Be Remembered by Your Generosity…

“Be remembered by your generosity not  your miserliness, also for saying wise things instead of foolish.”

(One of the 101 Common Sense Principles for a Happier Life)

branch with sunset

 

This is a good time of year to think about what it means to give.  Many gifts will be exchanged during the holidays, but the greatest gift of all is love!        

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Money…

“Money can’t buy you love, but it sure can buy a lot of guitars and drums.”

(One of the 101 Common Sense Principles for a Happier Life)

blue guitarThis saying (from my book) comes to mind when I think about the holiday season.  I think about all the parents that buy their children guitars, drums, and other toy instruments–only later hoping that all of the batteries run out!

I must make a serious confession:  I have been obsessed with guitars and drums since I was a little girl!!  I was denied the drums, but I ended up being very serious about playing the guitar.

Given the chance of obtaining a surplus of money in the future:  I will be opening a studio filled with guitars, amplifiers, speakers, and all types of drums!

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It Takes One Step…

“It takes one step at a time to get to the top of the mountain.”

(One of the 101 Common Sense Principles for a Happier Life )

mountain topAchieving a long-range goal is very much like attempting to climb to the top of a mountain. The path can be filled with obstacles; and where there is no trail, one must be created.  It takes focus, courage, and willingness to not give up before reaching the top.

Any experienced mountain climber will explain how important it is to prepare properly for the climb.  Resting along the way is also important.  A successful climber will tell you that the goal was not reaching the top of the mountain, but making it back down safely!

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First Mile Hi Church Art and Authors Festival

The 1st Mile Hi Church Art and Authors Festival

Saturday, June 25, 2016
9 am to 4 pm
9075 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226

Work-Hard-Play-Hard-Cover

Gail Tracy will be featuring her 1st book, Work As Hard As You Have To, Play As Hard As You Can.  This book is completely self-published by Gail through her company, Everlasting Cool Publishing.  She did the proofreading, copy editing, book formatting, artwork, and cover graphics. tulip

dragonfly on flowerShe will also be selling her mixed media paintings in sizes ranging from—- 8″ x 10″, 16″ x 20″, up to 32″ x 40″.  There will be over 33 canvases for sale at reasonable prices!

ascending dragonfly

For more information, please go to the Mile Hi Church event page.

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Happy Birthday Marilyn

Monroe, MarilynMarilyn Monroe, June 1, 1926 to August 5, 1962

Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson) came into this world 89 years ago today. Today I want to celebrate her creative life.  When I look at her images, I see a spirit that never dies. Marilyn had an intellectual depth that few people ever understood. Her face is recognized all over the world, and women still try to imitate her to this day. Her classic style has become timeless, never marred by old age.

Today I want to think about the happy times that Marilyn had instead of the difficult ones. Looking at her old photos, I can still see those precious moments of joy shining through her eyes. Was she dreaming of a happy future, or the lead role in a serious movie?  Marilyn will forever keep us guessing.

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