Thanks Wayne Dyer - Application of Your Teaching Works

For the past year or so, I have been "studying" the works of Dr Wayne Dyer and a whole bunch of other cool men and women gathered under the umbrella of Louise Hay's fantastic publishing company Hay House. Found Wayne channel surfing by a PBS fundraiser last year, bought a couple books of his at Schuler Books on 28th St in Grand Rapids, from there went to the Hay House website where I jumped in with both feet - gobbling up written material as well as audio and video courses and lectures.

Anyway, one of the consistent mantras of Louise Hay and her crew is that "these teachings are not just things to KNOW, they must be put into PRACTICE". Well, Amen to that.

Back to Wayne, who just happens to be from my favorite state: Michigan. He has a great life story, he passed a couple years ago, and one of his central teachings in contained in the meme below:

This is a great teaching - and it is even greater when you succeed in APPLYING it to your life - which I just did in …

Stuff That Works - A Review of "Everything Has a Beginning" by Cathy LaPointe Blundy and Kathleen Money

Before I go any further, let me tell you that Julie and I have this book by our friends for sale in our store and on our website - which falls under Full Disclosure and Shameless Almost Self-Promotion, right?

Now that we are done with the disclosure part, how about we continue to the good stuff - this is a good book and the quality of the poems of Cathy and the artwork of Kathleen are what prompted us to offer it for sale in our store and web-store. We have know both of these talented ladies for years and when Cathy brought in a copy of her book to show us, we were very happy to ASK HER if we could help share it with people.

This is Cathy, the poet -

Here is Kathleen, the artist - 
I love this book for a bunch of reasons. First and foremost - it is good stuff! Secondly, I know BOTH of these people and they are from my favorite state: Michigan. The book is a great blending of a rookie and a veteran. Cathy is a life long lover of words, but this is her first publication. Kathleen has b…

Why We Need More Women In Office - To Put An End To The Endless Pissing Contests

"A pissing contest, or pissing match, is a game in which participants compete to see who can urinate the highest, the farthest, or the most accurately.[1]Although the practice is often associated with adolescent boys, women have been known to play the game, and there are literary depictions of adults competing in it. Since the 1940s the term has been used as a slangidiomatic phrase describing contests that are "futile or purposeless", especially if waged in a "conspicuously aggressive manner".[2] As a metaphor it is used figuratively to characterise ego-driven battling in a pejorative or facetious manner that is often considered vulgar." Wikipedia

Ever since the election, I have been doing my concerted best to avoid the news. Each day is a new load of crazy in our effort to make America Great Again.

That being said, the Pissing Contest between President Trump and Benevolent Dictator Kim Jong-Un is pretty hard to ignore. Having grown up during the Cold War a…

Stuff That Works - A Review of Emma Loo & Sam

Welcome to the World of Emma Loo & Sam.
For those of you who might be operating without the aid of coffee right now,  Emma Loo is on the left and the other person is Sam.
Let me start with the declaration that I love these two people. Can't say that I know them very well at all - shoot, I can't even say I like or understand all of the music they make. But I love 'em!
From the opening notes the first time I experienced their music to the end of the cool show they did last night at the Chaffee Planetarium - they got me. Hook, line, and sinker.
How to describe the musical stylings of Emma Loo n Sam?
I hate genres, but how about we start with Alt-Synth-Punk-Electro-Folk-Metal-Thrash-Country? That comes close, but I am probably missing - Neo-Chamber-Pop or something else.
Pigeon hole musicians, these two ain't. Emma Loo has a wonderful, powerful voice that she LOVES to run through harmonizing/nastisizing effects - to great effect! She manipulates a variety of electro-s…

Stuph That Works - Review of Low Spark - a band from Chicago

As I have gone on record many times: I LOVE me some interweb. How else would I have been presented an opportunity to hear some  kick-ass musical talent from Chicago?
Here is how it went - stumbled upon a former neighbor from HS days. We became FB friends. (Yawn, right?- no biggie there...happens every day.)  Well, one day Marti happened to be talking up her son Collin O'Brien and Low Spark - a band in which he plays the drums.
As a hobbyist drummer - DRUMS is a majick trigger word, so I clicked some links.
Their music grabbed me instantly and made me smile. Jazz/rock fusion - decidedly uptempo and up-lifting. It put me in mind of music from the past that created a similar vibe: Spyro-Gyra, George Duke, Return to Forever, etc.

This picture captures the kind of positive vibe Low Spark brings to their music and performance. L to R - Justin Canavan, guitar,  Doug Ferdinand, keys,  Derek Brown, sax Collin O'Brien, drums Jae Gentile, bass
I listened to their album, Cascade, whilst …

Stuff That Works - Review of "The Walk" - a movie about Philippe Petit

My mind was blown in 1974 by an amazing man from France: Philippe Petit. He is the man who walked between the twin towers in New York - making a total of 8 passes back and forth and even sitting and laying down on his wire. His accomplishment appeared in every paper and magazine on the planet, or so it seemed to me. He left all of us slack-jawed in wonder. I recall reading several versions of the story in different publications.

Philippe became obsessed with walking between the towers when he read about them. He and his friends went to incredible lengths to smuggle gear to the top of both towers, one of which was not yet completed.
Here we see Petit laying on his wire - a quarter mile in the air.
A couple of years ago, Julie and I watched a documentary about Petit. It was called "Man on Wire". Here is the trailer. We loved it.

Last night whilst looking for a movie to watch - my search netted me  "The Walk" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring as Petit.

This movie is …

Stuff That Works - Review of The Nordic Ware Splatter Cover 4 Your Microwave

Internet Disclaimer: Nobody from Nordic Ware knows I am writing this. I received no compensation for the review - my wife paid full price for the item.

With that out of the way, let me tell you that this is one of the best products we have in our kitchen. It is a 10 inch Splatter Guard from Nordic Ware - looks like this:

The reason I like it so much? Saves me all kinds of time and hassle. It is a cover to use in your microwave to save cleaning the inside of the oven as a result of one of those annoying "heat burps" that happen from time to time. 
Ever since I read all the information about how effective "nukes" are and how they don't drain nutrients out of food like some methods of warming or re-warming can, I have used the microwave with enthusiasm. But don't you HATE it when that soup you are warming up does a little burp and spray paints the interior of your nuke with food?
I make a breakfast of two whipped eggs, a bit of cheese, and chopped up vegetable…