Archive for March, 2009

Shim Sham in Maine!!

On the lighter side, here’s avideo clip of a number of friends doing the shim sham in Maine for Frankie Manning’s 95th birthday!! 😀

Obama Deception??

Now, I’m not a huge fan of propaganda, but I’ve matured to the point that I will consider other viewpoints.  I read Obama’s “Audacity of Hope” before he became the democratic nominee and I was ecstatic throughout the campaign, the final election, inauguration and even the first week or so hearing “President Obama” on the radio made me smile.  Also, Obama happens to be in southern California today/tomorrow.

Recently I started getting tired of hearing the same old stuff from him, wishing he could say what was really on his mind and stop passing these ridiculous financial packages.  Today I found a video explaining some of my frustration.  It may be a little overzealous, but I sense a certain amount of truth in it, namely, that Obama is simply a salesman telling the American people what they want to hear in order for the corporations to pass legislation that will ultimately benefit them, creating the World Bank and a new world order.  They compared it to Hitler, Stalin and some Chinese dictator I’ve never heard of before.  It concerns me, but I’m still not sure what I can do, so I give you the link to watch the movie for yourself.  It is almost 2 hours longs, so settle in.  Let me know what you think

Cranky Designs

I have to brag about how cool my friends are.  One of my good friend’s company was featured in Media Life Magazine.  She and her husband own Cranky Designs, which is an innovative way to advertise through wrapping (cars, elevators, port-a-potties).  They’ve been featured in a number of articles, have top-name clients and even get to travel to do their work.  I just shake my head in disbelief and smile whenever I hear something new coming along for them.  I’ve never liked advertising, but they bring it to a whole new level filled with energy and inspiration!  You can see the most recent article by following the link below.

Media Life Magazine

Dharma Punx by Noah Levine

This was my latest book.  The most unique part is I have attended a few of the meditation sessions LA and I bought the book directly from Noah and his organization.  The first time I went, Noah was there, but 2 other people led the meditation and dharma talk.  I hadn’t read his book yet and I was too nervous to speak to him.  Then this week he wasn’t there.  Booo, (learning to accept the way things are and not wanting then to be different).  I’m looking forward to hearing him talk.  I’ve listened to some of his talks online (againstthestream), but it’s different in person.  The few things he said the first week I went resonated with me deeply even though they were just “house keeping” words.  He has a profound quality of beingness and humility.  Now that I’ve read his book (Dharma Punx) I…I…I’m not sure what I’d say to him.  His book was amazing.  The writing itself was relatively immature, but the content more than made up for it.  I bought 2 more copies this week to give to friends and family.  The book is his memoir of growing up in pain, wanting to die since age 5 and then discovering drugs, alcohol and punk rock as ways to kill the pain and let out his aggression.  Amazingly, he was able to turn himself around, starting at 17yo.  His efforts are so sincere and his emotions are so raw, I cried numerous times while reading the book.  Now he’s a psychological, Buddhist counselor and I believe he’s still working with inmates.  It will be an honor to meet him.

I’ll be in the LA area for 2 more weekends.  My sister will be here the last weekend and if I still haven’t spoken to him, she coming with me!!

Motivation

What motivates me?? That question makes me LOL because my motives have changed throughout the years and sometimes sound a little ludicrous to me. 🙂 Initially, I was motivated to go to undergrad both out of ideal beliefs that I could save the environment from the soils of society. I was motivated out of fear, believing if I didn’t go to college, I wouldn’t be happy , have enough money. And I went to college simply because “It was what I was supposed to do” since I was always in the college-prep classes in high school due to my “exemplary intelligence”. I quit college after 2.5 years, motivated by fear and discontent and intrigued by the thought that I COULD quit and steer my life in any direction I wanted. During the winter after I quit school, I worked at Pinkham Notch and met J. After a year in “the working world” aka working at Pinkham notch, on a farm, cafe and greenhouse, I did one semester of adult education at Vermont College, realizing how much I LOVED organic chemistry (I had one semester of it before quiting) and that Vermont College was not were I was going to satisfy my nerdy desires. 6 months later I was enrolled at UNH for a degree in Biochemistry and my eventual disillusionment of the scientific community as the place where all questions could be answered. It was also at UNH where I learned about osteopathic medicine and I thought it was the perfect combination of medical knowledge/practice and an openness to the more spiritual side of healing. Today, my motivations include

1. A desire for basic medical competence to gain/maintain respect by my peers, my patients and my educators as well as for me to feel grounded in the workings of medical practice

2. Enhance my palpation and osteopathic treatment skills to boost my confidence and ultimately help to alleviate the suffering of my patients

3. learn as much as I can about myself and my own health in order to assist others to fully realize their own health. This includes spiritual and physical health.