Grow Your Gusto!

October 27, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

screen-shot-2011-01-25-at-20220-pmBe bold and brave to open up to new possibilities and LOVE life!

Guest: Dale Allen, creator of her one woman show In Our Right Minds: A Celebration of Women, the Sacred Feminine and the Right Brain
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Podcast: Recorded Feb 11, 2011 (41 min edited)

Not feeling creative? In a rut? Not sure how to get energized? Well, get ready for the energy of a Cape Canaveral lift-off when Dale Allen joins me on Bloom Talk. We’ll ask the question, “If not now, when?” and toss out ideas to get your creative juices flowing.


We’ll also talk with Louise, a vivacious tap dancing senior who is growing her gusto. “I was a daughter, student, wife, mother and then I became a widow. Even though I was very content and very happy with life, now I lost some of those roles. I had to find more and that’s when I found ME!”

From Bloomin’ in the Kitchen with Dale to exploring our soul’s purpose, we cover the bases and our dreams, passions and gifts. “Everyone has a gift and it starts with what makes you happy, what makes you feel alive. Start small ~ something you can access right now and that will lead you to the next thing and the next. You can’t look outside, you have to look within.”

More of Dale on Barb’s Bloom with Barb test pilot. Don’t miss Dale’s song and dance routine (with a little help from Barb) about reaching for dreams and finally getting off of Someday Isle a/k/a/ Someday I’ll.

Guest Website:
Who’s Blooming?
Louise’s Story
Bloomin’ in the Kitchen Recipe:
Creamy No-Cream Butternut Soup

Who’s Blooming?

February 10, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Finding A Passion, What's New, Who's Blooming

screen-shot-2010-02-10-at-83443-pm As a lively tap dancer with the Blossom Tappers (love that name!),  Louise lives life to the fullest and proves that age means nothing.

There are not enough hours in the day for Louise Cavallaro, age 81, to do everything she wants to do. But she makes sure she fits in dance practice, classes and performances with the  Blossom Tappers, a senior women’s tap dance troupe she joined over 20 years ago.

“I loved ball room and square dancing with my husband. But when he died I was looking for something to do.”  Ironically, while at probate court for her husband’s estate, Louise heard the tapping of feet across the hall. It was the Blossom Tappers, originally called the Orange Blossoms, and she immediately joined up.

The Blossom Tappers, currently ages 63 to 87, tap their way into everyone’s hearts, most recently performing at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven CT. Louise and the troupe were also invited to be the first senior group to take a workshop taught by a former Rockette and performed at Radio City Music Hall. screen-shot-2010-02-10-at-83240-pm

So I asked this peppy senior, what gives her such a zest for life? “I’ve always had a get up and go personality and also take kickboxing and aerobics. I don’t think about my age. Until last year, I never stated how old I was in years. But, my daughter recently said I should be proud to be in my 80’s and so active. So now I am proud and reveal my age.”

I also wanted to know which Seed for Success was important to Louise in  her journey through life. “Owning my Life was something I had to learn. I was always a daughter, student, wife, mother and widow. I was so busy being all of those people, I didn’t have enough time left over for me. Now I found me…the person inside of me who does her own thing.”

Louise’s advice on how to bloom at any age. “Just be yourself and never give up. Always take a new path. I follow what my father taught me. The most important thing you learn in life is what you learn after you think you know it all.”