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My Year Watching Tony Save Lives!

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A year ago, I was feeling I needed something for my soul, to take me to the next level and I didn't know what? I've done a ton of personal growth type of workshops from Landmark Education to Personal Dynamics to the Kabbalah center to numerous torah classes, yet I still felt I needed more. After my friend Felicia, encouraged me to read Tony Robbin's book, "Awaken the Giant Within", I signed up for his weekend seminar Unleash the Power Within in NJ.   Let's see what this Tony is about I thought, he seemed pretty interesting in the movie "Shallow Hal".  The weekend, left me in amazement, dazed, confused, and never feeling more alive.  The experience was between a rock concert, hypnosis, deep self reflection and self growth type of work.  Tony got the group in "peek state", and I'm not sure if I was hyptonotized or not, when he offered a year of growth by signing up for Mastery University. This program offered a three part series which consisted of Life/wealth mastery in Fiji, Spain or Florida and Date with Destiny in Boca, Florida. I forgot my limiting beliefs, that I don't have enough money, or time, or my other million other excuses, and I signed up for a different type of University.  The mere fact, I signed up was shocking to me, nevertheless, just like walking over the hot coals on the fire walk in New Jersey, I took a leap of faith.

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Esti Berkowitz, of Primetime Parenting, sent me a casual email:  "Would you like to interview ANDY GARCIA on his newly-released film At Middleton?"  I thought to myself, would I like to interview Andy Garcia?  YES, I would (jumping up and down with child-like excitement).  He was my crush, my love, my long lost soul mate.  Finally, we were destined to meet.  Although Andy Garcia did not propose, after our chance encounter during the interview, I did find something much more profound than two ships passing in the night.  I found a deeply grounded man who had a lot to teach the world through his work and through his way of being.

The movie, At Middleton, is about two parents played by Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga.  For one day they tour a college campus with their children without their respective spouses.  What we see are two very responsible adults connecting with their lost youth; their lost passion; their lost vulnerabilities.  Both parents also tap into the place where love died inside them and realize love is still possible.  It's not that feel-good movie one would hope for, but it does exemplify the human spirit, the part that can die if not nurtured with youthful exuberance.  The movie also illustrates that it is possible for passion and love to come back alive at a moment's notice.  Don't we all need to be reminded of the important life's lesson that love is always alive.  You just have to tap into it since it is buried so deep within you.

I asked Andy Garcia, during the interview, about his parenting style and how he gives back to the world at large with his super star status.   I thought his answer was brilliant, simple and rooted in the truth.  Andy Garcia told me that charity begins at home, and we start with the ones closest to us.  To be a good parent he said to lead by example not by talk.  Quite often, when we're off to save the world, we forget about the people closest to us who need our support.  Thanks Andy Garcia for reminding this founder and world saver of important life's lessons even if you did not propose during our interview.  I highly recommend At Middleton for many reasons, but if for no other reason to rediscover your lost passions in life. 



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Years ago, I worked at MTV.  It was the most fun I ever had on a job.  It felt, at the time, like an extension of high school camaraderie with one added kick. I bumped into major celebrities in the hallway, and worked with them as if they were the guy next door.  I fondly remember bumping into Steven Tyler in the MTV lobby; dancing with Downtown Julie Brown as her cue card girl on Club MTV; or going to a Rolling Stones rehearsal at the Video Music Awards. It was a surreal experience, and it was also a time in my life to cherish. 


As life went on, taking different twists and turns, I left the entertainment world and started my own non profit, Save 1 Person (www.Save1person.org).  At Save 1 person, each week in the media, we highlight one person who needs a medical miracle. We try to save that life through audiences world wide, whether through radio, print, social media, etc.   One twist and turn, included on this journey, was the birth of my beloved son, Raphael.  This event made all my different worlds and experiences collide together in one big tapestry of life that's starting to make sense through mommy blogging.


In the last decade I've been involved with charities, saving lives, and serious stuff.  In the last year and a half I got involved with mommy blogging, through Esti Berkowitz's Primetimeparenting.com. Esti had me cover the Moms.com events.  Through this avenue of blogging I've been covering major celebrities and events.  I feel blessed to be covering these events and being able to tie them into larger purposes like saving lives and supporting great causes. Covering this event reminded me of my MTV days. I was so happy to relive, perhaps briefly, that high of watching a great performer show his G-d given talents to a small, intimate group.


 On 11/21/2013, I watched Chris Daughtry accoustically perform songs from his newly-released album Baptized. His voice is amazing, and it was a true privilege to lose myself in his performance and have time stand still as he performed several of his hits.  This event was held by moms.com and was also a fundraiser for National Museum of Mathematics, MoMath.  MoMath's mission, according to their website, is :  Mathematics illuminates the patterns that abound in our world. The National Museum of Mathematics strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics. Its dynamic exhibits and programs will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The museum’s activities will lead a br oad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics.


Can math, Chris Daughtry, the Moms,  save a life through math?  I don't know that this one will literally save a life. I do know it adds to the spice of life, showing math in a fun, innovative way to children and parents alike. I also know that everything is tied into a bigger purpose.


If you'd like to check out this museum and expand your mind and horizons in a fresh new way, you can find the museum at 11 East 26th Street in NYC.

Actor Andy Garcia & Helping Others!

Saving lives has many advantages, this time I get to meet my favorite actor...


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