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Hooray Weekly is your place to plug into your greatness and to mine the sacred and everyday for Hooray Living with your host and fellow traveler, Lee Ann Hopkins.

Hooray Weekly is your place to plug into your greatness and to mine the sacred and everyday for Hooray Living with your host and fellow traveler, Lee Ann Hopkins.


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Hooray Weekly is your place to plug into your greatness and to mine the sacred and everyday for Hooray Living with your host and fellow traveler, Lee Ann Hopkins.






Secret Garden

Go inside the private sanctuary of my backyard garden with me and enjoy the story I tell of both disruption and peace. I promise you a nugget of gold in the story (which I hope) provides guidance in our tumultuous times. You've got eight minutes. Spend it with a friend. Remember, I love you. I really, REALLY love you. Lee Ann For More Love, Listen and Share these Gems from the Hooray Weekly Garden: Moments: Good Night Hug Diary: June 26, 2018 Moments: The Phone Call


Hug Diary: June 26, 2018

News is hard. Hugs are easy. Or are they? Join me as I tell you about a recent day-in-the-life-of-Lee Ann story. I know that the assaults upon us individually and communally have been great lately, so stick close together. Listen to people who love you. (I am one of them!) And never forget why you are here on this Earth. You and I are here in this small speck of time and space to love. That is my mantra. You know that by now if you've been listening to this podcast. Enjoy this short story....


Old Stories Made New: Passover with Three Rabbis

For this podcast episode, I (Lee Ann) sat down with Rabbis Nina Beth Cardin, Edwin Goldberg and Rhoda Harrison and discussed the upcoming Passover holiday. While my guests were from different denominations and backgrounds, it was delightful to learn of the similarities with which they all viewed this particular Jewish holiday, as well as their commitment to the same social justice issues that ring across the millennia and their openness to the varieties of Seder experiences. Rabbi/Cantor...


Moments: Good Night

Today is a story about family life and the odd, wonderful gifts that come out of the dysfunction. Lee Ann mines the rituals of family and gives us a beautiful ode to love, with music by John Hopkins. It's got a little something extra at the end, so enjoy this seven-minute love story that will both delight you and bring a wee smile to your face. ----- Thanks to John Hopkins of JustJohn Music for his musical handiwork that wraps the story up like it's being finished with a bow. The musical...


Mystics and Poets Leave Us Love Songs

We get help from our mystic and poet friends today as we celebrate love and passion: love of self, love of others and love of God. Lee Ann is joined in this episode by poet-lawyer, Andrea Grill. Enjoy this poetry in all its naked beauty! The Works and Their Poetry: The Hope of Loving by Meister Eckhart What keeps us alive, what allows us to endure? I think it is the hope of loving Or being loved. I heard a fable once about the sun going on a journey To find its source, and how the moon wept...


Stories Are Our Building Blocks

What story or stories are you telling yourself right this moment about yourself, your past, your future? What kind of tales are you spinning about others? What myths do you hold about the world and the current state-of-affairs? Today, Lee Ann looks at story and shares how she switches the script in order to tell better stories about herself and those around her. From the Episode: Two Birds (Lee Ann Hopkins) There are two theologies that arise-- Two birds taking flight from the clay below....


Love 2.0

Happy New Year! Lee Ann has a short, SHORT story to get you started off right. And no surprise here--the story is about love! The story is called "Love 2.0", and the script is below to read again later! May self-love be your starting point this year as you disentangle irrelevant, old and useless programs like low self-esteem, grudges and resentments. Love 2.0--author unknown Tech Support: Yes Ma'am, how can I help you? Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install Love....


Moments: Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic. It's a must-read as a child AND as an adult. Margery Williams (also known as Margery Williams Bianco) wrote this children's book in 1922 about a stuffed rabbit and his desire to become real. The subtitle "How Toys Become Real" points the reader and listener to the truth. That truth conveyed through a small bunny in a boy's life can change all of us. Listen closely for the wisdom of Skin Horse and the Nursery Magic Fairy as Lee Ann reads this timeless story...


Light Out of Darkness

Feeling a bit anxious in these dark and tumultuous times? You're not alone! Listen in as Lee Ann shares two stories from her Icelandic travels that speak to the hope and light that we all need. It is the season of hope, light and expectation after all! From Lee Ann: Dear, dear Hooray Family and Friends, May you know that my love and gratitude are with you during these holidays (whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Solstice, Kwanzaa or Christmas or something altogether different and unique)! In...


Meditation on Yes

"Yes" is a superpower in our world of "No!" This meditation is a musing about my favorite word. Find out why! Maybe you'll learn to like it as much as I do. The wonderful quote Lee Ann referred to in this episode: "Living is not a private affair of the individual. Living is what [man] does with God's time, what [man] does with God's world."--Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel A Shameless (well, one could argue with that!) Plug: ...for You Are All That: Creating a Great Life with Affirmations and...


Meditation on Otherness

We fall prey to the myth of "Otherness" especially in hard times. The concept of "otherness" grows out of our pain and suffering. And if we aren't aware of our pain points, we will blame others for what ails us. Today, Lee Ann offers an answer to this "otherness" problem we seem to be having in the U.S. and the world at large, using one of Jesus's stories from the Gospel of Luke. You'll recognize the lawyer that prompts Jesus to tell this story and you'll be surprised (maybe) by what you...


Meditation on Inner Peace

Grab a chair, pillow or some place comfy! Today, Lee Ann guides us through a simple and relaxing meditation. Take 10-15 minutes for yourself. You've got the time. Stop and take a few moments during all the chaos that life seems to throw at you. You deserve it. Other Meditations You'll Like: While the other meditations in this series are not guided meditations like today's offering, they are musings about particular and relevant topics for these tough times. Try these recent "meditation"...


Meditation on Gratitude

Today and everyday, the good life is about gratitude, right? You bet! In this episode, I consider this all-encompassing thing we call "gratitude" during that time of year when many of us--most of us--sit at overflowing tables, bow our heads and give thanks with our friends and loved ones. May you find within it something that will both lift you and challenge you. Three Points, a Poem and a Host of Gratitude Quotes The Three Points: We have an infinite capacity to take things for granted....


Moments: Kristin Pedemonti and “Superhero Grandma”

To say that "you're in for a treat" is an understatement when it comes to hearing the extraordinary storyteller, Kristin Pedemonti. Today's "Moments" episode is a story that all of us can relate to in some form or another. I don't want to say anything about it because hearing the story is "it"... (Production Note: The sound on today's podcast is a bit "tinny" because we were recording remotely. Just think 'old time radio' and forgive me, would ya!? It's worth it, I promise! I'll be back with...


Meditation on Power and Powerlessness

Which of these two do more damage: power or powerlessness? Given today's environment in which we live, it's important to know. Listen in and find out if you are, in fact, powerful. Prior "Meditation" episode(s) in this series: Meditation on Friendship Announcement(s): Next week, Lee Ann invites Kristin Pedemonti, storyteller extraordinaire, to share a favorite story, "Superhero Grandma." Kristin called in with her story and it's here for you to enjoy on November 13th! Stay tuned as Lee Ann...


Meditation on Friendship

We are a people in need of friendship--not only with others, but with ourselves. Today, Lee Ann explores friendship and belonging in this episode. Because this topic is so wide and so deep, we'll return to this subject again. You'll find the notes for the episode below. Please don't forget to reach out to me, Lee Ann, with your ideas and your comments HERE. I'd love to hear them. You will most definitely get a response from me. Thank you for listening, subscribing and sharing. Remember, I...


Spirituality as the Unseen Made Visible

Today we hear a story, a children's song, a poem and some wisdom about the meaning of spirituality. Spirituality is not a "to-do" in our lives, but more like a "TA-DA"! We make the invisible, visible in our lives. Join Lee Ann as she shares her weekly dose of love. And by all means, please feel free to write and share your thoughts. You can reach her by clicking HERE. Resources to Renew: Poem found in the Reconstructionist's Mahzor by William Saroyan, Aremenian-American playwright and...


Off the Cuff: Love Is the Best Thing Going

Love is what is real. We’re here to love, to bind up the broken-hearted, to feed and heal the sick, to be in relationship with one another, to cherish this glorious planet that we are lucky enough to inhabit. We’re here to be the love revolution. And yes, just like the F-bomb, love is a four-letter word…L-O-V-E, and it packs one heckuva punch. There’s more power in it than anything else on this earth. Hear Lee Ann's take on what this world needs more of. She's going all "red-head" on the...


Moments: The Phone Call

A voicemail. A call. A father. And a daughter. May you find your own story within this short story from Lee Ann. Here's one listener's response to the story: In "The Phone Call", a 9 minute piece of storytelling art about a father and daughter, we receive the whole world -- with its great compassion, great love, and yes, great humor... Please enjoy...and make our day by subscribing to this podcast. Thank you! If you like this story, you might like these short stories from the Moments series:...


High Holidays: Yom Kippur and Choosing Life

Yom Kippur is the holiest of days in the Jewish calendar year and it will occur this week. Find out why Lee Ann is talking about "choosing life" during this holiest of fast days. Announcement: Lee Ann will be doing a FREE workshop based on her book, You Are All That: Creating a Great Life with Affirmations on Sunday, October 15th from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Sacred Circle Books, 919 King Street, Alexandria, VA. Come say "hi" and learn something you may not already know. Or maybe just get a...