Saturday, October 3, 2015


 I am one of the millions affected by the Pope’s visit to America. Pope Francis (I like to call him Papa Francis) is a man of compassion and humility. He is casting a glow of love and hope all across this country and literally gracing us with his visit. People are moved to tears by seeing him. When I hear his voice I feel like I am hearing the voice of God and goodness. It’s quite humbling and moving. I find myself pulling my chair closer to the TV. I want to be as close as I can get.

This morning I heard journalists praising him. David Brooks said, “Hearts are opened by his visit!” Another declared “Souls are gushing!” And, I heard Andrea Mitchell say we “ Must see his prayer at ground zero.” Pope at Ground Zero

 All this makes me happy. I love to see good energy being emitted across my country and the world. And, something tells me, all kinds of people from all walks of life are being touched by the Holy Father’s presence, actions, and prayers. I am certain, many are making changes in their own lives after witnessing this man’s undeniable goodness and selfless humility. 

What I like best of all about Papa Francis’s visit is what I call the mirror affect. WE can all be like mini-popes. In fact we are. Like him we are human beings. Like him many of us have a strong faith. And like him and most of humanity, we are good at heart. Is there any reason we cannot take it upon ourselves to keep cultivating this love and compassion like he exemplified?  That goodness  and purity DOESN’T HAVE TO STOP when he leaves! Think about continuing where he left off when he boards his plane and waves his holy hand goodbye. Imagine all of us carrying on in our daily lives a bit more Pope-like!" What a wonderful thank you gift to him and each other! Being kind is why we are here. And, for anyone who may struggle or resist becoming a better human being, perhaps we could make a plea to the news stations to continue showing clips of the Pope’s visit to remind us. Seeing is believing.

 Collectively as citizens, human beings, pilgrims, and people, we just have to do more to help each another and take a bit more responsibility for our actions in this life . The Pope brought the word “SERVICE” (a word foreign to many) front and center. He singlehandedly resurrected it!  Now, If everyone who watched the Pope starts becoming more compassionate today, tomorrow, next week, or next year, then that can be our way of continuing the loving momentum that Papa Francis started. He clearly and simply demonstrated that we have the ability of empowering our own humanity. WE cannot leave all the self-sacrificing for him! For me personally, before the Pope’s visit I had already started visiting nursing homes and the elderly and I will continue.  I would like to thank those of you who already are in in synch with the Pope and treating others as you would like to be treated. And, I bow to those of you, like my late Aunty who always put others first! That IS the Holy Spirit...

 Take a moment to reflect on the Holy Father’s voice, his actions, the images, and the goodness in your own heart. My prayer is that we all see the goodness in ourselves and that even more importantly,  we let go of our ego's even a little bit and do more to emulate the Pope by reaching out to those less fortunate. I pray that each one of us can make the world smile in any little or big way we are blessed to do. We can actually raise the good vibrations of this planet. We must keep this glowing goodness going and growing for the sake of every breathing human being in this world today, tomorrow, and eternally. Thank you Papa!

©Renee Gold 2015 All Rights Reserved


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


I am amazed and enthralled with this Utterly Fab company out West, called OMAZE!
They actually give away a chance at Experiences like Hanging out with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck! A role in the MOVIE STAR WARS VII! Play Cricket on the Set of Downton Abbey with the CAST! Ride in an RV with Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad, etc. etc. etc... Yes, every prize is staggeringly swoon worthy! And, best of all with NO STRINGS ATTACHED and ALL for Worthy Causes.

I have been in the running for some of these Wow-factor experiences (like lunch with George) and its thrilling. I may not have won (yet), but, I think it's the MOST FUN and EXCITEMENT ten dollars can buy!  Not to mention the money raised goes to very good causes like UNICEF, Women's Cancer Programs, and, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They have set it up perfectly so we are helping each other.

Let's be real.....somebody is going to win. It could be me. And, it certainly can be YOU!
          In their own words (the two savvy geniuses who came up with all this)..

 A little while back, we went to a benefit that Magic Johnson hosted for the Boys & Girls Club of America, where he auctioned off the chance to sit with him courtside at a Lakers game and join him for dinner after. We could barely contain ourselves. We are die hard Laker fans and Magic was our childhood hero. Hanging with him for a night would literally be a dream come true.
But this dream was not to be. As a couple of broke grad students, we could only watch helplessly as the bids escalated until the experience ultimately cleared for $15,000.
Driving home we couldn’t let it go. Why should life’s most amazing experiences only be available to a select few? And worse, how could a prize which, in our minds, was priceless only raise $15,000 for the Boys & Girls Club?
And that’s when a simple idea hit us. What if we made these same types of opportunities available online, and for a $10 donation everyone could have a chance at winning? We could help generate significantly more money and awareness for deserving causes, and all people could share the chance to live out dream experiences.
And that’s how Omaze was born.
Picture yourself as a REAL Jedi!

For all the up to the minute information go to:
Tell them Renee sent you...I think OMAZE is one of the best things in this galaxy!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


It's National Honey Month
Mark your calendars: Thursday, September 24, 5-7pm, Follain South End, 53 Dartmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts...
It's National Honey Month, and, my favorite store, Follain, is celebrating the sweet nectar and all of its health benefits! From its high antioxidant activity to its acne-busting power, there are so many reasons why honey belongs in your skincare routine.
This Friday, kick-off the weekend at their Washington DC, Union Market shop. They will share the healing benefits of honey and treats from local honey producers, plus a take-home DIY honey treatment!
 And, to stay sweet and beautiful in Boston, Join them at their South End shop on September 24th for a honey-themed evening with Follow the Honey. Come by to learn how honey is made, try out different varieties, and learn about the benefits of honey in skincare!
I say anything to keep bees in business....And, I love my honey....
This high end beauty emporium also has a sublime store on Nantucket.
This post was courtesy of Follain
Can you send some samples?!!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Think about how you wake up each morning. Are you hitting the snooze button, rushing to get ready for work, skipping breakfast or forgetting to do something? Transforming your morning from chaos to tranquility can have a profound effect on the rest of your day, and this meditation technique can help you develop that habit. A morning tea meditation is a beautiful mindful exercise that reminds you to slow down and appreciate the little things in life. It allows you to start your day the way you'd like it to go!

  1. Set up an area or sacred space for your tea ritual. Set up a chair and table area where you can have your tea, crystals and fresh flowers. Avoid reading the newspaper or a magazine, using your cell phone or unnecessary clutter. 
  2. Choose your tea, favorite mug and/or sweetener, and place them all out on the table. 
  3. Fill a kettle or pot with water, and place it on the stove to boil. As the water is boiling, don't do anything else. Just sit with patience. 
  4. When the kettle whistles, slowly pour hot water over your tea leaves or bag, and add any additions you would like.
  5. Sit at the area you designated for your tea ceremony.
  6. Before you take a sip, take a moment and give thanks for the cup of tea in front of you. So often, we take for granted the little things we encounter each day, but we are so fortunate to have them. 
  7. Enjoy your tea. To feel the power of this exercise, drink it slowly. Savor each sip, tasting the different flavors that exist in the tea. Feel each sip as it hits your lips and tongue, and how it soothes your throat, stomach and soul. 
As you finish your tea, give thanks again. Continue in a seated meditation for as little or as long as you'd like. Give thanks for all of the little things that make up your day. 

This post is 100% courtesy of Energy Muse
And if you are like me, after the pause, reflection, and thanks you can play some great tea music like Tommy Dorsey When I take My Sugar to Tea....
Happy Sipping~

Monday, July 27, 2015


If you are going to fall in love why not fall in love with someone or something that can inspire you, intrigue you, make you giddy, and fill you up with joy….
Well, Brother Thelonious did just that. The story goes like this. I was walking by this neat little liquor store (Needham Center Fine Wines to be exact). They had the most incredible display in the window. This beer stood out and sold out. The beer was Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale. On the bottle there is a drawing of the late great Jazz Pianist Thelonious Monk.  It’s a hip sketch like the man himself. The bottle alone was enticing. I went into the store to learn more. I found out it’s from award winning North Coast Brewing Co and it’s a top notch brew. I had to try some.
When I got home I poured my new friend into a tall glass and immediately liked the rich amber color. When I tasted it I flipped.  There were hints of vanilla, caramel, and clove! This was the hippest, coolest, best tasting beer on earth!  It may have been inspired by an icon, with an artist painting his picture on the bottle, but, the beer is the real work of art here! I turned up the music and my spirits.
I drink very responsibly and creatively.  Now, each Friday night I take a different glass, from short, tall, fancy, and even from the bottle itself, and, I indulge in a BT; feet up, and relaxing before Shark Tank, or, as I get ready for a night out.  This beer excites me and makes me happy!
Please try this hip hop today.  And, there is even more….
North Coast Brewing Co. is proud to partner with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in support of Jazz education. The Brewery makes a donation to the Institute for every bottle of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale sold. And, these generous brewers will be at the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend, August 1-2.  Why not head on over and listen to some sublime sounds while sipping this extraordinary ale. Summer just doesn’t get any better than this.  I say that from the vantage point of much experience. I haven’t missed the Newport Jazz Festival in over twenty years! Like the beer here, this event and the caliber of music is simply first class and spectacular! Taste and hear for yourself…. And always drink responsibly!
Newport Jazz Festival (with the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop)
p.s. The skeleton in the drawing on the label represents our other words life is short! ENJOY IT!