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Help, Hope & Healing Radio Interview with Norm Weintraub and Bread and Roses

To listen to my interview with Norm Weintraub, musical healer and service giver with http://www.breadandroses.org, simply click on the link below.  This show will also be archived under the category “AM WWLZ820 Talk Radio”, titled, “Norm Weintraub; Giving Service with Bread and Roses”.

Enjoy your blessed day…Namaste.

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My Bro Norm, Giving Service with Bread and Roses

Cindy Weintraub BrennenJoin Norm Weintraub and I on Help, Hope & Healing, WWLZ820am, Saturday, June 11th, 12-1pm EST.  Yes, Norm would be my brother who gives back to the world by playing his beautiful music for people living in shelters and facilities across the San Francisco Bay Area.  He has had the pleasure of playing with David Ervin who played keys with Ray Charles. Currently, Norm shares his performance with Vlad Cardema, http://vladcardema.com, who is a master of the didgeridoo, an ancient aboriginal horn like instrument creating sound healing.  Norm started this path of giving with Bread and Roses, an organization dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality shows to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society.  This group was developed by Mimi Farina, Joan Baez’s sister, in 1974.  Norm has since branched out and developed his own group of giving, and encourages other musicians to do the same in hopes to help others heal.  Norm has expressed to me that in giving he is the one who receives as he connects with people through his music.  Feel free to call us during the show at 607-732-4820 or 1-866-732-4820.

Cindy Weintraub BrennenNorm will also be playing a couple of his original songs during the show.  He has been known to bring us to tears at our family reunions…singing many tunes that “hit home”. 

Bread & Roses brings hope and healing through live music to isolated individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our performances uplift the spirits of children undergoing chemotherapy, teens battling substance abuse, families in homeless shelters, seniors nearing the end of life transition, and others living apart from friends and family while facing challenging times.

> Read our Mission Statement and about our Current Program and Essence Stories.

Inspired by a 1912 poem by James Oppenheim, Mimi Fariña selected the name Bread & Roses to convey the spirit of the organization which she founded in 1974. Over the years, Bread & Roses has received awards for its community impact as well as its effectiveness and efficiency.

> Read more about our founder and our history.

“My commitment to serving humanity inspires me to support Bread and Roses” ~Carols Santana

To learn more about Bread and Roses click on the link below…

Blessings~

Reinventing Self

I had a great conversation with my oldest brother, Norm, as we walked the streets of Seattle during our family reunion.  We talked about how a life worth living is a life where you never give up on reinventing yourself.  A life where you tap into your creativity and explore what stirs that drive inside, that excitement that rises when you know it is right for you, and that connection your creation has to others in your surroundings.

Reinvention is an ongoing process.  Think about where you were ten years ago compared to now.  We are constantly reinventing, but the key to the process is to realize the value in reaching for your heart’s desire versus settling for what you know is not working for you anymore.  Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but fear held you back?  Think about taking that first step, you may be pleasantly surprised when you do.

When I started my practice I had no idea where I was going with it.  I jumped in and allowed my intellect and Spirit to guide me.  One thing led to another and I learned along the way.  When I started this blog, I barely knew what a blog was.  I googled WordPress and explored set up until it was done.  My recent radio interview was started with an email and it took off from there.  It has peaked my interest and I’m currently exploring other radio opportunities.  Oh, and I still want to learn to play guitar!  Interestingly, that’s how Norm and I got into this conversation. He is an amazing guitarist who writes his own music and lyrics.  He was telling me how he became involved with this group called Bread and Roses.  It was developed by Joan Baez with the idea of giving with your heart and musical talents.  Musicians travel around to nursing facilities and play for the residents.  Norm was telling me how the gift of giving bounces back.  The connection and appreciation he feels with these wise older owls is overwhelming.  They truly FEEL his music and tune in to his tunes.  Both the player and the listener have an exchange that fills them more than all the material wealth in the world.  When you get this, and know this feeling, no THING can touch you.  It is an island unto itself.  Giving service is so important in any invention.  It is a reminder that the true filling is in the giving.

What is it that you have been thinking about reinventing lately?  Take that first step.  Breathe in deep, eyes wide open, and GO!  The learning is in the experience.  You just might be surprised by what you find.