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Day 211 ~ There are 155 days remaining…

30 Jul

For little things that make life better, warmer, funnier, brighter, sweeter, richer, juicier, and more interesting. For all that makes up what is.

For the pieces of the past:

1. Today marks the start of the 30th week of the year; a new start is ahead, and our past has prepared us.

2. A trip home–the reminder of where I come from.

3. Time spent, and treasured forever in my recall.

4. For the times I stretched and found myself uncomfortable. It was then that I was growing.

5. For every opportunity I’ve ever taken to fly by the seat of my pants. The landing was sometimes tough, but it was always worth the ride.

6. For those who have frustrated me the most. They were masters. I see that now.

7. For the times I forgave myself and let go. With each act of conscious self-love, my load got lighter, while my life became richer.

8. For the patterns which can only reveal themselves through time. Look back, closely; you’ll see that, statistically speaking, everything is going to be OK.

For this one now moment:

1. Warm sheets drying on the line, in the breeze.

2. The smell of fresh bread baking in the oven.

3. The hummingbird that stares through my kitchen window…

4. Wind-chimes: The instrument the angels play.

5. Dogs, snoring.

6. Sharron Stroud. Happy Birthday today to one of the most profound human beings I’ve ever come to know, learn from, or love. A true master.

7. Children, laughing.

8. The chubby squirrel who eats from my Orange Tree and tosses the peals every which way..he is so cute.

9. Lunch with a Sister-Friend, anticipated.

For the blessings that are on their way:

1. Free choice–we’ve got power!

2. Tomorrows photo shoot for my new book with photographer, Karey Cottrell. I look forward to our time, and to moving one step closer to a finished product.

3. Thursday: You’re Invited!

4. That bread that’s baking is sure to be delicious..the scent that fills the house is making my mouth water.

5. Sun-Tea in a jar, sitting under the sun.

6. For Sundays. The whole day feels like morning.

7. For the endless possibilities that tomorrow holds. Endless..possibilities.

For the little things, we sometimes take for granted, that many others around the world JUST DON’T HAVE:

1. Clean Water.

2. A home.

3. Freedom.

4. Shoes.

5. Food for my children.

6. An education.

7. Choice.

8. Health Insurance.

9. Peace in my heart.

However, whenever..count your blessings.


100 Blessings on Fathers Day

18 Jun

When it comes to being my fathers daughter, this is just too’s every little thing about him. About US. 🙂

1. For being chosen. I’m adopted, and under unusual circumstances, too..I’m grateful to be my fathers daughter.

2. For those who say “You’re so much like your Dad.” (I’m flattered!)

3. For magic circle hugs.

4. For birthdays that always made me feel like a princess.

5. Cards in the mail from Dad, “just because”..

6. Long stories told by Dad..the kind that draw me in, and make me forget where I am..I lose myself in the vision he paints with his words.

6. For honor.

7. For long lines of amazing people who preceded my father, and taught him everything he knows about being a man. (My God Im grateful for those examples who loved him enough to lead him.)

8. For the example he is to my sons.

9. For the example he’s always been to me.

10. For an exemplary father, who is MINE. He more than made up for the ones who walked away.

11. For the ones who walked away..they made space for my Dad to come in and embrace me, Love me, raise me, and accept me just the way I am, no matter what. *Because of him, I know it’s possible. He taught me Love.

12. For memories that make us laugh until we cry..

13. For memories that used to make us cry, that now we can finally laugh about. 🙂

14. For Grandma Phyllis. Amazing mothers raise amazing men.

15. For mismatched socks. That always makes me smile.

16. For 450,000 ties to choose from.

17. For my Dads compassionate heart.

18. For his quick wit.

19. For his sound reason. God, he’s smart.

20. For the fact that he still won’t let me drive his car..too funny. (Parallel parking was a challenge of mine in my teen years, as were those pesky “One-Way” streets..Pffft. I’m better now!)

21. For radio shows where I get to the chance to tell the world how wonderful he is. Still grateful to Nancy Ferrari for the opportunity just a few weeks ago on Beach Cities Radio, AM 1680. 🙂

22. For the escape of the beach house. Home is where the heart is..and where Dad is. 🙂

23. For Home.

24. For the roar of the ocean-

25. Sea air from the balcony-

26. City lights from the hilltop-

27. Mac n cheese, made special. It was “Dads Mac n Cheese”.

28. For first bikes

29. First cars

30. First dates

31. Beagles.

32. A love for nature

33. A deep appreciation for planet Earth

34. A place in my heart for butterflies

35. A life immersed in creativity

36. Dads stories of adventure during his early days,

37. For his life. He was shot..and he’s alive! (He’s Superman. Yeah I might sound bias, but it’s true. Superman.)

38. For his humor. He makes me laugh until my sides and cheeks ache.. 😀

39. For his forgiving heart.

40. For his ethical ideals.

41. For his dedication and commitment to contributing all he can to the world, sharing, honoring and passing on years of research, knowledge, wisdom and generosity through his work, and now, his publications.

He’s an inspiration to me, and to all who are touched by him.

42. For his bravery.

43. For his rich life experience, and the lessons he’s shared with me..

Especially about Love, Patience and Compassion.

44. For Sawdust days.

45. Work at the booth days.

46. Help in the office days.

47. Beach days.

48. For a father who taught me to work hard-

49. Put family first-

50. Rest-

51. Pray.

52. For his perspective..

53. His open heart.

54. His “up to something” grin. : )

55. For nicknames that never, ever go away.

56. For the moment you realize that you love those nicknames because without them, the world might tilt..

57. For days like this.

58. For all the yesterday’s that brought us to today..even the tough yesterday’s.

59. For little gifts. He thinks of us, always.

60. For souvenirs.

61. For Christmas Tree ornaments, decades old..thanks, Dad.

And Grandma Phyllis.

62. For scars..Dad remembers where they came from. Especially the ones (plural) from when I slid down the driveway running after the ice cream truck..

63. For the honesty between us. He’s my friend..a best friend, even. Not just my Dad.

64. His perseverance showed me that all you have to do to get where you want to go is, keep going!

65. For the advice ill never forget: Don’t trample through the forest in a mad patient. It will come to you.

66. Silly pictures-

67. Goober jokes-

68. A freezer full of his daughters homemade food in meal sized portions..

*DO THIS! Parents love it. 🙂
Especially single, busy, or elderly parents. What an easy way to love..

69. (Seriously, 69, already? My Dad makes this too easy..)

69. That my Dad makes this so easy. 🙂

70. Long car rides to se the wildflowers in Gorman

71. For ice cream quick as it hit the sidewalk, Dad was replacing it.

72. For Cowgirl Boots, brought back from the State Fair of Texas, just for me.

73. For Disneyland, every time.

74. For a love for the Sea, and the beautiful creatures who live there.

75. For his Love for my children. He is their Superman, too.

76. Sound auto advice-

77. Zero marital advice-

78. For his generosity of Spirit-

79. Unbridled support of my dreams-

80. Constant motivator, encourager, cheerleader.

81. “You never lose when you stand up for yourself in the light of your truth.”

Even if it feels like you’re falling on your a$$..

82. Dad has been EVERYWHERE. Name a place…he’s likely been there and can tell you local secrets.

From NYC to the jungles of Burma and Bali, he’s been…

Yeah, pretty much everywhere.

83. For his example of the value of a good education. My boys honor him..if he can do it, they can do it. They want to be just like him.

(They don’t want to be lawyers, but in many other ways, yes, JUST like him.)

84. For long emails that go on about the little things..

85. For short emails that say little but let me know he’s there, thinking of me.

86. I’m grateful he’s proud of the life I’m living.

87. Lizards.

88. A catfish who was like family

89. A cat named Henry

90. A bedroom in blue and yellow

91. A golden locket, around my neck

92. A heart and mind aligned with his

93. A night to reflect on abundant blessings

94. For divine order

95. For history, rich and deep

96. For the sanctuary of the Father-Daughter relationship.

97. For a day spent in the very best company a girl could ask love, my dad, my boys, all in the same place. (Heaven on Earth.)

98. For the hours of Chutes & Ladders as a child, and for the HOURS I tied up the phone line as a teen..thanks, Dad.

99. For your steady hand, Dad..

100. And your tender heart.

(I love you, so.)

Happy Fathers Day, Friends!


Days 53-83 ~ 30 Days and 150 Reasons to feel *Grateful*

18 Mar

The past 30 days have been a whirlwind, of which I’m grateful for the opportunity to recall in the form of 150 blessings…

*Unedited Gratitude:

My grandmother passed away, just days before my birthday in late February.  She’s mentally checked in and out (so to speak) slipping into Alzheimer’s  in these final years, and the journey was long–especially for my father, who cherished her with all his heart, and who provided only the very best in terms of care and support, but who rarely was even recognized, or remembered..

I always loved her.  She used to say “Oh, thanks, thanks”, twice like that.  Not “thank you”, but rather, “Oh, thanks, thanks.”  She used to snort a little when she got to laughing hard, and she smiled almost always (as Joy was her natural state),  and she giggled at almost everything, and found the humor in almost anything.  Her smile was radiant, and her energy attracted some of the most beautiful people in the world.

She was a Hollywood Movie and Television Actress…she starred in I love Lucy, The Ten Commandments, and the list goes on.

I never did ask her much about any of that, because whenever I tried, she shrugged it all off like it was no big deal, and changed the subject.

I think I’ve seen every I love Lucy episode, watching for Grandma Phyllis. 

She always came to spend Easters at the Beach House, and Grandma Phyllis and Dad were always just as eager as I was to head over to the high school for the annual egg hunt.  I’d ride with her in her car, because then I didn’t have to miss her company.  Her car was as immaculate, and well kept as she was.

She was stunning.

What a beautiful woman to have in my life for so many years.

Day’s before she made her transition, I went out sailing/whale watching with my Dad and boys–we saw more dolphins than we had ever seen before in our entire lives.  It was as if the ocean had come alive, as thousands of jumping, smiling dolphins danced across the water for as far as the eye could see, and right up next to our boat.  It was…likely one of the most…magnificent, and profound natural events I’ve ever witnessed.  We couldn’t believe our eyes…

We all wished Grandma Phyllis was there to see what we were seeing.  Her most favorite creature on Gods green Earth, was the dolphin.

1. I’m grateful for memories; the fastest, safest way to travel back in time to the brightest places.

2. I’m grateful for grandmothers–I had two of them, and was blessed to have them in my life well into my 30’ blessed am I.

3. For Grandma Phyllis’s freedom.  She is free now~free to swim with the dolphins.

My youngest heard me talking with my Dad about the Dolphins, and their freedom paralleling her own now, and later my 7 year old Man-Sprout asks me, “Mommy, did all those Dolphins come for her?”

4. For the brilliant mind, clear perspective and open heart of a child.

5. For her legacy–one of unbridled love, relentless trailblazing, humor and exquisite kindness.

6. For Reruns.

7. For the example of my father–what a kind, loving, and compassionate man.

8. I’m grateful for Edible Arrangements–Dad said the large bouquet of Chocolate covered strawberries actually DID help sooth his soul!

9. I’m grateful I opted against flowers, and instead sent chocolate covered berries, and made a donation in her honor to Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.


10. I’m grateful for a birthday spend on the water kayaking with my family, watching the sea lions bounce around the harbor, and the waves roll in with the grey clouds following close behind…

11. Fish and Chips

12. A Live Band

13. A strong hand

14. New places

15. Familiar faces

16. Souvenirs

17. Laughter through tears

18. for Blessings that rhyme

19. I don’t do this all the time!


I came across an old friend.

I found her Etsy site online—her last name was hyphenated, indicating I’d found my childhood friend, and reminding me that we were both now all grown up.

She’d become an artist, and was selling her ceramic jewelry online.  I loved what I saw, and one bracelet in particular, one with little butterflies on it, had clearly been made for me.

I purchased it, included a short note, and waited for my bracelet to arrive.

The small package arrived within days, and the bracelet was even more exquisite in person than it had been in the pictures, and I quickly put in on, and moved it slowly around my wrist, catching every detail of one of the prettiest, most perfect things I’d ever purchased for myself.  I saw the tiny butterflies, so intricately painted, and remembered us as little girls, running barefoot through the sawdust from my booth to hers, laughing almost always–

And,  I remembered her little brother, and wondered if he remembered me, too—I always have wondered what he remembered from that day…

I’ve never forgotten that day; not a single detail.

Inside the box my bracelet came in, was a note from Sierra, including her phone number, and an “if you’re ever here in Vegas” note.

While I felt like I’ve been everywhere else during the months that followed, I hadn’t been to Vegas, so I hadn’t called her, but I did wear my favorite bracelet quite often, and I always received compliments, and thought of her when I did.

One day, a woman in a restaurant walked by and stopped at my table to admire the piece of jewelry, and even moved it around my wrist, the way I did when I first saw it, taking  in every detail, and finally asking, “Wherever did you find such a unique piece of jewelry?  I love this!”

As I wrote down Sierra’s online information on the back of my business card for the stranger, I wondered to myself, “why haven’t I reached out and why hadn’t I let her know just how many people go crazy over the beauty she expresses through her art?

Later that night, I called the number in her little note inside the box my bracelet came in, but there was no answer; and I was unprepared to leave a message, so I hung up, vowing to try again another time.

Not even 10 minutes later, she called me back, and after 30 minutes of catching up through our familiar laughter, that day came up.

Her little brother did remember the day, and she remembered the day, too, although she’d forgotten about how it had been in the newspaper.  I think I only remembered that it was in the newspaper because the reporter stated that “2 boys had nearly been abducted at Bluebird Park”, but it wasn’t 2 boys.  It was a little boy and a little girl, and those children were her little brother, and Me.

We talked about that day, and what we recalled.  Her little brother remembered too, and she said, “in fact, not even 10 days ago, we talked about that…how weird.

Then she asked, “What happened?”

Sierra and I talked about the way it had affected us all in our parenting today, and about our children, families, work and lives, and reminisced over a childhood we both agreed was a gift in that dreamy little town.  The fun we had, the trouble we got into, and the smoothies we shared…it’s as if it all happened yesterday.

All you need to bring the beauty and joy of yesterday alive again, is an old friend.

Oh, and what happened that day??


We all, even her little brother, went to the Girls Club after school every day.

The girls Club sat nestled above Bluebird Park, and every day, a councilor or two would take us down to the park to play.  Sierra’s little brother was cute; I always liked him, and always felt sorry for him when he’d get left out.  On this particular day, he wandered off alone and up the bike path, behind the tall trees, and sat on the curb of the bike path to play alone in the dirt.

Across the path from him, and just up from the tall trees were some logs—like telephone poles, all placed strategically for children to climb on.  Leaning on the poles, across from where he was playing in the dirt, a man forced a “casual” lean, but his energy was anything but casual as he watched my small friend with long shaggy blond hair, play innocently and unsuspectingly in the dirt.

I immediately had a bad feeling about the man, and went to where *Sam was playing, and said, “come on Sam, let’s go,“ while the man stared on. 

I remember Sam arguing, and I remember him being intent on staying right where he was, and I remember getting upset with him and scared all at once. I wanted to run away, but I couldn’t leave him there alone…

I looked at the man, and his eyed locked with mine.  I remember the sick feeling in my stomach… the urgency in my chest.

“Come ON, Sam, let’s GO!” I demanded, and the next thing I remember was wondering how that man could move so fast.

I remember him coming at us, so fast, his arms stretched out wide, like an eagle honing in on its prey, as he reached out for us both, and I remember my scream…one continuous scream that surely all of Laguna Beach could hear, and I ran, screaming…

Terrified and running down the bike path, I looked back, hoping to God that Sam would be running right behind me—praying that he got away.

I saw the man, running up the hillside toward the parking lot in the distance, and Sam running right behind me, his look of sheer terror, and his shaggy blond locks bouncing with every step…

We got away.

And we never forgot it.

Where were we?  Ah…#20.

20.  We got away.

21. For old friends to take us back to the brightest places within the reach of our recall.

22. For lessons learned.

23. For my bracelet–I *love, love, love* my bracelet.

24. For unique and perfect gifts unto the Self.

25. For butterflies..

26. For those old friends who hyphenate their last name, making themselves easier to find!

27. For black and white mental pictures of yesterday, suddenly infused with color when ever so slightly reminisced upon.

28. Sawdust, Bare Feet, Baby Dolls, Butterflies, Sleepovers, and Smoothies.

29. And little brothers, too.

30. And for Dr. Seuss…he turned 108!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss,

Happy Birthday to you!  Happy Birthday from Us,

And from Thing 1 and Thing 2!

31. For the Lorax–I loved it.
Check out the song, “How Bad Can I Be.” 


32. For the truth, in riddle.

33. For the truth in song.

34. For Movie dates with a 7 year old who insists we hold hands.

Again I ask, is there a gift more grand than motherhood? 

As I prepare to launch my next book, I struggle still with my cover art.  SO, I decided to accept the challenge, and paint my own cover…

35. For second, third, and 45th tries.

36. For determination.

37. For art classes…

38. For the forgiving medium called, “Watercolor”.

39. For Inspiration~found absolutely everywhere, in everything, and inside of everyone.

40. For aspirations…good things come to those who dream.

For the 5 things I know:

41. It’s happening FOR you..not TO you.

42. Love IS the Answer

43. JOY is your birthright


45. Gratitude heals.

(Thank God.)

46. For stirred pots and rocked boats.

47. For Girl Scout Cookies…specifically, “Thin Mints”.

48. For Project Forgive, created by my friend and EBC Council colleague, Shawne Duperon.  It’s one of the most powerful films being produced right now, and I have personally sponsored this project.

I have quite a bit of experience in the forgiveness department…

49. For my friend and fellow children’s book author, Laura Marlowe, author of “Tommy the Throwaway Dog”, who took my book, “What Love Is A-Z” to a school with her recently, and sent me a picture, and a recap that melted my heart…

I love what I do, I love the people work with, I love the children who inspire us all to continue doing what we’re doing, and I love that I’m living my biggest dream.

50. I’m grateful for the questions and comments from the students:

51. “Can I write “K” and “H” for kisses and hugs instead of “X” and “O”?

52. “I like the picture where the friend is helping a friend in a wheel chair”.

53. “Is Elle’s hair really that dark?” (a child asked, referencing my photo on the back of my book).

54. “I like the picture of the sleeping butterfly at the end..”

55. “Love is a dangerous game”, said one precocious – yet totally adorable – 7 year old.

For gentle reminders to the heart in Quotes:

56. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~Dr. Seuss

57. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~Albert Einstein

58. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ~Anais Nin

59. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

60. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ~J.K. Rowling

61. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ~Lewis Carrol

62. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank

63. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~May Sarton

64. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” ~Mitch Albom

65. “May you live every day of your life.”  ~Jonathan Swift

And for Writers Quotes~~~


‘There is no test of literary merit except survival, which is itself an index to majority opinion.’

George Orwell


‘F*** this, I’ve had enough of writing.  I don’t like the book world.  I don’t like most books, even.  I don’t like sitting on my own in a room for hours on end.’

Alex Garland on writing your second novel (which took him nearly ten years) 

HAHA!  Which leads me to the best advice I’ve ever been given as a writer:

68. “Write what you know.” ~Stephen Hobbs, Best Selling Author, World Speaker and Global Visionary

69. (Is this my 69th blessing already?)

For how easy, fun, inspiring and magical it is to sit and reflect on life’s magic–

70. And back on track..

‘Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.’

William Wordsworth

For a few of my favorite things:

71. Peanut butter on toast

72. 71% OFF sales  at The Mint Fashion Exchange (I LOVE THAT PLACE!)

73.  New shoes

74. Background Music

75. Fancy Shoe laces in converse tennies

76. For people who say, “Wow what bight shoe laces you have”, because then I get the chance to say, “As bright as your mouth is big!”

(OK, I haven’t actually said that out loud….yet.)

77. For For those who inspire me to write a book of etiquette.  I’ve been inspired for quite some time now…

78. For those who only reach out when they want or need something.  I don’t feel angry–I feel reminded.

79. For choice.  The perspective we embrace is ours to choose–how we feel is up to us entirely.

80. Fresh Squeezed OJ

81.  Clean Sheets

82. Hot water

83. Good friends

84. Big plans

85. Dreams come true

86. Open doors

87. Open Hearts.

88. Current humanitarian calls for action

89. Those brave enough to cross the lines and reach the masses

90. For Justice.

91. Truth Tellers

92. Way See’ers

93. Light Givers

94. Trail blazers

95. Heart Inspired Leaders

For the In’s and Out’s of Daily Life:

96. For my broken finger–I’m completely intrigued by just how fast I can type with just 9 fingers and a splint.

97. For the curling iropn burn on my forehead–a reminder that I am having a human experience here and that I need to slow down and take care…or keep burn cream on hand.

98. For the mail lady who brings biscuits to my Pup

99. For Printer Bees,  Ask for Nicole, and tell her Elle Febbo sent you.  THIS COMPANY ROCKS!   Above and beyond in customer service, and their quality is DIVINE.  Now, the school children in the Alhambra School District will each have a FREE “What Love Is A-Z” Bookmark.


100. For 100 blessings sitting at the forefront of my heart and fingertips, aching to move through me, and attract even more of all there is to feel abundantly grateful for.


50 more?



101. For the people in my life who make it all worth while no matter how challenging the journey can become, reminding me of my divine tools and talents; reminding my soul that I have been perfectly and divinely prepared to live this life.

102. For Insight

103. clarity

104. Humor

105. curiosity

106. Forgiveness

107. Balance

108. Freedom to let go

109. Tenacity

110. Gusto

111. Prayer

112. Prayers answered

113. Time…

114. Boundaries

115. Rules

116. and the courage to break the rules–

117. 1st World Problems

118. 3rd World Masters

119. Compassionate leaders

120. For a Beta state of mind

121. Spring Break

122. Spring Cleaning

123. Spring…just Spring.

124. For the little boy cuddled up close to my right

125….for exactly where I am, right this second.

126. For homemade smoothies

127. Rented Movies

128. Rainy Days

129. Gabriel Meyers (Please Google this 7 year old messenger.)

130. For Hope

131. For Love

132. For Change

133. For those who speak for the voiceless, stand for the battered, and Heal the wounded

134. For the possibilities–equal only to the number of stars in the infinite night sky.

135. For Boggle for Books through RIFSoCal–will I see you htere!  Come play boggle with me!

136. For all who donated dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories to the Belle of the Ball event for the Orangewood Foundation.

Read more about this event and why I’m involved here: Entertainment News Express

To learn more about the Orangewood Foundation or Orangewood Childrens Home, visit

137. For Dr. Rev. Sharron Stroud, Innerfaith Spiritual Center Worldwide, Palm Springs Ca.–her example, leadership and authentically loving heart leave me in awe.  I’m grateful to her for reminder to my Spirit that I have a story to share and should never be ashamed of being a former  foster child.  She is the mother of my heart.

138. For choice–and for every choice I’ve ever made.

139. For the divine unfolding of life.  The suspense is fantastic!

140. For the option of quietly letting go to what no longer offers room for growth

141. For Authenticity–the more I express it, the more I recognize it and appreciate it in others.  YES!

142. For invitations and opportunities when you least expect them

143. And for closed doors…if I have to struggle to open it, I’ll assume Gods got it locked up for a reason…

144. Antique, mis-matched coffee cups

145. Toenails painted by my 7 year old son

146. The death of yesterday, the anticipation of what tomorrow might bring, and the gift in this one Now Moment

147. The ability to dive deep within, or fall comfortably (and temporarily) into the role of the casual observer

148. For the self given gift of time and space to quietly reflect on all there is to feel grateful for

149. For those who are still reading…THANK YOU! 

I’m grateful for you.

150.  For Gratitude, in and of itself. 


What are you grateful for today?

Count your blessings!

Day 51 ~ A Day on the Pacific

21 Feb

Gratitude for today, Day 51

1. For the ultimate escape to the silent center of the Pacific Ocean.

2. For the Common Dolphins, Bottle nosed Dolphins, Gray Whale, Sea Lions, and gulls who joined us…

How kind of them all to show up on such short notice…

3. For my Fathers humor and skill; for his gifts, his kindness, his generosity, his example and his Love.

He IS what Love is, and I’m grateful for days like this, spent in his sweet company.

I am blessed to be my fathers daughter.

4. For my children–is there a gift more grand than that of motherhood?

I love sharing this life, this world, and these gifts, with the most impressionable, beautiful, appreciative, compassionate and intelligent people I know.

5. …in pictures.

What are YOU grateful for today?




Happy 50th Day of the Year!

19 Feb

Am I really 12 days behind schedule?   Ok, I can explain…

It’s been an exciting time!  Over the past 12 days, I’ve spent precious time with thousands of Southern California students, Appeared at the AEF Authors Festival, Lead 3 Assemblies, visited 17 classrooms, and created 525 Love Jars with 1st-3rd graders — we had one SPECTACULAR Valentine’s Day-Week! View photos in the Reading is Fundamental of Southern California (RIFSoCal) Newsletter HERE.

    60 Blessings for Today

The 50th Day of the Year

For Soul Nourishing Opportunities:

1. AEF Authors Festival

MY Thanks to the Alhambra Educational Foundation for the invitation to read my best-seller, “What Love Is A-Z” to multiple groups during this special celebration of literature.  We had so much fun!  What a *phenomenal* group of dedicated educators and staff–it was a privilege to participate and I look forward to seeing you again next year!  *Special Thanks to ASB President “Ashley” for her assistance and support during my visit.

2. FAB (Film Advisory Board Award)

“What Love Is A-Z” was nominated and won the Tribute for Excellence in Children’s Literature from the Film Advisory Board (FAB), and I am so honored!  My abundant gratitude to the board for their recognition and acknowledgement.

3. 525 Children, OH MY!  (That’s a LOT ‘o Love!)

This was a magical day–there is no other way to describe the joy, connection, celebration, friendship and LOVE that filled the air at Middleton Elementary School in East Los Angeles this past Friday!

Our youth need us now more than ever before–children deserve to feel empowered, know that they are loved and treasured just the way they are, and be reminded of just how big of a role they play in our lives now, and in the future.

Without them, what have we got exactly?

My abundant gratitude to the dedicated LAUSD staff, teachers, personnel, parent volunteers, RIFSoCal, Sandi Marvich (NuSkin), Kimberly Reid, Laura Marlow (Author of Tommy the Throwaway Dog) and most of all, to the STUDENTS, for making this day, and this life, simply magical.  You are LOVED beyond measure! 

4. My work with CCHR Florida

This organization is lead by Earth Angel, Laurie Anspach in conjunction with the CCHR Florida Youth Group (a small army of powerful young leaders who are changing the world one hug at a time).  Right now, you can purchase a copy of my book, “What Love Is A-Z” through their site, and 100% of the proceeds will support their powerful mission to serve, empower, and educate the population while exposing psychiatric violations against adults and children.

To learn more, please click the link…need support for yourself, a family member or a friend?  Call their National Hotline.  You are never alone–thanks to CCHR Florida.

5. For my team, who makes everything I do possible–we’re not meant to do it all on our own, and good thing too because, who would want to? 

For the Writers Quotes I heard along the way…

6. “I love deadlines; I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by..” ~Douglas Adams

7. “There are two kinds of writer; those who make you think, and those who make you wonder.” ~Brian Aldiss

8. Asking a working writer how he feels about his critics is like asking a lamppost how he feels about dogs.” ~Christopher Hampton

9. “No tale tells all.” ~Alexei Panshin

10. “We write to taste life twice.” Anais Nin

For the Questions the children asked me this past week during Q&A that made me laugh, think, smile, reflect and even cry… (I love being a Children’s Book Author–have I mentioned that?)

11. “Do you ever yell?”  Ask by a first grader with ponytails and pink fingernails..

12. “When I grow up, will you buy my book?” Asked by a 3rd grade boy, who planned to write a book about cars.

I told him I’d only buy his book if he promised to autograph it for me.

13. “Will you come back every Friday?” Asked by a 2nd grader who thought it would be a great idea to do Love Jars and book readings each and every Friday.

While I whole-heartedly agreed that there would be no better way to spend our Fridays, I let the child know that I’d have to run that idea past the school board…

14. “Do we get a copy of your book?”

Thanks to RIFSoCal, I was able to answer, “Yes”.
Thank you, RIFSoCal!

15. “Do you ever take kids home to your house?”

No…but trust me when I say I want to!

They are just so cute…
For the gifts my family gave from the heart for Valentines Day–one of my most favorite Holidays:

16. Flowers…

(I realize they came from the neighbors yard..he’s little…he meant well.)

17. Two words: Sees Candy.

This has to be what Heaven tastes like.

18. Homemade cards, with coloring that runs ever so slightly outside the lines in an obvious display of concentrated effort on behalf of well intending child.

Children are what love is.

19. For Love Letters.

20. For Heart Shaped Rocks.  They make excellent Paperweights.

For adventures and the folks you meet along the way:

21. For the man in East LA, who couldn’t speak English, but understood I need directions–he grabbed a napkin and pen from his glove box, and drew me a map, and then sent me on my way with a smile and a nod.

22. For good (and very brave)  friends who help drag homeless drunk people and their belongings out of the street while everyone else drives by, narrowly missing his legs (thank you, Catherine–you’re an Earth Angel).

23. For the kid ahead of me in line who didn’t have enough money to pay for his Subway Sandwich.

Love shares, knowing there is always enough.  God bless the people in line who offered to contribute.

24. For One Way Streets…or rather, for the fact that I have survived going the wrong way on these streets more times than I can count.

I guess what I’m really grateful for here is my survival…

25. For safe travels…I’ve done a lot of traveling during the past 12 days, and I’m grateful to be home, safe and sound.

For Sunday Mornings

26.  The Quiet

27. The snoring dog at my feet as I type

28. The scent of fresh cinnamon rolls

29. The coupons that wait patiently in the center of the LA Times

30. Hot tea with Honey and Mint Sprigs from my garden

31. Mismatched Fuzzy Socks

32. The hummingbird who stares through the kitchen window…what is he looking for exactly?

33. Free time to meditate, engage in pilates, and open my heart space

For Sunday Plans, loosely unstructured–

34. Bike Rides to the park

35. Sidewalk Chalk

36. Thank You Notes

37. A visit to our Monkey at the Moorpark Zoo

38. Raspberry Frozen Yogurts

39. Time to gather clothing donations for Tuesdays pick-up

40. For the fact that I love my life the way I do–I see any plans, no plans at all, and the plans the fall in mid-flight, all as blessings.

41. For my personal Truth, Beliefs and Feelings, and for the freedom to respectfully share them without consequence in the United States of America.

Newt Gingrich frightens me.  I realize he has a purpose–we all do–

but still, he scares me a little.

A man who believes that our countries poorest children should be mopping our floors, is likely a man who should be…mopping our floors.

K, I feel better now.

42. For Women who bend the rules a little in the name of greater good.

It’s been said that no well-behaved woman has ever made history.

43.  For how good this feels…

44. For the dedicated and unparalleled educators and faculty members of the LAUSD.

Let us honor those who teach to serve the children and the world.

45. For free-will.

When you hear bad news (and there’s plenty of it floating around these days within the sound bytes of life), don’t ask “God, why?”; instead ask, “God, how can I contribute to the solution?”
You’re here on purpose, there are no mistakes, and it’s all unfolding in divine order. Please do not look away–instead, look within.

Please, please, do not play small.

46. For gratitude in and of itself

47. For the healing effect this soul food called “Gratitude” has on my life

48. For the blessings that roll through me as naturally as breathing

49. For the ability to express myself in words, so that I might never burst…

50. For the 50th Day of the Year–so far, I am LOVING 2012!

60 blessings today–we’re nearly through, yet I could go on and on.

For what we must always remember:

51. Our potential is limitless.

52. All things are possible with Love.

53. We were created to shift the world..each of us, in our own magnificent way.

54. We were created to raise our voice, and the vibration of humanity.  There is no mistake that you or I are here right now.

55. The answers are inside you–all of them.  The hardest part about that is being quiet long enough to listen…but it’s worth shutting up for.

56. We are each one whole part of a bigger whole.

57. We were each created for greatness–each meant to contribute something, or some things, that no one else on earth could possible offer.

I swear…

58.  To forgive is to set yourself FREE–love yourself enough.

59. We are each perfect, just the way we are.

60. There is no more powerful way to shift your perspective, and your life, than to count your blessings.

What are you grateful for today?

34, 35, 36, and 37 ~ Time FLIES when you’re having Fun!

7 Feb

20 Reasons I’m Grateful RIGHT NOW

1. For the perfection of life in this one Now Moment.
2. For veggie Taquitos.
3. For my clients who allow me the honor of working with them.
4. For travel–I leave in an hour for the AEF Authors Festival, and look forward to seeing all the children, fellow authors and educators.

I live for little faces, I tell ya..

5. For the rain. From rain comes flowers.
6. For inspiring strangers..and free smiles.
7. For old photographs found in the least likely places, as if divinely planted.
8. For the love and warmth of my children who “already” miss me, though I haven’t left yet. And, I’ll be back tomorrow…

Could I love them more?? Is that possible?? Just when I think it’s just not possible, I find I love them more.

9. The scent of Sweet Peas.
10. The sound of the wind chimes–I think it might be the Angels, playing music..
10. For organic fresh fruit from the Farmers Market, and fruit salad for dessert.
11. For lessons learned the hard way–at least I learned.
12. For happiness; another form of courage.
13. For baby steps. 100 of those is equal to 10 giant leaps!
14. For Nutella.
15. For the truth–

Truths 1-5:

1. You can.
2. You are just right for the job of being You.
3. You can do anything you set your mind to…and your heart on.
4. You have been perfectly prepared to be exactly where you are right now, and
5. You are Loved beyond measure, just the way you are.

(It’s true.)

What are you grateful for today?

Count your blessings…


Day 32 ~ Just 5

2 Feb

Gratitude for today, Day 32

1. February.

I LOVE February!

Valentines Day, my birthday, all the “Love Stuff” everywhere–I’m so grateful for February!

2. For the 88 Baby Food Jars I received by mail today from several Moms across the US. Thank You!!

And the inner city youth of Los Angeles thanks you, too…it will be a day we will always look back with a smile..

Read more about our Valentine’s Day celebration HERE.

3. Hot, organic, hazelnut decaf by the fireplace…this just feels good.

4. Framed finger paintings which hang proudly above the mantle..

Masterpieces, if you will.

5. People Holding Hands, created by my friend Nan Ray–it’s educational materials that teach Love, Acceptance, tolerance, and Self Celebration–I love this curriculum, and the plush dolls that go with it. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Wow..Nan, I’m honored to know you, love you, and be loved by you.

If you’re a parent, teacher or care provider, check this out!

I’m grateful to know I share the planet with people like Nan.

What are you grateful for today?