Sunday, October 30, 2016

Simon & Garfunkel

Nephew Ro is Paul Simon this Halloween. Here he is with Dad as Garfunkel:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Distressed Chic Sparrow

I got this London Fog Chic Sparrow from a Facebook Chic Sparrow Buy, Sell, Trade group.  I was a bit too fast in buying it because I've always wanted a Chic Sparrow, and it was "London Fog" and-and-and!  It's beautiful and the craftsmanship is impeccable. But . . . it's grey and I'm not such a fan.

Then I saw a video where someone distressed their notebook. Then I saw another one by Elena Bedner who gave a bit more of the How To. That was the inspiration to take the plunge and distress my Chic Sparrow.

I got the Tim Holtz stencil & then I used some of my Noodler's black ink on a Q-Tip. And here it is:

That bottom ink splat is very special:
I printed out the Goulet Pens logo and then traced over it with a
Sharpie pen onto freezer paper. Then I cut it out & voila: a stencil.
Here's the whole thing:

If you look carefully on the lower right corner, you can see the name of the gal I bought it from:

Inside, I didn't do too much. I did an initial ink test on the pen loop & I stamped a tea cup on the secretary pocket:

And there you have it.  I'm still not glued to it and I've offered to sell it to another Jessica in the FB group who was interested, so I'm giving her first refusal. If she doesn't buy it, I'll post it on the group for $65. If you see it here and are interested, you can leave a comment below. You'll need PayPal, tho. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

HAPPY Birthday, Bruce!!!

Today we celebrate the celebrating biologist, Dr. Bruce Lipton. He is one of the most joyful people you will ever meet. Here's a summary I wrote a few a years ago called Bruce Lipton 101.

Some favourite quotes:

I woke up one morning and decided to live my life in nothing less than joy.

People are beginning to wake up: [they're saying] "I'm not separate from my community. I am my community!"

"Cancer is a lifestyle consequence."

"Change your perception and you change the function of your cells."

"You control the genes by the way you live your life."

"You're not a victim, you're a MASTER of your biology."

"You get sick not from what you caught but from what you already have." (Re: opportunistic microorganisms).

"Your life matches your beliefs."

"Kids learn without you teaching them." (Re: subconscious programming).

"How can you find love if you can't love yourself?"

Here are some of my favourite photos that I've taken over the years:
At the 2012 I Can Do It! Conference
With Chiro-sis Ruthie. :-)
Gregg Braden, Bruce, & Joe Dispenza for the first
time together on stage at the ICPA Conference, 2014.
We were at I Can Do It! Conference in Baltimore in 2014. We were walking up the street and Wayne Dyer was coming toward us. Luckily I had my camera!

With Danni, Anita Moorjani's husband.
Here's the last time I saw Bruce, last November:


I'll leave you with a great summary from Bruce about his work. It's especially relevant now:

HAPPY Birthday, Bruce!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Tribute to Snuffy

It is a hard thing to say goodbye to our loved ones. It is especially hard when we have to say goodbye to our animal companions. In grieving through the deaths of Barkley, Remi, Millie, and Maggie, my boss and dear friend, John Morgan, has been there to support and comfort me. He told me, "There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who have dogs, and those who don't get it."

It is with heavy heart that I must write that yesterday, John Morgan and his family had to say goodbye to Snuffy, the black-nosed beagle. He was the famous dog on the cover of John's Hypnosis for Dogs CD:

I am remembering the first time I met Snuffy. I was going on the road with John Morgan for a week of seminars in New England. He picked me up at the airport and drove me home to have dinner with his family. He opened the front door and Snuffy came running out. As he ran around, John narrated like a football announcer, if he were a radio guy. Snuffy started with circle-eights in the front yard. Then he ran up to a mailbox and lifted his leg. "That's right, say 'hello' to the mailbox, Snuffy."

Snuffy was a constant source of entertainment as I would hear his Roo-Roos through the phone, when I was talking to John. Even more entertaining were John's conversations with Snuffy.

"Give me that rope, Snuffy. You heard me: ROPE."
Snuffy used to do "Circus Dog," where he'd tug on the rope
and barrel-role in a circle, while still holding on to the rope.
And then everyone would clap for him and cheer:
"YAY, Circus Dog!"
"It's 8 degrees out, but we're big boys, Snuffy. You know, it's this kind of weather that makes you feel alive . . . or close to death. I think my ears are going to snap off."

John comes home from being out.  "Snuffy, come over and give Poppy a kiss." [Snuffy licks his forehead]. "Oh, Snuffy. This is more healing than the water at Lourdes."

Graphic made in last election:

VET: Snuffy may have glaucoma.
John: Will he have to wear glasses?

[Whispers]  "The bloodhound just walked by a rabbit."

"Snuffy, big boys go OUTSIDE. We don't want to be like those cats. We hate cats."

"On the beach you may be a CHICK magnet, Snuffy. But in the woods, you're a TICK magnet."

"That's Poppy's ball."
 Snuffy was truly a part of the family. Every year, they celebrated his birthday on October 16th:

Last year:

Complete with prezzies:
John named all the toys he got Snuffy. Leo the Lion and ?
They all would be TOAST in the first 5 minutes.
With Carla the Cow.
Lenny the Leopard draped on Snuffy does not distract Snuffy from his ball:
Poppy's ball.
 Snuffy was part of all family birthdays and holidays. Here's his stocking for Christmas:

Oh, what a good boy, Snuffy. Santa, are you watching?"

Snuffy, the black-nosed beagle:

And here are a few more sleeping photos:

Once I got my own beagle, I felt even closer to Snuffy. Whenever I would says something Buddy had done, John would say, "Yeah, they do that."  Like having their backs up against something:

Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.
—Agnes Sligh Turnbull

There's a saying that the best day of your life is when you first say hello to your new dog, and the worst is when you have to say goodbye. For those who have grieved the loss of a loved one, pet or person, no explanation is needed. It is the hardest thing we do, as humans, I think.

There is nothing that takes grief away, except the act of grieving. Grief is a testament to how deeply we love. It brings all the things we miss about our beloveds. Eventually . . . eventually sometimes it brings a smile instead of tears. RIP Snuffy. You were cherished and loved and deserved all of it.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Jammie Chat, Day 17: Advice

"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't."  ~Erica Jong

Friday, October 7, 2016

Jammie Chat, Day 16: You Are Not Your Addiction

"Every addiction arises from an unconscious refusal to face and move through your own pain. Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain. Whatever the substance you are addicted to--alcohol, food, legal or illegal drugs, or a person--you are using something or somebody to cover up your pain." ~Eckhart Tolle

I mis-remembered Cee Lo Green's quote, but you'll hear it in the Begin Again trailer:

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Jammie Chat, Day 15: Remember to Forget

"It's not who you think you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not." ~Denis Waitley

"Everything you want is on the other side of fear." ~Jack Canfield

Dave Dobson

Jammie Chat, Day 15: Remember to Forget

"It's not who you think you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not." ~Denis Waitley

"Everything you want is on the other side of fear." ~Jack Canfield

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Jammie Chat, Day 14

Chic Sparrow: How I Named My Company

"Ever man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Jammie Chat, Day 13

I am delirious, but promised to do a daily video, so here you go!


"If it doesn't open, it's not your door."  ~Zig Zigler

"The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times." ~Paulo Coelho, author of THE ALCHEMIST

For more photos about my office transformation (book pages "wallpaper" etc.)  click HERE.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Jammie Chat, Day 12

"The gift that's trying to come out of you is not for you; it's for everyone." ~Kyle Cease

"Doing diffuses fear." ~John Morgan


Links to everything I mentioned in the video:
Bruce Lipton
Bruce Lipton 101 blog post
Tony Robbins
John Morgan

Mint Car / Vanilla Smiles Traveler's Notebook


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Jammie Chat, Day 11: "Because it's one more."

Quote of the day:

"When the voice and the vision on the inside are more profound and more clear than all opinions on the outside, you've begun to master your life." ~Dr. John DeMartini

Spinal Tap ELEVEN reference:

View of My Labyrinth From Space

See that white speck in the clearing of trees? That's my chair in the center of the labyrinth.

Here's a closer view where you can sorta make out the lines:

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Jammie Chat, Day 10

Quote of the day:
"The soul would rather fail at its own life than succeed at someone else's."  ~David White

The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware
FYI,  "J2A" is Journey To Adulthood