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To Plan or Not _ WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

We (my husband and I) are not planners.  I used to be the ultimate planner, and it drove my husband crazy.  In his mind, I had every moment of every day scheduled. However, I was so obsessed with scheduling I never left time for error, breathing.  In the last couple of years, unless it is for work, as well as podcasting, I am a lot more liberal with my time.  I do schedule my workout time every morning as it is my ritual and my time to breath, pant, and sweat.  Sometimes even my exercise time appears to be obsessive to him.  OCD or not, I am going to the gym and at minimum working to get in shape.

 

Because we don’t plan, we assume if we did our day would have a hiccup and we may disappoint one or the other.  However, I am determined on this second day of September in the year 2019 that is going to change.  Rich and I have devoted our time to shift things around and at the end of the day, not only is one of us disappointed, both of us are disappointed.

 

 

 

When I came back this morning from the gym Rich asked what I wanted to do today.  My first reaction was let’s go to the movies – having two in mind, he responded, what else?  As I sit here writing I’m considering either drive out to Amish Country, have a nice meal, since the day is clearing here in Northeast Ohio, or the original plan a movie.  GUESS WHAT, while writing this we decided to drive out to North Canton to see, “Yesterday.”  We also just purchased tickets for “Pump and Dump” at Hilarities on Wednesday night, October 2, 2019.  Sometimes it only takes action to make the changes you want in your life.

Money

I heard Donald Trump tell the press and all that would listen that our economy is the best it has ever been.  He says we all have more money in our pockets now that he is president, and if we want to stay financially healthy, we have no other choice but to elect him again in 2020.  EXCUSE me, I work and live in the real world, not the fake façade he is illustrating, and our economy is S H I T, and it is getting worse under his administration.

 

 

 

 

When I see consumers coming in the store to purchase electronics that their children need for school, whether it be public, private, or collegiate, they are struggling to obtain while credit is being denied.  We are all struggling as it appears many of us, including my husband and I who must work multiple jobs despite our age.  As we take on part-time work, there is no guarantee for hours, which results in more or less pay, often less.  However, our bills do not fluctuate with our income.  Sure, I could cut back on the electric bill by turning off the airconditioning; however, my medical bills would probably go up due to allergies and the excessive heat we have experienced.  It’s like stealing from Peter to pay Paul.

 

I am not complaining about my life, what I am trying to express is that Donald Trump is lying to the public and putting fear in those that are struggling that he is the Messiah and the only one to fix something he has broken.  Ask yourself this question; how can you trust anyone who uses Bankruptcy ever time he makes a financial mistake?  It is also essential to ask why he is so afraid to show his TAX returns.  I have to show mine every year to update my student loan status, and even some jobs are requiring submission for review.  As a citizen of the United States of America, what makes The Donald a privileged?

 

With a year plus to go for the run for the White House let me say, I want the best person to represent me.  Although I have been a Democrat by choice most of my voting life, I have crossed the party line when the candidate has similar values that meet my needs as well as the majority of the community; they will get my vote.  Our representatives, as well as all our elected government officials, are elected to represent the majority.

 

Let’s get our shit together before it’s too late!

Monday Morning, Whatever

Monday, sometimes considered the other first day of the week, when Sunday is the first!  So who changed the second day of the week to the first and why?  As you ponder this question consider the following, why does it matter?  At one time, when we were forming a more civilized group of humanity, it must have been necessary to identify each day.  In fact, as a young child, I remember the following, “As the saying goes it is: Monday: Wash Day ~ Tuesday: Ironing Day ~ Wednesday: Sewing Day ~ Thursday: Market Day ~ Friday: Cleaning Day ~ Saturday: Baking Day ~ Sunday: Day of Rest.”

The reality is I wash daily, or as needed.  I rarely iron, but when I do it most likely is not on Tuesday.  As for sewing, I may mend some things now and again, but I am not committed to doing this on a Wednesday.  The market day depends on how often we eat at home or go out, and cleaning day in my house is every day, I cannot stand a mess or a disorder of any type.  Can you say, OCD?  If baking was left for Saturdays, I might never have the opportunity as most of my adult life, Saturday has been a workday.  A rest day on Sunday sounds remarkable dull as I don’t know how to take time out of living life to the fullest.

Happy Birthday A L E X

17 August 1990 at 9:31 am Alex Edwin Hale was born!

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done, but Rich and I didn’t listen!

It took numerous visits to the infertility clinic and many disappointments, including a miscarriage and just days before the invitro, I was molested by a doctor!  I almost did not go through the procedure, but with Richard’s support and love and our desire to have a child together, I am so glad I did!  The sticky sperm separated enough to fertilize the egg that would develop into Alex, our son.

Today 29 years later, I could not be happier with the young man he is.  He too has had his battles from infancy to today, but he continues to get stronger with the adversity of life and is a joy to all who get to know him.  Alex continues to amaze me with the knowledge he possesses and the kind heart that is very vulnerable.  His talents are remarkable, and yet he does not boast or think he is above or beyond others.

Alex is always the first as well as the last one to care for another, and he lives his life-giving to others, that is his true happiness.

To say I love him to the Moon and Back is not enough to express my mother’s love and respect for him.  Join me in wishing Alex (the sports genius with the melodic voice) a H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y!

Thank YOU Brian Melick

I have taken the liberty of copying this post from my dear friend Brian Melick

Wanted to share this information with everyone. On this past July, I had the absolute pleasure to meet and record for Nenad Bach, a Croatian- American musician, and rock star.

Nenad has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. We recorded a beautiful song entitled “I Love Ping Pong / If I Had Another Life” that Nenad wrote for the Anthem of the 1st Annual International Table Tennis Championship for people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease (PwP) under the auspices of the International Table Tennis Federation. Nenad and his organization are incredibly inspiring. I feel honored and blessed to have been lucky enough to meet and work with Nenad.

here is a link to Nenad’s Spotify Listing – please add it to your playlisthttps://open.spotify.com/search/results/nenad%20bach

Please take a few minutes and read below and explore some of the links to learn what amazing findings the medical world has found out through the physical activity of Ping Pong and those diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Please share this – It was sent to me from Nenad Bach
Thank you – Brian

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2019 ITTF Parkinson’s World Table Tennis Championship, October 11th – 13th at the Westchester Table Tennis Center 175 Tompkins Ave, Pleasantville, New York

We are Ping Pong Parkinson, a 501c3 located at 175, Tompkins Avenue, Pleasantville, NY. Established on March 1, 2017, with the goal of halting the progression of Parkinson’s Disease by utilizing ping pong as a form of physical therapy. Our model is based on the concept of neuroplasticity – the brain’s capacity to make new neurons and connections through challenging physical exercise. Although medication remains the focus in the treatment for Parkinson’s, there is compelling evidence for the need for a regular exercise program in managing this disease. The original idea behind this commitment to help Parkinson patients (“Pongers”) attain an improved quality of life through exercise was inspired by two men: John Pepper, a South African who developed a system of lifestyle changes and physical training to reverse his Parkinson’s Disease, and Nenad Bach, a Croatian- American musician and rock star. Nenad had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and noticed that his motor symptoms and mood were improved by playing ping pong. This non-pharmacological approach to his treatment was encouraged by his neurologists who confirmed his improved status. Nenad subsequently recruited several volunteers from the club, including Will Shortz, the crossword editor of the New York Times and the owner of the Westchester Table Tennis Club; Dr. Art Dubow, who together with Nenad created the PPP program. The group meets every Wednesday at 7:30

Program Description

The first international table tennis championship for people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease (PwP) under the auspices of the International Table Tennis Federation will be held at a state-of-the-art facility, Westchester Table Tennis Center, in Pleasantville, New York on October 11-13, 2019. (The ITTF is the governing body for all national table tennis associations, of which 226 members represent practically every country and every continent of the world.) Ping Pong Parkinson (3P), our 501c group which meets weekly, is pleased and proud to be a co-sponsor of this tournament especially, since up to now, PwP’s have been chiefly bypassed and disqualified from entering para-table tennis events, including the Paralympic Games. The main reason for this unfortunate exclusion relates to the heterogeneous nature of the disease itself. It has been said that no two Parkinson patients are alike in their symptom presentation, and this has resulted in extreme difficulty in rating players in a fair and evenhanded manner. With the help of our board, club members and in association and thanks to the assistance of several neurologists, we feel we have resolved this conundrum. (Without going into great detail, we will be having 3 separate tournaments based on severity level) The PD tournament was conceived not only as a competitive contest but also as a means of drawing together people diagnosed with PD in a 3-day setting in order to promote Parkinson’s support, camaraderie and education

SOME LINKS:

Official Website:
https://pingpongparkinson.com/

VIDEO- Ping Pong Parkinson promo Dave Steck ITTF Foundation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsUNkx75a94

International Table Tennis Federation -official site:
https://www.ittf.com/…/westchester-ready-entries-open-park…/

VIDEO by CBS New York:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hIWDNQe2HM

VIDEO- The official anthem for the 2019 ITTF Parkinson’s World TT Championships
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGlbR8gvPEI

Nenad Bach interview Butterfly 1 in Japanese
https://www.butterfly.co.jp/takurepo/interview/…/012985.html

Nenad Bach in German press
https://www.mytischtennis.de/…/medizin-tischtennis–ping-po…

VIDEO- Voice of America in Chinese
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_K-pZ6Coiw&feature=youtu.be

VIDEO- Press Conference during the World Tennis Championship (April 2019-Budapest, Hungary)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6iStOnwKCY&t=0s

Dominick Gagliano
Mario F Panzarino Jr.

 

Just4theSpellofIt!

Just 4 the Spell of It is coming to a city near you!

If you like word games, Word with Friends or Scrabble this may be the year to invite the founder of Just 4 the Spell of It into your home, school, business, community center, church, synagogue, or Masque.  Gary Moss, the founder of this organization, is hitting the road and traveling across the United States, bringing Scrabble Events to your community.  For more information or to schedule an event, please contact Gary jftsoi.moss@gmail.com.  This journey will begin in Southern California and will stop in Encino, Ca. as well as Las Vegas, Nevada.  Many of his other stops include Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario, Canada, as well as NewYork.  He will also be in Tennessee, Colorado, and Arizona, and other parts of this great USA that his YARIS will take him to.

Newclevelandradio.net will podcast with JFTSOI as this journey begins on August 24th and will conclude approximately eight weeks later.  If successful with your assistance, arranging Scrabble Club Nights, Word Seminars, and learning how to become a Word GURU, Gary may continue taking this fun experience on the road.

 

Scrabble is not only a fun and challenging game; it is a delightful learning tool for children of all ages.

https://www.facebook.com/Just4TheSpellOfIt/

Alone and Lonely or Content and Happy?

Alone and Lonely are not the same.  Alone may or may not be a choice.  Some people enjoy spending time independently whether reading, enjoying music, writing, or just observing the here and now.  However, lonely identifies sadness, the feeling of being without companionship, love, or the resources to escape from that state of mind.

 

 

 

Have you ever been alone and lonely when in the company of other people?  Were you with your family or friends who made you feel unwelcome, or did you create those thoughts in your mind?

 

 

 

 

 

Life is too short to live in an unhappy situation; at the same time, not every moment of every day is filled with excitement.  The honeymoon does not last for a lifetime 24/7, but if you can experience moments of delight, you can build off of it to achieve happiness.  To do this, you must find what is essential for you.

 

 

If you have been watching my morning segments on “Facebook Live” you may have noticed I have a reoccurring theme, do something positive for yourself, even if it is difficult, take one step at a time.  If you slip and fall, brush yourself off and try again.  This journey is not a contest; it’s living the one life you have with fewer regrets.

 

 

If I can help one person smile today, it will be an achievement from my heart and soul, and I too will have a smile on my lips

SEEDS by Terri-Lynn Pellegri

Seeds

I marvel at the idea of a seed. The power, the information, the possibility that lives inside a very tiny thing. It’s the beginning. It honestly makes me teary-eyed and shiver with delight. I get to use my imagination, trust and believe, dream of the future of what something, can possibly become. Whether this seed is one that is visible to me, that may grow into a plant or flower, or a seed of thought that has the ability to expand and become something more, to transform peoples beliefs, either way, the potential is there. A number of years ago, I was at the home of Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes preparing for a photoshoot with Bill and his mother Sandy Stewart for their CD “Something to Remember”. I was in the backyard where these beautiful delicate lilies were growing and was overcome by them. It was September, the time of year when some had gone to seed, Renee reached in and plucked some off and placed them in my hand. We transferred them into a little envelope and I took them home. That next year I planted them in small containers so I could identify them and care for them while they sprouted. At the end of the summer, they had grown big enough for me to transplant into the ground. It took a few years of watching them, watering them until I actually got a flower. Now seeing them grow in my backyard, I think about that day when Renee handed me those seeds. It gives me a lift, it all has to start somewhere, and sometimes it’s just a simple gesture. That thought is the fuel that powers this little engine… “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can”.
@reneerosnes #lily #seed #seeds #believe #backyardgarden

ARE U LISTENING!

Yesterday I noticed someone (who I barely know) had posted that for his birthday donations to Autism Speaks would be kindly accepted. I privately messaged him and shared the following:
For almost 8 + years, my son and I supported Autism Speaks locally as well as at various walks, not local. We did so on our time and our dime, however, the more we helped them, the less we were acknowledged. We were not looking for a pat on the back, but we wanted to be heard because as the phrase goes, “Autism Speaks in Listening,” however they aren’t. They are just another 501c3 that pushes their volunteers to go out and raise money for the organization. The funds, in theory, are being assessed for research but how much of that money is going into salaries, and other upfront costs. The majority of families soliciting funds are scrapping by taking care of their children. Very little money donated to Autism Speaks goes toward helping individuals on the spectrum and families. “Only 1.6% of Autism Speaks’ budget goes towards the “Family Service” grants that are the organization’s means of funding services.”

When Autism Speaks about the spectrum, they dramatize the lowest end of the lineage, and they are ignoring those that may need it the most, the high functioning. And their counterparts may teeter-totter on the line. Out of 26 members on the board of Autism Speaks, only two are identified on the spectrum., and one may not have any connection to the malady known as Autism!

My son Alex pointed out to the local board that it was time to stand up to this organization and stop portraying individuals that have Autism as mysterious and frightening people. He was speaking for all and suggesting it is time to be aware of the realism that is associated with the Spectrum Disorder. It is also time to understand the mixed-bag of diagnosis labels given to children who grow up to be adults. If we assume Autism is mysterious, and we are frightened by their unique qualities, consider how they may be looking at the rest of the world. Who says we are normal and they are not?

My son Alex was once told he would not amount to anything by a local psychiatrist here in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Well, Alex proved her wrong, and he wants to help others escape the labels and preconceived notions. Alex has a dream (2 dreams). The first is to follow his heart and passion for baseball and grow within the MLB system. He will never be a major league player, but he wants to develop within the framework of this remarkable group of people. Also, he is determined to show you and the rest of this bigoted society that he and others weird. They may have symptoms of the disorder; therefore, they have unique abilities to function if we provide the pathway.

We must stop separating them and their families, leaving our communities disjointed. The value of their voices through art, music, sports, science, technology, and various contributions they can offer is invaluable. Autism Speaks must learn to speak their language and listen to their needs and wants. Do not assume that if you have a child on the spectrum, they will only have friends or acquaintances just like them. It is time to stop pairing one Aussie with another.

Alex is not in this fight alone. Here in Cleveland, Ohio, the brave and vocal John Keaney walks around this city with a sign that states his name and proudly displays he has Autism. Note, he has Autism, but Autism does not have him. John is able and capable of living on his own, driving, working as well as cultivating friends despite what some doctors and or scientist may have told his family. The word is out to stop the ignorance.

Creating a dating site for those on the spectrum is wrong! Get to know someone with Autism and learn how easy it is to love them. I fell in love with my husband 35+ years ago. I did not know what Autism was and neither did he, however as his mother said on numerous occasions, Rich marches to the beat of a different drummer. Although I agree, I learned to march with him, and last week we celebrated our 35th Wedding Anniversary. I am in love with my husband, who has Autism and functions like the typical population. Alex is living life as a regular individual. Isn’t it time we tell Autism Speaks to stop the chatter and listen?

Choose

A year ago, I was working out daily, sometimes too often and too long, causing myself some undue anxiety.  I continued at this pace through the early Fall, using our trip to NY and starting a new weekend job as an excuse as to why I didn’t have time or the energy to continue.  Along came winter, cold temperatures and snow giving me yet another “stupid” reason not to get to the gym.  While working out, I was more aware and in tune what I was feeding my body as well as experiencing the good feelings, often referred to endorphins.  Since the 1st of the year, I’ve been back but not consistently, until I chose to make it public that I am getting back into the groove.  The best way for me to get healthier and maintain my positive energy is by working out and eating correctly.  On Monday of this wee, I set a plan in motion to work out, treadmill walking at my gym, Anytime Fitness.  The first step was putting it on my calendar for first thing in the morning, Monday – Thursday.  I have left Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as off days, as two of those days I am on my feet walking for 3 -4 hours.  I know it is essential for me to share my plan to help me stay focused and reach the goals necessary for my well being.  I have learned through, “The Intentionality Gurus,” https://newclevelandradio.net/the-intentionality-gurus-with-candace-pollock/ this is vital, for me.

 

We all can make changes that will enhance our lives.  It takes choosing to do so.  Don’t waste your minutes, hours, and days waiting for the right time, it is up to you as it was up to me!