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Moments When Life Is Looking-Glass Magical

Author extraordinaire Erin Morgenstern—and the genius behind The Night Circus—shows us those brief, unexpected times that elevate life into a mirror-shimmering otherworldliness that’s still undeniably real.

By Erin Morgenstern

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When It’s 3 a.m.
I like to call it nighttime brain: the way your mind seems to function on a different frequency than it does during daylight hours—which can be good or bad but also can lead to unexpected epiphanies or experiences that wouldn’t be the same at any other time of day. They say it’s darkest before the dawn, but it also tends to be quietest, and the quiet lets you hear yourself better.

When You Experience Kitchen Alchemy
You don’t have to be a chef or even a particularly good cook to experience proper kitchen alchemy: the moment when ingredients combine to form something more delectable than the sum of their parts. Fancy ingredients or recipes not required; simple, made-up things are usually even better. Apples made luscious with cinnamon and sugar and butter or fresh tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with sea salt. It tastes even better because you made it yourself.

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There’s No Such Thing As An Uneventful Day…

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“Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy, or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s-syndrome child. Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kin

dnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example. Each smallest act of kindness—even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile—reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will. All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined—those dead, those living, those generations yet to come—that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands. Therefore, after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope, for each of us is a thread critical to the strength—to the very survival of the human tapestry. Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in this momentous day.”
― Dean Koontz, From the Corner of His Eye

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A Quote For Today…

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“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff.

Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane.

It simply won’t happen.

Change your attitude and gain some altitude.

Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”
― Donald J. Trump

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Be…

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“You don’t have to let the surroundings and occurrences of your world bring you stress. You can choose to give them love and appreciation.

Instead of handing out judgments about every little frustration, annoyance and disturbance, you can exude peace and positive purpose.

Instead of letting life get to you, let real, authentic joy flow forth from you.

You are perfectly capable of being ever peaceful, even though you may not always be in peaceful surroundings. You are easily and naturally able to be continually positive, regardless of what may come your way.

The quality of your life in every moment is your decision. Peace is not a place or even an external condition, but a choice of how you are.

Let go of conflicting thoughts about how life is supposed to be.

Live life simply and purely as you choose to be.”

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Music & Movie Making…

I created the following video to the original song Restore Me Lord written & performed by Max Soelzer who also happens to be my big brother. This video was the first video I created using windows movie maker and I’m quite pleased with the results. I hope you enjoy the video & music as well…

Max Soelzer’s Music available on itunes.

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More Life Lessons…

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I love the following life lessons & wanted to share these with you; they come from a book I’ve been reading entitled Lean Forward into Your Life: Begin Each Day As If It Were on Purpose by Mary Ann Radmacher…

How is it that one is able to articulate the landscape of the spirit? The geography of the heart is understood and seen in ways which are, essentially, ineffable. Such understanding is a journey, a discovery, a joy: peculiar and particular. In our spirits’ holy night sky we come to know the singular beauty and magic that is our own music.

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Quotes: Interesting Perspectives…

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 “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”

― Henry James

Writing is a concentrated form of thinking…a young writer sees that with words he can place himself more clearly into the world. Words on a page, that’s all it takes to help him separate himself from the forces around him, streets and people and pressures and feelings. He learns to think about these things, to ride his own sentences into new perceptions.”

Don Delillo

 

“There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.”

― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

 

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss

 

“Under the seams runs the pain.”

― Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red

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Starting now…

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1.     Make this year the year you follow through.

2.     Invigorate body and mind: exercise until your spirit soars.

3.     Other people may have opinions about where your life is headed, but only you have the power to prove them wrong.

4.     The path to fearless living goes straight through the roadblocks, not around them.

5.     Seek out foods that sustain, nourish and warm you.

6.     Creativity goes beyond sheer artistry: it takes courage to express your ideas.

7.     Disagreements offer invaluable insights. Don’t avoid them– study them.

8.     To truly detoxify your lifestyle, thin about what you can add in not just take out.

9.     The coziest homes aren’t merely filled with stuff: they’re designed to bring people      closer.

10.    As ending doesn’t have to be sad. It’s the only way to begin something new.

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No doubt about it…

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The image above reminds me to stay open to all possibilities. You never  know when you’ll feel the pull of inspiration. The important thing is to recognize it and not let doubt get in your way of taking action.

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TEN THOUGHTS ON WHOLE LIVING…

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Revelations

 The shape of your life reveals itself to you moment by moment.

 

Forgiveness

 In refusing to forgive old hurts, you live them over again. Learn to let go.

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