Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Put the Fun Back Into Your Life – Episode 22

When did the idea of fun vanish from your life? What happened that turned you into this serious, perpetually worried, anxious person? Wouldn’t it be nice to have that feeling of “fun” once again? Well, in this podcast, you’ll find out just how to re-discover “fun” no matter what you’re doing, and in the process enjoy your life so much more.


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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Meet An “Amazing” Whose Talents Spans Decades

 


Marilyn McCoo, at 77, returned to the soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” along with her husband, Billy Davis, Jr., to reprise roles originally featured in 1986 and 1987. How nice that wonderful characters are never forgotten in the long life of a soap opera. 

Marilyn, however, is probably best known for her hosting appearances on the 1980s music countdown series “Solid Gold.” Or, if you’re a music aficionado as I am, for her astonishing 4 octave range in such 1960s and 1970s hits by the group “Fifth Dimension” as “Up, Up, and Away,” and “One Less Bell to Answer.” True talent is a gift that just keeps giving-- ageless, timeless.

For more Amazings, go to https://www.Facebook.com/MeetTheAmazings.


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Mining For Gold – Episode 21

Does the uncertainty of post-pandemic life have you chewing your nails to the quick and spending your nights tossing and turning? How can you survive in the midst of so much economic and social chaos? In this podcast, discover the “gold” that is truly yours, and that can not only sustain you, but help you thrive, even in the face of so much change.


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Monday, July 5, 2021

Meet An “Amazing” Who Is Finally Receiving The Recognition He Truly Deserves

 

Captain Paris Davis, at 81, is in line to finally receive the Medal of Honor this Vietnam Vet so rightly deserves. Captain Davis found himself the last American standing among a company of South Vietnamese volunteers trapped by enemy forces. 

One of the first Black officers in the Special Forces, Captain Davis, then 26, defied all odds by continuing to fight despite being shot repeatedly (5 times) as he dragged three of his wounded comrades to safety. His nomination for the Medal of Honor was mysteriously lost – twice – but due to the continued efforts of his determined fellow-soldiers, it has once again seen the light of day, and this time, it is not only not lost, but looks well on its way to being awarded to the courageous Vet. Congratulations and thank you for your service, Captain Davis.

For more Amazings, go to https://www.Facebook.com/MeetTheAmazings.

 

 


Thursday, July 1, 2021

What’s Right With This Picture?

 

Lunch at a restaurant! With a friend, live and in person! A restaurant with indoor seating, no masks required for the vaccinated. OMG, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. After the long year of home-cooking (not much variety there), take-out (fun from time to time, not all the time), and lusting in front of Food Network re-runs, the trip to the restaurant was more than a welcome event. It was Nirvana.

As my friend and I lovingly perused the menu, comparison-shopping the promised taste treats, I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation of the couple behind us. “They don’t have anything I want,” the woman moaned. “I thought you liked salmon,” her friend replied. “Not grilled like that, it’ll be all dry,” the woman said. “Maybe you can ask them to poach it,” her friend suggested. “Fat chance,” the woman said. “And what’s with the waiter?” she continued, “we’ve been here at least 15 minutes, and haven’t seen hide nor hair of him since he plunked the water down. Which he spilled on the table, by the way – look at that!”

No doubt the woman was correct, mostly anyway. But what a way to nuke an otherwise perfectly good experience! Instead of which, she could have simply focused on “What’s right with this picture?” It may not have changed the facts: perhaps the restaurant wouldn’t have prepared her salmon differently, and the waiter hadn’t been to their table in 15 minutes, but it certainly would have changed the woman’s experience of the facts.

Let’s see. It was a restaurant, so no food-prep to do or dishes to wash. There was an extensive menu, so lots of choices beyond the salmon. There was a person willing to wait on them. The couple was seated, together, indoors, without masks, which means . . . they could have enjoyed conversing with each other. They could have appreciated the simple fact of getting to be out in the world again, considering our past pandemic year. So much was “right” with their picture!

No matter where you’re at, no matter how you are coming out of your COVID-restricted shell, do your darndest to see “What’s right with this picture.” Your job may have suffered, you may have to adapt to new work circumstances. Your kids may be driving you bonkers with their bickering over changed school arrangements. You may be worried about what your friends will think of all this pandemic-induced weight you’ve gained or lost. You may be confused about how to resume normal family or couple or dating life, and what’s normal now anyway?

We are all in this together, more than ever. One thing I know for sure, we can all benefit from a healthy dose of “What’s right with this picture” when we look out at our changed world, our friends and co-workers, and yes, especially and even—ourselves.