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Eurovision Song Contest 2011

Since I have such a passion for music from all around the world, I really wanted to share a little bit about the Eurovision Song Contest. It just took place again last Saturday, May 14th 2011 in Duesseldorf, Germany. Last year Germany won with a song from Lena Meyer-Landrut, called Satellite, and therefore earned the privilege to host this massive event this year.

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world. It was on the 24th of May, 1956, that Europe saw the first ever Eurovision Song Contest. After 54 runnings, the contest is one of the most typical European traditions and without doubt, Europe’s favorite TV show! After more than five decades featuring some 1,100 songs, the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded into Europe’s collective mind. You might even say that the idea for “American Idol” came directly from the Eurovision tradition. In 2005, the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated its 50th anniversary by picking the best entry to date. The event was won by the legendary Swedish group ABBA and their song Waterloo. The band had originally won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden in 1974 and became one of the most successful bands worldwide, selling more than 370 million records. Some 50 countries took part in the Eurovision Song Contest over the past 54 years.

My whole family would always get together and watch this performance every single year – we did not miss one – and I loved all the different kind of songs, costumes and languages the artists would display and perform. It was so cool to bring all the countries together in one gigantic show and at the same time learn something new about each country – there were countries I had never even heard of before, not to mention their locations?! It definitely brought all communities closer together – since we are all one and not separate from each other!

This year’s first prize was awarded to the country of of Azerbaijan with a song called “Running Scared” by the duo Ell/Nikki. (Germany took 10th place)

Here is the link to the official website if this is something that might interest you – which is all in english language – where you can listen to this year’s songs, learn about the history and statistics, hear interviews and get other interesting information.

– Angela


May 23, 2011 at 4:47 am Leave a comment

My 1st Movie Review – “I Am”

On May 8th 2011 – which was mother’s day – I got to have my way!

Nobody was about to argue with me when I voiced my opinion to go see a movie in Berkeley with dinner afterwards at our favorite Ethiopian restaurant on Telegraph Ave. called Asmara.

And what do you expect from a movie that plays only in Berkeley in select theaters? Yes, it was a little bit of a different movie – a documentary by and about Tom Shadyak (director of Liar, Liar and many other silly comedies) with the title “I AM”.

What did I take away from this film? I must say, the fact that society is going backwards as we become more and more competitive, when perhaps the more advanced societies are the ones that develop a higher sense of community and empathy.

In this documentary the director delves into the question “what is wrong with the world”? He interviews scientific and spiritual leaders from all over the world to find some answers and guidance. Several interviews lead to the idea that “we are one” and not separate from each other, whether it be humans, plant life, animals or any living organisms here on mother earth. He touches on Social Darwinism – that instead of competition, it is mutual aid and cooperation which guarantee the survival of the species. Sympathy and empathy (not competition) is the strongest urge in human nature. In another part of his research he investigates animal democracy.

Perhaps we will take action inspired by the group of deer in the documentary. They were trying to decide to which of several watering holes they would go. Some turned and faced towards one watering hole. Others turned and faced towards a different watering hole. Once 51% of the deer looked in the same direction, suddenly the entire herd moved together to that water hole, leaving behind bewildered aggressive alpha males who appeared to be wondering, “Hey! Where did everyone go?”

The movie does not give any answers, but sure made me think about our social behaviors, connections and new possibilities that we all can incorporate and share with one another.

Have you seen a movie that your enjoyed recently? I’d love to hear from you, please post a comment below!

– Angela

May 23, 2011 at 4:44 am Leave a comment

A Special Event Addressing the Issue of Gender

I wanted to invite you all to a special event. As part of its community outreach program, the SRV Educators Association (SRVEA) is hosting a free showing of the newest feature film created by Groundspark,


Monday, May 23 at 7:00pm
in the Cal High Theater.

This powerful new documentary by Academy Award winner Debra Chasnoff addresses the topic of gender.  After the film, a panel of former SRVUSD students and current SRVUSD teachers will discuss the film. This event is open to students, parents, staff and the greater community.  Refreshments will be served. View the flyer.

Hope to see you all there!

 – Angela

May 23, 2011 at 4:38 am Leave a comment

A Few of My Favorite Quotes

Here are just a few of my favorite quotes. I will continue to add to this list, so check back often!

“LIVE SIMPLY SO OTHERS MAY SIMPLY LIVE”  (Ghandi) – my favorite quote right now!

“When we focus on abundance, our life feels abundant; when we focus on lack, our life feels lacking.  It is purely a matter of focus.”  – Susan Jeffers

“If you look to others for fulfillment,
you will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
you will never be happy with yourself.
Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”
– Lao Tzu

“There are two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

“Focus on the best you can in others: and when characteristics you want are missing, practice seeing them anyway-for when you practice the thoughts of the things that you desire, they must show up in your experience.” – Esther and Jerry Hicks and the teachings of Abraham

“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” – Henry Miller

“There is never any hurry on the creative plane; and there is no lack of opportunity.”  – The Science of Getting Rich

It’s not the things we get but the hearts we touch that will determine our success in life.” – Mac Anderson

“Spiritual maturity does not look to heaven for perfection. It is mindful of the earth — just the way it is.”  – Josalon

“I believe in neither what I touch, nor what I see, only my inner feeling seem eternal and certain to me.”  Gustau Moreau

“Today is the only day you can do anything about.
You’re too late for yesterday and tomorrow has no guarantees.
Live today as fully as you can!” – Author Unknown

“It is your rules that make unlawful beings. You would get along better if you would just trust each other to treat each other appropriately, but you don’t. So you keep making laws — until you make criminals of everyone.” – Abraham

“The one who fears something the most is the one who has it most activated in their vibration. And so, it is logical that they would experience it.” – Abraham

“The only way that you can ever know if something is of value to you is by the way it feels as you are receiving it.” – Abraham

“Trust that they’re making their lives work in the way that they’re making their lives work. And just teach through the power of your example.” – Abraham

Do you have a favorite quote? Leave me a comment below!

– Angela

May 23, 2011 at 4:36 am Leave a comment

What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy and Life Coaching?

What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy and Life Coaching?

Do you want  . . .

  • To feel better, inside and out?
  • To restore your body and mind?
  • To live with intention and purpose?
  • To lose weight, start exercising, be more healthy?
  • To take your potential to the next level?
  • To find a healthier, more holistic or alternative and natural way of living?
  • To align your mind, body and spirit?
  • To live with less stress, find your purposes and connect with your true self?

You can do it! I can help you determine your direction and select your path.  Life Coaching and Bodywork works because it is based on education, research, and experience with clients all over the world with different needs and personalities.

Contact me today for a comprehensive and private consultation!

– Angela

February 27, 2011 at 5:46 am Leave a comment

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