Silver Linings In Inspiration

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Prayer for Peace in the World

Pray for Peace

Pray to whomever you kneel down to:
Jesus nailed to his wooden or plastic cross,
his suffering face bent to kiss you,
Buddha still under the bo tree in scorching heat,
Adonai, Allah. Raise your arms to Mary
that she may lay her palm on our brows,
to Shekhina, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
to Inanna in her stripped descent.
Then pray to the bus driver who takes you to work.
On the bus, pray for everyone riding that bus,
for everyone riding buses all over the world.
Drop some silver and pray.
Waiting in line for the movies, for the ATM,
for your latte and croissant, offer your plea.
Make your eating and drinking a supplication.
Make your slicing of carrots a holy act,
each translucent layer of the onion, a deeper prayer.
To Hawk or Wolf, or the Great Whale, pray.
Bow down to terriers and shepherds and Siamese cats.
Fields of artichokes and elegant strawberries.
Make the brushing of ...

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Dream Foundation Veteran Program

  On this Veterans Day, I am excited to tell you about a newly launched Silver Lining program to celebrate and honor our veterans. As many of... continue reading

This Weekend Be Happy

  This weekend: Be Happy. These are my wishes for you this weekend!

Understanding

  Ralph Waldo Emerson sure was a smartie. I find inspiration from him always and in all ways!

Friday Fitness: Afternoon Energy Boost

Today, I’m starting a new little column: Friday Fitness.  I thought that I’d start with a daily routine that I use to give me an... continue reading

This Weekend Choose: Hugs

This Weekend Choose: Hugs Hugs. Who doesn’t love them? Hugs make us all feel wanted, supported, and loved especially when it is coming from someone... continue reading

Wake Up This Morning and SMILE!

I hope that you will do this as you awaken each morning! It will certainly add a Silver Lining to your day – no matter... continue reading

This Weekend Choose: Patience

Choosing patience can be quite – ahem – challenging for me at times.  I will give myself credit for – with each passing year – becoming more... continue reading

Martin Luther King Day 2015

Martin Luther King Day 2015 is a very special day.  In addition to taking time to personally reflect on race relations, freedom, and peace, it... continue reading

This Weekend: Choose Energy

This weekend, I am focusing on refueling my tank and finding energy.  It has been a long, lonnnnnnng couple of weeks and heaven knows that... continue reading

Audrey Hepburn Beauty Tips

Audrey Hepburn gave the most incredible, the most wonderful beauty tips imaginable. I mean, really.  For her it was not about the surface; rather, it... continue reading

This Weekend: Choose Personal Growth

Hellooooooo!  Whatta first (official) week of January it has been.  Between the flu and the death of a dear friend’s husband, I have been under... continue reading

Gift Guide for Thoughtful and FREE Gifts

My inbox seems to be FULL of Gift Guides.  I used to really enjoy them, but to be honest, now they are driving me bananas.... continue reading

Words To Use More

This weekend, our daughter a/k/a Excitedly Eight and I were doing word games. One of the games was called “tricky words to spell”.  She wasn’t... continue reading

Be Astonished

I love love love this!  That Volatire was definitely onto something!  When we pay attention and are fully present in life, we WILL be astonished!... continue reading

This Weekend: Choose Hope

This has been a pretty intense (ok, insane) week. I have been on the road in Chicago and New York sharing The Companion Guide.  Despite the... continue reading

Daily Appreciation

Daily appreciation may sound grandiose or even a little woo-woo. But, let me ask you a question: Have you ever heard people say, “You don’t... continue reading

Hello October!

Hello October! On this  first day of October, which makes me feel like autumn is really here. Even in Southern California, fall seems to be... continue reading

Napping

Napping During this healing process, napping has been an integral part of each and every day. I have long been a fan of napping, but... continue reading

The Beauty of Independence

The Beauty of Independence This quote makes me smile! It is a wonderful reminder of one of the best Silver Linings I have found in being a... continue reading

Quotes About Books

Quotes About Books Being the self proclaimed nerdy girl that I am, my love for books only grows with time. Speaking of which, what are... continue reading

Challenges

Challenges Gosh, I love everything about this quote. It reminds me how each of life’s trials (like FBC) have molded me into the woman I... continue reading

Choose To Dream Big

This weekend, I hope that you will choose to Dream Big!

Walt Disney: Getting Started

Walt Disney: Getting Started Can you imagine if Walt Disney only talked about his wondrous ideas of creating the happiest place on earth?!? There would... continue reading

A Successful Person

Loving this quote about what it takes to be a successful person!  It is all about the will.  I couldn’t agree more! …that leads me... continue reading

What I Might Be

What I Might Be Love love love this quote.  Nothing more freeing than letting goooooo!

How Wonderful It Is!

How wonderful it is to be HOME!  After 4 days and 13 appearances in Chicago, I’m wiped out beyond belief (not to mention a bit... continue reading

January Rejuvenation: I Can Hardly Wait

I Can Hardly Wait Hi Everyone! Sorry I have been a little absent this week. I’ve been working really hard on the book the past few... continue reading

January Rejuvenation: You're Never Too Old

Alway remember that you’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. This is a great Silver Lining in life!

January Rejuvenation: We Must Always Change Renew Rejuvenate Ourselves

We Must Always Change Renew Rejuvenate Ourselves This month’s Special Silver Lining is the concept of Rejuvenation. When I think about a New Year, I inevitably think... continue reading

Always We Begin Again

Always We Begin Again Happy New Year!  On this first day of January, I am filled with the hope of a new beginning. Because, as... continue reading

December Joy: Growth of Happiness

Growth of Happiness As December comes to a close (still can’t believe it), I thought I’d share some more quotes about joy. It has been... continue reading

December Joy: Inspirational Quotes about Life

Inspirational Quotes About Life As we are ending this month and year – how on earth is it possible? – I thought that I’d share with you... continue reading

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree We have been singing this around our house a lot the past few days, so I couldn’t help but share with you.... continue reading

December Joy: Springing from Within

December Joy As my birthday revelation reminded me, joy definitely springs from within. Joyfulness is indeed a choice. Sometimes it is a more difficult choice... continue reading

December Joy: Where Does Joy Reside?

Where Does Joy Reside? Love this quote about finding joy. Today, I took time to really contemplate this question myself and boy oh boy did... continue reading

December Joy: Very Little Is Needed to Make a Happy Life

In this season of literal consumption – from shopping to eating and drinking – this beautiful quote is a great reminder that “very little is... continue reading

December Joy: From Your Soul

From Your Soul I couldn’t agree more with this quote and hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.  Rumi never – ever!... continue reading

December Joy: Anne Frank and The Beauty That Remains

  Anne Frank I happen to think that Anne Frank is one of the most inspiring people who has ever lived. Her wisdom, insight and... continue reading

December Joy: Smile Because it Happened

Smile Because it Happened This is easier said than done, I know. However, it all goes back to thinking about what you do have, not... continue reading

December's Special Silver Lining: Joy

December’s Special Silver Lining: Joy With the holiday season upon us, the word that immediately comes to mind is “Joy.” After all, if ever there... continue reading

Hello December?!?

Hello December?!?  How. On. Earth. is it December already? Dr. Seuss asks it so eloquently. I have absolutely no idea!  Instead of scratching my head,... continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving

 Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are having an A-MAZ-ING Thanksgiving! I thought it might be fun today to share some interesting facts about Thanksgiving. When &... continue reading

Three Essentials to Leadership

Three Essentials to Leadership On this day marking the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, I am thinking about the concept of Leadership. After... continue reading

All Change is a Miracle

All change is a miracle. The key is to see it. And appreciate it. Wishing you a day full of miracles and Silver Linings!  

This Weekend

This weekend, wishing you a beautiful weekend, full of Silver Linings!

Maya Angelou Says it Best: You Have Nothing to Prove

Maya Angelou Says it Best Boy oh boy, did I ever need this quote today.  As I am embarking on the upcoming release of  The... continue reading

September - William Wordsworth

Happy September!  I can barely believe that I just wrote that. My oh my oh my. How on earth is it S.E.P.E.T.E.M.B.E.R. already?!?!? As much as I... continue reading

Practical Inspiration: Finding a Way

This inspiring quote about finding a way to make something happen really struck a chord with me this week. As a very goal-focused, driven person, I... continue reading

Inspirational Quote: It Will Take Everything

This weekend, I was in need of an inspirational quote and this one plopped in my lap. I am always so grateful (feels more like... continue reading

Inspirational Quotes: Travel

Inspirational quotes are – as you know by now – great Silver Linings in my life. I look to them for encouragement, support and motivation on good... continue reading

The Pain You Feel Today

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the pain you feel today will indeed be the strength you feel tomorrow. When you’re in the bottomless pit... continue reading

Inspiring Napoleon Hill Quotes

Napoleon HIll quotes always inspire and motivate me.  Kind of like finding Silver Linings, I believe that what the mind can conceive & believe, it can indeed... continue reading

The Dalai Lama Quote about Happiness

This Dalai Lama quote about happiness is my inspiration for the day. I adore it and couldn’t agree more that happiness does indeed come from... continue reading

The Most Important Thing in Life - Morrie Schwartz

As a nurse, social worker and child development specialist, giving out love has always come very naturally. However, after I became a patient, I had... continue reading

You Deserve Love - Buddah

How great is this quote?  I mean really. I hope that it inspires as much love in your heart as it has in mine. Please,... continue reading

Creativity - Einstein

Love love love this Einstein quote. Sometimes, when I am in “the zone” I almost feel guilty because I am having so much doggone FUN.... continue reading

The One Reason it Will Work

For some reason, I’ve been hearing “that won’t work” or “there’s no way that’s going to happen.” Geesh! Not sure from where this negativity is coming,... continue reading

Never Squander an Opportunity - Kelly Ann Rothaus

What an incredible Silver Lining this quote from Kelly Ann Rothaus was for me today. I love – just love – when life reminds me (in little... continue reading

The Person You Decide to Become - Emerson

As I’m wading through the piles of paperwork and catching up on emails from the past few weeks when we were out of town, I... continue reading

Love of Art and Books - Lang Leav

Shortly after I finished today’s post, I found this quote from Lang Leav about the intersection between art and books. Without a doubt, I feel... continue reading

Believe You Can - Theodore Roosevelt

Today has been a challenging day, with more fits and starts than I can count. I’ve found myself looking for Silver Linings ALL.DAY.LONG. That said, I was... continue reading

Great Leaders - Colin Powell

As we move into the 4th of July, I am inspired by this quote from General Colin Powell.  I wholeheartedly agree that great leaders are... continue reading

The Art of Life - Gloria Steinem

This quote by Gloria Steinem is a great inspiration. Lately I have been thinking a whole lot about how important it is to use what... continue reading

This Day is a Journey - Rebecca Pavlenko

Sometimes it takes slowing down to really see that this day is indeed a journey and this very moment an adventure. Wow. I sure did... continue reading

Stretch Out Your Hand - Corinne Roosevelt Robinson

This weekend, I hope that you will indeed stretch out your hand to receive the gift of joy, appreciation and beauty…three of the worlds greatest... continue reading

The Beauty of Trees - Candy Polgar

In the spirit of the tree house post, I thought I’d share this inspiring Silver Lining from Candy Polgar. I couldn’t agree more that trees lovingly envelope... continue reading

The Beauty of Rituals - Aiden Kelly

What I love about rituals is that they get me out of my head. They enable me to focus on exactly what I’m doing that... continue reading

Celebrating Life - Oprah

Oprah’s quote about how praising and celebrating life creates more in life to celebrate is a real Silver Lining today. It reminds me to always focus... continue reading

Thanks are the Highest Form of Thought - G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton’s philosophy that thanks are the highest form of thought and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder is an incredible Silver Lining of my day. I... continue reading

Look at Things - Betty Smith

  This beautiful quote by Betty Smith is a wonderful reminder to look at the world as though we are seeing it for the first... continue reading

Fast-Acting Relief - Lily Tomlin

Love this quote by Lily Tomlin about slooooowing down. It has been a bordering-on-frantic period of time and I’m definitely in need of some relief.... continue reading

Do What You Have To Do - Epictetus

Love love love Epictetus’ quote about doing what you have to do to be whom you want to be. Talk about a Silver Lining. Today, Suddenly... continue reading

In the End - Jack Kornfield

Please enjoy this Jack Kornfield quote about living fully as much as I am!  It is my Silver Lining of the day and reminded me of... continue reading

If You Get the Inside Right - Eckhart Tolle

This quote by Eckhart Tolle makes my heart so happy. It an inspiring way to live each and every day. Sometimes it takes more work... continue reading

The Seed of Freedom's Tree - Thomas Campbell

This Thomas Campbell quote is one of my all time favorites. Wishing you a beautiful, reflective, gratitude-filled Memorial Day.  

Life is to Be Lived - Ralph Ellison

Gosh, I feel like life teaches me this lesson on a daily basis. The truth of the matter is that Ralph Ellison is right: life... continue reading

Life is a Succession of Lessons - Emerson

How spot on is Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote about life being a succession of lessons? I am seriously loving this image and find that I... continue reading

Tragedy is a Tool - Robert Kennedy

This quote by Robert Francis Kennedy about tragedy being a tool for the living is particularly inspiring today as images of the Oklahoma tornado tragedy... continue reading

Love of Nature - Frank Lloyd Wright

This Frank Lloyd Wright quote about the importance of studying, loving and staying close to nature is a Silver Lining today. I read it this morning and... continue reading

The Sole Purpose of Life - Carl Jung

This quote by Carl Jung gives me goosebumps. Thinking about kindling “a light in the darkness of mere being” is, I wholeheartedly believe, one of... continue reading

Give Up Being Perfect - Anna Quindlen

  Anna Quindlen is one of my favorite writers. I think that she nailed it with this one! It is indeed hard – one of... continue reading

Vision - Thomas Edison

In last week’s New York Times, I read this quote and just had to share it with you.

In Honor of National Nurse's Week - Maya Angelou

In honor of National Nurse’s Week, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite nurse-esque quotes. This one from Maya Angelou is one of... continue reading

Inspiration: Do Not Fear Mistakes - Miles Davis

This is such a valuable lesson for us all.  Post FBC, I am so much less worried (dare I say not at all worried?) about... continue reading

National Honesty Day - Truth & Mark Twain

In honor of National Honesty Day, I thought I’d share a quote from Mark Twain that is spot ON. Love this.

All of Our Dreams Can Come True - Walt Disney

As I sit at my computer for a weekend of work, this quote by Walt Disney is my inspiration.  I continue to dream, which is a... continue reading

We Get Stronger & More Resilient - Steve Maraboli

In my speech today at Girls Inc, the topic is resilience. I’m feeling incredibly inspired and excited about this topic and will tell you more... continue reading

The Challenge of Leadership - Jim Rohn

This quote about the challenge of leadership by Jim Rohn really struck a chord with me, especially during these topsy turfy times. I hope that it... continue reading

When People Open Their Hearts - Haruki Murakami

In my clinical work, time and time again, I have seen that when people open their hearts, they do indeed get better. What a Silver Lining!

April Fool's Day! - Chinese Proverb

I’ve always loved this quote. Hope you do, too!

Happy Passover - Morris Joseph

The Silver Lining of this Passover Holiday is that for the first time this shiksa (i.e., me!) made Matzoh Ball Soup!  Every once in a while I... continue reading

Spring Has Sprung! - Rainer Maria Rilke

Happy First day of Spring!  Today is the Spring Equinox.  Wondering what that means, exactly?  Heaven knows I was.  The word equinox is derived from the Latin... continue reading

Listen - Paulo Coelho

This quote gives me goosebumps. I hope that it does the same for you!

If You - Mother Teresa

Happy Monday morning! There is nothing like a little inspiration from Mother Theresa to start the week. Wishing you a day full of Silver Linings!

Rules - Mary Oliver

You all know by now that I’m a huge fan of poet Mary Oliver. I think that she quite simply R.O.C.K.S.  Born and raised a... continue reading

Snowflakes by Andrew Osokin

Now that we have relocated from the Midwest to sunny, beautiful and warm (don’t kill me!) California, I don’t see nearly as many snowflakes as... continue reading

How to Be Happy

Recently I cane across this sweet and inspiring video that I just had to share with you. I watched it once and then, immediately, watched... continue reading

Winds of March

When I lived in Chicago, March was always my favorite month of the year because it symbolized spring and gave me hope that the long... continue reading

Life Manifesto - Holstee

This manifesto has been floating around the internet and it’s sooooooo good. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I am!

The Capacity - Rabindranath Tagore

Wishing you a creative weekend, full of Silver Linings!

Goals & Dreams - C.S. Lewis

Wishing you a day full of dreams and Silver Linings!

Kid President

Yesterday a girlfriend sent me a link to a “Kid President” video saying, have you seen kid president? OMG! silver lining!! Was she ever right... continue reading

Falling - Victor Kiam

I’ve experienced this Silver Lining all too many times!

Seven Sequences - Suddenly Seven

Because we are all about Suddenly Seven today….

Life's Instructions - Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver gets me…Every. Single. Time.

Listen Completely - Ernest Hemingway

This is easier said than done, but when I do it, the conversations are so much more enlightening (Silver Lining).

Mistakes - Seth Godin

I’m a big, huge fan of making mistakes. They don’t necessarily feel good when they happen, but (you know me!), I always look for the Silver... continue reading

A Little Something Extra - Charles M. Schulz

Today we bought and delivered Christmas gifts for two families whom we have never and probably will never meet. That, to me, is what Christmas... continue reading

Mr. Roger's Sage Advice

Brené Brown shared this wonderful quote on her website and I felt compelled to share it here with you….

Happy December! - Hamilton Wright Mabie

Wishing you a joyous December, full of love, health, peace and joy!

The ABC's of Silver Linings: J for Joy!

This quote makes me smile. I hope that it does for you.

Happy Thanksgiving! - Seneca

Wishing you and yours a joyous Thanksgiving, full of love, laughter and — of course — gratitude.  

The ABC's of Silver Linings - Give - Winston Churchill

This Silver Lined quote sure does seem fitting for this week, one that happens to be full (brimming over, actually) with giving and gratitude.

The ABC's of Silver Linings - Admire - Theophile Gautier

To me, November signifies the beginning of the Silver Lining season. Now, as you know by now, I’m a person who looks for and finds Silver... continue reading

Getting Along - Gandhi

Post election, I hope that our elected officials can cross the aisle and get along to improve our country. That, after all, is the most... continue reading

Raise Your Words - Rumi

Happy voting day…I’m looking forward to it all being done & even more forward to the nasty rhetoric ending! These guys ought to listen to... continue reading

Prepare

To go along with today’s post…

Safety

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I have safety on my mind today. My heart and prayers are with friends and family on the East Coast…

Must Do - Eleanor Roosevelt

This quote gives me goosebumps…and gave me a great deal of courage this week (when I really-really-really needed it this week!)…which was a MAJOR Silver Lining!

The Threads - Simone Signoret

The HOTY and I have a super fun date night planned for this evening.  Marriage is wonderful…definitely one of the greatestSilver Linings in my life. One... continue reading

A Quote from Sweetly Six

Last week, our daugher, a/k/a Sweetly Six (for new readers) had a terrible head cold (come to think of it, she still sounds like Lauren... continue reading

Believe Them - Maya Angelou

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes. I heard Oprah say it years ago and it made an enormous impression on me!

I Wish... - Lisa Bonchek Adams

When I was going through my treatments for FBC (f-bomb breast cancer for new readers), a friend directed me to Lisa Bonchek Adams’ blog.  She... continue reading

Time Keeps on Ticking, Ticking - John Randolph

I don’t know about you, but it really feels as if time is FLYYYYYYING. I’m starting to acknowledge the fact that once the calendar rolls onto... continue reading

You've Gotta... - William Purkey

I know that we’ve all heard this one before; however, I myself can’t hear it enough.  I made a great decision today based on this... continue reading

Time is the Coin of Your Life - Carl Sandburg

The last week has been over-the-top cuckoo busy.  This quote is bringing me back to center and helping me make the right decisions for the... continue reading

The Guest House - Rumi

  One of the Silver Linings that came out of my experience with FBC (f-bomb breast cancer for new readers) was a newfound love of poetry.... continue reading

Welcome to October! - Nathaniel Hawthorne

October has always been my favorite month of the year because it seems to signify the real change in season (September still feels like summer... continue reading

Time - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The passage of time (& what to do with it!) has been very much on my mind lately…

Happy Autumn! - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Saturday was the first day of Fall!  Yippy Skippy. I looooooove fall…everything about it, from the colors, to the smells to the pumpkins to the... continue reading

Adversity - Benjamin Disraeli

Today has been uhhhhhh, well, stressful is probably the best word to describe it.  Geesh, it seemed like adversity was around every single corner. Then,... continue reading

Learning How to Live - Lin Yutang

Hope you all have a Pajama Day this weekend!

Something Good

Ahhhhh, how true that there are indeed Silver Linings in each day. I hope that you find yours today!

Hopefulness - Sri Chinmoy

We all need hope, some days more than others.

Be Aware - Socrates

This sure is keeping my busy-ness in check (Silver Lining)!

R.I.P and Thank You, Stephen Covey - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Sad News on Monday: author, educator and visionary Stephen Covey died at the age of 79. His death was the result of residual effects of... continue reading

Our Truest Life - Thoreau

How great is this?  I just love it and hope that it adds a Silver Lining to your day!

4th of July Week - Thomas Paine

In honor of the week that celebrates the independence and freedom of this great nation, I thought I’d post some of my favorite inspirational quotes... continue reading

Your Best - Steve Prefontaine

Even though sometimes it’s hard…it’s always worth it (Silver Lining)!

Twice as Much Time - Abigail Van Buren

On this day of Sweetly Six’s “graduation” from Kindergarten, I am reminded of how quickly time goes in the life of a child. This quote... continue reading

What Cancer Cannot Do

More often than not, I like to think about what CAN be done, not what CANNOT be done; however, there is a big fat Silver... continue reading

Habits - Aristotle

This quote is emblematic of how I feel about writing. Hope you all find it as inspiring as I do (Silver Lining)!  

The Dash! by Linda Ellis

It’s not what you think….Silver Lining!  

A Whole Lot of Trust - Mother Teresa

Anybody ever feel this way?  I’m just sayin’…

An Irish Prayer - Abbot Fintan

For you today, an Irish prayer that I hope will inspire you to face what hurts you in life. Boy oh boy, it sure is... continue reading

Two Ways - Albert Einstein

After I was diagnosed with FBC (F-bomb breast cancer for new readers), I gave myself two options for handling the f-bombs that came my way.... continue reading

Fantastic Flowers - Jim Carrey

As the country is welcoming both an early spring and the lovely flowers that come with it, I am reminded by the special influence of... continue reading

Worry - Erma Bombeck

I. LOVE. THIS. Major Silver Lining to a sometimes-worry wart like myself!

The Difference - Gandhi

This week is ending with some big, whopping Silver Linings. As in the clouds parting, angels singing kind of Silver Linings.  Suffice it to say... continue reading

Bouncing - George Patton

Let’s just say that I’m really working on my “bounce” this week!

A Story - Blackhawk

This is helping me get rid of tomorrow’s nerves (Silver Lining).

100 Things - Julien Smith

This week, I came across an oh so fabulous piece on the blog inoveryourhead.net titled 100 Tips about Life, People, and Happiness by Julien Smith. Wow, did it ever... continue reading

Linkin' Around - The Hausa of Nigeria

Several people have asked where to find things that I highlight, e.g., chocolate. Now you know that I would always want you to have access to... continue reading

In Memoriam

In Memory of SR.

To Live in Hearts - Thomas Campbell

Today is an incredibly sad day. A very dear friend of mine is dying from an absolutely horrific form of cancer. She is in her... continue reading

5 Steps to Change Habits - Habit is - Mark Twain

As I think about this new year filled with inspirational new intentions, I also think about changing habits. I have some really good habits and... continue reading

Attitude: The Longer I Live

I heard someone describe this week as the “dead week.”  I’m a little sensitive to that description. WTF? Wouldn’t you be after a year of... continue reading

Happy Hanukah!

May love and light fill your home and heart at Hanukkah. ~Author Unknown  

In Life - Pema Chodron

A great friend sent this to me this week and I read it three times in a row…or maybe it was four. Anyhoo, it struck... continue reading

Be

Be

Be all that you can be!

Rekindling - Albert Schweitzer

  In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. ... continue reading

What Lies Within Us - Emerson

In my quest for simplicity, Ralph Waldo Emerson keeps entering my radar, which is always a Silver Lining to my day. I love this quote from him and hope that you do as well.

Feeling Grateful - Christiane Northrup, M.D.

  Feeling grateful to or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into... continue reading

When One Must, One Can - Diane Cole

The following is from a dear friend. She inspires me!

Hope - Emily Dickinson

Hope is a wonderfully magical and sustaining Silver Lining presence during this breast cancer period in my life.

Prayer for Peace in the World

Pray for Peace Pray to whomever you kneel down to: Jesus nailed to his wooden or plastic cross, his suffering face bent to kiss you,... continue reading

Dream Foundation Veteran Program

  On this Veterans Day, I am excited to tell you about a newly launched Silver Lining program to celebrate and honor our veterans. As many of... continue reading

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn  You know by now that I am a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn’s.  Her philanthropy (she worked for UNICEF for 38 years!), uniqueness,... continue reading

Merry Christmas 2014!

Merry  Christmas 2014! A Christmas Salutation There is nothing I can give you which you have not, But there is much that while I cannot... continue reading

All in a Word

Love love love this inspiring peace by Aileen Fisher!  It is the most perfect and beautiful reminder of giving T.H.A.N.K.S. this holiday weekend!

Pay Attention

This fall has had me feeling like I am drinking out of a fire hose – literally. While the opportunities are extraordinary, I have been... continue reading

Enduring Love

One of my favorite Silver Linings about writing the blog is having the opportunity to meet extraordinary people who do remarkable things, especially those who are passionate... continue reading

Friday Photos: The Silver Lining Book Events

Friday Photos: The Silver Lining Book Events This week Elizabeth Messina and I have had so much fun signing books and meeting new friends at... continue reading

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Ireland is one of the most beautiful and welcoming places I’ve ever been. The people, the landscape, the music, the architecture…all... continue reading

Musical Monday: Silver Girl Lyrics and Behind the Scenes Photos

Silver Girl Lyrics and Behind the Scenes Photos Helloooooo!  Wow, is it ever nice to be back.  Nicaragua was amazing and I can’t wait to... continue reading

Friday Photos: The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project Many, if not most people have heard of The Tutu Project. If not, please allow me to introduce you to this extraordinary project.... continue reading

I Wanted a Perfect Ending Quote

I Wanted a Perfect Ending Quote Gosh, what a quote from Gilda Radner. I have read it and reread it and read it again. When... continue reading

Friday Photos: The Remarkable Work of Photographer Karen Knorr

Friday Photos: Karen Knorr Recently, I came across the inspiring work of photographer Karen Knorr and just HAD to share her with you. Born in Frankfurt, Germany and... continue reading

Friday Photos: Amazing Animals

Amazing Animals by Lukas Holas Animal images always inspire me. I happen  to believe that they are true Silver Linings in life. I was once told that... continue reading

New Year's Eve Celebrations Around The World

New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around The World The Atlantic has compiled the most inspiring group of photographs of New Year’s Eve Celebrations around the world.... continue reading

Living Without Regrets

Living Without Regrets In thinking about the post that I just did on the beautiful Jen Smith, one of the things that inspires me most about... continue reading

Weekend Inspiration

Weekend Inspiration Hope you’ve had a great week. Where has it gone, by the way?  My oh my oh my.  One minute I’m schvitzing in... continue reading

Silver Lining Origins

This weekend, as I was a big ball of stress, I found myself looking for Silver Linings every other moment. Some days, I have to... continue reading

Paris: The Photography of John Mardiat

Hope you had a great Bastille Day!  Having just returned France, I’ve been feeling especially francophile-ish. This weekend, we had a fun family outing to... continue reading

Friday Photos: Happy 4th of July

For the last 9 years, we have had the best (well, I think it’s the best!) 4th of July tradition: first we go to the... continue reading

Blackboard Adventure Series from Cute Moments Photography

Recently, I came across Cute Moments Photography, an award-winning baby photography studio based in San Jose, California. Photographer Anna Eftimie is incredibly talented and creates the... continue reading

God Made Dogs

If you are a dog lover (actually even if you’re not a dog lover), please be prepared to have your heart melt when you watch... continue reading

Fiddle Oak: Amazing Miniature Photo Manipulations by 14-year-old Artist

Oh dear heavens, do I have something FUN to share with you today!  Yesterday, I discovered the most AMAZING photographer by the name of Zev. He... continue reading

Friday Photos are FlowerFull

The Silver Lining of June is the explosion of flowers. Their colors, scents and omnipresence is absolutely magical! I love the symbolism of flowers. Since antiquity, flower symbolism... continue reading

Friday Photos: Animal Kingdom - Santa Barbara Zoo

It has been a spring filled with animals, which equates to a spring filled with Silver Linings. I am always happiest when I spend time with... continue reading

Armchair Travel

Tulip Fields in the Netherlands. Image credit: Allard Schager  As many of you know, we are a traveling family. I love being out in the world!... continue reading

Friday Photos: On the Road Again

The last couple of weeks have been planes trains and automobiles.  My oh my. There was one week that I was in five different beds... continue reading

Latte Art of Kazuki Yamamoto

Please allow me to put a big smile on your face and add a Silver Lining to your today.  While surfing around the internet – as I... continue reading

Friday Photos: Cabo San Lucas

Last week, we had the best week on our vacation. Absolutely the best. I am filled with gratitude for all of the Silver Linings in my life,... continue reading

Friday Photos: Spring is in the Air!

Happy Spring!  I hope that spring is (finally!) coming your way.  When I was in South Dakota last week, it was mighty cold; however on... continue reading

Silver Lined Adventure Travel: Mii Amo in Sedona, Arizona

Last week I had yet another  Silver Lined adventure orchestrated by the ever-amazing Indagare. Holy Moly. What an amazing company Indagare is! Their tag line is: “The... continue reading

The Power of Photography: Hospice Portraits by Mary Landberg

Today’s post is a special one that is near and dear to my heart. Recently I came across a blog called Hospice Portraits written and... continue reading

Friday Photos: A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That

How was your vacation?  I hope that it was fantabulous. Between Christmas and New Year’s, the HOTY, Sweetly Six and I have had a whole... continue reading

Friday Photos

What a week it’s been. Phew. I’ve never understood how a week can pass at warp speed while the days can be very lonnnnng.  We... continue reading

Friday Photos: A Full and Fun Week

Another week is gone? How is that possible? Hope you’ve had a week that is FULL of Silver Linings! A new bud after the rains… Millennium... continue reading

A Thousand Words - Elizabeth Messina

This weekend, my dear friend and photographer extraordinaire Elizabeth Messina published (on the Huffington Post) the most incredibly beautiful and equally inspiring open letter (& photograph... continue reading

Friday Photos: Food, Flowers and Fun!

This has been a wonderful week, full of food, flowers and fun (in San Francisco!).  I never cease to be amazed by or grateful for... continue reading

Friday Photos: A Whirlwind of a Week!

It’s been a whirlwind of a week, from Washington to California. From the chemo infusion center to the pumpkin patch. My head is a wee... continue reading

Friday Photos: Lots of...

This week has been a complete and total whirlwind!  I don’t know if I’ve been pitching or catching. Lots of travel. Lots of fun. Lots... continue reading

Friday Photos #2: A Great Week!

Three of my favorite things from the farmer’s market: garlic, tomatoes and basil. YUM! Buzz rockin’ the football. About 8 minutes after I took this,... continue reading

Friday Photos #1: Summertime Fun

One of my favorite new gadgets is the “Shake it Photo” app on iTunes.  It enables you to take polaroid-esque photos.  You all know by... continue reading

Saturday Snapshots: 4th of July Highlights

Aside from having no clue what day it is (thanks to the middle-of-the-week holiday), we have had the most Silver Lined week, filled with family,... continue reading

Sunday Sweetness #12: Invitations

When it comes to invitations, I’m old-fashioned. And not particularly eco-friendly…because I love a paper invitation. I just do. There. I said it. The special... continue reading

Sunday Sweetness #11: Kisses

Our daughter, a/k/a Sweetly Six is really into kisses. “Poppa, I need another good morning kiss,” she’ll say to the HOTY.  Wowsy. Does that ever... continue reading

Saturday Snapshots: Russian Ceilings

Though I’m still working on my St. Petersburg post, I thought that I’d share with you one of my favorite aspects of the trip…looking at... continue reading

Sunday Sweetness #8: Weddings

One of my favorite things about spring is…weddings!  Though, come to think of it, we actually don’t have to wait for spring to signal wedding... continue reading

Saturday Snapshots: The Paris Layover

While I’m still sifting through the 1000+ photos from Russia, I thought I’d share some images from our, ahem, Layover….Doublure Argentée très grand!  

Sunday Sweetness #7: Dessert

How could we have Sunday Sweetness…without sweets? I’m just sayin’… I have a sweet tooth (or rather teeth!). I wish I didn’t. I really do.... continue reading

Sunday Sweetness #6: Books

As you all may recall, I’m a HUGE fan of books. The old fashioned kind. You remember. The ones that you pick up in your... continue reading

Hopeful Olympics! - Annie Leibovitz

You know how much I love Vogue, right?  Well, how excited am I about the June feature on America’s top athletes who are preparing for... continue reading

Sunday Sweetness #5: Flowers

My grandfather had the most exquisite flower gardens. One of my most vivid (and Silver Lined) childhood memories is of him coming in from working in his... continue reading

Sunday Sweetness #4: Smiles

Smiling is one of my favorite things to do. Smiling is universal, contagious and I find it to be utterly perfect.  The world always looks... continue reading

Sunday Sweetness #3: Pregnancy

A dear friend of mine is expecting a baby. Her first. A girl. The due date has come and gone. Babies come when they are... continue reading

Sunday Sweetness #2: S.U.N.D.A.Y.

I’ve always loved Sundays, especially Sunday mornings. My favorite place in the world to be is at home with my family on Sundays. And there’s... continue reading

Sunday Sweetness #1: Friendship

Today, Easter, is the most perfect day to launch a new weekly post called Sunday Sweetness. The word sweet is embedded in my vocabulary because, well,... continue reading

Sunday Snapshots: Flowers

This week, flowers are popping up EVERYWHERE in Santa Barbara. Honestly, I don’t know how Mother Nature continues to make Santa Barbara more and more... continue reading

Herb Ritts Exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Recently I had the great Silver Lined opportunity to be in the home of a Herb Ritts collector. Original photographs hung all over the house. I was... continue reading

Sunday Snapshots: Santa Barbara Mission

In an effort to de-funk myself, I decided that I needed to do something to lift my spirits (occasionally, we have to proactively seek out... continue reading

Sunday Snapshots: Hiking in Montecito

Surgery is scheduled at 7:00 am on Tuesday to exchange my expanders for implants. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I’m a... continue reading

Technological Snafu

Morning, everyone.  You may encounter a snafu if you email me today at hollye@TheSilverPen.com. I’m working on creating a system that allows my computer devices... continue reading

Sunday Snapshots: Beach Days - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My soul is full of longing For the secret of the sea, And the heart of the great ocean Sends a thrilling pulse through me.... continue reading

Saturday Snapshots: Roots Organic Farm

Finally Five and I had the most incredible and special opportunity to tour the magnificent Roots Organic Farm in Solvang, California. We spent an inspiring... continue reading

Saturday Snapshots: Winter in Santa Barbara

I never take a single, solitary day for granted. Each and every one is spectacular! Sunset Sunrise On my way to the office. Seriously. Surfing... continue reading

Saturday Snapshots: A Holiday Weekend

What a glorious, Silver Lined weekend it is!  Hanukkah and Christmas cheer abound in Santa Barbara. Wishing you and yours a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas... continue reading

Sunday Snapshots: Flowers Plus

Since my diagnosis last year, my extra appendage (in addition to our dog, Buzz) has been a camera. When I was at the bottomless pit... continue reading

Sunday Snapshots: A Glorious Thanksgiving Weekend!

It has been an absolutely glorious and joyous gratitude-filled Silver Lined weekend spent with family, friends, flowers and sunsets. Hope yours has been the same!... continue reading

Sunday Snapshots: Sunrise & Sunset

The Santa Barbara sky has been nothing short of astounding this week, equally beautiful at sunrise and sunset. One of the things that I adopted... continue reading

Saturday Snapshots: A Happy Week

If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo Tolstoy               This has been a week FULL of Silver Linings!

Sunday Snapshots

  If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always be where you’ve always been. – Unknown The difference between the impossible and... continue reading

Saturday Snapshots: Eataly in New York

I’m having a majorly Silver Lined week.  I’m in New York, catching up with friends, fashion and eating amazing food.     Speaking of amazing... continue reading

Sunday Snapshots: Lovely Llamas and Adorable Alpacas

Finally Five (our daughter) and I are incredibly fortunate to have two wonderfully adventurous and fun friends who, when they call for a play date,... continue reading

Sunday Snapshots: Jackson Hole

This week, the HOTY and I had the most glorious 10 Year Anniversary celebration in Jackson Hole. It was the greatest imaginable Silver Lining after this year. We hiked, slept, ate, and best of all, really reconnected.

Sunday Snapshots: Santa Barbara

This week, I had the opportunity to take a beautiful hike with a dear friend. I was happily overwhelmed by the beauty of this particular hike. It was as if the mountain was truly alive.

Sunday Snapshots: Katy Perry

Last night I had the great and amazing opportunity to hear Katy Perry at the Santa Barbara Bowl. The Santa Barbara Bowl is a legendary... continue reading

Magical Monarchs

Time to think about something other than chemotherapy side-effects and symptoms. Let’s turn to some beauty in the world.  Some Silver Linings (SL’s). Last week,... continue reading

Silver Lining Evening - Corinne Roosevelt Robinson

This photo is from a couple of nights ago. A real SL sky makes for beautiful dreams. Stretch out your hand and receive the world’s... continue reading

Silver Linings in Silver Skies

THIS is where I get to heal.  Is this a SL (silver lining) or what?  I feel like the luckiest girl with FBC in the... continue reading

Beach Bambino

Prior to surgery, we had  an extraordinary Mommy-Daughter Silver Lining Beach Day.  Today, we reminisced about it and it made us both so happy.  A... continue reading

April is Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month. I know, I know. It is the end of the month already.  So sorry. I’ve been a little, well, busy. Long-time... continue reading

Valentine's Day: Life in a Love

Life in a Love Hope that this poem inspires you this week!

The Beautiful Present

The Beautiful Present The past, the future and the present are all things that percolate in my mind. We can’t stop ourselves from thinking about... continue reading

The Voice by Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein is at the tippy top of our list of favorite authors. I mean, really. What a gifted – truly gifted – writer he was.... continue reading

Summer Sun - Robert Louis Stevenson

 Wishing you a day full of sunshine, both inside and out!  

Welcome, June! by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Can you even believe that it is June? I mean, really. J.U.N.E.?!? I am baffled by how quickly this year is going. I mean really.... continue reading

A Glass of Water by May Sarton

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend. I hope that you enjoy this inspiring poem (at least I think it is inspiring), Glass of Water, from... continue reading

Have I? - Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver is my all-time favorite poet. I love every piece I’ve ever read from her. Her poem, The Gardner, is at the tippy top of... continue reading

Poetry Series: The Breeze At Dawn - Rumi

Good Morning!  We’ve had a great deal of wind in Santa Barbara the past few days. My oh my. As you may recall, poetry has... continue reading

Happy Hoppy!

Wishing you a very happy Easter Weekend!

Day Off - Mary Oliver

Hope that you ALL enjoy a day OFF today, or at least one day this week. Please make time for yourself and enjoy the Silver Lining that... continue reading

Contentment - Michael Ryan

A friend recently shared this beautiful poem with me. This idea of Contentment stopped me in my tracks and I, of course, had to share it... continue reading

Winter by David Budbill

We had a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the HOTY’s birthday this weekend with a little winter wonderland getaway in Lake Tahoe. The ultimate Silver Lining and... continue reading

Rainy Day by Raymond Carver

Rain came to Santa Barbara last night. I always find rain to be magical because you know what clouds bring: Silver Linings! This poem is inspiring me... continue reading

Poetry Series: Hope by Emily Dickinson

When I was sick, though I mentally prepared myself for the worst, it was hope — always hope — that sustained me. I have a... continue reading

Time for a Change by May Sarton

I can’t begin to tell you how much this poem sings to me. Wowsy. Hope it is a Silver Lining as you begin 2013!

Poetry Series: A Prayer Among Friends by John Daniel

The power of friendship never ceases to amaze me. I am forever astounded by my friends and grateful for each and every one! This is... continue reading

Poetry Series: Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye

As I’ve mentioned, one Silver Lining of having had FBC is a brand new engagement with poetry. Until now, it has never been my thing. But, for... continue reading

Poetry Series: Pablo Neruda

In my fast-paced over-thinking life prior to FBC, I never had the time or the patience to appreciate and enjoy poetry. However, the Silver Lining is that poetry…beautiful,... continue reading

Feast On Your Life by Derek Walcott

Hope you’ve had a great weekend!  Reading some poetry the last couple of days and had to share this with you. Hope you enjoy it... continue reading

The Road

I recite this poem to Sweetly Six almost every day.  I have it memorized at this point and love it more and more every time... continue reading

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

I recite this poem to Sweetly Six almost every day.  I have it memorized at this point and love it more and more every time... continue reading

Italian Food! by Shel Silverstein

Though today’s Friday’s Fixin’s isn’t exactly Italian food…it sure feels like it!

Happy First Day of Summer! - Emily Dickinson

The HOTY and I were just talking about the fact that we are HALF way through this year, now celebrating today, the first day of... continue reading

Don't Quit

I hope that you don’t…quit (Silver Lining).

Solitude by John O'Donohue

It is raining her today in Santa Barbara. I’ve never enjoyed rain so much as I have living in Santa Barbara.  In addition to filling... continue reading

The Paradox of Noise - Gunilla Norris

For me, there is nothing truer or more inspiring than this poem. Wowsy. I have printed it and read it Every. Single. Day. I hope... continue reading

Sunny and Sweet by Robin William Service

Another beautiful poem that touched my heart with Silver Linings. I hope it does the same for you.

Return To Yourself by John O'Donohue

Yet another poem has been handed to me on a Silver Lined platter. The perfect timing of these poems continues to amaze (and maybe even baffle)... continue reading

Expect Nothing by Alice Walker

As I’ve been recuperating this week, this poem was sent to me. Yet another poem with perfect timing. This poetry thing is really cool. A... continue reading

Turning by W.S. Merwin

A friend sent this poem to me yesterday. Another one perfectly timed (Silver Lining). This poem made me realize that prior to this week’s surgery,... continue reading

Sweet Darkness by David Whyte

As I mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically prepare for surgery on Tuesday, this poem appeared. It presented itself at precisely the time that I need... continue reading

Promise Yourself by Christian Larson

A friend sent this semi-poem, inspirational message to me recently. Ohhhh, do I love it! It makes me want to be a better person, everyday.... continue reading

Brookside Poetry

A dear friend sent this to me.  It made my heart sing and hope it does the same for you. HOKUSAI SAYS by Roger Keyes Hokusai... continue reading

Musical Monday: Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart

  In light of the s**t-storm of the weekend, my heart feels utterly broken.  Chris Cornell’s song, “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” pretty much sums... continue reading

Musical Monday: Best Day Of My Life

Every morning on our way to school, my (9 year old!) Baby Girl (her nickname) and I have a jam session in which she is... continue reading

Musical Monday: Journey Don't Stop Believin'

Musical Monday: Journey Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey is one of those classic rock bands that ignites energy through its songs and into thousands of its listeners.... continue reading

Musical Monday: Shake It Off

Musical Monday: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift I haven’t been able to get this INSANELY catchy song out of my head for the past... continue reading

Musical Monday: Jimmy Fallon & The Roots

Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Happy Monday!  There is absolutely NO WAY that you can’t have a fabulous day  if you watch these videos of... continue reading

Musical Monday: Shake It Out

Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine is one of my fave songs in general, but especially to run to.  I had the great... continue reading

Musical Monday: My Sisters and Brothers

Last week a dear friend’s husband died suddenly. Of a heart attack.  Yes, it is as tragic as it sounds. I am devastated. We are... continue reading

Musical Monday: Holiday Playlist

Here are my all-time favorite Christmas Holiday songs in my holiday playlist.  I have to admit that I was a little befuddled when the Christmas... continue reading

Musical Monday: KT Tunstall Suddenly I See

Happy Monday!  Hope that you had a wonderful weekend! On Saturday, I had the great and wonderful and amazing opportunity to meet KT Tunstall. She generously... continue reading

Musical Monday: Stand By Me

Musical Monday: Stand By Me Happy Monday! This song is one of my favorites becasue it reminds me of the amazing people in my life... continue reading

Musical Monday: I Will Survive

Musical Monday: I Will Survive  I light of the fact that today is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, I thought that I would share one... continue reading

Musical Monday: Truly Brave

Truly Brave Happy Monday everyone! A dear friend of mine sent me this music video and it truly warmed my heart. NBC Today co-host Hoda... continue reading

Musical Monday: When You Believe

Musical Monday: When You Believe Today is a great day for this amazing song. It is sung by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston each of... continue reading

Musical Monday: The Circle of Life

Musical Monday: The Circle of Life Hello again Monday morning! Where do these weeks go?  Honestly. Here is a song that gives me goosebumps everytime... continue reading

Musical Monday: Lifehouse

Musical Monday: Lifehouse Happy Monday everyone! I don’t know about you, but Mondays are always a bit crazy for me and I find myself wanting... continue reading

Musical Monday: Still Beautiful by Vanaka

Musical Monday: Still Beautiful by Vanaka Happy Monday! Ohhhhh, do I have a great song for you today! Over the weekend (to a rapt audience!)... continue reading

Musical Monday: Disney's Frozen Let It Go Lyrics

Disney’s Frozen Let It Go Lyrics For the past two weeks, Excitedly Eight has had a slight – ahem – obsession with the song Let it Go... continue reading

Musical Monday: Let's Go Crazy

Let’s Go Crazy One thing that you may not know about me is that I am a die-hard Prince fan. He had me with Purple... continue reading

Musical Monday: Silver Girl Lyrics and Behind the Scenes Photos

Silver Girl Lyrics and Behind the Scenes Photos Helloooooo!  Wow, is it ever nice to be back.  Nicaragua was amazing and I can’t wait to... continue reading

Musical Monday: Silver Girl

Silver Girl Today I have an incredibly special and utterly personal post…a guest post that is.  Both the  post and the song have been written by a... continue reading

Why Wait?

Why Wait? Recently I was talking with a friend about lessons in life (Mine: cancer, Hers: divorce) and how we both now have a newfound... continue reading

Musical Monday: Walking on Sunshine

What better way to start the first full week of 2014 than by Walking on Sunshine?  I mean, really. Just thinking about this song makes... continue reading

Musical Monday: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang This weekend was magical. We have been blessed with some cloudy afternoons and even some rain here in Santa Barbara, which... continue reading

Musical Monday: Six Minutes by Lisa Bonchek Adams

Six Minutes by Lisa Bonchek Adams Today’s edition of Musical Monday is actually written by someone I know, a woman for whom I have tremendous... continue reading

Musical Monday: The Silver Pen Cardio Playlist

Musical Monday: The Silver Pen Cardio Playlist Working out is incredibly important to me. Vanity is actually at the bottom of my motivation list. At the... continue reading

Music of My Heart on Musical Monday

 Music of My Heart Happy Monday!  Today, I find myself feeling so grateful to and for all of the amazing people in my life who... continue reading

Three Things Jason Mraz

Three Things Jason Mraz Happy Monday!  Let’s get back to Musical Monday’s, shall we? I love music. It is such a big part of our... continue reading

Living in the Moment

Last weekend, the HOTY, Suddenly Seven and I had the amazing opportunity to hear Jason Mraz in concert. I’m often utterly clueless when it comes... continue reading

Musical Monday: Dave Matthews on Earth Day 2013 - One Sweet World

On this Earth Day, the song One Sweet World by Dave Matthews feels like such a Silver Lining. I especially love the reference to resting in... continue reading

Musical Monday: Dave Matthews Takes John Denver's Music 'To Tomorrow'

This weekend, I heard a great interview with Dave Matthews on NPR about how he and a group of musicians are trying a different spin... continue reading

Musical Monday: Wind Beneath My Wings - Silbar & Henley

This song gets me – Every. Single. Time. I was just telling someone the other day that cancer treatment takes a village. I think of... continue reading

Musical Monday: Fly by Celine Dion

In keeping with the hospice theme of today’s earlier post, I thought I’d share one of my all-time favorite songs, Fly by Celine Dion.  Get out... continue reading

Musical Monday: An Alien in my Lungs by Billy Jonas

This weekend, Suddenly Seven and I came down with colds. The Silver Lining is that it we don’t have the horrible flu virus that is going around,... continue reading

Musical Monday: Life is a Highway by Tom Cochran

Life is a Highway is one of my favorite songs to listen to while running.  I just love it.  The Silver Lining is that it always reminds... continue reading

No Easy Way Out by Robert Tepper

A very dear friend of mine is having her last chemo treatment today: 6 of 6. For most, it would be a (reasonable) cause for... continue reading

Musical Monday: There is a Light by Duane Jarvis

It’s been a little while since I’ve come across a song that blew me away. Well, this one did the trick. Wowsy. I love it... continue reading

Musical Monday #12: Rest Easy by Andrew Peterson

I came across this song last week and the lyrics knocked my socks off! I have so much-so very much-gratitude to all of the people... continue reading

Musical Monday #10: Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel

Hoping that you find these lyrics as inspirational to you as they are to me. Wishing you a Silver Lined Monday!  

Musical Monday #9: Faith by Jordin Sparks

On Saturday night, I had the Silver Lined opportunity to hear Jordin Sparks perform her song, “Faith.”  Now, here’s how clueless I am: I had no... continue reading

Musical Monday #8: I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons

The HOTY and I had the great and good fortune to hear Mumford and Sons on our anniversary trip to Carmel. When they played this... continue reading

Sometimes - Dr. Suess

I have a little somethin’-somethin’ going on for Dr. Suess lately. Such brilliance. Such wit. Such charm. So many Silver Linings!

Musical Monday #7: I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz

Recently, I was “virtually” introduced to Yulady Saluti, a certified yoga instructor who has six kids, a HOTY and…FBC. Yuladi brought to my attention this... continue reading

Musical Monday #6: Rise Up by Bruce Springsteen

This weekend, I had an extraordinary opportunity to see Bruce Springsteen perform at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Everything about it was so very special and... continue reading

Musical Monday #5: Don't Give Up on Me by Milo Greene

Hoping that you find these lyrics as inspirational to you as they are to me. Wishing you a Silver Lined Monday!

Musical Monday #4: Healer

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s,... continue reading

Musical Monday #3: We are Alive

Last week and the weekend has left me feeling crazy tired and in a slump of gigantic proportions. My get up and go has got... continue reading

Musical Monday #3: We are Alive by Bruce Springsteen

Last week and the weekend has left me feeling crazy tired and in a slump of gigantic proportions. My get up and go has got... continue reading

Musical Monday #2: Better Than Today by Don Williams

For this week’s Musical Monday, I am particularly inspired by the song, Better Than Today by Don Williams. My first thought was, “I sure wish I... continue reading

Musical Monday #1: Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts

  Music is a big part of our lives. Two of our (three) boys are working in (and loving!) the music industry. Now, I’ve never... continue reading

The Race is Over by Daniel Nahmod

A dear friend wrote to me today and said, “You MUST listen to this song!” She doesn’t do this very often, so when she does,... continue reading

Dream Foundation Veteran Program

  On this Veterans Day, I am excited to tell you about a newly launched Silver Lining program to celebrate and honor our veterans. As many of... continue reading

Letter To My Patients

No, this isn’t a letter from me.  It is a super powerful and incredibly poignant letter written by a medical student to his patients. Hope that... continue reading

Lady Bird Johnson on Earth Day

Lady Bird Johnson on Earth Day Earth Day wouldn’t be the same without Lady Bird Johnson. You remember her right? She was First Lady to... continue reading

Monday Movie: The Theory of Everything

A MUST-SEE film this season is “The Theory of Everything” directed by James Marsh and written by Anthony McCarten. The cast includes: Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking... continue reading

The Wisdom of Rick Reilly

The Wisdom of Rick Reilly Legendary ESPN sports writer Rick Reilly wrote his last column on June 30, 2014. I thought I would share his... continue reading

Quotes About Books

Quotes About Books Being the self proclaimed nerdy girl that I am, my love for books only grows with time. Speaking of which, what are... continue reading

Maya Angelou, A Phenomenal Woman

Maya Angelou, A Phenomenal Woman It is with great sadness that I learned of Maya Angelou’s death today. As she once said, “Nothing can dim... continue reading

Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr.

Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr. I am guilty of using national holidays as an excuse to run errands, do an extra yoga class and... continue reading

Weekend Inspiration

Hope you’ve had a great week. Where has it gone, by the way? My oh my oh my. One minute I’m schvitzing in New York... continue reading

Nyad Swim

Nyad Swim Did you hear the A-MA-ZING news that Diana Nyad successfully – valiantly! – swam 110 miles (110, folks!) from Cuba to the United... continue reading

Inspired Living: Mother Teresa's Humility List

Recently, I came across Mother Teresa’s Humility List. My oh my oh my. Despite being a humongous fan of Mother Teresa’s, this is the first... continue reading

Philip Zimbardo's Seven Paths to a Meaningful Life

Recently, I came across the most inspiring commencement address, Seven Paths to a Meaningful Life given by Philip Zimbardo. Have I ever told you that... continue reading

Malala Yousafzai United Nations Youth Assembly Speech

  Happy Monday!  Ready for some serious inspiration? Most people get their driver’s license on their 16th birthday. Not Malala Yousafzai. Rather, on her sixteenth... continue reading

Missing and Remembering Joe Nye

While we were on vacation, I received an email from a friend saying, “I’m so sorry to have to tell you this, but our beloved... continue reading

Lilly Pulitzer

It is with a heavy heart that I heard about the death of Lilly Pulitzer.  What an incredible, inspiring woman. In 1959, as a housewife... continue reading

Inspiring People: Marissa Kraxberger

You all know how much I love Oscar de la Renta, right?  When I say love, I mean loooove!  I have had had the opportunity... continue reading

Inspiring People: Cranston F. Jones

Recently I was introduced to an incredibly inspiring man, Cranston F. Jones. I learned about Mr. Jones after he died. Yet, I am no less... continue reading

Inspiring People: Roz Savage

Recently I had the Silver Lined opportunity to meet Roz Savage, an ocean rower and environmentalist who is changing the world…one plastic bag at a... continue reading

Inspiring People: Tariq Johnson

Today, I am honored and delighted to introduce you to an incredibly inspiring adolescent boy, Tariq Johnson. Despite endless amounts of hospitalizations, medical treatments, central... continue reading

Love After Love by Derek Walcott

As I was preparing this week’s Friday’s Fixin’s, I came across this beautiful poem and, of course, had to share it with you! Wishing you... continue reading

RIP, Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue 2008 To quote a friend, “Sad news has fallen across the land: Nora Ephron has died.” Indeed sad.... continue reading

Sid

Sid

The quote below from Maya Angelou is one of my all-time faves. People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did, but... continue reading

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