The Five Agreements and Netiquette

In The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz reveals everything we do is based on agreements and provides and inspirational code for living an authentic life. In The Fifth Agreement Ruiz teaches how to discern the truth behind words, especially when we don’t agree what has been said. Continue reading “The Five Agreements and Netiquette”

A Flash of Lightning

dark skySix months of remaining in a toxic group environment while saying nothing must mean something, right?

Once again, I did not make a healthy choice right away. I hung in there for half a year before deciding to leave and for what?

There must be a life lesson in that but what is it?

Continue reading “A Flash of Lightning”

Like Frost in the Sun

frostleavesLast April I joined an online group that split into two factions within a week of being formed. Some said the problem was personality clashes. Others said it was religious intolerance. I believe the problem is two egos clashing. I made the decision to leave the group, rather than entering the fray. Continue reading “Like Frost in the Sun”

No to Unsolicited Requests of All Kinds

no unsolicited requestsThis summer my content creation took a downturn due to events in my offline life, including a summer full of visitors, a productive container garden harvest, a steady flow of contracted work, a peak in sales in our business, and two months of kidney stone episodes. I’ve also been busy saying no to all kinds of unsolicited requests. Are you receiving them too?
Continue reading “No to Unsolicited Requests of All Kinds”

Happiness is Spring

walkingApril has come and gone in a flurry of activity. The theme of the month was the title of this post. You can train your brain to become happier and that’s my intention. I do get by with help from friends, who provide excellent advice such as  15 Positive Tips to Be Happy right NOW!, and inspire me with thoughtful articles like  Drop Into Your Heart: It’s Easier Than You Think. But I’m a sun lover and spring has finally sprung! Continue reading “Happiness is Spring”

Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?


Though it’s technically possible to be connected thousands of people thousands of miles away—anytime, anywhere—too much of a good thing can lead to a bad place. Solitude is a human need and to deny it is unhealthy for both mind and body. Living in a technologically connected 24/7 society that undervalues solitude and overvalues attachment is stressful and stress is a killer.  Continue reading “Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?”

Spiritual Music – Winter Solstice

winter solstice Evergreens  are a symbol of rebirth and you could say I am blessed, because everything I need for my evergreen wreath making is free of charge and readily available.

Every December I walk in the woods with my small wheelbarrow, a hand saw and pruning shears to collect wreath making materials. Fallen cedar, fir and tamarack branches, mosses and lichens, ivies,  cones and berries are exactly what I’m looking for.  Each wreath I make is made from different combination of materials and has a different theme.  I tart them up with tiny ornaments, ribbons and such that I purchase at liquidator sales. Continue reading “Spiritual Music – Winter Solstice”

Winter Celebrations

religious symbolsThe holidays are here! It’s a wonderful time of year when the twinkling lights go up on trees and we awake, as my Beloved and I did today, to a snowy winter wonderland.   The winds are blowing, the sky is thick with falling snowflakes, and the power is surging on and off.  So in case we are rudely interrupted I want to publish my best wishes for love and laughter in this season of good cheer. Continue reading “Winter Celebrations”

Winter Solstice Seasonal Traditions

wreath Winter Solstice officially occurred at 5.30am on 22 December 2011. At Winter Solstice the sun is closer to horizon than any other time of the year. The shortest day of the year, with just eight hours and twenty three minutes of sunlight, in the northern hemisphere Winter Solstice is the date marks the first day of winter, and the slow transition back to longer days. Continue reading “Winter Solstice Seasonal Traditions”

Autumn: Celebrating Colors

autumn leaves On our early morning walk through the evergreen forest my Beloved and I were both struck by the color change in the deciduous tree leaves. In all other seasons they sink into the background of the many shades of green typified by various species of firs, hemlock and cedar, but in autumn they become focal points. Continue reading “Autumn: Celebrating Colors”

Broken links warning

domain word imageThis blog is being domain mapped and has been for years now. The traffic on it became so low on my self hosted install that I did not feel the cost of web hosting justified keeping it on paid hosting.  So last week the contents have been moved back to free hosting at the root blog here on

Sadly the result of moving my blog content is thousands of broken links – yes! thousands.  Many of the links embedded in the anchor text within my posts and static pages are broken and when clicked they produce a “404” page not found.  Some aren’t broken but most are.  As these posts have all been indexed by Google and the other search engines, what’s happening is that those visitors coming into the blog by way of search engines are experiencing “404”s page not found.

In addition to those broken links, for years I have manually included related links to my earlier posts at the end of most of my posts when embedding them in anchor text within posts was not preferable. You guessed it — they are broken too.

links in chainI cannot express in polite language how angry and how depressed I am with this result. I have exported and imported from to previously and have never ever experienced such an issue. I  believe it’s possible that when this new linking was introduced into the wordpress software it led to what I have experienced but don’t know that for sure. What I do know is that I am not the only one who has experienced this replicating image problem.

I have deleted all the Categories that unexpectedly replicated. I have not yet had the time to delete all the images that also unexpectedly replicated. I discovered something and contacted Staff. I use the Inuit Types theme and when I set a featured image a large distorted image was created by wordpress. All of those large images are now taking up space.  I will be slowly going through my blog and editing and deleting the posts they are in one at a time, and will no longer use the “featured images” feature on this blog or on my other blog.

Staff replied to my request for a means of bulk editing of featured images when I contacted them  follows:

> 1. My question is: Is it currently possible to bulk edit posts and remove featured images or not?

It’s not currently possible to do this, no.

> 2. If it is not possible to bulk edit posts and remove featured images then I am definitely requesting that this feature be added.

Featured Images are a core WordPress feature and would need to be changed there before such a change would appear on You may even want to suggest this yourself at .

For the next while I will be attempting to create and publish new posts on this blog while ‘fixing” the royal mess in the background. As my family, husband and work come first this work will not be done quickly.

If any of my regular readers would like to submit a guest post for publication then I will be most grateful.  I’s also like to express my gratitude to my friend Richard who is the Co-Admin on my blogs.  I value his  friendship over the course of nearly 4 years and the skills he generously shares very much.

A Tumultuous Month

sad eyeThis has been a tumultuous month for me and for my Beloved. We are eager for it to end and  hopefully, for a better month to begin. The beginning of our January featured repetitive computer breakdowns and repairs and lost data. Some of the data I lost was research files that were  intended to become posts in this blog and now I must do the research over again. Continue reading “A Tumultuous Month”

I won!

foggy morningLana Gramlich is an award-winning international artist/photographer, amateur naturalist and astronomer and my friend.  The Dreaming Tree is her personal blog which includes posts on visual arts, dreaming and natural sciences (astronomy, parklands, etc.) among other things.

I  subscribed to Lana’s  Eye Candy Visual Arts Newsletter and in the November draw for an 8 x 11 inch photograph — I won! I selected a gorgeous moody photo called “Foggy Morning”. Lana sent it to me by mail and 20 days later I received it.  Isn’t it lovely? This is the first item I have ever won in my life so I was elated and remain so.

I won again!

lemur eyeMy friend David of Quillcards™ a subscription ecard service and site for the sale of art prints had a contest on his other blog  Guess The Animal And Win A Prize.  I looked closely at the image of the eye of the animal in question and remembered that somewhere on my travels on the internet I had seen such an eye. I thought about it as I drank my tea and suddenly I recalled the name of the animal.

I will send a print of the animal (not just the eye you see here) to the first three people to correctly guesses what animal this is.

The print will be 8.3 x 11.7 inches (210 x 297 mm) and will be printed on heavyweight paper stock.  …
Best of luck – closing date is December 31st, 2010.

I entered the contest and I won!

David said: “Or, if you prefer another print – take a look at any of the prints in the Quillcards Prints section, choose one of those and let me know!”

I chose the sunflowers and I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my prize.  Can you readers guess the name of the animal with the golden eye without clicking through to find out what it is?

Joy, Love and Peace

banner The days of  making homemade Christmas cards and writing Christmas letters on store bought cards to send them off to others by mail are fast disappearing.

Statistics are showing that, even more so than other years, Christmas greetings 2010 are increasingly being sent via ecards due to convenience and the instantaneous communication that internet provides.

I considered sending you all ecards and decided against it.  Instead I opted to post my Christmas wishes here in my blog.

Dear readers — thank you so much for your brilliant writing and thoughtful comments in 2010. May your light continue to shine brightly in 2011.

Let’s celebrate . . .
the tradition of friendship,
the beauty of the Season,
the opportunity of the New Year.

Staying Busy and Practicing Happiness

evergreen sprigs I love making evergreen wreaths. Evergreens  are a symbol of rebirth and I am anticipating the arrival of Winter Solstice the longest night of the year.  Each wreath I make is made from different combination of materials and has a different theme.   I use cedar boughs primarily but I also use Douglas and balsam fir, spruce and pine. The cones, holly, mistletoe,  and ivy as well as  ribbon and small ornaments  I add make each wreath  unique. Continue reading “Staying Busy and Practicing Happiness”

Computer Woes

UPDATE: A new C drive is on order for my computer and ought to arrive on Wednesday. With any luck I’ll have my computer back containing all my data and research files on either Thursday or Friday. Meanwhile I’m keeping busy and staying happy.

Cantankerous computer! This is the fourth time in the last 2 weeks that my computer has broken and been taken in for repair. I have been reduced to “borrowing” time on my friend’s computers when they are out. As my van also died and there is no public transit where I live I have to walk (hike) to and from their places. So if you don’t see any action on my sites know that this is beyond my control and I’m doing the best I can to remedy the situation.

Smartphone Apps for Health

woman holding smartphoneI don’t own a cellphone or a Smartphone and was amazed to see my friend’s using them to monitor their health  while they were visiting.  I went online and did some exploring and what I found is fascinating.  Without doubt the online health‐information environment is going mobile.

Roughly 85 percent of  American adults have cell phones but most do not have Smartphones (iPhones, Blackberries and Androids); the figure for Smartphone use in the US  is about 20 percent.  According to a new report from research2guidance in 2015 there will be 1.4 billion Smartphone users and 500 million of them will use health applications.

The Pew Internet Project’s latest survey of American adults, conducted in association with the California HealthCare Foundation, revealed 17 percent of cell phone users look up health or medical information on their device. And many also have health-related apps on their Smartphones to get nutrition information, count calories, calculate body mass index and learn new exercises.

“I was surprised to see that almost one in ten cell phone users have a health app. I thought it would be lower,” said Susannah Fox, Associate Director of Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and author of the report.

4 smartphones The creation of Smartphone  applications related to health and health care is  moving quickly. As of February 2010, there were nearly 6,000 such apps within the Apple AppStore. Of these, 73% were intended for use by consumer or patient end-users, while 27% were targeted to health care professionals.

Medical professionals are proving to be the early adopters with 64% of US physicians already carrying Smartphones, as do 99% of residents. Pocket sized Smartphones  equipped with applications are clinical tools  that are  rapidly being adopted by physicians for transferring medical information. Apps geared to doctors include alerts, medical reference tools, diagnostic tools, continuing medical education, and patient records programs. Consumer-oriented apps include those for medication compliance, mobile and home monitoring, home care, managing conditions, and wellness/fitness.


The November 2010 issue of the Harvard Health Letter describes some of the highest-rated and most widely used smartphone iPhone and Android apps for common health problems. The apps reviewed are divided into Fitness and weight control, Diabetes management, High blood pressure, Stress Reduction, First aid,Hearing and vision assist, Not for doctors only. I homed in on the Stress Reduction apps reviews and discovered these two:

If you’re really stressed, keep an eye out for iBreathe, developed by the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology. Designed for troops under the pressures of combat, it uses videos to coach you through deep-breathing exercises and can be used as an adjunct to professional therapy. You should be able to get it on your iPhone or Android early in 2011.

Rage Eraser is the app for you if you’re mad as hell and can’t take yourself any more. You may want to start by using the “Rant” feature to record your next tirade and listen to yourself after you cool down. The app can help you track the situations that trigger your anger and identify the distorted thoughts that feed it. There are male and female voices to talk you down from a tantrum in progress as well as techniques for transforming your anger into more productive emotions over time. It’s $4.99 for iPhones only.

Survey: Health Apps a Big Hit on Smartphones
How Smartphones Are Changing Health Care for Consumers and Providers (877k) PDF

The times they are a changing — doctors are always on the move from hospital, to office, to home and the mobile device goes with them. Personal visits will never disappear — stethoscope, bedside EKG, ultrasound, pulse oximetry, blood-pressure monitor, glucose monitor mean doctors will have access to these types of monitoring capabilities when they tend patients at in their office, in the hospital, or in the patient’s home.

Do you own a Smartphone?
If you do, then do you use it for any health related purposes?

Related post:
The Social Impact-of the Internet on Health Care

Love Dream Musica

New Video – Love Dream Musica – リラクゼーション音楽 Marcome

Marcome’s world of ambient New Age music has a special quality that draws me. Her energy speaks of inner strength and optimism. This latest video remix offers a unique mix of serene sound and kinetic, electronic images. Find out more about Marcome, her philosophy, her music on her blog. Continue reading “Love Dream Musica”

Congratulations Claire!

claireThis post is dedicated to Claire, an authentic, artistically creative blogger, who keeps one of the best personal development blogs titled A little piece of me I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Claire’s readers experience her authenticity shining through her text, doodles and photography.

She’s just celebrated her 4th blog anniversary so please visit her blog and let her know how much you appreciate her.

As the clock struck 10 on the evening of the 29th of October this year, I had now been blogging for FOUR whole years! Well actually I was working on another blog, not this one, at that very moment, but oh well. To mark this monumental occasion, I will take you on a doodle journey through the last four years of blogging. –I am a Tetradite blogger

Congratulations Claire! Long may you blog.

All Hallow’s


The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half”, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year“.

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family’s ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. — wikipedia

Celebrities: Love ‘em or hate ‘em

The mind-boggling “celebrities – love em – hate em” behavior that afflicts so many idle and easily preoccupied people is the subject of this post.  For the record I don’t “hate” celebrities nor do I “love” them. I don’t know them, or follow them, or give fig about what they do or don’t do. I don’t put them on pedestals and watch them slip and fall and then criticize them when they hit bottom. In fact, I don’t invest any energy into hating anyone. Continue reading “Celebrities: Love ‘em or hate ‘em”

Naked in Eden Book Trailer

This is so exciting. My friend Robin Easton adventurer, writer and blogger has released her Naked in Eden book trailer. It’s the remarkable story of her adventures and awakening in the Australian rainforest. The book will be released Sept 2010. Follow the Naked in Eden Blog – Robin Easton for updates. And while you are visiting treat yourself to reading some of her excellent blog posts.  Continue reading “Naked in Eden Book Trailer”

Eckert Tolle quotes

This is a small collection I have made of Eckert Tolle quotes.  I have been immersed in reading Tolle’s books this winter and taking responsibility for my own consciousness.  If you have not discovered Tolle’s inspiring books yet I encourage you to do so.

Beyond the beauty of external forms, there is more here: something that cannot be named, something ineffable, some deep, inner, holy essence. Whenever and wherever there is beauty, this inner essence shines through somehow. It only reveals itself to you when you are present.

Continue reading “Eckert Tolle quotes”

Awakening: We are Buddha Seed

lotusseedThere are times when I feel a need to withdraw, to seek within myself balance and harmony. I was in such a state in November.  I was considering withdrawal as winter became reality, and the holiday season was just around the corner.

As I read this post Accepting Yourself I began to ask myself the questions posed in the article, to reflect on my own childhood, and on what we teach our children today.  I left a comment there that would later lead to my holiday season retreat. Continue reading “Awakening: We are Buddha Seed”

One Red Candle and Seasonal Favorites

red candleThis Winter Solstice on the eve of December 21, please consider joining me. Go outside and settle into the night.  Listen. Think about the night as if it were an island.

Have in mind what is important to you — what you want to release from your life and what you want to welcome into your life in the coming year.

Breathe each thing you want gone, one at a time, into the palm of your hand, then blow them away into the winter sky.

Do the same with each desire you wish to enter your life. When you are finished, go inside and light a red candle.

Put it in a safe place to burn out completely. The candle is a symbolic guiding light to draw your desires to you.

Tony Robbins: Invisible Forces that Motivate

Tony Robbins makes it his business to know why we do the things we do. The pioneering life coach has spoken to millions of people through his best-selling books and three-day seminars.  In this TED talk video Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions. Continue reading “Tony Robbins: Invisible Forces that Motivate”

Kwanza: 5 Simple Rules for Happiness

kwanzaKwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of African Studies at California State University, Long Beach, author and scholar-activist, who stresses the indispensable need to preserve, continually revitalize and promote African American culture. Continue reading “Kwanza: 5 Simple Rules for Happiness”

Timethief: An Interview with Myself

Dragos Roua blogged saying:

Now, here’s the deal. If you blog, feel free to copy and paste this article on your blog (with a link back to the original, of course) and answer each question at a time. Feel free to skip the ones you don’t like or don’t want to answer. But do keep the link back so I can discover you. I told you, you’re important.

Continue reading “Timethief: An Interview with Myself”

Taking responsibility for my consciousness with Eckart Tolle

About Eckhart Tolle:

Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany, where he spent the first thirteen years of his life. After graduating from the University of London, he was a research scholar and supervisor at Cambridge University. When he was twenty-nine, a profound spiritual transformation virtually dissolved his old identity and radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey.
Continue reading “Taking responsibility for my consciousness with Eckart Tolle”

Marcome: River of Soul

RIver of soul Marcomé NewWorldMusic2007

Marcome – A Canadian singer songwriter who does a mixture of pop, world music, new age, jazz and ambient voices. Her very well written blog entries are passionately composed and focused on a wide range of subject matter, primarily, in the realm of personal growth, personal development, self improvement and spirituality. I adore her  music and her blog and hope my readers will feel the same. Listen to Marcome’s River of Life.

Frog Dreaming

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Every year in September the sun crosses the Equator and day and night fall into balance in an event called the autumn equinox. It marks the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.  The crossing happens only one other time, at the start of spring, when it is called the vernal equinox. Around the world, day and night are roughly the same length during an equinox.  Continue reading “Frog Dreaming”

thistimespace: my new tumblr blog

3meI am constructing a new blog on tumblr thistimespace that contains music, videos, affirmations and quotations which are all focused on personal growth and development through meditation. For notice of updates please follow me on my thistimespace twitter account or subscribe to my blog’s feed

A Lovely Award

Aviary mindtransfer-net Picture 1A backlink is defined as a link from one website pointing back to your site , and what every blog needs is one-way non-reciprocal backlinks. A blog meme is a viral game where you generate links and relationships through asking other bloggers  to participate. The changes Google has made to determining authority and PageRank means obtaining backlinks has become a challenge, and blog memes are legitimate means of securing backlinks. Continue reading “A Lovely Award”

Chronic fatigue syndrome may be caused by a virus

Depression1Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disabling condition of prolonged and severe tiredness or weariness (fatigue) that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions, including fibromyalgia and depression. To be diagnosed with this condition, your tiredness must be severe enough to decrease your ability to participate in ordinary activities by 50%. Continue reading “Chronic fatigue syndrome may be caused by a virus”

The Definition of Stupidity

stupidity Stupidity by Albert Nerenberg Features Bill Maher, Noam Chomsky, George W. Bush, Mark Crispin Miller and many others.  It’s a humorous examination of stupidity in contemporary American culture, covering: the effects of television and mass media on the American intellect; the “dumbing down” of American culture; the popularity of Steve-O and Jackass; role of religion in willful stupidity; the identification of many Americans with George W. Bush; the evolution of such concepts as “idiot” and “moron.”

The DVD edition contains extra interviews commentaries and readings. The film is not connected to Matthijs van Boxsel’s book called Encyclopaedia of Stupidity — also 2003- but recommended. Notes written September 17th, 2007

Note: a 30 second delay appears before the video. The film has been checked for completeness. It’s 70 minutes long but well worth watching.

Fibromyalgia: What it is and what it isn’t

Neck Pain

I don’t have fibromyalgia it has me. There is no cure. I’m violently allergic to the medications used for it, and I will carry this unwelcome body invader that attacked me 20 years ago and remained in residence, to the grave with me. I choose to rely on alternative medicine and complementary medicine approaches and have had some success with them when it comes to managing and coping with pain. Continue reading “Fibromyalgia: What it is and what it isn’t”

Autumn is awesome

The four seasons are usually used as a framing backdrop for our stories, as each season has traits traditionally associated with it. My favorite season extends from late summer into autumn. I love this season because it’s harvest time and there is an abundance of fruit and vegetables available for eating and preserving. I love the changing colors of the trees and shrubs. I love the short cool nights and the long warm days. I love the fact that most tourists have left but the weather is still warm and the forest trails and beaches are relatively empty.

Spring (East) – Spring is the season of immaturity – leave yet to unfurl and buds yet to become blossoms. The sun rises in the east and we first begin to become attuned to spring when the sun begins to rise earlier and the days begin to become noticeably longer.

Spring is usually associated with new beginnings, birth, rebirth and budding as plants and flowers form new leaves and flowers, animals return, and the weather becomes warmer. Spring, is a time for natural rebirth, reproduction among animals, etc. Spring symbolizes the awakening of life, and positive change.

Summer (South) – Summer is the season of growth and production. The intense southern sun that brings forth burgeoning abundant growth. We witness wildlife babies and birds gamboling, playing and learning how to fly. 

Autumn (West) is normally associated with a time of transition, as life dies (leaves fall off trees, birds and animals migrate or hibernate, etc.). Autumn is the season of fruiting and maturity. It’s the season when after our days work we appreciate the evening sun before it sets in the west.

Winter (North) – Winter is the season of hiberation and death. In winter the northern winds blow, the precipitation falls, the days are short and the nights are long. We huddle by the hearth, close to home, hibernating and looking anxiously towards the east for the first signs of spring. Winter is symbolized by loss harshness, coldness and lifelessness.

A walk on the wild side

Today is a glorious and sunny autumn day on the west coast of Canada. My new dog took me for an early morning  walk through the forests and fields, where the wide array of warm colors of the leaves on the deciduous trees and on the ground were a delight to behold.

The leaves crunched and crackled as the deer darted over them and raced into the underbrush as we approached. The playful fawns who peaked out at us from the salal and wild rose bushes have lost almost all their spots, and have thick winter coats developing.

The woodpecker families  were hard at work on the decaying standing trees, and I noticed there was now very little difference in size between the parents and their offspring.

The crisp and clear morning air was wonderful to inhale and as we passed through the herb gardens into the pumpkin patches, where the pungent smell of compost rose to greet our nostrils. The squash and pumpkins were large and ready for the first visit from Jack Frost.

The miraculous  spiders, had woven their webs in the tall pasture grasses in and they  were studded with droplets of morning dew that sparkled in the sunshine  like glass beads or tears.

On the way home we chose to walk along a trail on a ledge high above the sea where we could see all the small islands in a semi circle  shape like emeralds in a bracelet. As  we  viewed azure ocean below and turned to witness the landscape behind us a sense of awe overtook me. Two eagles made lazy circles in the sky. An otter family splashed and slid down their mudslide into the sea. All was right in my world, in this my most favorite season of the year.


Yesterday I found a quiz online and took it.
My results were not surprising:
You Belong in Fall

Intelligent, introspective, and quite expressive at times… You appreciate the changes in color, climate, and mood that fall brings. Whether you’re carving wacky pumpkins or taking long drives, autumn is a favorite time of year for you.

If you would like to take the quiz here’s the link What Season Are You?


If you take the quiz  then feel free to post your results and comments on them. If you would rather not take the quiz, but would still like to share the features of your favorite season of the year then please feel free to do so in the comments.