NELSON MANDELA, December 5, 2013

WE LOVE YOU

WE LOVE YOU

By Melissa Flynn

Justice, Peace and Love. That is what he was all about.

Nelson Mandela. A man I never met, but I am feeling the loss. All I can hope for is that he knows what his sacrifices meant to me.

And though I have vowed to help others, in any way that I can, my heart feels as if it needs to do more.

Tell me what to do. Tell me if I am falling short. Tell me what I am supposed to tell my neighbors.

The only solace that I can find in his passing is that my mother will have her chance to say hello. I imagine them sitting to talk and have tea. I imagine my mom putting gel from her aloe plant on his scrapes and bruises. I imagine her pulling out her pictures and telling him about her kids.

I imagine them becoming friends!

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So here I share some of Mandela’s quotes. They are words that spoke to me. And so I share them with you. Read and share with your friends and loved ones.

And remember that we are all people, and should work together.

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“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation. – National Men`s March, 1997

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – 90th birthday celebration of Walter Sisulu, Walter Sisulu Hall, Johannesburg, 18 May 2002

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Long Walk to Freedom

The time is always right to do right. – Nelson Mandela, “The 100 Best Things Ever Said by Men” in South Africa’s Men’s Health magazine, February 2002

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

When I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both.

I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
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A few of my favorites.

So what are you thinking?

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN

By Melissa Flynn


It is 2013, which just happens to be municipal elections year.

Is your town/city running elections next week?

Are you registered to vote? Do you know who is running?

Have you researched their views and background? Do you normally vote?

Oddly enough, local elections always get a lower turnout than the gubernatorial or Presidential elections. Look folks. These elections affect you more. They help to determine your town taxes, school budgets and many other local issues related to your family’s daily life.

So get out on November 5th and cast your vote. And for those who cannot get out, call your local Registrar of Voters office and inquire how to make your vote count.

I do not care what party you support. I am just a strong believer in exercising rights.

I recently heard someone say that communities work better when we work together. I can’t remember who said it, but I could not have said it better.

See you all soon.

LET’S SEE…

Cameron Random and his Single Mom (Ok that is intentional. Single can be taken either way)

Cameron Random and his Single Mom (Ok that is intentional. Single can be taken either way)

Julie Wakely

Julie Wakely

Jeremy Joyell

Jeremy Joyell

People looking around

People looking around

Will Dunlop, Dale Ellenbogen and her husband

Will Dunlop, Dale Ellenbogen and her husband

Alex Bugaeff

Alex Bugaeff

WWC's Banner

WWC’s Banner

By Melissa Flynn

Where do I start? There were authors. There were artists. There was a singer. There were books, paintings, healthy snacks, chocolate treats, a Mary Kay consultant, a motivational speaker, an inspirational speaker, a gallery owner and the son of a single-mom.

Keeping all of that in mind let me tell you a story.
All of this was taking place as the clock struck 1 o’clock pm on Saturday, 8/10/13. The music was lowered as I and my sciatic pain rose to speak. The words began to flow, and the crowd settled in for the ride. Applause ensued, and warm feelings filled the room.

I looked out to the audience and smiled towards some friends.
You know the saying, “Time flies when you are having fun?” Well, on 8/10/13, that’s how I felt. I hobbled around with my cane to check on our 24 authors. They all seemed pleased. Not only did they network and chat with the guest, but they also reached out to each other.

My dream came true. I wanted a place where artists across our small state would come together. I wanted them to embrace each other and help one another. I wanted to see people walking out with books in hand and that they did.

Each time I walked past the front door, I heard sounds of Denise Jones-Gagne and “Inner Grooves” singing on the front patio. I ran into others, as I walked by the front door to go upstairs, caught by the tune.

“She’s really good, isn’t she?”

“Yes, she is wonderful,” said a guest of The Wallingford Writers’ Community 1st Semi-Annual Free Artist’s Showcase.

I, Melissa Flynn, hereby mark this event as a Success. Perfection? No. Smiles, a few sales, music, food and happy people? Yes.

So for those who missed it, you will have other opportunities. Email or call me with questions if you are an artist who is interested in taking part in the next event.

The 2nd Semi-Annual Free Artist’s Showcase will take place on February 8, 2014. It will be at the Wallingford Public Library at 200 North Main Street in Wallingford, CT.

Here are some links of some of the artists who attended on 8/10/13 (above, you can see some pictures of some of our artists/for more picture, be sure to check out WWC’s Facebook page listed below):
Here is the Amazon link to Shelley Ott’s book in both soft cover and Kindle edition:
http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Horse-Speaks-Little-White/dp/0989067920/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376265780&sr=8-1&keywords=the+dark+horse+speaks+little+white+bird

And this is her website:
http://www.thedarkhorsespeaks.com

To find Steve Robichaud on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Sandman-Gallery-Frame-Shoppe

Alex Bugaeff’s links to buy his books:
https://www.createspace.com/3760524
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1478266848

Nancy Butler’s (our guest speaker) email and phone number:
nbutler@aboveallelse.org
860-444-0535

Kathryn Orzech’s book site and trailer:
Here’s the link to Premonition of Terror:
http://www.dreamwatch.com/KO-Books/Premonition/About-Premonition-of-Terror.html

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7x1_G_gonoExVAWUuUdrWQ

Author Sage R Fury
Novel: Shards of Light
Website: http://www.radicaldreams.com
Amazon EBook: http://t.co/QMgkeZq

Jeanne E. Rogers
Danbury, CT
Web: http://warriorechidna.blogspot.com
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/17Dunzy

June Hyjek
860-985-9850
Author of “Unexpected Grace: A Discovery of Healing through Surrender”
http://www.aplaceofgrace.net
http://transcendingpainandstress.blogspot.com/

Other writers stopped by to support their friends. Some of their sites are listed below.
Marian L. http://www.marianl.com/
Robin S robinswetz.com

As the Chair of the Wallingford Writers’ Community, I thank everyone who took part and those that came as guests. We hope you will be back again and again.

And a warm ‘Thank You’ to Steve Robichaud for donating The Sandman Gallery and Frame Shoppe at 14 West Main Street in downtown Meriden.

Here are a few upcoming dates for the WWC. Feel free to join us.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2pm
Wallingford Writers’ Community Meeting
Funky Monkey, 130 Elm Street, Cheshire, CT 06410, 203-439-9161
Come, introduce yourself, and hear what we are all about.
Email me with any questions at: schedulemelissa@melissaflynn.org

Announcing the 2nd Semi-Annual Free Local Artist’s Showcase
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 1pm – 3:15pm
All interested artists should notify me in advance of their interest.
Event will be held at: Wallingford Public Library, 200 North Main Street, Wallingford, CT 06492
Join us in celebrating our CT Artist’s. Here is WWC’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/melissa.flynn.7568#!/wallingfordwritersclub
And if you have any problems with the link, just search for Wallingford Writers Community on Facebook.

Moving And Other Matters (MAOM) will be having its 1st Writer’s Spotlight. The event will feature 3 writers and their work.

Be sure to follow MAOM on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/GettingMyMoveOn?ref=hl

Any writer interested, should notify me immediately. Poets are welcome. The event will take place sometime at the beginning of November. A date has not yet been determined.

By the way, here is my author page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/MelissaFlynnCT?ref=hl

Until then…
Remember? Me? Moving On? It’s what I do…

Me On TV :)

By Howard Petote

By Howard Petote

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By Gerri Brousseau

By Gerri Brousseau

By Melissa Flynn

Hello There,

I have been meaning to write more, but life is keeping me busy. I do promise to keep you updated more often. So bear with me while I get caught up on some things. In the meantime, I’d like to share a few bits of information with you.

We Connecticut artist have decided to put on a show case for the public. Admission is free. Parking is free. And the refreshments are free. What more could you ask for?

Below I have included a recent press release. And for a special on air invitation, click on this link:

http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/ct_style/wallingford-writers-community

I joined CT Style for lunch and took along some books and a painting to share with the viewers.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Announcing the 1st Semi-Annual Free Local Artist Showcase:
An Opportunity to Meet Authors
Presented by Wallingford Writer’s Community

The Wallingford Writer’s Community (WWC) presents the free Artist Showcase, which takes place on August 10, 2013 from 12:30 pm to 2:45 pm at The Sandman Gallery and Frame Shoppe, located at 14 West Main Street in the heart of downtown Meriden. Authors will read excerpts and offer books have books for sale. Attendees can browse tables during the event and light refreshments will be served. For questions, call Melissa (WWC Chair) at 203-707-3918.

The Artist Showcase is a rare opportunity for the public to meet local authors who will introduce and share excerpts from their work. Other art forms will also be displayed. Come, read, share, listen and let us all enjoy art in many forms.

The event is designed to make local artists and their work more accessible to the public. Diverse art forms and book genres will include Fiction and Non-fiction: thriller, mystery, romance, paranormal historical, young adult, how-to and much more. Guests are sure to find something appealing.

Wallingford Writer’s Community members meet regularly at the Wallingford Public Library to share and discuss their work.

Join them on Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 12:30 pm to 2:45 pm at The Sandman Gallery and Frame Shoppe (sandmangallery.com), 14 West Main Street, Meriden. Free parking available at nearby lots.

Refer all artist questions to Melissa Flynn at schedulemelissa@melissaflynn.org or 203-707-3918.

P.S. In case you are wondering, I am still moving on–quite well. More exciting news soon.

THE DATE IS APPROACHING…

LOGONo matter who you are, you will face obstacles and problems. Perhaps you have fallen into a rough patch in your life. Perhaps you have a goal, but it seems like you cannot make progress. Either way, the problems that lay between you and where you want to be can seem insurmountable, which is why it is important that we all receive a dose of inspiration in our lives. Moving And Other Matters (MAOM), inspirational leaders of Cheshire, will be sponsoring their first annual Driving Forward Seminar to do just that.

The Seminar will take place on July 14th and 21st, back to back Sundays, and is designed to be suitable for people from all walks of life. Each runs from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The first will be held at CoCo Keys in Waterbury, CT, and will feature Melissa Flynn, founder of MAOM, and guest speaker Ken Brown, an educator and advocate for justice and human rights. The guest speaker of the second, held at the Omni Hotel in New Haven, CT, will be Walt Hampton, motivational speaker and leadership trainer, whose goal is to help people achieve lives that are both successful and meaningful. Will Dunlop, writing & editorial intern of MAOM, will act as MC at both.

The talks of all the speakers are intended to inspire people to overcome the obstacles in their life. Each speaker will share meaningful insights into what gets in our way and how we can deal with these issues. The seminar will also feature vendor tables, and attendees may find it a good place to network, a truly multi-layered experience. Melissa Flynn has designed this seminar to embody her belief that “it is never too late to get your life back on track” and as a place to bring people together.

We hope you will all join us for a night of inspiration and connecting with people. And if that’s not enough, there will be a raffle at the end of the seminar, the prizes being a Flat screen TV and a BluRay player. You must be present to claim the prize.

Tickets for Driving Forward may be purchased at: https://July2013.ticketbud.com/maomdfs
for July 14, 2013, and July 21, 2013.

A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO FUNDING THE PEORA TYSON CANCER RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP FUND, (established to help a deserving student study oncology) in honor of Melissa’s mother, who died of cancer on Feb 28, 1996.

Melissa also started this fund because she studied science in college (Molecular and Cell Biology), and she always felt that our country needed more women in science and math; Melissa wants to help to encourage that idea.

Get your tickets now. Just go to https://july2013.ticketbud.com/maomdfs. Then share the link with your friends, family and groups. And encourage them to share with others.

Please feel free to send a note, if you have any questions.
movingontoinspre@gmail.com

And if you have a book or business that you would like to promote/sell, we still have a few vendor tables available. Just ask and the form can be sent to you.

Also, there is always room for more sponsors. Three sponsorship levels are show on the event page. For the lower levels, please email with questions.

Questions and comments about the scholarship fund can be directed to our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PeoraTysonCancerResearchScholarshipFund

See you all soon.

NEW VIEWS. OR ARE THEY?

Cute boots, huh?

Cute boots, huh?

Explaining the meaning of life...

Explaining the meaning of life…

By Melissa Flynn

It’s 2013 and I’m still moving on. What about you?

Whatever you are doing, please tell me that you didn’t make New Year’s resolutions. Please tell me that you didn’t write down that you wanted to lose weight and dump that loser.

Instead let’s all make a list of life goals. Then every year, I want you all to review and revise those goals. It’s all about retrospection and redesign.

Recently, I did one of my “Moving On” workshops at a local church. I preached the same thing to them—forget resolutions and concentrate on the bigger picture.

My sister Halima has an interesting idea of rebooting that I also shared with the group. At the beginning of each year, she cleans the house, stocks up on all supplies and toiletries, and even backs up her computer. It’s all a bit more than I want to do, but I like the idea. Feel free to read more about her ideas on her blog. (halimaflynn.blogspot.com)

I think we can all agree that it doesn’t hurt to reboot, reorganize or re-evaluate our lives—especially for those times when we feel like we are hitting a wall. It’s like that saying that I have repeated to my son over and over. “If you keep doing something and it isn’t working, then try something different.”

Sometimes when we try to move on, no matter what we do it does not work. That means it is time to re-evaluate—revise your course of action.

I explained my notion of retrospection to the church group. But I also added that we must all pull together and help one another. As I talked, I saw a smile and a nod, here and there. Being presumptuous, as I tend to be, I took those expressions and body language to mean that they agreed and understood.

My talk continued, as it usually does, with me going on and on about my trials and tribulations. I decided to move on from my mess and reach out to help others. (FYI: Helping others helps you. Helping you helps others.) And as many do, I struggle along the way. No matter how great my determination, life doesn’t always work out as planned. I conjure up inspiration wherever I can: a Psalm, a MLK Jr. Speech, The Presidential Inauguration, and maybe even a glance from my mother’s picture in my office.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

These and many other words, help me maintain my balance. The world needs more beacons of hope and inspiration—people who are willing and able to spread the word that it is never too late to get your life on track. I have decided to be such a person. So if you need a bit of inspiration for any cause, send me a note: movingontoinspire@gmail.com.

If you have a group who needs inspiration, send me a note. If you need a coach to keep you on track, send me a note. Even if you just want to say hi, send me a note.

We all find ways to cope with what life throws at us. Sometimes those coping mechanisms are not very healthy. I can give you some tips to find healthier ones. And in the meantime, I want you all to do two things for me.

 Make a list of goals
 Then get up every day and work towards those goals

And at the end, it is not important whether or not you complete those goals. What are most important are the journey and the people you meet along the way.

To reiterate, forget the making of New Year’s resolutions. According to the definition, resolutions could look a lot like goals. That I can agree with; just don’t wait until January 1st to try and push yourself towards succeeding within the next twelve months. Sit down and set some short and long-term goals for your life. Then be realistic about the things you need to do in order to reach those goals.

And in order to stay focused, I want you all to copy these things down and repeat them regularly.

 I AM SOMEBODY
 WE ARE ALL SOMEBODY
 WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER, THAT’S HOW COMMUNITIES GROW
 I WILL IDENTIFY MY FEARS
 I WILL OVERCOME MY FEARS
 I WILL STAY FOCUSED
 I WILL BE A LEADER
 I WILL BE AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL CHILDREN
 I WILL HELP MY NEIGHBORS

As I put this down on paper for you, I was remembering a couple of things: that movie “Pay It Forward” and Ann Curry’s 26 acts of kindness campaign.

So let’s move on and make the most of our time.