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Happy Fourth of July!

USA flag and skyWe have displayed an American flag in our front yard since September 11, 2001. We’ve maintained American flags on the front of one of our businesses since 1994. We live in a quaint little town that actually has a flag shop.

Until today, I have never really thought much about what goes into the care and maintenance of a flag, since mostly that falls into Mr. Rinaldi’s scope of practice around the house.

After doing some research I found a few tips and pointers for you if you decide you to want to display the stars and stripes where you live.

Proper display: A flagpole, attached to a wall, taped over a window – any of these are appropriate. For cars, trains, boats, or your garden decor, red white and blue bunting is appropriate.

Time for display: Inside they may be left up all the time. Outside it should come down at sunset folded neatly and put away safely, or you may choose to light it in which case you can leave it up all night.

Care: You may provide small repairs or for fabric flags that are dirty you may dry clean. However if frayed along the edges or faded it’s time to replace it.

Retirement: It is never appropriate to throw a flag in the garbage. Despite protesters burning our nation’s flag as a sign of disrespect, the appropriate way to retire a flag is to burn it in private with respect.

So join us in displaying Old Glory at your home or business – not just today but every day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I had the opportunity to go to Ohio a few weeks ago during the height of fall color. There were moments it simply took my breath away.

Ohio Fall Color 2015

On my return to Los Angeles I was welcomed home to 90° heat with Santa Ana winds – our special SoCal version of fall.

I’ve always loved living in Southern California. We have the beaches, the mountains, and Disneyland all within a short drive. I often forget the beauty of nature that surrounds me. And while I do get to travel a fair amount for my business and for leisure, it’s a rare occurrence to actually get me “outdoors” beyond my garden. I do love my climate-controlled indoor environments.

As I sit here writing this and reflecting on the time I had last month experiencing nature in all its glory and change, it occurred to me it was one more thing I have experienced that I have to be thankful for – the ability to access and explore the vast open spaces the United States offers. We have access to these open spaces through parks and preserves; from local municipal to great national treasures.

I would like to suggest this Thanksgiving, rather than queuing up for your 5 a.m. retail fix (or, God forbid, actually going out shopping on Thanksgiving day), that you and your family spend some time outdoors. Connect with nature. I know I’ll be doing just that.

One Holiday At a Time, Please!

Happy Thanksgiving Card

I was in a large department store over Labor Day weekend this year and found myself caught in some sort of time-space continuum. No, I mean it. From where I stood there was an aisle of summer closeouts: barbecue equipment, patio furniture, and beach towels. On another aisle, back-to-school items were present and accounted for. A third aisle featured Halloween decor and candy. And on the fourth aisle: Christmas lights!

Two things came to my mind immediately. First, for the love of God – it’s still August! And second, where the hell did Thanksgiving go?!

And that’s when I came to the realization that as a nation of consumers we have taught advertisers and big-box retailers that we are willing to go from one sales-centric holiday to the next, with the Mount Everest of Black Friday looming at its pinnacle.

And now Black Friday is creeping into Thanksgiving Day. I am not happy about this!

Fall – in particular, the time between mid-October and Thanksgiving – is my favorite time of year. (Okay, I get it, I’m in Southern California. We don’t have real weather. Still, go with me on this.) The days get shorter, the nights get longer, and things begin to slow down a bit. Right before they slip into hyperdrive – that period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Let me enjoy it! Can we not celebrate Labor-Ween-Thanks-Mas??

Since Thanksgiving is typically about family and friends – no big bucks to be made from turkey dinners – it seems to have vanished altogether anymore.

I say we take it back. I say we protest. How about a post turkey dinner glass of wine, feet up and good conversation instead of a trip to a store. Don’t drink? Then coffee and an extra large slice of pumpkin pie. I even understand there might be a football game or two that day. Whatever your choice is, JUST STAY HOME. Say no to retail. Focus on what you have to be grateful for and surround yourself with it, even if only for just today.

Don’t want to miss out on the Black Friday deals? Try online shopping! Here are a few great sales from Lessons in Joyful Living.

copyright Kimberly Rinaldi

Happy Halloween

Jack-o-lanternsFriday is Halloween, and ghosts (the cute and short kind) will walk among us. As I think back to my childhood I recall I never wanted to be the scary characters for Halloween – I wanted my costume to have a purpose and be pretty. I was a princess, a nurse, and Miss America (that one was my favorite). I never wanted to be scary or ugly or creepy.

I still don’t want to be scary. I want to serve a purpose, and a little mascara, lipstick and concealer go a long way to keep me from being ugly.

As for creepy, some people think what I do is creepy. To them I apologize. I am sorry for causing you discomfort. I cannot and will not change who I am or what I do, though. I am happy and fulfilled this way. Happier than I have ever been, more fulfilled than you can imagine. I help people. I help them with direction, I help them with grief, I help them validate where they are in their lives. I help. Whether it is getting a message from a loved one, identifying a better way, finding a lost object, or simply validating the other side, I help.

In the beginning, my husband, Rick, was not open to this work I do. We had very different ideas about mediumship and psychic work. He was concerned about me and my immortal soul. He has since participated in seances and readings, and he is my biggest supporter now. Why? Because I am happy, my clients are happy, the people around me are happy and thus he is happy. I bring peace, love and Light to everything I do now. I could not say that for the work I did before.

I wish you peace, love and Light on this day, on Halloween, and every day, but most of all, I hope you will Live-Joy-Fully!

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Love Comes in Many Forms

Yarn of wool in heart shape symbolValentine’s Day is tomorrow. A friend of mine (male) once called it “Chick Christmas.” I had to laugh! This was so true on on many levels.

We (females) do tend to make out if we are in a relationship with a caring partner on this day. Flowers, dinner, candy, jewelry and oh-so-romantic cards from the greeting card companies who extoll the virtues of being partnered.

But *gasp* what if you find yourself free from romantic entanglement on the high holy day of February 14th??? What then?

Well, let’s start with BREATHE.

Love is not just about romantic entanglement. It comes in many forms. So take inventory. Do you have family, friends, co-workers, pets or neighbors to whom you can express your love? You can bake something for a lonely widow on your block, send your sister or mother a card, take flowers to a retirement home, or get into the office early with donuts, start the coffee and leave a note for your coworkers, wishing them a wonderful day.

Finally, why wait until February 14th to tell the people around you that you love them? Put your feelings into action daily.

I spent many high holy days single. I sent cards to my best girlfriends and family, met friends for lunch, and thought about how much love I had to give. I knew that being alone was the process I needed to go through to find out who I was in order to be the best partner I could be.

And it paid off. I learned not to settle.

Are you single or settling and ready to make that change?