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Maria,  I just can’t get over how good this is. I am so glad you do this! ~ Mark J.

Love it Maria. Always a GREAT read to jump start the weekend. Have a great one! Matt R.

Once again, thank you so much for the very nice articles. I printed out the one on Senior Health. Also, the story on Doris Day is quite touching. ~ Mark M.

Your newsletter is sooooooo goood. ~ David V.

Always a good read on a Friday. Thx Maria. ~ Matt R.

Thank you so much for your 8 Good Things. I always enjoy reading them. Thank you, especially for your commentary on Agnes Varda. ~ Mark M.

I am loving your newsletter and insightful articles on Self-Care and Self-Awareness. You are doing incredible work. ~ Erahm C.

I enjoy a lot your newsletter. It is one of the few newsletter I normally end up clicking on something. I often show it as well-made newsletter. ~ Jorge P.

Gratitude to Maria Baltazzi for sharing this article [Live Like a Stoic] in her weekly 8 Good Things email. Especially worth signing up for in today's trying times. ~ Morgan R.

I particularly found the content of [21 Weird Ways the World Changes in Autumn] very interesting, practical and useful. 3 [Live Like a Stoic], 4 [Fall Asleep Instantly with This Breathing Technique], and 5 [Try Any of These 33 Habits of Happy and Successful People] were particularly applicable for my worldview and circumstances.
~ Ian R.

Great read. You touched upon some good topics. Thanks. ~ Matt R.

Nice hearing about all your adventures. I love what you are doing.
~ Marci K.

Thanks, Maria! I love Brene Brown. Thanks for the suggesting the meditation app. I loaded it on my phone and will try it this weekend. ~ Amy C.

Hi, Maria. Or should I say hi DOCTOR! Big, big congrats! Always love seeing 8 Good Things and what awesome news along with this latest set. ~ Eric R.

Congratulations on your PhD! You are certainly racking up lifetime achievements. And, thank you for including me on your mailing list. I enjoy your 8 Good Things. ~ John. V

Congratulations, Maria, on your doctorate. Enjoyed your letter and love the 20-secs to courage. ~ Loyelle E.

Great newsletter this week. Fabien’s book looks good. ~ Ethan Z.

Love you. Such great info you share. Xo ~ Brenda L.

My favorite newsletter yet!! Thank you ;-) ~ Allison C.

I enjoy your newsletter. ~ Mary T.

I loved the articles and especially the ones you did for “LightWorkers.” ~ Mark M.

Great article on Thought Trains, Maria! I teach Bible study class to a group of high school kids each Wednesday morning. I’m going to use this! ~ Nathan D.

I always enjoy and learn from your emails, thx. ~ Noelle F.

Maria…I LOVE your newsletter. Your faithful reader. ~ Gary F.

I enjoy your newsletters and end ended up watching both “Before the Flood” and “The Way” as a result of your newsletters. Thanks so much for the recommendations and sharing these meaningful flicks! I look forward to reading more of your musing and inspirations. ~ Diane C.

Thank you, Maria! The sleep info very timely ;-) ~ Sylvia V.

Dear Maria, thank you for all you do, it is wonderful. ~ Dean A.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. ~ Mike P.

Hey Maria! Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your Friday emails. Lots of great positive energy to the end the week.
~ Randy S.

Hi, Maria. This is just great reading, thank you very much. ~ David M.

Awesome… ~ Matt R.

My husband just forwarded me your email/newsletter. Wow!!! Very impressive. ~ Milica G.

Amazing, amazing. I just love getting these email newsletters.
~ Ursula R.

Good one MB. Love ur work. ~ Kirk W.

Cool! Thx Maria ~ Bob M.

I love these. Thank you for doing them. ~ Carla J.

Really enjoyed this, Maria!! ~ Lynda W.

Maria, such great material in here. It’s awesome. ~ David V.

:)) <3 ~ Steven P.

LOVE LOVE LOVE Maria ~ Jim B.

Thank you Maria. As always, so very good and uplifting. ~ Carla J.

Wonderful!!!!! ~ Steven S.

So glad you send these every week! I always look forward to receiving them. ~ Steve F.

I wish you knew how much I look forward to these Friday emails.  Thank you so much for including me. ~ Maria K.

I LOVE IT!!! ~ Fernando M.

It is a breath of fresh air to see someone working consciously to curate and create opportunities to uplift and inspire others, we need more of that in this world. ~ Kathryn D.

Really enjoy these positive Friday posts. Sorely needed these days. ~ Craig S.

Love your work, Maria. ~ Anthony H.

Thoroughly enjoying the new insights that come with each of your Friday emails. ~ Ian R.

Another great read on a Friday, Maria, thank you.
~ David M.

Thanks for this, Maria!  Keep 'em coming!  Just reading about these ideas and journeys makes me less stressed.  So THANK YOU!!  :-) ~ Meredith F.

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1Explorers Club Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing. I recently returned from the annual Explorers Club dinner weekend, which is always a highlight of my year. Of all the organizations that I belong to this one gives me the most joy. It is inspiring and humbling to be in the presence of such an accomplished group of individuals. People who are exploring the furthest corners of our earth and well beyond. This year, we were privileged to have eight Apollo astronauts sharing their stories of going to the moon. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11; Michael Collins, Apollo 11; Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7; Charlie Duke, Apollo 16; Fred Haise, Apollo 13; Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 13; Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9, and Al Worden, Apollo 15.

I am still in awe.

Also, every year at the dinner, the Explorers Club gives out its highest awards to its fellow members. I was impressed that several of the winners in their acceptance speeches encouraged a more heartful way of viewing the world. Explorer Club Medal winner, Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, felt we should express gratitude instead of pride. Sweeney Medalist, Milbry Polk, said that exploration is about people getting along throughout our world. New Explorer Award recipient, Ian Mangiardi, expressed our need for the conservation of human nature. Honorary President, Dr. Bertrand Piccard, actually began the award ceremony by saying that the real next frontier of exploration is spirituality (however you define it for yourself, I might add.)

27 Things to Know About the First Day of Spring. The spring equinox was Wednesday, March 20th. If you are like me, I was wondering why do we have an equinox? How many hours of daylight do we get on that day? Over an entire year, does every spot on Earth get an equal number of daylight hours? Can I really only balance an egg on its tip during the equinox? Is there an ancient monument that does something cool during this time? Are there equinoxes on other planets? Well, here is an article that can answer all of these questions – a brief scientific guide to the first day of spring.

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3New Photos from Jupiter Look Like a Van Gogh Painting. Twenty-four impressionistic-esque photos were taken from NASA’s Juno spacecraft on a recent eight-thousand-foot flyby over Jupiter’s northern hemisphere. Surprisingly, the images are very painterly looking!

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4An Animated Short Reveals an Unlikely Path to Internal Peace. I lost my sister to cancer on March 28th, seven years ago. I think about her every day. I can still feel her presence with me. I am sharing this article and touching animated short about loss, hoping that this may help someone who is also missing a loved one.

For years, I have been a big supporter of Stand Up To Cancer. We all have people in our lives who have been impacted by this disease in one way or another. SU2C is an innovative leader in cancer research, prevention, and treatment. All donations go towards developing the most promising cancer breakthroughs for patients. They have radically increased the rate of new discoveries by bringing together top scientists to save lives today. If you can, please donate.

57 Ways to Heal Your Soul After a Loss. 1) Stay present with your feelings. 2) Plan ahead for special days. 3) Understand the fluidity of grief. 4) Usher in feelings of common humanity. 5) Try meditation. 6) Continue to connect with your loved one. 7) Seek help.

6Our Brain is Doing This Incredible Thing While We Sleep, And It’s Unexpectedly Important. A plug for getting seven to nine hours of sleep. The reason? To reap the critical brain health benefits of ‘smart forgetting.’

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7Gemma Chan Says Her Oxford Law Degree Comes in Handy in Her Acting Career. A post-nod to International Women’s Day. “Crazy Rich Asian” star says having to memorize two thousand cases by heart helps her today to quickly learn scripts. Though the reason she went to law school in the first place was that her dad said people who look like them are rarely seen on the screen. Gemma is challenging and changing this notion. She is also in the newly released “Captain Marvel.” What do you think about that, dad?

8Why Do So Many Scientists Want to be Filmmakers? The article says that “confronting mysteries in a fantasy world (of movies) become a romantic quest to solve them in the real one.” So when asked what they would be if they were not a scientist, the answer often given is a filmmaker. My father was a scientist. My sister was a photographer. Myself, a television producer. Growing up, I always saw similarities in the way we each imagined the world and our need to creatively express ourselves, be it through science, images, or storytelling.

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“You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.”

~ C.S. Lewis

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Afraid of what will happen, if you do?
Today, make that decision and move forward.

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What do you spend too much time doing?
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Maria,  I just can’t get over how good this is. I am so glad you do this! ~ Mark J.

Love it Maria. Always a GREAT read to jump start the weekend. Have a great one! Matt R.

Once again, thank you so much for the very nice articles. I printed out the one on Senior Health. Also, the story on Doris Day is quite touching. ~ Mark M.

Your newsletter is sooooooo goood. ~ David V.

Always a good read on a Friday. Thx Maria. ~ Matt R.

Thank you so much for your 8 Good Things. I always enjoy reading them. Thank you, especially for your commentary on Agnes Varda. ~ Mark M.

I am loving your newsletter and insightful articles on Self-Care and Self-Awareness. You are doing incredible work. ~ Erahm C.

I enjoy a lot your newsletter. It is one of the few newsletter I normally end up clicking on something. I often show it as well-made newsletter. ~ Jorge P.

Gratitude to Maria Baltazzi for sharing this article [Live Like a Stoic] in her weekly 8 Good Things email. Especially worth signing up for in today's trying times. ~ Morgan R.

I particularly found the content of [21 Weird Ways the World Changes in Autumn] very interesting, practical and useful. 3 [Live Like a Stoic], 4 [Fall Asleep Instantly with This Breathing Technique], and 5 [Try Any of These 33 Habits of Happy and Successful People] were particularly applicable for my worldview and circumstances.
~ Ian R.

Great read. You touched upon some good topics. Thanks. ~ Matt R.

Nice hearing about all your adventures. I love what you are doing.
~ Marci K.

Thanks, Maria! I love Brene Brown. Thanks for the suggesting the meditation app. I loaded it on my phone and will try it this weekend. ~ Amy C.

Hi, Maria. Or should I say hi DOCTOR! Big, big congrats! Always love seeing 8 Good Things and what awesome news along with this latest set. ~ Eric R.

Congratulations on your PhD! You are certainly racking up lifetime achievements. And, thank you for including me on your mailing list. I enjoy your 8 Good Things. ~ John. V

Congratulations, Maria, on your doctorate. Enjoyed your letter and love the 20-secs to courage. ~ Loyelle E.

Great newsletter this week. Fabien’s book looks good. ~ Ethan Z.

Love you. Such great info you share. Xo ~ Brenda L.

My favorite newsletter yet!! Thank you ;-) ~ Allison C.

I enjoy your newsletter. ~ Mary T.

I loved the articles and especially the ones you did for “LightWorkers.” ~ Mark M.

Great article on Thought Trains, Maria! I teach Bible study class to a group of high school kids each Wednesday morning. I’m going to use this! ~ Nathan D.

I always enjoy and learn from your emails, thx. ~ Noelle F.

Maria…I LOVE your newsletter. Your faithful reader. ~ Gary F.

I enjoy your newsletters and end ended up watching both “Before the Flood” and “The Way” as a result of your newsletters. Thanks so much for the recommendations and sharing these meaningful flicks! I look forward to reading more of your musing and inspirations. ~ Diane C.

Thank you, Maria! The sleep info very timely ;-) ~ Sylvia V.

Dear Maria, thank you for all you do, it is wonderful. ~ Dean A.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. ~ Mike P.

Hey Maria! Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your Friday emails. Lots of great positive energy to the end the week.
~ Randy S.

Hi, Maria. This is just great reading, thank you very much. ~ David M.

Awesome… ~ Matt R.

My husband just forwarded me your email/newsletter. Wow!!! Very impressive. ~ Milica G.

Amazing, amazing. I just love getting these email newsletters.
~ Ursula R.

Good one MB. Love ur work. ~ Kirk W.

Cool! Thx Maria ~ Bob M.

I love these. Thank you for doing them. ~ Carla J.

Really enjoyed this, Maria!! ~ Lynda W.

Maria, such great material in here. It’s awesome. ~ David V.

:)) <3 ~ Steven P.

LOVE LOVE LOVE Maria ~ Jim B.

Thank you Maria. As always, so very good and uplifting. ~ Carla J.

Wonderful!!!!! ~ Steven S.

So glad you send these every week! I always look forward to receiving them. ~ Steve F.

I wish you knew how much I look forward to these Friday emails.  Thank you so much for including me. ~ Maria K.

I LOVE IT!!! ~ Fernando M.

It is a breath of fresh air to see someone working consciously to curate and create opportunities to uplift and inspire others, we need more of that in this world. ~ Kathryn D.

Really enjoy these positive Friday posts. Sorely needed these days. ~ Craig S.

Love your work, Maria. ~ Anthony H.

Thoroughly enjoying the new insights that come with each of your Friday emails. ~ Ian R.

Another great read on a Friday, Maria, thank you.
~ David M.

Thanks for this, Maria!  Keep 'em coming!  Just reading about these ideas and journeys makes me less stressed.  So THANK YOU!!  :-) ~ Meredith F.