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6:14 am

 Anything Is Possible!
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I love my job. Not many people can say that, but I truly feel blessed meeting and interviewing gifted men and woman, many whom have become lifelong friends.

I recently interviewed one such gifted artist, and gentle soul, Martha Carrer Cruz Gabriel. [Her interview, The Aural of Art, can be read on the Renderosity Front Page News achieves.]

Martha is a lover of quotes. Below are some words of wisdom that she recently passed along to me, and that I would, in turn, like to share with you.

Wishing you all a most wonderful New Year!


Anything Is Possible
Author Unknown

If there was ever a time to dare,
To make a difference,
To embark on something worth doing,
It Is Now!
Not for any grand cause, necessarily ...
But for something that tugs at your heart,
Something that's your inspiration,
Something that's your dream.

You owe it to yourself
To make your days here count.
Have Fun.
Dig Deep.
Dream Big.

Know, though, that ...
Things worth doing seldom come easy.
There will be good days.
And there will be bad days.
There will be times when you want to turn around,
Pack it up, and call it quits.
Those times tell you
That you are pushing yourself,
That you are not afraid to learn by trying.

Because with an idea,
Determination, and the right tools,
You can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect,
And your heart, guide you.

Believe in the incredible power of the human mind.
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of working hard.
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons.
Of lasting friends.
Of all the things that will cross your path this year.

The start of something new
Brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible!

8:18 am

 Guilty Pleasures - what's yours?
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A guilty pleasure is indulging privately in something (seemingly innocent), that you would be embarrassed that anyone knew you achieved pleasure from ... and my day is filled with them.

The top of my guilty pleasures' list has to be television shows. My current addiction is the alternative music cable channel (featuring young men with eyeliner screaming to angst-ridden hard rock songs). As I work from home, I would be devastated if the UPS man delivered a package and I was sitting in my office head-banging to 30 Seconds To Mars, or Fall Out Boy.

My guilty pleasure movie is Alexander (I own the DVD and watch it whenever time permits), featuring heartthrob Jared Leto ... who also is the lead singer in 30 Seconds To Mars ... hmm, perhaps a connection?

I also enjoy sneaking in an afternoon happy nappy (the American "sleeping" nappy, not the Australian “diaper” nappy), dancing in the kitchen with my black Labrador Jake, and singing loudly along with the radio while driving on isolated country roads.

I know you have them too ... come on ... be brave and share some of your guilty pleasures.

Happy Holiday,

8:35 am

 Martha's Interview
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In a recent Renderosity assignment, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brazilian artist Martha Carrer Cruz Gabriel. I was delighted to find not only a remarkable artist but also a warm, generous and brilliant lady. Her artistic uniqueness stems from her works of art that peak the viewers’ senses. Martha explores the world of art not just with sight but also with sound.

Yet, through all her artistic and academic acclaim, Martha remains a humble, gentle soul, with a total lack of ego. I invite you to get to know Martha Carrer Cruz Gabriel, through her Renderosity Front Page interview.


6:19 am

 A Holiday Wish
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I wanted to take a few moments to wish everyone a most magical of holiday seasons. If you are like me, the tendency to put off for tomorrow what we should do today is an everyday norm. Too often I have put off saying thank you, or given a friend a hug (even a verbal one). Too often I have not let go of minor grievances, allowing myself to forgive and be forgiven. Too often I have let “I love you,” go unsaid, even though it was not un-thought.

There are times that forever engulfs me; I feel eternal. Yet other times the reality of reality sets in. Life is short. At times far too short. I am not sure why it hits me the hardest around the holiday season. Too many people or pets that I have loved dearly have passed away this time of year.

There should be a law. Dying should not occur between the months of November through February. There should only be a celebration of life. While we are at it, snow should always fall (and stick everywhere but the roadways) during the months of November and December; blanketing the world in an illusion of purity. If peace cannot be with us each day, at least let it last as long as the snow.

May you be hugged today ... tightly! May all your holiday wishes come true. May the beauty of the season last throughout the upcoming year.

A huge holiday hug to everyone, and thanks you all for being you!

7:39 am

 Words Of Endearment
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Throughout my life certain words become flies and my brain reacts to them with an aching curiosity. When encountering specific new words, I become a frog; sticking out my tongue, capturing the word, rolling it around my mouth with great delight before finally digesting it with a ravenous hunger for more.

I remember the first time I heard the word entrepreneur. I was sipping tea with an elderly lady, and she was telling stories of her husband, an entrepreneur during the great depression. Her eyes lit up with delight in the telling of her tale, and all I wanted to do was run home and grab a dictionary.

In college my freshman English professor called me into her office after class to tell me that I was gregarious. I thanked her for her honesty, yet left the meeting wondering if I had been praised or insulted.

In my senior year eclectic became my favorite word. I don’t recall the first time I heard the word, but I am sure it was in art class, as every piece I created that year was filled with eclectic symbolism.

One of my favorite words, epiphany, first peaked my interest when I heard the vampire, Angel, cavalierly toss it about one night on the now defunct “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV show. I instantly fell in lust with the word epiphany, and for well over a year it became one of my favorites; working it into conversation whenever possible.

This past month I tripped upon a favorite new word, tutelage. The act of tutoring is not a new concept, nor is the word tutor. However, I could not recall hearing the word tutelage before last month. It was bantered about a PBS mini-series. Oddly enough within the next weeks every time I turned on the television, someone was engaged in the act of tutelage.

I became fascinated with the word, to the point of obsession. I loved the way it rolled around my mouth and lingered on my tongue before allowing to be released. It tickled both my mouth and my imagination. A combination of Latin and English, a word of antiquity: tutelage.

I am curious, am I the only one with this obsession? Do you have a special word that lingers within your brain, dances around your imagination, a word that becomes impossible to forget?

This month my favorite new word is tutelage, and I can hardly wait for its replacement.


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