Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Animal Communication & Energy

I'm taking a bit of time off from new animal communcation sessions for others, in order to
a) work with my dog on her bad hip, using energy tapping techniques
b) study up on energy and animal communication techniques.

One of the exciting things about the field of animal communication is that it is unlimited. The more you know, the more you know the less you know. So there is always something to discover and detect that makes the work finer.

I also want to investigate the different energy levels of different animals and plants. For example, some trees can be reached on an individual one-to-one communcation, and some plants connect up via a "group" conciousness. Dogs and cats speak individually. Is this because they are domesticated and need this skill to stay alive with us? Have they learned this as a survival skill?

Another book on my bedside table is The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. Even when we think we are eating with respect to the world, where are we blinded?

SCBWI - Children's Book Writers

4 days at the SCBWI Conference in LA - One Thousand People at this conference all passionate about children's books - and the impact writing and illustrating and publishing for this young audience can have on the future of our world.

Besides the overwhelming information from numerous well-spoken and entertaining speakers and workshops presented each hour, it brought me up-to-date on my Babar the elephant, Harold and the Purple Crayon favorites. Check out Flotsam, The Three Pigs, and for teens, Grief Girl as my new interests, along with Looking For Alaska as passionate, alive ways to wake up your mind. These all appeal to adults as well.

Even if I weren't already writing, this conference made me Have To Write.

SCBWI - Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Green That House

Ok. I really am not a reality show junkie. Especially since it means me and many other union actors don't have tv jobs. And everybody knows it really dumbs you down and cuts you out of being involved in your life. But GREEN THIS HOUSE says it's not a reality show. I believe them.

GREEN THIS HOUSE just selected our condo neighbors. Not just their condo - but the surrounding condos can get involved. We're going to have help greening this entire housing association, and it will be featured on Discovery Channel this Fall, so others can see what's possible. We're getting together a list of projects and see who wants to head which ones. Hm, now's my chance to get rid of the jailhouse searchlights that parade as outdoor safety lights, but keep me awake all night shining in my windows.

I'm reading COLLAPSE by Jared Diamond. How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. I'm excited about the prospect of living in a condo that is on good terms with the ground it's been built on. I'm also curious in how this green project will bring together our 14 unit condo neighbors - not everyone is going to think it's a fantastic opportunity.

Will we be SouthPark and agree to value all opinions in a free society?

Our energy is all connected. Yet one cannot make decisions for all, as each has their lessons to live through in their own way. Possible real mud being slung, cause I'm hoping to head the gardening project.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Farmers Market Challenge - 7/11

It does no good to arrive at the Farmer's Market without a game plan, a few recipes in mind. That's what happenned to me this week. I thought I would just go by color or what attracted me. Overwhelming. Although shopping by a color a week could be fun. I ended up with asparagus, red carrots that are orange inside, white donut peaches and lots of yellow squash and zuchinni. In backwards motion, I looked for recipes after buying the ingredients. The thrill of tracking it all down was missing. The food was good, but the Top Chef challenge was gone. Definitely more fun to cook when you have great ingredients, only an hour to do it and a recipe that makes you stretch. Then what ever happens either tastes really great or spurs discussion.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Submission of the Writing Sort

I'm sending off two manuscripts to editors today. Manuscript is too big a word for this package in my hands but not too big a word for this event.

I'm submitting two picture-book stories to two editors today.

Submit and wait.

Monday, July 2, 2007

The Weekly Farmers Market Challenge! - June 27

I cannot be dissuaded from my Summer Challenge of the Farmer's Market! This week, top colors of yellow summer squash next to deep purple tomatoes.

A chunky creamy soup recipe of
blenderized avocado,
one cucumber,
1/2 cup of plain yogurt
and a bit of red pepper!

A sliced carrot slaw of orange next to yellow raisins. A red beet salad with sunflower seeds. Somehow the sour cream showed up in another batch of cucumbers and tiny green onions marinating in the refridgerator.

Matisse in food form.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Technorati Profile

Animal Communication & Grounding

I talk to animals and they communicate back to me. More to say on this later, but for now this entry is about Grounding. Many of the people who contact me for help can improve their relationships with their animals by grounding themselves.

Grounding simply means releasing your energy out of your head, down like a river through your body, down your legs and deep into the ground. Often you'll feel your breath release, your shoulders release and your heart feel open.

When we are scared or too busy, all this great force goes right up into our heads! Or we stop it by holding our breath. Or shutting off our heart. We pull it all in, but what happens is we short-circuit ourselves in many ways. Our animals pick this up.

In future posts, I'm going to explain more and offer other ways to ground.

Monday, June 25, 2007

7 Deadly Challenges

Seven weeks of summer left. If you don't count a few weeks from Mid-August on where:

a) everyone in California goes on vacation. It's the deadest few weeks of the year, for those of us who are in an "on-call" type business.
b) anyone left behind in New York City is sitting in front of a fan, dripping wet. (Because if they are in NY, they are not on vacation).
c) something deeply stirs inside each of us to make the most of what was, and get ready for what is to come.

Before that time, however, I have 7 weeks of:

a) a painting class,
b) an attempt to rewrite and send out two children's stories to publishers,

and most important -

c) the Weekly Farmer's Market Challenge!

The Farmers Market Cooking Challenge

One of the reasons I am out in Los Angeles this summer is because of the colorful Farmer's Market on Third Street Promenade every Wednesday morning. REAL food.

Another indirect reason is because Top Chef just started a new season Wednesday night at 10 pm. Watching this show makes me so hungry. By the time the final dishes are shown or like Pavlov at 10:45 pm, I want to add 3500 calories to my intake and then sleep on it, dreaming of a full-time chef at my beck and call, my beans and cauliflower.

So I devised...a WEEKLY Farmers Market Challenge!

I run to the Farmer's Market on Third Street Promenade 2 blocks away from the Pacific Ocean with either ideas in mind or to be inspired by what's there, have my 20$ bill in my sweaty fist like a five year old, spend til there is no change left, and get on the Number 3 bus to arrive home, just in time to sit down at my at-home computer job, by 1 pm. After work is over, I have ONE HOUR to prepare my dishes (in order to accomplish it in Top Chef Real Time).

Whatever happens gets plated, and eaten up in front of the latest episode of Top Chef.

A Plate, a Glass of Wine, TV commentary, Food Discussion on preparation, politics, sustainability, creativity as offered up to an enthusiastic, high aesthetics but learning-as-we-go chef. Notice small caps.

Monday, December 18, 2006


I went to a marvelous party. Last night. Blue and green lights only on the tree. Blue and green ornaments. Leaves on the floor of the house. Magic house. Yes, you walked into the house and underneath your shoes were leaves. Crunching in the kitchen, living room, dining room. Arriving post-industry time. No deals being made. Just talk amongst old friends. The evite being scattered with bulletholes of replies from people confessing they were going to "lesser parties" "parties not so interesting as this one"

Good thing I don't host and e-scrutinize.

Do you know how fast you can get to an agent on the phone when you are not an actor?

We almost didn't go. We'd spent the entire day not doing my errands, but shopping for his. He himself and his family. All well done though. Except I still feel two days behind.

The best present we found we also bought a copy for ourselves. Annie L Photography from 1990 to 2005. Not only is it laid out so that the order of photos leads you into deeper revelation, the photos themselves make you take a deep breath in and relax. Inspiration.Fantastic meditation. Which brings you to points in your own life. Reflection. Anyone will make their own personal attachment and meaning to her book.

We shopped and shopped carrying heavy bags that grew. I missed out writing my daily allotment of 350 words for the 2nd day in the row. And we only have 3 days into a challenge of writing 350 words a day for 5 weeks. a challenge I myself set up.

Friday, December 8, 2006

Animals & Poinsettia Lovers

After many years of the ASPCA frowning on poinsettias and their killer attributes towards small beings including children and animals, the ASPCA now reports a huge downgrade of concern. Excerpt from their website report:

"As toxicologists at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) explain, poinsettias were first brought to the United States in the 1820s by J. Robert Poinsett, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico at the time. The myth of the plant’s toxicity began when the two-year-old child of a U.S. Army officer allegedly died from eating a poinsettia leaf. Says the APCC’s Dana B. Farbman, CVT, “In reality, ingestions typically produce only mild to moderate gastrointestinal tract irritation in pets, which may include drooling, vomiting and diarrhea.” "

Why would an animal be tempted towards red or white poinsettia leaves? Why would I be tempted in the direction of holiday sugar cookies - oh just one? You never know what it might taste like, so just try it, right? Curiousity killed the cat? Relief for a Post Holiday Headache?

Just let your animals know you are looking out for them by providing alternative holiday treats so they won't be binge-poinsettia eating. And get some red things to eat for yourself too.

Monday, December 4, 2006

Marcello and Lily

FYI: Marcello and Lily is Christine Sang's newest book - a children's book - on animal communications. Marcello is The Dog.