Posts Tagged ‘United States’

TAKING OUT THE TRASH

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Because of the Thanksgiving Holiday last week the trash collection day was shifted from Friday to Saturday for our streetimg_Great-Pacific-Garbage-Patch_2 here in Cardiff. Not wanting to be a bad neighbor by  having the trash sit on the street for an extra day,  I waited until Friday to put out the trash. Or, well, at least I intended to put the  trash out  on Friday, but Saturday morning around  7 am I heard the trash  trucks driving  by and realized I had forgotten  to put the trash out. I raced downstairs but was too late.  Oh my,Thanksgiving  day trash and  our bins are  full to the brim. What are we going to do the rest of the week as we create more trash?

I was  somewhat disappointed with myself for forgetting about the trash but it got me thinking how important  trash removal is to our entire planet. In my novel The Power of Twelve, Arnold Wheeler Dealer refers to getting rid of undesirables as  “taking out the  trash.”  Throughout the United  States the problem of waste removal is becoming more and more problematic. We are running out of places to dump our trash and in some cities trash is being  floated off to remote locations altogether. And no one wants to store nuclear trash.

With seven billion people on this planet (and growing) the problem of trash removal and disposal is not going to go away. The elimination of what no longer serves our  physical body is essential to  our individual health. Go to any hospital where there are people whose digestion organs are not working properly and you will find patients in great pain and suffering, many even close to death. (more…)

Healing and Giving

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Surrounded by family and friends, and with some time for reflection on all we have to be grateful for, Thanksgiving imagesweekend was a time for healing and giving.

There is a direct link between healing and giving thanks. In studying Soul Healing Miracles by Dr. and Master Sha, we learn that the first step towards any healing is giving thanks to the creator and all beings who share our higher soul purpose. During Thanksgiving we are able to stop our normal flow of activities and focus on resting or undertaking leisure activities that can nurture what ails us or requires attention. We do not need to limit this attention to physical issues only. Often the holidays can be a time to heal emotional wounds and, as I am learning not just from Dr. and Master Sha but also from my other wonderful healing client, Uwe Albrecht, M.D., emotional issues are often at the heart of physical maladies. (more…)

Factory in White

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

In my previous blog I wrote about the family of Dr. Claret and his famous white parties in Cadaques.  It is an honor that myfactory foto daughter is marrying into such a wonderful family. Not only was Dr. Claret one of  the most esteemed  child surgeons, professors, and medical experts in the world, he was a great humanitarian who offered his services for free to clinics in Sierra Leone and elsewhere in Africa both during and after he had retired from teaching and medicine. Perhaps just as importantly, Dr. Claret was a man who knew how to enjoy life and who focused on his five daughters and thirteen grandchildren as his primary source of happiness and joy. Even above his children, grandchildren and work (he considered the thousands of children whose lives he saved or improved his extended family), Dr. Claret noted in his autobiography that the greatest joy and inspiration in his life was his wife Toña. Dr. Claret met Toña in 1952. She was a nurse and he was just completing his internship. They worked and socialized together for four years and then married in 1956. They built his medical practice together and raised five children and lived an extraordinary life. But the most extraordinary aspect of this life, according to Dr. Claret, was his sixty-year relationship with his beloved Toña.

It is not surprising to me that a Catalan of such world renown and accomplishments would place his relationship with his wife above all other joys, Catalans are known for their romanticism, loyalty and commitment to family.

But throughout the rest of Spain, Catalans are known above all for their work ethic. Catalonia is by far the richest province in Spain. In part this may be due to natural resources.  But the biggest factor is the work ethic of the Catalans. Dr. Isidro Claret was no exception. (more…)

Libraries and Global Publishing

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of addressing librarians at their annual conference in Charleston, South Carolina as the Interior_view_of_Stockholm_Public_Libraryguest of Mitch Davis of Bibliolabs, Mitch is working on a number of initiatives that will enable libraries, if they choose, to become centers for self-publishing. I strongly support this concept and intend to work with Mitch to enable all one hundred thousand libraries in the United States to in effect become book publishers for their author constituents. With projections of up to one million self-published books to be released in the next two years, it is only logical that libraries participate as partners for these authors whose books are, for the most part, likely to sell fewer than one hundred copies.

One of the unique concepts Mitch and I are exploring is the ability to publish these titles as ebooks with distribution to all one hundred thousand libraries as a free or nearly free subscription service. Authors will benefit from exposure of their works to all libraries and can coordinate local promotions with their initiating co-publishing.  Local library costs for ebook self-publishing can be reduced from what existing self-publishing services are charging,  Even low cost Create Space, which Mitch founded and then sold to Amazon several years ago, would be more expensive. (more…)