Saturday, December 04, 2010

Chinese New Year (2011)

By Peter Allsop

Rabbit Year 2011 is considered with regard to the characteristics of those born during Rabbit Years. Influences of the 5 Elements upon these individuals are outlined and some general recommendations made before well-known links between longevity, Rabbits and this fourth Sign of the Chinese Zodiac are discussed

Year of The Rabbit (2011)

Your birth year, the Fourth Sign of the Chinese Zodiac? If you become 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 (and so-on in 12-year increments). between 3rd February 2011 and 23rd January 2012 (when Rabbit Year ends) or know of a baby due during this period, this article might interest you and, similarly, those with partners, friends, relatives or colleagues in this category. Others might wish, in general, to discover what Chinese Culture and Tradition has to say about those born in The Year of The Rabbit.

Animal Games

Once, the animal Olympics were held to determine which animal should start the cycle via a race ending with crossing a raging river before a sprint home. Smart rat gave the cat the wrong start time, sneaked a ride on Ox's back over the river and dashed over the finish line first (Ox came second). The cat (Tiger) arriving late for the race came third, was furious, and consequently has been chasing the rat ever since! Lucky Rabbit (see below) found some stepping-stones and arrived next.

Rabbit Resume

Essentially Rabbits are relaxed, laid back and into various forms of cultivation. They are considered the most fortunate of the 12 Animal signs of the Chinese Ganzhi System.They rarely gamble (being conservative at heart and risk-averse) but do so skillfully when tempted. They are reliable and trustworthy and the last to renege on contractual commitments but can be a little too easy-going at times. Fond of gossip they are articulate, virtuous and well-liked. In relationship terms, Rabbits, who enjoy secure comfortable home-life, are most 'at-home' with those born under the Signs of the Sheep, Dog and Pig and least with those born under the Signs of the Rooster and Rat

Animals in Their Element

Underpinning the continuing 12 Year Animal Cycles is a 10-Year Elemental Cycle (5 Elements repeating sequentially in first Big Yang and then Small Yin Mode) with the Year Element (Yin Metal in the case of Rabbit Year 2011) modifying both Year Energies and Rabbit individual natures as shown below, So far, in this new 12-Year Cycle (beginning in 2008) Year Animals and Year Elements have been: 2008 Yang Earth Rat; 2009 Yin Earth Ox; 2010 Yang Metal Tiger and 2011 Yin Metal Rabbit. These will be followed in 2012 and 2013 by a Yang Water Dragon and Yin Water Snake respectively.

Rabbit Retrospective

Those born this Rabbit Year will be Yin Metal Rabbits but in earlier 12-Year Cycles this necessarily varied and their 'resume' requires modification as follows.

2011 and 1951 Metal Rabbit: Metal gives these strength and endurance (elemental colour white);

1999 and 1939 Earth Rabbit: Earth ensures the are well- grounded-- sometimes materialists (elemental colour yellow);

1987 and 1927 Fire Rabbit: Fired-up these can be Impatient, unpredictable and outgoing (elemental colour red);

1975 and 1915 Wood Rabbit: generous dreamers often versatile but introspective (elemental colour green);

1963 and 1903 Water Rabbit: Water makes these sensitive, emotional and eloquent (elemental colours blue/black).

Rabbit! Rabbit!

What does this mean for Rabbits? Well,becoming 12, 24, 36, 48 or 60 etc., in 2011, the Chinese believe one should spend time quietly meditating over the last 12 years and planning for the next 12--the exact opposite of the Western notion of wild birthdate celebrations-- instead a very quiet year spent focusing on self-review is indicated. You should avoid/put-off digging trenches, building foundations or laying drains i.e. major undertakings such as moving house (which would distract from this). I'm an Ox did this in Ox Year 2009, finding it a most useful experience.

Combining the 12 Animal and 5 Elemental Cycles gives 60 as a figure to consider and Rabbits reaching this key age in 2011 may be particularly well-advised to undergo this rewarding exercise. Year Animal/ Element birth combinations repeat after 60 years (hence the importance of self-review at this time) and if we add in the Yin/Yang dimensions of these calculations we get 120 asa figure to contemplate. The Chinese believe living in harmony with nature and the universe enables such lifespans and the 12 Animals and 5 Elements plus their Yin/Yang attributions represent these forces.

Rabbits gazing at the next full Moon should (like the Chinese) see themselves, (a Rabbit), there, standing under a tree, paw holding the elixir of life. From their reproduction rate, there's never going to be a world rabbit shortage! Thus the rabbit is a Chinese longevity symbol-- its lunar location emphasises this via links to the reproductive cycle. The 5 Elements, the 12 Animals.their Yin/Yang associations and longevity are all good subjects to meditate on during Rabbit Year 2011.

Sifu Peter Allsop M.Ed. teaches Shaolin Kung Fu and Qigong in Yorkshire and Derbyshire U.K. with almost 40 years experience and is Shaolin Fists International Area Instructor for this region. A Senior Student of Grandmaster Yap Leong, he is also Area Coach for his HYL (Health, Youth and Longevity) Energise Qigong Programme.

Trained in the U.K. and China, Sifu Allsop teaches Changquan ('Longfist') Wu Xing (5 Animals) and Wu Tzu (5 Ancestors) Kung Fu plus 5 Elements Qigong. Member of Sheffield Chinese Lion Dance Team and a Feng Shui Consultant, his interests include Iron Shirt, LongevityTraining and Chinese Culture. He also publishes 'Red Dragon Martial Arts Ezine'.

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Celebrating Thanksgiving

By Ester Millington

This is America's oldest celebration, predating the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War by some 150 years. Like so many of our celebrations, the meaning has become less clear over the intervening centuries. The purpose of this writing is to give some historical perspective to the celebration of Thanksgiving as well as the significance of some of the traditions that have been a part of this celebration since its inception in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. There is some debate among historians on this matter, many arguing that the first formal Thanksgiving was in 1619 some 20 miles upstream from Jamestown at a settlement known as Berkeley Hundred. For our purposes, it sufficient to acknowledge that Thanksgiving, whether first celebrated at Berkeley Hundred in 1619 or Plymouth in 1621, has been a part of our cultural heritage that predates our independence from England by more than 150 years.

History reveals that the early settlers of the Jamestown colony were faced with extraordinary hardships. Archeological work on the site shows an extraordinary period of draught that spanned the 6 years from 1606 to 1612. During that time, the early colonists were trying to survive in the driest period the geographic region had experienced in almost 800 years! The colonists were very nearly wiped out by starvation.

It occurred to me that this drought might have been precipitated by a significant volcanic eruption, which is one known cause of climate disruptions such as drought. However, my research revealed no eruptions near that date.

Whatever the reasons for it, suffice it to say, Jamestown's settlers suffered terribly as they tried to gain a foothold in the new world. In my opinion, it was this tremendous suffering which resulted in the Thanksgiving celebration. The early colonists were certain to have been exceedingly thankful that crops were flourishing and starvation was behind them. The first Thanksgiving feast was said to have lasted 3 days and was attended by 53 colonists and 90 or so Native Americans.

So this is what we celebrate today, the survival of the colonists against harsh conditions in an unfamiliar landscape. The tenacity of these brave souls is an integral part of our heritage and deserves to be celebrated. Without these stoic colonists, there would be no United States of America.

The first Thanksgiving we celebrated as a sovereign nation was by presidential decree, signed by George Washington, October 3rd, 1789. This was not designated as a recurring holiday under federal law, so successive presidents right through Franklin D. Roosevelt made similar decrees on an annual basis.

Finally, in 1941, both houses of the United States Congress passed a joint resolution fixing the date of Thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November. The Senate amended the resolution in December of that same year to the fourth Thursday in November, cognizant of the fact that occasionally there are 5 Thursdays in the month. President Roosevelt signed this amended bill and for the first time in our nation's history the date of Thanksgiving was fixed by federal law.

These are the facts we should be mindful of as we continue the traditional observance of Thanksgiving Day here in the United States.

Ester Millington is a writer for Skylighter which sells fire lanterns and wedding sparklers as well as a variety of other items.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

How Can the Crystal Skulls Save the World?

By R. Joshua Shapiro

Many people learned about crystal skulls (pieces of quartz crystal carved or created into a likeness of a human bone skull) when the last Indiana Jones film aired initially in May of 2008. Unfortunately how real crystal skull investigators and spiritually opened people experience the crystal skulls is not exactly what was shown on the screen. Now I have made a bold statement in the title of this article that I am going to support via some experiences I have had with these crystal friends and what they represent.

First of all, I saw my first (what we call an "ancient" crystal skull, a skull made 1000 years or older) in 1983. As I was just gazing at a photo of this crystal skull, it set off a strong inner vibration inside of me and I just knew in this moment they were vital for the future of humanity (this was a soul knowingness). The crystal skull that I met this day is publicly known as "Ami" (which means friend) and its made our of amethyst quartz, about 8 lbs so it would be a child skulls and purportedly was uncovered in the early 1900's near a Mayan ruin in Mexico.

How did I know they were important - at that instance, I was overwhelmed with a strong desire that I must share the best information I could (over 26 years now) about who they are and what they represent.

Lets continue with a few more experiences as bullet points so you get an idea of how the crystal skulls can effect you personally and WHAT we have seen from a research perspective:

a) Flash - had an opportunity to visit in Indiana, the home of Bill Homann, the guardian of the famous Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull of Love (clear quartz, two pieces, human size, ancient skull) in March of 2008 for a private session - brought three personal skulls with me which I placed in a triangular shape around the skull (a big one in the front and two smaller ones in the back) and while listening to favorite songs on my MP3 player had contact with a universal being (being more than an individual entity) and felt as if I was experiencing what it was like to be in Heaven (it was so calm and peaceful).

b) Flash - Christmas Time, 1991, in my current home near Chicago, Joke Van Dieten, the guardian of "ET" (smoky quartz, alien looking, human size, ancient skull) was visiting - while meditating with the crystal skull I saw the face of a man, possibly a Mayan Priest in the skull - during this visit brought this crystal together with the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull in Indiana and also to the Bahai Temple north of Chicago. Both of these experiences were unbelievable.

c) Flash - Northern part of Peru in the Andes Mountain, while staying in a very primitively built house quite small, I had two visions of a totally translucent Sky Blue colored human sized Crystal Skull, two pieces with a tall masculine being standing behind it. Later when visiting the area known as Laguna Negra, a spirit speaks to me and gives the history of this crystal skull linked to the Lord of Sipan from the Moche Culture which is pre-Inca.

d) Flash - Crazy Experiments with our newly created crystal skull called "Portal de Luz" ("Portal of Light, smoky quartz, one piece, 10 lbs) - in tests with a device called a meridian stress test machine in America and Europe where he was balancing the energy of the various meridians in the test subjects bodies from 90-95%; when meditated with this skull in a crop circle in England done by my ex-wife, Blue Arrow Rainbow Eagle Woman in 2004, a lay line coming in from behind her broke into 2 parts and remained this way for the rest of the day - she said she during her mediation she had contact with two aliens who were puzzled why we humans were not just enjoying the Crop Circle they made and trying to prove it was a fake; and finally in a recent test with this skull by Joshua P. Warren in Asheville, N.C. when exposed to a watch that was radioactive - "Portal" absorbed or blocked about 60% of the radiation and when exposed to 300,000 volts he just smiled and asked for more.


1) The ancient crystal skulls are the computers from civilizations in the far past containing information that can help our world see total peace and harmony - we just have to figure out how to receive this knowledge.

2) All crystal skulls have the ability to store amazing energy and the vibrational frequencies of everything that happens around them if this skull has been already activated or opened.

3) The crystal skulls act like living beings with an intelligence - the newly made skulls even are speaking to their guardians and tell the guardians what to name to give them.

4) A number of the indigenous prophecies state the crystal skulls are involved in helping to create our future and some prophecies say there is a special set of crystal skulls (13, 24, 72, etc...) they will come back together and when they do, this is the catalytic moment which takes us into a golden age.

5) For now they are acting as a catalyst to awaken within the people they meet their inner divinity, an awareness and contact with such!!

So now you know why the study of the skulls have taken over 26 years of my life and that I will never ever be bored. More and more crystal skulls (the old ones) are being found and coming out each day - its an exciting time!!

Thanks for listening, in peace and light always,
Joshua Shapiroa crystal skull explorer.
Joshua Shapiro is an investigator, author, public speaker and media consultant linked to the Crystal Skulls. He has been involved since 1983 when he met the ancient amethyst skull "Ami", in San Jose, California. He has traveled throughout North America, South America, Europe and Australia either doing research or offering public presentations. Today he works closely with his partner, Katrina Head out of the Atlanta area. At the end of last year, they started to offer spiritual journeys with the skulls to Peru and now add Egypt for this year. Joshua has a script for a full feature action adventure film which shows how the our world will see peace in 2012 and he is the chairman of the board of the World Mystery Research Center. He hopes his new book will be released this year called, "Journeys of the Crystal Skull Explorers" (with Blue Arrow Rainbow Eagle Woman).
To contact Joshua either send an email or visit this website:
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(On the main crystal skull page above, you will find our free e-book and newsletter (cs explorers), information about our tour to Peru in 2010 plus the full report of our tour from 2009 and also information about our World Peace Meditations linked with the skulls)

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

A Crystal Skull and the "Orbs" - What is the Connection?

The world we live in today is filled with many paranormal phenomena. We have gigantic structures left by ancient civilizations (such as the sphinx or pyramids). We have UFOs which either are made by the governments of the world upon capturing alien craft or they are the alien crafts. We have Crop Circles - very complex geometric patterns which the British Government says is made by two or so men at night but those of us who are students of the spiritual and paranormal know its impossible. Of course in several of my articles that I have written here - I have spoken at length about the crystal skulls, so we wait to bring them in for a moment. But now we are going to bring into play the "Orbs" or the "Light Orbs" as some people call them. So before I get started, I better give a quick definition.

What is an "Orb"? - At first people thought their digital cameras were having problems because these white circular misty objects were appearing in the pictures they were taking. I don't know how long "Orbs" have been photographed, surely they must have been photographed before they became popular but now, everyone is getting orbs on their pictures. Even for us, as we are taking our personal crystal skulls to energy spots or sacred places, we are seeing "Orbs" in several of our pictures as well. I would define an "Orb" (having been in areas where they are appearing) as a dimensional intelligence whose vibrational frequency of existence is just outside what our physical vision can see but the shutter of the camera can record the flash of their light or light essence. So what we see in the photos is just one still image of this "Orb" Essence. It presents us with an idea of what these beings look like.

Why do I believe they are intelligent? Because when we ask them to do something, like move in a certain way or direction using our mind, they will do it. Also because many of the places they show up - where they are photographed - there is some interesting activity happening in that place or it has a special natural energy which seems to be calling to the "Orbs" to come as observers. How we live our lives and what are the type of activities we engage in, interest them.

Now let's move to the key theme of this article, "How can there be a connection with these possible dimensional or light intelligences and a crystal skull? Well in March of this year, my partner Katrina and I visited the Bluff Trail Labyrinth near Madison, Wisconsin overseen by our good friends, Melanie & Jerry. Of course we went to offer our public talks there but our crystal skulls ("the crystal kids") were able to be within that very powerful Labyrinth for a long time. Melanie and Jerry have been able to take many pictures around this self created Labyrinth and at times a whole lot of "Orbs" are showing up.

Anyway, during our stay for about 4 days, we were able to take many photos as well and have already published a few reports about our experiences sharing with the members of our newsletter (feel free to contact us if you might like to know more). We noticed that with the crystal skulls present inside the Labyrinth there were many "Orbs" appearing, not just white misty ones, but ones with colors and interesting designs. But the key was, when we came home to North Carolina and started taking photos around our skulls in the backyard and what do you know, "Orbs" were showing up here as well.

So we speculate then that due to the inner dimensional nature of the crystal skulls, they are able to communicate with the "Orbs" and possibly store the essence of the "Orbs" inside of them. Or, we further surmise that the crystal skull may serve as an energy generator or dimensional port that will allow an "Orb" the skull has met before, to relocate itself from one spot on the planet to another by moving through the crystal skull. Why do we think this is so, well because we have a photo of an "Orb" that appeared in Wisconsin and the same "Orb" showed up in North Carolina about a week later.

If you would be interested in some further research we have done with our friends, Ron & Missy Hill of NiteVision X, dealing with video taping moving Orbs working in tandem with the crystal skulls, a chance to view this video, please feel free to contact us.

In the meantime, have a great day and always be open to the mysteries of the universe as they appear in our reality as paranormal phenomena.

Peace and Light always,
Joshua Shapiro
A crystal skull Explorer

Joshua Shapiro is known as a crystal skull explorer and works closely with his partner Katrina Head. He has been involved with the crystal skulls for 27 years both as an investigator and a public speaker and author. He has written two books on the subject, "Mysteries of the Crystal Skulls Revealed" (with Bowen & Nocerino) and "Journeys of the Crystal Skull Explorers".

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Science and the Paranormal

By Ralph Wasson

Well it's not so much what science says as what it implies. With the advent of modern physics especially relativity and quantum theory ghost investigations are taking on a whole new dimension. (no pun intended)

Newtonian physics tells us that for every process on earth and indeed in the universe a transfer of energy is involved. Processes may be endothermic (they consume energy) or exothermic (they give off energy). A common feature of many hauntings as reported by many observers is a chill or coldness in the vicinity of a haunting. Any entity (ie ghost) that presents itself into an environment needs energy to be visible or audible to an observer. Where does the energy come from? The local environment is the likely source even if that locality has a living, breathing, warm human radiating the energy. If this analysis is true then ghosts are viable entities that exist in out world. They consume energy and presumably radiate energy aswell. If a ghost is visible it is an energy consuming entity. Now what does quantum theory and relativity say or imply about hauntings?

There is a school of thought that says if we see a ghost or a scene from the past we are simply seeing a "rerun of history". Modern post newtonian physics teaches that time itself is malleable. Time goes faster or slower depending on the speed and gravity. Years ago on cbcs "As it Happens" was the story of a haunting in England (where else?). This particular place in an old monastery was known as an exceptionally odd example of ghostly activity. The ghosts of long deceased monks were observed only from their knees up! It seems the old monasteries floors had successively been raised throughout the centuries! Now it was at knee level for the spirits! This would seem to lend credence to the "rerun of history" theory of spectral activity.

Of course the reader will now wonder how is that possible? How can scenes from the past play back for us today centuries after the occurrence? Unfortunately no one has a credible answer. However physics does drop a few hints. On the micro quantum level down to atoms and beyond things, especially time do not behave as they do in our world. Some physicists (google Dr Ronald Mallette, time travel) believe times goes in loops. If this is true then a haunting plausibly is an endless loop of time, or kind of like an old fashioned vinyl when the needle gets stuck. How this would occur no one knows. All we can say is that somehow it might. The opportunities for research here are exciting and in my next article we will take a look at the possibility of extra dimensions and how this could relate to ghosts, hauntings and the "spirit realm".

By Ralph Wasson
Ralph Wasson is the lead writer for []PSIHUB a daily blog giving readers a fascinating look at paranormal phenomena around the globe. Ralph Wasson obtained a bachelor of science degree from St Marys University in Canada and specializes in physics, metaphysics, historical mythology and the paranormal

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Best Time of Year to Travel to the Caribbean


When planning a vacation on a tropical island in the Caribbean, weather and the cost, are the two main components used in deciding when to go.

For most people weather is the number one concern, most Caribbean Islands lie in proximity to the Equator, and enjoy one season - summer. Temperatures are generally in the 80's all year long, caressed by ocean breezes that cool the islands and keeps the humidity down. Hurricanes occur each year, starting late July thru October, and is another weather condition to be considered. Rain is common on all the islands, that is why they are so lush and tropical, the rainy season varies from one island to the other, usually between May to early December, while on some islands there are rain showers in January.

The most expensive time, to visit the Caribbean, is usually during the Christmas and New Years season, as well as during the months of January to Late April. Hotel rates usually rise during the holiday season, because of the demand of travelers. In many countries around the world, winter is January to late March or even to early April and residents of those countries seek out tropical locations and are willing to pay the cost of getting away from snow and freezing weather.

During the early part of the year the weather is more dependable, rain seldom, if ever, intrudes on the sunny days. The oceans are naturally calmer and clearer, allowing vacationers to plan diving, scuba and boating trips, without a worry that the weather might cause their plans to be disrupted.

For many, planning a vacation to a Island in the Caribbean, the decision must be based on visiting after the hotel rates and airfares go down, hoping that there will be no storms, hurricanes or rain, to disrupt their daily activity, and thus save money. Or should they plan on a time when the rates are higher, but when one is almost sure that their holidays will not be disrupted by unwanted weather conditions.

Another factor, to be considered, are the holiday seasons - Easter and Spring Break vacations, usually see a rise in rates. Special events on the islands, such as Jazz Festivals, Golf Tournaments, sailing regattas and Carnival in Trinidad (which is one of the most popular) are among reasons that Hoteliers and tour companies raise their rates.
Those who plan on participating or visiting during these events, do not have much of a choice, but for the rest of those who are planning a trip to a Caribbean Island, a little research can result in a a wonderful vacation at considerable saving.

Mona Graham, A Way To Travel

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Psychic Services-June

Those lazy days of summer are fast approaching. Most of us have commenced the season with the best fun plans ever. Camping, hiking, sandy beaches, concerts in the park are on the list of just about everyone.

Every year nature reinvents herself and as we watch, we too become inspired to do the same. Reassessing what changes we want to open up in our lives are typical past time reflections that summer offers. Recognizing those micro changes that are already vibrating around us with an open mind is the first step to moving the energy into our lives and our being in all our manifestations.

Clear insight is essential to living a balance life. Strong intuitive perception helps restore our viewpoint with clarity along the ever changing pathway that we choose to walk.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Ideas for Balance and Harmony in a Woman’s Life

Barbara Garcia

The miracle of birth is brought into this world by women. They are the producers and nurturers of life. Women’s intuition is a spontaneous attribute that can be highly accurate and often accessed to the well being of others before themselves.

Strong, intuitive women can be found in every profession or business. You will see her behind the scenes building solid foundations for benefit of others while taking credit for all that she does is rarely heard. Instead, she will move on to her next project with steady focus and grace.

An oasis of inner sensitivity to all energies of life, she must find balance and harmony that can encompass all that she intuits each and every day. Simple, easy to follow steps that lead to this integral part of a woman’s life are often viewed as sacred rituals that she alone will experience in sync with the nurturing cooperation of the Great Spirit of earth.

1) Deep REM sleep offers a reservoir of physical rejuvenation while the subconscious brings to surface answers and ideas to those problematic issues at hand. The sleeping area should be cleared of clutter and offer compatible offerings of slumber furnishings to your personality.

2) It is important to have a place to go that is private and secluded to replenish yourself, reflect, and release. This can be a place in your garden, a spare room, or even in a personal diary.

3) Have a designated outlet for removing any and all hidden emotions lurking within the body in the form of a physical daily activity such dancing, the gym, walking, jogging, etc. Keeping your energy circulating is healthy and energetically rewarding.

4) Surround yourself with meaningful affirmations and images that provoke your confidence, trust, and self- esteem. You will automatically become more magnetic with continued practice.

5) Keep your mind open and inspired by giving yourself a new resource of information by learning something new.

6) Stay connected to others by appreciating them. Find something that you sincerely like with everyone in your world. Let them know that you appreciate who they are or what they do. This deep love that you are feeling for others will boomerang right back to you and can create miracles.

7) Do something positive for your self image or whatever it is that you have been depriving yourself of. Maybe it is a change in your appearance; a new hairdo, outfit, or piece of jewelry. Maybe take in that play or movie you’ve wanted to see.

8) Every woman has a voice but many women will not ask for help because she does not want to burden anyone. Yet, when she is asked for help, no matter how inconvenient, it is difficult for her to say no. It is important to know who you want to help because of being overloaded. Women are always multi-tasking and juggling in their professional and personal life.

Balance and harmony is achieved when you begin to give to yourself the way to give to others. Within a brief period of time, you will feel much stronger and attentive with a deeper sense of serenity.

Enjoy Mothers Day and the Month of May

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Mr. President (3-19-2010)


"Robert P. Watson, Ph.D. Coordinator of American Studies Lynn University "

I am always being asked to grade Obama's presidency. In place of offering him a grade, I put together a list of his accomplishments thus far. I think you would agree that it is very impressive. His first six months have been even more active than FDRs or LBJs the two standards for such assessments. Yet, there is little media attention given to much of what he has done. Of late, the media is focusing almost exclusively on Obama's critics, without holding them responsible for the uncivil, unconstructive tone of their disagreements or without holding the previous administration responsible for getting us in such a deep hole. The misinformation and venom that now passes for political reporting and civic debate is beyond description.As such, there is a need to set the record straight. What most impresses me is the fact that Obama has accomplished so much not from a heavy-handed or top-down approach but from a style that has institutionalized efforts to reach across the aisle, encourage vigorous debate, and utilize town halls and panels of experts in the policy-making process. Beyond the accomplishments, the process is good for democracy and our democratic processes have been battered and bruised in recent years. Let me know if I missed anything in the list (surely I did).

1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending
2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices
3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women
4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB
6. Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information
7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier's family
8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act
9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible
10. Limits on lobbyist's access to the White House
11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration
12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date
13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan
14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research
15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research
16. New federal funding for science and research labs
17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards
18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect
19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
20. New funds for school construction
21. The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out
22. US Auto industry rescue plan
23. Housing rescue plan
24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan
25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying
26. US financial and banking rescue plan
27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed
28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards
29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops
30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010
31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols
32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions
34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office
35. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job
36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast
37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles
38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales
39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government
40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
41. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program
42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba , allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones
43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
44. Expanding vaccination programs
45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters
46. Closed offshore tax safe havens
47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals
48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back
49.. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices
50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources
51. Lower drug costs for seniors
52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings
53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel
54. Improved housing for military personnel
55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses
56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
57. Increasing student loans
58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program
59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy
60.. Established a new cyber security office
61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.
62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness
64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient
65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced
66. Improving benefits for veterans
67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration
68.. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud
69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco
70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules
71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports
72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons
73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive
74. Making more loans available to small businesses
75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare
76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court
77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans
78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000
79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel
80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan
81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan
82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans
83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production
84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters
85.. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket
86. Held first Seder in White House
87. Attempting to reform the nation's healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured
88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform
89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform
90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform........Oh, and he built a swing set for the girls outside the Oval Office

I think this last accomplishment shows what kind of man we have for a president. I hope you have a great day.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick"s Day

Erin go baugh

(Ireland Forever)

Happy St Patrick’s Day

May your blessings outnumber

The shamrocks that grow,

And may trouble avoid you

Wherever you go.

Monday, March 01, 2010

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Lucky Period For All Sun Signs in February 2010

By Rikhav R Khimasia

Aries:Upto 18th Feb 2010, you can play as the period till then is favourable in general for gains without pains. Then on till the end of February abstain from any kind of market related or luck related activities.

Taurus:Fortunes are not foreseen for you till 18th, then gains are definitely observed for you to reap. You should not do any trading in the dates prior to 18th or any luck related activity.

Gemini:Times till 18th February are more supportive to you for luck and games related to luck. Risks taken in this period have more scopes for success. Rest of the days are 50:50

Cancer:Till 18th, go on a vacation, shut down the terminals, don't look at the ticker, losses of enormous amounts are foreseen, after that you can take your revenge and speculate your way to the bank.

Leo:For you, the time till 18th is neither good nor bad, luck is not the question here. After 18th though caution seems to be the buzz word for you. If you play you lose will the rule, without exceptions.

Virgo:If you are interested in increasing your debts and worries please do go ahead and speculate till 18th, then onwards it does not matter if you are active or not, as generally not much gains are noticed.

Libra:Well, luck allows you to flirt with the markets this time till 18th at your heart's desire. Try to square off your positions by then as the period later on will be the Devil's playing field.

ScorpioHmmm, luck has no problems with you till 18th but does not like you too, till then. After 18th, speculation will reap results or at least luck will protect you from losses. Risks can be taken.

Sagittarius:Well, luck is there but needs some goading and care, just don't play blind, and this does not apply to Teen Patti only, till 18th, then just invest, don't speculate, stay clear from the gambling spirit

Capricorn:Not lucky, but if logical and analytical trades with proper stop loss and book profit margins are set, you may be able to sense luck, till 18th, then you too may need to put in more efforts and hardships, though misfortunes are not foreseen.

Aquarius:For you too luck or no luck, does not matter, you will not be lucky and neither unlucky, why not wait, sit and watch the markets and dip in when there is a fool proof opportunity, till 18th and beyond too.

Pisces:Why not do some other work? Is it necessary to meddle with luck? Got it? Of course you got it, at least make sure till 18th, then its ok to venture out once in a while, but still I do not guarantee any luck.

The above predictions are for Western Sun Signs or Sayan Paddhati. Your personal ascendant based horoscope and all the planets therein will definitely play the proper role and influence these predictions, but you can still use these as general guidelines and still benefit.

Wishing you all Lady Luck's Graces
Rikhav Khimasia

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