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Cats: Natural-Born Yoga Masters

For those of you who have cats, have you ever noticed how these wonderful creatures always look as though they're practicing yoga poses? Well, that's because cats are Natural-born Yoga Masters.


Everyone has their own method of exercising that works well for them.

Some people like going to the gym and using things such as: weights, a treadmill, a StairMaster, etc.

Some people prefer running outdoors, playing tennis, or hiking.

For me, personally, I prefer to get my exercise from going on long, brisk walks, doing some daily stretching, and practicing yoga.

Low-impact exercise works best for my own metabolic body type. I've tried countless other forms of exercise and they didn't seem to work for me because my body fiercely rejected them. Many years ago when I lived in Florida, I tried running and it caused so much pain to my knees and joints, that I simply had to stop. I could literally feel my body saying, "Stop!...please stop!...this is not for you!."

Seeing All Things As Blessings, And Being Grateful

My inspiration for this post came from one of my longtime blogging friends, Lisa, who shared a beautifully expressed post in which she asked the question:

"It’s the month of thankfulness and the season where many of us look back and assess the previous year. Were there blessings? For sure. Were there difficulties and challenges. Of course. Missed opportunities? Probably. Which do you focus on when looking back?"

And I responded:

"Great question! I tend to focus on the blessings because in doing that, I feel that it allows me to see ALL things (the blessings, the difficulties and challenges, and the missed opportunities) as both blessings and lessons."

I'm a lot like my father, an optimist. Yet, I'm also a realist. But being a realist doesn't mean that I have to be all doom and gloom about the difficulties, challenges, and missed opportunities in my life.

If I choose to, I can grow and learn from those things, and turn them into blessings.

A Look At New York City's Iconic Carnegie Hall And The Russian Tea Room

Carnegie Hall is one of those places that when you see it, you immediately feel its rich history radiating from every cell of its exquisite architecture. It feels almost sacred, as if everyone who has ever performed there has become impregnated within its soul.

It's a place that looks and feels so incredibly grand.

Yet at the same time, very intimate and personal.

Carnegie Hall was built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891. It is one of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical music and popular music, located in Midtown Manhattan. Carnegie Hall has 3,671 seats, divided among its three auditoriums.

Several weeks ago when I was in New York, I happened to walk past Carnegie Hall, so I decided to take some photographs to share with you.

And because I have a passion for history, I thought it would be interesting to also share comparison photos.

All The World's A Stage

Since several of you requested that I share more post topics about my time in the theater, I thought I'd share photographs of some of the plays and musicals I performed in during my acting career.

I was extremely blessed to have worked with many generous directors who gave me a wealth of opportunities to play a wide variety of characters; alongside some of the most incredibly talented actors.

What I especially love about acting in theater is that you form a special bond with your fellow-actors/actresses in which you become like a family. Film acting is very different because you don't have as much time to connect. Quite often in film, you don't even meet your fellow actors/actresses until you get on the set the first day of shooting without any time to form an onscreen relationship. And in film, you don't get (or hardly get) any rehearsal time, other than rehearsing where you need to hit your marks for the cameras. Film is much more a technical (director's) medium. Whereas theater is much more an actor's medium in which the cast members play off each other in real-time, so you're able to gradually develop your character in relationship to the other characters. In film, all of that is done on your own before you get in front of the cameras.