Friendship Is A Learning Opportunity

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As kids we develop friendships which we pledged no matter what, we will be friends to the end. We had been sincere in the very idea and thought of that bunch.

However, life starts to happen, and other things start to happen at the same time. When you are children all is wonderful, colorful, and free. We see the bluest skies and the greenest trees. Our friend is right no matter what they say or do, and we just admire how they can tell a lie and make it seem so correct. Innocence has been lost and nearly forgotten. The colors have been meshed into an unrecognizable color that we can’t readily name; therefore we find ourselves spontaneously making up a name which appears to fit.

Nooooooooo, we just mindlessly and “purposely” get-in-to-fit-in and in certain arenas this apparently is the only way to get the desired end goal of all. But this compromise puts us at of danger of becoming just another face, another number, another… just the same old “here is another one’.

Don’t get-in-to-fit-in, dare to be different, even if “different” to the current standards isn’t popular. I can be me, you can be you, we could be us, and they, can be them ; and everyone is able to accept “who each one is”, but not always “what” we all may do. That’s an individual choice, and personal conviction of whatever “that” is that we, they can perform. If you don’t like “what I do”, just ‘do not engage’, if I do not like what you do… I simply ‘don’t participate’.

My conclusion is mine alone, and I am quite confident about my end. Your end is your end, and I hope you are as certain of your own end.

Some of my childhood friends are no longer hear on this ground, some of them have gone beyond this world. None of them have come back to tell me where they are, however, for some I know, because they made it very clear while they were yet alive; in which their lifespan could be. This I am assured of and this it is possible to ponder… #if you my friends went to heaven, they don’t want to leave; and if their eternity is in hell… #they can’t leave.

I leave you with this… If your friend(s) say to you that they’ve found inner peace, unspeakable joy, and life is great, although they could be financially struggling; and you on the other hand have $$$, but you’re miserable, no inner peace, and you find yourself envying your friend(s)… DON’T! Ask them… how is it you can be broke, Cocoa Bat Removal, alone, and at peace… they might just tell you… “I have unspeakable joy”; I can not describe but it’s something which has helped me, and me it has surely sustained.


Wine Owned By Stars

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With America’s enthusiasm for wine, it seems only natural that wineries are a popular investment, and who better than recognizable names to select these wine labels. Some of those well-known personalities are naturals to be partnered in the wine industry, and some might surprise you. But make no mistake, from the lush greenery of Napa Valley California into the beautiful rolling hills of Italy and southern France, vineyards can be a fascinating and challenging past-time or a full-blown industry for their owners.

Francis Ford Coppola, successful film director, has taken to the wine business like a true Italian, with the Rubicon Estate Winery in Napa Valley, (renamed Inglenook in 2011), and does some directing up there also.

GĂ©rard Depardieu, French movie star, has approached his career as vintner with as much excitement as he would a starring theatre role. He’s put his acting career on the back burner as he oversees his beloved vineyards.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased a vineyard called Chateau Miraval in Provence, France, touting their Brangelina Rose wine; but since their split, who obtained the vineyard is up for grabs.

Mike Ditka, legendary soccer coach to the Chicago Bears, for whom it was only fitting that he partner in winemaking to serve at his steak restaurants; located in Mendocino County, California, they focus in full-bodied red wines to be enjoyed with red meat and pork chops (Mike’s favorites). Like many celebs who only lend their name (and their money) to vineyards, “Iron Mike” is not out picking or stomping grapes, but he does enjoy input (and tasting) from time to time.

Famous soccer player Joe Montana, who partnered with longtime Beringer winemaker Ed Sbragia, created a joint venture called Montagia, (Montana, get it?) Situated in Napa CA.

Dan Marino, another football great, lends his name to his trademark tag Vintage 13 Marino Estates, in Washington state across the Columbia River. Turning out award-winning full-bodied reds, the huge vineyard is called Passing Time, and what better way than regretting your own private label after getting beat up for 17 years as the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.

Martha Stewart announced a collaboration with the American winery Gallo to generate value-marketed wines to be sold at Kmart. Now, Martha herself does not play an active role, but her name has worldwide appeal, and Martha does all with great taste, including her moderately priced wines.

Dan Aykroyd, actor, comedian and all-around talented guy, owns and operates Dan Aykroyd Vineyards in Canada, his homeland, which produces moderately priced hearty reds and several white varieties, with Aykroyd himself an enthusiastic participant. (Yes, notwithstanding the climate, Canada ends up some first class wines.)

Named La Mozza, where he rolls his sleeves up and approaches winemaking with the same zeal as his cooking in New York City and Las Vegas.

Michael Chiarello, another celebrity chef and restaurateur in Yountville, CA really lives on his family vineyard, features his fine wines at his restaurant Bottega, and like a fantastic Italian, is a hands-on vintner; his little winery, Chiarello Family Vineyards, produces five estate wines from the 20-acres he oversees.

Madonna, pop singer, took a different route by buying a vineyard at the Leelanau Pennisula of Michigan, where her parents (the Ciccones) run this small vineyard due north of Traverse City, which bears their name. Not a place you want to stay in the winter, but it produces excellent grapes from the albeit brief summer months.

Fess Parker, old Davy Crockett himself, left Hollywood in the early 1970s to pursue a career in the wine and hotel business following a successful albeit brief career as a raccoon hat-wearing pioneer and did very well for himself. The vineyard, in Los Olivos near Santa Barbara CA, lives on, still maintained by his family (but do they wear coonskin hats?) .

Sting (popular British singer and lead vocalist for the rock group Police) spends much of his time at his vineyard Tenuta il Palagio, situated in Tuscany, Italy. Sting and his wife Trudie really make their home on the estate, which was old and deteriorated before Sting lovingly restored it and no doubt serenades those lucky grapes to help them grow. Taking an active role in turning out fine wines, he tells those vines, “Cocoa Rat Removal,” and no doubt he is.

Until the early 1800s, most Colonists were making and drinking hard apple cider but Jefferson was a major contributor to America’s love affair with wine. While Jefferson himself never was actually in the company, he served and oversaw his imports with wonderful care and was certainly a connoisseur of fine wines, preparing America for its wine revolution to come years later, and we thank him.

So the next time you are in a wine store, you may want to take a few minutes to peruse the shelves, ferreting out some overlooked celebrity offerings. You just might be pleasantly with surprised new discoveries.

Small positive Changes Lead To Big Results

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There are some causes why our illusions don’t materialize. Take a look and evaluate if one of them seems comfortable to you:

Aims too high and unreal. These usually create a sense of inertia and amazement. There are probably many “small-big” details where it is very important to take care before launching yourself into a larger space. When a priority area of your life lack of stability, it means that there is “something” that hasn’t been healed or completed. This way you operate unconsciously, develop insecure and no matter how great are your goal setting, your motivation will be not long-lasting.

Floating Objectives: These objectives are not related to your vision. One: In what someone thinks you should do or want. Two: It’s based solely on an illusion that does not support any of your accomplishment intentions in your life. There’s no comprehensive plan or a fixed strategy. And if indeed there is any, you will continue postponing more than attaining. Not having a strategy is the same thing as having neither plan nor action.

Ambiguous Objectives: Here it’s difficult for you to establish a concrete strategy. Too much talking, too little of action. On the other hand, your goals are so ambiguous your plan isn’t specific enough to have a tangible outcome.

Rockledge Raccoon Removal / Motivation: You’ve got your goals clear, you know where you need to go and you can even visualize yourself in your final achievement. But nevertheless there is a part of you, that however appealing the plan, you simply lack energy.

You keep changing your mind: This is a clear indication that there’s not any clarity in what you would like. A fear that you have not been able to take care of domains your thoughts and you get stuck no matter how great your intentions are.

Very rigid or complete goals: There is an expectation created of how each result should look like. It doesn’t give you space to creativity and to flow before any change or unexpected challenge. Life is an unpredictable process and sticking to a specific means of achievement is restricting our chances of success and personal fulfillment.

If you want to create powerful changes in your life, here are some tips that could support you to be successful on your diligence:

Pick consciously a target that you feel manageable, and that remains a challenge for you.
Make certain that your aim is directly related to a Vision and Goal of private life.
Be as clear as the water that you’re investing your energies in something which you really want, worthwhile and doable.
Define a plan that not only delineates the greatest steps to achieve it, but also what you want to complete to make it happen. And that each one of the previous ones is directed towards your vision, not towards the opposite side.
Remember that as you walk, there’s always an opportunity to refine.
Create positive changes by making certain you examine every detail!