30 September, 2006

Doin' What Comes Naturally..

Well, I never know how often to write on this. I don't want to blab and bore so I try to keep a few days inbetween posts. I had some rough days emotionally this week and watched myself process and heal. There has been no joy in Mudville and I was ready to have that be different.

On Friday night,there was a big powwow at church. So I made a clear intention of a full release for all concerned. I lit a brand new, special candle; I held the mala beads that Brother Lawrence had gifted me and I prayed; and I knew that once that was complete, so was I.

Here it is Saturday, Sept. 30th. I gifted myself with the month of September off from doing anything official and allowed myself some R & R. I made an agreement with the Universe that starting in October, I would be ready to receive the insights and guideposts as to what I am to do, where I am to go; and how I am to serve.

Therefore, today had a twinge of "summer vacation is over" and time to go back to school or work. And indeed, that is true. It starts with my oppotunity tomorrow to be the guest speaker at Light of Life Church in Rancho Bernardo. Back in the saddle again. It will be interesting to see how I like the ride.

And since I am doing my life differently these days, I made a choice to go out tonight. I think that since I have been a working minister, I can count on one hand the amount of times that I went out socially or played on a Saturday night before doing a Sunday service. Our Padres helped uplift the day with their win and clinch my decision for tonight. Petco's Park at the Park was showing a free screening of "The Natural" on the big screen. And I was waffling about whether or not to go. When the Pads won, I decided that was a great incentive to be watching a classic baseball movie on the major win tonight that sends us to the playoffs. So when Billie called to see if I still wanted to go, I said YES! After all, tomorrow I am talking about W.W.E.D?. And I thought to myself what would Ernest do? Ernest Holmes was a very social fellow and loved being with friends and having fun, so I don't doubt for a second he would turn out such a serendipitous opportunity to go to the stadium with another baseball FANatic and watch this film.

Billie and I brought our blankets and jackets and snacks and cheered and cried and applauded. It didn't matter that we had seen the film, knew the ending--we were outside the stadium where BASEBALL is really played and we were there to support our team and our passion.

Now for the clincher-----as you walk into the park, the sponsor Westfield Shopping Mall, hands you a booklet with coupons, ads and a raffle number. I pulled out my glasses to read our numbers for later. I quietly said in my mind, "I am willing to win this" and let it go. And yes, just as Robert Redford hit that homerun in the last of the 9th on a ful count, mine was the winning raffle number!!! I won a gift cetificate to the Westfield Shopping Mall at Horton Plaza (THANK YOU) and two free movie passes to Regent Cinema. WAAAHHHHOOOOO!! Is that totally cool or what?

And that is exactly what Ernest would have done--gone out with a dear friend, had a good time and left on a Grand Slam.

25 September, 2006

Rosh Hashanah +

That's Happy New Year to you. And I like the idea of a New Year no matter what culture or religion.
Behold, I make all things new. Ta da!

Ramadan began. Oh, and there is a lovely (free) art exhibit outside the museum in Balboa Park. Wonderful photograph that young people took to showcase their lives or the world as they see it. Part of the AJA Project.

The wonderful Adams Avenue Street Fair was also this weekend. Always fun and always glad to have the streets and parking spaces back when it's over.

And yesterday was the 5th Annivesary of the Midtown Church of Religious Science! WOW. CONGRATULATIONS to Rev. Kevin and your community.

What a powerful weekend and Equinox.

My thoughts for today are a bit all over the map--many things have come across my desk or my mind that I want to share.

In reading the current issue of Consumer Reports, I was alarmed to see the information that auto insurance companies (have been and ) are basing rate quotes on people's credit rating scores! Argh. Besides the fact that the methodology is probably going to make it harder for certain groups of people, I am un-thrilled that the auto insurance companies are doing this slightly covertly. They will not reveal to you, the consumer, what that scoring number is and how they determined your projection as a potential claimant. Certainly, this can benefit some drivers but I worry that it will penalize more people than benefit.

Yesterday, I was chatting with a friend who is in high school, and she shared with me that there is now a requirement for students to submit their written essays, reports and themes to a new website which electronically scans their work to determine any level of potential plagerism. What????? It seems there is a devised system that will flag for the teachers if a students work 'appears' to be lifted from printed or electronic works anywhere. Well there goes the One Mind facet. If one happens to access the One Infinite Intelligence that may have already known iteself through another's expression, it might flag you for plagerism. I googled this little tidbit and sure enough, it now exists at the college level, too. Although, to me, that makes a bit more sense. Extra efforts to ensure a thesis or masters project was original seems valid. But somehow, this is all unsettling to me.

How could I let this powerhouse weekend pass without acknowleding our very own Padre closing pitcher #51, Trevor Hoffman and his record-breaking save yesterday. A living legend! WOW. His jersey is now going to Cooperstown. I so want to go to Cooperstown one day.
Way to go trevor, Thank you.

And this being Sept. 25th--Happy Birthday to my landlady, Rachel; Happy Anniversary to Reni & James Williams..and a nod to Sept. 25th, 1983.



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