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

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.

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.

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


“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

Why Kindness Matters by Ken Hoffman

Nov. 13th is World Kindness Day in the UK. What a great idea!

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

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."

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.

get a job as a dog walker

wait tables


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."

The History of Erdington

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.

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.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Prefab Friday: A ‘House Boat’ for the Arctic |

This is an older article, but this is still a good home! I first heard about this house a few years back. I  really liked it then, and I really like it now.

PREFAB FRIDAY: A ‘House Boat’ for the Arctic


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Get Organized Month

Do you have too many clothes?

I just found out that January is National Get Organized Month. Very fitting since I am on a decluttering kick and trying to simplify my surroundings.

Today I decided to go through my closets and my dresser to get rid of all the extra clothes I never wear.
It was harder than I thought it would be to part with some of these clothes, especially when you consider that I've never worn some of them!
How can you be attached to clothes you don't even wear? I don't know but I found out today that you can.

Still I made a good start and managed to fill a large garbage bag full of clothes to take to a local charity that supplies free clothing to anyone who needs it. I like to support them in any way I can, since I know there are many people who can't even afford thrift store prices right now.

Here's what I managed to get rid of:

2 wool sweaters
1 salmon colored suede jacket. What was I thinking when I got this? It didn't go with anything and looks cheap and tacky. I think I saw someone wearing a similar jacket once and, while they looked fabulous in theirs, mine looked better on the hanger so out it goes.
1 cotton sweater
1 green velour jacket
1 grey plaid jacket
2 pairs of herringbone check pants
1 green and black tartan skirt
1 long red skirt, sort of Christmas looking
3 pairs of pants
1 beige vest
1 long wrap-around skirt from India
1 black corduroy dress
2 long sleeved men's shirts
1 floral patterned Hawaiian shirt
1 olive green embroidered top, hideous and never worn
1 grey see-through top with frilly neckline. (Again, what was I thinking?)
1 maroon turtleneck sweater
1 sweatshirt
1 black coat

My closet looks and feels so much better and I feel lighter and better too.

What  have you done to declutter, simplify, or organize your life and your home this year?

an organized closet


Monday, January 16, 2012

No More Hunger Anywhere

I am repeating this blog post about hunger that I wrote awhile ago because this issue is so important to me.

Please help feed the hungry in your community or around the world!

No More Hunger Anywhere.

Hunger is still the number one killer in our world today.

1/3 of the worlds hungry people live in India, and 5 Indians die every minute from hunger.

1.02 billion people around the globe do not have enough to eat.

Each and every year 15 million children die of hunger, over 16,000 children die every single day from hunger related causes.

More than 60% of the chronically hungry people on the planet are women.

This is simply unacceptable to me, and to most people on the planet I would imagine.

I have never been seriously hungry because, even during my times of greatest financial hardship, I had places and people to turn to for help.

However the majority of hungry people on earth today have nowhere to turn to, and no one to help them unless we do. You and I. Feeding hungry people, wherever and whenever we can. And without sermons or judgements. Just food to feed their hunger.

Can one person make a difference? Certainly to the people you bring food to, you may be the reason they did not go to sleep tonight crying from hunger. And that to me, is huge.

If you do nothing else, please donate a box or bag of food to your local food bank. There are hungry people, hungry children, in your city who are going to sleep with an empty belly unless someone like you helps them. Today.

Or you can click on the hunger sites.
You've got a computer and Internet connection, now use them for good and click everyday. One click brings food to hungry people around the world.

If you want to do even more, sponsor a starving child through one of the various programs that are helping around the world. I can recommend Food For The Poor, One Spirit, and The Box Project, just to name a few worthy organizations helping the needy.

Your efforts at eradicating hunger around the world, together with my efforts, and those of many more people around the world, can mean many hundreds of children and families will not suffer through another hungry and desperate year.

Food For The Poor | Helping the Poor, Charitable Giving, International Relief | Serving the Poorest of the Poor

Click to Give @ The Hunger Site

WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

One Spirit

Feeding America: Hunger-Relief Charity |

Welcome to LeSEA GLobal Feed The Hungry

The Box Project - Create a better tomorrow, make a difference today