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The Classic Pamela Positive: “Be prepared to fall in love all over again every day.” – Michael J. Fox

“Be prepared to fall in love all over again every day.”

Michael J. Fox

Actor and Activist

This is true for every relationship. Whether it is your husband, partner, friend, calling in life, your Labrador, or the beautiful sun we greet each day, be prepared… to fall in love again.

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Appreciating all we have is the most wonderful, nurturing gift we can wrap for ourselves, others and the world.  It envelops everything in the gift-wrap of love.

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Michael J. Fox is an actor and activist. He has appeared in iconic roles including Marty McFly in Back to the Future and Alex P. Keaton in the TV show Family Ties. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991, revealing his condition publicly in 1998.  Since then he has been a powerful activist promoting research for a cure. Fox is also the author of three books, including the memoir, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.

He has been married to actress Tracy Pollan since 1988, and they have four children.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: “When You’re At The Table, You’re Open And Your Defences Are Down” 

“People want that gathering together. The table is magical. When you’re at the table, you’re open and your defences are down.”

Lidia Bastianich
American Chef and TV Host

Mealtimes seem to be a time of the past. We eat in our cars and desks or even holding a power bar walking out the door…

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Yet, Lidia points out how we can find deep caring and nourishment at the table. It’s not just sharing food, but also sharing of our hearts and feelings.

It’s a time to be a sounding board and to have sounding boards…from people who truly care about you. It’s a time to relax, and yet also profound as some of the most important issues in your life may come out in a casual way.

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Don’t miss this time with your loved ones. “The table is magical.”  Or I might add  “The people at the table are magical.”

You’re Magical,

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Lidia Matticchio Bastianich (born on February 21, 1947, in Pula, Croatia–then a part of Italy), is an American chef, television host, author, and restaurateur. Specializing in Italian and Italian-American cuisine, Lidia has been a regular contributor to public television cooking show lineups since 1998. In 2011, she launched her fourth TV series Lidia’s Italy in America. She also owns several Italian restaurants in the U.S. in partnership with her daughter Tanya Bastianich Manuali and her son, Joe Bastianich, including Felidia (founded with her ex-husband, Felice), Del Posto, Esca, and Becco in Manhattan; Lidia’s Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Lidia’s Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: The “Big H”: The Unfailing Recipe For Happiness

“Serve others. The unfailing recipe for happiness and success is to want the good of others. Happiness and success is when I see others happy. Happiness is a shared thing.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Anglican Cleric and Theologian

We search. We search for the “Big H,” happiness, all the time. 

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We try to find our right calling. Our right partner in life. The right home, city, school.  And yet…

Happiness is about sharing. 

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It’s about experiences, time, thoughts and caring for others — which are all spiritual. And I can’t imagine many people expressing their happiest times not in the presence of someone else. 

It’s being with others, and being with them in a meaningful way. 

We also know that it is not necessarily even doing something; it could just be sharing one another’s presence, with each other.


Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a Christian cleric known for his work for human rights. He grew up in Northwest South Africa and he was the only son in his family. He would later attend Johannesburg Bantu High School, where Tutu would thrive in academics and rugby. After high school, he became a teacher where he would meet his wife. Together, they would have two children– Trevor and Thandeka. He would later join the clergy to become an Anglican priest. Active in South Africa, he was an important opponent of apartheid. Other causes he has worked on include fighting AIDs, homophobia, tuberculosis, racism, and poverty. Nelson Mandela described him as “the voice of the voiceless.” Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: “Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.” – Sun Tzu

“Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.”

Sun Tzu
Chinese General, Military Strategist, Writer and Philosopher

You can see here the rewards for great service.  When we give, we are given back love.  

So don’t delay! Give, give, and give again! Be in Love with Giving. 

How Will You Give Today? Find just one way.

I Believe in the Power of Your Giving,

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Sun Tzu (l. c. 500 BCE) was a Chinese military strategist and general best known as the author of the work The Art of War, a treatise on military strategy (also known as The Thirteen Chapters). He was associated (formally or as an inspiration) with The School of the Military, one of the philosophical systems of the Hundred Schools of Thought of the Spring and Autumn Period (c. 772-476 BCE), which advocated military preparedness in maintaining peace and social order.

Sun Tzu’s historicity is uncertain. The Han dynasty historian Sima Qian and other traditional Chinese historians placed him as a minister to King Helü of Wu and dated his lifetime to 544–496 BC. Modern scholars accepting his historicity place the extant text of The Art of War in the later Warring States period based on its style of composition and its descriptions of warfare. Traditional accounts state that the general’s descendant Sun Bin wrote a treatise on military tactics, also titled The Art of War. Since Sun Wu and Sun Bin were referred to as Sun Tzu in classical Chinese texts, some historians believed them identical, prior to the rediscovery of Sun Bin’s treatise in 1972.

Sun Tzu’s work has been praised and employed in East Asian warfare since its composition. During the twentieth century, The Art of War grew in popularity and saw practical use in Western society as well. It continues to influence many competitive endeavours in the world, including culture, politics, business and sports, as well as modern warfare.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: How to Get People To Follow You in the Deepest Valleys – Sun Tzu

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.”

Sun Tzu

Chinese General, Chinese Military Strategist,

Writer and Chinese Philosopher

How important this is.

“Whoever is following you into battle, you should love them as your own.”   

It could be a team at work; a sports team; a political-action group trying to pass a new law or an actual battle.

Love these “soldiers” as your own and their loyalty will be with your forever.

That’s because you have shown your loyalty to them. You will succeed in anything you do! 

Being Loyal is a Beautiful Way to Live, 


Sun Tzu (l. c. 500 BCE) was a Chinese military strategist and general best known as the author of the work The Art of War, a treatise on military strategy (also known as The Thirteen Chapters). He was associated (formally or as an inspiration) with The School of the Military, one of the philosophical systems of the Hundred Schools of Thought of the Spring and Autumn Period (c. 772-476 BCE), which advocated military preparedness in maintaining peace and social order.

Sun Tzu’s historicity is uncertain. The Han dynasty historian Sima Qian and other traditional Chinese historians placed him as a minister to King Helü of Wu and dated his lifetime to 544–496 BC. Modern scholars accepting his historicity place the extant text of The Art of War in the later Warring States period based on its style of composition and its descriptions of warfare. Traditional accounts state that the general’s descendant Sun Bin wrote a treatise on military tactics, also titled The Art of War. Since Sun Wu and Sun Bin were referred to as Sun Tzu in classical Chinese texts, some historians believed them identical, prior to the rediscovery of Sun Bin’s treatise in 1972.

Sun Tzu’s work has been praised and employed in East Asian warfare since its composition. During the twentieth century, The Art of War grew in popularity and saw practical use in Western society as well. It continues to influence many competitive endeavours in the world, including culture, politics, business and sports, as well as modern warfare.

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