Happy Holidays

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I hope everyone has a happy holiday season and enjoys time with their friends and families. I’ve been busy writing my second book. I will resume my blog in January. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and share it with friends and family.

Miscellaneous: Updates

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I just realized yesterday that I haven’t blogged for a month. Time flies when life intervenes. I have most spent my time doing painting on my apartment building and other related indoor/outdoor activity. But I haven’t forgotten my blog. Far from it! I have also been researching what I need to do to turn my early blogs into a book.

I previously self-published a book about my childhood n 2012 titled Pauly’s Mother: A Story of Childhood Loss and Recovery. You can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. So writing and self-publishing are not new to me. In fact I knew when I started my blog I would turn it into another book. And even though I’ve been through this before, the publishing industry is changing so quickly that I realized I wanted to self-publish differently this time. So that’s why I needed to do more research. At this point in time I expect to have it published no later than end of first quarter 2015. I’ll keep you informed.

My last blogs had to do with allergies. I am happy to say that I was able to get through the allergy season without the use of allergy pills – no pharmaceuticals. As noted before, I started using a neti pot and that made all the difference in the world. I highly recommend you try it if you have airborne allergies. I think of it as a miracle, even though people have been using it in the Far East for, probably, centuries. It’s yet another example of Ancient Wisdom.

Speaking of which, I have also been taking an online course in Curanderismo, which is Spanish for ‘folk medicine’, It is offered by the University of New Mexico and is eight weeks long. I will take my last online class today or tomorrow. While it won’t make you into a healer (curandero or curandera), it is a wonderful overview of Native American and Mexican American healing techniques, including the use of natural herbs. I find the herbal information especially interesting.

Well, that’s all that’s new for now. I will be back to continue my blogs as I incorporate those efforts with my book writing project. Have a great week. I’ll be blogging on a regular basis again soon.

Buzz, buzz, buzz, busy as a bee.

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That’s how I have felt for the past several weeks. I have been painting  a two story staircase on the north side of my apartment building. It takes 20 to 24 man/woman hours each summer. At this point I have completed about 16 to 18. Then I am painting the siding as well in places where the paint has worn thin. I’ll finish that tomorrow morning, I hope. After that I move on to the outside doors. There are five of them. They are faded and I have to repaint them … purple. At least it’s a colorful job.

In addition I have been doing the grass every week. With the rain we’ve had, it is in dire need of a cut each and every week.

I’ve spent pleasant time with family and friends too. And there are a couple of elderly friends who are in need of moving to new quarters. Fortunately there are six men involved in the move. Since I am the elder statesman of the group, I will allow the younger fellows to demonstrate their manliness on the heavier objects. Kind of me, isn’t it?

So now you’ve heard my litany of complaints; really just work that must be done in certain timeframes. If I don’t get the outside work done before August 15th I will be partially incapacitated by ragweed allergies. I don’t know which is worse, the ailment or the medicine that, over time, reduces my mental effectiveness. That reminds me about the time I hung the snow blower on hooks in the garage to get it out of the way. When I finished, the wheels were three feet off the ground and I was the only one who could get it down.That was in allergy season. My allergy medicine did that; that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I’m working on another blog tonight which I will schedule for tomorrow. It is about a recent omen in my life. Hope you ae enjoying this unseasonably nice weather we are having … blue skies, fair-weather clouds and mild temperatures; feels like Wisconsin or Michigan weather.

Happy Fourth of July

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I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July. Since we associate the idea of independence with this celebration, I will pose this question. We associate our freedoms with independence. What is the most important freedom we have? I’ll give you my opinion in Monday’s blog.

Have a wonderful day!


Happy Birthday Spirit Walking Journal


One year ago I started blogging Spirit Walking Journal. I had no idea how long I could keep it going or even if I could actually blog three days a week which was my goal. I’ve been fortunate to find a lot of information to read, see on TV and to pass along to my readers. Thanks to all of you who read my humble ramblings and thanks especially to those of you who take the time to comment on Spirit Walking Journal.

For the next week I am taking some time off to visit family, but I am also hoping to expand my horizons and continue to find new and interesting ideas to share. I will be back at my desk in early July, looking forward to keeping on keeping on. May God bless all of you, your families and your friends and may God provide you all with the abundance our earth can provide.

Happy Birthday SWJ!


Communicating With Nature: A Robin

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Today is January 3rd and there are no robins hopping around in the snow and cold. But this blog is from my journal, dated July 18, 2013.

Because of the hot spell  we are having I decided to start trimming the bushes around 9:00 AM. The temperature was already in the 80’s. I have lots of bushes in front of the house so it took me 40 minutes with an electric trimmer to get them in shape. My t-shirt and baseball cap were soaked with sweat and my arms were tired from holding the trimmer chest high to get the bushes trimmed at the height I wanted. I still had all the clean up to do, but I thought I’d put the trimmer away before raking and packing the trimmings into leaf bags. I wound up the electric cord, picked up the trimmer and headed down the driveway toward my back yard.

Halfway to the yard I approached a robin, sitting in the middle of the driveway. He didn’t move as I approached but instead watched me curiously. As I passed him I saw his beak was open. He looked so thirsty I said, “Oh, honey, you look like you could use a drink.” I walked past and he stayed there, watching me. I suddenly wondered where he could get a drink. We were in a dry spell and there were no puddles or birdbaths in the area.

When I entered the back yard I filled up an old bird bath and two plastic paint trays with water and put them in the shade. Then I put the trimmer and cord in the shed and went inside where the two widow air conditioners were humming away. As I passed the sink I realized I was terribly thirsty so I slowly drank two large, cool glasses of water. I had to laugh as I reflected about my robin friend. Was he telling me he was thirsty? Or was he telling me, “Hey. Buddy, you look thirsty. Why don’t you go inside and have a nice cool drink?”

Later in the afternoon I saw several birds, including a robin, drink out of the containers in the shade.  I felt good. It’s important for us to take care of ourselves as well as our animal friends when the weather gets extreme. Speaking of which, I need to stop and get some birdseed tomorrow and put it out for my winter friends so they can keep warm during this frigid weather we are experiencing.

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