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>I know It is in my Italian DNA…

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm

>…But I can’t get enough of Dean Martin when he floats by my atmosphere.


>A Few of my Favorite Things….

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2010 at 6:52 am

>Intricate ways to turn words into soul stirring nuggets of inspiration are high on my list of just plain awesome.

Imagine my delight when discovering Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History, Updated and Expanded Edition written by the legendary word smith William Safire opens with a short succinct introduction on the use of the contrapuntal turnaround with two very powerful examples…

Lincoln used it in switching the cynical “Might makes Right” to the moral “Right makes Might”


John Kennedy did the same with “never negotiating out of fear” into “never fear to negotiate.”

These simple but effective contrapunts of the English language move hearts to attention creating that zinging sound bite that can tip the tides of history.

That my friends is what gets nerdy writers excited!

One of the most inspiring speeches of all times delivered by Abraham Lincoln on the occasion of our Civil War is a master stroke of effective efficacy.

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History, Updated and Expanded Edition

These 266 Words Delivered…. Beautifully. Shaped all that would follow.

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

Growing up in Pennsylvania offered many rich historical influences to shape my young life, to be sure, but the fifth grade class trip to Gettysburg is one that colors my heart so deeply and still speaks to me so clearly is one I will never forget. The voices that whispered off the grass covering the battle ground where so many lives were lost in defense of the truth as we walked across and through the gravestones wanted no one to forget.

>Let There Be Light!

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm

>My heart is alternately breaking and expanding with equal beats as I witness the events of our days.

On the surface it is a time of truly devastating tragedies and deep ungrounded indulgence bringing up all our fears, numbing us into inaction because what was will not be what is. On a deeper level we are being called and encouraged to move into the adult conversation, to know the great resourcefulness and incredible displays of true inner spirit we are longing to tap into. Like Mark Antony urging mourners into action over the body of Julius Caesar “If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.” It most certainly won’t be the last. But remember these are adult tears. Propelling action. Finding solutions. Telling the truth.

The era of great leadership seems to be on a hiatus and really when it finally emerges is not wholly going to right this ship. We are in a time when taking personal responsibility must ignite the way forward. Where we’ve been good we are going to need to be great and where we’ve been unconscious we need to wake up. The one thing we can be sure of… the person standing in front of you, driving next to you, working down the hall has experienced, or is experiencing as much trauma as you. In that light. Be kind.   

Our 21st Century America never had to develop its sea legs, we didn’t have to cross an ocean to gain our freedom. We built this America by using freedoms we were given. In the midst of this tremendous transformational time of necessary change there is no need to be discouraged when it seems to only bring more change. Faith is an aspect of consciousness. We can choose to have faith in the microcosm and macrocosm of misery that seems to litter our horizons or we can choose to have faith and vision for a world in harmony. A world transformed. It is not a time to feel powerless and tired to the point we need to curl up in a ball and take a nap closing our hearts and falling into a fog. It is a time to be a light so others, our children, our neighbors, our communities, here and across the globe, can rise and shine. Everyday. Fully fed and safe from suffering.

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors and remembers.” John Kennedy had it right in his speech celebrating Robert Faust.

Make no mistake the message we are currently projecting is being internalized sinking deep into young minds. Right now we are producing (and to a certain extent honoring) role models of zero substance. A series of Pratts, entitled Housewives, Cheaters, Daughters that want to be Porn Stars and a generation looking to celebritize everything about themselves and their existence. 

Let’s be remembered for our ability to change with grace to transform our present turmoils into peace on earth. Let’s get really clear, what we do matters. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Living a life of meaning is not a popularity contest.” We have challenges, for sure, things are breaking apart and falling away… However when Winston Churchill on the day of the French capitulation said “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the human race lasts for a 1000 years, let them say … “This was their finest hour” he offered a space above the doubt, beyond the uncertainty and bleakness of circumstance to rise into.

Join me in celebrating moments of magnificence, individuals of purpose, and every expression of love that you see, encouraging more of that kind of behavior. Uplifting every moment that follows. Leading us into a new era.

Dudes… It is time to say “Let there be Light!”

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In Uncategorized on August 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm


In a moment of grace all karma is burned…
Buddha’s powerful words on achieving escape from suffering through detachment from our thinking and the five senses kicks down the door to freedom.
“All things, O priests, are on fire. And what, O priests, are all these things which are on fire?

“The eye, O priests, is on fire; forms are on fire; eye-consciousness is on fire; impressions received by the eye are on fire; and whatever sensation, pleasant, unpleasant, or indifferent, originates in dependence on impressions received by the eye, that also is on fire.
“And with what are these on fire?
“With the fire of passion, say I, with the fire of hatred, with the fire of infatuation; with birth, old age, death, sorrow, lamentation, misery, grief, and despair are they on fire.
Decide now to get off the “wheel of suffering.” Release your attachment to what was with love in a moment of grace you can give yourself. Do it. Now. Be free today and always. Be free of what was, but more importantly be free to live in the possibility of this moment by being willing to be your best self unattached to any labels anyone, including yourself tries to pin on you.

>Be Our Guest

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2010 at 9:22 pm






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>Defining Moments

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2010 at 11:01 pm

>”You watched Wilie Mayes and like Michael Jordan you couldn’t keep your eyes off him. He did everything well.”

One of my favorite quotes from a humble guy… baseball great Willie Mayes on Charlie Rose when asked about his strategy on the field “They threw it and I hit it.  They hit it and I caught it.”

A mentor of Willie Mayes said to him upon entering professional baseball “You’re going to have to show yourself that you can handle all the stuff that is going to come at you.”

“Greatness is doing what you have to do so others can do what they need to.”

Check out the book — Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend on Amazon. It is an extraordinary story.

>Starting Here. Starting Now.

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2010 at 11:14 pm

>Everythings coming up roses!

Arguably (not for me) Gypsy is the greatest musical of all time. A dream collaboration of Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim with the terrific Arthur Laurents providing the book based on the legendary stage mother to Gypsy Rose Lee and June Havoc.

Here’s two of my favorite performances of the penultimate moments that close out Act one – Everythings Coming Up Roses and the Finale – Rose’s Turn providing examples of a comprehensive master work of that incredibly profound animal from the musical theater — the three act song performed in one kick ass show stopping production number.

Here she is world. Here she is boys. 

You either got it or you aint.

Even late in life, Ethel Merman delivers the goods, showcasing all the juice and essence of the archetypal stage mom filled with all torment of a life in the shadows ultimately remembering there moment in the sun.

With Angela Landsbury the role of Mama Rose shifts….

Everythings coming up Roses.

Curtain up. Light the lights. We’ve got nothing to hit but the heights.

You can do it… all you need is a hand.
We can do it…. Mama is gonna see to it.

Everythings coming up Roses and Daffodils
Everythings coming up Sunshine and Santa Close.

Everything coming up Roses this time for me.

“Just for that moment. It was mine.” — Angela Landsbury “share and hold a moment that belongs to no one else…. living in time and in our memories.”

Here’s Glee’s use of the song…. showcasing the power of the work… however you use it.

This is an interesting transposition of Ethel Merman’s cast recording with the screen version’s Rosalind Russel performance.

That’s what a classic show tune looks like!

>A Mel Prayer

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm


Mel in the Roses – Huntington Gardens
The sacred relationship
Holy union
Of spirit and relationship
That has been opened up
May it be surrendered over
May any thoughts brought forth
Lay at rest
To the highest form of source
Getting our selves
Out of the way
To be of service
To what wants to be born

>Churchill Chatter….

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 at 3:06 am


As the curtain rose on Churchill’s Prime Ministership he knew the tasks ahead were daunting….
“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word.
Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors – victory however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.”

Words to remember.

“Here we are together.”

A speech Churchill made in the Capital of the United States of America which is the very
heart of our democracy…

“it is not given to us to peer into the mysteries of the future… still I avow my hope and faith, sure and inviolate that in the days to come The British and American people will for their own safety and for the good of all, walk together in majesty in justice and in peace.”


That is what magnificence looks like.


In Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 at 1:06 am


Everything I need
I have
Everything  I want
is given me
Everything that is
I am

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