HARRIETTE KNIGHT'S ARCHIVED BLOG
June 26, 2008 - August 22, 2009
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I've become (happily) a healing machine. This is the best feeling ever. To be able to do what I love each and everyday and help people, I am overwhelmed and honored. Today I thought I had a completely free day. I could do errands, buy food, visit my friends whose store was hanging up the CLOSED sign forever, buy stamps... you know, Saturday things. You can imagine my surprise when out of the blue 3 healing clients appeared wanting appointments, and what could I do but (happily) comply. It turned into a magical day, and you know what? I still got everything else done. Time is one of those mysteries that seems to bend in your favor when you are truly in the zone. I'm zoning and I am buzzing and I am (happily) happy.
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A Psychic Buzz
I just finished doing 12 psychic readings/healings at a party. It was intense, and amazing, and wonderful, and I don't know whose life changed more - mine, or the client's. It was incredible. I loved every second of helping those who got a reading. I'm a little buzzy right now which is, of course, expected. But, I feel AWESOME! Thank you, Candice Hirst, for hosting such a fabulous event. If anyone needs Silpada Jewelry, Candice is your gal! And, if you are hosting an event and would like to offer psychic readings/healings, let me know! I can totally hook you up.
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DeVorss & Co. and MORE!
I have this astrological transit going on right now called Pluto conjunct Sun conjunct Mercury conjunct my North Node and what that means is that my life is changing by the second in a HUGE and GIGANTIC way, and it is so so so so true. Every day is full. Every day is full of surprises. Today I attended my very favorite Association of Women Entrepreneur's Luncheon and the guest speaker was my own mentor, Craig Duswalt, the Rock Star Marketing Coach. What an event! Craig's energy is contagious, and I felt so honored to introduce him to my peeps. There was one thing he touched on which made an indelible mark on my consciousness and that is TO FOCUS ON ONE THING. I am, very much like Craig was, involved in about a bazillion different things. Because I have the capability to multi-task and multi-task very well, I end up doing a bunch of things and going around in what feels like circles as far as business success. Lately I've been extremely conscious of narrowing down what I do to the healing/psychic work, the promotion of my book, and when time allows, creating healing jewelry. Today I was thrilled to receive a contract in the mail from DeVorss & Co. whose catalogue is the #1 in Metaphysical and Spiritual books. With that and Partners West, CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life will be more accessible to bookstores across the nation. I am blown away by how much my life changed since I first went to Craig Duswalt's little seminar, How to Write a Book in 30 Days, which as it turns out was only supposed to be a one time gig, and for Craig and his "entourage", has turned into a blockbuster event. Right now I feel as if my head is spinning. Between the Chakra Workshops coming up (see blog below), and the Barnes and Noble Booksigning event on Oct. 10 in Valencia, my continued diligence to yoga (yes, I am still at it!), and the unbelieveable healing sessions, I am feeling very very very fortunate and blessed.
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Chakra and Feng Shui Workshops
There are so many workshops coming up, I just had to share! I am planning a fabulous 2 part workshop for 2 consecutive Wednesdays, Sept. 23 and 30 at 7PM called TAP INTO YOUR CHAKRA POWER & CHANGE YOUR LIFE! The workshops will consist of exercises, tips, and an abundance of information about THE LOWER CHAKRAS and ...THE UPPER CHAKRAS! These workshops are going to be a lot of fun, eye opening, and life changing. They will be held at Kenneally Acupuncture/Healing Light Center at 27225 Camp Plenty Road in Canyon Country, CA. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today! Feel free to contact Harriette (moi!) at 661-254-4747 or call Kenneally Acupuncture at 661-252-4100. The cost is $75 which includes both workshops!
Elaine Giftos Wright is an amazing feng shui master who is also a friend of mine. We are joining forces and have created THE FLOW OF TWO MASTERS which is a series of workshops that will combine information from both our fields. Our first combined workshop is on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 1-4 at the Betty Ferguson Foundation at 25510 Avenue Stanford, Valencia, CA. It is called MONEY & LOVE, a Chakra and Feng Shui Workshop, and the two of us will teach how to utilize tips from both schools to open the way for money and love to flow into your life. FUN and Informative!! The cost of this workshop is $75. You can sign up easily by calling me at 661-254-4747 and reserving your spot. Checks and credit cards are accepted.
DON'T MISS OUT ON THESE GREAT EVENTS!
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Master Reconnective Healer and So Much More
Today was one of those days where my life changed dramatically and I became a completely different person. I can feel it inside. This is serious, at least to me. I've been doing an extraordinary amount of healing sessions lately for which I am so grateful. The healing sessions have been nothing short of extraordinary themselves, and I've noticed a shift in intensity that the clients have been experiencing. Though I call myself a psychic, I'm not one of those who reads tarot cards, or consults a crystal ball. The images that come to me are very clear and I am fortunate that I can see, hear, and feel information to benefit the client. I have always honored the healing work that I do in a huge way, and I honor my body with not drinking, smoking, doing drugs, eating sugar, and being diligent in my yoga practice. Being the clearest channel I can be is important to me. I read with my hands. My hands guide the healing, though in truth, the healing would take place even if my hands were behind my back (or in the next room, or the next country for that matter). Keep in mind that this is hands off so there is nothing inappropriate about it. While the healing takes place, the messages come through. I suppose because I am an optimistic, always smiling, look on the bright side kind of gal, some people may have not realized the importance of the work that I do. The time is ripe for me to step into it and own it and shift the perception. I am so grateful for the support I have in my life and especially for my Women Moving Forward Mastermind Group. You have changed my life forever, and quite frankly, it took me completely by surprise. An amazing and wonderful surprise.
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Each Moment is a Universe
I don't mean to get overly deep or anything, but I was just sitting here thinking about what I wanted to write about today when I glanced away from the computer and looked at my dog who is happily chewing on a bone, and in that instant I realized that each moment is an entire universe unto itself. Prior to that epiphany (which was not really an epiphany at all, it isn't like I haven't had that thought before), I was thinking about my day and how full it was. Each and every moment was full. There was not one stray moment today, and I realized AGAIN that there are never any stray moments. EVER. Today just happened to be full of rich moments. Moments which were layered with detail and emotion. Today was like one big rich quilt full of moments. Not a universe, a galaxy. I guess I am experiencing some kind of metaphysical high right now or maybe it was the BBQ chicken chopped salad I had from Stone Fire (a universe in itself), but I am feeling something extraordinary which apparently needed to be shared. When one can fully blend into the moments that are created from their own perception, then present moment awareness can fully be revealed and experienced. It is at that moment that one realizes and feels to their core, that every moment is not only perfect, but a universe unto itself. Each thought, feeling, emotion, vision, sound, taste, and touch are so complex and full....right now I am in full appreciation of the depth of it all. Full. I am full. We are all full. We are all connected. All the time.
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Amazingly Full and Amazing Weekend
There are some weekends that allow you to kick back and relax, and other weekends that are so full it's amazing you fit everything in. The latter was one of those weekends for me. Sooooooooo full of events and visits and learnings and healings. And all of it amazing. I started out early Saturday morning - early for me is difficult and especially on Saturday, but I really wanted to attend Craig Duswalt's Rock Star System for Success seminar about Social Marketing and of course, How to Write a Book and Self Publish in 30 Days. It was at one of those very seminars where the light bulb went off and I actually did write my book CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life, and basically my life changed forever. This seminar was awesome. Craig is genuine, and genuinely interested in giving people information that will allow them to achieve goals they may have, or didn't even know they have. The 4 hour seminar sped by, and I just love when Craig asked me to join him on stage to show off my book, and be part of the success story. In fact, I sold 4 books in the parking lot!! After the seminar, I raced home just in time to greet my healing client. The healing sessions are always life changing, and this one was no different. On the heels of the healing, I awaited the arrival of my friend, Beth Kruvant. We went to high school together in Millburn NJ and Beth was in LA because her film, HEART OF STONE which she produced and directed, is playing at the Laemmle Town Center theater in Encino. Beth lives in NJ and I am loving watching the success of this film and how it is affecting everyone who sees it. It has a special place in my heart, not just because my friend Beth made the film, but because it is about Weequaic High School in Newark, NJ, my parent's alma mater. The film is a "MUST SEE!" Beth and I scurried off to hear a lecture with John Dean, who wrote BLIND AMBITION which was, of course, about the Watergate scandal. Amazing and excellent! We scurried from there for some sushi before Beth had to get back to the theater for the evening Q & A. I watched a movie on tv and noticed that a Leonard Cohen concert was going to air on KCET at 12:30 AM. My son LOVES Leonard Cohen so I emailed him a quick note letting him know that in about 20 minutes, the concert would air. I went back to the couch and dozed off for just a bit when I heard a whisper, "Hello. Hello." I opened my eyes and my son and his gal pal, whose birthday had just ended minutes before, were standing there for a visit. With one minute to go, I put on Leonard Cohen and we had a fabulous visit until about 2 in the morning. Not unusual at my house. I didn't get to bed until after 3:30 and after many dreams of snakes - oh it was so scary, I woke at noon. A quick yoga, another healing session, and a drive down to the Westside to spend time with Cherie Steinberg (www.cheriefoto.com). Cherie and I have been friends since we were in our twenties and roommates while I lived in Toronto in 1979. For the past 7 years I have been thrilled that Cherie has lived in Los Angeles. She is a BRILLIANT AND GIFTED photographer. Brilliant! And gifted. And we laugh the same now as we did 30 years ago. Since either of us had been to Third Street Promenade in awhile, we decided to journey there. Great sites. Great music. People. Stores. And a delicious dinner. I am getting ready to settle in for my favorite Sunday night tv watching, but all in all, WHAT AN AMAZING WEEKEND! Now I am gearing up for an equally amazing week. Oh, here's a picture of me and Cherie taken today. Not bad for a couple of old broads, huh?
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I WAS AT WOODSTOCK
I was at Woodstock.
Or at least that is what I told everyone. Even though I was just fourteen that Summer of Love and spent my time pretending I could drive my mother's car as it sat in the driveway.
The headline and accompanying black and white photo on the front page of the Newark Star Ledger was huge, boasting growing numbers as the days went on. 200,000. 400,000. 500,000 People! I wondered who was counting them all! I am a product of the Sixties. I wore love beads, dandelion crowns, Landlubber bell bottoms, peasant blouses, and no bra.
For three days in 1969, August 15th, 16th, and 17th, my friend Ricka and I got up very early and disappeared into the Woodstock fantasy. Ricka lived behind me and was also fourteen, with unruly hair, lanky legs, and a love for Led Zeppelin that began with their unknown first album. She was much more daring than I was, and I’m sure it was her idea that made us do half of what we did. I know it was her idea to stand up during the singing of the National Anthem when Led Zeppelin played Madison Square Garden and yell to me, "Run, run, run!", so that by the time we stopped we were leaning on the stage. I’m sure that is why I am deaf in one ear since their amplifiers were right by my head. Though seeing Robert Plant from that angle is a vision I will never forget.
That August, however, we'd sneak out of our houses early in the morning, though in the summer in Millburn, NJ, no one was looking for us, and we'd hang out next door pretending to be much older, at least 19. We were waiting for Georgie.
Georgie was much older by 7 years. He was tall and slim, with long hair, denim work shirts, worn jeans, and a bad boy reputation. I know that first hand since he babysat for me when I was 7 and wanted to play the game of ‘I'll Show You Mine, If You Show Me Yours.’ I didn't. He did. By the time Woodstock rolled around, Georgie was cool, and hot at the same time. I gulp just thinking about it.
Ricka and I hung out on Georgie's back porch shooting the breeze with each other. His house was empty so we pretended it was ours. It's amazing how much two fourteen year old girls have to talk about. Every now and then we would hop into my mother's Chrysler Newport and pretend to drive somewhere. It was hot out, and of course there was intermittent rain. I'm sure we took a break for lunch.
On the last day of Woodstock, Sunday the 17th, Ricka and I were once again hanging out on Georgie's back porch waiting for him. We had heard he'd been in California, so the chances of him actually showing up were slim to none. We were laughing like fourteen year old girls do when out of nowhere, strolling up the driveway in all his denim tallness, was Georgie. We gasped. And gawked. Caught on his back porch. Wide eyed. Busted.
He said, "Hey, didn't you go to Woodstock?"
In unison and in all seriousness, we said, "Yes."
And then we ran away giggling. It was the highlight of our summer.
When 1969 ended, I was sick with mononucleosis which I caught during my first make out session in 10th grade. Ricka was allowed to come over and visit me while my parent's hosted a New Year's Eve party downstairs. Birthday presents for me were piled up in my room. Plaid shoelaces, Butterscotch Krimpets, a silver bracelet with a peace sign, the new Rolling Stone's Let It Bleed album.
We were bored. I was sick. It was cold out. No Guy Lombardo for us. I did, however, have a new Princess phone. We decided to call the White House. Ricka did it because I was too chicken. It rang, and an operator picked up. Ricka asked for President Nixon. Apparently he wasn't home. I heard her say, "Can I leave a message for him?" I guess the Operator said, "Sure," since I was only hearing one side of the conversation. I then heard Ricka say, "Please tell President Nixon ‘Happy New Year’, and that maybe if he has one, everyone else will."
With that, the Sixties ended. But my own life, was just beginning.
A few years later, I did finally get to go to Woodstock. It was for a bar mitzvah held in someone's backyard. No, not Max Yasgur's, but now when I say, "I was at Woodstock," I know it's true.
© Harriette Knight 9/14/07
Reprinted on 8/15/09 Celebrating Woodstock's 40th Anniversary
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Downward Facing Dog
No one does a better Downward Facing Dog than my dog Peaches, and I use her as a role model in my yoga practice. I've been practicing yoga for over a week now, doing it everyday and today when I did Downward Facing Dog, my feet touched the mat fully. As I mentioned in a previous blog, I have not done yoga for many, many, many years, but I have been diligent doing my practice for well over a week now and not missing a day. Though I know it is not how far you can stretch that makes one better at yoga, but how well you can continue the breath while holding the positions, when the bottoms of my feet touched my yoga mat while I was in the down dog position, I became so excited. I have NEVER done this before even when I was doing yoga diligently many years ago. Things are shifting and changing. With my feet firmly planted on the floor, I am positioned to move forward in my life.
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I'm going to be really honest, because that is the only way I know how to be. I wear my heart on my sleeve, so to speak, which means I am not very good at covering up how I feel about something. For a long time I resisted doing psychic readings. I always felt that the healing work I do was first and foremost, and the intuitive information that came out of the healing sessions was more of a bonus. But things have changed. I realize now that while I do mini-readings, a healing inevitably takes place. They are part and parcel of the same thing. I read with my hands, and do a healing at the same time. In a 10 minute reading, one person's chronic migraines went away forever. Another person commented that they had a calmness in their heart they hadn't felt - ever! Someone else told me that exactly what I told her was going to happen did, and changed her life for the better. With this being said, I am now making myself available for more events such as psychic parties, charity events, and spiritual faires. It's wonderful to help so many people. The information that comes through is very, very healing and just what the person needs to hear. I'm excited by this! I believe that everything comes at the right time, and the right time for this is now.
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"I am so very happy to hear you have added yet another "psychic" connection to your repertoire. I may avail myself of your services." Linda S.
For a Reason
There are people who are in our lives for a reason, and sometimes we don't even know what the reason is. I am fortunate that I have certain people in my life who I have been connected to for the past 10 years while I have sold Partylite candles. Tonight was our unit meeting for which I am in charge. We laugh, we share, and talk, and get excited, while I train and run the meeting. Tonight was different. I felt that my team helped train me. We laughed, but they made me laugh. They help train, they support, they are smart and amazing women. I am so proud to be a part of this group. I have always said that Partylite is not about candles. It is about friendship and joy, commeraderie and support. And, I can't think of a better reason than that.
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"We are lucky to have you in our lives, too. Tonight's meeting was fun. I'm keeping my two of hearts close to my heart!" Paula B.
Could it be the New Fountain??
I had a fountain in my family room which I loved but it started making a funky noise so I had to get rid of it. Because I am somewhat of a fountain freak, I found a replacement fountain on target.com. It was at that moment that I found out that my book is available on target.com, which made me feel thrilled and excited. My book, CHAKRA POWER! keeps popping up in places I least expect which confirms that the book definitely has a life of its own. Back to the fountain thing. I'm a bit of feng shui aficionado which means I really honor the feng shui tradition and take the practice very seriously. The old fountain had a faulty pump which was permanently placed inside the fountain. Because I really liked the fountain, I just put in an additional non-faulty pump which worked just fine. However, I realize now that the broken pump was probably not a good thing to keep in the innards of the fountain. Of course I had it in there for years which might have been wreaking havoc on the chi in my family room and jewelry workspace. So, I got this new fountain which is really beautiful and has a crystal sphere in the top which spins in the water. The chi is moving! Since I set up the fountain, a lot of things have been happening. More speaking engagements, healing clients, yoga, and clarity. Even my daughter has begun taking up yoga and exercising, and in fact is on a walk right now with her accountability partner. If anyone knows my daughter, this is extremely uncharacteristic, but I couldn't be more thrilled to see her choose health instead of, well, cigarettes. These are transitional times, but they are filled with silver linings.
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Back to Yoga
I used to be a yogini, which means I was dedicated to my yoga practice about 4 times a week. This was probably around 5 years ago, maybe more, until I got in a car accident, and physical therapy took up my yoga time. It's been a long time since I've been diligent about my yoga practice, but last week (after hypnotherapy) I was inspired to give it another go round. I had picked up a VHS copy of Candlelight Yoga featuring Sara Ivanhoe. One word. Fabulous. I enjoyed the tape so much, I did it every single day for 4 days until the tape broke. I have since ordered it in DVD form, plus a 5 DVD set with 20 minute yoga workouts. The set got rave reviews on Amazon, 42 of them to be exact, so I took the plunge. Even though the tape broke, I continued the yoga practice. This one is mostly restorative, which has been wonderful and since I have done NOTHING in a long while, I could notice significant leaps and bounds in the stretches in just a few days. My demeanor feels calmer. And I am definitely breathing more. And deeper. Could I possibly be clearer headed? Maybe. In any event, I am carving the time to do my workout, yoga, and meditation in the morning, and I am feeling very good about that. The more people I tell, the more I will be held accountable for doing it, so there you have it. I've now announced it to the world. Namaste'.
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Divorced 16 Years (Happily)
August 8th and 9th have always been significant for me. In 1974, my family moved from NJ to Miami, and we actually stood in front of the White House the day Nixon resigned. In 1993, my divorce became final. It was supposed to be August 8th, but that day fell on a Sunday that year, so the official date is August 9th. I could not have been happier, and today 16 years later, I still agree it was one of the best decisions of my life. My ex-husband was abusive in a verbal and emotional way. Abuse isn't something that literally hits you over the head until it is too late. It starts off as a leaky thing that makes you wonder if something disturbing is really happening at all. My ex and I were together 12 years to the day. From the day we met, until the day we filed for divorce. I'm very organized that way.
I have a theory about love at first sight. I really think two people who feel as if they were struck by a lightening bolt should probably go for past life regression to find out what happened in a previous life. I believe that when two people meet and have a severe emotional response to each other, it is a remnant of a past life where emotions ran very, very high. I'm not saying that all love at first sight isn't, it just might be, but in my case, I believe my love at first sight was a remnant of a past life where my ex tried or succeeded in killing me.
In this life, he nearly succeeded.
Anyone who knows me now might find it hard to believe that I was in an abusive marriage. Even I can't believe it. I have always been independent and never let anyone bully me. When I met my ex, I was actually dating about 3 other guys at the time. It was a lot of fun in Miami in the early 80's when disco hadn't completely died out yet. But I fell head over heels in love at first sight with a lightening bolt to match, and I was a goner.
We married and had 2 children (my most precious gifts), and I watched my inner light become dimmer and dimmer until I had no light at all. There's something to be said about the strength of the spirit, because it is something that refuses to die, and I felt it well up inside of me bringing me back to life and power. I divorced my ex. Happily. Sixteen years ago.
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Circles of Women
Ever since I experienced a fantastic hypnotherapy session with Maile Gray on Tuesday, my life has been a whirlwind of wonderful experiences. The minute the hypnotherapy session was over, I felt a surge of energy I hadn't felt in a long time, and proceeded to follow up on leads and venues to promote my book. It's thrilling to now have a new slew of upcoming events such as a Booksigning at Barnes & Noble - what a coup! I'm so excited. When the contact exclaimed, "We have 5 copies in the store, 40 in the warehouse, and will order more for the event," well, my heart went pitter pat with joy. Saturday, Oct. 10th is going to be a blast at the Barnes & Noble in Valencia, CA from 2:00 PM into the early evening.
Circles of women is the key to this blog, however, and it began on Tuesday evening when I attended the Heartlink Network event at Denise Van Arsdale West's home. What a wonderful group of women! The mix of personalities, support, and terrific businesses makes me proud to be a part of this group. Each month, a non-profit charity is featured which we support through a raffle. My hat goes off to Candice Hirst for her dedication and support for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The walk is in Santa Monica on Oct. 24th. If you would like more information, please let me know.
The next evening, I attended The Circle, at Carrie Kish's beautiful home. Under the eclipse and the full moon, about 15 women sat and shared and connected and revered each other. Though we are all at different stages of our lives, I felt such a deep connection to each and every one of the women who attended. Our hearts connected in such a genuine way, I was truly moved by the experience. Plus, I had made a cake earlier in the day (What? Harriette bakes?) and since I don't eat desserts, I brought the apple, banana, and blueberry cake over to share and it was a hit!!
The next day, Thursday, I attended Lunch and Learn which is an offshoot of the wonderful WE of SCV (Association of Women Entrepreneurs) where one of the members bares her soul and shares her story of how she got to where she is today. I love biographies, so this is one of my favorite events of the month, and when I was fortunate to speak a couple of years ago, my life was changed forever. It's at the Betty Ferguson Foundation which is an organization where women and girls can go to feel empowered.
From there I attended a Troika which is a meeting of 3 women from our WE of SCV group. I crashed it, so it was really a "Fourka," and was pleasantly surprised to meet a Shaman who had just joined our Organization. What fun to speak to someone who speaks the same language as I do! I felt energized. I also found out there is no time to blog or write articles when you are out and about connecting with live bodies!!
When I got home from this delicious meeting, I read on FB that Denise Van Arsdale West was the speaker at Kenneally Acupuncture/Healing Light Center and was speaking about finding the good in a tragic situation. Of course I had to support my friend, so I went off to hear her speak and participate in a wonderful and healing event.
Wow. That's a lot, isn't it?
Well, I had to sleep quickly because this morning at 6AM I had to be in Santa Monica at the hospital to take my mom in for a melanoma removal surgery. Anyone who knows me, knows I do not do mornings at all!! But I was awake at 4AM, picked up mom at 5AM and we were actually early to the hospital. Mom is doing great and is comfortable back home and she is going to be better than new. My sister in law (whom I adore) and my 2 nephews (whom I also adore) joined me at the hospital. We played games and ate lunch and surrounded my mom with lots of familial love. Except for my nephews, it was Circles of Women all week, a circle that I cherish, and I am so proud to be part of.
If anyone wants more information about any of the events mentioned in this blog, please don't hesitate to ask me. The Circle of Women is expanding to include YOU!
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Barnes and Noble Booksigning Event!
There are quite a few exciting events on the horizon including a Booksigning at Barnes and Noble in Valencia, CA on Saturday, October 10th featuring....drumroll.....Harriette Knight and her book CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life! Woohoo!!!! What's next? Oprah? You never know!
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Eclipse August 5, 5:55 PM PDT
A Message from Astrologer Michelle Karen
We are now arriving at the last portal of this huge process of change that started in May 2009, through the solstice on June 20, the first Lunar eclipse on July 7 and the second solar eclipse on July 21.
Tomorrow’s 3rd (and last) eclipse, on Wednesday August 5 at 5:55 PM PDT (+ 3 hrs for the East Coast....) will occur at 13º43’ Aquarius.
In the course of these past months, pretty much everything is likely to have changed in our lives. There could have a new relationship, a move, a different career... The previous two eclipses asked us to restructure our reality and figure out what made us feel safe. Now the focus is on connecting with our true soul family and becoming very clear on what role in society we are creating for ourselves.
We are resolutely moving into the new, keeping of the old only what still supports our growth. As we relate more intensely with like-spirited friends (our true soul family), exciting, healing visions, ideas and projects are unraveling. As we share our spiritual and material resources, incredible new horizons are revealing themselves to us. We should be patient however, as what is in the process of being built could go through some delays and frustrations before the time is absolutely ripe for the new manifestations (within a month or two).
Our thoughts are deep and focused. We are able to X-ray situations we previously would have taken at face value. As our perceptions shift, we are now capable of separating reality from illusion. The awakening could be surprising indeed as we realize we were evolving in the shadow of what really was.
Our emotions are intense. We may now wish to only interact with people we feel connected to at a deep level. Superficial relationships just don’t cut it anymore. We need to feel a profound sense of intimacy with the people in our lives and may be tempted to severe ties which prove too superficial or are already outgrown.
To welcome this new eclipse which opens a whole new book in our lives, it may be a good idea to do a fire ceremony (with a candle or a pan with some epson salts and 90% rubbing alcohol) as close as 5:55 PM PDT (Los Angeles time) as you can (but within 24 hrs will still work). Use a stick (small branch or toothpick) to let go with gratitude all that remains to be released of our past, and with another stick bring in the unconditional love, unlimited wealth and huge happiness that is our divine right.
Enjoy this very special cosmic event!
In Loving Light.
Michelle Karén M.A., D.F.Astrol.S.
Astrologer, author of
Astrology For Enlightenment
Atria books, Simon and Schuster
A New Dawn
Reassessing what is important in one's life is essential. Last night I chose to hang out with my mom and go to dinner instead of attending a scheduled meeting. It was just what I needed. We shopped a bit, too, and I got plants and dirt for my garden, a lipstick, and a new leopard t-shirt. It helped to ground me, as lately I've been feeling slightly disjointed as far as my direction. I can attribute all of this to the many eclipses and the whopper Pluto conjunct Sun that I am experiencing right now, but all I was really craving was something that resembled comfort and normalcy. Today I am going to hypnotherapy with the focus on life direction. Knowing that expectations lead you nowhere, I will be pleasanty surprised at what comes up. Tonight I have a Heartlink Networking meeting which I am also looking forward to. The women are amazing and supportive. We all share a common goal of wanting a life that is condusive to growth and purpose. My direction is not as off course as this may sound. I am in process of determining if I need to trim the fat off some of the things I do. Not healings or readings, of course, and not jewelry designing and creating. Those things are set in stone (no pun intended) for right now. Healing is my life purpose. And teaching others about Chakras is an important part of it. With more radio interviews and workshops scheduled, I am feeling a clarity I haven't felt in weeks. A blessed day for all.
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After I read a really good book, I notice everything around me as if they are made up of words, and not celluloid. A crumpled papertowel. The high pitched wail of the gardener's mower. I feel as if I am walking through pages of my life, and reading the moment, instead of allowing the moments to fly by into oblivion like they usually do. I just finished reading THE LOST LEGENDS OF NEW JERSEY by Frederick Reiken who obviously grew up about a mile from my hometown of Millburn, NJ, and even though his life didn't resemble my own, I could still smell the same autumn, feel the cold on my face from the South Mountain Arena, and see the Tapir at The Turtle Back Zoo. The last line of the book "I am home," is muttered when a plane touches down in Newark Airport, and I understand this fully even though Los Angeles has been my home for nearly 30 years. I have touched down in Newark Airport long after I lived in NJ and have felt the same thing. This isn't nostalgia I am feeling. It is part of the re-definition of who I am, and who I am supposed to be. Come to think of it, a lot of life defining moments occurred for me at Newark Airport. The blog entry from 7/31/09 for one, and the moment I knew I would no longer be married to my husband for another. It was Thanksgiving in 1992, and I had just attended my 20th High School Reunion. As I lifted off from Newark Airport to return to LA, I knew my life would never be the same again. There was the time I arrived in Newark Airport just as the sun was coming up and it was my birthday. This was in 1998 and I raced into the arms of a man who loved me. I remember saying the same words as the character in the book, "I am home." The moment was romantic and memorable, and though he and I no longer speak, if we did, we would still talk about that magical moment. New chapters of our lives are continually written. Each day we begin with a blank page, and I wonder what comes next.
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New Car Charms and a Lost Woodstock Tee
There are a couple of things I still wish I had. One of them is my Woodstock T-shirt that I got in 1969 and wore it proudly for YEARS! It was a tight, white tee with the Woodstock logo in red. It was clearly my favorite shirt, and I remember going to a family function and my mom said, "You can wear your Woodstock t-shirt if you want to," which blew my mind because it was all family and the type of occasion where you had to look nice, but there I was in my Woodstock t-shirt, denim cut-offs, and my hair in two braids, and I was clearly the coolest relative there. Ah, I miss that shirt.
I wish I still had all my love beads from that era so I could recycle them into some new jewelry. A commemorative 40th Anniversary Special for Woodstock and the hippie generation. The closest I can get is to release a new line of Magic Bus Car Charms using vintage beads and an extra dose of love from 1969. To see the line, please click HERE. They are specially priced until the end of August for just $25 each. The Summer of Love lives on as my 22 year old daughter blasts Janis Joplin on her stereo, and I wonder if she realizes just how cool her mom really is (was). LOL. Awww, sing it Janis!
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Magic Bus Car Charms
Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock, Magic Bus Car Charms!
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Today was wonderfully busy and productive, and as I head out to Malibu for dinner at The Chart House, I just want to say how grateful I am for today. A couple of life changing healing sessions, and fulfilling my life purpose, and wow, it doesn't get any better than that. Today, I am grateful.
7/31/09 - Happy Birthday, Zachary!
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The End of July
My mind is a little boggled that it is already the end of July. This date, the 30th, holds a lot of energy for me. It was in 1971 on this date that one of my best life stories originated. My friend, Lindy, and I had tickets to see Stephen Stills at Madison Square Garden. We were young, 16, and were allowed to take the train to Hoboken and then the PATH train into NYC. We pretended we were models and ate at Horn and Hardarts for dinner. The concert was amazing and the sold out crowd was engulfed in the sweet smell of....well, you know. Lindy was a little more on the ball than I was and noticed that it was getting rather late. She said, "We are going to miss the train." In my secondhand smoke stupor, I said, "No, we aren't! The train will wait for us." She was probably less on the ball than I thought because she believed me, and when the concert got out and we took the PATH train back to Hoboken, there was nothing left on the train platform but me and Lindy and 3 other kids who had the same dumbfounded look on their faces. In a moment of what we thought was clarity, we decided to hitchhike, and stuck our thumbs out in hopes for a ride. Remember, it was now way after midnight and we were stuck in Hoboken, New Jersey. A gigantic Lincoln Town Car pulled up and the driver who looked just like Super Fly had one of his "girls" with him. The car was so big, we all fit into the back seat. All five of us. We asked to be taken to Newark Airport figuring we could make our way home from there. Miraculously, we were delivered safe and sound and not kidnapped into the prostitution trade. The airport was closed since now it was about three or four in the morning. I chickened out from calling my dad and made Lindy do it. He came to pick us all up and delivered the other kids to their neighboring town. Needless to say, I was grounded from going to concerts, but the memory of that night was sweet.
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Biting Letter to the LA Times
Last Saturday, July 25th, an article appeared in the HOME section of the Los Angeles Times. It chronicled the biting history of a dog named Cotton. The article was a first person account by the dog's owners The Kreigers, who found a dog dentist who performs a "disarming" procedure where the dog's teeth are lasered down so when the dog bites, the skin is not broken. This does not stop the biting, just the outcome. I became so incensed by this story, I felt compelled to write a letter to the Editor of the Times. Here is my letter in the event it does not get printed in the paper:
I want to preface this letter by saying that I love dogs. I have a dog now, and I have had dogs in the past which is why I was attracted to the article about 'Cotton's New Bite' in the July 25th issue of the LA Times.
I want to also preface this letter by saying that I have once owned a dog who bites, so it is not without thought or compassion or first hand appreciation for the Kreiger's plight that I was so interested in the story. However, I found myself appalled and outraged by the choice the Kreiger's made to have Cotton's teeth lasered down so that when Cotton BITES AGAIN it will not break the skin of the person he is biting. In my opinion, having a dog attack you is traumatic enough whether the skin is broken or not.
After the Northridge quake in 1994, I went to the LA County Shelter in Castaic and rescued a wonderful and loving dog. Buck was a terrier mix who looked like a giant Toto. He was docile and loving, though skittish after having been through an abusive first home and then the shelter. Buck became part of the family for myself and two children, and was never a problem around other people or other dogs, until what appeared to come out of nowhere, when Buck lunged at a neighborhood kid who ran through the house.
Thinking that this was a one time thing, we continued to take Buck with us to Concerts in the Parks or out in the backyard to laze in the afternoon sun. When the electrician was working on a faulty switch outside our house and turned his drill on, Buck leapt up from his sleeping position and tore the electrician's pants trying to get to his leg. I, too, realized this was a lawsuit waiting to happen, but I perservered and didn't allow anyone else to come into the house unless Buck was sequestered in another room. The walks in the park ceased, and no other children were allowed to come over.
When my knee got between Buck and another dog, (and I have the bite marks to prove it), I thought that it was Buck being territorial since I knew Buck would never knowingly bite me. After a few other instances, I realized that something was not right in Buck's head and even though he was docile and loving 85% of the time, his behavior had become too unpredictable.
I called the vet to see if there was anything that we could do so we could keep our beloved pet, and they were adamant in their instructions that a dog who bites EVEN ONE TIME should be put down. The shelter confirmed this information, and on one of the worst days of mine and my children's lives, I took our loving dog of 3 years to the shelter to be put down.
I can still feel the anguish and the sorrow when they brought me his collar and leash and looked at me like I was at fault for having a dog that bites.
So, in as much as I understand how much the Kreiger's love their dog, I still feel outrage not only for Cotton, but the other biting dogs who have had the teeth lasered down so the bites cannot break the skin. I mean, come on! A bite is a bite whether the skin is broken or not, and in my opinion, a dog who attacks is a threat.
I think the thing that shocked me the most about the article was when a sheriff was attacked by Cotton, and there was no mention that the sheriff suggested that something be done about the dog.
It will be interesting to see the backlash of your article, and how Dr. Nielsen's practice will surely flourish, but personally, I don't see the dog as any less of a threat. Disarming, in my opinion, does nothing to get to the root of the behavior problem.
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Tuesday's Random Thoughts
I would love to write something profound and deep today, but I just don't have it in me. I don't know why it is so difficult for me to relax during the workday. If I am not doing something work related, I feel a little guilty. I allow myself to relax after 10 at night when I watch tv. I crawl off to bed around 2 or 2:30 and read a chapter of the book currently on my nightstand. All these eclipses have me bouncing around like a game of Pong. Jillian picked Ed on The Bachelorette which felt kind of anticlimactic, and voyeuristic. It made me uncomfortable to watch all those emotions splat all over the place. Watching Weeds and Nurse Jackie was more satisfying. I'm glad for the breeze today and the just under 90 degree weather. It means I might get away with open windows instead of air conditioning. This blog was a bit self-induldgent. The closest thing to being lazy as I can muster on this Tuesday.
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Monday in the Summer
Already today is as busy as ever. What happened to the lazy days of summer? I have to admit that waking up is difficult; I've been feeling so tired - could it be the heat? Already there is a lot of activity in my usually quiet house. My daughter is babysitting the neighbor's 3 year old daughter WHO IS SO ADORABLE THEY SHOULD DO A REALITY SHOW ABOUT HER. They are watching Dumbo, which was the first movie I ever saw in a theater. In a couple of hours, my son and his gal pal are coming over - he to get a haircut from my daughter, who is multi-tasking today. I have a lunch date with a friend and a Partylite training regional tonight and THE BACHELORETTE finale - OMG, I cannot wait. Oh....I guess I should do some work, too. It is Monday afterall.
7/27/09 - Happy Birthday, Tom and Bobby.
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Three Birthdays and New Jersey
Today I have three important people in my life celebrating their birthday. My baby brother, who is clearly not a baby anymore, the person responsible for me becoming a healing practitioner, and the first person I told I wanted to divorce my husband (over 16 years ago). This is a powerhouse day, because each one of these amazing people are a force to be reckoned with. I am so proud that they are such an integral part of my life. Happy Birthday to Richard, Sue Ann, and Joni!
Okay, this New Jersey thing. I grew up in NJ. I went through all my schooling there clear through graduating college. I have since lived in Florida, and Canada, and of course, California which has been my home since 1981. Lately, I have noticed I am running into a lot of people from New Jersey. While in Atlanta, everyone I spoke to was from...New Jersey. It got to be a little weird. I often notice patterns of things, and right now I seem to be in a New Jersey vortex. Even the book I am reading is called The Lost Legends of New Jersey by Frederick Reiken (great book, by the way), and takes place just minutes from my hometown of Millburn. I was trying to figure out why I am being inundated with New Jersey references when my friend, Aimee, reminded me of something I told her recently. Astrologically, I am going through an intense transit called Pluto conjunct Sun. This means that not only is my life changing dramatically, I am "revisiting" my past in an effort to move forward so I can be the person I am fully destined to be. I often take notice when something pops up more often than not, because it means a serious message is afoot. We cannot deny where we come from, and I am grateful for my New Jersey roots, though I am now very Californian by nature. I will continue to watch this series of NJ reminders unfurl; it's like reading two books about New Jersey at the same time. Hmmm, I wonder what will happen next....
7/26/09 - Happy Birthday Richard, Joni, and Sue Ann.
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Since I confessed my tv addiction, I decided I'd better get serious about promoting my book CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life. Now this is kind of funny, now that I think about it, because I was watching the HBO new series called HUNG, and there is a scene in the show where the lead character shows up at a workshop on how to become a millionaire. The homework assignment was to figure out what you love to do and what you are good at. In the show, the lead guy figured it out, hence the title of the show, but in my case I realized that I love teaching, and I love sharing information about Chakras, and I love the healing work I do, and the psychic messages that help people. I love it so much I realize that the radio interviews, lectures, and workshops need to flow in an ongoing way instead of sporadically. So I am doing my research and contacting organizations, radio shows, and businesses who look for guest speakers and lecturers so I can continue to be of service in the best way I can. The healing sessions are remarkable, and I love the one on one aspect, and even doing the psychic parties have been life changing. So, I am putting it out there if anyone is looking for a guest speaker, a fun workshop, a great interview, or even a psychic reader for parties, I am available. Please don't hesitate to call or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please remember that the healing sessions are just as effective distantly, and that radio shows can be done all over the world. For a sample of some of the radio interviews, please click on the links below.
Many blessings, Harriette
7/25/09 - Happy Birthday, Phil
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June 24, 2009 Interview with Dr. Michael Holt
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Summer TV Guilty Pleasures
Someone once told me that people who have a heightened sense of intuition and psychic ability are prone to watch a lot of television. This gives them a "time-out" from the bombardment of messages that come through during the day. I love television and look forward to the time in the evening when I can 'let my hair down,' and completely get lost in someone else's drama...or comedy...or reality. I have to admit I am crazy obsessed with The Bachelorette right now, and with the Season finale on Monday, I am chomping at the bit to see what happens. I am also crazy in love with Dancing with the Stars. OMG! Those dancers bring me to tears with their emotion and perfection. My soul gets nurtured watching such artistic expertise, and I feel privilaged to witness their performances. I'm digging that new show on Lifetime, "Drop Dead Diva." FUN!!! And of course, the nitty gritty Rescue Me which satisfies my need for drama in the midst of the lighter fare that summer often brings. It used to be that summer was a dead zone for television, but not anymore. There are little gems (not that The Bachelorette is considered art by any stretch of the imagination) that keep things interesting on a daily level. I mean, you can strike up a conversation with anyone who watches The Bachelorette and have a friend for life. Who do you think Jillian will pick? Do you even care? I do! And I am not ashamed to admit it. LOL.
7/24/09 - Happy Birthday, Matthew!
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Money & Love Workshops!!!
I'm so excited!!! Which in itself makes me even more excited since I was feeling kind of lackluster about things. But I am excited now and I believe the excitement is going to continue to grow. Today I met with Elaine Giftos Wright who is an amazing and gifted Feng Shui Master and friend of mine. We have decided to join forces (The Flow of Two Masters) and present a workshop called "Money & Love," A Feng Shui and Chakra Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 from 1-4 for $75. It will be held in Valencia, CA at The Betty Ferguson Foundation on Avenue Stanford in the Industrial Center. What fun!!! There will be more information about the workshop coming your way soon!
I am also scheduled to do a Two Part Workshop at The Healing Light Center/Kenneally Acupuncture in Canyon Country on Wed. 9/23 and Wed. 9/30. The first part will be "The Lower Chakras," and the second part will be..you guessed it!.."The Upper Chakras." In addition to the information about the Chakras and how to feel balanced, happier, and more intuitive, we will be doing exercises to move you forward in your life and release old patterns that may have been holding you back. I am looking forward to doing these workshops and more in the future.
Now I am gearing up to write my eHow article for the day - How to Make a Chakra Fruit Salad. Yum!
7/23/09 - Happy Birthday, Jacqui!
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Wednesday the 22nd
Is it because it is summer? Is it from the eclipse? I am feeling tired and un-motivated which is so unlike me, but even the most overly optimistic human needs down time. As an over achiever I tend to feel guilty if I want to do....nothing. And with so much to do, how can I justify wanting to do nothing. I'm a capricorn, and capricorns are workers. Hard workers. And they like to excel at their work, and they hold a high work ethic. So if I am feeling low energy and listless and not motivated, I fight my own inner saturn which leaves me feeling worse. I think I will say it is eclipse energy and leave it at that. It's a moment in time that most likely will not last long. New eHow article today. HOW TO DO SUMMER ART PROJECTS WITH YOUR KIDS. I tapped into one of my past incarnations when I owned a Mommy and Me Art School for kids ages 2-5. Some great projects to do with kids of all ages. Doing anything creative is rewarding. Enjoy it!
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New Moon Eclipse
The New Moon Solar Eclipse is happening at this very minute. Make lots of wishes. New Moons are notorious for amping up the energy to start new things; the solar eclipse is like attaching a jet propulsion tank attached to a cannon attached to a rocket ship. You get the picture. There is a lot of energy attached to whatever you choose to put out into the universe for what you want to manifest in your life. The exact time of the Solar Eclipse is right now - 7:35PM PDT, but you have a good 24 hours or more to make your wishes. Don't stop at 10, go to 100. One hundred wishes to bless you on this magnificent journey called LIFE.
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Back in the Groove....
....or at least trying to be. Today is my daughter's 22nd birthday. My son's 25th birthday was last Thursday. I was in Atlanta. It was an exhausting trip for me. I always forget that I have difficulty being around so many people. Not just a group, but a group of thousands of people. When I am in such a large group in a confined space, I tend to absorb many energies and fall asleep. It's weird, and uncomfortable. I was attending my 10th Partylite National Conference. It's where we get to see the new candles and products and programs and get revved up for the Holiday Season. One minute I feel perky and rested and the next it is as if I fall into a coma sleep, the kind you get after you eat a lot of sugar, but I don't eat sugar so it is always surprising when I succumb to the sheer exhaustion of everyone else's excitement. Meanwhile, I am very excited that Online Ordering is now available through my Partylite website. Click HERE to check it out!!
The solar eclipse happening over the next 2 days is very, very, very intense. You might want to re-read Diana Shaw's Astrological Forecast and Overview to see how it might affect you. The main thing is to stay cool (even in this oppressive heat-wave), and accept that everything that is happening is happening for a reason, so that we can be the best we can be on all levels. Click HERE to get to the Horoscope Page. Enjoy, enjoy.
7/20/09 - Happy Birthday, Cheyenne!
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Harriette is out of town at a Conference in Atlanta.
Her Daily Blog will return on Monday 7/20, in time to celebrate her daughter's birthday.
She is sorry she will not be in town for her son's birthday on July 16,
but sends so much love it will seem as if she is in the same room with him.
The wedding in Carlsbad yesterday was so wonderful and so different. I can't remember the last time I had been to a wedding, but going to Jacqui's and Ken's wedding was a complete joy. It was outside in a garden and a mixture of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jewish Traditions. With middle-eastern foods and belly dancing, and a chupah, wine, challah, and breaking the wine glass for good luck. Lots of family, lots of speeches and stories, a real melding of traditions and joy, joy, joy. And dancing. Always dancing. Jacqui and Ken met through J-Date online. I helped Jacqui with her profile and uploaded her picture. Ken joined J-Date when he saw her profile. He didn't have a picture, but Jacqui went on the date anyway. He never asked another person out. They've been together for 8 1/2 years. No two people are more meant to be together. Though I just read on Facebook that a friend of mine from high school is celebrating 34 years of marriage today.
Congratulations to all the couples today who are celebrating their togetherness.
And congratulations to all those who choose to celebrate their lives independently.
This is a Monday full of congratulations to ALL!
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Jacqui is Getting Married Today
Today, my friend Jacqui (another July birthday) is getting married in San Diego. I'm excited to go to the wedding. I will never forget the very first time I met her. It was in the late 80's and I had just moved to Santa Clarita. There was only one Jewish pre-school in the area, and I quickly signed up my 4 year old son, Jesse. Even though my 1 year old daughter, Cheyenne, was still too young to attend, I was immediately asked to get involved in some school activities.
The first meeting I attended was for a big fundraising dinner that was to take place in the coming months. I showed up early not knowing anyone in the room, and I was as nervous as if it were my own first day of school. Would the other moms like me? Would I be able to do a good job with helping? All the questions that would run through the head of a young mother ran through mine.
The meeting was about to begin when the most dynamic woman I have ever encountered blasted into the room. Her hair was dark and voluminous - tons and tons of waves and body. She was clad in purple from head to toe. A purple turtleneck tunic over purple leggings and purple boots to match. Her energy was electric and she immediately took control of the meeting. And I remember thinking, "I want to be friends with HER!"
My wish came true, and I am so so so blessed that for over 20 years, Jacqui has remained one of my closest and dearest friends.
She is my soul sister from many lifetimes. Her girls, Jodi and Sivan, are not only close to my own children, but along with her mom, Jo, have always been my good friends as well. We have been through joy and pain and divorce, but most of all laughter and more laughter. It is with my heart and soul and essence of being that I wish her and Ken the most happiness today and always.
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Into the Wild
Last night I watched a movie on cable, Into the Wild, which came out last year or so. I cannot stop thinking about it. You may have already seen it. It was one I wanted to see and didn't have a chance until now. Besides the brilliant acting by a brilliant cast led by Emile Hirsch, and brilliant direction and photography, the story (TRUE STORY), made me think of our callings and how it overtakes every cell of our being so we can fulfill our destiny in the perfect way. Like I said, I cannot stop thinking about this powerful film. Every action we take, and every person we touch is an important piece of the fabric that constructs our life. Nothing can be discounted. Everything is important. We must learn to live knowing that everything we do has a ripple effect on everything and everyone. We are connected so profoundly, and we must respect this connection. I am moved by the thought. And Alexander Supertramp's story will not be forgotten.
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Who is Ellen? Ellen was my bestfriend in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. Maybe part of 10th. Today is her birthday. She commented on Facebook that she was astounded to now be part of the Double 5 Club. Double 5 as in 55. That only means that I am 6 months away from being in the Double 5 Club myself, but since I feel so infinitly young on the inside, it doesn't bother me....much. Ellen and I are still friends, though we live 3000 miles away.
Our friendship was one of the reasons cell phones were invented, I'm sure. We would talk on the phone for hours and hours, and even after we left each other for even a minute, we were back on the phone. My dad would say what so many parents said back then, that the phone would have to be surgically removed from my ear, in fact, I think Ellen and I fell asleep many nights with the phone still connected between us so as not to miss even one breath of our 13th, 14th, or 15th year.
Though we went to the same elementary school, we didn't become friends until 7th grade in science class. Mr. Babb was the teacher, and right now this minute just thinking about him brings revulsion. As if 7th grade wasn't torturous enough, I had him again in 8th. Ellen and I sat together in the back of the room at one of the lab desks big enough for two. We spent the entire class drawing fashion models and adorning them with chain belts, mini-dresses, boots, hairstyles, and eye make-up. Our love for art may have brought us together, but it was our love for boys, and laughing, that kept us going for so many years.
Ellen and I would laugh until stuff would come out of our noses. We'd sit at Woolworths with our cokes and french fries, and laugh and laugh and laugh. When we discovered mascara, we would try to keep ourselves from laughing to tears so that the mascara wouldn't run down our faces. When we discovered boys, well... the conversations were endless. And endless. And endless. In fact, we still talk about boys. And we still laugh.
Happy Birthday, El. I did this blog in hot pink to match the white japanese vases from your Sweet 16 party with our names painted on them in the same color. Have the best birthday ever, and use the power of these eclipses to mold your life into what you want for yourself.
I love you, my dear friend.
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Quick Thursday Blog
Ehow glitch fixed. Amazing healing session. Time with Mom.
Divine dinner at Kendalls. Spamalot at The Ahmanson. I love LA.
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You Get What You Ask For
One of my full moon/lunar eclipse wishes alluded to my so called computer addiction. Immediately upon completing the ritual at 2:23 in the morning on Monday night, where I let go of what no longer served me, and let in what was to be for my greatest and highest good, my website editing program glitched and I was unable to update my home page. It took nearly an entire day and 2 phone calls to get it taken care of, but then all was well in the world. Until I realized I could not log-in to my eHow account. As many of you know, I am on a quest to write 100 articles for eHow.com and have completed 46 of them. I love writing those articles. They bring me great pleasure and joy and keep my writing muscle exercised. I was having issues with eHow before in regards to their email notifications, so when my user name and password were recognized as invalid, I knew I would be caught between a rock a and hard place, because I cannot receive email notifications to let me know what my correct user name and password is. I know this is in direct response to my wish of curbing my computer addiction, which is why I want to warn everyone as to the language used when making a wish. Watch what you say because inevitably your wish will be answered. I hope the issue with ehow.com will be rectified (and soon) because I really want to achieve the goal of 100 articles. And I am missing using my time writing. But as you can see, I am now using my time fretting. Which feels very much like withdrawl. If you would like to read some of the articles already written, the list can be found HERE.
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Michael Jackson Memorial
I'm a pop-culture diva. I'm up on all the current trends and styles and happenings of the day. So naturally I tuned in early this morning to watch Michael Jackson's Memorial at Staples Center. And it was a roller coaster of emotions. Sad and tragic with his family and children. Amazing entertainment and speakers and the realization of why they were there in the first place. I couldn't help but wonder what those kids who sued him were feeling. The ones who lived through the nightmare of the court trial. I kept thinking about those kids. And even though I agree that Michael Jackson was GENIUS in orchestrating music and dance genres of today, and his talent was HUGE, and I loved his music and videos, his charity work, and all he did for pop culture of numerous generations, I kept getting fleeting thoughts of his odd behavior, his child-like strangeness, his facination with children. It broke my heart to see his family and his own children, and to hear Brooke Shields talk about their friendship. I cried along with the rest of the world. But I couldn't stop thinking about the other children, and the trial. Perhaps the speakers were right when they said, "maybe now he will stop being judged." I'm just not so sure.
Michael Jackson Memorial Part 2
I've had time to think more about it, and there are a couple of more things I want to say. First of all, Jennifer Hudson, you can do no wrong in my book. Her own personal tragedy fueled so much emotion today for me watching her all pregnant and bursting with life. And I liked that Stevie Wonder said, "I told Michael all the time that I loved him, so I am current in my words." That's important. We should tell those we care about how we feel. And Martin Luther King, Jr's two children MLK Jr III and Bernice certainly inherited their father's gift of speaking. I had a dream just watching them, but there are two things I think I need to comment on. First of all Berry Gordy's comment that MJ was not just the King of Pop, but the Greatest Entertainer of ALL TIME!!!! Okay, that made me roll my eyes, but not as much as when Al Sharpton said that it was because of Michael Jackson that Obama was now President of the United States. I mean, c'mon!! What about Harriet Tubman for goodness sake and all the other prominant African Americans that were around before Michael Jackson. I think he even said that Oprah wouldn't be on tv if it hadn't been for Michael Jackson. I guess we wouldn't have music or dance at all if it hadn't been for Michael Jackson. Okay, I vented enough. Michael, RIP. I will miss your music and your dancing and your talent, but I will not miss the circus that surrounded your life. Circus. Hmmm. Did anyone else notice the elephants from the circus that marched into Staples before the memorial began? Or was it just me that recognized the irony?7/7/09
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There is something about July for birthdays in my life. Beginning July 1st and ending on July 31st, I know someone who was born practically every single day of the month. Including my children. It never surprises me when I meet someone and they tell me their birthday is in July. If I weren't born in December, I would think that everyone on the planet is born in July; that is how many people born in July I know. Today, July 6th, was actually the due date for my daughter, but she waited 2 more weeks to torture me, I mean arrive. July 6th is significant because my first boyfriend from when I was 16 turns 54 today. He's slightly younger than me by six months. Of course I still think of him as 15 years old, and to think that now he is not only a man, but a grown man with an important job, wife, and family, well....where did the time go? Though we don't keep in touch, I remember his birthday every year, and say a silent Happy Birthday to him. Even at 15 he was deep in thought, and smart. On Valentine's Day that year, he gave me a poem by Yevtushenko. I mean, who does that? I remember reading it to my mother back then, and she commented, "I don't know what that means." I still have the card with the tiny print on the back with those three words that any girl longs to hear. We would read to each other from Love Story to say words we didn't have to make up ourselves. As a precursor to future relationships, there was romance and there was drama. He was an angry kid, and well....15 years old. He bragged to his friends that we had had sex which was a lie. He broke up with me and never told me why. We got back together in the summer of 1971. I went to the Jersey shore with his family, and he and I made out for hours at the miniature golf course in the sand. Delicious kisses. Paul McCartney had just released his first solo album. And Maybe I'm Amazed is still one of my favorite songs. We finished out the summer, and remained close friends, walking to school together each morning. The romance dwindled and I began dating the first real love of my life. But that is another blog for another day. Happy Birthday, SK.
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Feeling Satisfied on Sunday
I slept so hard. Must be the heat. The fireworks were great last night. I was with my BFF's and we realized we have had over 20 years of seeing fireworks together. That's a mind trip. Both my children are born in July and I cannot believe they are turning 25 and 22. Of course I feel exactly the same; the concept of time baffles me. I made 2 necklaces and wrote 2 eHow articles. Repotted some plants, too. I love getting my hands in the dirt. All in all, I am feeling very satisfied. A visit with my mom and brother and his fam planned for today. Good feelings all around.
My latest article is HOW TO BE SEXY WITHOUT HAVING SEX. And yes, the picture is of me. It was taken in San Francisco in 1977 by my friend Bev (who scratched her cornea on her birthday - see July 1st blog). I was 22 years old. The same age as my daughter is now. Wow. That's a mind flip.
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New Radio Interview on the 4th of July!
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7/4/09 - Happy 4th!
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I had forgotten what it was like to feel pampered. I remembered when I emerged from an hour long facial. OMG. I haven't induldged like that in YEARS. This type of thing should be required by law. There would be a whole lot less stress if we all took the time for massages and facials. I am doing a radio interview in the morning, but all I can think about is how wonderfully relaxed I am feeling right now. Happy 4th of July Eve.
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Have you noticed when you drive by someone's house, you can see when the lawn is well groomed, flowers are abundant and blooming, and love just seems to exude from the house? You are probably right. When the outside of your house is looking good, it is usually a mirror reflection of what is going on in the inside of the house. I'm very aware of brown spots on my lawn, or dead bushes, or loose dirt, and when I see it, I know that something inside my house is off and needs tending to. It's the macrocosm/microcosm law. What is above so is below. What is inside is also outside. I have lived in my house for nearly 20 years and as I wrote earlier this week, I had an eyesore in the backyard which I just now got it together to fix. Now my backyard is looking soooooooooo much better, and I took it as a sign when my mom came in with a hummingbird feeder as a gift. My front yard had gnarly bushes that never got enough water and clumps of dirt baking in the sun day after day. It wasn't until a couple of days ago that the lightbulb went off and I said, "Oh...mulch!" Now the front yard is looking scrumptious and the chi inside my house is flowing better than ever. Everything seems to be in its place, and staying in its place. That is a huge sign that things are just right; when there are no piles of clothes or paper. I'm breathing. And loving life.
Here's a great tip! I discovered it today when I noticed how dingy and dusty all my lampshades were. I have some handpainted lampshades that I made over a decade and a half ago when my incarnation was a lampshade painter. Today I noticed all the lampshades were looking a little unsightly. So I grabbed my lint roller. The kind that looks like it has layers of masking tape on it? Well, roll, roll, roll, and voila! All the dust is gone and the lampshades are like brand new!! You can pick up one of those lint rollers at the 99 Cent Store. They work great, and when you get a haircut, you can use it to get the hair off your clothes and skin. Of course I wrote an eHow article about it! Click here to read it!
How to Keep Mosquitoes Away and Other Tips
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My internet went down today. And so did the cable tv. It was torture. I am heavily addicted to my computer and internet access. I didn't fret much about the tv, since I don't watch tv until late in the evening, but the internet is my connection to EVERYTHING. My writing, my blog, articles, email, all my communication is through the internet. One of my bestfriends is having a birthday today. We've been friends since 1975. She told me that she scratched her cornea and could not wear her contacts for a week. She said it was torture. She said, "What did we do before contact lenses?" I responded, "What did we do before internet???" I clearly won the arguement, and made her laugh in the process, which was the best birthday present ever. Three hours later I got my internet back and considered going to hypnotherapy for my addiction. I don't drink, smoke, do drugs, eat sugar, or dairy....no problem! But an internet outage - oh my! Now, that I've had my internet "fix," I can go on with my day.
B R E A T H I N G N O W.
7/1/09 - Happy Birthday, Bev!
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Present Moment Awareness
Present Moment Awareness is one of my favorite topics, so today I am going to share my 41st article that I wrote for www.eHow.com. Just click on the link and enjoy. If you like the article, feel free to rate it with the stars at the top under the headline, and share with friends. Have fun perusing the site and the other articles. There is a WEALTH of information there. Here's my latest:
How to Live in Present Moment Awareness
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Fred Travalena and Me
When I opened up my home page to check the news, it was with great sadness that I read that Fred Travalena had joined the ranks of celebrity passings. Fred was a great guy, really funny. He could impersonate anybody, and he did so successfully for years. Fred and I had the pleasure of spending an entire day together along with Marcia Wallace who is best known as Carol on The Bob Newhart show and as the voice of Edna on the Simpsons. We all met in Miami.
It was 1980 and I had just worked an intense week as head typist (yes, on typewriters!!) for an Anheuser-Busch Convention. From morning till night I was in the basement of the Miami Convention Center with a script of over 1000 pages that had rewrite after rewrite after rewrite. I went into work when it was dark and got home from work and it was still dark. It was one of the most intense jobs in the entertainment business I have had.
The actual Convention was only 1 day. There were about a hundred celebrities, 20 slide projectors, and Ed McMahon, of course. On the day of the Convention, my head typist job was over and I was FREEEEEE, except the Director had another job for me to do. Fred Travalena and Marcia Wallace were hired to be Roving Reporters throughout the day making comments and jokes between celebrity endorsements. I was to be their "stage manager" and get them where they needed to be for their cues. So, like I said, we spent the whole day together....laughing. They are really funny, and often missed their cues because they were too busy making jokes amongst themselves.
The Convention was a huge success and the after party with strawberries dipped in chocolate and champagne and John Forsythe, Lou Rawls, Larry Storch, and a slew of others was very entertaining to say the least. The next morning I flew up to northern Florida to work on a Benji movie, but that is another story.
Years later, I ran into Marcia Wallace at a birthday party in LA, and since then I have run into her at least 3 or 4 times. We make a joke out of it and reminisce about the Convention in Miami, and we always part wth, "See you next year!" because we know our paths will continue to cross. She had stayed in touch with Fred over the years which made me happy to know that I had been with them when they met.
Here's to you, Fred. I know you are making them laugh in heaven. You certainly made me laugh here on earth.
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Sunday. The Day of Rest? Ha!
I would love to say that I spent the entire day lounging in air conditioned luxury, but that would not be true. I spent the day cleaning my garage and putting all the candles and accessories that made up my living room "store" back in its place. I have to say there was a whole lot less to put back than I pulled out last week, so I am very happy and very appreciative of all the friends and customers who stopped by. What a busy weekend! I constructed a beautiful addition to my backyard which sounds very ambitious but there is a lot you can do with telephone wire and bungee cords. You see, I've lived in this house for over 19 years and for the entire time I ignored this giant metal high voltage power box in the corner of my yard. I think it is where the transformer is for the entire neighborhood, but like I said, I've ignored the eyesore for over 19 years. I remember one incident when some officials came into my backyard with flashlights and badges and checked the thing out, but that was it. It has a huge lock on it and warning decals.
I was so done looking at it.
So, I went off to Lowes to see what I could find and lo and behold I found the perfect thing. And now, it is my new favorite part of my yard and my daughter can open her curtains freely without a monstrosity looking her in the face. You'd think I would've done something about it before now, wouldn't you? I even found the perfect spot to hang the metal goddess sculpture. Check it out:
I did take some time to see two movies, the sad Sister one, and The Hangover (for the 2nd time). There was a dinner thrown in, and a candle party, and cleaning the garage, and writing eHow articles, blogs, wisdoms, facebooks, emails, booking healing clients, reading...wow, no wonder I'm tapped out. I thought weekends were for relaxing!
The truth is...I loved every minute of it. Especially now with my garage all spiffy clean.
How was your weekend? There are a lot of changes in the air, aren't there?
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Free Meditation Book
There's a lot of talk about meditation and yoga and breathing these days. I am in favor of anything that can support our journey. Sometimes it is difficult to put one foot in front of the other with all the changes going on. I stumbled upon this FREE e-book that I think everyone should download before it isn't offered for free anymore. It's called Oceanic Mind and is a Complete Deeper Meditation Training Course. There are numerous meditation and breathing techniques as well as yoga stretches described in this book. It is extensive, and aimed at beginners as well as advanced students of Meditation and Yoga. The author is Tom Von Deck from Prescott, AZ. There are so many exercises described in this book, it would be impossible not to find something helpful for you. This 100 page book is absolutely free if you download it and print it out from your computer. There is a charge for the book if you purchase a hard copy. Visit www.MonkeyWisdom.net and check it out!
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Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Let's Not Forget Ed McMahon
When I walked by my computer and saw a picture of Farrah Fawcett on my Yahoo page, I broke down and cried. I'd been following her story, and the love story between her and Ryan O'Neal for awhile now, and I felt that even though her passing was imminent, I hoped it wouldn't be before she and Ryan tied the knot. It was so important for him to marry her, and unfortunately he did not get his wish. That was nothing next to hearing the news that Michael Jackson died. The wind literally got knocked out of me, and I could not breath. I felt side-swiped, like, huh? what just happened here? I had a similar feeling when I heard that John Lennon had been shot. What happened next was interesting for me. I felt numb, but had to do some errands, and while at the market, I felt a universal sadness move through my body. I could differentiate my personal sadness, but then felt something else. It was a universal mourning, and it permeated my being. Sad. So sad. I still cannot believe it.
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My house looks like a Partylite Candle Store. All the inventory I have has been marked down 50-75%. If you love candles and accessories and live nearby, PLEASE give me a call and swing on by. I will leave everything up for at least another day or two. Great stuff! Call 661-254-6447 to make an appointment or to find out what is available. You won't believe your eyes!!
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Harriette on the Radio!!
If you missed the radio interview this morning, don't fret!
You can listen to the broadcast and find out more about Chakras, Healing,
and how to add some passion to the bedroom!
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Quick Note for Tuesday
I've noticed that the healing sessions have become even more intense, and my Third Eye is even wider open to receiving messages. I didn't even think this could be possible, but it's true. I attribute it to the 12th Dimensional Crystals of Light, and the work I've been doing with them. And what is even more interesting is that I didn't search them out, but I believe they found me. Just another validation that everything is perfect, and we are led exactly where we need to go.
Oh! I'm going to be on online radio! Tune in tomorrow morning at 11AM Pacific Time to Blog Talk Radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docmagi to hear Michael Holt interview me about Chakra Power!, and so much more! If you miss it, I believe it will be archived.
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New Moon Rituals
Today is the New Moon, a perfect time for new beginnings. As the moon silences itself, and the sky is completely dark, the universe waits in anticipation of what will manifest in the coming weeks. The New Moon is a time for 100 wishes, and making a list of goals and dreams.
As the moon begins to wax into fullness, the dreams you have start to take shape, form, and grow into a full moon reality.
Be careful of what you wish for. It just might come true.
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Happy Father's Day
Thank you for being the best father a girl could have. Your sense of humor, sense of wisdom, lust for life, travel, arts, theater, business, and compassion, have helped make me a better person.
I miss you more than words can say.
Thank you for leaving coins in my path and 2's everywhere I look. These gentle reminders warm my heart that you are still with me each and every day.
I love you, love you, love you.
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First Day of Summer
I cannot even begin to describe what I've been feeling. Once again, it is like experiencing 5000 healing sessions at one time. The energy is so intense, sometimes I feel as if my knees are going to give out. What started last Sunday at the Crystal Workshop continued throughout the week with a melding of mind, body, spirit, and life direction. Participating in my WMF Mastermind Group, defining who I really am, giving the lecture at the Healing Light Center, having seasonal acupuncture, and then showing and selling jewelry all day in the same room with Jeremy Kennedy and his lovely cosmic goddess, Connie, with more crystals than anyone could imagine, well, I am buzzed and blessed beyond belief.
The Crystals of Light have been speaking to me all week since I was first introduced to them last Sunday. I am so proud to have my own set to work with. When I received it, I had so much emotion all I could do was cry. When the heart opens, and is touched by Spirit, crying is a natural response. Something is happening to me that has never happened before and all I can do is jump on the train and ride it whereever I most need to go.
Spring is for beginnings, and summer is for flourishing. I am excited about the upcoming radio interviews, lectures, book signings, and healings, healings, and more healings. Something big is happening, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it.
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Mother/Daughter Day & More!
I'm still feeling the effects of last night's speaking engagement. It was so amazing for me, and the feedback has been incredible. I feel truly blessed. I received the following note via Facebook from someone who attended the lecture that I had never met before. She wrote:
"Hello Harriette! I truly enjoyed your lecture last night. Enjoyed, is actually an understatement!! I was overwhelmed and enlightened and over all felt great in your company.
I am hoping to have more meetings with you! THANK YOU!" Michelle Catlin
I mean Wow, right? Today, my daughter and I did our Seasonal acupuncture over at Kenneally Acupuncture which is where the lecture was last night. I will be there again tomorrow all day with my jewelry. Jeremy, the man who led the Crystal Workshop, will be there with his wares as well. Please come by if you live near Camp Plenty Road in Canyon Country anytime between 9AM and 6PM.
So it was mother/daughter day for me and my little girl. Little, I jest, since she is just one month shy of turning 22, though there is nothing chey (get it?) about her. We sprung from spring into summer, going from wood into fire (I think that is what Kathleen explained, as she ever so gently put the needles in the appropriate places). Amazing? Oh, yeah. And it has now become a ritual for the two of us. We went for lunch at Athena's (OMG, the gyros are amazing, and what's up with those bread balls?) and to the movies to see The Proposal (so cute!!).
Gifts have been arriving at my doorstep literally, philosophically, and spiritually lately. Today, I found one in my mailbox. It was a greeting card, though it was huge, at least 8 x10, and the artwork is Native American. It's called "Within the Power." Ever so perfect with an eagle, wolf, goddess, sage, feathers, turquoise and silver jewelry (my fave), and power, power, power. It was sent to me by an angel. Thank you. I feel truly blessed.
6/19/09 - Happy Birthday, Shelly!
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Inspiration & Paying it Forward
I just want to start off by acknowledging that I have two amazing and gifted children. That's all. I just had to say it.
Today was an inspiration of a day! I was completely inspired by John Klymshyn, the speaker at our A of WE luncheon. Hearing someone who is funny, that speaks from the heart, and that made me LISTEN so much that I am sure I will be a professional listener from now on - wow, has changed something inside of me forever.
Tonight I was the speaker, and hopefully paid it forward and inspired others. I spoke about the chakras and threw in my abbreviated life story. I wanted to make the audience laugh, well I saw them laughing so I guess I did what I set out to do. I feel so honored and blessed to have been able to share what I know from my book so that others can feel happier and healthier. I left my notes at home (not on purpose) but no one seemed to mind.
It was so special to me to see so many friends there, and so many of the group had been at the Crystal Workshop on Sunday. It seems I wasn't the only one who had a life change.
This is a note of thanks to Kenneally Acupuncture, and to all the attendees tonight, and my friend, Aimee, who has listened to my "It's all about me" riff raff for over 20 years, and makes me laugh at myself better than anybody. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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I believe that everything unfolds the way it should, so I don't know why I am sometimes surprised that things unfold the way they do. I knew I had to attend the Crystal Workshop on Sunday. Every fiber of my being was ready for it, and I wonder if it was something that was planned eons ago so that my future self which is me now had to be part of. But, something happened at that Crystal Workshop that has changed my life forever. I am feeling more cohesive...together....as one. Declaring that I am a Master Healer who just happens to do other things has shifted my energetic field. I woke up today and immediately booked a Spiritual Health Faire to do psychic readings & healings, a book signing, and another chakra lecture. Plus, I had two healing clients, and booked another while I was the dentist. I am excited by this notion of being one person who does many things, and not one person who IS many things. Tomorrow evening at Kenneally Acupuncture/Healing Light Center in Canyon Country at 7PM, I will be giving a free lecture about chakras. If you would like to attend, please do!! The more the merrier.
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Who am I?
I am feeling very blessed these days. I give thanks all the time, all day long. I'm feeling that important things are happening, though I'm not sure exactly what. I know that the healing sessions are intensifying as the Reconnective energy spreads around the world. I feel fortunate that I've been able to practice Reconnective Healing consistently for the past 8 years, with a couple of years as a Reiki Master Teacher prior to that. I am committed to my craft, and to helping others. I am a Master Healer.
Today at my Women Moving Forward Mastermind Group, I once again felt blessed and fortunate to be on a journey with 4 other amazing women. It struck me that everyone moves forward all the time whether they are conscious of doing so or not, but having a monthly gathering honoring the work we've done is a great way to measure just how much we are accomplishing in our personal and business lives.
I had a huge question which has been on my mind not for days, but for years. You know, the Who am I? question. Because I am so many things, I don't want to appear as if I am fragmented into different professions. Like Master Healer and Jewelry Designer. Candle Lady and Psychic. Does being more than one thing dilute the soup? I have often wondered about that.
With the help of my WMF group, I have determined that I am a Master Healer. And when promoting myself, I am that. I am a Master Healer. I do other things, too, but they are all connected to healing. Even the psychic/medium work is part of the healing. It is all for healing. It is who I am.
So, I am a Master Healer who makes jewelry. And I am a Master Healer who sells candles. And I am a Master Healer who writes books and articles.
"I am a Master Healer and Psychic-Medium. Everything I do, helps you to heal.
Physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually."
This is me.
Who are you?
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Today's blog is dedicated to Tami, Sheri, Julie, and Candice. You are blessings in my life. HK
"I know who I am - I am an expert in window fashions, a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend- lucky to be friends with you, Harriette!" Tami Smight www.tamismightinteriors.com
Three minutes to Midnight
I vowed to write my blog every single day, and by golly, I am true to my word. Even if I have just three minutes (now two) to go before midnight, I am on it!
Today was a blur. I couldn't sleep last night probably because the crystal workshop amped me up so much, at 3:30 I was still wide awake. I'm not one who has trouble sleeping. I go to bed late, but after reading a bit (or even before I pick up the book) I'm usually out like a light before I can turn the light off. I sleep really well. It's a gift, I know, from what I hear. Many people apparently find it difficult to sleep. I enjoy sleep, I really do. I also enjoy staying up late. Something about my inner time clock. My children inherited it, too, and my mom, well even now at midnight, I could call her and she'd still be up.
So today was blurry, I mean a blur. I feel that I have so many fires in the iron, I mean, irons in the fire, and juggling so many balls in the air, I can only go from minute to minute. It's present moment awareness at its best. I rely on my intuition and day planner to get me through the day doing what needs to get done.
In a nutshell, here is what is going on, not that it matters probably only to me, but I have healing sessions booked, a Women Moving Forward Mastermind Group, an Association of Women Entrepreneurs Luncheon to attend, a free lecture about Chakras I'm presenting at the Healing Light Center, dentist appt (can't forget that), seasonal acupuncture appt., jewelry boutique at Healing Light Center all day saturday, dear friends coming to visit on Sunday, Partylite regional to attend and train at, another boutique to do, radio show interview, some candle parties, and oh, because I have nothing else to do, I thought I would invite everybody over for a 50% off Partylite sale and Wrap and Shrink party (wanna come?). Plus continuing to write eHow articles (I have 70 more until I reach my goal), make new jewelry pieces, field phone calls, be a friend, a mom, a daughter, take care of my dog, house, self....
And I didn't even mention my commitment to watching The Bachelorette!!! Anybody with me?
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Laker Report and Crystal Workshop
The Lakers won the 2009 Championship! Woohoo! I'm a Laker Fan, in case you didn't notice. I've been a Laker fan since an old boyfriend took me to a game and we sat behind Jack Nicholson. I love Derek Fisher. However, I did not get to see the entire game today, just the 4th quarter, because I attended a Crystal Workshop over at Kenneally Acupuncture. All I can say is "Wow," since it feels like I just had about 5000 healing sessions. Wow. Intense. Amazing. Wonderful. I think my life path reassembled itself and who knows where I am going now. Whatever I used to be (like, this morning) is not who I am now because of this workshop. It will be interesting to watch it all unfold. I'm giving a Free Lecture on Thursday evening, 6/18 about what else? Chakras! 7PM. At Kenneally Acupuncture/Healing Light Center in Canyon Country, CA. If you would like to attend, please call 661-252-4100. It's going to be a good one.
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A day off for me means that I have nothing inked on my calendar where I have to be for the day, so today on my day off I am busy working at home. Just found out that honeydew scented candles are going to be discontinued from Partylite so I am busy making calls. I have a goal this month to earn some trip points, so I am focused on that. Many people forget that I am also a candle lady, uh, I mean expert, and so today I am reminding everyone, even myself. I have also written a couple of more eHow articles, which is now part of my daily routine. You can read How to Tell the Difference Between a Psychic and a Medium by clicking on the link. It's another June gloom day, but I am not minding at all. Hope your weekend is grand, and let me know if you need some candles.
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I love Fridays. That is no secret. I think I have a previous blog post about that, but today I even loved the June gloom. Okay, I'm fickle. I'm a woman. I can change my mind in an instant. After a fun candle party last night, a FABULOUS LAKER WIN -Woohoo!!, and a delicious night's sleep, I woke up actually happy that it was all gray and gloomy.
Today I had a lunch date with my son. Be still my heart.
My son lives in Los Angeles with his gal pal, and since he moved away, I don't get to see him very much, so we made a date for lunch. And it was wonderful! Delicious lunch, great company, a tour of downtown LA and the nearby neighborhood where he lives. My son is talented and brilliant, but who doesn't say that about their own? I am blessed with two children who are the gems on my necklace of life.
On the way home from lunch, I called my BFF to see how her doctor's appt. went and couldn't have been more thrilled to hear that she is now CANCER FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Be still my heart again!!!!
And if that wasn't enough, I relished a 30 minute conversation with my brother about, are you ready? Feng shui. Who woulda thought? The best, the best, the best.
The two requests to write articles for websites I had never heard of were the topping on the Friday cake. I was so inspired, I wrote my 25th eHow article, aptly titled, How to Pull Yourself Out of a Funk.
Celebrating life with friends tonight. Enjoy, enjoy!
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There is something that happens on June 1st every year in Los Angeles that is somewhat bizarre, but like clockwork, there it is again - June Gloom. Those who don't live in LA may not identify with June gloom, but for Los Angelenos it is as real as a wheat grass smoothie after a day at Venice Beach. In a nutshell, you get all your winter clothes back out of the closet and onto your body. The skies are gray, it is cold out, and for weeks at a time, no sun peeks through. For Southern Californians, it is a novelty for about one or two days, and then the shakes begin.
Don't misunderstand me, I like the gray days, too. I love staying inside and thinking that I might cook something like soup, or that I might curl up on the couch and read, or that I might do something crafty that is perfect for a gloomy day, but I don't do any of those things. I wrap myself in a sweater and socks and measure my level of insecurity.
You heard me right. My level of insecurity.
I have found that I actually do feel better when it is sunny out. Perhaps it is because I have a sunny disposition that I identify with a sunny day. Gloomy skies bring about a seriousness that I often leave to others. This time around, June gloom has given me pause, and I wonder if I am not serious enough. I question whether I do enough. Am I leaving my mark in the right way. Am I a good parent, daughter, sister, friend. I wonder if I know anything about business at all, and even if I do, what does it all mean anyway?
In the same instant that I experience these feelings, they often vaporize. Though one thing I know for sure, I couldn't live in Seattle.
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There are some amazing women out there - AMAZING! - and I feel fortunate that I know quite a few of them. I belong to a wonderful network called HEARTLINK. We meet once a month in Denise's living room (Denise Van Arsdale-West owns Picking Up the Pieces Life Coaching), have a bite to eat, and share what our businesses are. In addition, we support a different non-profit each month.
I never know who I am going to be when I go to Heartlink. Am I the healer, psychic, jewelry designer, author, candle lady? Yes. Apparently, I am all of them, but I find that at Heartlink, I am a Master Healer first, and in 3 minutes, I share what I do.
But, enough about me! Here is a slice of the caliber of woman at Heartlink.
Julie Molinaire - Landscaper extraordinaire. My goodness, she knows EVERYTHING about landscaping, foliage, herbs, watering, seasons, and more! 661-917-3521 www.thegrassisalwaysgreener.net
Joni Allen - It Works! Get rid of inches of fat in just 45 minutes! I am not kidding, these wraps really really really really really work!!! I have used them, and I know it is true. 661-285-3314 www.wrapandshrink.com
Sandra Aube- Permanent Make-Up Artist and EXCELLENT and gentle at her job. For eyebrows, eyeliner, and so much more, Sandra knows what looks natural and has the lead-free products to make it happen for you! You can totally trust her. She also does reflexology. 661-313-7771 www.aubeyourneeds.com
Bonnie Keith - XS Energy - Okay, these products, I'm not sure how they work, but they do! She carries delicious drinks loaded with B-12, and tablets with carb blockers!! Miracle products and excellent for your health. 661-755-1699 www.bkeith.qhealthzone.com
Please feel free to call any of these women, and if you are looking for a particular recommendation for anything from party planning to financial planning, I would be happy to give you a referral.
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I admit I have commitment issues. I mean, duh. Sometimes it is random. For instance, I committed, canceled, committed, and finally canceled to do permanent make-up on my eyebrows, I mean we are talking PERMANENT and what if I decide I don't like it. I couldn't take the risk. However, I do have a tattoo on my hip that required a little bit of thought before I committed to doing that, and it is just as permanent. And I love it.
I committed to writing my book, "CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Living a Fuller Life, " in 30 days, and I did. It helped that I announced to the entire world that I was writing the book and it would be ready for Xmas delivery. Since I am one of those people who tend to do what they say, I had to follow through on that one. And, it is one of my greatest accomplishments.
I'm committed to my children, though not to their dad. And while I am being completely honest (something I am committed to being), I'm not very good at committment in relationships - I mean, the male/female kind.
Since I am so committed to myself, I choose to be in relationship with...MYSELF! And we have a great time together. Some people can't understand that, but that's okay. No one is going to commit me because of that.
I am committed to writing a blog each day, and I'm committed to writing a Daily Healing Wisdom each day. I've committed to writing 100 eHow articles, and I will complete that task. I am committed to my healing clients, candle consultants & hostesses, jewelry customers, and networking pals. I am committed to being the best person I can be, the best mother I can be, the best sister, aunt, daughter, and most of all, friend.
I am committed to being grateful and looking at the positive. I am committed to honoring my body, mind, and spirit. I am committed to having a good sense of humor and laughing at least once a day. I am committed to the power of the universe, and God.
What are you committed to?
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Back Story on eHow Articles
I just completed my 20th article for eHow.com, and am well on my way towards my goal of 100. It's very satisfying as a writer to construct an article, offer steps and tips, and instantly be published. I get a great deal of satisfaction not just from the writing process, but knowing that the information is helping those who need it.
For those interested in back story, here's the low down on some of the articles I have written. To see the entire list, please click HERE. Once you find an article that interests you, simply click on it and you will be directed to the actual article on eHow. Below is a sample with some secrets revealed.
1. How to Be Vegan in a Non-Vegan World - I was vegan for a year about 7 years ago. My reason was to become the clearest channel I could be for healing and intuitive messages. I cut out meat, dairy, fish, eggs, sugar, and anything that was connected to animal by-products. Being vegan was not difficult for me, except for the fact that I was literally dreaming about meat. The craving for meat was so overpowering, I contacted a medical intuitive to see if it was something that was required in my personal diet. Apparently it was. In fact, I was eating too much soy. When I stopped being Vegan, I ate red meat every single day for about 4 months until the craving stopped. Currently I do eat meat, chicken, and fish, but I did keep dairy and sugar out of my diet.
2. How to Have the Best Arts & Crafts Party Ever! - As the original owner of Picasso's Playmates, a Mommy and Me Art School for kids ages 2-5, this party idea is tried and true! It was a big hit on the weekends when classes were not in session.
3. How to Win Raffle Prizes - It's simple. I always win raffle. Once, I won free tickets to a Rolling Stones concert! The picture on the article is my friend, Rosey. We were in St. Louis at a Conference.
4. How to Detect a Sinus Infection - Unfortunately, my daughter has been plagued by sinus infections since she was an infant. We have made the mistake of running to the dentist when not needed, and waiting too long before seeing a doctor. I wanted to help others save time so that the pain doesn't get so severe the infection is misdiagnosed. In fact, it is my daughter's picture on the article.
If you would like the back story on any of the other eHow articles, please let me know!
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How did Ferris Bueller do it?
I have to admit it. I don't know how to take a day off. I say I am going to take a day off, but I don't. In fact, right now I am in still in my pajamas at nearly 1 in the afternoon, and already I have written 2 eHow articles (click HERE and HERE to read them!), twittered, emailed, blogged, searched the internet, took off the shower head for replacement*, answered phone calls......it's SUNDAY, for goodness sake!!!
I have to tell about the movie, Heart of Stone. This movie should be shown in every single school in the country. It is a documentary that has so many insights, lessons, and opportunities to change peoples lives, it should play on PBS once a week for the rest of eternity. Even if it did not take place in Newark, NJ where my parents grew up, and where I lived the first year of my life (until we moved down the block - literally, down the block 5 houses to Hillside NJ until the age of 7), even if it was not specifically about Weequaic High School where my parents met, went fake steady during basketball games, and graduated from, even if I did not know the producer/director Beth Kruvant, who was a Millburn High School classmate of mine, I would still recommend it to everyone. Click on the website link above and follow this film until it is shown in your city or state. It will be in NJ in South Orange and in San Francisco later this month. I'm hoping it will come back to LA soon. Stay tuned.
*Went to Lowes. Replaced the shower head. Watched the Laker Game. Watched the Tony's. Read the paper. Watered the plants. Stocked up at Trader Joes...Why do they call it a day off anyway?
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Space Ice Cream Sandwiches
My son texted me this morning that he and his gal pal were eating space ice cream sandwiches just like he and his grandpa used to get. My son is in NYC creating more life memories. I didn't even know he had a life memory with my dad eating space ice cream sandwiches, and my heart was full.
The last time I saw my dad was 5 years ago when he and my mom visited from Florida. It was the best visit ever. We spent 10 days being what we do best which is family. We are a close group, and the love is palatable. My dad passed away shortly after that trip when he traveled to Europe and returned to Miami long enough to tell my mom how much he missed her while away. They believe it was a blood clot from too much flying. My dad loved to fly.
We were all gifted with 5 more years of having dad/grandpa around after he received a heart transplant. Sometimes people with such huge hearts need another one because they have so much love to give. My dad's heart was so huge, he had outgrown it, and we were blessed that he won the heart lottery so we could share him some more.
It is ironic that my parent's visit was 5 years ago today. Since my dad passed, my mom now lives a mile from me, and I am so happy to have her close by. Today we are going to see the flim Heart of Stone which was produced and directed by filmmaker, Beth Gelber Kruvant, whom I went to high school with. The film is about Weequaic High School in Newark, N.J. It is the high school where my parents met and graduated from.
It's kind of like eating space ice cream sandwiches.
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Time is Fleeting
I have a clear recollection of being very young, younger than 5, and holding my mother's hand on a cold wintery day in Hillside NJ, when I noticed a billboard with a picture of Santa on it. I knew then, that my birthday was coming since I am born on Christimas Eve. But it felt as if a century had gone by for the day to finally arrive. Time was certainly much slower then, especially in the 1950's.
We have been (not) joking for many decades about how time has sped up, and I used to think this phenomenon was reserved for grown-ups, but when my kids were younger and they exclaimed, "Wow, that was fast! I feel like I just celebrated my birthday!" I knew it was something that was happening to everyone.
Of course, the Mayans have known this for years. Time is speeding up. I never thought it would ever speed up so much that it became non-existent, but that is exactly what is happening. As we embrace the 5th Dimension and enter into the Age of Aquarius, I wonder how Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis got the email, no, voice mail, no, message, no, memo, no, but probably something from a mimeograph machine that made them sages and clairvoyants.
Though we go through our 24 hour day, and the minutes and seconds click on, the actual time elapsing is only about 16 hours. Maybe less because it continues to lessen. No wonder we feel as if we don't have enough time to get things done. We are operating on a clock that no longer exists.
So, in a time of all of us doing more each day, or attempting to do more, we should probably be a little kinder to ourselves and understand we can only do what we can to get what we need accomplished each day, and continue to open up ourselves spiritually. We are all ONE and we are ALL going through the same thing. We might as well relax into it as best we can, and take the time to breathe and appreciate the moment.
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Memory and Memories
My hands were perched on the keyboard this morning with a million thoughts running through my head about what to write today. I was toying with an idea about memories and memory when the phone rang. It was an old high school friend I have not spoken to in about 16 years. It's not like we were friends in high school as in close, but my entire Class of 1972 from Millburn, NJ has a commeraderie that is unexplained. We are friends even if we have never spoke a word during our formidable years.
We were supposed to get together for dinner since another friend of ours, Beth Kruvant, is coming into town with her documentary film, Heart of Stone, which is going to be shown at the Hollywood Black Film Festival on Saturday. A kind of mini-class reunion which just became even mini-er since D's son is sick and she can't make it.
This all helped formulate my blog idea for the day because I was thinking about memories of past and how vivid they are. From being a tyke growing up in Hillside NJ and recalling the first time I noticed a sunset, to growing up in Millburn NJ which was the best place for a kid to grow up (Anne Hathaway and John C. McGinley are also MHS grads). I was thinking about how the memories of my growing up have been so vivid, in color and detail until recently when I no longer needed them.
A healing has taken place.
Through social marketing, okay Facebook, I have been able to connect with old friends and heal the wounded me from early childhood so that I can move forward and fully be the me of now. The me of now channels psychic information and offers it to the numerous seekers, and I give the information with excitement and passion because I believe it is my life work. The catch is, because it is channeled, I don't remember any of it.
So, I live in two worlds. But, sometimes is it like having amnesia.
You can't imagine how often I hear the words, "Remember you told me..."
I don't remember because once the information is given, it falls on the ears of those who most need to hear it, which are usually not mine. I am a vehicle of information, making deliveries like my daughter does with pizza. Sometimes I really try hard to pull up a memory of what was imparted, but alas, it is gone for good.
My point is, we remember what we need to. We remember what is important for us to remember. Memories are wonderful little gifts that give us the opportunity to see how much we have grown in our lives to be who we are today. I used to have more time to remember because living in the past was easier. Now, I have no time to remember because I live in the present. I feel full and BUSY,and fulfilled and grateful.
My son is in NYC today with his gal pal. They are staying with a dear friend of mine who I've known since my favorite words were, "I'm with the band." They are planning to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where another friend of mine from days of yore is a big deal, and plan to meet for a tour. It is because of my memories and ties to the past, that my son is able to create amazing memories in his present. Think about it. If it weren't for the memories I created while growing up, and if it weren't for my capacity to remember them, my son's new memories that he is creating right now would be totally different when he gets to be 30 years older and remembers today.
A memory mind boggler, for sure. Now if I could just remember what I need to do today. (Just kidding.)
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It's Still Wobbling
Mercury Retrograde may be over, but the effects are still being felt. This is a perfect example of Mercury Retrograde:
In early May, just before Mother's Day, Mercury did it's little retrograde shift and created havoc with anything to do with communication, travel, electronic devices, computers, cell phones, and the like. It was at that exact moment that my brothers and I chipped in to get my mom the perfect Mother's Day gift, a GPS.
My bro in Florida took care of everything, ordering it online at a great price. It was shipped to my mom here in California, and she was thrilled. No glitches and it worked great, in fact, my mom felt secure driving in Los Angeles for the first time since she moved here nearly 5 years ago.
Three weeks of using the GPS, and Mercury comes out of its retrograde motion and on this past Sunday begins to move forward making everything in the world right again (at least with cell phones and computers). It was at that exact moment, the GPS in my mom's car refused to turn on. Dead. Just like that. Dead as a door nail (whatever that means).
Now since I look at everything astrologically or illogically, I thought, "How perfect!" but my mom now had to schlep to Costco where she no longer had a membership and try to return an item they no longer carried, and since it was purchased online.......well, you get the picture. But, with all the other astrological influences, luck was on my mom's side, and they gave her the money back and she went online and purchased an equally great GPS for less the price. In fact, I think she made a little money on the deal!
You see now how it works. You may have to do things twice. You may still be missing your keys. Your new cell phone may be a little funky, but all these things are fixable. It's time to go with the flow and breathe, breathe, breathe. We have until September 7th until our next bout of Mercury Retrograde.
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There is so much happening at once, I feel like I AM every department in a department store at Christmas time. Hustle and bustle in my mind. I have a lot of things I want to get done, and I am chipping away at doing them. I made 2 necklaces (click HERE to see the one I call Blue Sky and Cotton Candy), wrote an eHow article on gemstones and healing (wanna read it? You can! Click HERE!). I am also following my son's NYC trip via Twitter (It's better than a surveillance camera!), and I even blasted through the bank, post office, and gas station. Oh! And Amazon ordered some more CHAKRA POWER! books. I did not mention the phone calls, appointments, plant watering, laundry, book reading (The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Banks is WONDERFUL!), facebooking, emailing, businessing, because all of that gets tucked away underneath the BIG things of the day.
What I confirmed today is that even the smallest thing is a big thing. You never know what is going to come out of any action that you take. And you never know who you are going to influence. You really, truly, never know ANYTHING that is going to happen when you awaken. Each day is such a surprise.
So even though my list of things may seem ordinary, I know that quite a few of them set off a chain of events that will be HUGE in my life or someone else's. And for that, I am grateful.
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Win a Home for $100!
You never know what will cross my desk, and this is a wonderful thing to be shared. It is totally legit; I got it from a friend of mine.
A home in Northern Florida is being raffled off because the owners are moving to Panama, which is where my friend lives. They are having a raffle and donating the money to charity. Raffle tickets are $100 each and the drawing will be on or about July 31st, 2009. You can read all about it and see pictures of the house and 1.17 acres by clicking on www.welcomehomeraffle.org.
Please feel free to share with friends. I'm going for it, too!
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After Relay and What's Next!
In my head, I can playback what ACS Relay for Life looked like to me, and it's like a movie when they do that super fast motion of 24 hours with time lapse photography. I can see the empty field, and all the tents shooting up, and people moving and walking and bustling along from booth to booth, and along the track. Bands playing on stage, day turning into night, the luminaria lighting, and an endless path of celebration and woe.
I can see the people I met with their hearts wide open, and their eyes in wonder while I offered healing and psychic readings. I met some AMAZING people. AMAZING! May they go forth and flourish in the world and leave their mark in spectacular ways. (That is my note to whomever reads this blog!).
When I came home to take a break for an hour before going back to Central Park, it was rejuvenating, and I was able to gain a little perspective on the whole day. I returned to the field and walked the track under a half moon on a path lit by literally hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of candle lit luminaries honoring, memorializing, and thanking friends and family members.
It hits you not only physically, but emotionally, and I came home to sleep.
A few hours later, I returned once again for the closing ceremony and to help take the campsite down. My team members are to be congratulated and rewarded literally and karmically for all they did. As I thanked them profusely, each one of them said, "I should've done more." I shake my head in disbelief as they dug into themselves to believe they could've done more, for it looked liked they had already done so much. I am humbled.
I went with my 2 BFF's for breakfast and we talked like we have talked for the past 21 years about other things and not our Relay experience. It was too close and we needed a chance to get back to the land of the living (so to speak).
Home. Ah, home. I hit the couch. I hit it hard. I actually believed I would watch a movie, but within minutes I was asleep. Minutes later the phone rang. And it rang again and again and again. It's still ringing nearly 10 hours later, and the movie is still on pause. Life does not stop - EVER. And for that I am grateful.
What's next? Oh, Twitter. I guess I'd better get with the program. Follow me @MasterHealer. Tweet, Tweet.
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When There are No Words
I'm not sure what words to use to describe my day at Relay for Life today. Amazing seems too loose, to throwaway. Life changing is more like it, after doing over 20 psychic readings from morning till night, it's amazing I have any words at all. Thank goodness this message is channeled so I don't have to think.
I'm on a quick break to come home to feed my precious dog (I know, I'm so saccharine, sorry - and right now I can't even spell saccharine, and even spell check doesn't know how, so fortunately you all know what I mean. ) Okay, so I came home to feed my precious and I'm heading back now to Relay - it's a 24 hour event afterall.
But I have to say that my heart chakra must've opened up a billion times today to all the people I have met, did readings for, donated their money and their time for this incredible event. And I am so grateful, beyond grateful, moved to tears grateful. Not to mention my team, OMG, what an amazing bunch of people who pitched in today to walk, work the booth, sell raffle tickets, and make the whole thing a momentous occasion. I understand the word TEAM so much more now.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank you to God for today and everyday. I feel very blessed.
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Relay for Life
American Cancer Society's Relay for Life begins in the morning and already I feel as if I've walked the track for 24 hours. In fact, I'd better make this quick because there is so much to do and I want to include sleep as one of them.
I'm a Team Captain this year for a Relay team. It's an "honor" bestowed to me by Partylite when they made me Regional Ambassador. I have honor in quotes because when they "honor" you, they stick you with a huge responsibilty of being Team Captain for Relay for Life.
It's HUGE. But also hugely rewarding.
So....if you happen to be in Santa Clarita, CA on Saturday, May 30th, please come to Central Park on Bouquet Canyon and see us. Our booth is right across from the Registration Booth so it is easy to find (163 Hope Avenue). We will have psychic readings by moi for just $10, chair massages by Diane Stacy for a dollar a minute which will be absolutely heavenly, fantastic Raffle Prizes for Partylite Candles and Accessories (you do not have to be present to win!), and a Stream of Consciousness Roll where you can write your thoughts for a donation.
It's going to be amazing!
And then on Sunday, I'll sleep....for a week.
If you would like to make a donation, please visit http://main.acsevents.org/goto/partylitestreamers.
Your support is appreciated!
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The Career Counselor asked me, "What do you love to do?".....
......and I responded, "I love to write."
At the time, I was living in Miami and it was just about to turn 1980, and after a college degree and a career in waitressing, my mom found an answer to her prayers. Though her name escapes me, she was a Career Counselor, and I met with her 3 times before she changed my life.
She asked, "What do you love to do?" and when I said, "Write," she did not encourage me. In fact, by the end of the 3 sessions, I thought writing everyday would be dreary, taxing, and difficult and I left her office pursuing a career in film production.
My desire to write never waned, and I continued writing all the time in journals, and journals and more journals. Most of them, in fact, all of them, were so painful to reread, I'm almost glad my psychotic ex-husband made me throw them away. But that is a different blog for another day.
In the course of the past 5 decades, I have written (and illustrated) children's books, numerous articles, press releases, letters, and even a rhyming book that details art projects you can do with your kids. Some things were published, and others sit in the hall closet, but as Pluto entered Capricorn last November, my life took on a new and rewarding turn.
Pluto is the sign of transformation. Capricorn is the sign ruled by saturn which can mean work or corporations. A perfect example of how Pluto in Capricorn is manifesting now is the blatant deconstruction of the corporate world and the recession that has followed.
I'm a capricorn, and my planets (sun, moon, mercury, and north node) all fall in my 9th house which rules....publishing! I've become a writing fool.
When pluto entered capricorn last November, I was putting the finishing touches on my first published book, CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life, and the entire experience has been EXTREMELY FULFILLING!!
Now, I cannot stop writing. With ehow.com, I can write as many articles I want each day, and know that maybe, just maybe, I am making a difference in someone's life. With my daily blog and daily healing wisdom, I am able to share thoughts, and touch people's lives who have touched mine. With facebook, I can publish something and minutes later be asked if it can be reprinted in a newsletter.
I am in writing heaven.
Thank you for reading what I write.
You have enriched my life more than you will ever know.
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Make some Pocket Change Today!
This is fantastic! I just found out about it today. If you have a cell phone and a paypal account, you can make $7-$10 a week which is deposited directly into your Paypal account. I am not kidding! It's legal. It's free to sign up. And it is completely true.
No, you are not going to get rich doing it, but a little pocket change can go a long way!
The following is put out by the company....
The company's name is YouData (youdata.com). They are trying to convince consumers like us that we should be the ones controlling our own data and selling our own attention, not third parties like broadcasters, newspapers, and spammers. By creating a MeFile at YouData.com, I now control what ads I see and when I see them. Best part - I am selling my attention directly to interested advertisers, for real money. That's right, I get paid for giving them my attention. I can use the funds to buy music and video online, donate to charities, give to my favorite blogs and websites, or keep the change myself and do whatever I want with it.
It's real. They pay. You should check it out.
Click this link to sign up. My MeFile ID, capfriend, in the "Referral Code" will tell them I sent you.
Every Friday, the money goes into your Paypal Account. Today was my first day, it took all of 2 minutes to click on the ads. I made $1.48. You are not going to get rich doing this, but it will give you some pocket change. My daughter signed up and got 88 cents for the ads she clicked on. You have to be 13 years or older, so kids can do it, too.
They do not ask you for any personal information except your cell phone number and email for your paypal account. When you sign up (for free) they email you a confirmation code and text you a numerical code to your cell phone. When you register, you need those two things to complete the process. Then go to Adgets and see the ads. It's very simple. And kind of fun.
Please use the link above or put capfriend in the Referral Code. When you tell friends, you get to spread the wealth (in a pocket change kind of way).
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A friend of mine turned me onto a site called eHow.com where there are a bazillion articles about How To do anything you could possibly imagine. I signed up and thought, "well, I'd better write something," so I spit out 4 articles and found that it was really quite fun. My goal now is to have 100 articles, so I have just 95 to go. Since I liked the idea so much, I created a new web page here on my site called How To Articles which you can view by clicking HERE. Or find me on www.ehow.com by doing a search under members for Harriette Knight. I'm not certain how it all works yet, but I believe the more views your article has, and more comments, the more points you get, which turns into a small monetary award. It's like winning a prize! Plus, there are some great articles posted (and not just mine - LOL). Check it out!
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How to Reclaim Your Power
This process works every time even if you don't believe it. Whenever you feel as if you are out of control, or filled with stress or anxiety, this process will open the way to release your discomfort, and reclaim your power. You can use it in regards to any situation including relationship and money worries.
1. First, fully feel what is bothering you. Feel it to your core. If it is anxiety or stress or anger, feel it, feel it, feel it!
2. Then say, "I am the presence and power of the Universe!" (Even if it feels silly to say that, say it anyway. Even if you say it silently, it will work.
3. Then say, "This is not real. It is all an illusion. Simply made up."
4. Then say, "I RECLAIM MY POWER FROM THIS CREATION NOW!" And feel your power coming back into your body. (Even if you don't feel anything, it is working).
5. After you fully feel your power return to you, give thanks. You can say something like, "I give thanks that the perfect situation came about so I could reclaim my power."
You can do this process for anything that causes you discomfort.
You can do it silently or aloud.
You can do it as much as you want. There is no limit.
The more you do it, the more you will experience present moment awareness.
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Sean is 15 and has Asperger's Syndrome, which is a higher functioning kind of autism. He attends regular school, but generally remains quiet, and when I met him, often fell asleep during class. Needless to say, school was a struggle with so much hustle and bustle and an overload on Sean's delicate sense of balance.
Sean's mom, Charlene, found me on the internet. Talk about divine guidance. She was attracted first by my jewelry creations, and asked if she could come visit me to see the pieces in person. She lives about 50 minutes away, but making the trek was no problem. When Sean's mom arrived, we hit it off immediately, and her passion for gemstones was something I could totally appreciate.
When finding out about the healing work I do, she immediately wanted to book a session for Sean, who in addition to his Asperger's also displayed lots of 15 year old male activity which is difficult for any mother. She asked if we could do a distant session in the evening while Sean slept. I replied that as long as he gives permission, we are good to go. (I will not do a healing session unless permission is given, and if verbal permission cannot be given, the Higher Self is asked). Sean gave a resounding "Yes," but I am sure it was his mom who was more resounding. She was very excited.
We scheduled to begin at 9:30 in the evening. I noticed a lot of electricity when I started the work. When I do a distant healing session, I set up my massage table as if the person is here in the room with me. I felt enormous electricity around the head area and two shocks went into my hand. It felt as if Sean's head was being rewired. After 30 minutes, the session was complete and Charlene phoned me for the intuitive messages that came through.
She told me that 15 minutes before the session, the lights in the house started to flicker and then during the session 2 lightbulbs blew out. In an email, she wrote: "Thank you so much! The lights continued to flicker clear into the next day. The fuse box peetered out but came back again without replacement. My computer signal was lost that night. More updates to come!"
Apparently for a couple of years, a friend's mom picked up Sean from school each day to bring him home. Sean has always been quiet and never initiated any conversation, in fact what I gather it was like pulling teeth to have Sean talk, but the day after the session, Charlene shared with me that out of the blue Sean asked his friend's mom, "How was your day today?" Everyone was stunned.
Charlene wrote: "Overall, Sean is improving! He says he is sleeping better and able to stay awake in class. So far, the teachers haven't emailed me again about him falling asleep in class, I noticed he has even started taking notes in class and even his Acne has cleared by 70%. And as I have told you before his friend's mother thought he was quite talkative and polite last week!( unlike himself)."
Charlene came to me for a healing session as well, and scheduled a Reconnection for both her and her son. A Reconnection is different than a healing session, though often healings take place. It's a two day process that (re)connects the grid of your body to the grid of the universe to bring you into better health and awareness. It's very powerful and is done only once in a person's life to take you to where you most need to go on your personal journey. (To read more about that and the Reconnective Healing process, click HERE).
Charlene wrote "Subtle changes continue to be seen everyday with Sean. It is truly wonderful and amazing. My family is blessed to have found Harriette and Reconnective healings. We look forward to the Reconnection!!"
Meeting Sean in person was wonderful and Charlene was stunned that Sean could relax so much on the table during both sessions of the Reconnection. In fact, he fell asleep on both days and didn't seem to mind at all. Shortly thereafter, Charlene purchased a beautiful Howlite necklace and I added in the package a macrame bracelet for Sean with a dragon on it. From his sessions, I knew he identified with Warriors and Swords of a long time past, and thought he might appreciate it.
Charlene wrote: "Also, THANK YOU for the bracelet for Sean. In the past, he hasn't connected with jewelry much but, he surprisingly loves the bracelet with his heart and soul!. He wore it immediately and kept smiling at it. He wants me to get another one for him and is asking for other styles.
And even more touching was what Sean wrote:
I think that the bracelet was the greatest thing i've ever seen, places and marvels alike! Thanks, Sean
Charlene kept me updated with Sean's progress. She shared, "He's expanding his horizons and oh one more thing! Thanks for the music tip. I bought him an IPOD for the first time and now he has shifted his interests and not only enjoying the computer but music as well!"
Things were also changing with Charlene. She wrote "P.S. Did I tell you my blood pressure is down without the help of medications? Hurray for me!"
But, the best news was in an email I got from Charlene yesterday which is approximately 45 days after we first met. She wrote: "Today Sean showed a 300% improvement according to his doctor. He has become much more open, caring, expressive with an honest intention to improve himself and taking the initiation to do so himself. His teachers have also noted a major improvement in social awareness and is much more connected to others. He is now reading out loud in class and we hope that class presentations could be somewhere in the near future. Harriette, I have taken him to many famous energy healing Gurus but, none has made this kind of an impact.I hope you realize just how special you are!!!"
She continued, "At home we still have our "you haven't been listening " + "teenage arguments" which continue but, my blood pressure remains normal without any medication. Your labradorite and howlite necklaces really help when things get sour. No valium...just your necklaces help! Unbelieveably powerful."
What Charlene and Sean may not know is how blessed I feel that they came into my life. To be of service and do the work I am meant to do is a complete joy. And I thank them both for the updates. They are as part of my world, as I am of theirs.
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It was such a accurate account of our wonderful experience with you. I sure hope this calls other Autistic kids to come forth to be healed. A Reconnection is what these Autistic (also known as Disconnected kids) need! I am glad God picked a very sweet, generous and above all balanced soul to do such powerful healings.
Many Blessings to you!
Farrah Fawcett is dying of cancer. Anal cancer. And it is sad and important, and reminds me how intricate the plans are that we make before we come into each lifetime.
After seeing Farrah's Story which documents her bout with cancer, it struck me how completely aware she is with what her true purpose is, which is to educate billions of people about cancer and prevention. You could tell by watching her in the film, that she knew she was a huge star, and that her hair and teeth and beauty have overshadowed her mind and intellect. Trust me, people do not put Farrah Fawcett and intellect in the same sentence.
I feel privilaged to have been able to see Farrah's story and understand on a deeper level who she is and support her in her journey of education. And I actually felt physical pain when I saw Farrah shave her head and leave behind her trademark. I felt her pain of letting go of the fantasy of Farrah and the reality of her illness.
But, what I really want to talk about is Ryan O'Neal.
The movie, Love Story, was on last night. When I saw that movie in 1970 at the mere age of 15, I was crying soooooo hard that my friend, Janet, had to support me when walking from the theater to her house for dinner. Sobs and sobs and sobs and sobs.
It didn't help that I had just broken up with my boyfriend (remember I was 15) and the way he and I communicated was through the book, Love Story. He would say, "Page 14," and I would quickly get my copy and flip to the page and read it. In the page would be a message of how he was feeling, and I would say back, "Page 123," and he would do the same. This would go on for hours.
I decided to watch Love Story last night to see if it would affect me the same way (it didn't), but what did affect me was when Ryan O'Neal (who was absolutely gorgeous back then - my oh my) climbed into the hospital bed with Ali McGraw as she lay dying of what we presume was cancer, since in the movie there was no diagnosis, just the doctor saying, "She's dying," and Ryan/Oliver saying "Oh no," instead of saying "Why? What does she have?" But that was never addressed. Here one minute, gone the next.
But, he climbed into the hospital bed. And held her. Just like he did in Farrah's Story, nearly 40 years later. That really struck me. I mean, didn't he detox from playing that role? Or did he just go on being Oliver Barrett the rest of his life to Farrah's Jenny Cavilleri?
It is sad. And Ryan O'Neal isn't acting this time.
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I Love Selling
I love selling things. I do. If I am passionate about something, I love to sell it.
There is an office building near where I live that loves when I bring in a bunch of product to sell it their cafeteria during lunchtime. Today I brought tons and tons of candles (Partylite has the BEST CANDLES IN THE WORLD!) AND I offered a 5-10-15 Memorial Day Sale which means nothing was over $15! Who wouldn't want some of that?
I also love bargains. I love to get a bargain and I love to pass along a bargain.
Votives and Tealights were $10 a box. Reed Diffusers for $15. Jar Candles were $10 or $15. You get the picture. Snatch, snatch, snatch, snatch, they were snatched up and I was so happy, and so were they.
I love to sell, even if it isn't for me!
Tomorrow I have a Used Book Sale Fundraiser for ACS Relay for Life (at Rituals Colour Salon at 26918 The Old Road in the Westridge section of Valencia, CA from 10-3, please come). At the sale, nothing is over $1.00 and 100% of the proceeds is donated to American Cancer Society. I get as much satisfaction selling 25 cent kids books as I do high end jewelry. I love matching up what people want or need to the right person, and help them get it at a great price.
I love shopping!
In as much as I love selling, I also love shopping, and have often professed that I could be a personal shopper, because I love finding the perfect thing that someone else is looking for. One of my favorite places to hang is Goodwill where I can browse for hours through racks and racks of things I didn't know I could live without. And if someone in the store is looking for the perfect white shirt, I am on it! I can sniff out the perfect item in record time.
I love the idea of matchmaking products and people.
Selling is a passion of mine. But not in a Used Car Salesman kind of way. I once heard my mom talking on the phone when she was selling Real Estate in the 1970's. She said to her client, "I want to make a marriage with you and a house." I never forgot that. Perhaps that is how I feel about selling. That is makes a 'marriage' between the buyer and their purchase. I always believe that the jewelry I make finds the perfect home. And if we are talking about marriage, it's much easier to succumb to an impulse buy. Though Britany Spears did marry that guy for about 11 hours. Talk about buyer's remorse, huh?
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A Vacation Frame of Mind....
.....doesn't work if you actually have to work. That is what I have found out.
In as much as I would like to believe I am "on vacation" even in my head, I am working, and I have not stopped working since taking my art retreat. Even my art retreat was working, but I was relaxed and calm about it even taking time to read a novel during rare moments of leisure. I've got a Partylite sale at an office building tomorrow, a Used Book Sale Fundraiser for Relay for Life on Saturday at Rituals Hair Salon (please come! Books are 25 cents to $1.00!! 26918 The Old Road, Valencia - Albertsons Shopping Center in Westridge just off Valencia Blvd.) plus the gazillion other things I need to do before I check them off my many lists.
But I am not complaining.
I am soooooooooo glad to be busy and take moments to enjoy music (The Allman Brothers rocked the house at The Greek Theatre last night!!!), and watch American Idol (okay, Adam was still the winner in my book), and attend an excellent Association of Women Entrepreneurs luncheon today with a room full of truly amazing women. Plus, the benefits from the speaker, Liz Goodgold, about 'branding' was hugely impactful - Now I'll probably have to create even more work to define who I really am!
What I have noticed about being "on vacation," is that I am allowing myself to appreciate even the smallest things without racing onto the next thing on my list. I've noticed that everything gets done even if I think I don't have time, and I am forever grateful for the little voice angels in my head reminding me what I need to do next. In fact, there they are right now nudging me to load up my car for tomorrow.
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Which Sex In the City Character Are You?
All over Facebook are quizzes you can take that cover just about anything. There is the quiz Which Mythical Beast Are You? or Which Crystal Are You? or Which City in California Should You Live? or Which TV Show Best Describes Your Life? or What is Your Hindu Name? You get the picture. There are quizzes for just about everything including What Bowl of Cereal Are You? Well, I haven't seen that one yet, but give it a day or so and I am sure it will pop up.
I like taking quizzes, but the ones on Facebook are so ridiculous even I had to stop participating, and I really didn't want to find out what my Stripper Name was anyway.
So, last night, my daughter asked me "What Sex in the City Character is most like you? and if you say Charlotte, I will say liar." We were watching Sex in the City at the time. My daughter, who is just a breath away from being 22 years old, is a bit obsessed with the show. I couldn't be happier. I think there is a lot to learn from watching Sex in the City, and I've actually observed her becoming more empowered from doing so.
I took a moment to really think about this question. I never really thought about identifying with any of the characters before. There are things about each one that I love and things about each one that I don't love, but actually indentifying with one of them...Hmmm, I had to stop and think.
Now here is the funny part. My least favorite character is Miranda. I don't know why, she just is, but when I thought long and hard about my daughter's question of which one is most like me, I had to say....Miranda. She is hard working. Stuck in her ways. A bit controlling...okay, very controlling. She likes her remote, her time, her side of the bed. I could identify with all those things. Now, I am controlling, but in a nice way, but I definitely like things a certain way and I definitly march to my own drummer. Miranda has a difficult time sharing her time with a partner. Hmmmm, so do I, in fact, I don't even go there. I don't even want to try it out. I much prefer being by myself. Not the case with Miranda, but this is TV afterall.
And when I thought about being most like Miranda, I started to really love Miranda. I saw her as one of the most flawed characters, but I appreciated her hard work, her struggle with emotions, her being set in her ways. Samantha is hard working but motivated by sex and power. Carrie is a writer, smoker, and fashionista, and Charlotte, well, Charlotte and I couldn't be more different.
My daughter, surprisingly, felt she was a mixture of Miranda and Carrie. I could see it. Hard working, yes, and pained from past relationships. Oh, and funny. The girls are funny, and so is she.
Which Sex in the City character are you, and why? Interesting quiz, isn't it?
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Retreat Frame of Mind
You know the feeling you have when you are on vacation, and even though you may be busier than you are at home, you are relaxed and energized because you are....on vacation?
That is how I feel while I am on my retreat.
I realize that being on a retreat is a frame of mind. It is not that I am doing any less than I normally do, it is that I am doing it in a relaxed and non time consuming kind of way. I am allowing myself the time to read if I want to, get a mani/pedi if I want to, create jewelry (which I definitly want to) and still have time to do the other tasks that come under the heading of work.
But I am not looking at it as 'Oh no, it is Monday and I had better get to work' kind of thing. I am looking at it as my retreat consists of doing these things AND making time to do the things I love, whether it is walking my dog in the evening, or indulging in Lifetime and Hallmark Movies of the Week. Retreat means to me that I can do exactly what I want to and continue to breathe in the process. I even took a paperback into the guest room to read last night which totally felt like I was in some wonderful bed and breakfast somewhere beachy.
I'm not sure how long my retreat frame of mind will last. I am loving the feeling of the (fake) ocean breezes that come through my home, and walking barefoot (I do that anyway), and honoring all the creativity that is exuding from my pores, but I am also aware that there are luncheons, and meetings, and responsibilities that come with "retreating" while at home. Not to mention emails and phonecalls.
But, I am breathing. And loving my retreat. And I find what helps the most is saying over and over in my head, "Oh, I am on a retreat," and immediately I take a breath. Because life should not be full of rushing to get things done. Life should be full of breathing life into what you want to do.
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Art Retreat - Day 2
More bliss. Two more stunning necklaces, and the Lakers won. I am inspired and happy.
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Art Retreat - Day 1
Bliss. Two gorgeous necklace and earring sets created. I am inspired!
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My Beach House
I don't have a beach house. But my house sometimes feels like a beach house. That was the comment from my Women Moving Forward Mastermind Group (whom I adore, by the way) who came here for lunch yesterday. With the windows open and the breeze hitting the chimes, and the fountain making fountain noises, it does feel like a beach house. There is a fantasy beach right outside my door, and I love it.
I have lived in this house for over 19 years. It was supposed to be a 6 month stint after selling a house about 2 miles away. Six months has turned into 180.5 times that, and I'm still here. My kids grew up in this house. It is the longest I have ever lived anywhere.
When people come to my house, they instantly feel at home. That was my intention for any house I lived in; I always made it a home, but this house was different. The minute I walked in the front door and saw the brick fireplace, I KNEW I had come home. It was home from that moment on.
And so it is no surprise that I want to take a vacation here at home. At my little beach house with the fantasy beach right outside the door. It is here that I will put my "on vacation" message on my email, and delve into the art retreat I plan to attend.
My beach house, just so you know, has a wonderful guest room. I'm thinking of staying in it while on vacation here. ; )
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I'm a rocker at heart. And I've always loved The Allman Bros which is why I AM SO EXCITED to see them LIVE at The Greek next Wednesday. I think it is ironic seeing them LIVE since so many of the band members are clearly...DEAD, but I am going and I am excited. Even when I saw Bo Bice on American Idol sing Whipping Post, I got chills.
There are many bands that I have always wanted to see Live and I think The Allman Bros. may be the last ones on my wish list. I have seen The Stones four times in my adult life as well as The Who (also four times) even after all the farewell tours and breakups. I am so grateful, they still managed to drum up another tour.
The only one on my main list of all time would love to see before I die is Joni Mitchell who has the biggest part of my heart wrapped up in her music. Perhaps one day she will sing Live again, but until then I'll rock it out with the Allmans.
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I Think it is Wednesday
Living in the present is something I've practiced for such a long time I rarely know what day it is let alone a date. I scribble whatever number comes to my head in the date section of my checkbook, and when I wake up each morning, I mentally scan my brain calendar to see if it is Saturday or Monday or any day that has me scheduled to do something important.
I like living this way because then every moment is a surprise, but I do have to be cognizant of writing every single thing I have to do in my planner or else I wouldn't remember at all. In fact, I sat down to write my blog just now and had an idea of what to write and before I got to the space to write it, the thought was gone, and I'll be darned if I can remember what it was. I know it seemed like a good idea at the nano second I thought of it, but...it will have to wait for another day, I guess.
Here are some thoughts I have been having. Since I was supposed to go to Cancun next week for vacation, I'm thinking of scheduling an art retreat for myself here at my house. I wonder if it could be done; to schedule a retreat here at my house while my daily life is going on around me. What bliss to be able to create amazing new jewelry while ignoring phone calls, etc. Right now the thought seems really wonderful, but I am a creature of daily life in particular my own daily life, so we'll see if I can get out of my own way.
Another thing I am thinking of is a that book I thought about writing from my jury duty experience. It's a good idea, but I'm just simmering it on the back burner until mercury retrograde is over. Then I will see if I want to boil it properly and cook it to perfection.
Looking at the time, I realize, oh no, stores do close! And so I must go get some things for my Women Moving Forward Mastermind Group for tomorrow. I have it marked down that it is a lunch thing, so Trader Joes here I come!
5/13/09 (I checked the calendar!)
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Steve Martin and Me
My friend Ronnie, is extremely well connected to The Arts in Los Angeles, and I am fortunate that every now and then she invites me as her guest. Last night's Benefit for the Los Angeles Public Library was a super treat indeed! Not only did we get to see the show, we had VIP passes to the pre-show reception as well.
Ronnie and I always dine in style. She is a connoisseur of fine dining and researches all the restaurants in Los Angeles. More often than not, she is a personal friend of the chef. Last night was no different when we went to Rivera, a new dining experience in downtown LA. It's at 1050 S Flower St if you want to know, and walking distance to Staples and the Nokia Center. I would highly recommend it. Ronnie even snapped photos of the courses as each one looked like an art piece. I especially loved the flowers embedded in the tortillas - I almost didn't want to ruin them, but I scarfed them down anyway. The mole' was divine as was the tuna cerviche.
We walked over to Club Nokia. I had not yet seen LA Live since it opened, and I really love that everything is so close to the Staples Center. Ronnie had never been inside Staples so I got to brag a bit about going to the Laker's games and sitting behind Jack Nicholson. Ronnie doesn't mind a good name drop (and neither do I).
We got to the reception and I immediately brushed past Steve Martin on my way to the bathroom. I knew Ronnie was behind me, and when she didn't show up at the Ladies Room, I knew she was probably deep in conversation with Steve himself. I was so right. Ronnie and Steve, it turns out, have some mutual friends.
Here's a note about me. I don't need to meet celebrities. Sure I like to be at parties and have sightings, but actually meeting them isn't my thing. Ronnie loves to meet everyone, and I applaud her. I waited near Dave Barry last night because I actually did want to meet him, but there were too many people around and I'm not that pushy. He's a writer and humorist from Miami and I own some of his books, and I thought a photo op might be nice, but after awhile I lost interest.
I did text my children that Kevin Nealon and Eric Idle were there and I brushed by them as well, but quite honestly I was more excited to see Oscar from The Office, and John Mceuen from The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who also played on stage. (amazing!!!!!!!!).
The pre-party was definitly fun but paled in comparison to Steve Martin's banjo playing. He has certainly come a long way from playing the banjo with an arrow through his head like he did when I saw him in 1979 in Toronto. Last night was out of this world kick ass fantabulous, effervescently happy and skillful and oh the joy the joy! He is brilliant and a genius in his skills and composing and I feel so fortunate to have experienced the event. So fortunate. I'm going to purchase The Crow CD right now!
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Jury Duty - Day 4 - Free at Last
Let me preface this with I am all for doing my civic duty. I vote with pride, and I honor the democratic system. For me, jury duty became a huge admittance of who I am and what I represent to the world. Let me explain.
I've received jury notices before and for years I didn't have to serve because I was the sole provider of two small children. As years went by, I would receive notices, but when called in was not needed to even show up. One time I did call in, was asked to show up, spent a day in the jury room, and left at the end of the day without being called into the courtroom. This time, I called in on Monday and Tuesday but did not have to report. I thought I was home-free. Not true. On Wednesday morning I reported for jury duty.
I was clearly on edge. Nervous and stressed. Being psychic puts me in a category of heightened sensitivity. As I get older I realize it is more and more difficult for me to be around large groups of people. All the energy comes rushing in, and unless I am prepared, I am often surprised if I fall asleep, get agitated, or find it difficult to breathe. On Wednesday, I found it difficult to breathe, and was clearly tense as they rattled off a large group of jurors asked to go upstairs to Courtroom H.
"H for Happy," they said. Court humor, I guess.
Up the stairs and elevator to the 3rd floor, our large group was given a questionaire and told that this was a Criminial Trial. My heart was pounding. I don't watch the news because I find it too violent and I like to keep my spiritual hygiene as clean as possible. Simply being in the court hallway was causing an extreme reaction and I remembered my past life recollection of the Salem Witch Trials of which I have always believed I lived through (or didn't as the case may be).
This case is an "alleged" murder trial with 2 gang members as defendants. All I could think about was that I couldn't wrap my arms around my body tight enough to ward off the bombardment of fear that was palatable in the courtroom. They called off juror number after juror number and day one, two, and three went by.
I was still in the court audience at the end of Friday, and I had calmed myself down enough to sit there and listen to what was going on with the potential jurors. Some talked about horrible things that had happened to them that would disallow them to be part of the jury. Despite financial hardships of many, the court was becoming desperate to find a jury for this case and had to call in another jury pool to select from.
Late Friday, my number was called and I walked to the juror box. I was the 2nd to last person of our jury pool called. Had they picked a jury before this moment, I would have been excused without even having to be questioned. As I took my seat, something happened to me that I have not experienced before. My heart raced and I felt as if the walls were caving in around me. I felt a whoosh of vibration and my hands started to shake. When it was my turn, my voice quivered.
"I live in Santa Clarita, I am single with 2 grown children, I am self employed with 4 businesses and no other employees. One of my businesses includes being a psychic-medium." I could practically see the judge roll her eyes. She asked, "Are there any questions on the Questionaire that you would answer "No" to? I said, "Yes, Questions 9, 10, and 24." She continued, "Okay, Question 9."
The question was, "Could you keep an open mind while listening to all the evidence presented and wait until the case was over to make a judgement?" I said, "In as much as I would like to believe I could be fair and keep an open mind, I would find it difficult to ignore any information that came through." I did not say outloud that I could see the prosecuting attorney had what looked like a chain saw going through her heart and I wondered if she was going through a divorce or breakup, or that the Defense attorney should probably see a doctor about all the black ick that was inside his intestines. I continued to shake.
The judge said, "IF that were true, you couldn't serve on any jury." I responded, "Yes. In regard to that question, should this happen again where I am called, I would have to get a medical note since being so sensitive to energies, this has been extremely difficult for me." She may have rolled her eyes again, but I didn't care. I was under oath and I told the truth. She said, "Let's move on," and I didn't have to give explanations for Questions 10 or 24.
The Defense attorney then questioned me. He said, "You say you can see things that others cannot." I responded, "I'm clairvoyant, clairaudient, and clairsentient, which means I see, hear and feel what others may not." He said, "Do you REALLY believe in Sixth Sense?" I said, "I'm an author and I wrote a book on the subject." No further questions.
Because it was 4PM on Friday, we were excused for the weekend but had to report back on Monday morning at 10:30AM. This trial is supposed to go for 3 weeks, but I know with mercury being retrograde it will go much longer. They were all perplexed as to why the jury selection was taking so long and why the printer was not working to print out Proof of Service. I was not perplexed at all. It also did not surprise me that 2 jurors did not show up this morning and the deputies had to go track them down.
I have to admit that the shaking in my body did not stop for about an hour after I was excused by the judge. I honor those who were chosen to serve, and I noticed that many were glad to be picked for the jury. For me, it was a huge lesson in being authentic in who I am, admitting it in front of a group of non like-minded people, and not being sentenced to death because of it. In fact, one potential juror asked for my card and another one asked if I were Harriette Knight, and when I said yes, she said, I've seen your book.
I've toyed with a new book idea from the experience, but with mercury retrograde it isn't a great time to come up with anything new, so we will see how I feel about it after May 31st. Meanwhile, I am glad to put the experience behind me.
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"My dear Harriette - you are so genuine in your description and feelings of the jury duty event. I know you learned from this experience, and it will serve you in some way soon."
"Wow what an experience. I love how you share in a way that I can see and almost feel what you were going through. I am sorry that this was at times difficult for you, but I know as in everything in your life every moment is perfect and there was a reason for these days in your life. Whether for you or for someone else." Terri Costin
Mother's Day and Donna Reed
It's Mother's Day and I honor all the women who are mothers and even those who are not. Being a mother doesn't necessarily mean you have to have children. My own daughter has parented me many a time when the need arose, and I know women without children who are "mothers" to their 2nd grade class or at the local hospital where they might be a nurse.
Today is my friend Lisa's birthday. Happy Birthday, Lisa! Lisa a fabulous and 50! She threw herself a grand party, and she had everyone dress as if they stepped out of 1959, the year she was born. She was greatly inspired by the tv show, MAD MEN, which takes place in the advertising world of Madison Avenue at the turn of the decade into the sixties.
The party was fantastic with the women wearing beehives and gloves, pointy shoes, and crinolins. As I got ready for the party and put on my own party dress (a vintage style from Macy's which isn't vintage at all, but looks remarkably like it could be - everything old is new again), and I put on my makeup, I immediately felt as if I were transported to another time. It must've worked because some people commented I looked even better than normal, with my hair slightly teased, pin curls, and eyeliner with the little tip up at the end just so.
My mom made a jello mold that was an art piece as well as delicious, and there were lots of tuna cassaroles, meatloaf, and some other foods I'm glad we don't eat now. There was even a little piece of history that Lisa set up with Tang, Jiffy Pop, Pantyhose, and an aluminum can of beer, as 1959 was the first year any of those things existed. Lisa really did her homework. She found out that Lady Chatterly's Lover was banned in 1959, but no one had a copy for her to display at the last minute.
I felt different last night. More refined. More ladylike. I sat up straighter and crossed my legs at the ankles. I played with the pincurls on the side of my face and checked my makeup. I went back for a second helping of jello mold, and I held onto my clutch purse all evening. After the party I wanted to go get gas in my car and I realized that when I had put things in my purse, I took only what one would take if it were 1959. I put in a tissue, lipstick, $5, a little mirror, my license. And my cell phone. There is only so much I can do for authenticity. But, I did leave my credit card at home, and you can't get much gas for $5 anymore.
All the women lined the stairs for photos and in that moment before the picture was snapped, we were all told to smile and say "Donna Reed." What a homage to mothers everywhere!
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Jury Duty - Not Done Yet, but Let's Talk about Reclaiming Your Power
When jury duty ends for me, I will write in detail what happened to me in the courtroom. It is profound and yet revealing. Stepping into one's power is scary and liberating. I'm not quite there yet, but hopefully soon.
Changing the subject, but not really. This is still about stepping into one's power....I have a friend who was my roommate when I lived in Toronto in 1979. We were best friends then, but lost touch over the years. She found me once while she was living in NYC and I was a brand new mom, but my ex-husband forbid me to speak to her. I remember telling her on the phone that I was sorry, but I couldn't be friends with her...at least in this life. Twenty years later, I wondered what had happened to her and you can only imagine my surprise when I found out she was moving from Colorado (where she had been living) to Los Angeles. Once again we were reunited. Our friendship strengthens daily, and we laugh like we are still in our twenties. Her life partner is her boyfriend from back then. They, too, had lost touch over the years but were reunited. I can't imagine them ever having been apart. They live together and work together in West LA. They have a brilliant photography business. But the point of this story is that hours after I was sharing about my jury duty revelation, Cherie (my friend and owner of www.Cheriefoto.com) called to tell me that her neighbor had tried to commit suicide and that she (Cherie) had to follow instructions from the 911 Operator and give mouth to mouth and basically...brought the neighbor back to life. She described the breath the neighbor took which hadn't been there moments before, and I saw in Cherie, that part of her was reborn.
You never know what event will lead you to reclaim your power. You never know, but you must always be ready for it.
On a side note, the Used Book Sale was a Success! We raised $200 for Amercian Cancer Society Relay for Life. I want to thank all those who donated books and made cash donations. I am so grateful! If you would like to make a donation, please click on the link. Thank you for helping fight against cancer. http://main.ascevents.org/goto/hknight.
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Jury Duty Day 3
I'm not done yet and that gag order thing? Very frustrating! All I want to do is talk about it!! On a side note, come to the Used Book Sale today (Friday, May 8th from 11AM - Dusk) at Vons Market at 24160 Lyons Avenue at Wiley Canyon. Lots and lots of books! Nothing over $1.00! And 100% of the profits is donated to American Cancer Society Relay for Life!
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Hard day. Criminal case. Jury selection. Another day. Unpleasant energy. Gag order. Very hard. Can't deal. Too sensitive. Psychic phenomena. Seeing things. Getting tense. Can't relax. Want out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Keep praying. Not me. Too hard. Give credit. And compassion. To servers. I can't. So sorry. Must go. Be free. Be me.
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Two Words for Today
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Mercury Retrograde - AGAIN!
I'm afraid it is that time of year - AGAIN - that mercury turns retrograde. From May 7-31, you get the chance to redo, renew, reevaluate, redecorate, reassess, read, research, review, revisit, reunite, and anything else that starts with "re." One of my priorities right now is ACS RELAY for Life for which I am a Team Captain. As mercury gets closer to retrograding, I can see I am stepping into full gear of RElaying. Of course the fact that Relay is May 30-31st could have something to do with wanting to get everything done!
To learn more about Mercury Retrograde and how to utilize the energy to your advantage, please click HERE!
5/5/09 - Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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"I WAS SO WORRIED!!!"
It's Sunday night, and I was all settled in to an evening of Desperate Housewives with my slippers on, and the pillows on the couch stacked just so. My phone in the charger, the dog mellow and happy. All is well in the world. Well, at the last minute, my BFF's stopped by and after eating a rather large meal, suggested we go for a walk. It was 10:00 at night, but my neighborhood is safe, so I switched my slippers for shoes and off we went.
When I came home about 45 minutes later, my daughter was standing in the street on the phone with my mother. She said she was worried sick about me and how could I leave the house without my phone or a note as to where I was going. She said she even checked the parked cars on the street for dead bodies and was just ready to call the police!
She kept saying you scared me to death, I had no idea where you were, I can't believe you left the door unlocked, why didn't you have your phone? Your keys were here, your slippers were here, your car was here, the tv was paused with Desperate Housewives, I thought you were abducted! I WAS SO WORRIED!!!
Actually, I was quite touched, though she had only one night of worry and probably about 20 minutes at best. I've done it for over 25 years between her and her brother. But, it was really nice to know she cared that much. It sorta felt like a Jamie Lee Curtis movie.
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Healing Old Wounds
I recently connected with someone I went to school with who was not a friend of mine while growing up. Despite having gone through jr. high and high school together, I don't think we said more than "hello" to each other if that. But through Facebook I have been lucky to (re) connect with this wonderful soul and continue the journey of healing old wounds. You know, the junior high school wounds which I think are among the worst.
He wrote me a note today saying he couldn't believe that junior high was a tough time for me since I was such a beautiful person inside. I was so touched by his perception since on the outside in junior high I wasn't a pretty sight. Glasses, bad skin, poor posture, big nose...... One thing I love about being in my fifties is that honesty comes a lot easier than it did in my teens. You pretty much can say what you want. My 77 year old mom got a phone call from a guy she grew up with who actually had the nerve to ask her if she still had a great rack. My mom was not offended (I would've been). She said all those years she didn't think anyone noticed her, and now she knows she was wrong. Instant healing.
Who are you grateful for in your life? Perhaps a note or call would make their day. Ed got this one, today....
Oh Ed, you make me smile. Your email just brightens my day. Yes, Junior High was awful for me - torture. All tortoise shell glasses and a big nose. High School on the other hand was the complete opposite. From the first day to the last, it was an amazing experience for me. Contac Lenses and a nose job - haha.
Everything here is great. I'm glad this swine flu thing isn't reaching gigantic proportions of hysteria like I thought it might. I hope you are feeling well and enjoying Florida. I couldn't be more grateful for being here in CA.
Love you and sending you big giant hugs.
I am so grateful we are friends.
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I love Fridays. I have always loved Fridays. And it isn't because it's the whole Thank God it's Friday thing because I generally work on the weekends, I just love them. Not sure why. So today while driving my dog over to get her teeth cleaned (okay, yes, she is very spoiled!), I was thinking about writing my blog and what I wanted to impart. Of course now that it is 3 hours later I have completely forgotten, but it doesn't matter because it's Friday and I am so happy. So, did you see Private Practice last night? YIKES! How am I going to wait until September to see that storyline continue. Talk about a cliffhanger. I cannot stop thinking about it. YIKES! Intense!!!
I just finished reading the book, Harold and Me by Jann Robbins. Harold is Harold Robbins who wrote those steamy books like The Adventurers and The Carpetbaggers and A Stone for Danny Fisher. Jann is a friend of mine. I adore her, and I certainly learned a lot about her by reading her book. I think everyone should record their story. Though some people record their story and then throw it away. I tossed 21 journals that I had written because I was afraid my husband (now ex) would find them even though the journals were hidden in a closet 3000 miles away in Miami and he was in California, but that is another blog for another day. And definitly not on Friday. Thank you, Jann, for sharing your story. I will never forget being in junior high with my bestfriend Ellen and hiding in her closet with a flashlight reading and re-reading The Adventurers. HOT! There were a couple of dog eared pages in that book! In fact, it's 40 years later and we still talk about it. Happy Friday~
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No, You are Not Crazy
So, you feel as if you are going a little crazy these days? As if the exhaustion will never cease. As if you are leaking out of your pores the very essence that sustains you. Saying "yes" to things you want to say "No" to. Feeling as if you are giving giving giving and people taking taking taking?
It's going around.
Personally, I'm feeling pretty good. Not exhausted. Actually I feel energized. I'm getting a lot of things done, clearing out the clutter. But I notice that others aren't feeling so on track. The universal exhaustion is palatable, and everyone is feeling the effects.
What should you do if this describes you?
Treat yourself to doing nothing. Treat yourself to saying "No." Treat yourself better than you have in years. Take a freakin' day off! Soak in the tub. Close the door. Turn on the tv or bed lamp and read a book. Take time to honor yourself and allow time to recharge your own batteries. You deserve it! Everyone is doing double time these days. So much to do and little time to do it. Just know you are not alone, you are not crazy, you are just being sensitive to the energy that is around you.
It's all okay. You don't have to be anywhere but where you are at the moment. Just be.
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Clean desk. Check. Clean jewelry work table. Check. Confirm that the CHAKRA POWER! book order was shipped to Barnes and Noble. Check. (woohoo). Confirm the cancellation of the Cancun trip. Check. Get my computer to open Excel documents. Check. (Thank you, Tim. Need a computer guy? I have a referral.) Help a friend, or two, or three. Check. Check. Check. Spend time with my children. Check and double check. (what a treat!). Balance checkbook. (do we check a check? - okay getting punchy from this feeling of glee about getting so much done today!!)
Blocking out time to get things done is something that I have found needs to be coordinated with a group of likeminded people who also want to get things done. I am so grateful for such a group, and between the 5 of us, we accomplished personal and professional goals that helped us move forward in our daily lives.
Give thanks. Check. Go to dinner with a friend and hear David Sedaris at Royce Hall. Future check.
What's on your checklist?
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Cleaning for the Housecleaners
My mother is an impeccable housekeeper. She's not a real housekeeper like Hazel was on tv, but wherever my mom lives is always impeccably picked up, dusted, and in order. Mom's house always looks great. And she makes it look so easy. "What is it to dust and run the vacuum?" she says to me. It took me many many many years of my life to realize, I hate housecleaning. I won't run the vacuum unless I know the housecleaners are coming. I don't do dishes willingly, and I am one of those that will let them sit there hoping someone else might stick them in the dishwasher. But who is going to do that if I am the only one living here? I do get up and make my bed every single day first thing. The guest room is perfect because no one is usually in it. On the whole, my house pretty much looks picked up and in order. But the dusting and scrubbing and windexing, uh uh, not for me. So I am very blessed to have the housecleaners come and do that. Jessica is the housecleaner. She comes in with a crew that includes her husband. They are wonderful. Jessica actually said these words to me, and I quote, "I LOVE to clean houses. I love to take something that is dirty and make it clean." She loves to clean houses like I love to make jewelry or do healing. She is actually passionate about cleaning houses. That is the housecleaner that I want to have. The one that loves what she does. It took me a long time to admit to myself that even though my mom is a great housekeeper, I had no interest in doing that. I am now guilt free and happy to keep Jessica doing what she loves to do.
If you are looking for a Jessica, I can refer you.
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Bubonic Plague Anyone?
I'm going to admit that the Bird Flu epidemic didn't concern me. Nor did SARS. This Swine Flu thing? A whole different story. This one is freakin' me out a little bit. Many of you know I am a Partylite Candle Lady, uh, I mean Expert, and I was fortunate to earn an all expense paid week's vacation in Cancun. Yay! However, in light of the current events, Cancun is definitly going to be history as the 2009 Incentive Trip (at least at the time of this writing). I've been to Cancun before and it was.......not....fun. My boyfriend at the time was clearly nuts and drug induced (okay, I was clueless) and even the added two days in Playa del Carmen (which I loved btw) could not change the timbre of the memory of the trip. That was 8 years ago. I have to admit, I love to travel and if a Partylite trip challenge is presented to me, well, I am up for the challenge where ever it is. This time, I was thrilled to earn the trip but secretly wished it was to Hawaii or somewhere other than Cancun. Wishes...hmmm....they are definitly heard. Our Partylite trip is in the middle of an overhaul, and I am hoping that Hawaii will be a possibility, however, what concerns me more is that these cases of swine flu are popping up...everywhere. And airplanes can harbor icky things in their air ducts. Okay, I'm caught up in the PANDEMonium. My cousin, who is accompanying me on this trip is not the least bit concerned. She doesn't care where it is as long as there are oceans and palm trees. I'm going to continue to check in with my internal barometer for current events, and I will keep you posted on what transpires.
And if Mexico wasn't under seige enough, what about the earthquake they had today? It's the stuff that history books are made of.
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After a Long Day at Work
I think Robert Redford in Electric Horseman, Three Days of the Condor, and all the other 70's movies he starred in...is HOT. Is it just me?
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With a Movie on Pause
Do something for 21 days and it is a habit, but already I see that writing my blog is becoming a habit way before 21 days. I love being a healer. Today I was a jewelry seller slash healer. I am a healer first and foremost. If someone has an ailment, my hands jut out in front of me ready to catch the pain. I am grateful for seeing where the heaviness is, the black clouds over head and heart, and the cause of what put it there. I am grateful to be of service and release old wounds and ages that no longer serve, and I am blessed to see joy and relief. I am a healer. I own it. It is me.
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Random Thoughts Before Watching Grey's Anatomy
1. My son is a brilliant writer. Sometimes his brilliance frightens me because his writing is so intense, so descriptive, so emotional. I often wonder how he will write his future.
2. I'm a Candle Lady, but that is just a disguise. I'm a Healer first and often when I go to candle parties to do my candle thing, a healing takes place. It's what I do. And I am so grateful for being able to be of service this way.
3. Being a Team Captain for ACS Relay for Life is a big job, but as things are starting to pull together and donations are coming in, I am getting the bigger picture.
4. I love my home and my couch and my dog and my children (not necessarily in that order!) and I love tv. Head clearing time begins now.
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I read your blog practically everyday! I appreciate your hard work and all that you do. The healing session we had continues to work! In the meantime I utilize lots of powerful tips from your book and continue to wear your jewelry pieces. The crystal quartz necklace will be a comfortable summer favorite. Oh and I love your adorable meditation center in your patio! Charlene Toke-Mayeda
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Intention - Part 2
Being held accountable really works! Today I created 12 Worry Bead Bracelets, 6 watches, a necklace, did a healing session, fulfilled online jewelry orders, submitted a candle party, fielded phone calls, emails, and customers AND got some important ACS Relay for Life work done. It was a totally productive day. And....I only went on Facebook once. I definitly am feeling the shift towards more productivity, clarity, and focus.
Note to Linda S. - My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy, speedy recovery. Maybe a quick dose of healing before surgery? Let me know. XXX
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I'm part of an amazing group of women called Women Moving Forward. Our mission statement is "With honor and integrity, Women Moving Forward supports and encourages her peers to define, create, and achieve personal and business actions and goals." I believe everything happens for a reason and there is a reason that this group has come together. We are all changing so rapidly, it has become necessary to create a support group who understands the ins and outs of juggling family life and business professions, and assist in pulling out of the spiral some forward motion. I declared to the group that tomorrow I will create 10 Worry Bead Bracelets and 10 watches, since I have 3 boutique days this week for jewelry. (I'm a professional juggler - juggling 4 businesses). So now I have not only my groupmates holding me accountable, I have you as well. I could easily get sidetracked with the numerous other things on my list to do, but I am one of those people who says if they are going to do something, they actually do it. Sometimes you just have to say it out loud for it to happen. I'm shouting now. Thank you for hearing me.
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I'm into surprises. Not like surprise birthday parties or anything like that. I'm into the surprise of the moment. Every single moment is a surprise. It's like a raffle. You never know when you are going to win. People may think that their day is regimented and scheduled and stuck in the cog of life, but I think that every moment is a gift and a surprise. One never knows who might call on the phone, send an email, book an appointment, ask to have lunch. No one ever knows what little surprises are in store for them each day. My advice is to make it like a treasure hunt to see what surprises happen each day. A Surprise Journal! If one kept a journal like that, they could truly learn that there are magnificent little gifts hidden inside every minute. It's a wonderful exercise in wonder.
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The Sum of Summer
Summer strolled in unexpectedly today. Yesterday I was wearing a turtleneck, and today I whipped out the sandals and tank top. I don't know how I missed its arrival. The weekend was like all others...a guest at a seminar, healing clients, a night out at The Grove in LA, lots of music and dancing, a candle party this morning...I guess I didn't schedule the arrival of summer in my day planner. As I sacked out on the couch in the mid afternoon scorchicity reading a yummy book called "Him Her Him Again The End of Him," by a brilliant and hilarious writer named Patricia Marx (Girls, this is a must read! Funny and oh so true on so many levels. Even Steve Martin was jealous he didn't write this book!), and the LA Times Arts and Calendar sections strewn atop my body, and a Lifetime movie just waiting on my DVR, I welcomed summer with open arms and an afternoon nap. "Hello, Summer," I said, "you've never looked better...."
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How To Write a Book and Self Publish in 30 Days!
Last September, I mysteriously got an email about a seminar to held locally by Craig Duswalt, who developed the Rockstar System for Success. He was to speak about How to Write a Book and Self Publish in 30 Days. Craig's gig was that he was Axl Rose's Personal Manager during the heyday of Guns and Roses. All I knew was that I eventually wanted to write a book about Chakras, and doing it all in 30 days sounded like my kind of plan. As everyone knows, I did write my book, CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life, and I have HUGE, GIGANTIC thanks and gratitude to Craig and all I learned from that seminar and the subsequent seminars of his I have attended. Today Craig offered his seminar once again (and I strongly urge anyone to check out whether a seminar will be held near you!), and I was so thrilled to be invited to share with the group my story and personal success. Writing a book has been my dream, and to share the dream with others so that they know that they, too, can achieve their personal goals brings me great fulfillment. I just wanted to give thanks to Craig Duswalt for impacting me life. Without that mysterious email coming my way, (and without me paying attention to it), my life would be forever changed.
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ARE THEY ENGAGED?
I logged into Facebook as I do every morning to see what quizzes everyone had taken the night before, and I noticed that there was a post that my son was engaged. Hmmm, news to me. Wasn't that the type of thing that parents usually get a call about? And I saw that his girlfriend had also put that she was engaged to my son. Hmmm. I scrunched my forehead, I mean this is big news!! So, I wrote my son an email, and he responded with something cryptic, so I still didn't have the whole story. They are definitly together, living in an attic apartment in the musically hip Echo Park, and as time goes by, there is a natural chain of events, but finding out about it on Facebook? I finally resorted to the last thing, a phone call. I skipped the text messaging step since this was really important. He said it was a joke, but he didn't say it in a ha ha type of way, and I'm still not really sure, but I guess the wave of the future is that the biggest milestones of people's lives are not announced or celebrated in the usual way anymore. Facebook. Who knew? (In fact, I still don't really know for sure about my son....).
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RANDOM THOUGHTS AT 12:11 AM
I decided today to write on my blog every single day. It's one of my new goals. So what better time to start than right now, just after midnight. Tom Jones is blaring on my Itunes. Oooh, he sings "Kiss" so well! We've already played the Prince version. I say we, because my daughter has a group of her friends over and they are all playing the game Apples to Apples. Have you played this game? It's the best. I joined in until the group got bigger (and they got drunker). They are all in their early to mid to late 20's. Boys and girls together. I think kids today are better at being friends without gender getting in the way. The funniest part was when I was playing Apples to Apples with them, I felt the same age as they are. And I realized, age has no meaning when playing Apples to Apples or sharing stories about growing up or laughing or talking about tv shows or politics.....oh whoops, my daughter just called me a skank. I think it's time for me to leave this party.
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A QUICK NOTE ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE
It helps curb Facebook addictions.
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A QUICK NOTE ABOUT AGE
I'm 54 years old and I still get completely pissed if someone disagrees with me about my favorite American Idol. Okay, I know that is really dumb, and at 54 I know that everyone is entitiled to their own opinion, but say something negative about a mega-talent on American Idol, I am all over their ass, bent out of shape with a "what the effff, are you kidding?" I look at it all objectively...I'm a compassionate human, a healer for goodness sake, but man oh man, when I hear certain things, it just sets me off. Tonight was no different. I think Adam Lambert is AMAZING - I would literally watch him sing the phone book. I think many of the other American Idols are extremely talented and I have a bunch of favorites, but tonight on Facebook someone was dissing Adam Lambert and I threw down my glove for a duel. And even as I was doing it, I was conscious that I am 54 years old - who does this? Can't we all live in peace? Hmmm, I guess not. If we can't agree about American Idol, how can we agree on Prop 8? Oh, don't get me started on that one.
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A QUICK NOTE ABOUT ADDICTION
I admit that I have an addictive personality. I'm not addicted to drugs or alchohol - that's not the problem. I used to be addicted to relationships, or the idea of relationships, until I became addicted to astrology and found it was healthier to indulge in the astrology of relationships rather than the actual relationship. I have been addicted to cookies and brownies, so I'm off them completely now. It's been 3 months and 9 days. I'm a little addicted, okay a lot addicted to the computer - or rather social networking. I'm a social animal. I used to be a social butterfly, which is what my 2nd grade teacher wrote in my report card, but I've evolved into a social animal. The computer feeds my addiction. I love being connected to people instantaneously. I used to be addicted to the phone, but that is small potatoes compared to the internet. Now I'm into the hard stuff. Facebook. I can immediately be connected to hundreds of people at one time and I don't have to leave the house. It's a dream come true. I think it is interesting, however, that social networking is really quite isolating. I'm pretty sure support groups will be popping up for those who need to network with actual people. I think I'll start a Facebook Group for that very thing. LOL.
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AN AMAZING DAY!
Over the weekend, I had an extraordinary experience that opened my eyes to the nature of women, and how truly remarkable we are. (I'm not bashing men. I love men. And they are remarkable as well, but today I want to talk about amazing women).
I was fortunate to attend Marsh Engle's AMAZING WOMAN'S DAY 2009 at the Four Seasons in Westlake, CA. I was a vendor with my healing jewelry and 'CHAKRA POWER!' books. I LOVE being a vendor. I love setting up my display and meeting incredible people. This day was no different. I set up my display, and amazing women started filtering in.
Being in the cacoon of my booth keeps me feeling very safe. It is my turf, my territory, my home. People come to my booth and I can greet them and make them feel comfortable. It is my safe haven. But, today, the facilitators had a different agenda for the vendors. They asked that the vendors participate in the Amazing Woman's Day program. Oh no! I would have to leave my booth, and go and sit with women I didn't know? Oh no! My insecurities crept in.
I'm generally a confident woman, but the minute I was asked to leave my booth and find a seat, I felt as shy as a 2nd grade girl. Or as shy as I used to feel in 2nd grade. I found a table and empty chair and took my place. I was greeted with love and acceptance and joy - Amazing Women were everywhere, but something was bubbling up inside of me and I couldn't quite grasp its meaning.
Next to me was a stunning woman. Exquisite features. Perfect attire. She was astonishingly beautiful and equally kind. We were partnered up. She was one of the speakers for the event. My insecurities continued to bubble and all of a sudden I was questioning my ability to do my businesses well. Forget well, I started questioning if I could do them at all. I felt like I wasn't good enough or remotely successful.
In a round table exercise, I said to my partner, "I look at you and you are so beautiful and stunning, and I know that no matter how we look on the outside, we all have secrets that stay hidden from others. We all have secrets, and we all continue to plow along to do our best." She nodded her head, "yes," and said she would be bearing her soul when she presented her talk.
When she spoke to the audience, she revealed that she had struggled with one of the worst secrets ever - Bulimia, and I realized that I once again forgot that I am a psychic sieve who validates what others need to hear at the right moment. And since we are all mirrors, I thank her for reminding me that yes, I, too, am human, and sometimes I feel doubt and fear and shyness, and that is a part of me I must also embrace, just as she has fully embraced her entire beingness. We come in as a whole package. A whole amazing package.
Hats off to all the Amazing Women out there. Hat's off! Or should I say, grab your boa, baby, and celebrate your Divine Feminine!
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He's Just Not That Into You!
I've been reading a lot of articles lately saying that Greg Behrendt's "He's Just Not that Into You," is anti-female. WHAT????? I read a Letter to the Editor of the Los Angeles Times today from a mother who claimed that she was an ERA supporter, Jewish, with long black hair who was angry, embarrassed and mortified for her gender while watching the movie.
Give me a break!
I'm an ERA supporter, Jewish, and at one time had long hair, and I personally think the movie and the book should be required reading and watching for all members of the female gender from age 12 and up! Greg Behrendt probably doesn't even realize the immense favor he did for us by writing the book. If I had that book in hand while I was growing up and tortured by the rules of the game, it would've saved me a whole lotta grief.
I first read the book four years ago when it first came out. I was putting myself through a mind bender because I had had a fantastic date with someone who didn't call me again. Even at age 50, I felt the same as I did when I was 18. TORTURED! Waiting for a call. Wondering why he didn't call. It sure seemed like he was having a great time, too. When I read "He's Just Not That Into You," my self esteem rose miles. THAT was something I could accept. Oh. He's just not into me. Okay. Move on. Next!
Many women choose not to read the book or see the movie because they think they are going to feel bad about themselves. Quite the contrary! See the movie. Read the book, and feel good about yourself. You deserve so much more than to be treated poorly. The movie is EMPOWERING!
One of my favorite stories is about a woman I know who lived in NYC. She had met a guy at a singles event and had only given him her first name and occupation. He wanted to find her so badly, he phoned every single company in NYC where she could possibly work. First name. Occupation. That was all he had to go on. He found her. They went out. She ended up marrying his cousin. But my point is, Greg Behrendt is correct. A guy will go to great lengths to get in touch with you if he wants to. There is nothing anti-feminine about that.
Here is one of my favorite quotes, and maybe I am going off on a tangent, but here it is. "Never allow someone to be your priority, while allowing yourself to be their option." I'm not sure who said it*, but regardless of gender, it is a powerful and empowering statement.
*Note: Ella Law is the author of that great quote. She is an Area Field Manager for Partylite Gifts. Go, Ella!
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COMPANIES OR CORPORATIONS IN SEARCH OF SOME POSITIVE ENERGY!
What an incredible weekend! From Feb.5-7, I was fortunate to attend Craig Duswalt's RockStar System for Success Conference. Wow! Everything you need to know about marketing yourself and your business.
Craig is, to put it bluntly, a great guy. He was Axl Rose's personal manager with Guns and Roses for years, and his stories are endless and often hilarious. Starting off at age 21 with the band, Air Supply, Craig went on to fetch for and tend to the rich and famous in the rock n' roll world. What fun for us who attended the conference.
Utilizing rock star analogies and mind set, Craig formulated a sure fire system for success. Now that I am back home, in my non-rockstar world, I am plugging away to achieve my own personal goals and dreams. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't want to be a RockStar? I have to admit, I always did.
With my book "CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life," I am searching for Companies and Corporations that could purchase the book in bulk for either cross promotion or giveaways. For example, a yoga franchise could offer the book as a FREE gift with a new membership. Or a yoga mat manufacturer could offer it as a FREE gift with purchase.
Because of the nature of the book, it is not limited to yoga or spiritually based businesses. It is full of positive reinforcement and life changing tips which could be used to boost moral in the deflated corporate world.
Who do you know that would be interested in something like that? I'd be very happy to talk to or meet with your referral, and offer a referral fee should something come out of it. Mutually beneficial for ALL!
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To be honest, I thought just writing my book, "CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life," was exciting. The entire process was a challenge; a mind bending exercise to communicate what I wanted to say easily and efficiently. I did not anticipate what would happen once the book was in print and available to the public.
My heart is full.
The comments from readers have been immensely uplifting, humbling, and enormously gratifying. To be part of someone's life change is monumental, and I cannot express how thankful I am to be helpful in some way.
I have been meeting the most amazing people, and have been privvy to the words, "Your book changed my life." I shake my head in disbelief just reiterating those words.
One incredible woman shared with me that she utilized one of the tips in my book, and was astounded when a horrible financial situation dissipated before her eyes. Another exhuberant woman shared with me that she had been searching metaphysical bookstores for a book on chakras and stones that would make sense to her. "Now," she says, "I know what the chakras do and the colors that go with them. It is exactly what I was looking for."
Some readers have remarked that they are breathing easier, and others talk about the gemstones and their meanings. Some have begun a meditation or yoga practice, and others have added red into their bedrooms (wink).
I believe our purpose in life is to be of service to others, and I feel very blessed that this book, that was obviously guided by something way bigger than I am, has found its way into the public stream. And, I want to thank everyone for being a part in this joyous journey.
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WHAT FACEBOOK MEANS TO ME
There is no question that I am a computer junkie. Growing up, I was a telephone addict. I couldn't walk past a phone without using it. And, I admit, I am a TV junkie as well. Except for those couple of years when I swore off television, I've pretty much been a watcher my whole life. The computer opened up a whole new world. Even before the internet, I was hooked, and then when email came into my life...well....the letter writer in me went haywire. With each introduction to a new program that would allow me to communicate and connect with the world, I became more and more adept at computer lingo and geekiness. To put it mildly, I love it!
And now, Facebook. I had steered away from Facebook - actually I was a little intimidated by the whole concept. But when one of my Association of Women Entrepreneurs friends recommended that all business people should be on Facebook, I had to take the plunge.
I actually marked it in my calendar to join Facebook, so I could allow myself the time to get to understand the process. It's really quite easy, and what I found is that what started as a means to let everyone know about my book, "CHAKRA POWER!," and my other businesses, I found a slew of old friends. I found friends from the 60's, 70's, 80's....well, maybe not the 80's, those are a blur, but friends from all over the country and the world whom I had lost touch. Having them now be a current part of my everyday existence is rich. It gives me a feeling of continuity and adhesiveness I adore.
There have been times in my life when I was cut off from friends. Those are painful times and a long time ago, but now with Facebook, I can have conversations, fleeting exchanges, birthday wishes, mutual appreciation, and a social network that has expanded into my business life.
I found out that pretty much everyone is on Facebook. Finding out what others are interested in leads to a whole new facet of existence. I saw that someone I knew in high school had joined a group page for her summer camp. Doing a search, I found my summer camp had a group, too. After joining the group, I found out that my best friend from 4th grade had a daughter that went to the same camp. Okay, not rocket science, not earth shattering, but a lovely string of events that connect us.
We are all connected. Facebook just makes it easier. Who do you want to connect with? Mercury is retrograde from Jan. 11-31. It's a wonderful time for reunions. Read more about mercury retrograde by clicking HERE. And, if you join Facebook, invite me to be your friend.
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How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life
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This wonderful book is easy to read, interactive, and inspiring. It provides a slew of information about the chakras whether you have never heard of one before, or have years of experience in metaphysical studies. Quite simply, it is for EVERYBODY!
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There's more! A bonus section, "ABALONE TO ZIRCON: The Meanings of the Stones You Wear," has been added to CHAKRA POWER! It's like having two books in one! This section of the book provides definitions of over 50 gemstones including their healing properties and associated chakras.
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MEMOREX Features a Harriette Knight Photo!
I am so excited!!
Please visit www.memorex.com and click on the upper right hand link to choose a background photo for your wallpaper. One of my photos is featured! It's called 'Water Lillies' and was taken at the Getty Villa in Malibu, California.
This photo has not been retouched, and looks just like a painting.
I am very proud and excited!!
Thank you, Sue, for submitting the shot to Memorex.
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A WORKOUT THAT WORKS!
I used to be really diligent about working out. I would go to the gym twice a week for a circuit class, and then yoga 3 or 4 times a week, and I felt incredibly fantastic! But then four and a half years ago I had a car accident, and it wasn't as easy to maintain the schedule I was before. I managed yoga for awhile, but the circuit class fell off. Then yoga fell off, and then I didn't do much of anything.
I realized with the paseos right outside my front door that walking would be a great idea. So I started walking. It was wonderful. I even included walking lunges into my routine and once again I felt and looked great.
I was walking about 3 to 5 times a week and did my meditation at the same time. The 3 mile walk was wonderful for my body and my mind, but then I saw a couple of snakes, and then a coyote, and then it got too hot out, and then too cold out, and I decided I didn't want to walk anymore.
My body started to feel the effects of doing nothing!
I started to look for a workout that I could stay interested long enough to do. I found a really good workout that was only 20 minutes, but I only did it once. Twenty minutes was clearly too long for me. I wanted something fast that would hold my attention. If anyone had a 30 second workout it would've been perfect!
Recently I picked up a little book called Energy Addict: 101 Physical, Mental, & Spiritual Ways to Energize your Life by Jon Gordon. It's a great book of tips that complimented my lifestyle. One of his Action Steps mentioned an 8 Minute Workout!!! OMG - this would be so perfect. I was sure I could muster up the time to do 8 minutes a day!
I immediately researched and then ordered the book 8 Minutes in the Morning, by Jorge Cruise. This book has really done the trick for me. I was only interested in the exercises (2 a day with a warm up and cool down), but the book also outlines an eating plan and lifestyle change. He guarantees that it is a simple plan to shed up to 2 pounds a week guaranteed.
I am doing it! I wake up each morning and do my 2 exercises with the warm up (jog in place) and cool down (I've incorporated some of my yoga stretches), and then I take my dog for a quick walk. It works, and doing it first thing in the morning makes it something I can immediately check off my list.
The plan is for 6 weeks. I am on Week 2 and already I 've noticed my body is a bit more toned and I am feeling very good. I like that my muscles are sore in places they haven't been sore for a long time. I do feel stronger, and I like that I am doing something good for myself.
My goal is to find a workout that all I have to do is think about instead of doing it, but right now 8 minutes in the morning seems to be doing the trick. If you are interested in either of the books, click on the highlighted areas above to order from Amazon.com. The used ones may cost around a penny! Believe it or not, it's true!
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BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE
Quite honestly, I don't think anyone really likes being held accountable, but in this case, I am professing to the world that I AM WRITING A BOOK, and with it out there on my blog and hence the world wide web, I am being held accountable to actually do it.
One of my biggest pet peeves is if someone tells me that they are going to do something and then they don't do it, so I make it a point to actually do what I say I am going to do. It might take awhile - even years, but eventually I will live up to my word.
My To Do List is really long. With 3 businesses that I run simultaneously I have a lot to do, but I love every minute of it, and look forward to each day to see what might unfold that will surprise me.
It is my intent that my book will be done and published by my birthday, December 24th.* Whoa. There it is. A deadline. Okay, I'd better get busy. Thank you for holding me accountable.
*The book was picked up from the printer on Dec. 18th. Six days before my birthday.
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Being Held Accountable certainly isn't one of my life choices. I, too, wrote a book, a children's book. I promised myself I would write and submit a children's book by mid-2008 and I did. But, I only told a couple of friends just in case my "accountability" grew into frustration and deniability. I now have to sit down and re-write a couple of chapters and re-submit the small, but highly entertaining (if I do say so myself) chaper of my life that I'm being held accountable for. Linda S.
"The times, they are a-changing," Bob Dylan sang with vigor over 40 years ago. If anyone watches 'Mad Men' which takes place in 1962, two years before Bob Dylan released this song, they can clearly see that what started in the early 60's has catapulted us into the now. We have morphed and changed and grown, and morphed and changed and grown again. Or have we?
History is known to repeat itself, and I believe we get more than one chance to get things right. Now is the time.
Like everyone else, I see what is going on in our country. I saw the World Trade Centers collapse and knew that life would never be the same again. Seven years later, I am feeling the exact same feeling. Life will never be the same again. In my opinion, the World Trade Towers were just a symbolic foreshadowing of the collapse of the financial world as we know it.
And out of the ashes, the phoenix will rise.
These are not bad times. They are different times. Times which will allow us to make new and different choices on how we live our lives. I believe that this is a time where we will witness a resurgence of spiritual nurturing. Honoring our loved ones. Learning compassion. Going deep within ourselves to be honest, forgiving, kind, and understanding.
When change doesn't come readily, a circumstance will arise which will force us into changing. We have been given the opportunity to change. But we must do it without fear. Fear will only feed the fire. If the fire persists, there will be no ashes for the phoenix to rise.
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A Blub about Boston
I just got back from Boston, which is a really old city. Not as old as London, but old just the same. My house in California is considered old. It was built in 1965. Just days ago I walked on Water Street in Cambridge, Mass.; a street that has been in existence since 1610. Imagine that!
Even though I grew up on the east coast, I had never been to Boston. I marveled at the brick buildings which you don't see in California, and the incredible architecture mixing the old with the new. I took in the history of our country, and when I visited Paul Revere's grave, I couldn't grasp that it was authentic since it looked so much like the Haunted Mansion graveyard at Disneyland. The first bookstore in Boston is now a jewelry store since just like in "You've Got Mail," a giant Border's moved in right across the street.
I learned that Boston has 60 schools, and 94 Dunkin' Donuts. They had a Krispy Kreme, but it closed down. Only 36 Starbucks, but it seemed like there was one on every corner anyway. One of the Dunkin' Donuts also sold sushi. A definite sign of the times.
Since I have always been sensitive to places I visit, I checked myself to see if anything about Boston seemed familiar, but it didn't. I think Salem might've struck some chords, but we didn't have time to trek there. When I lived in Toronto in 1979, I was there for about a half a day before I knew where everything was and what the street names were. It was quicker than osmosis; a real sense of familiarity. I didn't feel that with Boston since I'm probably not a Puritan by nature.
But, I loved it! I loved riding the subway to Harvard Square, and walking the Freedom Trail, eating Maine Lobster and steamed clams (oh, I have missed that!), breathing through the Boston Commons and taking in the Giant Swan Boats. Riding the Duck Tour, embracing the Boston Library, marveling at the Blue Man Group, walking down Newbury Street and Boyleston, and dancing at a bar mitzvah with my family.
I can't imagine a more perfect trip that doesn't involve palm trees and sand.
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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE BOSTON...probably one of my favorite cities! I too have spent time doing most of those things..however I never got the nerve to do the Duck Tour...found it so kitschy - but I bet it was FUN!!! And Dunkin' Donuts...forgetaboutit...don't EVER recommend Starbucks to a Bostonian...you might get a sock in the eye!!! They love their DD. I actually bought some of the beans last time I was out that way...and I think they order their coffee as "Regular" it always comes with cream and sugar...isn't that strange?
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Home Remedy for Unclogging Drains
Here's a tip for unclogging sinks and drains. Use Pool Shock. You can find it in the Pool section of any grocery store or Walmart. I did not believe it would work, but it did! After using baking soda and vinegar which is one of my favorite home remedies for unclogging drains, I went to the bigger guns of a Drano type thing. To no avail, the water in my kitchen sink stood still. A trusted friend told me about Pool Shock and I practically ran out the door to retrieve some. It comes in packages of granules. It says nothing about cleaning drains so I had a lot of doubt that this would work. I raced home and poured some in the drain and then added some hot water. Still nothing and the sink level was getting higher and higher. I gave up and booked an online appointment with RotoRooter. When I awoke, the water in the sink was gone! I ran some super hot water and all was clear. The granules take some time but will eat away at the clog disappearing it forever! It is safe for pipes, even vinyl. You can use it as a preventative for all your drains. Pool Shock. Who knew?
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Child Past Lives
My summer reading included a wonderful book by Carol Bowman called ‘Return from Heaven’ which focuses on relatives who reincarnate within their immediate family. A mother may come back as the child of their own daughter, or a child who passed too soon from illness may be born into the same family a few years later.
The accounts are fascinating!
One of my favorite stories is of a two year old girl sitting in a shopping cart as her mom was marketing. The mom turned when she heard an older woman she had never met exclaim, "That is the cutest baby, I’ve ever seen!" The baby girl got so excited and said, "My old friend, Helen!" The mother had already suspected that her daughter was her mother reincarnated, but this was the first time the baby had recognized another person besides family members. The seventy-five year old woman was indeed Helen and turned out to be a good friend of the mother who had passed.
The author shares documented accounts of birthmarks, scars, mannerisms, ailments, and resemblances that lead family members to believe that the baby is perhaps someone they’ve known before, but the stories about the children remembering and sharing their past history are amazing. For example, a child will say to his mom, "Remember when we lived at the other house? The brown one with the orange fence?" This particular little boy begged and begged to visit there, and his mom finally relented. When she did, it was the child who gave the directions from the car.
When a child is validated and recognized as the person they were before, instantaneous healings may occur. Chad was born blind in one eye (just like James, who he was before), and miraculously could see after he heard his parents talking about when Chad used to be James.
Personally, I was born with a gigantic birthmark on my leg. It went from my big toe all the way up my shin and calf almost to my knee. It was a wine stain birthmark and looked like a burn. It never bothered me though kids always gasped when they saw it and said, "Were you in a fire?"
I realized the other day, the birthmark was gone. Quite frankly I had forgotten about it over the years, but I noticed it was extremely faint and hardly noticeable. I mean, you really have to squint to see it. I have often thought I was burned at the stake during the Salem Witch Hunts which makes a lot of sense in my present day line of work, but somewhere along the way, a healing must’ve taken place to let go of the pain associated with that lifetime.
Years ago I owned a Mommy and Me Art School for kids ages 2-5, and two children had some very interesting things to say that I have never forgotten. One little girl talked incessantly about Africa and her sister there. She knew the names and ages of her family in Africa, who she was, who her sister was, where they lived, etc. The mom told me that her daughter talked about it all the time, even though they had never been to Africa, never talked about Africa, and they lived in a suburb in California. The mother listened to her daughter and I believe they were going to research to find the sister to validate the story, but I sold the business and moved on and I never found out what happened.
The other story came from a 2 year old girl who talked all the time about living in an apartment in New York City. This little girl didn’t even know what an apartment was or where NYC was, but I do know she started talking in full sentences at 18 months, and lived in a quiet suburban neighborhood in California. She told anyone who would listen that she lived in an apartment building in New York City with a helicopter pad on the roof, and blue carpeting inside.
Both girls are grown up now and I lost touch with their families, but I often wonder if they still remember their past lives, or if like the other children described in Carol Bowman’s book, they have stopped talking about it and have forgotten.
Carol Bowman is a forerunner with this type of research. Her website is www.childpastlives.com.
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THE QUEEN OF JOBS
Last year I was asked to speak at the Betty Ferguson Foundation Lunch and Learn. This was an honor for me as each month a member of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs is asked to share their life story including the ups and downs, trials and tribulations, joys and sorrows.
Since it was a business luncheon, I decided to make a list of every single job I have ever had in my life. Since my current occupation includes seeing dead people, I thought it would be interesting to see the road map of jobs that has led to this point.
My first job was a form of slavery. I was 16 and a camp counselor at a posh country club in New Jersey. I worked from Memorial Day to Labor Day for a salary of $100. Not a week. No, this was $100 for the whole summer. And they docked me pay when I took off one day to go to the Jersey shore.
I think I have been working on self value issues ever since!
This list of jobs is split up into 3 different states and two countries spanning 1971 to the present. Of course each job comes with a story, but right now it just a list. Any elaborations will gladly be made for the curious.
Camp Counselor, Secretary in Dad’s Office, Playground Supervisor, Artist’s Model, Secretary in the Fine Arts Dept at Rider College, Counselor for Abortion and Birth Control.
Arts & Crafts Director at Day Camp, Front desk for OB-GYN, Waitress.
Singing Telegrams, Film Production Secretary on Dogs of War, Film Production Assistant for commercials, Market Research (this lasted 2 days!), Catering on Rumpole of the Baily, Casting, Associate Producer for PBS Politithon 1980, Head Typist for Anheuser Busch Convention, Production Secretary on Benji at Marineland, Film Production Coordinator for Porky’s and Porky’s 2, The Next Day.
California - (1981-Present)
Art Gallery Manager, Handpainted murals, children’s clothing, lampshades, and storefronts, Designed Sweatshirt for Baywatch, Children’s Book Author & Illustrator, Cartoonist, Newspaper Columnist, Computer Sales, Wheelchair Sales, Advertising Executive for Carpeteria, Law Office Secretary, Maternity Store Sales, Designed and distributed Jewish Holiday Posters for Hebrew Schools, Drew Caricatures for Parties, Film Prod. Exec at Lindsey Studios, Actor on America’s Most Wanted (played the Victim’s Mother), Owner of Miracle Minds Advertising and Promotion, SCV Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Designed SCV Chamber of Commerce Logo, Owner and Founder of Picasso’s Playmates, College of the Canyons Instructor, Book and CD Editor, Astrologer, Tarot Card Reader, Reiki Master Teacher, and currently a Partylite Candle Consultant & Leader, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, Psychic/Medium, Owner and Designer of Charity Clarity Jewelry, Speaker, Author, and Mom.
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You are just amazing, many of these I knew, but this list shows how phenomenal and multi-talented you truly are. I hope you know what a blessing your experience and knowledge are to those whose lives you have and will touch. Terri C.
Maggie May and My Sharona
Two things no one knows about me.
I met Maggie May of Rod Stewart's song of the same title. And, I met My Sharona from The Knack's My Sharona.
In 1979, I was living in Toronto. It was one of those things when I went away for a weekend and stayed a full year. I actually moved everything I owned in suitcases, including framed art. It was so much easier back then to go in and out of airports.
While living in Toronto, I was illegally working as a waitress under an assumed name since I was an American and didn't have working papers. Oh, I guess that is something else that no one knows about me. I was working at The Blue Angel on Queen Street. A very hip joint where movie stars floated in every now and then. Of course, most of the movie stars were Canadian and I didn't have a clue who they were. The other waiters always had a good laugh about that one.
The host of The Blue Angel, my friend, Paul, told me that his friend, Maggie May, was coming to visit. The song by Rod Stewart, 'Maggie May' was my all time number 1 favorite song EVER, and no it couldn't be Maggie May, THE MAGGIE MAY, but it turned out it was. And she came to visit.
She was actually kind of ordinary. Though Paul begged to differ. She seemed nice enough. Wasn't too attractive. I think she was tall. I was in my 20's, and she did seem much older like the song says. To this day the song remains one of my all time favorite songs EVER. I like the fact that I met her, though. To me that is kinda cool.
A few years later in 1982, I was managing an art gallery in Brentwood, California, and a mom and her daughter came into the store. "Can we use your bathroom?" the mom said. I said, "No, it's really a mess. No one is allowed back there." The mom said, "I've lived on a kibbutz! It can't be that bad!" She was right when she put it that way. I said, "Okay, go ahead."
She was a friend of the owner of the gallery and her daughter, the one with her, who was kinda ditzy and VERY Valley Girlish, was Sharona. THE Sharona. Like in My Sharona by the Knack! I remember being more impressed with her mother, but I thought it was kinda cool to have met her.
Since it is such a good piece of conversation, I used it one day while emailing my friend Tom Fair. Tom and I have been friends since 1972 when he was the lead singer and songwriter of a band called Eightballs in New York City. My boyfriend at the time, Lee, was the lead guitarist of the band. It was a great time in my life when my four favorite words were, "I'm with the band," and I hung out backstage while they played with such bands as Poco and The New York Dolls.
So, I emailed Tom and I said I've met Maggie May and My Sharona. He was impressed! He said, "Wow. I've only met Renee," which was really funny since Tom wrote the song, "Walk Away, Renee'" when he was with The Left Banke.
Hmmm, I wonder who G L O R I A really is, and where she might be today? You never know, huh?
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The Broccoli vs. Spare Rib Theory of Dating
Which do you prefer? Broccoli or Spare Ribs?
Broccoli is good for you. Full of nutrients. Healthy. Easy to cook. Naturally available. Some people may think broccoli is boring. A little too healthy. A little too sensible.
What about BBQ Spare Ribs? Delicious. Messy. Loaded with fats and calories. Drippy. Slip slidingly get your hands all in them suck the meat down to the bone yummy, yummy and more yummy.
Fifteen years ago I sat next to a Sage on an airplane. I didn’t know he was a Sage at the time, but the information he gave me was simple and yet earth shattering. I continue even now, years later, to share it with anyone who is dating or in a relationship.
I call it the Broccoli vs. Spare Ribs Theory of Dating.
There are the broccoli men and the spare rib men. Women know that broccoli is good for them, but they are usually much more attracted to spare ribs.
As I’ve gotten older, I have become much more health conscious. In fact, I am somewhat of a health freak. I eat healthy foods, stay away from dairy and sugar, caffeine and alcohol, even second hand smoke. I do, however, have a weakness. I love BBQ Spare Ribs.
Even in the 70's when I was in my twenties and a vegetarian, I would "sneak" off to Tony Romas for a full slab of them. In my head it wasn’t even cheating. They were so yummy I couldn’t help myself. I found it was the same kind of thing with the men I chose to date. They were delicious and oh so bad for me!
Spare Rib men are the bad boys. Edgy, angry, drippingly attractive, just the kind you don’t bring home to mother. I was like a moth to the flame to these type of men. Just as I knew that spare ribs were loaded with calories and cholesterol, I just couldn’t help myself when indulging.
Broccoli men are responsible, healthy, keep you balanced and regular. Some women find them boring, others find them, keep them, and sometimes marry them. They are the smart women.
Most women know exactly what I am talking about. When they talk about the "spare rib" men they’ve dated, they become animated, their eyes light up, they talk of the drama, the tears, the confusion. The highs and lows of the relationship, the passion, and then the bitter ending.
The broccoli daters are usually married to their broccoli men. They are stable, secure, supported. And they have found the secret. Broccoli men are not boring. They are healthy and loving and committed. And every now and then they surprise their mates with a little cheese sauce to spice things up!
Tip for daters...Hang out at Whole Foods!
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Harriette, you are wrong. Its not broccoli and ribs, its chocolate and liver! Why would anyone go for liver when there is nice hunk of chocolate to melt in your mouth? Besides, a nice piece of handmade jewelry looks much better next to a chocolate bar, then it does liver, broccoli or spare ribs! Steve Kassel www.kassel.us
Here's a Tip! Want to know what to do with all those styrofoam peanuts and popcorn that come in boxes shipped to you? Use them when re-potting plants as drainage. They work great!
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I WON A CONTEST!
I'm so excited!
My blog entry, "Is Marriage Really Necessary?" (scroll down) took Third Place in a Writing Contest on www.katrinakittle.com! Katrina Kittle is a gifted writer, whose book 'The Kindness of Strangers' was so riveting I could not put it down. Her characters are so real that even now, a year later after reading the book, I still think of them and wonder how they are doing.
The contest was part of research for Katrina Kittle's new book.
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I am so excited and proud of you. What wonderful writing and for you to be honored for it. Love you very much my friend. Terri C.
I can understand your winning a writing contest. You write with your soul and your honesty is truly inspiring. Congratulations. It couldn't happen to a more deserving person.
EVERYONE HAS A DOG STORY!
I didn't want a dog. No way. I was finally free in my life. My daughter had moved out. My son, even though he was still living at home, was completely independent.
In the 1960's we had a dog, Freckles. After she peed on the carpet one too many times, my mother gave her back to the neighbors. The black and white mutt was mine for a week, and then my heart was broken.
In the '80's, I had two great dogs, a purebred collie and an australian shepherd mix, but after they dug up the garden, my (ex) husband made me take them to Pet Orphans to be adopted. My heart was shattered.
After the earthquake in 1994, I adopted an 18 month old Terrier mix from the Castaic Animal Shelter. I felt a dog would be a wonderful addition to our family (my son, my daughter, & me), as we rebuilt our lives from the emotional rubble. Buck was a great dog who looked like a giant Toto, however, he had been abused before we got him, and after having him for 3 years, I had to face the fact that he had become a threat to others. He had even bitten me, and I have the scar to prove it, but at the end my heart was obliterated when we had to put him down.
I swore off dogs.
In 2007 after my daughter moved out, my son emailed me a note from the next room. He wrote, "I want a dog. I need a dog. I have to have a dog, or I am going to die. It will be my dog. I will feed it. I will walk it. It will live in my room. You won't even see it."
I recognized this was a serious plea, and how could I deny my son the chance at true happiness, but I found myself wanting to reply, "No. I don't want a dog. It's too painful for me." But the words came out completely different. I wrote, "If this is something you really feel is vital to your existence, then okay, I will support you, and we can go to the shelter and look at dogs." Then I sent a prayer to God and said, if a dog is going to come to live with us, please send the PERFECT dog, no shedding, no jumping on furniture or people, no overactive barking, no peeing or pooping in the house...."
My son brought home Peaches, and I was IN LOVE. Peaches is a 7 year old Pomeranian who could melt butter with her eyes. She is sweet, mellow, doesn't jump on people or furniture, guards the house and only barks when someone is at the door, doesn't shed, goes outside to do her business, OMG, my prayers were answered in more ways than one.
Peaches was my son's dog for exactly one day before she became 100% mine. I realized that my son's part in all of this was one of those karmic paths that seemed to come from his mind, but was really for me. Peaches opened my heart. I had became soooooo independent, I had forgotten what it was like to share a moment in an unconditionally loving environment.
She brings all of us great joy, (especially me), and has a wonderful life in our home. My daughter moved back in, and now Peaches has another person to shower her with love. It's a win/win situation. In the meantime, I have become one of those crazy dog ladies - Peaches even has her own car seat.
It's my belief that animals (and people) find us. We don't have to go looking for them. They will show up when we most need them to teach us lessons we need to learn for our own personal journey. I am so grateful that Peaches found her way to our home.
Here is her picture so you can enjoy her, too.
If you are not a dog person, I understand.
I wasn't a dog person for a very long time.
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Peaches looks absolutely adorable and very, very happy. Linda Singer
IN THE FREEZER
Here's a tip!
For anyone who has someone in their lives who no longer serves them, or wants to "cool" a relationship, here is a quick fix that really works!
Simply write their name on a piece of a brown bag, roll it up, wrap it in a piece of aluminum foil, and stick it in the back of your freezer. This will "freeze" them out of your life. If it is someone that you don't want to disconnect from completely, this will act as a catalyst for changing the dynamic of the relationship. It doesn't mean they will go away forever, but it will precipitate a springboard for change. Some purists prefer to put their names in a plastic film cannister filled with water so it really freezes, however, I have found that simply wrapping the name in foil does the same trick.
It's a good idea to wish them well as you put them in the freezer, so they may continue to live their path in a positive manner without influencing your personal evolution in a negative way.
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Is Marriage Really Necessary?
I have been happily divorced for the past 15 years. Happily being the key word here. Recently, a man came into my life who seemed to mesh into my world with ease. It had been a long time since I had introduced the dating concept into my consciousness, so when the conversations flowed energetically, and the couples activities ensued, I was pleasantly surprised.
Early into the courtship, I realized that when I would make dinners for the two of us, I would mumble, "I don’t usually do this anymore." He interpreted this as something I was glad to do again. When his clothes started showing up in my closet, drawers and laundry, I felt a tightening in my chest I had not experienced since I was married.
Not a good feeling.
It was the socks. I didn't want anyone else's socks mixed in with my own panties. I resented the shirts in my closet, the space I needed to make in a drawer. Didn't he have his own place to hang his hat? Why was he hanging his hat in mine?
I realized that some people are really used to being married. They enjoy the domesticity that comes with partnering. Or... some men just want someone to cook or clean for them. Is that why men seem to marry so quickly after divorce? Whatever the answer, I noticed that I was not open to doing any of it.
It's funny that in my early childhood and into my twenties, all I wanted was someone to marry me. Oh, the irony of life! Now all I want is my own remote, my own time, my own uncooked dinner, my own bed. And, oddly, I've never felt more complete or happy.
I am 53 years old and happily single. I like my life without a partner. The entire relationship described above lasted 2 ½ months. He was shocked. "But you loved cooking dinner for the two of us," he said in desperation.
"Uh, no, I didn’t," I said with clenched teeth.
Marriage might be necessary for young people who want to create a family unit, but for anyone who has found freedom in independence, I don’t think so. My 76 year old mother, widowed after 50 years of a wonderful marriage, agrees.
Postscript: I would like to add that I completely honor and respect all the lucky happily marrieds I know. To me, they have achieved something that I cannot fathom, and I wholeheartedly applaud them.
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www.wheresmydamnanswer.com Too cool!!! I think this is a GREAT story!
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