Buying and Selling

Achieving success in life has a lot more to do with how you define being successful than it does with doing what others tell you to do.

So long as people buy what someone is putting out regarding “becoming successful,” then the salesman wins and gets money in their pocket.  Does the salesman ultimately care if their method works for others?
So long as their end goal is met, they probably couldn’t care less because they are busy with the next sale.  This is to be read “they don’t have time to care,” aside from the caring that builds their business.

The definition of success is defined by each individual, and those who are being “sold” are supporting someone else’s dream and therefore, (monetary) success.  There are no definite “X Steps To Success,” and whoever buys into it, is being sold; The seller wins.

So long as one believes these things to be the “key” to success, it is self-evident that another person’s life is being idolized vs creating one’s own definition of it, and thereby not living one’s own.  Until you truly understand and believe that you are your ownwhy,” you are fooling yourself and will suffer needlessly (and others as a result).  Let’s add here that no one’s life is perfect, nor would salespeople be willing to show off the true “behind the scenes” footage, so to speak.  They sell.  Successful selling only exists if the true cost is not shown.  Right?

“The biggest breakthroughs come from outsiders—people who have no career or prestige, people like Einstein—who look at the current assumptions and simply say, ‘What if this wasn’t true? What could be a better explanation?'”

Granted, I doubt Einstein’s main goal was chasing paper or fame, but look at where he is today!

Be your own “why.”

Keep pursuing that which makes one happiest, the rest falls into place as it should.




Master Remake



Despite being an advertisement, this is a beautiful message from the older and wiser ❤





T for Terror, T for Threat.


With this type of “forward” movement, we will indeed need to “Make America Great Again.”


Through Chaplin Lips

The text to accompany this YouTube video:  In 1940, a movie was released starring Charlie Chaplin (who also wrote the piece) about a poor Jewish barber who is mistaken for a dictator of a similar appearance and takes his place. In his rejection of the position he ends up giving one of the most inspirational speeches ever recorded.

Laying it on the line


Bea-chy keen



That time, on the river




As a parent, there are a few things I wonder about (well, more than just a “few,” but I will limit myself).

With all the social media hype that exists in today’s world, it is only natural to share photos of your most intimate moments as soon as possible, right?  To some, this is “natural.”  I see it more as an invasion of privacy… which is why I’m ok with sharing those moments with those who are either experiencing them with me, or with those who ask about it, privately.

Maybe I’m old-fashioned.

Maybe it’s because I have a little girl.


Imagine this:
you are a child, growing up in your world of love, magic, make-believe and wonder. Your
parents are constantly taking photos of you, taking photos of themselves with you, and always staring down at the small object in their hands.  As you get older, you learn that it is a “phone,” and you can see pictures and videos of yourself -awesome!  and that it also plays music -oh joy! and let’s not even get started on the games….

Later still, when you learn more about the internet, that ‘thing’ people are always on and using, you decide to Google your name, you know, for fun.

All of a sudden, your entire life shows up… from the picture of your mother, half-naked in her hospital gown the day she gave birth to you, to your entire baby and childhood, where your parents post funny (and embarrassing) photos of you.. Pictures, videos, comments, people: you name it, it’s there staring you in the face and available for the world.

Your.  Personal.  life.

It is at this exact moment that I wonder what a child will feel.


As you may realize, this is the first generation of this type of behavior, and the babies in this position are not yet old enough to know the extent of “Googling.”  As we all know, what goes up online is permanent somewhere.  Will they be appreciative?  Will they feel betrayed?  Exposed?  Violated?  Happy that their life has been chronicled on the world wide web?

If we as parents do not instill in our child the value and importance of privacy, and that they have the right to it, who will?

I know plenty of people (friends, family and public people) who share their child’s photos, videos, and other information online, and I do not mean to offend them (sorrynotsorry): we are all doing our best- and that certainly encompasses a wide range.  I do know that I have enough to worry about with her (have you seen the news, with the sicko who was …), so I err on the side of caution vs anything of hers falling into the wrong hands, or her learning that photos and instant gratification postings are online popularity contests, or that she should share everything about herself online.  She deserves her innocence.

We do not yet know what the fate of Flower Girl BW
the social media networks will be as we grow older, or what type of effect or repercussions they will have on our lives… or just how dynamic the world ahead will be-  it’s all such new ground we are treading on.  As an “old-fashioned, protective mama bear,” I choose to limit my daughter’s exposure in that sense… and when she is old enough to join the hype, then it will be her decision, because she will be old enough to know more than a helpless child does.  Our job for now is to protect, love, and serve (hot’n’healthy meals).  I privately share personal things with those I trust, and who take the moment to ask.


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