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Compiled by Paulette Motzko on March 23rd 2017 at 4:44 a.m.
I Am A Little Leaf – http://wp.me/p7cNla-kG
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Compiled by Paulette Motzko on March 23rd 2017 at 4:44 a.m.
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Our feet grow heavy with grief
and so we begin to dance
Our minds cloud with fear
until we transform
a whisper of hope against impossible odds
Moving with instinct
flowing like water
we create our shape
and chart a map
Our hearts rise
bright against mourning
lifting us once more
The veil thins
when we choose
Caroline A. Slee
Digital Oil Painting photographed and created by Paulette Motzko, Copyright 2017, PLM Studios,
Las Vegas, NV.
Thanks to Carolyn slee sending me a word document of her work, I was able to copy and paste it onto my post comma so you could immediately see how wonderful and transforming her words are. Anyone can enjoy something that is good, it is a real art to transform the negative into the positive.
Text written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Updated March 14th 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Good morning . . .When the sunlight hit the trees – http://wp.me/p2Qc5y-7kc
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Compiled by Paulette Motzko.
February 20th 2017 at 12:50 p.m.
This article was inspired by one of my recent followers, who went through a very tragic and tumultuous year. Because of this it stopped this once prolific writer from producing anything at all.
Sometimes we can be over critical on ourselves, overanalyzing everything that we do. That quality doesn’t help us when we create anything of value in this world, written or otherwise. Create because you want to create. Whether it be be a mud pie, a sandcastle, a watercolor painting, a photograph, a beautiful song, a recipe, a loaf of bread, or the manuscript for your first book.
Wallpaper Image from Zedge.com.
Writing can be catharsis or it can be euphoria. You can carve every word just as though you were Michelangelo and you were carving marble transforming something hard and solid into something that breathes with life.
That’s the analogy I like best when it comes to writing, and it has served me well since my Honors English days in High School. I took every English class that Garden Grove High had to offer I had phenomenal teachers, better than even in college.
And one thing I did in every writing class is writing is to write in my personal Journal -and just write every day.
In other words, write things that the world never see.
There are things that are only for you, God, and serve a very valid purpose. If you don’t have a journal, go buy a nice one at Barnes & Noble, or simply use Microsoft Office Word on your smartphone computer or tablet.
Through devoting time to writing in a special place that inspires you, which is very important, extraordinary things will emerge. Stories can develop right before your eyes, poems can be written, recipes can be thought of.
With everything you write anywhere, especially on a Blog that seen all over the world – you’re gaining experience, exposure, notoriety, readership and it’s just enjoyable. The enjoyable part is the most important one of all.
Once you start carving out time for writing, you’ll start carving words that are memorable and lasting and worth remembering.
If you are a writer, check out my other blog called A Writer’s Joy. A Writer’s Joy
Any kind of art, written or otherwise, is an extension of your soul. Art I’d an extension of your inner most being. Writing is one of those timeless arts, that if used in the right way, can outlive you do great things long after you leave this earth, creating a legacy.
Write because you feel what you’re doing is beautiful and has merit, or serves a valid purpose, or can simply give joy, enlightenment someone, educate or you’d simply like to share it with the world. That’s exactly what you can do on a blog.
I’m going to be adding to this book list over the next week. I’m going to start with these two, which in themselves are phenomenal starting points, even if no other books were added to the list.
I hope my words of encouragement and blessings on all of your present and future creations extraordinary Beyond Your Wildest Dreams! To all of the artists, writers, photographers, musicians, and chefs create what’s never been created before. Enjoy the process. Learn everything you can about your craft. Read books, and associate with people who are doing what you want to do and let them enter you in every way they possibly can. Listen to advice and listen to helpful criticism but don’t let others dim the light that shines inside you that’s waiting to burst like a beacon to the world.
Image created by Paulette Motzko, Copyright October 2016.
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright, January 2017.
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January 20th 2017 at 3:14 p.m.
Smith Magazine is a wonderful magazine I just discovered by doing a search on Google.
The most difficult thing in writing I think, used to be succinct and concise say what you want and few words. It’s not so much pinpointing the right descriptive terms and saying what you want, but for most writers it’s trimming excess verbage.
Is it hard to write but then again I’m going to try my hand at my imagination along with it.
If you’ve never written a six-word story before well join the club!
Share a six word story in the comment box about you and your life.
“Empowering, Educating and Inspiring Reward Me.” –Paulette Le Pore Motzko
That’s my 1st Six Word Story.
January 14th 2017 9:30 p.m.
Image photographs and created by Paulette L Motzko, PLM Studios.
I love this beautiful acoustic guitar play list.
If you are a creative person just like I am, the key is to find out to flowing inspiration is to know in an intimate way what environment helps you create the best in yourself.
Keep repeating it over and over again. What works for you will be different than anyone else.
Things that inspire me are…
Beautiful natural surroundings are beautiful places
The Pacific Ocean
Inspiring workplaces that are conducive to concentration
Special music playlist and help bring out the best in your artwork. This could be writing, this could be photography, this could be cooking or painting or some other art form.
The special place that everytime you go there you meet someone extraordinary. I have several places like that and I don’t even question what happens I just know it happens. Will meet someone who is absolutely extraordinary every time I go to this certain location. If you pay attention you’ll find then you can maximize the positives in your world. Just pay attention and follow your instincts and usually always steered in the right direction.
And lastly I do a lot of meditation everyday I’m prayer and centering thought hoping to create something I feel give something back to the universe, and will last long after I touched the face of God.
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Painted Picture photographed & Created by Paulette Motzko
October 22, 2016
It’s a learning curve when you’re a writer or a photographer or an artist it would never put you in the right frame of mind, and helps you create the best that is in your soul- then do it.
I was a caregiver for my sweet mother Ramona Lea Le Pore who on the last decade of her life was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
My sister in law contacted me to yell me mom has a tumor on her kidney and is now dying.
I knew the time would come when mom would leave this earth and touch the face of God, being reunited with dad in heaven, but I wasn’t prepared for so sudden of tragic news.
In my old kitchen drinking tea with mom after making dinner
As long as I am alive, mom’s name will be in the prefaces of the books I will write, and so many creative things my mother helped show me how to do by believing in me: piano playing, cooking, poetry, lyric writing and singing.
She was my cheerleader, my best friend, my confidant and encouraged my creativity. I miss hearing her voice and laughter.
She was the most appreciative person I ever knew or will know.
That’s why it was a joy to do anything for her like cook her favorite meal.
Mom and I in the 16 x 20 photo to the right on my desk last Christmas 2015.
Little would I know that the photo I created to immortalize a stellar moment in time would be the only vestige of my mother to keep me going. With no ability to make phone calls or talk to her the photo was and is all I have.
Mom and dad when dad was in The Air Force
I had been thinking of mom all week and just feeling something strange like an inner voice telling me mom might not have much longer to live. This morning I looked up at the 16 x 20 mural I had made of mom and I happy in Huntington Beach, CA and am happy I immortalized the moment.
Mom sitting across from me happy on a beautiful southern California day at Ruby’s Diner.
Mom from the time I was 4 years old read to me and taught me phonetics, opening my eyes to wider worlds. She was a visionary before that word was popular.
Mom taught me to see the beauty in the simple pleasures of life….in flowers, nature and taught me to cherish people and take care of the things you own-and in that order of priority.
Mom loved being useful and when she cared about you, she would go to the ends of the earth to make you happy. If you complimented something she might give it to you!
The photo I took from the wall that was cut from a 16 x 20 that survived a fire. Much like my mother, the photo was resilient and a survivor.
This photo that’s on my upright grand piano and a crucifix that belonged to Nanny my grandmother are all I took when I was told “take what you want from mom’s stuff.”
Mom was alive but with Alzheimer’s disease and if she didn’t put it in my hand I wasn’t going to take it. I wanted to be remembered for what I gave her instead of what I took from her.
Hearing the birds singing their morning song at 4:46 a.m. I am going to wrap this up by saying hug those around you who you care about. Live life so you have no regrets and give more than you take. I sincerely tried to do just that with my mother but I will miss her terribly. Her smile was like the sun to me.
Please pray for my mother and family and I. Thank you.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Photography Paulette Motzko
July 4th, 2016
Surround yourself with beautiful things, intelligent people with Integrity who have beautiful souls, an appreciation of art, music, classic literature, the culinary arts , interesting people, exploring new and unique places….
…. and you’ll never be bored as long as you live.
You’ll stay young forever because you’re always regenerating and charging your battery, empowering your soul….along with your smartphone!
Make sure you take time out to unplug yourself from your technical devices and take off those ear buds and really listen to the chirping birds singing outside your window and hear your nice neighbor talking to you saying hello.
Along with the music you listen to on earphones you’re also tuning out all kinds of beautiful ambient sounds of living…including people. Always remember that.
There is a time for all things, and music is wonderful but allow yourself the quality time to hold a conversation with interesting people too. That way you won’t become a robot with no interpersonal communication skills.
Remember, that before computers there were people!
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
June 1st, 2016
Updated on June 12th, 2016 10:43 a.m.
Written by Paulette L Motzko
Copyright June 2016
Photography and Digital Arts by Paulette L Motzko,
Copyright June 2016
June 1st, 2016
I learn many things new through the course of my day everyday. I have always had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, even since I was a small child at 4 years old, learning to read, and then learning phonetics. I learned the meanings of the prefixes and suffixes when I was 6 years old.
I learned the value of a book and the extraordinary concepts within each cover, and libraries became one of my favorite places, and still are.
Hot off the press I just created this image to go with this story from a photo I took in Vista, CA about three years ago now.
Photography & Digital Arts by Paulette Motzko
There was never a dumb question around our house and every night around the kitchen table, before we would eat dinner we would bless the food, thank God for everything we had, and look at each other and thank God we had each other. How I wish it was that way today. But people change and so you change with it.
My dad would ask everyone what we learned that day. He would go one by one, and ask each one of us who’s the most extraordinary thing we learned that day. If we didn’t learn anything he would say “go pick up a book” or “how are you doing in school” and things like that.
Every night at dinner time we would sit around our table and we would share what we had learned that day.
Yes, how I wish life was like a projector that you could go back in time and make my siblings remember when they had a heart and soul, but that’s not how life works. Change is the only thing we can count on and those who adapt the best do the best.
Yes, we sat around with a painted picnic table that was painted by my mother and communicated with each other, laughed, my brothers told jokes, and we were there in the moment.
Our family couldn’t afford a kitchen table like the kind they sold in a furniture store, but being the industrious people that the Le Pores are, my dad bought a picnic table that my mother painted white.
As always mom had this way of creating something out of nothing, and when she was done, the table was painted and varnished and had a really pretty flower arrangement on the top of it.
She then bought some yellow gingham sheets that she found on sale, and transformed them into beautiful drapes for our huge kitchen windows.
25 years later, after my parents sold that first house they bought for a mere $20,000 and sold it for $100,000 years later, those drapes are still there. People did not want to take them down and loved them and bragged about how beautiful they were. It was my secret, that they’ll never know they were made out of sheets.
These remain to this day some of the most Stellar memories I have of my childhood.
My Nanny always told us a family who prays together stays together. It’s something she swore by. It was imprinted on the Rosary she prayed on everyday that glowed in the dark. Her words to this day have lit some of my darkest days much like her rosary beads glowed up in the dark as she prayed Hail Marys.
We prayed together then and stood by each other. It’s just too bad, my older siblings sold their integrity getting the profits of my parent’s huge duplex, after my dad’s death. My brother in law was like Hitler as power of attorney and and my siblings fell for his half cocked, uncompassionate and unfair treatment of both myself and my mother with Alzheimer’s disease. I was the only one who looked out for her it seemed and spoke for her with a voice she no longer possessed.
We could see each other, side by side, and when my dad made money selling major appliances and the table went outside…we sat farther apart. Then the house began to be filled with state of the art TV’s and a huge stereo. The television was on more and we talked less.
I saw this big solid maple, fancy kitchen table being delivered with big clunky, heavy chairs I couldn’t lift, and we sat apart from each other. I liked the picnic table better.
Necessity creates innovation and ingenuity. Some of the kindest people I’ve ever met in my life are some of the poorest. They know how to do it, that they know how to be industrious, and they know as I’ve learned, to do without and make do with what they had.
They have more compassion for others in the same situation.
Back to reading and knowledge..
Mom read it to me everyday, and my sister bought me Golden Books that I read, each one of them looking at the pictures and being immersed in the stories, sounding out the words.
If I didn’t know what the words were, we all played a game where I would figure out what the word meant by taking the prefixes and saying what it meant. Most of time I would get it right with a little fine-tuning. That would add to my vocabulary everyday.
When I knew how easy it was and the extraordinary potential that a person would possess if they could read, assimilate and have the command of the English language, the world was my Pearl.
Like Helen Keller having Anne Sullivan spelling out the word
w-a-t-e-r in her hand in sign language, she knew everything had a meaning.
Mom was my Anne Sullivan, especially as an unpopular kid recently diagnosed at 9 with epilepsy. There was no such word as bullying in school; kids just did it and nobody cared or did anything. Apathy to the max in the school systems.
9 WAS A PIVOTAL AGE FOR ME. LIFE DEALT ME ONE CURSE EPILEPSY BUT IT ALSO BROUGHT A PIANO IN THE HOUSE AND MUSIC, THEN MY LOVE OF COOKING EMERGED AND WRITING WAS SOON TO FOLLOW. IF GOD WAS A CARD DEALER THE DECK WAS STACKED IN MY FAVOR AT A VERY YOUNG AGE.
I just took until I’m almost 55 just see it that way.
Paulette Anne Le Pore at 9 playing a song I composed called “My Melody” after mom showed me 4 chords and Nanny explained how the pedals worked……
In 3rd grade at Show and Tell I Showed and demonstrated to my class what the piano did by playing all the songs I wrote. Bringing in bullfrog were boring to me!
Every thing ever built or ever created has a name. The more we understand what those things are the more we can understand our place in the world. Also, the more languages that we speak the more than we can understand others and their cultures and find a common denominator within the two.
As in most days I don’t quite ever know what I’m writing but I never worry about it; I just write.
People who put on the editors cap and are over critical too early in the creative process or worry about what other people think of what they do– never do anything because the creative process is squelched.
Create because you think it has merit, or you think it’s beautiful. It doesn’t matter that the world doesn’t think it’s beautiful or does think its extraordinary. Create it because you feel your artwork is in the very essence of your soul waiting to escape like a butterfly in a meadow and you want to share the reverie with others…and the people in the world are the flowers in the field.
you know it is that’s why are you think I can help somebody or you feel it’s good. And once you create something you throw it out in the universe and you hope it touches the lives of people and inspires them or shows them a new way. When it does then it’s extraordinary because then it’s a triple win. It’s the people whose viewpoint on what you do make what you write and every word you hand chisel come alive.
When I was a small child I held a book in my hand with a feeling as though I had the whole world in the palm of my hand. I also knew there was so much more available to me and I was just touching a small microcosmic particle of the knowledge available in the World.
Now have a century later, with me at 54 years young, I hold my Galaxy Note 4 phablet with over 100 apps on it, ebooks, over 5,000 high definition photos, and programs I used to have on a clunky big computer that I recently sold. I installed Microsoft Office and MS Word, allowing me to create documents with vocal recognition software for the first time in my life.
You’re talking about a person who types eighty words a minute but can now type with this new technology. My phablet types for me and I edit. History breaking stuff. Pretty cool, huh?
Thanks to engineers, and IT specialist and computer scientists who created the internet systems with satellites in the sky like my ex-husband the rocket scientist help put up with Boeing, we can do things that we never ever thought possible.
I’m old enough and I’ve seen both sides and it is all pretty extraordinary.
I have had this Google Talk app on my phone for better part of a year and I didn’t know that it was a translating device that I could talk to people in their native language in any part of the world for free.
Now that’s a huge piece of info because I have over 800 friends on Facebook and many of them were in Italy, Thailand and the Philippines and Africa. I can learn their language by using it and that’s what’s so extraordinary about it. It comes in handy for business as well.
I can learn figures of speech in in their language, adding color to my writing. This matters to me. I have some baker friends who are artisan bakers in France and I would love to know and understand more of the French language and the pronunciation of how the words sound. Google Talk helps with that.
I hope that this article made you look at the world little differently. If it did, that makes me really happy and that is the coolest thing in the world.
When you change someone’s mind or you Enlighten them to a new fact that they didn’t know,
You’re in essence opening a magic door to new horizons that were unexplored before. I hope you can use some of this in your life, that you find new ways of thinking brings subtle changes in your life.
Written by Paulette Motzko
All images photographed and created by Paulette Motzko, PLM Studios, Las Vegas, NV
April 26th, 2016 at 8:26 a.m.
Yes, may be silver in my dark hair but yes, I still kept my childhood dreams….and many I made cone true.
From my great friend and huge fan of Totally Inspired Mind Esther Ling.
Love has no race and no gender…
And no religion….
* Haiku – Quietude – http://wp.me/p65un0-B1
Here are some great writing tips I hope help all the writers of the world fine tune your words.
I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
We All Have Our Story to Tell
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright October 7th, 2014
All Photography Quotes Created by
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
In life we never know what we are getting and what kinds of blessings or tragedies may befall. You can only stack the deck in your favor so when the hand is played you come close to winning.
If every one of you reading this sentence could realize that nobody on earth was dealt a perfect life, then maybe you won’t feel so isolated or sad, just knowing you are not the only one. Everybody on the bus every day I see has their own joys, family, friends and struggles. Just because you don’t know them, don’t fool yourself. Problems in life don’t omit anyone, no matter how much money you make. Often the richest people have the most screwed up lives. They have no idea what to do with all their money and have lost the ability to enjoy simple things. They spend their lives trying new drugs and paying for expensive thrills that leave them flat and uninspired.
As a child who was disabled and went through a merry-go-round-of medicine for epilepsy before I got to the one that worked when I was fourteen-years-old.
I learned big words and related to teachers better than my classmates who made fun of me because I was different. All the things I went through in my early years toughened me up to be a soldier of life and an ambassador of compassion and good will who can related to everyone with a cane, in a wheelchair and who strives each day to know health firsthand and independence.
Even though in life you may have looked at hell in the eye like I did and been through moments where you nearly died; remember you made it out the other end.
A visualization to picture your mind that I created after going through one of the worst year and a half of my life is:
I can see myself walking through a huge hoop of fire and coming out the other end transformed, stronger, and smarter and where ingenuity is in my DNA. After helping my parents pay their house payment thrown the span of 15 years and being betrayed by my siblings I grew up with; it redefined my existence.
We were once a good family, not a perfect family, but we were never an apathetic, hate filled family. There was so much negative dynamics going on between my older siblings and that no matter if my mother needed help, if I could have done over again, I would have looked out for number one and that is all, and got the hell out of there. I can see that in retrospect and wish I would done that, but if I had mom wouldn’t have anyone who gave a damn and she wouldn’t be in the senior home she is now.
The things you learn in life gaining wisdom are vast.
What have you learned in life?
Are there lessons you can pass on to others?
What is a lesson you learned that you can pass on to another to make their path smoother, watching out for rocks and boulders?
You see, when you do without you learn to compromise. You learn how to substitute and you truly get to know what it is like to live on a bargain basement existence that only those who frequent places like The 99 Cents Store, Dollar General remembering numerous times since moving to Nevada and having my SSI cut by $150 a month-times when I couldn’t afford anything in the dollar store!
What I do know out of the tragic and almost mind boggling callous and low class way I was treated in the end of making great sacrifices for my mom and financially helping my dad by living on the duplex he was still making payments on after 2001. I learned that there are people who look like a human being but are missing a soul and a conscious; my siblings fit that description. I only hope that they regret it one day. I know I did the best I could in spite of going through adversity myself. In other words, we are only responsible for ourselves and there comes a point where all the talking in the world isn’t going to change things.
Move on. Look back and accept what you did and embrace the choices you made.
Just because you were betrayed doesn’t mean you have betray someone else. Just because you were hit, doesn’t mean you have to hit someone else. Someone else’s cold heart doesn’t have to be yours and shouldn’t be yours.
Why the Lord allows good people to go through hell none of us will know, especially when their hearts and souls are good.
In life what matters most is for you to not focus on the dark aspects or “shadows” in your life. Look at the “bright spots” that sparkle like Orion on a clear night in the desert. Keep the friends who have become family; they are your new family.
Just because you are related to someone doesn’t give them the right to be in your life. To have the right someone has to treat you with dignity and respect. If those elements are missing, then you really don’t need the person in your life.
Remember, every negative person drags you down. Every positive person lifts you and your spirits up.
You want to be dragged down to the nether world, or do you want to keep people around you who also set their aspirations on high and noble things. Forget the rest.
I pray to meet people who are kind, caring, compassionate who care about the world around them and who care about children, the environment and the world issues.
Here is a cool visual for you: I also pray to NOT MEET negative, pessimistic people and to avoid or REPEL people with rotten intentions people just like water droplets on Vaseline.
What story will you retell people?
Will it be a triumphant one? A Courageous One? An Extraordinary One?
Make the things you say be as amazing as yourself, because the spoken word is what people will remember about you.
Do you want to be a mina bird of the same, sad story or do you want to force yourself to grow, find the wisdom in your pain and to help people they are not alone.
If pain and suffering has to be, let it be transformed to bring someone up from their aloneness.
I hope this 1,534 word story does just that. Come out of your cave and light the light and let it shine on only the good and the great. No matter what your faith, don’t lose hope and never quit believing the good and just win. And even if they don’t “win” they show everybody in the world how they can! After all, people are only winners or losers in their minds. What you think you are you will be.
I hope every word changes your minds, and transforms your spirit and helps you think about the experiences you have gone through and how you carry them around.
Troubles can be on your shoulders like lead weights or you can problem solve, pray and meditate and gain insight. To do that you need solitude and uninterrupted time so you can think. When was the last time you gave yourself that gift? It is through self-introspection that you grow and transform into something greater.
Learn to journal and write every day your innermost feelings. At first at will feel awkward doing it, but it will come more naturally with time. In time you will look forward to it. Make it a minimum of 30 minutes. Go to a library where you can be guaranteed to not be bothered and where it is quiet enough you can hear yourself think. Preferably have nobody see it but you and God and your soul.
In your first journal book entry: make a list of all the things you are thankful for this moment.
Now make a list of things you need to work on to be happier and feel better.
Number them and create a plan of action.
Make the most of what you have now. If you want more, work for it all and enjoy what you have NOW. This time will never come again. When you are 85 ladies you will think you look like pretty hot now! Hey guys, tell your mom and dad you love them, they won’t be around forever. I am reminded that our time on this extraordinary earth is limited. Make the most of your travels here.
It is only then that you can take what were problems and setbacks and throw them in the sea and watch the seagulls take them away to the wild blue.
Put some beautiful and inspiring music on iheart.com radio or Pandora.com and get in touch with who you really are. When you do that, you will find you have way more going for you but you just overlooked what you were given.
Written with love to the world.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
October 7th, 2014
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde’s words made me think here and then re-think what exactly he meant.
In my opinion what he is saying is:
We imitate way too often in life. From the thoughts we think to the opinions we claim are our own. Many are afraid to say anything out of the ordinary, even if they might be totally right and have valid points to make.
I think the most boring people around and also the most annoying are those who won’t state their opinion about anything. They fear someone will disagree with them so they say nothing at all.
Even worse is the person who could have turned in the cell phone they found in a bathroom stall so the rightful owner could have a chance at cleaiming their world and contacts and information contained therin. (I mention that specific example because I turned one in last night when I found in sitting in the bathroom.) The opportunities are all over though to make that difference, if you only feel like it.
When was the last time you stood up for a cause you felt strongly about?
Sign a petition on Care.org and become involved with making a difference in the world, one signature at a time.
I know everybody speaks of how many followers one has on Twitter or Face Book or other networking sites. When was the last time you thought of “where you are leading people to”?
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When Oscar Wilde said their lives are a mimicry, it is because few set the pace for others or are TREND SETTERS….showing the way to better or newer ways of doing things or thinking.
By saying “their passions are a quotation” I think Oscar Wilde meant instead of us making the most out of what are strenths and passions are enabling us to be quoted one day, we “retweet” other’s words instead of writing or creating something with the intent for it to have lasting longevity.
I hope this made you think in new and enlightening ways.
If it did, I did my job as a writer.
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright October 2, 2013
October 2, 2013
My church lies in the sea and I am part of each wave that sings it’s Sea Song.
My church lies in the sea and the sea gulls are the choir.
The stained glass windows consist of multi-colored skies and the billowing clouds are the angels looking peacefully downward on me…
Seeming to Guide Me….
All is well by the sea and as I walk tensions disappear, if by magic. My load is lightened and my back and neck and forehead feel no worry and my heartaches are cast into the great depths.
God bless the sea and let’s protect it and the sea creatures that dwell within it innocently.
Much as a church we must respect it, cherish it as a woman is to a man.
God bless the sea and God bless ME.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright June 2013
I found a great post on Word Press that asked his reader this telling question so I thought I would ask the readers of Totally Inspired Mind.
What book impacted your life in a good way that has left a lasting imprint on your soul?
Share the book title with the readers on the site here.
I read Helen Keller’s biography when I was a kid in 5th grade and shared it with my friend Cheryle Lightcap, who was blind and sat in the back of the class with her countless books in braille. After seeing what Helen Keller did and was blind and deaf, with the help of Anne Sullivan, I knew I could do anything I would set my mind to do in life. What I was diagnosed with, epilepsy, even though not well controlled, seemed like nothing by comparison.
Helen Keller is to this day my heroine and if you read her essay called “Optimism” you will see just what a genius she was and it is so incredible because she wrote as though she could see and spoke of topics like philosophy, religion, and politics.
Read any of Helen Keller’s books. She didn’t just write one, but over 20! You can find them all by searching her name in the books section on Amazon and also talking to a good librarian. Her book Mid Life was written later in her life. Even in her late years, she referred to Anne Sullivan as her “teacher”.
My mother was always my “Anne Sullivan” to me instilling values, and integrity and my belief system as well as fostering every talent I possess. The best I am I owe to her.
I hope others write and tell what books made an impression on them as I did here.
Paulette Le Pore Motko
Paulette’s Prayer and The Ways it Has Been Answered
Writing Your Prayer
Copyright April 2013 Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
I found this when going through some of the many things I wrote on MS Word in My Documents folder. I didn’t realize so many of my prayers had been answered until reading this and being astonished at how my life, ever so slowly, transformed itself into what it is today on April 14th, 2013.
My mother always told me that I could achieve anything any one else could if I only tried. She was a visionary and a creative person and I was given many gifts from her in those ways. She is 81 years young and I hope that I can encourage her to create once again a picture or a painting or something else she loves today. After my dad’s death last September 2012, it was a blessing in many ways because he was suffering so much, but it took a long time for her to fully understand that he truly was not here. She has advanced Alzheimer’s disease and telling her once was bad, but it took three times that I had to tell my mom when I lived next to her, before she truly understood he touched the Face of God. Once I described it that way, that he was no longer in pain, and his prayers were answered, then she smiled and knew what I had said. Then we hugged and hugged some more and they bring tears to me today to recall.
I am much stronger than I was then, and I have fought to achieve the basic things I needed mentioned in this prayer.
For instance, I now have Medical insurance and it pays for my very expensive medicine for epilepsy after 12 years of fighting. My medicine alone is many thousands a year and I was literally selling things each month to afford it. I have worked furiously to create what is now the web sites that are flourishing and are becoming more popular:
http://www.CookingUpaStorminCa.ning.com Cooking Up a Storm All Over The World!
http://www.TotallyInspiredPC.wordpress.com Totally Inspired Mind
http://www.PhotosThatInspireWords.wordpress.com Photos That Inspire Words
http://www.CookingUpaStormWithMissPolly.com Cooking Up a Storm With Miss Polly
I no longer live next to what was my parent’s place and is now my mother’s place, and am awaiting my one bedroom apartment home in Santa Ana, CA. It will be a dream come true when it is finished in June 2013 as Good Will Industries will help me with my grocery shopping, which as you can see was on my “list” from years ago.
I am way more healthy than I was then and have lost close to 70 pounds and feel like a new person.
I got my “magic pills” which are Tegretol and Vimpat-a very expensive drug for complex partial epilepsy, which I have created by UCB. Every time I go pick up my pills at Walgreens I say to myself three “thank God’s”-one for the drug being there for me to take, another for the insurance paying for it, and for me being so healthy in mind, body and soul on it.
I no longer associate with the negative verbally abusive people who were dragging me down to their lowly size, and many were my siblings. My dad continually did it but he is no longer here of this earth.
Also, there are several gentleman callers who are interested in me and one in particular who is having a procedure to repair his shoulder that was injured while he was in the service. He envisions he and I together in the future. Time will tell what happens.
Since this prayer was written in 2009 so many things have changed for the better. It is only through documenting our experiences today can we see our progress and how we have achieved what we set out to do. I believe that there is a God or an Omnipotent Presence that surrounds and Guides us all. I am not going to preach to you here in this article, but rather to tell you encourage you to write your own prayer.
How this was done was I wrote down the key things I wanted changed in my life and that I needed to live. Health always comes first because without it, we cannot fully achieve our full potential. People come next and our dreams and goals.
I created CARestaurantShowCase.com and hope that it will become successful the more time I can invest with it.
Totally Inspired Mind has been the most rewarding to create back in October when I realized that I could no longer single-handedly help and take care of mom. Her Alzheimer’s disease has worsened to drastic proportions. I stayed in a hotel I liked that had a really great internet connection and was located to all things I loved in Huntington Beach, and it seemed the words and ideas flowed. I wasn’t continually preoccupied with someone knocking on the door every 5 minutes which could test a saint!
To date there are 836 followers on the site and is read by over 20 countries and the site is still in its infancy.
To make this personal to you, I recommend that you write your own prayer today.
Date it and then type it or write it as though God or Jesus or whoever you pray to is there by your side or a dear friend.
Next month take your prayer out and look at them side by side then alter the prayer as your prayers begin being answered.
My book Self-Fulfilling Prophecies and Positive Affirmations, is being written and I may change the title upon completion. More exercises like this one will be in it.
That is what I do when I pray and that is how I have done it all my life.
Say your prayer every day and watch things change in your life.
If you notice things improving, please take the time to write me at TotallyInspiredPC@gmail.com and tell me how your life is improving.
It is a combination of you making it happen in act, word and deed and the faith that things will change through a higher power.
Something I have noticed is that whenever I do something good for someone, something wonderful happens to me, and even if it doesn’t, I feel wonderful doing it.
I hope that by sharing this with the world it will make you realize that you are in more control of your life than you know. You can be like the “guidance system” in a rocket that communicates what direction the rocket will go.
Your dreams can go as high as the stars in the sky if you only want them to!
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Paulette’s Prayer November 6th, 2009
Please protect my health and make my pills work, give me joy and new hope for a new day. Allow me to never have another worry about money as long as I live and make the most out of the many skills you have given me.
Let me meet only people who are: kind, caring, empathetic, compassionate and good-natured who value what is most in life-You and the good things in life.
Also, let me avoid all those who are not good for me in some capacity, avoiding any physical and/or verbal abuse.
Let me attract Good in Life as though as were a magnet that radiates outward like the sun, bringing it closer to me.
Let me do something with my music so that the world may hear my songs that I have written since
Let my words inspire others and let me continue to write the book that I am working on now visualizing it sitting on the bookshelf at the bookstore.
Let my business thrive and let me create new and better services and make my clients happy only to return and tell others about me-creating a chain reaction.
Let me find the man that I will be with for the rest of my life, who will love me, respect me, and think I am beautiful inside and out…and never let me know the word lonely as long as YOU are NEAR.
Let me know what peace is of knowing that I have enough money, insurance to pay for my medical needs, and let me strive to be the most able bodied woman I can be.
Let me be seizure free and aspire to great things and make YOU PROUD as long as I am alive.
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Truly Seeing The World Around You by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright March 2013
I love what this said in that it illustrates that some really don’t truly live but go through life blinders on to the sights, scents and amazing small miracles they encounter. When we open up our world to the sights and scents and all the experiences in life, we truly live.
For instance, here is a great exercise to become better at TRULY SEEING LIFE. PRETEND YOU ARE EXPLAINING WHAT YOU ARE SEEING AND EXPERIENCING TO SOMEONE WHO IS BLIND.
I had a great friend when I was younger who was blind and I used to explain in glorious detail what I was seeing for her and only wished she could see what I did. I also had a client who was blind and had epilepsy and he called me for help when I was the CEO/Founder of The Epilepsy Connection. It was Friend & Family Day at The Braille Institute and none of his family wanted to go with him, so I became his family and was honored.
If you have never volunteered your time at The Braille Institute, or been there it will literally “open your eyes” to some of the most courageous and intelligent people you will ever encounter. I wore a blind fold to simulate blindness and then cooked (or at least tried to) with the blind fold on. It didn’t go very well because I had no grasp of where things were from each other and I realized what blind people have to go through on a daily basis to do even the most simple things.
Then I wore goggles to simulate being partially blind, which was worse than the other, because things looked distorted and out of focus. Then they gave me a can to walk with and we were supposed to find our way home, with an assistance, who gave directions and described in glorious detail what I was coming up against and allowing my ears to make up for my eyes.
In the center of The Braille Institute in Anaheim on Dale is a beautiful fountain with crystalline waters flowing from it. I have always loved fountains and the charm of them but had no idea there was a distinct reason why the fountain was there. Do you know why it was there?
It was to give orientation to all the people there who had vision impairments-blind or partially blind. They could sense where they were from the center of the building. My senses were not in tune with it and I never really got a sense for where I was at, but I had an even deeper appreciation of people who were blind, who taught many of the courses and looked just like anyone else. Epilepsy and blindness have several things in common:
1. They are permanent disabilities
2. They are for the most part invisible to others
3. They make those whose lives have been touched by it gain a deeper appreciation for the world around them.
4. Anyone can acquire epilepsy or blindness if the right set of circumstances arose
In my case, I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 9 years old and was a very sick child passing out all over the place and it took awhile to find a medicine gave me the control I now have. Consciousness, uninterrupted normalcy was a highly appreciated thing and compassion was a thing I learned at a very early age, along with big words, and hanging around with people who were 30 years my senior because the “kids” my age didn’t understand what I was going through and were not nice.
Going back to the name of this post/article, the next time you go outside on a pretty day, pick up a pen and paper and write down what you see. I mean, really write it down as though you are seeing for the first time and are explaining to someone who cannot see. It will change your world forever.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
St. Patrick’s Day 2013
A touching poem by A Voiceless Messenger for you to enjoy. The creator of this site doesn’t realize that in each thing written there is a true voice that rings even though it isn’t audible.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Totally Inspired Mind
Here is a great article from Internet Success Tips on why you should create a blog.
I was having this conversation with my friend Julia just yesterday.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Totally Inspired Mind
A beautiful poem from Pam Holzknecht……
What wisdom have you collected during your years on this earth?
Share what you would tell someone about living a better, more productive life.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
February 9th, 2013
Once a writer writes something, the trick is getting it “out there” in the big blue expanse and hoping that people find merit in what you write about. That is what has happened with this site, one of the 5 I created and write one.
I had no idea what a blog was a few years back, but found a Writer’s Market book at the Newport Beach Library telling me how creating a blog would create readership, build a web platform, and I could tell the world about something that really mattered to me.
I then had the idea to create a member based cooking site that involved way more than cooking, and had features on it and would be a test run for the cook book that will eventually be in print. “Cooking Up a Storm All Over The World!” now has 206 members from all over the world, and has many people who are Contributing Writers on it. I can assign titles to anyone, allowing burgeoning writers to show case their work, which gives me joy. I never imaged it would have turned into something so extraordinary–but it did.
Now Totally Inspired Mind is becoming more popular every day, with 25-30 new followers a week, unheard of by comparison to my first cooking site! The comments I have gotten from people are all stellar, for the reasons I want them to be.
I have many SEO Marketers contacting me about the word choice I use. In regards to this, I did SEO Writing for a client of mine for a year and though I did it and got paid for it, I didn’t care for it at all. SEO rules goes against the DNA of every good writer and forces a person to be redundant, use simple language and it is not a natural way to write. I have recently invested in many hundreds of dollars in SEO/Marketing books that say the opposite about SEO.
I believe in simply writing great content and attract people to the sites I create by the sheer fact that is great. I have avoided gimmicks on purpose because I don’t want to bribe someone to “read my stuff!” I have plans to do Affiliate Marketing on the sites this years and Sponsorships to companies I fully endorse their products and methodologies.
What SEO writing does and SEO in general is it it forces traffic to your site, not because it is good content but because you are tricking the search engines to find it! I want to be found on the merits that I am a great writer and that I offer people something of value.
I am a genuine person and I want my philosophies and practices reflect that. I am not a hypocrite and the only people in my life are good people who care about the world, the environment, people around them, children and our future. if they are not that, I really don’t want to “hang around with them”. Who you don’t associate with is just as important as who you do, because negative people drag you down like a ball and chain wrapped around your ankle. I know, because I had some family members who whose actions were the polar opposite of that.
I got rid of bleeding ulcers by simply removing the cause of them, and I was related to 4 of them!
In the 50 comments I have replied to today, someone asked me if I had a Facebook Page for Totally Inspired Mind, and I told them no, but I will certainly go create one since I know there is a want and desire!
You see in life I listen to what people say, and if I feel there are enough people who would follow the page, I would create it. It wouldn’t take me very long in the grand scheme of things.
If any one has a story that you feel would fit nicely on Totally Inspired Mind and thing more positive minds would appreciate it, send it to me at:
Thank you again for reading what I write, appreciating the photos that I take with all the love in the world.
Until next time,
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Feb 2, 2013
Photography and Poetry by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright January 2013
The Sea Speaks to Me
In Words that sound like waves,
In the song of the sea gulls that fly over me and sing a sea song
In people who smile
In the surfers that never grow old
In the salt scented air that blows through my hair and kisses my face
And in the palm trees that line the coast
IN the sand left in my shoes…
And the lone shell that used to inhabit a sea creature that is now a memory….of the sea…and me
and my reverie…
Making me glad I am alive.
Young Sea & Big Expanse of Blue
Photographic Word Montage by Paulette Le Pore Motzko and Carl Sandburg
The sea is never still.
It pounds on the shore
Restless as a young heart,
The sea speaks
And only the stormy hearts
Know what it says:
It is the face
of a rough mother speaking.
The sea is young.
One storm cleans all the hoar
And loosens the age of it.
I hear it laughing, reckless.
They love the sea,
Men who ride it
And know they will die
Under the salt of it
Let only the young come,
Says the sea.
Let them kiss my face
And hear me.
I am the last word
And I tell
Where storms and stars come from.
Believe in All That You Are-Poem by Leslie Neilson
Text and captions and photographs and
photo selection by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
As the dawn of each morning…
peers into your life,
there lies a path to follow.
Delicate whispers can be heard
if you listen to the sound of your heart
and the voice that speaks within you.
If you listen closely to your soul,
you will become aware of your dreams
that are yet to unfold.
You will discover that there lies within you
a voice of confidence and strength
that will prompt you to seek a journey
and live a dream.
Within the depths of your mind,
the purpose and direction of your life
can be determined by listening intently
to the knowledge that you already possess.
Your heart, mind, and soul
are the foundation
of your success and happiness.
In the still of each passing moment,
may you come to understand that
you are capable of reaching a higher destiny.
When you come to believe in all that you are
and all that you can become,
there will be no cause for doubt.
Believe in your heart, for it offers hope.
Believe in your mind for it offers direction.
Believe in your soul, for it offers strength.
But above all else…believe in yourself.
Creating Balance in Your Life
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright January 7th-8th, 2013
This piece is dedicated to my friend Frank and Ed and myself and all the workaholics who don’t take enough time out for themselves and for smiling and creating that simple thing called JOY in their lives. Life doesn’t last forever and along with working, we need time to take care of ourselves-the whole person-mind, body and spirit/soul.-
Too often we go through our day stumbling through our morning coffee, not taking time to meditate, say hello to those around us or even take time we think out what our priorities are.
I have always had a philosophy of “people first and things second” and I try to apply it throughout my day in any situation. For instance, I am a writer and I can work anywhere I take my laptop and Jetpack that connects me to the internet. I have places where I frequent where I know many of the people there and it is like a “club”. What people I don’t know I seem to meet and then fantastic things happen.
I am never too busy, even with earphones listening to a song on Pandora.com on one of the many stations I created there, or listening to an instrumental piece via my IPOD, to look around me and be aware of my surroundings. I will never ever wear an earpiece for any reason, and I believe many people have zoned out of their life to the world and the people around them using them. I realize that many jobs that require driving or other things, where you need to be “hands free” might require them. Even those, often don’t. I have seen people driving (as I am sitting waiting for the bus), waving their arms talking with one of those things, putting on mascara and holding conversations with themselves, looking like they are crazy. Wouldn’t it be better to simply drive? Have all one’s attention on the road; have all one’s reflexes paying attention to the lady or guy ahead of you or in back of you? Wouldn’t that increase your life span by increasing the odds you won’t get in an accident? That is how I think anyhow. It is only logical, and I was married to a real rocket scientist for nearly 15 years, so part of me thinks in that way now, which isn’t all bad.
Some things should be SACRED and you need to figure out what matters to you so you can preserve your integrity and your sanity. People make time for what and who matters to them, and to do this, you can either make the list using paper and a pen, or by using your trusty computer and a word processing program.
Define the things that you love doing and make sure you take time out for them every day. To begin with, a half hour might be all you can fit in. Gradually schedule an hour in, and I would greatly advocate more than that. This will lower your blood pressure, take some wrinkles off your forehead and let you have time to breathe easy, which is needed by everybody on the planet. Sure work is important, but if you aren’t having any fun and aren’t really “living” what is it all for? If all you are doing is work to keep up with the guy next door or outdo the other lady who is the fashionista. After all, who are you trying to impress?
I personally only am competing with myself and that is all. I read lots of books and magazines and know who the top of the food chain is in my business, and I want to impress them and others in the journalistic world. I also want to hopefully write words that help other or teach or inspire.
If I do that then it has been a good day.
Something I realized just last night that I need to create balance and harmony in my life is to set a mandate of no more than six hours a day to computer work. I will begin timing it and working smarter and working less. By doing this it will free up time for other avenues of my life that generate life and laughter and rest and rejuvenation, which is necessary for human life.
To figure out what you need to make you happy you have to think about what makes you “flourish” or as some say, “what make me tick” like a clock. I prefer the concept of a human being flourishing like a flower that needs water, soil and fertilizer to grow and bloom. Much like that flower, we need work, play, friends to do things with and share things with, and exercise and meditation and our spiritual life as well.
I just joined 24 Hour Fitness and I noticed how much better I felt and thought and how my attitude improved. I felt less lethargic and was getting compliments more often since I was going. The Adidas Tennis shoes and leggings I that I thought I didn’t look particular great in was the outfit I got the most compliments from! Funny how that works, isn’t it in life. I love walking by the sea or any other beautiful big open expanse. I can walk forever as long as I am looking at something extraordinary. The combination of the sea air, the people, the big expanse of blue invigorates my being and my very soul.
What makes you “come alive”?
What invigorates your soul?
Think about it. If you never did, it is a very fascinating and wonderful exercise.
I guarantee if you INVEST the TIME in YOURSELF you will reap the DIVIDENDS a thousandfold in the quality of your life.
Keep people around you that respect what is sacred to you. If they do not then they probably are not true friends. Once you make a list of the things you truly need to be happy, and then expand on it.
Make another greater list of the Projects and THINGS YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT, OR CLASSES YOU WANT TO TAKE AND THINGS THAT GIVE ME JOY LIST.
What these things are called is “Self-Exploration” and the more you do it, the more you will accomplish in your life. For instance, when I work, I know what music helps me focus the best and I play it when I write. I also know what to avoid, and so I follow that. If you know that you work best in the early morning and are your most creative, then by all means, keep that schedule and KEEP IT SACRED.
If you know that you feel lousy if you don’t take your medicine, THEN BY ALL MEANS KNOW THAT YOU ARE NUMBER ONE AND TAKE IT AND SET LOUD ALARMS SO YOU WON’T FORGET IT. I was constantly telling my clients this when I was helping those with epilepsy as the CEO/Founder of The Epilepsy Connection and also as the Director of The Epilepsy Foundation in Orange County. I would change lives just by telling them to invest in a simple alarm watch!
Here is a model for creating balance in your life and I am going to do this right along with you this week!
Divide this into hour blocks and then you can see how much of each you are getting.
Work-6 hours-especially if you do computer work-so you don’t get carpel tunnel or arthritis!
Play/Things That Give You Joy-Preferably One Hour Minimum
Exercise-30 minutes minimum
Paulette Le Pore Motzko- Writer, Photographer, Cook, Composer, Marketer, Blogger
Photography by Jackie Teeple by Huntington Beach Pier, November 2012
My latest web creation is called “Cooking Up a Storm With Miss Polly”, me being Miss Polly, my persona in the cooking world. Polly was always my nick name when I was a kid and it was more endearing than the formal full name I use for journalistic endeavors of “Paulette Le Pore Motzko.”
I created http://www.CookingUpaStormWithMissPolly.com to be a Web Cook Book of what will be my cook book entitled “Springboards For Your Imagination” by Paulette Le Pore Motzko that will hopefully be released by next year.
I have to figure out how to create the kind of very sophisticated index that will not only have the type of dish, but ingredients of the dish.
As the recipes are put in there they will be auto indexed so you can find what you want and see at a glance how many dishes on the site have that ingredient in it.
I am going to have to work with WordPress and Matthew La Miuex my amazing computer tech friend to see how my vision can become a reality, much as this site was once a dream, along with TotallyInspiredPC.Wordpress.com.
Take a look and subscribe to both of them. There is no greater praise when you are a writer.
“Eating is one thing we all have in common that we have to do, so it would only make sense to make preparing meals as enjoyable as possible,delicious and good for you to guarantee your good health. It is possible to have do all those things. A good meal doesn’t mean it has to be hard or take a long time to prepare. Some of the most simple things are the best.”
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
January 1st, 2013
Things Paulette Motzko Loves….
Written New Years Eve 2012
Fresh baked bread nestled in a basket with its aroma luring you to taste.
Carnivals, cotton candy, and children smiling and adults feeling as if they were young.
Any pier with salt scented air, and wind swept hair blowing looking out at the big expanse of blue.
Stationery and hand written letters written with calligraphy pens to written to someone special.
Country stores and wooden bins filled with colorful candies, friendly salespeople eager to sell.
A pot of tea steeping while my guests await the soothing flavor the conversation and company is better than the tea.
45 records and memories of the days when I put one on the big stereo and played the song back.
My mother with her sweet smile and emerald green eyes. She is the reason I turned out the way I did. Without her I wouldn’t value what I do.
Recipes and dishes from long ago, recreated meticulously by their creators, bits of history and culture you can taste.
Synphoniums and music boxes that play angelic melodies and make my soul smile.
Player pianos and ragtime music that plays an elite syncopation in quadruple meter.
Books with pages and a cover, each one holding its own world inside with characters, players, poets and biographies. Computers will never take them over because they never need electricity, you can take them anywhere, and anyone can afford at least one.
To be continued….
By Paulette Le Pore Motzko
December 21st, 2012
Big expanse of blue
There is life in the water
It refreshes me
I am connected
To the big expanse of blue
water. It is life.
People are mostly composed of water and so is the earth. I feel an interconnectedness with the ocean, the sound of the crashing waves, the salty scented air and the people enjoying it all. When I go by the sea, it invigorates the child in me and memories of bon fires and marshmallows and weenie roasts as a child, with a guitar playing songs and singing.
It is a place I would live if I could only afford it.
One day I hope to be a walking distance away from the sea then I will hear the ocean waves through the day and smell the salty hair through white gauze curtains blowing…
How I long to have an office where I could create, a refuge, a literal oasis by the sea, and me-the creator with the ocean as my palette.
“Christmas isn’t about the gifts or the bows or the packages, but in the people you hold in your heart and long to hug and be around. Christmas is in friends that became family, plans, great times together and in giving to others and in realizing we are all connected on this planet with LOVE.”-Paulette Le Pore Motzko
My artist friend Terry, otherwise known as "Tiger Shark"
I have so many friends I don’t have photos of and so many wonderful times that were never captured on film. That is what Christmas is made of. You can celebrate it all year long and a little bit every day of the year, if you wanted to.
Try as I might, I have been asking all around my friends, some with cars, some without reliable ones to make an hour drive from Garden Grove to Riverside County via the 91 freeway to see my sweet 81 year old mother with Alzheimer’s Disease. A Christmas I will always remember in a very bittersweet way.
So far I have been battling my stupid brother in law who has power of attorney and has been making it impossible for me to see my mother or talk to her. I hope that the Adult Protective Services of Riverside County answers their phone the next time I call! Pretty pathetic scenario when the phones are that busy!
The letter I typed for my attorney will be waiting for him tomorrow morning regarding my rights getting a 60 day notice at this property, which is only right. IT is amazing that I am talking about people I am actually related to, but I am! The property is being liquidated because Mr. Mike Bunker POA and POM for my mother Ramona Le Pore, says it has to be to afford her care. That may be true, but I don’t think he has truly tried to find a place covered my medicare and medical.
The property could be saved as a double rental property, which would be the smart thing to do, and what my dad, bless his soul, would have wanted. Considering I have invested my money in this place, mom wanted to will the house to me. At this point in my life, I don’t want endless court cases and am just sick of them. Simplicity is a wonderful thing and that is what should be going on here if my siblings were good communicators-and cared about what was the best to do and really cared about the BIG PICTURE-it would be awesome. I am the one that thinks one year down the line, and I am not looking for a quick cash pay off like the rest. It is incredible to see how ugly greed can be.
When taking my dog Lucky to the vet today, Dr. David Weber DMV was going to talk to the people he knows in church and else where and see a friend of his would be willing to take me, me paying for their gas and time. (Provided it isn’t $200!)
I have a move to make and have to get Atlas Van Lines out here to hope the move of my massive library, roll top desk, upright grand piano book cases, two tables and scant bedroom furniture, plus of course my very stocked kitchen comes in at $1000. I hope it comes to no more than that and would be happy if it came in at less.
My biggest gift is seeing my mother, my friends and if I don’t get anything for Christmas to open, so be it. I have seen that more than once in my life. I bought myself everything I wanted and needed, so I am taken care of.
I will be looking at OCTA to see if there is a bus that connects to Moreno Valley. I hate that city and have no desire to go there other than seeing my mom. Why doesn’t my brother in law or brother bring mom out here to her own house, the house that dad who is looking down on me writing this used to own, and mom solely owns now. Well, that can best be answered this way: Some people try and help people and get their greatest joys from making people’s lives just a little better than before they said hello to them. That would be me.
My brothers and sister delight in complicating matters, drama and total BS,(I hate to use that jargon, but it is true here folks!) I am not a product of my family, but appreciate the gifts and kindness my parents gave me of integrity, honesty and valuing people first and things second. I wish they all had the picture memory I was blessed with.
If any of you know of someone who would be willing to drive me to Moreno Valley with a good driving record etc., that might be interested in getting me there, contact me here.
I am listening to the song “Merry Merry Christmas” playing on my IPOD Touch which is my other awesome Christmas present to myself. I have a whole library of writing and photography books in a library in that thing, and I don’t have to carry them around any more, which makes my arms and back and legs really happy.
I consider myself being a very ABLE disabled lady, and rarely tell people but stress my abilities. Not driving is a pain when you are carrying a dog in the house, and wishing that Mr. Wonderful would emerge and make my life just a little happier, a little more fun and a little less alone….would be really nice Santa.
Hear me Santa?
Put a handsome, single, good looking guy on your sleigh and deliver him Christmas Day to Paulette Le Pore Motzko in Little Saigon, C’mon and make her day!
If he has a nice job, good heart, big smile and great sense of humor, preferably with teeth and hair, but I will make exceptions.
I have no plans yet for Christmas Eve and hope I decide what I am doing with myself. I am either going to have a Vegetarian Christmas Dinner for two of my vegetarian friends or I will volunteer in a soup kitchen and get my mind of myself.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
December 16th, 2012
When I was reading from one of my favorite books on my many book shelves, I ran on to one entitled “Norman Vincent Peale: Words That Inspired Him.”
I have marked with a highlighter the entire book with my favorites from the 457 pages, and also added my versions of how I would change the quotation, using it as a springboard.
So then I ask you all, my readers, to share a few of your favorite quotations and the sources of where they came from. If you have an adaption of the quote, then add that too.
In the chapter entitled “My Favorite Quotations” here are a few of my favorite ones. The fantastic things about quotes are that if you found insight and wisdom from the author, you can look up the author or where the quotation came from and read the book or entire work. That is what I have been doing since I was a kid.
“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace like the ticking of a clock during a thunderstorm.”-Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
“Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.”- Ella Wheeler Wilcock (1850-1919)
“Every day give yourself a good mental shampoo”- Sara Jordan, M.D.-(1884-1959)
“I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”- Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
“Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I am going to complete every pass.”- Ron Jaworski (1951-)
“A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds”-Anonymous
“To live each day as though one’s last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinizing-here is the perfection of character.”- Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”-Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
“The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.”-Mencius (371-291 B.C.)
“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.”-Laertius Diogenes (Third Century)
(I will also add my two cents on this one and add:
“Time is the most valuable thing a man or woman can GIVE. Above all things it is what will be remembered by all and cannot be replaced. It is what memories are made of.)”-Paulette Le Pore Motzko
“He did with all his heart, and prospered.”- 2 Chronicles 31:21