Tag Archive | Friendship

The Miracle of Friendship


Soul Sisters; Kelley, me, Jenn, Lauren, and Marjie.


Some friendships last forever. This has proven to be true with a certain group of women I met on the campus of Ithaca College some 35 years ago now. You know it’s a lasting bond when you don’t see someone for 20 years and you pick up like you just saw them yesterday. The same banter, same jokes, same smiles. The same soul connections. Only now there are miles of experiences to share; happy times, sad times, encased with a plethora of bumps and bursts along the road of life.

It’s this road that brought the five of us back together this past summer. Our Jennifer tragically lost her dear husband, Ron, this past February. One day it held the sweetness of Valentine’s Day and the next day he was gone. I attended the beautiful service for Ron, complete with a room full of love and ending with a heartfelt Henry David Thoreau quote. The same quote that is the main quote in my book. A sweet validation that our souls are always connected in this world and beyond.

After the service, Cindy (another soul sister of mine and friend of Jennifer’s) and I walked to the club reserved for all of us to gather. Interesting how a loss makes you notice beauty in the world more. We were commenting how beautifully the trees were lining the lawns of Buffalo’s most prestigious historical homes. Life becomes a bit surreal when we face losing it. I ran into Jenn in the privacy of the coat room, which was good because after not seeing her for 15 years we needed the comfort of a cocoon. She to melt into me, and me to be strong for her. I held her on my lap for a few minutes while she wept. Feeling our sister friendship that never faded. I still remember so clearly Jenn’s words pressing through her tears as we hugged, “I was hoping you’d come.” It was never a question for me.

Soon after, Lauren contacted me suggesting the five of us gather at either her cottage or mine in support of Jenn. I happily offered my place, and after a few emails with Marjie, Kelley, and Lauren, the summer weekend was arranged. I can’t quite describe the joy I felt upon seeing each Holmes Hall girl arrive but with every welcome hug we grew into what we knew. Loving each other.

A few wineries later, we returned to the cottage for more laughs, delectable delights, and reminiscent chatter.  Intermittently holding the sadness between us to allow Jenn her grieving space. Always holding her in the silence interspersed with tears.  We agreed that this must be an ongoing theme in our lives, to reunite every year or two.

Funny how the most tragic of events can breathe rays of sunshine into life. One thing I know for sure, this girlfriend bond that began back in 1979 will never be broken. The magic of love between our connected souls will forever hold the truth of our inexplicable, extraordinary existence. The miracle of friendship.

Me and Jenn enjoying beach time at her place this past summer.

Me and Jenn enjoying beach time at her place this past summer.

Living, Loving & Unlearning is Released!


Full-Book-Cover blogLiving, Loving & Unlearning’ has been released! My hope is that this book will assist you in becoming the truth of who you are, lighting a path for you to travel your journey with comfort and ease as you move through the ups, the downs, and all the in-betweens.

Love & Blessings,

Click here to order your personal copy of ‘Living, Loving & Unlearning’.  ~Namaste


Hope, Help & Healing Talk Radio Show; Friendships, Health & Happiness

To listen to my show on the Gift of Friendship with Louise Cady Fernandes and Marci Lubore Calantonio, simply click on the link below. 

This show will also be archived under the category, “AM WWLZ Talk Radio”, titled, “Friendships, Health & Happiness”.

Enjoy your day everybody, and remember, hug a friend today!


The Gift of Girlfriends

Tune in to Help, Hope & Healing, WWLZ820am Talk Radio, Saturday, April 30th, 12-1pm EST.  My guests are Louise Cady Fernandes & Marci Lubore Calantonio, two beautiful soul sisters of mine.  The three of us will be discussing friendships, and how it affects your health and happiness on a daily basis.  Join the conversation and call us during the show at 607-732-4820 or 1-866-732-4820.  We would love to hear from you!

Have a beautiful day everyone, and remember to hug a friend today!

https://i0.wp.com/profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/41598_111514418882953_3789_n.jpgLouise has been a friend of mine since sixth grade.  We grew up swimming together and sharing many ups and downs in this life.  We’ve had countless amazing experiences together;  the thrill of swimming competitions, the sadness of loss, the joy of girlfriend trips, the challenges of struggles in our lives, and the contentment of knowing, in the end, a friend is a friend for life.  Louise is my soul sister through and through.

Louise is a felted wool designer and has many beautiful creations at http://www.holething.com.

She also has a wonderful blog, http://www.linesofbeauty.com, addressing aging in our culture and embracing the beautiful, natural process, one wrinkle at a time.


Marci is a beautiful spirit roaming this earth.  I met Marci about a year ago on a spiritual site.  There was a picture of her with her horse and I immediately knew our connection.  Spirit and horses.  My intuition didn’t fail me as we have discovered we are soul sisters riding similar waves on this earth plane.  We continue to learn from each other as we travel our very interesting journeys.

Marci has an interior design business and is currently working on creating her website, Go To Your Room! Designs, where inner beauty creates interior bliss…simply developed in 3 crucial steps, leaving the client with a feeling of ease and contentment, surrounded by beauty.

Former Lew-Port Swimming Star Still Making Waves At Age 50

Check out this beautiful article written about my lifetime friend, Louise.  We have traveled many roads together and apart.  Learned wisdom along the way, gathered strength, shared many laughs and cried a few tears.  Through thick and thin we’ve aged in years but our hearts still beat the drum of a child’s pure heart.  Aging is not a downward slope, but a beautiful hot air balloon ride, full of treasures for your viewing pleasure.  Take it ALL in…

p.s. I am also known as, Cindy Weintraub:)


Also view Louise’s blog http://www.linesofbeauty.com

The Great Ship Of Friendship

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.  “Pooh!” he whispered.  “Yes, Piglet?”  “Nothing,”  said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw.  “I just wanted to be sure of you.”  ~A.A. Milne

Isn’t it a beautiful feeling when you know you can count on someone?  If you can add on one hand those you know will be there for you, no matter what, you are blessed.  Friendship isn’t a one way street of taking, it is a back and forth motion of giving and receiving.  A feeling of warmth that is indescribable in words.  My angels not only surround me in the Spirit world,  they gather around me here on the earth plane.  How blessed are we when we find this connection, true love in all its purity.

Thank you, my friends, for providing comfort when the rest of the world dims to dark.  You keep me on my light path, soul connections  banded together, paving the way.  Wrapped in angels wings.

Bouncing my love back to you…

The Spirit of Friendship

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
Nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship.
It is the spiritual inspiration that comes to you
When you discover that someone else believes in you,
And is willing to trust you with a friendship.”   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love this quote.  True friendships not only inspire us, they encourage us to remain true to our authentic selves.

Surround yourself with those who believe in you, trust in you, and return the same.

Be inspired. In spirit. In friendship.

Hey Soul Sister…

My dear friend since 5th grade….there is something very comforting about lifetime friends.  They know who you truly are, before life lathers all those layers on you.  A true friend allows you the freedom to peel back those layers, and just be who you are.

To view yet another layer of friendship, click the link below.www.linesofbeauty.com

Friendships and Funny Bones

I asked my girls last night, “What should I write about, girlfriend fun, manifestation, or ego and attachment?”  Girlfriend fun won, hands down.  Out of the mouths of babes.  The other topics will come, but I think we all need a reminder to surround ourselves with those we love and simply insert FUN into our lives!

I recently took a weekend girlfriend trip to NYC.  How long had it been since I sang in the car at the top of my lungs?  I must say, Susie and I harmonized pretty well.  Remembering all the words to Billy Joel, Dan Fogelberg, The Eagles, just to name a few.  Red lights in the city, cell phone snapshot time!  No, not of the sights, of our own silly poses!  And it didn’t stop when we joined Marjie, more pouty face, late night silly shots to come.  We were giddy and exhausted, and yes, completely enjoying each other.  There’s something to say about friendships that bring out the “girl” in you.  It allows you to be completely free with your authentic self.  No judgment, no have-to’s or supposed-to’s, only total acceptance.  Add doses of laughter and your package is complete.

I take a “Round Robin” trip with my girlfriends from high school every year.  We call ourselves the “RR” girls.  The term came from a circle of letters we’ve sent to each other over the past 30 years.  So many ups and downs, so many wonderful memories, some wild, fun times, some sad times, but always being there for each other, no matter what.  We’ve traveled to Boston, Maine, the Finger Lakes, Lake Placid, the hills of NY, Sedona, Las Vegas, Santa Cruz, Napa, and my home.  Many hikes, hot tubs, wild rides, late night talks, and interesting meets along the way tell the tale of the depth of our friendship.

Don’t pass it by.  Call a friend today, have a laugh, remember what brought you together, and relive it!  I’m so very thankful for ALL my girlfriends and the joy they bring me.  I am blessed!  You know who you are, sending you love and kisses today and everyday! Now let’s get out and PLAY!!!  xoxoxoxoxoxo

The Healing Hand

“Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.”  ~Swedish Proverb

We all experience times when a loved one makes us angry, pushes our buttons, and makes us wonder why we even bother to care anymore.  Often, this acting out is a cry for help and a desire to reach closer to you, even if they are pushing you away.  It is a dichotomous confusing state, but if looked at with an open heart you are able to step back and feel their pain.   Take time for your own introspection, and when ready, hold out your hand in an effort to heal both yourself and your loved one.

People are put in our lives for a reason.  They learn from us, as we learn from them.  The toughest relationships are where we learn and grow the most.  The people who bring out the heaviest of emotions are those that ruffle us enough to look inward and recognize our own flaws.  Don’t miss this valuable lesson we learn along this amazing journey called life.

Reach out to someone you love today.  Even if they push you away, your love will carry them when they aren’t able to carry themselves.  One set of footprints in the sand goes a long way…