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A life of guaranteed good fortune or invulnerability, by virtue of a charm or spell (Phrase Finder) http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/189900.html  The term “A Charmed Life” originates all the way back to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, 1605.


  Thou losest labour:
    As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed:
Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests;
I bear a charmed life, which must not yield,
To one of woman born.

Shakespeare,W. (1605) Macbeth

Shakespeare used this phrase in Macbeth (5:8): “Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests, I bear a charmed life, which must not yield to one of woman born.” In later years, the term was extended to anyone who narrowly escaped from danger or was similarly lucky. Retrieved from: A Charmed Life,  http://www.joe-ks.com/phrases/phrasesC.htm Phrases, Clichés, Expressions & Sayings.

How to know if you’re leading a charmed life, the characteristics of a charmed existence are as follows:

  • You bounce back quickly after a long bout with adversity
  • Not only do you have enough to eat but your meals are always satisfying, tasty and sumptuous
  • You are blessed with children and they respect and admire you as a person, not just as their parent
  • You forget all your cares when you dance and listen to upbeat music
  • You frequently sing or whistle a happy tune without even being aware that you are doing so
  • Your coworkers laugh at your jokes because they really do find them amusing
  • You enjoy the time you spend alone with yourself
  • You like the look of your home and frequently share it with friends whose company you cherish
  • You know you are fortunate to have transportation that you can depend upon and that offers you an opportunity to experience a sense of personal freedom
  • You have a rich and full spiritual life
  • You have hope when situations turn bleak and threatening
  • You have an appreciation for things that are aesthetic
  • You are a creative force in your own life and in the lives of others who recognize your gift to innovate
  • You play a musical instrument
  • You speak more than one language
  • You watch or engage in a sport that brings to you regular pleasure
  • You have people in your life that are kind and generous and treat you well
  • You wake up with energy and enthusiasm every day
  • You are a person who knows how to forgive and frequently does so
  • You have a natural inclination toward playfulness and lightheartedness
  • You excel at the majority of projects that you take on
  • You have a curious spirit and are always interested in the discovery of new facts and concepts and you integrate them into your life on a consistent basis
  • You have a healthy view of how you should look and feel at your age and are grateful for your attractiveness and wellness
  • You’re not a person who stays in a bad mood for an indefinite period of time, you know yourself and what you need to get out of a funk
  • Your colleagues think of you as an intelligent and industrious professional and often share their high opinions of you with others who are less observing of your attributes
  • You are loved dearly by a pet or two or more
  • When you are called upon to maintain self-control you have little problem acquiescing
  • Modesty is one of your strongest traits
  • People warm up to you right away and your never at a loss for friends or acquaintances
  • You are a practical person who has the where-if-all to handle whatever life hands out to you and the wisdom to make the best of your circumstances

When all is said and done,  a charmed life is nothing more or less than a life that is built around the practices and principles we wholeheartedly, believe in!


Give this Lady a Listen and Just Relax


More on this Topic –

Background information on the song – “He’s Got the Whole Word in His Hands”


Maria Callas – Operatic Performance of Lady Macbeth


Interesting Blog on the origin of “Charmed Life”


Author Kay Fay – Meanderings of an Aged Mind, a teacher who made her life charmed with the transference of her skills


A Tribute to His Teacher – a must see…


How to Live A Charmed Life


Charmed Life – Lovely song by composer  Joy Williams


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Clarification of the factors leading to “Makeup Artistry Intelligence

  • Entering into domain of more complex aesthetic concepts
  • Preponderance of problematic obstructions to aesthetic enhancements
  • Plentitude of cosmetic artistry knowledge
  • Social propensity –  emotional challenges
  • Warmth and control

Social Considerations of Aesthetic Conversion

Practitioners of Cosmetic Science

  • Taking profile readings and gauging temperature of client
  • Providing pathways for the attainment of personal enhancement / beauty personification in the physical realm
  • Assistance in bridging new states of identity – discovery and reflection
  • Strong sense of involvement
  • Hyper-sensitivity to unseen phenomena
  • Evaluation of subject’s expectations
  • Mindfulness of makeup subject’s concerns
  • Harsh scrutiny and submission

 Awareness of subject’s emotional stages and dynamics involved when moving toward greater self-acceptance

  • Adaptation to invisible forces of resistance involved in aesthetic transformation
  • Consideration of client’s self-appraisal of cosmetic enhancement
  • Helpful persuasion and positive reinforcement
  • Outgrowth observed
  • Triumph of treatment
  • Admiration of facial façade
  • Ultimate value attainment

Technical Approaches and Solutions Analyzed

  • Effect of different colors
  • Textures and tones
  • Technical precision – control over implements and cosmetic aids
  • Understanding of facial plane
  • Bringing order to disorder of facial features
  • Taking counter measures to neutralize imperfections
  • Attention to straight and right angles
  • Recognizing limitations of makeup artistry until it translates into effective learning exercise
  • Building up of subject’s technical skills through a well thought-out sequence of competencies
  • Assurance of transference of cosmetic talents and technical expertise

Treatment Complete

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All the things listed below are an invitation to see life differently.

  • Following the connection of interrelated elements in our lives
  • Being aware of underlying meanings
  • Opening ourselves up to what is aesthetic
  • Fully participating in the human experience
  • Moving away from affectlessness
  • Withdrawing from depersonalization
  • Deserting our feelingless existence
  • Experiencing luxury without expense
  • Avoiding the emptiness of despair
  • Getting into the rhythm of stimulus   
  • Taking the opposite point of view
  • Observing female patterns and male tendencies
  • Being in a tribe or taking part in the rat race
  • Rightly applying ourselves to the concerns of the left
  • Longing for and reaching out
  • Embracing tension and then releasing it
  • Asking an absurd question without expecting an answer
  • Gaining and giving insights into love
  • Impelling ourselves to seek higher forms of the truth
  • Narrowing the gap between becoming and being
  • Containing spirit but conceiving soulfulness
  • Transmuting power from inside to outside
  • Falling in love with hesitation
  • Proclaiming assuredness in place of self-consciousness
  • Advancing daily toward Nirvana
  • Tossing off ready-at-hand explanations
  • Hurling ourselves into a new state of consciousness
  • Creating elements of joy and laughter in our everyday endeavors
  • Setting our fantasies in motion
  • Rallying for our own independence
  • Appealing to the more assertive aspects of our nature
  • Nurturing our broadmindedness
  • Trying harder to see reality
  • Deciding what is of crucial importance to us
  • Recognizing that freedom is only an illusion
  • Participating in the world
  • Separating intentionality from purpose
  • Living out our problems
  • Becoming more conscious of our culture
  • Encountering both sides of self
  • Refreshing our identity
  • Giving ourselves a new name

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The Encarta Dictionary describes the word transcendence as going beyond a thought or a belief, a quality or an achievement.  To transcend our existence we must do so with the totality of our mind, and with every ounce of our will, with an inner resolve that our being will be transformed by our slow evolving awareness of our spiritual presence in this world.      

Transcendence involves a rewriting of our life scripts as we perceived them prior to our transformation.  It requires a mission mentality, the caring and nurturing of our spirit so we can reach out to others in a way that is more responsive to them and less reactionary. 

The struggle comes from the unfamiliar approaches that we must integrate to offset our natural inclinations toward the elements that make up our existence.  Despite the gaps in our knowledge, slowly over a prolonged period of time, we become individuals who are highly-refined in the trials and tribulations of transcendence.

Simplification is the platform from which transcendence is preliminarily launched.  All one’s views must be scaled down for greater personal reflection.  One cannot change if this step is omitted because it is this unknowingness of self that brings about the urge to make the journey to begin with. As is the case with any conversion the starting point must be made clear by ridding ourselves of our “blind spots.”  Greater clarity requires concision to avoid the possibility of confusion.

Transcendence involves one’s contributions and their impact on his or her community using one’s blessed gifts and acquired talents as a form of much needed intervention.  Aiding society in areas that are less apparent to others insists on a spiritual awakening to fill the voids in one’s environment.   Most importantly, offering to do one’s part as an independent provider or as a member of an effective collective consciousness.

More Information on This and Related Topics –

Change Your Thoughts and Change your Life


Blind Spots – What to Do when we know that we don’t know


Transcendence Theatre


More Information on Gertrude Pearlman Theatre


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What is it that makes the French so interesting?  I think it is:

  • Their history
  • Confidence
  • Intellect
  • Stories
  • Sensuality
  • Language
  • Architecture
  • Gardens
  • Sense of style
  • Way with words
  • Cuisine
  • Wines

Creative “French Thinking is anything pertaining to, but not limited to any one or more of the following items listed below:

  • Seduction of taste
  • Anything aesthetically pleasing to the eye
  • Artist’s society
  • Unique cultural elements and perspectives
  • Intrigue and mystery
  • Elegance and refinement combined with whimsy
  • Luxurious surroundings
  • Eclectic touches
  • Improvisation
  • Enlightenment
  • Vision
  • Inspiration
  • Romantic persuasion
  • Passionate thoughts worth recalling
  • Delight and personal satisfaction
  • Poetry
  • Racy novels
  • Expressive music
  • Humor and folly

Famous Three-star French Chefs –

  • Alain Ducasse 
  • Eric Ripert

Creative French Images –

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Mansard Roofs
  • French Country furnishings
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Tuleries Gardens

Celebrated French Authors –

  • Victor Hugo
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupery  (author of the “Little Prince”)

French Painters

  • Claude Monet
  • Van Gough
  • Renoir

A List of the Famous French who used their creativity in a productive and impressive way:


Charles Aznavour Mez emmerdes


Guillaume Apollinaire, Calligram message from a French Poet


Coco Channel


Brigitte Bardot – Film Star


Brigitte Bardot Makeup Tutorial


French Photographer Willy Ronis  – Master of human interest photography


A Tribute to Louis Malle


Louis Malle Film Maker discusses his process


A Tribute to Vincent Van Gough


Ananis Nin and Henry Miller


Images of French Design


Rodin Sculpture


Camille Claudel


Clip from the Movie Camille Claudel – Isabelle Adjani


French Guy Makes Music -D


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Everyone has an opinion about what makes a great teacher but few people focus on what makes a student a brilliant pupil.  What follows are some reasons why some learners are not just  better than others but are truly, one of a kind learners.   

  • Reverence for education
  • The love of books
  • Appreciation for the art of teaching
  • Intense interest in a subject
  • A curious spirit

  • A love of learning
  • Dynamic brain function
  • Knowing which questions to ask and when to ask them
  • Being an astute listener

  • Open mindedness
  • Rationality of mind
  • Having the ability to make relevant calculations
  • Respect for one’s instructor

  • A good test taker
  • Patience with self
  • A good imagination
  • Confidence in one’s abilities to absorb new information

  • A good memory for facts and details
  • A love for words and a careful use of them
  • Musical intelligence
  • An awareness of the significance of science and a keen interest in it
  • Fascination with mathematics  

  • Admiration for workings of the human brain
  • An aptitude for problem solving
  • A good understanding of the relationship between things
  • A recognition of patterns
  • A feel for systems
  • Regular exposure to the intellectually gifted

  • Emotional stability
  • The ability to concentrate
  • Willingness to work hard
  • Common sense principles
  • Self-control
  • Participation
  • The right outlook toward learning
  • The ability to stimulate one’s own interest at will

  • An appreciate for the human language
  • Flexibility
  • The ability to analyze and reanalyse
  • Feeling
  • One’s commitment to study

  • Determination to master a subject
  • An ability to maintain focus for long periods of time
  • Humility
  • The ability to schedule coursework and carry out goals

More Information on the Subject :

Heres How You Can Reclaim Your Brain


What will Make you an Excellent Student!


What Makes a Student a Great Student?


Historical Theories of Learning from a Neuroscience Perspective


Memory Processing – both working and Long-term Declaritive Memories


12 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Students


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Living life and Loving it by embracing all that means the world to us. Nothing can compare to the things that matter most to us!

  • Ability to be alone with ourselves and our thoughts
  • Accomplishments that involve projects that we have completed
  • Actions intended to assist others and to help those in need to solve their own problems
  • Advantages in our careers that we recognize as great opportunities

  • Advice from those we can trust
  • Affection from those we love
  • Affluence in the things that matter most to us

  • Aid from those we permit to care for us
  • Allowances for our faults and the errors of others
  • Amazement at the things in our lives that are hard or impossible to understand
  • Amusement  and an appreciation for the ironies in life

  • Answers to questions we have the courage to ask
  • Appearance that suits our expectations
  • A healthy appetite for life

  • Appreciation from those we admire
  • Artistic flair and a strong appreciation for all that is aesthetic
  • Assertiveness when necessary
  • Assets that make us feel rich even if they appear worthless to others

  • Assurance of one’s capabilities to survive even the worst of conditions
  • Attitude that lends itself to social and professional agility
  • Awe for the wonders of the world


  • Fresh air
  • People watching
  • A walk on the beach

  • Café Olay
  • Croissants
  • The sound of rain

  • Window shopping in Paris
  • Riding the rapids
  • Ice cubes
  • Homemade ice-cream

  • Roller skating
  • Shaving
  • A massage
  • A walk in the park on the first day of Spring

  • A ride in a gondola in Italy
  • A good meal with a friend
  • A cup of hot piping coffee first thing in the morning

  • Coming home to a pet
  • Taking a look at a family album
  • Conversations with intelligent and curious children
  • Riding in a horse and buggy

  • Eating a regional delicacy
  • Listening to a favorite musical recording artist
  • Reading romantic poetry to a lover
  • Waking from an afternoon nap

  • Attending a play in NYC
  • Walking through a forest of redwood trees in Northern California
  • Taking a moment to recognize all that matters most

  • Belly laughter
  • Family heirlooms
  • A serving of homemade chicken soup when bedridden with the flu
  • A day trip to the Cape

  • A cookout on a camping trip
  • The first days of the autumn season
  • A letter from home
  • The anticipation of the arrival of a long-awaited guest

  • The first light of dawn after a night of stormy weather
  • Passing a grueling test
  • Feeling happy and perfectly content

  • Knowing you are in a place where you need to be to be of the most service
  • Make someone happy and you will be happy 2

More of The Same – exploring the extraordinary

Song – Make Someone Happy!


Video – When plain will never be the Same –


How to Write Your Own Poems


Do You Wanna Dance?


John Denver’s – Take Me Home, Country Roads


Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic


Dancing in the Moonlight


Sweet City Woman


Run for the Roses – Dan Fogelberg


Mr. Clown by Splendid


Rainbow in the Sky


Summertime w/ Ella Fitzgerald


How to Make Ice Cream


Canon Rock Violin


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A warm and comfy living space has its advantages.  First of all, it is a retreat where we can go  when we are exhausted and just need time to recuperate.

It is a place that allows us the ideal conditions with which to recover.  It is a safe haven where we can escape the heat or stay out of the cold.  It is a shelter.

It is an oasis, a private dwelling, basically, a place of our very own.

A cozy living environment is essential for entertaining. Home should be all about having friends and family over for social gatherings. 

A carefully planned living room will have enough seating to ensure that everyone has an area that they can make their own, even if it is only for the temporary.

A lot goes into making a space workable so that it suits not just the needs of its residents but their spirits too.  No place is cozy unless it meets the aesthetic requirements of the person who is occupying it. 

What one person considers appealing decor may be completely garish to another – “to each his own,” as they say.

But, one thing everyone can agree on is that there is nothing like the feeling a comfortable living environment offers.

Here are some of the things that make a room a delightful place to unwind in and to  just chill out.

  • Lots of natural light
  • Plenty of skylights
  • Artwork

  • Accent colors on the walls
  • A comfortable couch

  • A huge arm-chair with an ataman
  • Attractive window treatments
  • Thick plush carpeting

  • Wall hangings
  • Lots of light

  • Fresco walls
  • Wallpaper

  • Hand painted furniture
  • Mirrors in ornate or modern frames

  • Built-in shelving
  • Soft artificial lightning  
  • Crystal chandelier
  • A deep bathtub

  • A pleasant view out the windows
  • French doors

  • Rod iron balconies
  • Archways
  • A fireplace

  • Cross ventilation
  • A veranda
  • Bay windows
  • Window seat

  • Tile flooring
  • Parquet floors
  • Well organized closet and storage systems

  • Large flat screen television
  • Persian carpets
  • The perfect bedding
  • Clear passageways
  • Easy to access furniture groupings
  • Highly aesthetic room accessories

  • Wooden cabinets
  • Piano
  • Winding staircase

  • Mahogany or rosewood bookcases
  • Scatter rugs
  • An oriental screen
  • Firmly upholstered chairs

  • Drop-front desk or a wrap-around work surface
  • Stained glass panels
  • Leaded glass windows

  • A romantic dining place

  • A fantastic sound system

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We need to pay attention to the little things in life, because eventually if we do not, we will come to the conclusion that what we labeled as small and insignificant was really not so trivial and inconsequential at all.

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“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.”
– Plautus

 Women 100 Years ago Were…

  • Were more male dominated
  • Restricted by laws that impaired gender equality
  • Tied to grueling domestic chores or if affluent,  forced to live lives of leisure with little opportunity for personal or professional fulfillment
  • Had less of a say in matters pertaining to lifestyle decisions
  • Were more conservative
  • Were more financially dependent on their husbands
  • Were better versed in social decorum

  • More starry-eyed than they are now
  • Did not practice self-empowerment to the extreme that they do today
  • More apprehensive about being perceived as a sensual woman
  • Were more likely to die by the age of 48 rather than by today’s current lifespan of 78
  • Were blessed if they were able to overcome infections or surviving the rigors of giving birth

  • Basically, wore only clothing that was hand or machine sewn
  • Traditionally wore only black after they entered menopause and remained in this color until the end of their lives
  • Generally, were not allowed to practice medicine
  • Suffered more from depression
  • Were less connected to men as friends

  • Had little political recognition
  • Were not allowed to perform any function for which men deemed they were not fashioned


  • Were forced to wear uncomfortable and restrictive undergarments
  • Were allowed to be physically assaulted by men as long as the bruise that remained behind was no larger than the size of a man’s thumb – remember the saying “Rule of Thumb”?

More Information on This Subject –

Comparisons – Women 100 years ago vs. Today


Women Librarians of the West


Women Declare a Feminist Holiday


Women and Dieting 100 years ago


Women’s Work 100 years ago


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