(Updated 1/21/08)





Links to my other sites:




The idea is the seed.


Faith is the expectancy of fulfillment.


The result is the harvest.





This used to be my belly dance site, but I chose to replace it with one that integrates a fuller picture of things I appreciate.  The old site still has neat things like poetry, video reviews and older pictures and can be accessed at: Old Site

I created this site as a form of therapy ... and a form of expression, if you will.

It also allows me to share stuff I've worked on like the 2 sites listed above.  My butterfly site needs to be updated, and my Flickr account reflects the latest pictures I have taken.

I also decided to create a public blog to track down the progress of my goals.  I guess it's a form of accountability.

This site is in honor of all that is life-affirming ... expansive ... unrestrictive ...





I saw this sign on contentment and loved it. For me, the value of contentment lies in being content with all the blessings that are present now ... with all that I’ve accomplished now. There’s a sweetness in taking pause to appreciate what is currently in front of our faces.

It goes back to the adage of adopting an attitude of gratitude. I will always have higher mountains to climb, deeper valleys to explore, etc., but unless I take inventory of my current blessings ... unless I derive a rich sort of contentment with all that I've accomplished thus far, my happiness will always elude me.







Laid out on my desk, in open view, is a book that helps me stay positive, entitled The Hidden Messages in Water, by Masaru Emoto.

It shows the science of how our thoughts impact water. The water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words showed brilliant, complex and colorful snowflake patters. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts formed incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors.

Here's a great testimonial:

"As with Galileo, Newton, and Einstein, Dr. Emoto's clear vision helps us see ourselves and our universe differently.  Science and spirit unite, resulting in a profound and undeniable quantum leap in how we view our world, and how we can reclaim our health and create peace." -- Marcus Laux, ND, Editor, Naturally Well Today.




May your life be filled with wonder, beauty and appreciation ...



My mind is at an eternal springtime.





I received this E-mail from my sister-in-law, and I wanted to add it here because it gave me a much needed laugh.  Sometimes I take life too seriously, so I thought it would be great to add it here as a reminder to lighten up:

Maintaining a Healthy Level of Insanity...


 1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down.

2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't Disguise Your Voice.

3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, Ask If They Want Fries with that.

4. Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label It 'In.'

5. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks. Once Everyone has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch to Espresso.

6. In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write 'For Smuggling Diamonds'.

7. Finish All Your sentences with 'In Accordance With The Prophecy.'

8. Don t use any punctuation.

9. As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.

10 .  Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat...use a serious face.

11. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is 'To Go.'

12. Sing Along At The Opera.

13. Go To A Poetry Recital And Ask Why The Poems Don't Rhyme.

 14. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area And Play tropical Sounds All Day.
 15. Five Days In Advance , Tell Your Friends You Can't Attend Their Party Because You're Not In the Mood.
 16. Have Your Coworkers Address You By Your Wrestling Name, Rock Bottom.
17. When The Money Comes Out of The ATM, Scream 'I Won!, I Won!'

 18. When Leaving The Zoo, Start Running Towards The Parking lot, Yelling, 'Run For Your Lives, They're Loose!!'

 19. Tell Your Children Over Dinner. 'Due To The Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go.'



My girlfriend, Debora shared this "Cherokee Wisdom" with me, and it's simply timeless:



Cherokee Wisdom

“Two Wolves”

One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.


The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:

"Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

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