Then and Now - Miracle on the Ice

February 22, 1980 - Lake Placid

February 22, 2010 - Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Thirty years ago, my ex-husband Ralph and I were living in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn raising our three daughters. Our family was always into sports of one kind or another, as participants or spectators.

Many Fridays after school, I would take my girls to the Abe Stark Ice Skating Rink in Coney Island, friends often joining us. We loved to skate. My friend Lesley's son continued on to play hockey through college.

Ralph and I also went to pro Ice Hockey games at the Garden (Madison Square Garden) and in Long Island, as he had connections and got us great seats. There is an electricity about ice hockey we both felt.

Thirty years ago today, we watched the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York - a day we never forgot. The USA Team, made up of amateur and collegiate players and led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the Soviet team considered the best hockey team in the world at that time. It was called the Miracle on Ice.

As history has a habit of repeating itself, Team USA stunned Canada in hockey 30 Years Later This was a surprise, more than a miracle.

Last week on my birthday, my friend Mike and I visited Coney Island, where I grew up. I go there once in a while, when it is deserted, because the energies speak to my soul about my mission here.

Mike and I drove to the parachute jump just across from the Ice Skating Rink which shares the same parking lot. Coney Island borders Brighton Beach - largely made up of Russians who love ice skating. If you are lucky, you might meet a former ice skating champion there, or perhaps a new Gold Medalist in the making.

Future Olympics hopefuls or just kids having fun?

My Grandson Matthew (6) and his best friend Drew skiing in Westport, Ct. today

Many children envision themselves doing anything they can dream about, watch on TV, film, and the Internet, or just because .... . The boundaries are limitless. As we grow, those boundaries change ... still we forever dream of a future filled with hope, no matter how it comes to pass. Obstacles will be overcome, one way or another. Love will be found and honored. Success, whatever that means in a changing world, will find us if we are patient. And so it will come to pass very soon. A gold medal waits us in the alchemy of time and consciousness.

Is your life about being functional or skating on thin ice?