Just published…

May 31, 2015

From Dr. Mark Gonnerman.  Available now at your local independent bookstore.


Aloha ✿`*•✿ ✿`*•✿

May 30, 2015


Reviews are dumb. Cameron Crowe. Aloha. LOVED. From the moment the needle drops on the vinyl. “Stick around. You might just scrape your knees on eternity.”

California’s snowpack is gone…zero.

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From APM’s Marketplace


Blurring the lines of bias…



“Recently, a Dolby hiring manager was shocked to discover his favorite candidate came from a community college.

“The one that we did select, even in our debrief he basically said, ‘Wow, I think if I just saw his resume on my desk, I don’t know if I would have selected him,’ ” Reyes says. “It was one of those ‘aha’ moments for him that this is a really interesting tool.”



May 29, 2015


Risking Delight~Accepting Gladness

May 27, 2015



Jack Gilbert: “Do you have the courage to be a poet?” he said. “The jewels that are hiding inside you are begging you to say yes!”


‘I’d like to teach the world to sing…’ ☆☆•*¨*•.¸¸

May 26, 2015



Heather Lende finds the good in the end…


Journalist Heather Lende lives in the small town of Haines, Alaska, where the population is about 2,000. She’s written obituaries for almost 20 years at the Chilkat Valley News.

In doing so, she’s learned to “find the good,” as she says, not only in the lives of people she writes about, but also in her own life. Lende told Here & Now’s Robin Young that a portrait of the town she lives in also comes through her work.


When Everyday is Memorial Day

May 25, 2015



Jack Gilbert

May 24, 2015


Happy Birthday, Bob


Today, Bob Dylan, 74 years young……•*¨`*♫.•
´*.¸.• .¸. ❥❥¸¸.☆¨¯
“May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young”

Oh yeah. It’s great.

May 22, 2015

“The feature-length documentary film, The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir, detailing the life of Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir debuted on Netflix today, May 22. The film was directed by Mike Fleiss, and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April of last year. Netflix posted an official trailer for the documentary earlier this month to give subscribers a taste of the film.”


Locals trying to clean their beach…


So little national coverage on this oil spillage in Santa Barbara – – I saw pictures on MSNBC last night showing local folks out there in their flip-flops and shorts…no toxic protection gear…with their garden shovels and buckets…trying to clean up the mess and save their beach. And there is definitely wildlife impact. From the report I watched, the recovery efforts from the company have been very slow. And that Company, Plains All American, has had numerous violations over the years…they won’t answer to it. It’s surprising how little national coverage this oil spill has received. http://ktla.com/…/company-responsible-for-santa-barbara-cou…



The operator of an underground pipeline that ruptured and released up to 105,000 gallons of crude oil in Santa Barbara County — and tens of thousands of gallons into the ocean — said Wednesday that the spill happened after a series of mechanical problems caused the line to be shut down.

The problems began about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at two pump stations that move oil through the 11-mile pipeline along the Gaviota Coast, Rick McMichael, director of pipeline operations for Plains All American Pipeline, said at a news conference.

The company said its estimate of 105,000 gallons spilled west of Santa Barbara is a worst-case scenario that was based on the line’s elevation and flow rate — which averages about 50,400 gallons an hour.

Investigators won’t find a cause for the rupture until they excavate the 24-inch wide line, which was installed in 1987, according to a joint statement from government and company officials.

Practice seeing…and kindness.

May 21, 2015

‘Too many times we hurry, rushing about from one errand to the next and barely looking at who is walking alongside of us through this journey called life. If we stop for just a moment – – make eye contact, smile, offer a kind word – – we become a place of love on the planet. We create healing with every act of kindness we engage in. With so much of life occurring online, we are virtually connected to everyone in the world, and yet we may actually be interacting with fewer people than ever before. Let’s practice…seeing everyone we meet.’
~Science of Mind

Nebraska gets it…

They say if ‘we’re going to be pro-life’, let’s really be pro-life’.

From theSkimm:

‘Let’s talk death penalty. Yesterday, Nebraska voted to get rid of it. The bill is expected to get the ‘veto’ stamp from Nebraska’s gov., but lawmakers say they have enough votes to override it. If it’s passed, Nebraska would be the first conservative state to abolish the death penalty in more than 40 years. After botched executions using lethal injection drugs in Oklahoma and Arizona last year, there’s been a debate over whether these drugs count as “cruel and unusual punishment.” The Supremes are making that call on one of these drugs next month.’

Is it meeting your needs?

May 20, 2015

Seth Godin:

Or merely creating new wants?

Is it honoring your time or squandering your time?

Is it connecting you from those you care about, or separating you?

Is it exposing you or giving you a place to hide?

Is it important, or only urgent?

Is it right, or simply convenient?

Is it making things better, or merely more pressing?

Is it leveraging your work or wasting it?

What is it for?



From The Week:

“David Letterman is retiring on Wednesday, after 33 years on late-night TV, starting on NBC then, after getting passed over for The Tonight Show, launching a late-night juggernaut at CBS. He’s had a lot of great moments, transformed late-night TV into something more fun and unpredictable, and made a lot of people laugh and feel less alone. His finest moment wasn’t funny, though. It was the Late Show on Sept. 17, 2001, his first after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks…”


The Power of the Heart

May 19, 2015



From the director of ‘THE SECRET’, comes this unparalleled and life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart. Featuring some of the most inspiring and influential icons of our age including Mark Nepo, Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, and Eckhart Tolle.
Film tickets available for $10 at the door.

Wendell Berry ~ How to Be a Poet



“When power corrupts, poetry cleanses,” John F. Kennedy proclaimed in his touching tribute to Robert Frost, celebrating poetry as “the means of saving power from itself.”



Kindness Matters

Seeing someone perform an act of kindness can warm your heart. That feeling has a name — it’s called moral elevation, and it’s that warm-and-fuzzy-on-the-inside sensation you get when you’re in the presence of true human goodness.

The feeling helps to explain why kindness is, quite literally, contagious. Studies have found that this natural high makes people want to behave more altruistically towards others.


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