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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Winter Solstice Afterthoughts

Somewhere and sometime I was celebrating the winter solstice. Whether I was lighting a fire or a candle, feasting or preparing for a feast, or practicing generosity by giving of myself, the ritual was symbolized in a life-death-rebirth deity way, or as the year reborn whilst the sun ebbed.
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Solstice means standing-still-sun. Ancients celebrated and observed this phenomenon all over the earth. Stonehenge is one site where ancients and moderns observe both winter and summer solstice. It's an awesome manifestation of wonder. So is the Sun Dagger site in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It is "An assembly of stone slabs on an isolated butte in New Mexico collimates sunlight onto spiral petroglyphs carved on a cliff face. The light illuminates the spirals in a changing pattern throughout the year and marks the solstices and equinoxes with particular images. The assembly can also be used to observe lunar phenomena. It is unique in archeoastronomy in utilizing the changing height of the midday sun throughout the year rather than its rising and setting points. The construct appears to be the result of deliberate work of the Anasazi Indians, the builders of the great pueblos in the area." The quote is from The Solstice Project, a site about protecting Sun Dagger in Chaco Canyon.

My afterthoughts about this December 21st were brought to awareness after reading a poem by St. Francis of Assisi.
                      Wild Forces
There are beautiful forces within us.
   Let them turn the mills inside
         and fill

   that feed even 

I quote from Love Poems From God.

The wild forces within me are the rituals and celebrations that still live.  Perhaps I just want to acknowledge a Celtic awareness along with the many winter solstice symbols.  There are 5 that all symbolize protection and:
  1. evergreen - prosperity, life continuity
  2. holly - good luck, old solar year
  3. oak - endurance, strength, new solar year
  4. mistletoe - peace, fertility, rest
  5. ivy - fidelity, healing, marriage, and victory.
All of the above are lovingly renewed mid-winter as well as many other symbols.

Music tends toward sacred old hymns, bells, flutes, faeries, and specific ethnic songs from around the earth. Here are some examples:
As you can see, the standing-still-sun has grown somewhat commercial in these present times.  At the very least we can give tribute to the many offerings these products and memories or protection of memories that still revel around this magnificent earth. We can also continue to wonder . . . wonder what the Druids would think of the commercialization of the sun ebbing.                                        

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Help For Returning Warriors

In all my years of life on earth there has always been war. One can take this negatively or not since war doesn't have a very good rap. One positive result from war that has evolved is attention to helping our returning warriors. Since war seems to be non-stop, we must look at our sons and daughters that have made it out of war alive. They are suffering, too.

A friend of mine, Laura Whittemore, has co-authored a book about helping these warriors. "It is a guide to help our veterans orient themselves to a new way of thinking about this life changing event that has affected over 300,000 military service personnel and is being called the “signature injury” of the current war. The book provides insight into the symptoms of MTBI and suggestions for treatment to expedite the healing process. Most importantly, this book inspires hope to the veterans that they will get better, they will learn to compensate and discover their own resiliency and resourcefulness."

Now you may wonder, "What is MTBI?" It stands for mild traumatic brain injury - an unfortunate and common returning warrior symptom. The title of the book is Recovering from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI): A Handbook of Hope for Our Military Warriors and Their Families. When you click on the book title you will be at the Brain Injury Hope Foundation site. You can order the book there, and receive some valuable information and hope for "those with a MTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) get back on their feet, so once again they can help themselves become the self sufficient person they once were. Therefore being able to give back to the community financially while sharing their authentic self with the world."

Perhaps you know of someone who could use this help? If so, please pass on the book and site info as a giving gift. Healthy Holidays!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Delicious, Easy Gluten Free Meals and More

The excitement has begun with healthy meal recipes. A true revolution of delicious, easy gluten free meals is showing up everywhere! Major brands of processed food like Betty Crocker, and General Mills are now offering gluten free cake mixes! I never thought I'd see the day this would happen.

Are you always hungry for great healthy meal recipes? Personally, I would rather cook on my own so I'm sure that I'm getting organic, low glycemic, gluten free meals. I am grateful that the big food mills are finally awakening to the gluten free revolution, but they are more expensive than non-gluten free mixes. Just check them out in your grocery store, and compare prices.

I have a solution for you. It is a great,one of a kind cookbook with 75 recipes that are completely:
* gluten free
* sugar-free (except fruit)
* digestion-friendly (eliminate IBS)
* allergy friendly (wheat, gluten, soy, etc.)
* low glycemic and delicious too!

This book,
Fun With Gluten Free/Low Glycemic Food! offers the added benefit of low glycemic foods. They are highly important for optimum health, because they affect hunger, appetite, and blood sugar levels. The glycemic index of foods is actually a ranking of foods and their result on blood sugar levels. High glycemic foods are cabohydrates that break down quickly during digestion. Low glycemic foods are carbohydrates that break down slowly during digestion; they release glucose into the blood stream slowly.

Two great advantages of using (eating) low G.I. foods are:
1. they help burn body fat, not muscle
2. they help fill you up, keeping your appetite satisfied longer. So, you satisfy your appetite while releasing fat.

Most of the recipes also have guidelines for sugar and flour substitutes. Diabetics can also use these recipes. In fact, it is the first cookbook of it's kind because it is easily converted with vegan and vegetarian options too.

Bonuses, plus an 8 week 100% money back guarantee are your with Fun With Gluten Free/Low Glycemic Food!.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Chocolate Love: Intentional Chocolate Love

Do you always get a good vibe just thinking about chocolate? I do, and it gets to be a challenge waiting for the urge to eat chocolate to dissipate. Sometimes I tell myself that once I have accomplished a certain task (post a blog, vacuum a rug, exercise, etc.), then I can eat a chocolate treat. It's a similar challenge to my first cup of coffee in the morning, I get it after I meditate.

Naturally these challenges are not always fulfilled in the orderly fashion just mentioned. The chocoholic in me may lack discernment about need, desire, addiction, and overwhelming gotta-have-some-now thoughts. Ahh, so maybe here is where intention enters. Not only my intention about eating chocolate, but the chocolate vendor's intention. I'm referring to a product called Intentional Chocolate. It is chocolate that has been "infused with positive intention by meditating Tibetan monks." Not only that, but the company donates half its net profits. It looks quite nummy, and is considered a gift from the heart by many.

One way to give this is through an
Intentional Chocolate $25 Gift Certificate. If this isn't enough, then go big with this.

Chocolate is cultivated from the cacao tree in; the Caribbean, Africa, South East Asia, Samoa, and new Guinea. Intentional Chocolate is grown in Hawaii by founder and CEO, Jim Walsh.

The word
cacao is Mayan (found on pottery as early as 500 A.D.). No one knows how much earlier the bean was used, however the general consensus is that it was used earlier. Once Chris Columbus checked it out and sent it back to Europe, it was mostly used in beverage form until sugar was added to it. Then the Dutch got serious with chocolate production in 1828. They produced a powder from roasted cacao beans, and eventually a solid. Thank you, I am intentionally and eternally grateful for the Dutch endeavors. The Swiss followed along quite nicely, too.

Chocolate is a worldwide phenomenon that seems divinely related because of the "feel good" nature of it. There is caffeine, theobromine, phenylethylamine, and anandamide found in various amounts in the cacao bean. They are all chemicals that are stimulants, except the last which is a neurotransmitter that is found naturally in the brain. These may be the reason for the HIGH, the good feeling from eating chocolate.

Top that information off with monks embedding positive intentions and the good vibes just don't get any better!

Monday, November 23, 2009

It's Getting to be a Lot Like......

The shopping frenzy begins during this pre-Thanksgiving week via the advertising of "Black Friday." It's actually shoppingly correct (like politically correct) from Friday through Monday evidently.

The frenzy may be genetic, or even exceedingly hard to turn away from because North Americans are just so attuned to the economic side effect of the oncoming holidays. Not just North Americans, most cultures around the globe share in the gift giving pressure of holidays.

The commercialization is well known and disconcerting to some. More disconcerting are those who want to "buy" into it, yet can't. This is great for consignment and thrift stores. Nothing to sneer at with like new things. Besides, re-cycling is in.

For those who would like to buy in online at a discount, please check these deals out.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Talkin' Theology: Sky Boss Stuff

I've been continuing an ongoing God search for as long as I can recall. Mind you, this doesn't mean that I am an agnostic, actually I have a strong belief in God. My definition of God is mine. I don't wish to share it because it is always evolving, the less I limit my definition. So, I have been a lay theology student as long as I have had a God awareness.

I recall seeing an angel on the shoulder of a wooden desk in a classroom in the second grade. Whispering Angel

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I also remember going to religion classes taught by a lay person rather than a nun or a priest, and becoming mortified that the story of the Virgin Mary birth was just that, a story. I really gave my parents hell for not telling me the truth. Ahhh, the naivety of one so young and trustworthy.

Many instances in my life have led me to a belief in a Great Creator. When I was really hating God, because I had a life/death trauma at age 21, I began to heal miraculously. What happened was that when I could walk, I was led to a church across the street from where I lived at the time. I recall just wanting to get into a place that might be quiet and help me hear from the God I was so angry with. I did get in and manage to kneel for a very short time of silence. Then a heart-wrenching crying began. The sobs penetrated my heart. I noticed a woman hunched over, head bowed in her arms, crying like there would never be enough tears to come from her pain. I walked to where she was, and gently began to rub her back. After awhile she subsided, and told me that her 3 year old child had died of leukemia. I was so taken aback, because I had been so deep in my own tragedy, that this news just began to heal me. You see, I was being of service, I was forgetting my pain. The Sky Boss was divinely guiding me to love. My pain at losing my child had left me fearful and non-trusting of God and myself. The healing had begun with me at this divine intervention.

Those instances of greater good awareness are but a few of the God moments in my life that define me. Now the serendipity times that lead me to a certain movie, book, tv show, travel destination, or human interaction are an integral part of my daily life. For instance, I just finished reading The Shack. Buy it, read it love what it offers. It came into my life exactly when it was supposed to. I got it. It's definitely a God thing.

Of course, I have mentioned Rumi before. Some great Rumi translations are: The poetry of Rumi is so beautiful, that I truly believe it is God teachings. Read some, and see if you feel a bit more enlightened from it.

Another great book of poetry which is a translation from many different poets is
Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West (Compass). This includes an Islamic poetess, Rabia of Basra (c. 717-801) who wrote way before Rumi, and greatly influenced his writing. She is well worth reading. A writing I have taken from one of her poems is: I was born when all I once feared - I could love. Wow, how I want that to be true in my life!

Lastly I will mention Notes from the Universe: New Perspectives from an Old Friend. This is a delightful perspective of God. I like to just open it randomly and read what I was meant to read for the day.

Hopefully my God search will continue to continue as I reach out to you, my readers, and offer you some of my finds.

Monday, November 2, 2009

This Is It: Baby Boomer review of This Is It

Michael Jackson died on my birthday, June 25th. It was a sensational day for both of us. Not only was it my 60th birthday, but it was also the death day of Farrah Fawcett, thus it became quite a memorable day too. Now that you know that I am indeed a qualified baby boomer (the first rock concert I saw was Janis Joplin... in person), I shall share my experience of viewing This Is It, the Michael Jackson concert rehearsal film.

My husband and I decided to go to a matinee, thinking it would be less crowded then an evening show. We were correct, there were only 9 folks in the big screen theater at the 4pm show. I took note of the fact that they were all baby boomers. Really, I was secretly pleased since so many younger gen kids think they have the real deal on MJ. Granted, they loved him from a young age too, but he was closer to my age (he was almost 50 when he died), and his enduring talent just continues to shine on all ages.

From the very get go of the film you will know that it is raw, rehearsal clips, along with some older MJ videos that were to be part of the concert. This is good because it highlights the talent, genius and work that went into the making of This Is It. I liken it to seeing the real Michael Jackson - before the hype.

He works with the dancers, crew, back-up singers, and director, Kenny Ortega. He is shy, quiet and the ultimate pro during the rehearsals. At one point he wants to re-do a scene, and he looks at his crew and says, "This is what rehearsals are for." There are times he exclaims that he is saving his voice, but encourages another singer to go for it. His wonderful and generous sharing of his talented guitarist, Orianthi, gives us a glimpse into his truly loving nature, and the awesome talent of his musicians. Judith Hill, his renowned back-up singer is also given share time with Michael. These bits gave great depth to the MJ that isn't hyped by the media- his generous nature.

Some highlights of the "how did they do that?" scenes are shown in the killer "Smooth Criminal" video and "Thriller" too. I don't want to giveaway how it was performed, but it is an example of the pure genius, beyond-his-time artist, Michael Jackson. Once again he shares the stage via video with actors who have gone before him (Humphrey Bogart for example).

Watching the interaction and obvious respect for and between MJ and his dancers, crews, singers, and director was such a treat. It really brings home what the real man was all about - giving his absolute best in all of his art.

Of course, I had to find the latest info about a DVD for This Is It. What I found out is that the DVD won't be released until January, 2010. However, I did purchase the CD.

Please do yourself a favor and see this phenomenal documentary tribute to another great baby boomer!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Recent Road Trip

Since this is the anniversary of the internet birth (10/29/'69), I consider it a fortuitous day to post about another milestone.

I have lived in Colorado since 1974 which is a total of 35 years (over half my lifetime!). Minnesota is my birthplace, and I haven't been back there for 4 years. So, I decided to take an independent road trip home to see mom. I realized that I hadn't driven anywhere by myself farther than 2 1/2 hours away since I had children. Geesh! Could I do it?

Yes, I could and did.

2000 plus miles later I am trying to figure it out. There seems to be a sense of life passing too quickly, and self-esteem building to keep enjoying life on earth. All this since I turned 60! Plus, I'm going to be a Grandma, so you see, time has been pushing my buttons.

The drive was a tangle of construction in Nebraska and Minnesota - Iowa was solar windmills. Actually, I was very excited to get into Minnesota because the scenery changed to a carpet of reds. The trees were having a fashion show and the cold winds were spreading those Fall leaves everywhere. There is also a specific scent to the North woods, and I loved it. Don't get me wrong, Colorado is startling gorgeous with the snow capped Rockies. Minnesota is just so beautiful with the many lakes and woods.

So, my inner journey about went along with the weather. I could focus on being present because the scenery outside changed and how could I drive safely without being present? I stopped frequently at rest stops, stretched and munched from my small cooler of carrots, cheese, gatorade, snickers, and my sack of almonds, nuthins, rice crackers, apples and bananas. A friend had suggested taking a cooler, and I'm so glad I did. It saved me from bad food and lost time indoors. I also had printed out trip tickets (map directions) from Triple A, and of course I had an Atlas with me. I also had our one cell phone for emergencies and checking in, so I really felt quite together.

That was what it was about for me. Seeing mom ( a vibrant 87 year old independent woman), and knowing I could journey independently, and let mom be mom. She has her moments, as we all do, and I could just be present with those moments. Just like I had to accept the weather as it changed from sunny cold to rainy cold to sleet cold to ice on my windshield in Nebraska on the return trip, to snow in Colorado. A journey that I'm glad I took.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Friday, October 9, 2009

No Escaping Halloween!

No matter if you keep the house dark and don't answer the door. No matter if you aren't even home. You can't escape Halloween! Believe me, I've tried.

It is a spooktacular evening that still holds some excitement. I still feel a curiosity to see kid's costumes, haunted houses, scairy movies, and eat sweets. So, even if I don't answer my doorbell and the front door part of my house is dark, you can bet I am participating somehow in the October 31st mayhem.

It has become expensive for some. Candy and costumes can be waaay too high priced. There are some good deals around however, and Amazon is offering some specials.

For a limited time, when you spend $50 or more on qualifying costume items with one of the sellers indicated on the site you will get $10 off the total cost of your order at checkout. Only purchases from participating sellers qualify for this promotion, and purchases from multiple sellers cannot be combined to qualify. Offer valid through Oct. 22, 2009.

Scare up savings on Halloween Candy: $15 off when you spend $39 or more on Hershey's, Mars, Nestle, or Wonka chocolate and candy products shipped and sold by Amazon.com Offer valid through Oct. 31, 2009.

To watch movies instead of going out check out the DVD Halloween Sale with DVDs as Low as $5.49 & Blu-ray up to 50% Off. For the horror fans, there is a buy one, get one free Horror DVD Sale. Offer valid through Oct. 31, 2009.

Whatever way you choose to spend the All Hallow's Eve, may it be safe and scairy too. Booo!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fall Changes

First let me apologize for not posting more often. I guess that is why this blog is geared to Baby Boomers; we don't sweat the small stuff anymore! Blessings like having grown children visit home seem to interrupt the internet communication that seems so vital when loved ones are far away.

Both our kids live very far away in New Zealand although they are close to each other (2 1/2 hours). My husband and I live in Colorado where our kids were born and raised. Just giving "mom" time by cookin', cleanin', listenin' and feeding them is about all I have been able to handle after many years of being an empty nester. I realize that I could just have entered short blogs, but somehow that just wasn't enough for me.

Enter a Fall change - frequent blogs from now on!
One cyclic Fall change is indoor and outdoor cleaning. We (husband and I), have definitely put in our time with this before the kid's visit, during, and since! Luckily our son-in-law chopped wood, touched up painted the outside of the house, did some mudding on a porch ceiling, helped pick out new wood closet doors, stain and hang them, and countless other chores. Thanks Trevor!

For inside housecleaning I thought I'd mention something different that I've tried. Since there is so much value in practicing "green" methods in cleaning, plus I really despise using chemicals with names that I can barely pronounce or have a clue what evils they perform, I made a change with the dreaded toilet bowl. Now I just dump some white vinegar and baking soda in the toilet and let it bubble for awhile. Then the scrub brush action is very easy and over quickly. I figured I have been using vinegar and baking soda to remove tea and coffee stains for most of my cleaning life that I might as well use it in the big porcelain bowl too. Try it, you'll like it. No nasty chem smell either.

There are a number of options available for safe cleaning products. One of them is a downloadable e-book titled The Green Clean Book. It has a 100% money back guarantee and offers non toxic, environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dan Brown's New Novel: Read Chapter 1

Interested Dan Brown readers may like to know that The Lost Symbol
will be available Tuesday, September 15th, and the first chapter can be read at Parade.com/symbol. I read it, and it is intriguing and mysterious right from the start. It begins with a flashback that took place at the Eiffel Tower about which I won't spoil for you. The thing is, the reader doesn't know it's a flashback for awhile. Then the trip in the present to power, wealth and mystery proceeds.

There is a great article/interview with Dan brown in the Sunday Parade issue. The prologue to the book is also featured. One quote from the interview per Dan Brown is "Religion has the power to make you think nothing is random." I find that true and a good definition of divinity. It made me ponder humans quest for revelation of something greater, and proof of the unseen. Hopefully, the curious will prevail and continue to question (why?) with open mindedness.

Here's what it looks like. You can get a copy through the provided links if you'd like to. I eagerly await my copy!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Autism 'n Animals

Oh, am I fortunate to live nearby a world class resort with world class events. I'm speaking about the Roaring Fork Valley which includes a place called Aspen, among other great towns.

Last night, in Aspen, Dr. Temple Grandin gave a great lecture titled, "Animals Make Us Human: Understanding Autism." The Given Institute was turning folks away, it was way full, and I'm glad we arrived early enough for seats.

For those of you who don't know of Dr. Gandin, I am quoting a bit about her from her website.

"Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed are located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling.

She obtained her B.A. at Frankin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Today she teaches courses on livestock behaviour and facility design at Colorado State Univeristy and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, the Today Show, and many shows in other countries. She has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, the New York Times book review, and Discover magazine. Interviews with Dr. Grandin have been broadcast on National Public Radio."

Really, the above doesn't say enough. She is an autistic scholar who has given the world a truth about autism and many related conditions. Because of her work; cattle are being slaughtered in a humane way, scientists have learned and put into use ways of treating autism, and teachers can see the way clearer with her methods for special needs kids. She is considered as "one of the most celebrated and effective animal advocates on the planet."

I felt a personal need to see this awesome woman in person, and hear her passion. I was fortunate to work with special needs kids for 2 years, and I became quite close with the autistic child I spent the most time with. I was so reassured to see photos of and hear about ways to work with the kids that indeed I had been trained to do. The methods are very successful and revisiting them reminded me of the sensory piece of autism.

She said that fear is the main emotion in autism and animals, and explained it quite well. Since autism is extremely variant (meaning not all autistic people have the same behaviors), it is very important to research the "why" of a child's abnormal behavior in order to calm and help the child grow.

She also shared that HBO is making a film about her (Clare Dane) evidently will play her. There were some film photos, and interseting insights about the crew, the cattle, and the sets built for the upcoming film. I'm sure it will be very well received.

Her talent as a prolific author shows in over 300 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is the author of many enlightening books, some I have listed here for your convenience.

Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals, Livestock Handling and Transport, and Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Have Fun Cooking Gluten Free

The end of summer fresh garden delights have got me using my detective prowess in search of more gluten free low glycemic recipes. I'm a food sensitive eater due to some ancestral gene thingimagigis (I hate to offend with the "mutations" word!) and so I make do without gluten whenever I can.

Actually, it has become fun detective work for me, and I'd like to share a cookbook with gourmet healthy recipes that are fun, quick and easy. "Fun With GF/LG Food" is the downloadable e-book for yummy, fun to make recipes for most food allergy prone folks.

Bonus, updates and a money back guarantee make this book a no-brainer. Sufferers from diabetes and celiacs will also enjoy this allergy-free cooking. Happy Cooking!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Remembering Oscar Wilde

The indomitable Oscar Wilde comes to mind time and again as I fathom what thought is. Here is the quote that got me fathoming:
"All thought is immoral. Its very essence is destruction. If you think of anything, you kill it. Nothing survives being thought of." It is from
A Woman of No Importance.

Yikes, that is a confounding quote that I happened to memorize. When I find myself feeling sophisticated and owning a witty, authoritative thought I am gleeful until I recall Oscar, the greatest critic of all.

A few of his quotes are:

  • Experience is the name we all give to our mistakes.

  • Society often forgives the criminal, but it never forgives the dreamer.

  • Democracy is simply the bludgeoning of the people. For the people. By the people.

  • No man is ever rich enough to buy back his past.
He still interests many people as the lively humanist, cynic, playwright, and entertaining historical figure. I was gifted with Oscar Wilde the fine biography by Richard Ellmann. It is worth owning if you want to know the real Oscar.

Another favorite that I own is The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: Stories, Plays, Poems & Essays. I didn't fathom how prolific and genius his work was until I started reading this wonderful anthology.

Long live Oscar Wilde! "The evolution of man is slow. The injustice of men is great."

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Are You Wanting Sexy Abs?

Ha! Maybe like some of you, I have tried many different exercises for sexy abs and a better looking core. I have always resorted to anything resembling dance for the best results. Earlier in my 20's thru 40's past life I actually took many great dance classes - jazz, ballet, modern. Then the pilates bit and joining a gym, etc. Yes, I did the deal.

Next, life with not great knees and all sorts of new aches 'n pains entered in. My core became a bit extended, and the desire to get somewhat of a six pack began to obsess in my brain. Luckily for me, that translated into trying out the Core Rhythms DVD'S.

They are the answer to sexy abs! Believe me, I have been high energy Latin dancin' with these delightful dvd's. The music is exhilirating, the instructors are supportive and great to watch, the moves are senuous, and the workout is fun. Sweat is plentiful as I feel my abs doing the work. The DVD's are especially helpful because they are set up so you can view front, back and/or click on help for a slow thorough breakdown of a move. It really isn't rocket science to put together some great dance moves and get great results. I highly recommend them.

Here is a video to get an idea for yourself. Enjoy!

Core Rhythms Dance Exercise Program Starter Package 3-dvd Set!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My Affiliate Program Comparisons

Here we go with my affiliate program comparisons. As a boomer searching for the real deal, I tried all of the below. Please know that they are all worthy however only one really offers the highest ratings.



go directly to WEALTHY AFFILIATE

WA is the most comprehensive online affiliate program available. It is of university stature for the in-depth fabulous amenities. Compared to the others, this wins highest ratings. The traffic marketing techniques and training include ppc for Google and Yahoo, article marketing and other free methods. The communication is top notch because the forum is simply the best of the best. Advanced members often offer solutions and tutorials, PLUS one-on-one coaching with Kyle and Carson ( founders) is available too. An 8-week program to get one's feet wet is suggested and even though I knew something about affiliate marketing- this is truly a real education- ppc is not the only method of driving traffic! Included in the low monthly fee ($29.00/month if pay for the year otherwise $39.00/month): training tutorials, world wide web renowned forum access, 6 ready made niche kits (1 per month) to use and promote, site rubix web building and hosting, feeder sites, my-linker, and did I mention quick communication? This alone is worth the low monthly fee. Plus I'm making online friends with other boomers that need help! Really, I only have to research the forum to see if my question is in there or I ask it and the answer comes quickly! The communication is that from other affiliates who really want me to succeed.

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Top Notch E-Book

This e-book or (hardcover) includes updates (just save your receipt) plus the excellent Net Profits Today newsletter and forum access, all for the $47.00 price and lifetime access. That is good value. SAH really explains what affiliate programs are, ways an affiliate gets paid, how to set up Wordpress.org (not the free version), hosting program to use, ways to drive traffic, questions to ask affiliate programs before joining and much more. I would suggest it to anyone for a great overview of becoming a super affiliate. Ros Gardner is well known throughout the affiliate marketing world, and she does a great job telling what not to do as well.

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Strictly PPC

The come on to this was "cloning Amit's mind." Amit, being another successful super affiliate who offers a great ppc school. I did spend lots for the school modules which are excellent, plus I was a "boot camp" member, plus I paid extra for the niche detective (gives a niche of the month with keywords, etc.). The two monthly fees were actually for forum access, and the niche detective. I eventually dropped both, but have lifetime access to the modules, and many good webinars. I learned a lot more in depth about Google adwords, adwords editor, and legalities with affiliate marketing and landing pages. I did implement what I learned, and I did do much better in my ppc advertising. The forum was not great as far as getting questions answered by senior members, and the owners never chimed in, so that wasn't great communication. Also, the ticket system to get a question answered (outside the forum) was slow. All in all it is a valuable course for anyone wanting to just learn ppc marketing with Google adwords.

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My First Affiliate Experience

A personal story accompanied by a training in pay-per-click, via a beginners adwords tutorial e-book, are the guts of Six Figure Yearly. Different ways to build a website are offered, and 2 ready-made choices are available. I purchased both and tried to promote them with my new Google adwords training. The only problem was poor communication with the affiliate management for the sites. I never received any replies to my queries, and when one is new, that really sucks. Although there were some tips to use, they also promised updates, which I never received, and once again, no one ever replied to my queries. Despite the difficulties, the program does sell (if you want to promote it), and it was an excellent newbie learning experience - about what keywords are, and how to begin with Google adwords. I believe the communication problem has changed for the better since I was learning it. It's definitely worth a try.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tim Burton Art

Exciting news for those of us who marvel at Tim Burton art. MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) is having a show featuring his art. These images (from the BBC) are a great link to the retrospective.

The creative genius is astounding and I thought I'd share this great video he made in 1982.

If any of you get to New York for the show, I'd love to hear about it, so please comment if you do.

Meanwhile we can take a look at some of Burton's bittersweet fairy tales, and even a journal:

  • Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Burton on Burton
  • Tim Burton's Tragic Thought Journal

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

When We Experience a Breakup

Experience a breakup sometime in this lifetime? Did you know that 90% of the time it can be rekindled if you put a wee bit of work into it? The Magic of Making Up is a book I've come across that has a complete strategy for getting an ex back. There are 2 great videos on the link that are worth viewing. In the download there is also a bonus in the form of a Magic Second Chance letter.

Sometimes, when we experience a breakup we think the situation is impossible. The tools in this book give a specific, workable strategy to rekindle the relationship, and it comes with a 60 day money back guarantee. I don't know of any professional relationship folks (doctors, counselors, mental health experts, etc.) that offer that.

Have a superb day, and know that nothing is impossible!

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Priceless Jewel Within

A quote from Rumi says, "Any time you exert yourself by going somewhere, giving money, or taking time to pray, you are saying, There is a priceless jewel inside me."

I'm thinking that jewel could be forgiveness, and wouldn't it be wonderful if we could remember that and pass it on to another? Far to often we ignore that priceless jewel in the heat of an argument, or a major fight/breakup. Then the ensuing hurt and hopelessness leave us paralyzed wondering if we can save a dying relationship.

Obsession sets in and the panic that grips us contributes to the thought that just maybe a time limit to save the ex and makeup will fix the broken relationship. Emotions get testy. So do apologies with ill-perceived, yet well-intentioned conversation (don't text the ex). More barriers come up, and before you can bat an eyelid, the defensive, judgemental, non-intended confusion rears in the conversation.

The conventional wisdom from the Rumi quote gets taken for granted. In the case of break-ups, conventional wisdom is a huge asset, but un-conventional wisdom/methods take precedence. This is because experienced methods to heal broken hearts accesses the solution of the priceless jewel within to forgive ourselves and others.

One great un-conventional teaching method is in this ebook or audio. It gives the hope to the situation and adds a little magic too! It's called, The Magic of Making Up.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Baby Boomers/Senior Adults

Baby Boomers as in Senior Adults often get a bad rap when it comes to keeping hep on the net. More often I see raps about "marketing to seniors," rather than "seniors marketing to." So, I have decided to take action and become a baby boomer marketer. My journey began because I was un-employed, and wanted to answer to myself rather than a boss. Enjoy the trip so far!

Pre-boomer times

I was only 13 when we got our first TV (black & white). Then a man walked on the moon. Our first computer- DOS. Cell phones, CD's, DVD's, HTDV, satelites cluttering space, internet...cyberspace. I wasn't in Kansas anymore. I can give myself a pat on the back for accepting and adjusting to all the "advances" in our culture. Most senior adults as in baby boomers have stayed hep with the times - minus internet marketing.

How Do We Define Ourselves

Baby Boomers at 40, 50, 60?

Various definitions of baby boomers as in senior adults are given for age. According to the ADEA (Age Discrimination in Employment Act), from age 40 on is when a person may not be discriminated against in employment. Some studies show distinctions such as: young-old = 55-74. It really only matters as to how we define ourselves - regardless of those generational media blasts that we are always comparing ourselves to.

Wondering Who I Was


One thing I know is that senior adults as in baby boomers are rich in life experience. It takes a look back to come to the idea of growing old - as abandoning ideals. Personally, I have experienced waking up to find an empty nest, a job working for a business (not my own), a home in deep need of re-model, an ailing spouse, and bills to be paid. Time for me to spend some moments with myself came about, and the exploration began. The inner wings began to flutter, and I found myself wondering who I was, what were my ideals, and where did I want to be.

Living Just Fine

A Challenge

A major challenge appears in my senior moments. How will I stay financially independent in this technological society? Am I too old as a baby boomer as in senior adult to "get" the cyberspace aka internet marketing stuff I read about?
I've read that space on the internet is the most expensive real estate there is. Wow.
I've also read that many boomers are living just fine/well/great/handsomely with the independence they've gained through marketing on the net. More exploring this possibility led me to affiliate marketing. Aha! I began to pursue it.

A Discovery

Affiliate Marketing

I downloaded some e-books offering ways to make an income online. I joined an affiliate program. It was good, but pricey, and only taught one way to market. Let's see, that was beginning in August, 2008. I basically broke even on the money making side, then the economy went poof, and my stats showed zero's. I put that form of marketing on hold. I researched and studied freely online all that I could find out about internet marketing. Aha! I found the very best affiliate program called Wealthy Affiliate. A true community of members who share what they have learned works!

Booming today in cyberspace is a journey to venture into! Baby Boomers can have a piece of the market too, and learn how in the best online university available. No matter where the next frontier in cyberspace takes baby boomers as in senior adults, it is possible to journey with the best.

A University Online for Affiliate Marketers at Wealthy Affiliate

The benefits of membership outweigh any fears of the unknown internet marketing possibilities that I ever had. Major get-over-the-hurdle challenges like building/owning one's own website and all that entails is addressed ever so clearly and easily. An in-depth forum of very supportive members, research tools, and an 8 week training course are just a few of the ways that Wealthy Affiliate offers one to learn the tools of internet marketing successfully. Yes, members can build 3 websites, hosted and all! It is most commonly known as a one stop marketing university, and it truly outweighs anything I ever learned in college.

Join Me

My definition of baby boomers as in adult seniors has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to the independence I am gaining from affiliate marketing learned the right way. A powerful action taking on my part has given my cyberspace trip extra wings. Please feel free to explore and discover at WEALTHY AFFILIATE.

Boomer Galaxy is a blog from a baby boomer, about this baby boomer era and all it's relations.