Saturday, January 3, 2009

Good Reading

I have just discovered a couple of sites that I really likeand want to share.

68 Second Video has fifteen different 68 second videos for timing your positive thoughts about money, freedom and relationships. If you are a students of Abraham-Hicks, you know that focusing on something for 68 seconds creates a powerful attraction for it. A lot of us use this technique consciously. We all use it unconsciously. How many times have you focused at least 68 seconds on something you were upset about? Did you feel better or worse about it as you 'focused' on it? Law of Attraction of all about the feeling you have about anything, whether it is something you have, something you want,or something you don't want or don't have.

Life Unfolding Beautifully is a blog I just discovered and I've added it to my blog roll. If you are wanting to lose a few pounds, the most current post is a must read. The second most recent post is a must read for everybody.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Clinton Got a What?

Originally posted at Shimoda's Dream on 6/0/2008

My plans for Saturday night got cancelled at the last minute but this is Austin and there always something to to. Luckily for me, a friend was in town to do a house concert and there were a couple of seats left.

It was great to see Eric again and , yeah, I sang along. And just in case that was not enough for you

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

I just finished reading The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann. Finishing it took a little effort on my part. The first third of the book details our current world situation in regard to the world oil supply, how we are running out of it and how the consumption of their entire supply of fuel and food ultimately led to the downfall of all past empires on this planet and how we as a society are following in their foot steps. It was so full of gloom and doom that I put the book down for several days. All through this section of the book, Hartmann states that he will get around to making suggestions as to how we can avoid the very ruin he seems to be predicting so I took him at his word and picked it up again. I am so glad that I did.

The tone of the book begins to shift about half way through as he chronicles the lives of indigenous people and their ancient knowledge of themselves in relation to their environments. Then he begins to talk about what worked for these peoples and how we may be able to incorporate some of their knowledge and outlooks into our lives. No, he doesn't necessarily mean going back to nature and living off the land with no modern conveniences. Instead, he talks about changing our view of our own relationships with the world around us, including our relationships with each other.

My bottom line: Get brave and read the book. Don't skip over the Afterward written by Neale Donald Walsh.

Soundtrack: Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi

cross posted at Shimoda's Dream

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Chip Raman: Edge of a Song

I got a cd yesterday that I have been waiting to get for years. Chip Raman (pronounced Raymon) is a talented artist and musician whose writing I won't even try to describe. You can check him out on his website or look him up on myspace. I have listened to the cd 3 or 4 times since yesterday. It has been a long, long time since I have done that with a new disc.

If you get the cd, stick it in your computer so you can see the dvd. It is hilarious.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Big Wide Grin

Last night we attended a house concert at our friend Ann Block's house. If you have never been to a house concert, you have really been missing out. A house concert is just what it sounds like, unless you are thinking about houses playing and singing, that is. When you go to a house concert, you hear a concert in some one's living room. It is almost always unplugged and you are seated a few feet from the performer(s). Donations are requested and in most cases, all proceeds go to the performer.

I usually know who I am going to see, but last night's performers were new to me. Known as Big Wide Grin, Elaine Dempsey, L.E. (Lawrence) Lambert and Karl Werne have been a musical team for ten years and it shows. They are best known for their harmonies but I was Karl's guitar playing that really got the crowd going. With his long hair and bare feet, he looks like a throw back to the 70's. That is not a bad thing. Lawrence can light up any room with his glowing smile and soft vocals and Elaine brings her own special energy to the show.

They performed a mix of covers and originals, all of which were very accessible and easy to get into. Two sets just flew by. Check them out if you get a chance. The calendar page of their website will let you know when they are in your area.

To read more about house concerts, you may go to Who knows, maybe you will get the fever and start hosting concerts in your living room.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Music list: Part One

"Why isn't she famous?" she asked.
"She is," he answered.

I overheard this conversation at a house concert I attended a few weeks ago. The subject of the conversation was Beth Wood a singer/songwriter from Arlington, TX who makes her living doing what she loves. You have most likely never heard her music on commercial radio. You hear Beth and others like her on public and community radio stations, in coffee houses, at festivals and in peoples living rooms. And yes, they are famous in certain circles. Some of them do go on to "the big time". Michelle Shocked comes to mind. I first heard her around a camp fire at a festival. Most of them travel the country and the world going from gig to gig. Some are financially successful while others eek out a living. Some of them play music full time while others have 'day jobs'. They are all passionate about their music and the passion shines through. Here are some of my favorites. Most of them have their own websites and their music may be available on I-tunes.

Stephen Taylor- While my favorite of his songs has to be 500 Miles, I never tire of his voice, his guitar sound, or his lyrics.

Lowry Olafson - My favorite song, Blanket in the Cold. His voice and his melody lines are incredible. I listen to him a lot.

David Lamotte - Hard to pick a favorite song but I like Flying and Corners an awful lot. The first song I remember hearing him sing was Bicycle Man. I have watched him go from a good writer and performer to a great one over the past few years.

Tom Kimmel - I like See Myself in You and Poetic Justice. These are both co-writes so that brings me to

Tom Prasado-Rao - Ella's Angel and Reishi's Garden among others


Buddy Mondlock - The Kid and Amsterdam

Chuck Brodsky - Again, it's hard to pick favorites. You might have heard We Are Each Other's Angels somewhere. It has been recorded by a lot of other people. Al's Ashes and Me (you had to know Al to really get this one). That brings me to the late

Al Grierson - Al was a real jewel and I miss him all the time. Things That Never Added Up to Me and Resurrection may be his best work.

Caroline Aiken - She was nominated for a Grammy last year and has played with Bonnie Raitt. If there is best guitar player on the planet, she may be it. My favorite song of hers is Left Wet. No one else would have thought of this song. You have to hear it to believe it.

Annie Gallup- Annie's style of writing, delivery and guitar is unique to her. I have no one to whom I can compare her. Flood and Max are two of my favs.

Jack Williams - He stays on the road more than anyone I have ever heard of, so if you like him, he should not be hard to go a out and hear if you are patient. He is one of the few players that I can put in the same category as Caroline Aiken. In fact, they have been known do shows together. I love all of his stuff and cannot pick a favorite but In a Texas Sky will crack you up even if you did not know Al. I am not sure that Jack and Chuck are allowed to room together any more at any music conferences.

Steve Fisher- His voice energizes me. His lyrics engage me. He doesn't get out and perform very often and I really miss that. He is writing and recording again so we really have something to look forward to. I love Past Comes to Call, That's My Toy, and Cheap Hotel, but it is hard to really say they are my favorites since I am so touched by all of his work and he has been a huge influence in my life.

That's a baker's dozen plus Beth and Michelle. They are in no particular order except that I did put my 'favoritest' favorite first. Hope you find something that moves you. I welcome your comments and suggestions of good listening material.

Abraham - Hicks

The Abraham-Hicks books have had such a profound effect on me that I did not want to put them in a list of other books. We have Ask and It Is Given and The Law of Attraction as well as several dvds. If you like Seth , you will love Abraham. Abraham is the name that refers to a collective group consciousness that is channeled through Ester Hicks the way Seth was channeled through Jane Roberts. Seth just blew my mind. When I first heard about him, I thought that it was just too weird and I was a little bit afraid of the whole concept. When the person I trust more than anyone else in the world asked me to read Seth, I decided to give it a try. After the first few pages, I knew that every bit of the information Seth gave was absolutely true. It did not matter to me where it came from. Even if Jane was hallucinating, she was getting some great information. Abraham offers practical ways to use the information. It has made a big difference in my life in a very short time. I hope you find it helpful as well.