How to Avoid Money

How to Avoid Money isn't generally a topic that will get a lot of attention, especially during the holiday season, but for those few folks, the 'go-against-the-grain' souls, you might appreciate this topic. It is the holiday season and so much of what we do revolves around money....buying gifts, mailing cards (stamps cost money), purchasing special groceries for that holiday is hard to do without money. While we may not be able to avoid it completely, perhaps we could think about avoiding money during the holiday season. What would your holiday look like with no money? Could you still enjoy yourself?

Dance of the Beached Whale and other Midnight Musings

I had one of those Mondays. Do you know the kind that I mean?  Like a bad cup of coffee that is tinged by bitterness and yet I recognize that bad coffee is still better than no coffee. Today wore the grey cloak of disappointment. It began in yoga class. And incidentally, Monday’s class is my favorite yoga class, taught by my favorite teacher. She is a true yogi.  The kind of person that makes you feel blessed and benefited just by being in her presence.  So I really don’t want to sound ungrateful when I confess that after every instruction she gave to the class, my inner voice said, “Are you freaking kidding me?!”

Enjoy the Journey

Many folks on this page have complimented me on the positive nature of my posts. It makes me happy to know that in a small way I can share this positive energy with you. I want to say again that my positive outlook is NOT the result of living a life free from sorrow. It is also not a result of genetics. I have worked hard to become more positive. Life is hard. Our hearts break. We suffer. But when we dwell in negative thoughts we increase our suffering. To be positive is not to bury one's head in the sand. It is to know that sorrow exists, but joy does too. Sorrow exists but love, gratitude, kindness, laughter and beauty exist too. Which will you focus on today? It begins with getting to know your own mind; your own thoughts. Change the way you think about life and your life will change. To meditate is to watch your own mind. Enjoy the journey.
With love from Jennifer

Saucy Tales

I always really enjoy it when gossip, rumors and lies about me gets back to me because it makes me feel famous, like the subject of a celebrity gossip column. However, I have found over the years that there is a serious and troublesome lack of creativity, intrigue and glamour in these lies. In fact, to be perfectly frank, they have been lackluster, utterly lackluster.

Shine Anyway!

It never feels good to be the target of someone's negative energy but this is the third time in recent years that a person's nasty intentions actually set in motion a chain of events that ended up changing my life for the better in ways that I couldn't have imagined. So I would like to say, to those darkhearted souls, and to those 'wolves in shepherd's clothing', who feel threatened by my inner light and try to dim the sparkle of my spirit..... You better put your sunglasses on because I am going to SHINE ANYWAY!!

Cannot be unseen

When roses begin to wilt and the outer petals begin to brown, the inside petals are still beautiful. It is our tradition to take these wilted roses and sprinkle the inner petals around our walkway so that all who pass by feel like a princess. Tonight the elderly man who parks by our house - who never says hello - walked by while I was doing this. When I looked up and saw him watching me, he quickly looked down and kept walking. I smiled to myself, thinking that what has been seen cannot be unseen.

Congratulations Halestorm!

Tonight the band, Halestorm won a Grammy. Lzzy & Arejay Hale of Halestorm took voice lessons from me at the Community School of Music and Arts in 1997 & 1998. I remember them as nice kids in a loving and very supportive family. Congratulations!!

Blossoming Diva

      It began in the spring of 2011. I stepped out beyond the bounds of my comfort zone, of my narrow definition of self, and truly accepted, embraced and set free, my inner Diva. I am a classically trained Lyric soprano so really it was just a matter of time. Considering my operatic training and years spent performing classical music, I am surprised that I was able to suppress my inner Diva this long. I believe that my love of folk music kept my inner Diva quiet all these years. Have you ever heard a singer referred to as the ‘Diva of Folk Music’? I haven’t. It just doesn’t happen. Folk singers don’t wear fabulous heels and body glitter. Folk singers are vegetarians, who wear denim jeans with holes in the knees . . .


Recent events in the news have many of us heartbroken as we struggle to make sense of a senseless world. Remember that what we put our focus on will expand, so be careful where you turn your attention in these dark days. This is NOT a suggestion to turn a blind eye  - This is how to see the sorrow  and shine your light brightly anyway.

Ah sweet summertime

Ah sweet summertime, how I adore you! Raspberries abound in the gardens - such sweet treats.  Several evenings this week we sat out in the garden enjoying freshly picked raspberries and smiling at the antics of our two young dogs.

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