Is There Life After Delivery?

February 26, 2015

pregnant-woman


Those who do not believe in God because they do not see evidence of God’s existence in the surface events of life would do well to consider these wise words from Charles Webster Leadbeater:

It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.





I do not know who wrote the following allegory, but it is certainly delivers Leadbetter’s message loud and clear.



IS THERE LIFE AFTER DELIVERY?

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other, “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than Read the rest of this entry »

Turn Off Your Phones!

February 15, 2015

woman-holding-phones-cords-wrappedin church today, the minister offered a nice analogy. He said that if you ask a friend to call you but you’re always on the phone with others, your friend won’t be able to reach you.

So it is with God. If your five “sense telephones” are ceaselessly relaying information and perceptions about Read the rest of this entry »

A Bullying Story with a Happy Ending

February 13, 2015

This lovely little story was posted by someone with the screen name mrsparkuhlah on the Kindness Blog, which celebrates the angels of kindness that walk among us every day. Never underestimate the power of kindness; even the smallest gesture can be tremendously healing and affirming for the recipient.


THE NOTE

Group student in classroom near blackboard.My mother was an English teacher for several years. One day in one of her classes she began a discussion on bullying. This was actually well before bullying became a major topic, but my mom had experienced some bullying in her own life and didn’t want to see her students go through the same thing.

In the discussion she decided to open up and use a real-life example. She told the class about how she was a little chubbier when she was in junior high and had very few friends. Virtually the entire class picked on her.

One day she came back into class from recess and found a note on her desk.

It read in bold letters: “These people hate you,” and around the letters every single student in the classroom had signed their name.

Of course, this Read the rest of this entry »

A Letter a Year from Grampo

February 12, 2015

Grampo was so proud of his little man

Grampo was so proud of his little man

In an earlier post, I encouraged parents to write a birthday letter to their kid every year. These letters quickly become a cherished tradition and are treasured by the child who receives them.

It doesn’t take much time to create something so precious. For example, here are the letters my grandfather (my sister and I would come to call him Grampo) wrote to me on the day I was born and my first eight birthdays. Use them as a model if you wish. But no matter what, write something each year! This tradition will bring great joy to both you and your child!


On the day I was born, Grampo wrote me this letter:

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Here is Grampo’s birthday letter to me when I turned one:
Read the rest of this entry »

Two Wild and Crazy Guys . . . 35 Years Later!

December 31, 2014
Tom Endres and me . . . in 1979 and in 2014!

Tom Endres and me . . . in 1979 and 2014!

The plan: recreate a 1979 photo with college buddy Tom Endres from our days emceeing events at St. Cloud State University.

Clothes? Check. Props? Check. Hmmm, something’s Read the rest of this entry »

Astrological Predictions for 2015 for Each Zodiac Sign

December 25, 2014
Laurie Baum

Laurie Baum

These astrological predictions for each zodiac sign for 2015 were written by my good friend Laurie Baum, MSW, a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California. As you can see from her article, Laurie integrates the wisdom of natural patterns in the heavens with spirituality and psychological insights.

Click here for Laurie’s comprehensive astrological forecast for 2015.

You, too, can benefit from Laurie’s wisdom. She writes a free astrological newsletter about how planetary alignments affect our lives on earth. Click here to e-mail Laurie to subscribe at no cost, or visit Laurie’s website and click on “Free Email Newsletter.”

Laurie is a former newspaper and news magazine reporter who is profiled in the books Psychic New York and The 100 Top Psychics in America. She is the author of five books:

A to Z Acrophonology: Discover the Power of the Letters in Your Name

Everything You Need to Know About Your Astrology Sign

Whispers from the Cosmos

Sacred Mysteries of Egypt

Astrological Secrets for the New Millennium



Laurie also offers counseling appointments by phone. She will answer your questions about major life decisions and talk with you about the reasons you have incarnated, the lessons you are here to learn, where you are on the wheel of karma, and the psychological developmental cycles you have been through and are going through. She will look at current influences on your health, finances, relationships, career, and any relocation plans that may be necessary. She also will look ahead with you at the next seven years of your life. A reading with Laurie can help you take the next step in your life. Sessions, which are available via landline phone or Skype (audio or video), are digitally recorded.

To make an appointment with Laurie, click here to e-mail Laurie or call her at (760) 753-7676. Click here to visit Laurie’s website for more information.




YOUR PERSONAL ASTROLOGICAL PREDICTIONS

Illustrations by Kagaya, a Japanese digital fine artist.
Click here to visit Kagaya’s website.


ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
You will experience a strong impulse for personal change under a dramatic alignment of innovative Uranus in Aries and profound Pluto in Capricorn on March 17, 2015. You have undergone a three-year period of dynamic growth since this celestial alignment—Uranus square Pluto—began in mid-2012. Continuing alignments of expansive Jupiter in fiery Leo with change-oriented Uranus in fiery Aries on March 3 and June 22, 2015, will fuel further innovative change. You now have an opportunity to re-establish stable foundations for your future with the new experience and knowledge you have accumulated during the past three years. The passage of karmic Saturn through the compatible fire sign of Sagittarius until June 15, 2015, and then again from September 17, 2015 until December 20, 2017, will help you let go of a psychological burden. The result will be a Read the rest of this entry »

Down the Shady Lane We Go

December 24, 2014
Frederick and Augusta Kent

Frederick and Augusta Kent

While I was at my mother’s home in Minnesota for three months this fall, I finally tackled a huge family history project: I scanned and organized more than 3,000 family photos, newspaper clippings and letters. When I came across this photo in an old, lovingly assembled albium, it took my breath away.

Frederick Henry Kent

Frederick Henry Kent








The couple in the photo are my great-great-grandparents, Frederick Henry Kent and Augusta Osborn Kent, who lived in Huron, South Dakota. The above photo was taken during a family trip to southern Read the rest of this entry »

Mission of Mercy

December 23, 2014

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This poignant, uplifting story by Wayne Montgomery left me basking in the glow of a group of soldiers’ selfless act of kindness and compassion. It can be found in We Hear the Christmas Angels, a collection of inspiring true stories compiled by Evelyn Bence.






UNDELIVERED GIFTS
by Wayne Montgomery

Have you ever had the experience of almost not doing an act of thoughtfulness or charity, only to discover later that without this action on your part a very important experience would not have happened to someone else?

Whenever I am tempted to be lazy or indifferent in this way, I inevitably think back to that Christmas in Korea, in 1951.

It was late afternoon on December 24. After a cold, miserable ride by truck in the snow, I was back at our Command Post. Shedding wet clothing, I relaxed on a cot and dozed off. A young soldier came in and in my sleep-fogged condition I heard him say to the clerk, “I wish I could talk to the Sergeant about this.”

“Go ahead,” I mumbled, “I’m not asleep.”

The soldier then told me about a group of Korean civilians four miles to the north who had been forced Read the rest of this entry »

As If We Had Known Him for Years

December 22, 2014
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Sri Mrinalini Mata and Sri Daya Mata in India in 1961 (Fall 2014 issue of Self-Realization magazine)






In the Fall 2014 issue of Self-Realization magazine, Sri Mrinalini Mata, who is currently president of Self-Realization Fellowship, wrote of meeting Indian saint Sitaramdas Omkarnath in Puri, India in 1961. Here is how she describes the moment when she and then-SRF-president Sri Daya Mata met Omkarnath:









He greeted us so warmly, as if we had known him for years and were seeing him again after a long time of separation.


When I read this sentence, it jumped off the page and into my heart. I thought, Wouldn’t it be Read the rest of this entry »

Laurie Baum’s Astrological Forecast for 2015

December 21, 2014





Laurie Baum

Laurie Baum


This comprehensive astrological forecast for 2015 was written by my good friend Laurie Baum, MSW, a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California. As you can see from her video above and her article below, Laurie integrates the wisdom of natural patterns in the heavens with spirituality and psychological insights.

Click here to read Laurie’s 2015 predictions for each individual zodiac sign.

Personally, I never had much of an appreciation for astrology and just didn’t care enough about the subject to investigate it further. Then two things happened.

First, I happened to read a chapter in a life-changing book that burned off the fog of ignorance and answered every question I had about astrology. It was written with clarity, precision, wit and wisdom, and I felt the subject come brilliantly alive for me as I read it. Click here to read that excerpt on astrology.

Second, I had an hour-long astrological reading with Laurie Baum. We discussed Read the rest of this entry »

This Is What a Real Hero Looks Like

October 21, 2014



Jack Mook

Jack Mook


I’ve always been in awe of individuals and couples who welcome children into their home via foster care or adoption. Thank God there are such people in the world who are willing to turn their own world inside out and upside down to give these children the love and care they so desperately need.

Jack Mook, a Pittsburgh police detective, is one such hero. When he learned why two foster children stopped Read the rest of this entry »

You Are a Bridge of Light

October 20, 2014
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Mike Dooley


Have you ever wondered why you were “different” from others? Why you looked at things differently? Why you felt about things differently?

There’s a reason for that. The planet is in desperate need of people who Read the rest of this entry »

The Mother of Big Stone County

October 14, 2014

Anna Bolsta

Anna Bolsta




When Anna Christine Bolsta, my great-great grandmother, died in 1927 at the age of eighty-six, her son, Alfred Leonadis Bolsta, wrote this tribute to her. It’s a revealing portrait of the unimaginably hardscrabble life of a pioneer woman who birthed ten children and was the very epitome of selfless service.





PROLOGUE: Ole Bolsta was a blacksmith, having learned the trade from his father in Norway. Ole had come to the United States in 1862 at the age of twenty-one. He met and married Anna in St. Peter and had two sons with her there to join the two daughters Anna had from a previous marriage. In April 1869, Ole and three other men left St. Peter, Minnesota, and headed west on the old Brown’s Trail looking for “wood and water.” They found both in Artichoke Township. Ole walked the 110 miles back to St. Peter, and in June 1869, brought his young wife and four children to Artichoke in an oxen-drawn covered wagon.


THE MOTHER OF BIG STONE COUNTY
Alfred Leonadis Bolsta’s tribute to his mother, Anna Christine Bolsta, following her death on March 23, 1927

After nearly fourscore years and ten, of a life of struggle and sacrifice, thrift and economy through fearsome necessity, the tired body of the mother of Big Stone County lies in peace and rest in her last earthly resting place, in the Ortonville cemetery, not twenty miles from the spot where her then tireless feet first touched the green sod of the virgin soil of Big Stone County fifty-eight years ago.

Anna Christine Bolsta was the ‘first white settler” of Big Stone County and while her life’s story is written with honorable mention in gold upon the pure white page of the scroll of Heaven, her passing, with scarce a mention of tribute, tore terribly at penitent hearts suffering in poignant bereavement and brought tears and sadness to a few friends. With some others their tears and sadness were deceit and mockery—things hated loathingly to the depth of the great, forgiving heart and understanding soul of the mother of Big Stone County.

She sleeps today—at rest—free from strife, worry, heartaches and pain, under the green sod in the clean, sweet, purifying earth of the county she loved, and on the little mound above her are many beautiful flowers, of which, if she could speak to us, she would say, ‘They are beautiful, but there are so many I wish you would put them on the other graves—just leave me that little geranium.”

The ebb-tide of her life of human adventure, such as few women have ever known, reached slowly through the rough breakers of discomfort and suffering toward the sublime beauty of the setting sun which heralds a refuge of peace and rest, just beyond the bar of the Great Adventure. And in that final travail of moral dissolution which she was well aware of, her thoughts were, as always, for the welfare of others, and she said, “I am sorry you have to bother Read the rest of this entry »

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

September 25, 2014

AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA TRAILER

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Co-director Paola di Florio

Co-director Paola di Florio







Awake: The Life of Yogananda, the new documentary exploring the life of Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, opens in theaters nationwide this fall.









Co-director Lisa Leeman

Co-director Lisa Leeman







The film has already gained great acclaim, winning prestigious awards at major film fests, including the Read the rest of this entry »

Autumn Equinox 2014 Update From Astrologer Laurie Baum

September 22, 2014

Laurie Baum

If you enjoy astrology, you will like this Autumn Equinox update written by my good friend Laurie Baum, MSW, a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California.

Laurie writes a free astrological newsletter about how planetary alignments affect our lives on earth. Click here to e-mail Laurie to subscribe at no cost, or visit Laurie’s website and click on “Free Email Newsletter.”

Laurie is a former newspaper Read the rest of this entry »

They Don’t Know You Like We Do

September 16, 2014

School teacher Len Christie

School teacher Len Christie



Len Christie, a Western Australia primary school teacher wrote this letter to his students after they took the NAPLAN (National Assessment Program–Literacy and Numeracy), a standardized test to assess basic math and language skills.



While I certainly applaud any efforts to instill feelings of inherent value and worth in children, it must be done carefully to avoid a sense of entitlement and ensure that self-esteem is authentic rather than artificially implanted. That said, communicating to students like this is a wonderful start!



A Letter to all Students who sat NAPLAN this year

This week you would have received your NAPLAN test results. We are pleased that you tried your very best in these challenging tests and during the weeks and months leading up to them.

I’d like you, your family, friends and teachers to remember that these tests are unable to measure all of what it is that makes you the valued person who you are. The people who have created these tests and those that mark them don’t know you as well as your teachers know you, to the extent to which I know you and certainly not the way your family and friends know you.

They don’t know that many children at Beechboro Primary School speak one or more languages other than English. They also don’t know that you may Read the rest of this entry »


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