Archive for April, 2011

My Video Interview With ThetaHealer Anke Banderski

April 30, 2011

Anke Banderski

I am happy to present an eighteen-minute video interview with Anke Banderski, the founder of Heart River Healing. Anke is a ThetaHealing practitioner and instructor, a Theta Yoga instructor, a Way of the Heart practitioner and a Passion Map facilitator. Anke, who lives and works in Encinitas, California, also (more…)

Tending Your Divine Flower Garden

April 29, 2011

I love this excerpt from a satsanga (Q&A) given by Sri Daya Mata, the longtime president of Self-Realization Fellowship. It drives home the point that your spiritual path will only take you as far as you take it. Enlightenment takes time and effort. As Beverly Sills noted, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” Here are Daya Ma’s insights from the Fall 2006 issue of Self-Realization magazine.

Sri Daya Mata

Seeking God is like tending a flower garden: You plant the seeds and wait patiently for the flowers to bloom; but if you also allow weeds to sprout up and remain, gradually those intruders will crowd out the good plants and take over the garden. When you want the blossoms of God’s presence, you have to (more…)

My Video Interview With Astrologer Laurie Baum

April 28, 2011

Laurie Baum

I enjoyed doing this nineteen-minute video interview with Laurie Baum, who is a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California.

In this insightful interview, Laurie answers questions such as:

• Does a person’s astrological chart provide information about current or potential medical conditions?
• Can astrology be used to solve family issues or relationship problems?
• Can an astrological chart reveal information about past lives?
• Can a person’s chart show them the best place to live or to travel to?
• Can people use their charts to decide whether or when to have children?
• Can astrology help us understand larger sociological, political or geopolitical trends?

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 (more…)

Javier Colon: “My Little Girl”

April 27, 2011

Javier Colon

I am a big sap, especially when it comes to daddy-and-daughter songs. And “My Little Girl” by Javier Colon packs an emotional wallop. Javier, who has already been hailed as an early favorite in NBC’s The Voice, has two little girls, which was a given. If he were not a dad, he could not have written this song or sung it with so much authenticity and emotional urgency. The last verse, which (more…)

The Magic Word

April 26, 2011

The law of attraction is absolute. It states that you are absolutely responsible for the circumstances of your life.

If you want to meet someone who can fix any situation you don’t like, who can bring you happiness in spite of what other people say or believe, look in a mirror, then say this magic word: “Hello.”
Richard Bach

Your responsibility begins with the thoughts you think about yourself. As self-employment advocate Barbara J. Winter noted, you (more…)

Razy Gogonea: Matrix Man!

April 25, 2011


Razy Gogonea

I found Razy Gogonea‘s April 23, 2011 audition for Britain’s Got Talent enjoyable not simply because of his ability, but because he wasn’t afraid to go after his dream. It’s guys like Razy who inspire others to work hard and dream big. You could tell (more…)

Steven Hall Gets a Standing O!

April 24, 2011

Steven Hall, a fifty-three-year-old telecommunications engineer, (more…)

Earnie Larsen—”I See Wonderful Things”

April 23, 2011

Earnie Larsen

Earnie Larsen, a pioneer in the field of addiction recovery, passed away on 1/11/11. He was a nationally known author and lecturer who produced more than eighty motivational self-help books, tapes and videos. More importantly, Earnie was a trusted friend to the thousands of people he had personally coached to sobriety, and to the untold thousands more who turned their lives around through Earnie’s books and talks.

My friend, Tom Gegax, who counted Earnie among his very best friends, told me that Earnie was a saint of a man. After watching this twenty-three-minute video, there’s no question that Tom’s assessment was spot on. I only wish I could have known Earnie. You’ll feel the same.

I pulled this eighty-seven-second clip from the complete video because it profoundly captures the essence of Earnie Larsen—his outstanding attitude and love for life, which were only heightened in the last months of his life. If you only have time for a quick introduction to Earnie, this will tell (more…)

Ballet + Circus = WOW!

April 22, 2011

This amazing performance of Swan Lake by the Chinese State Circus is a cross between Cirque du Soleil and the New York City Ballet. Breathtaking!

According to its Wikipedia page, the Chinese State Circus is a touring (more…)

Lissa’s Choice

April 21, 2011

Lissa Rankin

My blog buddy, Lissa Rankin, faced a tough choice this week. Did she make the right decision? Absolutely! There was no doubt in my mind that she would.

Here is Lissa’s account from her blog, Owning Pink.


Saturday night, I returned home from New York City after a whirlwind week of 20 TV appearances, eight interviews with magazine editors at Glamour, Woman’s Day, Health magazine, Shape and other hot-shot publications, a Get Out Of Your Own Way workshop, and meetings with agents. Sunday, I was busy packing with my family to go to Lake Tahoe for my daughter’s spring break and to Big Sur to celebrate Easter (which happens to land on my birthday this year). Then the phone rang, and I found out that a major national television show you’ve all heard of (more…)

The Last Smile

April 20, 2011

Cyn and I help Grampo celebrate his 64th birthday, fifty-two years ago today

It was the day after Christmas, 1971. I was fourteen and my sister, Cyn, was fifteen. Our family was at the Vets Hospital visiting Grampo, my dad’s father, who had spiraled into dementia after undergoing double-cataract surgery months earlier.

Our beloved Grampo was sitting in a wheelchair in his room, staring vacantly ahead. My sister and I were sitting patiently on his bed, waiting to go home. It had been a long time since Grampo had recognized any of us or demonstrated that any trace of the Grampo we knew and loved was still “in there.”

Suddenly, Grampo turned to look at Cyn and me . . . (more…)

Becky Sturm: Sinking Is Not an Option

April 19, 2011

Becky Sturm

As William Arthur Ward noted, “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” Like hundreds of thousands of others, Becky Sturm’s career was bodyslammed by the recession. But she not only got up off the mat, she fought back. I love never-say-die stories like this, in which an entrepreneur does whatever it takes to reinvent herself. Bravo, Becky!

During an interview with Becky, she told me her story:

Getting a loan to improve the cash flow of StormSister Spatique, my three-year-old St. Paul boutique, should have been a slam dunk. I had borrowed $20,000 from Cherokee Bank two years earlier and paid it back in eleven months. So when my banker called and told me my loan request had been denied, I laughed and said, “You (more…)

A Wild and Crazy Interview With Steve Martin

April 18, 2011

I love Steve Martin! Back in the mid-70s, each of his appearances on Saturday Night Live was an Event with a capital E.

In this January 2009 interview on NPR‘s Fresh Air to promote his memoir, Born Standing Up, (which I thoroughly enjoyed), Martin was both inspirational and humorous. This is the core message I took away: When you believe in yourself, you find a way to turn everything into motivation—evan what other people would find hurtful or discouraging, such as parental disdain, audience disconnect and agent criticism.

On a more superficial level, his recorded bits during this interview still make me laugh out loud!

Click on the audio player below to listen to the thirty-seven-minute (more…)

Have Teeth, Will Draw

April 17, 2011

Doug Landis at work

A high school wrestling accident rendered Doug Landis a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. Concerned that Doug was spending too much time in front of the TV, his brother Monte challenged Doug to draw and placed a pencil in Doug’s mouth.

Magic time.

Doug combined his love for animals with his new passion. His “Vanishing Breeds” series has been exhibited in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Brussels, Belgium.

Here are two of Doug’s drawings. Click here to see (more…)

Another Fine Mess

April 16, 2011


The incomparable Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

My sister and I loved watching Laurel and Hardy films when we were growing up. Genius. Pure genius. She just alerted me to this twenty-two seconds of home-movie footage of Stan and Ollie from 1956. Stan was recovering nicely from a stroke at the time and Oliver had lost 150 pounds after having a heart attack. According to one of Stan’s letters, Oliver was also (more…)

The Power of Every Prayer

April 15, 2011

Deep healing occurs when you initiate a loving prayer and allow divine intelligence to do with it what it will. In the end, every prayer you offer up serves the highest good of the person you are praying for.

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.

Your intercessory prayer bridges any (more…)