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Date: 1/2/2013 7:44 AM PST

So, here it is: another new year, another opportunity to take steps to make your life better, to accomplish something great. Don’t be the same person at the end of the year as you are now. What will it be for you? Take some time and come up with one thing that you intend to make happen in 2013. Share it with me. Let’s make it happen. I intend to write another best-selling, full length book.

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Date: 12/27/2012 7:17 AM PST

Today, try to be really aware of what you are experiencing. Be the conscious, but compassionate, observer of yourself. Really live each moment in an awareness that today is your day to really live. Big things, small things, it's what your life is made of. Feel good. Bring to mind this awareness as often as you can today. Pay special attention to how you feel in that moment. Once you are aware of how you feel you will be able to decide if that's how you want to feel. That awareness will help you make a choice that results in a little better feeling next time. Start living your life on purpose, not by default. Feel good.

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Date: 12/10/2012 7:06 AM PST

Check out this interview done for "The Writer's Dream". It was recorded last year. It tells my story. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVpf18oYHPs

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Date: 10/29/2012 11:55 AM PDT

There’s More There than Meets the Eye I went to Dunkin Donuts last to get a cup of coffee as I often do. I feel that the caffeine helps me stay awake so I can do some reading or writing. I also just love Dunkin Donuts coffee. Usually either Jorge or Rich is there to serve me. Jorge always has my coffee ready for me as soon as I walk in. Medium, milk one sugar. He always makes me feel good. He works hard, sometimes six or seven 14 hour days per week. I have much respect for him. Tonight Rich was there. He always takes an interest in my talks, asking me where I’ve been recently. He is very well read. One area of interest is Eastern Religions. I mentioned to him that I had just finished a small book by Thich Nhat Hanh which was given to me by a friend. Rich knew all about him having read many of his books. He even promised me that he will bring one of his books in next week for me to borrow. I love getting to know people who work in service businesses. So often when you engage them in conversation they reveal much more going on inside them than we might at first give them credit for. It happens over and over to me. Don’t be too quick to make judgements about people because they might work serving coffee in Dunkin Donuts. Be sure that more often than not, there’s more there than meets the eye.

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Date: 10/26/2012 9:11 AM PDT

Earlier this week I was making my way from my class that I teach at the DWI Alternative Facility in Yaphank to an appointment in Southampton. I had quite a bit of extra time before my meeting in Southampton, so I decided to stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island in Manorville. I had passed the Shrine hundreds of times before while on my way to the Hamptons. I drove in not knowing what to expect. I followed the winding road in and parked in an area that looked like the place to park. I visited several buildings (chapels)sitting for a few minutes in each to enjoy the presence of God. I then began to follow a paved trail through the woods, around and up a slight incline. At the top was a huge boulder which was the base for a larger that life statue of Mary holding her infant son, Jesus. In front of the statue and boulder was an altar surrounded by many rows of wooden benches. From the back of the area I could see south to what was, I think, the Moriches bay and beyond to the Atlantic Ocean. The place was empty and just cried out to me to stay and be still. I felt as if I were on retreat, just me and the Lord, experiencing each other's presence. The day was beautiful, warm and sunny, which set off the brilliant blue sky, the deep greens of the lush pine trees and the occasional bright splash of yellows and reds of the fabulous fall folliage. It reminded me how important it is to be alone, by myself, with myself and just BE. The serenity I experienced that day will call me back, I'm sure, to seek time to reconnect with my Creator, as I did that day.

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Date: 10/10/2012 6:53 AM PDT

I was one of 4 authors honored yesterday by "The Corridor" magazine. It was a packed room and all the authors were greeted enthusiatically. My fellow authors were Jean Marie Prince, Ellen Lichtenstein and Ernie Fazio. I got a chance to speak for a few minutes and presented my "Parable of the Mansion", to the delight of the audience. Thanks to Barbara Kent, Publisher and Editor in Chief of "The Corridor". Many photos were taken and I'm sure they're posted all over facebook.

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Date: 7/14/2011 1:47 PM PDT

Many of us live our lives like we were driving a car with the parking brake on...moving but never feeling the ease that living life could and should be.
When we realease the parking brake the car moves forward easily. We shake our heads and wonder why it took so long to release the brake.
Our limiting beliefs are like that parking brake. Once we can rid ourselves of those beliefs that tell us who we can't be and what we can't do, watch out. We'll start living life full speed ahead.

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Date: 7/13/2011 8:12 AM PDT

Today I am introducing my SIMPLE HAPPINESS INNER CIRLCE. I am so excited about this introduction. It has been in the planning stages for months and finally it is here. It is a membership site for those who want more out of life. Weekly themes and assignments will be the template.
Every Wednesday I send out an "Aha Moment", an empowering thought to lift you up in the middle of the week. This SIMPLE HAPPINESS INNER CIRCLE will be much, much more than just an idea. We will take the concepts and dig deeper, not only offering a new idea, but giving assignments so that members can feel the joy of putting the ideas into practice.
It's all about feeling good all day long. These lessons and assignments will do just that. By putting the ideas into practice members will start to feel good right away. It is the path to conscious, joyful living.
Tell everyone about it. Just click on http://bit.ly/q0JItp.

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Date: 6/7/2011 2:06 PM PDT

As a former Irish Christian Brother I get communications from time to time relating to the state of the Congregation. I've lifted this paragraph from a presentation recently given by Bro. Philip Pinto. He is speaking about the need for a renewed commitment to follow Christ. Here it is:

"For so long we have based our religious observance on beliefs and propositions. We worry about the divine presence and the virgin birth, about the two natures in Christ and the infallibility of the Pope, about Transubstantiation and the Immaculate Conception. But when one reads and reflects on the Sermon on the Mount, the heart and soul of the Jesus vision, what the early Christians referred to as The Way, we find nothing about what to believe but an alternative ehtic, a way of behaving, a way of living life. Jesus was telling us that there was antother way of living life, another way of relating to people, and he called us to change the world from the inside. It is about behavior rather than belief. We are invited to embrace what is truly eternal. And what is truly eternal is love!"

I love it! Love God, Love your Neighbor. I invite you to read the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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Date: 6/7/2011 8:06 AM PDT

I love to play golf. I'm not the greatest golfer but I feel my best days are still ahead of me. My normal score is in the low 90's. I feel really good when I score in the 80's. Over the past few years I have often put off playing to spend time working in my office. This year I decided that I would play as much golf as I could. I made a commitment to follow my passion for golf.

Last Thursday I was playing a round at the Crab Meadow Golf Course in Northport with three friends. I stood at the tee at the third hole, a par three 161 yards long. I pulled my eight iron from my bag (normally I would have hit a seven iron, but there was a helping wind). I struck the ball and it jumped off the club, travelling high into the air flying right toward the center of the green. It bounced once then on to the green and it proceeded to roll slowly in the direction of the pin. It was as if time stood still. I thought to myself that this is going to be a pretty good shot. Closer, closer it rolled until that wonderful moment when it gently hit the pin and dropped in the cup for a hole-in-one! What a feeling of exhiliration! I jumped and screamed with delight at my first ever hole-in-one.

It was witnessed by all three of my playing partners who also gave a whoop-di-doo on my behalf. What a great day - one that I will never forget. I ended up shooting an 89, by the way. It was mostly good except for two triple bogies and a double.

It is my firm belief that the decision and commitment to play more golf this year opened me up to this experience. Not only did I have the hole-in-one, but my business is doing great as well. My time away from the office has forced me to focus more when I am there, yielding very satisfactory results.

What is your passion? When will you decide to pursue it? Isn't today a good day to make that commitment?

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