Monthly Archives: October 2009

My water pump motor lasted me 25 years!

The other day I noticed water on the floor in the garage, and I followed it to my water pump motor and expansion tank. The tank was replaced 9 years ago but the motor was the original Red Jacket Quick Set Jet installed in 1984 when Uncle Jimmy built the house for me. I immediately did what any rational person facing that situation would do, and took photos of it to post on Facebook.  My Facebook peeps always have helpful comments that help me save time.  I got several referrals and several suggestions on what might be causing it.  I got enough information that I could begin my Google search for information.  The first thing I wanted to know was, what do the parts DO and how do they interact?  Because when I know that, I will be able to understand what the service dudes tell me when they come out to give me estimates. Continue reading

Another layer of decluttering

I’ve just finished cleaning my office yet again and rearranging the furniture in it.  I now have absolutely zero clutter in there and no excuse not to come in and sit down to work right away each day.  Part of my routine is typically to rearrange my stacks of Work To Do in separate piles around the desk area.  My desk faces my southwest corner, and I look out a south window to my left and the west window to my right. Under each window is a long credenza, and on each credenza are stacks of the current projects I am working on.  I like seeing everything in one layer like that.  But sometimes I get a lot of mail and some of it gets placed on top of the credenza, just until I get to it.  And 5 and 20 deliveries later, my credenzas are filled with mail and supplies and I finally have to deal with it if I want a clear working space again. Continue reading

I Switch Over To Brighthouse for Telephone, Cable, Internet

After about a year of contemplating and speaking to friends about the pros and cons of switching from AT & T to Brighthouse for telephone service, I made the switch yesterday.  They gave me an 8:00 to 10:00am appointment, which I thought meant he’d show up anytime between those hours.  Before he arrived, I made sure to clear the areas he’d be working in, so he’d have plenty of room.  I moved 4 rolling tables out of the office and moved everything away from the wall.  I glanced at the clock and had time to vacuum the room again, so I began doing that. Sure enough, as soon as I turned on the vacuum cleaner, he knocked on the door.  Had I not had such a heavy brass door knocker, I would not have heard him.

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No Gain in Pain with Abraham-Hicks

In 2007, Abraham wrote a book entitled: The Astonishing Power of  Emotions, Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide, where they explained in great detail how to understand our emotions and how to benefit from that understanding. In the months leading up to the release of that book, they commonly told the story of our human misunderstanding of people trying to achieve gain through pain and struggle as so many of them deliberately dig in, ignoring their own emotional guidance.  We thought that now might be an especially good time to let Abraham help us remember that our successes or enlightenment do not come to us through pain and struggle, but through ease and allowing. This clip, recorded in Albuquerque, NM in August of 2007, has been a wonderful reminder to us. Continue reading

Being Happy With What I Have

A friend asked the other day if I wanted to go shopping with her.  For me, that’s usually an automatic no unless it’s to Home Depot or the produce stand.  I’m not a shopper type of person.  I used to be.  Back when I worked at law offices and had to be at the courthouse very few days for 20+ years, I dressed more professionally, more fashionably and more competitively.  I’d acquired the habit of buying new outfits on a regular basis.  When I became my own boss in 1992, the dress code drastically changed.   It might be pajamas or a swimsuit for weeks in a row.  It might be sarongs and jeans.  I came to realize I had an entire closet full of clothes that I liked, that all fit, and many of which I may not have occasion to wear again.  Given the choice, I am not a corporate suit kinda gal.  So in the first several years, I gave away a lot of my more conservative wear to friends who were still in the workforce.

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Ted Andrews, acclaimed author of Animal Speak, dies at age 57

July 16, 1952 - October 24, 2009

Ted Andrews, acclaimed author, most notable for Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small, born 1952, died on October 24, 2009.  He is survived by beloved wife Kathy, other family, friends and fans too many to count.  Everyone in the metaphysical genre knows his Animal Speak as the most comprehensive book on animal totems.  Andrews said, “…all animals speak to those who listen.  When we learn to speak with the animals…..the animals are no longer our subordinates. They become our teachers, our friends, and our companions.”  Through the years I have bought dozens of this book to share with friends.  Ted Andrews and his work will be missed.

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I’m Never Surprised

Earlier this week, I wrote in A blank slate, happy for no reason that I’ve been in a great mind space the past week, where my internal dialogue has slowed to almost a halt.  When I wake up, when I’m just sitting, when I’m relaxing: a nice, serene, happy blank slate.  Happy for no specific reason. I’m always glad when I come into that space, as I do for a spell every few months.  It always comes during a time when things are going exceedingly well.  It lets me know that what I’m doing is working for me.  It lets me know that, as Abraham-Hicks says, I’m in the vortex. My last week’s posts have been repostings of the James Arthur Ray Sedona Sweat Lodge matter since I am getting a lot of emails asking for info about that.  Cassandra Yorgey is doing such a great job of covering the story that I’ve been sharing her findings here in my blog.  I will keep updating the page entitled Updated Links for info about the James Ray Matter. Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Stanislav Grof: James Ray not certified

Once again we can thank Cassandra Yorgey for keeping us up to date with this story.  Here is her interview with Dr. Stanislav Grof author of The Holotropic Mind.  Dr. Stanislav Grof website

Today I spoke over the phone with Dr. Stanislav Grof, author of The Holotropic Mind. Yep, that’s right the same Dr. Stanislav Grof who’s book was required reading for the participants of the Angel Valley Spiritual Warrior retreat led by James Ray. This guy has been studying medicine and psychology since before James Ray was even born. His list of educational and professional achievements is long enough that you should just go look for yourself. I’m pretty impressed, but I’m not formally educated in that field so I could be wrong. Joseph Campbell is well respected in the science-fiction/fantasy genre for his work in mythology and psychology and he seemed pretty impressed with Dr. Groff, too, and is even quoted as saying “I know of no work that so well incorporates the findings of Freud, Jung and Rank, adding fresh insights, which the methods of those psychotherapists could never have achieved. I do not doubt that many others working in this field would find Dr. Grof´s discoveries a basis for a whole new strategy of research.” Right, so as far as I can tell, this guy is a pretty big deal in his field. I had a great time speaking with him and learned some really interesting things. Continue reading

A blank slate, happy for no reason



I’ve been in a great mind space the past week, where my internal dialogue has slowed to almost a halt.  When I’m not doing something, I mean.  And when I wake up.  Just a nice serene, calm tabula rasa, a blank slate.  And it’s a happy blank slate.  Happy for no specific reason.  Just a feeling of, as Rumi says, “I’m the spirit of freedom riding the winds of joy, the fountain of love in which universes are born in a ceaseless outbreak of ecstasy.”  Even as I sit to write a blog post, I think: there’s just nothing I can say that would improve the silence.

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