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A friend of mine wrote a one act play, A Tear For My Country, concerning the state of current affairs and how an old man who is dying sees things and relates them to a young man.  It was revised to be posted in a more article friendly read.

Since this is not a political blog and he had asked me to post it I forwarded it to Dave at A Second Cup who posted it this afternoon, titled, This is One Story.  


Articles, Columns & Book

 Hi All,

     In recent weeks I have received e-mails inquiring about writing for publications, print and online; and if I am available for speaking engagements.  The answer to both inquiries is, yes.  In my previous life I have written columns and articles for local, state, national and international publications.  Speaking engagements have ranged in attendance to over 600 people. To contact me please use the comment section with your contact information and I will respond, your comment will not be published.

   There have also been requests to put a book together…which is now in the planning stages…thank you to all who have given me the push to move back into being published.  Once I get to the final draft the search for a literary agent and publisher will begin. 

   Your input is welcomed. If you would like to submit a topic as an idea for a blog article please submit it via comments. 

   I truly appreciate all of you, more than you can imagine.

   Thank you to all who: follow, bookmark, re-blog PCA articles, let others know of this blog by e-mail, forwarding articles, social media sites and just for visiting.

  The past year has been a rough one for me and your being part of my physical recovery and cathartic journey is beyond words, thanks for your support, from the depths of my heart.


The Anniversary

   As the first anniversary approaches of my dying from a full respiratory arrest and being brought back with the help of my wife, paramedics and hospital ER staff, it brings up many feelings and memories. 

The past year has been a unique road to recovery and filled with a variety of challenges. 

I remember being on the other side of life and what I saw and felt.

Life has a whole new meaning on all levels for me and has obviously altered my perspective.  From everyday living, family and friends, to spirituality, new and wonderful experiences have allowed me to expand my awareness.  Not all  were wonderful, but, labeled wonderful as they were learning experiences.

I am now creating a collection of my writings for publication and in the near future searching for a literary agent and publisher, perhaps even investigate writing a column again on positive attitudes.  This blog is my first foray into writing after a very long hiatus and it has been cathartic.  The next avenue of creative expression and goal, to again have speaking engagements local, state, national, and international.

It would have been so very easy to give up and merely exist in my easy chair bemoaning the state of my affairs and play the poor me card.  I am a fighter and persistent.  When my wife was informed that I would be in a drug induced coma for over a week and may not make it, two days tops, she said, “Not my husband, he is a fighter.”  After four days I was brought out of the coma.  I was breathing on my own and no longer needed the respirator.

Life is filled with surprises and it is how we decide to deal with them on a daily basis which is extremely important.  I fought long and hard to get back to living and pushed too hard at times but there was really no giving up for me. Did setbacks occur?  Yes. Unexpected surgery three months later was just one.  I had to learn to deal with the setbacks and keep my focus on recovery.  I have my good days and my very good days just like everyone else. 

I thank my wife for the CPR,  the paramedics, doctors, nurses and staff for the wonderful and loving care given to me when in the ER, two critical care units and cardiac floor.

I thank each of you for reading and sharing this blog, for your comments and heartfelt thanks to the blogging community.

Never give up, be positive about living life, love unconditionally and forgive unconditionally-yourself and others, let go of thoughts and beliefs which do not serve your higher good, don’t give in to the negatives, be kind to yourself and others, take time for yourself during the day and most of all, be you and all the specialness you are. Let those in your life know how much they are loved and appreciated.

Life is really wonderful and so are you.  Jay




     One of the most unique things about us is, not only do we set the limitations in our life but we have the power and ability to remove these limitations to live a better life.

What causes us to set limits of what and how much good we can have in our life?  It could be something we were told growing up, a family belief, or a past experience-personal or professional.  In overcoming limits we surmount them by changing the way we think, see and believe about ourselves and the world we live in.  

As we change so will the people, places and situations in our life.  How we handle this change is of great import. It is up to each of us to act and not react.

Life gives us opportunities to change, in fact, the only constant in the universe is change, nothing stays static, and all is in constant motion. 

In the first quarter of 2011 there was a unique opportunity to change my life.  I died, crossed over and was revived.  I was not expected to live.  I do not recommend this way of changing your life, not fun.  I am still in the latter recouping stages.   It has been a year of challenges for me and my family.  Have I been presented with some tough challenges? Yes, and if it was not for my perseverance, the love and support of family and friends it would have been more challenging than it has been.  I have shed my tears, experienced frustration and anger, yet I never gave up on myself.  My perspective has changed as you can imagine. 

Within each of us is the ability to create new, positive and enriching experiences.   

Years ago I was in a discussion with friends about having to die to the old and be born to the new. This was in reference to changing our mental attitudes.  We need to know when to let go of  those thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve a positive purpose in our life.  It is time to bury the past, the anger and upset at ourselves, others and situations.  

Bring forth the positive in this present moment and create a better future in the here and now. We are not  to use our mind and thoughts to keep ourselves down but to move forward in our thinking and being; to move into new beginnings for a better life. Success, prosperity and wealth are great and wonderful goals but the greatest thing is for us to know and understand we are able to think creatively and achieve great things in our life. 

 So, I have a simple challenge for you and for me.  Pick one area of your life you want to change.  Then, once you have chosen that one area find the opposite, the positive counterpart and write down, “I am___.”  Or, “I now have___.”  Take that piece of paper, fold it up and place in an object that when you look at it brings you a sense of peace, harmony and joy.  Then affirm this positive as in your life now.  Whenever a negative thought about this pops up affirm the positive and accept it as the truth of your being here and now.  Do keep yourself on track, read or re-read the article on nighttime affirmations and see/visualize yourself experiencing this positive in your life now, down to the last detail.  Do this for 30 days and see the difference.  Please let me know what happens.

You are worthy of a better life, so give yourself permission to experience it, claim it, accept it, know you are a valued individual and that life is always for you.  

I will keep a positive thought for you and the accomplishment of your goal with ease, harmony, right knowing and right action, knowing you are led to the right people, places and things at the right time for the accomplishment of your goal.  We cannot want a greater good for ourselves and not want it for others.

 You are wonderful!


My Christmas Gift

          My Christmas Gift.  Earlier this year I died, crossed over and was brought back to life. 

Once I was able to get back on my feet, creatively as well, I began this blog to share positive information for self-growth and self-awareness.  Life is truly what we make it…I could have given up and did the “poor me” routine but I fought hard for a comeback with lots of support from my wife, who also gave me cpr.  For months I was determined to achieve a life worth living and it finally happened. Overcoming obstacles is, in part, what life is about.  Living is about using your mind, thoughts and beliefs to bring forth a life you enjoy.  The longer we dwell in the dark hole of self-pity the more we exist and not live.  We are humans being, what we are being is up to each of us.

Life is about understanding yourself, accepting yourself – quirks and all, forgiving yourself and others so that you can move on with living.  If you are on the outside looking in, join the club.  Be yourself and express the life within you.  Yes, we all have qualities we either want to change or improve on, but, it requires being okay with who we are, building our self-confidence and self-esteem. Celebrate you.  As we grow to like ourselves and love ourselves we initiate a change in our life that will prosper us in many ways, seen and unseen.

Who are you? You are a wonderful and beautiful expression of life with the power, talent and ability to experience the highest and best life has to offer.  Never give up on yourself!  I have hit lows, had the momentary lapse, and then, began the journey back up the ladder.  Believe in yourself.  I could go on and give you a variety of platitudes but they are not what this or I am about.  I may not know you, but, what I do know is, the life in you is the same life that is within me; a life that is creative, good, kind and talented.  I believe the life in you expresses through you for your greater good and the greater good of the world around you.  You are a worthy and worthwhile individual.

You are my Christmas gift.  I thank you for following, subscribing and sharing this blog with others. Most of all I am thankful that you are you.  Today, unwrap the gift of you and enjoy all it has offer. 

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas.  Let Your Light Shine!

With A Joyous Heart and Best Wishes,


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