Friday, May 30, 2008

From Mother Theresa to Adrienne Gusoff ????

Ha!! You are wondering what the connection is aren't you?
Well....there isn't any!
Nope...well not unless you count the fact that I have quotes from both of them.

Adrienne Gustoff is a writer and motivational speaker who lives in New York City.
She has a marvelous website Bubby Gram which specializes in Jewish Mother Singing Telegrams, Celebrity Clones, and other unique acts. The site also has lots of other fun information and some of the funniest products.

It also has a yiddish mini dictionary which is how I found the site.
I was looking for the yiddish word for someone who is really confused and complains but likes to act as if they are suffering for your sake.
Oy! It's a long don't wanna know. But have you noticed these things sound better in Yiddish? I found all these great products with fabulous sayings, lots of great quotes and we are! The two graphics at the beginning of the blog are example of the saying available as t-shirts and such on her site (I am sooo buying t-shirts with those sayings).
And here are a few of my favorite quotes......

"With all the crap I have to put up with, I've stockpiled enough Karma to be Queen of the World in my next life"

"I have often depended on the blindness of strangers."

"The world is round; it has no point."

"Shopping is better than sex. At least after shopping, if you're not satisfied, you can exchange it for something you really like."

"If the shoe fits, it's too expensive."

"Not only is life a bitch, but it is always having puppies."

"Any woman who thinks the way to a man's heart is through his stomach is aiming about 10 inches too high."

"Actions speak more loudly than good grammar."

"I don't want to work but I have to work to make enough money so I don't have to work"

Hope you enjoyed these!
Love, Laughter, Peace and Blessing!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mother Theresa Quotes....

I love quotes...good quotes.
Today I came across some good quotes by Mother Theresa.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong
to each other.
Mother Teresa

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to
that person, a beautiful thing.
Mother Teresa

Peace begins with a smile.
Mother Teresa

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the
beginning of love.
Mother Teresa

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
Mother Teresa

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather
the feeling of being unwanted.
Mother Teresa

There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well.
They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste.
When I see people throwing away things that we could use.
Mother Teresa

We, the unwilling,led by the unknowing,are doing the impossible for the
ungrateful. We have done so much,for so long,with so little,we are now
qualified to do anything with nothing.
Mother Teresa

There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.
Mother Teresa

It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to
love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve
hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved
in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our
love for each other must start.
Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can
be no more hurt, only more love.
Mother Teresa

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teresa

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless.
The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest
poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
Mother Teresa

Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for
greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children
have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for
each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.
Mother Teresa

I hope you have enjoyed these little bits of wisdom from Mother Theresa.
Remember to SMILE!!

Love, Laughter, Peace and Blessings to you all!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

BOND!..No not James Bond....

Bond is a UK based group made up of four classically trained female musicians.
They perform on electric violins, viola and cello.
The group members are Tania Davis, Gay-Yee Westeroff, Haylie Ecker and Eos (no last name).
Their music is a combination of classical music mixed with dance beats and world rhythms.
It's the kind of music that can and does appeal to lovers of classical or pop dance music and it crosses age groups.
Here are just a couple of their videos.
The music is sure to make you want to dance!

Bond - Victory

Bond - Shine

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Shiny Happy People!

My Goodness! The last 2 blogs are not upbeat at all! This must stop!
Here is one of my favorite "happy" songs! Sing with me....

Shiny happy people laughing
Meet me in the crowd
People people
Throw your love around
Love me love me
Take it into town
Happy happy
Put it in the ground
Where the flowers grow
Gold and silver shine

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Everyone around love them, love them
Put it in your hands
Take it take it
There's no time to cry
Happy happy
Put it in your heart
Where tomorrow shines
Gold and silver shine

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Friday, May 23, 2008

A Fave Poem - No Assistance

This has always been one of my favorite poems.
It was written in 1974 (OMG! seems like yesterday).
It is part of a 64 page "choreopoem" by the poet Ntozake Shange (pronunciation: en-toe-zah-kay shan-jay) entitled
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf.

no assistance

without any assistance or guidance from you
i have loved you assiduously for 8 months 2 wks & a day
i have been stood up four times
i've left 7 packages on yr doorstep
forty poems 2 plants & 3 handmade notecards i left
town so i cd send to you

you have been no help to me
on my job
you call at 3:00 in the mornin on weekdays
so i cd drive 27 1/2 miles cross the bay before i go to work
charmin charmin
but you are of no assistance

i want you to know
this waz an experiment
to see how selfish i cd be
if i wd really carry on to snare a possible lover
if i waz capable of debasin my self for the love of another
if i cd stand not being wanted
when i wanted to be wanted
& i cannot
with no further assistance & no guidance from you
i am endin this affair

this note is attached to a plant
i've been watering since the day i met you
you may water it
yr damn self

— from for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, by Ntozake Shange

Love, Laughter, Peace and Blessings!La

Sunday, May 18, 2008

My Advice to Me

Have you ever found yourself having to take your own advice?
I wonder if there is anything more annoying.
Not that I don’t give good advice.
Actually my advice is often very good and dead on (my opinion).
That's what makes it so annoying when I finally start thinking about my own situation and I think….. if I were me coming to me with this situation what would I tell me to do.
Anyone confused? Don't worry, I won't say that again.
So, if you are still with me, and haven't left the blog out of boredom or confusion, I'll explain where all this is leading or where it all comes from.
I hate to admit it, really, really hate to admit it…..but this involves a man. Damn! I feel like a cliché already.
Huh, y'all probably figured that out somewhere around the second sentence.
Things are not going as I wish...sigh...likely not as he wished either but I can't know that for sure.
And I have finally concluded that I have to let it go. Not totally ignore him, because I like the guy as a person and friend, but let it go in terms of any expectations. You know, that’s what messes you up. The expectations. I try not to have any until well into the friendship/relationship and I did the same here but what can I say….sometimes ya just get blindsided.
I am almost but not quite, ashamed to admit that at this point in life if a man doesn’t give me very good reason to believe he is interested in anything other than flirting then I just keep it light and stupid and don’t invest any true feelings in the conversations, much. So, believe me , I had good reason to believe this was going somewhere. But I also know/knew that the man had "issues" (yes an extremely over used word but you know what I mean). I knew this because he straight up told me. I like/liked that about him. He didn’t seem to want to hide anything and I understood and was willing to deal with the problems he mentioned.
Now here comes the advice part:
My Advice to Me #1 - I am the first person to tell…anyone…that you can not and should never attempt to change another person. People are what they are and unless they wish to change they won't. And sometimes even if they wish to change they still won't. Hey, let's admit it….change is difficult. Most of us like life to remain status quo. Well…unless it sucks. And even then many are not willing to do what is necessary to make it different. I digress. Back to me or him. What does this have to do with anything? Well, his "issues" involve past problems and these have colored his perspective on life, love, relationships, etc. Now we all knew this from the beginning but he wished to change and I sure as hell was happy to assist and/or encourage him. I mean, I liked him as friend and was more than happy to go past that but yeah it would have necessitated a radical change in his thinking and beliefs. I should have known better. Hell, I did know better but…well….I wanted it to work. Silly me.
Of course, I am leaving lots of stuff out of this blog. For brevities sake, and cause who wants to hear all the sometimes gory and most times boring details. My purpose here is to hit the advice highlights.
Anyhoo, blah, blah, blah…..stuff happened, etc…..we laughed , we cried (okay not really), it worked then it didn't .
One of us tried to protect the other one from the other one………hmmm…anyone understand that?
Okay, he wanted to protect me from him…..which sounded really stupid to me at the time…still does but being the generous person I am (see stupid sucker) I am going to believe that he believes it.
We come to….
My Advice to Me #2 - (Okay, I hate this one …..cue Sting...) "If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they're yours; if they don't they never were." Richard Bach
Yes, it is an annoying quote but I think its based on truth. Humans are thinking beings, most of us, and we have free will. Ya can't make someone do anything. Hmmm…you can but you shouldn't. You can sometimes force a relationship to work using such time honored tools such as guilt or sex or whatever but then it becomes some kind of weird codependency thing. Soooo…. No matter how right you may think something is if the other person isn't where you are (emotionally) then it just doesn’t work.
Having come to this brilliant conclusion I moved on to….
My Advice to Me # 3 - life is too short to hate or to carry a grudge or to bother to assign blame. I truly believe this and I can't think of anyone I truly hate (not even the ex-husband that I ought to hate but basically just feel sorry for). There are those I am not overly fond of but no hates. And I try not to carry grudges. So why bring this up? Because, damn it, my feelings were/are involved and they have been hurt and damned if I don't want someone to blame and hate and have a grudge against. But I know, there is no real point to it and the hater, grudge bearer, blamer generally only ends up hurting his/herself, so why go there? Danged good advice! Damn it …I want heads to roll!!!!... Mini rant over, moving on.
Last Piece of Advice to Me - Venting can be good for you. Downright cathartic! Yep, I believe that. It's not good to keep stuff bottled up. Not that I think we should all go around bitching and kvetching about every little thing. Nope, that’s just pathetic and whiney. But sometimes there are things you need to get off your chest. Talking to someone or even writing it down, like this, can make you feel a little and sometimes a lot better and I think it helps you work it through.
So….having said that I feel better.
I mean sure still a little sad, a little why-oh-why didn't it work but as they say…..
The sun will come out tomorrow and
It's always darkest before the dawn and
Every cloud has a silver lining and
Men are like buses another one comes along every 15 minutes.
Ha! That last one is such a lie. Or else they discontinued service in my area.
I gotta get me a new schedule.
Love, Laughter, Peace and Blessings y'all!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Life is too short.....

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