Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Horseman's (Or Woman's) Dream

My friends, Patty and Carole, just reduced the price of their gorgeous horse farm in beautiful Chatsworth, NJ.

The house is REALLY nice and every detail has been considered in the barn and the property. If you or someone you know might be interested, be sure to check out their web site here.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Great Spiritual Opportunity

I really enjoy getting Owen Waters' Articles on Spiritual Metaphysics every Sunday. Today's newsletter was a real gem.

Spiritual Trendsetters by Owen Waters:

"It is time for the world to stop being fearful. Fear breeds fear. Love breeds love. One cancels the other. Which will you choose – love or fear?

If you decide to create more love in your life, the approach is simple. Spiritual awareness enhances the natural flow of the universal consciousness called love. By developing your inner spiritual connection, you attract and transmit more pure, unconditional love and all things will be added to you because of this.

Your relationships will grow deeper and more harmonious. You will appreciate yourself more, simply for being the child of God that you are. You’ll prosper in your professional dealings as you become more creative and, therefore, more competent and more valuable to the people you serve.

It’s simply a choice. To develop love, start by ignoring the fears that face the rest of the world. Don’t let those issues of fear bring you down. That’s what they’re designed to do. If you let them bring you down, they will disempower you.

Instead, focus on what will make a difference within yourself. Your domain – the realm under your control – is within you. You can change that which is within yourself. Other people are outside of your domain, so change that which you can – that which is within yourself. Then, paradoxically, you will also effect positive change in the world because you are part of the global mind consciousness.

Just as there is an atmospheric belt around the world, there is also a mind belt around the world. This mind belt is constantly fed by the thoughts and emotions of every human upon the planet. People are like radio transmitters and receivers, only the energy is mind energy, not radio waves. You constantly receive mind energy from the collective mind belt, process it through your own consciousness and transmit it back into the mind belt.

Mind energy consists of thoughts and feelings. It is a definite energy, even though it is much more subtle than physical energies like light or electricity. Mind energy is conditioned and directed by human will.

You can be affected by the collective mind belt or you can decide for yourself how you will react to life’s events. Choose now whether you will be affected by every twist and turn in the game of life, or whether you will be one of the few who create the game.

Independent thinkers are the trendsetters in the mind belt. The way you think affects every other human upon the planet. The way you feel affects every other human upon the planet.

Because higher frequencies of thought and feeling have much more power than lower frequency ones, the unconditional love that you generate through your spiritual practices has a huge influence upon humanity.

Choose the development of love through regular, dedicated spiritual practices and you will be changing the world. Make spiritual growth your number one priority in life. At the end of the day, it’s the one thing that really counts."

© Owen Waters

Friday, January 14, 2011

Denise Bush Photography - 2010 Gallery Is Live!

My sister, Denise Bush, just updated her website to include her 2010 Image Gallery. The group includes 42 of her favorite photos from the past year. It is a high caliber collection of natural images that in me evokes pleasure and strong emotion. Her vision and voice is strong. Excuse me for bragging, but I am very proud of her. See her amazing virtual exhibit by clicking here:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Discover the cosmos through A.P.O.D.! "Each day a different photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer." I just love these images. The awesome colors, designs and mystery really gets my creative juices flowing. This photo is one of my favorites from NASA's Hubble Heritage Collection. Yesterday I made a slideshow using iPhoto and some of these images. With music from Pink Floyd, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", my new 27" iMac monitor can now take me away on a "Magical Mystery Tour". See my 2008 Astronomy Favorites From APOD video set to the music of Cusco on YouTube here. Oh, and be sure to watch it in full screen mode and turn up your speakers! Enjoy!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Cardinals Heat Up The Winter Landscape

There's not many sights as pretty as Cardinals in the snow. Although they number in the millions, there is nothing common about Cardinals. They mate for life and it’s not unusual to spot Mr. and Mrs. Red with their extended family dining at our backyard feeders. They also eat spiders, fruits, berries, insects and wild seeds so they are not seen as often in other seasons when these foods are available. At a bird feeder, Cardinal's favorite food by far, is the black oil sunflower seed. Although they prefer to eat on the ground or low in the bushes, you won’t have to coax them to stop at the nearest hanging feeder with a platform for a quick snack or a leisurely evening meal, in the winter. Cardinals do not migrate, preferring to stay put as long as there is plenty of good food and a water source for them. It's easy to provide a few essential comforts to give them every reason for making their home in your backyard this winter! We have a group of ladies who occasionally stop on the road by our house with binoculars and count the cardinals in our yard. One reported that they counted 11 one day. It's hit or miss. Where there's one, there's usually a few, but they come and go throughout the day. Last time I saw the cardinal watchers stop, there wasn't a speck of red to be found.

Keep the feeders filled during winter with a good quality seed when natural foods are hard to find. Get the best you can afford. The cheap kinds just have a lot of filler that nobody likes.

Provide a source of water. (I purchased an inexpensive bird bath de-icer for $25. which makes the job much easier.)

Did you know that the Cardinal is the state bird for seven states? They are; Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

Do you have them where you live?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

"Happy New Year!"

"The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays and was not always January 1, which is purely arbitrary. Observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years go, the New Year began with the first New Moon after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring), a more logical time to begin a new year." ~


More quotations on the "The New Year":

"I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me." ~ Anaïs Nin

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce