Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Speaking Wind Native American Teacher/Shaman on 2012 & Beyond




I was privileged to meet, and talk with, Speaking Wind in July 1997 at the Universal Lightworkers Conference at Seattle, Washington.

I met  many great teachers there including Doreen Virtue, Lee Carroll, Gregg Braden, Stephen Halpern, and many others, but it was Speaking Wind who made the strongest impression on me.
His beingness was one of total light and love. He was a very gentle, caring, beautiful soul.
I did not consciously know I was in the presence of greatness but my soul knew and I was drawn to his booth over and over.

I treasure the sweet comments he made to me during the two days I was there, including telling me that I had beautiful eyes that changed color with whatever I was wearing.

Speaking Wind also verified for me that I had accurately received my spirit name; a name that I was given in a dream.
I was told that my spirit (or soul) name is, "Speaks My Truth With Love."
I have tried to live up to that name.

Three days ago I was drawn to pull out the notes and papers I had kept from the 1997 Universal Lightworkers Conference and it was as if Speaking Wind was talking to me in person again.
I know Speaking Wind is aware of me, as I am of him, although he passed into the Heavenly Realms in 1998,  just one year after I met him. He gave me a blessing for my own work which I have just begun to do in a larger way, and a message of love and hope for all of us.

Thank you for your continuing gifts to me and to all of us Speaking Wind!
The world is a better place because you lived.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Third Eye/Pineal Gland Isochronic Tone Stimulation



Headphones/Earphones are welcome. 480p is needed,
Contemplate the area between your eyebrows. Don't strain yourself, be relaxed, and gently put your awareness on your third eye..
This tone uses several frequencies to stimulate the pineal gland as well as aid in the visual pickup of mental objects.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

My 5 Favorite Ways to Help Others for Christmas 2012





1) Make a donation to your local food bank to help the hungry in your community. Or help pack food boxes or serve the holiday meal to local homeless people.

2. Gifts for Kids: Select a gift tag for a child from one of the Christmas tree displays in your local store and purchase the gift the child asked for.

3. Coat drives. If you live in an area with cold weather, then please consider donating a warm coat or two (scarves, mittens and gloves, and warm hats are needed too), to your local coat drive.

4. Recycle. Reduce. Reuse. For the planet and for you. Because it's a good thing to do, especially now during the holiday season when there is so much waste.

5. Donate school supplies to needy children in your cities schools.







Being Kind at Christmastime






During this Christmas season perhaps we can all be a little kinder to one another.
Just being kind to others may not seem like much but even the smallest act of kindness is like a stone thrown into water with beautiful ripples flowing out from it that you may never see or know about.

Being kind to the earth and every creature living upon it is the ultimate in kindness.
If everyone did that there would be no war, no hunger or homelessness, no deforested lands, no polluted skies or poisoned waters.

So today perhaps we can all be a little kinder to one another, to our planet, and to the waters, the skies, the forests, and all the living creatures upon our beautiful Mother Earth.




Planning to be kind and caring
Sometimes we imagine that a kind and caring person was born that way, but nothing could be further from the truth.
For most a conscious decision was made at some point in their lifetime to be a kind and caring person.
Then they set kindness goals and ideals to live by and  made plans and preparations to carry out that decision.

Kindness builds on itself. If you decide to do one kind act a day, for example, you will soon find that you are doing far more than that.
I don't know exactly why this is so but I've seen it happen over and over.

The acts don't have to be big either.
Opening a door for an elderly person is easy, takes just a second, and is a kind act that won't be forgotten. Other small acts of kindness that you can regularly incorporate into your day include letting people go ahead of you in lines, or letting a car into the stream of traffic, or commenting positively on the service in a store or a restaurant.

Then there are the little kindness's that are often forgotten or ignored in the home like truly listening to your spouse or to your children, or speaking with respect and affection rather than impatience or using discouraging or critical words or looks.




"Kindness is like snow-it beautifies everything it touches." -anonymous

"If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."
-William Penn

"Three things in human life are important.
The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind.
The third is to be kind."
-Henry James




And be kind to yourself this holiday season too. Get out and have some fun like these ice skaters in Edinburgh Scotland are doing.




Friday, November 30, 2012

Your Life is Like a Pebble Dropped into a Pool of Water




"Your life is like a pebble dropped into a pool of water, creating ripples endlessly.
You do not know the end of a word, a thought, an action.'
-White Eagle

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Serving Others Without Spending a Lot of Money

planting a tree

play the free rice game



Helping others and being of service is important to me, but so is frugal living, therefore I am always on the lookout for ways I can help others without spending a lot of money. I even wrote a previous post about ways you could make a difference for ten dollars or less:



Making a Difference For Ten Dollars or Less

I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone say that they can't help other people because they don't have enough money. I don't have a large income right now either but I still manage to help quite a few people each year, and I support several causes close to my heart.

It seems to me that most people would really like to help other people, but have the idea that the small amounts that they could afford to donate would not make much of a difference to anybody. I used to believe that way too, but I know better now.

I've discovered many ways that anyone can make a difference in the world, for ten (10) dollars or less.

Lets start out with the unbelievable idea that you can actually do good in the world, and help others, for free. You don't have to spend one penny to help other people. 

Here are some suggestions on how you can help others for free:


1. Click to donate sites allow you to do good in the world, for free, from your computer. Free Rice, for example, is a fun game you play that helps increase your knowledge, while at the same time you are "earning" rice to feed hungry people.
FreeRice

Charity Click Donation is a web site that puts a bunch of the click to donate sites together in one place for you to click on the ones you want to support.
Charity Click Donation - Give money to charity for free through charity clicks.

2. It costs nothing to be kind and caring, to treat people with respect, or to do something for someone such as help to carry heavy packages, open a door for someone, let a car go ahead of you in traffic, pick up litter on the street, or give someone a sincere compliment.


3. Search Kindly when you're searching the Internet, by making sure your searches are helping to support charity and worthy causes.
Your Searches Benefit Charities - Search Kindly

4. Recycle your household aluminum because aluminum is 100% recyclable, and it is so destructive to the environment to make aluminum in the first place. Not only does this cost you nothing, while benefiting the environment and many people you'll never know, recycling aluminum can actually make you money when you turn your aluminum in at the recyclers.



5. Recycle and donate all your unused coats, other clothing, and household goods to those who can use them. Donate coats and winter clothing to coat drives, shoes to shoe drives, and all clothing to women's shelters and homeless shelters.

Now, for one dollar ($1.00) what can we do?


1. The folks over at One Dollar Give have found plenty of good things to do with just one dollar. Check out their link.
The One Dollar Give: How Much Difference Can $1 Make?


2. Donate one dollar to your local food pantry. Or buy some food for a dollar and donate the food.


3. Buy a fleece hat or gloves at the dollar store and give to a homeless person or a needy person.


4. Give a dollar to a homeless person.

$2.00, another small amount of money, but still for that $2.00, at Alternative Gifts International, you can buy groceries for 1 person for 1 day.
Give a Gift in Honor of Someone - Alternative Gifts International

For $3.00, Alternative Gifts International will purchase one tree, and plant it, in one of the worlds deforested areas. Alternative Gifts International is a great place to find ways to help for just a little money. 

feed hungry children around the world

1. For $4.00 they will provide one weeks supply of alternative charcoal for four families living in a deforested area of the world, thus sparing trees, and helping the families by saving them money.


2. $4.00 is also one day of support for one student in Kenya.


$5.00 will buy food to feed one family for one day, again through Alternative Gifts International.

For $6.00, you could purchase one pair of small animals for one Quecha Indian family in Bolivia.


2. That same $6.00 would also provide medicine and protein drinks for one child for one year.


3. $6.00 is also the cost of one share of water pipe or school supplies for a Gumiyuda school system.


For $7.00, you could provide care and food for an aged person in China who has no family.


$8.00 will fund one hour of job and skill training for one woman with no job skills.

Give a Gift in Honor of Someone - Alternative Gifts International

Food For The Poor, for $10.00, will provide three fruit trees to a hungry family living in Haiti. An avocado tree, a breadfruit tree, and a mango tree. 
Food For The Poor | Helping the Poor, Charitable Giving, International Relief | Serving the Poorest of the Poor

2. $10.00 will also provide a mosquito net for people at risk for malaria through Nothing But Nets. Malaria is a huge killer world-wide and your $10.00 will save lives.
Home | Nothing But Nets Campaign

3. $10.00 at Global Giving can be used to support many different charities or relief efforts, including a school in the Dominican Republic for Haitian refugees.
GlobalGiving: donate to grassroots projects; education, health, microfinance

So, there you have it, several ways to help other people and make a difference in the world, all for under $10.00. 
Many people spend that much everyday on junk food, expensive coffee drinks, or vending machine goodies. If you would rather use your money for good, then why not check out some of these charities, (or discover your own), and see how quickly these small amounts of donations can begin to make a big difference in the world.

 
 Support aboriginal rights and people around the world



                             


So, there you have my original post of June 17, 2010.
Now the prices for some of the ideas listed above may have risen a bit, as many things have in this economy, but the basic idea is still very sound.
There are many things you can do to make a difference in the world for very little, or no, money.
So what are you going to do to make a difference this week?

                                          Help make a difference to poor women worldwide


                     Support local coat drives by donating your unused coats to those who have none.



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Why Kindness Matters

KINDNESS

“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
 For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
 For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
 For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
 For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. 
 People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
 As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.” 
― Sam Levenson



I try to be a kind person, even when it's hard to be, and I know I'm not alone in realizing the many benefits being kind offers to you and to others. I'd like to share with you the thoughts and ideas about kindness from these wonderful articles I discovered. Please read them if you can.

Kindness Matters by Janice Lynn Lundy
http://positiveprovocations.com/2010/10/01/kindness-matters/

Why Kindness Matters by Ken Hoffman
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jun/06/why-kindness-matters/

Nov. 13th is World Kindness Day in the UK. What a great idea!
http://www.kindnessuk.com/world_kindness_day_kindness_day_uk.php







No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)The Lion and the Mouse




Monday, February 13, 2012

What's So Bad About Beans and Rice?


Baqala Polo; Rice With Beans and Dill Weed (here served with lamb) recipe from Iran

Baqala Polo Iranian Rice With Beans and Dill Weed
(This is VERY good!)


3 cups long-grain rice, well-rinsed
* 8 cups water
* salt
* 1/4 cup melted butter
* 1/8 teaspoon saffron, dissolved in 2 tbs warm water (optional)
* 1 lb frozen lima Beans
* 1/4 cup dried dill weed, or 3/4 cup fresh
* Iranian yogurt and spinach (Borani-Ye Esfenaj)
* 1 lb spinach, fresh or frozen
* 2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
* 2 tablespoons oil
* salt and pepper
* 1 cup plain yogurt

Directions To Prepare Iranian Rice with Beans and Dill Weed (Baqala Polo)
* Cook lima Beans until done.
* Drain.
* Set aside.
* Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
* Add rice to water.
* Boil 5-10 minutes , until rice is no longer crunchy, but still firm.
* Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
* Drain rice in colander.
* Mix Beans and dill weed with the rice.
* Put half of the melted margarine in the bottom of the rice pot.
* Put the rice back into the pot, a spoonful at a time, heaping it into a mound, not touching sides of pot.
* With a chopstick or similar tool, poke holes in the rice in several places.
* Pour the remaining melted margarine over the rice.
* Cover the underside of the pot lid with a dish towel, and put lid tightly on pot.
* Cook rice about 20 minutes over medium heat, then turn heat to low, and cook for another 30 minutes.
* The rice on the bottom of the pot should become golden and crispy.
* Soak bottom of pot in cold water for a few minutes, to loosen this.

* Put rice onto a serving platter, surrounded by chunks of crispy rice.
* Take 2/3 cup of the rice, mix it with the dissolved saffron, and sprinkle over the rest of the rice as a garnish.

* Cook spinach in lightly salted water until tender
* Drain well.
* Chop.
* Set aside.
* Heat margarine or oil in a pan.
* Add onions, and fry until golden.
* Add spinach and fry together briefly.
* Turn off heat.
* Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
* Transfer to serving bowl or dish.
* Mix in yogurt.



Mujadara
-Middle Eastern comfort food, made with lentils, rice, and onions.

What you need
1 Cup Lentils
1 Cup Rice
3 1/2 Cups Water
4 Onions
1 Tea­spoon Cumin
1 Tea­spoon Salt
1/2 Tea­spoon Pep­per
2 Table­spoons Veg­etable Oil
Serves 4–6

How to put it together

Slice the onions. The onions should be sliced long, so they look like a rain­bow ver­sus diced into small pieces.
Heat pot on med-high heat. Add 1 Table­spoon of Veg­etable Oil and 1/2 an onion. Cook until onion is caramelized.
Add lentils, water, salt and pep­per. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and sim­mer for 20 minutes.
After 20 min­utes, add rice and 1 Tea­spoon Cumin. Cover and sim­mer for addi­tional 20 minutes.
Heat a fry­ing pan over med-high heat. Add the remain­ing 1 Table­spoon of Veg­etable Oil and remain­ing onions. Cook until fully caramelized and blackened.
We used green lentils & yel­low onions for this dish.
We usu­ally serve our Mujadara with hum­mus & pita.

Belize Rice and Beans Recipe



Let’s start with the most Belizean of all dishes: rice-and-beans, the staple of Belize Cuisine. Although originally considered primarily a Creole dish, today it’s eaten daily by all and is simply called Belizean rice and beans. While, of course, nobody can make rice-and-beans as delicious as the grandmother of the first Belizean you ever talk to, the following is pretty much a recipe for a successful ‘beans’ as it is commonly called by weekend partygoers when they stop to purchase a plate late night in downtown Belize City from a variety of street-side sellers. Picture: Belize Beans and Rice is a variation of Rice and Beans.
Recipe for Belizean rice-and-beans derived from the original Meighans Beans recipe:
INGREDIENTS
1 lb. Red Kidney Beans 2 plugs Garlic (crushed)
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup coconut Milk (either squeezed from grated coconut or bought prepared, canned, or made from powered variety)
½ tsp. Black pepper
½ tsp. Thyme
2 lbs. cleaned Rice
1 medium Onion (sliced)
6-8 cups of water
(optional) 1 small pigtail or salt beef or pieces of bacon
METHOD
1. Wash the beans, then soak beans for 4 hours, using the 6-8 cups of water. If you are using distilled water, then soaked beans only needs 2 hours to soften.
2. Boil beans until tender, with the garlic, onion and pig’s tail/or salted beef or bacon pieces. Note: pre-wash the pigtail or salt beef and cut off excess fat. You can use a pressure cooker to cut down on the time.
3. Season beans with black pepper, thyme and salt. Note: You may opt not to add the salt if you used salt beef or pigtail above.
4. Add coconut milk. Stir and then let boil.
5. Add rice to seasoned beans. Stir, then cover. Cook on low heat until the water is absorbed and rice is tender. If necessary, add more water gradually until rice is tender. Note: Usually, one cup of rice absorbs two cups of water, although rice grains can vary in the amount of water they absorb. To warm up leftover rice-and-beans, you can sprinkle with water to re-moisten.
Belize Rice-and-beans, with its several accompaniments, can be found on most restaurants’ menus. A variation is rice-and-peas (made with black-eyed peas instead of with red kidney beans).
And a sister dish, but definitely different, is beans-and-rice, which is the stewed beans served with white rice (not cooked together like its sister dish) and also served with either potato salad or cole slaw, plantain, and your choice of meat or fish.
You might also want to check out our related Belize Tilapia Fried Fish Recipe Page.
One of its distinctive ingredients, coconut milk, is also a main ingredient in several other Belizean dishes. One of these is seré, which is a delectable dish, usually made with fish, swimming in a seasoned coconut milk sauce laced with okra and ground foods like cassava and cocoa. The sere is eaten with grated green plantain or often with white rice.
-from  Belize.com, Belize recipes.



And here are some other great foods made with legumes and rice from around the world:
from India a delicious breakfast pancake made from rice and lentils

Mexican beans and rice


Spiced mung beans and rice, again from India

 red beans and rice from the American South

Friday, February 10, 2012

Moonlighting and Second Job Ideas

senior caregiver or shopping service for seniors

deliver pizzas

become a tutor



"Moonlighting describes taking on a second job separate from your main source of income. (verb)
An example of moonlighting is working as a pizza delivery person at night when your full time job is as a secretary."
from http://www.yourdictionary.com

I would add that nowadays many people who are not full-time employees at one job, may work at two or three side jobs, which wouldn't technically be called moonlighting , so from now on we'll stick with the term "side jobs."

Check out this link for 236 side job ideas. It doesn't give you any information on how to start or actually do these jobs, mind you, it's strictly a list of possible side jobs.
Still there's lots of room for thought here, and inspiration for anyone considering a side job of their own, so click on the link and see what 236 side jobs they have come up with.

Side Job Ideas

Five Ways to Make Money When You Can't Find a Job.

http://kerryg.hubpages.com/hub/Five-Ways-To-Make-Money-When-You-Cant-Find-a-Job


get a job as a dog walker


wait tables


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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ancestral Village #2: Erdington, West Midlands, UK

Erdington, a suburb of Birmingham England.


Erdington High Street

Erdington Abbey

All about Erdington.
Erdington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Erdington was an Anglian settlement set up in the Early Middle Ages and by the time of the Norman Conquest was a sub-manor of Aston. Its name derives from the Anglo-Saxon, Eardred ing tun meaning 'Eardred's people's farm' or perhaps the 'village of the Eardredings'. The settlers were either followers of a man called Eardred, or perhaps a clan called with the surname, Eardreding, meaning Eardred's people."
from: http://billdargue.jimdo.com/placenames-gazetteer-a-to-y/places-e/erdington/

The History of Erdington
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/erdingtonhistory

Sarah, my maternal ancestor, who was from Erdington, England


In 1851 my maternal ancestor, Sarah French, who was born in 1831, came to the US with her parents Thomas French and Katherine "Kitty" Ewers, and with her siblings.

I believe that our blood ancestry shapes us and is a part of our being whether we acknowledge it or not, and I have always felt a particular fondness for Sarah, who was described as the best of wives and mothers by her family.

Sarah left England (which she yearned for ever afterword, and remembered as so green and beautiful), as well as a beau behind, for a new life in a new country, never to see her beloved England (or said beau), ever again; although she dreamed of both often according to the stories her children passed on about Sarah. Sarah was said to be very shy and  most at home with her family.

In the US, Sarah lived through an Indian uprising, the death of both her parents, several moves to different states, a horrific plague of grasshoppers on the Kansas prairie, and so much more. Her children considered her brave and resourceful.

I believe I carry some of the characteristics of my hardy English ancestors, and of my lovely ancestress, Sarah. I feel a love for both Sarah and her England, though I've never set foot on the shores of England and Sarah died about 70 years before I was born.

This post is dedicated to Sarah and to all my many ancestors from England.

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Need a Good Laugh?



I've been accused of being a tad too serious in this blog. Moi? Well ok then.
So, because I think everyone needs a lift right about now and because the world can often be a pretty funny place, I decided to post my list of the funniest books I know.

Go to your local library and check them out if you can't find them on the shelves at your local bookstore.

Note to everyone: support libraries, support bookstores!

Anyway to make my favorite funniest books list the book had to make me laugh out loud while reading it, at least a few times, and that's how I selected these particular books.

Your list of funny books might be different than mine, and PLEASE tell me about any funny books you like that are not listed here, because I want to know about them.

My Funniest Books List:




1. Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin. Steve is really not given his due as a writer, his books are hilarious.




2. The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin. Another very funny book by Steve. All of Steves books are good, but these two are my favorites.



3. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. Don't read this book while eating salad in a restaurant or you'll be snorting your lettuce all over the table like I did.



4. Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old Like a Skank by Celia Rivenbank. Celia is the kind of writer that makes you wish you could meet and become friends with so you could come over to her house for coffee every morning and she could tell you her stories and make you laugh so much you'd forget all your troubles. And probably pee your pants because you're laughing so hard.



5. My Point...And I do Have One by Ellen Degeneres. I laughed out loud so many times while reading Ellen's wonderfully funny book. Ellen is hilarious. Read this one if you can.


6. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. Another under-rated humor writer. Carrie is just plain funny!



7. The Compleat Practical Joker by H. Allen Smith. Much better than the title. This is another book I have to read alone in my house so people won't stare at me as I chuckle, giggle, snort, and guffaw my way through it's pages.



8. Naked by David Sedaris. If you haven't yet discovered David Sedaris your life isn't complete.




9. Brain Droppings by George Carlin. A humor master at work.



10. Letters From a Nut by Ted L. Nancy. A little gem of a book. Your funny bone will definitely be tickled.



11. More Letters From a Nut by Ted L. Nancy. Maybe even funnier than the first book.



12. Extra Nutty. Even More Letters From a Nut by Ted L. Nancy. What can I say, I love these Ted L. Nancy books. There's a rumor going the rounds that Ted L. Nancy is really Jerry Seinfield. I don't care who wrote them; I'd read them no matter what because they are very funny.



13. I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert. Love it!



14. Elvis is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself by Lewis Grizzard. Read this one and then read all his other books. If you haven't discovered Grizzard yet, you're in for a treat.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tree hugging improves your health








Tree hugging improves your health

As a person who has always valued and loved trees, as well as known how healing it can be to be near them, I find it heartening to learn that science is now proving what many of us always knew; being around trees is good for you.







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