Food For Thought

I read Huxley and God quite a few years ago and have a copy in my library. Aldous Huxley has always been one of my favorite authors. Huxley and God, remains one of the most profound books I have ever read…

Peace, love, joy – these, according to St. Paul, are the three fruits of the spirit. They correspond very closely to the three essential attributes of God, as summarized in the Indian formula, sat, chit, ananda – being, knowledge, bliss. Peace is the manifestation of unified being. Love is the mode of divine knowledge. And bliss, the concomitant of perfection, is the same as joy. ~~ Aldous Huxley: Huxley and God: Essays

Off The Rails

I find myself compelled to read pieces on all the various interviews with Charlie Sheen, the whopper apparently being the TMZ interview. I usually avoid reading this stuff but I felt compelled to tune in because I’ve lost a couple of people dear to me to drugs and alcohol.

There’s that sense that people get that they are invincible when they are hooked in deep with drugs and alcohol and Charlie Sheen lays it all out right here:

Sheen, known as a bad boy in Hollywood, opened up about his past drug use, saying the last time he used drugs he “probably took more than anybody could survive [on].”

“I was banging seven-gram rocks and finishing them, because that’s how I roll,” he said. “I have one speed. I have one gear. Go.”

Sheen described himself as superhuman, citing a “different constitution,” “different brain” and “different heart” than normal people that allowed him to survive such extreme bouts of drug use.

“I got tiger blood, man,” he said. “My brain….fires in a way that is — I don’t know, maybe not from this particular terrestrial realm.”

When asked if he worries about dying from drug binges, Sheen quipped, “dying’s for fools.” He went on to explain his set of “rules” when he took drugs, which included avoiding certain blends that brought others down.

“There’s certain blends I will not entertain because this [is] how people go down. I’m too smart to do that,” he said. “I’m sorry for the guys that that happened to, but, you know, you should have read the directions before you showed up at the party.”

Too sad… He’s got some very serious issues… just saying… and that is an understatement. In my opinion, he’s on a train… running full speed off the rails. Good luck Charlie.

Daily Affirmation: I Am Healthy, Happy & Abundant.

I’ve been on the mend from bronchitis for a week or so now. Needless to say my energy has been down. I am reminded today that this Affirmation is perfect for times like this:  

“I am Healthy, Happy & Abundant. There are positive forces working in my life today and everyday. I remember to be thankful for all my blessings!” – Pamela J. Leavey

It is tough to feel positive when you’re not feeling well, but the act of affirming that you are healthy and happy works towards the actuality. The power of intent is very strong and that’s one of the many reasons why affirmations work.

The Dalai Lama Stresses Ethics and Values at MIT

Last week, I drove down to Massachusetts so that I could attend the inaugural event at MIT’s Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values.

My interest in attending the event was two fold:

  • First —  To hear the Dalai Lama speak because I feel he is one of the great spiritual leaders of our times.
  • Second — Because I feel strongly about the objective and mission of the Center, which is to “inspire a new generation of 21st century leaders with compassionate responsibility for the global and long-term social, economic, and environmental impacts of their decisions.”

The Center’s inaugural event at MIT was quite different from the large event at Gillette Stadium on Saturday that drew a diverse crowd of nearly 16,000.

Dalai Lama

Peppering his talk on promoting ethics and compassion, with his wonderful sense of humor, my first impression of His Holiness, was that he possesses a quality of pure happiness and joy, that I would liken to the happiness that is reflected in a small child. When we are young we are far more open and joyful than we are as adults, because we are not burdened and encumbered with the problems that age and responsibility set upon us. Continue reading

Plum Island Washes Out to Sea

There’s a natural flow of tides that causes erosion on all beaches. Add to that storms and other natural effects and the landscape of a beach is constantly changing. I can remember as a child camping on Sandy Point on Plum Island (Newburyport, MA) and claiming a rock as my own. Much to my chagrin my rock was no where to be founf the following summer when my family set up camp on the Point for the summer.

While I was down in Newburyport last weekend I drove down to Plum Island because I had heard there had been problems there with homes built on the water front being at risk. The photo below is of the jetty at the Center Beach on Plum Island:


North Shore Magazine has an article about the situation on Plum Island: Last Days of Plum Island?

The romance and tranquility of Plum Island has lured homeowners to its long stretch of open shores for decades. But could the natural forces that spawned an entire community now threaten its very existence?

I’ve always been an ocean person, which is part of the reason I moved from Los Angeles, after nearly years there, back to the East Coast, to Eastport, Maine. Continue reading

Harness the Wind

A couple of weeks ago I was down in Newburyport, MA (my hometown) and saw that someone had erected a wind turbine. Not everyone there is happy with the wind turbine, however some get the value and understand that we must utilize alternative energy sources before it’s too late. One of the claims about wind turbines is they make too much noise. A Newburyport resident who drives by every day says not so.

After seeing the wind turbine in Newburyport two weeks ago, I wondered why Eastport, Maine, where I recently re-located to after nearly 19 years in Los Angeles, isn’t working on wind turbines of their own. The cost per KWH of electricity here is outrageous. Part of the problem is the transport of the electricity. A few well placed wind turbines would generate quite a bit of power for the lovely coastal city in the Passamaquoddy Bay and would give residents a break on their electric bills. Continue reading