"Choose to be in close proximity to people who are empowering, who appeal to your sense of connection to intention, who see the greatness in you, and who live a life that gives evidence that Spirit has found celebration through them." - Dr. Wayne Dyer
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." ~ Mother Theresa ~
Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember, Life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness."
"Julia Child would have been 101 last week. I celebrate her birthday every year. This year I cooked some smoky eggplant soup, and ate it in Central Park." "Were you alone?" "Of course. I love to be alone. I'm fabulous." - From Humans of New York
“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. this is my symphony.” ― William Ellery Channing
3-Star General “That night I looked up at those same stars, but I didn't want any of those things. I didn't want Egypt, or France, or far-flung destinations. I just wanted to go back to my life from my childhood, just to visit it, and touch it, and to convince myself that yes, it had been real.” ― Jenny Lawson, Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
"Don't be trapped by dogma-which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." -Steve Jobs
Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit. To see Light and Joy in everything. To spread our wings and fly boldly. To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies - our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family, our friends, our community, for the whole world.
Our opportunity is to love ourselves exactly as we are - with all our joys and sufferings. To be grateful for everything. To forgive ourselves for our doubts of our own worthiness - for we have no need to be anything other than what we are.
Our opportunity is to visualize a kinder world. To sing glad songs of tomorrow - imagining a world of love - of the whole world filled with love. To offer our hand... often. To breathe deeply and honor ourselves. To pause and contemplate... just because. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie
James A. Stevens November 19, 1922- March13, 2013In loving memory of husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, James A. Stevens, who passed away from natural causes at 90 after a wonderful life filled with love, adventure, dance, and kindnesses to others.
Born in Alhambra, CA., he attended Alhambra High School, serving as student body president and sports editor of the Moor newspaper. He attended Pasadena City College, and the University of Utah, then served as an officer aboard merchant ships during World War II, which gave him the opportunity to see the world and live in such diverse places as India, China, Java, Bali, Egypt, Iraq and Europe. He met the love of his life, Monza Higgs, while he was in Officer's School, and they married in 1949. They settled in Pasadena, CA, and had two children (two daughters, Tami and Erin). Upon Jim's passing, he and Monza had been happily married for 63 years. Together, Jim and Monza owned a successful retail store (from 1950-1970) called "The Wonderful Balinese Shop," located at the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove Blvd, where a giant paper moon hung in the window. Indicative of his generous happy spirit, the shop had a brass plaque on the door that read: Children May Touch! The Owners assume responsibility for any items broken by children in the shop. There were summer movies shown outdoors at the shop, under the stars, and an upstairs art gallery presenting works by many important California artists over the years. There were also lectures by prominent scientists and performances by acclaimed musicians, puppeteers, and magicians. After the shop closed, Jim went into the manufacturing of gift items, and the wholesale distribution of gifts around the globe. Since 1983,with his wife and two daughters, he has helped in running The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Assoc., at 73 N. Hill Ave, (located behind the church). Always an antique collector and yard sale aficionado, he was also a talented writer who wrote and published two books, along with countless numbers of poems and creative manuscripts.
Jim is survived by two of his five siblings: Larry (Weep) Stevens, and Mary Lou Retrosi, his wife Monza, his two daughters and their husbands Scott Price and Jim Key, along with three local grandchildren: Jimmy, Alex and Kaitlynn Key, as well as great grandchildren. He passed away at home with his adoring family surrounding him. He was an athletic man, and a man with tremendous moral strength, unfailing integrity, remarkable kindness, and the deepest capacity for love. We will miss him greatly.
In lieu of flowers, Jim Stevens would appreciate all of us holding his lifelong motto in our hearts: Be Kind.
- http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pasadenastarnews/obituary.aspx?n=james-a-stevens&pid=163742324#sthash.iecsW3Lo.dpuf Published in Pasadena Star-News on Mar. 20, 2013 I am resposting this obituary as it is such a lovely tribute to a very special man whose kind ways touched those who knew him well as well as others who knew him only as the kind owner of the wonderful, magical shop at the corner of Colorado and Orange Blvd. I wrote about my experiences at the Balinese Shop in my blogpost here: http://followbarbsbliss.blogspot.com/2009/10/balinese-shop.html
"When you feel dejected or out of sorts, ask yourself: Do I wish to use the present moment–the precious currency of my life–in this manner? This will help you become conscious of the importance of being here now–not just in your body, but in your thinking as well. I urge you to think of the present as just that: a wondrous present from your Source."- Dr. Wayne Dyer
"Noon descends around me now: Is the noon of autumn's glow, When a soft and purple mist Like a vaporous amethyst, Or an air-dissolved star Mingling light and fragrance, far From the curved horizon's bound To the point of Heaven's profound, Fills the overflowing sky; And the plains that silent lie Underneath, the leaves unsodden Where the infant Frost has trodden With his morning-winged feet, Whose bright pride is gleaming yet; And the red and golden vines Piercing with their trellised lines The rough dark-skinned wilderness;" - P. Shelley
“Surfing is climbing from a warm bed in pre-dawn’s coolness a sleepy drive, coffee and doughnuts at a roadside diner and the clatter of surfboards as they’re unstacked from the car rack. Surfing is the joy of watching a sun rise slowly into the sky. It’s crisp, clean waves, crests blown high by an offshore wind. It’s gray mist, dampness and cold sand under bare feet, the lonely cry of a gull sweeping across silent, brooding seas.” –Fred Wardy
Mat checking out the waves early morning in Australia
Happy Birthday Mat! May the year ahead be filled with good health, a happy heart and a bounty of great waves to surf on at beautiful beaches around the world.
I believe in love and kindness, family first, deep meaningful friendships, counting one's blessings and giving to others what you yourself need. I strive to see life as a glass half full. I am very grateful for the life I have and all the wonderful people that make this grand adventure so worthwhile.