At first people refuse to believe that a strange
new thing can be done, then they begin to hope
It can be done, then they see it can be done
– then it is done and all the world wonders
why it was not done centuries ago.
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett
if you have a heartbeat, you’ll be truly inspired by this 8 year old angel. if you watch this video until the end, your heart will be beating beams of love for alissa sizemore – wow!
Take your make-up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don’t you like you?
‘Cause I like you
~ Colbie Caillat
Posted in amazing people, happiness, inspiring, Love
Tagged alissa sizemore, beauty, colbie caillat, dance, happiness, inspiring, love, perfection, talent
Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.
~ Janine di Giovanni
Posted in amazing people, big apple, happiness, holiday, humor, life, manhattan, ny city life
Tagged #easterparadenyc, 5th avenue, colorful people, easter, fun, holiday, NYC, parade
it’s been on my bucket list for years – i have to meet warren buffett.
At 84, and with $72.8 billion and counting, Warren Buffett stirs interest when asked that age-young question. How do you do it?
The answer: Eat like a 6-year-old.
“I’m one-quarter Coca-Cola,” the chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, told Fortune magazine, of the beverage giant in which he owns $16 billion in stock.
“If I eat 2,700 calories a day, a quarter of that is Coca-Cola. I drink at least five 12-ounce servings. I do it every day.”
The Oracle of Omaha says his diet is high-sugar and high-salt and he said he changed his eating to mirror a boy that age.
“I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among 6-year-olds. So I decided to eat like [one],” he told the magazine.
“It’s the safest course I can take.”
(ny post article)
Be as you wish to seem.
Posted in amazing people, happiness, humor, success, thoughts
Tagged coke, death rate, diet, high-sugar, loving what is, make me laugh, socrates, warren buffett
years ago my friend ellice and i were wandering around soho and saw a ‘tire table‘ on display in an art gallery for a ridiculous sum of money – at least we thought so at the time. the table consisted of a round piece of glass set upon two stacked tires. freshly sprung from college, i suspect any amount of money for a piece of furniture may have seemed ridiculous back then, but we both really loved that table. right away, ellice and i set out on a mission to acquire free tires and made our own tire tables for the cost of a piece of glass.
recently, i was in need of a table with a large working space. as luck would have it, someone left a giant round glass table top downstairs in the basement. i put the word out for a table base and my mother suggested another tire table, which i thought was a perfect idea. i immediately put an order out to the universe for 3 tires so that i could make a new, larger version of my old beloved tire table. i was so excited, that i forgot to include any details with the request . . . .
shortly after i placed the order, on my way home from nj, my car fell into an enormous black hole in the middle of route 78 and blew out the right front tire. after 2 1/2 hours of waiting for roadside assistance, my brother thomas, a state trooper and a flatbed tow truck showed up all at about the same time. my brother and the tow truck driver both told me that my spare tire was leaking and it was not going to make it back to the city – i would have to follow my brother to his house, spend the night there and deal with the tire in the morning – which i did – sort of . . . .
my brother woke me in the morning, asked for my keys and told me he was taking my car to the tire store, where he was meeting my dad who was going to pay for my new tire (thank you, dad!). i asked thomas if he wouldn’t mind asking the guys at the tire store if he could have 3 old tires so that i could make my tire table. he was not looking overly pleased with my request as he walked out the door around 9:00 am on a freezing cold sunday morning, but i knew he would come through. 3 hours later, thomas arrived back home with my sparkling clean car (he had taken to the car wash), sporting 4 brand new tires and my other 3 good tires all wrapped up in plastic bags in the trunk.
my next shout out to the universe is to send me a husband who is a perfect mix of my dad and my brother, thomas – no additional details required.
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”
~ Dalai Lama
Posted in amazing people, family, giving, happiness, inspiring, the art of manifesting
Tagged ellice uffer, gratitude, john cagnassola, manifesting, thomas cagnassola, tire table
i received this new year’s message from a family of beautiful souls. I loved it so much, i want to share it with you.
Swift like a bullet train, a brand New Year is leaving the station. If you cannot be the engineer, be the most joyful passenger. Look for a place at the window. Enjoy every single landscape time can offer you, with the same enjoyment as if it was your first or your last trip. Do not be scared of the cliffs or the curves and the stones that can prevent you from seeing the road ahead. Try to take pleasure in the trip of life, noticing each bush, creek, edge of the road, and every nuance in the scenery. Unfold the map and plan your journey. Pay attention to all stops and be aware of the whistle announcing departure…and when you decide to get off the station where hope, friendship or love had beckoned, do not hesitate… disembark there, with all your dreams.
I WISH YOUR TRIP THROUGH 2015 IS A FIRST CLASS ONE
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
thank you, ruth, alan & max!
Posted in amazing people, giving, happiness, holiday, inspiring
Tagged dreams come true, friendship, good life, happy, hope, inspire, love
who goes inside a bank anymore? well, yesterday i did and as you would probably suspect, i was the only customer inside. when entering my bank from the street, you pass through the atm room where 99% of the people bank, and then open a door and round a corner to get to the real inside of the bank where the tellers are located. as i opened the door between the atm room and the actual bank, i heard someone singing the magilla gorilla song! i did not want her to become startled by the sight of a customer and stop singing, so i stopped before rounding the corner so that she would finish the song. as it turned out, i remembered every single word. when i came around the corner, i saw 3 bank tellers sitting behind the glass partition with absolutely nothing to do other than sing the magilla gorilla song and i had to make a split second guess as to which was the singer because i definitely wanted to go to her window. as luck would have it, i picked the right one and we ended up singing the magilla gorilla song together. after that we sang the mr. ed song. who would have expected this kind of happiness in the middle of a tuesday?
if you have no idea what this post is about, we could probably never be really good friends.
Everyone is entitled to his own nostalgia.
~ James Wolcott
Posted in animals, happiness, humor, life, ny city life
Tagged atm machines, banking, cartoons, citibank, gorilla, james wolcott, magilla, media, mr. ed, nostalgia, songs, tv shows
lao tzu said, “at the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”
today i will practice this advice and keep you posted. wish me luck!
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
~ Lao Tzu
this the feeling i’m going for today.
just f.y.i. . . .
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
~ Albert Einstein
may all be happy
Posted in giving, happiness, life, nyc, Photography, success, thoughts
Tagged art, creative, feeling good, joy, park avenue nyc, sculpture
i want to meet the person who created this. i know we could be good friends. . . . .
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
what do you think are the chances of hitting a hole in one?
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:
and because this is not her first hole-in-one, she is eligible for the multiple hole-in-one winner gold star award!
“It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.”
~ Hank Aaron
Posted in amazing people, family, happiness, humor, success
Tagged "odds of hitting a hole in one", golf, golf digest, hole-in-one, mom, noel cagnassola, raritan valley country club
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
~ Dr. Seuss
Posted in giving, God, happiness, inspiring, life, Love, thoughts
Tagged christmas story, dr. seuss, madonna, purple, storypeople
“There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other’s cooking & say it was good.”
♥ 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.”
i wish mr. & mrs. leak happiness forever! good job, ryan!
“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.”
~ Alice Walker
Posted in amazing people, giving, happiness, inspiring, life, Love, success
Tagged Amanda Roman, dream wedding, love, pinterest, Ryan Leak, surprise
in loving memory of my parents dog, buddy. he was one of the great ones.
mom & buddy
thanks for all the years your happiness filled the house. you did a good, good job. bye bud – love you.
“There is honor in being a dog.”
even though it’s down-pouring outside, it feels good to be heading back towards the city today. i’ll leave susan’s secret retreat today, spend 2 days in jersey, and wake up in my own bed on east 52nd street on sunday morning. 🙂
it’s been raining here for the last 3 days which means no cell phone service, and intermittent internet. i have to keep watching the modem – and if the green light goes on, i make a mad rush to the computer to check my e-mail. sometimes i can get through 3 or 4 before the internet goes out again. although this may have been the quietest summer i’ve ever experienced, i did manage to meet 2 people and several hundred animals – all of which i will tell you about when i get back to civilization. in the mean time, i will leave you with some pictures of this amazing place in upstsate ny.
here ivan is enjoying the view from the deck at sunset:
the local cuisine:
interesting reading material:
some of my new friends:
and a flower encircled silo:
a giant ‘thank you’ to susan for lending me this wonderful space for the summer. i am forever grateful to you! (and if you’re interested, she’ll rent it to you – just let me know – the fall is spectacular and there’s skiing just around the corner. )
i’m expecting some miracles this week. i’m very excited about it and i’ve decided to expect some every day from now on.
just keeping you up to date.
Acts of kindness, however small – a smile, a compliment, a helping hand – plant seeds of hope, love, and beauty in a spectacular garden you’ll one day call home.
Talk about ‘Miracle Grow,’
~ The Universe
Posted in animals, giving, happiness, inspiring, life, nature, New York, Photography, Universe
Tagged amazing views, columbia county, countryside, cows, deer, dogs, gratitude, horses, miracles, pigs, rooster, spencertown ny
“I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later — because I did not belong there, did not come from there — but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.”
~ Joan Didion
Posted in happiness, New York, ny city life, nyc, Photography, thoughts
Tagged 59th street bridge, east 52nd street barber, highrise, Joan Didion, lexington avenue, midtown manhattan, New York City, NYC, photography
“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
~ Dalai Lama
nyc marathon free hugger!
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want”
– Zig Ziglar