Looking Back at 2015

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Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

It was sad parting with 2015 and saying hello to another year. Maybe 2015 has washed away, but it still remains embedded deep within the sea of thoughts and experiences as one of my best years of my life. It was a momentous year of achievements and goals career wise and one that I will look back on fondly. I called it my “getting savvy”  year. There are a lot of things in life that I am brave about; new challenges, meeting new people, new experiences, but I have this insane fear about getting lost and not knowing my way around. Having had to travel at my new job incessantly made me brave about finding my way about places. I think every year brings a series of highs and lows. That’s just life. You can’t always expect to be happy just as you cannot always expect to be sad. However, what made me the most disappointed about 2015 is as much as I have grown as a person and become more “savvy”, there were people who just did not understand me or care to understand me. Those are the ones I lost. I learned that being above board and giving advice sometimes does not help. Many don’t want to hear the truth. The truth is a hard thing to swallow even if you want to give the best kind of advice as a friend. I lost many from being overly honest. No more delivering advice, even if asked for it I will dole it out carefully.

I think 2016 will be for me a “fixit” year. As 2015 was my “get savvy” year, 2016 is definitely trying to adjust my way of thinking and living. What do I mean by this ? It means living a more healthier life in general, eating right, exercising, and getting my health back on track. Without your health you really don’t have anything. Sometimes I feel like I am taking parts of myself out just to get rid of the health issues instead of tackling the root cause. Maybe it’s time for a maintenance checkup.  I can’t get a 2016 shiny model of myself all updated and sparkling. I just have to refurbish the old model. I will go into hell (surely I am not making it to heaven with all my sins) and the devil will turn me out since I am missing so many pieces to myself. I also need to see why I am always losing people in my life even when I try to do the right thing and be a good friend. It doesn’t make sense to me. I wonder…. what am I doing wrong? I suppose this will be the year to be introspective, creative and generally fix things that went wrong in 2015, but that does not mean I won’t keep going on my “savvy” track. And I apologize for not writing much. I have been supremely busy with work but writing has and always will be my passion in life. Thanks to those who keep coming back to see if I am awake.

I Should be Awake !

Sorry for the inactivity. I know my blog looks like it flatlined for a bit, but I am back and I am wide awake now. I will be posting several travelogues for you. I have not been idle. I have been having a travel heavy couple of months, started a new job and have been super busy, so stay tuned for hopefully some helpful and fun posts ahead, mostly travel based!!!

Ciao for now. Stay tuned…..

Downton’s Slow and Steady Demise?

steeplechaseIt took about 6 episodes of the 5th season to get Downton moving out of its comatose state. I don’t know if it’s me or my expectations of Downton, but this show just hasn’t picked up. I am waiting for some drama, some monumental shake up since Lady Mary was found in bed with a dead Turkish Pamuk. Couldn’t we have some more of that type of stir ups and shake ups? Would it hurt Fellowes to be a bit more adventurous with his story lines?

What about the men of Downton? Is it my imagination or are all of them dull, dull, dull! I am just counting on Atticus to sweep away some ratings, because all the others certainly aren’t doing their share. It seems like Fellowes is confused about what to do with Branson. Should he go? Should he stay? Should he become an aristocrat or go back to his roots? We are confused too. We have no idea where Branson is headed. Also, I used to be an avid fan of Bates, but has anyone noticed how small a part he has in this season? They show him for a few seconds and before  you can say Mr. Bates he is gone! I used to look forward to what sort of trouble Mr. Bates got into, but now they aren’t even showing him enough for him to get into trouble. The chemistry also between Bates and Anna has become very dry. Only this last episode showed some tender moments between Anna and Bates, but after Anna’s rape we thought we would see some dramatic and teary eyed moments between Bates and Anna’s tragedy. Julian Fellowes has lost his ability to draw the emotions from his audience. Please Julian Fellowes don’t let Anna get blamed and pay for someone else’s crime. I love sweet, dear, loyal Anna and she should have her romance with Bates revived.

We are forever tired of the woebegone sad-puppy looking Robert. Please, Cora, have that affair and stir up some of that dead, passionless soul in Robert and put us all out of our misery. I think Robert is more in love with his dog than Cora. As for Edith, I am so tired of seeing her sad face. Fellowes, put her out of her misery and give her a love that lasts. Why must he continuously make her suffer? Maybe he’s waiting till the last season for her to be happy. My God, poor girl, it’s too long for the audience and Edith to wait for happiness. At least she had the courage to run off with her own daughter. I applaud her for that action in those times. It was a most poignant moment of the episode, maybe the whole season when you felt a mother’s pain at having her daughter taken from her. Even though Edith is the true mother, you can’t help but feel sad for Mrs. Drewe who had looked after the child all this time. It was all around bittersweet.

Let’s not talk about Lady Mary. One of my least favorite characters. Spoiled, rich girl who acts as if she can take any man and throw him away at her whim. I am glad Lord Gillingham finally had the bravado to tell her that she couldn’t dump him that swiftly and easily. I respect him for that. Lady Mary’s constant high and mighty attitude is distasteful and I hate the way she belittles Edith at every moment she gets. There’s very little feeling in her. Did I say how much I hate Lady Mary?

Oh the other character I hate is Thomas Barrow. I know he’s sick, I know he’s got issues, but he’s just downright spiteful and he finds ways to make others miserable. I can’t feel any empathy for him.

Another sweet moment was between Mrs. Huges and Carson. Carson sneakily mentioned investing in a cottage so that they would have some place for retirement. Mrs. Hughes turns around with a small, victorious smile as if she knows exactly how to get her man. I can’t wait to see them end up together.

My favorite is Lady Rose. She is sweet, but not sappy. Fun but not too outrageous. She seems to be growing up and her romance that is blooming with Atticus is truly wonderful to see. So, there is some beautiful light at the dreary dark tunnel of Downton. Let’s hope the last few episodes don’t disappoint. Fellowes, if you are listening, don’t be afraid to get dangerous and adventurous. Make us laugh, make us cry and definitely make the men of Downton perk up a bit more. They are just plain wilting from the dryness of the writing.

The high point of this episode I think was the steeplechase. That was indeed fun and I did like Mary’s new “do” even though I don’t like Mary. She has the pomp and “I don’t give a &$%*” attitude to carry it off in those times. When Lady Mary asks the Dowager about her new hairstyle “Granny, what do you think?” The Dowager’s reply is : “Oh it is you? It thought it was a man wearing your clothes.” I can’t help but love the Dowager and her witticisms. Let’s hope she doesn’t have to single handedly keep the show afloat.

A Year in Review

This blog post addresses the first post of this year and looks back at the goals I placed upon myself in “A New Year, A New Me”. I am not trying to tell you about my year, but trying to impart some life lessons that may help you to look at life a bit differently.

1) I told myself to be less judgmental about others since some people just do not need or want advice. I think about 50% of the time I was successful in doing that. Other times I have to tell myself to stop and back up and just listen without giving advice or being judgmental. Just today I was trying to give my piece of “wisdom” to someone and had to stop myself.  What is my point of view may not be someone else’s point of view and I am trying constantly to accept that and accept that there are many ways to look at the same situation. A coin has two sides and the two sides are very different but it’s the same coin and it’s the same object; it just looks different depending on which side it lands.

2) The jealousy abounds in people. When you see negative tendencies, either run or face it head on. I have done both and I have found many people who exhibit those tendencies. You can’t work with people who are jealous. They just want what they can’t have and it’s hard to make them see that what they have is good for them.

3) Creativity- I have done some of that with my blog writing and photography, but I want to do so much more. I want to write more, I want to draw and paint. I just want to be more creative to help relieve the other stresses in my life.

4) I have learned so much this past year with my new job. My brain has been active overtime and am loving it. I continue to aim to do this and challenge my mind and brain. I can safely say I have exceeded this goal this year to the limit and surpassed it.

5) Still working on being healthy. It’s a continuous struggle for someone who is a foodie and loves to cook. I have to cut down on the carbs, the sweets and get to a point where I am happy looking at myself in the mirror. That has not happened yet, so that goal has yet to be achieved.

6) Helen has become my second mother and continues to be an incredible influence in my life. She brings all that is positive in my world and I can’t imagine a life without someone like Helen. Priyanka is very sweet and continues to give me positive and bright thoughts and is a beautiful constant in my life. I have had the fortune to have rekindled my relationship with my cousin Mimi, who has travelled the world in the last few years and we had just lost touch from leading busy lives. I am so happy we have come back together to talk and share our adventures and misadventures. She is my true soul sister.  I have made also great friends at work who have been supportive. My family does not need listing. They are always there for me and a strong force. So, overall I am lucky to have good people surrounding me.

7) I continue my journey to seek spirituality. That will never wane.

8) One more thing I need to add. This year my philosophy is to use my head more than my heart. In the past, I have always used my heart more and it’s really never gotten me too far. This year I want to start using my head, be smart and make good and wise choices before letting my heart rule. Many of you may not agree with me, but it’s working for me so far so I will let that philosophy continue.

Have a safe, happy and healthy 2015! I would love to hear from any or all of you that read me.

In the Arms of the Night

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You walked all over my mind last night,
As the stars peeked out from the inky sky,
Winking,
And the moon lay full and potent with bravado,
Satiated,
Your essence wafted over my senses,
Permeating,
Your hands caressed my thundering heart,
Warming,
Your words imprinted onto my brain,
Creating,
Your voice echoed in my ears,
Haunting,
Your wine dipped lips sought mine,
Tantalizing,
Your eyes sparkled under the silver light,
Playing,
Your body came to mine,
Overpowering,
But night embraced its arms of oblivion protectively,
And took you away…

The Numbers of Downton Abbey

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Here’s one for the Downton Abbey fans related to all our previous numerology analysis. This one was beautifully written by Helen, our numerology specialist and ties in the previous two posts and brings to life the Downton Abbey characters with a new perspective!

The PBS series Downton Abbey has the distinction of being the most popular series of the network. People from all walks of life and ages are eager to find out what is happening upstairs where the elite Earl of Grantham and his wife hold court with their three attractive daughters. And not to forget his mother Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Audiences are equally entranced with the doings of the downstairs staff led by Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes and their staff of assorted characters.What is interesting in series shows is how often the birth path of the actor relates to the role they become known for in the show. Nowhere is this clearer than the cast of Downton Abbey.

Julian Fellows, the creator of the show, is a birth path number 3. True to the meaning of 3 he is creative and a very good writer. His knowledge of the period the show takes place, his imagination of the situations, and the building of the characters, is showing the true meaning ofbeing a 3.

Robert Crawley, The Earl of Grantham, played by Hugh Bonneville is a 4. Stern and formal and deeply involved in the managing of the estate. He can be a bit stiff, and when the chips are down, and for him they have been, he shows his more vulnerable side.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, his wife, played by Elizabeth McGovern is a 6. Everything is family to her and she gave up her American life to come to England, marry which is important to her, and become a countess, along with a large bankroll to save the estate. Everything for home and family. Robert and Cora have three daughters.

The first daughter is Mary, played by Michelle Dockery. She is a 1 and the true leader of the pack. She puts herself before everyone, and due to circumstances is suddenly in charge of the estate having to work with and against her father. Very hard for his 4 to deal with, and right in tune with her 1 path.

The second daughter is Edith played by Laura Carmichael, is a 4. Edith is the serious sister obeying all the rules and absorbing the hurt that often goes with them. Edith has had more thanher share of disappointments and heartbreak, but has remained steadfast and has carried through moving on with her life.The third daughter

Sybil, who was played by Jessica Brown Findley was a 5. She has passed on. She played that path to the hilt defying all protocol and convention and marrying the estate’s chauffeur, Tom Branson. Played by Allen Leech he is a 6 and has remained on the show in a no win elevated position. Exercising his family obligations, and possible romantic position keeping him connected.

The Dowager Countess, Violet, Robert’s mother played by the indomitable Maggie Smith is a 3. Her creative ability to immerse herself in any role is showing the true talent of the 3, and the added sense of humor makes her stand out in the show.

Matthew Crawley played by Dan Stevens, and briefly married to Mary was a 4. He was killed in an accident in series three, and would have been the sole heir to Downton. He came on board with new ideas and plans for Downton, bucking against Robert. At his death, his wife, who was his distant cousin and Robert’s daughter, inherited the position.

Isobel Crawley, played by Penelope Wilton is a 1. She is Matthew’s mother and keeps her hand in the affairs of Downton, dealing with  Violet and Robert as necessary. She is an outspoken woman and very concerned with charity and service leading many to her associations.

Martha Levinson played by Shirley MacLaine, is a 9. She adds spice to the family as Cora’s   unconventional mother from New York. Her bantering with Violet adds a punch of great humor to the show.

Going downstairs to the staff we meet Mr. Carson played by Jim Carter, who is a 4. He is in charge of the male staff and  the personification of the number 4 in his stern manner, strictly business no nonsense approach to matters of the estate and staff. As with all 4 birth paths thereis a soft side to him, but he tries to cover it. Mrs. Hughes, played by Phyllis Logan a 6 , manages the female staff and all housekeeping duties.She is the motherly, always understanding, perfect 6 treating the staff as family. She softens Mr. Carson and they are a silent romantic interest.Thomas Barrow one of the valets played by Rob James Collier is a 1. He is a conniving individual who is bent on becoming important and goes to traumatic lengths to get his way.  His partner in crime was Miss O’Brien, played by Siobhan Finneran a 7. Presently she isn’t on the show but hopefully she will return in the future. The silent, plotting, 7, she instigated severalmost unfortunate situations, always appearing innocent. She had a gift with words and could explain her way out of things.

The valet Mr. Bates played by Brendon Coyle a 6 and his wife the lady’s maid Anna played by Joanne Froggatt a 2 have given some of the most interesting performances. He having a connection to Robert from the past and coming to Downton in search of employment just as he was accused of killing his wife. He spent time in prison, but not before marrying Anna who has had her own share of problems, having recently been the victim of rape by one of the valets of Mary’s suitor. Both Mr. Bates and Anna show their numbers through their characters. He in the role of caring for the Earl and she in being the more submissive and anything for peace personality. I was unable to obtain the birthdates for Mrs. Patmore the loveable cook, and Mr. Molesley.

Whatever fates Julian Fellowes has planned for them in season five, they are all in the perfect role for their birth paths. What is interesting is that in “real” life there are some big changes coming up for several of them. Brendon Coyle will experience some rather somber events in the next two years and the need next year he needs to take care of business and do some reorganizing in his life. Michelle Dockery is going to be experiencing a peak in her life that will require some well thought out decisions. Hugh Bonneville will experience a need to join forces with someone and cooperate in his quest for some changes. So will Phyllis Logan. Both will be pleased with some opportunity that presents itself.And Maggie Smith will have an opportunity to replay her destiny.

So, stay tuned and see if this analysis matches up with what’s to come for the next season of Downton Abbey. 

The Personal Years

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Here is the 2nd post written on the Personal Years based on Numerology by our expert and dear friend, Helen. 

In Harry Potter, Hermione’s favorite subject is arithmancy. She uses charts to foretell the future. In the real world this is known as numerology. This is not about fortune telling, it is understanding the cycles we all experience.The Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras is credited with founding the field of numerology and it is his formulas that are still used today.The cycle of numbers is from one to nine. All double digit numbers are reduced to a single number.The number of your birth date, the entire date added together and reduced to a single digit is known as your birth path. It tells the characteristics you were born with. Everyone is interested in what is happening now. How should we react to things going on around us, what can we expect, and the important guidelines of when to forge a head and when to wait.

For a look into what you may expect in the coming year 2015, you only need to do some simple math. Take the month you were born and the day you were born. Add them together and reduce to a single digit. To that add 8 the value of 2015, and again reduce to a single digit.Example: Birthday August 22nd. That equals 8+2+2 = 12. 1+2=3. 3 + 8 = 11. 1 +1 = 2. This person will be in a 2 yearly vibration from January 1st till December 31st, 2015. The month of September is always the culmination of the current year in whatever it promises, and October is a sneak peak at the vibrations of the coming year.

The years after birth are called personal years. Below is a brief indication of what to expect in each of the personal years in the cycle of nine.

One:  A new beginning, and all about you. What you plan now and put into motion will carry you through the next nine years. Forge a head and blaze a path. Look for and grab opportunities in whatever field your interests will grow. Health matters and perhaps a loss require attention.

Two: Building on the beginnings of the one year, now you reach out and connect with others. Relationships are important, cooperation is essential, and learning to be yourself and blend with others is the lesson of the year. Moodiness and emotions run high this year.

Three: This is the year to create. Move forward and be innovative. You will feel the need to express yourself in some way be it verbal, written, or in creative arts. Avoid people who drain your energies and if necessary let go of a friendship that has served its purpose. Try not to scatter your energies or you will lose your focus.

Four: Self-discipline, the need to work for what you wish to achieve, and attention to detail are the requirements of this year. Take care of your health. Avoid being casual about serious matters. Accept responsibility for your actions and for what others expect you to do. It is a building year and can bring great and lasting rewards.

Five: A welcome break from the seriousness of the four year. Now you can move forward and experience some excitement. Change is in the plan and you can bring it about in many ways. Travel, love affairs, creative endeavors, and moving your residence or moving on from a stalled position in life. It is the middle number of the nine cycle, so the opportunity to turn things around if you feel the need.

Six: This is a domestic, family, relationship year. Engagements, marriages, divorces, and domestic responsibility. You will need to deal with people on all levels and it is important not to neglect yourself. Buying or selling real estate, redecorating your home, adding to your family, all play a role this year. Most important strive for harmony. It can be a banner year if you don’t lose your cool.

Seven: This is a year to heal. If the past year created stress or loss in a relationship, now is the time to treat yourself gently. You will feel the need to recoup, rest, study, learn something new. You will be aware of many synchronicities that happen when you least expect them and need them most. You may feel more alone this year, but it is meant for you to go within and reconnect with your inner self. Soul mates will be important.

Eight:  Power is the keyword for this year. You are in control and can make great strides in whatever area you are reaching towards. You resist limitations, forge a head and have the opportunity to take big career steps. If you are not professionally active, it still is a year where you can exert control, deal with money and all material possessions, and make important contacts. Feeling easily bored, discipline is needed not to jump ship before the tide comes in

Nine: A very important year. It is the end of the cycle and as you prepare for the next year of beginning a new cycle you will feel at times weary. Things end and always for a reason. Let go ofwhat no longer matters. Clean out your closets, clean out your emotions. Try not to begin any new projects. Things you begin may not last. Wait till the next year. This year is a closing down, consolidating, and taking care of yourself. Get the physical you have been putting off. Take a nice vacation. Experience forgiveness, and be grateful for what you have.

Anytime your personal year is the same number as your birth path it is a destiny year. Flagged as more important since you will have an opportunity to work with your natural path and enhance all the positive qualities of it.

Your Birth Path

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I am so pleased to say that I have a series of three posts that are coming up which will be written by a guest writer, Helen, who is a specialist on numerology. I was a skeptic in the beginning when I thought about how numbers can mark the patterns in our lives, but when I started charting all the number patterns with Helen, there were remarkable patterns that could not be passed off to chance or be shrugged off as coincidental correlations. We all have numbers that appear over and over in our lives and are influential numbers of numbers to watch out for in dates or events. We just do not look as carefully as we should to see if there is such a pattern. Here is the first part of three wonderful articles written by Helen, the last of which will tie up numerology with the characters of Downton Abbey. Helen and I are both great fans of the show and it just made sense for Helen to perform some number analysis on the cast of Downton Abbey.

Helen’s Analysis of Our Birth Path

The date of your birth reduced to a single digit tells a lot about the path you will follow in life. How you react to things, how you relate to people, and what your inner needs are and how you express them. Due to the confines of space we will touch only on the surface of these things. Perhaps enough to whet your curiosity to explore the subject more in depth.To find your birth path add the value of the month, day, and year you were born and reduce it to a single digit. Using  the date I am writing this as an example: October 17, 2014. Add all the numbers together: 1+0+1+7+2+0+1+4  = 16 = 1+6 = 7. A person born today walks the path of 7.Below is a brief description, and I repeat brief as there is much more to each number than space permits here.

One:  This is the individualist. The person who wants to lead, be first, do things their way. Very ambitious and can be arrogant and egocentric. They cannot accept defeat.

Two: Where one likes to do things on their own, two likes to have a partner. They want harmony, do not take change well, very good mediators and very consoling in times of unrest.

Three: Very creative, talkative, can persuade others to their way of thinking. They do not do well with criticism as they are overly sensitive. They have a good sense of humor, like social events, and treasure their friends.

Four:  The true worker. They are detail oriented, see projects through to the finish. They do not do well with change and can be unreasonable when asked to do something they don’t want to do. Good managers and usually very loyal to those in their immediate circle. Worriers.

Five: They are the risk takers. Love action, change, travel, adventure of all kinds. Restless .Excel in sports and entertainment. Strongly attracted to the opposite sex. Heart rules their head. Quick temper, and love a good time. Usually successful.

Six:  Family comes first. The domestic divas. Love taking care of people,  and can sometimes smother them. Make good medical people,  work well with children and animals. Good listeners. Needs to be appreciated or will act in reverse of all they feel they should be.

Seven:  Possesses a very analytical mind. Always studying things, critiquing. Great in all areas of academia and usually respected for what they do. Strong intuition and very spiritual. Good public speakers. They usually can win any argument.

Eight: Money and success are their goal. Do well in business; part of a corporation or their own business.Very ambitious. Hard workers and the true ladder climbers. Not always diplomatic, and find it hard to express emotion, especially men. They feel it, but don’t say it.

Nine: Humanitarian. They have great people skills and work well with the masses. Good at politics, anything that requires an open mind and negotiation . Very creative, good writers, always keep something of themselves hidden from the world, but enjoy being part of the world.

This is the pattern of your personality. How you deal with things, how others see you. Each year following your birth you have a different number affecting you, always being represented by the basic birth path number. These are your personal years.

Gypsy – Lyrics by Fleetwood Mac


So I’m back, to the velvet underground
Back to the floor, that I love
To a room with some lace and paper flowers
Back to the gypsy, that I was
To the gypsy, that I was

And it all comes down to you
Well, you know that it does
Well, lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
Ah, and it lights up the night
And you see your gypsy
You see your gypsy

To the gypsy that remains
Faces freedom with a little fear
I have no fear, I have only love
And if I was a child
And the child was enough
Enough for me to love
Enough to love

She is dancing away from me now
She was just a wish
She was just a wish
And a memory is all that is left for you now
You see your gypsy
You see your gypsy

Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
And it all comes down to you

And it all comes down to you

Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
And it all comes down to you

I still see your bright eyes, bright eyes
And it all comes down to you

The Velvet Underground – The Fleetwood Mac Reunion Tour

The Velvet Underground was the reference that Stevie Nicks made as she nostalgically spoke of her roots during the Fleetwood Mac Reunion Tour on October 11, 2014 in NJ. She still looked like the “gypsy” that she was while she spun around on stage in her long black Bohemian attire and gold shawl. She spent her early days in San Francisco in a small apartment with paper flowers and a bed on the floor that she would cover with lace. Her long time love and romance stood next to her passionately strumming his guitar. Lindsey Buckingham played with all his heart and soul the most amazing guitar pieces that took us back to decades of beautiful music that would forever remain in our hearts. Fleetwood Mac spanned several decades from the 70s till now and when you saw the crowds at the stadium, they still were able to capture hearts today with their music and lyrics. The reunion that brought Christie McVie back with the group and back on stage was incredibly memorable and brought tears to our eyes as she sang with her deep, throaty, soulful voice. Mick Fleetwood was charismatic as ever on the drums and was larger than life. John McVie’s presence was quieter but no one can forget his part and important role in Fleetwood Mac.

It took you back to decades past. The music ebbed and flowed and moved you back in time to your youth when life was less complicated. Listening to songs like “You Can Go Your Own Way”, “Don’t Stop”, “Everywhere”, “Songbird”, “Gypsy” and all the great hits that took you back like a movie reel to moments in high school or college. There were memories attached to those songs and sweet little romances linked to those lyrics that made you feel heady and giddy all over again. My only regret was that they did not sing my favorite Fleetwood Mac song, “As Long As You Follow”. However, it was magical and beautiful and reminded us that no matter how successful, how rich, how poor, how powerful, how hurt, how bruised, how tortured, how blissful, how difficult life gets, you never forget those roots and all the struggles and all the victories that made you who you are today.

Stevie Nicks refers to the “Velvet Underground” in her song “Gypsy” because that song is autobiographical. She went to the Velvet Underground before she became rich and famous to buy some clothes that were characteristic of her style and the place had clients that were famous musicians. She went there and found a treasure trove of things that inspired her to become who she really wanted to be and to follow her dreams. She never forgot that store, never forgot her roots. Even to this day, sometimes she puts her mattress down on the floor and spreads the lace on the bed to remind her of how she started. Almost like a gypsy wanderer looking for that fame and fortune and she made it. They all mad it in their own way. Her message was that if you believe in something, go for it no matter how hard it seems or however many discourage you to do otherwise. Follow your heart and dreams no matter what. What a triumphant message and what amazing songs to carry away on a brisk fall evening.

The Velvet Underground was more than just a store, it was her start and her turning back to her roots. So I leave you with memories of your Velvet Underground, wherever that may be and leave you with a piece of of Fleetwood Mac today, here and now as great and as monumental as ever. Here’s the link that will take you to their webpage and their tour dates. Please go see them and relive the magic of their music. http://www.fleetwoodmac.com/events

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