Daily Archives: April 15, 2015

I Just Can’t Believe It!!!!

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I Just Can’t Believe It!!!!

This has been a day filled with many blessings.  So many friends and family members have reached out to me in kindness today.  I am so grateful for each and every one of them.  So grateful.  I am especially grateful to my husband, John, and to my best friend.  They were the ones that held me up when I didn’t think I could go on, the ones that stood by me every step of the way, and the ones that gave me hope when I just couldn’t find it within myself to go on with this for another day.

I have now officially completed my coursework at Southern New Hampshire University!  I completed my final project, my discussion questions and all other required work and I never have to take another class as long as I live….but, of course, I will.  I will always take classes of one type or another.  That’s just what I do.  I still have to complete the 10-week capstone (thesis) project, but I don’t have to take any more courses.

So….I got a big surprise when I posted on my Facebook that I had just finished my work. Independent Music Award winner, Amy Correia posted a sweet congratulations and the above photo of herself with the mosaic guitar that I made for her! Beside the picture, she wrote, “Congratulations! I think of you often : ) And this wonderful gift you made me: I’ll always cherish it!”

 Any is the recipient of three 2012 Independent Music Awards.[“You Go Your Way” was named best folk/singer-songwriter album by a panel of influential artists and industry professionals. “You Go Your Way” also won the Vox Pop award, determined by fan voting, for best folk/singer-songwriter album. The single, “Love Changes Everything” won the Vox Pop award for best love song.

This is a better photo of the mosaic guitar that I made for Amy:

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While signed to Virgin Records, Amy recorded an album of songs at Daniel Lanois‘ Kingsway Studios in New Orleans with Christopher Thorn producing, but the album went unfinished. Correia left Virgin with her master recordings and signed with Capitol/EMI, which released her debut “Carnival Love” in 2000. Correia recorded the album “Lakeville” with her own money. It was produced by Mark Howard, who also has produced Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams. The Canadian label, Nettwerk, licensed and released it in 2004.

She  tours throughout the U.S. and has performed with artists including Marc Cohn, Richard Thompson, John Hiatt, Freedy Johnston, Emmylou Harris, Jason Crigler, Rebecca Martin, Josh Rouse, Duncan Sheik, Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Julian, Jesse Harris, Ollabelle, Aimee Mann, Kenny White, Jonathon Spottiswoode, Everclear, The Dandy Warhols, Allison Moorer, Tara McLean, Kendall Payne, Shannon McNally, Charlie Musselwhite, Jon Brion, Grant Lee Phillips, Dredd Scott, Julia Fordham, Jess Klein, Kerri Powers and others.  I am very proud to call her my friend!

Here are a few videos of Amy singing:

This is my very favorite song by Amy.  She is an amazing poet!

This is also one of my favorites:

This is a newer song:

Life in the Fast Lane

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Life in the Fast Lane

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”
—William Blake—

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Life has really begun to ramp up for me here in Portland.  As I near the end of the term, I find myself getting less and less sleep as I toil into the wee hours of the dawn in a fervid  attempt to finish up my final paper and the term.  This one is a bear….a minimum of 30 pages, and involved performing an assessment of a major corporation, analysis of the data and then an action plan for strategies and interventions.  Suffice it to say, I have learned much in this course, but I’m ready for it to be over!  I still have to prepare responses for the class discussion by tomorrow night, and to do the same for the forensics class.  Then….it will all be over.  I will have about a week off, and then I will begin the final journey with my thesis/capstone course.  10 weeks after that, I will graduate.  Feels great…but I’m beat!

On the work front, I am still writing the Chinese fashion catalog.  It is very time consuming, so I switch from project to project, ever inching toward the light at the end of the tunnel.  Love is what propels me forward.  I am in love….and that gives me a good reason to do everything that I do.  Love gives me purpose and energy….and it makes me happy.

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This Saturday, my friend, Shannon Kringen, (artist, model and television personality) will be driving down from Seattle to attend a Wayne Dyer seminar with me.  The day-long seminar will provide an opportunity to free oneself, now and forever, from the chains surrounding limited, often self-sabotaging thinking and:

  •  Let go of that ego-dominated, controlling part of the persona
  •  Become free from pervasive, ego-driven thoughts
  •  Cleanse one’s self- perception
  •  Come to feel, know, and rely on the divinely-connected self

The philosophy behind it is this.  Every one of us has both a personal self as well as an impersonal aspect to our being. The personal self, or personality, is being directed at all times by the mind and the five senses.

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This  day-long seminar is an opportunity to free oneself from the emotional ties that bind…to become more creative and emotionally free. In order to awaken to this fact one must get away from the consciousness of  the body and intellect, that enslave us all.  The seminar intends to teach us to  feel our infinite impersonal self within and come to know and rely upon it at all times. “From the perspective of the infinite, it is obvious that the individual self ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT EXIST.” This is a truth that the personality, with it’s ever dominating ego presence cannot and will not tolerate.

The seminar will include a  presentation from Anita Moorjani, who had a momentous experience of truly understanding the title of this seminar I AM LIGHT, wherein she came face to face with her omnipresent impersonal self in the Light, and was miraculously healed of a ravaging cancer that had left her in a coma. Her book, Dying To Be Me (also an Online Course) is now considered to be a classic in contemporary spiritual literature.  Anita will speak on the power of forgiveness as a tool for coming to live each day from a place of divine love and living in the light.

So….I am looking forward to this.  It will provide a nice way for me to ease into this next stage of my life.  I feel happy and positive and eagerly look forward to it.

Meanwhile….back on the ranch….

Today, I will begin a new Deryn Mentock jewelry class.  This one is called BoHo Bliss.  It isn’t too late to register, if any of you are interested.  Just click THIS LINK to sign up.  Deryn makes very cool jewelry.  I love her style, and have managed to use her techniques to discover my own voice in the jewelry making realm.  Every single piece of jewelry I have made using Deryn’s techniques (adjusted to be my own) has sold almost immediately.  Her work is beautiful.  She is a beautiful soul, and her classes are fun.  She is a fantastic teacher.

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So…for now, this is all.  It’s enough. Right?  🙂  I am off to finish up that paper….and to start my first lesson with Deryn.  (This is the third class I’ve taken from her.)  But first, it’s time to go for a puppy walk…..

Have a great day, everyone.