Spiritual Path

20 Mar 19
Cooking Smores On the Burning Bush

Orthodox like my fist to your face! Did you know that St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, once punched a guy in the face? The story goes that St. Nicholas, the real life bishop from Asian Minor on whom the myth of Santa Claus is based, punched a heretic named Arius in the face at the council […]

20 Mar 19
The Wandering Squatch

I’m sitting outside on my mothers deck on Miscou Island, the most North Easterly point in New Brunswick. I’m listening to the waves and watching the many lobster boats hustle to get as much lobster as they can because their short season in which they make a living is coming to a close. Last summer […]

20 Mar 19
365 eBible Study

Numbers 33:1-56 Luke 4:31-5:11 Proverbs 11:1-6 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2 NIV) Pride is a sneaky sin. We hear the words “Take pride in yourself” and hear parents mention how proud they are of their children. As adults, we know that we must work hard to get […]

20 Mar 19
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20 Mar 19
Rhetorical Questions

There are those who claim that the “American Dream” is dead and that we will never again enjoy the opportunities available to previous generations. There is ample evidence to support this view, but the reality is more complicated. Over the past half-century, the American economy has undergone massive changes. Overall, the economy has grown, but […]

20 Mar 19
Write Extraordinary

Like many other writers, I spend a lot of time alone.  And I like it.  A lot. But I also founded the Athens Writers Association. Why?  What pulls us writers out of our shells, away from our peaceful little nest-like abodes, and out into the public eye, the uneasy conversation, or even onto the (gasp!) […]

20 Mar 19
Russia News Now

Tulsi Gabbard visited the San Francisco Bay Area last weekend. The three term Congresswoman from Hawaii is 37 years old and ethnically diverse. Remarkably, she has 15 years of military experience in the US Army and National Guard as well as substantial political experience. She was elected to the Hawaii State Assembly at age 21. […]

20 Mar 19
Book Basset

A few days of sunshine was all that was needed to encourage a few of the bulbs I planted last weekend, pop up. I saw their little green heads peeking through the soil yesterday and that gave me a real sense of satisfaction. Most of the garden looks like a huge dirt mound, so seeing […]

20 Mar 19
Discourses on Minerva

Where the city of man is founded on the love of self to the point of contempt of God, the city of God is found on the love of God—and by extension, others—to the point of contempt of self.[i] The city of God is also about enlargement; for it is the truly universal city spread […]

20 Mar 19
Michelle's Musings

I am so excited that my book Witchery: Embrace The Witch Within by Juliet Diaz will be arriving tomorrow! I cannot wait to begin reading and learning from this book. I feel it is the perfect reading material as I venture into my new life and become more of my True Self. I feel this […]

20 Mar 19
Be Happy Be Naked

This year in the northern hemisphere the Spring or Vernal Equinox falls on Wednesday 20th March 2019. The equinox marks the day when day and night are the same lengths all over the world, with the word equinox literally meaning ‘equal night’ in Latin. The spring equinox marks the change of the seasons and as […]

20 Mar 19
Thrive Global
In many respects, having a child is comparable to playing the lottery.  There are multiple variables at work.  Rather than dealing in numbers, we deal in genes.  Such genes are frequently labeled as “favorable” or “unfavorable” and society has set the qualification standards in place.  I like to call this measuring tool the “F-F Scale”—for “Fame” and “Fortune.”  If the genetic stars do not align along either of those two paths, then a less desirable “F” may come into play—FAILURE! In the “Fame” category, we often think of Hollywood movie stars, right?  They are blessed with attributes such as charisma, wit, and above all—super human social skills.  Among the “common” folk, these strong social skills may lead to increased popularity in school, which often progresses into an ability to “network” effectively—a generally useful tool for climbing the corporate ladder.  Within the “Fortune” category, social skills are not necessarily a prerequisite.  Those who are more adept at analytical thinking may find themselves earning top dollars as software engineers, where communication skills may be beneficial… but not essential. Parents… what do we do when we suspect our children may have the “Failure” gene?  Is there a “Failure” gene?  Well, I thought so and was convinced that my second son had it!  I went through the following three stages when grappling over this matter: 1. The Identification Stage My eldest son was labeled as “Gifted” based on a combination of academic performance and standardized test scores.  Neither I nor my husband ever really had to help him in school.  He just got it!  Everything sort of came naturally to him—easy as that! While everything came easily to my first son, I could certainly not say the same for my second!  No matter how much I tried to help him, things just didn’t sink in!  Out of complete frustration and a bit of resignation, I found myself asking, “could nature have dealt my son a “failure” gene?” 2. The Exhaustion Stage While I was willing to chalk up many things to nature, this simply wasn’t one of them!  Despite my unwavering determination, timing couldn’t have been worse for me.  At the height of my son’s academic woes, I was at the height of exhaustion.  Not only was I working full-time in my Occupational Therapy (OT) practice, but I was pursuing my Doctoral degree as well.  Despite all this, the well-being of my child remained top priority. As a Pediatric OT residing in one of the top educational communities in the Chicago area, I knew that it was only a matter of time before I would uncover a solution.  Several months later, not only was my exhaustion at peak capacity, but I had seemingly exhausted all the options my community had to offer.  As hopeless as things appeared at the time, there was one thing I had on my side—resilience!  A mother’s love for her child was unfaltering, and I was prepared to do whatever possible for his well-being. 3. The Spiritual Stage One evening, I was assigned to listen to a guest lecturer who spoke about a concept called Precision Teaching.  Her words began to inspire a tone of divine intervention.  The program she described was precisely what my son needed!  I phoned her the next morning to inquire further, although I was basically sold before she picked up the phone.  She indicated that I would need to bring my son to their learning lab in New York.  Within a few short weeks of that conversation, we were on a flight! After seeing the program in action, I knew it was the solution!  While I fully expected the miraculous results it had on my son, I wasn’t exactly prepared for the effect it would have on me.  The moment I experienced it, I knew I had to bring this revolutionary concept back home.  I truly believe it to have been a spiritual calling and one that would alter my career forever.  I now had the ability to offer a program to my community that could advance children 1 to 2 grade levels in just 40 hours of instruction.  I thought to myself… “How amazing is that?” Conclusion While nature is certainly a powerful force, it is not the only force at play.  As parents, we wield an equally powerful sword—one comprised of undying devotion and endless love for our children.  There is no such thing as a “failure” gene, but instead our world has an educational system that does not serve all children equally.  In other words, every child learns at different speeds and through different means.  As a result, many students will develop learning gaps along the way.  Once those gaps are identified and filled, only then can students begin that rewarding journey toward academic recovery.
20 Mar 19
Romancing the Dispatcher

Title: Mercenary and His Outlaw Series: Twisted Iron MC #1 Author: Kayce Kyle & Liberty Parker Genre: MC Romance Release Date: December 20, 2018   Mercenary My self-inflicted name says it all. I’m a nomadic soldier for hire. This isn’t just a job to me, this is my life and who I am. I’ve recently been […]

20 Mar 19
Five Element Mountain

Mohammed B. Al-Otaibi Dear nothingness, I don’t write to you again, in a time of much uncertainty. It has been no less than a few hours since Kuan-yin embarked on my quest to bring improvements upon the inhabitants of the four continents. After giving an enlightening sermon to the Bodhisattva and arhats, I inquired into […]

20 Mar 19
starfireteja

Awaken the holy fire of creativity within you, while deepening your spiritual connection with the Earth, through reading about the life and teachings of Hildegard, a bold 12th century German Rhineland mystic, prophet, healer, writer, and musician. Matthew Fox’s book Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century […]