Add something meaningful to your summer to-do list

Sunsets and sleeping in. Going to the beach, having a picnic, reading a good book, traveling to a dream destination, hosting a backyard barbecue for family and friends. Our summer to-do lists just keeps going on and on. Aside from enjoying your share of summer fun, there are also meaningful things you can add to…

Place your hand over your heart

Celebrate freedom, honor and patriotism on the Fourth of July with these inspiring reminders. “How will I honor their memory? By remembering to rise and place my hand over my heart when our national anthem is played. I will look up to the flag with pride as it waves gently in the wind.” – From…

Celebrate color, community and culture

Not only is it a celebration of colors, artistry and design, street art shines a light on life’s special moments and struggles. The street art in San Francisco’s Clarion Alley is not only a feast for the eyes, it also speaks to your soul. The captivating beauty and vibrant colors of stunning portraits draws you…

Be a champion for compassion

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” – Thomas Jefferson We went to our favorite cafe for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving to satisfy my craving for their popular Amaretto French Toast. While in line to place our order, I noticed a man seated at a corner table, looking…

Lucky or blessed?

I consider a stroke of luck as being at the right place at the right time. When you’re in line to buy tickets to a show and someone walks by and says, “I have some extra tickets” then hands them over to you for free. Before feeding it a dollar in quarters, you find out…

Let music soothe your soul

Music lifts our spirits and soothes our souls. This could not have been stated any better by Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow during his speech at the 59th Grammy Awards. No matter where you are, how you live, what you believe in, who you believe in, or the overwhelming struggles you face—the healing power of…

Stand tall

You’ve heard it before. Chin up, chest out, shoulders back. Stand tall. Try it. You’ll be surprised with the results. I spent my college years at a small, private Catholic school. Everyone seemed to know everybody. When I’m not rushing off to class, you’ll find me doing what I loved to do most—writing, directing and…

Let there be peace.

  This Peace Pagoda is at the center of the Peace Plaza in San Francisco’s Japantown. It was a gift from the people of Osaka in 1968 as a gesture of goodwill. After being inspired by a meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931, Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk from Japan, decided to devote his life…

Add some glitter in your life

  Add some glitter and pizzazz in your life. You’ll be surprised at how a new adventure, small or spectacular, can add a spring to your step, make your heart jump for joy, or quickly turn your frown upside down. Instead of sticking to your usual nude shades, choose a bright red lipstick. Buy those…