Wentzational!

Wentzational!

In an NFL season marred by kneeling multi-millionaire ingrates, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is a breath of fresh air. Not only is he exceptionally talented, he is a positive influence on his teammates and a contributor to the Philadelphia community.

That’s why I’m proud to promote these Wentzational shirts, exclusively from Innovation Nation. If you’re interested, comment below and I’ll tell you how to order.

UPDATE: A Bittersweet Victory & NFC East Title for the Eagles

During an exciting, back-and-forth, well-fought game last night, Carson Wentz suffered a torn left ACL, ending his season. Like his teammates, coaches, and Philly fans everywhere, I’m sending prayers for healing and gratitude for his role in leading the Eagles to an NFC East Title and a playoff berth.

In adversity, he continues to display his true character.

The same holds true for his teammates, other NFL players, and Philly athletes:

As for the post-season, I agree with Head Coach Doug Pederson: “You can’t lose faith.”

Cheering on back-up QB Nick Foles and the rest of the team as we move forward and surrounding Carson Wentz with prayers and positive energy.

Fly Eagles Fly!

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Black and White Feather from Heaven?

Back in June, I had an interesting experience when I found a brown and white feather in an unexpected place while talking to a friend on the phone. Tonight, as I was taking a box out to the recycle bin in another friend’s backyard, a black and white feather just happened to be in my direct path as I walked across the patio. When I showed it to her, she said she has never seen a feather just lying around like that in the over two decades she has lived here. Yes, there are plenty of varieties of birds in this area, from doves to blue jays to cardinals, but I’ve never seen one that matches the feather I found tonight. And it was directly in my path (like the one back in June), so there was no way I could miss it.

Naturally, I researched the significance of a black and white feather and found this from AskAngels.com:

Feathers with a combination of black and white are often a sign that important changes are soon to unfold (or already are happening) in your life. Trust that you’re supported and the changes happening are in alignment with your highest interest, and are ushering in greater healing, spiritual growth, and alignment with your highest truth.

Black and white feathers also signify divine neutrality. Rather than getting caught up in duality and judging things as good or bad, allow what is to simply be.

Visually, black and white feathers remind us of the balance between light and dark and call for us to integrate shadow aspects to become whole and unified beings.

Black and white feathers also represent connection, a sense of union, and bring the reminder that you’re loved and supported by angels as you now step into important life changes.

The first sentence comes as no surprise since I’ve been initiating important changes for the past few months, which I’ll share when the time is right. And even though I’ve had confirmation for quite some time (gut feeling, intuition, feedback from others, etc.) that the path I’m embarking on is absolutely the best one for me, I gratefully accept and receive this unexpected validation.

Through my involvement in Tasha Chen’s community and the friendships I’ve developed with people like Ilene Gottlieb, I’m learning how to “be” no matter what the appearances are, and to avoid judging an experience as good or bad. I’ll admit, it’s definitely a practice.

I’m also thankful for the reminder that the angels are supporting me through this transition.  As we like to say in Tasha’s community: EVIDENCE!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Funky Pretty by the Beach Boys

I’m not sure how I’ve lived 50 years on this planet without knowing about this song, but many thanks to bestselling author Richard Maddox, who brought it to my attention during a phone call about his upcoming interview on The Writestream. Before I can even hope to finish my sequel, I have several client projects to complete, but when I do get around to it, I may have to find a way to incorporate this into the dialogue.

Anyway, just thought I’d post this fun video before I get back to work. Enjoy the weekend!

If you would like to preview and/or purchase Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, featuring two main characters (male and female) who are Pisces, visit Amazon.com. Available in paperback and Kindle.

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Tommy and Me by Ray Didinger Evokes Nostalgia for a Bygone Era in Professional Sports

Tommy and Me by Ray Didinger Evokes Nostalgia for a Bygone Era in Professional Sports

When my brother Mark announced his plan to take us to see Tommy and Me by Ray Didinger, I had no idea what to expect. Although a lifelong Eagles fan, my earliest memories of the team begin in the 1970’s with players like Tom Dempsey, Harold Carmichael, and Roman Gabriel…when the Dallas Cowboys ruled and loyal fans suffered through consecutive losing seasons until Dick Vermeil came along and turned the Eagles into winners, beginning with the 1978-79 season. The one characterized by the Miracle at the Meadowlands, culminating in a 9-7 record. Winners!

I had heard about older players and the 1960 championship from my parents and brothers, but it didn’t mean much to me until I attended Didinger’s one-act play, featuring just four excellent actors. Performed at Theatre Exile, it tells the uplifting and heart-warming story of a Philly boy (Didinger) who loved his Philadelphia Eagles, and in particular, his idol Tommy McDonald. Their personal relationship begins one summer day in Hershey, during the Didinger family’s annual Eagles training camp vacation, when after patiently waiting outside the locker room for an autograph, young Ray meets his favorite Eagle. Tommy McDonald graciously engages the boy in conversation and asks him to hold his helmet as they walk together toward the field. It’s the start of a lifelong connection, though McDonald won’t realize it until decades later.

We follow Ray through his career as a Philly sportswriter and commentator, which reunites him with McDonald in the 1980’s and culminates in McDonald at last being inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1998. At the end of the performance, I learned something new about my own family when my dad raised his hand during the Q & A to tell the story of how he took care of McDonald when he was a resident doctor at Misericordia Hospital in West Philly.

More than anything, Tommy and Me made me nostalgic for the days when professional athletes were connected to their fans and played mostly for the love of the game. What a refreshing tribute to a bygone era in professional sports. Many thanks to the cast, writers, and crew for the fun, interactive conversation with the audience at the end of the performance. I’m so thankful I was still “up north” to see it.

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