God bless those of us that have the COURAGE to be artists.
God bless those of us that have the COURAGE to be artists.
We have to have a faith & determination capable of moving mountains. We have to find the strength every day to wake up and though our talent be boundless, potentially realize that it will never be recognized, never have the chance to truly be appreciated. Our art gets judged daily and usually by people not even qualified to judge it.
We have to accept the fact that we work on the speculation of selling our art and likely fall victim of taking far less than we are worth.
Imagine asking a doctor because the “budget” doesn’t allow his rate if he could take less for performing a surgery? Sounds insulting and almost insane… but artists do this every day.
We have to accept that someone else, someone who’s talent may not even be up to snuff will go farther, be bigger, greater, more achieved because you know what…. LIFE just isn’t far.
Ahhh to be gifted and talented… A blessing & a curse. I am still thankful for what HE has led me to & through… And ever thankful for my FAITH that truly could move a mountain.
I should have given up…I just don’t ever see it happening.
I have a big family. I have a family that has a vicious cycle of going years without talking to one another. It started with our parent’s parents. Moved through our parents and now exists amongst my cousins, their siblings. I don’t know what it is. Bitterness, jealousy, resentment, anger…Don’t know. BUT it exists…and to me it’s sad that people can’t find compassion and forgiveness and move on. That people can’t find a way to allow someone in their life (even if it is with limits), to try to bridge gaps—-to forgive and forget, to understand. To let bygones be bygones. To get a clean slate and start at Day 1. NO. It seems our family reunions happen at funerals. SAD.
All this to say, I refuse to take part. If there’s been issues, I communicate. I love my family. I love my aunts and uncles. I love my cousins. I don’t care about what Uncle so and so did to Auntie so and so. Not my concern. I have one family. That’s it.
This post is not to point fingers, this post is not to start trouble…hopefully the reverse.
THERE IS SO MUCH PAIN AND TRAGEDY IN THIS WORLD: if we can not fix it within our own homes, what are we?
I wish I had a closer relationship with my own Brother…but I understand 1. WE are very different human beings and 2. He is very busy with his wife, 2 kids, job and every day life and he lives in Utah, not down the street, not the next town over. I know he loves me and I love him…even if he misses my bday or something.. no biggie. I know his heart..and I don’t hold his heart against him.
So with this.. I say Sunday: I see my cousin Kathleen Auterio and her husband Lance Eason for the first time in over 30 years. I’m so excited. As excited as I was to see my cousin Sean William Kelley last year that I hadn’t seen in over 20 years. (FYI I have no bad blood with either—it was life and circumstances that kept us away). I am so glad that regardless of any pre-conceived notions our parents may have had, WE are not allowing that to stop us from getting to know each other. It’s never too late. NO… I take that back, It’s only too late at that funeral.
I am excited because this is what we got down here: Family and Friends. I think we are all here in a great experiment called “LOVE”. I think God hands us situations and sits back to see how we deal with it.
I have decided to deal with my situations in forgiveness and compassion. I am trying daily to “understand” more and to be “understood”.
I am not perfection, I am far from it and a very, very serious work in progress… but I am one person looking at the man in the mirror and getting her right before I turn and pass judgement on anyone else.
Until you are perfect, I implore you to do the same. At least consider it. At least TRY.
Is this the point in life when you start burying your friends? In the last few weeks so many posts of death and of the young….it’s heartbreaking. I will cry when you die at 65, 75, 85, I will feel an ache but I will also toast to a life well lived… but burying people under 50 just plain is unfair and sucks. Here I am at 40… and this shit.. geez. I’ve buried too many already under 50, more like 21, 32, 43…are you kidding???!!!
As STING said so eloquently sang in one of my favorite songs:
“On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are how fragile we are”
Forgiveness is hard, but nothing worth it comes easy… so forgive.
Life is fragile.. so LOVE now, now is all we have.
I constantly post asking everyone to donate to my animal saving organization @StartRescueTeam … well I am back again.. It’s the holidays and what better gift to give than the GIFT of helping someone, something else?! I highly encourage you all to be a monthly donor ($5? $10?)!!! Yeah, that’s just 1 lousy starbucks coffee less a week…SOOOO worth the sacrifice!
I am also happy to announce that S.T.A.R.T. now has an online store. You can buy an incredible book for kids & S.T.A.R.T. will get 20% of the sale! LOOK AT THAT! Win/Win? I’d say so..
Do it. Donate. Share this status! and THANK YOU! We WOOF you for it!
After I post pictures from a @STARTRESCUETEAM rescue I get a flood of emails & texts asking if people can volunteer.
We sometimes do need volunteers and I will absolutely post when the occasion arises but what we really need are DONATIONS to keep doing the good we do!
On our website you can set up to donate $5, $10, $15, dare I say $100 a month????!!! Would each of you consider doing that? BE A MONTHLY DONOR!
Let me break it down to you like this: On the day of a rescue we need to be at the shelter by 9:30 am. I leave my house in the valley at 8 am to fight traffic. Which means I get up at 7 am, sit in a car in traffic for an hour and a half (there and back), spend at least $30 roundtrip in gas and volunteer 4-5 hours for the rescue alone…
ALL I WANT YOU TO DO IS DONATE $20 A MONTH! WAY CHEAPER, LESS TIME GIVEN UP AND YOU KNOW WHAT: YOU ARE STILL A HERO!!!!
So please, share this post and beyond sharing it become a monthly donor to a little organization saving as many babies as possible!!!
My VERY 1ST, released single will be called: “I AM A MASTERPIECE”!
It was co-written with the incredible Lauren Evans (Jordin Sparks, Alexandra Burke) & Justin Gray (Mariah Carey, Joss Stone) who also masterfully produced the song!
This is not about JUST about the single, it’s about a positive and inspirational movement and will be released alongside with a T-shirt and a great VIDEO!
THIS is where all of YOU come in to play!
I want everyone who is interested in being a part of the video to send me a clear, well lit photo of themselves holding a hand made sign saying : I AM A MASTERPIECE.
This is a positive, self affirming statement that you are perfect in all your imperfections, as GOD made you! Regardless of height, weight, religion, sexual orientation, disease, handicaps, ailments, addictions, problems, battles, struggles or what have you : YOU ARE A MASTERPIECE!
You can submit the pictures solo, with a friend, in groups (classrooms, whole families, workplaces)…but I encourage you all to submit!!! Make them fun, bright, funny, colorful, exciting!!!! (Oh and in submitting you give me clearance to use you likeness and image in the video!)
PLEASE email me all pictures by OCTOBER 1st to: email@example.com
Include in the email:
1. Your name/names
2. Your contact phone number/numbers
3. The picture in as high quality as possible
4. And type the sentence: I give Deanna DellaCioppa permission to use this image in her video and promotional materials in conjunction with the song “I AM A MASTERPIECE”
AND if you want to share something even more specific on your sign, for example like:
My name is KEVIN, I have cancer and I AM A MASTERPIECE
My name is KIM, I am a recovering alcoholic and I AM A MASTERPIECE
IF YOU CHOOSE TO REVEAL SOMETHING PRIVATE, SOMETHING YOU HAVE STRUGGLED WITH…. EVEN BETTER!
The point and the message is this: WE ARE ALL PERFECT, INDIVIDUAL, UNIQUE, EXCEPTIONAL IN OUR OWN WAYS!
I am so excited about this movement and want to include as many of you as possible! (Can’t promise everyone’s submission will make the video but I will try to cram as many in as possible!!!)
THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE…. SPREAD THE WORD, BE CREATIVE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY REMEMBER: I AM A MASTERPIECE!
I’d like my new friends to be up to date with my old friends:
AGT never mentioned the fact that since October, 2013 I have lost almost 100 lbs. I have about 40-50 more to go BUT regardless I am so PROUD of the metamorphosis I have undergone. Getting my mental, spiritual and physical aligned.
I want to inspire on all levels. I choose to do that through my music and through opening my heart to you with posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and soon in concert & ultimately if each of us meet!
I hope showing you this photo below inspires you who need to get serious about your health and if your health is good, maybe it will inspire another aspect of your life.
This post is NOT about fitting into a mold, it’s about being the healthiest, best version of you YOU can be!
I went to the doctor and was told my cholesterol was 264 (It’s supposed to be under 200). The doc then informed me she wanted to put me on LIPITOR——that was the gun to my head. I changed how I ate, worked out hard. It’s dripped off slowly… but my motto was: AS LONG AS THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE WENT DOWN… I’m happy.
The journey is still on (never over by the way) because maintenance of my weight loss is where I usually fail (I’ve lost this amount of weight twice before in my life).
Today, I am in a size 12/14, which I haven’t seen since college. The ultimate goal is NOT a weight, not a number… I want to be in a size 8/10… a size I have NEVER seen in my adult life.
Deanna is a work in progress and will never stop bettering herself on levels.
Riverside County Animal Services and the Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (S.T.A.R.T.), a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, charitable organization, teamed up…
121 Lives saved on 7/24!!! So proud to head up my first transport!!!
Here’s a beautiful video of just what we do!!!
Support S.T.A.R.T Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team.
Follow on twitter: http://startrescueteam.org
SHARE THIS GOOD WORK WITH YOUR NETWORK!!!! WE NEED ALL THE FUNDING WE CAN GET TO CONTINUE THESE LIFE SAVING EFFORTS… YOU CLICK A BUTTON, WE WILL HAPPILY DO THE REST….TEAM WORK!!!!!
Little Liam is was left to die next to his Mother (pictured below). A lady found 3 puppies sitting next to their dead mom in an abandoned field. She took the other 2 and left this guy to die!!! Shafter shelter went and found him and he was just sitting next to her…so sad!
Shafter called a @STARTRescueTeam member: Celeste who quickly called Tamara at Snipped and it just so happened that she was down in LA on that day and was able to take him. They did his surgery and look at him now!!
The best birthday present I have ever received... ever.
Written by an incredible friend….
“If only she knew”
A very dear friend of mine is “heavy.” She has been that way for most of her life. And sadly, she has allowed it to define her self worth. Because of what so many people, society, and family members have said to her, “You’d be so pretty if you just lost the weight.”
This statement has rung in her mind nonstop since the first time she heard it. So to her, she’s unworthy, shamed or “less than” because of what people have said. She’s digested this mentality, accepted it, adopted it as true, and has lived in this “flesh cocoon” most of her life.
Some “heavy” people have medical issues as to why they are “heavy”, but many do not. Many have emotional issues. And they medicate with food. Some medicate with alcohol or drugs. Some use other stuff as “relief.” My brother Robbie drank himself to death over the course of years and years. He was in serious emotional pain. And to the point, nobody is that thirsty. As in the case of “heavy people” nobody is that hungry. Something else is going on.
However, what she doesn’t realize is that she is funny. Which to me, is the best quality going. She makes people laugh. I’ve seen it. I’ve been the recipient of her comedy, and laughed so hard and often, that if only she knew how funny she is…she might not define herself as “fat girl” first.
What’s more, she’s so smart. Which to me is the best quality going next to comedy. If only she knew how brilliant I think she is, and how she perceives stuff, and her take on it, and how it moves me. And how she gets me to think, she may not define herself as “fat girl” first.
She’s so kind. And warm. And loving. If this woman calls you “friend”. Trust me, she means it. She has bent over backwards for people in her life. Repeatedly. Sometimes (in her own words) to her own detriment because she has been burned quite often. But never really to her detriment in my eyes, as she is constantly defining herself as KIND. And that is the reward in and of itself from that experience. To KNOW yourself as kind, not just to THINK you are. To experience yourself as such is where the Glory is. But at the end of the day, she never stops loving those who are her friends. And, that is something I don’t do. I throw people out of my life if they piss me off hard enough. She’s a better person than I am. I’m overly sensitive at times, and telling someone to fuck off, (sadly) has been commonplace for me. I am learning forgiveness from her, and how to see people as “they are” and to accept them. If only she knew how beautiful and inspiring this trait is, she might not see herself as “fat girl” first.
She is the best songwriter I know personally. I know many writers and musicians. She is the best writer out there. The songs she writes contain such sincere, honest, melodies and lyrical content that (unless you’re dead emotionally) will move you. She is world class. She struggles to make a living from it, as the world doesn’t celebrate the beautiful stuff as much as the “fluff.” But she never sells out. She always comes from a place of high level integrity. She respects music, and she honors the experience of sonic communication. When she writes, and sends me her latest song, I sometimes cry, as I sit there with my headphones on feeling every goose bump individually. She is a Master. A bringer of Light. If only she knew how talented she is, she might not see herself as “fat girl” first.
She is a world class singer. She sings with such passion. Her tone is so beautiful, so much so that she stops oblivious audience members in their tracks and gets them to pay attention to her. Her suffrage in her life has brought out, in conjunction with her talent, the truest expression of auditory magnificence that exists. She kills. She is the girl that you would give a standing ovation to, and stay standing until the curtain closes. If only she knew how beautiful her voice is, she might not see herself as “fat girl” first.
She volunteers time to rescue dogs. She cares so much about them that she donates time, and money to the cause of saving as many as she can. She is always trying to find loving homes for these wonderful creatures. She is selfless, her heart shines. If only she knew how beautifully compassionate she is, she might not see herself as “fat girl” first.
I wish, so much, that one day she will see herself the way I see her. How her friends see her. And not society or misguided fools who have the balls to make hurtful and audacious comments.
She is one of the absolute best people I know personally.
I pray that she welcomes herself into her own heart one day as much as I have welcomed her into mine.
Oh and oh yeah, she’s BEAUTIFUL. She’s STUNNING. But, after having said all of what I just said, does physical beauty really matter that much? Doesn’t seem so important now does it?
PLEASE RE-POST!!! Sweet Baby Girl Needs A Foster or Home
This baby needs a FOSTER or a PERM Home! Please big hearts, blast this one out over all social media streams!!! This baby got saved, now she needs to be loved!!!
Her story from the rescuer, Kerry. Contact Kerry is you can give her a home, foster or perm!!! firstname.lastname@example.org / 310-925-2810
"I’m about to ask for a larger than life favor.. I rescued this girl yesterday from baldwin hills shelter and she is in a predicament where I need to get her back and find a foster ASAP! I’m in LA. She is now in San Diego but ill be getting her back here next week. Could you blast her around to anybody who could possibly foster her? She is a 1.5 year old Weimerinar mix, she is spayed, and animal friendly very sweet girl. Ill be bringing her back to LA next week and will have to board her. I don’t think she’ll do we’ll in a kennel for too long though.FOSTER NEEDED BADLY! Thank you so much if you’re able to blast this out!"
A woman deserves to be romanced.
Unexpected gifts at unexpected times.
Your jacket over her shoulders when she’s cold. Without her asking.
You should just know.
She deserves a good listener. She wants to tell you stuff.
Rub her feet as you’re on the couch watching that movie.
Run your fingers through her hair. She likes that.
Sneak up behind her in the kitchen and grab her gently at the waist and softly kiss her neck.
Tell her she looks so fucking hot she makes you melt.
Ravage her. She can take it. She wants to take it.
Build the intensity by starting slow.
Time doesn’t exist when you’re making love.
Stare into her eyes, make her believe you.
Write “I love you” on her back with your index finger as you massage her.
She’ll figure it out. They always do.
Find out what she likes, and do it often, but not so often that it loses the spark.
Undress her as slowly as humanly possible, drag it out.
Each button should have minutes that elapse between unbuttoning.
When she comes back from getting her hair done, tell her she looks amazing.
If she is a woman who has kids, celebrate those children as if they were your own.
Respect her space, privacy and her right to be her.
Don’t ask her where she’s going or what she’s doing, let her be.
That’s the fastest way to get her back home to you.
When you kiss her, make it epic, memorable, and always intense.
Take her hand.
Hold her hand.
Take her heart by giving her yours.
Write her a poem.
If there’s not enough blanket for both of you, sacrifice your half.
Carve your initials plus hers in a tree.
Do it old fashioned.
Be Lloyd Dobbler from “Say Anything” and stop her before she walks across the broken glass.
Make her laugh. Constantly.
Tell her “Thanks for finally showing up, I’ve been waiting for you.”
Make her feel as special as you possibly can.
Your woman is sacred.
Give her what she wants. Deliver the best of you to her.
She deserves romance.
She wants romance.
She is your Queen.
Treat her as such.
Defend her. Rescue her. Fight for her if need be.
Give her the life, the love, the man she has been dreaming about since she was a little girl.
Make her say to you one day, “You are my hero.”
At certain times, we need to remind ourselves about what is important: the love of our families, the friendship of our colleagues, the opportunity to work in a field that gives us joy, and the gift of being of service to others, especially the generation of people who will inherit the challenge of building a more peaceful world than this one. Now is one of those times.
We are grateful to those who brought the perpetrators of the Marathon bombings to justice. We extend our deepest sympathies to those whose lives have been forever altered. Fortunately only one Berklee student was injured, and he has told us that he was not seriously hurt.
Throughout, our students have shown an altruism that makes us deeply proud. On Marathon Day, Callie Benjamin was at work in a restaurant across from the finish line. Her selflessness and bravery in the minutes after the bombs went off were key to the survival of several people hurt in the blasts. In the wake of the tragedy, Steffi Jeraldo’s song for Boston put the events in a context that helped us somehow, and it has brought comfort to thousands. Many other students, faculty, staff, and alumni have acted courageously and generously in both large and small ways.
I personally want to thank our Public Safety, Residential Life, Student Affairs, Counseling, Aramark, Physical Plant, and External Affairs teams—along with everyone else whose contributions proved so valuable—who have worked so hard to protect and support our community throughout the crisis.
We are getting back to those things we cherish: making music, teaching students, and working together at one of the world’s great colleges. Thank you for your support and kind words during this time, and your ongoing commitment to our common cause.
Roger H. Brown
President, Berklee College of Music
The Marathon Bombing? Gun Control? Shootings at schools? Movie Theaters????
I REMEMBER THIS MOMENT FROM BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE… THE LAST LINE MARILYN MANSON SAYS…. POIGNANT TO ME:
Marilyn Manson: The two by-products of that whole tragedy were, violence in entertainment, and gun control. And how perfect that that was the two things that we were going to talk about with the upcoming election. And also, then we forgot about Monica Lewinsky and we forgot about, uh, the President was shooting bombs overseas, yet I’m a bad guy because I, well I sing some rock-and-roll songs, and who’s a bigger influence, the President or Marilyn Manson? I’d like to think me, but I’m going to go with the President.
Michael Moore: Do you know that on the day of the Columbine massacre, the US dropped more bombs on Kosovo than any other day?
Marilyn Manson: I do know that, and I think that’s really ironic, that nobody said ‘well maybe the President had an influence on this violent behavior’ Because that’s not the way the media wants to take it and spin it, and turn it into fear, because then you’re watching television, you’re watching the news, you’re being pumped full of fear, there’s floods, there’s AIDS, there’s murder, cut to commercial, buy the Acura, buy the Colgate, if you have bad breath they’re not going to talk to you, if you have pimples, the girl’s not going to fuck you, and it’s just this campaign of fear, and consumption, and that’s what I think it’s all based on, the whole idea of ‘keep everyone afraid, and they’ll consume.’
Michael Moore: If you were to talk directly to the kids at Columbine or the people in that community, what would you say to them if they were here right now?
Marilyn Manson: I wouldn’t say a single word to them I would listen to what they have to say, and that’s what no one did.
If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away.
If he doesn’t want you, nothing can make him stay. Stop making excuses for a man and his behavior. Allow your intuition (or spirit) to save you from heartache.
Stop trying to change yourself for a relationship that’s not meant to be. Slower is better. Never live your life for a man before you find what makes you truly happy. If a relationship ends because the man was not treating you as you deserve then heck no, you can’t “be friends”. A friend wouldn’t mistreat a friend.
Don’t settle. If you feel like he is stringing you along, then he probably is. Don’t stay because you think “it will get better.” You’ll be mad at yourself a year later for staying when things are not better. The only person you can control in a relationship is you. Avoid men who have a bunch of children by a bunch of different women. He didn’t marry them when he got them pregnant, why would he treat you any differently? Always have your own set of friends separate from his. Maintain boundaries in how a guy treats you. If something bothers you, speak up. Never let a man know everything. He will use it against you later.
You cannot change a man’s behavior. Change comes from within. Don’t EVER make him feel he is more important than you are. Even if he has has more education or in a better job. Do not make him into a quasi-god. He is a man, nothing more nothing less.
Never let a man define who you are. Never borrow someone else’s man. If he cheated with you, he’ll cheat on you. A man will only treat you the way you ALLOW him to treat you. All men are NOT dogs.
You should not be the one doing all the bending… Compromise is two way street. You need time to heal between relationships. There is nothing cute about baggage… Deal with your issues before pursuing a new
relationship. You should never look for someone to COMPLETE you. A relationship consists of two WHOLE
individuals. Look for someone complimentary…
Dating is fun… Even if he doesn’t turn out to be Mr. Right. Make him miss you sometimes… When a man always know where you are, and you’re always readily available to him ~ he takes it for granted. Never move into his mother’s house. Never co-sign for a man. Don’t fully commit to a man who doesn’t give you everything that you need. Keep him in your radar but get to know others.
Scared of being alone is what makes a lot of women stay in relationships that are abusive or hurtful: Dr. Phil says… You should know that: You’re the best thing that could ever happen to anyone and if a man mistreats you, he’ll miss out on a good thing. If he was attracted to you in the 1st place, just know that he’s not the only one. They’re all watching you, so you have a lot of choices. Make the right one. Ladies take care of your own hearts…