Senior Superstar Banana George’s Biography Is Filled With Inspiration and Fun

Banana George: Don’t Wait for Life to Happen, Make It Happen is the biography of one of the most inspiring and colorful celebrities of recent years. Written by the Blair family (his wife and daughters) along with Karen Putz, author and fellow barefoot water skier, this biography chronicles all of George’s life-affirming ninety-eight years.

Readers journey with George from his childhood and college years to his first marriage and becoming a father and entrepreneur. We experience with him his debilitating back problems and undergoing surgery for them, and then, we are thrilled when he discovers the wonderful world of barefoot water skiing. Ultimately, George was the world’s oldest barefoot water skier, but he was also a natural showman. He always busy sporting his signature yellow clothes; passing out bananas; appearing on major talk shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee; traveling around the world; and meeting famous people. He even became a true ambassador of goodwill between nations.

After reading this book, I came to love Banana George and his zest for life. Most of all, I loved his creative spirit and his refusal ever to believe he couldn’t do something. Most people know Banana George for being the world’s oldest barefoot water skier-he was in the Guinness Book of World Records for that designation, continually breaking his record with each birthday-but what most people may not know is that he was an innovative entrepreneur Banana George. Once he became a father himself, George had a fabulous idea to begin a business that took photos of babies in the hospital so parents could have immediate pictures of their newborns to treasure for a lifetime. Consequently, Hospital Picture Service was born. George grew this business by going around the country selling his services to hospitals. While visiting all these hospitals, George also noticed how many babies were constantly crying and how the nurses couldn’t attend to all of them at the same time, so he invented the Blair Motion Bassinet, which had a motor attached to the bassinet to make it rock back and forth. Of course, he marketed the bassinet to all the hospitals as well.

A large part of the charm of the section about George’s early years before he became famous was the time he spent as a father. The book is filled with the memories of his four daughters and their experiences growing up with their father, from how he would only slow down the car and tell the kids to jump out when he had to drop them off because he was always in a hurry, to how he had to have a lazy susan on the dining room table to make everything easier to reach for everyone. He even installed bidets in his bathrooms because he thought they were more sanitary; his children had a lot of fun demonstrating how bidets worked for their friends who had never seen one.

George didn’t begin barefoot water skiing until he was about forty and after he’d had major surgery for his back problems. One day, he was watching some people water skiing and was asked if he would like to try. He said he was too old, but the man who offered was insistent, so George tried, and he never looked back. Soon the whole family was water skiing and performing at shows. George became a regular performer at Cypress Gardens, and that was just the beginning of his showmanship.

There are too many fascinating and fun moments in George’s career as a barefoot water skier and then a media celebrity to mention in this review, and I don’t want to spoil the fun for readers, but I can’t help but mention that he rode in a racecar with Prince Albert of Monaco and did a water skiing exhibition for King Hussein of Jordan. But that was just the tip of the iceberg for George-he loved to travel and began water skiing all over the world. One of my favorite stories was how, in 1988, George read an article that said the Russian editor of Pravada was an avid water skier. This was during the Cold War, and yet, George decided he’d like to water ski in Russia. He wrote a letter to the editor and, eventually, was invited to perform in the Friendship Cup Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria (also behind the Iron Curtain). From there, George and his second wife JoAnne visited Russia, traveling throughout the country. George became known as “Mr. Banana” in Russia because people didn’t understand his nickname. Later, in 1995, George would welcome a delegation of Russian water skiers to the United States, thus spreading goodwill between the countries, and the Russians left with favorable impressions of the United States.

Before long, George had skied on six continents. Then his brother-in-law reminded him there were seven so George went skiing in Antarctica. He also once by happenstance ended up attending the Miss Switzerland beauty contest and gave the crowned winner bananas. Before his long celebrity career was over, George even starred in the movie Captiva Island about-what else?-a young rich kid who barefoot water skis and gets advice from several mature men, including George, Ernest Borgnine, and Arte Johnson from Laugh-In.

Banana George Blair proved to the world that you’re only as old as you think you are and it’s never too late to pursue doing the things you love. This is a man who loved to water ski so much that when he couldn’t stand anymore, he used a special chair made to sit in while he water skied.

We should all have George’s energy, and we should all read this book because maybe a little of George’s joie de vivre will rub off on us. The book includes a foreword by Phil Keoghan (host of The Amazing Race), Banana George’s Lessons for Life, and a list of all the places Banana George waterskied and the businesses and affiliations he was involved with. Altogether, Banana George is a treat that will have you going bananas just wanting to make your own life more adventurous.

Review Oprah And Eckert Tolle Webinar

Oprah Winfrey and bestselling author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle teamed up to teach a live weekly Web seminar, called a Webinar. It was centered around Tolle's book (and Oprah's latest Book Club selection) A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. This event, which has been hailed as "the biggest classroom ever," was watched by nearly 10 million viewers over ten weeks. Tolle's book sold 3.5 million copies in the first four weeks on the Oprah's Book Club selection.

Oprah said, "I love this Eckhart Tolle book because my goal in life is to get people to think for themselves in a way that they know who they are." 54, or 63, but the whole point of this show, all these years, is to try to bring a sense of self-actualization to my audience. seen in terms of its clarity and its ability to get people to see the light of who they are, and once you see that, you stop wasting time. "

During the Webinar a viewer asked: "Why is this happening now?" Why were some 700,000 watching a show encouraging an awakening of spiritual consciousness? Tolle answered, "It's happening now because we're reaching a crisis point. what it will be if there is no major shift. " Conservative estimates conclude that more than 100 million humans were killed by other humans in the 20th century, Tolle said. "It's unbelievable insanity when you look at that history. And so if there's no shift in consciousness, we will go downhill very quickly, because we're already in the process of destroying the planet. But there will also be continuous conflict, collective conflict , and eventually, then, humanity would collapse. "

Oprah: "So you think we're at a crisis point, no?"

Tolle: "Crisis point, yes."

Tolle's principle teaching point is that we must move away from our ego-centered view of who we are to one that is a part of the greater whole of all life.

"You do not become special, you become quite ordinary as that new consciousness arises. It is this need to be special that is part of the mentally made sense of self. let me be more miserable than other people. The need to be special goes. Words will still come out of your mouth, but not in a self-seeking mode.

"Instead of going through life and reacting to the content that arises continuously in your life-new things, thoughts, emotions, external events, people, places, the scenery around you that changes continually-the content is allowed to be. in the 'now' but you become aware of the now itself, beyond the phenomena that arises.

"What does that mean? You become aware of the now itself. You become aware of an undercurrent of stillness in which everything happens. is no longer problematic. Whatever content there is in your life, including the story of me, is no longer problematic. photo albums or those that are in your head, those things that happened to me. Okay. These are not an illusion. these events or people. You do not look for yourself in these. You can not find yourself in them. You are in the undercurrent of stillness around which all of these events and relationships occurred and continue to occur.

"The future is no longer threatening-nor is it advancing! It just is. And you deal with it without seeking an identity to it or with it. from the now, there is vast power that flows through you.

"A few people have experienced this in emergency situations. They simply took action to deal with it in the now. And they did just the right thing." There was a great power that took over. me 'involved in their actions. Your whole life can be like that simply by dwelling in the un-dercurrent of the field of now, the still consciousness around which all phenomena occur. loss? Because there is identification with some content, and if I lose that, I lose a part of who I am. The content simply comes and goes. You no longer live dominated by fear of loss. You can constantly live in a state of joy and aliveness no matter what is coming at you or going away from you.

"You and the universe are playing with form and content.

"Oh, I have to have that! Oh, I have to fight him or her! the power of consciousness itself flows through you. It loves to create! It's all created through you. Embrace what is through that em-brace, you know the spaciousness that is around the form that is there.

As you can see, Tolle is clarifying ancient Eastern teachings in modern terms and situations. It's the "be here now" concept of living in the present, with an added twist of sensing the defect, still consciousness, or "observer," that sees life's events and relationships with detachment, without being held by them. This frees one from the wheel of incarnations and self-consciousness.

It is not a higher place to go to; rather, it's a state of mind, a state of heart, where and whenever we are. We still care about and take action in life but we do not find our identify in these circumstances of life, and these relationships. Our identity is in the infinite stillness around which life happens. We attempt to improve it, to lift it to the highest ideal we perceive, but we do not find ourselves in it. It is the flow of creative content and form. We are one with the source of that creativity, pure consciousness, the eternally still observer and selfless co-creator with the Creative Forces. The ideal motivates our actions and thoughts, not self-seeking.

Let's try going through a day with this attitude and state of consciousness. A meditation in the morning will help us to begin the day in the undercurrent of stillness.

Oprah's Detox Diet – The Acai Berry & Colon Cleanse Diet

It was not too long ago that Oprah Winfrey was 40 lbs overweight. She made big news when she introduced and approved the Acai and Colon cleanse diet. Since them, Oprah has lost a tremendous amount of weight and Acai has become one of the hottest diets of 2009. Everywhere I turned celebrities and diet experts were talking about its amazing health benefits. As an overweight single mother, it was hard for me to resist and I had to try it to see if it really worked.

Under the oversight of Dr. OZ and her personal trainer, Oprah began her detox diet using the Acai berry. Aca is a superfood harvested in South American and known for its amazing health properties and fat loss power. It's jam packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and all that good stuff that makes you feel great and ready to start your day.

Acai has more than help you lose weight:

1. It detoxifies the body and cleans the colon.
2. It boosts your metabolism and accelerates fat loss.
3. It flushes out toxins and sludge from your intestinal tract.
4. Helps strengthen skin and hair making you look and feel younger.
5. Boosts your energy throughout the day and desires your from feeling bloated and tired.

The second part if this diet involves using an all-natural colon cleanser. Colon cleansing works by eating foods rich in fiber to gently cleanse the colon wall. Some other things that I learned and tried regarding the Oprah diet include:

1. She avoids fried foods.
2. She consumes 2-4 fruits per day.
3. She has cut back on sugars and sweets.
4. She drinks "green tea" instead of coffee.