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"Invictus" the Movie of The Man, Mandela

I have seen it now two times this Christmas season both times equally inspired to learn more about this unique South African person and leader, Nelson Mandela. The ways in which a life, symbolized by a great focus that changed to great clarity that went on to create a platform that could transform a nation. I can highly recommend this film as a must see for anyone who wants to begin to understand the process of how true vision can lead to greater opportunities.

Personally my interest in who and what Mandela ‘the nation builder’ is and stands for has been stimulated by an interview done by those who have had a closer look at this significant man,they seek to introduce Nelson Mandela “Madiba”, to the rest of us who might also be interested to understand more about the power of Mandela’s incredible focus.

Click here to see and hear the 54min interview.

To your future focus!

P.S.

FYI:

I thought you might want to know about the 46664 Bangle initiative
http://www.theBangle.com, where every wrist bracelet sold donates funds to the
46664 campaign of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. During the Invictus film as
they walk through the Robben Island prison, they explain Nelson Mandela’s prison
number was 46664 (prisoner number 466, imprisoned in the year ’64). This number
is now an international symbol for Mr. Mandela’s humanitarian work worldwide,
and it is engraved on every bangle, along with a digital imprint of Nelson
Mandela’s hand.

The bangle project also empowers those affected by HIV AIDS by providing
employment in South Africa through the production of the bangles and the
handmade packaging. The jewelry carries a global message about HIV AIDS
prevention and social responsibility as people worldwide wear the bangle with
pride, inspired by the leadership of Mr. Mandela.

Copper, silver, gold and platinum bangles have a unique serial number and people
can track online the project benefiting from the bangle purchase. Prices start
at $19.99 and can be ordered online at http://www.theBangle.com or through the
call center at 1 866 984 6664.

Thanks for reading,
Julie

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Christmas Inspiration Continues On

Christmas has passed but not the inspiration that Christmas can have in our lives. Here is a beautiful story that just past my way. It reveals how inspiration can come from those things that have caused frustration and even pain. I hope you enjoy this inspiring Christmas story.

God Bless Montgomery Ward!

**True Story of Rudolph**

A man named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.

His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bobs wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. Little Barbara couldn’t understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad’s eyes and asked, “Why isn’t Mommy just like everybody else’s Mommy?” Bob’s jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob’s life. Life always had to be different for Bob.

Small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he’d rather not remember. From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn’s bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.

Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn’t even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn’t buy a gift, he was determined a make one – a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal’s story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day. But the story doesn’t end there.

The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946, Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.

In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter. But the story doesn’t end there either.

Bob’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation of Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore, it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of “White Christmas.”

The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn’t so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.

*MERRY CHRISTMAS 2009*

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As Each One Contributes

Have you realized the gift that you are to the world…or to your city…or to your neighborhood…or even just your family? That thing which you love and do…that simple thing is it. I for one do not believe it is something you spend your life in search of but rather you spend your life simply sharing the obvious thing you love.

In our very complicated world we seldom prize the important or give honor to the sacred. In is when you can value that important sacred part of your self .that is what you love ,that it is possible to begin to share it with your world,,,your city…your neighborhood…or even just your friends and family.

Thank you to the one who shared this pearl with me…and now I would like to share with you a glimpse of an important love of an artist….Click Here

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Viva La Mechanic at InstyTune and Lube!

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importance of a Power Team in your life when one of those key players must be replaced.

I found myself 2k miles past my due date for an oil change and still in denial that I had to find a new competant and fair charging professional for a future relationship with my car. Having been an owner of a
corvette for 25 plus years and having had a tremendous corvette specialist followed by one of the area’s
best known independant Northstar specialist I was concerned that the mission to find a replacement team
member would be difficult.

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Good news, this week I made my way into Insty Tune and Lube just in hopes of having a
simple oil change to stave me over in my search. Right away I was greeted by Joey who I later discovered
was one of the owners John’s son. Joey let me know that since I was there on Ladies Day, I would have the
benefit of the premium oil change for the price of the regular service which is 24.95.

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Due to Joey’s friendly stlye, I soon discovered that the origin of the Insty Tune’s and Lube in Tampa, Florida began 16 years ago as an independant family owned establishment. John a
Master Tech. and Andreh who is a corvette specialist joint ventured and have been happily serving the
Tampa Bay area ever since. Insty Tune & Lube 007
When I asked Joey how they have held up during the economic down turn he replied, “we always have
been and are still in the lead among our competition”.
I asked what would his customer say is their reason for loyalty and he said,” they know the service and work is good but they also
know they will be treated like a friend like part of the family you know”. It was about then that one of the customers walked in and exclaimed how much they liked coming into have the Insty Tune team work on their car. It was also about then that I asked Joey if I could take some pictures and let my world know all about this gold mine I was discovering…a new member of my Power team.

Click here for or more details concerning service pricing, specials and contact information at INSTY TUNE AND LUBE! P.S.
Insty Tune and Lube’s charitable interest include The Handicap worshop, Gaither & Sickels High school autoshop.

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Universal Music Day

Hats off to Susan Patricia Golden and her incredible vision for a ”Universal Music Day”! The Universal Music Day just celebrated it’s 3rd anniversary with the celebration being held in sunny Clearwater , Florida at the Octagon Art Center. It was an eclectic gathering of musical artist ranging from young singers Skylar and Lexie to Amass aka Allen hailing originally from Russia, playing the mandolin and about to have his 90th birthday.
Susan’s fun and easy way as the hostess of the evening created for the audience a personal connection to her vision of everyone finding and then sharing their music with the world. Susan encouraged the artist to share their personal story of finding their gift before they shared it making it even more wonderful for us the audience.
The evening’s line up began with Sharis Coleman-Der and Linda Faust who had us relaxing with laughter at their rendition of “BlackBeans” then also included the wonderful piano playing of Mary Aduddell,Roger Coe whose unique acappella song gave even more impact to the inspiring lyrics he shared then followed by Denise Taylor with Antonio as guitar back up who just recently began to share her awesome voice with a title called “No One Loves Just Like You a really great idea and so powerfully delivered.The evening’s celebrities were featuring Beatnik Castle g Francillia sharing their stage with Justin Elfis a welcomed guest siger and guitarist. Amazing talents who are up for one of this year’s Grammy Award’s and oh what a range in sounds they made.
The end of the evening had last but not least Chuckie Love and Rev. Nick Ozuna who brought the evening to a close with tremendous passion and words like ” setting space on fire with my love” and the ethereal sound of a Japanese Shakuhachi wow so much inspiration in just a few hours, all due to the foresight and vision of Susan Patricia Golden’s “Universal Music Day” and her continual invitation to all of us the find and share our music.

So have you found your music?
To Know more about Susan’s organization go to www.universalmusicday.org which you can click on at the sidebar!

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I am Still Proud to Be an American

Margaritaville Remembers

This was an unexpected experience for sure! We were all together to celebrate mom’s 70th birthday in Crystal River. Not knowing what to expect we ventured to a local favorite restarant called Margaritagrille on the water. Being that it was scallop season, it was packed. I was introduced to the owner a Greek American know for his gentle friendly personality that everyone feels like a personal friend to.

This owners mission to be a credible entreprenuer but in a way that not only creates a fun places to meet and eat but also to remember an important moment in our country’s history. The day of the second foriegn violation of our country…9/11.

I was made to remember the reality of what that day suggested to us as a nation and realized in that moment of remembering that I had not been encouraged to remember this in eight years by anyone else. Some how tonight the evening of the eleventh os September, as I am watching that incredible moment on FOX News, I find that strange.

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So How is Your Stimulas Package Working?

Entrprenuer Justin & CrewEntrprenuers to the RescueEntreprenuer Refer Each Other

This has been a season of obstacles, financial shortfalls and continous disappointing ventures as an entreprenuer. Seems the odd is usual and usual is odd.The mandate of our government to spend huge amounts of money in an attempt to turn things around doesn’t appear to have had a lot of impact on main street in my town.

But amidst all of this…there is hope I can count onmy fellow local entreprenuers!
In the face of a June through July circumstance involving the fall of a tree on a carport and the limitations of insurance policies to protect, they… those every day owners of small business. came to the rescue.

Cecil Smith, owner of CSM Services sent out the call to arms and Jason with his crew came right away. In the end, there it was, the local entreprenuers, working in tandem helping each other.Obstacles were met and profit was turned. The odd was leveraged and the usual restored.

It’s the True American Stimulas Package that works every time!

Colleen K. McKeown

P.S
The American economy has always owed it strength the to the Small Business Man and Woman

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In Praise Of the Road Ranger

Road Ranger

Today was a challenge from lunch time on. I was returning from Orlando on I4 to Tampa coming from the airport area. Unknowingly ended up heading east instead of west when my tire blew. I did make it to the side of the road and called AAA for help. After an hour had past I was approached by a Road Ranger. I was not aware such a person existed until then. Without hesitation he began changing the tire and said AAA was used to them getting to an event ahead of them. I asked how he was payed and the Road Ranger said by the State of Florida. It was beginning to rain just as he arrived and he could have so easily past me by and waited to help someone else when the rain was gone but he happily helped commenting on his concern for my saftey.
I usually don’t get turned around with directions but due to my error, plus the 50-55 mile an hour speed The Ranger encouraged me to stay on for safty sake, and the 1 hour wait along the side of the road. My five hour return trip home from Orlando was an encouraging discovery of our tax dollars and a Ranger with firm commitment to service were working on my behalf. This will be a good memory!

Colleen K. McKeown

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In a Shower of Falling Stars

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This has been an incredible season of falling stars. It has been a reminder that the second half of life moves much quicker than the first.
Watching the closing line in so many peoples lives in the past weeks, I received an uplifting gift from Chef Eric Austin via Facebook. A tribute to one of the recent fallen stars. I like it because to seems to capture the gift of this persons life and the verse he shared.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=101iXwPTNE0&feature=email

Here’s to making it count!

Colleen K. McKeown

P.S.

You are someones shining star!

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The Power of a Name

Every day all of us make a choice about what to wear, what to eat and how to react to our day. But for some their power of choice has gone even farther.

There are fellow beings ,who through the journey of life, have come to a place where they took hold of the power to change their name. Women have done it for years at the time of their wedding. Some have chosen to keep their maiden names or hyphenate them to maintain the value of their personal identity. Some children have changed their last names when a parent chose to remarry. They have decided to change their last names to be part of the identity of the family their mother was committing to.

But for some the decision to radically change their names has come through the process of personal clarification. Wanting to redirect their lives or wanting to make a complete commitment to a personal passion or new found awareness of the value of their existence.

One lady who crossed my path recently is  in the process of selecting of a new name . Her current name being ‘Diane’. Diane is choosing a new life and believes it is  important that the ‘new life’ should be christened with a new name. The choice of ‘Cat’ has been made for the first though the last is still being considered. Diane is confident it will be a Scottish or Irish name in the end. She is still researching the origins and meanings of names. When the name is selected it will be a clear identity statement.

It was somewhat different for a man named Ocean.  ‘Ocean’ never gave his birth name during the revelation of the story to change his name. There was no hint of it at all. The journey of his life included endings of important paths and opportunities to discover the ability to transfer healing through the touch of hands. His contemplations through this metaphorical time included the awareness of the power of the sea and it’s relative nature to his own existence. Ocean was to be his name.

Ocean’s experience of change was met with both support, resistance or conflict in equal measure. Some have been inspired by his personal clarity,employment of personal power and commitment to do such a thing . Others have critisized through irritation and sometimes hostility. It became very easy for him to tell where his real community existed.

Because Ocean has no second name he has found that he often doesn’t fit into the process of paperwork. Society has a hard time excepting you as a real person without a last name. Interesting similarity when one considers God, Buddha, Allah,or Socrates. Society often has a hard time with those entities as well.

Something so small and yet so personal the Power of a name and the Power to Change it.

Colleen K. McKeown

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