Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Prayer For My Friend C.C., by Janice Brodowsky

As I am not one who generally prays, I have been moved to do so now. You see, I have a friend that I work with who's entire life changed within seconds. I will respect his privacy by not using his name or any details of what happened to him. All I can say is that he is one of the kindest, most compassionate, and caring people I know. Seeing him suffer brings me (and everyone else who knows him) great pain, and leaves me wondering why it seems that the "good people" in the world seem to suffer the most. So I'm sending healing thoughts into the universe. Chances are nobody will ever read this blog, especially him. Writing this and sending it into the Internet cosmos feels like how it might be to put a message in a bottle and casting it out to sea with hopes that it will reach some destination. My deepest wish is that some of the kindness that he has bestowed upon everyone, will somehow come full circle and come back to him in the form of healing. C.C., You are in all of our hearts. Please get well. We need you, we love you, and miss your smiling face.
Praying for You my friend,
Janice Brodowsky

Friday, March 29, 2013

Before Work, photo by Janice Brodowsky

This is what I saw right before I left for work this morning. It was gone in a second. Trying to live in the moment....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Janice Brodowsky on Naymz

Nanz is a place to bring all of Janice Brodowsky's links together in a centralized location. This is in an experimental phase, and will be evaluated as to it's worth and effectiveness. Here is the link:
Janice Brodowsky on Naymz
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mindfulness and Meditation Book List by Janice Brodowsky

Here's a link to my Amazon list of good Mindfulness, Meditation etc. list.
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Book Review: The Sociopath Next Door, Review by Janice Brodowsky

My review of this book is on Goodreads. Here is the link: Janice Brodowsky's Review of The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

My Grandpa Max by Janice Brodowsky

Grandpa Max was a wonderful man. In memory and in honor of him, I am putting a link on my blog to a post I have written back in 2000 on the website geneology forum. I will always love and remember my Grandpa, and will always remember the Nestled Crunch Bars that he would keep in the refrigerator for me. Here is my link to Grandpa Max Kornberg: My Grandpa Max, by Janice Brodowsky
Also, I just found a link to the 1940 US Census where Grandpa Max, Grandma Sarah, my Mother Rose, and Uncle Izzy are listed as well. This is very cool. Janice Brodowsky's Grandpa and the Kornberg family listed on the 1940 Census

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Janice Brodowsky on Facebook

I have so many mixed feelings about Facebook. It was a novelty in the beginning, which was maybe five or six years ago. I played games like Pet Society and Farm Town, and became hooked. I also witnessed people using Facebook to publicly air their issues with the people in their lives who they may be angry with at any given time. On the positive side, Facebook is a way to reconnect long lost friends, and enable families who live far apart to keep in touch through posts and pictures. Over the years, I have eased up on my Facebook usage, although I do enjoy sharing photos, quotes, and will "like" or comment on posts that I relate to or find interesting. So, in the spirit of connecting and sharing, here is a link to my Facebook profile. I've made some of my posts and information public. I very rarely accept friend requests anymore, as I am satisfied with the Facebook friends I currently have. So, here I am on Facebook: Click here---> Janice Brodowsky on Facebook

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My StumbleUpon Likes, by Janice Brodowsky

StumbleUpon is really cool. A surprise with every click! Here is a link to the stuff I "Like."
Janice Brodowsky on StumbleUpon
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The Sunset Before Spring, photo by Janice Brodowsky

This was happening around 7:15 PM tonight. Lots of snow still outside. You would never know that tomorrow is the first day of spring.

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Janice Brodowsky on Flickr

Here's a link to my photos on Flikr. ----> Janice Brodowsky on Flickr Some I've taken myself, others are downloaded from the Internet. Photography is one of my favorite things!
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Janice Brodowsky on LinkedIn

Janice Brodowsky's link to her LinkedIn profile page:
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Janice Brodowsky on Vimeo

I'm starting to upload some videos to Vimeo. Here is a link to my Vimeo page:
Janice Brodowsky on Vimeo
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The Right Direction, posted by Janice Brodowsky

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” -Unknown

Sunday, March 17, 2013

My Vimeo Stuff, by Janice Brodowsky

Here is a link to the beginning of my Vimeo creations.

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A Real Friend, by Janice Brodowsky

A real friend is someone who tells you that they will always be your friend, even if you haven't spoken in a long time. They understand that sometimes life leads you through twists and turns, and still cares about you even if you get "lost" for a while. That is a friendship that is to be treasured.
May we all have at least one friend like that....

Janice Brodowsky

Friday, March 15, 2013

Kitties (a little off topic), by Janice Brodowsky

Ok, so this is a little off the subject of Mindfulness, but who can resist a cute Kittie...or two, or three, or more? Enjoy my little photo montage of my Cat Paws, along with other babies I've had over the years. I've also included photos I've collected of adorable cats for cuteness sake! :)
Janice Brodowsky

Monday, March 11, 2013

Humor, The Best Medicine by Janice Brodowsky

We'll start with a quote:
"Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment."
Greenville Kleisser

How very true! Thank God for humor, as the alternatives aren't very funny. I believe there is an element to humor that not only helps us cope with pain, but can be healing as well. Think about the last time you laughed, and I mean laughed hard. The after effects of laughter and humor lifts us out of dark places, even if only momentarily.
Janice Brodowsky

When all else fails, my silly cat makes me laugh. Although this isn't a picture of her, she knocks things off of tables and counters all the time. The expression on her face after she does this is priceless, as she always looks at what my reaction will be when she does it. How can you not laugh!

Friday, March 8, 2013

A Rescued Kittie is Something to be Joyous About by Janice Brodowsky

My dear friend is adopting a rescued kittie this afternoon. Her name is Dee Dee and we're so excited that she will have her forever home and a mommie that loves her.
Janice Brodowsky

We can't wait to get her out of the little cage she's been in for 2.5 months, and into a warm house with good food, a warm bed, and fun toys for her to play with. This is sheer happiness that I wish I could share with everyone! Her new mommie is going to adore her!
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Janice Brodowsky : Review of "The Idiots Guide To Buddhism"

Janice Brodowsky : Review
The Complete Idiot's Guide to BuddhismThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism by Gary Gach

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Janice Brodowsky : Very brief review
Your typical "Idiots Guide" or "Dummies" book. It's a good book for the absolute beginner who knows nothing about Buddhism. Has the typical cute icons and blurbs along the way to explain things in a simple way.

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Lessons Learned by Janice Brodowsky

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There is some comfort in knowing that others have been through difficult times and have gotten through them. These difficult times are supposed to make us stronger. It's too bad that these life lessons can't be learned from joyous events. I guess that's the nature of life.

Grief and Loss, Posted by Janice Brodowsky

Comfort comes from knowing that people have made the same journey. And solace comes from understanding how others have learned to sing again ~ Helen Steiner Rice

Monday, March 4, 2013

Janice Brodowsky : Review of Finding True Refuge: Meditations for Difficult Times (Meditations Audio) by Tara Brach

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Finding True Refuge: Meditations for Difficult TimesFinding True Refuge: Meditations for Difficult Times by Tara Brach

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tara's audiobook "Finding True Refuge" is a collection of meditations that address healing, forgiveness, dealing with loss, along with other things that are connected to being human. Tara's calming voice and guidance provides comfort during times that may be extraordinarily difficult. Tara has created a safe space when it's needed most. All of Tara's work is awesome, and has touched many lives, including my own.
Thank You Tara!
- Janice Brodowsky

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Janice Brodowsky : Review of Meditations for Emotional Healing by Tara Brach

Read my review of Tara Brach's Meditations For Emotional Healing here ---> Meditations for Emotional Healing: Finding Freedom in the Face of DifficultyMeditations for Emotional Healing: Finding Freedom in the Face of Difficulty by Tara Brach

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tara Brach has a gentle and unique way of guiding you through healing meditations. This audio presentation is wonderful addition to her other works. I highly recommend any and all of Tara Brach's books and guided meditations.
Janice Brodowsky

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Sociopath Next Door, Reviewed by Janice Brodowsky

Janice Brodowsky : I'm considering starting another blog on the Sociopath. In the meantime, here is a review of The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout.
The Sociopath Next DoorThe Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Janice Brodowsky : Review of The Sociopath Next Door
This book was an eye opener. It answered lots of questions for me regarding my confusion over the lack of remorse and lack of conscience that these individuals have. Their charm, and their declaration of deep love isn't real, even though we want to believe it. It is beyond the scope of my imagination that someone can "seem" like they love someone so deeply, yet not care at all about completely devastating them. Even more interesting, is the "gaslighting" that goes on which only adds more confusion. This book is a "must read" for anyone who doesn't listen to the little voice inside that is telling them that something is very wrong. It also serves to validate that it isn't YOU who is crazy, even though the sociopath in your life may eventually drive you to that point. After your money is gone along with your self esteem, they will move on to someone else who provides them with the excitement, stimulation, and money they thrive on. On many occasions, they begin this process before they are done with you in extraordinarily hurtful ways (i.e. by betraying you in unspeakable ways while still living with you, and while continuing to deny everything, hence their lack of real compassion). This book shows that having someone in your life like this is a no win situation, and that the best and only thing to do is to run as fast and as far away as you can. There is no cure for this personality disorder.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

We're harder on ourselves Janice Brodowsky

“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.”
― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times

Janice Brodowsky on Pema Chodron's Quote: "It really is interesting that much of the time, we are harder on ourselves than others are on us. Also, when others are hard on us, even if unfounded and not based in reality, we hang on to that as if it is the truth, even if it is not."

Friday, March 1, 2013