Posted on | July 20, 2015 | No CommentsGreat gratitude to the lovely and talented Nancy Ferrari who interviewed me on her radio show, and which you can hear today at 9am PT or 12 ET. Ever wonder why religious extremists want to kill each other? Ever think about the emptiness that afflicts so many lives here in the US? Then you may want to listen in. Here's the URL: www.NancyFerrariMedia.com.
Posted on | July 15, 2015 | No CommentsNever for a single second doubt what you are here to do. Above all else you are here to be an energy purifier. Whatever it is you do try to do it from the highest part of who you are. Try to raise others' awareness through your kindness and acceptance. Try to give people space to move out of their negativity and become positive, for in doing this you will not only be helping others but also be strengthening your own ability to stay positive. Grow your sense of wonder and delight by seeing how much beauty there is around you, all the time. That will get rid of negativity. If you're hesitating over possibilities as to what to do as a career remember - no decision you make will be worth much if you don't come from the position of wanting to help purify the energies in you and around you. If you choose to be an energy purifier first and foremost then your decisions will become easy. It will be obvious which possibility you need to follow. This is what we are supposed to be doing.
Posted on | July 10, 2015 | No CommentsToday is the 75th Anniversary of what became known as "the Battle of Britain" - the start of an all-out bombing offensive against England. We should remember this for several reasons: The people who lived through it were our parents and grandparents, and their traumatic experiences helped to shape us. Even those in far off countries (like the US) felt the impact. Another reason to recall this event is that it was the mark of a turning tide. Had that tide not turned the world would be a very different place today. The third reason I think it's memorable is that a comparatively few people were involved. They didn't "win" so much as refuse to lose, and that thin edge made all the difference. It could well remind us that a few dedicated souls, working together, can change the course of world history and can push back against dictatorships and injustices of all kinds. It reminds us that we must all do our bit.
Posted on | July 9, 2015 | No CommentsMany types of gun owner exist, and many are reasonable people. I was brought up around guns, so I've met many kinds of owners. The ones who seem to be most vocal in this country, though, are those who say they need their guns for protection. Rarely do they say what they feel they need protection from, but the answer must, in part, be examined. People fear those who they think will take something away from them or hurt them or their loved ones. Sometimes that is defined as The Government; sometimes it's defined as "bad people". It's this idea of bad people that we may want to look at. This country incarcerates its citizens at a rate unrivaled in the rest of the world. Today, one in three black men can expect to do jail or prison time. Things aren't much better for Latinos. These are therefore the "bad people" to many of us. This racial bias is widely acknowledged and deplored. Doesn't it follow, therefore, that those gun owners who feel they need protection against lawless elements are, in fact, falling into some sort of racist confusion? If non-white people are more likely to be criminals, then the people against whom gun owners are arming themselves must be imagined as non-white at least as often as they are imagined as being white. And so a stereotype emerges. This sort of creeping racism is common enough. People don't realize they're doing it a lot of the time. We stereotype, we pre-judge, we jump to conclusions often enough. But this mental jump is hardly to our credit. I'd like to see what the NRA has to say about racist attitudes in its membership. Do they even dare to look? And if not, why not? Fear-mongering will certainly sell more guns - so to what extent do the gun manufacturers and the NRA work to create more fear? And to what extent does that play on racial prejudices? If barely-concealed racism is being used as marketing tool, what can we expect in the future?
Posted on | July 1, 2015 | No CommentsMinisters and officials of any religion exist for only two reasons - first: to try and interpret the teachings they have before them to their best ability. Then, second, their job is to relay this to others. It does not mean they are right all the time or even most of the time. It just means they're supposed to be trying.
Posted on | June 23, 2015 | No CommentsPeople I meet these days seem to be fraught with doubts. What's going to happen with the economy? What's going to develop in the job market? What should I do if....? What will happen with.....? Fill in the blank. I like to think we could choose to react differently to all this. Look at the weather. Do we really know what tomorrow will bring? If we live in New England, or even Old England, the answer is likely to be, "We'll find out when we find out." The weather is trying to teach us a lesson every day. Don't worry, it says; see what appears and then decide how you'll deal with it. Go with the flow. You can't control the weather and worrying won't make it any better. Now - this doesn't mean we should give up trying to do anything. It just means that there are some things in our lives we absolutely have to let go of trying to predict and control.
Posted on | May 27, 2015 | No CommentsThe news about the Keystone oil and natural gas pipelines that were under consideration has died down. The news about Fracking has not. This willingness to drill and destroy natural water supplies astonishes many people, and not surprisingly they don't like it. But here's a thought: it looks as if we're going to be in more desperate need of water than oil in the future. Just look at California. How about a water pipeline from the far north (where there seems to be plenty) to the drought-stricken areas of the South? Even wet old Massachusetts suffers from a lack of water. Or are our cars too important to us?
Posted on | May 21, 2015 | No CommentsI had a lovely interview with Ana Isabel at MySpirit radio recently. It was a discussion of "The Path of Synchronicity" - and so much else besides. A Huge Thank You to Ana and all at MySpirit for the excellent work they do, everyday. Listen to them regularly and you'll learn all kinds of things you probably didn't know before! Here's the link if you'd like to listen in: http://www.myspiritradio.com/show-profiles?programme_id=52
Posted on | May 4, 2015 | No CommentsSeveral beautiful birds have visited my garden recently. I hadn't ever seen such delicate and lovely creatures before, so I looked them up to see what they were called. One was a worm-eating warbler, the other a house finch (sometimes called a common house finch). Needless to say, the names were a huge let down. They can't begin to describe the joy these small creatures bring, their exquisite markings, their bright curiosity. But then words do let us down so often, don't they? Naming something may bring us a measure of reassurance. We saw it, we have identified it. Yet names alone can never convey the delicate complexity of the creature itself, let alone my reaction to it.
Posted on | April 18, 2015 | No CommentsI went to plant a tree. The shovel broke. So I walked round the corner to the hardware store and bought a new shovel. I wanted to water the new planting so I turned on the hose. The tap broke. So I walked off to get a new tap. Same hardware store. I installed the new tap, turned it on, and the line leaked. So I went to get the right clamp. Hello hardware store. The new clamp was great, but another one wasn't. Back I went. The tree is now planted, watered, and looking good. I have had a wonderful day mending things and walking in the sun. I savored the season - the cherry blossoms and the small blue flowers whose name I have yet to discover. Sometimes life asks us too slow down and be present. How delicious it is. keep looking »