Just for Winter Chuckles

Riddle me this: What stands 7 inches tall, wears the smile of a thousand famous faces and never gives a clear “yes” or “no” answer to your question?

Another clue: Its origins have been traced back to China and in the late 1700 amused the Prince of Wales?

Try this: These “play ball” sports stars have been found among the most collected but the stars that sang “Hard Day’s Night” is 4 of the rarest collectives to be found.

Last clue: If you move your head back and forth it is thought to be a nod. If your head wobbles to and fro you be thought of as ____________ head.

Trivial: These statuettes figures have a Hall of Fame and Museum located in Milwaukee, WI.

Happy #NationalBobbleHeadDay

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As I get ready for my debit picture book #WhoPaintsTheWorld to be published, I set a goal to post on my blog every day. To prime the writing pump I decided to take a look at the National Day Calendar 2018.

I missed #NationalHangoverDay, #NationalScienceFictionDay, #NationalChocolateCoveredCherryDay, #NationalTiviaDay and #NationalBirdDay, which doesn’t even cover the other National Days that are celebrated on the same day as the aforementioned.

January 6, 2018 in #NationalCuddleUpDay, very fitting for a day with below zero temperatures and wind chill factors that make it 20-30 degrees colder.

Fact: Cuddling up with someone, human or animal, releases oxytocin. Oxytocin is a powerful hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain.

Oxytocin is known as the “Love hormone”, the “Trust hormone” and the “Cuddle Hormone”, in other words it just makes us feel better and more receptive to others.

  • 5 Reasons to Hug and Cuddle Today
  1. Giving or receiving a hug works as an antidepressant. #Hugging just makes someone feel good, in the dark days of January we could all use a little #Cuddle.
  2. #Cuddling makes you a better parent, not only do your feelings of love increase with cuddles so does trust between parent and child.
  3. Scientist say that oxytocin has been shown to reduce glucose intolerance and insulin resistance. Which in lay terms means, those who are looking to lose weight in January are great candidates for more #cuddle time!
  4. #Hugging in a social situation has leads to trust. Many people have social anxiety, when greeted with a hug it helps to breakdown the social barriers. Let’s build feelings of optimism and self-esteem in our fellow person.
  5. #Hugging is healing. Studies show that oxytocin relieves pain. Kiss a child’s boo boo, hug a partner who has a headache and comfort one who hasn’t long to live.

The best reason to #hug and #cuddle someone you know in your life on #NationalCuddleDay ! It just feels good to connect in such a personal way to another living being. #Hug a friend, #hug a partner, #hug a child or #hug a pug.

Just a quick shout out to those who are celebrating #NationalBeanDay, my soup is simmering.



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It’s All About the Weather

It’s all about the weather or whether. We make daily decisions based on whether the weather is calling for a clear skies or storm warnings.

Our lives are a bit like that as well, in January we set our resolutions to do and be more than we were in the previous year. Skies are clear so it’s smooth sailing until we share with others hoping for positive response to spur us on to greatness in achieving our years goals.

All too often our goals are crushed when what we view as a worthwhile pursuit is dampened by the words of others. Soon the storm clouds gather as we think “Who are they to rain on my parade!”

Doubt settles in, feelings of not being good enough take over. Then the question becomes whether or not to continue on the path you have chosen in a hail storm. Or bail out on your goals in lieu of seeking bright sun filled lazy days.

My advice stick to the storm filled days of agony. Resolutions and goal whether they are personal, business or health all have moments of despair.

 winter footpath

“A single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”         Henry David Thoreau

Hibernate, incubate and create your goals step by step. Close ranks when the weather sends howling winds with whiteout snow storms. Hunker down, dig deeper, and find the resolve to stand fast. Create your world again and again, till one day you look to find beauty in your convictions and the sun upon your face.

It’s all about whether we choose to Believe in ourselves or are swayed by others.



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#Believe in Your Convictions

candy cane paper

Holiday Funny

Mother to 5 year old daughter: “Would you like to wrap your friend’s birthday gift?”

5 year old: “I don’t know where the paper is?”

Mother: “It’s right where it always is, in my bedroom.”

Mother and daughter disappear into the bedroom. Mother returns to continue the conversation with Granmere. After several minutes the 5 year runs into the room.

5 year old: “I wrapped the present in the Candy Cane Paper!

Mother: “That’s Christmas paper!  Let’s think about this, would you like your birthday gift wrapped in Christmas paper?”

5 year old: “No, my birthday is in October.”

Mother: “Then let’s wrap your friends gift in birthday paper.”

5 year old: “I like the Candy Cane Paper!

Mother looks to her mother for help then back to the child.

Mother: “Your Granmere, has a birthday close to Christmas. Ask her if she would like her birthday gift wrapped in Christmas paper?”

Five year old turns to look at Granmere. Granmere patiently explains that her birthday is her birthday and Christmas is Christmas. Child has a look of not quite understanding where this is going.

Granmere: “When someone gives me a gift with birthday paper I know it’s for my birthday. When I get a present with Christmas paper I know it’s a Christmas present.”

Big smile on 5 year old: “I still like the Candy Cane Paper!”

At that she leaves the room.

Stick to your inner convictions, it’s not about the outer wrappings it’s about the inner #Belief.

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The Magical Year of Success

Think BIG 102017

If you knew you couldn’t fail what would you do to succeed to achieve your life’s goals and dreams? Given six months, no more than, a year, would you change your believes to change your mindset to accomplish your desires for success?

“Belief works this way. Belief, the “I am-positive-I-can” attitude, generates the power, skill and energy needed to do. When you believe I-can-do-it, the how–to-do-it develops.”

By David J. Schwartz, PH.D “The Magic of Thinking BIG”

It is often not enough to believe that you can move a mountain and change your life you need to act on moving that preverbal mountain. I decided to explore David Schwartz’s widely read book “The Magic of Thinking BIG”, with a subtitle “Acquire The Secrets of Success…  Achieve Everything You’ve Always Wanted”.

This book and others encourage me to go BIG when it came time to sell my families campground. For a good part of my adult life I ran Camping on the Battenkill. February of 2017 I sold the business, in one year. In my heart and mind, I knew that the time was right. I made changes in the campground, the family home and in my way of thinking that lead to the sale.

Selling the family business left a void in my life. I no longer had a job or a driving goal. What I did have was a new home and a desire to make my dreams a reality. How would I pursue those goals? One of my goals is the essential desire for financial freedom?

In 2011, tropical storm Irene came to visit the campground, flooding three-fourths of the park. My memory of the flood waters swelling to overflowing then pounding down the berm protecting the campground is vivid. I stood on at the top of the roadway leading into the campground when the flood waters came rushing toward me. The waters veered to the left as it coursed through the woods leaving me opened mouth at the sight.

At that moment, I felt as if I stood on the precipice of change, like the Fool in a deck of Tarot cards. One foot firmly planted on the Earth with the other suspended in air hovering over nothing, moving forward into an uncertain future.

As I gaped at the river where the six foot berm had disappeared, I thought:

“A new vision for my life is now clear.

When my father died in 1994, I took over the management of my families established successful business. I do not regret those years for I learned much. I had the time to expand on my writing and to study Shamanism. I did not however have the freedom to act more fully on my dreams and goals. The family business always called me back to take care of one aspect or another.

Wishing will not change the past and the past in not where I live. I am looking only to the future. A future where I build my own business(s) on a strong foundation that will yield passive income. This passive income will be the bases for supporting my dreams; my dream of writing, of travel and most of all the opportunity to touch and assist others in their dreams.

This is the year to explore the Power of Belief.

It occurs to me that I need a plan of action. When I got ready to sell the campground I read all kinds of business books. One of my favorites was “The Magic of Thinking BIG”. What might happen if I put the wisdom of this book into a year of practice?

Schwartz proclaims in his book:

“In every chapter of this book you will find dozens of hardheaded, practical ideas, techniques, and principles that will enable you to harness the tremendous power of thinking big, so as to gain for yourself the success, happiness, and satisfaction you want so much.”

Making a plan of action to implement the power of belief based on David Schwartz book I trust will lead to change. I also trust that that change can come in ways that I have not even considered yet. For as you change your daily thoughts you will bring to you people and opportunities to achieve your goals, like attracts like.

The Law of Attractions states simply the ability to attract into our lives that which we are focusing on. Whatever can be imagined and held in the mind’s eye is achievable if you take action on a plan you will get to where you want to be.

This is a yearlong journey of “The Magic of Thinking BIG”. Or as I sometimes think of it “The Magical Year of Success”.

I hope that you will join me as I explore and discover what this year will bring. I would love to hear from readers on how the #PowerofBelief has changed your life.

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A Wreak, A Save, An a Insight

left hand curve road signWalking alone in the suburbs or walking alone in the woods the feeling of being watched or watched over is common to many. The theme of my children’s picture book, Who Paints the World is one of you are not alone. The tale tells of an angel watching over a small child as she views her uncertain world from her bedroom. Hope asks the question “Who paint the world?” An angel replies, “Why a child, that’s who.” Continue reading

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An Exercise in Dream Building


Heart Dreams Wishes Come True,

“A dream is a wish your heart makes.”

song in Walt Disney movie


Whether you are perusing a personal goal or a business idea, you need to start somewhere. That first spark of vision or thought is a dream in the making. Some dreams may play around in your mind and then fizzle out.

Other dreams send out sparks that fly through your mind mapping connections, growing in size till the dream takes on a life of its own. Passion for the dream takes root in your mind.

Have the courage to dream

Open up your mind to all the possibilities that life has to offer you. If you have no idea what that is or where to start here, read on.

Exercise for Dream Building

  • Set aside a quiet time with no interruptions for 10 minutes.
  • Grab a pen and a blank sheet of paper.
  • Set a timer for 5 minutes then write a list of dreams.
  • Write whatever comes into your mind.
  • Do not edit, do not stop till you are empty of dreams.
  • Circle only the dreams that fill you with joy or passion.
  • Narrow down the list to 1-2 dreams, then save the list for future reference.
  • Write out your dream(s) on bright piece of paper, add color and sparkle to the words making it come alive.
  • Tack your dream list to the wall, in a place that you look at every day.
  • Putting eyes on your dream will have it percolating in your mind.

All plans of action can have many possible avenues. The steps to manifest your dream need to be stated so that you can give your dream wings to take flight.

Manifesting your dreams is shifting into all the possibilities you can imagine.


Walt Disney, more than anyone else has been teaching generations of children to dream since 1926 when Walt Disney Studio was formed. His passion for telling a story through drawing was years in the making. His vison for the future was realized step by step. According to the website www.justdisney.com,

“His worldwide popularity was based upon the ideals which his name represents: imagination, optimism, creation, and self-made success in the American tradition.”


For me, my business, Moonspinners Enterprise LLC is part of my dreams manifesting. I made a burlap wall hanging for my dream board so that as my dreams manifest I can move them around and add to the dream.

Believing in your dreams is building believe in yourself.


By Lesley Nase

Moonspinners Enterprise LLC


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