Don’t let the music in your soul die. Let the music play on until the song of life is in its last measure. – Paulette Le Pore Motzko

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The two wallpapers for your smart phones were hand selected by Paulette Motzko from Zedge.

My best friend in Las Vegas came to my place last night and we had a dinner of Chicken Tortellini Soup and crackers and enjoyed some flan for dessert. He had brought his classical guitar and played some pieces he wrote; it was the first time I ever heard him play. It was as though a more relaxed, happy man stepped from his soul. ..and I was his lucky audience.

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Early in the evening I was playing Billy Joel songs like “She’s Always a Woman”, “New York State of Mind”, “Allentown”, and “Baby Grand”…..one I could relate to we’ll. Music was my first best friend at nine years old, and it has been my best since. Finally after moving my rosewood upright grand from California to Nevada, I can enjoy it.

I know that every time I am with my friend Leo, it is as though time passes so quickly and we always have fun.

He always knows the right thing to say to cheer me up if I need it, and genuinely cares about me. You can’t ask for more than that from a friend, can you…..

I had fun singing some songs I wrote when I was in high school. What I realized was I spend tons of time typing on my phone or computer and not enough time turning the sound off on it and creating a new song or simply playing. I feel like I got ten years younger doing what we did together, and want to play together, create chord charts to my compositions and me play to his.

ALWAYS MAKE TIME FOR WHAT YOU LIVE FOR AND WHAT YOU LOVE.

Paulette L Motzko

Have a beautiful day.

6:19 a.m.
March 23, 2015

Friends Becoming Family and Answered Prayers

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Always be grateful for the people in your life that enrich it by their presence.

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My friend Leonardo Valencia is one of my best friends in the world here and has become family. We met inJune of last year, when I moved from Southern California to Las Vegas….my new desert home.

My friend David Rayburn is one of the nicest men I have ever known, and I was blessed when I moved on my apartment here and he became my neighbor and now great friend. He is strong, courageous, funny and sweet and we are two doors away from eachother. I have someone who loves my cooking and truly appreciates me and who I am. It seems that we both possess what the other needs.

My friend Ron B and I go back about ten years and we talk nearly every day, even though he lives in a small town back east called Hollistan, MA. Distance knows no boundaries when it comes to great friends and the bond that they share between each other.

My friend Francesca Cangiolosi and I met when I had my cooking blog called “Cooking Up a Storm All Over The World” up and running. I couldn’t afford to keep it running on Ning. Com and was having trouble with billing, so I let what I created over six years vanish off cyberspace. It was a conscious decision on my part I don’t regret. Friends now family like Francesca. She not only cooks really great but has a heart of gold and is one of the smartest most courageous people I have ever known. I am so grateful to know her.
She has been there through the good and the bad and stood beside me to weather the storms; that is a true friend. When she offered for me to come live with her, she became family.

Sometimes friends are better with who your family turns out to become. People change and are motivated to do cruel and evil things for monetary gain. Mine did but I can only be concerned with the fact that I held on to what mattered values and great friends emerge through the darkest of times.

Great friends enable you to see the strength in yourself you didn’t know you had.

Also, look around you and count the many blessings you prayed for and we’re given the answer to your prayers.

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Jot down some of the things that made you know God was listening to every word of every prayer.

Note: In no way are all my friends mentioned here. They would be too numerous to mention.

Written by
Paulette Le Pore Motzko

March 2015
Painted Pictures of Laguna Woods From a Distance, Simple Flowers, and Lucky Streak photos by Paulette L Motzko, PLM Studios.

Copyright March 5th, 2015
7:27 p.m.

“A true friend sees the good in everything, and brings out the best in the worst of things.” – Sasha Azevedo

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This would have to be my dear friend Gina Garlic who I saw two nights ago after she got off work. She drove me to get some things I needed quickly before she picked up her sister all the way in Compton. For me it was like the world-since I don’t drive for medical reasons-and a simple act of driving a mile down the street in the dark when it is late is just plain impossible or too unsafe to even approach by bus.
Hey Gina, when you read this you mean the world to me and you are awesome!

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Photo Montage by Paulette L. Motzko

A Poem by Patricia Grantham called A Faithful Friend

A Faithful Friend by Patricia Grantham

Shared From PoemHunter.com

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How many of you can find a faithful friend?

That will stick close by you until the very end

When trouble comes they will never forsake

Always ready to give more than they will take

A friend like that is so very hard to find

One you can count on to talk and unwind

Someone that’s concerned about how you feel

Cares for you deeply with a love that’s real

A friend when in need is a friend indeed

Show yourself friendly by sowing the seed

How sweet are the words spoken between friends.

Just like a balm that heals or a needle that mends

A friend that sticks closer than any brother

Very trustworthy and not the same as another

You can count on them to answer when you call

There to help you when your back is to the wall

 

Photography by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

 

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A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. – Abraham Lincoln

“A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln was right in his funny statement about friends having the same enemies.

Everyone has at least an enemy or two because those that claim they don’t are either not being totally honest or they agree with anything anybody does or says and doesn’t fight to make things better for others.

Sometimes when you voice your political opinions you make enimies or at least opposers. You cannot please the whole world, nor would you want to.

You cannot control what people think about you, you just need to keep a supportive network of people around you who believe in you, like who you are and what you value & believe in.

Drop the others who are fight pickers, losers, moochers, goofs, frauds and wimps who are basically in a word apathetic. They are so afraid at the consequences of their actions that they don’t do anything at all. What a waste that is.

Don’t get me wrong here, nobody wants enemies in this world and I surely don’t. Some people are like talking to a brick wall and don’t listen.

If you don’t listen you never learn anything new.

You stagnate and never open your mind.

Be always learning, becoming, growing as a human being and strive to select friends that feel the same. The losers will fall by the wayside when they see with dedication and preserverance you can accomplish.

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Who you AVOID in life is as important as WHO YOU HOPE TO MEET.

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Much as in you hope to meet people with the same interests, like attracting them like a magnet.

I also hope to repel all that is counterproductive or who is evil, verbally or physically abusive in any way…like water beads on Vaseline.

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How’s that for imagery?

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

730 p.m.

Thanksgiving Night 2013

Image from Pinterest, Author Unknown
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Thanksgiving 2013
7:18 p.m.

Photography by Paulette Motzko
Quote Image found on Pinterest, Unknown Author

God bless all of my 395 followers, readers & Word Press Family

I have met so many wonderful, intelligent, creative people here who I have shared their stories and photos with and have become good friends as a result.

I look forward to reading every comment throughout myy day and night and all your comments I read are very valued as is you as people, writers, photographers, political activists and just good people.

Thank you for being there…which is where I am.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
2:23 a.m.

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”-Ernest Hemingway

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

I must agree with Mr Hemingway. From the book drives in elementary school to the first cook book given to me by my cousin Patricia as a kid, that lead to hundreds more through my life; books need to electricity and can be carried any where. Some antique books are like good friends of mine that I turn to over and again.

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Paulette Le Pore age nine playing Nanny’s Henry F. Miller piano

I ended up going to college to learn how to teach piano and taught ages 6 to 86 for 20 years and showed kids and adults how to play, learn chord charts, and even taught two children who wore hearing aids using sign language! Nanny gave me her piano many years later and I gave it to my neice Jennifer when my now ex husband gave me the rosewood upright grand I now have as a graduation present from college.

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I have about 1000 in my personal library. My mom read to me all the time when I was a small child. I remember her teaching me how to sound out words and my parents always took time out to answer how to sound out a word and congratulated me when I did it right.

The gift of learning, exploration, reading and creativity were awarded in the Le Pore House. We had a Music Room and aside from the music played in there by me on my organ my dad bought me one Christmas, a Rickenbacker guitar for my brother Mike, drums for Bob, an art set for Brenda and an art set for Mom. Mom was the matriarch of the family, the stronghold and who always created peace no matter what was going on. Mom could paint beautiful landscape pictures and figure out how to sew anything she looked at or make anything from a satin rose to a doll dress to go on an antique doll. What she didn’t know how to do, she read how to do it.

She taught me, along with my Nanny- (dad’s mother), how to play piano. When she walked into my world at age nine and came to live with us, I had no idea how she sould change my life and make an impression. Her birthday would have been today, come to think of it.

Mom taught me how to play guitar and sing at nine years old, and cook in the kitchen. The first cook book I got from the book drive at school had me baking a Giant Gingerbread Man. There I was with my book open wide, mom by my side, apron tied in a ribbon “just so” as Mom would say…whipping up my first baked thing. Books fuel ideas and they will never go out of style as some say who hold their IPODS and Kindles and Nooks. I have an IPOD and have many trade books that are handy to carry with me as reference writing & photography books on there. Many books are cheaper via IPOD. But, when I am in my sleepers, laying in bed, if I am not adding new content to one of my web sites, I love picking up a book with a cover and pages. Books are handy for down time, waiting for a bus or whatever. You can pick em’ up and put them away in a second.

When my mom Ramona Lea’s mother Ruby Hart was older I used to buy her the enlarged print Reader’s Digest and she would read every one I would buy in a day or two. God bless her. I wanted to keep her mind active, doing, becoming and enjoying stories instead of just sitting around.

TV is a more passive past time for seniors because they just “sit there”. If you have any family or friends with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, put a book in their hands about something they love- (provided they are able to still read) and let them enjoy. Also, I used to read to my mother when I lived next to her in the large duplex that was sold recently.

Have your loved one read a paragraph and then you, then you accelerate reading from a solitary activity into a family activity.

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Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright October 2, 2013

Photographs from Paulette Motzko’s Family Album
Paulette Motzko & Pinterest
Author Unknown

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.” – Woody Allen

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I was never a big Woody Allen fan but when I ran into this winner from him I totally agree. I have seen both sides of the fence, and I pick hands down the time when I was married and had no financial worries.

I am a happier, smartier more resilient person in so many ways, but anyone who thinks money is evil, doesn’t know what you can buy with it!

Money buys me no worries.

I am a disabled lady who doesn’t wear that fact on my back.
You can cure cancer with money by paying the best researchers in the world to look for the cure.

I am sure most people don’t think of it that way, but it is a fact.

I simplly want a place to live and my expensive medical care paid for. I don’t have that now.

After fighting the Mexicans and Vietnamese to get Medical Insurance for 7 years and winning because I nearly sued for FRAUD because I proved I was turned down because I didn’t have a kid? If you are white, kidless and American and you are applying for any kind of aid, watch it! You as good as nonexistent in the welfare system. After being tossed around in the welfare system after my divorce I speak truth here.
If you are applying for insurance, go to the director and you will have to hammer on them over and over.

Something is really wrong when a disabled American lady cannot get insurance, sits 7 hours and gets nothing. A Mexican indigent (I asked in my Muey Pochito Espanol Spanish), not an American citizen, and walked out with every benefit, including food stamps in 20 minutes!

We are giving money, benefits and more to migrant farm workers, refugees and we are turning away people like me who have lived in Orange County 40 years and in the USA 52.

How can we fix this mess?

Looking at Las Vegas, NV and Albuquerque, New Mexico..
I can something with no program there, just more affordable.

We treat the disabled like garbage in CA and veterans are right there with all the disabled living out of hotels and on the street. Take the bus like I do and you will see the real world legislators!

I am working with the social service depts of these states, trying to make it a clean move so none of my benefits end.

Yes, money provides and people who are disabled have astronomical medical bills just to get from one day to the next. My medicine that works the best of anything I have ever been costs thousands per year.

Money gives me peace of mind and allows me to live the kind of life I lived when I lived in Huntington Beach, Orange and Utah in my big houses in nice neighborhoods. A woman who doesn’t drive-like me- needs to be in a good area.

It makes no sense how Obama can tell the American people to do what is constitutional when he cannot even follow his own advice!

I am going to change subjects and talk about the Obama for a moment.
Money is something that I am seeing everybody I know lacking. All my friends, who are intelligent people have seen better times financially. The only people who are doing better since Obama. He signed off on cutting a billion dollars from the Food Stamp program, what a guy!

What an uncompassionate guy who doesn’t rely (like I do and many others I know do.)

I have never felt more like crazy people run the country than now. What kind of ethics and moral call did the government rationalize when they chose to ream the poor to give billions to the oil companies, Libya etc and then borrow from China to it all?

We must look like idiots to other countries.

If I was president, the budget would be balanced and I would start working on paying that God Forsaken Debt of ours that everybody wants to IGNORE.

People would be insured for health care and prescriptions just like MA did. I learned a lot from being married to a real Rocket Scientist for 15 years. It is working in MA and everybody has health insurance. They pay a little for it, but they are insured.

Obama’s brain dead is making cuts in medicare, insurance and food stamps. What good did it do?

Very simply, in life you do what works and keep doing it over again. Learn from your mistakes and don’t ever do it again!

I think Einstein said “to do over again what doesn’t work is insanity!”

That is exactly what Obama is doing and the government is his right hand man.

All the readers that read Totally Inspired Mind are bright, civic minded people who care about topics like the world, the environment and other morally conscious things.

What ideas do you have to see more employed so more can count more MONEY in their paychecks?

I am happy the minimum wage was increased to the highest it has ever been in history.

What ideas do you have for our country and what would you write president Obama if you could?

Guess what, you CAN!

You can even arrange a meeting with him, if you so desired.
There is a way to it and you can read more about it on The White House website.

In the order of importance health comes first, because without it, you have shit. (Sorry but I have been disabled since 4 and diagnosed with complex partial epilepsy January 1971….awhile.) Money comes number two. Money it is a tool to accomplish things, give things, live a good quality life.

Love comes down the list for me.

After choosing to pay the mortgage on my parent’s duplex, I was thrown like rubbish on the street of April of this year….
Mom who has Alzheimer’s disease was not reponsible for this. My demon like brother-in-law Mike Bunker did it with my sister smiling all the way. He wanted the money from my mom’s duplex and I was simply in the way.

My family consist of people who I know, friends who have become family and I can smile because I made meals for mom and dad even in the worst of their dementia. I didn’t steal things out of mom’s place and refused to buy cartons of cigarrettes for my mom.

In 2001 I was divorced and financially I could have bought a property in cash, but I chose to help my folks out. Was it a good thing in the end? No. I keep trying to find the good at all.
The good is: I am not them. I have integrity and values and am not a hypocrite I refuse to associate with anyone who is less of a human being and doesn’t share my values.

What is better than money?

Health and having what few things I value and cherish around me in my own place, with medical insurance to cover it and friends to enjoy meals I make (in my gourmet kitchen) and songs I play on my grand piano….that I miss in storage now. It is all being moved in a larger & cheaper storage vault. I wish I could just move period, but more moolah has to be saved to make it possible, unless I got a Federal Grant.

What is better than that, nothing really….having people all over the world read what I write and enjoy it like I do and making money doing what I love, which I hope will be happening soon.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Who is Part of Your Garden of Friends and Why?

I have many friends that I genuinely care about on Facebook and do not simply “collect friends” like a collection of bangle bracelets on my arm!

One of my dearest friends Raj Naheem wrote recently that “I was part of his garden of friends growing like a rose”, or something to that effect. I will say, thank you Raj for being there for me in good times and bad and bringing out the best of who I am and being able to see it always shining through.

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Friends are like these tuberoses growing and the best of friends grow side by side with you like these do here, even though maybe you live 100’s of miles apart, you are joined in the thoughts and beliefs you both share, your definition of good and bad, and the passions, talents and abilities you both share.

Much like the stem, leaves and the flower itself are one unified whole, I go through life knowing that my values, integrity, goodness and compassion I show outwardly are all interconnected to eachother. People notice the flowers in a garden first but it couldn’t support itself if it didn’t have the stem rooted in the ground deriving nutrients from the soil.
I think of my soul as what the soil is to the flower, giving it balance, making it stronger, being almost as essential as the water and the sun.

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The world sees our faces but deep within shines outwardly our soul, the DNA of who we are and what we value. There is nothing more important in what we possess in life.

This is why we can see a woman who for all good purposes is beautiful to the eye…a deception, but when she opens her mouth, if profanity, disgust and hate shine through, she is not truly beautiful but an illusion.

Our faces are like the blooms in a flower but who we are, what we value, and our attitude towards other people and humanity color us beautiful or ugly.

Choose your friends and family members carefully.

After the age of 20 or 30 years old, who is in our lives is a choice. We hold the control buttons.

Unknowingly, you will pick up attributes and qualities from them. You could go from being a splendid red rose to be shown off in a vase only to become a dandelion weed to be picked and thrown away with the trash!

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

The Meaning of Christmas

The Meaning of Christmas

December 17th, 2012

Christmas is a time for giving to others, surprising others with your gifts of your time, your thoughtfulness and the joy that comes from being with those you love and hold dear.

The three gifts I got for Christmas was some peppermint bark candy from Jessica and her boyfriend who are my friends from Pizzarito, and a card composed of a beautiful painting by my friend Terry otherwise known as Tiger shark. We have known each other over 5 years and I took photographs of some beautiful paintings in the Pier side Gallery at Bella Terra Mall in Huntington Beach, CA one day. Little would I know that the guy that owned the gallery would steal his paintings and sell them on EBay and Craig’s List! I made a CD with all the photos I took in that gallery to make post cards for him to promote his work, because I believed in him and his talent. I never knew when I took them how valuable those photos would become.

This is the very special card Terry gave me two nights ago.

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We are all given gifts in this world and Edwards is surely photography. He has a special gift of capturing in for all time fantastic images that inspire and touch one’s soul. That is what his photo did when I saw it called “Welcome Home”. This Christmas is my first alone with only my dog since my mother Ramona Lea Le Pore will be living in an Assisted Living Care Home for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. We are still in transition of finding a place that is paid for with Medical and Medicare in hopes of not having to sell my mother’s house that her and my father paid into for 30 years. I am going to put some sincere effort into this with the help of the Alzheimer’s Association and the social workers there and a few other fantastic resources I discovered today through them.

After 12 years of living next door to her, I can almost see in the picture window of the duplex I still live in waving at me as I go out the door, but alas, there is no mom, just an empty chair where she used to look out the window. I know in time the transition will be better for her and I am hoping she will make friends her own age and will smile once again.

The photo called “Welcome Home” is named because when you approach the picture Christ and all the saints are welcoming you to heaven after a long life. When I did the assignment for my Advanced Photo Shop class at Santa Ana College, I asked if I could do something more persona and “close to home”. I called the Mission San Juan Capistrano and asked if I could do a photo shoot of the Basilica for an art assignment. I spent about 4 hours taking very detailed photos, probably 400 photographs, and then I put them all on my computer and began the creative process. After about 100 hours of editing time I produced this photo. It was as though my hand was guided or inspired from above.

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I have gotten only positive comments on this photo and people requesting their own to frame.

Usually when I am doing photo editing, my eyes get tired and with this one, there was no tiredness. I had to force myself to go to bed. When I was finished with it I felt like I had a hand on my shoulder saying, “Job well done!”

I would like to eventually put a book together of more photos like this one, but I do sell them individually for those who want them. It would be my dream to work with churches and other religious entities to take photos for them.

If you would like to obtain a signed museum quality 8-1/2 by 11 print of this inspiring collage photograph contact my friend Edward Dansby at:

Email Edward Dansby at: olvmstudios@gmail.com

They are $20 and Edward writes something inspirational on the back of each copy.

P.O. Box 12692, Westminster, CA 92685

If you would like to contact my friend Terry Davis, otherwise known as “Tiger Shark” to see more of his fabulous paintings, you can reach him at:

714-640-4637

Tell him you read the article that his friend Paulette Motzko wrote on Totally Inspired Mind and he will buy me a Starbucks coffee when I see him again.

Merry Christmas!

“Christmas isn’t One Day of the Year, But About Loving Others in Act Word & Deed All Year

“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

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Paulette’s Mother

Farmer's Market Finds

My good friend Kristen

My good friend Kristen

Polly's Tea Pot Menagerie to celebrate quality conversation with great people

Polly’s Tea Pot Menagerie to celebrate quality conversation with great people

My Artist friend Terry</a

My artist friend Terry, otherwise known as "Tiger Shark"

My dog Lucky Motzko looking cute on my bed one night.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko HB Dec2012

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.