Archive for December, 2012

Merry Christmas from Encinitas!

December 25, 2012

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours! And may 2013 bring you all that you hope for!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to do my (more…)

Start the New Year Off Right with the “Inner Reflections” Calendar

December 21, 2012

inner-reflections-calendar-srfAfter relying on a Franklin Planner for fifteen years, I’m transitioning to the Inner Reflections engagement calendar. It’s far less expensive and gives me enough space to write all the notes I need. Plus, it’s gorgeous! Every two-page spread has the coming week laid out on one side and a beautiful nature photo on the facing page accompanied by an inspirational quote by Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Works for me! If you’d like to order a copy for yourself, click here.



If you’re interested, here is more info about the Inner Reflections calendar, courtesy of the publisher, Self-Realization Fellowship:

A one-of-a-kind collection of striking visuals and inspirational quotations, the 2013 edition of Self-Realization Fellowship’s award-winning INNER REFLECTIONS engagement calendar is now available. Featuring stunning scenery from the natural world paired with soul-soothing insights and words of encouragement, this spiritual calendar is a long-time favorite among consumers and retailers internationally—and it is a continually sought-after holiday gift item.

The calendar’s enduring quotes by Paramahansa Yogananda are suitably matched with breathtaking images from the world’s top nature photographers. Striking scenery—from the serene waters of the Caribbean to magnificent waterfalls of Iceland to a vast stretch of the Milky Way—is accessible with the turn of a page. For example:

• A palm tree stretches out horizontally atop white sands, its fronds seemingly aimed toward the sea’s turquoise waters in Virgin Islands National Park, St. John: “In the solitude of my inner silence I have found the paradise of unending Joy.”

• A polar bear lies back in (more…)

The Landfill Harmonic

December 20, 2012

What do you get when you mix poor children in Paraguay with garbage, ingenuity and a dream?

Beautiful (more…)

Instant Christmas Carols—Just Add People

December 19, 2012


Want to get in the Christmas spirit? Hang out at a mall. You never know when a choir might show up. Members of Journey of Faith, a church in Manhattan Beach, California, performed Christmas carols, flash mob-style, at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach on December 18, 2010.

Flash mobs can be fun and inspiring, but it should be noted that this (more…)

Collect Call from the Twilight Zone

December 8, 2012

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I still cannot believe this just happened. Two days ago, my friend Laurie Baum e-mailed me about an article she just read in a 1987 issue of Self-Realization magazine. I had loaned her a stack of pre-2000 issues that I have not yet read myself and she’s been making her way through them.

Here’s what Laurie wrote:

I  read a really interesting article in the Fall 1987 magazine that you gave me, written by Bryon Roberts, a local devotee, our age, who is a truck driver so is on the road most of the time. He wrote about how a speeding (more…)

Astrological Predictions for 2013 for Each Zodiac Sign

December 7, 2012
Laurie Baum

Laurie Baum

These astrological predictions for each zodiac sign for 2013 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 2013.

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.
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ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
You enjoy variety and change, and 2013 will not disappoint you as change-oriented Uranus moves through Aries throughout the year. You will be pleasantly surprised by the destinations you reach through serendipity. And you will become progressively accustomed to the accelerated pace of your life. Late April-May and October hold the greatest potential for transformational change due to a series of eclipses. Think about new directions you might like to go—the energy for change will be abundantly available. Consider (more…)

The Night Before X-Mess!

December 6, 2012

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Click here to order your copy of The Night Before X-Mess on iTunes for only 99 cents!


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Click on the audio player below to listen to my sister Cyn’s introduction.



Click on the audio player below to listen to an excerpt from my rendition of The Night Before X-Mess.


A CHERISHED FAMILY TRADITION

My sister Cyn and me with Grampo

My sister Cyn and me with our beloved Grampo

Back on August 9, 1941, my grandfather, Herb Bolsta, copyrighted two original parodies: The Night Before X-Mess and Casey at the Battiest. For many years, he (more…)

Laurie Baum’s Astrological Forecast for 2013

December 5, 2012
Laurie Baum

Laurie Baum

This comprehensive astrological forecast for 2013 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 article, Laurie integrates the wisdom of natural patterns in the heavens with spirituality and psychological insights.

Click here to read Laurie’s 2013 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 every area I could think of: health, relationships, finances, lessons in need of learning, major life changes to come. Not only did she nail everything—and I mean everything—about me, but she provided very helpful insights that will help me navigate the years ahead with more confidence and authority. It was uncanny: everything she told me aligned perfectly with what my intuition had long been telling me; but she also went far beyond that point and gave me much to think about. This reading with Laurie gave me a much deeper appreciation of the value of astrology and a more profound respect for its power. Thank you, Laurie!

NOTE: After this post appeared, Alan, a very spiritually minded friend of mine, e-mailed me: “Given your glowing recommendations I just sent Laurie an email requesting a reading.” Three days later, Alan sent me this note: “I had a wonderful astrology reading experience with Laurie. She was able to deliver insightful information in a comprehensive and compassionate manner. I found it timely and useful on many levels so I thank you for introducing me to her.”

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.




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2013 ASTROLOGICAL FORECAST
by LAURIE BAUM

I considered waiting until after December 21, 2012 (Winter Solstice), to write the 2013 astrological forecast— to make sure time hadn’t “ended” as foretold by the Mayan calendar. But in the spirit of optimism, I would like to share my usual new year forecast with you prior to the potential “end of time,” given that astrological indicators point toward a new year of positive growth in consciousness and an end of time as we have known it only. The Mayans actually predicted that a wave of spiritual energy would enter the magnetic field of the Earth on December 21, 2012. This wave of higher consciousness will benefit those who are ready to receive, even though it potentially will be resisted by those who are not ready to receive.

SPIRITUAL ALIGNMENT—SUMMER 2013—GRAND TRINE IN WATER SIGNS OF CANCER, SCORPIO AND PISCES
Indeed, a spiritual awakening is strongly indicated by astrological alignments in 2013, including a mid-summer celestial line-up of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune in the flowing water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Water signs revolve around feelings, which often serve as a bridge between our material aspirations and our spiritual yearnings—the sign of Cancer arouses spiritual feelings through home and family, Scorpio stirs spiritual connection through deep psychological exploration, and Pisces awakens our desire to transcend and be reunited with the Divine. Jupiter, which is oriented toward philosophy and spiritual teachings, brings us luck and expansion. Saturn, which is geared toward hard work, discipline, and the working out of karma, teaches important spiritual lessons. And Neptune mediates the energy of (more…)