Blog Category : Celebrating in the Dark

What sustains you? (Even in the dark.)


SIMPLY CELEBRATE NEWSLETTER: JULY/AUGUST 2011 By Sherry Richert Belul   I am reading Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham. One of the main points he makes, which truly resonates with me, is this: "Pay attention to specific moments that invigorate you." This may seem rea...

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What you see is what you get.


This morning when I was walking down Mission Street here in San Francisco, I was noticing how gritty and dirty the street looked. Litter and grime kept catching my eye.And then, wonders of wonders, some grace dropped in and I was reminded of a great teaching my son offered to me when he was t...

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When black-n-white turns technicolor.


The other evening, my beau and I watched a film called, A Single Man—about an English Professor who is despondent after the death of his lover. Early on in the movie, we learn that this professor is planning to kill himself in the evening. However, as the day goes on, this man experience...

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Tiny cracks that let in light.


SIMPLY CELEBRATE NEWSLETTER: MAY/JUNE 2011 Twenty years ago, I had just broken up with my boyfriend after a recent move to San Francisco. I was broken hearted and grappling with a depression that had been nipping at my heels for years. I couldn’t kick it off this time. I fell into what...

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Top 5 Regrets People Make on Their Deathbeds


I recently came across this list of Top 5 Regrets People Make on Their Deathbeds, written by Bronnie Ware, who works with the dying. I was really moved when I read this piece. Reading Bronnie's list gave me a sense of perspective that is sometimes hard to get in the midst of day-to-day li...

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No haircut big enough for this.


Below is a poem my friend Maya Stein wrote a couple weeks ago. What I love so much is that Maya saw something I didn't see. She unearthed a poem from what I thought was an ordinary moment. And thus, that moment became something more. Something other. Something extraordinary. How ...

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On seeing the hourglass half full.


I love this video by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I hope you'll take five minutes to watch it. But just in case, here's a little excerpt: "If one is fortunate enough to live 80 years, that is 29,200 days on the planet. Weird to think, isn't it? Playing that out, how many more ti...

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The phoenix, rising.


Last night was opening night of Cirque du Soleil at the Cow Palace here in San Francisco. My family was lucky enough to have been given some tickets to see the show. We had a fun night of dazzling colors and crazy acrobatics. On the drive back home we chatted happily about our favorite acts a...

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Have it Your Way.


We just finished Happy Hour on the Simply Celebrate Facebook Page. There was a great discussion about Valentine's Day and how it can sometimes feel like we are being told how and when to celebrate the people in our lives. The commercialism can set up expectations that don't match how ...

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This is insane!


Did anyone see the article on the front page of the New York Times today about how retailers are driving customers to shop ON Thanksgiving? Enough is enough. Thanksgiving is a day to be with family and friends in a relaxed way. To enjoy one another’s company with ease and relaxation. It&...

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