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Sacha commented to me in 2016: “Of course you will write and speak about it, because to do anything else is not you.” So here I am writing poetry, but I am shocked the “it” is Sacha. Hurricane Irma altered my plans to attend her Celebration of Life in Buffalo where I hoped to share my poem Tribute to Sacha…A Glimpse of the Divine. Thank you for reading. I appreciate you sharing with her family and friends.

Linda Sacha’s Artwork

 

Tribute to Sacha
A Glimpse of the Divine

By Linda A. Mohr

She left in a flash
Sudden, unexpected, shocking
A powerhouse jolt to my being
Stomach swirling
Soul numbing
Heart cracking
Pain scale to infinity
Avalanche of tears forming
A pool of radiant memories

She left in a flash
Causing me to ponder
Why her
An extraordinary woman
Who mattered
A visionary
Love personified
Living her calling
With zest and joy
A gifted life coach, mentor,
guide, teacher, adviser,
cheerleader, author and artist
An angel in my midst

Sacha’s Book Changes Lives

Her laser beam thinking
Insightful questions
Intuitive spirit
Compassionate heart
Limitless confidence
Boundless love
Enlightened me to stop pushing
a noodle up a mountain
To creating my path of passion

Finding Sacha Anthology Story

She left in a flash
Causing me to wonder
Why now
When there are
Books to write
Poems to pen
Music to score
Portraits to paint
Photos to snap
Plays to direct
Degrees to earn
Companies to launch
Products to market
Obstacles to remove
Commotions to calm
Health to heal
Lives to live

Sacha Coaching Result
Book Published 2007

Like a grad student
searching primary sources for a thesis
I dove into seven years of coaching notes
Twelve years of correspondence
Markers of moments
Looking for answers
Looking to solace my cracked heart

Historical Sacha References
2005-2017

A memorable name—Sacha
She had a unique conversing style
A greeting—Hey Toots or
Linda, Linda, Linda Mohr
A closing X & O
How many a surprise
Upper and lower case a mystery
In between—juicy conversation
Oh what magic

Birthday Note in her Artist Card 2017

Her stamp of approval
Ooh this sounds so you—how divine
So luv how you keep history alive and love it so well
Yikes, they are lucky to have you as a guide
You are doing a critical piece of your life’s work
You are something
Of course you are going to speak and write about all this
because to do anything else is not you

St. Helen’s Book Fair 2011
Linda Sacha and Linda Mohr

Her applause
Yea for you
Fab, fab and more fab
So darn exciting
Wow, what an honor
I celebrate you
I am beyond thrilled
I had a wonderful cry
reading your note and beautiful Omega poem

Powerhouse Dining, Linda Sacha, Linda Mohr, Nikki Sweet at Season’s 52 in 2010

Her treasure trove
Profound soul stirring nuggets
I dubbed
Sacha…isms
Bound to jazz her

Her Treasure Trove of
Sacha…isms are Magic

Imagine a little more
Act a little less
Let mind and heart go nutty for 2 to 7 seconds
What are the possibilities

You are an event waiting to happen
You have to allow it to happen, not force it
You don’t have to know the how
Universe is cooking something up

You + God + Universe = magic in motion
Yippee feeling is where something
sits in your heart twinkling
Oh you want more
The better it gets, the better it gets

Surrendering is important
Ask God to take over this piece for now
Guardian angel is always with you
just waiting for an assignment
When stuck, ask your angel to reveal

Through gratitude your cup is filled
Through gratitude your vibration is raised

Meditation is a daily vacation from your mind
Meditation is a pause from the wackiness of life
taking you to source energy

Death serves a purpose
Throws living into reflection
Every tear is a tribute
Intensity of grieving is equal to intensity of love
All is in divine order—even sadness
Everything happens for the evolution of the soul
Everything happens for the expansion of the soul

And finally her signature request
We are grateful for anyone past or present
who can show up to help

A Glimpse of the Divine

And show up for me, they have
Higher consciousness messages
of protection, wisdom and nurturing
I am here and always have been
When you think you feel him, you do
When you feel his presence, you do
It was my time to journey on
I can help you more from this place
I can be with all of you at the same time
All can feel my presence

More of Sacha’s Joyful Artwork

As the sacred work
of her soul expands exponentially
I embrace my next assignment
with gratitude
Like an exquisite web of strands
We remain eternally connected
Her heart to my heart
My heart to her heart

Once in a while like magic
I sense a tiny tug
followed by an unforgettable voice
“Well, aren’t you something”
That’s my Sacha shot
And all is as it should be
In all ways and always

Blessings!
Linda

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Omega Institute Campus

Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY 

A highlight of summer was attending a poetry workshop at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. This beautiful 200-acre spiritual and educational center in the Hudson Valley has long been on my yearning list.

I wanted some formal training in poetry writing and found Richard Blanco’s weekend workshop–The Poetry of Expression & Connection: What A Poem Can Do for the World. President Barack Obama selected him in 2012 to serve as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, joining the ranks of such luminary poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. He’s published several books which I devoured before the workshop. Richard’s website describes his writings as “possessing a story-rich quality that illuminate the human spirit.” They do that and more and that is why I keep one of his books in my reading basket at all times.

We met Friday night, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. Our class was small with twelve students, perfect for a workshop atmosphere. Richard’s approach in writing poetry is using the five senses and having pin point descriptions. Our first assignment was to jot down three things we might write a poem about. I selected London, Grandma’s Table, and Family Farm. Then we chose one and worked on a list of the five senses with five descriptions under each one. The springboard for the poem was set. Each class session we reported back on specific assignments relating to our poem in progress. What was invaluable was hearing the instructor’s remarks to the other students as well as our own.

My Cabin & Writing Retreat

My Cabin & Writing Retreat

In the evenings, I returned to my little cabin in the woods and worked on a poem about my relationship with grandma. One evening when I sat on the porch I heard a rustle and a deer appeared at the corner of the cabin. I am not sure who was more startled! When he saw me almost touch him, he ran off before I could snap a photo. Over a decade ago Sacha, my life coach recommended Omega to me, knowing my soul would be right at home in the simplicity and beauty of this space. It indeed was.

Choosing this poetry instructor, this class topic, and this retreat location was not happenstance. Thank you grand universe for orchestrating this life-altering experience. I will write poetry the rest of my life.

Blessings!

 

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

One of my favorite birthday cards is this amusing cat card from Aunt Betty. The crowned feline got me wondering about our pets’ birthdays. Please join me in welcoming my special guest Linda Sacha, the expert on birthday celebrations and the author of Queen for a Day.

Sacha, congratulations on Queen for a Day! First of all, what would you like readers to know about Queen for a Day?
Queen for a Day invites every woman to be clear that the day she was born is a day worth celebrating. Striving to be perfect mothers, bosses and mates, today’s women often find themselves overworked, underappreciated and daunted by sarcasm about aging. After I reclaimed my birthday, I was compelled to share the extreme joy of taking back this most important personal holiday and how it affected all of my life. When a woman fully embraces her day of birth she’s reconnecting with her heart. Queen for a Day is a handbook that guides readers, just as the subtitle conveys – Recapturing Your Happiness one Birthday at a Time.

I understand you have a dog. What can you tell us about Trixie?
Trixie is an intelligent, entertaining, compassionate human who resides in the body of a white, 12-pound Chihuahua! It’s our first dog in 31 years of marriage and we wonder how we didn’t have this experience of unconditional love, trust and fun in our lives sooner.

What do you think about people celebrating a pet’s birthday?
Celebration is about being alive and in recognition of the magnificence of life and love. So when we have loved ones in our lives that are pets – how perfect to celebrate them if it brings you personal joy as well.

If you don’t know your pet’s birth date, what date do you recommend using?

The day they arrived in your life, you gave them their name, or they wiggled into your heart. My vote is just pick one and make it official. My husband says, “Every day is Trixie’s birthday!”

How can we make our pet the Top Cat or Top Dog for the day?
Choose to do special things that make YOU happy too and tie in with your loves of life. My friend Monica is a great baker, so she makes homemade treats for her dog using different fun cookie cutters that she collects throughout the year. My brother-in-law is a wonderful chef and makes his pets a special warm breakfast concoction of their favorite ingredients. Trixie’s love of life is riding in my husband’s truck so they celebrate with extra rides. I’m not sure who’s happier Trixie or my husband.

What is the most creative pet party you have heard about?
About 2 years ago we were visiting Florida towns to determine where we wanted to live. We were having lunch in Deland and met a man who told us, “Oh you’ll love it here– my wife and I just moved here and we knew it was our kind of town when we saw the annual pet parade on Main Street!” Well we’re here in Deland and they win the award for the most creative pet party – the costumes, floats and fun are a great celebration of fun.

Thanks Sacha for being with Catnip Connection today. You have given us great ideas on how to celebrate with our pets. I wish you continued success with Queen for a Day and may you long wear the crown!
Thanks for inviting me. This was lots of fun!

***Sacha has generously offered to give an autographed copy of her book to one lucky winner! If you would like to be automatically entered into the drawing, submit a comment on this post. One comment per person please. The deadline to enter the drawing is Sunday, April 4 at 11:59 pm EDT. For an additional chance to win, you can blog, tweet or share on Facebook about this book giveaway and leave a link in a Catnip Connection comment.***

Queen for A Day – Recapturing Your Happiness One Birthday at a Time is available from Gotham Books at all bookstores and on-line retailers. Visit Linda Sacha to learn more about Sacha and the joy of being Queen for your day.

Bountiful Blessings!

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