We all have moments in life that are forever etched in our consciousness. For me it was the day a young co-worker asked me on my birthday, “So, how old are you?” Never feeling that age defined my spirit I proudly responded, “Fifty.”
Great interview yesterday with the Drink Wine and Giggle Authors, Deb Mangolt, Lynne Everatt and Julie Smethurst. They discussed 101 ways girlfriends can connect, have fun and be inspired by participating in the activities in D.W.A.G, divided into four sections – mind, body, soul and funny bone, with twenty-five activities in each. Drink Wine and Giggle is dedicated to encouraging new adventures and fresh insights proven to turn girlfriend get-togethers into life-shifting experiences.
And stay tuned to Joy Radio this summer when Deb Mangolt will take the first three callers and do an exercise from the book. Let the fun begin!!!
When the body bows in worship; the heart is a temple.
The bluebird is my favorite bird.
Every year around spring these beautiful creatures arrive
in my backyard and build their nest in their weathered home.
Filled with joy, I grab my camera and click away.
This is one of my all-time favorite shots. It speaks volumes.
Did you know that the keynote words for bluebirds are modesty, unassuming, confidence and happiness?
“The bluebird is symbolic of a passage, a time of movement into another level of being. It is a connection to human fertility and a new confidence and happiness coming into your own.” *
“Bluebirds homes front entrances face south, the direction for awakening the inner child.”*
If a bluebird comes into your life, look for opportunities to touch the joyful aspects of yourself you may have lost touch with and take time to enjoy yourself.
Also, the color blue is associated with the throat chakra, creative expression.
Wishing all joy and happiness today and every day of your life.
* ANIMAL-SPEAK , by Ted Andrews. (If you love animals, I highly recommend picking up this book.)
PHOTOGRAPHY by pattie welek hall.
After my divorce my self-esteem was at an all-time low. I picked up a copy of the book “You Can Heal Your Life,” by Louise Hay. There was one exercise I really struggled with. Louise suggested going to the mirror and saying out loud, “I love you.” Sounds easy, right? Wrong. It took months of digging deep before I could look into my eyes and utter those three simple words. And what I learned during the healing process was… in order for my world to change I had to learn to love me first.
How does this quote resonate with you?
Joy Radio continues to support Words & Music, a literary feast in New Orleans, Nov. 28- Dec. 2, interviewing author, Rich Cohen, on 10.30.12 at 1pm, ET. Mr. Cohen is an American non-fiction writer, who has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 2006. There, he has written a wide range of articles for the magazine, among them an investigative report about Israel’s secretive counterterrorism operation Sayeret Matkal, an analysis of Hitler’s Toothbrush mustache, and cover stories on George Clooney, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie. Cohen is the author of five books, including Tough Jews (Simon & Schuster, 1998) and Sweet and Low (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006), and his articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. His new book this year is The Fish That Ate The Whale: The Life and Times of Samuel Zemurray, a biography of the making of a powerful entrepreneur, who started life selling over-ripe bananas for United Fruit Company and ultimately captured the company for himself. Born and raised in Lake Forest, IL, he grew up in Chicago‘s North Shore suburb of Glencoe and attended the same high school as Rock Hudson and Donald Rumsfeld. He received his BA from Tulane University in 1990. He now lives, with his “ridiculously large family,” in Ridgefield, CT.
For years I felt a strong desire to tell my son’s story about his traumatic brain injury, tragedy to triumph, but I had never written a book. Every time I thought about putting words to paper, fear rose. Then one day I heard my alter-ego say, “What do you have to lose?” Godfrey Daniels, my inner voice was right! Immediately, I sat down at the computer and started writing, one word, one page at a time. I’m in my final round of edits and I’ve never looked back.