21 May 2018 Breaking down walls

20 May 2018 – we had some wonderful rain. God cleaned off my canvas ūüôā

Reading this first thing this morning helped me a lot.   What if this message could transcend all the barriers we put up to separate ourselves from each other?!  What if this message could transcend and eventually melt tools people use to harm one another into playgrounds and places that would bring us together in peace?  May be some day.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/pope-francis-tells-gay-man-god-made-you-like-that/ar-AAxzTp8

Describing his encounter with the Pope to CNN, Cruz said: “You know Juan Carlos, that does not matter. God made you like this. God loves you like this. The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say.”

19 May 2018 – what happens when you don’t go to a professional to go blonde LOL!¬† I am working on finding my way through the darkness I’ve been in.¬† I’m so grateful for my family (two and four legged) and dear friends who love me no matter how wild it gets.¬†

 

6 18 9 5 14 4 19

F R I E N D S = 75 (3 cycle)

6 1 13 9 12 25

F A M I L Y = 66 (3 cycle)

2 5 12 15 22 5 4

7 18 1 20 5 6 21 12

G R A T E F U L = 90 (9 cycle)

B E L O V E D = 65

19 16 9 18 9 20 21 1 12 9 20 25

S P I R I T U A L I T Y = 179

2 12 15 14 4 5

B L O N D E = 52

Yesterday I got a little teary thinking about my dogs and cats.¬† It’s because I was feeling overwhelmed by all the art and writings I have through the house.¬† Dogs and cats are so simple.¬† What do they leave behind by way of material things but a collar, a leash and a few toys?¬† What matters the most is what they leave in my heart….so much love and gratitude!¬† Intangible things you can’t hold on to with your hands!¬†¬† I found the actual story where a vet shares a beautiful story and explanation from a little boy about why dogs don’t live as long as humans.

http://blog.nilesanimalhospital.com/2011/10/normal-0-false-false-false.html

Why Dogs Don’t Live as Long as Humans

A four year old child’s wisdom

(From the internet….author unknown)

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten year old Irish wolfhound, named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa and their little boy Shane were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.

I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog. Ron and Lisa told me that they thought it would be good for the four year old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few moments, Belker slipped away peacefully. The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion.

We sat together for a while after Belker‚Äôs death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ‚ÄúI know why.‚ÄĚ Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I never had heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, ‚ÄúPeople are born so that they learn how to live a good life ‚Äď like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?‚ÄĚ The four year old continued, ‚ÄúWell, dogs already know how to do that, so they don‚Äôt have to stay as long.‚ÄĚ

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13 May 2018 Dreaming stone (Labradorite) and Mom’s Day

Hello to you.  Today has been a really  nice day.  My sweetheart cooked us dinner while I was outside drawing and sweating Рreally warm and humid today.

13 May 2018 – this drawing is me thinking of myself as a baby blue dragon clutching my labradorite ball last night. I had like 2 or 3 lucid dreams in a row! One of them is represented by the little black girl holding a pink crystal necklace. She wanted to take it and I told her no. There is also a box represented by the realtor like lady from one of the dreams last night. There is a box with two people with huge dogs – these special beautiful beings seem to show up and just disappear for me. The dogs they are with are almost like spirits more than dogs.

Hope all the folks that nurture others are having a special day.¬†¬† The term “Mom” isn’t just for women in my book.¬† I called my Mom today and it was hard because there was so much I wanted to say but tears got to¬†me first.¬† For all my Mom and I have been through, I just dearly love her and am so grateful for all the important things she managed to get through my thick skull.¬† This is her first Mother’s Day without her Mom and I can only imagine how surreal that would be if I were in her shoes.¬† We lost Grandma a couple of months ago.¬† We had all been praying for her to “be free” but as we all know, it’s not all up to us with these sort of things.

13 May 2018 – drawing I did after I talked to Mom

As I mentioned in my notes with the drawing, last night I decided to sleep with my Labradorite crystal ball and it was like one lucid dream after another.¬† This hasn’t happened to me in a¬†long time.¬†¬†¬† Both of the orbs I have are in the picture.¬† Do you have a favorite crystal for dream travels?

What is Labradorite?

https://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/labradorite/labradorite-info.php

Labradorite Gemstone Information

About Labradorite – History and Introduction

Labradorite is a gemstone that was named after Labrador in Canada, where it was found on the Isle of Paul, near Nain in 1770. It has since been found in other places, including Finland, Madagascar, and Australia. After its discovery, labradorite became popular with the missionaries. Labradorite is a plagioclase feldspar which shows adularescence (a white or bluish light seen when turned). This optical effect is so unique to labradorite that it has been termed “labradorescence”. It is the result of diffraction of light in the layers of rock. When viewed at certain angles, labradorite exhibits such captivating color that has led to Inuit legends stating that the Northern Lights shone down on the shores of Labrador and were captured inside these colorful stones. The most highly valued labradorite is material that shows the full spectrum of color in its labradorescence. Labradorite that does not exhibit labradorescence can still make beautiful gemstones because of aventurescence, which is a glitter caused by diffraction of light from mineral platelets.

There are three further types of labradorite; spectrolite, andesine-labradorite and rainbow moonstone (which is sometimes referred to by the trade name, “Madagascar moonstone”). As the trade name indicates, rainbow moonstone comes from Madagascar and it has an intense blue schiller. Spectrolite is a rare labradorite from Finland. It is known for displaying a beautiful spectral play of color, hence the name, “spectrolite”. Andesine-labradorite is created by enhancing the color of labradorite.

Interesting:

Labradorite Gemstone Mythology, Metaphysical and Alternative Crystal Healing Powers Back to Top

According to an Inuit legend, the Northern Lights are captured in the minerals on the coast of Labrador. This is not surprising considering the magical, iridescent color of labradorite. Labradorite is thought to be a magical stone that possesses powerful protective properties and helps its wearer to find their true path in life. It is thought to “bring light” to the otherwise unknown, and thus provide its wearer with insight. Additionally, labradorite is credited with having the ability to bring out the positive in people and calm overactive minds, bringing peace to its wearer. Labradorite is also thought to soothe menstrual problems, aid disorders of the lungs, prevent colds, help with digestion and regulate both metabolism and blood pressure. In traditional Hindu belief systems, labradorite is associated with the throat chakra, or vishuddha, which is the center of purification. The throat chakra is associated with hearing, speech and self-expression. Wearing labradorite is thought to contribute to true and honest expression. Labradorite is said to facilitate communication between the spiritual and physical world, helping its wearer to recall dreams and experiences from past lives. It is therefore thought to help bring out psychic abilities.

12 1 2 18 1 4 15 18 20 5

L A B R A D O R I T E = 105 =6=3 cycle

 

My children:

13 May 2018 – my kids Spot and Link.

18 Feb 2018 Who are we now?

Hello to you.¬† It’s 11:45 am on this cool, gray Sunday.¬† I just wanted to share a positive word.¬† I feel like I am discovering a way to be useful in this world, and it’s not an easy process but a process just the same – seeking and finding the positive things¬†in people, places and things.¬†¬† I used to be really good at this – when I was a child of course.¬† Well thankfully, inside, I still feel my inner child very much alive!¬† The part of me that our Sam taught me to hold on to – there are no strangers in this world, just family you haven’t met yet.¬† Not just friends, FAMILY.¬† Why do I say that?¬† With my understanding of God as energy.¬†¬† If everything is energy and everything is God then that makes us all – every single form of life know and unknown – family!

Anyhew.¬†¬† In my meditation this morning, the message that came forth was about how the past can hang and or trip us up to getting to where we want to go.¬† I have shared this before here but I will share it again:¬† “It’s not who we were in the past, it’s who we are now.”¬† The God of my understanding doesn’t care about the past because Time is our device.¬† The God of my understanding doesn’t care about what mistakes we’ve made in the past only if we don’t learn from them and intentionally keep repeating them.¬† If we don’t even try to make amends to those we’ve wronged to include ourselves.

As I sat outside doing this drawing and meditation a thought occurred to me for places we could start making amends – prisons of all kinds, nursing homes, mental health facilities, rehabilitation centers and our churches.¬† All the places for humans, animals and plants that could be considered cages.¬† Unconditional love and forgiveness has not been taught or learned by many.¬† What if we were to work together starting in a place we all share….the heart?¬† Just a thought…an idea with a positive intention and or motive.

 

10 Feb 2018 Houses and Becoming (17 April 2018 edited version)

Hello again. It’s cold and getting colder by the minute as I write. Today will be an inside day I think! This morning I finished working on the blanket I started working on back in January of last year! It’s a corner to corner pattern that my friend Erin and Red Heart Yarn taught me how to do and it’s pretty much the only one I use now lol.

I did get out for a quick chalk meditation this morning and some interesting stuff came forward. For many, what I am sharing with you may not resonate with your belief systems, culture, morals or value system…may seem strange even. You may not agree with what is here and that is perfectly fine! Everyone has a comfort zone….a “warm blanket” if you will. I am just passing on what came to me with no expectation from you the reader.

A phrase kept popping into my head this morning, “Old God’s in New Houses.” This is a phrase that came from a film called Queen of the Damned and sadly, one of my favorite female musicians was in it, Aaliyah.¬† After Aaliyah died in a terrible plane crash I was devastated.¬† It is so sad to me that such a tragedy should happen to such a talented young woman as she was.¬† Every time I see the movie, I am reminded of what a great loss was suffered by the music world at her passing.

Who are you? Did you know once a long time ago but the world beat and or numbed it out of you? I am hoping to empower you to be who God brought you here to be. To remember who you are and if you can’t and want to, do the work here in this shared dream this planet-sized school we are all in, and find out!

When I think of Aaliyah and from my own personal experiences of¬†what I’ve observed in the world, this seems to be¬†happening.¬† Have you ever met someone and felt like you met them before? What was it about them?¬† A look, a gesture, a walk, a way of speaking, something they said, sharing sentences…a smell?¬† Some of this is just nature of course but I believe there is more to it than that.¬† Perhaps on some level you have or did. If you think about the entire cycle of life, death and new life why would that not be possible? What if the energy all around us, capable of making an entire planet full of life, not have such a system? Recycling? Repurposing? What is energy? To me? God! What is God? Life, death and new life. How do we get there? It’s a process and it takes time but it is eternal.¬† I believe the Gods of many understanding and my own have kept their promise to all of us with this beautiful blessing of earth.

The¬† most valuable lessons I have learned from this life thus far¬†has come from my observance of trees and nature.¬† The tree of life symbol from various different religions and walks of spirit is what resonates with me the most.¬† I believe that whatever we feel we have lost in the passing of someone we love is returned to us beyond measure.¬† This happened with our loss of our precious¬†fur babies Sam, Blondie, Amber and May.¬† In the void left by their passing, they¬†have¬†returned to us in other ways.¬† I see their return and presence in¬†nature¬†and all of it’s forms.¬† The Wiccan, Native American and Buddhist walks of faith ¬†have been milestones for me from my Christian and Catholic foundations in faith.¬† Each walk of faith, in my opinion, has had a contribution to my overall perspective of spirituality.

When I was stationed at Travis AFB, one of my ex-husbands roommates was a Satanist.¬† He was a good man and we actually were able to communicate about difficult subjects.¬† We never completely got a long but there was good in him.¬† I try to find the¬†positive in all people, the best I can find and sometimes it’s almost impossible.¬† When I feel I can’t find anything¬†positive about someone, I will pray for them and I say this in the context of not being any particular walk of spirit.¬†¬†I don’t believe in hero’s and villains, good or evil or any labels put on people that make them either good or bad.¬† This is why I have chosen a “no labels” path for myself….it is a very lonely path to walk.¬† I have had a dream for a long time of all of us walking together as one but not to be ruled or made slaves.¬† My dream is that we would all walk together as family.

Part of the walking together involves something called forgiveness.¬† I think it was Oprah Winfrey that I learned this from.¬† We will forgive but that doesn’t mean we forget.¬† Right now I am feeling like a bunch of stuff I had already worked through is getting brought back up for someone else’s benefit or may be I thought I was finished with it and perhaps wasn’t.¬† I don’t believe we experience anything for no reason….it’s not a coincidence.¬† I believe everything is connected to divine timing and just how the God of energy operates.

I hope something here resonates with you today.¬† I am revisiting some of my blogs here and if you should come across some that are incomplete or missing pictures etc. it’s because I was considering deleting this blog entirely just so I wouldn’t hurt anyone.

 

9 Feb 2018 Love and Abandonment (Morning meditation)

9 Feb 2018 /1019 am

I was outside preparing to do some “chalking” when a revelation about connection between “wisdom,” Why of Life and Death and Tree of Life came. It was instigated by my finding seeds that blew down from cotton tree to my hoodie. My good friend the cotton tree helping me again. What came brought forth a lot of tears. If I (we as a species) had remained ignorant, didn’t need to find out why (curiosity) I (we) wouldn’t know or care about living and dying. Sentience and consciousness, “awareness” would never have happened and may be we would have been happier — “Ignorance is Bliss” philosophy.

17 May 2017 – Cottonwood seed ships

Love changed everything because with love comes “attachment.” Something I learned more about through Buddhism’s the 4 Noble Truths and the 8 Fold Path. When you lose something or someone you love more than “existence” you will tear heaven and earth apart to find it, reclaim it. What I was willing to do at Mesa Springs when I didn’t know where Kyle was. What happened to me for 3 years after we lost our Sammy.

Source Internet: Seed of Life. I loved that this is made in stained glass with chakra colors.

Abandonment creates some of the largest energy vortexes, human black holes. It can be “perceived” or intentional abandonment but the abandoned feel it all the same. Why?!Where did you go?! When are you coming back?! Will you come back?!

(My mother, my Grandparents….all those I’ve loved and lost for whatever reason. I had to grieve and heal — fill the holes their “abandonment of me” left behind.

All of us have lost people, places and things through our shared journey. Are we so attached to these that we are willing to destroy ourselves and a planet to retrieve them? This is just what I see for myself. I hope there is something in this morning meditation that resonates with you….is helpful. I would ask you, what positive, loving aspect of existence can you put in the “holes” some sort of abandonment has made in your mind, body and most importantly your soul?

What do I do? All through my blogs here is what I’ve learned to do for myself with unseen guidance and loving nudges from the tangible elements that surround me. The arts, meaningful work, chores, spirituality, helping others and educating myself about people, places and things I don’t understand before making judgements about them. It is in the latter I have come to realize I can judge no one nor is there anyone on this earth who can either. We are all imperfect and it is in that imperfection we are amazing creations capable of greatness beyond our wildest dreams. We are here for each other. No one person can fix this shared mess our world has become. We must learn to build bridges instead of more walls.

17-feb-2011-my-puppy-sammy-and-his-tennis-ball (Sammy crossed the rainbow bridge 27 April 2011)

My Mom Jeanne and my Grandpa Harold (Hal) Becker on her wedding day, 21 Nov 1965.

8 Feb 2018 Dr. Wilhelm Reich books The Cancer biopathy and Function of the Orgasm Alvarado TX

8 Feb 2018 Jackie Wygant Blue Book for Alcoholics Anonymous Alvarado TX meditation about addiction like sugar etc

8 Feb 2018 Two books from Grandma Becker and Aunt Ruth to help me heal inside when I was younger I read from How to Be your own best friend out loud Alvarado TX

12 Jan 2018 Time Travelers (chalk drawing) and How to Overcome Stress by Seeing Other People’s Joy (http://www.dailygood.org)

11 Jan 2018 – it’s been very cold and windy here the past couple of days so I haven’t been out chalk drawing as much. The sun is out but it’s not supposed to break 40 degrees today!

Hello to you.¬† It’s 9:01 am as I write to you.¬† The sun is shining out back but I know it’s still very cold LOL!¬† We are watching the in-laws dogs Henry and Suzie….last night was as the dogs say…RUFF!¬† We were up at midnight cleaning up poop and watching You tube Nuke’s Top 5 Lists lool!¬† There is always an adjustment period when combining¬†packs!

My prayers go out to all those in California and all other parts of the world today.¬†¬† Whether you are trying to survive the elements of Mother Nature or those of Humankind’s making,¬†I hope you have what you need to get through it.¬† I hope you know you aren’t alone in this world even if often it may seem like it.¬† I decided to visit one of my favorite websites for positive stories and found this one.¬† I hope something in it will resonate¬†in your heart today.

Learn to¬†make the mediator between what you think and what you do be your heart.¬† If you feel your heart sink below center at the prospect of a thought or an action, chances are whatever it is isn’t the right thing for you!

“If it ain’t light, it ain’t right!”¬†– Carol Lee

 

If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal every moment. –Carlos Santana

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1725/how-to-overcome-stress-by-seeing-other-people-s-joy-kelly-mcgonigal/

How to Overcome Stress by Seeing Other People’s Joy

–by Kelly McGonigal , syndicated from Greater Good, Nov 21, 2017

 If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, don’t cut yourself off from other people, says Kelly McGonigal. Instead, double down on your capacity for connection.

One evening when I walked into a classroom to teach my Science of Stress course, I found a newspaper waiting for me on the lectern. A student had brought in an article called ‚ÄúStress: It‚Äôs Contagious.‚ÄĚ The report claimed that stress is ‚Äúas contagious as any airborne pathogen‚ÄĚ and compared its toxicity to secondhand smoke.

As an example, the news story described a study showing that participants had an empathic physiological stress response when they observed another person struggling. One of the researchers commented, ‚ÄúIt was surprising how easily the stress was transmitted.‚ÄĚ

As someone who studies both stress and empathy, I get asked about this research a lot. Does it mean that empathy is a liability, increasing your risk of exhaustion, depression, or burnout? If you are highly empathic, are you doomed to become a reservoir for other people’s pain and suffering?

One solution is to create stronger emotional barriers‚ÄĒto put on a psychological Hazmat suit to protect against the stress and suffering you don‚Äôt want to catch. I‚Äôve seen this approach adopted by many people in the helping professions, including health care, social work, and teaching.

If you are feeling similarly overwhelmed by how affected you are by the emotions of others, I’d like to offer another possibility for preserving your well-being: Double down on your capacity for empathy. Instead of trying to become immune to other people’s stress, increase your susceptibility to catch other people’s joy.

The benefits of positive empathy

While modern psychological science has largely focused on empathy for negative states, a new field of research dubbed ‚Äúpositive empathy‚ÄĚ shows that it is also possible to catch happiness.

You might have seen studies showing that seeing other people in pain can activate the pain system in your own brain. It turns out your brain will also resonate with positive emotions. For example, when you witness other’s good fortune, it can activate the brain’s reward system. Moreover, this kind of contagious happiness can be an important source of well-being. The tendency to experience positive empathy is linked to greater life satisfaction, peace of mind, and happiness. It is also associated with greater trust, support, and satisfaction in close relationships.

Those around you may benefit from your empathic joy, as well. One study examined the experience of empathic joy in teachers in fourteen different U.S. states. The teachers who had more frequent experiences of positive empathy toward their students felt more connected to them. This positive attitude led to more positive interactions with students, as observed by classroom evaluators, and higher academic achievement by their students.

Importantly, positive empathy doesn‚Äôt just make you feel good; it can also inspire you to do good. The tendency to feel empathic joy is associated with a stronger desire to help others thrive, and a greater willingness to take action to do so. Positive empathy also enhances the warm glow you feel from helping others‚ÄĒmaking compassion much more sustainable.

Search for small moments of joy

Joy is a big-sounding word, and so we tend to look for classic expressions of ‚Äúbig‚ÄĚ joy‚ÄĒhuge smiles, exclamations of delight, hugs and cheers. The kind of joy associated with winning the lottery and marriage proposals.

Yet other forms of joy exist all around us. As you begin to look for joy, you will notice more and more of them. There is the joy of pleasures, simple or sublime, such as enjoying a delicious meal, listening to music, or savoring how it feels to hold a baby in your arms. There is the joy of purpose, and how it feels to contribute, work hard, learn, and grow. There is the joy of being connected to something bigger than yourself, be it nature, family, or faith. There is the joy of wonder‚ÄĒbeing curious, experiencing new things, and feeling awe or surprise.

There is the joy of being acknowledged and appreciated by others‚ÄĒsensing what you have to offer, and knowing that you matter. There is the joy of being your best self‚ÄĒhow good it feels to use your strengths in service of something you care about, or to express your most deeply held values. There is the joy of having your needs met‚ÄĒbeing helped, listened to, or held in a comforting embrace. There is the joy of laughter, and especially shared laughter, and especially shared laughter when everything seems to be falling apart.

These are just a few of the possible joys you can witness. When you keep your eyes open for them, you learn a lot about how much possibility there is for joy for ordinary moments, and even difficult circumstances.

Ultimately, this is how I think of empathic joy: as a resource that allows you to stay engaged with life not just when things go well, but also when they are difficult. It’s not just a practice of celebrating and amplifying the good; it also allows us to sustain hope when we face the reality of suffering unrelieved and needs yet unmet.

How to catch joy

What if right now, your empathy radar seems tuned in only to stress, unable to resonate with other people’s happiness? Maybe you even feel the opposite of contagious joy: envy at other people’s success, isolated by others’ happiness, reminded by their good fortune of what you long for, or lack.

If so, you aren’t alone. Philosophers and psychologists have observed that, for many people, empathy for negative emotions is more instinctive than for positive states.

Fortunately, you don‚Äôt have to rely only on instincts; empathic joy can be cultivated. In Buddhist psychology, empathic joy is considered one of the four brahmavih√Ą¬Āras (sublime attitudes), alongside equanimity, loving kindness, and compassion. Like other mindsets, empathic joy can be deliberately trained as a way to deepen your wisdom and well-being. With practice, you can strengthen your capacity to notice, resonate with, and celebrate the happiness of others.

Here are five of my favorite everyday practices for catching joy. As you strengthen your intention to notice joy, you will surely discover your own favorite ways to witness and share in the happiness of others.

1. Watch a child or animal play. Delight in their joy, energy, and wonder. Let yourself smile or laugh as their playfulness awakens a similar spirit in you.

2. Watch an athletic, artistic, or other kind of competition without taking sides. Appreciate the effort, skill, or artistry of all competitors‚ÄĒand celebrate the joy of whoever wins. Feel glad for their success, and watch how they celebrate it with others. See if you can extend your empathic joy to how they share the moment with friends, family, coaches, or teammates.

3. Help someone else celebrate their happiness. If someone shares good news, ask them to tell you more, and listen whole-heartedly. If you become aware of an accomplishment or milestone in a person‚Äôs life, write them a congratulatory email or Facebook post. Go beyond ‚Äúpro forma‚ÄĚ congratulations and really feel the joy of helping someone savor something positive.

4. Witness the good in others. Set the goal to notice when others display character strengths like kindness, honesty, courage, or perseverance. Take joy in seeing the good. Feel heart-glad about what you observe. Let yourself feel inspired by their actions to do good yourself.

5. Let someone else do something nice for you. This might not seem like a practice of empathic joy, but it becomes one when you begin to pay attention to how happy it makes the other person. Sometimes our own discomfort with receiving kindness, or fear of being a burden to others, gets in the way of seeing that joy.

As Pema Chodron writes in The Places that Scare You:

“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior‚Äôs world. We can do this even at the most difficult moments. Everything we see, hear, taste, and smell has the power to strengthen and uplift us.”

From this point of view, it becomes possible to open your heart to what can feel, at first, like a vulnerability. To let your natural capacity for empathy connect you to both the pain and joy of others, and to trust that this capacity is a blessing, not a liability.


This article is syndicated from Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center¬†(GGSC).¬†Based at UC Berkeley, the GGSC studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Author Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, and a leading expert in the new field of ‚Äúscience-help.‚ÄĚ She is the author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
Lao Tzu

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it
Marcus Aurelius

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
Albert Einstein

10 Jan 2018 Chalk drawings, Memory Wire and Urban Sprawl

9 Jan 2018- First outdoor chalk drawing yesterday. This almost has an anime feel to it. I was thinking of a spiritual journey to the sun.

9 Jan 2018 – My first Memory Wire bracelet. I decided to try it instead of stretchy cord and I really like it. As I made it I was thinking about the journey of existence. There is Blood, Worlds colliding, Creation, Chakras, Rainbows…all sorts of stuff going on.¬† The bracelet is very comfortable to wear.¬† Many years ago my Mom gave me a Memory Wire bead bracelet she had a friend make for me.¬† Wearing¬†it all makes me feel like Wonder Woman and her Lasso of Truth lol.¬† Now I have¬†one for each wrist!

9 Jan 2018 – last drawing of the day. Very spiritual feeling to it. More than just a cross.

Hello to you.¬† It’s Wednesday morning, 7:59 am as I begin to write to you.¬† I’m sharing some of my creations from yesterday.¬† Since I’ve nearly maxed out my picture space here again and haven’t decided¬†whether or not I want to¬†buy a professional account, it’s always a nail-biter to see if all I want to share with you will even load up!¬†¬†Today was a success!

Last night was interesting.¬†¬†Around 5:59 pm we heard two loud booms that scared¬†us and the dogs.¬† It sounded like bombs going off.¬† There was discussion on Next Door (neighborhood internet page) but no definitive answers.¬† It’s kind of like when we had the 4.0 earthquake a couple of years ago now.¬† You¬†can’t prepare yourself for those types of sounds and feelings!¬† Hopefully it wasn’t anything bad.

Our little town is growing much faster than I think anyone thought it would.¬†¬†Things that used to be o.k. aren’t o.k. anymore in the noise department with more people living in the city proper.¬† The¬†gap between the¬†folks living on the outer edge of our town and those of us living within it city limits is closing.¬† A phenomenon I’ve explored here before about this is called Urban¬†Sprawl.¬† What happens is people will move away from¬†large cities to get away from the chaos and¬†then they tell two friends and they tell two friends and before you know it, they are right in the same¬†situation they left!¬† When people from large cities move to small ones, they want all the amenities they had¬†but also want peace and quiet….no traffic.¬† It doesn’t work that way.¬† Where you go, there you are….I give you Urban Sprawl!

http://www.everythingconnects.org/urban-sprawl.html

Urban sprawl refers to the expansion of poorly planned, low-density, auto-dependent development, which spreads out over large amounts of land, putting long distances between homes, stores, and work and creating a high segregation between residential and commercial uses with harmful impacts on the people living in these areas and the ecosystems and wildlife that have been displaced. Although some would argue that urban sprawl has its benefits, such as creating local economic growth, urban sprawl has many negative consequences for residents and the environment, such as higher water and air pollution, increased traffic fatalities and jams, loss of agricultural capacity, increased car dependency, higher taxes, increased runoff into rivers and lakes, harmful effects on human health, including higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure, hypertension and chronic diseases, increased flooding, decrease in social capital and loss of natural habitats, wildlife and open space. In its path, urban sprawl consumes immeasurable acres of forests, farmland, woodlands and wetlands and in its wake, leaves vacant storefronts, boarded up houses, closed businesses, abandoned and usually contaminated industrial sites, and traffic congestion, which can stretch miles from urban centers and is creating a hidden debt of unfunded infrastructure and services, urban decay, social dysfunction, and environmental degradation.

America’s Biggest Problem¬†¬† –¬† well worth spending 14 minutes to watch this!

Published on Jul 20, 2015

Watch the new video, Agoraphobic Nation: Sprawl and Culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH60a…
Most of the problems that we face today in the United States, whether they are cultural, economic, social or environmental are rooted in poor urban design and planning. Due to America’s unique experience of economic growth during the 20th century, this has become the most underrated issue in the United States that most people don’t know about. People react to their immediate environment and don’t see the big picture unless they can step outside and view themselves. It’s important to recognize a problem in order to have the capacity to change it.
Some points at the end were inspired by a lecture by Andres Duany: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMvwHDFVpCE

9 Jan 2018 Sum of the One

8 Jan 2018 My¬†outdoor chalk drawing yesterday. The phrase “Sum of One” came to mind thinking of how what is done to one is done to all of us.

Hello to you.¬† How are you in your today?¬† I’m doing well today.

We were happy to get a call yesterday evening to tell us¬†Kyle’s wedding ring replacement was ready to pick up.¬† We are very pleased with both bands!

9 Jan 2018 – it was tricky taking a picture like this with one hand lool!

While we were at the shopping center in Burleson (we try to maximize all the trips that involve leaving the house), he did his customary run to Gamestop whereby he talked himself out of buying any new games.¬†¬†I limited myself to some Memory Wire instead of stretchy cord for making bead¬†bracelets at Michaels.¬† At¬†5 and Below we found something that has been very hard to find this year, a¬†“real” calendar!¬† We don’t like digital calendars.¬†¬†Without power you can’t access them for later reference.¬†¬†When Kyle has to fill out papers for outages he finds having¬†the paper kind of¬†calendar¬†for reference is much easier.¬†¬† What’s funny too is on the way there we found $2 on the ground.¬† It¬†was¬†just more than enough to pay for the calendar!¬† ¬†The theme of the calendar we chose was Zen – yay!

Kyle and I had a laugh while in 5 and Below.¬† I don’t know if you remember me mentioning Kyle and I spending like 9 months trying to find¬†a My Little Pony Celestia.¬† She was the last Pony to complete the collection Kyle started for me.¬† Well guess what?!¬† We found not only one Celestia, but an entire¬† bin full of them in there!¬† I wish I had taken a picture!¬† That happens to us quite often when we can’t find something.¬† We will finally find it and then the item we were seeking will show up EVERYWHERE! Lol!¬†¬†BOOM TONS OF CELESTIA’S!¬† Lol.¬† I hope they all get great homes.

This is picture of my Grandma Carol Becker celebrating her 75th birthday – (Princess Celestia and Princess Luna from My Little Pony)

This month’s calendar message:¬† Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony – Mahatma Gandhi

Yesterday we received the Mighty Paw double dog leash¬†and it’s working great!¬† I took the kids for a spin yesterday after it came in and Kyle took the reigns this morning.¬†¬† We are both very pleased with the gadget.

Sometimes walking two dogs (or one depending on the dog!) by yourself or¬†with another person can be challenging.¬† When Links family came by for Christmas, his Mom Tippie and Dad Tyler were hooked up to one (different brand)¬†and it was working really well.¬† Their son is a pain in the ass, aka “Diablo Blanco,” ¬†to walk so figured this might help and so far so good!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072BF547Q/ref=cfb_at_prodpg

9 Jan 2018 Рnever mind the blob of me in red and gray. Just wanted to show you what it looks like with two dogs actually hooked up with it.

Mighty Paw Double Dog Leash, Two Dog Adjustable Length Dog Lead, Premium Quality No-Tangle Leash for 2 dogs   (US $15.99)

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Anyhew….time to get off this thing and go out and see if my chalk slab is dry yet.¬† I hope this finds you well.¬† Remember no matter what, make the mediator between your head and your hands your HEART!¬† Love finds a way to navigate through even the most impossible of challenges.

 

 

3 Jan 2018 How cold is too cold (dogs), planet Nayrobi (dream) and Nairobi Kenya

3 Jan 2018 – the sun is back! It’s still very cold!

Hello to you wherever and whenever you are as you find me here.¬† How are you?¬† Hopefully your 2018 is off to a positive start.¬† My prayers go out to all those experiencing unusually cold weather.¬† I hope the homeless are finding shelter.¬† I’m worried about people and animals with conditions like this.¬† My neighbor had his dogs out all day yesterday and I had to tell him to get the dogs inside because they were coming over to our place!¬†¬†We are actually experiencing winter here for the first time in several years and no one is used to it!

Source Internet: Our Animal Control folks recently shared this and I’m passing it on. It’s important info for folks who tend to leave their dogs and cats outside all the time.

Last night there were lots of dreams; I will share this one. It had to do with going to a planet called Nayrobi (spelling in the dream), the God of my understanding and something about “dialing things back a notch.” It was like I was floating over the earth in a ship and there was a conversation going on from the ship to the Earth about going to the planet Nayrobi for some sort of therapy. I eventually agreed to go. I guess all the stuff I’ve been watching lately in my waking world about UFO’s, aliens etc. unlocked this dream lol!

I knew I had heard of an actual place on Earth with this name and I was right. Nairobi of Kenya in East Africa looks like a place that would be very therapeutic to visit!

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/kenya/nairobi

Welcome to Nairobi

East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, Nairobi is Kenya’s beating heart, an exciting, maddening concrete jungle that jarringly counterpoints the untrammelled natural beauty to be found elsewhere in the country.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nairobi

Nairobi (/na…™ňąro äbi/; locally [na…™ňąroňźbi]) is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The name comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to “cool water”, a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. The city proper has a population of 3,138,369, while the metropolitan area has a population of 6,547,547. The city is popularly referred to as the Green City in the Sun.[2]

Nairobi was founded in 1899 by the colonial authorities in British East Africa, as a rail depot on the Uganda Railway.[3] The town quickly grew to replace Machakos as the capital of Kenya in 1907. After independence in 1963, Nairobi became the capital of the Republic of Kenya.[4] During Kenya’s colonial period, the city became a centre for the colony’s coffee, tea and sisal industry.[5] The city lies on the River Athi in the southern part of the country, and has an elevation of 1,795 metres (5,889 ft) above sea level.[6]

With a population of 3.36 million in 2011, Nairobi is the second-largest city by population in the African Great Lakes region after Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.[1][7] According to the 2009 census, in the administrative area of Nairobi, 3,138,295 inhabitants lived within 696 km2 (269 sq mi).[8] Nairobi is the 10th-largest city in Africa, including the population of its suburbs.

Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa and the second-oldest exchange on the continent. It is Africa’s fourth-largest exchange in terms of trading volume, capable of making 10 million trades a day.[9]

I had to share this because it made me chuckle this morning.  I was looking at search terms people used on my page and saw this:  why donald trump is willy wonka.   When I did a couple of searches on Google and Bing, some hits actually came up for people having made comparisons between President Trump and Willy Wonka!

Source Internet – Gene as the iconic Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka (HD) “Pure Imagination”

23 Dec 2017 The Eraser, Amber and May visit (dream), “Farm Fresh”, Time Travelers (1964 Ib Melchior film) and Elon Musk over Los Angeles

Hello to you. How are you doing in your time as you visit me in mine?¬† Ready for the holidays?¬† Ready for the holidays to be over?¬† Yeah….I fit into the second category as I write to you now, ¬†but I know once we get around family it will feel more like it’s almost Christmas.

22 Dec 2017 – Almost immediately after asking God what my purpose was on a walk alone in the neighborhood I found this…a simple eraser. Hmmm.

It was wet, cold and gray yesterday but I needed a walk so I took one alone around the neighborhood.¬† I was thinking about the “what’s my purpose” question and outright asked God, “What is my purpose?!”¬† Almost right after I asked that I found a almost brand new eraser on the curb in front of me.¬† I asked Kyle what he made of this after I got home.¬† He said it could mean trying to correct or fix mistakes.¬† That resonated with me as it feels like much of my life has been about fixing my mistakes and those I see in the world.¬†¬† I don’t feel like I’ve been altogether very good at this, almost an enabler in some respects, but I’ll keep trying.¬†¬† I was reminded of a music group I used to enjoy called Erasure:

Erasure A Little Respect (Official Video)

Yesterday evening I decided to go into what has been the “cat room” or Amber and May’s room for the past 8 years.¬† Since May died, I’ve had the door to the room shut most of the time and the only reason I’ve gone in there was to clean.¬† I took my cards in there and did a reading while listening to some music.¬† It was hard to be in that room without my girls being there anymore!

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Well last night they came to me in my dreams.¬† It wasn’t like dreams I’ve had before with those I’ve loved and lost.¬† This was more like an echo or memory.¬† It wasn’t interactive.¬† I didn’t feel their presence.¬† May’s right ear was shiny like there was some sort of ointment in it like we had to use on Amber when she had an ear infection.¬† They weren’t in a place I recognized ever being.

I dreamt about a girl hiding out in a hotel and having to keep moving to stay hidden and it was quite involved but I can’t remember anything more than a big man walking across a parking lot.

I dreamt about my neighbor having a huge gray black white and tan dog that came over to me in my yard.¬† Then it took off running across the street to the field behind us where there was a huge bull with white curly hair on it’s face (cow).¬† My neighbor was in his backyard and started yelling at the dog as it took off running, “Andrade!¬† Andrade!” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrade – I knew Andrade’s when I was stationed in Germany). ¬†The dog just kept on going.¬† As it approached the cow I said, “It’s going to get kicked”¬† as I thought the cow would surely kick it with how close it got to the cow.¬† It didn’t.¬† Just before I woke up I saw, “farmfresh.com” in my mind’s eye.¬† Weird.

(I was curious to see if there was actually a real web site and found this : http://farmfresh.com/:

Farmington Fresh Story

Nick Rajkovich, father and inspiration for Farmington Fresh. C. 1956


Since 1995 Farmington Fresh has been perfecting apple growing and slicing. We are a proud company with generations rooted in the CA orchards. Farmington Fresh continues the farming tradition of being family owned and operated today.

We are proud of our history as one of the first companies to slice and package fresh fruit. Our team is constantly developing new ideas to offer an exciting array of items. From our sliced sweet red apples and grapes to our broccoli florets and celery; we at Farmington Fresh pride ourselves in maintaining our commitment to quality in all of our products.

We believe good food can be convenient without sacrificing health by bringing the farm to you. We offer a full product line of fresh cut value-added fruits and vegetables.

Changing gears……

Last nights Mystery Science Theater 3000 film was The Time Travelers and we actually really enjoyed it!¬† We both agreed this would be worth a modern reinterpretation.¬† The premise of the film and it’s theme’s were very resonant and plausible to the direction we seem to be headed in our current times.¬† Especially the “man’s folly” being the cause of¬†why¬†the Earth was destroyed, it’s people turned into mutants and why we would have to find another inhabitable planet.¬† ¬†¬†¬†

The Time Travelers (1964) Trailer – Color / 2:18 mins

Published on Jan 17, 2017

The Time Travelers (aka Time Trap) is a 1964 science fiction film directed by B-movie director Ib Melchior. It stars Preston Foster, Philip Carey, Merry Anders, Steve Franken, John Hoyt and Delores Wells. The cast also includes superfan Forrest J. Ackerman in one of his many bit roles in science fiction films. The film inspired the 1966 TV series The Time Tunnel as well as the 1967 remake Journey to the Center of Time.

.In 1964, a group of scientists create a portal that takes them to a barren, mutant inhabited, Earth in the year 2071.

For further movie mayhem;
https://www.facebook.com/VultureGraffix

This morning I saw this and felt it tied in perfectly to sharing about the movie.  If I had seen it with my own eyes, I would have hoped the same thing was happening.  Aliens finally come to help us fix this mess but alas it was only a test of the escape pod. 

https://nypost.com/2017/12/22/los-angeles-freaks-out-over-ufo-sightings/

Los Angeles freaks out over ‚ÄėUFO‚Äô sightings

By Selim Algar

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December 22, 2017 | 9:47pm

A space satellite launch sparked a brief UFO scare in Los Angeles Friday night after startled viewers gawked at an unidentifiable streak of light soaring across the night sky.

Observers flooded Twitter with pictures and videos of the strange vessel and they speculated that aliens were finally making their long-awaited debut.

Others braced themselves for extraterrestrial visitation and chided non-believers for ever doubting the presence of life beyond the stars.

“Everyone is Downtown LA was pretty freaked out,” reported one witness on Twitter, adding that crowds cocked their heads skyward to view the phenomenon.

But to a mix of relief and disappointment, other Tweeters quickly debunked the UFO theory, noting that the jellyfish-shaped object was in fact part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellite fleet.

The Falcon 9 booster rocket ‚Äď which carried 10 satellites ‚Äď launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base around 5:30 p.m. California time en route to destinations across the globe.

‚ÄėElon Musk just scared the f*** out of me!” tweeted one shaken Los Angeleno.

“For 10 minutes I was under the impression that the Aliens had finally come,” said another user in a tweet to the tech innovator. “It was kind of a letdown but still, thank you for the experience.”

 

SpaceX ‘UFO’ Sighting Over Los Angeles Sparks Fear Of Alien Invasion (Elon Musk’s Marketing Stunt?)