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R.I.P Syliva Browne.

While I was running around Colorado last week, I learned of Sylvia Browne’s passing on 20 November, eleven days ago.IMG_1613

Sylvia Browne lived a life to be celebrated. Cynics and skeptics were never her issue. While crowds of haters picked out every false prediction Sylvia made, she was writing amazing books about her experiences and opinions as a Medium – and starting a church.

Regardless of how anyone feels about the nature of her work, Sylvia Browne moved people, educated students and changed people’s lives for better. No inhabitant of Earth is perfect, it’s literally impossible. So I don’t really understand why the woman was verbally assaulted by so many non-believers. Each to their own, I suppose.

Francine and Sylvia are both on the other side doing very well, so I hear. Continue reading

give thanks

IMG_1467Happy Thanksgiving to all of our U.S. cult affiliates. I hopped on an airplane a few days ago, and now I’m in Colorado!

This year I am giving thanks for lots of things. I am thankful for being in Colorado with my best friend who I’ve known for 30 years. I am immensely thankful that it is not this time last year, because last year around now was extraordinarily sucky.

Naturally, I am most thankful for Peanut and Fronkles. Continue reading

split decision. ricardo perez jr.

Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 2.21.18 PMMany of us are already aware how tight I stay with Rick.

The opportuity to review his latest publication is a blessing.

Split Decision, by the wildly talented Ricardo Perez Jr. is a collection of faith, intelligence, love and ideas. The book paints the frame of a passionate life with words that make you lean closer toward the page.

Something unique about Rick’s writing is his ability to craft different styles. Throughout the book, tones rise and change like tides of moments and the reader is brought on a true journey of what it means to experience this world as part of the One source that keeps us all together.

The book is divided into five parts: Age Old Timeless, Speaking Conscience, More Than Inspiration, Written Silence, Abstract. Each section creates fresh insight of what life means and soothes with divine reminders. Continue reading

return to work. out of my hair.

Namaste blog tribe

IMG_6358 Today I go back to work. It’s literally the first time in my life that I am actually looking forward to returning to work after a holiday. Part of that is because my current job is my favorite and best. The second reason is because there was unexpected turmoil over the last few days of vacation that spit me out the other side just wanting to return to some type of basic routine. Continue reading

fireworks and boats

Summer is very official in New York City at the moment. Yesterday was the 4th of July and I sat on the roof ¬†with three boys and watched the Macy’s Fireworks action for the first time ever.

IMG_5109Now I get what the big deal is. This was my second 4th of July in ten years. I got pretty used to Australia Day.

For my man’s birthday, we cruised around Manhattan on a yacht. Today we’re whisking to the Catskills, camping has become a much required weekend escape. I’m just about to pack up the puppies and be out.

Earlier today I was discussing how I had a nervous breakdown last year, and how it sucked.  Continue reading


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