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August 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm

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Staying Energized in My Home-office

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I have a friend in Buenos Aires who is a brilliant architect.  She is also the owner of a gallery in  Palermo called Elemento Agua.  Part of her job is to create intimate and breathtaking spaces people can enjoy relaxing in. We recently moved into a new home, and I’ve been researching pieces to compliment our light-filled, airy apartment.

Being a book lover, I adore finding decorative art and gardening books to display around a room. I thought of my Buenos Aires architect friend’s taste when I found the  most elegant coffee table with elements of brass and modern design. The shapes are truly unique and eye-catching. I just love the round coffee table and its metallic appeal.
With my home office in mind, I’m always looking for ways to make the  chairs in my office more mobile.  As I’m sitting writing a feature story or talking to the media on the phone, the best kind of chair will easily slide to the file cabinet where I can grab some files. Since I multi-task like mad,   chair leg caps come in handy.
I think it was director, Elia Kazan who said although he was a workaholic, he felt taking cat-naps during the day rejuvenated him. I found the most comfortable sleeper chair   where I can take a break now and then and get my creative thoughts together. Meditating in a luxurious chair seems to energize me.  Like many people, I tend to burn the midnight oil when I’m on deadline, but it’s such a pleasure  to slip into a quiet daydream, once in a while.  I’ve found that sitting  and thinking can help me resolve work problems throughout the day.
A great actor who taught at the Herbert Berghof studio in New York once said: “Thinking is more important than rehearsal.”  In my case,  when my workload is overwhelming, meditating quietly for 25 minutes definitely re-charges my batteries, so I run a better chance of completing tasks on time.

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August 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm

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Woman Priest: Story Ideas

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In light of the upcoming film, EAT, PRAY,LOVE  many Americans will be inspired to pursue a spiritual journey. Jackie O’Neal, author of WOMAN PRIEST can teach your audience how to deepen their spiritual journeys along the way.
O’Neal has been featured on numerous media outlets including The J.P. Godsey Show, The Press of Atlantic City, The Huffington Post, USA Today.com, and NPR.

O’Neal says: “What is most important is that each of us are on our own individual spiritual journey, have the freedom to explore and even question the tenets of our faith without being labeled a heretic by others. Not to take this road of exploration will impede our spiritual growth, and the guilt  imposed on us by others will do little to bring us to enlightenment.”
“Although I’ve written a book that encompasses spirituality, I was not always a spiritual person. I wrote my book Woman Priest in order to share  aspects of my journey as a minister in the church, and commentary on world affairs, I believe the faith communities and individuals should be aware of,  in terms of helping alleviate some of the suffering in our world.”
“Traumatic events can cause even the most religious person to question faith, doctrine, and dogma. After my grown son’s unexpected passing,  I felt drawn to re-define spirituality for my life as part of the grief process.   Most of the dogma and doctrine most of us have been taught via our religious institutions, are nothing more than man- made ideas.”
O’Neal can talk about:
Prayer And Love: How  Couples Enjoy Greater Satisfaction

A newly released study shows couples who share  spiritual practices, are happier and more satisfied in their relationships. O’Neal can share tips on how couples can carve out time to share in sacredness.
 Healthy Stages of Spirituality

Spiritual growth can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health. What stage are you in and what you can do to attain the highest, healthiest level. You’ll be surprised to know, you don’t have to be a saint to get there!
 Retire Spiritually Rich: Finding Purpose

Part of the process of being spiritually rich includes having a creative  outlet.    Some who are blessed to get their sense of purpose from their work.

 Whether they do or do not derive meaning from their work, when  they no longer do, who are they now?  One strategy to prepare themselves is to find a creative outlet such as taking the art class they’ve always wanted to take, or signing up to volunteer pre-retirement so that stopping work doesn’t mean the end of their lives. “Spiritually rich” means different things to different people,  it can be found in the every day, mundane tasks and interactions of life.  
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Book page: http://www.amazon.com/Jackie-Audrey-ONeal-S.T.M./e/B003LFJYBM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

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Story Ideas

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In light of the upcoming film, EAT, PRAY,LOVE  many Americans will be inspired to pursue a spiritual journey. Jackie O’Neal, author of WOMAN PRIEST can teach your audience how to deepen their spiritual journeys along the way.
O’Neal has been featured on numerous media outlets including The J.P. Godsey Show, The Press of Atlantic City, The Huffington Post, USA Today.com, and NPR.
O’Neal says: “What is most important is that each of us are on our own individual spiritual journey, have the freedom to explore and even question the tenets of our faith without being labeled a heretic by others. Not to take this road of exploration will impede our spiritual growth, and the guilt  imposed on us by others will do little to bring us to enlightenment.”
“Although I’ve written a book that encompasses spirituality, I was not always a spiritual person. I wrote my book Woman Priest in order to share  aspects of my journey as a minister in the church, and commentary on world affairs, I believe the faith communities and individuals should be aware of,  in terms of helping alleviate some of the suffering in our world.”
“Traumatic events can cause even the most religious person to question faith, doctrine, and dogma. After my grown son’s unexpected passing,  I felt drawn to re-define spirituality for my life as part of the grief process.   Most of the dogma and doctrine most of us have been taught via our religious institutions, are nothing more than man- made ideas.”
O’Neal can talk about: 
*Spirituality: What is the difference between being spiritual and being pious in the religious sense?

*Stages of Spirituality: Non-Church Go-ers Can Be Spiritual And More Evolved Than The Average Church Go-er

* Why  You Don’t Have To Be A Christian To Be “Saved”

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Book page: http://www.amazon.com/Jackie-Audrey-ONeal-S.T.M./e/B003LFJYBM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
 

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August 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm

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Ready-To-Use Quotes

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The Creative Process:
“People have always been thrilled by bad guys, evil people, danger, disaster. Death! Wars! Why? Because they love to lead a supremely dangerous life – VICARIOUSLY. People like to know they are safe, that those they love are safe. That they will never die. But  they love to be thrilled by watching others tread the tightrope of life. It’s fun to see James Bond  fight it out because they can live out their personal fantasies. They love seeing Hannibal Lecter eat body parts of living people because it makes the hairs stand up on the backs of their necks. After all, they are safe. And they know it’s a story. But I’d go further. People are drawn to terrible disasters and accidents where real  people are dying because…. It’s not them! It’s someone else. It thrills some deep dark part of their psyche!”
“I am always been mentally assaulted by weird and dark thoughts about story lines. Even my wife wonders how someone like me, who abhors violence, can visualize so many ways of bringing death and destruction to good people. As for my novels, I simply begin with an idea and start writing. Often I have no idea where a story will lead me. And the oddest thing it, the story always resolves itself after a few hundred pages and the story is kind of ‘balanced’. It’s as if I am being channeled by some wonderfully friendly writer who went before me.”

“I have no rules. I never force myself to write. If the muse isn’t there I go for a run or a walk. Invariably some idea will occur to me then, and I can rushing back to the computer and flesh out the story. I usually write between 3 and 5 pages daily. If I’m on a roll I write up to 10 pages! And I change very little – radically, that is. My wonderful first editor is my wife Wendy. She suggests where to apply the literary scalpel. Ultimately it’s the publisher and his editor who keep me in line. And when I reach the final few pages I always shed a tear or three. I am saying goodbye to dear friends that I have created and I know I’ll miss them in my day to day life. In the case of “Worst Nightmares” I knew it was not adieu but hasta la vista! I didn’t cry – I licked my lips with the anticipation of the sequel. And I loved writing that one. What joy!”
Words of Wisdom From The Hollywood Frontlines:

“JAMES MASON told me never to seek out the ‘stand or fall’ leading role. If a film fails or doesn’t make money, the studios remember who the big star was and think again before using him again in a blockbuster. But they seldom remember who played the first support.  If a film fails, it someone else’s fault not mine. So shelve your vanity and seek out those fabulous support roles.”
 

“JACK PALANCE told me never to count the number of lines before accepting a juicy role. “You know how many lines I had in “Shane”? Around seven. And it made my name. Got an Oscar nomination. So forget the ‘big’ role. Think ‘big’!”
 

OLIVIA DE HAVVILLAND told me to seek out the humanity in any role I played. “No one is bad through and through. Even evil people love something or other – be it a dog or bird.”
“JEREMY IRONS taught me that tenacity was everything. I feel sure he always wanted to be the best actor in the world and he worked 110% as a young man to achieve his goal. He left nothing to chance and could work a room better than Donald Trump. I have great respect for this quality. He won his Oscar and now has fun.”
 

“CLIFF ROBERTSON taught me to look good no matter what the role. Even if you’re playing a bum, make sure there’s that twinkle in your eye that the ladies will still fall in love with.”
 

“PETER CUSHING taught me that preparation for a role is vital. A good many English actors of his generation showed up with a few drinks in them. Cushing? Never he rehearsed in his caravan every moment he had to spare. I never recall him making a fluff EVER, though he was always afraid he’d cock up somewhere.”
 

“NIGEL DAVENPORT and JOHN HURT taught me to enjoy life! It’s just acting, Nigel told me, A jolly good way to make a living. But it’s the time in between takes that’s the most fun. And the evenings when we clock off.” When I worked with John we always  had fun – sometimes far too much of it.”
 

“OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND also taught me to respect the other actors in a scene. Every take was an ensemble piece. She listened more intently than any actor I’ve ever worked with. It was as if she’d never heard the dialogue that was coming back at her. Amazing.
Paul Newman taught me how to work a camera. He was the quintessential film star. When he turned to face the camera lens, people almost stopped breaking. His instinct for timing, his appreciation of space between words and dialogue, his knowledge of lighting, all these things were a marvel to watch. And he taught me one other thing – to be generous. He NEVER hogged a scene and on occasion would make some one like me look good at his expense.”

“YVONNE MITCHELL taught me the importance of very hard and intense work ,the key to any good performance. And not to listen too closely to those who complimented one as an actor. On one occasion a theatre fan told her how wonderfully well she ‘almost’ tripped when she carried her baby down a flight of stairs. “I became so self-conscious about that special trip, I simply couldn’t do it well ever again!”

Practical Jokes And Memorable Anecdotes:

“PAUL NEWMAN. On the set of ‘The Mackintosh Man’ everyone was waiting for a shot in Valetta harbour where we pan up a huge cliff and see that Paul Newman’s character is there! Watching everything! Well, what did Paul do? He found a dummy and dressed it in his clothes. Then with a cast and crew of 150 people watching he screams out “Oh my GOD!” and throws the dummy over the edge. It took several seconds to thud to the concrete. There was a terrible hush. Then one or two girls started to cry. Then Paul appears at the top and shouts out. “Joke! Fooled you guys! Ha Ha!”

” On every film I make I find a line in my dialogue that is a question. Then I choose a moment when the director is busy and tap him on the shoulder. When he asks me what I want I ask the question. For example on Mission Top Secret I asked Howard Rubie: “Where’s my Rembrandt?” Howard looked at me and replied, “When did you last have it?” No one has ever caught me out. They all can’t tell the difference between my being straight and acting. Very gratifying.”

 “On the film Constance  there was a scene with 250 extras which was shot on the New Zealand Governor-General’s lawn outside his house. It was supposed to be the quintessential 1930’s afternoon tea party. I was dressed in a brilliant white suit. After a big lunch, I found that something I had eaten had made me feel quite ill. This became worse and half way through the afternoon, with the Governor General sitting with his wife, sipping tea, and 250 extras watching, and a crew of 75 I threw up on the lawn – VERY violently. Not a good day at the office.”

 “On one of my first films, ‘Straight on Till Morning’ the last scene of the film was scheduled at the very first. In this scene I step out of a bedroom door having murdered Rita Tushingham, sit down and burst into wracking sobs as I go ballistic. Everything was set up. It was 8 am in the morning. Peter Collinson (director of the ‘Italian Job’) told everyone to be absolutely silent while I prepared myself emotionally. I was as cold as dead mutton with not a tear in sight. I panicked  and started beating my foot with a length of wood – as silently as I could. In about 3 minutes the tears started. The pain was absolute agony. There was no take two.”

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March 25, 2010 at 9:57 pm

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The Toxic Nature of Stress

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The Toxic Nature of Stress

 

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Author, Stanley J. Sarnoff once wrote, “If you had to define stress, it would not be far off if you said it was the process of living. The process of living is the process of having stress imposed on you and reacting to it.”

According to the American Psychological Association, one-third of Americans are living with extreme stress and nearly half of Americans (48 percent) believe that their stress has increased over the past five years. An national survey released by the APA revealed stress is taking a toll on people — contributing to health problems, poor relationships and lost productivity at work.

The survey also showed money and work continue as the leading causes of stress for three quarters of Americans, a dramatic increase over the 59 percent reporting the same sources of stress in 2006. The survey also found that the housing crisis is having an effect on many, with half of Americans (51 percent) citing rent or mortgage costs as sources of stress this year.

Psychologist, Katherine C. Nordal, Ph.D, noted,the prevalence with which Americans increasingly report extreme stress levels in alarming. “Also, people say that their levels of stress and lack of willpower are preventing them from making lifestyle and behavior changes that are necessary for improving and maintaining good health. It’s clear that people need tools and support to better manage extreme stress in order to prevent serious health consequences. Unfortunately, our current health care system does not do a very good job in this regard. And insurance companies often don’t cover preventive services or the kinds of services people need in order to better manage chronic illness,” she went on to say in a press release.

Research supports the idea that having a positive outlook can extend one’s life and stress is also linked to six leading causes of death, according to a report issued by the APA:heart disease,cancer, lung ailments,accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.

Dr. Beth Erickson,Ph.D, a psychotherapist, speaker, and author based in Edina, Minnesota, notes it’s important to cultivate a spirit of gratitude, in order to help combat stress during the holiday season. “Those who approach the holidays – and indeed, life – with this perspective are virtually guaranteed to be happy, whatever their circumstances. Norman Vincent Peale called this the power of positive thinking. Approaching life this way allows you to focus on the blessings you have experienced this year, rather than on the scarcity that could impoverish your life economically, mentally and emotionally. A wonderful way to instill this in children is to ask what they are grateful for this past year, even if there are fewer presents under the tree or less Hanukkah gelt. Their learning this lesson can be the very best gift of all,” she said.

Dr. Erickson believes it is possible for individuals to protect themselves against the toxic effects of stress. She offers helpful tips to manage the stress in one’s life during the holiday season: https://onealmedia.wordpress.com/hot-holiday-survival-tips-for-2009/

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Interview Questions

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Suggested Interview Questions For Chris Tatevosian, author of Life Interrupted-It’s Not All About Me:  

1. What led you to write Life Interrupted-It’s Not All About Me

2. You are an MS survivor. Can you clarify how your book teaches others to cope with chronic illness?

3. Why did you decide to write about your personal experience and how you dealt with chronic illness?

4. Your professional path included working for a Fortune 500 company. What got you started as a writer?

5. Will you elaborate about your own steps to combat the helplessness that goes with being ill, for our readers/listeners?

6. Would you say you were ever felt helpless as a result of your condition? How did that “look?”

7. What advice could you give to the person who is feeling a sense of helplessness about an illness?

8. Are there some specific activities a person can do to cultivate a sense of triumph over a challenging illness?

9.You are a family man. Can you clarify how family life has played a role in helping you move ahead with life despite your illness?

10. In closing, is there one, simple thing a person can do right now to feel they can overcome the fears related to
their medical diagnosis or life crisis?

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September 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Chris Tatevosian

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Writer Touched By MS Says ‘Disability Does Not Have To Mean Inability’
He is ‘Winning Through Pain

   

 

“My divorce was bitter and my ex-wife’s lawyer embellished so much, that I wanted friends and family to know the truth. That’s when God intervened and helped me to realize that He was allowing me to write a book to help not one, but perhaps millions of people around the world who may be undergoing a similar situation. A situation of overwhelming gloom, lack of purpose, and loneliness,” he said.

 

He also said writing the book appeared to be somewhat of a human miracle.

 

“I am severely disabled as a result of my MS and the physical and mental acts of writing a book were surely impossible. Understand, I am legally blind.I have limited use and control of my hands and fingers and I suffer with severe cognitive issues,” he said.

 

A deeply religious man, who also speaks at local churches, libraries, and health care settings, he’s convinced that a higher power had a hand in the success of his book.

 

You can’t tell me that God wasn’t invoked. I have been sharing the good news of Christ via my book and testimony at churches, prayer breakfast, hospitals, health clinics, libraries, coffee houses, bookstores and more.  Anywhere people will listen– response,and interest has been fantastic. The more discussions I facilitate,and numerous support groups with which I meet, the more shocked I become at the prevalence of this problem . The problem related to and resulting from the stress and hardships introduced to one’s relationships as a result of life being interrupted by chronic illness or disability. my My book Life Interrupted, It’s Not All about Me has been featured by evangelist Rhonda White on the Eagle Network’s Authors and Speakers of Excellence web site where it was featured as June’s book of the month,” he said.

 

Tatevosian said he doesn’t believe a devastating illness should be a reason for someone to become emotionally dysfunctional, and harbor what he terms, “the poor me attitude.” 

” When you read my story, perhaps you will identify with the same behaviors.  It could have been any chronic illness or disability and anybody’s relationship, but my intention is still the same.My goal is to help others in a similar situation recognize and eliminate the growth of the relationship-destroying “Poor Me Attitude”.  he said.

 

“Without intervention and change, the loss of one’s self-worth leads to an increase in anxiety, depression, anger, and loneliness, which can ultimately lead to the destruction of your relationship if those feelings are left to grow.  The “Poor Me Attitude,” as I refer to it, is really nothing more than a controlling attitude that started out with me unconsciously using my weakness, loneliness, and feelings of inadequacy to get what I needed. Because I felt so weak, alone, and inadequate, I would frequently lash out over trivial things. You can become oblivious to the needs of everyone around you as a result of falling into the depressing, hurtful downward spiral of the “Poor Me Attitude.”  No one knows this better than me.  I just wish I had someone to slap me upside the head and yell, “Chris, Snap out of it!  It’s not all about you,” he said.

 

Despite his disability, Tatevosian is active as a broadcaster, columnist, and speaker. He said he pursues many different endeavors with a passion. His   show “Winning Life through Pain”airs Tuesdays at 2 PM www.RSDcoachlive.com (1-347- 324-5661) The radio show airs Eastern Time. Tatevosian also is a featured columnist for     MSfocus magazine here in the U.S. and Pathways magazine in the UK.

 

Like many authors, Tatevosian said promoting his book as an independent writer has been more challenging than the writing process.

 

 

 “After my book  was  released     approximately one year ago,   www.Lifeinterrupted-nolonger.com  I have struggled on the Internet with the process of promoting and marketing my book.  I find that because the Internet affords us with endless promotional and marketing opportunities,it is simple to spend the entire day working on one opportunity after another eventually terminated by my inability to complete the task due to my lack of technological understanding or abilities.  It can be a long arduous process, but one that also provides the answers as one becomes more familiar with the technology,” he said.

 

He said most of his future plans will include marketing his book and writing a new one.  “In between book signings, facilitating group discussions on topic, giving and preparing for interviews and the like, I am working on my second book.  This book, a children’s book, is being written to help children understand what is going on and why within the family unit as a result of life being interrupted by a chronic illness or disability involving their parents.  I’m hoping to have this book released in late 2010 or early 2011,” he said.

 

Tatevosian admits to being a sort of nocturnal writer, and one who sometimes relies on a tape recorder to capture his thoughts.


Believe it,or not most of my writing takes place during the middle of the night.  Ninety percent of Life Interrupted, It’s Not All About Me was written or conceived between midnight and 5 AM.  When I’m trying to sleep, even in the middle of the night,I find myself having to speak my thoughts into a small handheld tape recorder to be entered into the computer the following day. When the writing juices are flowing you have to go with the flow, he said.

 

Apart from writing, he said he’s active in his church, and also  educates others on being pro-active about their chronic illness.


I have designed and facilitate a course at my congregational church here in Massachusetts entitled “Life Interrupted” , helping others in similar situations deal more positively with the stress put on one’s relationships as a result of life being interrupted by chronic illness,or disability,” he said.

 

 

 Chris  Tatevosian,  is the author of Life Interrupted-It’s Not All About Me. While in college in Vermont, in 1980, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He affirms the pivotal event that led him to write the book involved the aftermath of a bitter divorce, and his need to share his experience of living with MS with others.

 

 

 

 

 

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September 15, 2009 at 1:17 am

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Artist Helps Children In Newark Explore Theatre Arts – Black Business Space – The Black Business Social Network

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