully. Aging offers many advantages as well as challenges. In order to meet those challenges with gusto and GROWTH, I continually search and practice techniques that empower me in a positive, life-loving manner. As a result, more energy is tapped. The mind/body/emotions/lspirit connection is a vital force in awareness.

Experiences will be offered in the workshop that range from energy flow techniques and biofeedback for stress relief, inner balance, and youthfulness; creative inner child freedom; tuning oneself; self-healing modalities; cellular health and more.

I use mind/body skills and have prevented two surgeries with self-help skills, requested no drugs for a C-section 36 years ago, had no drugs before/during/after bunion surgery, several root canals and tooth implants. My teaching approach is highly experiential. Living in Ashland, I serves as Ashland’s fairy in parades, teach children self-help skills, have 7 books on Amazon, and am retired adjunct faculty at the U of O. I have dedicated my life to advancing my own human potential and helping others, having studied from several master teachers.

March 21st, 6:30 to 8;45 pm. $50 fee. BYOB(bring your own water bottle).
Space for 8 participants who pre-register (first come first serve)
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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 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:


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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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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!

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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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