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~ written by Steven Strength is such an interesting word. It’s interpreted in so many different ways. When I was a kid, I would probably think of a movie like 300 that I wasn’t supposed to see yet because the Spartans were strong. But I don’t recall asking myself why I thought they were strong. Thinking back on it, the obvious answer was that they can fight an entire army with 300 men, but that isn’t why they were strong…. Read more »

Couldn’t wait to get off the plane for my pre-weekend interview with Josie, the energetic and divine sister, of the Golden Sisters, separate from her usual crew. The Golden Sisters rose to fame after filming their laugh-out-loud video of their perplexed, yet horrified reaction to North West’s mom venturing…south of the border. I fell in love with Josie when she said she needed a brush-up lesson on ‘twerking’ prior to entering the limo on their way to a video shoot… Read more »

Encourage Courtney

I am not what I have done but what I have overcome Courtney Jones (23) was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in February. Due to an infection in her stomach, the Dr’s had to amputate both her legs in order to save her life. Courtney epitomizes COURAGE. I didn’t know Courtney until her best friend Caroline (a remarkable person herself) called me to ask if I could photograph the first fundraiser she was organizing. Courtney spent 5 months in… Read more »

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By: Allegra Cohen Happiness isn’t wanting for anything more or less. It’s in finding the stream of gratitude that runs through our veins in the present moment. It’s in the in-between of setting a goal and watching its successful completion. It’s in knowing that if the goal isn’t completed, it’s ok. It’s taking in the positive breath and breathing out what doesn’t feel right. It’s fully accepting where you are now—without judgement, just a peaceful understanding of life’s ebbs and flows. 2be or not 2be… I… Read more »

“Have a good life” I heard her say.  I was standing in line at the optical department at Costco…uploading to my Instagram, and I looked up to see an older woman speaking to a teenager. “I can help number 10″ an employee said. I was holding the little pink tab numbered 11. Oh great, not too much longer I thought. “You know why I say have a good life?” she asked him. Now I was curious. I love to hear wise… Read more »

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Caroline contacted me in February and explained about her best friend’s critical motorcycle accident and the bake sale she was organizing at her work-Michelangelo Hair House, and asked if I would volunteer my time to photograph the weekend… and that’s how we became friends. I am amazed by both these young women. Caroline raised over $8000 at the bake sale, but more importantly the weekend was about strangers coming together as a community, to help someone they didn’t even know…. Read more »

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Steven and I were having lunch one day when he said “If a lesson is not painful in life, do you really learn and grow from it?” 23 years ago Jill (not the real person) who was 12 yrs older than me told me I wasn’t ready for marriage as I hadn’t suffered enough, and my life was too easy. I may not have a good memory, but I remember that clearly because I remember through feelings. Surprise, confusion, sadness,… Read more »

Hold on, Pain ends -Hope

I will be adding a series of daily quotes “enCOURAGE Courtney” and I’m asking for your help. This incredibly strong, brave, inspirational young woman started rehab this week, having spent almost 4 months in ICU after a severe motorcycle accident. I don’t think any of us could begin to imagine the courage it must take to accept, heal and adjust to her new reality, without her legs. Courtney needs all the positive energy, prayer, good wishes and support to help… Read more »

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My scar makes me happy. That could sound strange to a lot of people, but it’s the truth. Like the stem of a flower, it keeps me grounded and growing. It represents the most challenging hurdle I’ve faced: Crohn’s Disease. I understood that even in the depths of survival, if I had a positive attitude, I could do anything. I don’t choose to attach my scar to painful memories anymore. I choose to see the scar pointing upwards, as my own personal “yad”, guiding me to… Read more »