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Birthing A New Book

      My first book called The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary came into the world in 2011, not quite like Venus fully formed from sea foam, but rather resembling a human baby, that […]

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Luscious Lessons Learned on a Jamaican Sojourn

As I am writing this, the hours until departure from my Jamaican vacay are ticking away. I am not woeful or wistful, wishing it could be longer. It was perfectly timed to begin and perfectly timed to end. 24 hours from […]

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Beach Yoga

After being in Jamaica for a few glorious days so far, I am learning that I am able to ‘tolerate’ a great deal of pleasure. I use that particular word, because for such a long time, I have been in […]

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Do It Now

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you have always wanted. DO IT NOW!”- Paulo Coehlo This meme greeted me this morning and sent a resounding YES! through my sleepy […]

Flower Child

This past weekend, I took a time travel trip back 36 years to 1979. It was a period of my life that will be embedded in my cells forever. Not only was it when I began cutting my teeth on […]

Befriending Uncertainty

I woke up this morning in eager anticipation of two big gatherings this week. Tomorrow I will be trekking to NYC to participate in The Good Men Project (GMP Live) story telling  event. The theme is Arrivals and Departures. I […]

Why Do We Write What We Do?

A come clean. When recently reading an artist friend’s post about not being responsible for how her art is viewed or perceived, it occurred to me that often I write with the intention of evoking certain responses in the reader. Like […]

To Those We Treasure

Awake, truly awake and well rested after a weekend that was filled with laughter and joy, music, friends, dancing, singing, healthy eating and a power nap at the end of a long, sun streaming down day. On Friday night, so began one […]

Planting Seeds

There comes a time in our lives when we are called to face certain truths — that life unfolds at its own pace and not only as we would wish it to. For 56 years, I have danced the line […]

The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down

My  busy-buzzy brain woke me up to write this a few hours ago and I made a deal with The Muse that I could sleep a bit more, if I formulated the text in dreamland. She nodded and agreed. Lately, […]

Are There Too Many Items On Your To-do List?

I saw a poster several years ago that had a list of movers and shakers who have helped to transform the world. The caption read something to the effect that they had the same 24 hours that all of us […]

Inside Out Movie Review

Anticipation grew as I sat in a darkened movie theater with my friend Yvonne Kaye, waiting for the film to begin. Ever since I saw the trailer a few months earlier, I knew it was a must-see. Inside Out is a brain […]

Prosperity Mantra

Last year, in the midst of experiencing emotional turmoil, physical challenges and financial woes, I had a conversation with Spirit. We are on such intimate terms that there are times when I wonder if it is a dialog or monologue, […]

Creative ADHD

While on the plane heading from Philadelphia to New Orleans for my first ever visit to attend Jazz Fest with friends, I was perusing the in flight mag called American Way- since my carrier is American Airlines. Being a writer, editor […]

It’s A Beautiful Morning

The peeking in sun woke me up before my intended arising time. Clearly, the day had other ideas for how I should be spending its first few hours. I so wanted to tumble back into slumber, but it wasn’t gonna happen. […]

Professional Reader

It’s clear that I am a professional writer. It is my right livelihood work that brings me such joy that it is sometimes overwhelming. I’m grateful that The Muse sees fit to shower me with ideas at all hours of […]

Writing in My Sleep

  With every good intention, I climb into bed, nestle beneath the covers and close my eyes. I am aware of the silence in the room that is palpable. I rarely set the alarm clock, unless I absolutely have to […]

Love Bubbles

A few days ago, I trekked from my bucolic Bucks County, PA home to the hustle-bustle hectic hangout of NYC. I was eagerly anticipating meeting two Facebook friends Sherri Rosen and Kurt Koontz.  I had developed distance relationships with both […]

Sara’s Smiles- Lift The Cloud, Inspire The Joy

  The Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event that heralds the coming of Spring. This Winter weary woman who hadn’t attended in decades, was eager to immerse in beauty. Little did I know that it would go far beyond […]

We Never Know Who We Will Touch With Our Words

It is no secret that I am addicted to words. As a career writer, I live and breathe their essence. They delight me to no end. They are the beat of my heart and the blood that flows through my […]

A Writer’s Life

  “If  you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”- John Irving In this very moment, I am listening to the gurgle-hum of the dishwasher, while my […]

Full Circle Experience

  With Christine Lavin and Julie Gold Had a full circle experience on Sunday, when I walked through the doors of the Unitarian Church at 21st and Chestnut in Philly to celebrate the 80th birthday and illustrious career of music […]

The Sound of the Dove-Music Review

  “If you could combine the compelling voices of fellow Canadians Sarah McLachlan and Loreena McKennitt, with the soaring throat notes of kirtan singer; best known as Madonna’s back up singer, Donna DeLory, you would have a sense of the magnificent tonings […]

Attract, Don’t Pursue

Today, while meeting a new Facebook friend and sister wordsmith, Trish Sammer Johnston, we were talking about all of the seeds we have planted in our lives in order to reap the harvest we are enjoying now.  We were sipping […]

Change is Strange

As I was sitting with a client today, we were speaking about the transformations she wanted to take place in her life. Since this was our initial session, she outlined many of them that would enhance her day to day experiences. […]

Publicity From The Trenches-Blissful Book Review

  Some of those reading this blog  are, no doubt, in the creative fields of writing, speaking and teaching. You are good at what you do. People enjoy your words and look forward to reading what you have to share and attending […]

Sexpot With Stretchmarks

Imagine having your own personal cheerleader who enthusiastically reminds you that you are gorgeous, worthy, creative, brilliant and loveable. Would you believe her? Would you say “Who are you kidding? I’m overweight, under-paid, over worked and under-played.” Jenny G. Perry […]

How Do You Create A Life That You Love?

  One of the most essential questions you can ask yourself,  is the one presented in the title of this article. We have a choice to experience an existence that takes us from the day of our birth to the […]

Is Sleep Highly Over-rated?

    I had long believed and expressed that sleep was highly over-rated whenever someone would ask how I managed to maintain what I called a ‘crazy-busy’ schedule that included a full time job, several over-lapping consulting jobs, raising a […]

The Gift of Vulnerability

A quote from one of my favorite books has set the stage for an ongoing process in my life. The Velveteen Rabbit is a tale of a little boy whose toys dispense wisdom to each other,  the child and the […]

On the Elevator

  Yesterday I received a surprise in the mail. It was a tiny pocket sized book called Back To Joy that was compiled by author June Cotner. It contains tidbits of wisdom from the likes of Anne Lamott, John Welwood, […]

Wabi Sabi Walls

    The Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi is defined in Wikipedia as: ” A comprehensive  Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, […]

Songs Beyond The Traffic-Music Review

  I met Susan Herrick back in the 1980’s when this music therapist turned singer songwriter was beginning what has been a twenty some year musical journey. A multi-instrumentalist and sacred sound healer, she has a 2  1/2 octave vocal range […]

Cargo Cult- A Book Review

  Before we begin; a word of clarification …. the word ‘cult’ has come to have pejorative meaning, bringing to mind the shadow of control and abuse. This is not that type of cult. Rather, it is an homage to […]

This Year’s Prayer

I have long believed that prayer is portable. It is too expansive to be uttered only in an edifice such as a church, synagogue, temple, mosque or oak grove. It is not limited to one language or ritual; neither is one religion’s form […]

A Year Without Fear

“This is the year I stop pressing my nose up against the glass, wishing for another life.  This is the year I love with banshee strength.  This is a year without fear.“-Tama Kieves These are the some of the opening […]

Thriving Artist

Last night, I attended a holiday gathering for a group of talented artists, writers, publishers, radio hosts, producers, as well as PR and marketing folks. Needless to say, I was in my idea of heaven. The Center City Philadelphia Restaurant […]

Riotous Roots

  Winter is approaching here in the Western hemisphere and with it, a time of hibernation for many. Cozy cover burrowing, bundling up in multi-layers to keep toasty. One might think of winter soil as fallow; or unseeded, but the truth […]

Happily In Love With Life

As I was  prepping for my radio interview tonight with don Jose Ruiz; author of My Good Friend The Rattlesnake: Stories of Loss, Truth and Transformation, I came upon this question that had me widen my eyes and take a heart […]

Depth Perception

  Like many of us, I exist on the surface of life at times. Skating on the frozen pond, yet knowing that beneath the shiny façade of the ice lies fathom deep waters. I try not to think about it, since […]

Open Hearts Open Hearts

I love cooperation and what is colloquially referred to these days as ‘Joint Ventures’. I was tapped to be part of an online event called Own Your Awesome with 12 other movers and shakers. We each had a 30 minute […]

One Blessed Life

I am a woman who is amply aware of her blessings. I count them multiple times a day, sometimes with each breath. I had a full, rich day today, that began with meeting a new friend at a local coffee […]

Noah and The Mensch

Please note that I am not a biblical scholar, so this blog comes from a place of curiosity and the workings of my own mind, rather than theological knowledge. This past Saturday, I sat in the sanctuary of a suburban […]

Sunrise Sunset- Blissful Book Review~

    “Sunsets are love notes written directly to you and last lines are always the same. Life is too short and too precious to dwell on anything other than gratitude.”- Gabe Berman Awe and gratitude are two of my favorite […]

Uncovering My Heart

  I attended a workshop this afternoon that was facilitated by an old friend that I had not actually met hug to hug until today. Her name is Ambika Devi, author of the cosmic journey called Lilith which combines historical teachings, powerful […]

What Does Your Facebook Page Say About You?

What did we ever do before the Phenom of Facebook?  It is where people turn for companionship and to relieve boredom. To learn what is happening in the world, without watching the news. It serves the purpose of entertainment and […]

Birthday Blissings and Blessings

As I am winding down from a ‘normal day’ that included cardiac rehab, a weekly team call for my job, a brainstorming call for a book for which I am a co-author, writing and planning articles, editing an article for a […]

Creativity

I listened to this marvelous TEDtalk  today after hearing snippets of it on the radio in the car via NPR. The speaker was Sir Ken Robinson who challenges the educational system with his belief that education is often what squeezes creative impulses from […]

Love Poems to God

Words come from a Divine Source, as far as I am concerned. since my writing (as if does for other wordsmiths) ‘writes me’.  It flows through me and not from me. There are times when I have looked back at […]

Mosaic

  Today I entered a world filled to the brim with color and texture, light and sound, love and laughter. A place where I could transform whimsical ideas into tangible objects. My friend Renee Bures is an art therapist who […]

The Now What Club

This morning, I joined two dear friends for brunch at Mal’s Diner in Skippack, PA.  After a heart-healthy workout in cardiac rehab, I had a heart- happy  meal of egg whites, spinach (no cheese), fresh fruit instead of home fries […]

Buffet Line

While speaking with someone today, I asked him what he wanted in life. He shrugged as he usually does and told me he didn’t know. I then inquired about his favorite restaurant and he replied that he and his family like to eat […]

Shakin’ My Tree

Listening to a song I first heard a few years ago during a reception for a couple whose wedding I had officiated.  Youssou Ndour  and Peter Gabriel rocked the joint with their song called Shaking The Tree. It wasn’t until […]

In The Garden of Eden

I spent the day today basking in the sun, dashing in the rain, lounging in a hammock, enjoying healthy munchies, singing, dancing, drumming, hugging, smiling, laughing; all in the presence of kindred spirits. No wonder the event I attended was […]

Don’t Give Up

As I am in the middle of the fifth decade of my life, the world has become a patchwork quilt of experiences. In the last 55 years, I have splashed in puddles of joy and gasped for air while feeling […]

With An Open Hand

  When you consider all of the things that you desire; from relationships to abundance, from faith to freedom, from possessions to passion, how do you hold them?  What I mean by that is this:  do you hold them with […]

Disney Daring

  I am no longer a Disneyland virgin. Yesterday was my very first day in “The Happiest Place on Earth”.  Earned my ears (although I didn’t buy any(: Went on Soarin’ Over California, Monsters, Inc, and then to earn street […]

Good Morning, Robin

      It’s now 5:20 a.m. and I’ve been awake for nearly an hour. Like most who heard or read the news yesterday that one of the most prolific actors and comedians ‘left the building’ by his own hand, […]

Life Is Like A Box of Chocolates

Photo credit:  Alex Lowy   I am open to miracles wherever they appear. Sometimes they show up in the form of a man with a buzz cut, decked out  in a white suit and sneakers, toting a well worn suitcase, […]

Heart Song

  Lately, I have been more acutely aware of the connection between the cardiac muscle that keeps blood pumping through my body and sustains this corporeal existence and the emotional center that has made my thus far, more than 55 […]

Journals

    Late last night, I was perusing dog eared pages with rounded, scrawly letters inscribed in blue, black, iridescent pink and in some cases, penciled markings that reflected the mind of a 20 something young woman in college and […]

A Love Letter To The World

  This morning, I saw a short video clip called A Love Letter To The World and was delighted with the message it shared. So inspired that I decided to write my own.  It also brought to mind the famous […]

Blessings On Their Way

How hard would it be to have faith that life was wonderful, even in the midst of challenges and those inevitable ‘dark nights of the soul’ if you knew that there were blessings and gifts with your name on them […]

Infinite Patience

In preparation for an interview I am doing next week with author and Unity Minister, Justin Epstein for my radio show It’s All About Relationships, I found myself diving into the book Super You with what I imagine has intentionally designed […]

A Joy Drenched Life

  Sometimes I wonder how it is that people develop spiritual amnesia and forget this about themselves. Was there ever a baby born that wasn’t adored by someone and viewed as precious and worthy of love and care?  I work […]

High Flying

  There are times when it seems that life simply flows into place. Illusion or reality?  Who knows? Ease and grace or a product of our endeavors?  Could be a bit of each. This winter was particularly rough. Here in […]

I AM

What if two words could make all the difference in the world between experiencing the life of your dreams and desires and missing out on it? Many folks spend so much time fretting over the ‘what if’s and if only’s..” […]

Teacher Appreciation Day

Teachers come in all forms. From the moment we are born, life itself is a teacher, bringing with it all manner of lessons. We are curious creatures, taking in the world with all of our senses.  Even when I was […]

Being Seen

  Just got back from a weekend retreat, not very far from where I live in suburban Bucks County, PA about an hour outside of Philadelphia. It drew women from all over the country and from Canada as we celebrated the Divine […]

Day of Happiness

The world could sure use of dose of Vitamin H. Seems like every day we are barraged with news of violence, poverty, death and destruction, Earth changes, fear mongering, hatred. It takes its toll on us physically, emotionally, mentally and […]

God’s Instrument

  My friend Lew Doty is an uber-talented musician. His songs are nothing short of spiritual sustenance that make my heart dance. I was introduced to him back in the early 2000’s perhaps and have been hooked ever since. He is kind […]

Dialing Up Heaven

  I believe that we all have a hotline to Spirit because  it is (in my view) the Source from whence we came. I never tell anyone what to believe spiritually since our relationship with the ‘God of our understanding’ is […]

Writing Prompt

  What happens when you are aware almost 24/7 of sensory input; the delicious aromas, succulent, savory flavors, sonic waves, tickling touch, and eye pleasing inner and outer visions? How about if you are willingly to be at the beck and […]

Making Time For What Matters Most

I remember seeing another poster with a similar idea that had on it the names of famous inventors, proclaiming that each of them had the same 24 hours that were granted to everyone. The difference was all in how they […]

Play the Sunset

  Last night I was watching one of my favorite movies, Mr. Holland’s Opus, starring Richard Dreyfus. For those who have never seen it, it is the story of a professional musician and composer who takes a job as a high […]

Love Is Always Louder!

  One of my favorite young wise men, Robby Novak (a.k.a Kid President) is at it again. He has created a new video called To A Person On Their First Day Here.  As always, he is filled with enthusiasm and […]

To Everything

  I awoke this morning to discover that one of my favorite singer songwriters; a timeless icon who some might say, had his heyday in the 1960’s had passed. Joining his wife, Toshi who died last year, Pete Seeger. who […]

Catching Up With My Dreams

  I have been on the receiving end of Notes From The Universe for years; the brain and heart-child of Mike Dooley who opens his mind and allows for messages to come through. It is what I do as well; […]

Ageless Beauty

“I Am Not Old”I am not old.. she said I am rare.I am the standing ovation… At the end of the play.I am the retrospective Of my life as artI am the hours Connected like dots Into good senseI am […]

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That this is the purpose of ‘Life’” –credo of Life Magazine These are the words stenciled […]

Divine Order

  Many years ago, I heard the Hebrew phrase:  Hakol Beseder, which I had understood to mean “All is in Divine Order”.  I liked the sound of it and the sense of reassurance that went along with it, that God/Goddess […]

Turning the Page

    This is the final Friday of 2013. The hustle and bustle is reaching a peak, having moved through Thanksgiving with gratitude and food, Hanukkah with glowing lights and 8 sweet nights, Christmas with the birth of a guiding […]

Always With You

  What happens when a “quantum physics musing, singing, songwriting, Work of Byron Katie facilitating, handywoman, minister, Truck Driving Mama” picks up a guitar, takes a deep breath and allows Spirit to use her to vocalize words of inspiration? The sophomore CD […]

Mermaid

Photo was on Wild Woman Sisterhood FB page When I was a little girl, I was fascinated with mermaids and all other elemental/magical/mystical creatures. I took to water early on, spending a great deal of time in the tub until […]

Angel

  Music is soul food for me. I not only listen it for entertainment. I  immerse myself in it, splash around in it, roll in it, slurp it up. Angel is the third sonic culinary creation by South Jersey based singer songwriter […]

Quaintrelle

  I pride myself on knowing lots of words. From the time I was a child, they fascinated me. My mother used to say that I “began speaking at 6 months and haven’t stopped since.”  She was right about that. […]

Random Facts About Me

A new game is being played on Facebook; one of the few I have jumped right into with enthusiasm, since it helps me get to know friends better and shows the world more about who I am. It goes like […]

There Was An Old Lady

  No, not the mother of many who resided in overgrown footwear….but the rather the one who ingested a winged insect(: Today, while waiting for my car to be serviced, I was delighted to have spent time in the company […]

Total Strangers?

Everyone we now know and love was once a stranger. I live by that maxim when I consider that there was time when those dearest to me weren’t even on my radar screen. Taking into consideration past lives, I acknowledge […]

Whirling Magic~

    Curly hair tumbled about and mischievous gleam in his eyes,exemplifying the energy with artist, author, interviewer  and conscious entrepreneur, Gene-Manuel Whirling lives his life. I have been delighted to know this man for the past year or so, […]

Once Upon A Time

  I have long had a love affair with words. When I was a kid, I would tote around Little Golden Books, Dr. Seuss’ wisdom and Highlights Magazines. The library up the street was my haven where my mother would […]

Compassion

  As the world prepares to honor another ‘day that will live in infamy’ tomorrow and some will focus on the horrendous violence that led to loss of life and emotional safety, there are others who will be turning their […]

Happily Ever Now

I first encountered the remarkable Courtney A. Walsh (CAW) via Facebook and was beckoned into her wondrous wordsmith world immediately. With the same quirkily colorful imagination, she felt like a kindred spirit immediately. I met her this Spring when I drove up to Rhode Island for my […]

Available to Love

  “Love is like a friendship caught on fire.  In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning […]

Ladybug

Today as I was having a ‘business meeting’ around  and in the pool of my friend Robin, I had a visit from a tiny, red being decorated with black spots. A ladybug, or as my Irish friend Jacinta informed me, […]

The Muse Whispers

I am an open book, a page turner, a work in progress; not sure I have ever been a hard cover edition, more likely a paperback novel, with dog-eared pages that have notes in the margins and bent over pages […]

How Can This Work Out Best?

www.jennygperry.com  artwork and words by Jenny G. Perry   I imagine you have heard the statement: “We make plans and God laughs.” I have not only heard it, but lived it. This morning, I was having breakfast with two new […]

Jump!

My friend Pamela Madsen shared this image on my Facebook page this morning and it literally jumped out at me since it is what I have been doing a lot of lately. I joke that I don’t skydive or bungee […]

Grudge Island

  Today as I was reading a book by SARK called Make Your Creative Dreams Real that was given to me as a gift by my friend Cynthia Perkel since she knows I’m a creative soul, I turned to a […]

Birthday Ballerina

A blast from the past sure-fire laugh inducer is Saturday Night Live re-runs; the first few seasons that included Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd,  John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin and my favorite, the irrepressible Gilda Radner. […]

Same Message

As I was prepping for being a guest on a radio show tonight, I was coming up with topics about which I would be speaking. My intention is to help people live the lives of their dreams and manna-fest their […]

The Craft of Improvisation

Inspired by this as posted by art therapist and coach Jennifer Gildred on her Facebook page since it speaks volumes about the courage it takes to be visible Bill Murray  -on his acting teacher Del Close. “Well, he was a […]

Multi-Basker

‘Crazy-busy’ is often a way I have described my schedule and level of activity over the past 20 years. Some days I have needed to check both my Google calendar and the beautifully decorated spiral bound Celtic knot designed paper version of […]

Brain Train

  As a gracefully aging, seasoned woman, I have long believed that memory loss is a myth. Having had a sharp as a tack mind that could have anything I wanted stick to it, I am sadly noticing some things […]

Ecclectic Enthusiast

Recently I was speaking with someone who felt dismayed that she wasn’t able to focus on any one career path, interest or purpose. She referred to herself as a “Doomed Dabbler”, destined to wander aimlessly in the wilderness with no […]

Woo woo vs. Whoohooo!

  Once upon a time, I would have considered some of the events of my life to be  fodder for Twilight Zone episodes, with the theme song (do do do do do do do do~) playing in my head when […]

Broken Places

  On Mothers Day, my son Adam took me to see Oz The Great and Powerful.  Having grown up watching the Wizard of Oz, I was eager to immerse myself in the prequel in which the Wizard takes on the mantel. Some […]

Magdalene

As I listened to the sophomore release (her first CD  which debuted in 2010 is called Red Dress)  of New York City by way of Baltimore singer songwriter Karyn Oliver, I thought of it  as ‘the many moods of KO’ , […]

Vision and Obsession

  “If your vision’s not your obsession than it might as well be a delusion.”-Robin Sharma According to his website, Robin Sharma is “the globally celebrated author of 11 international bestselling  books on leadership including The Leader Who Had No […]

Fusion Kid

When I initially saw this image on Facebook a few days ago, I had to laugh, as I thought “That would have been me…part Batman and part faerie princess on her trusty steed, pedaling through the streets.”   I was rather […]

Good Orderly Direction

  I woke up at early o’clock this morning; my mind abuzz with all of the things I need to do, which include writing articles, being interviewed on a Jamaica based, Blog Talk Radio show at noon est,  called Between The […]

Chakra Goddess-Jo Jayson

I connected with artist Jo Jayson via a mutual friend and was immediately drawn into her magical world, with lush, vivid colors and mystical imagery. Since part of my own spiritual practice acknowledges the Divine Feminine, it felt completely natural […]

Pink Moon

  The night sky above my house (and maybe yours too, depending on where you are at the moment) is illuminated with a gorgeous full moon, also known as the Pink Moon. The hue is not really pink but: “Pink […]

Spiritual Gangstahhhh

This image was posted on the Facebook page of Charlotte D. Piper and I knew I just had to scoop it up and claim that identity for myself as well. She defines it in this way: “Spiritual Gangster: One who […]

It’s In Every One Of Us

  Once again, the world is rocked by a shocking event on a day that ‘should’ have been celebratory; one on which well trained athletes brought their vibrant spirits and strong bodies to engage in friendly competition. Instead, as a […]

What Happens If I….

EVERY QUESTION IS AUTOMATICALLY ANSWERED THE MOMENT YOU FEEL ITS PRESENCE. TO KNOW THE ANSWER IS TO WELCOME THE PEOPLE WHO SHOW YOU YOURSELF. These powerful words usher you into the book entitled The What Happens If I Book…How To […]

Jedi In Training

I am proud to be a Star Wars geek. I watched all of the episodes, although I do have a special place in my heart for the first three released in the later 70’s-early 80’s. The first movie entitled Episode IV  […]

Mind Games

I am feeling a sense of relief with a situation I have been fretting over recently. I sometimes find myself (or lose myself) in hamster wheel spinning over certain events over which I have no control. Once I take care […]

Stuff and Nonsense

  What a brilliant man Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) was!  Not sure what factors went into creating the phantasmagorical mind of his, but as a child of the 60’s I was enthralled and entertained by his word […]

International Day of Happiness

I was so excited to hear from my Laughter Yoga teacher friend Peggy Tileston, that this Wednesday is a newly minted holiday. It’s one that I would love to have honored 365 days a year and really it could be […]

Perception Deficit Disorder

  At any given moment, it seems like I have a gazillion thoughts running rampant in my mind. They sometimes remind me of pick up stix.  I have heard that the human brain experiences approximately 70,000 thoughts every day.  Sometimes they […]

Breakfast, Lunch And Hugs

  If you are ever in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a must-see location is Tim’s Place where the motto is Breakfast, Lunch and Hugs. I recently  heard of Tim Harris and his one of a kind restaurant that immediately appealed to […]

Who Are You?

  The headline reminds me of the Who song I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) C’mon tell me who are you? (Who are you? […]

The Positivity Project

I proudly claim to be an Opti-Mystic; one who sees the world through the eyes of possibility. I may have come by it genetically, since my parents generally looked on the bright side of things and reinforced that all would […]

Willing To Exhale

    This morning, my friend Shaun Stephenson sent me a message in response to an article I had written about sexuality/spirituality. I had told her that I was stretching comfort zones by exploring that realm in writing, not because […]

It’s All About Relationships

Last night, I took a leap into another world of words and thoughts, feelings and flow as I launched a radio show called It’s All About Relationships, on Vivid Life Radio. It ties in so beautifully with the Bliss Blog, […]

I’m In Love With A Big Blue Frog

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to ride the way back machine in both directions in the presence of a multi-generational audience that sang, danceed, swayed, clapped, smiled and laughed with delight to the words and music of septugenarian musician and […]

Kid President

  It starts out with the words “I think we all need a pep talk.” and quotes a legendary poet (“not cool, Robert Frost”). The speaker of these words is a cherubic looking youngster with the wit and wisdom of […]

Blank Canvas

  “I love how each day starts with a blank canvas. What masterpiece shall we create today?”-Mark Semple Each morning, we are given the gift of 1440 minutes. It comes in a package wrapped with a ribbon of infinite possibility. […]

Living Slowly

Ever listen to a CD by  musicians who were not on your radar screen and find yourself entranced by its charm? The entire recording by an unusually named group; Helen’s Funeral Band feels like a caress. Combine the silky voiced sounds reminiscent […]

Life Gets Lifey

Today as I was facilitating a recovery group at my ‘day job’ as an addictions counselor and going around the circle as people were checking in and sharing how things had been for them since our last meeting, one of […]

Investing In The Present, Leaping Into The Future

“Sometimes the “responsible” choice is to be “irresponsible.” When I left my career, I invested retirement money in my present instead of my future. I knew my present would create my future. And it did. I needed to be alive […]

The Map To Love

What if you were offered a map/guide/compass to this land called Love in which you could immerse yourself in its healing waters, scale its beautiful peaks, traverse its rainforests,  drinking in the luscious aromas, sweet sounds and tantalizing sensations?  Would […]

Love of Learning

  Reading has always been one of my favorite activities; since my childhood obsession with books. Little Golden Books, Dr. Seuss and Highlights Magazine lined book shelves in our house. Trips to the library and book stores were welcome treats. […]

Livin’ In A World

Living in two seemingly disparate worlds, Philly local musician Ron Chelsvig is both a physical therapist and singer songwriter. Each provide benefit to the people he  serves.  His musical gifts are evident in the 2005 release Livin’ In A World. The […]

Creative Conscience: An Interview With Ilanna Sharon Mandel

                                                                                  Artist, writer and creative soul Ilanna Sharon Mandel finds in each day an opportunity to use her gifts and talents for the betterment of the planet. Whether it is photographing  nature,  writing about the concept of tikkun olam […]

Spiritual Rave

Although it might feel sacreligous to some, imagine a spiritual rave during which you are called on to the dance floor with music spun by Divine DJ’s. Jesus, The Buddha, Yemaya, Kwan Yin and Shiva are rockin’ the house with their […]

In The Light Of Love

    Photo credit Cynthia Greb 2012   Tonight,  a friend who is facing some life challenges texted and asked for me to send reiki and hold her in the light of love. My response was that she was never […]

Love Can Heal The World

  What if you knew that there was a Force on the planet, the emanation of which could cure, heal, save, adjust, free, re-rebuild lives? And furthermore, what if it was free as the wind and available to everyone?  Would […]

Hardwired For Joy!

created with love by Lore Raymond     The Universe has a wondrous sense of timing, as I smiled with delight when seeing this image a few days ago on Facebook friend, Lore Raymond’s page. Life is my playground and I […]

Stretchy Heart

As usually happens, my friend Jacob Nordby has wise words to share, whether they come from his own vivid imagination or from the pen of another beloved writer such as A.A. Milne. When I saw this on his Facebook page, […]

Here Right Now

  One of my favorite genres of music is known as singer-songwriter in which the one who pens the words and vocalizes is also a consummate story teller. The mark of a talented artist is the ability to open doors […]

How Loved You Are

  Have you ever stopped to consider that you are loved….really and truly, without a doubt, totally adored by a Universe that just wants to send you mushy, gushy Valentines every day of your life? Yeh, I know that there […]

Glorious Gratitudinosity

  Sitting here in a quiet house, save the sound of the dryer tossing around damp clothes and towels.  Two candles are brightly burning on the pass-through between the kitchen and the dining room that tomorrow will be the portal through […]

The Climb

  I have long been both a ‘go-getter’ and ‘go-giver'; one who is seemingly always on the move and also in service to others, sometimes to my own detriment. I have used my God-given gifts to support myself and my […]

Slumber Party

  As I am writing this entry, I am curled up in a chair  in a room at The Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, NJ. My roomates, Ruth Anne Wood and Kaya John and I have been chatting and giggling for hours about all […]

Blessed Are The Weird

My friend and fellow wordsmith Jacob Nordby (author of The Divine Arsonist) has created a sensation with these simple phrases that have been showing up all over the internet.  There is a method to his madness as he and sister […]

Solution Finder

  “We Can’t Solve Problems By Using The Same Kind Of Thinking We Used When We  Created Them” Albert Einstein Simple logic, huh? Consider how much time is spent doing just that. As a therapist who is trained to help […]

Ask With Love

Creativity is my life blood, although the  expression is generally in the form of words on a page, drumming, singing and movement to music. I usually dress colorfully and today, I donned a lavender hoodie that reads  Create Your Bliss that I acquired on Saturday  while […]

Madly In Love With Me

Even as I wrote the title for this Bliss Blog entry, I could feel the little twitches of  “What will people think if I declare that statement?”  That’s what tells me that Christine Arylo wrote this book for me and […]

HUGS from the HeART

    Enter the world of huggably heart felt Robin Schwoyer whose work in the world was introduced to me by a mutual friend. She wears many hats as you will clearly see when you dive into this interview that will […]

Cracked

  “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in” – Leonard Cohen Like many of you who are reading this entry, I want things in […]

Ecstatic Dancer

We are meant to be moving creatures, becoming one with the music of life that dances us. This week, an ecstatic dancer made her way to her next dance floor. Gabrielle Roth, creator of 5Rhythms, took wing and soared beyond […]

New World

  From the first words “We are embarking on a sacred journey. Walk beside me. Walk beside your true Self. Walk beside your guides. Walk beside your angels. Walk with God into the realm of waking dreams,”,  classically trained Soprano […]

Plan For The Week

  Since today is Monday, it made sense to begin this week’s Bliss Blog with some intention setting. What is an intention?  It seems to me that it is far beyond a goal or a resolution. Goals may feel daunting […]

Winner

Years ago, as I was opening  a box of cereal for breakfast, I smiled and then laughed out loud when I saw the words written on the box top “To see if you’re a winner, look inside.”  That quote has […]

The Magical Path

What if there was a portable tool kit filled with easy to use ideas, ancient concepts that seem fresh, tried and true doorways into what you dream and desire?  Would you think it was too good to be true?  If you […]

Etch A Sketch

For those of us of a certain age, this shiny red object was a staple in our childhood. One of my favorite toys; I was fascinated with the ways I could simply turn knobs and watch as, seemingly by magic, […]

Mirror Mirror

This weekend, I trekked down to Maryland and spent time with a group of stretchers and seekers; those who were willing to dive in deep, go wide, dance with their demons and the Divine. The workshop called Come As You […]

Puddle Splashing

Today I was at the one year anniversary celebration of my friend Kathy Tooley’s yoga studio called Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center. The word means ‘heart chakra’ in Sanskrit and truly it is a place where glad hearts rejoice, sad […]

From Scared To Sacred

What do you do when you place a call to the Universe and it answers?  Do you short circuit the cosmic connection or do you listen and take dictation?  Good thing for the world that Renaissance Woman, Carol Woodliff did […]

Passionate Life

What are you passionate about?  What lights you up from the inside and turns you into a human sparkler? Is there something that you simply can’t wait to do when you get up (after taking care of necessary bodily functions, […]

You-niverse

“Do not feel lonely. The entire Universe is Inside You.” ~Rumi When we are born, we enter into a multi-sensory realm that is quite different from the cozy, contained watery world in which our tiny bodies and beings floated for 9 […]

Eternity Dancing

  One of my favorite shows from the 1990’s is Northern Exposure.  The town of Cicily, Alaska is inhabited by quirky and delightful characters ranging from a New York City born and bred,  Columbia University educated doctor who received his schooling […]

Visionary

  Yesterday I spent many hours cleaning, clearing, purging, shredding, stacking, sorting, filing, excercising (by hauling away junk) and exorcising gremlins from the past. There is a room in my house that has become a repository for memory; some treasured, others […]

Creative Intelligence

I remember seeing a question on line recently about creativity; wondering whether we are born creative or if it is something that can be learned and honed. I tend to think that it is a bit of both. Since we […]

Wake Up Smiling

    Last week I was faciliating a group for clients and the subject turned to the ways in which we begin our day.  My contention is that our initial thoughts contribute to the overall tone and if they are of […]

In The Creative Flow

Yesterday, I immersed myself in cosmic color, awe and ahhh, song and soulfilled to overflowing dance and delight as I offered a training for professionals whose work in the world is with clients who have mental health diagnoses. The organization is called […]

The Void

    Yesterday in the midst of a workshop I was co-facilitating with my friend Elaine Silver called Follow Your Passion, Be Your Bliss, one of the participants commented that recently she found herself in ‘the void’. She described it […]

Trip The Light

I love to dance. Ever since I could shuffle my feet, tap or wiggle my toes, music moved me. I grew up in a home in which my parents danced in the kitchen, which was one way that they showed playful […]

Multidimensional Multitasker

  “Next time someone asks what you “do” just shrug, grin & say: “Multidimensional Multitasker”. They’ll either slink away all weirded out or you’ll have one of the best conversations of your life. Guaranteed.”~CAW I love having quirkily creative friends […]

XPoNentially Xstatic!

Thousands of sun-baked people filled the lawns of Wiggins Park, which was the Camden, New Jersey site of the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival. It  is hosted each year by my favorite commercial free/member supported radio station WXPN which  is based at the University of […]

My Cup Runneth Over

Was awakened at early o’clock this morning by the welcomed sound of rain. I could hear the parched grass and plants sighing in relief. Like many places in the country, the Philadelphia area has been a bit bereft of the wet […]

Getting Worked

  I had been familiar with a profoundly simple modality called The Work of Byron Katie for many years, having interviewed the woman with the gender neutral name, who  has indeed become a household name partly by virtue of her […]

Image-in

  My friend Lyn Stankavage Hicks offered this wisdom that jumped off the page at me first thing this morning, that beckoned to be shared and expounded upon. “Imagine – image in! The creative imagination is our highest tool! It […]

Gremlin Playground

  My friend Elizabeth Pfeiffer made an observation today that had me giving a knowing nod. “This is what your subconscious looks like when it’s running your “I’m not good enough” programs… What do you think? Can you take back […]

Your Future Self

  I was contemplating this concept last night while sitting around a lakeside campfire at the exquisite Grail Springs Retreat Center in Bancroft, Ontario, Canada. I was invited to come up here  a few months ago as a presenter/vendor/participant and eagerly planted […]

Rushing Through Life

How much time do you spend on ‘go-mode’, rushing around as if the world would stop spinning otherwise?  For this Type A, recovering workaholic, the act of doing such is a not-so-distant memory. My friend Amy Storm used to say […]

Possibilitarian

Art by Kelly Rae Roberts.   “Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.”– Norman Vincent Peale I was raised […]

The Joy Is In The Journey

Imagine you were taking a long road trip from PA to CA. You have packed your car, checked the tires, filled the windshield washer fluid tank, charged your cell phone, programmed the GPS (or checked out the map if you […]

The Back Door To The Heart

  Imagine entering a womb-like environment, in which you know you are free to explore the deep inner recesses of your heart and soul. Heart beating with a blend of anticipation and nervousness, being greeted by radiant beings, one who  you […]

Ray Bradbury

                                                                                                                 (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)   “I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before, but it’s true-hard work pays off.  If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t […]

Happen To Life

  My ever inspirational friend Molly Nece (a.k.a. Molly Sunshine) offered this quote: “Get out and happen to life. Don’t let life happen to you! “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back […]

Write It Out

                                                                                                                      “I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh This quote reached out and grabbed me by the heart when […]

Shiny Happy People

  I was looking at my facebook page a short while ago and marveling at the beatifically beaming little faces as I beheld their beauty. Friends from all over the planet, brought together through the marvels of modern technology.  We […]

Creating Time

I laugh as I write this entry, since as much as I was delighted when this book arrived in my mail box, I had to set it aside for a bit, since I didn’t have time to read it!  SO, […]

While I’m Here

  Folk music speaks to me in a language that is universal and it encourages me to walk my talk. One of my favorite songs was penned by Phil Ochs, called When I’m Gone.  The voice of a generation, his […]

Wild Thing

The literary world said farewell to an icon today as author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak died at 83, from complications of a stroke. His book, Where The Wild Things Are was a staple from my childhood as I imagined the wild […]

Impermanence

Although I am not a practicing Buddhist, I have several friends who are and whose example serve as guides for me to live a life in harmony with love and compassion. One such friend is Greg Schultz (a nice Jewish boy who took […]

Love, Life And Laughter

Most Sunday mornings find me at one of my interfaith communities, called Circle of Miracles. If you have read The Bliss Blog for awhile, you know I speak about it often since it so nourishes my heart and soul. What […]

World Laughter Day

Imagine a healing force that is fat free, calorie free, cholesterol free, portable, ageless, timeless, one size fits all. It doesn’t require a prescription, but IS habit forming, even addictive. Would you want it for the rest of your life?  I […]

Two Faces of Bliss

A few weeks ago, I saw this photo of these two darlings and couldn’t help but smile at the juxtaposition of expression. The little girl actually reminds me of my friend Georgetta who views the world with heart and eyes […]

Global Love Day

I’m writing this entry on May 1st, which is the official Global Love Day, but the posting will carry over into May 2nd for the simple reason that I consider every day one in which love is to be honored, […]

Juicy Joy

From the first word to the last, Juicy Joy: 7 Simple Steps to Your Glorious, Gustsy Self is a tropical fruit smoothie treat penned by Florida based colorfully creative author, Lisa McCourt. She invites the reader to travel along with […]

Zen Hands

  I wrote this entry on my facebook page recently and it must have resonated with folks, since many responded with support and encouragement.   “Confession time(:  Realizing more fully how much energy it takes to be ON so much […]

Sacred Artists

What does it mean to be an artist?  For some, the image of paint splattered hands and canvas comes to mind, hours spent holding a brush whose job it is to take ideas from the mind of the one in […]

Sing Me Your Story

Being a voracious reader likely from birth, weaned on fairy tales, in a home where music wafted through the air,  the CD called Sing Me Your Story offered with glee by husband and wife childrens’  edu-tainment team Two Of A […]

Finding My Freedom

  Friday night saw me seated at a long table in the suburban South Jersey home of my friends Lisa and Gamell. A white table cloth covered the new dining room table that was being used for the first time […]

Godspell

When Godspell debuted in  the 1970’s, the theme was ancient, but the production was of its time….with a colorful cast of hippie-esque singers and dancers in celebration around Jesus. Quite ‘Woodstock era’  in costume and make-up with the central character […]

Who Has Your Night/Day?

  Tonight I saw a message from a friend who spoke about a mini-disappointment and commented “This is so not my night.”  I jokingly responded “So, I want to know whose night it is and who has YOUR night?” As […]

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