2020 Vision

It’s said, hindsight is the best sight, and it’s true.  Hindsight is 2020 because it is easy to understand something after it has already happened.  What if we take this knowledge and turned it inside out?  What if we stop looking back and start to use our best sight to look ahead and create a vision for success, a vision that enables our dreams to come true, that supports our goals to manifest our best life?  It is possible and it all begins with a Vision Board.

Creating a Vision Board is not a craft project.  Creating a Vision Board is a productive activity that guides the thought process.  Here is how it works:

  •  Set a goal
  •  Take time to select pictures that support that goal
  •  Post your pictures to a board
  • Hang your board in a convenient area for viewing


You will be surprised to see how a visual of what you desire helps you to:

  •  Pull your thoughts together
  •  Plan
  •  Act – step by step
  • Achieve

I’ve been working with Vision Boards for the past few years, and I can tell you the board is a powerful tool to success. Recently, the ladies of The Talk participated in a Vision Board practice.  If you’re serious about moving forward with 2020 vision, rather than looking back and saying, “I should have,” why not find out for yourself?

Join Vision Works NY for a Vision Board Workshop on February 10th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. hosted by Gooding Wellness Group, 181 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY.




It’s your journey, own it.

Peace and Love,



Den Mother

The china and silver flatware are stowed, the tree is down and the last of the decorations are packed away….until next year.  The holidays certainly bring merriment and there is nothing that can compare to spending festive time with friends and family, but to be honest the hosting sure does take a lot out of a gal!

I’m one of those people who looks forward to catching cabin fever.  I call the disease brown bear syndrome.  For me there is nothing like retreating into the comfort of my lair to surround myself with books from my winter reading list accompanied by a steamy hot cappuccino or frothy green tea, or an occasional cup of decadent hot chocolate.


Snowstorm on the horizon?  Hooray!  I’m ready, the game closet is stocked with choices for the young and the wise.  The crock pot is simmering a veggie stew and the smell of fresh baked brownies fills the air.  Mother winter is a welcomed guest in my home.


Just like our Ursidae relatives I like to cozy up, usually in flannel, and spend the next few months hibernating, living off the holiday calories stored in my body.  Of course I peek my head out each day to attend to the necessary facts of life, but as soon as the sun begins to set my state of inactivity kicks in.  Such is the gift of winter.  It is a time to rest, reflect, recharge, goal set,create a vision, plan and dream about the coming of spring.


Hey pilgrim, put down your lantern, backpack and walking stick and revel in the restful cloak of winter.  I promise, when the balmy breeze of spring beckons, you will be able to pickup your belongs and march on with enthusiasm, ready to take on whatever comes your way….and better yet be able to make your dreams come true!

Peace and Love,


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Between the Years

It’s New Years’ Eve!  The day when we experience the opportunity to stand on the cusp of a magical, mystical moment, a pointed time where two curves meet.

Through religious, and ancient Celtic readings I have learned that 11:55 p.m. is the moment when the Universe opens and Heaven and Earth merge as one and, this year we stand on the edge of new decade.  In this  moment one can express their deepest desire and, if it is for your good, the new year will see it granted.  The phenomenon conjures up visions of natural forces at work and brings to my mind Steppenwolf’s Magic Carpet Ride.


I like to dream, right between the sound machine                                                                             on a cloud of sound I drift in the night any place it goes is right                                             Goes far flies near to the stars away from here                                                                               Well, you don’t know what we can see why don’t you tell your dreams to me                    fantasy will set you free                                                                                                                    Close your eyes now look inside now let the sound take you away  


What more can we ask for?  What more can we hope for then to connect with the great creator in a time when all that exists near, far and beyond becomes one and our hopes and dream can fly on this power.  With this, anything is possible.


(courtesy clip)

So go ahead, hope, dream, spread your wings and fly!

Happy New Year,


The Elixir of Kings

Scientists tell us that our olfactory system or sense of smell is the most evocative of memories. The fragrance or aroma of coffee brewing brings back many a tale.

I will suddenly see my Aunt Toots sitting at the kitchen table rubbing her eyes as she “focused” she would say waiting for the coffee to be ready.
I hear the sound of fire crackling as I recall my future husband and my first camping trip together.  We tented thru a deluge and I wonder if it hadn’t been for that morning cup if we’d be married today.

I laugh again as I recall my Outward-Bound sailing adventure where our female captains would brew “coffee to wake the dead” as we cruised the Maine coastline and bonded thru fog and swell.

There have been cups cried into at the mourning of family and friends.  But mostly, the
smell of coffee speaks of love and possibility, of hope and adventure and ultimately love.

Please feel free to share one or more of your cherished coffee memories with us. We would love to hear them.

Sea & Skye

Whispered on the Wind

On each Fourth of July evening for my entire childhood, while me and my cousins ran with sparklers, caught fire flies in a jar, and roasted marshmallows in the embers of the charcoal fire, my father would boldly proclaim in all of his Irish charm, “Fourth of July the summer is over!” This announcement would momentarily stop us in our tracks before we called back, oh no, it’s just beginning! And we would carry on relishing in the excitement of the many summer enjoyments ahead. We were sure there would be more beach days, weekend barbecues, summer guests and late-night storytelling to come. And there was.
For some reason my father’s announcement always startled me. I still remember how it sent a chill down my spine. What did he mean? What omen did the message carry, if any? My father was a knowledgeable man, a man of deep thought and maybe most importantly to my feeling of shocked wonder, a man who focused on and understood the passing of time. There had to be more to it than Irish folklore or a teasing, torment to our fun for him to make such a declaration. It haunted me.
Decades later, after the 2019 Fourth of July, as I sit on my deck sipping my very early morning coffee overlooking the property, I notice the first bloom is off the flowers in the many beds, tiny yellow leaves float down on the manicured lawn and the cicadas chirp their long song to the heat of the morning, it comes to me! There is a seasonal transition taking place! Although there will be a second late summer bloom in the flower beds and many more trips to the beach, family barbecues, and weekend visitors, summer is not over, but she is surely winding down.

As I sit and sip, I begin to ponder how this transition applies to life, my life, and the secret message unfolds. The wonders and the excitement of the beginning of a season and the promise it holds, its first bloom; and then almost unnoticeably, a quiet transition begins to take place, if it is recognized, that signals a turning point, an ending of sought that offers the opportunity for a marvelous second bloom within the same season.
In the slight breeze that begins to blow, I hear my father’s voice whisper softly in my ear, “Fourth of July, the summer is over.”


My Favorite Spring Beauty Must Haves

With April quickly approaching, I am getting super excited for spring. I shake off the funk that sets in during the long winter months. Winter still has its hooks in us here on Long Island. The days are still blustery however, I can hear the birds chirping and I see the tiny bulbs peeking out of the ground so this has to mean the end is in sight. I don’t know about you but I am already cleaning out my closets, opening the windows and giving my home a heavy duty cleadetoxning.
It isn’t just my home that needs an overhauling. I myself need the same TLC in order to prepare for the warmer months. Here a few of my favorite products under $25 that I use in order to prepare for Spring:

Detox tea by Yogi– not only does it taste good, it removes toxins from the digestive system and improves liver function. I start every morning with warm cup while I sent my intention for the day. Looking good on the outside requires being good to your insides. I pick mine up at Target but you can find them at your local supermarket or ordesupergreensr it on amazon for $3.99

Green Superfood powder from Amazing grass- I throw a scoop of this in my morning smoothing or in my bottle of water. It’s a wonderful mix of farm fresh greens, fruits, and veggies. There is no added sugar, it’s plant based, and no GMO’s. I love the combination of wheat grass, organic alfalfa, and organic spirulina. Being a single mom and a full time teacher I often don’t have time to get my daily dose of fruits and veggies. This gem right here gets it done in one simple scoop. I either pick mine up at target or on amazon. I often get the cheaper price on amazon. Price ranges from $20-$24.

facemaskPineapple Enzyme Infused Facial Sheet Mask-OMG! By far this is my top pick. I picked one up at Target the other day and I ran back the next day to stock up on the. This mask softened and smoothed my skin while reducing inflammation. Not to mention the smell of pineapple was super refreshing. Sephora also carries them as well as good old amazon. I swear everything on this list you can get at Target or Amazon which makes life so much easier. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to go from store to store searching for these products. Price ranges from $2.99-$5.

bronzer L’Oreal Paris Sublime Self-Tanner– There is no way I am breaking out my white legs this spring. I can’t even bare the thought of putting on a dress or skirt. I would probably blind someone. (lol) I want a natural looking glow nothing to dark especially since I just do my legs. This brand works for me other brands are good as well. I just recommend a crème or foam. I actually prefer the foam I feel like it applies better. Just wash your hands really well right after or you will be stuck with tan palms. Find it at your local drugstore, target, or amazon. Price ranges from $8.99-$11.99.  Find it at your local drugstore, target, or amazon. Price ranges from $8.99-$11.99.

Some other must haves that you definitely need to purchase every season are a new lip gloss and nail polish. I’m obsessed with Essie’s 2019 line.

Happy Shopping,



A Cup of Whimsy

There is something about the coming of March that carries a touch of whimsy.  The air becomes a bit balmy.  The days grow longer and the early evening slant of light create a  fairy-like hue across the end of the day.  I confess I find it a wonderful time to gaze out of the window, sip a delicious cup of coffee and reminisce.  In this atmosphere, my thoughts carry me back to Ireland and the places and experiences that warmed my heart. With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner I thought it would be a grand time to share a route to visit, a treat to eat, and an elixir to enjoy.

If you want to experience the magic of Ireland, The Ring of Kerry will not disappoint you.  The Ring of Kerry is a 179-kilometre-long circular tourist route in County Kerry, south-western Ireland. Clockwise from Killarney it follows the N71 to Kenmare, then the N70 around the Iveragh Peninsula to Killorglin – passing through Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Glenbeigh – before returning to Killarney via the N72.  An enchanting loop!

It was at a café at the foot of the Ring of Kerry that I experienced the most savory cup of Irish Coffee and here is the recipe for you to enjoy:

Irish Coffee:
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 jigger Irish whiskey (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons)
Heavy cream, slightly whipped

Fill a footed mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about just passed half full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over the back of a spoon. Serve hot.

No doubt along the route you will hit a bakery.  Step in and savor the aroma of Irish Soda Bread baking in the oven.  Order a slice.  It will come splattered with hot butter.  You won’t leave the shop without buying a loaf, and surely you will want to make it at home.

• 4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
• 1 Tbsp sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 4 Tbsp butter
• 1 cup caraway seeds
• 1 cup raisins
• 1 large egg, lightly beaten
• 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

1 Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda: Preheat oven to 425°F. Whisk together 4 cups of flour, the sugar, salt, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.
2 Work the butter into the flour, caraway seeds and raisins: Using your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, then add in the currants or raisins.
3 Make a well, mix in buttermilk, egg: Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add beaten egg and buttermilk to well and mix in with a wooden spoon until dough is too stiff to stir.
4 Lightly knead dough and form dough mound: Dust hands with a little flour, then gently knead dough in the bowl just long enough to form a rough ball. If the dough is too sticky to work with, add in a little more flour. Do not over-knead!
Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and shape into a round loaf. Note that the dough will be a little sticky, similar to biscuit.
5 Score with a cross: Transfer dough to a large, lightly greased baking sheet.
Using a serrated knife, score top of dough about an inch and a half deep in a cross. Brush the top of the bread with melted butter.
6 Bake: Transfer to oven and bake at 425°F until bread is golden and bottom sounds hollow when tapped, about 35-45 minutes.
Check by inserting a long, thin skewer into the center. If it comes out clean, it’s done.
7 Let cool a few minutes: Remove pan or sheet from oven, let bread sit for 5-10 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool briefly.
Serve bread warm, at room temperature, or sliced and toasted. Best when eaten warm and just baked.

Life is a journey.  It should be traveled far and wide.  It should be filled with people, places and experiences that keep us enriched long after the journey ends.

As we journey into a new season enjoy and…..March on!




You’re the Cream in My Coffee


I love February.  Although it’s a month in deep winter, February carries the hope that spring may be just around the corner.  February also carries the hope that love springs eternal, and who can resist such hope?

You’re the Cream in My Coffee is an oldie but goodie song published in 1928, and if you are a music guru you will know that it was sung by a myriad of talents, but the best rendition, I think, is by Nat King Cole.  It was also the theme song for the Mrs. Bradley Mysteries in 2000, proving that the lyrics have staying power, and are a true tribute to unconditional love assuring “You’ll always be my necessity, I’d be lost without you.”

So how are you planning to celebrate love come this February 14th?  Chocolates, roses, a romantic dinner, possibly becoming engaged?  How about perking up the tried and true traditional expressions of love by adding coffee to the repertoire?  Here are a few recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Red Velvet Latte: 1 cup of whole milk, 1 tbsp. sugar, 3 oz. semi sweet chocolate chunks, 1/4 tsp red food coloring, 1/4 tsp Amaretto Liquor, 1/2 cup brewed coffee.  Place milk and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer until sugar dissolves, stir in chocolate until melted, stir in food color, coffee, and amaretto.  Serve warm.

Sweet Mocha Latte: Fresh brewed espresso – decaf or regular, 1.8 oz. whole milk,1 teaspoon of semi-sweet cocoa powder, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream.  Heat the milk, mix in the coca powder and stir, place 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream in a glass and pour the hot, chocolate over the ice cream, place 1 tbsp. of whipped cream on top, serve.

Café Angelina: This is my own variation of the luscious hot chocolate served at Angelina’s Café in Paris.  2 cups hot frothed milk, you can do this in the microwave.  First shake whole milk in a jar, then microwave it for 5 seconds, easy!  1 small brick of semi-sweet chocolate. fresh brewed coffee.  Place the brick of chocolate in a mug, pour in the hot frothed milk, pour in 1/2 cup of fresh brewed coffee.  Enjoy!

Get together with your loved one, set the atmosphere and brew up a cup of warm, savory love.  You won’t be sorry.

Embark on a sacred journey of the heart.

Peace and Love,