Smiling Begins with Children

“Why are they sad and glad and bad? I do not know, go ask your dad.”  Dr. Seuss Shinichi Suzuki, violinist, educator and humanitarian said that “Children learn to smile from their parents.”  Even so, whenever I think of a perfect smile, I remember when my baby boy smiled at me for the first time. …

Without Fear

Courage is being scared to death…and saddling up anyway.” John Wayne Without fear, courage is meaningless. When we or, someone we love, is in danger or in pain, when our way of life is threatened, or when we experience loss and suffering, that is the moment everything changes.  There is an immediate awareness that the…

Writing the Last Word

There is always the last word, the closing argument, the final chapter in any storyline.  The End – this is where the reader closes the book and says, “I wish there was more…” As we write our personal narratives, our words gather momentum as we age.  Recall that great feats and resolutions happen towards the…

Writing the Words

“I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.” Steven Wright As we enter a new year of blogging, I am reminded that we are recording our personal narratives in whatever way gives meaning to the timeframe we inhabit.  The act of writing is a creative process that forges the strength from past experience and acquired…

The Chefs at Work

When I think that my life is crazy-busy, I watch the chefs on the food channels and realize my life is tranquil compared to the bedlam that occurs in a professional kitchen.   Professional chefs wear multiple “hats” and display interdisciplinary talents. They are artists, entrepreneurs, performers, communication experts, instructors and risk-takers.  Here is what…

An Actor’s Goodwill

“I am for people. I can’t help it.” Charlie Chaplin Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, born April 16, 1889, was the most famous film star in the world before the end of WWI and one of the most influential personalities of the silent-film era.  Most remember him by his celebrated role as the tramp.   Less…