Word From Mitch
The Fallacy of "Dead
broadcasting, "dead air" refers to moments of silence, in between
music, commercials, and announcements. In commercial radio in
particular, they avoid any dead air whatsoever like the plague.
If listeners hear nothing, even for a moment, they might turn to
another station. If they lose listeners, they lose advertisers,
and therefore lose money.
Unfortunately, we've come to live our lives in this same manner,
distrustful of any "dead air", and filling our every waking moment with
"busy-ness", rushing frantically to "get everything done" before we
collapse into bed at the end of the day. We've become terrified
of any "down-time", afraid that we may miss something. Even our
so-called leisure time, we fill with the noise and clutter of TV, video
games, and "texting".
And yet, it's in that pause of stillness, when we allow for it, where
we find the true gems, the real "magic" of our lives. For
example, we tend to mull our various problems over and over, analyzing
them from every angle, and even obsessing on them endlessly. But
as long as we hold onto our problems in this way, and never let them
go, we are actually killing off the space where the true creative
solutions arise. It's when we let go of this endless "mind
chatter" and allow our thoughts to relax, often not thinking of a
particular problem at all, that the truly creative, innovative ideas
solutions arise, as if by magic. The analysis plants the seed,
but it's in relaxing and letting go that
we allow that seed to sprout
into something creative and useful.
Similarly, in our daily lives, it's when we take a moment to just be,
to pause in the "stillness", that we find a true sense of
connection: connection to a deeper sense of self, connection to
nature, or connection to our friends and family. It's where we
find the true meaning and value of our lives, and the true
appreciation. I find that when I make it a point to just stop and
relax for a moment now and then throughout the day, I actually end up
getting more done than I would have if I'd just kept relentlessly
pushing my way through it all. And I also end up enjoying the
process a great deal more.
Did you ever make it a point to just stop for a
you've never noticed that beautiful tree just outside your office
window. And the way the leaves move gently in the wind. The
way the trunk of the tree twists so beautifully. And hey!
The flow of that tree suddenly gives you an idea for how to create the
"flow" that you've been missing in the project you're working on.
The idea for this article came to me earlier today when I was out for
my morning run. Often when I'm running, I allow my mind to relax,
enjoying the scenery around me, or sensing my body and what it's doing
as I run. And frequently I'll notice something that I'd never
seen before, or get some great new idea, or have some profound insight
into some area of my life.
It's easy to get into the habit of thinking that life's all about the
continual pursuit. That becomes even more true during times of
hardship, such as many experience during economic downturns. We
get caught up in the "have-to's" and the anxiety of uncertainty.
It's no wonder that stress related illnesses have become so
rampant. But we neglect our relaxation time at our own
peril. And of course, this is as much a reminder for myself as
for anyone else. I know how crucial, even if it's only a moment
here and there, that those times of stillness truly are. And yet
it's easy to forget. So let's remember to take at least one
moment sometime today to just sit in silence and appreciate….
I promise you'll find real magic there.
"The notes I handle no
better than many other pianists. But the pauses between the notes,
ah.... that is where the art resides!"
you're on the internet, (and frankly, who isn't these days?) you'll
find a wealth of information and resources that I've made available for
helping with event planning, daily success, (and whatever else springs
to my mind as useful.) Not the least of which is information
about my entertainment and speaking programs for your events. Here's a
variety of places you can find me on the Web:
|Tyroni's Italian Cafe
your calendar! Tell your friends! Alert the media! My next appearance
Italian Cafe in Bartonville will be on Wednesday, October 6, from
5:00 to 7:30 PM. Good food, friendly service, relaxed atmosphere, and
my amazing magic!
Who could ask for anything more?
I'm there the first Wednesday of every month.
Hope to see you there: 5908 S. Adams in Bartonville.
And be sure to check out the Tyroni's website.
|Recipe: Spicy Zucchini and Portabella Lasagna
and basil are a staple in our garden every year, and this is a recipe I
came up with recently and have enjoyed making several times this
summer. (I even wrapped some up and froze it, so we can have it
later this year!) It's fairly easy to put together, since you
don't have to cook the lasagna noodles first. And man is it ever
about a cup of fresh basil and mix it with the cheeses, garlic, and ½
teaspoon of cayenne powder in a large mixing bowl. Amounts on the
cheeses are approximate, and can be altered to suit your taste.
You can also substitute fresh mozzarella for half the mozzarella and/or
ricotta for a portion of the cottage cheese if you wish. Coat a
large, flat baking dish with olive oil, and place a layer of dry
lasagna noodles, then a layer of zucchini, a layer of portabella
mushrooms, sprinkle with some torn up fresh basil, cover with sauce,
and top with up to ½ of the cheese mixture. Then repeat with a
2nd layer of each on top of that. Cover and refrigerate
overnight, allowing the noodles to soak up some of the moisture.
Bake at 350° for about 40 minutes, or until it's bubbly and the cheese
is beginning to brown. Serve, and bask in your guests' delight.
|1 large (or several
small) Zucchini—cut in ¼" slices
Whole wheat lasagna noodles
Spicy Arrabiata Sauce (or your favorite Marinara or pasta sauce)
|3 large cloves
|1 cup Cottage cheese
1 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded
½ cup Asiago cheese
¼ cup Feta cheese
½ cup Parmesan cheese
Note: if you don't want it spicy, omit the cayenne, and use a milder
sauce than the Arrabiata.
|Trick of the Month:
Simple Coin Vanish
Effect: A coin vanishes under
a handkerchief, leaving no trace.
a coin up at your left fingertips, and with your right hand drape the
handkerchief over your left hand, slowly drawing the cloth backward
until it comes free of the coin. Repeat the action, but this
time, the right fingers secretly grasp the coin through the corner of
the cloth, taking it away under cover of the cloth, while you pretend
that it is still held at the left fingertips. As the right hand
draws the cloth back, the coin is secretly dropped into your breast
pocket. Show that the coin has vanished from your left
fingertips, and you can also freely show the handkerchief to be empty.
|Client of the Month:
Children's Hospital of Illinois
This past weekend I
performed at the Wine and Experience
Auction, an annual event benefiting Children's Hospital of
Illinois, hosted by the Progressive Business Group. A branch of
OSF HealthCare, Children's Hospital of Illinois is the third largest
pediatric hospital in Illinois and the only full service tertiary
hospital for kids in downstate Illinois. Children's Hospital
cares for more children in Illinois than any hospital outside of
Chicago. Through a mutually beneficial affiliation with the University
of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Children's Hospital of
Illinois serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility, with
approximately 30 residents graduating each year.
I'm pleased to be a
part of supporting Children's Hospital and hope to be more involved
with them in the future. To learn more, visit their website.
|The Holidays are Coming!...
Make Your Holiday
Events a Smashing Success!
It's that time
again. If you're planning an event for the holiday season, it's
time to begin making arrangements. Remember that venues and
service providers, including entertainment, tend to book up early for
the best dates. If I can be of service to you, or if you know
anyone else who is planning an event, be sure to let me know as soon as
In case you haven't seen it yet, here's an article on
how to successfully plan entertainment for your holiday event.
Let me help make your event unforgettable and fun for you and your
Call today: 309-647-3692.
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made our themed corporate Christmas party 'It's a Magical Christmas' a
perfect evening. I loved the way you incorporated our employees
into your act; that made the whole thing seem so personal, and so funny
with the reactions of all the employees. Without exception, our
employees said… they loved the magician. This evening was our
time to say 'thank you' to our loyal employees. The gift of magic
you provided helped us do that, better than we could have done on our
own. We will highly recommend you to everyone we know who is
looking for great entertainment. Thank you for a tremendous
—Craig A Dunn, CEO,
Wesleyan Investment Foundation, Indianapolis, IN
To learn how to make YOUR events absolutely unforgettable,
contact Mitch right away!****