Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?

An Angel Among Us...
 
In honor of the three year anniversary of Aunty’s passing into heaven…November 18th 2011 at six-forty-eight p.m.
Today I am going to carry on EXACTLY LIKE AUNTY did every single day of her life. I will smile all day long. Even my heart and liver will be radiant. I will tell everyone I love them. I will perform countless acts of kindness without expecting anything in return. I will say with conviction and genuine sincerity that everything is “wonderful. “I will fully appreciate the trees, the birds, and everything around me. I will say thank you to everyone for everything; including the people letting me pat their dog, a car allowing me to pass on the road, the bagger at the supermarket, and the people picking up the trash. I will forgive everyone for everything, no matter what!  
Every day is Christmas
when you have the Aunty spirit!
 
I will put on lipstick just to get the mail at my door. I will have ten cups of coffee and enjoy every one. I will relish every moment spent with my family. AT the end of the day if I am not too tired I will call my sister, or my dear friend Gracie and invite her over for a game of bridge.
Aunty and Gracie
Before I fall asleep I will say my prayers. I will lovingly remember every family member who has passed and call it a “wonderful” day. I will look forward to giving my heart to the world and aid anyone who needs me. I will rest soundly in the light and comfort of GOD. Amen.
(this picture looks like little girl Aunty)
 
I sure hope the readers of Ageless with Aunty will join me in an Aunty-like day. Collectively we can literally raise the vibrations of the planet even just a little bit! Living life with grace, compassion, and humility creates "a happy life" (the  ten cups of coffee are optional).
~
Dear Aunty, miraculously I love you more and more each day. We are connected eternally. And, I will love you forever and a day. I find comfort in the signs and love you send from above. I will honor and cherish your memory and spirit for “ever and ever and ever!” And, as promised, someday I will meet you in heaven.  Until then, I will be happy and productive and inspired, with a heart full of gratitude and love, in large part because of YOU. Uncle D too! Thank you.
with Aunty and Uncle D
on their 50th Wedding Anniversary
 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

IS THIS MUCH FUN ALLOWED?

Lighting Up the Night...
 
I was thinking of calling this blog post "TRADITION" because here I am once again with my gal pals keeping up yet another tradition. This is one I started with our beloved Aunty back in 2007. It's called the Lantern parade and it's run by a fabulous organization called Spontaneous Celebrations. Two nights every October, hundreds of people light up Jamaica Pond (right outside of Boston) and walk around in a gigantic circle carrying colorful lanterns.
 
It might sound simple, and it is. Yet, the bonding, camaraderie and good feelings are all magnified under that irresistible autumn moonlight and maybe its the magic of the water that reflects them back to you. But, you are somehow whirled into enchantment and wonder...
One of my all-time favorite Aunty pictures...
 
If you notice in the picture above, and at the top, I am carrying that very first lantern. My heart smiles at the thought of keeping up any traditions started with Aunty. She was the quintessential kind and loving human being! Her love is so big it still pours down from heaven!!! The eyes of my heart see it clearly. And having good friends by your side is a blessing as well.
 
My friends and I sure do know how to enjoy ourselves. I dare say I don't think a Sunday night was ever this much fun! We danced non-stop after the revelers congregated at the grandstand for some of the best music around. A super funky group called Opposite People played. My toes were actually buzzing!
 
I really hope you can join us next year! Keep your heart open and your inner child alive....I promise it will lead to wonderful places and people.
 
 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ON THE ROAD WITH JANIS JOPLIN!


THE NEW BOOK IS OUT TODAY.....
 
The super new book is called On the Road with Janis Joplin.
and it's written by John Byrne Cook, author, musician, occasional actor, Harvard-educated son of erudite British broadcaster Alistair Cooke, and great-grandnephew of
Ralph Waldo Emerson!
 
Monday night in Cambridge before the big release I got the rare opportunity to meet John, and listen to a talk at a preview book signing. 
As close to Janis as I can get
 
As her road manager, John was there with Janis all the way! He showed his own private footage of what it was like being on the road with the one and only Janis. I was spellbound. And the soundtrack featuring Joplin was sublime. I have always been fascinated by that woman. She really was smart, funny, and supremely talented!
 
For anyone who might question this, or those young ones who may not be familiar with her voice, please, I urge you to just listen to her first album Cheap Thrills or the Pearl. Here is a link. www.janisjoplin.com
Even if you think you know Janis she is well worth another look!
 
I was only a young girl while she was doing her thing and rocketing to super stardom but man there was something about her that really drew me in. One thing I particularly admired was that she was not afraid to be different. She sat there with Dick Cavett with feathers and boas and just full-tilt confidence. That white woman could sing the blues.
 
I really dug that the post office recently issued a Janis Joplin stamp.
They used this picture.

I guess she influenced me more than I realized

I have another picture from when I was about twelve years old and I have on big round Janis glasses exactly like the ones she has on in the picture above. I wanted to place it here but like the sixties themselves it must have faded away...

Let's celebrate, and keep alive that funky, wild and free spirit that Janis epitomizes. Here at Ageless we wish you love, peace, and a groovy day....
 
Rest in peace Janis. You have taken a little piece of our hearts....
 
 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WHO YOU GONNA CALL?!!!

 
Want to have a super fabulous and fun Saturday night this month….Well, why don’t you do what I did last Saturday night and watch Ghostbusters while enjoying a cool pumpkin ale!
After several hours at the library of some serious studying I came up with this great idea. While I was putting my books and papers away I thought what can I do tonight that won’t cost much but yield lots of laughs and taste good too. This time of year I always crave a pumpkin beer. And, for some reason the movie Ghostbusters popped into my head. This comedy classic seemed very appropriate for October.  Luckily the library had the DVD and I immediately checked it out. On the way home I passed a very alluring spirit shop (as in alcohol spirits) and I bought some Shipyard Pumpkin head beer from a fancy display.
Later that night my boyfriend joined me and we watched the movie while enjoying the brew in pint glasses rimmed with sugar and cinnamon. After a fit of laughter he declared “My sweetie created another Tradition. We have to do this next year.”  (I was already thinking next week).
The zesty, aromatic brewed beer and the paranormal comedy Ghostbusters proved a fantastic combination. I haven’t laughed like that in a long time. When the movie came out over thirty years ago (yes that is three zero) I was much younger and didn’t pay much attention to it. But, now I can really appreciate the humor.
Over the years I have become a fan of the late Harold Ramis, who wrote the script with Dan Aykroyd, and played the role of Egon Spengler. The name alone cracks me up. Mr. Ramis also directed, wrote, and acted in several other comedy classics including Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Stripes, and more. He was an extremely funny guy. I had the distinct privilege of talking with him at a film festival in his honor not that long ago (I will be glad to share that with you another time).
Enjoying the supernatural classic comedy Ghostbusters with the lights low, candles flickering, Halloween decorations in the window, while relishing a delightful seasonal potion so crisp and tasty, was a perfect fall Saturday night at the movies. We paused, and played some lines over and over at least five times. It was hilarious. And, in total all this fun and coziness cost just under ten dollars!
 If you take my suggestion make sure you turn the volume up and pay attention. There are so many funny lines and scenes I wouldn’t want you to miss a single one!
Warning: your cheeks might hurt from extreme laughter…
Boo!!!!!
Who You Gonna Call....
 
 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

HAPPY AUTUMN....

 My pal, Mr. Pumpkin!
 
 
I would like to wish all the readers and followers of Ageless with Aunty a happy fall.
 
According to the Discover New England website, In fall (autumn), New England is famous for its glorious foliage as billions of leaves change from green to a kaleidoscope of colors. The air is crisp and cool – perfect for hiking, biking or a classic fly-drive break along back roads, where farm stands are piled high with crunchy apples and orange pumpkins.
Our late Aunty drew a pumpkin
over and around another picture
 
This is a perfect time of year to receive and absorb wisdom.
 
So I have heated up Aunty's favorite for YOU...
(stay warm)
 
The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest.
And, the first to forget is the happiest.
 
~unknown
 
Maybe this is why children are (and our late Aunty was) so happy...they love unconditionally and don't hold grudges. 
 
Drive down your life's path with a smile
and a light heart at every moment.
When you break down all your barriers and defenses
you will get much better mileage and a smoother ride!
And, you'll avoid all the tolls...
Just like Aunty did!
 
 
"The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest

The first to forget is the happiest."

~ Unknown
"The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest.
The first to forget is the happiest."

~ Unknown