Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
I must thank Deborah for this beautiful award and the incredible gesture behind it. I am truly honored, Deborah. You are extremely kind. Here's what Deborah said when she got hers from another fine blogger:
Friday, November 23, 2007
The name of her blog, Modern Matriarch, tells us even more. Tricia describes a matriarchy as “a nonhierarchical society in which decisions are made by consensus. The term originates from the Greek “meter” for mother and “archê” for beginning or origin.” She goes on to describe traits of Matriarchal Societies as being: non-violent; having sexual freedom; venerating ancestors; with a close integration/interaction with nature.
Being a follower of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tricia’s summary of the “Heroine’s Journey”. Here it is:
The Heroine’s Journey
Separation from the Feminine
· As I manifest my destiny, I weigh each decision against these guiding principles:
· As an artist, it is my duty to be fearless in my self-expression and to discover the ancient path of the feminine narrative.
· As a spiritual being, I take comfort in connecting with the universal whole.
· As an individual, it is my obligation to seek new opportunities to challenge my intellect and honor my body as a sanctified temple.
· As a mother, it is my sacred duty to cherish my daughter while facilitating her own self-discovery.
· As a wife, it is my honor to appreciate the gift of my husband’s companionship while serving as a source of strength, joy, and inspiration.
· As a member of society, it is my task to model the benefits of cooperative coexistence.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Aw…You guessed…It’s Mel Kaye (aka Monday Morning Power, MMP, Killeris, Powerkis [I like that one] among other aliases) of the blog, Monday Morning Power. And if you didn’t know, well you obviously haven’t visited his site yet (OR read my title!). And, boy!— are you in for a treat!
Mel Kaye has been in the sales field for over 30 years and is currently Vice President of a major organization. He dispenses his wisdom with style, humor, alacrity and great showmanship. His advice is not pedantic, yet displays the confidence of a man who knows what he’s talking about and sincerely wishes to help. On his sidebar profile, Mel says: "Attitude is what lies beneath everything. It is the main key to happiness....there I go again. I believe that sharing something positive with the world is what we are all meant to do." Mel’s titles say everything about what his posts are about: for instance there’s his series entitled, “Are You Prepared for Success?” Another recent post is called “Timing is Everything.”
His latest post when I last checked was called, “Best ‘Out of Office’ automated replies”, which is quite funny, in a addition to pointing out some of the foibles of having a bad attitude…Here are a few:
1. I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Please be prepared for my mood.
2. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.
3. Sorry to have missed you, but I am at the doctor's having my brain and heart removed so I can be promoted to our management team.
I particularly like his post entitled, “My Mother Taught Me…” in which he lists several sagely proverbs that he’d interpreted from what his mother had said…Hilarious. Here are a few:
1. My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done: “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”
2. My mother taught me religion: “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
3. My mother taught me about time travel: “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
4. My mother taught me logic: “Because I said so! That’s why!”
5. My mother taught me more logic: “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
There are a lot more, but I’ll let you go to his post and laugh your guts out. I still really like the one about ESP, Mel! (silly grin).
I admire Mel for his honesty, persistence and dedication to improving our attitude. On his sidebar, Mel says, “A dose of "Monday Morning Power" and a cup of coffee and you're ready for whatever awaits you.” I couldn’t agree more, Mel. Thank you. The Blogosphere thanks you.
Prompted by my last week’s Friday Feature in which I featured that elegant lady, WalksFarWoman of Kissing the Dogwood, Mel bestowed upon me his wonderful “Winning Attitude Award”. Mel explains: “This award is based on positive thinking and is meant for those blogs who base their existence, in part or in whole, on Positive Winning Attitudes.” Thank you so much, Mel! I am honored.
On another positive note, Here is the latest press release on my book, “Darwin Paradox”, which, thanks to you and others, is doing quite well out there. For those of you (e.g. authors, artists, etc.) who want to see what a kicking press release looks like, this one, produced by Karen Mason (Internet marketing wizard and SEO), is worth taking a look at. The release also gives you a good idea of what my book is about. So, if you’re curious, take a look.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Besides Amazon (e.g., in the U.S.: http://www.amazon.com/; in Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/; in the U.K.: http://www.amazon.co.uk/; in Germany: http://www.amazon.de/; in France: www.amazon.fr/; in Japan: http://www.amazon.jp/), the book can be found throughout North America (both at stores and through their online webstores) at:
Barnes & Noble
White Dwarf Books (Vancouver)
The Sentry Box (Calgary)
Blackwell Books (UK)
various online bookstores (as an ebook)
You can also buy or order the book at Target (http://www.target.com/), one of the major department stores in the U.S. as well as India and Malaysia, Wal-Mart, or purchase it online at Buy.com, another major retail store. And those are only the ones I know about (the writer tends to know paltry little when it comes to publishery stuff).
It's been only half-a-day and I noticed that it's ALREADY temporarily out of stock/sold out at some stores. YOU did that! Thank you so much! Those of you who haven't ordered it yet, not to worry...go ahead and order...more are coming!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This integrity award came originally from Shinade at the Painted Veil, another cool lady who practices integrity. Here's her mantra: I am interested in everything that God has created within this universe. And I have an almost unquenchable thirst for knowledge. And my grandest dream and prayer is for peace in the world and that no-one lack for any need.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
...Following on the heels of my last post on "balance" and the "mandala", I wanted to ask you if you'd ever pondered the wondrous nature of self-similarity of shapes that make up our natural world. From atoms and orbiting electrons to galaxies ... we see self-similarity in objects from small to large all around us. In the clouds above you, in a piece of coastline or a river network. Scientists call these shapes fractals.
Friday, November 9, 2007
The quote she chose as her moniker is one by George Eliot: "Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away".
Yeah…you guessed it. I’m proudly featuring WalksFarWoman of Kissing the Dogwood.
Her posts flow like a rich brook, running from a prayer by Max Ehrmann to a touching personal story to her own inspirational photograph and tagline or poem or WalksFar’s own acrostic poetry. In all cases there is something to learn and contemplate and stir the heart. Delivered from a humble and caring heart, her lessons in moral integrity embrace the reader with such warmth one leaves with a lighter heart, a warm smile and the glow of having been touched by an angel. Which brings me to my personal favorite of her posts: Touched By Low Flying Angels. Here it is:
“You’re a boy genius” I told him.
“You’re beautiful” he replied, his lovely smiling face pinned behind corrective specs which led to a hard time with bullies at school.
“Your cheeks are more delicious than rosy apples!” I scoffed - and then in all innocence he said …
“and you’re a low flying angel!”
It took my breath away because I couldn’t imagine why or how a 6 year old would think of this especially since it was a saying I’d never heard before and one I have never forgotten because it made me ponder that there really could be angels moving freely among us here on earth. So from pondering I went to believing, not only that I am claiming to have encountered many of them, here are just three.
Hold the Front Page!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
A few years ago, amid the calamitous rush of a crowded mall I stumbled across an island of utter and focused peace: three Tibetan monks, dressed in their characteristic orange togs, were crouched on the mall floor, quietly and diligently creating a mandala. The noise and clatter of the mall melted away as I realized that I was witnessing something sacred.
The monks were essentially creating a sandpainting in the form of a circle that often represents the Universe. The word “mandala” loosely means “circle” and comes from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. It represents wholeness and can be interpreted as a model for the organizational structure of life itself—a cosmic diagram that reminds us of how we are all related to the infinite and an existence that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
Monday, November 5, 2007
I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is separated by only six other people. Six degrees of separation. Between us and everybody else on this planet. The president of the United States. A gondolier in Venice. Fill in the names. I find that a) tremendously comforting that we’re so close and b) like Chinese water torture that we’re so close. Because you have to find the right six people to make the connection…I’m bound to everyone on this planet by a trail of six people…every person is a new door, opening up into other worlds—John Guare, Six Degrees of Separation, 1990
Friday, November 2, 2007
- Barnes & Noble
- White Dwarf Books (Vancouver)
- The Sentry Box (Calgary)
- various online bookstores (as an ebook)
You can also buy or order the book at Target (www.target.com), one of the major department stores in the U.S. as well as India and Malaysia, Wallmart, or purchase it online at Buy.com, another major retail store.And those are only the ones I know about (the writer tends to know paltry little when it comes to publishery stuff). If you've enjoyed my blog articles and short stories and enjoy thoughtful and provative science fiction (with a kicking plot) and are inclined to purchase Darwin's Paradox, then here are a few things that I unabashedly, shamelessly exhort you, dear reader, to do:
- If purchasing through Amazon, purchase my book on the day of release (November 15, 2007) to drive sales that day into such significant figures to make my book noticeable on the Amazon radar (which will place the book so that more people will see it)
- go to your local bookstore and ask them to order Darwin's Paradox
And if you're interested in an audiobook (with voice artist Heather Dugan) we'll be arranging that too, hopefully.
So, today's Friday Feature, is run by the incredibly talented and energetic Karen Mason and dedicated to my book, "Darwin's Paradox". And through no major stretch of the imagination, it's also called "Darwin's Paradox".
What wonderful items can you find there? Well, here are a few juicy bits:
- Chapters One through Thirteen of the book (available in eight different languages: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese)
- podcasts of chapters One to Thirteen (so far) done by voice artist Heather Dugan
- schedule of my appearances (including conventions and booktours)
- select interviews
- writing tips
- media kit (including press release, media material, etc.)
I am so indebted to Karen for tirelessly running this site and for her astute advice on blogging, internet navigation, media design, logic, human behaviour (remember, I'm an alien) and good wine.