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Charles Shaughnessy's annual end of the year thoughts & reflections for 2012

Charles Shaughnessy's annual end of the year thoughts & reflections for 2012 video, while looking to a hopeful future in 2013









on PINTEREST: SHARED Gratitude Board for the Holidays! from Charles Shaughnessy

on PINTEREST: SHARED Gratitude Board for the Holidays! from Charles Shaughnessy
WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL or THANKFUL for this HOLIDAY season? OR . . what great crafts, gifts, decorations, food recipes, traditions do you want to SHARE with others specifically for the holidays?

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 I am thankful for all of you who have been participating in my GRATITUDE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY project on my Official Charles Shaughnessy Facebook Fan page,  so I decided to start a group PINTEREST board where anyone could SHARE PINS & RE-PINS by posting something they are grateful for this holiday season & want to share with others! 
PINTEREST makes their shared boards so that you have to have an invitation to PIN to it.  If you need an invite, please let me know!  
THERE ARE A FEW RULES!!
BE SURE TO SAY WHAT IT IS ABOUT THE PHOTO, THAT YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR 
ONLY POST photos that are pertinent to the Holidays that you are grateful for, …

Gratitude Through Photography Project

{Original Blog from July 16th, 2012}

Hey everyone!

It has been suggested that we need another photo contest.  I agree!!  The inspiration for this new contest is the wonderful 365 grateful project by Hailey Bartholomew from Brisbane Australia. Basically, to combat depression, Hailey started taking a photograph each day with a little written description about it, to visually document something she was grateful for in her life.  Hailey says "It all began back In 2008. I was feeling really down. It seems strange now to say that because I can't think of a good reason why I should have been, but I know I felt incredibly out of sorts with life. It was like I knew in my head I had it good but I really wasn't enjoying myself!"  Hailey's 365 Grateful Project has become an inspiration to many, including us, with a documentary being made about the extraordinary power of gratitude. 

When we came across this 365 Grateful project online, it reminded us of a past contest that we ha…

Charles Shaughnessy's GRATITUDE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY Project #365Grateful #Gratitude #OnlyConnect! #Thankful #PhotoOfTheDay

Hey everyone!
Thank you so much for participating in my latest project, GRATITUDE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, be it with entries of photos, comments, LIKES, repins, SHARES or just looking at the photos! It has been one of the most enriching and satisfying things I have done since interacting with all of you with my 'Only Connect!' projects on the web.

We have thousands of people looking at the entries (FB gives us statistics) and want to make sure that when you look at the photos, read the stories, that you leave comments or LIKES. We believe everyone appreciates the acknowledgement of their stories and photos. If YOU have submitted photos, be sure and show others the courtesy of commenting on the other photos that have been submitted.

Just so you know, we have picked some of the winners from the first batch, but not notified everyone yet. If you are a winner of something signed from me, you will be getting an email informing you. It has been harder than we thought to pick winners, …

Grateful and Orthodoxy . . . a Charles Shaughnessy blog

Grateful . . . . and 
I do not have a photo this time because the object of my gratitude is too modest and camera shy and she would kill me if I were to put one up. The gratitude is, however, in no way mitigated by this lack of pictoral representation! Janelle not only instigated this amazing contest, she has tirelessly and expertly steered it forward until it has taken on a scale and relevance that none of us predicted. I am so grateful for her support and work in all things “ Charlie”, but this one takes the cake!! Thanks, Janelle, I am so grateful.…and now on to something you know is also dear to me heart….

. . . . Orthodoxy
Hi y’all! Sorry it has been a while . . .

The trouble with an orthodoxy is that you can’t argue with it. Orthodoxy is about “facts” that are unshakeable, unquestionable and absolutely and fundamentally true. The trouble with the truth is that it can change. The world was once flat. That was the accepted truth. Anyone who disputed it was either crazy, ignorant o…

The 365 Grateful Inspired, Charles Shaughnessy Gratitude Through Photography Project! Only Connect!

Hey everyone!

It has been suggested that we need another photo contest.  I agree!!  The inspiration for this new contest is the wonderful 365 grateful project by Hailey Bartholomew from Brisbane Australia. Basically, to combat depression, Hailey started taking a photograph each day with a little written description about it, to visually document something she was grateful for in her life.  Hailey says "It all began back In 2008. I was feeling really down. It seems strange now to say that because I can't think of a good reason why I should have been, but I know I felt incredibly out of sorts with life. It was like I knew in my head I had it good but I really wasn't enjoying myself!"  Hailey's 365 Grateful Project has become an inspiration to many, including us, with a documentary being made about the extraordinary power of gratitude. 


When we came across this 365 Grateful project online, it reminded us of a past contest that we had.  Ours was in 2003!! and was calle…

Charles Shaughnessy blog "Here we go again!!!"

Ok, I know you've missed me.....here we go again!!! Its getting into THAT season again, so I figure its time to fire the first salvo.

There was an interesting book being discussed on the radio today: "It's even worse than it looks," by Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman Ornstein of the conservative American Enterprise Institute. It is about the total breakdown of Congress as able to effect any kind of useful governance. Hardly any surprise. But here's the interesting bit. Even though one of the author's is a "dyed in the wool" Republican, the two of them agreed that after extensive research and analysis it was simply not valid to assign equal blame. They detailed how the established and enforced culture among congressional Republicans was simply to block ANY useful democratic legislation lest Obama should get the credit. They quoted Mitch McConnell, at the beginning of the last session saying that it was the Republicans' DUTY to…

Soap Opera Digest ~ Days of our Lives: Shane Returns to Salem CHARLES SHAUGHNESSY makes an explosive return as ISA Agent SHANE DONOVAN beginning on May 3.

Soap Opera Digest ~ Days of our Lives: Shane Returns to Salem
CHARLES SHAUGHNESSYmakes an explosive return as ISA Agent SHANE DONOVAN beginning on May 3.



"Stefano Dimera is up to his old tricks, teases Shaughnessy. After John and Marlena escape an attack by one of Stefano's henchmen, Agent Harmon arranges the duo's move to a safe house, where they are joined by Bo, Hope, Carrie and Rafe. Unbeknownst to them, Harmon is working for Stefano. Per Stefano's orders, he rigs the house with explosives. "Roman and Shane try to defuse the bomb, " reveals Shaughnessy.

Shane was last seen leaving Salem with Kimberly following Alice Horton's memorial service in June 2010. Prior to that, the actor made a brief return in 2002. "I think this was the most fun of my return trips because everyone was sort of back to where I left off originally," observes Shaughnessy. "Stefano is plotting against everyone.It was fun working with my pals again."

The actor wil…

Charles Shaughnessy on "Dancer against Cancer" gala ball, cancer, Fran Drescher, The Nanny & how he looks at life!

Charles Shaughnessy did a magazine interview before leaving for the Dancer against Cancer ball in Austria that will take place on Saturday, 14 April, 2012, where he is guest of honour with his favourite leading lady, his wife, Susan. This is what Charlie had to say about the gala ball, cancer, Fran Drescher, The Nanny & how he looks at life.
The invitation to Dancer Against Cancer came "out of the blue." Fran was unable to come this year as she was working, so she suggested me. I knew nothing about the organization at first, but the idea of combining a short trip to such a beautiful city with such a wonderful cause seemed irresistible. It is one of the most rewarding sides of the "celebrity" that comes with a TV show that you can use it to help make a difference in some small way. If my presence atDancer against Cancer this year can help raise some funds and awareness for the fight against cancer, then it makes those years of playing Mr. Sheffield even more valu…

Charles Shaughnessy Blog ~ So this is what I think . . . .21 february, 2012

THE Global struggle is NOT between Christianity and Islam, East .v. West....it is between the extremist and the moderate, the reactionary against the progressive. Look closely at the ideology of Rick Santorum, emergent as the standard bearer of the very vocal reactionary Christian Right, and compare it with the ideology of extremist Islam. Both see Religion as the guiding spirit of society, to the point where legislation itself should be Religion-oriented; not much removed from the vision of a Theocracy. Is there any real material difference between Santorum and the Right's desire to have government illegalize abortion, contraception and many other more subtle rights for women on the one hand, and the tenets of Sharia law that marginalize women in the Islamic culture on the other? Both sides believe in the "sanctity" of life, but will willingly sacrifice it in the name of their Gods. Again, is there really any material difference between shooting a doctor outside his Pla…

Blog from Charles Shaughnessy as he returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Shane Donovan!

Blog from Charles Shaughnessy as he returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Shane Donovan!

Hi all! Well, I guess the Salem cat has jumped out of his bag!! Yes, it is true :  Days of Our Lives has asked Shane to return for a twelve episode arc to help in the ruination of Stefano Di Mera....for the umpteenth time!!! 


I have been back a couple of times since I first left in 1991, but this has been the most fun. It was like walking into a wormhole or time warp when I rehearsed my first scene. The old gang was there doing the same stuff and saying the same dialogue as if it were the very next day. Shane and Roman helping Bo, Hope, Marlena and John Black "bring down " Stefano Di Mera. 


Everyone seemed happy to see me and I was giddy to see all of them. The strangest thing is that they all looked EXACTLY the same!! I know that there are miracles available through all kinds of surgery, but I could find no trace of them. Either they have some radical genius hidden away in the bowels of Burbank …

Charles Shaughnessy blogs "Thank you Kansas City!"

"It's Good to be Home"
No matter how enjoyable an "out-of-town" gig might be, it is ALWAYS good to get home. That said, my experience in "Game Show" at The New Theatre Restaurant could not have been better. I want to thank all the wonderful people at NTR led by their extraordinary Executive Producer / Founders, Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers. From the heads of Dept. through the stage managers and stage crew to the attentive and enthusiastic wait-staff, the whole enterprise hummed with the energetic efficiency of a well-oiled machine. It is no surprise to me that it represents one of the most consistently popular and financially successful theatres in the country. I also revelled in a talented and welcoming cast that made my time, onstage and off, fun and exciting. To all of you who came to see me in the show, "thank you" and I hope it was as good for you as it was for me! I am home now and happy to be back in the bosom of my family, b…

Charles Shaughnessy Blog "Life, Art and the Cosmos!"

A lot of you have wondered about my religious beliefs. As we are starting a new year, I thought I would post my first blog of 2012 to address this...a bit. To start with, I should tell you that I adhere to none of the established or more common "religions." I put that word in quotes because I do agree that we are all searching for a way to "tie back" to a state of universal consciousness that many might call GOD. It's the idea that God can be anthropomorphized that causes me trouble. The notion that what is indeed "Everything/Nothing," the Alpha and the Omega, can take sides, get angry, be nice, talk through a bush or a snake, interact with us, as if it were anything separate from us, seems to me to be a bit absurd. I respect the right of anyone to follow whatever belief they choose, to help them feel re-connected to that state of pre-lapsarian innocence that we all crave as human beings...so long as they don't insist that their particular belief …