I Am The Mask – by Marie Pollnow


I’ve been used as a mask on numerous occasions.  It’s been cathartic and stifling on different occasions.  I was not my true me or higher self.  Other human beings projected their needs and wants onto me.  I was their mask.
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As a young girl Marie created a “Silent Mask”whether used at school or home.  She quickly learned if a teacher or her father was angry with her to be quiet.  She got to be a real expert at being silent which further strengthened her “Green Mask.”  Her “Silent Mask” was light grey with a closed mouth.  It was in this state Marie gained tremendous solace through communication with animals.  Animals understood her.

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Sleep Is A Vital Part of Life – by Marie Pollnow


Sleep is a vital part of life.  Without it we suffer and when we get good sleep we feel great.  My most far reaching memories of sleep are fond.  I remember my mother tucking me in before I went to sleep.  I remember sleep being renewing and serene.

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Copy That – by Marie Pollnow


The Merriam Webster Dictionary states a copy is an imitation.  When I think about the word copy I think about it as a verb.  I think of when I have copied, how I have copied and what I’ve wanted to copy.  What do I like?  What have I liked?  and what have I copied?  Before I copy something it catches my eye, stirs my soul, or is something I want in my life.  It’s someone I want to be like.  I feel to be the best person I can be my greatest improvement can be in copying the greats.  One of my favorite things to copy are home decoration, storage solutions and good fashion.  I usually find ideas on the internet, in nature, through interactions with people and what else books or magazines.  For example, I always loved copying the style of Hollywood 40s (what was I thinking?)  Marlene Dietrich, or David Bowie.

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Spirituality of An Elder In A Walk – by Marie Pollnow


Most of my clients as well as people I know further on their journey on the age scale enjoy walking.  There are a few exceptions.  More specifically people who have lost their ability to walk or have big challenges tend to be more grateful, giddy, or full of cheer when given an opportunity to walk; whether with or without assistance.  There was a short and dark time in my life where I lost the ability to walk strongly, lively and with vigor as I had  before.  It was immensely shaky and scary time in my life.  After this, my empathy and compassion sense grew even bigger than before.  On the other hand I’ve seen what has happened when individuals refused to walk when they had the ability.  Everyone is on their own path…literally.

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Pivotal Moments – by Marie Pollnow


To me what pivotal means is that a huge important event happens in your life.  It changes everything.  The Merriam Webster Dictionary concurs with me.  So, there have been many pivotal moments in my life.  Rather than focusing on so many of the tragedies and deaths, I chose to focus on other events that shaped my life in a positive way.

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Forward and Moving Forward – by Marie Pollnow


There are so many ways to interpret or see this word: forward.  As I’ve gone through this journey called life my focus has been to enjoy the moment yet there are so many times one must move forward.  It can be used as a verb or noun, our choice.  Yet I think the best lesson I have learned is WHEN to move forward.  If one does not know when to move forward he or she can stay stuck.  This is not beneficial for anyone.  Now this doesn’t mean the sky is rainbows and to just “think positive” I think that kind of advice is detrimental.  We must allow ourselves to feel what we feel.  From feeling lower vibration thoughts we may strive for better feeling thoughts as Abraham Hicks states.  In addition to noting our feelings we must learn from the situation.  I, personally, do not believe in mistakes yet only lessons.  The best we can do is to not repeat the things over and over.  The not so great experiences equate to less than desired patterns.  As above, so below.  When I’m mindful of patterns oftentimes I know when its time to move forward.  While in the military I loved to march to one command which was, “Forward March!!”  As a young person I used to stay in one place too long.  What I mean by this is I would stew, get upset, or angry and stay there.  This is before I had the knowledge about the Law of Attraction.  When you focus your energy on something it grows and you bring more of it to you.

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The Spirituality of An Elder – by Marie Pollnow


This came to me the other day while I was waiting for an idea from God Source or Universe.  I wanted to change my approach to how I wrote this column.  So in essence I turned the tables as well as me pondering my new projects to include a book and interviewing Seniors.  When you wish upon a star…. So there’s so much more than a material world.

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My Life Is My Masterpiece – by Marie Pollnow


My masterpiece is my life.  It is something I am familiar with and create day by day.  Now mindset is not always peaches and cream, rosy, flowers or chocolate pancakes.  Yet since learning about “The Secret” my life has taken a dramatic upward swing.  Once my momentum built it was crazy.  Crazy in a good way.  The biggest thing, most important aspects I had to learn about my masterpiece is that I create it.  Now this does not mean I’m on my own.  We live in a co-creating Universe.  Nothing is made in a vacuum.  I would use a job as an example.  Simply by having an intention to work at a job could potentially land you a job at “Cotton Candy and Trees.”  It may not be a match in heaven as you are immersed in a co-creative environment.  All the thought vibrations of coworkers are here as well as past and future.  You may sage yet those vibrations keep coming and they may not be good like the Beach Boys.

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Luminosity Is Where You See The Light – by Marie Pollnow


Luminosity is forever brining light, purity and joyous energy to one’s environment. First experiences with l come in through, and within my dear mother.  My Mother had weaknesses and faults like any other human being yet I loved her very much.  She was luminous and liked to write poetry.  Many times she would wake me up with a morning song that she created herself.

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Spirituality of an Elder: Telling Stories – by Marie Pollnow


Spirituality can be reached in telling stories and some of my clients were very talented in this.  Whether they had dementia or not they received great joy in talking about the old days.  Some of them were better able to set the story up and make you feel like you were there or you can remember with them.  I found some of my dementia clients really enjoyed these recalls because somewhere in the back of their minds they knew something was not right.  They knew they could not remember everything properly or recall things they used to know.

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Senior Spirituality Through Routine – by Marie Pollnow


I was really psyched when this idea came to me.  I was driving home from work and was quite tired.  Oftentimes great ideas come to me when I’m in this state.  I think this is because there is less resistance.  I will also get ideas for songs, articles, or poems in the middle of the night while in the dream state.  Maybe this is an open portal, who knows?

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Refresh To Feel Better – by Marie Pollnow


I could write a book on the topic of “refresh” for sure.  So rather than jumping into the vastness of refresh I’ll stick close to home which feels like my comfort zone anyways.  When I think of refresh I think of rejuvenating, revitalizing, rebooting and relaxing (when possible.)  Since refresh is a verb a lot of things, people or animals can be refreshed.  I like to refresh my apartment and I do it often.  This does not require a

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Spirituality Of An Elder: Dry Humor – by Marie Pollnow


Vera was a most amazing client.  In fact, I felt love, endearment and fond admiration for most of my clients.  Vera was one of them.  She was a petite lady of about five foot four.  She had come from a small town, in Wisconsin, where her father was a gas station man.  She was very ahead of her time as she was one of the first women to drive, in her era.  Her father required a hot lunch everyday prepared by her mother and she was the one to deliver it to him.  She could only perform this task if she drove.  That was it she got her drivers’ license.  She did not recall exactly what the driving test entailed but stated she did not think it was very difficult, in between chuckles.  Although she was suffering macular degeneration and dementia she proudly showed me the picture of her standing in front of one of the first vehicles in town, a Model T Ford of course.  She was quite young maybe about eighteen with beautiful brown wavy hair.  She looked somewhat like a peacock standing gracefully in front of that car.

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Possibility: Will You Show Up For It? – by Marie Pollnow


Possibility is like friendships.  In order to get the most out of it you must put time, energy and love into them.  Before you can do this you must be aware of it.  In order to be aware you must be looking for them.  In order to be aware you must be looking for them.  Possibility meets preparation.  My mother used to say in order to have a friend you must be a friend.  I believe this is alignment you must be cellularly, physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and intellectually aligned to see possibility.  This can be a challenge when everyday one is faced with psychological mind warfare and dark black occultic rituals daily.  For Pete’s sake we are even bombarded with energetic weapons.  To see possibility we must create an environment that is aware. Possibilities can become hard to see at times.  They may be hidden or quiet as a pin dropping.  Are you ready?  Do you want to live your best life?  If you do SEE THE POSSIBILITY  you must trust your gut instinct.  Be ready.

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Elder Spirituality; Cooking Just Like Applesauce – by Marie Pollnow


These are various ways seniors practice spirituality.  I sum it up as the way a senior wants to feel good again.  One of my first clients was Ruth.  She had been married Roy for seventy-six years.  Her primary role was mother, homemaker and cook.  From all of the stories I heard from her husband and children was that she was a phenomenal cook.  She made extraordinary homemade dishes the old fashioned way.  Everything was from scratch.  Everything was fresh.  Ruth had fallen into a bit of a depression.  Her husband was failing.  Her hearing was faltering.  If that wasn’t enough she was having tremendous difficulty seeing.  She had gone through several eye surgeries, had suffered glaucoma and then had macular degeneration.  So it was my job to cheer her up.  Sometimes we would sit outside and listen to the birds.  One favorite was listening to her records, she liked classical music, and also getting her hair gone.  I knew her role as the main cook in the family had given her value.   So I always asked her how to prepare every meal; breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I always inquired on how to prepare my meals at home.  She always gave me good tips.  I learned so much from her.  She was a wonderful lady.Marie

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Opportunities Are Like Dogs – by Marie Pollnow


I think opportunities are like dogs.  Yet before one can recognize them one must be on the lookout for them.  It helps that I love dogs.  I love animals.  In a way how you discover the opportunities or dog depends upon your personality and the mannerisms of the dog.  If your thought vibrations are a match then you will meet.  The question is are you prepared?  Some say opportunity meets preparation.

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Embellish as an Accessory – by Marie Pollnow


Embellish is an interesting word can have so many meanings.  According to the Meriam Webster dictionary embellish, as a verb, means to make beautiful with ornamentation:  decorate.  As a noun it means to heighten attractiveness of by adding decorative or fanciful details: enhance.  I’ve pondered on this whole idea for awhile.  I could take the analogy route or literal sense.  Decisions, decisions…

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My Curiosity – by Marie Pollnow


My curiosity always led me to nearby trees, creeks, hills and paths which of course were filled with birds and animals.  If I wasn’t out by myself, or with my brother walking in nature enjoying the greenery I was petting my neighbors’ ponies or feeding the chickens.  My love of animals led me to being Vegetarian in my teen years yet that is another story.  My curiosity led me to baby birds who had fallen from the trees, stray kittens, owls, Bob Whites, beavers, skunks, and maple trees.  Animals were my friends.  In fact watching them peaks my curiosity everyday.  In the classroom I liked to ask a lot of questions once I got past my shyness. I was more prone to following the rules which sometimes led to a kibosh on curiosity.  I guess that early Catholic mindset imposed fear at times.  I was always asking my Mom questions.  Why was this like this, or why does this work like this?  She never got mad and I loved her for it.

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A Journey Into The Past – by Marie Pollnow


Working as a caregiver for many years I was privileged to share a snapshot of several peoples’ life stories.  I learned so much.  I laughed with them, I cried with them, I felt their hurts, and I rejoiced in their glories and treasured moments.  Growing older is not always glamorous however we always tried, together, to welcome in a little bit of fun and joy.  I noticed so many older adults have a sense of spirituality that may not be categorically religious or dogmatic.  They had not been on earth ninety plus years without learning a thing or two and employing it.  So in this sense spiritual means reminiscing good old times or pivotal moments such as marriage, the birth of a child, or funnily how their older children were leaving the nest, finally.  I think of a few of my clients Roy, Joe and Ruth.  They always took pride in telling me some of their most exciting or meaningful moments.

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The Spirituality of An Elder – by Marie Pollnow


Laughing is spirituality and I learnt this over and over from my most beautiful, witty, crass, and old-timing elders.  We shared so many laughs over many days and nights and for that I love them.  I will be forever grateful while I’m on this earth.  I had many clients and lots of pages of my book to draw from.  One of my first clients was Roy he was a kind, sweet and gentle soul.  He taught me a new way to love, laugh, and see something in a different way; cats.  I had never been a “cat” person up until then.

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