Chert Dog’s First Television Interview!!!

09-jpg

“Doghead is pretty easy to learn, you just have to speak from the heart.”

L.D. Marchell “My Father’s Greatest Gift:

Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever”

As some of you may know, I promised Chert Dog that I would get his story of unconditional love and forgiveness published, but that I would also promote it so that his mission and purpose would spread across the world. Today was “his” first television interview with Kara Conrad, producer and host on WBNG -TV CBS Channel 12 News featured in “Around the Tiers” segment aired Monday – Friday from 12:15- 12:30 pm. As synchronicity would have it, my booth at Otsiningo Park’s “All Paws for a Cause Dog Walk” is how this interview came about! Following is the link to the interview. Enjoy!

http://www.wbng.com/story/36115984/local-author-talks-book-my-fathers-greatest-gift

Local author talks book, “My Father’s Greatest Gift”

http://www.wbng.com

“Like” Kara Conrad on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.

Chert was an old soul, and his charisma attracted all the children in the neighborhood including his female girlfriend, Syria, a Sassy White Bichon who just happened to live across the street! Chert had two loves, for his stomach it was PIZZA! And for his heart it was Syria! His favorite time of year was Halloween when everyone would come to visit HIM (or so he thought)! His last year with us, it was a prerequisite from all of the trick-or-treaters that they had to pet the dog first before they got a treat! I will always remember the magic and wonder Chert brought to my heart and am much blessed to have known, loved and to have been loved by such an altruistic angel in furry clothing!

aa006

chert-and-aden

aa014

©WBNG TV CBS Channel 12 Kara Conrad Host/Producer “Around The Tiers”

©Loriginal Designs

My Friend Midge!

imag1540IMG_2439

“Living in the Present Moment is the truest gift of all!”

imag1573

IMG_2451

“For it is Knowledge which teaches Wisdom…”

21381

IMG_2453

“…Wisdom which teaches Truth…”

19531

IMG_2442

“…And the Truth will set you Free!”

imag1517

IMG_2435

“Living in a state of wonderment is where you find joy.”

21101

21105

IMG_2438

“Life is about living one step at a time.”

IMG_2405“Fresh air, exercise, friendship and encouragement

are the greatest elixirs of all!”

IMG_2398

“Your are as young as you feel as our Spirit gives life.”

IMG_2382

“Seize the Day!”

IMG_2380

“Precious moments of a lifetime!”

IMG_2376

“Timelessness!”

IMG_2317

“Midge” An Inspiring 14 Year Old Standard Poodle

20503

©Loriginal Designs

The Carousel Circuit!!!

All six carousels were donated between 1919 – 1934 by *George F. Johnson, founder of the Endicott Johnson Corporation (1857-1948).  His gift to the community was that all can enjoy riding the carousels for free!  The carousels were manufactured from the Allan Herschell Company, North Tonawanda, NY. 

Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day Broome County, NY.

IMG_0983
Recreation Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY

“The Twilight Zone” Walking  Distance (TV Episode 1959) by Rod Serling”

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2011/09/the-twilight-zone-carousel-opens-in-rod-serlings-hometown/

Recreation Park Gazebo
Recreation Park Pavilion, Binghamton, NY

Recreation Park Carousel and its housing Pavilion were built in 1925 with 60 “jumper” horses four abreast and two chariots.

IMG_0991
Recreation Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY
IMG_0975
Recreation Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY
IMG_0982
Recreation Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY
IMG_0978
Recreation Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY
IMG_0979
Recreation Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY
IMG_0974
Recreation Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY
IMG_0976
Recreation Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY
IMG_0980
Recreation Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY
IMG_0981
Recreation Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY
IMG_0977
Recreation Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY
Recreation Park Carousel
Recreation Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY

This community has the only four abreast Herschell carousels still in existence which are:

  • C. Fred Johnson Park Carousel
  • Recreation Park Carousel
  • Ross Park Carousel
Ross Park Carousel
Ross Park Carousel, Binghamton, NY

Ross Park Carousel built in 1920 houses 60 “jumper” horses which are four abreast and two chariots.  It is currently under renovation.

C. Fred Johnson Carousel
C. Fred Johnson Park Carousel

C. Fred Johnson Park Carousel and the Pavilion were constructed in 1923 which houses 72 figures, all are “jumpers”  which are four abreast.

Highland Carousel
Highland Park Carousel, Endwell, NY

Highland Park Carousel was built in 1925 and originally located at the old En-Joie Park in Endicott, then relocated to its current location.  It has 36 “jumper” animals with a pig and a dog situated three abreast!

George W. Johnson Carousel
George W. Johnson Park Carousel, Endicott, NY

George W. Johnson Park Carousel was built in 1934 with 36 horses three abreast and two chariots enclosed in the original Pavilion. 

West Endicott Carousel
West Endicott Park Carousel, Union, NY

West Endicott Park Carousel built in 1929 has 36 animals three abreast, including a dog and a pig along with horses, all are “jumpers” and enclosed in a Pavilion.

There are fewer than 150 antique carousels left in the United States and Canada. 


*In gratitude to George F. Johnson and his vision for welfare capitalism.  Both sides of my family were immigrants from Czechloslovakia who worked at the Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory.  Mr. Johnson provided a pamphlet to all new employees called “An EJ Worker’s First Lesson in the Square Deal.”  Some of these benefits included shoes, medical, subsidized housing, playgrounds, parks and FREE CAROUSEL RIDES!

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/01/131725100/the-legacy-of-george-f-johnson-and-the-square-deal

©Loriginal Designs

A Walk to Finch Hollow

IMG_1551

“On a day such as today, may it live on forever in your heart.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1431

“Precious are the moments that occur between the breath and warm the soul.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1472

“Travel lightly, step softly, live within the wonderment of the present.”

L.D. Marchell

“Mosaic colors of light dancing upon the trees sing joyously in the breeze which hushes our thoughts to breathe.”

L.D. Marchell

“Are dogs the angels in furry clothing which know us better than we know ourselves – our best friend for now and always.”

L.D. Marchell

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:2

“Only God can make a tree.”

Grandma Marge Stolarcyk

IMG_1559

IMG_1560

IMG_1565

IMG_1561

“Sing to the Lord a new song!”

Psalm 96

©Loriginal Designs

 

A Holistic Harvest on Keuka Lake!

20171022-IMG_1811

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

John Muir

20171022-IMG_1809

IMG_1808

IMG_1789

IMG_1805

“No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening – still all is Beauty!”

John Muir

IMG_1773

IMG_1776

IMG_1782

IMG_1772

“Everything is flowing — going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water. Thus the snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty-making glaciers and avalanches; the air in majestic floods carrying minerals, plant leaves, seeds, spores, with streams of music and fragrance; water streams carrying rocks… While the stars go streaming through space pulsed on and on forever like blood…in Nature’s warm heart.”

John Muir

IMG_1784

IMG_1788

IMG_1810

Mum's Rose

“One is constantly reminded of the infinite lavishness and fertility of Nature — inexhaustible abundance amid what seems enormous waste. And yet when we look into any of her operations that lie within reach of our minds, we learn that no particle of her material is wasted or worn out. It is eternally flowing from use to use, beauty to yet higher beauty; and we soon cease to lament waste and death, and rather rejoice and exult in the imperishable, unspendable wealth of the universe, and faithfully watch and wait the reappearance of everything that melts and fades and dies about us, feeling sure that its next appearance will be better and more beautiful than the last.”

John Muir

IMG_1802

IMG_1813

IMG_1787

IMG_1801

“How little note is taken of the deeds of Nature! What paper publishes her reports? …. Who publishes the sheet-music of the winds, or the written music of water written in river-lines? Who reports and works and ways of the clouds, those wondrous creations coming into being every day like freshly upheaved mountains? And what record is kept of Nature’s colors – – the clothes she wears – of her birds, her beasts – her live-stock?”

John Muir

IMG_1798

IMG_1796

IMG_1812

IMG_1792

“Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts.”

John Muir

IMG_1808

IMG_1781

IMG_1803

IMG_1807

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”

John Muir

IMG_1778

“Amos the Bordeaux Mastiff descendant of Turner and Hooch (aka Beasely).”

Thank you Paul and Sharon Kayes!

http://www.bighousebordeaux.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turner_%26_Hooch

IMG_1814

©Loriginal Designs

©John Muir

©bighousebordeaux.com

©Turner and Hooch

Special thanks to Paul and Sharon Kayes and meeting Amos the Bordeaux Mastiff!

Arrowhead Parable Book Signing!

IMAG1502

Arrowhead Parable Christian Store Book Signing

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Julie C. Tedesco, Rob Nearing (Calvin J. Boal), Lori D. Marchell Carlsen (L.D. Marchell)

IMAG1500

“London Calling Jesus”

Author:  Julie C. Tedesco

 

“St. George’s Cross and the Siege of Fort Pitt:  Battle of Three Empires”

“Valiant Warrior:  Knight of the Third Crusade”

“Last Run of the Whisperer”

Author:  Calvin J. Boal

 

“My Father’s Greatest Gift:  Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever”

Author:  L.D. Marchell

IMAG1505

“Sharon Whalen and L.D. Marchell:  my fourth grade teacher from MacArthur School!”

IMAG1506

“Visit from my friend Lisa!”

IMAG1508

“Thank you to Arrowhead Parable Christian Store and everyone who visited the book signing!”

©Loriginal Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My Father’s Greatest Gift” First Book Signing and “The Sedona Method”

My Father’s Greatest Gift: Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever book signing held March 18, 2017 at Arrowhead Parable Christian Store, Johnson City, NY
My Father’s Greatest Gift Website

Maria and Lori3182017

Are any of you familiar with The Sedona Method developed by Lester Levenson, with a tool set to assist in clearing out old, embedded thoughts, beliefs and feelings that were handed down through our DNA; which we have now become able to access on our own through The Akash to allow for the realization of these aspects of our depths in order to do “Spring Cleaning” as it were. The core components are letting go of the four basic wants: Approval, Security, Separation and Control. That said, it is a mouthful to digest when one begins asking the questions about how are these certain aspects of our inner workings serving us anymore and can we let them go? Are you willing to let them go? When?

Rose and Lori

The Sedona Method has been one of my “tool sets” for many years, but for some reason it surfaced this morning, so I am being led to share some insights from Lester’s “Lessons” on releasing. We are all cleansing energetically now, using a variety of tools which resonate for each one of us individually. The Sedona Method, by author Dale Dwoskin, shares Lester’s workings and research on our unlimited potential and provides yet other applications to address the old, worn out thoughts and beliefs which most probably were not originating from our own thoughts, but handed down through generations, like a grafting form a rose bush.

Rob, Lori, Anna3182017

Once you maser writing out the reasons why you are holding onto a certain want: Approval, Security, Separation or Control, you then need to address the deeper layers of thought patterns: Apathy, Grief, Fear, Lust, Anger, Pride, and even areas of Courageousness, Acceptance and Peace. By doing this deep inner work, your are dissolving resistance to “reacting” to criticism and to praise. In other words, you are at point zero equilibrium balance of mind, body and spirit, the center of Love and Gods Set Point.

As Khalil Gibran noted: “I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant and kindness from the unkind; yet strange I am ungrateful to those teachers.”

girls and Lori sized

So you may be wondering why I am reflecting on The Sedona Method and how that applies to my first book signing of Chert Dog’s story, My Father’s Greatest Gift: Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever? It is very simple. Because of all the years of doing the inner work within and clearing out the old thoughts and beliefs, it has given room for unlimited potentials to flourish in my life! (“Pombu Zoplatz: Thanks be to God”).

Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing for you. Act for yourself and face your truth.” Katherine Mansfield

Co-Creating on Thanksgiving Weekend

IMG_2140

“Once I used to think that shadows were to hide; But now I am very clear that that is where faith, hope and love abide.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_2139

IMG_2143

 

IMG_2160

IMG_2183

“It is family which has no boundaries in unconditional love, surpassed by blood lines, defined by the attunement of the heart, we seldom glimpse the vast array of soul family members until we become awake within the consciousness of the heart which speaks truth in all its purity.  Therefore, become aware of your soul family as they are calling you home.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

IMG_2138

IMG_2173

IMG_2176IMG_2181

IMG_2171

IMG_2182

“The conscious pause of the moment; The silent pause of the mind.  The alignment of connection; Of the soul to the Divine.”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

IMG_2196

IMG_2205

IMG_2208

IMG_2206

IMG_2198

 

“Mindfulness = apparent by the breath of life, the peacefulness of nature, the energy from Gaia, the embodiment of the greatest gift of all – life to share, give, receive, embrace – memories of a lifetime.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_2163

IMG_2169

IMG_2179

IMG_2161

IMG_2164

IMG_2155

IMG_2192

“The hawk’s confirming wings,

IMG_2167

In circles up above,

IMG_2194

Fly closer to us in,

IMG_2166

A message of pure love.”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

IMG_2165

IMG_2210

IMG_2148

“Those that mind don’t matter; And those that matter don’t mind.”

Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel)

 

IMG_2153

“It has become apparent to me that the more I learn about others, the better I feel about myself; It is by selfless love that we die to self where then Christ can shine brightly through our lives.  Crucifixion of the heart, then, is where the Sacred Heart of Jesus Shines.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

IMG_2197

IMG_2211

IMG_2209

IMG_2172

IMG_2157

IMG_2145

Look Up!

“Gold and White; Rays of sun; Infinite Love.”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

IMG_2207

IMG_2201

IMG_2199

IMG_2202

IMG_2200

“Tire swings; Peaceful things.  Nature brings; All of me.”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

IMG_2203

IMG_2204

©Loriginal Designs

©Connie Andrea Marchell

©Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

©Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel)

Otsiningo Park Broome County Park and Newton Battlefield New York State Park

 

 

 

An Outdoor Odyssey at Otsiningo Park

IMG_2031

“Sing of deep blue skies; Of traveling mystical clouds arise.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_2032

“The buds push forth the Autumn leaves; In preparation for the upcoming Spring.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_2035

IMG_2036

“Be it the child who teaches the parent, or the parent that instructs the child; Great Wisdom is gleaned from the mouths of babes, it seems.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

IMG_2054

IMG_1995

IMG_1988

IMG_2053

 Park On Sunday

 

 Crisp of air,

 Swift of foot,

Skating,  futbol,  play.

Love and laughter,

Geese and friends,

Autumn, Park on Sunday.

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

IMG_1993

“Joyously we skate and sing; Ever mindful of the simple things.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

IMG_2008

IMG_2009

IMG_2013

IMG_2014

“Oh the happiness that springs; From just the simple, humble things!”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_2015

IMG_2016

 

“Doghead is pretty easy to learn; You just have to speak from the heart.”

“My Father’s Greatest Gift:  Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_2050

“In the fresh air and sunshine bright; I find true meaning within my life.  Through the twists and turns that weave our path; the meaning becomes much clearer when you look back!”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_2002

IMG_2006

IMG_2030

IMG_2010

“Ever joyously we sway and swing; Upon nature’s beauty of everything!”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_2060

IMG_2041

IMG_2061

IMG_2042

“Muted colors, bountiful arrays; Magical wonder, Godly days.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

IMG_2033

 

IMG_2040

“Today, if you hear His voice; Do not harden your hearts.”

Hebrews 3:15

IMG_2026

“May your heart be full of joy:  Rejoice in the Lord Always; And again I say, Rejoice!”

Philippians 4:4

 

©Loriginal Designs

©Connie Andrea Marchell

©Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

©Bible

 

 

Playful Practice Around Conklin Parks!

IMG_1701

“Throughout our lives, laughter and playfulness heal our mind, body and soul.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1657IMG_1659

IMG_1661

“Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 18:3

IMG_1658

IMG_1726

IMG_1725

IMG_1730

IMG_1741

IMG_1766

IMG_1674

IMG_1676

IMG_1679

“Allow the child within to come out and play!”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1678

IMG_1684

“Alfred the Golden Doodle”

IMG_1681

“The hush of heaven holds our hearts today.”

A Course in Miracles

IMG_1665

“Teamwork and foundations are built on integrity of the heart.”

L.D. Marchell

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.  As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.  Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.”

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

IMG_1672

IMG_1707

IMG_1744

IMG_1758

IMG_1749

“For it is knowledge which teaches wisdom, wisdom which teaches truth and the truth will set you free.”

©Loriginal Designs

IMG_1671

 

 

A Relaxing Afternoon At Dorchester Park

IMG_1063

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.

Emily Bronte

IMG_1058

IMG_1062

“Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1065

“I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading; It vexes me to choose another guide.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1104

“I see heaven’s glories shine and faith shines equal.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1094

IMG_1103

“Honest people don’t hide their deeds.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1084

“I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1061

“But first a hush of peace, a soundless calm descends; The struggle of distress and fierce impatience ends.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1099

“If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1087

“A good heart will help you to a bonny face, my lad…”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1092

“I have to remind myself to breathe, almost to remind my heart to beat.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1066

“…But most where trees are sending; Their breezy boughs on high; Or stooping low are lending a shelter from the sky.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1071

IMG_1075

IMG_1074

IMG_1072

IMG_1078

“I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free…”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1082

“I cannot express it:  but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be, an existence of yours beyond you.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1089

IMG_1085

IMG_1076

IMG_1070

 

IMG_1100

“With wide-embracing Love Thy Spirit animates eternal years; Pervades and broods above; Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates and rears.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1102

“No coward soul is mine.  No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1105

IMG_1064

IMG_1106

“From the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1056

IMG_1107

“I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town.  A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1067

© Loriginal Designs

©Emily Bronte Quotes

 

 

17th Annual All Paws for a Cause Dog Walk Sunday, July 23, 2017

“My Father’s Greatest Gift:  Life Lessons From A Black English Labrador Retriever”

Chert Dog’s Tent!

Upcoming WBNG TV Interview with Kara Conrad on Friday, August 11 at 12:15 pm

Book signing at Arrowhead Parable Christian Store on Saturday, August 12 at 11 am – 2 pm

IMAG1178

Willow’s Wings

A non profit animal sanctuary and rescue, devoted to caring for all animals large and small, many of which have been left abandoned, neglected and abused.  Our saying here is, “They may be old, sick or disabled, but their lives matter too.”

Donations can be sent to:  http://www.paypal.me/WillowsWings

IMG_0785res

Willow’s Wings

Animal Sanctuary and Rescue

http://www.WillowsWings.com

Willow6226@gmail.com

IMAG1179-816x459

http://www.wbng.com/story/35921275/15th-annual-all-paws-for-a-cause-dog-walk?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=13505241

©Loriginal Designs

©Willow’s Wings

©WBNG TV Kara Conrad

©YWCA Broome County

 

 

 

Amazing Love!!!

“Hope in God!  For I shall again be thanking Him; in the presence of My Savior and my God!”

Psalm 43:5

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“And He will…make you shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his Hand.”

Michael Joncas

IMAG0959

“Who gave Himself for our sins, to rescue us from the present evil age, as our God and Father willed – to Him be Glory for Endless Ages!”

Galatians 1:4

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

lori

“Doghead is easy to learn, you just have to speak from the heart.”

L.D. Marchell

As some of you may know, through the tragic loss of my Mom, Chert Dog saved not only my Father’s heart, but my brother, John’s and mine too!  There is something about unconditional love from an animal, so altruistic, pure, peaceful and kind.  Angels brought to us in various forms, to be embraced and cherished or relinquished forever as we are all given that chance to choose the highest and best for all concerned.

It is during these most tremulous times that we are being given the opportunity to make new consciously aware and awakened choices with our most precious gift of life.  Allow for your new preferences to include:

“…Whatever is true, whatever is kind, whatever is lovely, and if there be anything worthy of praise, think then on these things.”

Philippians 4:8

https://youtu.be/nwjTT2bqKk0

©Loriginal Designs Photography

©Bible

©Newsboys “Amazing Love”