Tuesday, February 28, 2012

juice fast 101

There's this movie- Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by an Aussie fella by the name of Joe Cross. It was a well-done documentary movie that Mar and I recently watched. I highly recommend it.

Joe goes on a 60-day juice diet weighing in at 309 or so lbs and inspires other folks to do the same; one of whom who is over the 420+ lb mark. Of course the diet works for them.

My beautiful wife Margaret, is today, completing 30 days of juice only and has lost 16+ lbs. It has been an interesting journey. I tried to complete the last ten days with her and failed miserably after 1.5 days.

I am so proud of Mar. The sheer will-power to do nothing, but drink fresh made juice 3+ times daily has been nothing short of inspiring.

We have juiced so many different things; from onions and garlic to beets and cantaloupe. It is amazing how tasty juice is. Apples and pears are key ingredients....they just make everything taste better.

Her fave is what we call - carrot, apple, ginger- Basically equal amounts of carrot and apples and good healthy 1" or so piece of ginger root.

Tomorrow, when she is going to allow herself to eat some solid food she is going to go for some salads.

This diet has really helped my garden composting, in fact so much that I had to stop composting. We had a lot of fresh veggie and fruit scraps.

I married a beautiful woman....inside and out. No matter how she looks I love her, and what I love about this is that she feels good about herself. This makes me happy.

Check out the movie....it's really interesting....and if it moves you - - go buy a juicer.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Path of Positivity

Paths are by choice. We get to choose them.

And once we chose then....well.....isn't how we react to the path and it undulating ways our choice(s) as well?

I have been struck by this comment all too often- People don't make you feel a certain way, it is your choice to feel whatever way you choose.

I feel like I am coming out of a tunnel of darkness, heading out into the light, but also knowing it is myself that choose to follow that path of darkness as well.

Today I learned this important fact- The #1 common factor among people who had a net-worth of a of 10 million dollars was this - - integrity

When following the paths of life and when given choices we have but one overall task and that is to be true to ourselves and who we define ourselves to be. 

By doing this I do believe we choose a path that is in the light. The bright shinning light. Light that is blinding and a light that can be, at times, blinding.

Being blinded by the light can only be a good thing.

Friday, February 17, 2012

February Poem

Mirror in February

The day dawns, with scent of must and rain,
Of opened soil, dark trees, dry bedroom air.
Under the fading lamp, half dressed -- my brain
Idling on some compulsive fantasy --
I towel my shaven jaw and stop, and stare,
Riveted by a dark exhausted eye,
A dry downturning mouth.It seems again that it is time to learn,
In this untiring, crumbling place of growth
To which, for the time being, I return.
Now plainly in the mirror of my soul
I read that I have looked my last on youth
And little more; for they are not made whole
That reach the age of Christ.
Below my window the wakening trees,
Hacked clean for better bearing, stand defaced
Suffering their brute necessities;
And how should the flesh not quail, that span for span
Is mutilated more? In slow distaste
I fold my towel with what grace I can,
Not young, and not renewable, but man.

Thomas Kinsella

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Snow Moon

The Snow Moon is the February full moon. It was full last night, 2/7/2012 and it was beautiful. Tonight it snows albeit flurries and a mere coating, but how apt to have a snow with the moon so full. 

The moon is always a sight to behold whether it is but a sliver of a crescent , waxing or waning it is always most beautiful. 

The universe so vast it is not to be understood and a place where there are countless moons, but it only the one moon I know intimately and it is upon this moon I fix my gaze. The light of the full moon illuminating the darkness, it's light so white and bright as it dances across the sky. 

Like all light, it guides and the place it guides me is towards God for it is He that has made the moon in the sky. It tells me how I am nothing and everything simultaneously. 

The moon sets a peacefulness on my soul like God, it is always gentle, but yet powerful as is He. 

I love watching it wax and wane repeatedly, never tiring of it's infinite beauty and various shapes and hues. 

Look for it, see and feel it, for it is in this you can rest assured that God is ever present for God's presence, not always seen or felt, like the moon, is always present. Promise. 

Thursday, February 02, 2012

regrets of life, b4 death

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.
1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 

2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Here are mine - 
 1. Yes, I dedicated to much time to work most especially in my younger days. At times it defined me. Now I try to let me define my work. 
2. I didn't tell my family how much I loved them. I tell my beautiful wife and my awesomely wonderful children this quite often. It is my siblings and parents that I need to tell this too.
3. Coincidence. I don't believe in it. So therefore when something seems coincidental I would like to more aptly take advantage of it. Grab it, embrace it and not ever look the other way. 
4. I wish I had the wisdom of today many yesterday's ago. Alas.....that ain't gonna happen now is it. That being said--  I wish I would have followed my heart more and not my brain. My heart is much smarted then my brain. 
5. I wish I had learned a trade with my hands. Be it a carpenter, a mason, a musician, an artist, a sculptor.......I find beauty in creating things and as I write this @ 49 (next week!) I realize time is disappearing with each keystroke. 
6. Yes, I am taking advantage of my blogging rights and adding a #6. There's this bible verse- Encourage one another daily as long as it is called today. Most people would say I am an encourager and while I can agree to an extent, I think I can do better. 
Special thanks on today's blog to Nurse Ware, theguardian (www.guardian.co.uk ) and of course God's word (Hebrews 3). 

...to love one another.....

to love one another

shine to each other

give to each other

to show one another

to live for each other

breathe for another

share for another

teach one another

to grow for each other

smile to each other


your brother
your sister

Wednesday, February 01, 2012


Yeah, I'm all about Him....you know, God....we can't see Him or can we and can we feel Him?
I MEAN REALLY?????????.....can we??????

I do feel Him and yes, I can see Him too.

Yes, there are a few things that come into play for this to happen.
a) I have to want to feel Him
b) I have to believe I will feel Him
c) repeat this--- I HAVE TO believe I will feel Him
d) now....look for Him, search for Him, seek Him

He won't be hard to find.

You have to look and sometimes depending upon your heart you will have to look hard and you have to believe and you have to look and believe. Then start talking to him.....call Him.

Serious - - - - talk to Him.    CALL UPON HIM.

Believing can be hard and understanding His existence can be even harder. I get it.

I have a hard time really believing that He isn't there more then He is. I have to work towards this.
I can see His beauty everywhere and His word is THE most powerful thing I have ever known.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.  Proverbs