Boomer Muse  with Layla Morgan Wilde
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Going Beyond Blue Skies

Do ads on YouTube bother you as much as me? Whenever I find a nice re-mastered Ella Fitzgerald without a commercial is a fine day indeed. Like Ella singing Blue Skies. I hope you like it and no matter what color the sky is today, know you can go beyond the idea of blue skies. When I shot this the sky was blue but it's a cold gray, freezing rain crawl under the covers and wait for July kind of day. After our warm spell, it turns out April really is the cruelest month. So, if you can relate, listen to Ella, drink something warm and enjoy this splash of blue skies.

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Dive Into Life Head First

The crocuses are blooming. No big deal right? So, I lean in to take a closer look and there's a fat bumblebee doing his thing. First a delayed spring and now an early bee? I don't know what kind of joke Mother Nature is playing but she got my attention. This fuzzy fellow dove in with gusto, pollen flying willy nilly sucking up what life is all about. Dive into spring, dive into whatever is calling your name. It's your life: dive in head first and have a great week!
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Back To The Labyrinth

We had so much snow this year I didn't get to walk the labyrinth near me all winter. Yesterday, feeling tired and jittery I drove past and there it was waiting for me to enter. Walking the labyrinth is a symbolic journey to the center of yourself.I've blogged about walking the labyrinth and specifically this one a number of times. This post has a number of winter images, written in haste and I groan because I don't have time to go back and edit. Ditto this post from five years ago! with images taken in the summer and fall. It has useful info on what labyrinths can do for you.

What have I learned after all these years? Taking the time to walk and find the ever elusive inner stillness is more valid and necessary than ever. I feel more grounded, centered and peaceful every single time.

If you have the good fortune to walk the sacred circle of the labyrinth, you won't regret it. If you can't, walking alone in nature is a good substitute.
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Miracles Now & Happiness Now

For years I've shared the themes of finding happiness and anything else we seek in the now. That includes miracles. Balderdash, you say? If you scoff at the new agey label, you may reconsider. I didn't say you'll win the lottery or prince charming will drop into your lap. You may be in pain. You be experiencing loss, bad luck, a crappy day, you fill in the blank. I'm not saying you'll be happy in ten minutes or next year. What I'm saying is you can be happy now. In ten seconds you can decide on misery or something else but for now you can have happiness. << MORE >>

Mistakes I Made At Work

Mistakes at work? Who me? Do you cringe at what you've done wrong or fearlessly move forward? Everyone has made mistakes but the 25 accomplished women in the new book, Mistakes I Made At Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect On What They Got Out of Getting it Wrong dare to share their errors and subsequent insights. The reader is lucky to go along for the ride learning from this diverse group from writers to CEOs. Their sound advice applies to any women at any juncture in their career.

I was lucky enough to get an early review copy which will be released on April 29, 2014 by Plume. I have to admit I agreed to review it because Cheryl Strayed is included and I'm a huge fan. She's a genius for giving advice and her chapter does not disappoint.

What a great gift this will make for students graduating this year. One of the core messages is about being authentic and not worrying about being an early success.Ruth Reichl, one of the 25 women Jessica Bacal interviewed at length for the book says, "It's better to be a late bloomer than an early one; so many young successes flame out.."

As a late bloomer I must attest to that.
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What Color Is Your Day?

Some things bear repeating. Have you ever noticed how you can see or hear the same thing a second time and it's completely different? This time my day is purple. How about yours?

Did you know there is such a thing as the color of the year? Well there is and this year it's called radiant orchid. I'm not kidding. Go see for yourself at Pantone They are the official color wizards which select a color every year and is seen in fashion, home decor, consumer goods etc. It's a nice shade but I like my purple better.

We Did It!

Look what arrived in my garden. We did it or should I say Mother Nature did it. No matter. Victory is ours and all the sweeter for being late. What's that about all good things come to those who wait? The garden is still a mess of dead leaves but each tendril of green brings hope.

Today's color is GREEN.

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Why Invisible Threads Matter

Can you believe I have no new photos? But it felt like time to make a fun graphic instead. I made a this in a few color variations but today feels pink. Shocking pink to give punch to Hump Day.

What color does your day feel like? What color would you prefer it to be? Act as if everything you do matters because it does. Visible and invisible threads connect us and influence others beyond the obvious. It creates the fabric of your life. It can be shiny satin or shredded with holes.
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The Worst Is Over

The good news is: the worst is over, I think. It's the last day of March. How much more bad weather could we possibly have? I know many of you are feeling fed up. It's getting old like this vintage cat calendar from 1892. I added text but it's real. That should perk some of you up! The year started off in fine form.

February is tolerable because it's a short month but then...

March arrived like a lion and wouldn't quit. It roared and roared and well, here were are.
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If you wait, they will bloom

Okay, so spring is tardy to the tune of a couple weeks but we have this to tide you over until the  real thing unless of course you're reading this from a Caribbean Island. In that case, it's null and void. And make me a rum punch will ya? These cherry blossom beauties were a reality on this date two years ago, a stone's throw from my house. They say if you build it, they will come and if you wait, they will bloom.

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False Spring, False Happiness

It's spring. How did this happen? I don't blog for a few days and suddenly we're in a new season. Weirdly enough whenever I stop blogging my traffic go up. Go figure. This year, the first day of spring proved to be a chilly non-event but in the words of Hemingway, “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” 

People, that's you. Are you limiter of happiness? Did you celebrate World Happiness Day ? What's wrong with a world that feels the need to allocate a holiday for happiness?
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Top 'O The Morning To You & Everything is a Remix

Top 'O The Morning To You. It's an old-fashioned St. Patrick's Day with a twist.  It may be a new week but I've been thinking there really is nothing new under the proverbial sun. For those of us who create for a living know that. Nothing truly original. We tweak and borrow, steal and re-imagine. One brilliant guy, Kirby Ferguson has done a documentary about just that called Everything is a Re-Mix.

This is part three. I guarantee it you will never think of creativity the same way again.
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March is The Cruelest Month?

I know T.S. Eliot famously coined April as the cruelest month in his poem The Waste Land but this year March is the devil. The temperature plummeted a dizzying 30 degrees over night with howling winds preventing sleep. At this rate, March is unlikely to go out as a lamb or a lion but a monster from Dante's Seven Circles of Hell.

Talk about winds of change and frustration. Spring is tantalizingly close, at least officially and the snow is melting but real spring feels lifetimes away. The best thing as always is to accept what is. It's Zen but true and truth is always evergreen. The icicles on my boxwood hedges will melt. The hedges are evergreen. << MORE >>

Between a Rock and a Miracle

To watch the snowdrop burst through ice, delicate petals as hardy as a pick axe is miraculous and to do it year after year gives me strength to persevere. What could be more beautiful? If you like it, please share.

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Spring 2014 Preview

The first snow drops are bravely emerging as they always do.  Every year, it feels like a miracle but the whole shebang is a distant memory. If you're itching for spring, here's a past spring preview from my garden. If you're in the NYC area, an early floral treat is the spectacular orchid show at the New York Botanical Garden.

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Oh Deer, This Is progress?

The other day, I spotted these two deer in between a question mark of snow on a tree stump. It begged an answer but what was the question? Their camouflage gave a small measure of safety but their eyes and ears stayed focused on me. Naturally curious, I'm interested in what motivates people, and why some enjoy more success than others. In the Native Indian tradition, Deer embody a gentle sensitivity and wisdom. They know when to hide, when to be still, and when be in the open. They have an acute awareness that successful people share. There is a time to speak up, to take center stage, and a time to take a back seat. Successful people comfortably know how to dance in and out of the shadows. It begins with awareness.
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All that Oscar Gold Does Not Glitter Like This

As yet another storm sweeps in today on the heels of the Oscars, I'm  buoyed by a J.R.R. Tolkien quote from The Fellowship of the Ring.  Each of first four lines happen to be favorite quotes but today's inspiration from the sixth line and my garden furniture. March came have come in like a cranky old lion but a light from the shadows will spring.

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.” 

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What The Garden Hose Knows

It's hard to believe spring is around the corner but it is. Icicles and snow will melt and the frozen ground will ooze muddy with life, as always. Why would it be any different? Spring may be a little late but it's one guest we can count on arriving and bearing gifts. The garden hose is frozen but I don't mind. It means watering flower beds is one chore I don't have to do right now.

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Wordless Wednesday in NYC

Street vendors in NYC sell anything and everything. This vendor of vintage-style tin signs caught my eye, but can you spot what is really becoming vintage?

In 1925, there were over 25,000 of them in the city but they dwindled to 5,359 in Jan.2014. That's right, the pay phone! Well at least it's better than in Finland where there are no pay phones. The pay phone went the way of the Edsel and Hoola in 2011 since there are over 5 million mobile phones in a country of 5.4 million.

 I use my mobile like everyone else but I like having the option of a pay phone in pinch. How about you?  Maybe it's time to drink some coffee and call my inner bitch?

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Are You a Leader or a Follower?

You didn't really want to see another snowy photo quote did you? I have some nice new ones but I couldn't do it. Winter is getting old. So since we're supposed to be all perky and motivational on a Monday rah, rah, rah... I have this... It's kind of a trick question with a few layers to ponder. I had fun making this out of an antique circus photo of dogs and one kitty of CEO material.
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Recent Posts

  1. Going Beyond Blue Skies
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014
  2. Dive Into Life Head First
    Monday, April 14, 2014
  3. Back To The Labyrinth
    Thursday, April 10, 2014
  4. Miracles Now & Happiness Now
    Monday, April 07, 2014
  5. Mistakes I Made At Work
    Sunday, April 06, 2014
  6. What Color Is Your Day?
    Saturday, April 05, 2014
  7. We Did It!
    Thursday, April 03, 2014
  8. Why Invisible Threads Matter
    Wednesday, April 02, 2014
  9. The Worst Is Over
    Monday, March 31, 2014
  10. If you wait, they will bloom
    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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