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Last Dance: Purple Rain

  
Interesting fact . . .

Just after Christmas 1987, my late husband Jim and I (from the book ‘207’) had found out we were expecting my oldest son. I volunteered to be the DD for the year end festivities and celebration of our #blessing. Gathering with a bunch of pals, we decided to head over to a dance club and ring-in the new year. We had so much fun!

The last time I danced with Jim before his death was just moments after the ball dropped in Times Square, ushering in 1988. The song we danced to happened to be both of our favorites: Purple Rain.

It’s amazing how so many connect to his music. For those of us that share the love for his craft, our private moments have been woven into an enormous, public celebration of life for an artist who touched so many and left this part of the journey all too soon.

Prince and his music will always hold a special spot in my heart, especially relative to Jim💜

‘Til Death Do Us Part

‘Till death do us part . . . 

A soul’s love does not pay attention to boundaries such as death. It is infinite – timeless.

Countless people I know and have conducted readings for can relate to this sentiment. Although the physical journey ceases upon death, many continue the deep love affair that was born between two souls during the physical journey. 

Considering this to be true for ALL partners (marriage and relationship equality), love is a true and very tangible emotion that surpasses real time. This holds true even when a partner grieves after the loss of their beloved and later struggles with moving on. 

I often hear, as well as have asked the very same questions: How long do I wait to find a companion? Will my loved one accept I am moving on? How can I move forward in life when I miss my loved one so much?

Begin by accepting the fact that every human being is different, as is the relationship they experienced. Do not worry about how long it will take. Avoid gauging time.

As for acceptance: Rather than feeling you are doing an injustice to your loved one by making progress – finding physical love and companionship after a loss – please know that a truly loving Spirit will not (and does not) hold it against you. 

How long will this love and associated grief last? Spirit knows the love you share is a truly timeless connection with an exquisitely personal and unique bond forged during the physical life cycle. Love, and the spiritual relationship, do not stop at death, nor does their passing minimize or make your love any less than what it was beforehand.

Try not to harbor feelings of guilt about reaching a point to take steps to find comfort. Hold close the memories of your beloved. Spirit does not want to see you suffer in silence or abstinence from happiness and newfound love. They DO understand and can even guide you towards achieving both.

”Till death do us part’ is incorrect from a spiritual standpoint and from the perspective of love. Be grateful for the endless and infinite ways your souls have connected and in turn, be at peace knowing it continues. 

Allow yourself to grieve, yet be mindful that it is okay to love again. Without a doubt, you can maintain a special and sacred love in spirit, while making a new life for yourself. Consider the notion that any truly caring, new partner should freely be respectful of that love and relationship and not ever try to compete with it.

Spirit knows you are not replacing them. Your relationship was literally a once in a lifetime opportunity. Cherish that love – and be cognizant that Spirit knows you are simply continuing on with living❤️

Keep Going

Keep going . . . 

You have been bestowed a unique life full of challenges and accomplishments. No matter how insignificant or grand the lesson, they are critically meaningful to your Spiritual Self. Never lose sight of the fact that no matter how unfair, unpleasant, or painful, you must continue on with your voyage; your life story.  

If you suddenly find yourself off-roading, take a moment to look around you. You are meant to be exactly where you are, regardless of the randomness.

Embrace these moments and LIVE the experience; breathe each breath as a gift. Never take the day, or those whose paths you cross for granted. 

And, no matter what . . . 

Keep going😘

OMG: I’m A Democrat

Normally, I do not post about politics, but will, due to a stomach-churning lunch watching the news relative to the debates. That said, last election (for what I recall as the first time in my life) I voted Democrat. 

I have found my views have changed with age. I had always been a Moderate Republican, yet continued leaning more as a Conservative Liberal. 

I am fiercely patriotic, and refuse to bend on some issues in particular – issues that can be found at opposing sides of the spectrum. Regardless, there is little doubt this country needs change. 

Yes, it’s a campaign and mud will be flung, however, I am officially disgusted by the smear ads, rude comments and bullying. I am greatly disappointed by some that continue to partake in it.

I am happy to announce on Facebook that I am officially a Democrat. No need to try and figure out where I stand. As stated, I firmly hold values at both ends with a majority of beliefs and values left-leaning. 

The beauty is in the journey; life experiences and how they have impacted my decision to support the Democratic Party. All of us have a set of life experiences which do come into play in making a choice. No matter what, we should each exercise our right to vote according to what we believe in and support. 

Feel free to post a response. Do so knowing that I refuse to bash anyone for their beliefs.

Taco Dip Casserole

  

This recipe is a Super Bowl tradition in my family. It’s also a hearty dish to serve at parties, or for dinner. A healthier version of the dish can be prepared. Substitutions are noted at the end of the recipe.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Ingredients:

1.5 pounds ground beef          
1 can (15 oz) seasoned black beans
2 cans (16 oz each) refried beans
1 package of Taco seasoning
16 oz sour cream
2 pkgs (8 oz each) softened cream cheese
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese 
1 jar (16 oz) salsa
1 can (2.5 oz) pitted and sliced black olives

Directions:

Cook ground beef. Drain and rinse. Add package of taco seasoning. Add water according to package directions. Mix well and simmer until throughly cooked. Remove from heat. Set to side.

Evenly spread refrained beans over the bottom of a 9″x 13″ pan. Blend cream cheese and sour cream together. Spread mixture over the refried beans. 

Drain juice from black beans and sprinkle over the cream cheese mixture. Evenly distribute 3/4 cup of shredded cheese over the black beans. 

Spoon seasoned hamburger into dish and spread over the shredded cheese. Add entire jar of salsa on top of hamburger.

Evenly distribute the remaining 1 1/4 cups of Mexican cheese over the salsa. Drain the black olives and sprinkle over cheese.

Place casserole dish in oven. Bake for 30 minutes, or until dip is bubbling and cheese has completely melted.

Remove dish and serve with tortilla chips.

*** Healthy Version Substitutions ***

– Use lean ground beef, or ground turkey
– Substitute fat-free refried beans for traditional refried beans
– Use fat-free sour cream and fat-free cream cheese
– Use 2% or low fat shredded Mexican cheese
– Substitute baked tortilla chips in place of regular tortilla chips

The Tattoo

The Tattoo

Healing after a loss can be a long road. As much as we call it healing, there will always be a scar of sorts; a reminder of the loved ones we grieve.

Think of that scar as a tattoo – a beautiful picture etched into your soul. Allow it to be a symbolic tribute of your time together. The beauty and pain.

Your tattoo tells a story.

Yes, it hurt at one point, and at times perhaps was unbearable, but the final picture rendered a passionate and colorful piece of work well worth the sacrifice.

Too, a tattoo can never truly and completely be erased, no matter how hard one may try. There will always remain a blemish, or scar, even if you find someone to help disguise it.

Wear that tattoo proudly.

You will have good days, and some not so much. Remember the beauty by which this life story was etched upon your body, mind and soul.

Celebrate the life of your loved one. Relish and cherish the design it fashioned and know that in time the pain, much like the coloring of your life tattoo, will fade a bit, yet remain part of you – forever.

Universal HEALING Meditation & Prayer 

  Universal HEALING Meditation & Prayer
Sunday, January 31st 2016
9PM EST / 8PM CST / 6PM PST

Duration: 15 minutes+

**Please feel free to share with your friends**

The purpose of this meditation and prayer session is to raise the energy of the Universe by taking a short period of time out of one evening per month to collectively focus on creating positive energy in our lives, and for the world. The more people that join this session, the higher the level of positive vibration. 

An important part of the Universal HEALING Meditation & Prayer session is the acronym for HEALING:

Heal 

Energize

Awaken

Love 

Inspire

Nurture

Grow

Reflect upon each word; absorb them with your body, mind and soul. Allow these peaceful thoughts to radiate from you, and share them with the world.

It all starts with you! Imagine the change that has resulted from the focus and efforts of one, let alone an army of prayer warriors dedicating time together to make a positive change.

Additional tips on meditation to follow prior to the upcoming session. No special items needed.

Thank you.