Archive for May, 2009

Diversity Triumphs Over Susan Boyle

May 31, 2009

I was blown away by Diversity’s performance in the finals of Britain’s Got Talent on May 30, 2009. Internet darling Susan Boyle, who graciously accepted second place, said it perfectly: “The best people won.” Yep, Diversity absolutely deserved the top spot. Your heart will soar with joy at watching human potential fulfilled!

Here is their triumphant final performance . . .

. . . and the announcement of the winner!

Here is Diversity’s semifinal (more…)

A Granddad’s Tender Duet With His Grandgirl

May 30, 2009

This is me, wiping away tears after watching 2 Grand’s performances in Britain’s Got Talent. Here is the May 16, 2009  audition of John, a 76-year-old grandfather, and Sally, his 12-year-old granddaughter, singing a duet. It’s not the quality of the singing that touched me, it’s just seeing this elderly man and his grandgirl making a very special memory together. It made me think of my own daughter’s relationship with her beloved Poppa Kent and how she would have loved to have done something special with him like this.

Here is their semifinal performance, which earned (more…)

Natalie Okri Charms the Judges

May 29, 2009

Ten-year-old Natalie Okri is the latest adorable little kid to emerge as a contender on Britain’s Got Talent after singing No One by Alicia Keys on May 16, 2009.

Eight days later, Natalie sang Superstar in (more…)

Jamie Pugh Faces His Fears, Gets Three Yesses

May 28, 2009

I love this audition by 37-year-old Jamie Pugh for Britain’s Got Talent. He’s a regular Joe,  driving a van for a warehouse three days a week and delivering pizza at night. His singing didn’t do that much for me, but what impressed me and touched me was his courage in facing his “crippling stage fright” and performing in front of a live audience and the three judges.

I got teary-eyed watching (more…)

Stavros Flatley Brings Down the House!

May 27, 2009

I don’t know much about dancing, but even I can appreciate the technical proficiency of Stavros Flatley, which was lavishly praised by all the judges. They advanced to the final round on May 30, where they will compete against seven other contestants, including Susan Boyle and Shaheen Jarfagholi

Ready for a little culture? Here you go!

And here is Stavros Flatley’s semi final appearance, which they won by audience vote. (more…)

Martina McBride Fulfills Ashley’s Last Request

May 26, 2009

kids-wish-networkThanks to Kids Wish Network, Ashley, a girl from Minnesota who was stricken with muscular dystrophy, got to meet her idol, country superstar Martina McBride, and (more…)

Seahawk Down, Five Brave Souls Lost

May 25, 2009

seahawk-helicopter-crash-into-seaOn Tuesday, May 19, an HH-60 Seahawk helicopter went down off the coast of Southern California while conducting training operations with USS Nimitz (CVN 68).The helicopter was from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 6 located in San Diego. HS 6 is part of Carrier Air Wing 11 assigned to the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group.

A friend of mine, the mother of one of my daughter’s high school classmates, sent me the following e-mail from her childhood friend, Nancy Morishita. It’s only fitting that I post Nancy’s e-mail on Memorial Day as a reminder of the sacrifice of so many brave souls in our military. May our prayers protect and comfort those who are serving our country. 

Many of you are aware but some may not be, a [Seahawk] helicopter off the USS Nimitz crashed on Tuesday night [May 19] while on training maneuvers just off the coast of San Diego. There were 5 crew, (pilot and rescue swimmers), on board and all of them were lost. The reason I am writing to you is that my son Tash (short for Tadashi) is a member of the same rescue swimmer unit and was sent to the crash site to try to rescue any possible survivors. The Coast Guard was called as well as the Mexican Navy and the boys (more…)

Love Just Keeps On Trucking

May 24, 2009

I love hearing about “impossible coincidences,” like this story by Lana Smith of Clarksville, Tennessee, which appeared in the June 2009 issue of Guideposts

wedding-coupleOn the eve of my wedding day, one worry nagged me. Steve and I came from different backgrounds—I was a city girl from Scottsdale, Arizona. He was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Kansas. My dad was a trucker, his was a minister—but the boy who bothered me in freshman biology class at McPherson College in Kansas quickly won my heart. He proposed senior year, and we decided to marry at the college church two days after graduation. My parents and Steve’s would drive in to celebrate. Living so far from one another, our parents had never met. And my parents weren’t that outgoing. Would they get along?

At the rehearsal dinner, I saw Steve’s parents looking curiously at my dad. “Don’t worry, Lana, they (more…)

Eckhart Tolle: Awake In the Dream

May 23, 2009

Eckhart Tolle

I like the way Eckhart Tolle explains why life becomes a nightmare when we limit the boundaries of who we are to the confines of our mind and body. Here is an insightful excerpt from his book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.


The seventeenth-century philosopher Descartes, regarded as the founder of modern philosophy, gave expression to this primary error [of the illusion of separateness] with his famous dictum (which he saw as primary truth): “I think, therefore I am.” This was (more…)

Should You “Let Go” Or “Go For It”? Yes.

May 22, 2009

door-number-one-or-twoWhen a certain outcome is desired, some people choose to “let go and let God” while others adopt an aggressive “do it yourself” mindset.

Although these approaches seem to be perched on opposite ends of the goal-getting spectrum, they actually dovetail perfectly. Reconcile them by doing what you feel guided to do while staying open to unanticipated outcomes.

If your sights are set on the prize behind door number one, your job is to work your way up to the door, not to kick it in. Why? Once you (more…)

Kathryn Harwig: Back From The Dead

May 21, 2009


Kathryn Harwig and me at the Continuum Center in Minneapolis

Psychic/author Kathryn Harwig told me a story for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. Credit to Kathryn for reframing a hellish experience as a spiritual wake-up call. Click here to watch a video of Kathryn sharing her powerful story. Here’s an excerpt:

One Sunday night during dinner, six weeks before I finished law school, I suddenly felt an intense pain in my chest. Minutes later, I was screaming (more…)

Love Letters

May 20, 2009

tons-of-wwii-era-lettersWhile cleaning out my dad’s storage room four years after he died, I opened a file cabinet drawer and there they were: neat bundles of letters from my grandfather to my father. During my dad’s service in World War II, his father wrote him a letter every single day. My dad was the envy of his buddies, many of whom rarely received mail. More than once, my grandfather wrote to them too, at my dad’s request, so his buddies wouldn’t feel so homesick.


Daddy and Erin at Alnwick Castle when I visited there for a week

My dad was a carbon copy of his father—smart, clever, and kind-hearted. I did my best to carry the torch when my daughter, Erin, flew to England in the spring of 1998 to study abroad for five months at Alnwick Castle, not far from Scotland. Like my grandfather before me, I wrote my cub a letter every single day. Twice, I remember, I was in bed for the night until I was jolted upright by the realization that I hadn’t written her daily letter—so I hopped out of bed and fired up the computer. Erin kept her letters too, just as her grandfather had. And like my grandfather, I wrote to a couple of my daughter’s friends who rarely received mail from home and were feeling homesick.

The power of regular letter writing cannot be overstated. Even if (more…)

Deanna Reiter: The Nine Scoundrels

May 19, 2009


Deanna Reiter

I met Deanna Reiter in January when we were both panelists on the Helthy Mind panel at the Helathy Life Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Deanna is the author of The Nine Scoundrels: How to Recognize and Release Subtle Patterns of Sabotage (the focus of this interview) as well as Dancing with Divinity: Positive Affirmations for Any Situation. She is (more…)

William Henry Channing’s Symphony

May 18, 2009

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common—this is my symphony.


William Henry Channing

This quote by William Henry Channing grew in popularity after Arthur Brisbane, one of the best-known newspaper editors of the twentieth century, used it in his syndicated editorial column in the Hearst newspapers. Here is Brisbane’s commentary on Channing’s quote.


This means to realize to the full the possibilities of life. Contentment means ABSENCE OF WORRY. It is only when free from worry that the brain can act normally, up to its highest standard. The man content with small means does his best work, devotes his energies to that which is worth while, and not to acquiring that which (more…)

Tyler Perry Forgives His Abusive Father

May 17, 2009

Tyler Perry

I was very moved by Tyler Perry‘s story of forgiveness that appeared in Oprah magazine. It’s a powerful reminder that we get “stuck” and can’t move our life forward until we release the resentments we carry.

My father was a carpenter. He used his hands to pour concrete and hammer nails. He also used his hands to beat me.

I was a tall child, but sickly—I had asthma—and when I went to work with him, the sawdust made me cough. I preferred staying home, writing and drawing. I conjured up other worlds: worlds in which I didn’t worry about being poor, in which I was someone else’s child, a child who lived in a mansion and had a dog. My father—a man with a third-grade education who was orphaned at 2 and sent to work in the fields at 5—understood only the physical. He thought he could beat the (more…)

Laurie Baum: Protected, Guided and Mentored by Angels

May 16, 2009

Laurie Baum in front of the Self-Realization Fellowship temple in Encinitas, California

My good friend Laurie Baum, who, like me, follows the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi and founder of Self-Realization Fellowship, is a clairvoyant intuitive. I love the stories she’s told me about her angelic encounters and alternative healings, so I asked her if I could share them on my blog. To my delight, she agreed to write them up.

In yesterday’s post, she wrote of her physical and spiritual recovery from cancer. In today’s post, she shares stories of her angelic guidance and offers a primer on how to communicate with your own angels.

I’d like to mention that Laurie is also a licensed psychotherapist and astrological counselor in private practice in California. She is a former newspaper and news magazine reporter who is profiled in the books Psychic New York and The 100 Top Psychics in America.

Laurie is the author of A to Z Acrophonology: Discover the Power of the Letters in Your NameEverything You Need to Know About Your Astrology SignWhispers from the CosmosSacred Mysteries of Egypt, and Astrological Secrets for the New Millennium.

You can visit Laurie’s website for more information. For counseling appointments, click here to e-mail Laurie, or call her at (760) 753-7676. Thanks again, Laurie, for sharing your stories with me!

ange-flying-holding-little-girlFor as long as I can remember, I’ve talked to angels and they’ve talked to me. Sometimes I wonder how other people manage to get by without this angelic guidance.

Angels served many functions in my world as I was growing up. One of my earliest memories was when I was three years old, I was about to run out of my room, down the hall, and into the kitchen where my mother was cooking. When I was halfway down the hall, the angels cried out, “Laurie, run back to your room. Your mother is about to drop a glass bowl filled with food and if you’re in the room, she’ll blame you and punish you.” I turned around and ran back to my room, and sure enough, I heard the sound of a glass bowl shattering, food spattering all over the floor, and the sound of my mother screaming. I was spared being yelled at or hit by the intervention of my angels.

My angels would compensate for my parents’ erratic messages by (more…)