‘Lincoln’ Star Makes Oscar History

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Daniel Day-Lewis accepts Oscar for Best Actor – photo credit, Mark Davis-WireImage

History was made tonight when Daniel Day-Lewis won an Oscar for Best Actor. This was the first time in Academy Award history that an actor has won this prestigious award three times. I agree, his performance in the movie “Lincoln” was nothing short of amazing. Congratulation Daniel Day-Lewis!

Over the past year there has been quite a bit of discussion among my family and friends about President Lincoln. First, my good friend Augustin Stucker released his much anticipated book, “Lincoln & Davis – A Dual Biography Of America’s Civil War Presidents.” Augustin has been studying President Abraham Lincoln for most of his life and has written a compelling book about Davis and Lincoln, two enormously complex men.

With this in mind, when my husband Steven and I went to see the movie, “Lincoln,” we did not go as casual observers, at least my husband didn’t. He is a serious student and fan of the political process and the law. He told me several of his insights as we were leaving the movie, one of them being how the Democratic Party was now more like Republican Party was back then and vice versa.

Augustin Stucker came to the same conclusion. He stated, “Lincoln would not recognize today’s Republican Party.” “Both have switched places, switched ideas in 150 years. The Republicans started out then as liberals and now with the emergence of the Tea Party, they are in favor of smaller central government.”
He also said, “Lincoln was the first president to really start with a larger central government to provide for people’s needs – now you have it reversed.”

If you are a history buff, you will thoroughly enjoy Augustin Stucker’s insightful book.

Coincidentally, Augustin is the husband of Peggy Gohl, a wonderfully talented lady who I have performed with for many years in Dean Martin’s Golddiggers and in “Showstoppers.” Peggy is one of my dearest friends; a funny, kind and giving woman. I am very grateful to have her in my life.

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The Golddiggers – on stage at Bally’s Las Vegas 1988 with (left to right) Maria Lauren, Linda Eichberg (Alberici Sisters), Peggy Gohl Stucker and Marie Peck

About the book, Lincoln & Davis – A Dual Biography Of American Presidents: “The story of Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln is the story of the United States, and without either of their lives and influence we would not be the nation we are today. Davis and Lincoln were born within 9 months and 100 miles of each other in Kentucky log cabins. Their parallel lives from that point forward were eerily similar in spite of Davis remaining a life-long Southerner and Lincoln moving to and settling in Illinois. Both men were ambitious and drawn to the world of politics where Davis, an ardent slaveholder and state rights leader and Lincoln, seeking to limit and eradicate slavery, worked tirelessly to avoid Civil War up to the moment of Southern secession. Finally, Lincoln and Davis were each considered martyrs after leading their nations through the conclusion of the Civil War. This is their compelling story, including relating the stark political events of their era being replayed across today’s America.”

Purchase Augustin Stucker’s book here – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lincoln-davis-augustin-stucker/1107099465

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I am enjoying looking back at Lincoln’s wonderful legacy and understanding how his life was influence by other great men and biblical ideals. Thank you Mr. Lincoln and all who came before him. 

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.”
– Abraham Lincoln (August 1, 1858 Fragment on Democracy)

 “In your relationships with one another, have the same Mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” – Philippians 2: 5-7

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – Abraham Lincoln

“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” – Jesus (Mark 3:25)

DISCLAIMER: This is a personal blog, reflecting my personal opinions and its contents are not intended to offer personal medical advice. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted. Photo credit is given when know but some photos of unknown origin may appear on this blog. Please contact me if you have additional information about photo credits.

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Expressing Gratitude

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Expressing Gratitude

As the sun sets on a beautiful day at Crystal Cove, my soul sends up a grateful salutation to our Creator.

“Gratitude is the path to the joy and peace we all desire. Our soul longs to express gratitude.” – Linda Alberici Eichberg

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” Colossians 3:16 (NLT)

 

DISCLAIMER: This is a personal blog, reflecting my personal opinions and its contents are not intended to offer personal medical advice. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted. Photo credit is given when know but some photos of unknown origin may appear on this blog. Please contact me if you have additional information about photo credits.

Grateful LIFE

“Practice gratitude often! GRATITUDE is the gateway to positive emotions.” – Linda Alberici Eichberg

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I always feel good when I see this photo of myself, with two of my sisters, taken at a family reunion. It reminds me of so many things I am grateful for: love of family, the sunrise, the beach, health & music (My brothers & sisters sang together on the beach that morning).

Positive Life

Doctors and scientists have found that our brain grows best when it is positive, additionally, a positive mind leads to better health. Practicing gratitude is a simple way to achieve the good feelings we need to stay positive, healthy and happy. Reflecting on the people and things I am thankful for, always lifts my mood. I sometimes think, “If I would wake up tomorrow with only the things I am thankful for today, what would I have”? When I think that way, my whole day feels abundant and blessed.

Thinking positive brings out the best in a person but life can deliver some surprising blows. You may be reading this and your heart is broken or you are in a situation where life is very painful and you don’t feel you have much or anything to be grateful for. Maybe the resentment or hurt you are carrying is the burning fire that keeps you going. Eventually, habitual negative or un-spiritual thoughts and feelings will take their toll on your health and overall wellness and it can lead you into a downward spiral. Positive emotion and energy leads you into an upward spiral. A study on gratitude found that participants in the “Gratitude Condition” were happier and were inclined to do more exercise. Exercise continues the upward spiral because it also leads to better health and has many physical, mood enhancing and psychological benefits.*

“Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding.” – Harvey Mackay

Rewarding Life

When I have moments of sadness or disappointment that distract me from the joy God wants me to have, I am thankful I can turn to my faith. My greatest source of gratitude is Jesus. He is my Helper, Friend, Lord, Savior and Healer. With him, all things are made new. Each day has hope and purpose. I can renew my mind and fill my heart through Christ’s un-surpassing love and power.

If you have hit rock bottom, Jesus is the rock at the bottom. The light of God’s love found in Jesus can conquer the darkness. He abundantly loves and values you. He paid the ultimate price to be with you for eternity. Eternal joy is yours for the asking, if you believe in your heart.

~ Many blessings, Linda Alberici Eichberg

“For God so love the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

References:
Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well Being in Daily Life – Robert A. Emmons, University of California, Davis and Michael E. McCullough, University of Miami – Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Copyright 2003 by the American Psychological Association, Inc. 2003, Vol. 84, No. 2, 377–389
Positivity – Dr. Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D.
Exercise and Depression – Harvard Medical School, Harvard Health Publications
Understanding Depression – Harvard Medical School, Harvard Health Publications

*Moments of sadness are a part of life but depression is different. It is more than a passing feeling and has tremendous staying power. If you are deeply depressed or you are having suicidal thoughts, please contact a mental health professional.