Sunday, September 25, 2011

10-12-11 'The Game of Life & How to Play It' Class

On Wednesday October 12th, I will be teaching "The Game of Life and How to Play It", a non-credit course, sponsored by Jamestown Community College.

"Success is not a secret, it is a system..." 

Take this class where you learn how to use positive affirmations to create the life you want and how to claim all that is yours by Divine right.  At a personal level, this class is about overcoming discouragement, transforming your life, and renewing your joy and passion for living.

This class is based on and will include studying the works of Florence Scovel Shinn, a popular New Thought spiritual teacher and metaphysical writer of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s whose teachings still hold true today. 

You will also have a GIFT to take home with you:  the book of Florence Shinn's complete works!  That way you will be able to study and apply these important concepts further on your own.

For more info about the class, visit The course meets from 6-8 p.m. at the Jamestown JCC Campus. To register for the class, contact JCC’s Center for Continuing Education at 716-338-1005. Tuition is $35.

Monday, September 19, 2011

My husband caught a fish

My husband caught a fish.

We were camping near a big beautiful lake in the Adirondacks last week, so we made sure we had our fishing gear with us.  After making camp, we decided to go fishing for our dinner.

So there we were... fishing ... my husband (who is teaching me to fish), my son (who is almost 3 now and who is also teaching me to fish), and me.  My husband spends most of our 'family fishing' time tending to the needs of his family.  The scenario usually unfolds thusly:

My husband carefully selects and places lures onto our fishing lines and just about the time he is about to pick up his own fishing pole.... my son or I get our line snagged in a tree... then just after he has extracted it and replaced the lost lure... the other one of us gets our line snagged on a log... this continues for awhile until we work out the kinks...and we're finally casting the line out correctly, getting a smooth feel for it again, and feeling proud...

and then finally

my husband gets to fish
without interruption for oh about five or ten minutes
when it happens again

so it truly is a miracle that he caught a perfect 14 inch big mouth bass for our dinner.

And this fish was made possible by serendipity.

You see, my husband explained to me that fishing is about getting the right lure to wiggle in just the right way to attract the right fish.  He also told me that you have to land that lure in the immediate vicinity of that right fish because the fish won't swim across the lake just to check out the possibility of your lure. You have to bring the lure to the fish at just the right time when the fish is hungry and ready to bite.

Sounded like a whole lot of 'rights' to me... I was getting hungry so I asked God to bring the divine right fish in divine right timing to us.  I put it in God's hands because I figured that all we could do was hold onto the fishing poles and do our best.  I was asking God for that which was ours by divine right.

That is when we noticed that two beautiful loons were gliding on the lake with their baby loon.  We watched as they gathered up fish by diving down into the water, then surfacing several yards away.  Soon the three loons were driving the fish toward our shore until we could see the fish biting and jumping for bugs in the water.  My husband understood this as the synchronistic moment and put his line in, dancing the line in the water, reeling in, then casting again.

With my husband's skill and God's help via the loons, a fish arrived. 

You should have seen me scrambling with a bucket for the fish.  Such an exciting moment!  And such happy smiles on our faces to be part of serendipity.  I give thanks for this blessing.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sunday speaker at COLS church service 9-25-2011

Next Sunday, I will be the Featured Speaker and Medium at the Church of the Living Spirit. Church services are held at the Assembly Hall in Lily Dale, NY at 10:30 a.m.

For those of you who are not familiar with a Spiritualist church service, here is a basic outline of events:

  • Lecture from the featured speaker (me, this Sunday) 
  • Healing time - opportunity to receive beautiful, channeled energy from one of the healers
  • Messages from Spirit - demonstrations of mediumship are presented by the medium (me, again!) giving short messages to those in the audience
  • Music - songs with live music accompaniment
So there you go - if you are coming to church, you will see me!

For more info, visit and

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Wedding joys

I had the great joy of officiating a wedding today.  It was an outdoor event and we gathered on a small hill, surrounded by trees and tall grasses.

On the hill behind me was a gently curving path up to the hill's crest.  The bride and groom chose this site on their property because of the symbolic path they will walk as a married couple. 

Family and friends gathered for the event.  And then a singer with a beautiful alto voice sung the bridal attendants up a beautiful grassy aisle bordered by rose petals. 

Rain softly misted us during the event as the bride and groom committed themselves to each other. 

And although I officially conducted the ceremony and blessed the occasion as a minister, it is my feeling that only a couple can truly administer the sacrament of marriage to each other, and only a couple can sanctify it. Neither my church, nor any power vested in me by the State, can grant me the authority to declare what only two hearts can declare, and what only two souls can make REAL.  After all, marriage is a sacred union and a shared vision.

During the ceremony, I thought I saw a flash of something, but as I had to keep focused on officiating the event I couldn't take the time for a longer look.  Later on, I was told that a hummingbird came and fluttered near the bride and groom.  Hummingbirds are considered symbols of peace, love, and happiness.  As a symbol, the hummingbird teaches you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances.

What a lovely occasion!  So I thought it share some of the joys with you!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lessons from a Child: "Stoppppp!" she ordered him

A little boy was at the beach playing in the sand - one of his favorite things to do.  He enjoyed digging holes in the sand, scooping the tiny grains with a little shovel, then filling it back in to make mounds and hills to level off.  He was the perfect expression of loving absorption in his work.

He was drawing in the sand with a stick when a little girl came up to him and said, "Stop, stop, stop!"  Being a polite little boy, he looked up at her, pausing in his work briefly then resuming his sand process.

"Stop! Don't draw in the sand.  Don't dig in the sand. Stoppppp!" she ordered him.  "This is my sand!" she continued forcefully. 

The whole rest of the beach was wide open for her to explore and play, but she wanted the happy space the little boy was using. 

I found this scenario very interesting on many levels.  And I am wondering what you all feel about this, so please comment and share your thoughts.  Also - what symbols, archetypes, and lessons does this evoke for you?