“How to look like a Dame” stunning photos of Helen Mirren & an interview with Oprah Winfrey

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 Oprah Winfrey sits down with Dame Helen Mirren
The August 2014 issue of O magazine
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Some excerpts from Helen’s sit-down with Oprah:

Oprah, talking to Helen Mirren, on her excitement around her being cast in the role ofMadame Mallory in The Hundred-Foot Journey:.

“I loved the book The Hundred-Foot Journey and was so excited to be involved in the making of the film. It was Steven [Spielberg] – whom I hadn’t worked with since The Color Purple – who said”,  “I think we should ask Helen.”   I said, ‘The Helen?’ And then we all held our breath to see if you’d say yes.  When you did, we sighed and said, “Now we have a movie!’”  My Note:  “Click on” the August 7th NCM Blog post below for a synopsis of The Hundred-Foot Journey.  You’ll definitely want to go out to dinner afterwards

Helen on what it was like to win her Oscar in 2006 for the movie “The Queen”:
“The Oscar is just one of those amazing, magical moments that came out of the blue. Years ago, there used to be an ad in England for the lottery that featured an ordinary family going about their life and this big, sparkly finger coming out of the sky and pointing in through the window as if to say, ‘It could be you, winning the lottery’.

I feel that way about the Oscar. It was a big finger that came out of the sky and said, ‘It’syou.’  You witness in your life so many talented people who deserve the greatest success but are not getting it for all kinds of reasons. So much of it is hard work, but it’s a lottery as well.”

On how nervous she was when she met Queen Elizabeth II in person, a couple of years after The Queen came out:
“I was terrified. There are certain people who can deal with meeting the queen. But the vast majority of us get queenitis. You just – you cannot think of anything to say.”

On falling in love in her late 30’s and marrying in her 50’s:
“ I used to say to Taylor, her husband of 17 years.  ‘I wish we’d met earlier on.  We’ve missed so much time together.’  And he’d say, ‘We’d never be together now if we met earlier.’ And I think he’s actually right because we were both on a trajectory of work and ambition and, of course, to a certain extent, wanting to resolve ourselves as ourselves. 

Before I met Taylor, all my relationships took second place to my work. If I had to go to Africa, it was ‘Bye-bye, I’m off to Africa.’ And then he came into my life, and I started thinking, Maybe it’s time to have a different attitude – and to say that my relationship is at least as important as my work. To give it the time.                                                        

My note:  Helen met her future husband Taylor Hackford a director/producer on the set of “White Nights” the 1985 movie starring  Mikhail Baryshnikov and the late Gregory Hines.  Helen played Galina Ivanova a former ballerina and former girlfriend of  Nikolai ‘Kolya’ Rodchenko the character played by  Baryshnikov.

Helen Mirren &Taylor Hackford


 

Helen Mirren blowing kisses to her fans

Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame _2013
 

Dame Helen Mirren

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Helen’s Best list
Best Saturday Morning 
Great coffee—that’s very important—a long walk, and a sunny outdoor market.
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Best Gift 
Thirty years ago, for my birthday, my then boyfriend gave me a stuffed leopard in a cage. It was brilliant. I still have it.

Best Vice 
Being extremely lazy. I’m excellent at spending hours doing absolutely nothing.

Best Thing Most People Don’t Know About Me 
I make clothes. They’re always a bit of a disaster, but I like doing it. I’m particularly fond of buttons, and I adore darning socks.


Best Shortcut to Feeling Beautiful 
It has nothing to do with clothing or makeup. Just put your shoulders back and chin up, and face the world with pride.


Best Book I’ve Read Recently 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It’s one of those utterly delightful books that are tragic yet somehow life-affirming.


Best Life Lesson from Shakespeare 
He had such a deep understanding of the progress of life, the journey toward death—you can’t wriggle out of it. The end is inevitable. I find such beauty in accepting that.


Best Escape 
Riding in a London cab. I look out at the city and enjoy that someone else is in charge.


Best Thing a Man Can Say to His Wife 
“I love the way you look first thing in the morning, darling.”

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Helen’s 12-minute Exercise Routine
Dame Helen Mirren, age 69 has a shapely figure and her 2008 photo in a RED bikini (View “How to Look Like a Dame” photo link below) caused quite a stir, lots of admiration and inspired us.  Helen enjoys a healthy diet, takes vitamins, exercises, and gets plenty of rest and relaxation.
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To find out “How to Look Like a Dame”; click on the link below.  You’ll also; be able to click on an article link (located on Helen’s bikini photos) for her 12-minute exercise routine. 
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Bon Appe’tit! & enjoy your Labor Day weekend 
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“. . . let joy be unconfined . . .” ~~George Gordon Byron

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Good Morning Everyone!
Now is the time to shed old ways of thinking and doing that have not yielded us and our nation that life we deserve to have.  We must reprogram, rethink and incorporate new strategies into our daily life which in turn will move us toward the life we desire.
“That Email That Could Help You Live Longer” is one such strategy in the brief video clip below.

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There’s still time to participate in the Free ‘Expanding Your Happiness’  21-Day Meditation   To Register & Access   
Why are some people able to make positive change while others remain the same?  


In his international bestseller, The Happiness Advantage, Harvard trained researcherShawn Achor described why happiness is the precursor to greater success. This book is about what comes before both.  Because before we can be happy or successful, we need to first develop the ability to see that positive change is possible. Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals.

Shawn Achor & Oprah Winfrey discuss his book 

Before Happiness, an international best seller

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A Special Tribute for Robin Williams starts – 7pm Sunday, August 24th – The OWN Network

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Hello Everyone:

Oprah Winfrey will pay tribute to actor Robin Williams, who died last week, by featuring his old interviews on her OWN channel.

Two classic episodes of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ featuring the actor will be repeated, including his first appearance in 1988 during which he spoke about filming‘Good Morning, Vietnam’.

Williams visited Winfrey’s show 14 times. A second episode, originally broadcast in 1991, will also be repeated. The first hour will see the star share “deeply personal stories about filming Good Morning, Vietnam, his early childhood and more”.

The second show will see him open up to Winfrey about everything from drug abuse, what being married to him was like, fatherhood, working on the feature films ‘The Fisher King’and ‘Dead Poets Society’, his creative inspiration and his thoughts on ageing and turning 40.

Tune in Sunday. August 24th at 7pm EDT for Robin Williams first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1988,  The 1991 show will air at 8pm EDT. 

More from Oprah: Where Are They Now?

Tune in Sunday, August 24, at 9pm EDT                                                                 

Oprah interviews former entertainment news anchor Pat O’Brien about his public downfall. Then, get updates from Friends favorite Janice, General Hospital heartthrobJack Wagner and Life Goes On star Chris Burke. Plus, a special tribute to Robin Williams.

​Matt Damon (left) as Will Hunting & Oscar winner 
Robin Williams as Dr. Sean Maguire
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Petition by:
Shelley Calissendorff 
Pullman, Washington

ABC:  Donate LIVE TV airtime & help produce an event in honor of Robin Williams. The event would help to create awareness around depression and suicide prevention.

Robin Williams is beloved by millions world-wide. 

Depression affects 1 in 10 Americans (according to Healthline.com).  Over 80% of those with depressive symptoms are not receiving any specific treatment for their depression. The number of patients diagnosed with depression increases by approximately 20% per year.  An estimated 121 million people worldwide currently suffer from some form of depression.

According to Suicide.org, global suicide rates have increased 60% in the past 45 years, and on average one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world.  Over 1 million people die by suicide worldwide each year.

The stigma that surrounds depression keeps many thousands if not millions of people from seeking treatment.  These issues demand public awareness on a massive scale.

As Robin Williams’ initial skyrocket to fame came from his character “Mork” that later landed him the #3 TV show in America on ABC, it seems only natural that ABC would be the perfect network to help make this possible.

Funds could be raised for, and split between 3 or 4 of the leading non-profit organizations doing depression and suicide awareness and prevention work.

Let’s turn something awful into something that could launch a trend that changes the way people think about these critically important issues, saves countless lives and ends so much needless suffering.

Sign Shelley’s Petition

The National Coalition to Honor Robin Williams, Create Awareness around Depression and to Prevent Suicide

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Robin Williams lived with passion.

Day 14 — Living with Passion 

Passion is the powerful, focused force of happiness directed to a specific interest in life. Passion is a tremendous asset in expanding our happiness, because it draws our happiness out.

When we think of passion, we usually think about what we are passionate about – opera, chocolate desserts, skiing, or even salsa dancing. Today we will explore passion at a deeper level as we connect to what really matters, the source of passion within us. If we can access that infinite source of passion and joy inside, then we can live passion in all areas of our life.

At its source, passion is not associated with any particular object, it is rather a deep feeling of exaltation or even spiritual ecstasy. It is the happiness of life exulting in its own existence. Today we will tap into that blissful core of existence and let our passion flow from that place.

Our centering thought for today is:

My happiness energizes and inspires me.


“You can only feel creative when there is joy. When there is a sense of passion.”  ~~Andreas Moritz

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Textile Artist Sheila M. Palmer opens shop in ‘Small Mall on Second Ave. in Detroit & you’ll “Fall in Love” with her designs

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Hello Everyone:
We are heading into the Fall season with predictions that it will be sub-zero temperatures like this past winter. Fortunately; there is nothing warmer and more uniquely fashioned than Felted Wool Hats, Scarfs and Coatsdesigned by Sheila M. Palmer. (photo below)
There is nothing better than looking at a wall hanging in your home or office that has been created just for you by textile designer Sheila Palmer.  Ms. Palmer’s wearable art collection and wall hangings are conversation pieces fromDetroit to The Hamptons across the Atlantic to England and beyond. 
Wall hanging designed by Sheila always provoke intelligent and insightful conversations at your home gatherings.(photo below)

Handmade

Textile artist opens shop in ‘Small Mall on Second’

By: Jocelynn Brown
The Detroit News
August 15, 2014
​Sheila M. Palmer is the owner of Quetarshe Textiles Boutique & Studio 
(David Coates / The Detroit News)

Dreams do come true — just ask longtime fiber artist Sheila M. Palmer, owner of Quetarshe Textiles Boutique & Studio.After years of working out of a downtown studio, she recently had the opportunity to open a shop inside “Small Mall on Second,” a historical house in Detroit’s developing Midtown area that now serves as a shared business location for three entrepreneurs.

On realizing her dream, Palmer, who lives in Detroit, says, “It is a serendipity, a fortunate accident, so it is a dream, and how it came about is what’s interesting. After I graduated from the D-Hive Program, an entrepreneur program under (Quicken Loans’ founder) Dan Gilbert, I then feverishly started looking around for space. I wanted to be downtown because that’s where the influx of new people were coming for jobs, I thought that would be a good place.”

Once Palmer learned there was room for another business inside “Small Mall on Second,” which just happened to be in the downtown area, she immediately met with the owner, whom she taught several years for at College for Creative Studies. After seeing the available space, she says, “I knew it was the perfect place to start the boutique. It has a studio in the back that would give a cottage textile mill feel. I will be able to create my textiles in the studio.”

Delighted that she now has a public space to showcase her one-of-a-kind textiles, wearable art and interior decor items, Palmer says, “I want my boutique to offer all hand-created items. Everything has to be all-natural materials — wool, cotton, silk, flax, linen — anything that’s natural or organic.” Her goal is to create a shopping “destination” for all things natural.

Referring to her shop as a “treasure chest of artists work,” Palmer will also feature creations by six other artists on a rotating basis. She says her asking percentage from their sales will only be 25 percent, not the usual 40-50 percent required by most owners. She feels, “If you really want an artist to shine, you have to allow them to showcase their work and not take their profits. You have to allow them to make money.”

Palmer will accept commissions for large textile orders, like 20 yards of a silk-screen or hand-printed fabric, perfect for decorating a home or upscale office space. She’ll also offer consultations, repair work, alterations and workshops. Local couture hat maker Celeste Smith will join Palmer for a wet-felting workshop, “Coutures in Collaboration,” Oct. 23-24.Day one will be felt making with Palmer, followed by a day with Smith giving instructions for using the fabric to make a stylish winter hat.

A second workshop, scheduled for Nov. 15, will feature local art curator Ingrid Lefleur presenting Afrotopia as a “fusion of (the) African culture with textile printing.” For more details about either workshop, call (313) 656-4644 or (313) 721-4642.

Contact:  Quetarshe Textiles Boutique & Studio located at: 4246 Second Ave. in Midtown Detroit.

Hours:  Wed-Sat:11:00 am -7:00 pm and Sun:12:00 pm -5:00 pm

Visit: Quetarshe Textiles Boutique Studio  –  E-mail textiles48@yahoo.com or Phone:  (313) 656-4644 or (313) 721-4642, 

Detroit News Staff Writer Jocelynn Brown is a longtime Metro Detroit crafter. You can reach her at (313) 222-2150or jbrown@detroitnews.com. Visit her blog at detroitnews.com/crafts.

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Sheila Palmer, Fabric Artist

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Why Suicide Isn’t Selfish [HuffPost Video] & A Tribute to Robin Williams Sunday, August 24th

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Hello Everyone:
When the news of actor, comedian, film producer, and screenwriter, Robin Williams’ death happened last week; virtually everyone was understandably shocked and sadden.  Many concerned individuals started pondering as to “Why” this could happen especially to Robin Williams.  However, it was not long before the “Righteous”  talking heads and other toxic people laced their commentary about William’s death as “selfish and morally weak”.
While I was contemplating writing a response; I happen to come across an excellent  HuffPost Live 25 minute video yesterday via a blog post by Ms. Berry Morins  (Why Suicide Isn’t Selfish}  
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I included an short clip from a 2010 Ellen DeGeneres Show where the genius and passion of Robin Williams shines through, 
Thank you for enriching our lives with your uniqueness, creativity and generosity. 

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In HuffPost Live’s #StrongerTogether series, they take a 360-degree look a depression and ask how we can help change the stigma of mental illness.. 

Thank you to Nancy Redd, HuffPost Live host, Dr. Lloyd Sederer, Medical Editor for Mental Health, Huffington Post, Charlotte Myers, Suicide Attempt Survivor; Mental Health Activist and Artist, and Jenny Harmon, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder for this insightful discussion.
 If you need help, call 1-800-273-8255. Online chat at Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7. 
 
​Robin Williams and Ellen DeGeneres 
Golden Globe Awards _2005
A Tribute to Robin Williams  
Tune in for Oprah Winfrey’s tribute to Robin Williams on the OWN Network Sunday, August 24, at 9pm EDT & PDT.
In one of Robin Williams final dramatic movie roles; Robin portrays President Dwight Eisenhower in the critically acclaimed 2013 movie ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler; one of the best movies I saw last year..

Robin Williams as President Dwight Eisenhower 

Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gains in the 2013 movie 
‘Lee Daniels’  The Butler
Robin, God Bless You!
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Complimentary week of YOGA classes in your city September 2014

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Happy Monday Everyone!

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September is National Yoga Month, a national observance and awareness campaign. Join millions of yogis celebrating the health benefits of yoga with over 2,200 yoga studios offering ONE WEEK FREE YOGA and 1,000 events listed. 

Beyond Addiction-Detroit – starts Sept. 19th
Alcohol, drugs, etc. to modern addictions like workaholism & Internet
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Participate in Beyond Addiction – Detroit; a four weekend program starting September 19th led by Wendy Harris.  The course consists of sixteen modules, each including a theme and affirmation, group discussion and exercises, and home practice program.   Beyond Addiction-Detroit starting September 19th 
The program will take place at YC Yoga for Life; yoga studio owned by Yvette Cobb, RN, FNP, MSN located in Birmingham, MI.  www.YFLCenter.com
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Day 8 — Living Joy

Welcome to the second week of our 21-Day Meditation Experience,Expanding Your Happiness. Last week we discovered that happiness is something we source inside us, not outside us. We experienced the sprouting of these seeds of happiness – joy, love, hope, peace, inspiration, wholeness – and felt them take root. This week our happiness will grow and blossom to enrich all aspects of our lives.

It is natural to express our joys, to share our happiness with others. Watch how young children innocently display their happiness and delight. As adults we have learned to be more guarded with expressing our emotions, even our positive ones, and this has the effect of limiting the positive influence of our happiness in our lives. We need to give ourselves permission to be, to live and feel life as we are.

Today’s meditation is designed to open the doors of our joy and let it expand into all areas of life.

Our centering thought for today is:

We are here to enjoy.


“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”  —Henri J.M. Nouwen

Namaste!

 
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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!” ~~George Bernard Shaw

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Feeling Playful?

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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!” 
—George Bernard Shaw

Friends playing Rugby on the Beach
Brene’ Brown, researcher and author said she was so removed from play that she didn’t recognize it as a part of being a wholehearted person even though all her research pointed towards it.  
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Dr. Brene’ Brown (no relation) came across Dr. Staurt Brown’s research on Play (cover below) and in Brene’s book The Gifts of Imperfection:   Let Go of Who You Think You Are Suppose to Be and Embrace Who You Are.  In Brene’s book; Guidepost 7:  “Cultivating Play and Rest”. (Brene’s quote above)

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We’ve all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing across a lawn. This is the joy of play. By definition, play is purposeless, all-consuming, and fun.
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But as Dr. Stuart Brown illustrates, play is anything but trivial. It is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. We are designed by nature to flourish through play.
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Day 5 — Feeling Playful

Today’s meditation connects us to the playful nature of our joyful self. Vedic wisdom tells us that all creation arises from Lila, or cosmic play. Expressing our playful nature is a valuable way to stay creative, receptive, and revitalized. When we have fun, we are dancing and singing along with the story of our life. We find our hearts, minds and bodies are lighter and happier. Play time not only makes us feel better, it spiritually rejuvenates us as well.

Our meditation today brings our awareness to this source of playfulness deep within, allowing us to bring this sense of fun and joy into our daily life. Let the child in you go out and play.

Our centering thought for today is:

I am playful

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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!” 
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Have a Restful & Playful Weekend!
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