If You Stumble…Make It Part Of The Dance

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As a musician and song writer, some of the prettiest pieces were written by improving. By the same token, some of my best dishes in the kitchen were created by playing around making alternates to classics or just analyzing a recipe and thinking it out or writing it out, then making it.

I have always loved the concept of creating what has never been created before. After all, we can simply copy what everybody else is doing, which I refrain from, or we can “go off on uncharted territory” and explore what nobody thought of- YET!….until YOU!

All inventors had to try variations of all types until finally they hit what worked, but you must TRY.

Don’t worry so much and get hung up on outcomes, and instead, simply do the best you possibly can and admire your work afterwards.

Allow yourself the JOY of creating something new, experiment at your favorite instrument, and try writing a song.

If you like to write, but have never tried writing a poem, begin with a Haiku. Anyone can write one, even a second grader! There are only 3 lines to one and the syllabic pattern is 5-7-5.

My point? Just spice up your life with something new you have never done and create something that comes from a passion in the innermost part of your soul.

I hope someof the 670 readers here share what they tried.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright January 31st, 2014
12:36 midnight

I can show you God

Here is a beautiful poem by a new reader of Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds Congregate. His viewpoints about God & nature mirror mine exactly. God exists in the heart of every person who did something because they could, with the intent to help others, rather the intent for monetary gain.
I can relate to that philosophy and also in finding God in the power and majesty of the sea and mountains and in finding mental clarity too.

Why Can’t We Round Up All The Living Presidents Forming a Political Think Tank To Form a Working Budget, A Better Health Insurance Program & Confront The Countless Disabled People & Veterans with No Homes?

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Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Writer, Photographer, Marketer & Disabled & Political Advocate
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A Great Point That George Clooney Said…

In “Points To Ponder” in the latest Reader’s Digest February 2014 issue George Clooney said, reprinted from Esquire Magazine:

“The president and I (were talking to guests at a fund-raiser), and they’re holding their smartphone cameras up…And I said to the president,
“You know, the oddest thing about what’s happening right now is that we’ve stopped living our lives, and we’re just recording them.”

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January 29th, 2014

11:34 p.m.-11:45 p.m.

The Importance of Reading & Writing- Books Enlighten, Empower & Changes Your Life. Concentration Improves with Solitude. Ideas are Born.

Learning new things is something I have loved since very young and my mother taught me to read when I was four years old. I learned how to sound out words and understood prefixes and suffixes at an early age so it was like a game to figure out the meaning of big words.

If I wasn’t playing a song on the piano, I had my happy contented head buried in a good book or cook book.

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This love of language then progressed into writing the lyrics to songs, of which I have 50 with copyrights in the Library of Congress, and would love the world to hear them one day. It has always been one of my dreams to have them recorded in a nice studio with instruments and arranged. I met someone recently who is a recording engineer, who I hope to make that a reality.

Back to Ernest Dimnet’s thought provoking poignant quote about concentration.

“Certainly we cannot help thinking any more than we can help breathing, but, just as we can choose to breathe pure air in a pine wood on a high hill, we can place our mind where the images it will work upon will be of a higher nature.” -by Ernest Dimnet from “The Art of Thinking”

I got lucky and opened up three books that said on their spine “The World’s Greatest Literature” that were in my friend’s house sitting lonely on the shelf. A good book always longs for someone to hold it and caress its pages and love it, remember it and hopefully, if it is a really great book pass it down to others and share its glory, knowledge, lore and the many benefits within its covers. I guess a great book has a lot in common with me! Except I want my gifts and talents to be shared with the right people who can appreciate them!

When I spotted Ernest Dimnet’s “The Art of Thinking” Copyright 1928 by Simon & Schuster and read a few of the paragraphs-(I learned how to speed read but only use it to know if I want to read something in depth)-and I knew it was something special- and it was.

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I was also surprised in the three volumes how many authors I had never heard of, considering I was in Honors English and took every class Garden Grove High School taught and loved each one of them.

Writing  and doing the exercises my great teachers had me do was as though I was a sculptor carving marble or alabaster until I chiseled the words to my liking. Reading great literature is like a journey into some of the greatest minds that ever lived. Learning about the lives of the writers and what kind of people they were and where they lived helped me understand why they wrote what they did as well.

The more you read the more it exposes you to new ideas, new cultures, new ways of thinking and in general new horizons. Every book alters the course of your life because you will never be the same after you read it. After all, any time a person gains new knowledge they are in a sense “enlightened”. Remember Helen Keller when Anne Sullivan fingerspelled the word W-A-T-E-R in her hand? At that moment she realized that everything in the world had a name and her dark world void of sound or images was lit with the knowledge of the world around her.

Sometime go to your public library or look on GoogleBooks.com and read just one of the books Helen Keller wrote. You will be awed and amazed at how well she wrote and what a literal genius she became, especually since she was totally blind and deaf!

Books you think are boring now for required reading in school or college you’ll find years later a deeper appreciation of having read it will emerge; that is what I discovered.

In regards to solitude, Ernest Dimnet made me realize that the greatest minds of all time craved solitude so they could think and work out problems and CREATE. Now I don’t feel so bad and like a “loner” when I take that special time. It is needed if you problem solve, work on what I call “cerebral stuff” above-the-neck-stuff a lot.

There are happy mediums for everything in life and balance in life and the types of activities you incorporate are key to a happy, healthy life too. For instance, if your job entails computer work, which is largely solitary and requires concentration and is sedentary, that means that you have to set LIMITS. No more than an hour at a time with 15 minute breaks. If you do more you begin to turn into what I call a “cyborg” at Starbucks! I see people all the time almost hooked to the computers with their eyes glazed over, not seeing anything or anyone around them. It scares me when I see that. People like that are desensitized to everything around them, to where they don’t see or hear anything-since an iPod is usually playing making it impossible to hear what is going on around them.

Now mind you I go to lots of places and do work and have music playing on my iPod, but I am never so engrossed I cannot talk to a human being and pay attention to my surroundings. Remember this:

People first

Things Second

Computers are Things

Before Computers There Were People

Unplug yourself and phones for at least an hour or more a day.

You will feel your blood pressure go down, feel more relaxed and not be “hooked to anything” but the moments, the sounds of the birds or the person next to you talking to you.

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When I was going to college years ago in 1984 and graduated in 1986 before my marriage to the rocket scientist-(which lasted a good fifteen years)…cell phones hadn’t been invented yet and Twitter and Facebook were a pipe dream.

Hard to image how I existed, but I did.

In relation to solitude Ernest Dimnet wrote:

“The Art of Thinking is the art of being one’s self and this art can only be learned if one is by one’s self.”

He also wrote, which is food for thought:

“Solitude produces exhilaration of consciousness, the consciousness of our innermost, whatever that may be.”

I hope these quotes from great minds like Ernest Dimnet and myself help you look at life in a different way and to capture the lost minutes in ways you never thought of.

Did you know that Lamoignons had a wife who always kept him waiting for dinner? He kept a pad of paper and a pen by the table and wrote during that time. All of those captured minutes, as I call them were transformed into several volumes of spiritual meditations.

Since I commute on the bus every day for 45 minutes one way, I am going to take my pad and pen with me and try writing and see if I can manage to do it. I do listen to my iPod or a good PodCase on iHeart Radio or live Radio Show, which is entertaining and as good as any “book on tape” or “Audio Book.”…and free if you have a SmartPhone or iPod.

Are there minutes you can “repurpose” rather than waste? If you commute on a bus bring a book, bring an old fasioned pad of paper and a pen. If you can’t afford a computer for a word processing program like MS Word like I swear by, everyone can afford a pad of paper and pen. Also, if you have a SmartPhone, you can write on a blog or on the NotePad or on a file on Box.com-a collaboration tool that allows you to collaborate with anyone in the world on books or anything you desire. (The files are private so only you and the people you choose can see or manipulate them!)

Books will never ever be outdated. There is a place for Nooks, Kindles, iPods and books with covers and pages.

Pros for a book: No electricity and moderately priced and you can pick one up in a flash of a second and put it away when you feel like it. Many things are only available in book form today. Plus there is something special about reading a book that is nearly 70 years old and in the original, unmodified text.

Many like The Fannie Farmer Cook Book have been through so many revisions, Fannie Farmer isn’t even mentioned in newer printings!! She created the first cooking school and regulated measurements that we know today like teaspoons, cups etc. Before that it was a “pinch of this or that”. To elimate the founder of The Boston Cooking School is a major blunder, but that is what happens when too many editors touch something. The original message gets lost key elements are left out. Revisions in books are like having different cooks adding their own ingredients to a pot of soup. After twenty years worth, the book becomes nothing like what the original author wrote. I like to read what the author wrote. It is part of history.

Make sure during your day, after exercising your brain for hours that you take time and do some yoga, take a nice walk and reflect on the day. It will make you feel better, clear your mind and create a balance by exercising yourself “below the waist”. That is something I am working on and am using my BodyTrac that is like a sophisticated rowing machine.

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To sum this, if you are not American or are from another country and English is your second language, LEARN ENGLISH FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR CHILDREN and YOU and YOUR CHILD’s FUTURE. Children in America are required to learn English in schools but their parents are not.

The pros to learning English:

You will be able to communicate easily to anyone in the United States.

You can communicate with your children, make more friends and get higher paying jobs. I am sure you never thought about reading, writing and English literacy that way before. I hope if I did one thing by writing this, that I inspire people to learn and become more than what they are by learning a basic skill kids learn in grade school. Literacy will change your life for the better in countless ways.

Those reasons should be enough to get into an adult literacy course. Most libraries offer them for FREE, or they can direct you where to go to learn English in your area.

We as human beings, have many parts to our beings. The trick is to accomplish what you need to without overdoing it in any one area.

Allow yourself at least an hour or more of solitude and pay attention to how much better you feel and how much more productive you are when you are around people.

It is true.

Try it.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Copyright January 2014

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All other photographs taken by Paulette L. Motzko with exception to Paulette Le Pore at her Nanny’s Henry F. Miller piano, which was taken by my dad Ernest C. Le Pore when I was 9 years old. The year I began playing piano & writing music, cooking and exploring writing.

The Promise of God: As Vibrant, Glorious, Beautiful and Manifested as His Brushstrokes in the Sky

“The Promise of God: As Vibrant, Glorious, Beautiful and Manifested as His Brushstrokes in the Sky.”  Mena Habeeb, Writer & Photographer.

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My dear friend Mena is a such an intelligent, sensitive and sweet young man. He must have known I needed to be cheered up today. He sent me this photo on my phone accompanied by his inspiring words.

I didn’t realize, until texting him about the many things I have done, since he and I saw one another at our Starbucks we go to, that I had done so much and there was so much I was working on. So many “irons in the fire” I am waiting for the bonfire to burn from my dedicated efforts.

Thank you Mena for making enabling me to see the light, and think and reflect on the things I should be smiling about, which are many.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Written by Mena Habeeb and Paulette L. Motzko

Photography by Mena Habeeb

Monday, January 27th, 2014

6:35 p.m.

 

The Quest for The Cancer Cure

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On today’s issue of The Quest For The Cancer Cure during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, topics covered range from:

Ways you can use diet to prevent cancer
Low dose radiation methods scientists have created
Mammograms and how important they are and the how to
Well, there’s a lot more!

Click the link above and read and share.

By reading The Quest For The Cancer Cure, you are equipping yourself with knowledge which is power, and that power is on your side in the battle to prevent cancer, but also cope with it, if diagnosed, and do everything in your power to win the battle.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Ctreator & Editor-In-Chief of The Quest For The Cancer Cure

Fear is stupid, So is regrets. – Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe always played the “dumb blonde” on the silver screen, but she was far from stupid. One of her favorite things to do was read and the more you read about Norma Jean’s life, the more you will find that she was stereotyped in characters that were far from who she really was.

In life try not to stereotype the people you come in contact with. Chances are, you could be totally wrong about that person.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Sunday, January 25th, 2014

12:23 midnight

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– Marilyn Monroe –

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” – Jesus Christ

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” –

Jesus Christ

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Drawing by my good friend Terry Davis.

My mother must have said the words in the quote a thousand times, if not once, and lived those words.

She raised me to have morals and values, have good posture, pick my friends wisely, and try to make the best impression on someone the first time, because that is what they will remember most.

She is 82 years young and to this day, was the creator of all the good I have and my cheerleader and inspiration.

Was there someone you went out of your way for this week?

Did someone go out of their way for you?

Tell the story in the comment box.

Each comment proves there is goodness in the world and kindness, even though the news doesn’t play it up.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko, January 24th, 2014

10:42 p.m.

Find Depth In Your Day

My writer friend Dyan Diamond has two wonderful books that will help you learn more about yourself, find more meaning out of your days and nights.
She didn’t ask me to “plug the book” but I am sharing because I feel we truly need more books like these and we are kindred spirits.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Animals Rely on Us Like Children by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

My friend Yvonne runs Bully Breeds Service Dog Trainers and constantly enlightens me to facts I never knew about various breeds of dogs and how we can save a life, gain a friend and have a companion for life by opting to adopt a dog.

Dogs are as kind as their masters and it is a myth that pit bulls are aggresive dogs. They were forced to fight, so the dog owners are at fault, not the dogs.

I want to create a segment here that can place sad and lonely healthy dogs with new owners. I am going to need Yvonne’s help to do it, but I think she will be jazzed about my idea.
The dogs will be, that’s for sure!

Dogs do more extraordinary things for us than any other domesticated animal. I am amazed how loyal they are to their masters and how they almost have a 6th sense, knowing when they will come home.

Stay tuned.

Written by Paulette L. Motzko

You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down. – Charlie Chaplin

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down” –

Charlie Chaplin

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Photo by Paulette L. Motzko Photography

When was the last time you “found a rainbow” in an unlikely place, meaning just found someoneone who touched you in a special way or came across something meaningful or positive or touching in a seeming ordinary situation?

Written by Paulette L. Motzko
Copyright January 2014

10:56 p.m.

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. – Audrey Hepburn

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

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Paulette Motzko

January 21st, 2014

10:47 p.m.

“Fill up your “gas tank” each day by spending time alone, with no interruptions, doing something only you love every day. You have to fill up your reserves, have time to meditate and pray, write in your journal and find peace.” – Paulette Le Pore Motzko

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Be it enjoying a pot of tea at your favorite tea house, a cup of coffee away from the hussle, noise and bustle of every day life, especially mothers and fathers need to take time out so they will have patience in abundance for their children who are always inquisitive and wanting something.

Most people take care of their cars better than themselves!

You wouldn’t run your car with no gas in the tank would you?

Then, treat yourself with the same respect as you do your car. You’re far more valuable and there is only one in the whole world like you, with no replacements.

So remember when you take that time out, you need it because you won’t have what it takes to fill the many demands put upon you.

Replinish. Refresh.

Your life and kids and family will see a new you by doing so too. Explain it to them or let them read this. Also, if you are a caregiver, which I used to be, this is extra important. Take time out for you and tap into every support network you can to get emotional support as well as services that will lighten your load.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright January 2014
Photography by Paulette L. Motzko Photography

Paulette Motzko Says Thank You For The Most Influential Blogger Award

The Most Influential Blogger Award

January 17th, 2014

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Copyright January 2014

I was honored to be given this award, The Most Influential Blogger Award last year, and I think it might have been from my friend Shoes Summerfield, since was also awarded that same award. If it wasn’t him, it could have been from a dozen other extraordinary writer, photographer and blogger friends I have had the honor and privilege of “meeting” virtually though WordPress.

Here is go, camped out at a Von’s Pavilions I have been going to for over 15 years when times were simpler and I was married and didn’t have to work quite so hard to get paid for a job well done.

Listening to my favorite male singer-Andre Bocelli singing on my iPod his amazing “Passione” album in Italian while my fingers do the typing to the beat of the music.

Something tells me, after answering all the questions outlined here not only will my 636 awesome followers learn more about me, but I will learn more about what I like and what matters to me too!

(Guess we will all learn something!)

  1. What is your favorite season?- It would have to be fall when I was born-the end of August, because I love the fall colors and in CA it is usually cooler and there is more varied foliage around. Though springtime is another favorite of mine, when the crocus blooms and the garden wakes up from its winter slumber. It might be a tie on the two of them!
  2. Who is your favorite singer? –Andre Bocelli as he can sing in 4 languages-English, Italian, Spanish and French. Though Nat King Cole would also have to be included-who was internationally known in his time-before 1950, and also was sang in “multi-languages”. Please let me also include runners up of Dean Martin, Billy Joel, Elton John and of recent times Kelly Clarkson in her “Stronger” album, which has become my personal mantra.
  3. What is your favorite kind of music?- I was fortunate in that my dad-now in heaven-exposed me to all kinds of music from Mantovani to Henry Mancini to Frankie Carle ragtime music, to pipe organ music-which I play all of them on the piano. Easy listening, New Age, Blues, Jazz, and about any kind of music where they aren’t bashing a guitar around or eating a mouse’s head or something!
  4. Who is your favorite author?- I read mostly non-fiction and seldom pick up a fiction novel and spend more time writing my own stories than reading someone else’s! As for contemporary authors, Max Lucado amazes me at how prolific he has been and I was honored when Jack Canfield began “following me” on Twitter. Jack Heffron gets royal praise for his book I bought myself for my birthday last year entitled, “The Writer’s Idea Book” that has 800 writing prompts of all kinds in all genres of writing. I also loved the writings of Leo Buscaglia in his book “L-O-V-E. I constantly read and re-read books from my literary mentors: Henry David Thoreau, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe, Helen Keller etc.
  5. IF you had enough money, what charity would you donate to?
  6. If you had enough money, what room in your home would you renovate?-I would like to have a home to renovate for starters then I would simply live and enjoy what I have. I am working on writing every director in all the Urban Housing Department, to enable me to get the voucher needed to go hand in hand with my very low SSI payments I live on. It is SAD that our leaders allow the disabled community and veterans who are dependent on subsidized housing to about die in front of them! Stay tuned because I know I will have to lobby I congress to change that fact, but I will change it. Someone has to point it out and make them realize that if you are on SSI or SSDI SUBSIDIZED HOUSING IS MANDATORY. That is another subject entirely though.
  7. What is your favorite television show?-My favorite shows on TV are not contemporary ones. They are Cheers and Everybody Loves Raymond, which always make me smile, no matter how many times I have seen them. When I want to just goof off and relax I love watching Discovery, Animal Planet or The Food Network…to learn something and broaden my horizons.
  8. Which of these is your favorite drink: Pepsi, Coke, Iced Tea or Water-.My favorite drink of the choices given would have to be iced tea.
  9. Do you own a desktop, PC or laptop or both?-I own a small Asus EE PC Flare Series computer. I used to have another Toshiba Dual Processor but the thing was stolen last year when I was moving a suitcase and had no help! That was another element of this last year I could have done without! I could really use a nice computer with a wide monitor to do help me with my photo editing etc. When I get some money I am owed I will be able to buy a brand new one and set up my nice office again with my oak roll top desk and my comfy office chairs once more. Working on talking to a friend of mine to see about us being roommates. I hope the doors are opened for me and there are no more obstacles in my way.
  10. What would you rather do for relaxation, read a book or watch television?-I would rather read a book or even better write one of my own!

Sheez! 941 words and still going!

Accepting these awards takes time, but of all the ones Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds Congregate has won last year this is the MOST MEANINGFUL TO ME. The reason being, it means with the words I write I am enlightening the people who read it and influencing them in a good way. I hope I always be doing that as long as I live.

 

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Huntington Beach, CA

January 17th 2014

7:10 p.m.

My nominations for The Most Influential Blogger Awards go to these blogs, added a few at a time, because I want to really do some thinking on my selections.

1. Amreen Shaikh’s PaintTheWorldWithWords.wordpress.com. Her inspiring words will enlighten you.

2. Mike O’Connor’s show stopping blog called KindnessBlogdotcom1.wordpress.com. You will remember and talk about the things Mike finds and writes here.

3. Don Charisma’s Doncharisma.com blog. He is an amazing computer guru and marketing genius..and a nice guy too!

4. Still thinking of who are going to be awarded the other Influential Blogger awards. Be patient folks!

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The biggest handicap in the world is negative thinking. – Heather Whitestone

“Our attitudes are the single biggest asset we will ever carry around with us. It is even more valuable than the money in your wallet. Why? Because you can have all the money in the world and squander it or not be good to others.
The person with a winning attitude will make the most out of whatever situation they’re in, rich or not.”- Paulette Motzko

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Written by Paulette L. Motzko
January 16th, 2014
January 17th, 2014

Copyright January 2014

11:07 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 – The Quest for The Cancer Cure

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There are so many informative, fantastic and enlightening articles, photos and videos that explain and show real life ways we can prevent various types of cancer, you won’t want to pass up reading this issue.

To all those battling cancer, I will pray and hope you go into remission and your immunological system builds the resistance it needs to be a safeguard towards it.

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Eating a healthy clean diet, drinking plenty of water and eating a fresh diet full of organic produce, avoiding foods with nitrates and also food that has been charred black on a BBQ pare easy ways you can lower your cancer risks.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Creator and Editor of The Quest For The Cancer Cure