Yeah, But Did You See the Juggling Penguin?

Posted on June 6, 2014. Filed under: My Lemon Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you ever done the “Brain Game” test where you count how many times a team bounces a ball within a circle?  You are diligent in counting those bounces and at the end, you give an answer that is close or spot on.  The next question from the tester is, “Did you see the Juggling Penguin?”.  Say what?  Then the tester replays the video and sure enough, there is a Juggling Penguin that walks on set,  juggling, even waving to the camera, then walks offscreen.  How could we not notice that?  Sometimes, we focus so much on one thing, we miss Giant Juggling Penguins right in our face.wpid-img-20140524-wa0002.jpg

Recenty, I’ve met some amazing women and have embarked on a wonderful exploration with them.  My day started with a laugh and updates from Annie Lim, then a beautiful and moving video from Sahar Paz.  Next was a reconnect and update with Jenny Craig (Live Your Power, not the diet!) and settling my day with Ladina Greenwell.  As Ladina and I discussed motorcycles and crashing them (I lo-sided, she hi-sided OUCH), we touched on spirituality. Ready to roll! What Ladina said stopped me in my tracks, I got a chill, then a startling reminder 27 years in slumber.

When I was in college, both of my parents fell ill.  It was an incredibly stressful time and I remember being in a dark place most of, but not all of the time.  Talking to Ladina showed me that in telling my story, I missed Cindy.

Cindy was the Juggling Penguin.

In my despair, I did have support, friendship, and a beacon of positive energy.  Cindy was a free spirit, a hippie-chick, and I started to remember how I would feel when she walked into a room.  Everyone smiled with her, she always brought a calmness of spirit.  I remembered that she did reveal some of her challenges and how she addressed them.  Now I realize 27 years later that I’ve incorporated the lessons she shared with me.  Cindy was there all along, my Juggling Penguin, my light in the darkness.

How many times have the wings of angels brushed up against us?  How many times will we, being carried by those wings, brush against another’s life?  Honestly, we’ll never truly know.  Keep your mind open and know we all have blind spots, moments we don’t fully comprehand especially under stress.  Perseverance often comes at the hands of a Juggling Penguin.

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EVERYTHING is Just a Conversation Away…

Posted on May 24, 2014. Filed under: Memes and Quotes, My Lemon Recipes, Other Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

You can meet a person for a moment and be drawn to them.  It’s a wonderful feeling as an adult, transporting you to a simpler space and time when saying hello was not complicated.

I met so many great people this past week at the California Women’s Conference.  One person I met and I’m learning more about is Sahar Paz.  We have traveled separate paths, but converged this week to realize our mission of helping others is side by side.  The Fashionista’s (I caught your style, Honey) backstory is heartbreaking, but she found how to deal with her lemons and make sweet, refreshing lemonade.  Sahar, this Lioness salutes you and your courage.  Thank you for sharing your words and the reminder that resolving life’s difficulties are just a conversation away.Image

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Watch “Defining Moments – Choose your Battles.” on YouTube

Posted on May 5, 2014. Filed under: My Lemon Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Defining Moments – Choose your Battles.:

My mother taught me early that I must choose my battles wisely, decide what issues are worth my attention and efforts.  Sometimes, you may have to lose a battle to win a war.  Here’s my story of when I finally realized the gravity of actions and consequences.


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The Wisdom of Others.

Posted on April 21, 2014. Filed under: Memes and Quotes, My Lemon Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Doors of Destiny

Posted on March 3, 2014. Filed under: My Lemon Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Doors of Destiny

The doors of Destiny await, what is meant for you is the key, your belief and energy turn the lock.

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Hospital Gowns

Posted on October 2, 2013. Filed under: My Lemon Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Some of you know I maintain an organic garden. Janet can I rely upon what we grow for good health.   Lately we’ve been incredibly busy and we’ve not kept up with our large garden as we should.  Just when we thought we had the major items covered, Janet walks in with a surprise. 


Life is like a hospital gown.  When you think you’ve got everything covered, you catch a breeze letting you know you missed a spot.  You didn’t put the gown on incorrectly,  it’s designed that way.  We all at some point catch the breeze.

Excellence and perfection are two different matters.  Strive for excellence,  but don’t get caught up it’s well meaning cousin. Don’t beat yourself over matters outside of your control, because they were designed not to be controlled. Save your energy for what counts.

Perfection is a stairway to nowhere. 

By the way, that is a zucchini I’m holding, at least 4x ths size it should be!

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Courage is ACTION

Posted on September 10, 2013. Filed under: My Lemon Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I was watching a video the Mrs. sent me about a graduate from Harvard Business School.  In it, the graduate spoke of Courage.  I began to reflect on the various challenges I’ve come across and how Courage played a part.  There were countless times I was told I’d lose the ability to walk, but Courage changed that.  I remember the evil that was pervasive in my old career, but Courage got me through, and even got my job back.  I recall fighting my introversion (still do) in speaking to people, but Courage made a way and allowed me to make a difference in my life and others.  

Simply put, Courage is the belief in a transformation, then taking ACTION to make it so.    

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When I was in Prison…

Posted on September 2, 2013. Filed under: My Lemon Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Image  This is a happy story.  Really.

Some of you know that I worked in the only women’s correctional faclity for the State of New Jersey. For roughly 10 years, approximately 85% of women sentenced to state prison entered through my housing unit as the Reception Officer.  It was challenging and stressful many times.  During my tenure, I found a few allies.  One in particular was Nurse Jen.  We were of similar age and shared good humor.  More importantly, we shared a subversive attitude of social justice, quite scandalous in such an environment.  In such a negative, draining realm, we worked, laughed, and conspired for good, together.

While I was getting fired, Nurse Jen was giving birth.  That was 1998.  When I returned in 1999, I found out my dear friend had retired.  I never saw her after that.

Two days ago, I woke up in excruciating pain, my left arm swollen and hot to the touch.  I am used to my normal chronic pain, but this was above and beyond.  I tried to push past it, but  the pain in my left elbow and shoulder was unbearable.  I knew I had damaged something, this was the same pain when I fell during a martial arts tournament (I won the match).  Ice and Aleve did not work, my ortho was not available until later in the week.  For the first time in many years, I had to go to the emergency room.

The emergency room was rather vacant and quiet, and I was ushered along quickly.  They did my intake and escorted me to a room, with the Mrs. at my side.  As we were talking, I heard a familiar voice, then saw a very familiar smile:  Nurse Jen!!!!  For a moment, the pain took a back seat as my old friend and support entered the room.  15 years had passed, but the happiness of seeing each other was just as great.   The stars aligned, this was no coincidence.

Let me speak about the Law of Attraction.  Jen Myers is also an inspirational speaker, focusing on the Law of Attraction.  She speaks on positivity and how it draws people to you.  She asked me what I do now (smile).  Imagine, two people in such a dismal space, lifting each other up and then those around us.  15 years later, taking the ball and running with it, we walked our talk.  My dear friend had her share of heartbreak, I knew some of her lemons.  She is KINTSUKUROI.  She is also proof of how positive energy will always find its kind.  In this case, a reconnect of sisterhood.

Diagnosis:  I tore the tendons, a bad case of tennis elbow.   I still don’t know how I did it.  Hurts like hell, but I’ll be alright in a few months.

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Courage Under Fire

Posted on July 2, 2012. Filed under: My Lemon Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


We all start off dreaming.  Some dreams big, some small, but they are the clue in which direction to take our heart.  As we get older, there are things that take a bite out of our dreams, reducing them cruelly with the concept of “reality”.  Our hearts, which once flew, are grounded, sometimes with anchors.  Why fight reality?

I love the movie Finding Nemo!  Apart from the moving performance by Ellen DeGeneres, there is a story of encouragement, and taking risks in spite of the nay-sayers around you.  Reality does not permit for growth.  Dreams make you grow, because they make you look at life beyond what your eyes can see.  Dreams are your heart and soul, talking to your mind.  Dreams pave new roads.

With so many benefits, why are people afraid to follow their dreams?  Get ready for the answer…

False Evidence Appearing Real.  FEAR.

Risk is scary.  It requires you to embrace shaky ground and uncertainty.  So people stay in reality, in comfort zones, content with wherever they are in life.  Not everyone is a full on adventurer, but without adventure in some aspect of your life, YOU ARE NOT LIVING, YOU ARE MERELY EXISTING IN MEDIOCRITY.

I talked much of my houseguest, friend and sister, Afsheen.  I’ve learned a bit more what courage looks like through her, as well as humility.  I’ve learned more about being concerned about challenges, but never giving ground to FEAR.  It takes a bold move to erase FEAR.  It takes courage.

COURAGE – Keeps you moving forward.

COURAGE – Lets you see the difference between legitimate concern and FEAR.

COURAGE – Keeps your dreams alive and makes them come true.

COURAGE – Brings hope to others.

COURAGE – Opens up new, beautiful worlds.

Courage is that defining moment when you stand tall, no matter the pain, no matter what is thrown your way, and demand that life be greater.

Thanks to Blackman’s Cycles for the Can-Am Spyder test drive!!!  Now, back to work.




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