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Thank you staff at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon @latenightjimmy…

Thank you staff at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon @latenightjimmy…

…..for reminding me that no matter how young I feel I will still be segregated into the not so secretly coded with numbers “old group” when you organize your audience!!

Did you know that television audience coordinators seat the studio audience to reflect the demographics they want portrayed to the home audience as well as advertisers?  I first saw this strategy employed at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and then on my first trip to Late Night in August.  Today’s trip confirmed their segregation:  old, young and those who will stand behind the musical guest.

Guess what – once I got to see Hugh Jackman have a water war with Jimmy none of that mattered! Throw in a little Rick Astley duet complete with dancing by Jimmy and Hugh and all was forgiven. 

Jimmy, just remember when you write your thank you notes not to forget to thank those “old folks” who love you too!

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Musical Mondays!

Musical Mondays!

Music is inspiring, motivating and at its best can express what we are feeling in a way that we don’t always have the ability to do ourselves. Each Monday I will share with you music that lives within me, makes me happy, reminds me of special times in my life or is just totally cool. Enjoy!

 

My Two Favorite Verses of I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you’re free
Look into your heart and you’ll find love love love
Listen to the music of the moment people dance and sing
We’re just one big family
And it’s our God-forsaken right to be loved love loved love love

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you’re free
Look into your heart and you’ll find that the sky is yours
So please don’t, please don’t, please don’t, there’s
No need to complicate cause our time is short this
Oh this oh this oh this is our fate, I’m yours

 

 

 

 

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Step It Up Saturdays!

Step It Up Saturdays!

Step It Up Saturdays! is all about trying new things, stepping outside your comfort zone and not being afraid to do so!!

Today’s recommendation to try:  Spotify – a digital music service

I have been listening to Spotify all morning/afternoon while working and I am loving it.  Think of it like Pandora except that you can be more specific in what you choose to listen to, you are not limited to passing on songs that just don’t do it for you and you can select not only from their extensive catalog but also from your own music  library on your device.

You can add the Spotify app to Facebook, your mac/pc or your mobile device.  You can share what you are listening to on Facebook or you can choose to be in privacy mode for listening to your guilty pleasures!!

 The upgrade to unlimited is $4.99 per month and permits you to listen with no advertising and unlimited streaming of music, my experience today using free Spotify on my pc is that the advertising is very limited – less than you would find on FM radio. An upgrade to premium is $9.99 per month and allows for Spotify on your mobile, offline mode for play lists, no advertising and unlimited streaming.

For additional information about the three options and features check out the link.

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Call of the Muses

Call of the Muses

They say that art feeds the soul, and now more than ever we are starving! Time limitations, financial limitations and a plethora of things that are there to amuse us without us actively participating have lead us away from the basics:  art, music, dance, theatre and literature. I guess even some of the basics have been out priced, especially in this economy, but part of enjoying the arts is to be creative!

I want to share with you my passion for all forms of creative expression, and challenge you to find your own experiences with the muses.  The wide variety of styles, tastes, media, locales and venues truly offer something for everyone.  There is no harm, no foul in saying that something just isn’t your thing, the challenge comes in finding what moves you.

Did one class trip sour you on visiting a museum, or was it visiting with someone who felt they needed to cover the entire building like a general on a mission? Did your mother invite you to a concert and then tell you it was Barry Manilow (who puts on a great show, but doesn’t rock a teen ager’s world!)?  Did you see the Nutcracker every holiday and think that every performance of dance included dancing rats and large ladies with multiple children under their skirts?  How about if your first theatre experience was Kafka when you were ten, or a rollicking musical when you were in your goth phase? Of course, the insult to literature most of us experienced was the ill chosen summer reading book foisted upon us. How many dogs do have to die to have educators feel that they are providing meaningful content?

We have all had bad experiences with the arts, that is in fact part of the process.  Knowing what you don’t like, what doesn’t move you, is an important part of finding out what makes your spirit soar. It is unfortunate when we are scarred so young, or buy into societal or gender roles about what types of entertainment you should enjoy.  Sometimes by the time we move beyond the school age years our interest in pursuing artistic experiences, whether as a participant or a consumer, is non-existent.

Honestly, unless an experience motivates us, moves us or challenges us we aren’t anxious to repeat the experience or revisit it.  It is vital to find the place within you willing to try, to truly make an effort to make a space for the arts in your life.  It is also a responsibility to introduce young children in our lives to various forms of artistic expression so that they can develop that part of who they are.  As kids grow into teen agers and young adults we also need to be open  to their muses, it is so important not to dismiss something because of our own prejudices.  Being open is the key, what happens next may surprise you.

I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and accept the challenge to move beyond my own comfort zones as we explore the beauty in the world around us – the call of the muses.

 

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Welcome to The Positive Thinking Cafe

Welcome to The Positive Thinking Cafe

There is not much I enjoy as much as sitting and talking, sharing ideas, laughing and learning.  Regardless if my company is my family, friends or new acquaintances I find I never lose interest in the possibility of conversation, the meeting of minds and the potential for growth. One of my goals is to meet as many people in the world as I possibly can!

Add coffee or a nice glass of wine and conversation just seems to get better!  So welcome to my cafe, my kitchen table, my front stoop.  Think of all the places that talk just seems to flow naturally. We don’t often get a chance to do that in person, but now is my chance to do it here.  I have always said I wanted to have a cafe, but I only wanted to have it open when I felt like cooking, when I felt like socializing and welcoming friends new and old. I guess you could see the potential for failure for a cafe that is only open when the owner is in the mood.  Thanks to the beauty of the internet – my cafe is now open just the way I imagined it!!

I like to consider myself a renaissance woman, someone who has lived life to the fullest and followed the path wherever it lead me.  I have worked in advertising, public relations, development, consulting, in a florist shop, as a substitute teacher, as a marriage and family counselor, as the facilitator of a family program and as a licensed realtor.  I have been involved in dance, theatre, volunteer work, philanthropy and fund raising. I am married and a mother of three who loves  traveling, reading, writing, cooking, learning, shopping and aspiring.  Every time I became curious about something I took the opportunity to see how it fit into my life.  Some things were passing fancies, some became hobbies and some helped me discover exactly who I was meant to be. 

In my heart I believe each and every experience was necessary to lead me to where I am today.  When I look back I have very few regrets and when I look ahead I am filled with excitement and wonder.  In those rare instances when I stand still I work hard to focus on the present, to be mindful of where I am and grateful to be experiencing the now.  My now.

Join me on this adventure, sit with me at my cafe.  We will share thoughts, dreams, aspirations and recipes.  I want to share all the parts of my life, the trials and tribulations of what it means when we say  “we are all only human”. Some joy, some laughter, some deep thoughts and some questioning.  Welcome to my next adventure!!  xo

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