(Re-post from 2009)
One of the coolest things about living in the city is that you never know what or who you will see each time you leave home. I just returned from taking Ivan for a spin around the block, last pee for the evening. I was in a funky mood and found myself ruminating on my single-ness. I hate when I allow myself to get this way, but this is the way I was tonight. As I walked south on First Avenue from 74th towards 73rd Street, I noticed a cute young couple gaily walking toward me with a very adorable puggle. People with dogs always notice people with dogs. It’s not unusual for dog owners to stop and chat with each other. I’m pretty sure that’s the reason most single people in NY have dogs to begin with. It’s an excuse to be able to talk to people you don’t know. I was not in the mood to talk to a happy couple.
Campagnolas Italian Restaurant is in the middle of the block between 73rd and 74th Streets. Outside the restaurant sits a bench for people dining in Campagnola’s to use while they smoke or wait for their table. There were several people sitting on the bench. As we walked toward each other, the “love birds with puggle,” neared the bench. The folks on the bench called the dog over and began to play the pooch. The puppy owners began to laugh hysterically. The folks on the bench were puggle-petting and laughing. Everyone was just so happy. Except me. As I passed by, naturally I looked at the people, all reveling in laughter, playing with the cute pup. Sitting on the bench was Robin Williams petting the puggle! Dam it, if I had walked just 15 seconds faster it could have been Ivan.
I consoled myself with a frozen yogurt from tasti-delite and reminded Ivan that he had in the past been pet by both Paul McCartney and Brook Shields.
you made everyone laugh so hard – what a good job you did here. you will be so missed. rest easy, robin williams.
You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.
~ Robin Williams
in nyc you’ll find people of all colors, shapes & sizes – animals too. since most residents ‘weekend out east‘, on sunday, i hung out with this guy in central park.
“Life was never meant to be a struggle, just a gentle progression from one point to another, much like walking through a valley on a sunny day.”
~ Stewart Wilde
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Tagged birds, central park, egret, manhattan, NYC, unusual animals
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.
A 3-year-old girl who was pronounced dead after a fever woke up a day later — in a coffin, during her funeral . . . . the toddler was taken to a local hospital on Friday after suffering a severe fever.
“During that time, the attending clinic personnel and physician confirmed that the young patient had no more pulse and was clinically dead last Saturday morning about 9 a.m.,” Teelan said. The grave error was only discovered when a funeral attendee removed the cover of the girl’s coffin and saw her head move . . . . .
The family is seeking treatment at a better-equipped hospital.
the family is seeking treatment at a better-equipped hospital???
. . . . well now there’s an idea worth investigating.
ny post story
“Man cannot live by incompetence alone.”
~ Charlotte Whitton
in the event you were planning a vacation to the city, you may want to re-think your travel plans – or at least stay on top of this story from the post . . . . .
Help, my giant poisonous spider is missing — and she’s pregnant!
A hairy Mexican red rump tarantula named Penelope is on the loose in Park Slope. . . . “She’s mostly active at night and she tends to hide in dark corners,” . . . On the sign, the pet owner asks whoever finds her to put her in a “tupperware bowl” with holes, so she can breathe.
When you seek it, you cannot find it.
~ Zen Proverb
Posted in animals, good to know, humor, New York, news, ny city life, nyc, zen
Tagged brooklyn, help, lost, ny post, NYC, park slope, poisonous spider, pregnant, tarantula
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
last night i was on the phone with a friend when a call from an 800 number beeped in. assuming it was a telemarketer i ignored the call. earlier today, i realized that i had a message from the 800# call last night. it was katelin from ticketmaster. she wanted to verify that i had authorized a $967.80 debit card charge for tickets to the miami heat / nets game last evening.
the first question that came to mind was, is that baseball or basketball? the next thought i had was, why would i authorize a charge for $967.80 when i had less than $500 in my bank account?
i now have negative $457.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Posted in complaint department, life, ny city life, nyc, prayer, thoughts, zen
Tagged basketball, brooklyn, citibank, debit card, Fraud, nets v miami heat, sports, theft
a day, a week, a month ~ it can seem like forever ~ almost never ending, and it can seem like just yesterday ~ both perceptions happening simultaneously.
how does that work?
“Time moves in one direction, memory in another.”
~ William Gibson
just a few weeks ago i told you the story of joe, the 96 year old man who got sick after eating his birthday cake which had a rat baked right into it. i will try to limit the number of disturbing posts like that, but i will need a little help from the food industry . . . .
today, the ny post reported the story of robin. robin ordered a salad for lunch from guy & gallard on west 40th street. in her own words, here’s what she got in her salad:
“It was the craziest thing,” she said. “After a few bites, I look down at my fork, and think, ‘Oh, is that a piece of asparagus?’And then I saw that it had eyes, and an arm.”
the post reported,
Sandusky repackaged the head with the salad and sent it back to the deli, which promptly gave her a refund.
it’s good to know she got her money back.
i’ve spent the day wondering if she simply saw the lizard, or actually stabbed it with her fork.
“Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.”
~ Paramahansa Yogananda
Posted in animals, complaint department, good to know, humor, life, news, nyc, rodents
Tagged cake, food, guy & gallard, lizard lunch, ny post, nyc chelsea restaurant, rat, reptile, salad
just like every day, i checked my phone for the temperature outside before taking ivan out for his morning stroll. it said 64 degrees. the sun was pouring in my windows. 64 & sunny . . . . it’s going to be a great day!
completely under dressed for the actual 46 degree temp outside, i arrived home a bit chilly and totally confused. i checked my phone again. 64 degrees. at first i wondered if my phone had picked up on the industrial strength warm weather thoughts i had been having for so long and was just trying to make me happy.
then i noticed that the time under the weather was displayed as 7:31 pm, rather than am, and i chalked the whole thing up to the power of my electronic disorder.
“The use of the will as the projector of mentative currents is the real base of all mental magic.”
~ William Walker Atkinson
it’s already after 3:30 in the afternoon and i’ve done nothing else but try to get some information on health insurance so far today. i have none. this is why:
You are now chatting with Shawn. Welcome to eHealthInsurance’s live chat service. How can I help you today?
laurie: Hi, It says the full brochure for plan summary is not available online – can I get one mailed to me?
laurie: this is the plan I am interested in: Empire Essential Guided Access (cbjw) $427.33/mo
laurie: Are you there?
laurie: This is a great service you offer – this live chat thing . . . .
laurie: Did you die?
Shawn: Thank you for holding…
laurie: Im not holding. I will call a real company. It was a simple question.
Shawn: in this case, you may expedite your research by calling us at 877-731-3655 and let our licensed representatives look into that for you
Shawn: I apologize, a Chat Operator cannot discuss benefits through Chat.
a few of the many questions that arise for me include;
why does shawn have a job and i do not?
what exactly is shawn’s job?
supposedly he’s a customer service rep for e-health, yet he is unable to discuss health benefits through chat?
he’s an e-health customer service representative who’s function is to refer me to a real representative?
have i gone insane?
“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”
~ Dale Carnegie
this is joe:
and this is his story as reported by the ny post:
Joseph Vallenti celebrated his 96th birthday with a big slice of his favorite apple strudel cake, but there was one filling he didn’t count on — a rat.
“Something isn’t right,” family members recall the Commack man saying after tucking into the store-baked “Signature Series” cake from King Kullen supermarket.
Vallenti fell ill with stomach pains and diarrhea. So Neil Gold, who is dating Vallenti’s niece and lives with the victim, investigated the remaining cake — and allegedly found a five-inch-long rat’s tail still attached to the rodent’s hindquarters.
“I saw . . . something sticking out,” Gold said Friday after bringing the allegedly infested strudel to the law offices of his friend, attorney Ed Yule.
“I flipped it over and saw the whole tail bleeding into the cake.”
i am truly at a loss for words.
“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”
~ Emory Austin
Posted in amazing people, good to know, life, New York, news, rodents, thoughts
Tagged birthday, cake, disturbing, news, ny post, rat, sick
out the window of my apartment, it looked like this most of the day:
it’s been snowing since early in the morning.
it is currently thundering. thundering really loud. and a lot.
i want my normal back.
“I have never seen snow and do not know what winter means.”
~ Duke Kahanamoku
Posted in complaint department, life, nature, New York, ny city life, nyc, weather
Tagged 350 east 52nd street, cold, Duke Kahanamoku, nyc weather, rain, snow, thunder, winter
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”
Weekend storm could drop 3… or 30 inches of snow.
The Weather Underground forecasting service sees scattered snow starting in the city Saturday night, real snow coming Sunday morning (one to three inches), followed by more later in the day (three to five inches) — and flurries on Monday.
( That’s not quite 30 inches. . . . )
That could produce a blizzard that drops several inches of snow per hour on whoever is unlucky enough to suffer the brunt of it, making it the worst storm of what’s becoming known as “the terrible winter of ’14.”
But five days out, it’s all far from certain. “I think we’re throwing darts,” Kines said.
just keeping you ‘posted.’
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Tagged 2014 winter, blizzard, forecast, noreaster, snow, weather underground, worst winter
i’m changing my lucky number to 75.
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
~ Carl Jung
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Tagged carl jung, cold, lucky number, new york, seven, snow, winter
i’ve been loving wayne dyer since the early 90’s. really, he should be my husband. . . .
here’s his advice for today:
Inspiration is a state of being here now in this material world, while at the same time reconnecting to our spiritual origins. In order to be receptive to inspiration, we need to eliminate the ego clutter that accumulates all too easily for most of us—after all, if we’re preoccupied with events and activities that have nothing to do with inspiration, we’re unlikely to notice its summons. So in order to achieve a reunion with our ultimate calling, we need to emulate the clear, uncomplicated world of Spirit.
This doesn’t mean that we should sit around doing nothing, awaiting Spirit’s arrival; instead, it means having faith that our spiritual connection flourishes in a life dedicated to joy, love, and peace. If our daily activities are so overwhelming that we don’t make these things our priority, then we’re disregarding the value of living a simple life.
My 12-Step Program for Simplifying Your Life
Here are 12 very specific tools for simplifying your life. Begin using them today if you’re serious about hearing that ultimate call to inspiration.
- Unclutter Your Life. You’ll feel a real rush of inspiration when you clear out stuff that’s no longer useful in your life:
If you haven’t worn it in the past year or two, recycle it for others to use. Get rid of old files that take up space and are seldom, if ever, needed. Donate unused toys, tools, books, bicycles, and dishes to a charitable organization.
Get rid of anything that keeps you mired in acquisitions that contribute to a cluttered life. In the words of Socrates, “He is nearest to God who needs the fewest things.” So the less you need to insure, protect, dust, reorganize, and move, the closer you’ll be to hearing inspiration’s call.
- Clear your Calendar of Unwanted and Unnecessary Activities and Obligations. If you’re unavailable for Spirit, you’re unlikely to know the glow of inspiration. God will indeed work with you and send you the guidance—and the people—you need, but if you’re grossly overscheduled, you’re going to miss these life-altering gifts. So practice saying no to excessive demands and don’t feel guilty about injecting a dose of leisure time into your daily routine.
- Be Sure to Keep Your Free Time Free. Be on the lookout for invitations to functions that may keep you on top of society’s pyramid, but which inhibit your access to joyful inspiration. If cocktail parties, social get-togethers, fund-raising events, or even drinking-and-gossiping gatherings with friends aren’t really how you want to spend your free time, then don’t. Begin declining invitations that don’t activate feelings of inspiration. I find that an evening spent reading or writing letters, watching a movie with a loved one, having dinner with my children, or even exercising alone is far more inspiring than getting dressed to attend a function often filled with small talk. I’ve learned to be unavailable for such events without apologizing, and consequently have more inspired moments freed up.
- Take Time for Meditation and Yoga. Give yourself at least 20 minutes a day to sit quietly and make conscious contact with God. I’ve written an entire book on this subject called Getting in the Gap, so I won’t belabor it here. I will say that I’ve received thousands of messages from people all over the world, who have expressed their appreciation for learning how to simplify their life by taking the time to meditate. I also encourage you to find a yoga center near you and begin a regular practice. The rewards are so powerful: You’ll feel healthier, less stressed, and inspired by what you’ll be able to do with and for your body in a very short time.
- Return to the Simplicity of Nature. There’s nothing more awe-inspiring than nature itself. The fantasy to return to a less tumultuous life almost always involves living in the splendor of the mountains, the forests, or the tundra; on an island; near the ocean; or beside a lake. These are universal urges, since nature is created by the same Source as we are, and we’re made up of the same chemicals as all of nature (we’re stardust, remember?).
Your urge to simplify and feel inspired is fueled by the desire to be your natural self—that is, your natureself. So give yourself permission to get away to trek or camp in the woods; swim in a river, lake, or ocean; sit by an open fire; ride horseback through trails; or ski down a mountain slope. This doesn’t have to mean long, planned vacations that are months away—no matter where you live, you’re only a few hours or even moments away from a park, campground, or trail that will allow you to enjoy a feeling of being connected to the entire Universe.
- Put Distance between You and Your Critics. Choose to align yourself with people who are like-minded in their search for simplified inspiration. Give those who find fault or who are confrontational a silent blessing and remove yourself from their energy as quickly as possible. Your life is simplified enormously when you don’t have to defend yourself to anyone, and when you receive support rather than criticism. You don’t have to endure the criticism with anything other than a polite thank-you and a promise to consider what’s been said—anything else is a state of conflict that erases the possibility of your feeling inspired. You never need to defend yourself or your desires to anyone, as those inner feelings are Spirit speaking to you. Those thoughts are sacred, so don’t ever let anyone trample on them.
- Take Some Time for Your Health. Consider that the number one health problem in America seems to be obesity. How can you feel inspired and live in simplicity if you’re gorging on excessive amounts of food and eliminating the exercise that the body craves? Recall that your body is a sacred temple where you reside for this lifetime, so make some time every single day for exercising it. Even if you can only manage a walk around the block, just do it. Similarly, keep the words portion control uppermost in your consciousness—your stomach is the size of your fist, not a wheelbarrow! Respect your sacred templeand simplify your life by being an exerciser and a sensible eater. I promise that you’ll feel inspired if you act on this today!
- Play, Play, Play! You’ll simplify your life and feel inspired if you learn to play rather than work your way through life. I love to be around kids because they inspire me with their laughter and frivolity. In fact, if I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “Wayne, you’ve never grown up—you’re always playing.” I take great pride in this! I play onstage when I speak, and I’m playing now as I write.
Many years ago I was given a tremendous opportunity to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The man who took a chance on me, booking me even though I was an unknown at the time, was a talent coordinator named Howard Papush. It was my first big break, and I went on to appear on The Tonight Show 36 additional times. Now it’s my turn to say thank you to Howard. He’s written a wonderful book titled When’s Recess? Playing Your Way Through the Stresses of Life, which I encourage you to read. (Howard also conducts workshops that teach people how to play and have fun in life.) In the book, Howard shares this great quote from Richard Bach: “You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.” I couldn’t agree more—by all means, get back in touch with your real, playful self, and take every opportunity to play! Notice how it makes everything so sweet, and so simple.
- Slow Down. One of Gandhi’s most illuminating observations reminds us that “there is more to life than increasing its speed.” This is great advice for simplifying your life—in fact, slow everything way down for a few moments right here and now. Slowly read these words. Slow your breathing down so that you’re aware of each inhalation and exhalation…
When you’re in your car, downshift and relax. Slow down your speech, your inner thoughts, and the frantic pace of everything you do. Take more time to hear others. Notice your inclination to interrupt and get the conversation over with, and then choose to listen instead. Stop to enjoy the stars on a clear night and the cloud formations on a crisp day. Sit down in a mall and just observe how everyone seems in a hurry to get nowhere.
By slowing down, you’ll simplify and rejoin the perfect pace at which creation works. Imagine trying to hurry nature up by tugging at an emerging tomato plant—you’re as natural as that plant, so let yourself be at peace with the perfection of nature’s plan.
- Do Everything You Can to Eschew Debt. Remember that you’re attempting to simplify your life here, so you don’t need to purchase more of what will complicate and clutter your life. If you can’t afford it, let it go until you can. By going into debt, you’ll just add layers of anxiety onto your life. That anxiety will then take you away from your peace, which is where you are when you’re in-Spirit. When you have to work extra hard to pay off debts, the present moments of your life are less enjoyable; consequently, you’re further away from the joy and peace that are the trademarks of inspiration. You’re far better off to have less and enjoy the days of your life than to take on debt and invite stress and anxiety where peace and tranquility could have reigned. And remember that the money you have in your possession is nothing but energy—so refuse to plug in to an energy system that’s not even there.
- Forget about the Cash Value. I try not to think about money too frequently because it’s been my observation that people who do so tend to think about almost nothing else. So do what your heart tells you will bring you joy, rather than determining whether it will be cost-effective. If you’d really enjoy that whale-watching trip, for instance, make the decision to do so—don’t deny yourself the pleasures of life because of some monetary detail. Don’t base your purchases on getting a discount, and don’t rob yourself of a simple joy because you didn’t get a break on the price. You can afford a happy, fulfilling life, and if you’re busy right now thinking that I have some nerve telling you this because of your bleak financial picture, then you have your own barrier of resistance.
Make an attempt to free yourself from placing a price tag on everything you have and do—after all, in the world of Spirit, there are no price tags. Don’t make money the guiding principle for what you have or do; rather, simplify your life and return to Spirit by finding the inherent value in everything. A dollar does not determine worth, even though you live in a world that attempts to convince you otherwise.
- Remember Your Spirit. When life tends to get overly complex, too fast, too cluttered, too deadline oriented, or too type A for you, stop and remember your own spirit. You’re headed for inspiration, a simple, peaceful place where you’re in harmony with the perfect timing of all creation. Go there in your mind, and stop frequently to remember what you really want.
A man who personified success at the highest intellectual and social levels would hardly seem one to quote on simplifying our life, yet here’s what Albert Einstein offers us on this subject: “Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury—to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.”
Wow! I’d say this is pretty good advice, wouldn’t you?
Posted in amazing people, God, inspiring, Spirit, thoughts
Tagged calm, clutter, debt, health, life, Meditation, peace, play, simplify, wayne dyer, wisdom, yoga
“If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one.”
~ Cavett Robert
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Posted in good to know, life, New York, ny city life, nyc, thoughts, weather
Tagged cold, confucius, freezing, snow, Temperature, travel, Weather