Archive for June, 2008

Crayon sun above you
In a blue crayon sky
Little one, I love you
You’re the reason that
I am here.

Once inside just close the door
Leave the world behind.
Love is what we’re living for
Love and love alone
To be safe at home.

Crayon Sun- Michael Franks

Have you ever seen this type of face before? This is the type of look that can lead to frustration, anger, and adoption or at least some type of grandparent foster care. This is the look of my step-daughter relating how ‘freakin bored’ she is. This face cannot be soothed or comforted by games, snacks, or movies. For a 12 year old you’ve got to provide something different.

So… on a lazy Saturday afternoon Mom, Cassandra, and I sat down to do individual vision boards. I told everyone to grab poster board, magazines, scissors, and glue. To cut out words and pictures that would show their dreams, aspirations, and desires.

Something seemed to change about all three of us. We became more engaged, there was more laughter, and more creativity. It was wonderful to sit back and watch the two people that I love the most put together a collage of what ‘happiness’ meant to them. You can find out a lot by what people put on their vision boards. Creating friendships, creating more wealth and abundance, and health.

A little over two hours later, we were finished and we happily placed our visions up for everyone to see. I noticed the girls had big smiles on their faces. I would suggest that this is a great way for the family to spend time together that doesn’t consist of a TV or Playstation.

The end result was quality time and a much happier twelve year old!

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So everybody, grab
Your baggies and bikinis
Cause it’s only just begun
We’re gonna have a ball
Until the fall now
Cause summer means fun –Bruce and Terry

The cover of the New York magazine June 28th,2008. Johnny and Barry just chillin’ at the beach! Sorry, Obama Girl those aren’t Barack’s abs. (But those might be John’s).

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I was waking up from a cable news stupor the other day with the remote in my hand flipping back and forth between Fox News and MSNBC.  It was Obama this, McCain that, Obama this, MCain that. And what I started to notice was that the McCain campaign seemed to be defending it’s position and the Obama campaign seemed to be promoting it’s position. Most of you that know me know that I’m and advocate for positive thinking, or at least promoting what you want instead of what you don’t want.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-McCain, I believe in his own way he can be a very independent thinker, but to focus on everything that Obama doesn’t have or couldn’t do seems to take away from any message that  he’s really trying to promote. I believe that is part of the reason Hillary lost the democratic nomination.  She focused more on what she didn’t want instead of what she wanted.  I appreciate Obama for trying to keep a more positive message. Change is a positive message. Keeping things the status quo is non-energetic, even malignant.  It’s my hope that McCain would stop focusing on Obama’s weaknesses and rather focus on his own strengths. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that Obama seems to attract a lot of younger voters. The younger voters seem to be more up-beat, positive, happier and full of hope. That my friends, is contagious.

You may not believe me when I say this, I used to be an avid Fox News viewer from Steve Doocey to Sean Hannity. I’ve noticed over the last couple of months that I seem to hear or see is an anti-Obama message and I believe that doesn’t help McCain at all.  I think the media forgets that we no longer are as stupid as we were in the ’70s and ’80s. Most of us are able to make are own decisions.  Like attracts like. For the first time since I can remember, the American populace has a more positive vent in this election process than ever before. If Obama can still surf the wave of positivity he will be the next president of the United States. If John McCain can grab a board and ride the same wave then it’s up for grabs. This is an overall general feeling. Both sides have their pros and cons, but for right now it looks as if Barack has been focusing more on the pros.

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I think sometimes I take myself too seriously. Don’t get me wrong I love what I do. Mediumship can be exhausting. Trying to get others to understand that is also very draining. Other times I get a big kick out of the usual question, “what do you do for a living?”. The long pause of silence after hearing ” Well, I talk to dead people” can be quite refreshing. This quick skit from Hugh Laurie’s earlier days on BBC remind me that keeping a sense of humor about my job makes it so much easier!

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I think sometimes I take myself too seriously. Don’t get me wrong I love what I do. Mediumship can be exhausting. Trying to get others to understand that is also very draining. Other times I get a big kick out of the usual question, “what do you do for a living?”. The long pause of silence after hearing ” Well, I talk to dead people” can be quite refreshing. This quick skit from Hugh Laurie’s earlier days on BBC remind me that keeping a sense of humor about my job makes it so much easier!

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Im gonna wake you up early
Cause Im gonna take a ride with you
Were going down to the honda shop
Ill tell you what were gonna do
Put on a ragged sweatshirt
Ill take you anywhere you want me to

“Little Honda”-The Beach Boys

I’ve a great friend over at http:www.creativechiropracticsolutions.com he’s decided to buy a moped. You gotta understand, Dr.Andy seemed like a truckdriving ,Spotted Owl shooting kind of guy. You know, the person who thinks recycling is using the same plastic cup at the keg party. I was dead wrong. Andy went out and bought a moped! This man has great waysof looking at being green. His philosphy is a simple one …goin green = great benefits. Health,financial and otherwise. Read on…..

Those that know me personally know that I recently purchased a scooter to do my daily running around to work and errands. It gets about 100 MPG and gets up to 50 mph. Not to mention that it is pretty fun to “scoot” around in. As I was filling up the tank today for the first time since I picked it up at Philadelphia Scooters on Passayunk (shameless plug) I topped off the tank at $3.55 with 91 Octane Premium gas. That was an incredibly awesome feeling so, I felt inspired to share with you MY true meaning of “going green.”

In the public eye, most people think it is trading in that Hummer for a Prius and getting a Hybrid. It should be more than that. Mainstream media and Big Corporations have dictated to the American Public that the bottom dollar is KING. They look to produce a high quality product and for the least amount of money to increase the profit. Save a penny by adding a preservative to the food to give it a longer shelf life, switching from a metal part to a plastic mold to raise profits 10 cents a unit, or by using harmful chemicals that are foreign to the body that produce the same effect to save on cost.

To truly go green, one should look at more than what kind of car they drive and actually start and look at their household products. What harmful chemicals are you putting on the surfaces of your kitchen counters? Can you even pronounce what is in these bottles let alone know what it actually does? Next, look at the food you consume. How many ingredients are in that cereal or condiment that you are using? Can you pronounce them? Does it contain man made chemicals or natural ingredients? Now onto the closet. What are your clothes made out of? Polyester? Cotton? Stop and take a moment to think what else you use in the day that is not natural to you or your body.

The big thing now is alternative fuels. What are you doing to help cut down on the astronomical consumption of energy in its various forms such as gas, electricity, fresh water? The more you use, it increases demand which in turn, increases cost. By turning out the lights an hour earlier and maybe using candles or even just only using the lights in the rooms you are in. Can you carpool with some friends from work to reduce the need to use gas? Can you take mass transit? Can you actually buy a more fuel efficient car or motor vehicle? Can you walk a little more to work? Pack a lunch? Do you need to leave and run 3 different errands instead of bundling it all together to save on gas? Over time, those pennies and small dollar amounts can add up. It could pay for that vacation for the family you wanted to do but could not afford it because of your normal less than calculated spending habits.

I live by a few simple rules when it comes to being a green minded person

  • If there are too many ingredients in my food, cleaning products, personal care products, I don’t use it
  • If I can’t pronounce what is in it, I don’t use it
  • If I don’t know how something works in my body or in my daily activities, I don’t use it or ingest it
  • If it came from the earth, It usually is ok.
  • Balance is Key to anything in life. Moderation is the Key

So, when you go about your day to day this week, think how you can personally help your environment and those around you as well as how you can help your internal environment by going “Green!”

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a healthy day!

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