Nominated for the 3 day Quote Challenge Again. 1st day of 3

It escapes me now who the person was who nominated me for the second three day quote challenge. Excuse me because hundreds of people contact me today, so just bear with me.

1. He was a how thinker, not an if thinker.

2. Man not the sum of what he has but the totality of  what he does not yet have, of what he might have.

– Jean Paul Sartell (1905-1980)

3. If you really want to live, we’d better start at once to try.

-W.H. Auden (1907-1973)

Note: I found these in one of my favorite books in my entire collection which is

“Norman Vincent Peale Words That Inspired Him.
A lifetime of favorite writing, poems and quotations.

Second Day in the 3 Day QUOTE CHALLENGE

The quotes today especially around the top of the time.


Image created by Paulette Motzko and written by Paulette Motzko

1. Time flies over us , but leaves its shadow behind. – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1860.

2. Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear, and with a manly heart. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion, 1839.

3. Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land. So the little minutes, humble though they be, make the mighty ages of eternity. – Julia Carney, Little Things, 1845.

4. The days forever divine as to the first Aryans, there are of least pretension,
End of the greatest capacity is anything that exists. They come and go like muffled and sales figures sent from a distant friendly party; but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them is silently away. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Works and Days, Society and Solitude, 1870.

I threw the 4th one in for good measure because it was my favorite of them all!

The three people I am nominating are to so this same challenge are:

1. Paul Militaru, Photography Portfolio
2. Esther Ling, Hortus Closus
3. Xena, Blackbutterfly7

June 25, 2015
2:56 a.m.

Christ is the Head of this Home, the Unseen Guest at every meal, the Silent Listener to every conversation.


My new found friend had this soon to grace the walls of her new place. I saw it and loved it and had to share it with the world and you, my readers.

Who is the head of your home?

What would others be listening to, if they eavesdropped?

What kind of blessing do you say at each meal?

Paulette L Motzko

June 6th, 2014
10:37 a.m.

Image taken by Paulette L Motzko

Christine Marie Boc’s Wisdom for Living

Christine Marie Boc’s Wisdom for Living
Original Quotes by Christine Marie Boc
If you would like to contact Christine Marie Boc about her quotes and how you liked them, you can reach her at:

Idea Concept by Paulette Le Pore Motzko for
Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds Congregate &
Writer’s Work Lab

A Sweet young lady I met recently who has the whole world ahead of her and is so talented!

I saw a bunch of quotes on a huge bulletin board in a hospital I was at recently and discovered Chrstine was the writer of all of them. It had been her dream to have the world read her poetry and writings. I immediately knew I could easily realize her dream by airing it on Totally Inspired Mind and also on Writer’s Work Lab.  If you could have only seen the look on her face and the sparkle in her eyes at the thought. She gave me some of the most kind compliments I have ever been given in my life and I will always remember them and her fondly. I look forward to meeting her mother one day too.

I want to arrange a time to take a nice photo of her so you can see the young lady behind these words. She has had many struggles in her life but even in the short time I have known her has come leaps and bounds. I wish her and her mother only the best in every way.


Photography by Paulette Le Pore Motzko of The Huntington Beach Pier

“If your perception is full of enlightenment, then I can call you an eternal optimist.”

“Why go for evil when you’re more stabilized at being good; I don’t get you.”

“It takes evil to oppose pure evil, to my perception, it’s only appropriate if you’re fighting for righteousness.”

“You say I’m not supposed to comply so much if I think the person’s wrong, because it’s only fueling the fire. I refuse to think this is being humble. Your own perspective of respect sounds degrading to me. ….Hypocrisy!!”

“Patience doesn’t mean putting up with people’s crap to you? Bitch please!!!”

“The problem is how we think of a situation; it could be positive or negative.”

“Your own perception is openly and frequently the problem. You know why?”

“Boredom is next to depression.”

“Our state of mind is deprived by our own law for ourselves. We are prisoners to our own mind.”

“Always look for something to look forward to.”

“So repetitive to this philosophy: Don’t ever let life pass you by.”

“The goal is to seize the deceptive brain.”

What do Christine’s words make you think of?

Which ones strike a key with you and ring the loudest to you?



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

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


“Young or old we are the same person. The DNA of who we are remains intact; it never changes. We gain wisdom with each year lived. With pain brings coping skills and courage and strength. Keep the inner child happy and always make time to do something that gives you joy. Then, and only then, can you keep your inner child alive and happy. The child in your heart makes your eyes sparkle and makes people want to be around you.” – Paulette Le Pore Motzko



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Study after study has documented that when women have the opportunity to start businesses, own land, and receive credit…entire economies expand. – Hilary Clinton

Women have come a long way since the 60’s when I was a kid and they were still making and pouring coffee for their overpaid male bosses. That used to be written into job descriptions, but now women are making headway in what used to be male dominated fields like engineering, science and the medical fields.

In time I hope to see women get dollar for dollar the same pay for the same job. If they aren’t, it is a crime and just as unfair as being treated differently because of the color of one’s skin or what religious preference one believes.

I bet a woman will find the cure for cancer and I would love to see a woman president. Women give birth and tend to communicate rather than blow up chunks of a country killing children and mothers to hit one target.

The more chances a woman has to be educated, the more she will succeed in life in every way. Self esteem grows in direct proportion to education level too.

I don’t want to see any women have to be dependant on another for survival.
Being financially independent should be a goal of every woman and every parent should teach their daughters they can do anything they aspire to.

Written by Paulette L Motzko




Photography and Photo Editing by Paulette L Motzko
March 2014
3:16 a.m.

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. – Carl Jung

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung

Remember when you were a small child and you were asked the age old question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

What was your answer then?

Now that you are older, what would be your answer now?

That is what we have is now.

What would you like to be doing a year from now?
Write down the first things that come to your mind in technicolor detail.
Explore them and then ask yourself…

Who would you like to become one day?

What is stopping you? Money?


Worrying about what someone would say or think about you or your idea?

The only person that will regret you not doing what you feel you have a passion and talent for is you ten years from now.

Remember that.

What you do today, creates the person you will become tomorrow.

The people you associate can work in harmony to support what you do or they can break you down.

If your friends aren’t positive and have radically different lifestyles or ethics, you ought to think of getting better, more supportive friends.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright March 12th, 2014
533 a.m.

Image found on Pinterest

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. – Joseph Addison

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.” – Joseph Addison



When was the last time that you smiled at someone or helped someone, just because you were able to?

What do you remember about the way they reacted to you noticing them and being observant of their needs instead of yours?

So often, in the hustle and bustle of living, we get caught up with looking down at either our Smart phones, a book or tuning out with an IPOD earbud, that many have lost the ability to look around and listen to the people around us and pay attention to what is happening at that moment in time– the present.

Give yourself a present, and tune turn the volume up on living and the world you live in and those you come in contact with this week. Watch how it makes a difference in your life and those around you.

Photo taken by Nick F. Belman and Paulette Motzko
Written by Paulette L. Motzko

Plant beauty in your heart…-Fred De Witt Van Amburgh


What have you done today that planted beauty in your heart, or in the heart of someone else’s?

On the way back from Huntington Beach to Stanton I saw a lady fiddling through her purse going through receipts and papers and organizing things as I find myself often doing.
She was oblivious to everything around her. It took a long while for her to make eye contact with me.
I was reading the newest issue of Women’s World magazine, and love the article in the magazine, which are always uplifting and insightful. I asked her (Darlene was her name), if she would like to read the new Family Circle I just bought.
I saw her face look with a surprise and then a huge smile came on her face.
I intended on her simply reading it and handing it back to me once I got off the bus a half hour later. By the time it was my turn to get off, she had the most peaceful happy and content look on her face, I didn’t want to ruin that.
I did some good and knew it.

Written by and Photography by Paulette L. Motzko
Copyright March 2014

“That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!” – Helen Keller, From her book called “The Story of My Life.”

I have been doing something I enjoy far more than going to Disneyland, and much cheaper by far, perusing the many shelves of the philosophy section, cooking section and lastly the biography section of the library.



I asked the two librarians what books they had in stock here and checked out Helen Keller’s classic “The Story of My Life” I have read before but continue to be amazed how she saw life and decribed in detail things written in its pages-without ever seeing anything.



The piano was my best friend and I played more on it than with childhood friends, because they were scarce. Children tend to make fun of anyone who is different, unless they learn compassion and love and tolerance from their parents…like I did.

My best friend then was blind and when I saw the story about Helen Keller on a list of books on our school book drive, my parent’s bought it for me.

I realized that if Helen Keller could reach the summits and go to school and have the extraordinary mentality and outlook she did, then so would I.

My mother Ramona was my “Anne Sullivan”, teaching me I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. She was right and I have and will continue to set new goals.

You could say then that through understanding at a very early age that Helen Keller accomplished so much, even in spite of what she was dealt in life, her living words awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, and set it free! Along with my mother’s encouragement, I became a “visionary” person who knew nothing was truly impossible.

So take a trip to your local library and find a book or two or three in subjects you love and add new demensions to your life and expand your world beyond your own thoughts.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Written February 18th, 2013
8:40 p.m.

Pink Rose buds image by Paulette L. Motzko
Helen Keller & her dog found on Pinterest

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People first

Things Second

Computers are Things

Before Computers There Were People

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

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


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

Hard to image how I existed, but I did.

In relation to solitude Ernest Dimnet wrote:

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

He also wrote, which is food for thought:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The pros to learning English:

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

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

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

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

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

It is true.

Try it.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Copyright January 2014

Clouds and Blue Sky Image from Google Imgages

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

Fear is stupid, So is regrets. – Marilyn Monroe

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

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

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Sunday, January 25th, 2014

12:23 midnight



– Marilyn Monroe –

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

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

Charlie Chaplin


Photo by Paulette L. Motzko Photography

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

Written by Paulette L. Motzko
Copyright January 2014

10:56 p.m.

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

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


Image Pinterest, Source Unknown

Paulette Motzko

January 21st, 2014

10:47 p.m.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. – Helen Keller

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller


Summertime tuberoses that were smiling at me.
Paulette L. Motzko Photography

Maybe my favorite historical figure because Helen Keller accomplished so many things in spite of being blind and deaf. I read all about her when I was nine years old, when I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I was a very sickly kid living at a time when kids were cruel and apathetic to anyone different than themselves.

As I read about her life in a book I bought from a school book drive, I realized that if she could do what she did, in spite of not even having vision to see, or even hearing music or birds chirping, and yet ended up writing books more eloquent than someone whose senses weren’t stripped; I knew I could do anything.


Image found on Pinterest, Source Unknown

I would advise to google books from Helen Keller and you will see far more than her autobiography.

Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell was a friend of hers? He was.

Did you know he originally created the telephone as a hearing aid device? He did.

The phone became far more than he counted on, needless to say!

You can read her 50 page book called OPTIMISM ON GOOGLE BOOKS ON GOOGLE PLAY. I looked in 7 libraries for it when I finally located it for free there.

I remember reading it at a Norm’s restaurant I frequent and telling the young waitress about her and her life, and amazingly, she had never heard of her!

What door opened in your life recently?

Was there a door that closed in your life that you have focusing on too much so you can’t see the one that is opening to take its place?

Open your eyes and look around.

You can focus on what you choose.

Written by Paulette Motzko
Copyright January 2014

One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter. – Henry David Thoreau

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” – Henry David Thoreau


Photography by Paulette L. Motzko, Fushia Bouganvillia blooming in the summer heat.


Photography by Paulette L. Motzko, Ingredients for Caprese Ciabatta Sandwich with organic heirloom tomatoes and fresh organic basil that is at its peak in the summertime.


Romaine hearts salad with mandarin orange slices and sesame dressing adds freshness to any day in any season.

Organic peaches, plums, apricots, tangelos and oranges for sale at Whole Foods Market from local farmers in CA. You can almost taste how juicy they are!

What are ways you incorporate summer into the middle of winter?

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
January 2014

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. – Henry David Thoreau

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” –

Henry David Thoreau

From one of my all time favorite writers and extraordinary minds in the literary world, Henry David Thoreau comes this quote about our human potential.

Ever since I read Walden by him in my Honors English class in high school, I was hooked and fascinated at the same time.
When Thoreau wrote Walden he lived without modern amenities and chose to so he could think, ponder his existence and simplify everything. If you have never read the book Walden, pick it up at your local library, or get it for free on Google Books. You can read most any classic book in public domain, thanks to the Google initiative to make classic works accessable to everyone.


Paulette Le Pore Motzko

January 2014

12:11 midnight


Photography by Paulette L. Motzko, Black & White Hibiscus
Copyright January 2014

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty. – Edgar Allan Poe

“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.” – Edgar Allan Poe

How would you define Beauty?

What kinds of things or situations are beautiful to you?


Photography by Paulette L. Motzko, Pink Hibiscus, one of the only blooms on a massive bush…I couldn’t resist capturing it!

Copyright January 2014, Paulette Le Pore Motzko

This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. – Alan Watts

“This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” – Alan Watts


Photography by Paulette L. Motzko, Taken at The Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, CA. Close up detail of children’s mosaic wall, each totally unique like the children who painted them.

What would you like to do for a living that is feasable, in the here and now,  that would feel like you were playing?

Copyright, January 2014, Paulette L. Motzko

11:47 p.m.

Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know. – Alan Watts

“Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know.” –

Alan Watts

Photography by Paulette L. Motzko, taken at The Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa

Copyright, Paulette L. Motzko

January 15th, 2014

11:21 p.m.

I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about. – Henry Ford

“I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.” – Henry Ford

What experience have you gone through recently where you know your prayers were answered?




Photography by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Written by Paulette L. Motzko

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. – Marcus Aurelius

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them” – Marcus Aurelius

How do you interpret Marcus Aurelius’ poetic phrase “running with the stars”?

I interpret it to mean when you have absolute no tension in yourr body and joy in your heart and soul.

That for me would be it used to be playing my upright grand piano or writing a new piece of music or a new musical composition-lyrics & music in endless combinations. Now it is having an eye for the special in the ordinary..and writing and embelling what I write with the photos I take..sometime the other way around. Another simple joy is when I see a photo emerge in my mind’s eye, as though I am looking through my Nikon camera….like here on Christmas night…


Walking the pier-any pier-and breathing in the sea air and seeing the seagulls soar, or creating a dish that people can enjoy all over the world.
That is how I “run with the stars”….

How do you?




When was the last time you “ran with the stars”, so to speak, as Marcus Aurelius so poetically said?

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Photography & Digital Photo Editing by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
And Nick F. Belman

Copyright January 2014

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin


The more knowledge you have the better the job you will be able to get. The better the job, the more money you will make. The more money you make the less stress you will have. The less stress you have the better you will feel and healthier in mind, body and soul. – Paulette Le Pore Motzko

We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and bones. – Henry David Thoreau

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
December 6th, 2013
1:41 a.m.

I spotted this wonderful quote in my vocabulary builder daily word and had to open my WordPress app on my Android MyTouch Smart Phone and capture it.

Henry David Thoreau is one of my favorite authors and my love of his works began with Honors English class and my fantastic teacher Mrs. Covington telling me how he wrote the book “Waldon”. Thoreau wanted to go back to nature, and not use electricity, and refrained from progress. He wanted to get “back to nature” and lived in a cabin with only a kerosine lamp to light his way as he wrote what would be one of the great classic literary works of all time- Waldon.

If you weren’t lucky enough to have the great English teachers that opened my world to how they wrote and why and understanding what the great writer’s motivations were….helping to understand and appreciate the book or poem more fully…check it out from the library, or you might find it on GoogleBooks on the Google Play section. Many books in the public domain are available to read on your IPOD, IPAD or computer for free or for a few dollars..most under $5.

I often remember the words Mrs. Covington told me about writing and creating. She said these to me that I tell young adults writing term papers and especially people who hated English or writing or reading to inspire them.

“If you write in a journal each day you will become a better writer. When you read each day you will be exposed to new ideas, concepts and words building your broad view of the world and people in it. The better writer you are the better speaker you will be, getting better jobs and having more friends and a wider circle of people around you. It is all connected.”

Everybody hated the English classes and sat falling asleep in class or talking behind Mrs. Covington’s back but she was a friend of mine and her words were gold to me. I saw the merit and value in everything she told me…and she was right.

She have me a white Buxton jewelery box I for my graduation in my senior year I still have to this day and wish she could see what all those book reviews and grammar exercises bought me.

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


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.


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


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.


How’s that for imagery?

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

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Thanksgiving Night 2013

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Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Thanksgiving 2013
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Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change. – Malcolm X

“Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.” – Malcolm X

Malcolm X is dead on right. I am angry but I don’t sit around and bitch. I am in the process to contact my congressmen and women to allocate the funding in Orange County, CA in a more intelligent manner.
I want to see every disabled person on SSI or SSDI with a place they can live with dignity and integrity. I am one of those people.
We either need to scrap the housing voucher entirely and come up with a program/solution to the many homeless or displaced disabled people who hear there is no vouchers given for nearly 10 years!
That is unacceptable!!
Those people will be dead by then or put in dangerous situations and injured.
Housing solutions for our Veterans of the USA is another one I want to tackle and the bus systems of OCTA.

As long as I live in Orange County and use the bus systems, I know I can improve the funding to get more buses running so it doesn’t take two hours to get somewhere.

The Access buses have seat belts in them because of me and the lobbying I did with OCTA telling them it was unsafe to drive without them.

Housing rates number one in importance. I want to start a petition and get signatures on it and send it to Washington, D.C.

I am a fire starter that kindles a fire within others for positive change.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko




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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso


What kind of artistic ability do you have?

Are you doing something with it today?

If not, it might be a good idea to go get a canvas and paint or draw or write, or compose a song, or create a culinary masterpiece, or write the novel you have been talking about.

As long as we are always creating, learning and becomining someone more than we were before, life will never be boring and we will never grow old in mind or body.-

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
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November 3rd, 2013

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