The Fellowship – What is Hanukkah? History, Traditions, Prayers & Recipes

Happy Hanukkah to all the Jewish people on the world. Let Jews and Christians one day realize that religions are made by humans and above all, we are sentient, intelligent human beings deserving of being treated with respect and dignity.

We all had parents.  We all have loved and lost and grieved and we all desire to be understood.

I hope organizations like this can bridge the gap between Christians and the Jewish community, realizing we weren’t really different after all.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright December 6th, 2015
9:30 p.m


Images found on Pinterest, Authors unknown



High Definition Wallpaper to grace your iPod, iPad, Smartphone or computer, hand selected by Paulette L Motzko from

Out of the clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

ALBERT EINSTEIN SAID THOSE VETY ENLIGYTENING WORDS…many years ago. If we repeat them, we can learn and grow and reevaluate our life and what we own.
Look around your home and where you live and ask yourself these questions:

Does this give me joy?

Do I need this?

How often do I use this?

Do I have a bunch of these? Or, could somebody I know better use this than me?
That’s the most one of the coolest questions to ask yourself.

Often we have so much clutter and chaos around our houses, apartments, and condos or whatever dwelling we live, that we can’t even find what we’re looking for.

The less we own the less we worry about.
The less we have to maintain, or pay someone to keep it up.

Simplicity creates clarity of mind and thought and that’s what I’m striving for in my new studio I’ve been setting up over the past few months.


I sold tons of furniture, consolidated and scaled back what was a very large place into a very small place or at least much smaller.


Like this oak hitch I sold to a nice family that loves refinishing furniture.

This Tiffany glass hanging will go in my window by my roll top desk, so when I write I can look out at something beautuful. It also gives me more privacy on my end from passers by…….

The hardest thing about living in the studio apartment is that your world is on display. There are no private places really, as I used to have. I used to have a big bedroom and shelves were hung that had some statues that were religious. AFTER moving here I sold my Lady of Fatima Virgin Mary that to a sweet lady who was chronically disabled who really wanted it. I felt she was meant to have it. She was selling hrr Tiffany glass hanging and we simply traded the window for my Lady of Fatima Virgin Mary and a 24 kt plated Lady of Guadalupe rosary I had. She prays on it and it gives her strength and solace, and it gives me joy to know that. I have a prettier view. That makes a nice trade off. (We met on a site calledOfferUp. It is a site I swear by and have furnished my place with amazing deals on it. I can a laboratory on those another time.

The large wooden virgin Mary my uncle Mervin gave me before he died of cancer is the one that smiles on me every day like a beacon of hope. When I went through very hard times she traveled with me to every hotel and looked out for me(with the multitude of prayers I said and the things I did to survive), and made sure that I had enough money to afford them all. My brother in law and sister threw me out of a property that I paid into for 15 years of my parent’s two and half years ago.

When I got to Vegas and finally got situated, after going through over 70 and apartments after having my social security lowered $200 here… I arrived to look in the three relocation cubes from UPACK, and finally found the Virgin Mary and I said thank God and I said we made it!

You see, unless you know what it is like to have no home you have no clue how almost sacred it is when you have your own. I am finally moving ahead again, because I am not having to operate on a emergency crisis mentality every day.
I had second stage hypertension going through all that, and now I am fine.

My size homemaker cutesy kitchen has been the biggest job to organize, and once I get a pot rack for the wall Bobby Flay and Emeril LaGasse pans will go up so I can grab them in a flash.

Everyday I ask for guidance to use all of the many abilities that God has given me: I love music of writing and cooking the marketing and photography in any way that I can.

I hope that this by me telling my story it helps my readers and viewers in the United States and Europe and my nearly 2000 followers….. in some way.

If you stay with anything long enough, and be persistent, you will achieve what you’re shooting for.

Don’t give up.

Learn everything you can but don’t ever give up.
Better yourself every day.

I’m sure some people in New York or other places live in smaller places but this is the smallest studio I’ve ever lived in, but as Mary Engelbreit says, “bloom where you’re planted”, and I am.


It works and I am determined to get as many ideas from YouTube on TV decorating and organizing shows, how to tap into awesome ideas to make every square foot here count.
Its not the size in a place that matters, but how you feel when youre there….how quiet it is, your neighbors, how close to bus lines & work, and other factors.

It has what I need its got enough room organization is key in a place like this it works I have it’s a combination office and living area and I never have to move very far to reach anything which is which is a good thing.

So as you look around your world today, look around and ask but I really need this how often am I used it? Will I use it?

Maybe donate some of the books you are through with, and don’t envision reading again , to the library like I did. They can use to this for the sale of the books in their Friends the Library for the upkeep if the library and to do maintenance for the library. You’ll help others with a book that you had that you did that you’re through with. I sold the gardening library and also another one Christmas Library just gave them donated you know to the library down the street from me cuz I love it the place where people are empowered knowledge’s found and I’m so happy I live walking distance from it. if you do any of the things that I’ve suggested here write about it tell others what you did and how you felt in your new surroundings and how much you helped you.

Have a fantastic day!


Paulette Motzko at The Fiesta Casino with my great friend Leonardo Valencia, who took this photo.

Written by Paulette L Motzko
Copyright March 2015
12:16 p.m.

The Song of The Sea & Finding Your Inner Voice


Original painting by Ramona Lea Le Pore entitled “Song of The Sea”
Graphic Design by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

The sea and I are married though far from one another now.
We are connected in spirit, in mind and in the sounds I play now on progressive relaxation and meditation musical compositions.

Though living in the high desert with cacti and Seguaro with huge mountains surrounding me, I am beckoned to the sea song and ocean breezes.

This is a photo of an original painting my mother Ramona Lea Le Pore painted when I was very young. It is one of those treasures I look at with love because of its rarity and because my mother’s hands painted it.

I used a digital photo application that made it look even more like it wad painted in a French Impressionistic style….
The sound of the ocean waves are in my memory until I travel to the Pacific Coast line in California where I grew up.
Though I am fair skinned and don’t tan I am inspired to create, it rejuvenates the essence of my entire being somehow;  I don’t understand how,  but then again we don’t have to understand everything in life, do we?


Original painting by my mom, now as valuable to me as any Van Gogh.

We only need to know that it is and count on knowing we are somehow better,  happier,  more joyful when we do what is meaningful to feel balance in our life.  Then when we know what makes us feel better and gives us inner peace, and serenity, we just need to experience it as often as we are able.

May you reading this know joy
May you reading this know peace in your soul
May you reading this know love

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright Feb 12, 2015
1:36 a.m.

Thank you to the 500 Wonderful, Intelligent, Loving & Caring Followers on Totally Inspired Mind-Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving everybody!
Remember it isn’t important how lumpy your gravy is that goes with the turkey, but that you are blessed enough to have turkey to eat.

Nobody cares about the dust on your furniture but sitting with you on the couch or chair and talking and visiting with YOU.

You don’t have to be a carbon copy of Martha Stewart (I hope there aren’t any walking around anywhere!), but listen to your inner voice and be true to yourself. Do what you can afford, not what your neighbor does.

Life isn’t a contest or a relay race.

Slow down.

Smile more.


If you can’t be with your family, be with loved ones around you who care about you, support you in act, word and deed.

Look around your table, instead of what’s on the table.

Hold hands.

Pray in your own way.

Say you love the one who is sitting with you.
If you have nobody to celebrate with, as I almost did, until my friend Mike Darras called and invited me to a wonderful turkey dinner….volunteer in a senior home to help in cook or serve or do something. You will be appreciated and nobody will eat alone.

If there were a table that would seat all the followers of this site…or a room that would seat all of you, it would be a huge ampitheater.

Thank you all for being dedicated readers of what I create.

I am thankful God gave me many talents of writing, photography and cooking and I am thankful for all 500 of you my readers.


God bless you all.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright 2013
November 27th, 2013

Images from Pinterest

I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom. -Rosa Parks

“I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom. ” – Rosa Parks

If anyone has any ideas that we as Americans can do to urge our political leaders to devise a workable budget that is actually implemented, post them!

Paulette Le Pore Motzko




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Wars Are Poor Chisels For Carving Out Peaceful Tomorrows

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.” –

Martin Luther King was not only an amazing leader but his speeches and words helped enable Afro-Americans to be treated fairly, which was so badly needed. When I was a small child I heard racial remarks said every day but hated them, because I knew we were simply all the same as people and everyone deserved to be treated with respect and dignity.

I wish somehow our leaders would send more MEDIATORS instead of building and financing more BOMBS.

It is through peaceful negotiations that we can ever hope to break through archaic barriers and the shackles of prejudice.

I hope I help write a speech one day that will help The United States of America sign a lasting Peace Treaty.


War kills and kills 99% innocent people for the one you aim for!

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
October 21st, 2013

1:00 a.m.

A grateful heart and thankful spirit opens your eyes up to seeing greatness in the world and people. Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Much as in my friend on her blog Lavender Reflections wrote about the many things she was grateful for, it got me thinking of all I was thankful for.


Photo Montage entitled “California Capers” by Paulette Le Pore Motzko


Beautiful sky image from TreasureField on

It is when those things are taken away you realize how important they really were.

(Like appreciating the photos on my phone I can’t seem to locate. I need to buy a bigger memory card, but can’t until I get paid. I haven’t figured out why I cannot open my Gallery in my phone and access the nearly 2000 photos I took & saved!) I mention this because an image I created would have appeared here, but this one from TreasureField, found on Pinterest will work nicely. I always give credit, when known to the artists and photographer and writer if any material other than mine is used.) I will eventually access them again though. Hard to remember a time before Smart Phones and the internet.

Time has passed since this was posted this morning and in that time I restored all my applications on my MyTouch phone back to factory settings, freeing up enough memory so my Photo Gallery could be accessed again.
Hooray for small miracles!

When I was going to college years ago, back in 1984 to 1996 cell phones hadn’t even been invented and DOS was what you would find in the computer lab! To think I can walk around with the “world in the palm of my hand” and write things I feel are worthy to others every day with regular readers is incredible. I remember Mrs. RoseAnne Wood who taught all my Music Theory, Performance and Concert Review classes. After writing a concert review she would write on my typed paper: “You should be a writer. You have an extraoridinary way of putting into words the images music make you think of.”

Since that time, I taught piano 20 years, ages 6 years old to 86 and even two very acutely hard of hearing students who wore hearing aids-using American Sign Language which I am fluent in. That was so rewarding and it had never been done. I have often thought of signing up with a college in their Special Education Dept and offering music lessons to those with hearing impairments. It sounds funny to some, but to these students can sense pitch, tone and vibration. They just need someone who can translate audible to visual, which is me.

So, after talking of missing pictures, pianos, writing and making the impossible possible with music, I will say “take time for thankfulness. Make time to look around you and think not just about what you are doing in that day as a “proverbial to do list”, but meditate on the things you are grateful for. This does not include merely “stuff” or “things” but states of being.”

Goals you are achieving, from the simplest cup of coffee by yourself or with your loved one….or a place you go that is special to only you.

“It is in these times of reflection that great things are made.”

Thank you to author of the blog Lavender Reflections for inspiring in me the ability to write these words! I can’t wait to get to know you better.

“Know what time you are most inspired and are most productive. For me it is the early hours when it is quiet and I can hear my soul speak to me.”

Also, never quit learning and becoming and aspiring to great things. Allow your mind to go to the paragon of what you would like to achieve. Even if you fall slightly under that, you work will still be great. Filter out those who don’t believe in you and your abilities. They are like carrying around a ball and chain and are a deterant to your success as a human being and your happiness and peace.

Have a fantastic day!

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

October 12, 2013
6:39 a.m.
Updated 8:23 a.m.

Nobel Peace Prize -Organization Prohibition of Chemical Warfare. Tweet from WSJ Breaking News (@WSJbreakingnews)

WSJ Breaking News (@WSJbreakingnews) tweeted at 2:03 AM on Fri, Oct 11, 2013:
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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Any way you slice it or say it, this a step towards more peaceful deliberations and arming ourselves to hopefully thwart the use of chemical weapons.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Totally Inspired Mind

Affirmation of The Day: Peace Among Chaos, Time Outs, & Clear Thinking

Always remember if you were treated with indifference, or are a victim of verbal abuse that all people in the world are not that way. The most difficult thing to do is to treat people with kindness and respect, knowing they are not guilty of anything but simply being. Find a center deep inside you that becomes the wells spring from which everything that is good in you, kind in you draws from.


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Two wrongs don’t make a right and just because you around people who are abusive, racists, show hatred or even stupid..RISE ABOVE THEM AND SHOW CLASS, INTELLIGENCE and INTEGRITY. Later you will be glad you did.


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If you are upset, go somewhere where you find peace and comfort and come back when you have calmed down and cooled off and know you are in a better state of mind.

Wherever it is where you can go, think more clearly. Even if you need to stay for a few hours, try and do so. What you will find, from my personal experience, is you will feel refreshed and feel better about making any important decision(s) you need to.


Photo Montage Created by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

The world can go crazy all around you, and in many respects mine is now, but it doesn’t mean you have to go crazy with it.

Create a list of the things that bother you most and then write the solutions to them.

Stay centered on your solutions every day.

Give yourself credit for how far you have come each day.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
October 5th, 2013
5:03 p.m.

Photo Montage created by
Paulette Le Pore Motzko Photography Studios

We Must Share The World- A Haiku by Paulette Motzko

We must share the world

We need communication

Tolerance to all!

Written in the wee hours of the morn when the many troubling things in the world were bothering me and wishing the world leaders would think of what is at steak by sacrificing all for the one.


Mother Teresa was a saint in action long before the church recognized her as one. Her words are timeless today and mine mirror hers in that she knew we need to find solutions to our world problems, and we need to learn to work together somehow.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright September 2013

Les Carlton’s Awe Inspring Waterfall Shot Evoke Peace & Simplicity in My Soul

Rushing Water, Smoky Mountains near Telico,Tennessee –

When going through my boards on Pinterest I immediately found this one and had to share it here.
I think God lies in Nature and it is through places like this that I derive clarity in my life.

How do you find peace and clarity in your life?

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Ten Spiritual Tonics


I don’t know who wrote this but I discovered it on Facebook just now and thought I would share it all with the now 816 followers of Totally Inspired Mind. I have my house nearly packed up and it is strange to see it all in boxes scattered throughout the place. I have been here for 12 years and I will be heading for Tucson, Arizona very soon!


Beautiful Back Drop Waterfall at The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


One of the views from the patio of a restaurant I was in two years ago at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, USA. I want to go back there and this time, take my computer and enjoy some peace and solitude and just listen……to the waterfall coming down and feel the mist on my face. It was so wonderful there. Can you see it in your mind’s eye too?

Also, is there some where in your “mind’s eye” that you can recall vividly?

Share it in the comment box so others can enjoy the breath-taking view!

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

March 12th, 2013


Prayer is a Cry of Gratitude and Love in the Midst of Trial and Joy

Prayer is a Cry of Gratitude and Love in the Midst of Trial and Joy

That quote came from a saint I am was named after when I was confirmed in 2001-Therese. She promised to shower roses from the Throne of God for anyone who prayed for her intercession to God.

I don’t understand it but I have many roses I have found-where no roses grow-after praying the Chaplet of St. Therese.

Then again, we don’t have to understand everything. We never will.

We should worry less about what we all believe, what race we are and things that stop us from communicating with one another. Tolerance and understanding are the bridges to the signing the next Peace Treaty.

Hospitality Consists of……. (You fill in the blank)….

“Hospitality consists of a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet.”-

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We all have a different opinion of what we think defines “hospitality”. To one it is solitude, as in Emerson’s mind’s eye. For me, hospitality is what I give others who come to my house, and what I hope they take away when they leave-great food, interesting conversation and fantastic memories.

I remember when I was married in my big nice 6 bedroom house at the winder time in Sandy, UT. Sitting around the fire place when it was snowing serving home made hot chocolate or spiced cider to my guests still evokes pleasant memories.

Pozole Party I had in October 2012

Pozole Party I had in October 2012

I love to have big parties and gatherings again in my new place I am going to-once I find it! It matters not the size of the group gathered around the table, but that you are there, It matters not what you share, but that you are sharing. Some of the meager loaves of bread and soup are grander feasts than the biggest buffets when served by genuine kind people that are giving the best they have to give.

Paulette Le Pore Mozko

Copyright January 11th, 2013

6:44 p.m.

Be Strong and Don’t Give Up

Remember… there is a deeper strength

and an amazing abundance of peace

available to you.

Draw from this well,

call on your faith to uphold you.

Life continues around us,

even when our troubles seem to stop time.

There is always good in life.

Take a few minutes to distract yourself

from your concerns-

long enough to draw strength from a tree

or to find pleasure in a bird’s song.

Return a smile,

realize  that life is a series of levels,

cycles of ups and downs-

some easy, some challenging…

Through it all, we learn;

we grow strong in faith;

we mature in understanding.

The difficult times are often the best teachers,

and there is a good to be found in all situations.

Reach for the good.

Be strong, and don’t give up.

Pamela Owens Renfro