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HALLOWEEN CONFESSIONS

 

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I struggled about whether or not to write about this topic. And let me be clear even before my disclosure that I have nothing against pumpkins or candy corn. (Well, that's not entirely true… I actually haven't eaten candy corn in 20 years. But you get the point.) And I used to be pretty good at bobbing for apples once I figured out how to push the apple to the side of the tub so I could sink my teeth into it. And oh, yes, I had some great Halloween costumes over the years. (My favorite was the homemade Ace of Spades costume my dad made for me by cutting a large corrugated box for my head and arms, painting it white and affixing a black cut-out spade on both sides. I wore black tights, black shoes, a black turtleneck sweater and a black balaclava to keep my head warm. It was a great costume though unfortunately, my dad used latex-based paint that didn't dry in time for trick-or-treating. So he dusted it with talcum powder so my arms wouldn't stick to the sides!)

You're right. I digress. That's because this true confession is not easy to make.

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SIGNS

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Waiting for Signs
 
"I used to wait for a sign, she said, before I did anything. Then one night I had a dream & an angel in black tights came to me & said, you can start any time now, & then I asked is this a sign? & the angel started laughing & I woke up. Now, I think the whole world is filled with signs, but if there’s no laughter, I know they’re not for me". - Brian Andreas
 
Brian Andreas, creator of StoryPeople, is an imaginative writer and illustrator whose deceptively simple drawings and stories are in fact deeply profound messages to the soul. I read Waiting for Signs many years ago and have been hearing the laughter ever since.

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WHEN I WAS AN INDIAN - The Story Behind the Song

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Early on my spiritual journey, I allowed my inner guidance to suggest books for me to read, teachings for me to learn, questions for me to ask and answers for my asking. One of the paths that resonated deeply was Native American spirituality. Imbued with  a reverence for all of nature, the teachings touched my soul in a profound way.

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THE POWER OF THE ROSE

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If I had to pick one seriously life-changing event, I'd have to tell the story of the Rose Ceremony that took place by a waterfall in the Colorado wilderness. I was part of a group of thirty women participating in a week-long retreat run by former triathletes called Women’s Quest that combined physical activity (think: Boot Camp), interspersed with spiritual inquiry and team-building. We were learning how to roar - to be our best, biggest and most beautiful selves. 



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THREE LITTLE WORDS


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Last week's blog on Teflon versus Velcro seemed to resonate with many people, so I thought it might be useful to write about a way to soften the sting of criticism with three little words: Consider the Source. This simple tool has saved me many times...and I suspect it can save you too.

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ZACHARY AARON - The Story Behind The Song

 

There's a story floating around the internet that I heard many years ago from author Alan Cohen about a tribe in Africa and their songs of the soul. The story goes that when a woman feels it's time for her to become a mother, she first goes off by herself to listen for a melody to signal that it's the right time. Once she hears the melody, she teaches it to her husband. And when they conceive, they both sing that song to her belly throughout her pregnancy.

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TEFLON OR VELCRO?

 

Have you ever noticed that when someone says something that is unflattering to you, it's almost impossible to forget it? But when someone pays you a compliment, you quickly find a way to dismiss it? It's the Teflon versus Velcro conundrum…  Compliments slide right off like Teflon, but criticisms stick like Velcro.


AUTO-TUDE ADJUSTMENT

 

When I told a neighbor of mine in New York that I was moving to California, he said, "That's not just another state…that's another country!" I didn't exactly understand what he meant at the time, but it didn't take me long to discover he was right. And one of the most obvious differences is the number of vintage automobiles on the road with their very proud owners. Honestly, when I first got here I didn't understand what all the fuss was about.

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MAY I - The Story Behind the Song

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Prayer is such a personal expression. I remember reading an article by Joan Borysenko  who wrote about the differences in the way men and women prayed long ago. In the days before the enormity of prayer was squeezed into the limited form of words, women danced and sang and lifted their hearts to the heavens. Once language was introduced, specific words were assigned to specific things. The result was that instead of prayer being an ecstatic expression arising from the deepest part of us, it became rote and static except for the few who are able to transcend the limits of the words and travel straight to the essence of them.

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PEST CONTROL

 

There's a pest control company here in Southern California called Truly Nolan who uses their vehicles to advertise their business by putting mouse ears and whiskers on their cars. I always smile when I see one of their fleet tooling around my neighborhood. I know they take care of the typical household annoyances like mice and ants and wasp nests, and it got me thinking about other kinds of pests I wish they handled. The following pests are worthy of a house call:

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