Thursday, October 21, 2021

HAPPY Birthday, Bruce!

 EnJOY with all 50 trillion of your cells today, and every day!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Nate The Hoof Guy

I've been posting more on Ledger & Lace recently than this poor neglected blog. I will have an update-ish sort of post. Sometime. In the meantime, I was recommended Nate The Hoof Guy in my YouTube feed, so I'm sharing it here.

This is the first video I watched:

Aaaaand let the binge-watching begin.  Almost as fun as watching is reading the comments!

My sentiments, exactly!  

Thursday, May 6, 2021

A Litter of Babies

 I saw this news blurb about a woman who gave birth to nine babies. See below:

NINE!  So the last two were unexpected because she thought she was only having seven. Can you imagine the conversation?  

"Well I guess I can do seven. I mean, it's not like I'm the Octomom!  How embarrassing would THAT be?" 

And then the birth comes and the last two babies are all: SURPRISE!  [Jazz Hands!]

The sleep deprivation from one baby . . . but nine?!  Sweet. Baby. Jesus. In. Heaven. 

Apart from that, lemme make this about me for a sec. 

Because she has my name!  

I've only ever heard my name once before on TV and it was when Mum and I were watching the news. A Muslim refuge with her nine children (but not all at once!) was escaping across the border.  "Ooh, Hal!  She has your name!" Mum said, hitting my arm. Thanks, Mum.  She named me after a friend. Altho, these days, she would prolly be accused of Cultural Appropriation.  I think Cultural Appreciation is a better term. 

I've heard it both ways.

Halimah, the name that was never on touristy souvenir key chains or mugs. The name that was stumbled over,  garbled and mispronounced when I was growing up.  The name that was never a character in a movie or book. The name of a quintillion nick names like Amoeba and Ha-LIMA Bean. [Quintillion: it's a math term. Look it up.]  The name that I shortened to "Hali" after getting called Shalimu. Which then became a nick name. The name that gets me "randomly searched" every time I fly.  Every. Single. Time.

My name.  :-) 


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Mum's Laugh :-)

 This was our last Christmas with Mum. Rowan was going to be in the Christmas pageant at church. He was playing a shepherd and Atlasta said, "What did he go to Harvard?"  And that's what sparked the laughing. Shepherds always made her laugh. She tells the story of watching a Candid Camera episode that started it all:

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Great American Smokeout

 Loyal readers of this blog know John Morgan, author of Grasshopper Notes and my boss and friend since 2007. Since retiring, he's published Grasshopper Notes Journal, and has most recently started posting all his recordings for FREE on his new YouTube channel,  Inside Out.  These recordings were previously only available at our seminars or for purchase via the seminar website. 

This Thursday, November 19th, is “The Great American Smokeout." In honour of that, he's just posted his Stop Smoking Forever seminar.  Every year in cities all over the country, thousands of people flocked to attend John Morgan seminars. It's why he's known as "America's Best Known Hypnotist" as he criss-crossed the continent to help people stop smoking or lose weight.

The video is the length of a movie, except you close your eyes for part of it and at the end of it, you are on your way to being smoke free. When smokers couldn't get to Kansas City or Nashville or our other seminar cities, they could watch this hour and 45 minute video. They were astonished that a video of his seminar worked! 

2020, amiright?  It has been a year we’ll all remember. A lot of people are home anyway. If you're a smoker, give up the cute cat videos and bread-making tutorials, forget the pandemic and political noise for a bit, and pick a time to watch this video uninterrupted. Make 2020 memorable for yourself for a different reason: the year you decided to Stop Smoking Forever.  Not a smoker?  Check out his other videos. And if you're a regular on YouTube, you may want to subscribe to his channel for inspiration, relaxing meditations, and even a few laughs with his Grasshopper Notes Podcast.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

New Virtual Massage Video

 John Morgan, my friend and former boss, put together this video so that I could offer my recording of Virtual Massage on YouTube. YAY!  Click on the video below to hear it. 

Here's the back story of how I came to write and record Virtual Massage:

My friend Lena was my first massage client here in my new home when I lived at the River House. After she left, I was on the phone to John Morgan, my boss of John Morgan Seminars fame and I said, "I wish I had another body to work on." And he said his shoulder was bothering him and what would I do to alleviate the pain. I told him I'd start with his traps and work into levator...and being the auditory person he is, he said, Tell me as if you're giving a massage in real time. So I did, without the anatomical nerd-talk. At the end of it, he said he felt better and said, "I think you have something here. Write a script." He came up with the name Virtual Massage AND did the post-production (he made my voice sound like velvet!) AND designed the CD for me. John was my willing guinea pig as we worked through the script together and he gave me advice on how to make it even better. On the final reading, he fell asleep (the ultimate success!) and I hung up the phone after I was finished. He phoned ten minutes later saying, "I think you're ready to go into the studio." High praise coming from "America's-Best-Known-Hypnotherapist."

I also wanted feedback from a fellow massage therapist, so I read it to my friend Bess. She said, "That was fantastic! I feel like I've just had a massage and a half!" High praise coming from my favourite massage therapist! The night before I went into the studio, I read it for XM Radio Guy, who has been a client for years. And he said, "That was amazing." THANK YOU!!!

I also have background music on this recording. And not just any music, but my favourite music when I'm giving a massage: Chesapeake Bay: Reflections of Beauty, by Mike Zampi. He let me use the whole CD just like I would in a massage session. So, it's been 13 years and things have changed!  But the recording still sounds fantastic. Thanks, John!