Category Archives: Maria’s Musings

World Martini Day is Today!

MartiniGlasses2Today is World Martini Day that is, for you to shake up, or stir your inner Bond and enjoy one of the most iconic cocktails.

The martini is one of history’s most iconic cocktails, from its humble beginnings as a vermouth heavy libation in the 1860s, through the Bond era, into the ‘tini’ madness of the 80s and 90s, and up to present day… where anything goes.

Drinking a martini is a very individual experience, and although the ingredients are few, the possibilities are endless. With that in mind, we are wondering how will you prepare your martini today, World Martini Day, June 19th?

From the 1800s to the Bond era, the martini has persisted as a cultural icon. Whether it’s shaken, stirred or straight up with a garnish of lemon, the possibilities are limitless.

Go on, join the likes of Bond, Bogart, Fitzgerald and FDR, and make this iconic cocktail with your own vodka.

Personally, I’ve been drinking martinis for many years.  I even have a martini glass collection.  Enjoy!

We’ve been on assignment and absent from our studios!

We apologize for the silence regarding our usual weekday podcasts.  We were in Texas until late last night and prior to that, dealing with the emotions and the details of my daughter’s departure to Australia.

We’re doing and feeling a little bit better this week about her absence from our day to day lives.  She’s pursuing a dream and her heart, so as her mother, it is essential that I support her emotionally as she travels on this journey.

We’ve also had the opportunity to meet with other folks about some pretty exciting professional opportunities that will further enhance our ability to promote as much good news as possible, inspirational stories. folks overcoming adversity and ordinary people who had an idea and actually made it become a reality.

Stayed tuned . . . you’ll be the first to know! 

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 – The Art of Knowing When to Let Go!

I apologize for the lack of programming recently.  Ordinarily we produce a new podcast most week days.  This has been an extraordinary time for my family as my youngest child, my only daughter, is moving to Australia and tonight is when she takes her flight to do so.

I have four children and I love them all dearly.  I’ve been blessed with four great kids who turned out exceptionally well.  Two have graduated from college and two are still getting their degrees but they are all contributing members of society and are on their own. 

Yes, I am an empty nester!  It took me several months to get over the realization that I didn’t have to get home at a certain time to start dinner, do homework, supervise baths and bedtime stories and prayers.  Initially the adjustment was very difficult as being a mother was a part of my identity.  Not it wasn’t a day in and a day out occurrence.

I have grown to love my freedom and the responsibility of just myself.  However, I have had the luxury of having all 4 of my children within an hour’s drive.  My daughter has never been father than 60 minutes from me. 

Now she’s moving to Australia!  It is with a heavy heart that I send her on her way to this next chapter and adventure.  I admire that she is taking this opportunity to explore a new world and to follow her heart.  I am distraught at the fact that we’ll not be able to see one another for months at a time but I certainly do wish her well.

I’m also traveling for an opportunity so our programming might be intermittent until after Father’s Day.  I’ll do better about updating and/or commenting on our site, even if we don’t provide you with a podcast.

Thank you for sharing the word and for your loyalties.  I am humbled! 

Taking Care of our Parents – Sandwich Generation

logoI’ve been back and forth from my home to where my parents live for weeks and months and years, depending on their health and wellness.  I’ve always considered it an honor and my good fortune to have both of my parents alive.  They’ve been married nearly 60 years and as a divorced mother of four of my own children, that has also been inspirational to me.

What I haven’t been prepared for, nor is it really possible to understand that when one’s health begins to decline, what is the correct manner in which to handle that situation?

My poor father fell while putting on his clothing and suffered a spiral femur fracture in June 2013.  He has been bedridden since that time, in and out of hospitals, having a variety of surgical procedures and finally last fall the palliative care physicians discharged him to medical hospice in their home.

Watching my mother keep vigil, attend to every need of his, juggling the health care appointments at their home, transport vehicles for procedures not able to be performed at their home, PT, OT, wound doctors, nurses, care providers – it is daunting!

My father was given 2 weeks to 2 months to live, he’s now closing out his 7th month after that prognosis.  The human spirit and the desire to live, no matter what the indignity is inspirational!

What’s in a move . . . ?

Dear Friends,

I have been involved with another move.  There is a pattern in my existence and that is one of constant change.  The beauty of life is that the only thing we can count on is change and I’m a forerunner in that regard.

I’ve moved 4 times in the past 3 1/2 years.  I’ve moved dozens of times in my adult life.  It is exhausting, exhilarating, exciting, daunting and an opportunity for personal growth, purging, donating, downsizing and rightsizing.

Thank you for your patience and your understanding.  We’re getting back to ‘normal’ shortly!