an exerpt from "The Mindscape of Alan Moore"

"Quitting my day job and starting my life as a writer certainly was a tremendous risk.
It was a fool's leap, a shot in the dark.
But anything of value in our lives- whether it be a career, a work of art, a relationship- will always start with such a leap. And in order to be able to make it, you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. You have to do these things completely purely without fear, without desire.
Because things that we do without lust or result, are the purest actions that we shall ever undertake."

Saturday, November 29, 2008

never seen anything like this


I have so much respect for this woman. She lives as "normally" as possible while her legs just get bigger and bigger...

Read about it!

the feel-good story of the day!

Amongst all the harsh news I read each day this report glaringly stood out from all the others. Why? Because it made me feel all warm and fuzzy and reaffirms what I know to be good in people. In a year of job cuts for the masses and huge bonuses for the few, this is a lovely flip. Check it!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Staying centered while the world panics

This blog will only perk up the ears, flow the juices, goosebump the arms of those who appreciate the Law of Attraction. Abraham Hicks presents an incredibly simple and yet eye-opening perspective on the economic turmoil that is becoming a more of a global concern with each day that passes. Or is it?

A basic fact of nature is that what one focuses on is what grows. Another common way of saying this is "energy flows where attention goes". Using this rule as a guide for our behaviour, we can see that our focus on the panic and scarcity conversation going on around us is what causes us to vibrate along with it. And it is from this state of fear that we inevitably perpetuate the "crisis" through our energetic alignment with it. However, if we return our focus back to what makes us tingle, back to our vision of prosperity and abundance for all, then we strengthen our ability to manifest our vision and attract it into being. Here, I'll just let you watch. She says it much better than I do!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What is Zionism?

I have so much to learn. Sure I've picked up a few puzzle pieces in my day, but there is still a lot of empty space to fill in. Today I read about Zionism and learned how it differs from Judaism, and it's existence as a political movement with racist tendencies and a clear goal to "return home" regardless of who gets in the way. Perhaps the most interesting facet for me is the relationship between Israel and the USA; why is there a connection and what is the source of it? Find out here.

I just wanted to add some more...I had a conversation with my neighbour last night, a very provocative one regarding Judaism. And it inspired me to add this note. I recognize that the one site I link to here in my blog is only one of many sources from which to read about Zionism. The internet is full of opinions that are both false and true, and so naturally I do not stop my research here. Like I mentioned before, I consider the quest for information to be similar to piecing together a puzzle...each piece I put into place allows the overall image to emerge and become clearer.... Soon it is possible to see that there are connections between people and events that you never knew were there.

I find this game of playing detective so fascinating! Enjoy your sleuthing!

Monday, November 24, 2008

I'm sorry, but even fish don't smell this fishy!

OK. So I'm just reading a bit of news before I hop into bed and I come across this article that tells me Obama and McCain had been secretly putting together a list of names for the next White House administration team that only the winner of the election would lead.


This sets off my inner alarm like a noisy thief in the daylight. Essentially this tells us that America has a one party system and we know what that means. Does the "f" word come to mind? People will no doubt try to justify this "secret" as a great thing in that Republicans and Democrats are getting along so wonderfully after years of divisiveness. Well, what this says to me is that the people were voting for an illusion. When told they were voting for change they were lied to. And you can throw Clinton into the mix too. I'm sure that there is a huge number of Obama supporters who would balk at the idea of voting for someone who has been collaborating with John McCain for months on an incredibly important issue. It's very strange, indeed.

But I'm not completely surprised. I recommend watching Naomi Wolf talk about her newest book, "The End of America". She has done her research and discovered that there is a basic blueprint for transitioning a democracy into a fascist state. Close looks at Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and yes, Bush, reveal that there are particular steps taken, or contrived changes imposed on the free society by it's governing force, which gradually strip away freedoms and enslave the nation. She ensures us that the process is well underway south of the border. This is scary stuff, but less so with education. Please watch:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

oh so moving...

This is a fantastic talk by John Francis, a man who only walked and never talked for 17 years. His disdain for oil-powered vehicles and his desire to truly listen to others were the inspiration for his unusual devotion.

One more thought. When John describes the time he realized he had imprisoned himself by refusing to travel by car, it reminded me of an epiphany I had a number of years ago regarding my choice to be vegan. When I first embarked on this new kind of diet and lifestyle, I was 19 and righteous. I was militant about being 100% vegan and wouldn't allow for the smallest exception. After about 6 years or so of labeling myself "VEGAN" I began to realize that I had put myself into a box, and not a human-sized one at that. I noticed that a choice I had made in the past, a choice that had inspired me to learn more about food and our farming and manufacturing processes, a choice that had elevated my consciousness about everything, was no longer helping me to grow. I realized that my strong identification with veganism had become a self-imposed prison rather than a source of empowerment. And what's more, I realized that ANY label we use to describe ourselves (besides "human") can only leave us feeling guilty or hypocritical, since words are black and white, and we're all living in the grey...

Now I am free to navigate my journey while trusting myself to make enlightened choices. Though 99.9% of the time I still opt for vegan, the difference lies in the fact that I love myself enough to enjoy my life and this world of abundant and diverse offerings. I encourage you to reflect on the possibility that a good decision you made in your past may have outgrown its purpose and is now stunting your development. Rather than refining, it may be confining. I can tell you with confidence that as uncomfortable as shedding your familiar identity may be, there is nothing more enlivening than creating yourself anew.

Here's to the unfolding!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bill Maher with Naomi Klein

So there is no new Real Time this week because Bill's takin' a holiday and won't be back to shooting new shows until next I found this segment with Naomi Klein from October 12, 2007. Mostly, they discuss her book The Shock Doctrine and the world's corporate culture.

for the love of breathing

It has been a great week. The herbal tea I procured from Thuna restored me back to health immediately, so I have been sleeping...thankfully.

I just found this great article discussing meditation and the idea that it preserves your brain! I love when science backs up beliefs I happen to hold whether or not I have seen any hard evidence...

Check it.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A full night's sleep!

After almost two weeks of living with an annoying cough I was able to dream sweet dreams straight through the night. I have been drinking loads of my ginger-honey brew which took care of my cold in every way but for my nagging little cough. Feeling tired and cranky, I decided to seek out some more help and found my way to Thuna, a 100 year old herbal dispensary on the Danforth. As soon as I entered, I knew I was in the right smelled like health, and I told the beautiful old lady behind the desk that I thought so.

I truly felt like I had stepped back in time: the interior is wooden, uneven and worn, and glass jars containing mysterious medicines, too numerous to count, line the walls from top to bottom.

I began to tell her of my symptoms and how I had been treating them with my natural home-made remedy. As she listened to me, her wise eyes peering into mine, it felt as though she was looking beneath the surface in an effort to understand my particular ailment. Without hesitation, she began selecting various jars and carried them over to her gorgeous antique scale. As she proceeded to weigh out an ounce of each herb, lovely aromas wafted to my nose while I answered the many questions she asked me about myself. This woman had no need to refer to any one of her many herbal texts for direction. She simply knew what I needed and I simply trusted her. Completely.

I can't help but compare this experience with the few rare times I have visited with a doctor at a walk-in clinic. The last time I went to one was when I had been horribly sick for 3 days with what I presumed to be food poisoning. But I needed some reassurance from someone in the know and for someone to tell me I was going to be fine.

I waited for the doctor in the impersonally too bright-white room for 15 minutes and once he came in, he never looked up from his prescription pad. He didn't look at me once. Not once. I swear- it was the weirdest thing. Like a robot, he listened to me describe my symptoms and then, right on cue, offered me some kind of drug that would do something or other to me while it kept him in line with his pharmaceutical paypals. I left feeling better in the knowledge that I would be fine, but feeling worse that this poor man was so deadened. Here was an opportunity to help another human by just being humane and he missed it.

Anyway, back to the positive! It took her about 10 minutes to concoct an herbal tea for me that would rid me of my cold. I paid $14.45 for a big bag of medicine. I felt like giving her more for such a priceless gift of an experience. I had one cup of tea at about 5 pm and slept through the night, without coughing. WOW. Here is the magical recipe:

Throat and Cough Tea

* coltsfoot
* yarrow
* marshmallow root
* thyme
* lemon peel

Besides tasting like earthy goodness and creating no side effects whatsoever, I now have a big jar of medicine to keep in my apothecary for the future. Unlike with prescription drugs, there is no expiration date and my money has supported this important establishment. I cannot recommend a visit to Thuna highly enough.

Enjoy your day! I am enjoying mine, cough-free...:)

The G-20's Secret Debt Solution

Ok. I will admit that I have not done enough independent study to entirely understand the inner-workings of the current economic structure. But I do know enough to find this article VERY interesting. I've been telling my friends, a chosen few, about the pending Amero currency and they have looked at me like I'm crazy. My response has been, "Ya, I know you think I'm nuts, but did you see the Euro coming?" Maybe you don't think so, but I'm sure something is brewing on the stove and it smells like change mixed with something I'm not sure I want to more for yourself here

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Debunking third world myths

This is a great TED presentation by Hans Rosling, a doctor, professor and researcher who is clearly passionate about data, and he excitedly shows us how statistics, like those related to family size and incomes, can enlighten us to the truths about our global community. Using a very cool animated graph, he points out that most of us still use old generalizations with old meanings, like "Western World" and "Third World" while being ignorant of how much things have changed. Check it:

Real Time with Bill Maher

Here's the entire show that aired last night. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

ahhhh...the cocteau twins

I'm just spending some time with my guitar, playing my songs, playing others...going down the list of my covers in my bookmarks folder and I come across "Half Gifts" by the Cocteau Twins (who, I must say, is one of the most, if not THE most, influential bands for me) and thought I had to share these lyrics with you:

It's an old game of love,
when you can't have me you want me
because you know that you're not risking anything

Intimacy is when we're in the same place at the same time
dealing honestly with how we feel and who we really are

That's what grown-ups do
That is mature thinking

I just have to know how to be in the process of
creating things in a better way
And it hurts but it's a lie that I can't handle it
I still have a world of me-ness to fulfill
I still have a life, and it's a rich one even with mourning
Even with grief and sadness

I still care about this planet
I am still connected to nature and my dreams for myself

I still have my friends, my family.
I have myself
I still have me
I still have me's like a page right out of a break-up journal entry. Intimacy, indeed.

the grayest morning yet!

Well, it is definitely here....winter.

If I didn't have to go work, today would be the perfect day to stay in my pajamas and slippers and do everything from my bed...e-mailing, eating, reading, playing guitar, afternoon tea.

I am reminded of how difficult the winter season was for me last year. I'm not one to be overtly affected by weather. In fact, I'm one of those kooky people who welcomes dark days because I find them to be cozy and condusive to craftiness and creativity. So it surprised me when one day last February I was literally not able to get out of bed. I was too depressed. I finally understood what people had been talking about, when describing such a depth of despair that they were rendered incapable of functioning. Even doing the basic human stuff, like brushing teeth, can seem like an accomplishment.

This year I am practicing prevention. We all know about taking Vitamin D and other supplements, as well as getting 20 min of full-spectrum light each day. I have some suggestions as to how to supplement your supplements:

1. Acceptance: This one is huge. Bitchin' about the damned weather ain't gonna do nothin' for your blues. Complaining about what IS will only deepen them and disconnect you more from the thoughts that can actually lift you up. It is what it ALREADY is, people, so don't waste your precious time or energy bemoaning reality. Instead invest your energy into shaping how you perceive that reality by practicing....

2. Appreciation: Unless you're 6 feet under, I'm sure you can find at least 5 things to be grateful for. There are a lot of people way worse off than you. So apply your will to focus on these good things rather than what you think sucks. Since what you focus on grows and what you focus on is only ever up to you,'s basic logic to look for what makes you feel good, because...well it makes you feel good! It can be as simple as being grateful for shelter on a snowy day, or the beauty in the eye of a stranger on an overly crowded streetcar. Beauty and blessings are everywhere if you simply wish to see them.

3. Company: I spend a LOT of time alone...I mean A LOT a lot. So I know very well how easy it is for one negative thought to spiral me down into a vortex of despair. And with no one around to interrupt my train ride to hell, I am more likely to arrive at my destination: the Bottom. So this year I intend to surround myself with friends...have potluck dinners, game nights, wine and movie nights, spin the freaking bottle nights! It doesn't matter. I just know I am not the only one who will benefit from the lively company of others. And who knows? Maybe some beautiful music or interesting art will be born...

That's it for now, my friends. Be great.

Monday, November 10, 2008

try walking in her shoes

don't be scared, just AWARE!

While we were all sleeping, Stephen Harper has gone and officially endorsed the assimilation of Canada into the pending North American Union. Read about it here. For those of you who don't know, the plan is to meld Mexico, USA and Canada into one nation, under the pretense that trade and economic concerns, as well as security issues will be better handled. The currency for the new nation is the Amero. Read more about that at this site.

Just recently, The Harper Record was released, being "the most comprehensive analysis of the Conservative minority government’s record to date". Theresa Healey, the editor and Canadian Labour Congress Researcher, has this to say about it:

“Contrary to the general perception that this has been a moderate government, this book reveals that it, in fact, has taken significant steps to transform Canada in a very short time. Harper's very conservative vision has been advanced across a broad range of policies. It is a deeply troubling prelude of things to come."

You can go out and buy the book or download it for free here.

What will be, will be, of course. But when it comes to stuff like this, I'd rather be prepared than caught off guard. And we certainly can't count on the mainstream media to be filling us in, or heaven forbid, the ones we've elected to take care of us. So that's why I am take care of you, and you can take care of me too...hmmm..there's a song in there somewhere...

Go forth and educate thyselves...and remember to have fun doing it. We are, after all, spinning around on this big rock in the middle of nowhere.

this pleases me

Sunday, November 9, 2008

buying x-mas gifts? watch this first!

Watch this doc and maybe Reverend Billy and his church of Stop Shopping choir will convince you that rushing around in a stressed out state and maxing your credit cards to buy crap for people they don't want or need, all in the name of societal etiquette is not the ideal way to spend the holidays (or your money for that matter) Consider alternative ways of showing your loved ones that you appreciate them. Maybe for just this one year, you can do Christmas differently. Make it about each other and not about the stuff. Maybe? Consider it- that's all I ask...:)

A natural kick-ass cold remedy

Well, here I am 4 days into my relationship with some fairly gentle cold-bugs, and they don't show any sign of wanting to break-up with me anytime soon. Though I have gently urged them to go bug someone else by simply taking better care of myself, they aren't taking the hint. So today I am stepping up my game and have concocted a killer evacuation recipe. These are the starring ingredients and their healing properties:

Ginger: Similar to garlic, ginger is a great immune booster. Additionally, it can be used for calming upset tummies, aiding digestion, and stimulating blood circulation.

Lemon: We all know lemons are packed with the immune-boosting Vitamin C, but the acidic nature also acts as a powerful body cleanser.

Honey: Aside from being the sweet addition to the brew that makes the medicine go down, the medicine go is a great bug-killer, i mean anti-bacterial agent. ;)

Cayenne: One site I visited claims that cayenne, or specifically the herb Capsicum, has the most healing properties of any herb out there. In terms of healing a cold, it is effective due to a)it's vitamin c content, b) it's role as a stimulant that loosens up phlegm or mucous making it easier for the body to expel, as well as c) triggering the release of endorphins into your system, promoting the body's innate healing abilities.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Another powerful source for healing many different ailments, including hangovers! It is best used for detoxifying your liver, and cleansing the body of pollutants, while restoring the bodies minerals and nutrients. (trust me- it's worth looking into and then buying for your kitchen cupboard!).

In a pot with water, I added thinly sliced pieces of ginger (2inch chunk) and the juice of one lemon and let it simmer for about 15 min. After straining the liquid into my mug, i added apple cider vinegar, honey and a dash cayenne. mmmmmyummmmmy....

I strongly urge all of you to opt for natural remedies this season, rather than taking the apparent "easy-out" option of antibiotics (or other prettily packaged and highly marketed pharmaceuticals). Not only do they kill all the good bacteria as well as the bad, they actually educate bacteria on how to evolve and become stronger, thus rendering all of us more susceptible to infections.

Another great natural remedy to add to your arsenal is Oregano Oil. It's a highly concentrated tincture that contains Carvacol, one of the strongest antiseptics known to man. In general, the oil can be used externally and internally as an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial or anti-viral aid, and contrary to with pharmaceuticals, the invading pathogens cannot build-up an immunity to it. These days Oil of Oregano can be found at Shopper's and Loblaw's, as well as your typical alternative medicine depots. Check it!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Obama and Cheney cousins! say what?

Well well well...

And so the plot thickens.

Technically, the plot has always been thick. It's more accurate to say that what is expanding is my discovery of just how thick it is. I ran into a lovely man today who disclosed to me that Barack Obama and Dick Cheney are in fact related. I said, "Well, why was this information not released to the public?" and his response was, "It was!". So as soon as I could get my hands on a keyboard I googled their names and, lo and behold, found this Washington Post article from October 2007.

I kept looking and found this New York Times article that told me Obama is related to Bush too!

Veeeeery interesting...
I'll leave it at that.

Real Time with Bill Maher Nov 7

I love this show. Bill Maher always has an interesting panel of diverse guests and a funny "new rules" segment. Watch the entire show from last night:

Thursday, November 6, 2008

feelin' the blues a bit of a head cold today and I think it's making me grumpier than usual.

And instead of starting my day with a nourishing breakfast, I ate up a somewhat harsh letter to Obama from Nadar, questioning his stance on Palestine and Israel, among other things. Let's just say it gave me indigestion. I'm not going to go into details about it because I don't want to spread the bad blues. I'm sure you will find it if you look for it.

Speaking of finding what you look for, I went in search of something to lift me up a bit and give me some perspective...a bit o' medicine for my grumpy disposition. Now that the election is over, a lot of "behind the campaign scene" stories are rising to the surface. And it's pretty fascinating reading. One report in particular enlightens us that until recently, Sarah Palin didn't know that Africa was a continent, believing instead that it is a country with lots of little parts. OUCH! I mean, I knew she was ignorant but, there is no word for such a level of cluelessness. Can you say "lobotomy?"

So the good blues is that this juicy tidbit was enough to remind me that even in the slight chance that Obama has some tricks up his sleeve, the Democratic win has saved us all from more potential disaster than we can even imagine.

For me, today is about appreciating the little things that give me pleasure and comfort. I've got some lentil soup brewing in a pot and the sunshine beaming in through the window. In fact, the list of my small blessings is so long that i'm feeling better just thinking about it...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

YAY for animals!

After just reading that Prop 8 was voted in, which basically repeals the legality of gay marriage in California :(boo) I found some good news. This article announces the pass of Prop 2, which bans the use of overly confining cages and restrictive pens for animals raised for food.

Though the law only applies to California and is not set to go into effect until 2015, this is a huge step forward. As long as people are aware that animal abuse in any form is an important issue, I have no doubt that we will continue to evolve in our sensitivity and expand in our compassion.

I realize that it's hard for some people to care about a cow. And if you eat them, you have more reason to not want to care about them. But it's a fundamental truth that how we treat one cow says a lot about our level of respect for life and indeed, our state of consciousness.

so i guess i'm not moving to the moon

i mean WOW.
I almost don't know what to say....
I believe we have all witnessed a miracle.

Throughout my life I have been one of those "too happy" or "too positive" or "too idealistic" people, sometimes to the point of annoying those who don't quite see the world the way I do. I don't wear rose-coloured glasses- I have rose-coloured eyeballs! Basically, I just happen to believe that anything is possible...ANYTHING.
People do change, things do get better, and it all does eventually fall into place.

Barack Obama, and all that he represents, points to the truth of these trite phrases.

Why is it that we forget the truth? Why does the phenomenon of Obama resonate so deeply?

Each time we experience a hurt in our lives that leaves us disheartened and wounded, we instinctively cover up with a thin veil of cynicism. It makes sense, for self-preservation's sake to do this. It hurts to hurt. So let me be numb instead.

But desensitization operates like antibiotics in that they are both blanket "cures". Sure the bad things can no longer touch you, but the good things can't either.

Well, today is a day for shedding the shields.

Today people feel safe enough to allow feelings of hopefulness and appreciation, and dare i say it, love, to rise to the surface again.

This new day is an opportunity for restoring our wonder at how amazing life can be. When you truly believe anything IS possible, you realize it feels so damned good to simply feel again that you wonder what you were ever so afraid of. One by one the layers of armor fall away until one day, you become who you are naturally:

A human who was born to dream, to play, to make friends, to make love and be free.

I am so enjoying this awakening and looking forward to living on the next level with you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

this is a MUST read

I've read a looooot of editorials- especially lately.
And this is one is one of the most beautifully poetic pieces I have discovered.
This quotation by Eugene Jarecki gives you a taste...

"Though today is yet unknowable, let us for a moment imagine that when we wake tomorrow it will be a new day in America. Let us appreciate the poetry that once upon a time, a one-term congressman from Illinois became President of the United States and freed four million African slaves and, 145 years later, an African American first-term senator from Illinois - borne not of the rapacious legacy of that compulsory migration but rather of a voluntary choice by two adults - should become President of that same land."

Here's the whole dish!
Ode to Tomorrow

hey! he's speaking my language!

In speaking with the staff and reporters on his plane, Obama made his appreciation for their support known, and finished off his praise by saying, "It will be fun to see how this story ends".

I could not agree more!

read the full story here

today is THE day

Good morning!

I feel less like a kid in a candy store and more like Willy Wonka.
I feel less like Santa Claus is droppin' off some goods and more like he's movin' his toy shop to my house.
I feel less like I'm being swept off my feet and more like I'm floating around on an angelic little cloud.

Undeniably, today is a day that ushers in change. And as surreal as it may seem, it is REALLY happening. We're at the part in the book that compelled us to spend our time following the tale in the first place...

Humans have always been fascinated with the theme of good vs evil, of dark vs light. It's really the ONLY premise of any story-telling, because (I think) inherently we want to know whether it's possible to transcend suffering and hardship. Can the underdog we perceive as ourselves, really triumph over the scary "bad guy"? Is the underdog truly a HERO who was born to slay his personal dragon? If "he" can do it, then so can I!

I digress.

I'll admit, if it isn't obvious by now, that today Barack Obama is the hero in my story. And the moment he walks into the Oval Office and sets his desk organizer down, and perhaps a framed photo or two of Michelle and the girls, I know the world will be a better place for all of us. It will be a world in which our chances for transcending challenges and becoming the heros of our own lives are improved greatly.

Onwards and upwards, my friends! (I'm stealing this back from you know who...;)
We're all in this together...

Monday, November 3, 2008

blessings in disguise

So now that I've slept with the Chernobyl doc (see below) mingling with my dreams, I have awakened with more clarity on it's purpose in the "big picture". The unfortunate human bungling that led to the explosion, and the ignorance of such a powerful and potentially destructive technology were catalysts that led to a much greater understanding, which may have never been attained any other way. At the time of the incident, the world was facing a potential nuclear war. Scary to be sure. I was only 11 and blissfully unaware that life as I knew it was being threatened by the mindset of a mere few men holding their thumbs over shiny red buttons. And then Chernobyl happened. And those mindsets were altered. Typically, it took massive destruction and sacrifice for the humans to realize that aiming a warhead at the other guy was like aiming it at themselves. The nuclear missiles were disarmed and the world became safe again...for a short while.

I'd like to suggest that all "devastating" events contain such lessons and blessin's. Unless you meditate on a rock 24/7, you are aware that turbulence is again rocking the boat we all live on. If you can bypass the seasickness, it's easy to see that the tidal waves are serving a purpose for the betterment of all. Usually that purpose is best understood when looking back on it later, once some context has been established. I'm doing my best to not wait until later. I am practicing trust NOW, in believing that whatever occurs, no matter how disruptive, it is essential for the evolution of our species. And I'm doing my best to be a healthy proponent of the unfolding...

And even if you have been meditating on a rock 24/7, I'm willing to bet you've heard about a lil ol' election taking place tomorrow, one some are referring to as the "World's first GLOBAL election". Honestly, I have never been so engrossed in the destiny of 2 people I haven't even met. It feels like the world's entire population is crammed into one winnebago that's sitting at a fork in the road, debating about whether to take the well-travelled path, or to bravely venture down the one that takes us to an unknown destination. Who knows? could lead to the paradise we all are seeking. While there is certainly a lot to be said for familiarity and comfort, stagnation is the diet version of death. From what I've observed and sensed, the comfort zone we (North Americans, in general) have created for ourselves, is becoming uncomfortable. And this excites me because I know my greatest transformations ONLY occur when it's too painful for me to stay the same. Birth is painful, people. Metamorphosis requires some shifting around, some vulnerability, some shedding of well-worn skin. I doubt that a butterfly ever looked back at it's empty cocoon with regret at no longer being a caterpillar. And I don't doubt that the current economic, environmental, and every other kind of discomfort is a similar call to action! I sooooo wish I could vote, to have my say, but I can't so I'll just say this: BE the change!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

an exploration into chernobyl

Of course i know about it...that it happened. But i've never taken the time to learn any specifics about the most expensive disaster in our history. So i looked it up on Wikipedia and found out there are some levels to the story...for example:

"The operators were given respirators and potassium iodide tablets and told to continue working."

Here's the link for all the deets if you're interested.

Better yet, i just found this cool doc, The True Battle of Chernobyl Uncensored:

what a man!

In August, the Mayor of San Diego decided to make a decision with his heart in regards to gay marriage legislation. Boy, how far we've come...

daily perspectives...

Here is some footage of Abraham Hicks discussing the presidential campaign and the economic crisis. She suggests this is simply another opportunity for us to employ the law of attraction by being responsible for our own thoughts, feelings, and behaviour when reacting to the world around us.

After seeing this i don't feel so guilty about not going to the gym...

I love being humbled. And so I welcome any reminder that mystery still reigns...
Life can be really challenging and complicated when one is seeing through the "zoomed-in" filter and experiencing all that happens on a personal level. This is why I enjoy zooming out occasionally to see the big picture. For me, there is no greater relief in remembering that my individual life is so tiny compared to the great unknown...

This article discusses the discovery of a magnetic portal that opens every 8 minutes connecting the earth to the sun. Pretty cool!

I also love being as much like a cat as possible. I love to sleep and be cozy, curled up into a ball with someone lovely (or my cat Wilhemina:) and to purrrrrr....

This article describes the nature of sleep cycles and the best methods for successful napping. Finally- some scientific evidence that supports my view that it's healthy to be like a cat.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

the funniest looking cat i have ever seen

I was going through my pictures folder and came across one that my friend Cameron had sent me last year. It makes me laugh evey time I look at it. Some people don't laugh when I show it to them. But they're wrong. It's so funny.

not for the faint of heart

I just came across this incredible prank phone call made by a comedian in Montreal to Gov. Sarah Palin. Posing as French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, he manages to speak with her for almost six minutes before he tells her she has been pranked. It is priceless AND painful to listen to.

so today is the day!

Not only is today the start of a new month but it is also the birthday of my brand new baby blog!

(It ALSO happens to be World Vegan Day. Who says they don't believe in evolution???!!! Read more here)

It is a captivating world we live in. And lately i've been feeling the need to talk about all that's transpiring with anyone and everyone willing to listen and to share ideas of their own.

I believe that it is through the act of deliberate reflection and authentic communication that we come to know ourselves, and can create connections with others that are so profound we come to know them as ourselves...

Also, I have felt for a long while that i don't contribute enough to the world around me, or rather, i know i am capable of giving much more. And so I have created this venue for sharing with you all that i deem interesting for the mind, nourishing for the body and enlivening for the soul...

be well and thanks for reading,