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Passion Party #580 - Farm To Table

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I am blessed to live in Los Angeles
the land of pleasant weather
the place where almost any day of the week there is a Farmer's Market within a 7-mile radius of my home
the home of celebrity chefs that create restaurant "experiences" that cost $250 per person (not including wine).
But who needs a chef when you have a back yard?
This year I started a new vegetable garden in the back yard and filled it with tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini and more tomatoes.
Now with June coming to an end the harvest has begun, and the dinners become more and more amazing.
Last night may have been a pinnacle of gastronomic happiness.
Diana's cauliflower soup with farmers market potatoes, carrots and celeryfresh off the vine sliced cucumberfresh sliced Cherokee Purple tomato, drizzled with olive oil, salt and peppersteamed rainbow Swiss Chardgrilled lemon-pepper turkey thighs (cooked on the backyard BBQ) Instagram photos would not do it justice, so we did not take any.  But her…

June Newsletter, New Video and New Request

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The June newsletter is out, with a new video, great jazz shows for June, and other news. Click here to read the newsletter Here is the new video, Dreamin' by George Kahn

Would you like to be a "first follower"? This is the theory that attracting an adherent or believer to a new kind of initiative is the first step toward beginning a movement that might seem unusual or out-of-step with the general population. Here's a brief video from Derek Sivers about the First Follower.   It all starts on Friday June 30...

Passion Party #579 - Purpose Vs. Passion

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There is a lot of fear going around.  I feel it. I see it in the news. I hear it from my friends. At times like this I feel a need to rise above, to filter out the noise.
I am lucky.  I found a job that I love, a job that lets me help people get to their goals, a job that relates to my purpose in life.  I love to use my talents to inspire others and help them build a better life, whether it is through banking or music or education.
Some people are not so lucky.  They struggle to find their purpose in life.  They may feel lost, or on a treadmill, not really living - just existing day to day.
"Finding Your Purpose In Life" can be a drag.  It can feel like another chore.  Why bother?
Better to find the passion in your life.  What lights your fire? What makes you want to wake up in the morning?  If money were no object, what would you do today? Even here the answer may not be so obvious.  It might not be the first thought that comes to mind. But do it, take action,…

Passion Party #578 - Context Vs. Content

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Most people want the short answer, the quick fix.  "Just tell me what to do and I'll do it". They think if you give them the answer, they will know the question. But just like Carnac The Magnificent (OK kids - Google it) the answer might lead to the wrong question.
There are hundreds, probably thousands of books and articles about how to be a positive person - the power of positive thinking, etc.  The steps of "How  to" are easy and simple, virtually anyone can really do them.  The "What to do" is a short list, nothing to it.
But before we get to the content of any discussion, it is important to set the context.  The "Why" is the key.  The "what's important about being a positive person, to you?" must be explored.  Otherwise it is just another feel-good pamphlet sitting in that stack at the edge of your desk; another book of affirmations that you never open.
Context is set by asking probing questions, giving examp…

Passion Party #577 - The Land Of Distraction

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The world is a distraction
from what's important.
Infuriating, frustrating and confusing.

Time to get back to what I love,
what is important to me.
Time to get back to
why I get up every day.

To share my love
to share my knowledge
to share my joy
to share my abumdance
to PLAY BIG.

To show the world that this is not a zero-sum game.
We do continue to grow
We do continue to learn
We do continue to prosper
when we place ourselves in the stream of abundance
and live in faith instead of fear.

Do What You Love, and then Do More of What You Love

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I am so excited to start 2017 with a new project.  This trio will bring the schwing, for sure.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, I hope you can join me in Studio City later this month
George Kahn - Piano Alex Acuna - drums Lyman Medeiros - Bass
One night only, Sunday 2/26 8:00 - 10:00 PM Vitellos E Spot Lounge in Studio City $15 cover, plus minimum MAKE RESERVATIONS HERE!

Passion Party #576 - Seek Your Light

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Seek Your Light Moths are known to be attracted to light, but one young moth took it to extremes and fell completely in love with a bright star high up in the sky. Other moths tried to reason with him, telling him that he’d never reach the object of his desire and that he should pick a closer, more attainable goal – like a porch lamp or a candle or a campfire. But the moth wouldn’t be deterred. So one by one all the other moths went off in search of “practical” targets, and one by one they burned out in pursuit of the goals they chose. But the moth sailed up into the sky, never reaching his star, but living a long and happy life in pursuit of his dream. Sometimes a goal that’s seemingly out of reach can give more than you hoped for.

Passion Party #575 - When I Grow Up

When I grow up I want to be... to be a channel to be a spokesperson to be the host to be the guest to be the leader to be the servant to be in the flow to be charitable to be giving to be free to be in nature to be authentic to be caring to be compassionate to be beyond fear to be faith-full to be a speck of dust to be the universe