How’s This Pandemic Treating You?

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“I Don’t Think There’s a Feeling You’re Having That I Can’t Validate.” Janice in Terms of Endearment

No matter who you are this pandemic is having an effect on you. From the children who are suddenly at home from school, to the workers who are suddenly out of a job to the people who have contracted coronavirus, this isn’t a joke. This is a historical moment in history and whatever you’re feeling, you are entitled to feel that way.

This is a dynamic situation that is very much changing moment to moment and day to day. For those of us that are given the great privilege to shelter in place, consider yourself among the most privileged. Nobody said privileged was easy. And however you choose to deal with it is definitely up to you. On social media you can get a feeling for how people are coping. There are people who are drinking alcohol to lots of comfort eating and lots of fear is undeniable.

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I Got Accused of Spreading Panic

I didn’t publish anything on my website regarding my views because it wasn’t publish worthy. After all the leaders were saying this was a hoax. But I was posting on social media about washing hands and sounding the alarm because many of my friends were running around going to plays, using public transportation and just enjoying their life but there was the corona virus beginning to spread and I wanted my friends to know that it was coming and what they can do to protect themselves. It was a stress response for me to feel that I was doing something. I don’t regret doing this but now I feel that people are now taking this issue seriously for the most part so I’ve decided to let this go. I just didn’t want to see my friends get sick because I didn’t say something.

So How Are You Doing?

You really have to look at your behavior. I talk to many people and they act like they are so cool. Like nothing is bothering them. I’m like really? Do you realize what’s happening? Maybe they are numb. Maybe they don’t know how to cope so they just don’t feel anything. But in any case we are all entitled to our own feelings. And how other people are coping shouldn’t really be too much of your concern. Of course if your child is upset, you want to comfort them or if someone you love wants to talk about their feelings you can listen. But for the most part the only person you can really have any influence over is yourself.

What Are You Doing During This LockDown?

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Well you really do have many options. You can eat whatever you want, you can watch whatever you want on TV, you can read whatever you want and so forth. But the actions you take can have very different effects on your life. If you stress eat while watching news and drinking alcohol, you might end up gaining alot of weight and maybe become an alcoholic which can have tragic consequences.

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Or you can still be really concerned about what’s happening and maybe decide that you really can’t deal with this and you can give it over to your higher power. Just really ask God to take the burden and like a boss, he will. That’s what I chose to do because I was freaking out to be quite honest.

You’re Literally Not Alone

Everyone else in the whole world is coping with this situation. So there are many people you can talk to about this situation. If your friends and family aren’t encouraging, find a support group on line or get professional help. There are many resources available to assist you. This is an unusual time but we will get through this.

Ask Yourself What You Can Do

Since many people have to stay at home, the best thing to do is to establish a routine. Wake up around the same time (but don’t beat yourself up if you struggle with this.) Stay hydrated no matter what and start to make a list of some things you enjoy doing. Also a list of things that have to get done like laundry and dishes. Look around and see if there are any special projects that you can contemplate working on. Cleaning is an essential function as well as laundry and some sort of food preparation and or going out for food.

There’s Nothing Wrong With Prayer

Prayer is very powerful. It not only helps the people that are praying but it also helps the people you are praying for. So do me a favor and say a prayer for the your loved ones, for a vaccine and for all of the essential workers that are really taking care of us during this difficult time. If you are fortunate enough to shelter in place we really do owe them a lot of appreciation. Maybe reach out to one of your essential worker friends and family and let them know you care.

It’s OK to Have Fun

I’ve been called a party monkey back in the day. What can I say other than I like to have fun. So I choose to listen to great music and dance and sing. On March 31, 2020 it was JS Bach’s 335th Birthday. I did a video to celebrate. This is a great piece of music. This is what I do for fun but you can surely enjoy or do whatever you enjoy.

Dancing in a small space. Do you have a small space to boogie?
Valeria is on Shelter at Home in Nor Cal. She encourages everyone to stay positive, healthy and follow their dreams. There’s no time like the present to make yourself happy. No matter where we are on the beautiful planet, we are all in this together. Sending lots of positive energy to everyone. Peace is here and now manifest.

Warm Garlic Beverage

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Warm Drinks Are Great For Throat

I was talking to my friend, Alice, and I was asking her if she had any healing remedies in her family. She told me her sister drinks the following. I tried it and I decided to publish it especially during this pandemic. We need to do everything we can to build our immune system and garlic has many benefits.

Drinking warm beverages in general is great and also consider gargling with salt water.

Alice’s Sister’s Garlic Brew

  • 3 cups water
  • 3 or 4 cloves garlic cut in half
  • 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • honey

Place water and garlic in a pan and bring to a boil then turn it off add the lemon juice. After 15 minutes pour in a mug and add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon honey. Stir and drink warm.

Just know that Warm Beverages are great for keeping your throat healthy.

Valeria Star lives in Nor Cal and coping with this pandemic. She likes to sing and dance.Wishing everyone health and healing during this difficult time. In the name of the Father Son and the Holy Spirit may we all be healed.

Benefits of Salt Water Gargle

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Say What, why gargle with salt?

Some things are oldies but goodies and now more than ever we need to look at the benefits of gargling with warm salt water. Recently I was chatting with a friend who recently came down with good ol’ Mononucleosis. This moved on to the recent viruses that are pandemic and the topic of salt water gargling came up. He said, “Gargle with salt water.”

Those words set off a bunch of research and also prompted me to try gargling with warm salt water. Now recently I had been experiencing what could be seasonal allergies but I did gargle and I have to say I started to make this a daily habit. My throat felt so much smoother and as a singer, who wants a to hear a voice full of scratchy throat? Nobody!!

Per the Web MD article that is linked above, Segal-Maurer stated, “You’re creating a high-salt barrier and you’re pulling out a lot of fluids from the tissues in the throat area, so you’re washing the virus out. The salt functions as a magnet for water. It’s good for symptomatic relief.” 

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Mi Abuelita used it

My Grandmother, Guadalupe, used to have her children, My mom, gargle with salt water when they had a scratchy throat. My mother said she used to say, “Toman este vaso de aqua con sal y vas a sentir alivio en tu garganta.”

All in all, it has become a daily ritual and my throat feels all the better. And who doesn’t want to create a protective barrier in their throat? This is a great inexpensive old world remedy. Other alleged benefits of salt water rinse

  • Maintains PH
  • Clears Nasal Congestion
  • Reduces Risk of Upper Tract Infection
  • Gives relief from tonsillitis
  • Eliminate Bad Breath
  • Bleeding Gums and Toothache
  • Relieves pain from Canker Sores

How do you Gargle with Salt Water?-

-Add half a teaspoon of table salt to a cup of warm water. Stir until it dissolves completely.

-Take a big sip of the salt and hold it in your mouth.

-Tilt your head back and gargle the salt water in your throat for about 30 seconds and then spit it out.

-Repeat the same process until you have finished the whole cup.

If you accidentally drink some, no big deal but if you have high blood pressure, consult with your physician.

Now more than ever it’s time to create some good habits.

Valeria lives in Nor Cal and encourages everyone to follow their dreams. Now more than ever we can do small things that can really improve our lives.

My First Podcast Called Courage To Grow

Valeria Star coloring to chill

I created a podcast with a little encouragement from a friend. I started it a while back but I never recorded anything.

Then my friend, Farrah, published one and I was like, “Oh yeah, I forgot about mine.” Sometimes you just want to talk and not type. It’s only 9 minutes thanks to a phone call I received. I can be a Chatty Cathy. So there’s a bit of a cliff hanger.

Thanks so much for reading my blog. This is officially a labor of love and I hope everyone can find their passions and joy in life.

Singing is my passion. One of them.

Valeria Star on my way to a Birthday Party

Try not to worry too much about stuff. Wash your hands and chill. Drink some water and listen to my podcast or better start your own.

How To Communicate with Humans in 2020

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Is it Just Me or Is Communication Changing and not in a good way?

In 2020 communication is much different from how it was just a short 15 years ago. Before if you wanted to connect with someone you would write them a letter, call them on the phone or you would knock on their door bell. Obviously things have changed because now you can: email, fax, text, Facetime and message in numerous applications.

While it’s great to be able to send a quick text to tell someone whatever, if you are trying to have an actual relationship with someone, modern forms of technology just don’t bring the connection that many people yearn for.

Talking is a Great Form of Communication

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Throughout careers many people are required to talk to others. Teachers do it and lawyers, doctors, nurses and many professions talk during their career. How would you feel if your Doctor texted you instead of an actual physical exam and conversation? They just give you a thumbs up and end the appointment. Most people would probably feel brushed off and like they weren’t really listened to or understood.

With many people if their primary method of communication is via texting and messaging what happens to their verbal skills? Talking is a skill that requires practice just like anything else.

Sometimes you get tired of talking when you work. Then when you deal with your significant other all you get is a thumbs up or often times no response whatsoever to a text message. Is this because there’s just too much information and so they really cannot connect with you because they are too busy on social media or whatever other distraction. It can definitely harm relationships? Makes you wonder…

How To Improve Communication?

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Often time people really do want to connect with other people. But often times it turns into a frustration game of cat and mouse. So how can you improve your communication? If it’s someone you really want to connect with a phone conversation of video chat is a great way to connect. You might have to schedule a time to talk. And here are some great conversation starters.

“Hello, how are you?” “How was your day?” “What have you been up to lately?” And then watch the conversation blossom as the dialog goes back and forth. It might start out simple and next thing you know your discussing Japanese fashion. If someone tells you, “I was watching a movie.” Don’t just say, “OK bye, you’re busy.” Ask this person, “Really? What movie are you watching? Is it good? I haven’t seen it.” Maybe they will say, “Come on Over.” Or maybe you might realize after you find out what kind of movies they watch that this person is a moron and you don’t want anything to do with them but if you didn’t talk to them, you would never know.

The main point is that conversation is a great way to connect with someone.

You Can’t Go Back

2020 is here and we can’t go back to the way things used to be. But if you find someone that you enjoy their conversation, don’t be afraid to call them up and say hi. Also if you find it difficult to talk to others, that just means you need to do it more. Reading will help you come up with words to say. But if you stop talking at some point you might become mute.

Valeria is a Health and Wellness Coach living in Northern California. She encourages everyone to follow their passions.

Music Teachers Create Music

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I Didn’t Realize My Music Teacher was so Accomplished

A few years back I signed my daughter up for singing lessons with a local music teacher. My daughter was just starting out and I found a music teacher and she started taking voice lessons. I had no idea she was such an accomplished musician.

It actually took me from 2014 to 2019 to realize exactly who I was dealing with. Should I get a bad grade for not doing my research on my music teacher? My thought process is that when you are a beginner that maybe they don’t have to know as much as a conductor of a symphony but just enough to figure out what the notes are etc.

I did realize she was an accomplished violinist as I had seen her perform many times and one day during music class she started to play a beautiful piece by Bach by memory on piano and I was quite impressed. It was so beautiful and I decided to actually go to my teachers website and read up on her. She actually blew my socks off.

Alina Adams is conducting her ensemble of very talented music students.

She Dedicated her studies to Music

This is the full article about Alina Adams . She’s an assistant concert master which I’m not really sure what that is as I’m such a neophyte to music education.

I’m Sure Glad She Came to USA

With her education and knowledge she could have landed anywhere on the planet. But she came to California and I’m sure glad. She’s teaching music and her students are awesome. OK yes I am one too. I’m talking about the other students though when I talk about awesome though.

Flashmob Joy To The World

I actually got to film this video with the help of other videographers. It was so cool to watch it unravel. I didn’t know exactly how it would go down but here’s how it turned out. The little 6 year old girl that kicked it off is such a brave little girl.

Luckily this will be a new tradition.

Keep UP The Good Work

2020 will surely be another year of great performances. Keep an eye out for Bach in the Subways coming in March 2020. This is going to be a great year for music is all I can say.

Another of Alina’s Students.
Valeria is a Helath and Wellness Coach living in NorCal. She’s also a student of Alina’s. She encourages everyone to follow their dreams and passions. She’s currently studying voice and piano with Alina.

Dancer=Supreme Athletes

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Why are dancers supreme athletes?

Dancers require a great deal of physical strength in order to perform at a high level. It requires a great deal of flexibility and endurance to be able to perform. The amount of practice that is required is crazy. Professional dancers dance all day and then perform at night. Can you be on a treadmill all day and then perform at night too? It’s crazy to think about it.

Do Dancers get Respect?

That really depends on who you ask. One dancer interviewed indicated that she gets messages from men requesting photos of herself and attention that is unwanted. “People often mistake your dancing as being erotic when really all it is you are doing is moving your body to the music. It is the physical expression of music vibration. But because the movement of the body may be considered arousing by some, somehow the artists must be wanting attention.”

I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On

Dancers are just moving their body and enjoying the music and having a good time. Just because one gets turned on doesn’t mean that somehow there is any type of connection between the dancer and the audience. Yes the audience is part of the performance but that doesn’t mean you can say disrespectful things to a dancer or even think that the intent is to get attention. It’s the untrained eye that doesn’t realize the strength, flexibility, grace, musicality and timing that is involved in dancing. But now that you know this, you’re forgiven for your past transgressions because you didn’t realize.

Let’s all just be patient and dance.

Synchronicity Via Bach

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She rushed to visit her cousin when she learned about the accident. She knew her cousin would be ok so she decided to take her portable keyboard to the hospital to visit. She showed him the keyboard and right away he started playing a melody that sounded familiar. He said, “Let me play this one I remember.” His fingers were much to big for the childish keyboard. but the piece was by composer Johann Sebastian Bach and it was Prelude in C Major. Then it dawned on her that was the exact piece she had been working on with her music teacher.

What were the odds that he would pick the same piece of music? It wasn’t until later that she realized that this was some kind of synchronicity. Or it could have been pure coincidence. But deep in her heart she knew it was not coincidence it was a sign to show how strong their bond is. It doesn’t matter if you have not seen family for months or years, the bond is still there and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

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It was a sign to continue to study. It was a sign to realize that it doesn’t matter if you don’t see each other frequently the bond is still there. It was a reminder of how much she loved him. It was a sign of hope. It was a reminder to keep practicing. It was a beautiful moment she would cherish always.

Valeria is a Health and Wellness Coach living in Northern California.

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Bach in The Subways

Stay tuned for Bach in The Subways coming March 22, 2020.