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Pure Imagination,#1256



Every once in a blue moon, you encounter a soul so purely creative and innovative that just being in their very presence is inspiring.  I don’t just mean the kind of inspiring that gets your thoughts spinning and taps into your imagination.  Instead, this sort of once-in-a-lifetime earth shattering force gets your creative juices flowing and doesn’t stop there.  They inspire action.  They inspire the fire that lights your pants and gets you up and going.  They inspire you to share your efforts and to stand up and be noticed.

That was the kind of person my Uncle Irving was.  His creativity was absolutely limitless, and watching him work was mind boggling.

One time I ran into him at the local library with a stack of books in his hands as he was leaving and walking to his car.  His short explanation to me as we crossed paths was “I couldn’t figure out how to do something.”  What a statement!  Uncle Irving simply was not the type of person to give up and under no circumstances would accept defeat.

There are so many funny stories I could share about my uncle, but when I really think about writing this blog, it’s not the stories that I really want to pass along.  I know that my family and friends will read this, and I think what I most want them to take away when they remember Irving Olson is this:

Absolutely anything that you dream of achieving is possible.  Go give it your all and don’t let anybody tell you how to do it.  It’s your dream, and you are its inventor.

He never said those words to me, but just being in his presence made me believe them.  He didn’t have to say those words to me, because Irving Olson led by example.

The last time I used the song “Pure Imagination” for a blog post, it was a blog about Steve Jobs.  Yes, my Uncle Irving was an elite innovator of the highest ranks.. He was Steve Jobs creative, and so…it is time to use this song again.  I’ll give it a bit of a different twist though.  Maroon 5 did a cover of “Pure Imagination” when Gene Wilder passed away a few weeks ago.  It’s a well done cover, and AdamaLevine’s voice is perfect for it.  So, here it is a new spin on a classic…enjoy!


End Note:

I wonder if I’ll ever use “Pure Imagination” again.  Perhaps not, because this type of innovation only comes around once in blue moon.  Uncle Irving passed away just shy of his 103rd birthday.  I hope in the next century, we’ll encounter this rare breed again.  One can only hope.



These Boots Are Made for Walking, #769


I am trying something new today that I have never done with my blog before.  Everyday, WordPress offers a “daily prompt.”  It is a suggestion of a topic to write about.  I have never tried this before, but have always wanted to.  I think it will be fun to see what others have written, too, so here goes nothing.  Today’s “daily prompt” is:

These Boots Were Made for Walking

Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes, and where they’ve taken you.

So, first…..here are the infamous shoes:


If you didn’t guess it.  These are the shoes I wore on my wedding day.  I loooooooovvvveeee them!  Let me tell you a bit about them.

I lived in Santa Monica, CA at the time I was getting married.  There was this amazing shoe store there called “Peter Fox” on Montana Ave. (http://www.peterfox.com/)  The shoes are silk and hand-made from Italy and are known for comfort.  It was my goal to be able to walk and dance all night long during my wedding.  Some friends I know actually wore white sneakers under their wedding dresses, because afterall, if you’re wearing a floor-length wedding dress, then who actually sees the shoes anyways?  I’m a little more traditional than that, but I also didn’t feel a need to wear strappy stilettos either.  Peter Fox shoes were the answer for me!

Guess what?  My satin Mary Janes were the epitome of comfort!  They stayed on all day and night, and I never even thought of taking them off.  They were perfect.  I swore that I would only buy Peter Fox shoes when I needed something dressy from there on out.

Well….that did not happen.  Peter Fox closed it stores both in Santa Monica and New York.  They are now only available online.  So…these are my one and only Peter Fox shoes.  I have not walked great distances in these shoes, but I walked the most meaningful walk of my life in these shoes.  It was one walk down a spiral staircase, into my husband’s arms and into the journey of marriage.  The rest is history.  Now that’s a good pair of shoes, huh?

This “daily prompt” is MADE for a song of the day.  Isn’t it interesting that I would think of using the “daily prompt” on a day when it just so happened to be a song title?  So, of course, my song of the day is Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walking.”  Click HERE to hear it on Youtube, and know, blog readers, that my “boots” really were made for walking……..and dancing all night long!

La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life), #677


In 1999, most Americans had never heard of Ricky Martin.  Sure, some recalled a cute charismatic little boy from the 80’s band, Menudo, but he had been long forgotten.  It wasn’t until the 41st Grammy Awards that all of sudden, the Latin American pop star resurfaced.  With one show-stopping performance, Ricky Martin began a movement of Latin pop music to the United States.  Without him, who knows if we would have ever heard of J-Lo or Shakira.

I am always fascinated how one incredible moment in time can be life-changing.  Ricky Martin had a history of hard work and musical success before appearing on that 41st Grammy awards show, and kudos to the producer who made the decision to take the chance on the not-so-popular non-American-selling performer.  It seems like every bit of Ricky Martin’s devotion to music and his craft led up to that performance, and boom…he exploded on the stage.

I was writing my Top 10 Tuesday music lesson plan this morning about home-made guiros and Latin music (click HERE to read it), and I made the suggestion to parents to put on the song “Livin’ La Vida Loca” for children to rock out to while playing their guiros.  The topic brought this Grammy performance back to my mind.  All these years later, I still remember it.  It was so full of energy and fun and was truly unforgettable.

So, because I was recalling that uplifting performance, I thought I’d share it with all of you as my song of the day.  Click HERE to watch Ricky Martin in 1999 at the 41st Grammy Awards, and may you use it as inspiration to know that hard work and persistence can have a big pay off!  Enjoy, y’all!

The Motivation Proclamation, #650


Yesterday, I was really moved by a video I watched on the internet, and I think it’s important enough to share with my readers.   I had been reading my Facebook news feed and noticed some wedding photos on a friend’s page.  I’m a sucker for sweet photographs, and this couple looked so beautiful and happy.  When I clicked on the photo and enlarged it, I was shocked to see that the groom had no arms and legs.  At first I thought it was a an internet hoax, but as I looked up the story, I found something touching beyond words.  Here’s the picture I saw:


It ends up that Nick Vujicic, originally from Australia but now living in Southern California, was born without limbs.  There is no medical reason for and was no warning that he would be born that way, but he grew up with very loving parents who were determined to give him the best life possible.  As an adult, Vujicic has become a motivational speaker, but it was still hard for me to wrap my brain around this wedding.  I’m ashamed to say that it seemed unrealistic that such a gorgeous woman who could probably have any guy she wanted would marry someone with such big disabilities.  Yes, it was superficial thinking on my part, but I’m being honest about my thoughts.

And then….I watched a video of Nick Vujicic speak about bullying.  All I can say is, “Wow!”  He is is amazing!  Within moments of watching this video, I was looking beyond a man with no limbs and seeing an incredible soul.  It is worthy of sharing with all of you, because it is inspiring.  Here is the video.  I encourage all of you to watch it:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l91cgdFCkJ0.  Here is Nick Vujicic’s website, as well:  http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/

My children walked into the room while I was watching the video.  They are only 6 & 8-years-old, but rather than monitor the content beforehand, I let them watch the video with me.  They were glued to all 17 minutes of this riveting lecture, and we talked all about bullying and kindness when it was over.  Yes parents, watch this video with your kids.  It is so thought-provoking and leads to amazing discussion.

My song of the day is by the rock band, Good Charlotte.  “The Motivation Proclamation” begs the listener to motivate them, so here you go, Good Charlotte.  Here’s your motivation.  It’s a good song for the topic, so click HERE to listen to it, and as you do, I hope it inspires all of my readers, as well.  Everyone needs a good talking to sometimes, and Nick Vujicic is just the guy.


Rain and Inspiration with Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Day #66


I have always been a craftsy kind of a gal. I love to make homemade cards, scrapbook, decoupage. Really, I like all arts and crafts and anything that brings out the creativity in me.

Yesterday, my daughter and I went to one of my favorite stores in the world: Michael’s. It is impossible for me to be in a bad mood in that store as I walk around and oohh and aahh over the countless possibilities .

When I walked in yesterday, there was a table set up with the most gorgeous glittery cards and lacy punch outs I had ever laid my eyes on. There was a photo album with pockets made from grocery store bags. It was amazing! I was inspired and so excited. The table was set up to promote this particular crafter’s classes. The classes even work with my schedule…in the evenings late enough so my husband could watch the kids for an hour. A class like that would be good for my soul. I am in! Going back tomorrow to sign up.

When I lived in Santa Monica, I lived in an amazing 3-level condominium. The top level was a loft which I had set up as an office and crafting studio. My favorite time in the loft was when it rained. The rain would pound on the windowed ceiling, and I would put on Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” It was my favorite music to listen to in the rain as I was crafting. So, as an ode to creativity and inspiration….here’s a little classical music for your Sunday. Turn up your speakers loud and listen to it especially if it rains today. Maybe it will inspire you, too.
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