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afthetruththewayThey say if you want to teach a lesson tell a story and thats what I do best.

-Ceasar

Intent is this guy’s breakfast cereal. I have gotten to know Ceasar (yes his real name) of Augustus Films pretty well over the years. His vision  is different. He looks at the world in layers. Emotionally, psychically, and spiritually.

I have seen this guy use faith to tackle problems that most of us would run screaming from. He loves what he does. Keep an eye on this man, many things to come….check out http://www.augustusfilms.com ceasar

Philadelphia, PA – Augustus Film Studios, based out of New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, is currently accepting new clients in all three cities.

Augustus Film Studios was established in 2005, and has quickly established an impressive national clientele, including MTV Networks, Clear Channel Communications, Comcast, Vespa, and Architectural Concepts. Augustus Film Studios also has an impressive local presence, creating work for prominent Philadelphia-based clientele such as the Philadelphia Flyers, Bam Margera, Philly Films Inc. and Kildare’s Irish Pub.

Augustus Film Studios sets itself apart from existing media production companies in that Augustus Film Studios is four separate divisions working together to provide a complete media package, including AF Studios, Augustus Films, AF Design and AF Records. Available services include corporate video, graphic design, web development, and radio advertisement, as well as voice-over and green screen.

For more information about the company’s services, please visit their website at http://www.augustusfilms.com.

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Sometime ago I got an interesting phone call from a cheerful woman from Gilbert,Az. She wanted to know how best to get started as a Psychic Medium. I was honored to have her ask me…I later found out she tried others in the business but no one seemed to have the time! Too bad for them. Holly has turned out to be one of the hardest working people in the field.

Through her work as a medium and psychic, Holly helps others reconnect with their loved ones in the afterlife, an area she feels contributes not only to “healing the grieving loved one left behind helping to confirm the continuity of life,” but also to the overall enlightenment of humanity in providing validity that we do live on.

 

As a psychic, Holly is committed to providing others with insight and direction, so they are able to move forward and make the best possible decisions. Holly is also Reiki Master Practioner. So am I…small world ain’t it?

reiki15b15d1Holly helps her clients understand physical, mental and emotional challenges and their underlying causes. Being a Master Practitioner in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki and Seichem, Holly helps her clients restore their energies thereby eliminating the effects of negative imbalances, blocked memories, emotional ties that bind, spiritual abuse and poor circulation. Holly has worked with babies, children, teenagers, adults, pets and plants, continually witnessing miraculous results. Unlike specific medical treatments, these beautiful Reiki treatments address BODY, MIND and SPIRIT as a whole.

Like I said one hardworking lady. I wish her all the best and look forward to working with her in the future.

Holly’s website http://www.azspiritualmedium.com/

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I will be working out of my Arizona office for a few days. I didn’t go during July and August…too damn hot ( I know it’s a dry heat but the surface of the sun is dry too).

September 10th -14th (short visit this time) I’ll be offering sessions to my Phoenix clients from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm at the Hayden Ferry office. I will also be doing a private event in Cave Creek on Saturday (thanks Nick and Lori!).

During this time I will be visiting my sweet nieces Cheyenne and Madison (these two could make projectile vomiting cute ). Mimi’s Restaurant in Chandler I’m sure is awaiting my presence (hint,hint Jared and Leslie) . If I’m lucky my brother in law will take me to Teakwoods. Teakwoods is a spiritual watering hole near Gilbert …I say “spiritual” because any place with peanuts on the floorhas to be spiritual!  Gotta go visit Deenie,Amy Indra and Ms.Tonya at Inspirador …Downtown Chandler is looking good! AM I GONNA BE ABLE TO FIT ALL THIS FUN STUFF IN? Damn I’m gonna try real hard. Maybe the best thing would be just to watch bad reality TV with Sarenna and the dogs (I should make those dogs watch Cesar on “The Dog Whisperer” …little canines on crack).

I told Amy and Cassandra that I wouldn’t go into  Jack in the Box.

That doesn’t mean I can’t use the drive-thru.

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 Another morning at Dr. Andy’s. Our offices are next to each others and many an hour we spend talking, drinking cheap vodka   juiced vegetables, and eating Hostess Ding Dongs embedded with Skittles organic bran muffins. During one of these “brainstorming” sessions I started to complain about feeling sick. My head felt like someone had used it for a cutting board and my stomach felt like vinegar and cottage cheese. Dr.Andy looked at me and said, “You know getting sick can be healthy for you”! I said ” drinking the fluid out of your ink jets can make you bald”. I didn’t think a Chiropractor could move so fast! When I awoke he said “hey, I’m being serious, I gave a lecture about this a few weeks ago.”  Andy is great at what he does, education. This is an excerpt from that discussion.

 

Most people don’t realize that most of the chronic diseases we have today actually result from what we do on a daily basis.  They are driven by how we eat, the American lifestyles we lead and our current medical practices.

In our society acute illness (colds, fevers, etc.) is viewed as a bad thing.  It is almost seen as the precursor to something catastrophic:  “If I get a cold, I might get worse.”    Our society has gone into a perpetual state of fear.  Making matters worse we are no longer taking responsibility for our health, we simply shift the blame for it to the Doctor.

Let’s discuss what actually happens when you get sick.  The body encounters an invader, like a flu bug, that activates the immune system.  The body then releases White Blood Cells (WBCs) that target the invaders, engulf them and then create natural antibodies that kill them.  Simultaneously, the WBCs creates a copy of the invader that memorizes its properties.  These allow for the body’s immune system to recognize the invader the next time the body encounters it and respond to the threat faster; lessening the amount of time your body feels sick or rundown.

In the body, there are “dis-ease” processes going on at all times.  The term dis-ease is used stating there are varying degrees of sickness and wellness going on simultaneously.  Your immune system is constantly fighting off invaders such as bacteria, viruses, and other forms of infections hence the varying degrees of sickness and wellness one feels. However, we don’t always express symptoms of infection such as a runny nose or cough.  Symptoms can occur when the system is overloaded for too long and the body starts to break down.  To use an analogy of your body as an automobile, you are driving your car and you rev the engine too high for too long, so you will eventually wear down the gaskets, burn up your oil, and warp the metal of the engine.   This all leads to eventually blowing the engine.  As we go about our lives and our daily business we don’t eat properly, we don’t sleep enough or correctly, we ingest too many chemicals via drugs, other cleaners and cosmetics, we don’t exercise, and we are over stressed most of the time.  By doing this, eventually our bodies break down and get sick.  Unfortunately, in our society we usually suppress all forms of coughs, colds, and fever that the body would use naturally for its defense and we get sick anyway.

In short, as we overload our bodies, our ability to resist sickness is reduced.  This leads us to a natural process that occurs with many infections and injuries called inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or irritation that leads to symptoms of redness, pain, heat, swelling, and loss of function.  It is the body’s attempt to remove harmful stimuli and heal.  Inflammation is not always seen but is developing all the time. Inflammation is produced in the various systems of the body–nervous, endocrine, and digestive to name a few.  The body does not always express inflammation the same way it comes into the body.  Some examples of this clinically are:
Airway- Mucous buildup, Cough, Runny Noses, Sinus Issues
Intestines- Diarrhea, Acid Reflux, Indigestion, Bloating
Skin- Rash, Acne, Hives
Nervous -Irritability, Listless, “Leave Me Alone” attitude

As was mentioned earlier, we overload our systems constantly.  When this happens, our ability to resist sickness decreases, our sensitivity increases, and inflammation occurs.  In contrast, if we start removing these stressors, our resilience increases as well as a decrease in occurrences of inflammation.

How do we remove the stressors?  We start off by no longer overloading the system chemically, physically, and emotionally.  Chemically, start by changing your diet with limiting simple sugars, portion control, and quality of foods.  Physically, you simply need to exercise.  Move around more during the day and use ergonomics at your workplace. Emotionally, learn to de-stress.  Learn how to recognize stressors as well as how to avoid and cope with them.

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The basic theme is to develop a balance which ultimately will limit the amount of inflammation development.  By slowing down, eating right, reducing stress and getting some exercise, one can decrease one’s susceptibility to getting sick either via a cold, runny nose, fever, or inflammation.  When every system (nervous, digestive, muscular, endocrine, etc.)  is balanced, you feel better and reach an optimal level of performance.  When your body works at this level, you feel better and you will have a positive impact on those around you.  Remember, your health affects everything you do and everyone you know

Once again thanks Dr. Andy for your insight…learn more about Dr.Andy at http://creativechiropracticsolutions.com

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A choke of grief heart hardened I
Beyond belief a broken man too tough to cry

Surf’s Up
Aboard a tidal wave
Come about hard and join
The young and often spring you gave
I heard the word
Wonderful thing
A children’s song

” Surf’s Up” – The Beach Boys

 

 

When I’m working, there are some days that the only “sunlight” I really get is from the music that I play in my office. Music can sometimes be my closest “connection” to God. Sometimes a paticular song can be God’s closest connection to me. Spirit has such a way of communicating through music. Try it sometime. When you hop into the car, ask God to play a song just for you . Chances are you’ll be moved to tears or truly inspired.  I’ve found that what’s spiritual for me may not be spiritual for you. I still wanted to make a short list of the tunes that are really making my heart sing for the week. I hope some of you will comment on your favorites! It’ll give me new songs to download! Think of what makes your “heart” sing! Well here’s my short list,

“Surf’s Up”The Beach Boys (the last minute and half of this song is “Spiritual” beyond measure.)

“Vida La Vida”Coldplay  (a coming of age song for me. Very cool.)

” Love and Mercy” – Brian Wilson  ( The title reminds me of tolerance everytime)

“Warwick Ave” –  Duffy  ( when this gal sings…I feel it!) 

” Blue” – Lucinda Williams  ( this tune reminds me of the two most important girls in my life)

 there are so many more….but I hope this inspired people to use music this week and every week. Can’t wait to hear your favorites at work!

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A choke of grief heart hardened I
Beyond belief a broken man too tough to cry

Surf’s Up
Aboard a tidal wave
Come about hard and join
The young and often spring you gave
I heard the word
Wonderful thing
A children’s song

” Surf’s Up” – The Beach Boys

 

 

When I’m working, there are some days that the only “sunlight” I really get is from the music that I play in my office. Music can sometimes be my closest “connection” to God. Sometimes a paticular song can be God’s closest connection to me. Spirit has such a way of communicating through music. Try it sometime. When you hop into the car, ask God to play a song just for you . Chances are you’ll be moved to tears or truly inspired.  I’ve found that what’s spiritual for me may not be spiritual for you. I still wanted to make a short list of the tunes that are really making my heart sing for the week. I hope some of you will comment on your favorites! It’ll give me new songs to download! Think of what makes your “heart” sing! Well here’s my short list,

“Surf’s Up”The Beach Boys (the last minute and half of this song is “Spiritual” beyond measure.)

“Vida La Vida”Coldplay  (a coming of age song for me. Very cool.)

” Love and Mercy” – Brian Wilson  ( The title reminds me of tolerance everytime)

“Warwick Ave” –  Duffy  ( when this gal sings…I feel it!) 

” Blue” – Lucinda Williams  ( this tune reminds me of the two most important girls in my life)

 there are so many more….but I hope this inspired people to use music this week and every week. Can’t wait to hear your favorites at work!

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Sunday, back in D.C. and hanging out with a lot of old friends and loving it!

It seemed that I was surrounded by a sea of loving, gifted, and creative energy. People living by example and not opininon. Especially my old childhood friend Tony Powell. Tony’s energy was positive, almost contagious! He eagerly wanted to sop up every aspect of positivity around him, and convert it into “life excitement”.

This is definitely a man who made a clear decision to embrace family and friends, using them as a pool of wisdom AND knowledge.

He’s even been dubbed “a 21st Century Renaissance Man” by the Washington Post.  Powell is a choreographer, composer, painter, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker, graphic designer, and writer.

He is a 1995 graduate of the Juilliard School and directed his own dance company, Tony Powell/Music & Movement, for 10 years. This native Washingtonian has won numerous awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for his choreography, and his 4th String Quartet received the first ever Metro DC Dance Award for Original Music.

He has written three scores for the Internationally-renowned Parsons Dance Company, and he has created over 100 ballets for companies including The Joffrey Ballet, The Washington Ballet, The Maryland Youth Ballet, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, The Manassas Dance Company, and Odyssey Dance Theater.

His largest commissioned piece, Contredanse, for 18 dancers of Odyssey Dance Theatre, premiered in March 2007. “Impulse,” his most recent work for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago was selected to illustrate the cover of the August 2007 issue of Dance Magazine. He currently has commissions to create works for Philadanco, the Ailey School , and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company in Denver, Colorado.

Support for the creation of his work has come from The Cafritz Foundation, The Washington Post Company, The Meyer Foundation, Verizon, Philip Morris, The Mead Family Foundation, Allesee Family Foundation, The Dreyfus Foundation, and The Philip L. Graham Fund, among others. He has taught ballet and modern dance techniques at The Washington School of Ballet, The Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet, Towson University, Harrisburg Dance Conservatory, Manassas School of Dance, Joy of Motion, Feet First, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and Jones Haywood School of Ballet. Also Tony has a new blog http://wwww.tonypowell.wordpress.com its a work in progress.. and it may already be up and running as I type this.

Once again Tony, good luck on all your ventures! It has been a pleasure and most of all….FUN!

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This past weekend I was blessed to see family and friends I haven’t seen in ages. The Phoenix based part of the Wood Clan flew into Washington D.C. to visit the matriarch of the family…my sister Sonia. I don’t know about you but when family arrives at my sister’s home there is only one thing , two things to do. First, visit “Ledo’s” pizza in Adelphi, Md (if you haven’t tried this pizza GO NOW! http://www.ledopizza.com) . Second, have a cookout ….Translation: cook meat. A lot of meat. Every kind of meat. Hamburgers,hot dogs,chicken,pork chops,beef ribs, and keilbasa. I think there was a fruit salad around to keep everyone’s colon from going into spasms! Dessert was Amy’s incredible cheesecake…a decades old recipe handed down from her Nana and a closely guarded secret.

The combination of good food,family, and drink created a warm, loving atmosphere of old stories and bladder-bulging laughter… ( evidently there are photos of our family friend Tony being hogtied by the girls when he was very young and forced to put on dresses and make-up for my sister’s sick enjoyment.) 90 degree weather, cheesecake, and Corona is like truth serum for my sisters. No amount of passing time could take away Deenie’s memory of having to drink pickle juice everyday after school, because Sonia told her younger sister “it was the only way to learn how to whistle.”

Can you feel the love? I sure did. For eight hours I didn’t worry about sessions,bills, or anything that required my brain engaging the “future”. Next weekend is another visit to the D.C. suburbs. Crab feast at cousin Cheryl’s…now that will something to blog about!

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