The Harmonica Man

“Start somewhere!” is one of the mantras of advice  (Chapter 20) for those who want to do more of what they love in life.   The internet, courtesy of friends sharing, delivers up the most inspirational examples to my inbox, as occasional delightful surprises. Sometimes we need the real life reminders that most anything you love to do can expand into a contribution that enriches others, or spark a new livelihood, or be the key to sustaining your own health and well being.

Start somewhere, and just do what you’ve always wanted to do.


NOTE:  If you are encouraged to carve out some space and time to ponder what YOU care about, check out my upcoming 3-session program at Holyoke Community College, starting on February 25th.


Why Not!

Mail AttachmentrYes, once again, I am enthralled when I see illustrations of  hidden talents. Which by the way, we all have.  Which by the way, we don’t always identify as talents, as we just take them for granted as something that is just a part of us and the way we do our lives.

In a serendipitous email…which I’m glad I opened…I received Continue reading

Surprise and delight

I’m clearly still in the stage of being surprised and delighted and it has nothing to do with the fact that I’ve “sold” 3 books. Three days after receiving my inventory of books, I orchestrated a spontaneous small and rare neighborhood celebration with champagne.  My neighbors had no idea I had written a book, yet I gave them each one and we shared a friendly two hours catching up on our activities.

My 80 year old neighbor Dennis called me the next morning.  He said:  Martha I got into your book, at which frankly  I expected to just glance. An hour and a half later, I’m still glued to it.  It really caused me to think about my life and how lucky I am to have lived as a mechanical engineer as a career and as a carpenter and wood carver in retirement.  I’ve always done what I loved and I’ve met so many who were bored and didn’t know what to do with themselves.

Okay I admit it.   Continue reading