2016: A Year Most Will Never Forget!!!

As I watch the rain trickle into the powered covered snow decks of our cabin here in Lake Arrowhead, I felt like writing my thoughts and feelings down surrounding this past year. I’m sure most of you are in total agreement with me in saying, 2016 sucked the big one!! I personally cannot wait to welcome in 2017, after viewing or experiencing one tragedy after another this past year.

It was awful to start 2016 off with the deaths of our beloved David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Prince! And to end it just as badly with the deaths of our beloved Princess Lea, Carrie Fisher, her mother, Debbie Reynolds one day behind her and George Michael who shared the same birthday month and year as me! Maybe it’s the age of most of the baby boomers and the fact that there are so many of us that can relate strongly to these losses. They were staples of our youth that has passed by way too quickly. We grew up together with their music, movies and images ingrained in our minds forever. They represented how fast and fleeting life truly is to have died so young and/or tragic.

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2016 will also mark how divided and split we are as Americans with our political views. And how much change is happening in our world that is right there in your face with social media on a daily basis. It’s hard to ignore the status of our world as a whole and the struggles we are facing as humanity hangs by a thread. If we can survive 2016 and venture into 2017 with any kind of positive optimism for whatever is we have to be grateful for, I believe we may have a chance to take a turn for a much better future. Life is truly a gift that we must cherish each and every day. I’m choosing to remain optimistic about 2017 and wish everyone a blessed New Year, one that is filled with love and great success. We must all dream as big as possible about each year being better than the last because that is what we will ultimately create for ourselves.

I think 2016 is a turning point for mankind to reflect and remember, as we move forward in the great unknown future that is the gift of this life; we are living right here and now. So a toast to 2017, may you shed light on the darkness so many have faced and give us all hope for a brighter tomorrow!

Holiday Blues

As we approach the end of 2016, I can honestly say I can’t wait to have it over and done with. This has not been a pleasant year for me. We battled an 8 month IRS tax audit that I’m grateful we prevailed in and is finally over, but it took up a lot of tedious hours of my time. We lost a lot of great musical artists such as, David Bowie, Glenn Fry and our beloved Prince. This was especially hard on me given my memories of such a precious innocent time in my life. I felt a strong urge to write them all down before I would be too old to remember the details anymore. If someone had told me that I would write a memoir on the most intimate details of my life this year, I would have told them they were crazy and I didn’t have that kind of time. Given that tax audit was taking up most of it and on top of that I was dealing with other added things like being producer on our Emmy award winning Amazon Prime series, “The Bay.” And then of course we had the never ending saga of the election and the constant battle with friends over those two candidates that it made me want to pull my hair out and scream at the top of my lungs at certain times.

In addition to all of this we were trying to sell our houses and consolidate and simplify our lives, given our kids are grown up and not around as much. As a realtor, I had many things to deal with such as repairs, showings and tenants that also took up alot of my time. Time is something that is abstract and goes by so fast and it’s something we can never get back. Sometimes looking back on time spent with beloved people in our lives that are no longer with us can often give you the blues, especially around the holidays. So to say I have the holiday blues this is year is really being honest. I didn’t feel like putting up a tree or entertaining and the holidays seemed to be upon us way too fast for me to catch my breath.

I am grateful this horrible year is ending and am optimistically looking forward to the new year with the completion of my memoir, “The Day It Snowed In April.” Although I didn’t set out to write a memoir on my life this year, I’m happy it turned out the way it has and I’m very proud of the book, as I feel it was directly inspired by Prince for me to tell our beautiful story now. Writing the book helped me grieve through the pain of his death and I got to relive those beautiful moments all over again as I laughed and cried reading it back. My life reads like a Jackie Collins novel and it’s hard to believe this was actually my life. People come in and out of our lives teaching us and guiding us through laughter and pain and helping us grow into the person we are at this very moment in time.

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Prince was one of those mystical magical moments of my life at a time when we were both young and innocent with lots of zest for life. I’ve always had a spiritual connection with him and he’s been a constant thread throughout my life so I pondered on why that was and had to write it all down. I was amazed at how fast I wrote the book and how much of it poured out of me, cleansing my soul and bathing me with love. When I read it back I cried like a baby and I struggled with whether I even wanted to release it? I let a few close personal friends read it that knew Prince and my time with him to get their opinions. I watched for signs and prayed that Prince would guide me to what he wished me to do.

The signs appeared in white owls screaming outside my front door during a full moon that told me this had to be Prince! They came to my door three nights in a row flying around me while I continued writing. Then I had a gift on my birthday, June 25, which I discovered was also the day “Purple Rain” was released. I never knew this until I started writing the book. That gift turned out to be the tiniest rescue dog that I renamed Prince. Now anyone who knows Ronn and I would have said that they would have never seen me with such a small dog. He’s only two pounds, but has the biggest personality and reminds me everyday of Prince and puts a smile on my face.  These signs told me that Prince now wants me to share this time of his life because it was the happiest time in both of our lives. Like the iconic musicians before him, Prince wants his fans to know the person he truly was and the person he became because he was an inspiration to all who encountered his soul. He was so special and mysterious even to those who actually knew him. So I believe many books, movies and documentaries will be yet to come on his life. My story is just part of what was his journey and its a beautiful heartfelt one that I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living it.

I want to give half of the proceeds from the book to Prince’s charity #yeswecode and I want fans of the book to spread the love and share it because it is meant to be an inspirational tribute to a man like no other. You may preorder the book here before the worldwide release date of Feb 1, 2017. I ask that you give me a review for the website and like ripples in a pond spread the love and share it with someone YOU love! I will autograph preorders for FREE!!!

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