Birthday Good Wishes

Thank you for your good wishes!

Having a Thanksgiving birthday has always made this a special time of year for me.

Architech and BuilderIt even opened some channels of creativity. Probably just shy of the age of eight (the first of my two younger sisters was born in March) Thanksgiving rolled around and as the day progress, there were no presents. When I asked about their absence I was informed that my birthday was the 27th which would be the following Monday and there would be a fine party with cake, presents, and friends. Not the result I was looking for. Sometime after Halloween the following year I suggested over the dinner table that I had been thinking about my birthday. I was born on Thanksgiving, right. Yes. I was born on the 27th right. Yes. My father was a lawyer. Then it seems like they are both my birthdays and should be celebrated accordingly. Two celebrations became the norm. Early in my teenage years as my creativity expanded, and again over the dinner table. I suggested that I had been thinking about my birthday. You could see the eyes roll. The new plan was that the dates should be inclusive beginning with one and end with the other. By God, it stuck. As time went on it wasn’t always easy to get others buy-in, but to this very moment, I remain true to the vigil. So here we are on the evening of the 27th and I bring this year’s celebration to a close with a huge thank you for being a part of this one.

I captured a few vignettes set in and about Thanksgiving time that I hope you will enjoy and feel free to share.

May these holiday times unfold for you in abundant joy,


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Course Corrections

Thor HeyerdahlWe have always been taught that navigation is the result of civilization, but modern archeology has demonstrated very clearly that this is not so. Thor Heyerdahl

One of the things we discover sooner or later is that our navigation systems require our own ingenuity and design. Life Love God (LLG) is undergoing some course corrections. One of the mis-constructs in our educational systems centers around course corrections. You may have heard it said that a flight from New York to Los Angeles is off-course some five-thousand times. The wind blows. Course correction does not inherently imply a mistake.

LLG is making some course corrections which you can read about here. You will also see that the Categories index in the right-hand column has been revised to make it easier to find something you may be looking for. Also the internal search engine thanks to WordPress is phenomenal. Put your keyword(s) in the Search box and see what appears. The Daily Devotionals which have been so popular are all still there. Two new sections, Quotes, and Stories won’t give you the volume of Google, but you might find something interesting. Also if you want to share a quote or have a story of yours published, you can submit it to Contact Us.

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Happy Thanksgiving

ThanksgivingWishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings as this four day time of celebration continues to unfold here in the U.S.

With the gathering of family and friends, it is a great time for sharing stories and reminiscences.

“I don’t know whether you can look at your past and find, woven like the hidden symbols on a treasure map, the path that will point to your final destination.” Jodi Picoult

Thanksgiving is a great time for this type of reflection. This exercise led to these topical prompts about joyful moments to be thankful for and share. A few of you have received messages to help me fact-check (certainly out of style in many areas) some of those happenings and dates. Here are a few I hope you will enjoy. And, thanks to our evolved technologies some can be shown as well as told. For me, these make the memories even more precious. A discovery of the past several years is that not everyone has experienced what we have. Sometimes we don’t share because we think the stories been told and are already known. Anyway if I was to distill the lesson, it would go like this. Nobody knows what you know. You are a special imprint on the universe!

Oh! The prompts. Travel, movies, brushstroke artists, music, football, food, and the uniqueness of timing. The thread here is my very personal relationship with Thanksgiving. They are shared chronologically.

Freedom From WantFreedom From Want – 1943
Freedom from Want, also known as The Thanksgiving Picture or I’ll Be Home for Christmas, is the third of the Four Freedoms series of four oil paintings by American artist Norman Rockwell. The works were inspired by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union Address, known as Four Freedoms.

Timing of Things – 1947
Thanksgiving Day and November 27th coincided in 1947. It happens occasionally but not often. At about four in the afternoon I left the warmth of Marge’s womb to the bewildering lights of the world. Seventeen days earlier President Harry S Truman issued Proclamation 2756 which designates the fourth Thursday in November of each year as Thanksgiving Day. “I proclaim Thursday, November 27, 1947, as a day of national thanksgiving; and I call upon the people of the United States of every faith to consecrate that day to thoughts of gratitude, acts of devotion, and a firm resolve to assist in the efforts being made by religious groups and other bodies to aid the undernourished, the sick, the aged, and all sufferers in war-devastated lands.”

Alice’s Restaurant – 1967
“Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” is a song by singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, released the title track to his 1967 debut album Alice’s Restaurant. It is notable as a satirical, first-person account of 1960s counterculture, in addition to being a hit song in its own right and an inspiration for the 1969 film, also named Alice’s Restaurant.

Russian Tea RoomMacy’s Parade and the Russian Tea Room – 1986
Thanks to my sister, Carla, we had extraordinary accommodations at the Essex House for the long Thanksgiving weekend. Pam and my traveling companions were Bob and Cate Miller and we had agreed to meet at the Russian Tea Room for lunch after the morning’s parade. It was a blustery day with clear skies, perfect for the parade. The Tea Room was like stepping into a Faberge egg and we ordered a decadent bottle of champagne at the bar while waiting for our friend’s arrival. The maître d’ took me aside as we were sharing hugs to inform me that he couldn’t seat us because the dress code didn’t allow blue jeans. Now Cate and Bob, both in their designer jeans, looked straight out of Hollywood and all I could picture was Woody Allen (his favorite haunt at the time) in his crumpled corduroys and tweeds. We finished our champagne over laughs and taxied down to Washington Square to a place Bob had on his list. We were welcomed like celebrities and the afternoon buzzed on.

David's TurkeyDavid’s Turkey – 1987
Two decades of mentoring between Chappaqua and Bermuda by my gourmet Uncle Walt and Craig Claiborne’s New York Times Cookbook resulted in a quintessential basted bird not without some creative touches of my own. What evolved was the year-changing Thanksgiving soup; its accompaniment the turkey and caviar sandwich.


Scent of a WomanScent of a Woman – 1992
Perhaps my favorite movie set over the Thanksgiving holiday in an around New York. Pacino won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance and the film was nominated for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published. The film won three major awards at the Golden Globe Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Motion Picture – Drama. The movie cascades from one poignant vignette to the next leading to the climactic speech and a lesson for the ages.

Florida Florida State 1994Florida/Florida State Football – 1994
My father and I had a special and dynamic relationship. Dad’s Memorial 2.6.05 For most of the 90s, we spent the long weekend at his home in Naples. Our daily golf matches were something to behold. They were adorned with a competitiveness and all the joy and garbage a father and son can bring to the field of play. Thanksgiving day his wife, Betty, and I would cook and sometimes my two sisters were there. During some of those halcyon years, Bowden and Spurrier led two great football teams. The 1994 game defied all odds.

I hope some of these episodes inspire your own reflection and storytelling. Beyond the experiences themselves, I am grateful that our evolved technologies enable this level of sharing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Light Channeling

StillnessAs this year-end season of holidays ensues this timely post reminds us of our human condition. Hopefully love and peace will be hallmarks of this season of light.

Uniqueness of the Revolution by Light
By Guruji Krishnananda
As human consciousness evolves, the realization dawns that all of humanity is interconnected. Technological advancements in every field of knowledge present irrefutable evidences that the rationale behind color, class and creed prejudices are superfluous. The diversity that comes from nationality, religion, language, economic status etc. is not a barrier but many expressions of the human spirit and ingenuity. The world over, even the spiritual underpinnings of various religions are now understood and acknowledged as the same – Love and Peace.
Since the Spiritual seeking for the Divine is similar across all human beings, there is a simple Spiritual practice – Light Channelling – which can be used by everybody. It may appear impossible to have a common Spiritual practice for one and all while keeping ones religious and other spiritual affiliations intact. But this is made possible by Light Channelling, as it is driven by a pure intent of establishing World Peace on the foundation of Love, starting with the individual. Light is after all, the formless God.
In brief, here are the important features of the Light Channelling practice:
1. Oneness is achieved by Light.
2. Light Channelling is a non-religious and Universal activity.
3. No restrictions, no conditions. Anyone can channel Light from anywhere.
4. No membership is required. No commerce is involved.
5. Everyone can contribute to Peace.
6. Light Channelling helps the individual, helps the World.
7. Prepares us and the World to establish the Light Age.

Light Channelling is a simple yet effective do-it-yourself practice, which can be done in a meditative posture or even on-the-move by just holding the intent to channel Light.

To learn more . . .

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Black and White Chocolate Cake with Blackberry Compote

Vivalinka Black and White Chocolate CakeThis from Julia Frey,  alias Vikalinka.

Five years ago today I published my first post. A lot has changed since then. What started out as a food diary that was meant to be an online record of my recipes has since turned into a small business that allowed me to quit my job as a teacher and work full time as a recipe developer, food photographer and writer. Blogging has allowed me to work from home, travel and meet fascinating people!

I will be forever thankful that one fateful morning I asked my Facebook friends if starting a food blog would be a good idea and got an overwhelming “YES” from so many of them. In all honesty they were getting sick of my food photos but does it really matter why. What matters is that I can’t imagine what my life would be like without Vikalinka, and that of course includes you…my faithful readers.

More including the receipe and link to her blog . . .

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Stories, The Transcendent Portal

What Happens When A Story Is Forgotten

WHO is inviting Stories From and About the Workplace. 

Kayla Briët creates art that explores identity and self-discovery — and the fear that her culture may someday be forgotten. She shares how she found her creative voice and reclaimed the stories of her Dutch-Indonesian, Chinese and Native American heritage by infusing them into film and music time capsules. Her Ted presentation is an inpiration to the artist in us all, young and old alike.

Watch . . .

. . . and send us your story. It will do more than you can imagine.

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Compound Time

15 NY Public LibraryOne question has fascinated me my entire adult life: what causes some people to become world-class leaders, performers, and changemakers, while most others plateau?

I’ve explored the answer to this question by reading thousands of biographies, academic studies, and books across dozens of disciplines. Over time, I’ve noticed a deeper practice of top performers, one so counter-intuitive that it’s often overlooked.

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