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*this is a "No Smoking" zone* where you will find fun and frivolity, fabulous photos, random ramblings and occasionally something serious in nature. Seems like Spring has arrived; some warm sunny days here in BBC...so... Welcome to my "site"



Updated: 2018-03-06T17:44:18.387-08:00

 



Can't concentrate...so just a nice photo of "Paradise"

2010-03-19T18:38:48.040-07:00

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...so read post below...



dreaming of Paradise

2010-03-01T18:36:57.760-08:00

...so now i have to try to refresh my memory...

...We arrived at Kahului Airport (after a long long flight because we had a layover of 4 hours in LA) around 6:00 ish and it was already getting dark...as most of you know it gets dark early in Hawaii...since we only had carry-on luggage we were able to get a shuttle directly to the car-rental place. About 1/2 an hour later we were on our way. Because it had been quite a few years since my last visit i did not recognize the turn-off and were heading towards Kihei when we realized we were on the wrong road. We back tracked and got onto the right road. Entering Lahaina we decided to hit Walgreins (?? - i think it was),for the special sun-screen that my friend wanted, then SafeWay for food supplies. So it was quite late when we finally staggered into the lobby of the beautiful Ka'anapali Shores Beach Resort

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(oh, we missed the turnoff there also and ended up in Honokowai before we found a safe place to turn around. We were exhausted when we finally got to our room, but we managed to get the food into the fridge, and unpack our bags. Then we lay down on our beds.
BLISSS, utter heavenly mattresses...I felt like i was sleeping on a cloud (well, as i would imagine a cloud to feel, since i have never actually slept on one, at least in THIS life-time!! Hah hah!)
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...to be continued...



ALOHA!

2010-02-23T15:15:28.635-08:00

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Self-portrait?



FINALLY, a new post (brief) as i am watching a few of the Olympic entries (Snow Cross, Speed Skating, Luge etc)...and, while i do not support the extragant spending on some of the venues, publicity (own the podium, what rot!), the so-called "free" events (we will be paying for those for years to come), I do appreciate the effort of the olympians themselves...too bad big corporate sharks have to give it such a bad flavour...and that is all the ranting i am going to do...just two photos (for now - more to follow) of my fab Hawaiian Holiday in November...

(image) ...under my umbrella beside the pool...



has "Fall" finally arrived?

2009-09-09T17:26:35.047-07:00

With windy days,...and ...(image)
and most of my canning done...

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...this little critter is also busy stocking up for winter, and i have to go out and look for some firewood...
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not much to blog about...so...

2009-04-15T01:42:47.677-07:00

...i'll just put up a couple of photos i took lately...




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my winter project

2009-03-20T04:26:57.320-07:00

...having trouble getting these photos where i want them...but you get the picture, so to speak...


(image) ~~ almost done ~~



(image) ~~Miss Kitty helping me interpret The Instructions~~



~~bits and pieces;
what goes where!!~~


(image) ~~the finished project~~

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i had this unassembled chef's table hanging about the place taking up space for about seven or eight years (maybe more, i just don't rightly remember)...anyway, it took me about 4 or 5 EXHAUSTING days to put it all together and then put a coat of varnish on it. But i am really pleased with the result. [photos by pj]



November 11 - "LEST WE FORGET"

2008-11-10T14:56:01.282-08:00

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On November 9 at the Tricycle website The karmaqueen@tricycle.com asked: "Are we responsible for the President we’ve got even if we voted against him? Do we bear some karmic burden for the war in Iraq just by virtue of being Americans? Is there some sort of karmic swap we can make so we can continue to drive our SUV’S in good conscience?"

The last question is easy for me to answer as I do not think that karma is negotiable, so no, if you know or think that driving an SUV is somehow not a good thing, then continueing to do so will undoubtedly “put you in the red” as far as what I like to call, your “Karma Account”.

Where Mr. Bush and the Presidency is concerned, this is a little more complicated for me. I have long felt that the history of war-mongering in the United States would one day come back to “bite” the American’s “in the bum”, and so it has.

Unfortunately whether or not you voted for Mr. Bush does not mean that you are “innocent” in the overall scheme of things. “Not all Karmas rebound immediately. Some accumulate and return unexpectedly in this or other births.” [ Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami – Dancing with Siva]

As tragic as it was, I do believe that the devastation of the twin towers on 9/11 was a direct karmic consequence of the years of mindless slaughter of innocent women and children, by the US government and her agents, and in turn, the “terrorists” will themselves accumulate negative karma due to their actions. I compare Mr. Bush to The Stupid Husband, who makes bad decisions and forces his wife and children (the people of the United States) to suffer the consequences. He continues to compound negative karma upon negative karma, and so it goes.

No one is innocent: if we are born onto this planet it is for a reason.

Also I would like to remind some people that Hitler proclaimed that God was on his side when he ordered the mass-murders of millions of people. And so, each megalomaniacal dictator in his time declared that the Almighty has condoned their slaughter. And his armies have marched mindlessly to their deaths, only to be re-born into another minefield of negative karma. The bombs of bloody karma and the shrapnel of stupidity continue to blow to bits the young bodies of “innocent” sons and daughters of helpless mothers.

We forgot that we are the government. We control the protectors of our state by our votes. We control corporate America and Canada by our willingness to buy the products that they produce. If only we could understand that we do control our destinies, just as we control our appetites for material possessions and “creature comforts”, and our desire for numbing pleasures.

Not until everyone understands the nature of Karma, and its irrevocable influence, not until then will there be Peace on Earth. Even a little new born Child knows that.

NOW, today, November 10, there is a new Star on the Rise...a New Man for a New Era...and we are optimistic...yet we cannot be complacent...while we forgive, we must not forget.

~~ nameste



now maybe i can change my tune

2008-11-05T01:51:16.506-08:00

CONGRATULATIONS America!! - maybe now I can "change my tune" from "...I'm afraid of Americans" to....well, i don't know right now, i am so excited and pleased and releaved all at once...but anyway, maybe it IS finally really the dawning of the age of Aquarius or something just as great!!! all i can say right now is YIPPEE! - i am so happy that America voted for the Right President!

...and remember the Covenant...and the Promise?...so here's to new beginnings, great new beginnings symbolized by the majesty of the Rainbow....



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cheers all,
love and light,
pj



"our" summer reading

2008-07-30T14:02:26.252-07:00

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Just started this book, and already it makes so much sence, but i am a slow reader, and I have so many other things to do this month.....here is just a small sample from the Introduction.


"Considering others when pursuing our own happiness leads us to what I call "wise self-interest," which hopefully will transform itself into "compromised self-interest" or better still, "mutual interest." Some people think that cultivating compassion is good for others but not necessarily for themselves, but this is wrong. You are the one who benefits most directly since compassion immediately instills in you a sense of calm (nowadays medical researchers have shown in scientitic studies that a calm mind is essential for good health), inner strength, and a deep conficence and satisfaction, whereas it is not certain that the object of your feeling of compassion will benefit. Love and compassion open our own inner life, reducing stress, distrust, and loneliness. I quite agree with a Western doctor who recently told me that those people who often use the words I, my, and me are at greater risk of having a heart attack. When, because of self-centeredness, your view is narrowed to yourself, even a small problem will seem unbearable.

Although increasing interdependence among nations might be expected to generate more cooperation, it is difficult to achieve a spirit of genuine cooperation as long as people remain indifferent to the feelings and happiness of others. When people are motivated mostly by greed and jealousy, it is not possible for them to live in harmony. A spiritual approach may not provide an overnight solution to all the political problems caused by our present self-centered approach, but in the long run it will address the very basis of the problms that we face today, removing them at the root.

The world is becoming smaller now, to the degree that all parts of the world are obviously part of yourself. Thus, destruction of your enemy is destruction of yourself. The very concept of war is outdated. If the twentieth century was the century of bloodshed, the twenty-first has to be the century of dialogue.

If humankind continues to approach its problems from the perspective of temporary expediency, future generations will face tremendous difficulties. Global population is increasing, and our resources are being rapidly depleted. Consider the ruinous effects of massive deforestation on the climate, the soil, and the global ecology as a whole. We are facing calamity because, guided by expediency and selfish interests, and not thinking of the entire family of living beings, we are not taking into account the earth and the long-term needs of life itself. If we do not think about these issues now, future generations may not be able to cope with them."

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama 2006



Remembering Karen ~ 1858 - 2006

2008-06-19T12:00:46.648-07:00

I woke up this morning thinking about my friend Karen; I could not remember the date of her death, so came to Blogspot and checked my post's index, because I felt like republishing it.

So, Karen, this is for you my friend; you are in my thoughts today.

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APRIL 8TH, 2006
My Lone Memorial to Karen (1958 – 2006)

I shed a tear or two for my dear lost lost friend, who died on April 2nd . Cause of death “lifestyle choices”. Karen, sweet, highly intelligent, talented, energetic, funny and charming, witty and wild, strong but weak, determined but scattered….what was the demon that led her to her self-distruction…I may never know…she never could tell me…i'm having trouble crying because her life was so miserable...but...
Karen, I could not love you enough to save you from yourself.

When I first met you it felt like you were a long lost sister, or a child I had never had, the connection was instant and strong. We bonded in the very first second of our meeting. I imagined that you were my twin, separated from me at birth (oh my god, my body shudders at the memory, and I wonder if you are part of my soul group , and if I am going to die in a few days, or weeks, months, as members of the same soul groups do);…and I weep…oh god oh god oh god…I can feel your spirit hovering over me…and I understand the strange dreams of the past few days…and my unwillingness to record them…

Karen, You compelled me to do crazy things , self- distructive things…I was helpless - mesmorized by the spell that you cast over me …I still cannot fathom it…and so we had to part…while I could not be with you in physical time, I always carried you in my heart!

“It’s just three miles to the river that would carry me away… two miles to the dusty street that I saw you on today , four miles to my lonely room where I will hide my face, and half a mile to the downtown bar that I ran from in disgrace…. Lord, how long am I going to keep on running? 7 hours 7 days or 7 years?...All I know is, since you’ve been gone I’ve been drowing, drowning, feel like I’m drowning in a river of tears.

…Three more days ‘till I leave this town and disappear without a trace. A year from now maybe settle down where no one knows my face, I wish that I could hold you one more time to ease the pain but my time’s run out and I”ve got to go, got to run away again.

…Still I catch myself thinking one day I’ll find my way back here and you’ll save me from drowning, drowning in a river of tears. Oh how long must it go on?...”
– as i was typing, Eric Clapton’s Drowning in a River of Tears started playing, and NOW the enormity of all this strikes me, and my body is wracked with grief...i cry and cry and cry...until i am worn out, my head is sore and my eyes are red and puffy...ugh! I DO miss you, Karen, my friend, but I could not save you….and no words can express how much pain that gives me.

“…hidden in secret heart are soul-deep scars
That cry out for heaven’s stars.”
(from a poem written for me in 1974



The Canadian Problem: Restructing the Relationship Between the Indigenous People and Non-Indigenous People of Canada

2008-03-25T23:41:28.564-07:00

First Published in 1997 (by pj)INTRODUCTION1997 - Fifteen years ago a Commission of Inquiry into Aboriginal Rights and the Constitution of Canada was established by the Ontario Metis and Non-Status Indian Association and a newly appointed Provincial Secretary for Resource Development, Mr. R.H. Ramsay, pledged his support at the Grand Assembly held that March. In 1996 the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples published their report, but still, after all this time, while the courts continue to grapple with the interpretive difficulties of the treaties, children are being born into sub-standard living conditions, and valuable resources are increasingly exploited. As Langara College students loudly protest inhumane conditions in third world countries, Canada’s Indigenous people are still fighting against discriminatory practices that exclude them from enjoying a fair share of the wealth of this country.The following report is a cursory look at how the policies of representatives of the Canadian government have contributed to what is perceived as the “Indian Problem”. The writer of this report will also attempt to come to some understanding of why some Canadians perceive First Nations people as “a problem”.The question is, in what ways has the Federal Government’s policies for the First Nations People in Canada contributed to racism against Aboriginal people. The hypothesis of this report is that racism is at the heart of the Land Claims Issues, and is a diversionary tactic used to prevent the revitalization of treaties and land claims.DEFINING THE “INDIAN PROBLEM”What is the “Indian problem”, and how did it come to be? Frideres, in Canada’s Indians: Contemporary Conflicts says: “The situation is usually defined as an Indian problem and, generally is couched in an individualistic framework. Solutions offered are based on this perspective. In my view, it can be a white problem” (1974, p.xvii).The way in which the “Indian problem” started out was in “the problem of controlling Indians” (Frideres, 1974, p.4), and even though “the French were attempting to ‘exploit’ the land and continue the ‘pseudo-colonization’ of North America” (p.5), they did not intend to settle in Canada. “The initial relationship of the French to the Indians can best be described as one of total dependency, but this soon changed to a ‘symbiotic’ one” (Frideres, p5), when war broke out between the English and the French. What has started out as a system of bartering (maintaining a favourable balance of trade was important to France), eventually evolved into one of dominance and exploitation. In fact, “In general, the policy toward native people by the dominant groups has been two-sided. It publicly proclaimed ‘respect for native people’s rights’, while privately denying them any rights, such as to vote and choose their ‘reserve’. (1974, p.5); as cited in Anderson and Wright, 1971; and Washburn, (1965)Claims to land is at the heart of the so-called “Indian problem”. Certainly the way in which they have been handled in the past, and continue to be handled, can only be seen as racist. The attitude toward the Indigenous people (of North America as a whole and Canada in particular) has deeply ingrained historical origins, as reflected in the following quote by Frideres. He writes: “…when Indians[sic] attacked a white village or fort and won, it was called a massacre, while if whites[sic] attacked an Indian village and won, it was described as a victory” (1974, xv). It is important to elaborate by expanding this quote: “In the past, empowered groups have been able to define history and provide an explanation of the present. A good example is the portrayal of wars between Indians[sic] [...]



Pele, Goddess of Hawaii's Volcanoes

2008-03-12T00:38:04.009-07:00

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[Lithograph from the original oil painting by Hawaiian artist Herb Kawainui Kane]

Burning Times

In the cool of the evening they used to gather
'Neath the stars in the meadow, circle round an old oak tree
At the times appointed by the seasons of the earth
And the phases of the moon.

In the centre often stood a woman, equal with the others and respected for her worth one of the many they call the witches.

The healers and the teachers of the wisdom of the earth.

And the people grew in the knowledge she gave them
Come to heal their bodies and to make their spirits whole.
Hear them chanting, healing incantations, calling for the wise one celebrating in dance and song


There were those who came to power through domination
They were bonded in their worship of a dead man on a cross.

They sought control of the common people
By demanding allegiance through the church of Rome.

And the pope declared the inquisition
It was a war against the women whose powers they feared.

In this Haulacaust against the Nature People nine million European women died.

But the tale is told though by the hundreds holding together chose their deaths in the sea while chanting the praises of the

Mother Goddess

A refusal of betrayal, women were dieing to be free.

The earth is a witch, and the men still burn her!

Stripping her down with their mining and the Poisons Of Their Wars.

Still to us the earth is a healer, a teacher, a mother,
A weaver of the Web of Life that keeps us all alive.

She gives us the vision to see through the chaos
She gives us the courage, it is our will to survive.

- Authour unknown

(image) Here I am at Stonehenge before they put up the barriers.



"she's baaaaack" - feeling better; got my gruntles back

2008-03-01T16:08:43.572-08:00

God Help Us!
Another Fake Mesiah is on the Rise

Just when you think it's safe to come out of your house we have yet another self-appointed Guru selling us his notion of "enlightenment"... don't these guys know that you cannot achieve englightenment by reading a couple of self-help books, or attending a $350 weekend seminar?

Apparently not.

Now Oprah (bless her billion dollar soul) is endorsing this weirdo named Tolle. I saw her show where she encouraged everyone to sign on and get ready for his internet seminars starting in March. Feeling a bit suspicious because of his first name I checked out his website. I was not impressed/convinced. Then about a week later a friend phoned me, all exited, and asked if I had heard of this fellow. I said I had and that it sounded too much like Landmark/EST for MY comfort, and encouraged her to check out the rickross "cult-buster" site before she got involved. I told her that we detach from our ego at our peril, that we need a certain amount of ego attachment to survive in this complex world...but I don't think she "gets it"... and she has not phoned me since then, so i surmise that she was not impressed with rickross. Well, her money, her problem, whatcha gonna do if the "sheep" want to be led to the slaughter?
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(image) Highway sign warning of sheep on roads in Canada!



Pitt Polder

2008-02-26T11:45:47.304-08:00

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lots of weird dreams last night...this morning i figured out that my discontent is boredom! I am just plain bored with everything...except...birds, sky, clouds, ocean, mountains, trees...well, nature as a whole I guess. I have lost interest in most things unless they pertain to nature...and I am not happy unless I am out in nature...so...i have a difficult time ahead of me as I start to sort through all my "junk" to get ready for my impending move....*sigh* - wish me luck please!
[photo by pj - Pitt Polder-circa 1987]



funny mood - imminent springtime?

2008-02-25T15:37:26.444-08:00

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I'm in a funny mood today, lots to do, want to Post something new but cannot think of anything interesting....so....this is what you get...

My practicums went well (i think)...i learnt a lot, about Dental Reception and about myself. I know more than I thought I knew, also less than I thought I knew...all in all it was successful for me. I was very nervous on my first day, but people were very generous and patient.

Now I have a long list of "tasks" I have to attend to during the coming months, as I prepare to embark on another phase of my life....

The sun is shining and it is a fairly warm day...but I am wondering if anyone else saw the eclipse of the moon?

cheers for now,
pj
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Just felt like adding these...after watching The View

2008-02-07T13:41:29.028-08:00

BEFORE (image)
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AFTER [circa 1976]
"every picture tells a story"



don't really know what to "blog" about...

2008-02-01T14:01:40.882-08:00

Just need a new post, but I am so preoccupied with my upcoming (stupid)7 hour exam on the 9th that I really can't concentrate on creating an interesting new post, so I am just going to post some of my favourite photos.


Guess who?
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(image) me and you know who!! [really old photo]Believe it or not, but my really creative young 'un made herself a little ear-ring using a little figure of, darn, i can't remember the name of it...anyone, tell me if you know, one of those weird trolls with shaggy psycadelic coloured hair???


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HAPPY NEW YEAR, y'all

2008-01-06T12:42:27.281-08:00

Just a quick note to wish everyone Happy New Year...have tons to do today, back to school tomorrow; will be keeping my head down for awhile, then hopefully, pass my 7 hour exam [yes, SEVEN hours, can you believe it, for a position as a Receptionish? -Sheeesh!]

anyhoooo.... Kitty says Happy New Year too...
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Merry Christmas All

2007-12-22T08:19:29.991-08:00

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I awoke this morning (6:30 a.m) to the muffled sound of tires on a slushy road, and I thought: "Ah hah, it IS snowing". It was very cold yesterday and I was saying to random strangers: "Brrrr, it feels like snow"... So I got out of bed and drew back the curtains, and sure enough, the ground and trees and house tops are covered in the proverbial blanket of white.....so Merry Christmas everyone, I guess I will be taking a slow walk to the Mall today to pick up that last box of Purdy's Chocolates (why do I always leave the box of chocolate covered cinger for my mom 'til the last minute?)

Now, my absolute favourite things about Christmas are the Lights, and Christmas Carols...what are your's?...so, as mon Kapitano would say - "over to you".





FINALLY!!!!!

2007-11-11T16:27:12.383-08:00

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As you can see we had a Celebrity Guest: "Zza Zza Ga Bear"(image)



(image) the weather was beautiful and we all had loads of fun...


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ted's NEW NAME

2007-10-13T11:05:17.544-07:00

AND THE Teddy-Bears' Picnic (image)
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By unanimous consent the new name for pink bear is
[drumroll please].....tah da da dah!

"OSCAR"

- and the prize goes to
Meow....

sorry but I have not had time to download the photos from the picnic...how hard can that be?

Well, if you are me, very hard.
That is why it has taken me so long to make this announcement.
The teddy bears' picnic was the second week of September, and after a few organizational glitches we ended up having it on Saturday, instead of the Sunday as announced. This was just as well, because as it turned out Saturday was warm and Sunny, then the rains arrived on Sunday...

well, here is a photo of the "venue" of the picnic, and when I have time I will post a photo of the "prize" which I will be sending off to "Meow" soon (I might give her a choice of prizes), as well as some photos of the actual picnic.

cheers for now



and the winner is......

2007-09-18T16:12:06.987-07:00

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stay tuned for the exciting update on the "name Teddy" contest!!!!



taking a brief respite!

2007-08-26T13:33:16.806-07:00

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Just to let everyone know that I am taking a "brief respite", so don't worry, i'm OK, just a little worn out...

But I just want to leave you with this adorable photo.(image)

see you all soon,
pj



If it quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck!

2007-08-13T21:49:15.697-07:00

Is it a good looking girl? Is it a charming young man? NO! It's a Landmark Shark dressed up as a charming young man -- "swim" for your life!Landmark “Education” Corporation is not a non-profit society; it is not a benevolent organization; it is a Multi-million Dollar Business using questionable business practices, and practicing group-therapy without a medical license. Landmark “Education” Corporation cannot be referred to a cult because it claims no religious affiliation. It is worse than a cult. Landmark “Education” Corporation practices the same mind-control techniques that were used during the Korean War when American POWs defected or denounced their country in large numbers. The brainwashing process would begin when the Chinese Communists persuaded POWs to write down a mild criticism of their country, such as “America is not perfect.” Once that stone had been laid, and enough psychological pressure exerted, it was often only a matter of time before the prisoners were making harsher statements.This, say the experts on cults, is exactly how many of today’s human potential groups begin their programs – with strict observation of seemingly petty rules, such as needing permission to go to the bathroom, or having to be seated by the time the music stops playing. The group leaders really don’t care if you’re sitting or not, only that you’ve followed orders.And once you say yes to something small, it is that much easier to say yes to something big – even if that means revealing your innermost traumas to a hundred strangers.Landmark “Education” Corporation uses techniques that can seem innocuous, at first. Some of them – guided imagery, for instance – may actually be familiar from a relaxation class or self-help audiocassette. In the wrong hands, however, these techniques can do an astonishing amount of harm. Take a few days without proper rest, add a regimen of closed-eye exercises, and anyone can become vulnerable to suggestion. You’re simply flooded with emotion. The trainers usually get you to think of all your most powerful memories, under the guise of somehow conquering your past. After several days of being “dragged down into the pits”, says someone who has had the Landmark ‘experience’… “the final day of exercises is usually designed to pump you up. By this time, customers usually just sort of drool and follow the leader. A false sense of community and camaraderie has developed. By now, they do everything they can to give you the ‘warm fuzzies,’ so that you’ll sign up for the next course.” By the time Landmark is finished with you, your bank account will be empty and the only people who will want to be friends with you are other “Landmark Junkies”. At some point of our lives we all feel unhappy. Even the smartest and most intelligent person will be emotionally vulnerable at some point in our lives, and the Landmark “Education” Corporation preys on us at these times. The programming starts the minute you walk into a meeting – before you have even put on your name tag – it is that insidious and subtle. In the first 15 minutes you will be instructed to look into the eyes of the Landmark “graduate” (often a son/daughter or spouse – i.e. someone you trust) at that point you have unknowingly taken the first step in the process of group hypnosis. If you are someone who is syseptable to hypnosis it will only be a matter of[...]



A Brief Respite

2007-08-01T10:13:10.510-07:00

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Hi All,

I will be away for a couple of days. So i will not be here to reply to your comments.

While i am gone, i thought it might be fun to solicit some help from Blog Visitors.
I would like to know what are some of my better Posts. So please feel free to go into the archives and let me know. I think maybe we should limit the list to 3 or 4 each, but of course if you want to leave more that would be fine too. I'll start with one of my favourites.(image)


Actuall, it is a Post in two Parts:





Vedder River Run - Part 1, posted on August 29, 2006
and
Vedder River Run - Part 2 - posted on September 4, 2006

Oh, and if you like, you can also state the reason why it is your favourite. When i return i will be leaving my replies to your Comments, as usual. Thanks all!

So now, as Capt. Picard would say: "over to you"