Monday, August 15, 2011

The Scary Drum

I have been thinking about taking a course that requires a drum, so when I found this one at the Farmer's Market the other day I jumped on it. It was made by a Native American from New Mexico who sets up a booth here at Lake Tahoe during the summer. This booth has beautiful, authentic items, made by the lady and her husband. Anyway, as soon as I got it home I tried it out. This activity absolutely freaked Lucy out ! She not only ran up the stairs, but would not even enter the room that held the drum --- all day! Occasionally she would peek around the corner, but refused to be in the same room as the offending instrument.

Have I mentioned that my dog is neurotic?

On another note, I've decided to take a break from blogging. I'm hoping it will inspire me to finish up a writing project. I will be dropping by and visiting you, however. And I will occassionally post when I feel a topic is interesting or important.

I'm in a funny mood these days. I'm not quite sure what is happening, but it appears other bloggers are feeling the same way as I've noticed several of you are thinking about a blogging break. Is it the Dog Days of Summer or something more? I guess only time will tell. Take care dear blogging friends.

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Favorite Drink

This is my new favorite summer drink - non-alcoholic that is...

  • Handful of fresh basil
  • Sliced lemons
  • Sliced cucumbers

Stick it in the fridge, and drink cold. It is not only refreshing, pretty, but a natural diuretic.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bright Neighbor

CMN had this little video on a community farming project. I had to laugh because as I was watching it I realized it was in Portland (OR) - which is where our girls live, and home to a very forward-thinking group mentality. The clip includes ideas on how to start an urban shared-resources community, which you know is near and dear to my heart. The young man's enthusiasm is contagious. I love the hoot he lets out at the end. :-)

I'm also working with a friend on this type of community for women who are trying to kick addiction and take care of their children. It is only in the ideas stage, but I'm excited about the possibilities.

Sharing resources is going to be something we take very seriously in the future. We need to find a way to feed, shelter, and employ people in a way that utilizes our innate skills. Some people love to cook, some love to garden, some love children and are good care-providers, some are good at fixing things. All of these skills are valuable in a shared-resources community.

In his new book, Someplace Like America: Tales From The New Great Depression, writer Dale Maharidge, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and professor at Columbia University, writes:

One thing I’ve discovered in all these years of hearing Americans talk about their lives and dreams is that collectively we are strong. We are survivors. We emerged from hard times in the 1930s. We will do so again and will begin the long process of rebuilding an economy that works for everyone, but this can happen only if we relearn some lessons about caring for and relying on one another. And relearn we will, for we have no other choice.

The reality is that we're on our own. We cannot look to government to fix these problems because our elected officials are nothing more than a function of the money flowing in to Washington, which is not coming from people out of work, destitute, and homeless.

But one thing we do have is each other. And we have American ingenuity, a strong work ethic, and the ability to reinvent ourselves. So don't count us out just yet.

For more on Bright Neighbor go here.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Rating Agencies

It seems Moody's and Standard & Poor's are getting a bit of their own medicine. I find it ironic that these two rating agencies are getting some kickback. After all, the banks could not have hidden weapons of mass destruction in their bundles of derivatives had the rating agencies been doing their job.

S&P has one of the worst records for incompetence - they also do not have arms-length relationships with corporations. They give great ratings to private debt and low ratings to public debt. Not to mention sterling ratings for companies that are actually Ponzi schemes (think Maddoff.) In other words - they are putting a nail in the coffin they helped create.

Big sigh.

Is it too early for a drink? No you say - Monday morning is too early for a drink!

How about if I have it with fruit?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Wake Up

I found this clip on CMN and promptly rented the film to watch on my computer. It is a documentary about one man's reluctant realization that life is not what it appears to be. Especially for him.

I was fascinated by the film. I highly recommend it. You can rent it here, or on I-Tunes.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

ALERT: The You Tube film that pops up after this clip is NOT the movie that you see here. You do have to rent this movie.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Electric Universe & Space Weather

I found an excellent article at Reality Sandwich by Rak Raszam regarding space weather and how it may be affecting us metaphysically. The interview with Susan Joy Rennison, a physics and geophysics lecturer, and author of the book Tuning the Diamonds: Electromagnetism and Spiritual Evolution,  referenced some  amazing new discoveries in astrophysics. She believes we are being bombarded by energy from the sun and other cosmic sources on a grand scale.

At a time when our electromagnetic shields are disappearing, a cosmic "cloud" is entering our solar system. Is this the reason NASA recently came out publicly to their employees and their families to make preparations for a possible emergency? FEMA is planning a nationwide test on all systems on November 9th - one day after a somewhat close encounter with asteroid YU55, traveling between the earth and the moon on November 8th & 9th. (You can read more about this event here.) Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.

Other topics:

  • A discussion on the theory of an "electric Universe," plasma, and possibly intelligent plasma beings!
  •  Space weather, charged particles, a weakening electromagnetic field, and what that may mean to us and our power grid in the event of solar flares. The Obama administration has contacted the metaphysical community to get their input, as a matter of fact.
  • Cataclysmic events driven by changes in the celestial environment. Astrology is taking on a new status... 
  • Changes happening so fast that NASA has admitted that they cannot keep up with them.
  • How Mayan Elders may have actually known about these changes because they are part of a natural cycle of events occuring every 26,000 years.
  • The solar wind, which actually protects the earth from galactic cosmic rays is flagging; NASA is charged with communicating this information to the public, but releases it just two weeks before Christmas - when most people are not paying attention.
  • A quote by Dr. McComas, principal investigator on NASA's IBEX mission who states:  "These discoveries about the outer fringe of our solar system come at a time when new NASA revelations have piled up so fast and so frequently that our paradigm is completely changing again and again without the general public even really being aware. [...] It's a whole new ball game in space."
  • There are specific places where energy concentrates in geometric patterns all over the planet. Could these be portals or vortexes? Energy orbs are often seen around these sites, as are UFOs. These orbs are also seen around crop circles.

The entire article was a good read. 

If you are interested in this topic, Dr. Kashonia is hosting a free teleseminar with Wallace Thornhill - a leader in the field of the "Electric Universe," on August 8th.

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Silent Army

I found this on James Redfield's (The Celestine Prophecy & The Twelfth Insight) website:


On the surface of the world right now there is a war and violence and things seem dark.

But calmly and quietly, at the same time, something else is happening underground.

An inner revolution is taking place and certain individuals are being called to a higher light. It is a silent revolution. From the inside out. From the ground up. This is a Global operation ... A spiritual conspiracy.

Thee are sleeper cells in every nation on the planet. You won't see us on the TV. You won't read about us in the newspaper. You won't hear about us on the radio. We don't seek any glory. We don't wear any uniform. We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles.

Most of us work anonymously. We are quietly working behind the scenes in every country and culture of the world. Cities big and small, mountains and valleys, in farms and villages, tribes and remote islands. We go undercover. We remain behind the scenes. It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit. But simply that the work gets done.

Occasionally we spot each other in the street. We give a quiet nod and continue on our way. During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs. But behind the false storefront at night is where the real work takes place. Some call us the 'Conscious Army'. We are slowly creating a new world with the power of our minds and hearts. We follow, with passion and joy. Our orders are from the Central Spiritual Intelligence. We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking.

Poems - Hugs - Music - Photography - Movies - Kind words - Smiles - Meditation and prayer - Dance - Social activism - Websites - Blogs - Random acts of kindness

We each express ourselves in our own unique ways with our own unique gifts and talents. 'Be the change you want to see in the world.' That is the motto that fills our hearts. We know it is the only way real transformation takes place. We know that quietly and humbly we have the power of all the oceans combined.

Our work is slow and meticulous. Like the formation of mountains. It is not even visible at first glance. And yet with it entire tectonic plates shall be moved in the centuries to come.

Love is the new religion of the 21st century. You don't have to be a highly educated person. Or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it. It comes from the intelligence of the heart. Embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings.

Be the change you want to see in the world. Nobody else can do it for you.

We are now recruiting. Perhaps you will join us. Or already have ...All are welcome...The door is open.

Author Unknown