RIP Cindy Joseph, super-model, role model, strong, wise, beautiful woman

Beautiful Cindy Joseph passed away last week. Cindy was an inspiration to women everywhere. She was more than a super-model. She represented the healthy lifestyle choices of female Baby Boomers around the world. Not much has been publicized about this, but she lost a private battle with cancer.

Cindy and I went to high school together. She was Cindy Miller then. I reconnected with her in later years, and in 2013, and she was planning to take a train into NYC to meet up while I was visiting there. But she was in a whirlwind planning her wedding and “pre-wedding honeymoon” trip at the time, and we had to cancel.cf73293bba12d5592e1c4bca78b06a36--ageless-beauty-womens-beautyAt the age of 49, Cindy was approached on the street by a casting agent to model for Dolce and Gabbana, igniting her modeling career with Ford Models, and her face has been used in beauty campaigns for Garnier, Olay, Elizabeth Arden, Aveda… She has modeled for Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Target, Ann Taylor, Liz Claiborne, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Chico’s… She has graced covers of magazines, Oprah, More, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Marie Clair and more.

In her senior year of high school, Cindy chose to throw out all her makeup in rebellion to what she thought was society’s dictate to superficial beauty. “Then I started thinking about humankind and how we’ve been decorating our bodies from day one — with piercing and scarring and tattoos and braiding — and we have been playing dress-up for a very, very long time. So when people say it’s not natural, I think it’s very natural. However, the motivation behind what we’re doing has changed — at least in Western society — and it’s about fixing something that’s wrong, rather than celebrating what we already are and have. We’re doing it to try to fix flaws and conceal things, and that’s the part I don’t agree with.”

Many may know she founded “Boom! by Cindy Joseph”. I love her “BOOMSTICK COLOR” and use it all the time!!



“We live in a pain-oriented society. In a nutshell, that means we relate with each other over pain. We can complain to our neighbors, friends, or strangers about how horrible the weather is or our health is, then they jump in and start complaining too, and the conversation goes on forever. If you talk to someone about your success or how well life is going, they might say, “Oh, that’s great.” But if you go on for very long, they become suspicious, like, why are they telling me this, are they bragging? What’s going on?

“Another example is how, if you have a job and you’re working and your mother dies, it’s “take the week off, no problem.” You got stuck in traffic and have a flat tire? No problem. Sick? No problem. But if you said, “This is the first sunny day we’ve had in three months, and I’m going to the beach,” they’d be like, “Well don’t bother coming back.” The more [I realized this] the more I was like, “Wow.”

“My whole life I felt like I wasn’t disciplined enough, focused enough, wasn’t enough like a guy. And when [someone told me] “You are pleasure-oriented,” I felt like the shackles had been cut free… Women bring the party to the table — we bring the joy, the fun, and men respond to it… So I decided I was going to start living my life according to pleasure… you have to really tune in, slow down, and pay attention to what feels good… I started taking better care of myself — taking bubble baths, paying attention to what I was eating. Instead of racing through the day with all these goals, I stopped to smell the roses.”

“A partner is an add-on to a completely fulfilled life. I didn’t marry Bruce to feel complete – I was complete and whole and happy and dancing through life, and I thought that he would be a fun guy to share it with.”

RIP Cindy. I am so sorry you left us way too soon.

BOOM by Cindy Joseph @BoomByCindyJoseph #CindyJoseph

Dave Matthews Band last weekend

The Dave Matthews Band got their start in the town I live in. They are known and loved by many of us here in Charlottesville, Virginia. I have been to their summer concerts without fail for 20 years.

Last weekend I attended their show in Bristow, Virginia along with 25,000 others.  Fun summer ritual. Here are just a few photos!







My Trip to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

One of my favorites of the photos I took in Yellowstone

I happened to be in Salt Lake City in September 2013 and realized I was only 5 hrs away from Yellowstone National Park, a place on my “bucket list”. So I rented a car (a first), drove alone to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and rented a small room for 2 nights.

On the way there, my phone’s talking GPS took me into Idaho then through some very tiny towns crossing into Wyoming. Along the way, the signal was completely lost. Thank God I had a paper map with me, but I really had no idea where I was, so it was pretty tricky!

Yellowstone and Grand Teton

(On the way home, I took a more scenic route and used MAP only.)


This is where I had breakfast both mornings in Jackson Hole. Lotus Cafe. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time in Grand Teton National

I didn’t spend a whole lot of time in Grand Teton National Park, but here are some pictures I took:


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I spent one entire day in Yellowstone. WOW! Hot water everywhere, boiling white mud, roaming buffalo. Here are some photos I took:

DSCF0537-005I became obsessed with boiling mud. I must have taken 30 minutes of video.


Did you know about Yellowstone bacteria? So many rare bacteria being studied – some eat oil, some eat plastic. These bacteria may one day save the earth!

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So glad I went!! And here are some pictures from the drive back to Jackson Hole:


What a great day.

I had a canary once…

His name was Sunny. Bright yellow and such a great singer. He was my only bird at the time, and I loved hearing him sing. I decided he might like to listen to other canaries singing, so I bought him a cd. Canary songs. From “beginner” to “advanced” for 45 minutes. After I played it for him, he never sang again.

I think he lost his confidence.

Lesson learned: give birds, babies, children, prospective customers and business prospects what is developmentally appropriate and nurturing. Don’t overwhelm them. They may just tune out, turn off, have their fledgling confidence eroded and budding interest squashed. You might mean well, but meaning well is not enough. Use your listening skills, and don’t overdue it!

Sunny the canary

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Just wanted to share this photo I took of a bumblebee.

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With my grandson Walker 2009