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December 2014

Santa Claus lived in Turkey!

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Santa Claus Lived in Turkey!

How Did St. Nicholas Become Santa Claus and Father Christmas?

St. Nicholas - the bishop - born in the third century.

St. Nicholas – the bishop

You’ve been celebrating Christmas every year since you were a tiny baby, but do you have any idea who the real St. Nicholas was or how “Santa Claus” came to be?

St. Nicholas was actually a bishop who lived in Turkey a very, very long time ago; in the 4th century AD to be exact. Both of his parents died when he was quite young, which is the bad news – but they left him a lot of money, which is the good news. Besides being incredibly rich, St. Nicholas was also incredibly nice and would often use his wealth to help those less fortunate. In fact, he was known for giving secret gifts to people who were in need of them.

There are many stories about St. Nick learn more here – although it’s hard to tell which are true and which are strictly folklore. Here’s a story about how the custom of hanging stockings by the tree came to be, and it sure would be neat if it were true:

The story goes there was a very poor man who lived in town, and this man had three daughters, none of whom could get married because the man couldn’t afford the dowry. So, as the story goes, one night St. Nicholas climbed onto the roof and dropped a bag of gold coins down the chimney, which meant the oldest daughter could marry. The bad of gold apparently fell into a stocking that had been hung by the fire. This same thing happened again with the second daughter, and finally, wanting to know who was giving him the gold, the father waited by the fire every night until the third bag dropped down and he “caught” St. Nick in the act.

So how did this very giving St. Nicholas become Santa Claus? It seems that for some rather unexplained reason, stories about good ol’ St. Nicholas went out of fashion eventually – your guess is as good as mine as to why this would occur. But, somebody still had to be responsible for delivering all of those gifts to children – so in the UK ‘Father Christmas’ was born; in France the same character was known as ‘Père Nöel’, in Germany they called him ‘Christ Kind’. In America this name became ‘Kris Kringle’ and later, when the Dutch settled in the US, Kris Kringle became ‘Sinterklaas’ which, of course, eventually became Santa Claus. What a mouthful!

I am known by many names!

I am known by many names!

Whatever you and your family choose to call him, I hope that St. Nick A.K.A. Kris Kringle A.K.A. Santa Claus A.K.A. Father Christmas brings you lots of love and goodies this year!

It Truly is a Wonderful Life

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It Truly is a Wonderful Life
I love this time of year for many reasons, one of which is getting to watch my favorite holiday films. “Miracle on 34th Street” is a favorite, as are “A Christmas Story” and “Holiday Inn” with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. But my very favorite Christmas movie has to be “It’s a Wonderful Life.” And I am not ashamed to admit that every single time I see it, I cry like a baby.

I think most of us cry like babies when we see the film; not just because everyone lives happily ever after, but because deep down, each one of us connects with the film’s real story and the hope it offers: that every life is precious and has purpose.

Remember when Clarence the angel said to George Bailey, “Each man’s life touches so many other lives, and when he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” If George had been successful when he jumped off that bridge, so many things would have been different in his absence. Bedford Falls would have eventually turned into Pottersville, and Zuzu would have never even been born!

But George’s life impacted more than just his immediate small town. Had George not saved his brother when they were boys, his brother wouldn’t have become a war hero and saved other lives.


How often do you stop and think about how your life impacts others? Does your life have meaning and purpose, or are you walking through your days in a daze? When I was told I only had a few months to live, I very quickly stopped taking LIFE for granted and realized how precious mine was. And I quite suddenly had a new, incredible sense of purpose. Well, two senses. My first sense of purpose was to not die. My second sense of purpose was to help others do the same. I am thrilled to greet each day and when my feet hit the ground, they may not always hit it running, but they hit it smiling. Life, when it is valued and has purpose, truly is wonderful. It’s the most incredible gift in the world.

Find Your Purpose in the New Year

Every single human life has purpose. If you are on the planet, your life has purpose. If you are reading these words, your life has purpose. Here’s the tricky thing about finding your purpose – sometimes it comes during a tragedy or period of crisis, and when it comes, it comes with guns blazing – there’s no missing it.

But, those purposes that come in still ways are often sensed but hard to really know or see clearly. Like a songbird in the forest – you hear its call, but no matter how hard you look, you can’t find it amid the surplus of branches.

Sometimes in order to “find” your purpose, you have to stop looking and just get out of your own way so it can make its presence known.

Be an earth angel and go volunteer somewhere. You’ll feel good that you’re doing something important with your time and you’ll get a sense of appreciation for your own life and all you’ve been blessed with.

Move your body more. When we feel stuck spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, it can help tremendously to move the body. Don’t roll your eyes at this. I’m not saying you have to go to the gym every day and workout for an hour. What I am saying is simply move. Walk around the block. Punch a punching bag. Get some rollerblades. Jump on a trampoline. Movement has a magical way of unblocking us so inspiration can flow into our lives.

Find quiet as much as possible. Your soul is trying to speak with you but you can’t hear it above the din of life. As often as you can, find a quiet space, sit, and just BE. You don’t have to chant, you don’t have to focus on your breath, just listen to the sounds around you and let whatever thoughts you have enter but then leave your mind. Don’t obsess over one particular thought. Just be still and listen to your life – you never know what it might tell you.

I am so happy you and I have connected this year and I am honored that you are bringing me along on your personal journey. I hope that the new year brings peace and purpose into your life.

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Connecting with the Unseen

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Connecting with the Unseen

Not long ago I received a Daily Om. (If you don’t know what that is – go HERE and sign up to receive Daily Oms – they will change your life.) This particular meditation started with: “Exploring the unseen world can be well worth your while as there are many gifts awaiting you there.”

This sentence struck a particular chord with me and made me remember a time in my life when I was completely unconnected to the unseen world – which is, in my opinion, (and the opinions of thousands of mystics and spiritual gurus) where life really happens.

Work in the invisible world at least as hard as you do in the visible. ~Rumi

In my early childhood, well before my cancer diagnosis, I knew there was another dimension to life. I felt and saw things in my room at night and had an imagery friend who went everywhere with me. Being an only child, my mother was very concerned and took me to see a Psychiatrist. Thank goodness he didn’t find anything wrong with me! After that experience, I suppressed my spiritual adventures and followed suit, living only in the physical.  Years later, I was diagnosed with cancer which was a wakeup call of the highest magnitude and one that sent me on a journey of self-discovery. I remembered my childhood and how I was connected to spirit and tapped right back in and asked for guidance and help. It was a feeling I will never forget being back fully connected with my Angels and guides – the unknown.

“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”

~ Hippocrates

We are all, each one of us, a Big Bang; from our inner invisible worlds we create our outer lives, our relationships, our health or lack of. This explosion of life bursts forth from each of us, every day. It is a reality, but very few people know this because they have become disconnected from that which cannot be seen with the human eye.

Children know. Children ‘see’ the unseen because they live so much of their lives in their imagination. But the imagination isn’t just a “place” where little kids play when it’s raining out; no – the imagination is where we can all connect with the unseen world and create any kind of reality we choose.

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

~Albert Einstein


Thoughts have wings so think great things.

“Thoughts have wings so think great things”.

~Prudence Sinclair

Thoughts are invisible. Have you ever seen one of your own thoughts? If you answered no, you’re wrong (sorry that was a trick question!). Take a look at your life and you will see the thoughts you’ve thought the most. Our thoughts literally create our lives – our reality – the physical ‘stuff’ of life. This is no longer woo-woo thinking but proven by science.

Have you thought yourself healthy or sick? Broke or rich? Happy or angry? Lonely or loved?

The unseen world – call it whatever you like – your imagination, supreme consciousness, the quantum field, God, dark matter, zero point energy, the universal spirit – this unseen place is where life and everything in it begins. If you’re no longer connected to the unseen world, how and what are you creating exactly?