“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” ― Theodore Roosevelt. Every day we choose to move forward  with hope,  with determination, with perseverance, and tenacity we have  casted our vote. Because, not every election is political. Many times we need to vote for ourselves, our future, our …

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“I refuse to let others walk thru my mind with their dirty feet.” -Gandhi. I’m a walking contradiction, a conundrum even to myself. For I have everything and nothing at the same time. At the onset of my  ordeal(the stroke) I  missed out on a few social engagements, a tropical vacation, a raise, my apartment …

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“Having hit a wall, the next logical step is not to bang our heads against it.”- Stephen Harper. Whether the wall is a physical one(visible) or an emotional one(invisible) we all are facing a wall of some kind. These walls separate us from our goals, desires, forward movement, and even other people. It is interesting …

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  “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”- Abraham Lincoln. In the ever present stay calm and carry on posters they forget two words, and on. Therefore, they should read  Stay calm and carry on and on and on! Why? Because we are  creatures of great resolve when we’re …

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“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” -Louisa May Alcott. The Jersey Shore is a testament to resilience, community, and triumph. It is a place that was nearly destroyed and its residents run off after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Yet  today it  still  stands  strong and as …

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  “Who are we but the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves, and believe?” ― Scott Turow, Ordinary Heroes. Stories of triumph, stories of success, and stories of dreams coming true. These are the kinds of tales that keep us alive and keep us going. For me, these stories were a life boat in the …

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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”- Marcel Proust. Memories can be a blessing  or a curse to us, or sometimes  even a torment.We all have memories of better times in the  past than our current  circumstances, that  can serve as cruel reminders. However, what if …

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  “If you don’t have wings, create them.” ― Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom. Today, a new  record was quietly accomplished  in a corner of the globe rarely heard of. Three once unrelated strangers gathered in friendship, and one  amazing  personal journey was thrusted ever forward to the “finish line.”   While the …

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  “You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.” ― Chuck Palahniuk. We’ve got to look forward and keep moving, not  delving  into the past.  This is especially hard if you  have fears about what the future holds.  As a  stroke survivor I found that  even my …

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“I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand… Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.”- Jacqueline Cochran We all want control and have visions  of what our future will hold. However, usually  while we’re making plans life  just happens. In these “derailments,” we find things …

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