Category Archives: success

olive oil & sex


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Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.
Rabindranath Tagore

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yes!


this the feeling i’m going for today.

just f.y.i. . . .

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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
 ~ Albert Einstein

joy

may all be happy

for golfers only


what do you think are the chances of hitting a hole in one?  

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according to golf digest,  it’s one in 12,500  -  which is precisely why i don’t golf.  i will never understand why people think it’s so much fun to hit a ball around the grass to get it into a hole that it would take 12,500 swings, to actually achieve 100% success,  just one time. . . .  but people do love it – and my mom is one of those people – and today she got a hole in one!

here she is; the hole-in-one winner:

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and because this is not her first hole-in-one, she is eligible for the multiple hole-in-one winner gold star award!

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congratulations, mom! 

“It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.”
 ~ Hank Aaron

 

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he’s a keeper!


♥  love, love, love this story!  ♥

(NEWSER) – Turns out Pinterest is good for something other than bookmarking recipes and crafts you’re never really going to make: One resourceful boyfriend snuck onto the site and used his girlfriend’s “Dream Wedding” pin board to actually create her dream wedding, the Daily Mailreports. It all started when Ryan Leak, 27, overheard his then-girlfriend Amanda Roman, 25, tell a friend that she wanted to get engaged and married on the same day. So, for the next year, Leak set out to make it happen.

Using the 220 images on her Pinterest board, Leak chose the flowers, the decorations, and even Roman’s dress. In June, the couple flew from their home in Dallas to Miami (he told her they were helping a friend move), where Leak proposed … and hours later, they got hitched. About 100 of their friends and family members were there, and Leak even flew out Roman’s hairstylist to do her hair. “When I opened the door and I saw everyone that I loved standing there it was so overwhelming, I felt so overwhelmed with love,” Roman says. And she was wowed: “Realistically I never thought that I would be able to pull off some of the things I saw on Pinterest.”

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i wish mr. & mrs. leak happiness forever!  good job, ryan! 

“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.”
 ~ Alice Walker 

when i get my loft in soho . . . .


i am definitely getting one of these.

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how cool is that?  and that man sitting in the chair could very well be my future husband.   right?Thumbs-up

“Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen.”
~ Corin Nemec 

a few good men


love  ♥  love    love  ♥  them both!

“i don’t deserve this award . . . . but i have arthritis and i don’t deserve that either.”
 ~ Jack Benny

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too cool not to share . . . .


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“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”
 ~ Leo Buscaglia

looking for a new job?


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while browsing craigslist’s writing/editing jobs today,  i saw this
opportunity which i decided to pass on,  but thought i would
pass along . . . .

Online Dating Surrogate (Flatiron)

Successful entrepreneur needs discerning woman to handle online dating communications for him for roughly an hour per dayProcess:
1. Review profiles of women on 3 or 4 dating sites
2. Per criteria you will be provided, mark as “Favorite” all potential women to contact
3. You’ll let me know when to review Favorites periodically and I’ll delete those I’m not interested in
4. You’ll write to and exchange messages with the remaining Favorites and try to set dates

Work hours, location and salary:
> One hour or so per day – flat $100/wk
> You set the hours
> Work from anywhere you choose

Ideal candidate for this job is similar to dating candidates sought:
> Pretty, thin, educated female in her 20s or 30s (with great taste and strong writing ability)

If This Part-Time Job is For You:
> Email to craig0519nyc@hotmail.com your picture, resume and lengthy enough response to assess your writing ability
> Indicate why this job will be easy and fun for you and describe why you believe that you have great taste and a discerning eye

  • Compensation: $100/week for roughly 7 hours work


78Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

 

change making!


yesterday, on my usual rounds, i stopped by a rally on east 47th street in dag hammarskjold plaza that blew me away.  the leader of the rally was a self described 16 year old “change maker” named mariely garcia.  trust me, this will not be the last time you read about mariely (. . .  just remember, you heard it here first!)  this is mariely (on right) with another amazing young change maker:

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imagine a 16 year old who has already created a mission for not only herself – but for the world!  mariely is the founder of a campaign called perfectly made with a mission to change reality; to change the definition of the word perfect; to fill the world with love and convince young people of their value.  In her words,

Perfectly Made is a campaign to redefine the word perfect and ignite the flame of self-love and self-worth in young people all across the nation. To be perfect is to be who you are, love who you are, and embrace the perfection in everyone around you. By radically transforming how people think of perfection, we confront issues around self-esteem, bullying, and suicide with a root solution: the understanding that we are all Perfectly Made and must treat others as such. Through social media, videos, daily emails, and events of all sizes, we are sparking an inner transformation in students that ultimately translates into a world where acceptance, love, confidence, courage, oneness, inspiration and vulnerability thrive and are fully embraced.

yesterday’s rally was the launch of a national movement of students transforming themselves and their schools according to the new definition of perfect.  mariely has assembled a dream team & together they’re making it happen.
- she’s 16!!

i’ll walk you through the rally. upon arrival, people were invited to share in mariely’s dream by registering to help.  the next step was to stop by one of many full length mirrors to admire your own perfection. attendees were invited to share their thoughts using supplied crayons and writing on a very long runway of white paper which was laid down nearly the length of the plaza.

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young people were invited to express themselves through dance,

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poetry,

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and song.

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these peeps had talent – they kind you would definitely have paid for. . .  wow!

at an age where many kids have doubts about themselves an often not enough support or experience to navigate the turbulence, marliely and her team provide love and support.

please watch this video,  “like” it,  share it and spread the word.  make it your random act of kindness for today.

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mariely garcia for president!

want to see what a real earth angel looks like?


this is chris:

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now read what he’s done for my family – and just try not to cry!

Hollister Construction Gives Westfield Girl, 9, a Lift

Sara Cagnassola, born with cerebral palsy, had an elevator installed in the Westfield home her great grandfather built.

By Elizabeth Alterman,  Westfield Patch

A conversation with a former college friend led to a dream-come-true experience for the Cagnassola family of Westfield.

Thomas Cagnassola, 44, explained that he ran into his friend and former fraternity brother Chris Johnson at a New Year’s Eve party four years ago. Knowing that Johnson was in the construction field, Cagnossola casually asked his advice on having an elevator installed in the English Tudor he shares with his wife and children.

Johnson, founder and chief executive officer of the Parsippany-based Hollister Construction Services, said while he had noticed that Thomas was often carrying his daughter Sara, then 5, he didn’t understand why his friend would want to undertake such a massive project.

Cagnassola explained that as much as he and his family wanted to remain in their home, built in 1932 by his grandfather, it was becoming increasingly difficult for his young daughter Sara, born with cerebral palsy, to navigate.

“When Chris said he’d like to help, I knew he was sincere but what I didn’t expect was that he not only picked up the ball and ran it though the end zone, but he kept going through the band and out the back door,” said Cagnassola.

Establishing the charitable foundation Strides for Sara in 2009, Johnson made it his mission to first find Sara a wheelchair which would allow her to remain in the Westfield School District. Without the chair, Johnson explained, Sara would have to be bussed nearly 45 minutes away to the Mountain Lakes School District.

While hosting a golf outing for Strides for Sara, Johnson mentioned the need to a colleague who serves with him at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“He said, ‘We just bought a brand new wheelchair for my mother but she passed away. It’s never been used,’” said Johnson.

“Next thing we knew a Hollister truck pulled up and dropped off the wheelchair,” said Cagnassola.

Once he’d secured the chair, Johnson said he was “off and running.” Each year, Strides for Sara has been hosting a fundraising event with the long-term goal of installing an elevator inside the Cagnassolas’ three-level home.

This March that dream became a reality. After working with an architect and finding contractors and subcontractors who were willing to donate their time to this labor of love, the three-and-a-half story addition was complete.

Johnson explained that the project, which took a little more than five months to build, began with a ramp at the mud room level. Cagnassola said this ramp, which allows Sara the independence to go outdoors and visit with friends in the neighborhood without having to ask her mom for help, is just one of the examples of the ways the team took all of Sara’s needs into consideration.

Johnson said the kitchen and bathroom areas are now ADA-complaint. In addition, an electrician has outfitted the home so that through an iPad, Sara is able to adjust light and heat settings as well as see who is at the front door.

“Sara is the fifth generation of our family to live in Westfield. My dad and grandfather are both Westfield High School graduates. This house means a lot to us. If it weren’t for Chris and the Hollister Foundation we would have had to move to a ranch, I’m sure,” said Cagnassola, who added that it was thrilling to watch the project come to life. “This is a fairy tale for any family with special needs. It’s like something right out of one of those television shows.”

Through his company’s charity, The Hollister Foundation, Johnson has raised more than $500,000 to promote awareness for organizations that foster children’s advancement through education and healthy initiatives. The organization supports a range of charities including Strides for Sara, United Way, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Hugs from Home, and The Center for Autism.

Additionally, Johnson is a supporter of the Ryan Wolf Kossar Foundation, the CJ Foundation for SIDS, the Development School for Youth, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Family Services of Morris County and Fairleigh Dickinson University, according to Hollister’s website.

Sara’s First Ride

Once the installation was complete, Sara reserved her first ride for the man who made it all possible–Johnson. The entire Hollister team, along with the subcontractors who donated their time and talent to the project, were at the Cagnassolas’ home for the inaugural ride.

“It took four years of grit, determination and, most of all, love for Sara to see this project through, from getting permits and approvals, to raising donations and holding fund-raising events, to completing the construction work,” said Johnson. “All that effort came together when we saw the big smile on Sara’s face as she took her first ride on her elevator. It was a wonderful moment that reminded us of why we are committed as a company to building stronger communities by doing what we can to help those in need.”

Johnson said intially he had been thinking only about how the elevator would improve life for Sara but after taking their first ride together, Sara’s reaction made him realize the full impact this gift would have on the Cagnassola family.

“She said, ‘Now my mommy doesn’t have to carry me – it will help Mommy,’” recalled Johnson. “It was pretty moving.”

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the place,” added Andrew Goetting, Hollister’s Business Development Manager.

Johnson said he was motivated to help his friend’s family because he always believed Sara should be offered the same opportunities his own children have.

“It’s important to give back,” said Johnson, a 2011 finalist in the Corporate Citizen of the Year category of the 2011 NJBIZ Business of the Year awards program. “But the actual gift was to us. After we finished, you felt good, like you could run through brick walls.”

Cagnassola said he can’t thank Johnson and his team of contractors, electricians and plumbers enough. “You’ve not only transformed my home but also my daughter’s abilities,” he said.

For more information about Hollister Construction Services, visit the company’s website 

sara chris johnson strides (5)to the team of hollister construction – thank you, thank you, thank you!!

sara chris johnson strides (4)pushing the button – getting ready for take-off!

sara chris johnson strides (3) mommy & sara

sara chris johnson strides (2)mission accomplished!

sara chris johnson strides (1) sara & hollister superheros!

sara chris johnson strides (6) happy family with grandma & grandpa

may god continue to bless you forever and ever,
chris johnson!

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
~ Lao Tzu 

mr. mayor


last thursday, somewhere around 4:00 pm, i was walking along e 52nd street minding my own business when i was suddenly attacked by the flu!   i can pinpoint the second it happened.   one moment i’m fine, the next moment, the flu.  in the few minutes it took me to walk home, i began to feel a fever coming on.   by 6:00 pm, i had a fever of 102.5
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it was monday before i got up off the couch and 90% of the time was spent sleeping, oblivious to the world.  when i finally got around to going online for the first time since thursday afternoon, you can imagine my surprise when i saw that former mayor ed koch had passed on – and i had missed the whole thing!  for 3 days there was a constant stream of “angels” coming and going in and out of my apartment, walking ivan every 3 hours, bringing me soup and juice, or just checking to make sure i was ok – and not one person mentioned this to me??  maybe they didn’t want to upset me given my grave condition.  or, those who know me really well may have anticipated that i would have attempted to crash the funeral taking place a mere 1.5 miles from my couch and therefore felt it best not to say anything.

i love ed koch!  i love him not because i necessarily agree with everything he said or did, but because he was simply genuine.  he meant what he said and he always said what he thought.  i respect that.  there were no games – a politician who didn’t play politics –  a straight tawlkin new yorker like there never was!  when it comes to loving this city, he was the real deal.

he truly loved this town and could be found anywhere if you looked hard enough. he wanted to be right where all the other new yorkers gathered and loved the attention from regular nyc street peeps.  for so many years one could round any corner in the city and find him standing there greeting the people . . .  he seemed so happy when strangers walked right up to him to shake his giant hands – like he was truly glad to meet you.   ed koch, mr. mayor, mr. new york – you will be missed by many.   may you rest in peace.

“There was always a love-hate relationship with New York in the rest of the country, but I made them feel more love than hate.”
~ Ed Koch

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pure inspiration


of course i have added this to my  best short videos  page, but i want to share this with as many people as possible so i am posting it as well  -   enjoy!

 

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“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher

check this out!


Blogger of the month: My Zen City.

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i love those inspired peeps!  thank you!

“True happiness consists in making happy.”
~Bharavi’s Kiratarjuniya

very cool


i just found a very cool site and want to share :

The 101 Most Useful Websites of 2012 

and . . .

a collection of evergreen how-guides and detailed tutorials to help you do more with software tools that you use daily.

many thanks to  for this great info!

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“Just as there is a trend toward high tech today, there is another trend toward high touch – homemade and wholesome.”
 ~ Meryl Gardner

hiding in the silver lining


John Turner bought a scratch-off lottery ticket after a hard day of work last Sunday.

Instant karma!

New Jersey native John Turner, 38, returned to his home state to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, and left $70,000 richer after hitting the jackpot in a Garden State lottery.
Turner, who runs a water removal business in Chicago, knew that his skills and equipment were desperately needed when Sandy ravaged New Jersey.
Shocked by the devastation, Turner even emptied out some flooded homes free of charge for families that got hit particularly hard by the storm.  full story
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Whole Foods
The store nicknamed “Whole Paycheck” for its high prices surprised some Manhattan residents with a generous offer earlier this week. On October 31, Whole Foods  in New York’s Tribeca district — one of the neighborhoods that lost power Monday night and is still waiting for the lights to come back on — had food on shelves and in storage that was about to go bad. Management could have held a fire sale but instead decided to hand out all perishables for free. Twitter alerts brought instant crowds and news crews.  (source)
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Adorama
Any retailer that allowed residents without power to charge their cell phones and computers became a hero this week, and remains such. Meanwhile Adorama, a camera store on West 18th Street, went one further, setting up a charging station in front of its storefront.  (source)
 U-Haul
Free self-storage would thrill any real estate-deprived New York area resident even in the best of times. During the Hurricane Sandy recovery, dry, clean space is even more valuable, especially to those facing property damage or those forced to bunk with friends, family, or strangers.  Right now, U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box pod moving to assist victims of the storm. (source)
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Duracell
Duracell  gained some energized fans by taking to the streets of the New York metro area this week with its Duracell Rapid Responder truck. Employees handed out free batteries and access to charging lockers.  (source)
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On the Upper East Side, residents of 200 East End Ave. — many of them elderly — found themselves without power after the storm flooded their basement. And just like that, their neighbors across the street at 180 East End offered to take them in. That was welcome news for Mike Traub, 74, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and gets around with a scooter — but who lives on the ninth floor of 200 East End, and had no way of getting downstairs. Or so he thought. The building’s porter, Luis Cortes, carried him down. “I knocked on the door and said you need to get out, but he said he couldn’t walk. I said no problem, and carried him down nine flights. It was difficult, but I did what I had to do” said Cortes, 53.

HEROES: Luis Cortes (left) carried Mike Traub down nine flights and José Murillo (right) got him across the street.

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HEROES: Luis Cortes (left) carried Mike Traub down nine flights and José Murillo (right) got him across the street.

Another building employee, José Murillo, carried Traub across the street. When he got to his host’s apartment, “They were very welcoming, and food was pushed on us. Cakes, coffee, salads, soups.” Traub’s wife, Bonnie, said, “They were super wonderful. They put little chocolates on our pillows and they made us an incredible breakfast. New Yorkers are the greatest people in the world.” in all the years i’ve lived here, i never understood why new yorkers have a reputation for being rude & uncaring.  my experience has been just the opposite. on the countless occasions i’ve seen people fall down or be in need of help, there are always plenty of people tripping over each other to offer assistance.  One of those who played host to displaced neighbors was Robert Horowitz, 82, a part-time Traffic Court judge in Nassau County, and his retired teacher wife, Micki, 81. “I spoke to my wife, and we said [to the people working downstairs], ‘Send someone up who needs a bed.’ ” They sent up Dorothy Kreindler, 80. “They were true good Samaritans, as many people were there and at 170 [East End],” Kreindler said. “They are wonderful people.” __________________________

In Red Hook, the west side of the neighborhood was still without power, with elderly residents essentially trapped inside of their apartments. Dorothy Robinson, 94, stayed in her fifth-floor apartment on Center Mall in the Red Hook Houses. “I’ve seen worse. World War II was worse,” Robinson (above) said. “But I didn’t think it was going to be this bad.” Now she’s running out of food, as is Joshua Rodney, who’s also on the fifth floor. Rodney, 85, has a leg injury and breathing problems. “God, oh mercy, I can’t go down the stairs,” Rodney said. Both are now relying on the kindness of strangers, and those strangers have been reliable. Yesterday, volunteer Conor Tomas Reed, 31, of the Red Hook Initiative, brought plates of rice, beans and vegetables, along with gallons of water for residents.  full story

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Worried that the hen would become a victim of the looming “Frankenstorm,” the pair picked the gentle bird up and took it home with them. There, they made her a bed from a cardboard box and lined it with T-shirts to make her comfortable in the kitchen as the hurricane approached.

Chris Mottalini and Nepal Asatthawa

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“She was so freaked out by the storm, she wouldn’t stop clucking,” said Mottalini. On Tuesday, the no-longer-spooked hen showed her thanks by laying them an egg.  full story

a simple reminder of all the good people we are surrounded by –  always.

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“When people show you who they are, believe them.”
~ Maya Angelou

benefits too?


i received an e-mail from a recruiter today.  can someone please tell me why he has a job and i do not?  here’s the e-mail:

We are a recruiting firm specializing in candiate – employer introductions in the finaicial services industry.  You background looks like it aligns with a position that we are looking to fill and would like to find out more about yourself and what your are looking to do to see if you are a good fit.  Please give us a call of email us to start the matching process.

You have nothing to loose besides potential interviews   (no period necessary)

Dan

Staffing Specialist

1979 Marcus Ave Suite 210
Lake Success NY 11042

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here’s the response i wanted to send, but decided to blog instead:

Dear Dan,

I want to work for you company!  I would love to write run on sentences filled with missspelled words and get paid for doing so and  I have no experience or interest in the financial services industry but I have no doubt you will help me on my way to a new career.   I’m am so glad you got a hold of my e-mail address!  And your are right, I have nothing to lose

Laurie

Unemployed and Confused
New York, NY

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“You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”
~ Jim Rohn

just a thought


“Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking”
 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

today’s good news!


once in a while you hear something that you may have heard 1,000 times before, 1,000 different ways but the 1,001 st  time – it actually sinks in!

i just heard les brown say, “you will fail your way to success.”  this is very good news since i’ve basically spent the last 2 years failing.  now i know i can expect  gynormous success – starting now.   i’ll keep you posted.

“Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.”
 ~ J. Paul Getty