Thursday, January 3, 2019

COMFORT AND JOY.....

The Glow of my cousin's tree
really lifted my spirits..not to mention
she had a White Christmas Party just
for me (including making Aunty's/her grandmother's
homemade cookies!)

How do you have one Holly and pretty Jolly Christmas even though you are heartbroken due to the loss of your cherished fiancee? The answer is in these pictures above and below; Friends and Family!
Our Family Christmas dinner table was perfect

I was utterly devastated with the loss of my long time beau, Ming! He loved me so much. (I was so touched that he read and commented on this blog faithfully.) We had a lifetime of love in the last close to a decade. When he passed in June (suddenly) I didn’t think I would pull though the pain and the loss. But, miraculously by staying connected to him (a story for another time) and with the love and support of friends and family I am making it through. I know his love will never die!
I really dug Aunty's Great-granddaughter's Tree

When Christmas came around I didn’t think I would celebrate this year. But, due to some inner strength, an amazing connection to God, and the pure kindness of friends, this Holiday season turned out to be pretty wonderful. It is all about LOVE anyway.
A dear friend put one of Ming's treasured Dolphins 
under her little tree (left)

In between the tears and the loneliness of not having Ming physically here, I was somehow uplifted, as if carried by angels, and able to enjoy the Season (as best I could). 

Holding an actual cherub (aka my grand niece Avery Grace)
helped a lot too

Everyone knows I ADORE CHRISTMAS….And I hope this can uplift those who have lost a loved one. We can carry on (even during the holidays) while carrying them in our hearts.
with Ming Christmas Eve 2010 

This year was truly bitter sweet given such a profound loss, but when it comes to celebrating the Holidays this is how it usually goes... 
An annual tea at my friend Carroll's

I start the day after Thanksgiving ordering my Santa Claus tea and  sublime Ho Ho Joe coffee. I dig out my red and green Jewelry, line up my Christmas DVD’s, pull out my Christmas Journals, start mulling over Eggnog & festive Cocktail recipes, then stare and share at pictures of Christmas’s past. I Start thinking about making cards and ornaments while fluffing out my reindeer sweater
and puffy hat and boots. 
I could go on. If someone ever wants to make a documentary of just how much one human can be so immersed in the season, you might want to give me a call. Ming for one truly appreciated my Major Christmas Spirit! He had it too!
Our "Puffy Green" 2016
My Godson's Ugly Sweater Party 2018
My friend Lynne invited me to a Christmas Tree Festival, 2 dinners
and Holiday Extravaganza because she calls Christmas time
Renee-A-Palooza

 And, of course I understand fully what the season is all about and that is why so much love and joy leaps from my heart. 
My friend Karen brought me to a
twinkling Holy Christmas shrine this year
After making me homemade cookies, pasta,
and peppermint bark

My mom likes to say “ Most people feel at Christmas time how you feel all of the time….full of Magical Wonder…”
And, I dedicate this post to my late adoring Ming man, who told me  early on, “I love Christmas trees, mangers, and more!” Now he is with me forever more at Christmas time and all the time.
"Mingman and Sweetie"

Here is a picture of my tree this year which was lovingly put up in his honor. We would always call our tree “ Puffy Green,” but this year I simply called it the Ming Tree….
Eternally Ming....
I love you forever....

Thursday, November 22, 2018

I AM GRATEFUL FOR A MAN NAMED MING....



On this Thanksgiving Day 2018 I am grateful for close to a decade of unequivocal love from a Man named Ming.
My late beloved was kind, generous, compassionate, brave, noble, virtuous and wise.
He gave me, and everyone he met, his full heart! I was cherished and adored. A difficult part for me now is I didn’t fully realize his true greatness until he was taken from me.
I pray on this Thanksgiving Day….Long Live the Spirit of Ming…
And I pray with my full heart that anyone reading this (and please pass this on)
If there is someone who loves you completely, always let them know how much they are appreciated and loved back.
I promise you it’s not ever enough….so give your heart the best you can to those who truly love you most.
The ones who love us most are very often the ones we take for granted. Make sure you make more time particularly for them.

I am truly and fully blessed for having had someone of this highest caliber of humanness love me with his entire being with such depth of loyalty and admiration.
He enriched my life and now he comforts me from heaven…. today and always, always and forever more….
AMEN!
Ming and Me with our friend Baby Nate

Sunday, May 20, 2018

I LOVE THE SOUND OF CHURCH BELLS AND TRUMPETS IN THE MORNING....



It’s true….Nothing on earth can get me up at five a.m., nothing but a Royal Wedding that is! I love the sound of church bells and trumpets in the morning.
I made a pot of tea, grabbed some tissue, and pulled my chair close to the telly.  I hit the power button and was awed!
Wow…the moment I turned on the television I was carried away. The sun was shining brightly over Windsor Castle in the English Countryside, and a young, kind, and very human prince was beaming with love in his heart!

You could actually feel the love between Meghan and Harry. I mean it was truly magical and wonderful and utterly swoon worthy.
How many things can actually make you swoon….. I kept placing my hands over my heart and reaching for the tissue at every moment. I was so moved, I felt like I was actually there.
Amidst the sparkle of her tiara, the forget-me-nots in her hand (that Harry picked himself from Princess Diana’s garden), the grandeur of Windsor, the bliss in a mother’s heart, the wonder of the children, the beauty of Meghan, the Spirit of Diana, and the twinkle in Harry and Meghan’s eyes, I was instantly transported across the pond and into the majestic, historic, and utterly romantic event taking place right before my eyes.


How can we not be moved?!
And, like the Bishop said: “Two young people fell in love and we all showed up!”

It was a day for all of us to unify and celebrate collectively something that in today’s ultra-fast paced and often troubled world is not highlighted enough…. L-O-V-E!
And WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE SWEET LOVE! And, for those of us who watched, we got mega doses of pure enchantment, and magical love.
It was grand. It was spectacular. It was rich in history, pageantry,  tradition (old and now new). It was everything good, everything perfect; It felt like a dream.

Harry and Meghan shared their love and carried us with them all the way. And for anyone who didn’t care to watch or might put down all the pomp well….
In this day and age with the bombardment of bad news can’t we just bask in the glory of LOVE for a few hours without anyone saying anything negative?! Given everything going on all over the world, when something positive and beautiful happens like this, can’t we just run with it. For those too quick to criticize can’t we just take a break and simply enjoy something so splendid.

Of course, not everyone will be as smitten as I am, but, I ask my readers to take a deep breath, pause, and enjoy moments of happiness and pure joy whenever we can get or create them.
Don’t you think that part of the reason the world is so stressed and agitated is people are just too quick to put others down  and be so negative. So many of us just go through the motions.
But, if you allowed yourself just ten minutes to actually watch, listen and tune in to what was happening at Windsor Castle yesterday it was something to feel happy about.
It was uplifting and sublime. If you allowed yourself you might be moved. Witnessing love breaks down barriers.

When it was over I wanted to keep watching! I couldn’t get enough. I wish I could have been there.
I am so inspired by their love and their openness to share their Amazing Royal Wedding and letting me as a viewer experience a real life fairy-tale, I am making a special gift for them. I cant say too much about it yet, but, in the coming months those who follow Ageless will learn more about it. All I can say is by all accounts I have captured the Markle Sparkle!

For now, watch any footage you can of their Royal Wedding. Hold the hand of someone you love, pick them some flowers, be romantic. Tune out the negative news and comments at least for a while…and Give LOVE a chance. Don’t be so quick to say boo hoo to Royalty. This is about LOVE pure and simple. Let’s all stand together in unity for a few moments without any negative comment!!!
It’s worth repeating…What the World NEEDS NOW IS LOVE, in any way, shape, or form!!!  And, it’s worth noting that the young, connected and committed royals are doing a great deal of important charity work.

Harry and Meghan….you were magical beyond magical and let us all share in a fairytale….
I send you love, and pray your marriage will be a lasting and happy one.
And judging by William and Kate…we truly have a new Fab Four! I know you will do great things and inspire us all to do the same. I know Princess Diana is supremely proud!
LOVE NEVER DIES

Sending kisses and prayers….

with love from New England….
Renee Faith Gold

PICTURES ARE FROM OTHER SOURCES BBC AND OTHERWISE

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

BIRTHDAY CAKE L-O-V-E ...


Who knew that birthdays could get better with age….
I am elated with the many loving surprises that I continue to receive regarding my recent “Ageless” May 3 Birthday!

Cake is pretty much my favorite dessert and I got FOUR (well, three and a half to be exact). As you can see in this post there are four different cakes. My friend the Amazing Gracie made me a homemade vanilla raspberry one with lots of whipped cream and it was divine!  My cousin made me a red-velvet with cream cheese that tasted absolutely spectacular (that was before she gave me a sparkling box filled with gifts)!  My dear friend Lynne had a special cake ordered from a local bakery that was simply beautiful and truly delicious. And when my sisters and mom took me out to dinner, they had a wild and crazy mini chocolate bomb cake delivered to the table that we all devoured in less than two minutes.  

And not only were the cakes so special, but, so were the presentations. When Gracie presented hers she had a little wind up device/music box that played Happy Birthday. And when my sisters, mom, and Lynne gave me theirs it was with my favorite cake accouterments, no, not ice-cream, BALLOONS! I LOVE those pretty puffy& colorful things! It was so sweet to have the cake and balloons. It brought me back to my youth and I felt very young! Having my own birthday balloons made me giddy and I appreciate people taking the time to get them for me….who doesn’t love presents?! And my mother always buys me a crown, a tiara, or something child-like for my birthday. She tells me I am her Peter Pan!

Friends texted all day, some called with magical messages, and one sent a video of her son (also my friend who just got accepted to St Andrews College) playing a violin to the song of Happy Birthday with the magical product I just developed glowing the background!  It truly was precious.  I was so touched. Later that evening my boyfriend brought me some home-cooked food, the BEST CARD EVER and a beautiful crystal necklace in the shape of a heart and the color of the sky. He told me I am about to reach the sky with my dreams!


And, that earlier that night, right before I sat down to dinner with my sisters another super tremendous friend sent a very special message for me saying “Thank you for being born!” It just kept getting better.  Even my friend, the writer Roland Merullo, sent a birthday wish. And, I was so happy and excited that here I was with cakes, gifts, toasts, flowers, serenades, gifts left at my door, and it wasn’t like I was sweet six-teen or a five year old….as a full-fledged adult it felt pretty darn good to have such a special day with so many genuinely wonderful surprises and heartfelt affection all around me. When you give LOVE, you get it back!!! And LOVE is Ageless....

There is even more to come (that is why you might notice one of my cakes says Renee-A-Palooza)…I have been promised a trip to the MFA, another dinner out, and a home cooked meal by more loving and devoted friends! I believe Oprah is right when she says the more grateful you are the more you have to be grateful for. And, speaking of grateful, well, I just realized that I actually had another birthday cake (that’s 4.5)! My cousin Greg and his wife gave me a cake and sang happy birthday to me two weeks before my birthday (don’t you just love cousins)?!
This past Sunday I capped the four day celebrations off with a fabulous pizza & wine party in my honor at Aunty’s great-granddaughter’s hip and trendy new home…Thankfully she has high ceilings and mega big windows because all that love and magic around me had to go somewhere….

Saturday, May 5, 2018

I BEG YOU...

The average straw is sipped for only 20 minutes but it can take over 200 years to break

down. Straws are very lightweight and often wind up in our oceans and on our beaches where they are
a danger to marine life. Plastics never biodegrade -- they just break into smaller and smaller pieces.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation predicts that by 2050 there will be more pounds of plastic than fish in
the ocean.
If Straws are doing this can you IMAGINE what all the rest of your plastic trash is doing?!

Please, I am begging all my readers at Ageless to see the film Plastic Ocean.
I sobbed during the whole film (but as decent human beings we MUST FACE THIS TOGETHER)…
Plastics are now one of the most common pollutants of ocean waters worldwide. Pushed by winds, tides and currents, plastic particles form with other debris into large swirling glutinous accumulation zones, known to oceanographers as gyres, which comprise as much as 40 percent of the planet's ocean ...

When you pile up your trash and throw it away it HAS TO GO SOMEWHERE.
we DO NO HAVE A PLANET B AND ITS HIGH TIME WE ALL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.

I have not ever posted anything like this. Here at Ageless we are fun and upbeat.
But, as a caring person living and breathing on this earth I am completely compelled after all I have seen
and come to realize just how important it is that we all take responsibility and do our part and create less waste.
There is nothing fun and upbeat about polluted oceans and a toxic trash filled environment.
WE did this. WE can undo it!

If any of  you have children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews YOU MUST SEE THESE FILMS.

I PROMISE YOU BEYOND ANY DOUBT THEY WILL CAREFULLY AND FULLY SHOW YOU WHY IT’S SO IMORTANT TO HAVE LESS AND LESS WASTE
AND TO DO OUR PART TO RECYLCE and to PROTECT AND RESPECT OUR PLANET!

THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND MOTHER EARTH THANKS YOU TOO.

SIMPLE WAYS YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE RIGHT NOW…

1.    USE LESS
2.    BUY IN BULK
3.    Pay attention to how you use water!!!! (for example turn off the water while you brush your teeth)
4.    USE EARTH FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS
5.    Leave your car at home. ...
6.    Walk or ride your bike to work, school and anywhere you can. ...
7.    Recycle. You can help reduce pollution just by putting that soda can in a different bin. ...
8.    Compost!
And just imagine for one simple moment if YOU did that every day…and then your neighbor did that….
and your family and friends, and so on and so on……IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. IT IS THE DIFFERENCE.

SO PLEASE SEE THE FILMS SUGGESTED. P-L-E-A-S-E!

THE LITTLE FISH IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA THANK YOU.
THE BIRDS IN THE SKY THANK YOU
THE TREES AND THE FLOWERS AND THE BEES THANK YOU
AND FUTURE GENERATIONS THANK YOU
YOUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN WILL REAP THE RESULTS OF ALL OUR CONSIDERATE EFFORTS.

Remember, there ARE endless reuse solutions for our waste problem that are sustainable, easy, and fun.
You can start with the Book Zero Waste Home (it’s excellent)
or any of the films mentioned.

THANK YOU AGELESS READERS!