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If you’re stuck on your Spiritual Progression Pathโ„ข, I invite you to visit the home of my dear friend, spiritual healthcare provider, astrologer and more, Dr. Loretta Standley.

And at the end of the day, remember always to

Thank Who Matters!


an outbreak & rapid spreading of appreciation

gratitudeIt’s well documented both scientifically and spiritually that what we think about we bring about. Energy vibrates and resonates with like energy attracting more of it to itself.

If we’re down on our luck we might tend to feast on that famine, which causes us to stay trapped in that draining energy. And try as we’d like to think or chant positivity, sometimes we simply can’t seem to fire up the feel-good fighters.ย 

Likewise – and for anyone that’s ever kept a gratitude journal – being, acknowledging and verbalizing gratitude yields some pretty powerful returns.

Now, this is a ginormous endeavor so I’m going to need your help for this one. Here’s what I propose we do:

Take a moment right now and write down (in comments below) something you’re grateful for today. It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering. Big or small, let’s share it all.

The purpose is:

  • to have a place to express your gratitude
  • to realize through posting yours or reading others how very blessed we all are, and
  • to leave these empowered emotions in an easily accessible place for others to feast on when they need a boost

Anytime you feel the urge to read or write in the gratitude journal, simply click on “Gratitude Journal” under “Brain Breakdown” (which is categories here at Brain Brew Blog) and leave your peace at the bottom of any “Gratitude Journal” post of your choosing.

If you know someone who would benefit from or simply enjoy reading or writing in a gratitude journal, feel free to pass the URL along to them, share it on your socials or re-blog it at your blog.

Let’s put our energy to good use and create an epidemic of gratitude.


I’m so grateful that you’re joining me.

I look forward to reading all the things you’re grateful for so leave it all in comments . . .


I realize that the feast of Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated everywhere in the world today. But here in the USA today is indeed a very significant day. People travel near and far to go home to be with loved ones, to be together, to be grateful for all they have ( and to watch lots of football )! In fact in the U.S. the Thanksgiving holiday is a more traveled holiday than Christmas. It is the biggest travel day of the year.

As I personally prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States, I’d like to take a moment to give thanks to ALL OF YOU. Yes, you, dear reader of this post.

You see, I started this blog from an idea I had many, many years ago and also to learn WordPress software. You can read the story behind Brain Brew Blog if you wish but that’s not what really matters.

What matters is the fact that what was truly a passion of mine has brought readers, subscribers and joy to me and inspiration to you.

And I want to let each and every one of you know how grateful I am for your readership, for your subscribing to my blog, for your sharing of my blog, tweeting, reposting, pinning, etc.

I have readers all over the world that enjoy Brain Brew Blog and that inspires me as much as my blog has inspired you. So wherever you are today, whatever you’re doing, I would like to celebrate this holiday with you by just saying . . ..

ย  have a wonderful day



The day, the events, the footage all speak for itself. So many lost, so many affected and so many, I’m sure, still suffering.

As we take a moment today to remember that tragic day of September 11, 2001, let it remind us of what matters, what’s precious, and embrace those things – each other – daily.

It’s difficult to watch this video. It’s frightening. It’s sad. But I can watch it by choice. There are others who watch it daily in their minds without choice.

But let’s stand united today in memory of that fateful day 11 years ago. Let the video remind us of the preciousness of life and what happened that day. And then, if you would, share a story in comments of “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning” and let’s stand together united in memory.

Where Were YOU When the World Stopped Turning . . .

I was in the produce aisle at Market Basket, Burlington, MA when all of a sudden people stopped short in their tracks and simply stared wide-eyed at each other. The moment is frozen in my mind. I left the market and drove to the high school where both my sons were attending and just sat outside crying … for the world’s losses, for the fear running through my body and for the two most beautiful gifts I’ve ever received in my life, my two sons, safe and sound in classrooms. They arrived safely home from school that afternoon and we all sat quietly together staring at the horror unfolding on the television before us and the world around us.

Never forget 9/11 – but also, never forget those that matter in your life because THEY are all that matters.

In memory of everyone and everything affected by this tragic day, including how blessed I felt to be a mother and for my two sons being safe and to Jason DiBlasi whose life so changed so shortly thereafter, God Bless and God be with you !

To the world – I LOVE YOU !

To my sons, Robert and Eric,ย  I LOVE YOU MORE !!!

To our service men and women everywhere, God Bless you, God be with you.

And to God – thank you – my gratitude for all you’ve given me is non-descript. It is in you I trust.


I decided today I would take a very serious moment to honor myself. Not in an egotistical way but in an extremely grateful way.

It seems lately as I tune in to both the daily news and my surroundings, there is one horror story after another, one struggle after another.

  • armed robberies
  • missing children
  • murdered children
  • natural disasters
  • personal struggles
  • addictions
  • accidents
  • unemployment
  • rage
  • violence
  • bullying
  • and the list goes on . . .

Now I have my to do list and I take my dreams, goals and purpose seriously. But when I take a look at what I have, physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually and personally and I then take a look at some of the struggles others are faced with, some quite horrific, but all just as important to the person experiencing the struggle, my list pales in comparison.

And while I don’t mean to dismiss my Personal To Do List of Goals as trivial, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge and express gratitude for the blessings that have been bestowed upon me, the good health and the Good Lord watching over everything I do.

It’s easy to take blessings for granted when they are thankfully the norm in your life. I don’t ever want to undermine my gratitude for all I have and for all that I’m able to do.

Thank you GOD. I take thee not for granted. I am seriously grateful for everything and just want to express that gratitude.


As the sun begins to shine upon the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day weekend, let us not forget the darkness that fell upon others in order for this day to exist.

Take a moment to reflect on the freedom you have, what it cost and how it was achieved. Remember today but be grateful always.

To those who served . . . thank you.

To those who died . . . I’m so sorry but thank you for what you gave.

And to those who suffered the loss of a service person, I cannot imagine your feelings. I’m so sorry for your loss and hope somewhere, somehow you find peace of mind.

Happy Memorial Day to All . . .



As I logged onto life this morning I soon discovered someone that I’ve come to know in this lifetime did not. It immediately brought to my lips a prayer of gratitude for yet another day I get to be here on earth with my family and friends. Then it brought to mind the realization that although we don’t mean to, we’re often so busy living, working, running errands and, sadly, sometimes finding fault with people, things and situations that we may somewhat take for granted that being here is a gift not a right. But this isn’t a speech so I digress . . .

Upon hearing the news today of the sudden and unexpected passing of yet another acquaintance, I got a flashback of 2011. The year started with the news of my own father having a massive and unexpected stroke and proceeded along amidst the entanglement of daily duties to a year closing on my final good-bye to six people.

The reality of that flashback threw me back – right into my chair, the memory of all who I’ve said good-bye to this year and the preciousness of life. I sat in the stillness of my thoughts for quite a while. And it was there that words of wisdom and inspiration came to mind such as:

  • leave everyone you meet the way you would want to leave them if it were the last time you saw them – because one of those times will be the last time
  • treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight
  • never go to bed angry
  • live like you were dying
  • and the list goes on . . .

Then I looked around my thoughts to the emotional reality of so many people:

  • fear
  • anger
  • hatred
  • blame
  • degradation
  • condemnation
  • and unfortunately that list goes on also

It made me sad to think that there are people alive wasting their time being angry and/or placing blame – and yet there are people who have passed that would give anything to come back for one more moment and experience the gift of life and everyone in it.

As we prepare to ring out the old and ring in the new – year – let’s resolute to. . .

Love Life and Everyone in it

And remember to ask yourself this at different moments of your day, if you got a call that said “Hello ! It’s God Calling. Time to go.” would you be ready to say good-bye? Would you be content with how you’re leaving life and others behind?

Take a minute and think about that because one day you will be getting that call as did:

Uncle Butch


Mr. D


Grandpa Kiely


Randy Rideout – Rest in Peace

And to the Rideout family ~ may you find Peace !