Monday, December 19, 2011


I want to wish all of you a most wonderful holiday season. Tis the season to love love love. May all yours be filed with lots of love, peace,joy, and time spent with family and friends.I will be back on here after the holidays. So until then my friends I bid you fond wishes in all things.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Why is it so hard for us to embrace and accept change when it is inevitability going to come? Wish I had the answer to that one! We must learn to accept change and learn from our mistakes along the way. There was a story about a man who was convinced that he was dead.He went to see a psychiatrist but nothing the doctor told him would change his mind about him believing he was dead. Finally the doctor said to him,"You know that dead people don't bleed, don't you?" The man replied "Yes" The doctor then stuck him with a pin and he bleeds. "Well, what do you know?" said the patient. "Dead men do bleed afterall." That shows just how far we will sometimes go to keep from accepting change.But I believe if we are truly going to be happy then we must take the things that are making us miserable and "change" them. Or a t least accept that we must change our way of reacting to those things so they no longer will have power over us. One of my favorite authors Kahlil Gibran once stated :"I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. Yet strange I am ungrateful to these teachers." I think he is trying to tell us that change is necessary but we dont necessarily have to "like" the changes or the ones who brought the changes into our lives. The only thing constant in this life is change so we may as well learn to go with the flow and do the best we can no matter what changes we are faced with. I sincerely hope all the changes in your life will be "easy" to accept and will make you a better human being.I leave you now with thoughts of perfect love, perfect peace, and perfect oneness.May your day be a good one! And please try and do something nice for someone today!

Sunday, December 11, 2011


What the greatest gift you could ever receive? Would it be lots of money? A perfect romance with your soulmate? A body that never gets sick? What would you wish for?No matter what we "could" wish for I believe the greatest gift is that of a sound mind. If we are blessed with a mind that can see clearly past all the paradoxes and illusions of this 3-D experience we call human life then that is by far the greater gift.For with this mind we can become anything we wish to become! We can have anything we wish for if we learn to use our mind in the proper way. If there is anything you desire in life first see the thing with your "mind's eye" as already being manifest, believe it without any doubt, give thanks for it, and then release the "thing" from your mind to the Universal Mind and wait patiently until it does manifest in this material world.Nothing is impossible with the mind you  now have. Learn to use it properly, love it, share it, bless it and take care of it. After all this is the only mind you got as a human being. The Science of Mind has a quote which reads:The mind must conceive before the Creative Energy can produce...Try it. See if you can get it to work for you.Remember- it is done unto you as you believe! Now what is it that you truly believe? Only you can answer that one! I will leave you now with a thought from  Henry David Thoreau who once said:"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." May all you wonderful folks have a terrific week ahead.And if you can please try and do something nice for someone just because you can! "HUGS" to all

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Well as some would say--there is your mind,my mind, his mind, her mind, others mind, subconscious mind, conscious mind, rational mind, irrational mind etc etc.Wow, no wonder it can make one dizzy just trying to decide how many minds there are and how to use each one. But wait a second, What if there is only ONE mind? That's right just ONE MIND. As I see it this is the only truth of it all. One Mind that is used by each of us in the way we discern to use it. Boy, IM sure I could open up a can of worms by declaring there is only ONE MIND and that is exactly what I am saying! I truly believe ONE MIND is all we have. Now how you decide to use that Mind is entirely up to you and I would never try and tell you that my way is the "right" way or for that matter that my way means anything to you. I usually take quite a bit of flack when I say things like One Mind, One GOD in man as man is man. Or that all of us are Gods. Or anything else that goes against some religious beliefs.And I sure am not trying to convince you that your "way" is wrong or anything along those lines. All I am saying is that I personally believe there is only One Mind and that we are all a part of this Mind and the way we use this Mind is what brings each experience to us.Soren Kierkegaard once stated:"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true." I wholeheartedly agree with that statement.And from the Science of Mind comes this quote: There is no such thing as your mind, my mind, and God's mind. There is only Mind, in which we all "live and move and have our being." This also I agree with.My hope would be that each of you beautiful people can use your mind in a way that will not only enrich your life, but also gently touch other's lives in a way that brings joy and peace to both of you.And while you are at it why not do something nice for someone just because you can! I now leave you in peace, love, and joy!

Sunday, December 4, 2011


About the only thing I am sure of when it comes to this earthly world and life is that the only thing guaranteed is that it will change.Nature, Spirit, God, Allah,Buddha, or whatever name you give it will always change. Nothing in this material life stays the same.I agree with the poet Robert Frost who once stated the following:"The only thing Im sure of about life is that it goes on." And I might add that it changes also. Most changes are very subtle some are drastic and many others fall somewhere in between.And it is kinda ironic that most of us human beings resist change instead of embracing it. Even if the change would be "better" for us at times it still "hurts" to take the risk on change and we oft times subconsciously fight change. Seems like being comfortable with things even if they are not what we claim to want is easier for us than to accept the changes as they come along.I was talking with a friend the other day and we were discussing life in general and what it all meant. The two of us both feel that everything is one and that things are just as they are supposed to be right now. My friend did inspire me to think deeply about my own inner convictions and my choice's I've made as a human being.His question was if I believe that everything is perfect right now then why do I and what gives me the "right" to envision something 'different"? As he pointed out this was having me to "judge" that things needed to be changed and therefore were not perfect right now. Its really kinda like an endless loop question for me and I sure dont have the answers but in my journey I have chosen to accept things as they are while at the same time doing what I can to forsee a "better" world where we all walk hand in hand. Life is merely an illusion brought about by unknown truths that have yet to be discovered.At least that is the way I see it.And if this is the case I will continue to try and become the very best human being I can.And I will continue to see in my "mind's eye" a better world a more loving world a kinder world and a world where we all live  as one.This is only my "PATH" that I have chosen. Does that make it right for anyone else? I really cant say but I will say I hope that each of you wonderful folks will do your best to bring a little more love, kindness, and light into the world you find yourself in right now. I dont believe any of us have to wait til we die to find "heaven". We have it right here right now just waiting our discovery. I wish all of you a most wonderful week ahead and if you can please try and find a moment to do something nice for someone just because you can. "HUGS" to all

Friday, December 2, 2011


With the help of one of my favorite bands I want to explain how I sometimes feel. This entry could also serve as a tribute to Jerry Garcia who was the founding member(I think) of the band The Grateful Dead. This band played all over the country and had so many loyal followers who were affectionately called "Deadheads". I always loved their music but never had the opportunity to see them perform live.I think my favorite song of their's is the one titled "Truckin'. The words which are to describe the bands life on the road over the years seem to haunt me as if the song was written about my own life--not about traveling here as a person but rather as my travels as a "soul". I will be turning another year older in 3 days and as such Ive come to think more of what awaits me at the end of this earthly life. Not that I havent thought about things like that for many years now as I have always felt a little like I am in the wrong world for some reason and that one day I shall go back home to my "real" home where all is one and one is all.Guess thats why some consider me a "dreamer" I dont know. With a tip of the hat to the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia I will now share some of the lyrics of that song with you and my own meanings will be in parentheses. I do hope you will enjoy the song and at the same time get to know me a little better also.

Truckin' got my chips cashed in, keep truckin' like the do-dah manTogether, more or less in line, just keep truckin' on
 Arrows of neon and flashing marquees out on main street.
Your typical city involved in a typical daydream
Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings

Most of the cast that you meet on the streets speak of true love(Which to me is unconditional love)
Most of the time they're sittin' and cryin' at home (Should be out attempting to spread some love)
One of these days they know they better get going
Out of the door and down the streets all alone

Truckin' like the do-dah man, Once told me,"You've got to play your hand"
Sometimes your cards aren't worth a dime, if you don't lay em down( Your love aint worth nothing til you give it away and the cards cant be better till you play the ones you are given)

Sometimes the light's all shining on me, (When Im trying to share and become the finest human being I can possibly be)
Other times I can hardly see (When I allow life to get me down)

Set up like a bowling pin knocked down(By life's troubles and cares)
Its gets to wearing thin they just wont let you be (I cant be what everybody else wants me to be)

You're sick of hanging around and you'd like to travel
Get tired of travelin' and you want to settle down
I guess they can't revoke your soul for tryin' (Thank God for that)
Get out of the door and light out and look all around

Sometimes the light's all shining on me;
Other times I can hardly see (When I forget who I really am)
Lately it occurs to me, what a long, strange trip its been (I wouldnt trade it for anything tho)

Truckin' I'm a goin' home whoa baby back to where I belong
Back home, sit down and patch my bones (Thankfully no bones in spirit)
Hey now get back to truckin' home

 To all of you wonderful folks I sure hope you and yours have a most wonderful weekend filled with much love, peace, and joy. Please try and remember to do something nice for someone today just for the heck of it. At least it will make them think you are up to something! "HUGS" to all

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Be honest with yourself for a moment and ask:Is there anythiing from my past that is keeping me from fully enjoying each precious moment I have as a human being? If you listen with really open ears you will probably find out there is lots of stuff from the past that still haunt you in ways as to demean your presence here on earth. Sadly, most human beings tend to carry around all their past mistakes, disappointments, lost loves, golden opportunities gone astray, grudges against others, and on and on I could go. And by doing so it makes their lives a lot less lovable, a lot less caring, and a whole lot more stressful than it should be. How about just trying to relax sit quietly and let your mind wander to the days past and see if you can catch a glimpse of all those old "demons" you still carry needlessly around. And as you find them, right then, on the spot and in the one eternal moment you are now in just let it go. Curse it off if need be, laugh it out if that is easier, shout it out to the moon, write it out on apiece of paper, or do anything you need to to just let it go. All those "OLD" hurts, those grudges, those missed opportunities, all the negative things that are weighing you down and keeping you from flying on the wings of perfect love!If you can do that I can almost assure you that your days will be much brighter, your nights much more peaceful and your entire life a lot less stressful. Please, do yourself a favor and just try it. If it works right away thats great but if you are like me and most others in human form it may take more than one time to really clear out all the negatives. But if you will exert the right amount of time and energy and just keep on keeping on then one day you will arrive at the point of complete void of all things negative.Then your soul will be able to take flight right here right now! Not some later date in an "afterlife" but right now!Of course if you are able to arrive at this state of total Peace and perfect love you will have to continue to practice getting rid of the negatives every day because life will sure give you a bunch of negative s--- to deal with.But once you have experienced this state of "perfect love-perfect peace" you should always feel the "need" to go there again and again. Its not easy for sure but it is attainable. And even if all you get out of it is only one fleeting moment of feeling "perfect love and peace" bel;ieve me it will have been well worth the effort.My hope is that each of you can quickly find this state of "enlightenment" and then be quick to share with the world what it is you have learned! I leave you now with a quote from Martin Sheen who once said:"I'm not asked to be successful, I'm asked to be faithful to myself." May the new week ahead be filled with much love peace and wonder of life for you and yours!

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Today I see that one of my "followers" on the blog has opted to stop following it. Maybe it was the same person who copied my blog and mailed it to my brother. If that is the case I'd sure love to talk with whomever it was. Oh well, I always knew one cannot make everybody happy at the same time! To all of you other friends who remain readers of this blog I will say I love ya I wish the very best for you and yours and if by chance I ever do say something that upsets you or that you do not understand or that you totally disagree with then by all means please feel free to call or write me so we can talk. May the rest of this weekend bring all of you much love, peace, joy, and enlightenment!

Monday, November 21, 2011


Well friends once again it seems someone out there thinks I need to learn some lessons or something of the sort.Seems they printed some of my blog writings and sent them anonymously to one of my brothers so he could check on me to see if I am just crazy or what the deal is. This goess back to some time ago when I was writing on the subject of how I believe we are al a part of God and that there is no seperation of any sort between God and I or me or anyone .And as for the course once again some folks misinterpeted what I was sayinig and tried to say I waas claiming to be God myself. Well all I can say is that their interpetation was not what I was saying at all. But that being the case is not what I am talking about right now. What I would like to know is this--If you happen to be the one who felt it necessary to copy my words and send them to a family member I would like for you to tell me why you couldnt have just came to me in the first place. And why hide your idenity? Now I sure cant find fault with my brother who I know happens to love me even if he is pretty sure I am living a life of sin. He has come to me with good intentions to help me "find" the right way to God which happens to be by organized religion according to him. And even if I am slightly put out by having to try and tell folks that I am ok with where I am and who I am I stil can see why someone may want to help "save" me. At least my brother came to me in person to talk and didnt hide behind the cover of an anonymous letter such as the one someone sent him with my writings.What Im saying is directed to the one who did this and here is waht I say to you--If you have a problem with me or what I am doing with my life and my spiritual beliefs then at least confront me in person without hiding. Thats all I ask. I dont aim to change to make anybody more comfortable with my beliefs and I sure as heck will not apologize for doing what I feel right in my heart about doing.All I  can say is that if you dont agree with some of the things I say then either confront me personally or just get out of the kitchen entirely. And to all you good people who do understand some of my beliefs Im sure you have been subjected to some of the same kind of things in your life as I have. I dont have all the answers for sure and I dont claim to be God or anyone special but I do ask that as long as I give you the freedom to believe as you see fit then gi ve me the same right. That's all I ask. To those who truly do understand I want you to know how much I appreciate your friendship and unconditional love.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Take a moment to look within yourself and ask "Am I where I want to be?" Im afraid many of us would probably answer that with a resounding NO! I sure hope that is NOT the case you find yourself in right now. If you can truly say you feel like you are in the "perfect" place for you then I give you props and hope you can stay right there for as long as you want. By asking "where" you are Im not meaning the physical "where" as much as the mental "where". I can ONLY look at myself to answer that question. I cannot answer that question for you as you cannot answer it for me. I have found tho that in my quest for "spiritual" wisdom that it is very easy to delude myself into thinking I am now at the "where" I wish to be.As I look back at my life I can remember several occasions when I truly thought I had arrived at the place I wanted to be never to go back. But each time this has happened to me life then usually picks me up, turns me upside down, shakes the tar outta me, and then drops me someplace I'd rather not be for awhile. It is at those times when I have truly learned the most important lessons from life. Those moments when I am humbled by the power of "life" and have to once again start digging deep within my inner most being to rise up from the ashes of "troubling" situations and find my way back to some spiritual enlightenment. The one thing that I try to keep foremost in my conscious mind is the fact that I am truly an "unlimited" being and that I am capable of changing any circumstances into a learning experience and become a better human being for it. My wish for all of you is that you now find yourself on the path that is bringing you the best of everything and that you are truly fulfilled as a human being. If you do find things are not just "Quite right" at the moment I hope you can remember that you too are an "unlimited"  being and have within you the tools necessary to make any changes in your life that you desire.As you begin the new week ahead may you find yourself living in the moment and enjoying life at its very best.I will leave you with a quote from Eric Butterworth who has stated:"We are human in expression, but divine in creation and limitless in potentially." I leave you with thoughts of love peace and joy to you and yours. And as always if you can, please try to do something nice for someone just because you can!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Just taking a quick look at the way things seem sometimes can be really disillusioning. I dont know why but it seems as if human beings have the tendency to see things in a negative light more often than in a positive way. I suppose its partly because we at times take the "good" things in our lives for granted while bemoaning the things we donot have. But it may behoove us all to take another look at things in that positive light. And while looking  at the "negative" things we may find the positive in it simply by taking a closer look. Marcel Proust has been quoted as saying:"The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes." So if you are experiencing any "problems" in your life right now why not take another look with the "new eyes" you can look through? I do hope all of you are enjoying this wonderful day and that  tomorrow will be even better for you and yours.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


After my baby quit me I wouldn't even go outside
And when my friends tried to fix me up I'd crawl beneath the bed and hide
I knew I was never gonna change my luck til I got my courage up enough to try
And when i went ahead and spread my wings I found out that I could fly
Sometimes all it takes is a leap of faith.............................................

That verse from one of my favorite singers Delbert McClinton just about sums it all up for me. Many years ago I really related to those words after the one I loved just up and left me. And after many tears many laughs and many experiences I once again found love and that is when  i met my soulmate whom I have been happily married to for over 16 years now. But youknow what? I still return to hear those words form Delbert every time I start to feel like Im stuck and in  a rut. And as always it seems to help me unlock my consciousness so I can once again rise up; from the ashes of  "bad" experiences and jump back into  the fire. That leap of faith is sometimes all we need. My hope is that right now you find yourself happy and going along filled with joy and celebrating life to the fullest. But in case things arenot the way you want them to be I do hope you will find the strength to take that leap of faith and once again jump back inot the fires of this wonderful human existence. I leave you with thoughts of love peace and joy. "hugs' to all

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Nothing and I mean Nothing ever remains the same. I know, I know, you may say some things never change and it at times may seem that way, but believe me everything does change, somehow ,someway sometime. And whether or not the change is for the better or the worse is entirely up to us. You know what I truly love about this life? Well one reason is because no matter how bad or how good things seem at any gi ven moment life is always giving us the opportunity to make it even better. Yep, thats what I said Better! Now thats not to say that every change we go through is a pleasant experience quite the opposite is true lots of times. I have come to find out that the most heart wrenching, the most physically painful, the most mentally exhausting experiences are in fact the ones that will ultimately bring us the most satisfaction and the greatest spiritual growth in our lives. Thats just the way life works. If we let it that is. There are those who absolute refuse to grow and just curse their experiences as "bad luck" or whatever label they attach to the experience.I truly believe that every experience, no matter if we label it as good bad or anything else in between is really another opportunity for us to grow and become the best human being we possibly can. And as we face these challenges from day to day we can either face them with a positive attitude or one of utter disdain which will I think make our experiences "worse" than they have to be. One thing for sure tho is that with each experience, each challenge, each moment we are being transformed into either a "higher" or "lower" conscious being. I would hope that all of us can and will decide to face our daily experiences with anticipations of becoming a more loving, kinder, peaceful, and helpful human being. Please remember this statement from a person named Jan Richardson who has stated the following:" What we choose changes us. And who we love transforms us." My sincerest hope is that each of you wonderful people will have a most beautiful moment right now right here! I leave you with thoughts of love peace and goodwill now and forever. And if you will please take a moment right now to do something nice for someone just becasue you can and that you wish to. "HUGS" to all of you beautiful people.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Piero Ferrucci once stated:"To remember is to live. To forget is to die." If only all of us could "remember" who we really are. We're lots more than this human body, lots more than the human mind,lots more than we give ourselves credit for Im sure! I believe we all all made from the One Whole Perfect Spirit that prevades all of life.When we are born into this 3 --D world we quickly lose sight of the light and the truth of who we are. It is then up to us to "remember" who we are and to take the necessary steps to achieve that freedom of knowing. In the Science of Mind it is stated that Man(woman) has the ability to choose what they will do with their life, and is unified with a Law which will automatically produce their choices. If this is true then it should be plain to see that we can and will acccomplish much more good and have made manifest the things we wish to see when we remember.My hope is that each of you will quickly rise to the point in your life when you realize you are already a "perfect" spiritual being.Then I would hope after this realization you will begin your journey of helping others upon this path we call life. Take care my friends, enjoy each precious moment and please do something nice for someone just because you can.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Instant karma's gonna get you gonna smack you right in the face
You better get yourself together darling and join the human race
Why are we here? Surely not just to live in pain and fear
Who do you think you are? A superstar? Well how right you are
And we all shine on like the moon and the stars and the sun
Instant karma's gonna get to you knock you right off your feet
You better recognize your brother in everyone you meet
And we all shine on..........................................................................

I truly believe that in the above song by the late great John Lennon, that he was trying to get us to realize that how we treat others in this life is how we are treated ourselves in the near future. He used the word Karma but the smae principal has been repeated under different beliefs and tenants. One thing for sure tho I do believe is that for every action we take there will be a reaction of some sort. And I do believe if the action we take is a positive one that it will quickly return to us as a positive in our lives. And the opposite is just as true. And if that be the case then I think it would behoove us to be careful about the actions we take  toward others. Beware of that Instant Karma that can sometimes knock you right in the face! With that in mind I would hope all of you wonderful people will take a moment and do something nice for someone just because you can. May your tomorrows be excellent ones indeed!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Are you at this moment in the midst of living out your dream? I do hope so. And hopefully you have discovered the secret to living a life that you want and not just existing in one because you are here.I firmly believe all of us have within the ability to transform our lives and to make them what we desire.As we wind our way along the many paths of human existence we are faced with many twists and turns and opportunities to learn and to improve on those things we wish to.Whatever your goals are just try and remember that life gives back to you what you inwardly believe. If you desire something its not enough just to say it is true you have to train your mind to accept the thing as already being a fact even tho it may not have manifested in the material realm just yet.And if by chance you find yourself "stuck" and unable to move forward then its time to do the inner work and start training your mind to believe. Any goal you set for yourself is always possible no matter what previous beliefs you may have held. Writer Anais Nin once stated:"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Most of our spiritual growth comes with both pleasant and not so pleasant experiences.But the pain one experiences while growing in spirit will in time become most pleasurable. My desire for each of you is that you will attain all the "goodness" you desire and that when given this goodness you will always be quick to share with others. I will leave you now with a quote from the Science of Mind which states:Know your own mind. Train yourself to think what you wish to think; be what you wish to be; feel what you wish to feel, and place no limit on Principal! As you progress through the present day you have been freely given, please try and remember to do something nice for someone just because you can! Then you will be part of the solution this world desperately needs.And remember that I love you no matter what.Take care my friends and enjoy every moment!

Monday, October 10, 2011


I've often wondered why some folks are considered a great person and others are not. To me it seems we are all one and if true then all of us are great. But again great is just a term given to others as we again try to "label" everybody and every experience instead of just observing. What would we ever do if we didnt have our precious labels to put on others? Anyway getting back to what makes one great I suppose would depend on ones own sense of self-worth and the accolades of others.I tend to agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson who stated the following:"Not in his(hers) goals, but in his transitions is man great." Humm I just wonder, what will you do today that will inspire me to call you a great person? Hey that is an easy one for me to answer! If you will just do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return then I already consider you a "great" person. I leave you with thoughts of perfect peace, perfect love and perfect oneness.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Ever tried to describe yourself to someone else? It's not an easy thing to do. And sometimes I think we don't even know who we truly are. And if that is the case  then no wonder its hard to describe yourself. Just take a moment right now and ask yourself the question--Who am I? Think about that and watch the thoughts begin to bombard your mind. I'd like to share a quote with you from Martin Buber who has stated---"I am the sum of my commitments, or in other words, I am what I choose to stand up and be counted for, and those choices define me." We are all free to choose the kind of human being we wish to become. My hope is that each of you will make a conscious choice to become the very best human being you can by developing a life immersed in unconditional love. If one can do this then they will be nicer to everyone, they will be more forgiving, kinder, more loving , peaceful, and willing to share the good they have with others.We each have the ability to become whatever type of person we want to be. The Science of Mind gives us this quote---Freedom of will means the ability to do, say, and think as one wishes; to express life as one personally desires. I hope each of you will be blessed with a wonderful weekend filledf with much love peace and joy.And if you can why not do something nice for someone just because you can!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Are you looking for grand and epic truths? Truths that if lived by will set you free! If so please dont forget that these truths are more often found in the mundane experiences of life instead of being bestowed upon you by a Master or a Voice from the clouds.Enjoy all the "little" things and the simple pleasures in your everyday experiences and in those moments you will see the truths you search so desperately for.My hope is that each of you are doing great and are remembering to let your light shine brightly. I leave you now with a quote from Abraham Maslow who has stated:"The great lesson from the true that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in ones neighbors, friends, and family, in ones own back yard."

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Meister Eckhart once said:"God is in, we are out, God is at home in us, we are abroad." And from the Science of Mind comes this quote:We are all immersed in the atmosphere of our own thinking, which is the direct result of all we have ever said, thought, or done. Let us all be reminded that we are already the Peace, the Pure Love, and the Intelligence we are looking for!  I truly hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and new week ahead!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


I love those lyrics from an old song by Pink Floyd! Every time I hear it I am reminded at just how easily one can slide into a life that is at best "comfortably numb" Hopefully myself and all of you are stilll able to keep the "dreams" alive in our experiences and can move past the "numbness" of this often times dark world.Sure hope all of you are enjoying a great weekend. Be safe "out there" and enjoy every minute of your experiences! And try to remember to do something nice for someone just because you can!"HUGS" to all!

Sunday, September 18, 2011


How would you like to become a human being who had everything they could ask for and even more? It would be great dont you think? Does it seem like to you that this would be impossible to attain this state of being? Is it possible after all to be able to achieve any and every thing your heart desires? Does it seem within your grasp or rather like an unobtainable dream? And if this is a possibility in this life, then how does one get to the point of realizing the truth and then go about the process of living this life of "unlimitless"? Well, I am sure of one thing and that is that you are the only one who can answer these questions about yourself. And I can tell you that in my personal experience I have found that this "dream" can be achieved even if I still have a ways to go before I reach that state. Are there still things I wish for to happen in my life? You bet there is! Im not gonna try and tell you that I have found some mysterious way to fulfill that dream of being an unlimited human being. Yet there are those who claim to know the "secret" as to how to get there but most of those folks are the same ones who will share all their secrets of abundance, great health, good looks, stress free living etc for some of your hard earned money.Dont get me wrong though- if someone truly does kknow those "secrets" I cant really blame them for not just giving it away for free when they can make good money selling it. After all most everything that is worth a great value does not come into our lives without a pricetag on it! And I believe its ok to sell your private "information" to others who are willing to pay for it. The problem I do have though is those folks who promise us the "good" life but after we "pay" for the so called info it turns out to be nothing more than one persons con to split us up from our money. So I would advise to always be careful about who and where you send your money. In todays world where the almighty dollar seems to be the idol we crave it can be easy to fall prey to those who are not above taking your money and running.One thing I do sincerely believe though is that as human beings we are born with an innate way to access our minds in a way that we can then attract whatever it is we want to have made manifest in our experiences.But we must first learn to "unlearn" all the "wrong" things we were taught as a child.Put out of your mind and vocabulary the words can't and won't and maybe and replace those words with I can I will and Im sure. The Universal Mind will hear your words and thoughts and will serve to act upon those thoughts to make manifest those things you deeply believe in. As Sam Keen once stated:"In the moment you become disillusioned with your normal satisfactions, and ask what do I really desire, your soul rather than your ego takes charge of your life." When this happens you are then on the road of discovery and closer to attaining the state of an "unlimited" human being. In conclusion I will share with you the following statement from the Science of Mind Textbook---Marvelous as the concept may be, it is none the less true that man(woman) has at his disposal--- in what he(she) calls their Subjective Mind-------a power that seems to be Limitless.My sincere hope is that each of you will soon discover(if not so already) the road that leads back to one's self and can then find the4 way to live a more fulfilling and joyful life. And as you go along finding life's delights in the most obscure places please try to  remember to freely share the "good" you encounter in life with others around you. Together we can make this world a much brighter place! Peace love and joy I now leave you with and hope the new week ahead will be one filled with much love along the way!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Hi folks. I know I have to be reminded at times to remember to just observe life and not get too caught up in reacting to everything that transpires. It really sounds simple to stop reacting and just observe but I have found it is one of the hardest things to do well as a human being. And that is because human beings are by nature reactive beings.As a new born we are good at observing things without too much judgement but that quickly dissipates as we begin to grow.We quickly learn(and are taught by well meaning adults) to react to everything that happens to us.But sad to say most of the time we are taught to react negatively to lots of things.We are told no, we cant do that, no we will never be able to acxcomplish our goals etc etc.Before you know it we are adults on our own in the world of illusion trying our best to just get by.And when things do not go our way we react in numerous negative ways that affect not only our bodies but minds as well. And very often we will find ourselves feeling miserable without even knowing why. Over the years I have had to "unlearn" lots of things taught to me when I was a child. At the same time I have tried to be better about just living a life of observing more and reacting a lot less. This has helped me to find ways to live a fuller and more enjoyable life. To give you an example of what I mean I will tell you about the way I used to be and the way I am now(at least the way I strive to be) Years ago I was what you would call an aggressive driver. I wasnt reckless but I did get upset way too often when other drivers would do something I considered dumb.Like pulling out in front of me as i quickly approached. Or those drivers who got in the fast lane and slowed everybody else down by not getting over to the slower lane.  At those times i would usually react by honking the horn, by getting way too close to their bumper, or just by silently cursing them under my breath. I never had what they call road rage thankfully and never wanted to physically confront the other driver. But I was guilty of letting the circumstances drive up my blood pressure and at times even ruining what had been a pleasant drive up til then.Now when I am confronted by this circumstance instead of reacting to the situation I just observe what is happening and find myself asking questions like "I wonder why this driver is intent on staying in the fast lane when he is not even going the speed limit" Or "I wonder why this guy pulled out in front of me. Did he not see me? Or was he on  a phone? etc" and by doing this I manage to keep from getting upset with things and instead remain calm and just allow "life" to "happen". You know it never fails to amaze me as to just how much more easier and beautiful this life is when I just observe and not react. Of course Im not saying we should never react to anything because not only would that be impossible it would probably get us killed. But Im sure you can see what Im talking about. Maybe you can try that for the next day or so and see for yourself if it helps to "uncomplicate" your own life.I now leave you with thoughts of love peace and joy for you and yours.And please try and remember to do something nice for someone today just because you can!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


One of my favorite authors Richard Bach once wrote:"Every person , all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there.What you choose to do with them is up to you." And if this is the case ( which I believe is ) that means we can no longer blame anyone or anything for the circumstances we find ourselves in right now. Every one of us must stop playing the "blame game" and as Gandhi said "We must be the change we wish to see....". On this day especially as we remember the terroist attacks on the United States in 2001 may we all "see" the light which burns at the center of our souls and then radiate the pure unconditional love from within to gently touch all life. On a personal note I want to express my thanks for all the brave men and women who have and are still fighting to rid the world of terroism. Yes I am a dreamer but I still dream of a world where all men women and children live as one united in pure love for one another.And if I ever do give up on this dream then my life here will be done. "HUGS" to all of you wonderful folks out there.I leave you in peace and love and hope for a better world today and tomorrow!

Sunday, September 4, 2011


I really do love this life I have been priviliged to be a small part of.I find so many wonders that just leave me speechless. This planet is just so awesome. Personally I have never understood how such things as radios, computers, satellites, etc work. I just accept things like that as being a "miracle". At the same time I have also come to see a lot of "darkness" that envelops us humans way too often.And I know that in every life there are times when the darkness seems unbearable and it looks as if the light will never shine again. But all the experiences Ive been through and the situations I have been exposed to have led me to believe that the "Light" will always return unto us when we get our "little ego" selves out of the way and allow the light to shine wherever it wants to. I truly believe that we are ALL a small part of the light that brings all good things to this earth. And we can and should always allow that Light to shine through us as us in every circumstance that we possibly can. For when we allow the "darkness" to envelop us it not only hurts us but it also hurts the entire planet.My hope is that each of us can and will today allow that "LIGHT" to shine and to gently touch each life we connect with.Enjoy the day and try to remember to do something nice for someone  right now! As the Buddha once said:"Be a light unto yourself." and if you do that Im sure you will find your life filled with even more "wonders" to behold. I leave you now in love, peace, and joy.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


One thing for sure is that if you are a human being and live long enough you will experience some pain and sufffering as you travel upon your chosen path. But that's not to say that we can't alleviate or even do away with the pain completely. Its just that as human beings we are prone to learn things the hard way. Why do you suppose so many parents just shake their heads while trying to get their kids to realize that they(the parent) have already learned a particuliar lesson the hard way by enduring pain and suffering, but even though the kids will not listen and will instead choose to learn the same lesson the hard way? Its because we must experience something for ourselves and no matter how many times someone else explains it to us we still cant see it clearly until we have gone through the experience for ourselves. Therein lies the reason we continue to experience more pain and suffering than we need to.But the ray of hope and truth that shines within our souls will show us the lessons without the physical and emotional pain when we learn to listen and truly take heed to that "small still voice" that speaks to us when we get our "little bloated ego" selves out of the way long enough.There are always many ways to "learn" the lessons of life we need without so much as a dusting of emotional and physical pain. It is a learned asset and I think we must take time to get to truly "know" ourselves. In the Science of Mind Textbook it states that this world is beginning to realize that it has learned all it should through pain and suffering. But even so I personally think we as a human family have a ways to go before we can really stop all the pain. But we have the potential to do that and I sincerely hope we can find the right methods to get this done quickly. And I hope all of you now find yourselves having learned "all" you need to by suffering any pain. May the future lessons be ones not fraught with pain and suffering. I will leave you with a quote from Nena O'Neill who states:"Out of every crisis comes the chance to be reborn." May all of you have a most blessed evening and new day tomorrow.And dont forget to do something nice for someone just because!

Monday, August 29, 2011


Why is it we oft times feel depressed, sad, hurt, angry, or any other negative emotions? There can be many reasons I'm sure but I do believe all of these negative emotions can be overcome when we find our true center and attune our every thought within that center of perfect peace, perfect love, and perfect understanding.I think we must look within our own hearts and subconscious minds to again reunite with that sacred center. But no matter how long we have felt "removed" from this center you can be assured it is still there. Always has been and always will be. Our lives can be made so much more content and joyful and better in every regard if we take the time to find and connect and remain attuned with this center of our true being. Ralph Waldo Trine once stated the following:"To find one's center, to become centered in the Infinite, is the first great essential of every satisifactory life."  I have to agree with Mr. Trine on that! My sincere hope is that each of you have right now found yourself totally immersed with the Infinite Sacred Center of your being and that your life is one filled with much love peace and joy. May your new week be a great one! I would ask that as you go along in living that you try to do something nice for someone today and that yo share your love with all!

Friday, August 26, 2011


Human beings are a funny sort I do believe.We make things harder than they should be and then blame something or someone else when things dont go as we want them to. And after that we go back again and retry expecting a different outcome even though we are still doing things the same way! Go figure that one out! And of all the things we want to understand the most is the thing that really is the easiest. That being ourselves.We try to figure out what makes us tick, why we do things in a particuliar way, why we like the things we do and detest the other things.And more often than not we continue to look "outside" of ourselves for the answers we seek.And all the while we already have all the answers lying in sweet repose deep in our subconscious minds. The problem as i see it is we are looking for things while not realizing that we are the "answers" we are seeking or as  its been said  what we are looking for we are looking with! To do an honest assessment of who we are and what we are here for does take a lot of deep soul searching and we must come face to face with our doubts and fears and get past those to truly find the "bliss" of the soul where all answers are found. And yes we can find help from others in our search but we must always be mindful that anything we "hear" or or told by another is just their truth expressing and it doesnt necessarily answer our questions for us. It always comes down to the fact that we have to closely examine our own minds and then maybe we can find those answers we crave.I do hope all of you wil have a truly terrific weekend ahead. Be safe and have fun! And try to do at least one good thing for someone else just because you can!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Ervin Seale once stated:"Because it is Infinite it is One, and because it is One it must be everywhere."
I agree! And I feel that the Infinite Spirit which is flowing through all life as life is all of us right here right now. Sure our little ego "selves" will one day fade into the nothingness of the land that once was and we will again return to the perfect spiritual state of being with the Infinite One. If this is the case tehn I think it would behoove all of us to be a little kinder, a little more loving and a little more understanding of each individual lifeform as they appear in our lives as friends, lovers enemies, or whatever label you decide to use.What a terrific world this could be if everyone loved everyone  else and went out of their way to be nice to everybody.I surely hope each one of you will have a truly blessed new week ahead of you. May it be filled with much love peace understanding and kindness. And please remember to do something nice for someone just because you can!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I surely hope all of you are feeling well and that life is bringing to you all those things you desire. I have found that in this 3 dimensional world which is just chocked full of illusions and paradoxes that it can be just a little tricky at times for one to stay attuned with their center of being or consciousness. And therein I believe lies the root cause for most of humanity's struggles. For when one of us becomes distracted from their "true" self it not only hurts that person but it affects all of us in a negative way.Now you may think that another's problems or lack of inner peace woujld not affect you personally I would have to disagree.All thoughts whether positive or negative carry the same effect on us as human beings. This is often referred to as the collective consciousness of the world. In much the same way as stated by others before me akin to the belief that when a butterfly flaps its wings it also affects the world everywhere.To me that is like the universal law which says for every action there will be a reaction- and whether or not the action is positive or negative it makes no difference to the Law of life. This Universal Law only knows to be true to Itself and cannot do any thing other than that. I wish we as humans could be more like that.For if we can ever reach the stage of enlightenment where we truly know who we are then we could be as the Law and only be true to who we really are.  But in this world of illusion there are just so many things that we allow to affect us to the point that we "forget" who we are and what we should be doing in this world.From the time we are born we begin to lose sight of who we really are. This usually happens because we are "taught" by oft times well-meaning adults as to how we should live and what we should deem important. And on top of those teachings we are often told(and most times incorrectly) how to go about fulfilling our innate desire to discover who we truly are and how to rediscover our spiritually.From the moment we are "born" in this world, we begin to quickly lose sight of who we are and what is really important to learn as we grow.Personally I cant buy into a belief that says we are all born in "sin". That really doesnt feel anywhere close to being "right" to me. But Im not knocking that belief for those who do believe that because I know many many people who do believe just that. And that's ok by me if they are truly happy and feel secure with that belief. Because it is surely not my intention to tell anyone their belief system is "wrong". This world is full of so many different beliefs and religions and rituals etc that it is no wonder so many of us have a hard time trying to get back to our center where the answers to all our questions remain.Many try to find that place by looking "outside" of themselves. I think we should look "inward" instead. I also dont mean to put down any religion but I have found that for me at least religion just doesn't answer my questions. If I may say though any thing you hear or read from anyone you are only hearing their "truth". And their truth is colored by their own personal convictions and circumstances. Just as my beliefs are colored by my perceptions of life.And personally I don't think any man or woman is any more a man(woman) of God than I am. Sure they may carry a title of Reverend, Pastor,Elder, Preacher, Priest etc but to me that doesn't make them any smarter or more versed in spiritually that you and I are.They are mostly teaching the thngs that have taught to them and thats fine in my way of seeing as long as it doesn't make them think their way is the "only" way to find spiritual enlightenment.And speaking of finding spiritual enlightenment for me meditation has been one of the most useful tools I have found to aid me in shaping my spiritual understanding. Most everyone has heard ofmeditation and lots of folks use this method. To me at least when I need to find an answer or just get back to my calm "center" of being this tool has been so very important.Meditation sounds easy but I know from experience that it can be rather trying at times to get alone and be still long enough for it to do any good.If you have tried this method Im sure you know what I mean. If you haven't tried it yer may I suggest you give it a try. There are many forms of instruction on meditation real handy.Villa Faulkner Page has stated the following:"Contact through prayer or meditation or the silence releases one from the influence of sensation, emotion, objective or mortal thought, desire, and will." And I really believe if one is to find this place of inner peace and tranquility it is imperative to get the mind off the aforementioned items that Villa used in that sentence.And a quote from the Science of Mind says this:{Spiritually} springs from within. coming from that never-failing fountain of life....... So there are my thoughts on meditation and finding ones center. And I sincerely hope all of you have already discovered the "real" you that is oft times misdiagnosed as your "ego" self and vice versa. And I feel it is so extremely important to be able to always know the difference if you acting from the ego self or the true you.I leave you all now with thoughts of peace , love, harmony, joy and good health.May your today be beautiful and all your tomorrows even better!And please try and remember to do something nice for someone right now!"HUGS" to all.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


What has this day brought into your life may I ask? And looking back upon all the things that arrived at your doorstep how many of those do you accept responsibility for? I do believe we are constantly drawing into our "reality" those things which we are keeping closest in our everyday thoughts.If this is true then it makes sense that if one is constantly thinking of negative things then life will be more than happy to bring them more negative experiences. And just the opposite is true also,, that is if one thinks and mentally accepts "good" things to appear then life does that for them as well. And if you believe that then I would say that we all need to become more aware of ALL our thoughts at all times. Even those thoughts or words we use even in a joking manner will be taken in by the Universe and then sent back to us in a form that matches our thoughts or words. For example if one would say I bought a lottery ticket but I know Im just giving my money away or maybe say I just dont ever win anything etc. Then life will take those thoughts or words even if we were only kidding and act on them as if it was truly what we wanted. Life knows no difference about "truth" or "lies" or Jokes" etc it only has to do according to the deepest thoughts we harbor.If I may suggest take a few moments and look deeply inside your subconscious and try to find your deepest feelings and thoughts about your life. It may take a long time and lots of work but if you can do that then I would say you are on the path to understanding and that your life will begin to be the one you have always wanted. Just beware of the "illusions" and "paradoxes" of life and also beware of the beliefs of others who will tell you their way is the "only" way to enlightenment. Take for instance these words of mine I have written in this blog. I firmly believe I am following my "path" of enlightenment and also sharing my "good" with others. But I am also aware that my beliefs are just that-MINE! And with that being the case I know that my beliefs are surely not the only way to find enlightenment and I would never tell you to follow me and just accept my words as truth.You should first think upon what I say and then listen to your heart and see if you can hear a small "inner voice" that says- yes this does make sense to me and I am going to try and see where this leads me. On the other hand if that voice says to you this guy is full of B/S and his beliefs are crazy then I would by all means say to you- thanks for taking the time to listen and Im sorry you dont see what I am trying to share and that is ok too. Because I believe there are many different "ways" for us to attain enlightenment. My way is "right" for me but may be entirely "wrong" for you.I would like to share a quote from Christian D. Larson who states:"We must decide where we are to live, think, and act when we use our faith, speak the word, affirm the true, and vision the perfect." And one line from the Science of Mind Textbook which to me holds so much truth is this:What untold grief of heart might be relieved by words of cheer and forgiveness. How true my friends is that! Here's hoping that all of you wonderful folks are having a terrific weekend loaded with lots of fun, love, peace, and all good things. And as always may all of you remember to do something nice for someone today just because you can!Until later I leave you in love and peace.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Whatever it is that you desire more of whether it may be love, money,happiness or whatever else, you must first learn to give away that which you already posess to then be able to receive more. As the old saying goes Life Abhors A Vacuum! It may sound opposite as to what your ego self is telling you but there is a Natural Law of the Universe that has no choice but to give back to you that which you first give away. That may sound like a paradox but then again I do believe this world is just full of paradoxs and illusions. So if you want more love in your life--give more love to others in an unconditional way and Im sure you will receive more love back than you ever imagined.Its a little harder I know to give away money when you find yourself unable to even pay your debts but with faith and confidence you can learn to accept that by giving you are receiving more. As Daniel Boone Herring states:"Let us begin to see what we can give, and start the limitless well of refreshment within our own souls to flowing outward." I sure hope all of you are enjoying a great moment right now and that the following moments will bring even greater pleasure for you and yours. Please try to remember to do something nice for someone today just because you can! "HUGS"

Saturday, August 6, 2011


As human beings it is so easy for us to fall into the trap of thinking we are alienated from our brothers and sisters and even our Creator. Often times we get "lost' in our thinking due to circumstances that seem to tell us we are apart from all the "good" we desire. We see others as being "apart" from us when in reality they are a part of us.Funny what a little space in that word does--a part or apart. See what I mean. In my humble opinion all of us yes all life forms are a part of each other. We are made from the same substance, and animated by the same Spirit that has created All things both big and little. I can honestly say I feel connected to each soul here on earth while at the same time feeling the same connection to our animal friends, to the sky, the ocean, the flowers, and on and on.Our differences are those we "learn" as we grow up and are "taught" the things others think we should assume as being the truth. But I would say just beware what anyone tells you is the truth because they are only expressing their truth and it may not be right for you at this time. We must all arrive at our own personal truths by learning to silently listen with our spiritual ears and seeing with our spiritual eyes. And most importantly I do believe is for us to learn to truly listen to what our hearts are telling us. This 3 dimensional world we call home is just a haven for paradoxes and illusions. It then becomes our task to discern what is truly the truth and what is merely an illusion or paradox.This I believe is a life long task and we can learn something new every day if we keep our minds open to what the Universe is telling us.May all of us learn to accept each other as a brother or a sister and then maybe we can begin to treat each other a little better. C. F. Potter states the following:"If you can feel yourself a child of the Universe, or as some put it, a son (or daughter) of God, you will never feel unrelated anywhere." And from J.B. Goldstone comes this nugget of truth:"To improve our circumstances, we must first increase our knowledge and enlarge our consciousness." The Science of Mind states this:Life is a motion picture of subjective causes. And also from the SOM comes this statement-Suffering may be salutary in that it leads us to a place where we learn that it is unnecessary!  I sincerely hope each  of you folks are having a most wonderful weekend so far. May the rest of this  day bring all  of you much love, peace, joy and all good things.Please try and remember to do something nice for someone today and in doing so you will be doing something nice for all of us including yourself!"HUGS" to all of you!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


What does the word harmony mean to you? Webster's New World Dictionary defines harmony as follows:1. pleasing agreement of parts. 2. agreement in ideas, action, etc 3. pleasing combination of musical tones.  So using these definitions we can say harmony is a "good" state of being. Those times when you find yourself feeling happy full of life, and ready to conquer the world you could say you are in harmony with life. And just the opposite would be true when you are struggling with the details of every day living. With this being said doesnt it make sense of us to strive to find a way where we can get our lives in harmony with the Universal Laws. By doing so we are then able to relax, set our intentions to accomplish whatever it is we want to see made manifest. And I would also say that every moment spent in disharmony is time spent unwisely except for the fact that we can take those times and learn some lessons. I firmly believe that all things in mind and spirit as well as the physical are meant to be in harmony. And it is omnly when we "lose" that state of harmony that we really suffer. Elizabeth Carrick-Cook states:" All things return to harmony, for harmony is the natural state of being; upon it rests the principal of mathematics, of music, of all intelligent understanding." I agree with that statement wholeheartedly! And the Science of Mind Textbook says this: A sense of real completion can come only to that soul that realizes its Unity with the Great Whole. I also agree with this statement. I sincerely hope that each of you right now find yourself in total harmony with all of Life and that you are feeling  on top of the world.If this is the  case then may I suggest you share some of your "goodness" with at least one of your fellow brethren of this world. If on the other hand you are not feeling the "connection" or harmony with life then I am sending some positive thoughts to you right now in hopes that your "fog" will be quickly lifted and that you can once again attain the state of inner harmony with all of life. May the rest of this week be a really great one for you and yours! I leave you now with love, peace,and joy!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


You've probably heard that before some time or another. Just be in the moment. Sounds easy doesn't it? But if one looks closely it really isn't that easy to do. I mean its easy enough to tell yourself Ok I'm gonna just stay in this moment and enjoy for awhile but after a few moments at best we usually find our minds once again filled with chatter about what happened yesterday or what we are planning on doing tomorrow. And as soon as that happens we are no longer "in the present moment". Instead we have crossed the threshold and entered our minds either into the past or the future. But in reality all we truly do have is this "one eternal moment" and if we can find out how to stay in the moment more often we will surely find our lives more fullfilling and a lot less stressful. We all know we cannot change the past. No matter how much we wish we could we know it is not possible yet we spend so much time thinking of the past and usually beating ourselves up for it! And if we are not thinking of the past we are usually thinking of the future. And as I see it there really is no future its only an illusion, cause when tomorrow does come it isnt the future it is the "NOW" that 1 Eternal moment. I know just  how "hard" it can be to quiet the mind and enter that state of grace where th only thing thought of is the moment we find ourselves but it can be done. Give it a try and just let your mind be free of the past and the "future" for once and truly learn to "BE" and just let your soul and mind be absorbed in the "NOW" I've had people tell me they have no time to be in the moment--there is too much too do- but I have to disagree. If you are reading this right now then you may be in the Moment and your mind completely on what it is you are reading. Whenyou get enrapted in a good movie or book you ten dto be in the moment. So dont tell me you dont have the time to try cause you do if you really want to.And hopefully when you do you will find it to be such a respite form life s troubles and stress you will be sure to take a moment every day to just "be" My hope is that all of you will find the same peace I have found in my own soul by doing this on a regular basis. I leave you now with hopes of peace, love, joy, and understanding to each of you. "HUGS" to all

Sunday, July 17, 2011


It is so extremely difficult in today's world for any of us to be really true to ourselves.More often than not we bend and alter our own true desires so we can make others happy along the way.Most of these changes we make for others we do in love as a form of sacrifice to show the other one that we care enough to change and bend ourselves to accommodate their feelings. This is I believe very normal and even healthy in most regards but we must be careful that we dont give away all of our desires and hopes just to please others. Relationships call for the practice of give and take but it must be on a level playing field.If all we do is give give gi ve and give then we will surely one day find ourselves full of resentment toward the one or ones who we have been giving. We must learn to take some along the way and do what we need to do to feel we are fulfilling our mission here on earth.This game of give and take with others is often tricky and can be very upsetting.I believe we all must first take heed and listen to our own hearts as to what we should gi ve away and what we should keep for ourselves.Whatever your dreams are I do hope you will not let them go undiscovered because of what someone else wants or expects of you.Any thing your heart speaks to you to do then I would say do it and the rest be damned! As V. Manley Ayers states:"The individual's quest for divine satisfaction is the quivering of the compass needle, which is never still until it finds its North." I will leave you now with a thought from the Science of Mind which says; Let each of us resolve to be true to his(her) inner light, true to the truth as he (she) understands It." I hope all of you folks have a truly enlightening and peaceful week ahead which will bring forth much love and joy and goo dhealth to you and yours."HUGS" to all.

Monday, July 11, 2011


Hey before you abuse, criticize, and accuse  better walk a mile in my shoes
Now your whole world you see around you is just a reflection
And the law of commons says you're gonna reap just what you sow
I love those words from an old Joe South tune back in the 1970's. Those words were true then and remain true today.If only we could all see the world and its myriad illusions from each other's eyes for just a moment maybe then, just maybe we could have peace at last. Yes, I am a dreamer but I will still take a look at any others beliefs and try not to judge too harshly.I'm pretty sure most of us would love to  live in a world that is big enough for all different views so we could live in peace. I leave you all with hopes of love, peace, joy, and all good things for you and yours."HUGS"

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Do you ever wonder just how it came to be that the path of life you are on doesn't seem to quite fit the bill? Hopefully, you can honestly say the path you are on at this moment is the one you have chosen to bring you the life lessons you need to experience. Many times we as humans get so engrossed in our ego thinking and ego ways of doing things we literally "forget" that we can and are able to choose the path that will bring us the most love, the most joy, the most enlightenment, the most of all "good" things we can imagine. WE literally get lost in the ways of this illusionary 3-D world and fall victim to life's circumstances. Then we either get disheartened or angry or just disgusted and give up on trying to improve our lot in life.Its happened to me on several occassions and even though Im not proud of that fact I have learned to accept that this too is ok as long as I finally learn whatever lessons there are for me and then be able to get back upon the path I choose--not the path someone else or even life itself chooses for me. And when I do reclaim my Power and choose the path I want I can then really really enjoy every moment and take it all in as a learning experience. One thing about this life for sure is that it is filled with an untold myriad amount of paths for us to choose from.One think I personally have learned the "hard" way is that another's path may be great for them but if I try to just copy their path and do as they say I should do then I have always wound up being lost again. I truly think that each individual has to make their own personal choice as to which path to take.And another person's path that brings them inner contentment and joy could easily be another's path to downright torture. So I feel it is so very important to choose wisely as to which path to journey upon and if one finds that path not to be fulfilling then be not afraid to jump off and begin another path completely.One of my favorite authors is Carlos Castenada and in his book "The Teachings of Don Juan"(No not the womanizer Don Juan , rather the old Native American medicine Man Don Juan) he states that one only has one question to ask concerning the path he or she has embarked upon, and that is to ask if the path has Heart. If it does then the path is definitely the right one for the time being.Might I suggest you take a few moments, relax, free your mind of all thoughts(the best you can) and then ask yourself that question------Does the path I am now on have Heart... then listen quietly as Spirit gently whispers  the answer to the question. My sincerest hope is that each of you will be able to honestly say to yourself---Yes, my path does indeed have Heart! For if you can say yes to that then I would have to say keep on keeping on my friend! I now leave you with vibrations of peace, love, joy, and healing. Try to remember that you can make a difference in this life by just doing one little act of random kindness for someone. I hope you will quickly spread some love and joy and peace to someone you may just happen to pass by on the street.It only takes a fleeting moment to do something nice for someone.And I sincerely hope your path will connect with mine somewhere down the road so I can say hi and give you a big hug. Take care my friends and be the very best human being you possibly can.

Monday, June 27, 2011


From a Sufi seer named Pir Vilayet Khan comes the following question----"Why aren't you dancing for joy at this very moment? is the only relevant spiritual question." Think about that statement for a moment or two my friends and then answer honestly to yourself . I think that quote says so much about the simple art of living life fully. I sure hope all of you right now find yourself dancing in rhythm to the beat of another beautiful evening in Paradise.But if for some reason you are having trouble dancing with this beautiful flow of life then please take my hand and I'll try my best to take you there. "HUGS" to all of you my dear brothers and sisters of humanity.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


"If I was at a place where dreams are for dreamers, and all the things you wished came true....I'd wish the world had all happy people, then there'd be no more wishing to do...OH sweet sweet love......." These lyrics from an old Commodores song written and sung by Lionel Ritchie have always had a deep and special meaning in my heart ever since I first heard the song. What a beautiful thing to dream...that all people were happy the world over and there would be no need for hatred bias and all the silly things we do to our fellow human beings every day. Just think about that. Wouldnt it be great indeed! And yes, I am a dreamer but as the late great John Lennon once said..."You may say I'm a dreamer but Im not the only one, and I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one."  To all of you extraordinary folks out there that I call friends, my sincerest wishes are for you to have a truly terrific week ahead! May it be filled with lots of love, joy, peace, and fun things. And please remember as you journey along the pathway of this life to stop today and do something nice for someone just because you can! "HUGS" to all.

Monday, June 20, 2011


Ralph Waldo Emerson states in his work"The Over-Soul" Man is a stream whose source is hidden. I agree with old Mr Emerson.Folks look for this Power, this God, this Allah, This Spirit, This whatever you wanna call it, in all kinds of places but seldom find it. Why is this? I surely cant say for sure but I will instead relate the following story I once heard. There were once 3 wise and worldly women who were given the task of where to place the greatest power in the universe. The first woman wanted to place it on top of the highest mountain. But they soon agreed this would not work because too many people would find this power and possibly misuse it.The second woman wanted to hide it in the deepest ocean. But again they ruled that out for the same reasons.The third woman said "Let us put the greatest power of the universe within each individual. No one will ever think of looking for it there."  This fable says to me that if we truly want to discover God, or Spirit, or Universal Mind etc we should begin our search by looking deep within our own minds and soul. And I think that is where it will be found! My hope for all of you wonderful folks is that your search will quickly bring to you the discovery that we are all ONE. No better no worse no anything just ONE! And with that in mind please remember to try and do something nice for someone today just because you can do it! "HUGS" to all of you my dear friends

Sunday, June 19, 2011


In the Bible it talks about being born again. As a child I never could understand what this meant. With all the dogmas of religion and all the different interpetations of the Good Book I was confused as to how anyone could be reborn.Now as a grown amn who tries to think for myself and get away from all the things I accepted without question as a child I can see more clearly.The rebirth is one of a metaphysical nature that occurs within ones mind.My favorite verse in the Bible is Romans 12:2 which states:Be ye not conformed to this world but be ye renewed by the transforming of your mind. And that is what I try to do in my everyday life. I no longer just accept things others tell me as truth because I now now ones truth is just another's folly.I do believe with all my heart though that when one does experience the "rebirth" of mind they will then realize we are alll ONE. ONE! No matter what another believes what they wear what they look like  where they go to worship or any thing else changes the face we are all ONE. And if we could all only grasp this truth we could then bring about the changes necessary to make this earthly home Heaven right now right here! No need to wait for a Rapture, no need to wait until we die, no need to wait for any reason. Imagine Heaven right here right now! You may not agree with my beliefs and that's ok too.All I ask is that you dont condemn me for what I do believe.And no matte what it is you do belieev there is no good reason as to why you cant be nice to everyone, treat each one with respect and dignity, and help others along the way.As the late great John Lennon once said in song "Just give peace a chance" I leave you now with a quote from Meister Eckhart who states:"To grasp God in all things---this is the sign of your new birth." My sincerest wish for each of yu is that the new week ahead will be a truly great one for you and yours!

Friday, June 17, 2011


I truly do believe that life forces a certain amount of wisdom on us whether we want it or not.And those bits of wisdom which lie buried in our subconscious mind like nuggets of gold buried in the mountains can turn our lives around for the good we seek.. I believe if we truly want to experience real freedom we must first attune our minds to the Infinite Mind which I call Spirit and allow Its wisdom to flow into our conscious mind so we can begin to live our lives using the Divine Mind as our map so to speak.If we continue to stand steadfast to our old worn out beliefs about life then we will never be truly enlightened.May I suggest to those who are truly looking to expand their thinking and start living life to the fullest that you take a few moments every day, get to a quiet place, relax, clear your mind of all things and just allow the Infinite to speak Its truths to you. I am continually amazed at the bits of wisdom I keep receiving whenever I choose to listen to Spirit and keep my "old" beliefs out of the way. I do hope you will try it at least once. In his work "The Divine Romance" Yogananda states:"Spirit is the infinite reservoir of wisdom." And from the Science of Mind comes this quote: Divine Mind contains all knowledge and wisdom, but before It can reveal Its secrets, It must have an outlet. I hope you will make yourself that outlet today. Be happy live well and remember to do something nice for someone today!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


When we fail to fully use and express our innate creativity we will find ourselves feeling less than fulfilled and oft times quite miserable without even knowing why. Creativity is our Creator's way of expressing through us as us.If you want to feel fully functional and put some good back into this world might I suggest you take the time to express your creativity in any way you can. It is up to each of us to first find that creativity and then to use it to share our gifts with the world. Doing so will definately help you to find inner contentment and joy.In their book Spiritual Literacy, Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat state:"Creativity is a pathway to the sacred." I wholeheartedly agree! And the Science of Mind Textbook states: We should expect the best, and so live that the best may become a part of our experience. I leave all of you now with best wishes for a fantastic evening. "HUGS" to all.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Let's face it. This world is a busy one. And a loud one! Seems like at every turn someone is clamoring for our attention wanting something.And we spend so much of our time speaking trying to get across our message to others. Talking comes cheap for most of us but the art of listening it seems has become a lost art.If we were meant to talk more than we listen then why didn't our Creator give us two mouths and one ear instead of the other way around? When we talk we are only putting out what we think is the truth, but when we truly listen , then that is the times when we learn.I knowIi talk way too much at times but I have learned to listen a little better than I used to.I feel it is especially important for us to learn to listen with our "inner ears" to truly find the nuggets of spiritual truth that are constantly trying to get through to us as we hurriedly run along in our daily lives. The one thing I would tell those who are struggling with any kind of troubles and worries is for them to take at least One day a month and get out in nature and just"be" For that one day just think only of all the beauty they see in nature and really listen to all hte beautiful sounds they hear. And most importantly listen for that "Small, Still, Inner Voice" that will silently whisper life's truths to them.Just try it if you would like to see what i am talking about Its worth a try at least I hope it is for you. I will leave you with a quote from Ecclesiastes 3:1--"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven" And another quote from the Science fo Mind Textbook which states:I am now entered into the Secret Place of the Soul where complete quiet reigns supreme, and where God talks to me." May the new week ahead be filledf with all good things for you and yours!"HUGS" to all


My friend Betsy Otter Thompson again has written a beautiful book about the art of raising children as a parent. Betsy's work is one I truly admire and for that reason I wanted to share her link with all of you. Anyone who is interested in her book can contact her at this address--Http:// A great read for anyone if youare a parent or not. Keep up your great work Betsy!

Thursday, June 9, 2011


What is the most necessary thing in this world? There may be many answers to that question but many times things truly necessary are  considered luxuries. In that vein I share with you the following quote from the Dalai Lama who states:"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." All I can add to that is to say Well put my friend Dalai Lama! May this day find all of you doing well, being satisified and living life to the fullest.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


I love the following quote from Buddha in his book titled "Setting and Rolling the Wheel of Truth". In it he states simply:"All beings are the owners of their deeds." Im sure most would agree with this simple yet profound truth.And that being the case it seems to me we would all be lots better off if we chose to only do deeds we can be proud of and those that not only help us better our lives, but also to help another along the way. I sure hope all of you wonderful folks are feeling great, full of joy, inner peace, and all of the other "good" things in life.Remember the deeds you today will return unto you tomorrow as surely as a boom-a-rang returns when you toss it.A good deed will produce good back to you and of course a "bad" deed will also return to its original owner. With that in mind please remember to do something nice for someone now and then wait as the goodness returns to its sender and truly blesses your lives. "HUGS" to all of you my dear friends and human family members.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Here in Kentucky and states across the USA we have already seen tornados, thunderstorms, floods, and other acts of Mother Nature create havoc resulting in the loss of lives, property,farm land and numerous other things such as peace of mind. This has always been with us as we have never in all our discoveries found out how to harness Mother Nature so that it doesn't create such havoc. Its been this way since the earth was formed all those years ago and it will always be thus Im sure of.Whatever your beliefs  there is no way to find a lot of solace when you see innocent people lose their homes and all their possessions in one quick swoop of a fire, tornado, hurricane or whtever else may happen at any moment.And then there is the loss of all the lives including men women children good or bad or somewhere in between.About the only good I can see is that when one of these disasters happens people are quick to offer assistance to those affected in a negative way. The outpouring of love is quite wonderful to behold and Im wondering why it takes such a disaster for us to show our love for our fellow human beings.I am personally against all wars but I do know that at times one must fight to defend themselves.Its such a shame tho when I see our government spend so much money to fund wars that if kept here in the country we could use the money to get ourselves out of debt and have enough left over to see that all of us had a place to live and health insurance and all the things one needs to live a life of happiness. Why cant all human beings see that war is not the way to settle anything-it is only a waste of lives money and resources.I'd love to see all countries live in peace, all wars ended, and everyone living life in peace. Yes, I am a dreamer I know but maybe one day we will all realize that all we truly do need is love. I sincerely hope all of you are doing well as I've missed interacting with all of you these past few weeks.I hope you all enjoy a safe fun filled weekend! And remember to do something nice for someone just because you can. "HUGS" to all of you my friends

Friday, May 6, 2011


Well, we all need some time to rest and relax so next week we are gone on vacation.I will not be writing anything on here while Im gone but will continue after my "break". I sure hope all of you have a great weekend and an even better week ahead. Im looking forward to sharing more with you when I do get back home and back to the computer.Be safe out there and remember to try and do something nice every day for someone just because you can. "HUGS" to all.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Here in Paducah Ky I live right in the middle of the heartland which has also been aptly dubbed torando alley this time of year. I am continually amazed at the constant thunderstorms,tornados, flooding and such just about every year in the spring. Yet I continue to choose to live here knowing full well the weather patterns will probable bring much of the same year after year. This year has been exceedingly difficult as it just doesn't want to stop raining.We are flooded and the ground is saturated and the rivers(Ohio, Mississippi, Tennessee, Clarks, and th reat of them are full. Our city has put up the floodgates to hold back the floodwaters and keep it from devasting our beautiful city.The surropunding small towns and counties are in even worse shape than Paducah is.Many folks are watching as their homes begin to be even more threatened by the rising waters. Some have been evacuated while some are staying the course and doing what they can to protect their property.And guess what, Its still raining more today with more in the forecast.Countless people caught up in strife worry and consternation as to why they are subjected to such difficulties.And yet life goes on. I am happy to see all thefolks who are volunteering their time and effort to help sandbag homes and clean up some of the debris ande sucgh as that. The community works great together to hel p us all make it through thte troubled times.A couple of years ago it was the ice storm and this spring it is going to be the flooding.Mother Nature seems to be in a serious bad mood and is spreading destruction all over the world , not just here in Kentucky, Alabama, Oklahoma, Illinois, Missouri and all htte other states. The one thing from all this tha treally bothers me is when I hear otherwise intelligent people saying the weather is God's way of punishing the unjust and the sinners. Come on I mean how inane is that thinking. Yet it still goes on. And I will probably get a littel flack for saying so but what the hell I cant help it.Blaming some far away God for all the troubles is like saying the Devil made me do something "bad". And you know how I feel about the belief in a devil!It also makes me wonder when I hear folks "praying" to God to help get us through this weather "mess". If God hears all the prayers why then does He spare some folks housess and property and even lives and then turn aroung and not answer the prayer of some and just let theri homes be washed away. Or blown away. Why would God pick and choose whi ch one to "save" and which ones to not answer the prayers? Think Ill just stay of the opinion that the ONLY prayer that makes any sense at all is the prayer that just says Thank You! My heart and best wishes do of course go out to all the families who are having to deal with the loss of their homes and ways of life and I do hope they will survive and be able to start over after the "storms" have past.And my hope for all of you is that you are safe and that yoi have a home to live in and that you will remember to help those who are not as fortunate.

Monday, April 25, 2011


As most of you may know I personally do not believe in the Devil.I surely don't think the Mastermind of all Creation would ever have allowed an entity such as Lucifer to exist. But for today's entry I wanted to share this story called the Devil's Auction which was written by a devouted Christian Scientist named William Rathvon who penned this story almost 100 years ago.Whether you personally believe in the Devil or not I believe the story still has many truths which I hope you will enjoy.
"It was once announced that the Devil was going out of business and would offer his tools for sale to whoever would pay his price. On the night of the sale, they were all attractively displayed, and a bad-looking lot they were. Malice, envy, hatred, jealousy, carnality, deceit, and all the other implements of evil were spread out, each marked with its price. Apart from the rest lay a harmless looking, wedge-shaped tool, much worn and priced much higher than the other tools."
 "Someone asked the Devil what it was. "Thats discouragement," was the reply.
 "Well, why do you have it priced so high?"
 "Because," replied the Devil. "it is more useful to me than any of the others. I can pry open and get inside a man's(or woman's) consciousness with that tool when I couldn't get near him or her with any of the other tools, and when once inside, I can use them in whatever way suits me best. It is so much worn because I use it with nearly everybody, as very few people yet know that it belongs to me."
 "You say you use this wedge of discouragement with nearly everybody. With whom can't you use it?"
 The Devil hesitated a long time and finally said in a low voice,"I can't use it in getting into the consciousness of a grateful person." Obviously, grateful Spirits cannot be confined! So just how Grateful are you this vfery moment my friends? I hope all of you are forever eternally grateful for all you are blessed with. My hope is that this new week will be filled with much love, peace, joy, and inner contentment for all of you. And please dont forget to do something nice for someone just because you can.Let your Love Light Shine!  "HUGS" to all.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


And you thought you was only wasting time and taking up space by being here! But I dare say you are truly a light in this darkened world if you realize it or not. Now as to what you do with your light , that is entirely up to you my friend. I wish all you folks a truly blessed Easter sunday and weekend. I will leave you with a quote from John Randolph Price who said: "You are a spiritual being embodying all of the Power of the Universe within you. Will you not accept the Truth and start living as the Light of the world that you are?" My hope is that you will allow that inner Light to beam from within and help to dispel the darkness of this world. Peace I now leave with you all!

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Do you think life is fair? Well, I don't! Maybe fair is only in the eye of the beholder but Ive seen time and time again things that just don't sit too well with my sense of fairness. Why do good people get taken advantage of by those who just dont give a damn about anyone else but themselves? Why do people who treat others in a fair and unbiased way get trampled on by egotistical people who think they are always right? Why do people who place their complete trust in others to do the right thing get knocked down to the ground repeatedly? Why do law abiding peaceful folks fall prey to the thugs who rob cheat and steal? Why do so called businessmen that cheat their customers get away with it while the customer is the one who suffers? Why do the thieves and cheats live a life filled with riches while the honest man barely gets by? I sure don't have the answers to these questions and doubt if you do either. But one thing I do know is no matter what others throw into our lives it is entirely up to us as to how we "chew and digest" those things. Shall we allow them to turn us into a bitter person who just withdraws from society and become a crusty old fart or do we continue to treat others as we want to be treated and even when we get shafted have enough courage and love inside our hearts to forgive and continue to try and be the very best human being we can? That choice is the one that will either help us to grow in Spirit or to become just one more "victim" of life's circumstances. My hope and wish for each of you wonderful people is that you will always be able to call upon that inner strength when "bad" things happen and that you will continue to be a kind caring and loving person who brings sunshine into this often times darkened world. Keep the faith no matter how many times you see injustices and remember It ain't what you eat, its the way how you chew it. "HUGS" to all!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011



Saturday, April 16, 2011


Dont even try and tell me there are no such thing as Angels! I run into them all the time and I even married one of them!Maybe we should all be a little nicer to the folks we meet every day just in case they are indeed angels! I hope all o f you  folks have a blessed weekend filled with much love peace and joy. I remind you of what the Good Book says in Hebrews 13:2--Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Freedom! The very word itself rings out with a thunderous vibration. Of all the things one strives for,freedom, I do believe is the most sacred of all. If one cannot be free then what is the use of even being here in this world? I do consider myself very fortunate in that I was born in the UnitedStates of America which is one of the more free countries inthe world.But even though we have a constitution which gives all Americans the right to freedom it sure doesn't always seem like we are truly free.Our government is elected by the common people but does that mean all of us "common" people are truly free. I dont think so personally.I sure don't agree with lots of what our government does and how they operate but I still think it is by far one of the better governments. The biggest "problem" with our elected officials is that they are so far out of touch with us common folks.The politicians live by completely different rules than all of us do.They set their own pay scales and perks and do not have to be dependant on Social Security or a private 4011 k p;an. After serving one term they have enactedlaws that they will be forever taken care of financially with pensions they set up for themselves.Dont guess i can blame them for doing that. I suppose if I had a job and could set my own salary and benefits Id do the same. But Im gettingoff track here since I meant this entry tobe about finding freedom in an unfree world.Its hard to do but can be done if one takes the time and effort to think about all thats really important to them.Being free to me means that I can come and go as I wish and that as long as Im not breaking any laws or doing immoral stuff no one will try to take that from me.This crazy world we live in seems to try and take us down roads that we really dont wish to go.We become so focused on making money that we forget that everyone else is our brother and sister and we take advantage of them just to further our own selfish desires.Why is the price of everything so high these days?I think it is simply because of greed.Everybody wants as much as they can get and damn everyone else.Im just glad that I've learned not to be that way.I maynot have much in material wealth but I am free. As free as I could hope to be anyway.I read a quote from Gautama Buddha that I will leave you with today.He states:"As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world, having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world." My sincerest desire for each of you is that you will quickly find total "Freedom" in eaqch area of yor life and that you will be quick to help others find theirs.Until then keep on smiling and do something nice for someone just cause you can!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


You gotta believe! Anything you want to do or see happen you first gotta have faith that it can and will eventually show up.One thing about faith tho is that it works both ways. By that I mean if you go around thi nking "bad" things a re gonna happen then this misplaced faith will make those "bad" things happen. It seems that for many of us it is easier to have faith in "bad" things instead of the "good" ones. And then we wonder why the bad stuff keeps on appearing in our lives.Im sure most of us need to work on our faith in things unseen and hopefuly by doing so we will see our lives quickily  get "better"I wil leave you with a quotefrom Patrick Overton who states:"When you have come to the edge......and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught to fly." I sincerely hope all of you will have a most rewarding week filled with lots of love, peace, and joy. And dont forget to do something nice for someone just cause you can!

Monday, April 11, 2011


Todays entry is a little different so please bear with me.I was awake most of the night(couldn't sleep cause the air conditioning in the house quit working and it was 85 degrees in here even with the windows open and the overhead fan running.It became one of those nights when sleep just wont come and then my mind starts running all over the place. The main thing that was bothering me happened yesterday. It was sunday and when I got out of bed it was already in the 80's in the house and the air unit would not cool. It just blew out warm air.Now knowing that it was gonna get hotter quick I scrambled trying to figure out what I could do to temporally get the A/C working.Because it was sunday I knew I wouldnt be able to call a repairman without costing me an arm and a leg so I suffered thru a miserable sunday and sunday night.Thankfully here on monday morning a weather front came thru and rained and cooled things down. Now its ok here in the house.And Ive got a good man coming out just as soon as the rain stops. Probably will have to get a new unit and hopefully it will keep us coo lthis hot summer coming up. I knew I should have taken that A/C course at the tech school!