Category Archives: Opinion

Book: Choosing Easy World

photo 1You know all those books that tell you “just have a positive mental attitude?”  Well, this book is the manual on how to achieve that effortlessly.   Read this mix of practical examples, storytelling, science, and you can be in easy world as well.   If you believe there could be parallel universes or realities…why not parallel worlds of difficult and easy?  This book gives tools to actively (or at times quite passively) change your perspective to make joy your main operating source instead of fear/control/worry.

 

Julia Rogers Hamrick’s writing style makes this book a fast read.  I can see how many of the good things that have happened to me, the “wow, I can’t believe my luck!” experiences, took place when I was in what this book refers to as ‘Easy World’.  It’s the world of flow, of connection, of joy and fun and hard work that ends in satisfaction.  This Easy World perspective isn’t a striving place or a place of pushing, worry, stress, etc.    And it’s not a pill you take once and everything is peachy.  It’s a place to live.  Take a journey through Choosing Easy World by Julia Rogers Hamrick, and see if your perspective changes for the better.

Easy new way to eat oranges

photo 2It’s that time of year where oranges are plentiful, in season, and an easy and sweet vitamin C fix. But having to peel the darn things leaves pith under fingernails, as well as the possibility of getting more sticky sweet juice on your fingers then in your mouth.  Well, here’s a novel idea of how to eat oranges where you create a wonderful easy long carpet of juicy orange that you can eat right off the skin!  No pith under your fingernails!  No juice running down your hands!  Just a few cuts with a knife and you’ll be getting all that orange AND juice where it belongs – in your mouth.

Your welcome.

Star Trek fans continue the adventure

This Star Trek fan fiction takes over where a previous TV episode left off, and is crafted in the Gene Roddenberry style with an emphasis on message just like the original Star Trek. And the lighting/costumes/music/flow is so similar to the TV show. Took me a little bit to get used to the characters, but I could easily fall in love with them if this turned into a series.

If you want to see this web series become a reality, feel free to contribute to the kickstarter campaign here.

*update* as of 10/27/13 the kickstarter project has been funded, so you can look forward to at least 3 new episodes:)

Tapping your face can change a bad childhood

This video shows the history and science of how tapping certain acupressure points can help heal painful emotions – and bring about positive change – on a cellular level.

Another thing I like about this, is you can access these videos free online – free health care!

Can bullying be an immune reaction?

We’ve all seen it happen: the kind, patient person suddenly flares up and bites someone’s head off for no reason.  Could the reason ‘nice’ people lash out for no apparent reason be related to their immune system? Take for instance, if you get a tickle in your throat: your body/immune system – without engaging your mind – will try to cough it out automatically. So what if that same subconscious nervous system immune response also works in other ways to expel things from the mind that are deemed by our nervous system as ‘irritants’ as well?

Example: You have a lot of Continue reading

The neighborhood we all want

Here’s your feel good moment for today – a song written and sung by my husband. Video shot and produced by my daughter. This is a song about the neighborbood we want to see – local, global, and spiritual.

Start a business for basically free

Having your own website, analytics, social media, etc.  is a great resource if you’re looking to start your own business.  With wordpress.org, not only can you get a website free, but the e-commerce plug in is free, so you can make money off your site immediately as well.

If you’ve got more time than money at the moment, why not download a few free themes and play around with them?  There’s plenty of youtube videos on how to create your own customized website with these free tools.  This is a great resource not only for current business owners looking to upgrade their sites, but also a resource for hard working people who just happen to be at the moment unemployed or underemployed.  This free technology helps level the playing field by bringing more people back into the game.

Aronia: The North American super berry with cancer-fighting properties | Fox News

Aronia berry clusterAronia Berries, also known as Choke Cherries, are a native American fruit.  They are full of antioxidents and make great juice.  So why don’t more people grow them?  Well, for one, they taste puckery/mealy if you eat them fresh.  The juice stains your skin. They don’t cook down all that well because of the tiny bitter seeds and skin, and they are terrible dried.

So what do you do with them?  I enjoy them two ways:

1. I wash the berries, take off the stems, and put berries in the blender with about 1 part berries to 3/4 parts water.  Then I strain and keep the juice, composting the remaining seed/skin sludge.  After the juice settles I strain it again to get the second smaller wave of sludge off.  I do this over the sink wearing an apron so I don’t stain anything (the stains scrub out of the sink and off your hands eventually). I put the juice in bottles in the fridge and Continue reading

My son, the tech guy/philosopher

1st day of senior yearToday is the first day of senior year for my son.  I’m so excited for what this school year holds for him:  a computing systems class, helping one teacher by community mentoring Algebra, and helping a second teacher by making photocopies/classroom assistance, plus a college probability and statistics class and a government/economics class.  He’s got early dismissal to continue his paid job working part time at a local computer store.

At this time he doesn’t plan on going to college, but has a thick IT training manual he’s reading and plans to take the certification test.  He also has good job and volunteer references from various paid and unpaid computer and tech places.   As an honor student he’s got colleges offering him partial academic scholarships, but he doesn’t want to start his work life with college debt – he wants to make money, and when he has money he can decide if and when it would be advantageous to gain more education.

My son is flying in the face of societal norms.

He’s got a clear idea of what he wants and how he plans on reaching his goals.  He wants to be a software engineer, and he’s got buddies he’s been creating computer games with for several years.  He’s taken classes for fun in C++ programming, taken online computer badge courses, volunteered at Free Geek, has built computers from scratch, and taken business and marketing classes.  He’d like to someday start his own company and sell downloads of his games.  But he knows that to get where he wants to be, he needs to work hard and learn programming, learn coding, mentor at businesses, be helpful, be open, and enjoy the life he has while creating the life he wants.

My son is unique. He is smart.  He is wise.  He is kind.  It’s amazing watching his mind work to sort things out with his thoughtful, practical demeanor. He’s like a combination tech guy/philosopher.

All five tastes in one berry: Schisandra Vine

Schisandra VineThe Chinese name for Schisandra is wu-wei-zi, which means “five taste-fruits” or “five flavor herb” because the fruits contain all five flavors: sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and salty. Sucking on a dry fruit is an interesting experience because of its many flavors. Chomping into a fresh one you don’t quite get the ending sweet note, so are left with a funny look on your face due to the mouth gymnastics.  But the after effect is a zing of energy, at least for me.  Maybe it’s just because my taste buds get a good work out.

Since I’m working towards an edible landscape, and this is a berry/vine that grows in the shade, I’ve got it growing next the north side of the house in full shade on a wooden trellis.  It’s an easy-care vine, and likes well-drained soil with Continue reading

Hypnotherapy helps change brain hardware

Rose of Heartwise HypnotherapyHumans only use a small percentage of our brains.  That’s because 7% of our brain goes to conscious thought, and 93% to subconscious.  Our subconscious is our processing hardware used for things like breathing, heartbeat, blood, walking, digesting, etc.  It also processes our dreams, and includes our memory banks and experience – which can include phobias, bad habits, and other things we find hard for our conscious mind to control.

I’ve found a business that is working to help re-wire the subconscious hardware so we can change some of the ingrained habits at the core level.  Rose Ludwig, RN CHt, is the founder of Heartwise Hypnotherapy in Vancouver Washington.  As a licensed Consulting Hypnotist, she also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, is a Registered Nurse, a former professional bodywork practitioner, and has trained in several other healing modalities.  Rose works with her clients in areas such as stress management, enhancing creativity and imagination, management of physical problems (morning sickness, snoring, preparation for surgery, more energy), ego strengthening (self image, exam confidence, improving self-esteem), habit and behavior changes (smoking cessation, weight control, nail biting, motivation to exercise) and phobias/fears (fear of dentists, spiders, public speaking, dogs, needles, etc.).  Rose first of all LISTENS to find out Continue reading

Back-to-school theme song?

Here’s a back to school song to get your kids motivated: a music video created to inspire school attendance by and for the kids of the Oakland school district, filmed at the La Escuelita Elementary School.  Maybe it’ll be an earworm to get kids and parents in the mood for school…

Healing for transgenerational trauma

Sylvia Bull:RoweThere’s a new way to approach the healing of trauma.  Collective trauma happens to groups of people through war, disease, terrorist attack, natural disasters, mass shootings, and attempted genocide.  Transgenerational trauma takes place in groups historically over generations – such as those whose relatives suffered during the holocaust.   Effects are specific:  fear, rage, depression, survivor guilt, and physical responses in the brain and body that can lead to illness and a sense of disconnection or detachment.  Collective trauma can be transmitted down generations and throughout communities in such possible ways as poverty, alcoholism, depression, sexual abuse, etc.

Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart is one of the pioneers of applying Continue reading

How introverts can change the world for the better

The Introvert AdvantageMany books are written on how to put your extroverted self out there to be better, stronger, faster! so it’s great to find a book with a different take on how to help give voice to those on the more introverted side.  The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D, is a book that focuses on pointing out the unique thinking patterns and skills that introverts bring to problem solving and life.  An introvert is someone who gets their recharge energy from being alone, whereas an extrovert is someone who gets their recharge energy from being out in the excitement with other people.  An example might be going to a dinner party:  an extrovert will be revved up after all the Continue reading

Free Swaps in action – what a 16 year old with a video camera can do

Ever wanted to see what a Free Gift Swap or Free Stuff Swap looks like in action?  Here’s a video my daughter, then 16 years old, created to show how a Free Gift Swap works:

Aubrey summerMy daughter Aubrey is now a junior at university majoring in Environmental Science.  Yeah, I’m pretty proud of her:)  She’s always been very concerned about helping people and the environment (she is a big supporter and helper at the free swaps she’s able to attend), and her university experience has given her a new and exciting window on the world.  If you want to help support Aubrey’s education, check out her photography prints for sale here.  For more about Free Swaps, and how you can start one in your area, click here.

Clean the floor and air at the same time

rainbow vacuumWhen I moved into my first apartment, one of the first things I did was get a carpet cleaning demonstration.  I mean, what a great way to get your carpets cleaned for free, right?  Well, I fell in love with the vacuum, a brand known as a Rainbow. First I vacuumed the floor a bit with my traditional old vacuum.  Then the salesman vacuumed over the part I just did with the Rainbow.  Tons of dirt came out!  Plus, the air in the room smelled so fresh and clean after the rainbow, because it not only sucks up the dirt on the floor, but dust in the air, Continue reading

Bouncing provides exercise and fun

TrampolineWhen our kids were upper grade school they squirreled all over the place – including climbing up the doorway frames and doing flips onto the couch.  My sister suggested these were gymnastic moves.  So we signed the kids up for a gymnastics class and the rest was history:  both kids LOVED it.  The kids had dabbled in the usual kids sports, but neither of them liked the competition/stress felt in traditional sports.  The gymnastics classes were held in a place called The Children’s Gym, and focused on learning, not competition.  Both kids developed self-confidence, body awareness, and no fear when having their head below their body (such as Continue reading

My computer has been holding me hostage

Last mid-week I visited my sister in a small rural town for a few days.  We enjoyed visiting with her women friends at her house for a potluck dinner.  My sister and I walked through a local forest munching a snack of woodland sorrel and the first ripe salmon berries as we smelled the fresh ferns, and viewed the straggly moss hanging off the vibrant green trees and crumbling nurse logs.  We took her small perky dog to a field and my sister combed out copious amounts of the dogs winter undercoat to take off the weight/warmth for spring, allowing the fur to blow through the field to be picked up by birds for their nests.  We went to a local teashop for sandwiches, tea and brainstorming.  When my sister was at work I journaled, read, and took a hot bath in the quiet privacy of her home.  It was bliss.  One thing I didn’t do was go online, as my sister’s home has no Continue reading

Movie/DVD: What does living up to our potential really mean?

For me the sign of a good movie is, days later you’re still thinking about the nuances.  I recently watched Good Will Hunting for the first time (I’m a little late – this ones been out since 1997).  It’s an Academy Award Winner with best supporting actor Robin Williams and best original screenplay by Ben Affleck & Matt Damon.  It’s a film about communication, love, learning, growing, friendship, and healing.  Check it out from your local library for a feel-good think-fest.  Here’s the trailer:

Good Friday: Parable of the grief boulder

stoneBeing’s that this is Good Friday, I thought I’d share a parable I wrote about grief, followed by an amazing song.

Parable of the Grief Boulder

What if you had a huge boulder of grief rolling along behind you your whole life – being chased like the boulder chasing Indiana Jones?  It started when you were a little kid, in total terror running to get out of it’s way, and being crushed and bruised if you weren’t fast enough.

As you grew into a teenager, since you were growing stronger, you realized sometimes you could outrun the ball of grief. It became a game of Continue reading