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01/21/07 12:37 - 18ºF - ID#37800

Duck duck goose!

Earlier this morning, I brought myself up to speed on some local and international news while enjoying a cup of Seattle Dark at Wegman's. Hillary Clinton has officially tossed her hat in the ring for the 2008 Presidential Race, which I'm sure will be met with grave reaction from the likes of my father, the prototype middle-class Conservative Catholic suburban father of three man. My brother, sister and I roasted him a couple summers ago for his 60th birthday and created a spoof on the Budweiser "Real Men of Genius" ad campaign. It was hilarious. We recorded it on video and should have it converted to digital file so I can upload it here in my vids archive. In other news, the bike path rapist suspect has been arraigned on all counts over the last 25 years of unsolved cases. Whether or not the po-po got their man is of little interest to me. People want to think to that by removing someone from society it will somehow serve to make the world a safer place. But it don't work that way. There will be another to take his place. And women who wish to remain out of harm's way are best advised to apply the principles of The Secret. This might sound harsh, but I speak from a space of experience as a victim of a near fatal attack years ago while in college. I made myself a victim based on my sustained thoughts and feelings. Now I'm in an entirely different reality, if not dimension. And I am most grateful.

Also in the bulky Sunday edition was a piece in the Escapes and Getaways section on timeshares and vacation clubs. I was somewhat shocked to read of the investment required to acquire a share in some of the world's most notable and luxurious locations. You're looking at anywhere from about $13K to $25K plus annual maintenance fees over typically a 48 year term. There are of course wonderful amenities and flexibility with scheduling and trading options with comparable global destinations; however, clearly such places are the playground for the affluent and leisure class. I was inspired to investigate the subject further as part of my freelance travel intentions. I have in mind something of a travel guide or review, like perhaps a couple's guide to narrow down the niche. Tell me that wouldn't be a fantasy come true to go on tour of first-class facilities and exotic locales and get paid for it!

Among the plethora of emails in my inbox this morning was the latest newsletter from International Living, an on-line and off-line magazine offering a host of investment opportunities and information for the world traveler. In today's edition they are offering exclusive membership in the IL World Club, which includes perks like discounts on IL events and "red carpet" treatment at the most posh of venues worldwide. They are offering only 100 memberships for 2007 for a mere $4K. I'm tempted to just go for it and board the Express Train, although of course I have reservations about charging such a sum of cash to my AMEX card. I've been considering attending the AWAI Lucrative Traveler's Conference next month in Ft. Lauderale as well, which would likely run me about $2K for conference fees, lodging, airfare and food over 3 nights and 4 days. So I inquire of myself as I go deeply into contemplation, "What am I afraid of? Am I allowing fear to make my choice, either to go or to forgo?" These are questions with answers not always readily distinguished. I can remain in my current lifestyle indefinitely and there's nothing wrong with that choice. Or I can explore the burning desire within my spirit to put myself out there into the international scene and satisfy the quest for experience, knowledge and self-actualization. Reminds me of Dr. Suess, "Oh the places you'll go..."

I spoke with my man Gordon from western Mass. yesterday who called to say hello and mention that he's looking to return here to make some cash offering his tree trimming services. He was stoked about the Patriots making another Super Bowl run, although I confessed I'm rooting for Peyton Manning and the Colts in today's AFC championship game. I asked him what he's been doing to line up work and he replied that he made a couple calls that show some promise, but nothing concrete. I suggested that perhaps I can explore selling some jobs and make it worth his while to come to town. So now I'm mulling over running an ad in the local Bee Group classifieds perhaps at the cost of better than a $100 depending on the size and number of words. There's still a lot of trees requiring attention in the wake of the October Surprise Storm and we stand well-positioned to attract a portion of the cash on the table. If I can line up a few weeks of work for the month of February and the weather continues to cooperate as it has I could feasibly make myself a few grand and apply it toward my freelance ventures. I could also use the money to build a landscape service, or perhaps a combination of both.

The vision I've held for several years now is working 8-9 months out of the year and having winters for sabbatical. One scenario I've considered is continuing in the landscape profession, which is seasonal from the months of March thru November, and then having December thru February to develop my travel writing career. Hmm, I can see it coming together now. It would be easy to get overwhelmed and lost in the possibilities, but the trick is to just keep going and trying new things. I know I have control issues, which is really about feeling empowered. I need to trust my intentions and moreover, trust how the Universe shall line it up for me. This is exciting and should be fun. Who knows? I might wind up on Oprah someday as a featured guest on mastering the law of attraction. I had to sneak that prayer in there too. Call me narcissistic, but really, who doesn't like being the center of attention?

One Love

Got the winter blues?

January 21, 2007
Sooner Begun, Sooner Fun
Libra Daily Horoscope

Your dependable nature will likely serve you well today as you endeavor to address your routine obligations both quickly and capably. Because this attitude can inspire you to get your work done before transitioning your attention to playful pursuits, you may find you derive more pleasure than usual from fun. The freedom you feel upon crossing the last items off your day's agenda can surprise you. You may feel compelled today to test your newly-developed theories regarding work and play at home and on the job. While your main concern is likely maintaining a mindset of reliability, you may discover that the recreational activities in which you normally take pleasure become even more enjoyable when you can concentrate wholeheartedly on them.

When we habitually make an effort to address challenging or taxing duties before pursuing life's pleasures, we can enjoy ourselves with clear heads and hearts. The factors that most often interfere with our ability to appreciate play are related to our relationship with our obligations. Fun becomes a top priority only when we are confident that we have taken care of our responsibilities. Thus, reliability carries with it a gift that permits us to achieve work/life balance easily because we, by our conscientiousness, have made room in our lives for obligations as well as play. We can fully immerse ourselves in our enjoyment, never needing to give mind to unfulfilled responsibilities because we are consistently thorough in our steadfastness. As you have put your domestic and career obligations before your personal pleasure today, you can easily have fun without worrying.

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01/20/07 02:01 - 19ºF - ID#37791

Secret Society

It's afternoon on an arctic, though sunny Saturday. I finally got to catch up on a sleep deficit from the previous night's all-nighter, although I'm not quite there yet. I got up this morning only to return to bed for more sleep until about 8:30, but I was still groggy. Even now I can feel my body seeking more rest. Fortunately, the weather is looking to cooperate as the snow off the lakes has dissipated with the remainder mainly well south in ski country. I could really use another full night's sleep to recover. It's amazing how much one disrupted night affects my rhythm. Thank God we didn't have to go out again last night.

The weather on the ride to Rochester last night made for moderately hazardous driving conditions. Tara and I enjoyed some wonderful conversation on the way to meet up with friends for dinner, as well as on the return trip home. It wasn't until about halfway there that we discovered neither one of us had directions to our destination. She had set up a massage with Christopher to precede dinner, but assumed I knew how to get to he and Julie's home. I had never been there before and since we we're meeting up there rather than at the restaurant I didn't even bother to bring directions. It was funny. It might have been a nuisance back in the days before cell phones had become as common as, if not moreso, than a wristwatch. We got our directions and after some difficulty following them we required further guidance from a local gas station attendant who provided us the final steps on the route.

Christopher and Julie have created quite a lovely mulit-purpose living space, including running a holistic center out of it, The Balance Point, where they offer massage, energy work, tai chi and group functions pertaining to spirituality and wellness. Julie's father was in the midst of receiving a massage as we visited over tea. I was feeling the exhaustion creep up on me and considered migrating to the spare bedroom for a nap. However, I hung around and felt invigorated after the mint tea. We made merry with laughter and innuendo, par for the course when I'm in the mix, and set the foundation for a truly delightful evening. I even went so far as to make a perverted comment when her father came out from the massage asking Kate, the massage therapist, if she found a handkerchief among the sheets following the session. I said, "I didn't know you guys offer happy endings here?" Her father didn't appear to catch the joke and it also went over Kate's head until Julie reiterated later after her father exited. So she slapped twice, once for her and once for Kate. You just never know what might come out of my mouth, or appear in my blog.

Christopher had excused himself for a bath before his massage and once ready he and Tara relocated to the back room. Julie took a shower while I checked my email on her iMac. Upon emerging zestfully clean she and I enjoyed intimate conversation while Christopher was getting his massage. I shared with her details of what's been going on for me in recent months, the profound transformation and shift into higher energy states and consciousness. She seemed attentive taking sufficient interest to google my astrological chart on-line and provide for me a brief report. I had sent her a friend request earlier from myspace and noticed on her profile that she's a Leo. I remarked to her that Leos are my favorite and that I nearly married one many years ago. Had it been a different period in my life where I was in a space to do so I would have most certainly closed the deal. Megan was a great woman and we enjoyed a deep connection, including communication and sexuality. But alas, that was then and this now. I haven't so much as heard a word from her in years, and while I think nothing but fondly of her, I've no lingering regret. It went the way it was supposed to and now that I am coming into my own I'm in a much better space to enter into a long-term union with my Queen of Queens. In the meantime, I've never more enjoyed the bachelor life than I am now.

Everything proceeded in a timely fashion and we we're on our way to dinner on schedule. Our friend Michele called as were en route inquiring of our whereabouts and wondering if dinner had been cancelled. Julie reassured her directing her to a clock noting that it was not yet 7 PM, the agreed upon time to meet. Setting appointments and being on time is one of my strongest points. I am rarely late and when I am it is typically a situation where there was a loosely agreed upon time frame between me and another party. I much prefer establishing set times for all my engagments and honoring my word by being on time. In such a way I enable the Universe to conspire even more in my favor, which was palpable for the duration of the evening's flow.

Upon arrival it was obvious that Michele was a bit wound up. Once we were seated in the rear corner of the restaurant she proceeded to ramble on with enthusiasm about her adventures in Spain with a physical therapist. She noted the striking beauty of Barcelona going on at length about her new found love, the pros and cons. I was admiring the mural scene spread out over an entire wall depicting perhaps a native Ethiopian village with thatched roof abodes set in the jungle habitat. Michele asked how I'd been doing and to make a long story short I explained that I'm in a really great relationship with myself. I went on to assert that things are coming together as I set intention without any doubt of it manifesting. I mentioned that it's imminent and she asked, "What's that?" I responded with the dictionary definition, "About to happen," which was met with laughter and a high five from Julie as Michele looked perplexed. She wanted to know what specifically, "it" was and I explained that I'm staying open to whatever "it" will be within the stated intention of living effortlessly. The tone of the conversation had been set for the remainder of the evening with many tales shared amongst the five beautiful mirrors in attendance.

If you're ever in Rochester do yourself a favor and pay a visit to Abyssinia. It was my first experience with authentic Ethiopian cuisine- and it won't be my last I might add- so I've nothing to compare it to. Rest assured, we were absolutely treated to a five star meal and hospitality with two platters the size of a large pizza covered in an array of tangy delights. Our mouths burst with flavor as we each made it plenty known the degree of ectasy with giggles and moans. It didn't take long for us to scarf down the contents scooping it up with our hands in tightly rolled thin slices of pastry-like bread resulting in satisfied palettes and appetites. Christopher and I each enjoyed a strong cup of fresh brewed Ethiopian coffee flavored with cinammon and cloves. It was a potent and peculiar flavor, though splendid indeed. We made sure to inform our server of our gratitude and intention to return once again. He seemed pleased and honored as we departed.

Tara had suggested that we go somewhere for dessert, which was more a gesture expressing interest to continue enjoying one another's company than it was an interest in further sustenance. Julie directed us to Java's, a hip, eclectic coffee house in the city proper, replete with funky artwork on the walls, dimly lit ambiance and a crowd of upstate New Yorkers heartily gathered on a winter's eve. We ordered drinks and confections before taking up space in another corner location adjacent a piano and picture window. The conversation revolved around consciousness as we took turns sharing what it is we are intending for our lives as we ponder the possibilities for bright futures. We also shared some of our struggles and misgivings, in so doing offering a space of support and compassion with feedback. I joked how I felt like we we're a secret society meeting to commiserate and pontificate, noting how we had created a sphere with no other patrons immediately seated nearby despite a full house. I was in such a sense of gratitude in the moment realizing how blessed I am to have attracted such amazing people into my life. Michele offered me her services with a "reiki attunement" and so we made plans to meet again in a couple weeks with perhaps another trip to Abyssinia. I was grateful that the wintry weather had dissipated for the drive home as Tara and I continued the insightful nature of the evening's interaction in tandem. Upon arriving home I hugged her good night and went straight to bed out like a Christmas light.

I could actually go for a power nap right about now. I really don't sleep during the day, but I do manage to sit in my soul chair, close my eyes and rejuvenate periodically during this introspective season of setting intention we know as winter. I made plans to meet up with (e:theecarey) at Spot to reconvene for our vision board project. She's without a car at the present moment pleasantly stranded in Buffalo. My brother is due in later this afternoon and we'll be dining together with my parents. I also have tentative plans to meet up with Andrea later in the evening for a "date." I'm not sure where we shall meet or what we shall do, but I'm mainly curious to see if there's any chemistry. It would be nice to have a "girlfriend" but I'm not attached to an outcome. At this point it really doesn't matter. I'm so in love with Sean that everything else is a bonus. So long as I stay out of my own way and resist the urge to micro-manage the Universe my life is effortless. And I've got a hunch that many "bonuses" are on the way to be received.

One Love

January 20, 2007
New Realms of Thought
Libra Daily Horoscope

Feelings of youthful abandon can lift your spirits today, inspiring you to seek out opportunities to enjoy yourself. As your day's agenda may not allow you to toss aside your obligations, you may find yourself facing a unique situation in which you are desperate for fun yet anchored to a long list of mature responsibilities. Thus, this can be the perfect time to integrate play into your daily life through creative thought. If you cannot play games, you can turn your work into a game by challenging yourself to outdo your previous performance or engage in showdowns with amiable colleagues. You may discover today that your focus on play allows you to explore new ideas without feeling restricted by notions of correctness.

Play can be a wonderfully potent antidote to the hardening of the heart that often accompanies maturity because it gives us a means of exploring new ideas in a safe and non-threatening fashion. When we engage in playful behaviors, our imaginations are pressed into service as a matter of course and we can fully investigate concepts that initially strike us as unrealistic or bizarre. Because we are not subject to our usual limitations during games and imaginative play, our minds are free to wander into realms where notions both beautiful and fanciful dwell. Oftentimes, these creative and strange ideas become the seeds of refined, workable plans that enable us to approach our personal and professional objectives with flair. As you play today, you will find that your musings transport you to new worlds of creativity and focused thoughtfulness.

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01/17/07 07:23 - 24ºF - ID#37748

Sweat Lodge

Hope this post doesn't make the natives restless, no pun intended:)

Buffalotribe Lodge at Ehk-wheh-heh- weh
Sunday January 21st at 9am, fire starts around 6:30 / 7am.

Your presense is always appreciated when you show up early whether you're helping out with the fire or not. It's nice to have people around.
This is my last scheduled lodge to pour at Ekwh for the Buffalotribe lodges. The one year commitment that we made with Tahwehdahqui will be up next month, Feb. 2007. Christopher Sierzchula is scheduled to pour that lodge (Feb. 18th). I was going to do that one but I'm going on vacation for 3 weeks in February so I switched with Christopher. Thanks Chris!
I would love to share this sweat with you if you feel called to come. You don't have to sweat in order to participate in the experience. If you're wanting to come check it out, but not ready to do a lodge, you're welcome to come hang out by the fire (help or not help with the fire and the door to the lodge), or keep warm in the kitchen / classroom building where we will be having a potluck after the lodge.
Suggested donation is $10. However, all are welcome, with or without a financial contribution. In case you're wondering what happens to the money, most of it goes to Tahwehdahqui to pay for resources to use the lodge, and the building, as well as to add to a fund that has been going for the new bathroom we're in the process of building.
Please bring a dish to pass for after the lodge. Please take home everything that you bring (except the food that we eat, that might be a little difficult to get back. ) Bring drinking water, warm clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, a towel or two is a good idea, a plastic bag to put your wet clothes in after the lodge, loose light clothes to wear in the lodge - shorts, tank tops, etc.. Feel free to call me if you have any questions.
A sweat lodge is a traditional native american purification ceremony. It is done outside, next to a fire that heats up the rocks which are brought into the lodge before each round. There are four rounds sybolizing the four directions, or four stages of life. You are welcome to leave the lodge anytime you need to but once you leave you have to wait until the next round to re-enter, unless you are a dog (we have a sweat lodge dog, Jack, who comes and goes as he pleases, no kidding). Look forward to seeing you!
Peace and Blessings,
Laura Jean
716 465-7408

p.s. - I hope to lead more lodges at Ekwh after this one, but I can not promise anything at this point as it depends on more than just me. You will be notified if there are more buffalotribe lodges scheduled after Feb. Either way, Tahwehdahqui pours lodges near or on the Full Moon every month, as well as during gatherings in the summer, and on New Years eve every year at Midnight after the fireworks. He has been an amazing teacher in my life and a good friend as well.

From the 90, take 290 west to Niagara Falls Blvd.
Turn Right on NFB, heading North on 62
Continue on NFB, and then turn Right on 425
Turn Left on 31 (Saunders Settlement Rd., also called Witmer Rd off of the 190)
Take 31 West and turn Right just before Smokin Joes
This road is called Chew Rd, but may not be marked. If you get to Smokin Joes you wen to far, it's the road just before Smokin Joes on the Right.
Then Take your First Right onto Printup Rd. (also may not be marked, but it's the First Right), as you turn Right onto Printup you'll see a driveway on your left. That is where you turn. Ekwh is on the corner of Printup and Chew. Turn Right on Printup, and Left into the Driveway and you are there.
2323 Printup Rd. Sanborn NY 14132
(I also sent a yahoo map to buffalotribe. )

Give yourself a gift & call Laura Jean for a massage! 716 465-7408
www.geocities. com/earthloveljc

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01/17/07 10:24 - 17ºF - ID#37739

I'll Follow The Sun

We're finally experiencing a true Buffalo winter with ice-coated trees making for splendid photo opps, particularly when the sunlight illuminates creating a sparkling effect, like something out of a storybook. So the temps have turned cold and so have our beloved Buffalo Sabres who hope to eclipse a three game winless streak with a visit tonight by the Beantown Bruins. I really do love hockey and long for a return to the days of playing on the pond after school. But that was then and this is now. It just doesn't get any better than right here right now. I could really feel it this morning during my meditation. I was visualizing a golden stream of "exotic matter" entering into me through the crown chakra, bathing my aura and cleansing any impurities. When I came out of it I felt so incredibly high, an all-natural high to be sure.

I flipped on my laptop and was challenged shortly thereafter to remain above the line upon reading a response to one of my posts at (e:strip), just one of many social networking sites where I'm active. I could feel my ego craving to go down below the line with this individual, which I did for a brief period. Once the truck warmed up I headed out for my morning coffee and newspaper ceremony at Wegman's on Sheridan Dr. I was pondering how I might respond to this "criticism", which I found to be destructive, rather than constructive in nature. My mind ran the gamut from an all-out personal attack to something much more appropriate and in harmony with my purpose. Upon returning home I settled on the latter and posted accordingly. Part of the lesson for me is really not giving a fuck what people think about how I choose to live and believe. Another part of the lesson is to convey my beliefs in such a way as to open peoples' hearts and minds for I really believe it to be of infinite value. And like any lesson, whether it be piano, voice or life lessons, it requires practice.

This is cool:

One Love

"One day you'll find that I'll be gone, for tomorrow may rain, but I'll follow the sun..." The Beatles

Do you know what most people wish for, SEAN, when it comes to improving their own life?

More stuff. Especially abundance.

Because they think having more stuff will contribute to their overall happiness.

But do you know what most people wish for when it comes to the lives of the ones they most love and cherish?

Happiness, peace, creative work, fulfilling relationships.

Because they understand that once these things are in order, stuff, especially abundance, will automatically take care of itself.
One of these two things doesn't belong with the other...

The Universe

January 17, 2007
Blessings Called to Mind
Libra Daily Horoscope

An introspective slant to your thoughts and feelings can inspire you to seek a comfortable, quiet, and private place in which to be alone with your reflections today. As you settle in to your meditations, you will likely find that the mainstay of your musings revolves around home, family, and other delicate concerns. You may find that this one-dimensional focus offers you a splendid opportunity to search for insights into the soul of your personal life. Try to remember that your thoughts are neither right nor wrong, no matter what their composition. If you simply let your introspective journey unfold naturally, you may discover that aspects of your relationships and circumstances that were once hidden are now revealing themselves to you in great detail.

The more we muse upon all of the breathtaking blessings we have been given in this life, the greater our appreciation for the bounty we enjoy in our everyday existence becomes. The deep sense of gratitude we feel when contemplating our material resources and emotional connections grows stronger when we bring these gifts to mind because they are thus ever-present in our thoughts. As a result, we are less apt to take the most precious aspects of our lives for granted. We become thoughtful where our spiritual and worldly abundance is concerned, and always ready to articulate our thankfulness and acknowledge the good fortune we enjoy. The richness of your life will become evident to you today as you reflect upon the blessings you have received.

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01/16/07 06:58 - 18ºF - ID#37725

new thread on the spam issue

Yes, I have copied and spliced into my journals excerpts from various on-line sources, mainly DailyOM and And yes, I blog primarily at myspace and often transfer what I've posted there to (e:strip). I got an email from (e:strip) new year's day inviting me to journal here after signing up early last year. I had forgotten all about it and when I went to my journal there was but one brief post with a comment from (e:theecarey) whom I've come to befriend thanks to this site.

Please understand that what I post is with nothing but the best of intentions. I am an extremely passionate individual with wisdom that I so love to share with the world. If I in any way, shape or form offend or annoy anyone that's their business, for it is not in accord with my purpose. There's a saying I really like that serves to keep me navigating sometimes controversial waters of self-realization and actualization, "If you want inner peace you say 'Om!' and if you want outer peace you say 'Fuck Om!'"

One Love
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01/16/07 02:06 - 19ºF - ID#37719

Effortless Prosperity in 2007

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01/16/07 09:50 - 19ºF - ID#37713

King of Kings

What a glorious winter morning scene! The ice clings to tree limbs with a fresh powdery coating of the white stuff, though not nearly enough to require our plowing services. I tried with little success to scrape the half-inch thick layer of ice off the side view mirrors in the work truck. I noticed myself getting irritated, or angry, which is of course preceded by a feeling of powerlessness. Guess I got some "work" to do yet on the path of peace and harmony. I allowed something outside of me to bring me down below the line, but at least I didn't take a picnic basket with me. I noticed it, gave thanks and returned above the line in a matter of seconds. Like I said, it takes practice and no matter how good I get there's always room for improvement.

As if the line at the post office wasn't sufficient to arouse some anger. Rather, I felt peace and joy standing there patiently with a smile on my face eager to send off my application to reserve a shelter at Letchworth State Park wherein I will host a 35th birthday celebration next October. It might sound like overkill in the planning department, but I am actually behind schedule as I missed the cut-off to participate in a lottery drawing for booking facilities at the park in 2007. When I called and spoke with a rep she informed me of this fact so I asked her if I had any chance of getting a confirmation in October, which falls outside the peak season between Memorial Day and Labor Day. She said that my chances were good and so we shall find out hopefully in the very near future. Intuition is telling me to be prepared for spontaneous events during this year of profound transition, so the least I can do is plan a few things in advance. I inquired of the postal clerk how I might go about renewing my passport, which doesn't expire until 2008. She handed me a form and explained the process. I am prepared.

I'm not quite sure how to go about the day ahead. I'm considering meeting up for lunch with a dear friend who lost her aunt to a stroke over the weekend. I also have in mind perhaps going to a movie with my friend Beth cashing in on a free voucher compliments of my bank. I have tentative plans to meet up with this chick I met here on myspace for dinner. Then there's this call on the "six fatal mistakes to avoid in travel writing/ photography" at 8 PM this evening. I haven't even called Andrea yet to make a date. This weekend I have plans to meet up with friends in Rochester for dinner at an authentic Ethoipian restaurant Friday night and I think my cousins are hosting a house warming party. My brother will be in town Saturday evening. No kidding, life is full even though I continue in the luxury of leisure time, thanks in part to a most abnormal winter weather pattern. I have so much to be grateful for and the blessings of this life are many. Carpe diem!

One Love

Anger, SEAN, is a fabulous reminder that there are still a few things being misunderstood.

In all cases.
The Universe
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01/15/07 11:04 - 32ºF - ID#37696

Find Love TV

A sheet of ice obscures the view out my front window facing east into the advancing storm front. The rain is forecast to changeover to snow later in the day and overnight, but they said the same about last night. I dropped off my Honda last night at the collision shop to finally repair the damage from the October Surprise Storm. I couldn't find the key drop so I returned this morning to deliver the keys in person, which turns out worked in my favor as the shop manager failed to recall details of the work order. I reminded him of the location of the damage and the price range he estimated, which seemed to jar his memory. So now I'm without my white stallion for the next few days, although not without wheels as I had my co-worker Ken drive me over to the nursery to acquire a work truck for the interim. It's a nice job perk for which I offer gratitude. I flipped Ken a fiver for gas and offered him a heaping plate of leftover eggplant parm to which he happily accepted. It's always nice to tithe to keep the balance in the favor department. It not only serves to favor the other party, but also has a way of returning the favor to its origin via the law of abundance.

Dinner at Tara's last night was a splendid treat. Not only was the main entree, eggplant parm, a personal favorite of mine, but the company was especially delightful. My friends Sarah and Gabe with their cherubic daughter Navah Rain joined us for the feast, along with this other kat Chris who is quite the jovial fellow. Tara certainly knows how to throw a dinner party and set a table with exquisite attention to detail, an artistic masterpiece. Her home is an equally ornate expression including elements from Nepal, west Africa, Latin America, both the Near East and Far East. What is most striking about her residence is the vibe, which is warm and tranquil, a pleasant compliment to the visually stimulating decor. I had such a wonderful time that I've been inspired to host my own dinner party in the very near future, perhaps with an oriental theme seated on the floor dining on a tangy stir fry. I really do enjoy entertaining guests and it's on the agenda for 2007.

Before meeting up at Tara's for an evening's repast, I dropped by Shanghai Red's on the waterfront to investigate a reality show seeking candidates for a Buffalo-based show Find Love TV. My mother mentioned it to me at the hospital and later my friend Lydia called me saying that I'd be perfect for it. So I followed this guidance with some resistance only to discover that there was a better than 2 hour wait for interviews. This kat Addison, a rep for A&E, snapped a Polaroid of me and directed me to fill out a brief questionnaire. As I was doing so I was making wise cracks asking if Simon was present to hear me audition Peter Cetera hit for American Idol. One of the questions asked, "What is your idea of the perfect date?" I turned to a couple of the ladies seated in the room asking for help on this one. One of them responded, "Beer and pizza," and I was like, "So what are you doing later?"

This kat seated across from me wasn't offering any help referring to me as the "competition." I mentioned myspace and he immediately went on the offensive critcizing me for having a profile on the controversial website at my age. I responded that the target demographic is ages 18-34 and that people use the site for many purposes. He wasn't hearing any of it commenting how his teenage students think it "creepy" for anyone over age 25 to have a myspace profile and implied that I must be a child molester. We're all entitled to our opinions, although the weaker-minded among us are easily influenced by others. I chuckled and noticed this attractive blonde to my left was getting a kick out of the exchange. So I ended up writing in for my idea of a perfect date "dinner at Fiamma Steak," the owner of which was seated next to me whom I recognized from a feature in Spree magazine. However, what I said out loud differed considerably, "Puts out on the first date." The blonde placed her hand over her mouth trying to hide her hysteria.

I handed Addison my completed form with the paparazzi photo stapled to it and sauntered over to the bar area looking to catch a glimpse of the score in the Patriots/ Chargers game. I sat on a cozy chair by a faux fireplace scanning the room and gazing out into the idle harbor where sailboats dominate the scene in the summer months. I felt the urge to get out and explore making my way for the exit. I strolled along the historic canal slip and paused along the water's edge with a stiff breeze coming off the lake chilling me to the bone. Yet it was quite mild by January standards and I noticed a rollerblader glide by as I was pondering a vision for the future of the highly debated and underutilized lake shore and riverfront. I like the idea of an eco-recreational commercial state-of-the-art "new town" district emerging, while the existing downtown becomes known as "old town" featuring 19th century buildings converted to residential urban loft style and municipal purposes for political and civic services. I'm a fan of privatizing and regionalizing government as well. I say run government like a business and allow basic market dynamics of supply and demand to dictate it's evolution. The days of tax payers picking up the tab for limo rides and big government are numbered.

I returned to the fancy interior of the waterfront's self-dubbed "jewel" for a minute before heading out to grab a mocha latte at Spot Coffee. I debated on whether or not to return to the restaurant, which I did as I had time before dinner. Addison informed me that there was still an hour's wait and directed me back to the bar, obviously doing his part to generate business for the establishment so kindly hosting the operation. I strolled into the bar, did an about-face and bounced. It wasn't until after 7 pm that I got a phone call from a Kevin asking if I was still in the restaurant and would like to be interviewed. I explained that I had dinner plans and would not be available, although I inquired if they'd be hosting a second round of interviews. He said that they may and would keep my name and number on record. So if it's really meant-to-be I'll get another shot at it. I'm really not attached either way. I'm sure it would be fun, or should I say, I'm sure I'd make it fun.

As fate would have it I got a phone call from my cousin Joni during dinner. I returned her call when I got home and listened as she described a rather peculiar incidence. Turns out the blonde who was finding me quite entertaining at the reality show gig recognized me from a picture taken at a New Year's Eve party. Joni's friend Michelle had in mind a fix up b/w her friend Andrea and I having invited her to the party with that intention in mind. However, she never made it to the party that evening so Michelle instead provided her evidence of my presence in the form of a picture. Apparently she liked what she saw, not to mention the impression I made at the interviews. She called Michelle explaining that she thinks she met "Sean Kennedy" and wanted to get her phone number to me via my cousin. Joni said something about co-hosting with Michelle a mojito party next month and inviting Andrea, but when Michelle suggested this to her she replied, "I have to wait until next month to meet him?" Wow. I feel like a celebrity, or perhaps getting a glimpse of what it might feel like anyway. So I took down her number joking with Joni that perhaps I'll invite her out to their chalet in Colden for a soak in the hot tub. Joni was like, "Hey anything we can do to help!" She's such a sweetheart.

So the potential is there for some "action", however my astrologer has advised me against engaging in casual sex, something to do with Saturn and Venus in my 8th house, I dunno? Here I was thinking maybe I should try casual sex with my astrologer? But seriously, I've no clue what to make of this most recent love interest. The good news is that her name is not Jen. I had met two blondes by the name of Jen in the last several weeks so I must finally be over her, thank God. How did I get so stuck on that anyway? I didn't trust my initial instincts and it lead to some smackdown in the heart chakra. But hey, live and learn as the say. I got options in all areas of my life. The main thing is to stay the course with my devotion to effortless living from here on out. If something doesn't bring me peace and joy either I need to change my perception of it or remove myself from the circumstance. Truly practice of the former will lead to the latter by virtue of The Secret. That's the rub!

One LOve

It's no accident, SEAN, that when you look closely into the eyes of another, the very first thing you see, is yourself.

That when you hold their hand, you can feel your own warmth.

And that when you give of yourself, you give to yourself.

Because, quite simply, both you, and they, are me.
Let's get it started, un-huh -
The Universe

"The coming months are to be a bit of a crazy time, when one moment you will seem to reach new heights, and in the next one you will be brought back down to Earth. Whatever happens always keep your eye on the greater goal, and know that this way you cannot be deterred or deflected from your path.

You will feel day-to-day changes, but overall you will be moving up into the higher vibrations. Everything is changing, and look to your younger generations for the wisdom and love they have brought with them. They are also here for a special purpose, and they will come into their own as the months roll by and people will understand that many are extremely evolved souls. Already you have become aware of some who have started their mission, and they will help immensely when the time comes to change the world.

You just do not realize the number of masters who are already with you, and they do not advertise their presence but get on with their work with unparalleled dedication. Heaven has not allowed matters to completely take their own course, and freewill is tempered by the need to ensure that the path ahead is clearly defined, and lit up so that you may find your way.

If you could but see the marvelous interplay of energies that are upon Earth and also reaching it from the higher dimensions, you would be greatly uplifted. Large pockets of light continue to grow exponentially, and a glorious show of many colors permeates the darkest of regions."

- St. Germain 03-January-2007
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01/14/07 02:25 - 31ºF - ID#37683

fire the grid

According to myspace statistics I've had 4,856 visits to my blog in just over three years, with perhaps a third of those visits coming in the last several months as a result of my devotion here. It's effortless for me because I love writing, especially on the subject of Sean. It was actually my 3 year myspace anniversary as of January 12th, hip-hip hooray! So barring a shutdown of myspace I should surpass the 5,000 visit mark sometime this week. I want to thank each and everyone of you who have tuned in over the years, especially my 13 loyal readers, the first of whom subscribed back in late 2005. Nyaweh!

I brought my mother a grande cup of organic green tea to the hospital this morning. She really enjoyed it yesterday so I thought I'd treat her to another serving, not only of tea but also the presence of her eldest child. She appeared noticeably better. It was obvious she was anxious to be discharged from the room and sent home as she sat on the edge of the bed with the fluid dispenser on casters switched to the opposite side where it had been yesterday. She told me that she took to heart what I had shared with her yesterday, which was simply that she needs to put herself first in her life and take better care of herself. She explained that she's been getting that message from God over the years and so hearing it from me has perhaps empowered her to act upon it. I also pointed out that if going to school for her nursing degree is taking a toll on her health that it's better to quit than continue. I went on to say that if your studies do not bring you peace and joy then give it up. She is no less or more a person with or without that degree. If, however, she can make the mental switch in her mind and find the peace and joy in the process, then by all means carry on. And she knows it as she admitted, "What good am I in service to others if I'm not taking care of myself first?"

The water for the tea was tepid at best so I sought out a nurse to direct me to a microwave for a zap to bring it up to temp. I was delighted that the first one I encountered as I stepped out of the room was a sexy little brunette heading down the hallway toward me. She cordially lead me to a small kitchenette with a microwave too small for the large cups. I had to be innovative so I grabbed a small styrofoam cup from the cabinet and proceeded to heat a portion of the water before returning its contents to the original container. Upon returning to the room I sat down as my mother commented on the article she'd been reading in a magazine. It was describing how we're all connected, that we're actually "wired" together providing examples of how a smile or tears affect others. Some of us are more connected, or empathic than others, but it's just another example of science supporting spiritual principles. Science and spirituality is a sign of the times and a native prophecy fulfilled.

The fact (not the theory) that we are all connected is what inspires me to continue my own personal evolution as I raise my vibration progressively through the practice of unconditional love. I know that as I grow in peace, joy, prosperity and gratitude that I can empower others to evolve in kind. In so doing I serve to fulfill my mission which is peace and harmony in the world. I felt myself doing just that yesterday morning when I met with a friend who's been having difficulties of late at her job and domestic life. In a way she's like a client of mine, but rather than charge her for my services I am rather paying it forward so to speak. I understand the principle of karma to be simply what goes around comes around. In a sense, I am really giving to myself when I reach out to uplift another with my wisdom. And the gifts were immediately tangible as I noticed my vibration escalate during our brief meeting at a downtown cafe. The more I can do my part to "fire the grid" with acts of self-love the greater the effect on the whole. We are in times of rapid transition toward multidimensionality. I feel so blessed to be here.

I've got some really good information and tools that I've gathered over the years. And its not like I've mastered it by any means. Reaching out and connecting with others serves to advance my own personal application of the life-changing principles and concepts. It's like anything else, the more you practice the better you get. I remember when I tried out for a lacrosse team in college years ago and I really stunk at first. I had virtually no experience in the sport and it showed. I began training a month before tryouts so I did have an edge in my fitness levels. But it wasn't until perhaps halfway through the season (I "made" the team because there weren't any cuts as it was a new program) that my skills had improved dramatically. By the end of the season I was voted most improved player. And while it required a tremendous amount of work and focus it was rather effortless. Why? Because I absolutely loved playing. If you want an effortless life do what you love. If you're stuck in something you loathe begin by giving thanks and start focusing on where you'd like to go. Before you know it, everything you do will be effortless!

There's a winter storm warning for tonight into tomorrow which means we are on alert for snowplowing. Right now the rain has changed to snow so it is quite likely I'll be working overnight. I don't mind snowplowing, but I do loathe the hours as I'd much rather be sleeping. My intention is to have another source(s) of income by next winter season enabling me to retire from snowplowing. I am thinking that travel writing would be a wonderful opportunity. In the meantime, I'll do my job in the spirit of gratitude and excellence. In such a way I tweak my vibration to put me in resonance with that which I seek to manifest in the material realm. I'm looking forward to a homemade eggplant parmesan dinner tonight gathered with friends. I am so blessed to have such beautiful souls in my life. Truly, my life is incredible!

One Love

January 14, 2007
Keeping in Contact
Libra Daily Horoscope

Today, a lively mood can give you the extra energy you need to both fulfill your outer-world obligations and to spend time nourishing your relationships. Because you likely are in high spirits, you may be on the lookout for opportunities to gather the important people around you for an afternoon or evening of entertainment, conversation, and companionship. If no such opportunity presents itself, consider hosting a casual get-together or a larger party. You may find that your loved ones and associates respond enthusiastically to your invitation and are eager to visit with you in your home. Your shared experiences will likely bring you closer together today, providing you with a potent measure of intellectual and emotional connectivity.

The strength of our individual networks of support and companionship is built upon our willingness to reach out to those who are most important to us in both times of trouble and times of peace. When we take the initiative where our relationships are concerned, surrounding ourselves with family and friends whenever feasible, we make certain that the interpersonal connections we have established through trust, camaraderie, and sharing remain solid. The time we spend enjoying the company of the important people in our lives is not only pleasing to us, but also emotionally nourishing. New bonds are created each time we have communal experiences because we are reinforcing the roles we play in each others' lives. As you entertain friends and family today, you will sense that the ties that bind you are growing increasingly resilient.

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01/10/07 05:22 - 25ºF - ID#37630

El Nino

January 10th and we've plowed but once since the official beginning of this winter season; the infamous "surprise" storm of October notwithstanding. Lake effect snow showers continue to blast off Lake Ontario thanks to arctic winds out of the northwest; however it does not appear to be organized enough for significant accumulation. I remained awake last night keeping vigil as periodic whiteouts visited the region outside, yet it never did sustain. South of the city they got over a foot of the white stuff in ski country where it is being accepted with open arms. Here in the northtowns we remain relatively unscathed by winter's seasonal scorn. And what a blessing its been.

I did end up making it out last night to the Buffalo Entrepreneur Meetup where about 15-16 people had gathered to network, view The Secret and open up for discussion following the film. I was feeling high on gratitude once again throughout the film continuing on into the talking circle upon completion as many of us shared our interpretations and insights on the empowering principles offered therein. What is the "secret"? It is the law of attraction which basically states that we are the cause and everything in our lives is the effect, or we attract it. And like the law of gravity, whether or not you believe in it does not matter, it still applies. If you fall off a building you're going to hit the ground. If you think about something long enough and with enough passion (emotion) you will manifest in the material realm, whether it be conscious or unconscious. This truth can often be at first met with resistance to newcomers on the path of awakening, but really it is the most empowering principle one can adopt. For no matter our current reality, we have within us the capacity to transform it into something more desireable.

On the drive home I was still pumped up but coming down ready for bed. I noticed several car accidents from icy roads and gave thanks that I arrived home safely, as I always do. I addressed an email I had received earlier in the day from a place of love. I had attracted this person and their reaction to my blog so I accepted responsibility. It wasn't a matter of concession out of fear for the individual had little if any legal grounds to pursue the matter. Rather, it was an exercise in the art of letting go, thus you may have noticed I've removed the "2006 Year of Letting Go" post. And I really do need to just let it go once and for all.

One Love

Just because you can have it all, SEAN, doesn't mean there's something wrong with you until you do.

To the contrary, the simple fact that you stand before such infinite possibilities, irrefutably means that you are one bad mamma jamma.

That's a good thing.
The Universe

January 10, 2007
Diffusing Conflict with Love
Libra Daily Horoscope

You may feel edgy today, and unsure about how others will react to your opinions, ideas, or choices. A restless mood can furthermore make interacting with individuals in your home and workplace difficult, as you may respond defensively to critical comments that were likely not meant to offend. Though your ultimate goal may be to avoid conflict, aggression caused by misunderstandings may nonetheless play a role in your day. You can minimize the effect they have on your outlook by responding with copious amounts of love to the negative vibrations that are projected by others. You will likely discover that people cannot maintain their hostile attitudes today when confronted with your generous gifts of compassion and kindness.

When we choose to love rather than react to those who are aggressive, we can easily diffuse conflict because we, in essence, refuse to add any fuel to the aura of antagonism that already has been established. It takes two individuals to hold an argument, and two individuals to keep tension alive. By positioning ourselves apart from anger, and treating those who are angry with compassion, we can effectively quench the flames of hostility. We can better understand the positions held by those in opposition to us because we are willing to examine their thoughts and feelings without posing judgment. Others, seeing our openness to compromise, are then vastly more likely to entertain our own notions of right and wrong. Your feelings of anxiety will disappear today when you approach interpersonal conflict from a strong foundation of love and willing cooperation.

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