More Pretties

David and I are on the receiving end of another bouquet, and it’s just too pretty to keep to myself. Thanks again to Mitch for the beautiful belated housewarming gift. After having given away hundreds of bouquets since early 2013, these flower deliveries underscore a persistent theme of receiving — already planted trees, previously landscaped yard, huge flowering perennials that hadn’t yet found their strength in Goshen. And huge bouquets picked and arranged by someone else, then brought to our door. This one features lots of orange for my half-Dutch hubby, too:



Delphiniums, asters, carnations, lilies, Gerber daisies, roses and what are those little pink beauties? Anyone know? I’d love to plant some. 😉


Garden Update: Rain! Plus, More Helpers “Reporting for Duty”

After many prayers and much intending, we finally got some deeply needed rain last Thursday and Friday. With so many local trees obviously struggling and very dry, hard ground, I had hoped for a long, gentle rain, and that’s exactly what we received! It rained just enough on Thursday to prepare the ground, and then on Friday, we got a full day into the evening of very slow, misty rain, kind of like nature’s version of a soaker hose. I could feel a collective sigh of relief from all the nearby plants and trees, especially our weeping birch:


On Thursday evening, I went on a walk around the neighborhood. Upon my return, I spent some time with the birch and asked it to give me a sign if the nearly dead branches (from before we moved in) had any life left in them or if I should have David trim them. By Friday afternoon, the hanging branches of dried, yellowed leaves showed bright green, new leaves on the tips! I took that as confirmation that this tree really does want to stay with us and would like even more water than I’ve been providing it. Part of me had worried that maybe I was watering it too much with the run-off from the new garden that surrounds it. I had noticed some signs of new growth on other branches but I wasn’t sure if it would have been more or less without the garden.

Now I know that this tree loves attention. Research tells me it never should have been planted so close to the driveway and walkway, because the shallow roots have nowhere to spread. The return of green to its deadened branches tells me that if I add more compost above the root zone and keep it moist, then we will likely be able to regenerate this beautiful focal point of the yard. David even bought the tree a special mini-sprinkler that we can set just over its root zone if the dry weather returns. We love our birch!

I spent most of Friday inside, just loving the greening rain. Even the indoor plants seemed extra happy:


Reading on the couch of the living room that faces our backyard brought me hours of smiles, as I glanced outside to stretch my eyes:


Saturday brought sunshine once again, and the groundhog patrol kitty arrived to bask in the morning warmth by our shed. Literally JUST as I typed that, the cat appeared again by the shed, almost as if on cue. He’s back in the evergreen tree line again, or I’d snap a photo. I should note that I have not seen any groundhogs in over a week now. I knew the cat had been here again, though, because peeeee-ewwwww, the perimeters of the front and back gardens — and only there had that “this is my territory, don’t mess with me” scent. It’s a small price to pay for garden guarding — well, free, actually, since it’s not even my cat and it only scents the area right after I notice a few too many nibbles in my veggies. I don’t mind sharing some, but when things get imbalanced, I call for help.

Speaking of nibbles, one thing you can count on rain to bring, is slugs. We have some slugs anyway, but after the rain, I saw clear signs of their increased presence. Just last night, as I was harvesting a cucumber and some fresh greens, tomato and herbs for our Greek salad, I looked at my kale and thought, “OK, enough is enough with the slugs!” Look who appeared today, “reporting for slug duty” — a toad!


You have no idea how much I’ve wanted a toad. Over the years, I’ve made, purchased and received as gifts various toad houses, but I have never actually seen one on any of our properties until today. This one just hopped and crawled around our porch, making sure I saw it. I actually needed to check if it was a frog or a toad, but after reading this post on how to tell the difference, I’m confident it is, indeed, a toad.


I put out some filtered water, and I’ll need to remember where I put the toad house I recently unpacked. I’m sure we’ve got enough big rocks around, though. Hopefully, the snake who showed itself right before I ordered a fake snake won’t find the toad. Focus on slugs, guys! And mosquitoes. Feel free to eat no see um’s, too. 😉

In any case, that’s the update from the wild kingdom literally right outside our door. I can’t believe I can walk to so many amenities yet have this much animal life right here. I didn’t post about it because it happened the night before I got the last load of soil dumped in the driveway, but I got a flash that deer were in the vicinity and didn’t want them finding the front yard garden bounty. As if on cue, a skunk sprayed right in front of the garden. Thank goodness for air purifiers, because that scent was strong even inside! My lungs did not love it while spending so much time out front the next day, but it sure kept away the deer.

(On today’s walk, I saw definite signs of deer mowing people’s mailbox gardens to the ground. Wow, no mistaking that complete destruction, chomp marks and all! Thanks for reeking up our yard, skunk friend. I just sprayed peppermint and rosemary around the perimeter, so I got it covered this time.)

I do not yet know if I’ve managed to attract a fox to the former groundhog den. Sometimes they move in, and I’m not sure how that would go down with the kitty, so I’m not even sure I want a fox. No one nearby has chickens, as this part of our town doesn’t allow them. I do love foxes, though, and after dreaming of a fox last Thursday morning, I asked for three signs in two days (or a physical sighting) to confirm if I should fill in the groundhog den or leave it open for the fox. I did receive three in-my-face fox synchronicities in two days, plus another big one for good measure on Saturday. No sighting, though, and no signs of a fox. No signs of a groundhog, either, so the Mystery remains.



Reiki 1 Certification Class in Kalamazoo, MI


WHERE: Private residence in Kalamazoo (address provided upon registration)
WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
COST: $175. (Pre-registration required. $25 discount if prepaid by 9/1)

Reiki (pronounced “RAY-key”) is an ancient method of healing from Tibet. “Rei” means “universal” and “ki” corresponds to the “life force energy” known as Chi or prana in other Eastern systems like acupuncture or yoga. Thus, Reiki refers to the healing qualities of “universal life force energy.” Rediscovered in the late 19th century by a Japanese monk named Mikao Usui, Reiki works on physical, mental and emotional levels, restoring balance to body, mind and spirit. After completing this workshop, students will be certified Reiki 1 practitioners.

Instruction includes:

• History, nature, and science of Reiki.

• The Reiki Principles, Precepts & Ethics

• Experiencing Reiki energy

• Discussion of 21-day cleanse

• Essence scanning process

• Giving a Reiki treatment with hand positions

• Practice self-treatment hand positions

• Treating animals and plants

• Chakras and healing

• What a Reiki lineage represents

• Legal responsibilities as a Reiki Practitioner

• Reiki Level 1 Attunement(s)

• Establishing a Reiki practice

• Using Reiki with other healing arts.


Reiki Master Teacher, Medical Intuitive, Life Coach and author Laura Bruno has an international healing business and has practiced and taught Reiki certification classes throughout the United States since 2002. For more information or to register, please contact Laura here.


Timothy Glenn ~ Eclipsing Our Reality

This just in from astrologer, numerologist and author, Timothy Glenn, along with a short note/trigger warning:


Eclipsing Our Reality

By Timothy Glenn

We have been hearing lots of hubbub around the subject of the August 2017 eclipses, the opening of the lion’s gate, and especially the anticipated impact of the August 21st total solar eclipse on the United States.

First there will be two warm up exercises. Depending on where you are on the planet, the lunar eclipse will occur at 15 degrees Aquarius on August 7th or 8th. This will be followed by the Perseid meteor shower, which will peak on August 12th. These events will set the stage for the main attraction.

As the meteor shower is ending, Mercury will go into its famous retrograde phase. This lunar eclipse in Aquarius will stir a collective desire for a radically improved world, and the Mercury retrograde will suggest that we let go of our preprogrammed ideas as to what social actions will “fix” the dysfunctions of our current society.

Fake Moons

New moons or full moons: they’re all fake moons. In December of 1995, I was asked to do a channeling session for an astrological society. Proterrian asked the audience of about a hundred, “How many of you are open to the ‘theory’ that your moon is not really your moon, but rather an artificial orb placed in an artificial orbit around your planet for the purpose of keeping human emotions under control?” With no hesitation, about 95% of the astrologers raised their hands.

When mentioning this in subsequent years, it has helped to edit the term “under control” to “within certain parameters”.

This has colored my work as an astrologer. There is no denying the powerful influence of the moon, because it was designed to have a profound effect on this world and everyone in it. However, not seeing that artificial space station as our friend, there is no way to recommend playing into its energies. That definitely includes the times we experience eclipses.

Hmm…elaboration requires a separate article…later.

A wise old astrologer once said: “Your stars are not there to master you. You are here to master your stars.” Along this line, your moon is not there to dictate your emotional states. You are here to transcend the emotional programming it inflicted on you.

Dark Shadows

As the total solar eclipse casts its shadow, we could interpret this as something artificial blocking out that which is natural. Why doesn’t a cosmic referee blow the whistle and call interference?

But let’s refer back to Buckminster Fuller’s recommendation: “Don’t fight forces, use them.”

We can use this total solar eclipse as an astringent, to draw forth unhealed gunk from our subconscious, both individually and collectively. There are still compressed files of limiting matrix data within us, waiting to be unzipped, so the contents and their issues can finally be resolved.

From my article 2017: Welcome to the Twilight Zone:

“Carl Gustav Jung recommended that we integrate the shadow. All around us, we see unresolved issues oozing or erupting out of people, and the planetary transmutation process will amplify this phenomenon as everything intensifies throughout the year. Those who have done shadow work will be glad they did.”

A truly brilliant observation by Jung is expressed in his well known quote:

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

Truth Will Out

With Uranus offering a tight trine to the solar eclipse, facets of our collective shadow will become significantly more visible. We have used expressions like the deep state or the shadow government, and the time has come for humanity to step up and face the music. Humans as a species have an amazingly deep and dark shadow side.

The old guard of the planetary management system has been trying desperately to maintain its public façade, but the Uranus influence here wants to reveal the truth.

The fluffy “it’s all good” crowd will be challenged to look at our collective shadow: war, murder, poverty, rape, conquest, exploitation, abuse, deception, human trafficking, organ harvesting, pedophilia, child sacrifice and on and on and on. None of this could manifest in our world without our acquiescence, so now the human race will have a huge wave of responsibility plopped onto its collective lap.

The Planetary Data Dump

Independent researchers, journalists and investigators have been unearthing massive troves of data to expose the workings of the political, religious and economic machine that has long held humanity in abject slavery. This eclipse season will give their efforts a welcome boost. But what will so many typical Earthlings do when their favorite political figures and entertainers are revealed as the criminals they have been all along? Suggestion: deal with it.

My friend Inelia Benz has long emphasized that we can always reserve the right to say no. When any set of possibilities is proffered, we are under no obligation to acquiesce. And no, hundreds of millions of us do not wish to continue tolerating a fear-based illusion being imposed upon us as though it were Reality.

No, we will no longer put up with an artificial Matrix that keeps us from experiencing the Natural Universe and flowing with its love-based Reality.

Truth will out. May we bolster enough courage to face it.

Timothy Glenn


Shanti Mantra

It’s so much fun seeing what things show up in which location. I used to chant this mantra and the others on Manorama’s “Awaken Fire” CD all the time, especially in 2007. It caught my eye this morning, and I forgot how much I love this version of a peace invocation:

You can find out more about this CD here.
Published on Apr 29, 2015

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Shanti-Mantra · Manorama

Awaken Fire, Mantras For Agni Hotra

℗ 2006 Sanskrit Studies

Released on: 2006-01-01

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7 Sneaky Things Narcissists Say to Get You Back

This video seems very important to post right now — perhaps for some individual readers, but also in this time of increased revelations. Our world is run by narcissists, on both sides of the political aisle, in many religions, cults, and high positions of power. This video speaks to people involved in a romantic relationship with a narcissist; however, it offers insights into more public displays of people getting caught in various situations.

I especially agree with the “projection” and “hoovering” information. I hear from so many people who, often unbeknownst to themselves, are involved with people on the narcissist, sociopath or even psychopath spectrum. The lines they’re fed are so eerily similar that it’s almost like listening to a script whenever someone describes this type of relationship. In the interests of supporting those people beginning to feels cracks in their denial and little flickers of clarity and courage, I present this video for your consideration.

No comment on specific political or religious affairs, other than to say: narcissism is rampant, especially in the less obvious players who seem to have all the right words and excuses. As a society in evolution, we have a chance to move beyond this entire paradigm. Let’s use it!



Timothy Glenn ~ Patience: Still the Prime Virtue

Here’s a very “timely” one from my good friend, Timothy Glenn.

Patience: Still the Prime Virtue

By Timothy Glenn

We’ve heard it throughout the ages, in various cultures and languages: Patience is the prime virtue. The issue of impatience has been popping up in lots of sessions with clients this year, and has raised its head in online chatter.

If you haven’t read it (or don’t remember the essence of it) you might reflect on Laura Bruno’s response to a classic case of mass impatience:

“Incremental and Lasting Change: Create New Systems and Safety Nets Before Summoning Destruction.”

The gist: some people wanted us to coalesce our energies to collapse the global economy so as to speed up our planetary transformation by “starving the beast”. Laura wisely counseled that it would be kinder and wiser to allow time for the unprepared to get prepared:

“A true, positive, lasting, sovereign change will involve a new kind of safety net that preemptively makes the system obsolete before recklessly crashing it.”

Take It from Bucky

Good old Buckminster Fuller had said: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Add that to another of his quotes: “Don’t fight forces, use them.”

Building a new model takes time, and thus requires patience. Fighting the existing reality wants everything yesterday, and leaps into the fray today. Bucky also said, “Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune.” By this we might infer that patience is the faithful and happy parent of good fortune.

The Event

Several years ago, an online buzz erupted about some anticipated event, simply called The Event. One website even held a poll of their readers. The question was whether people wanted to wait longer for The Event to happen, in which case millions more would have time to prepare and thus make it through the shift; or would they rather rush The Event, knowing that those millions would suffer and maybe even die as a result.

Their comments section reflected the tally they reported: more than 80% of the readers voted to rush The Event. How lovely. This demonstrates the way impatience can express through much of the “love and light brigade”.

Got Anger?

Many folks don’t seem to realize that impatience is one of the many faces of anger. You can easily test yourself any time you experience impatience. If you take a moment and breathe into your feelings, you will find that you are angry because the universe is failing to meet the demands of your personal timetable.

On a deeper level, impatience denotes a rigid belief in linear time being Real (with a capital R) and thus virtually almighty. This results in a subconscious resentment rooted in a feeling of being enslaved by what Proterrian calls “the tick-tock reality”. Infinity is a tad bigger than that, kids.

The Synergistic Entity

Proterrian also likes to point out that no one is playing solitaire here. Whatever we are endeavoring to do in life, there are other beings involved. You may have a relatively small inner circle of souls directly interacting with you, but there will always be those who are secondary or tertiary (or whatever) and yet still involved with you.

The collective energy field of any group will compose a Synergistic Entity. Since nothing is going to operate well (or at all) without all its components doing their parts, wisdom behooves us to tune in to (and flow with) the timing of the Synergistic Entity with which we are involved.

Expanding the scope of this concept, why not get in sync with the Synergistic Entity of Earth? We could flow with that sense of timing, and connect with universal timing, because there is a Synergistic Entity on that level as well; in fact, on infinite levels.

Coolness Under Pressure

In the world of sports, we have an old saying: Sometimes the best play is no play. Haste makes waste. Or as Gandalf the Wizard says: “The hasty stroke goes oft astray.”

Even the reptilian/insectoid villain in the amusing comedy Galaxy Quest understood this. When asked if they should pursue their quarry (the Protector 2) into a mine field, General Sarris calmly replied: “Patience, Lieutenant. Patience.” Later in the film, he lost his cool and chased the Protector 2 into that same mine field, only to lose his ship.

The pressure will mount on Planet Earth as we move into wilder and crazier times ahead, so we might remember the wise words on the front cover of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (in large, friendly letters): Don’t Panic.

Patience, Lieutenant. Patience. It’s still the Prime Virtue.

Timothy Glenn


Garden Update: Receiving, Stretching Out and Mum’s the Word

We’re in a dry spell right now that even unpacking this gnome has not been able to reverse:


Despite our dry summer and stressed out nearby trees, we have personally benefited from the lack of rain in having almost no yard maintenance after our first pruning and mowing. David has only needed to mow the grass twice since we bought our house on May 26th, and yet, somehow things continue to flourish. I do dearly hope and intend we get some of the rain forecast for this week, but I’ve enjoyed receiving beauty someone else planted. The first of five hibiscus plants began to bloom this weekend:


From the looks of leaves and buds, we’ll soon have a variety of colors along our driveway and in front and backyard. I had planted hibiscus in Goshen last fall, but they’re still very tiny, and I never saw them bloom. It’s nice to find mature plants already established enough to weather the dry spell. Likewise, we’ve got a back and side wall full of mature, blooming hostas:


I finished distributing my last load of soil and compost, and planted a bunch of butterfly friendly and deer/groundhog resistant starts. We’ll see how those take. There’s a reason most nurseries won’t ship in the middle of summer, but I’ve had about 75% success before with the most unlikely, dried out or moldy roots. It was worth the risk to get things started before fall. You can see some of the beds and bags I filled with another 250 gallons of soil. My body says this is really enough, but it will be great to have somewhere to plant garlic, shallots and onions this fall. That 100-gallon Big Bag Bed has brown paper as “mulch,” since I don’t want it to fill with weeds before I plant it in cooler weather:

Speaking of the backyard gardens, the volunteer cat and I seem to have solved our groundhog issue, at least for now. After the handsome hog, aka “Kalamazoo Kal” got too annoyed by the cat and my nonstop communication, we got a new, young one I named “Tucker Rat Boy” due to his small size and rat-like black tail. Unlike his older, clover eating mentor, Tucker loved going into the garden and dangerously close to the hostas, my fruit bushes and all those newly planted starts. He was mighty cute, but in an “Oh, no, you’re totally ignoring all of my instructions” kind of way.

I spent one day alternately entertained and apprehensively opening and closing the window whenever Tucker got too close to anything. Then I heard him whistling while stretched on his hind legs to full height and sure enough, noticed that my own efforts were actually interfering with the cat’s. (11:11 a.m as I typed that.) “I got this,” said the cat, and he sure did. He not only irritated Tucker Rat Boy enough to send him running into a different, less annoying yard, but he apparently also created a larger buffer zone between our front yard and the known groundhog refuge across the street. No groundhog sightings or other evidence for days! This in contrast to four or five visits per day. Thanks, kitty.

In addition to creating new beds, the big theme with this second large soil delivery has been expanding the roots of existing plants. Many of my outdoor and indoor plants moved into much larger pots, which feels symbolic to David and me expanding into our new home and life together. In particular, one of my jade plants has wanted a new container for years, but our old windowsill in Goshen could only accommodate the sized pot it had. For years, this jade smooshed itself against the southern window, to such an extent that neither the jade nor its pot could accommodate any other direction. The pot would tip over unless I rested the lopsided jade against the window.

Well, no more of that! After a long search and much patience, this jade finally has a new home, too:


The roomier, heavier pot (and a strategically placed cast iron faery supporting the trunk) allows this beauty to rebalance and grow in all directions. Again, that feels so symbolic, since although I grew a lot in Goshen, that incompatibility of that location restricted the kinds of growth I could experience, instead of encouraging balanced growth in all directions.  This jade now sits in the creativity area of my office, directly behind my writing desk and right next to my crystal companion “Arthur” and other, smaller crystal friends.  Arthur’s experiencing a similar growth opportunity.

Through a series of miscommunications aka “meant-to-be-crystal trickery,” I found myself having been chosen as Arthur’s new guardian shortly after moving into the blue house/office in Goshen. It’s a long story, but I thought I was “babysitting” what we originally called “The Blue Lemurian” while Tania did her RV travels, only to discover that I was actually meant to purchase and keep a much, much larger crystal than I ever would have on my own. It turns out I was the one who originally picked out this crystal for Tania, though, way back in my Northern California days. With that fun tidbit thrown into consideration, ironically, Tania was perhaps “babysitting” him for me. In any case, we both agree that “The Blue Lemurian” is very powerful and super tricky. Joke’s on me!

Various tune-in’s, activations, dreams, synchronicities and eerily accurate oracle cards indicated that this record keeper would, indeed, support my writing. The only trouble in Goshen was that I didn’t have a convenient location for a crystal of this magnitude. He and his stand took up a third of my writing desk! I was always accidentally elbowing him and concerned I’d send him flying to a shattery doom. Now, with a separate, dedicated desk for writing, I can enjoy Arthur’s supportive energy without either of us feeling crowded. Again, this feels so symbolic, as I intuitively knew that despite having rented an entire house as an office with garden views in Goshen, I just wasn’t going to complete anymore books until we left the area.

Our new home and yard are “right-sized,” truly the Goldilocks effect of not too big and not too small, so everything fits just right. Careful readers might deduce where that new home is, but for just a little while longer, officially, mum’s the word. 😉




Guest Post by Steve Nobel: What’s Happening on Planet Earth?

Please believe nothing that I am about to say and always trust your inner guidance, your inner truth. Accept only what feels true and helpful and put aside the rest. That being said here are some reflections on the ascension process. Ascension is happening right now.  This is the time that all the prophecies speak […]