This darned app…

As soon as it was released, I downloaded the app from my favorite thought-leader. It sends a daily message meant to open your eyes and your mind. I read this one, and thought, “Yup, gotta take care of yourself first in order to take care of others.”

imageThen, when it showed up a couple of days later, I thought, “I guess I needed the reminder.”

When it appeared yet again, my thoughts ran straight to, “This darned app is broken. I wonder if I should delete it and download it again?”  Then, I froze. . .what if I just hadn’t “gotten” the message yet?

I remembered my trip to Long Island: I was worried about getting from LaGuardia airport onto the right bus, to get to the right train station, to get the right train out to the island to meet my sisters. As much as I told myself I could do it, by the time the plane landed, my stomach was in knots.

I found a Metropolitan Transit Authority info booth, told the young man where I wanted to go and he pulled out a map, drew circles and arrows all over it, and left me standing at a bus stop with a ticket in my hand. That was sooo easy, I thought. When my bus came, I clambered aboard, and as he’s yelling instructions to the passengers, I asked the driver if this bus would take me to Woodside, then on to Jamaica, so I could catch a train out to the east end of the island.

“No doll, that’s not how you get there.” The door closed behind me. My stomach sank. The bus was packed like a sardine can, I was wedged in , and we had just pulled away from the curb.
“But, that’s what the MTA guy told me.”
“Those guys don’t know nuthin. Don’t listen to them. Where ya goin on the island?”
“Ronkonkoma,” I answered.
“Here, doll, lemme tell ya whatcha gotta do.” And he started ‘splainin it to me.

imageA voice behind me says, “Excuse me, ma’am, I’m going to Ronkonkoma. You can follow me.”
I turn to see who said that, and it’s a young Tom Cruise in an American Airways uniform. A pilot on his way home. He lead me all the way there, chatted amiably, and kept an eye on me while he stepped away to smoke a cigarette and make some calls. He’d wait for me to catch up as we made the transfers, and finally, we arrived at Ronkonkoma station.

I know I won’t ever see John again, but I will think about him each time I see Tom Cruise onscreen. I sent a little prayer into the universe, and he showed up.

My needs were met, once again.

XO  Donna



Odds and Ends

Since I just wanted to share things, but didn’t have a specific topic in mind today I looked up synonyms for smorgasbord. Low and behold, there was “odds and ends,”  right along with accumulation, potpourri, and mishmash.
Odds & Ends was the name of the first salon where I worked in New York, in 1976. Here it is almost 40 years later.

DrewAnthonySmith, AAS

DrewAnthonySmith, AAS

1)  It is raining again as I write, and it makes me think of Tina Turner’s song, “I can’t stand the rain against my window.”
As most of you know, Texas has been hard hit by rain, floods, and tornadoes. It’s been a year for freakish weather down here.
Our drought ended…and we joked that it would take a flood to break it…but never imagined widespread losses of this magnitude. Shoal Creek flooded downtown Austin again, a reminder of the 1981 Memorial Day flood, and  Wimberley and Blanco – sweet little riverfront towns nearby – suffered terribly. Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by these events.

2)  As if I haven’t had enough change lately, here’s a great idea from Anna Bjurstam, VP of Six Senses Spa:
“Do the opposite of your normal routine. Research shows that breaking a habit is incredibly healthy. It doesn’t need to be a life-changing habit, just a small one like trying something new to eat or taking a different road to the store. The result of a group of people who introduced a new habit every day for three months was that they became happier and less stressed, and even lost weight!”

3)  If you don’t know who she is, you should: Danielle LaPorte is a bestselling Canadian author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and all-around kick-ass Goddess. Her “sermons on life, love, consciousness, and desire,” have been super-inspirational to me. She just developed The #Truthbomb App for IOS and ANDROID. It is everything I hoped it would be, and I am sure you will love it. Go here:

Empathy Cards

Empathy Cards

4)  Pure Genius –  So glad someone finally thought of this: Emily McDowell has a line of Empathy Cards for serious illness. Most of us struggle to find the right words when a friend has cancer, or chronic illness, or mental illness. Sometimes, since we don’t know what to say or how to say it, we don’t say anything at all…which can leave a friend or loved one feeling alone. Her cards are beautiful. Visit her website here:

5)  I just found out today that all Yoga Yoga Studios give a 20%  discount to students who are 60 or older when they buy a class card. Just one more benefit of exercising – you can save money doing it!

Thank you all for reading, I am truly grateful!
XO Donna


P.S. – I am not reimbursed in any way for directing you to these websites.  I wish!