Life is a Gift

“To me, life is a gift, and it’s a blessing to just be alive.
And each person should learn what a gift it is to be alive no matter how tough things get.”
~ Tony Bennett
a.k.a Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
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Teaching Kids to Be Safe Online, Too

“My new passion is to get Internet education mandated in all schools.
We’ve got to start teaching our kids how to be safe in the 40,000 plus chat rooms
that are out there. Because they’re being had.
These sexual predators groom the kids. I know, I’ve arrested enough of them.”
~ Henry Enrique “Erik” Estrada,
Actor, Voice Actor, Deputy Sheriff, Police Officer, Author & Activist

Thriving in the Middle of the Pain

“It was such a blessing to find myself thriving
in the middle of the pain. Unless you find a way to do that,
there’s always going to be this fake illusion that once you get there–
wherever “there” is for you–you’ll be happy.
But that’s just not life. If you can’t find happiness in the ugliness,
you’re not going to find it in beauty, either.”
~ Joanna Gaines,
Co-Owner, Co-Founder & Lead Designer – Magnolia Homes,
& Co-Star – Fixer Upper

Motherhood is Absolutely Amazing

Napping Kitten with Napping Mom - Motherhood is a dream. It really is absolutely amazing. ~ Jessica Simpson - Happy Mother's Day - Motherhood is a dream. It really is absolutely amazing. ~ Jessica Simpson
“Motherhood is a dream. It really is absolutely amazing.”
~ Jessica Simpson,
Singer, Actress & Philanthropist

If We Would Just Hang on Long Enough

” God has promised to every single one of us that
even in our hardest times,
if we would just hang on long enough,
the blessing will come.”
~ Beth Moore,
Evangelist, Author, Bible Teacher
& Founder – Living Proof Ministries

Everyday Epiphanies

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies,
those transcendent moments of awe
that change forever how we experience life and the world.

~ John Milton
Poet, Polemicist, Man of Letters
& Civil Servant – Commonwealth of England

The Way CJ Said To

“But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.”
~ Michael Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer & Actor.

Really, Really Love

“It is really rare to find someone you really, really
love and that you want to spend your life with and all
that stuff that goes along with being married.
I am one of those lucky people. And I think she feels that way too.
So, the romantic stuff is easy because you want them to be happy.”
~ Harry Connick, Jr.
a.k.a Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr.,
,
Singer, Pianist, Composer/Arranger & Actor

Keep the Relationship

“I’ve brought my daughters all over the world-they travel with me.
I drag them out of school just to keep the relationship.
When I’m home I’m a big-time daddy.”
~ Armand Anthony Assante, Jr.,
Actor,
Emmy Awardee (1996) Emmy Nominee (1989),
Golden Globe Nominee (1989, 1991, 1997, 1998)
Screen Actors Guild Nominee (1997)

Philanthropy Is the Thing

“Philanthropy is the thing that I am really excited about,
and having success means I can do more.”
~ will.i.am
a.k.a William James Adams
,
Founder of i.am Angel,
Director of Creative Innovation for Intel (2011),
Founder of The Back-Eyed Peas,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur,
Actor, DJ, Record Producer, Philanthropist,
Grammy Awards (7), American Music Awards(8), Billboard Music Award,
Daytime Emmy Awards (2), Latin Grammy Award, Television Rack Awards (10x),
Teen Choice Award, MTV Video Music Awards (2) and World Music Awards (3)

That’s the Bottom Line

“When you’re as blessed as I am
with the good health I have,
that’s the bottom line.
I never take it for granted.
I appreciate it more than I can say.”
~ Betty Marion White,,
Actress, Comedian, Singer,
Author, Producer & Radio Host

For Her, Every Day

“Marriage has made me a lot happier
and I’m deeply in love with my wife,
I thank God for her every day.”
~ Harry Connick, Jr.
a.k.a Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr.
,
Singer, Pianist, Composer/Arranger & Actor

Unexpressed Gratitude

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it
is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
~ William Arthur Ward,
Author, Educator & Motivational Speaker

Having an Impact is Key

“Impact should be at the core of your business. … Start from the beginning.
Very early in our business we made giving, and helping others a key part of our purpose.
If having an impact is a key part of your business from day one,
you will make an impact on someone’s life every day.”

~ Clate Mask,
Co-Founder and CEO, Infusionsoft

An excerpt from Passion, Freedom and Impact: The 3 Ingredients of Business Success

Wishing Joy

“When you wish someone joy,
you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness…
all the good things.”
~ Maya Angelou,
Poet, Civil Rights Activist, Dancer,
Film Producer, Television Producer, Playwright,
Film Director, Author, Actress, and Professor

Friends, Teachers & Experiences

“I’ve been blessed my whole career, my whole life,
with great friends, great teachers and great experiences;
I’ve done some wonderful things all along the line. But this is truly unbelievable!
So much of it is not just because your peers feel a certain way about you–and that is tremendous–
yet, also because you know how much it means to your family and to your friends,
because we’re all connected. And I honestly feel as though I’m representing all the gypsies. It’s all good stuff.”
~ Chita Rivera a.k.a. Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero,
Actress, Dancer & Singer,
Tony Awards winner (2x),
Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
& Kennedy Center Honors Award recipient

West Side Story-Historical Rehearsal-Original Cast Members
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids’ 19th Annual Gypsy of the Year competition, one of Broadway’s most celebrated Fund Raising events, decided to make tribute to 50 years of West Side Story. They flew, from all over the country, twenty-two (22) cast members of the Original 1957 Production and put together, with young Broadway Gypsies, a historical Opening Number.
This is the rehearsal, at AEA audition auditorium, on 12/16/2007 where the Young Broadway generation performs snipits of the legendary Jerrome Robins Choreography, and the original cast members join to create one of the most moving and thrilling opening numbers of BC/EFA. You will see Ken LeRoy (original Bernardo), Mickey Calin (original Riff) along with all original Jets performing the “Jet Song”, Carol Lawrence (original Maria) performing “I am Prety”, followed by Chita Rivera for their “A Boy like that” duet. Chita Dancers from “A Dancer’s Life” do “the Dance at the Gym” with Chita and … … (click for more details)

 

Good Deeds, Thoughts & Comments, Here & There

Sir Sidney Poitier
Sir Sidney Poitier
“A good deed here, a good deed there, a good thought here, a good comment there,
all added up to my career in one way or another.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

A Label, A Lifestyle

“Entrepreneurship isn’t just a label, it is a lifestyle.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, Business Magnate & Investor

Ever-Resilient America

“It’s never paid to bet against America.
We come through things,
… its not always a smooth ride.”
~ Warren Edward Buffett,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist &
Founder of the Buffett Foundation