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charlie, star & melissa

we all know there are two sides to every story and often it’s only a third party that can see the point of view from both sides.   as a third party, i’m really trying here but i’ve come to the conclusion that no one can ever truly understand crazy.

80 year old charles manson is getting married.  he’s marrying an attractive 26 year old girl named afton, who calls herself star.  i am not even going to try and understand this but that’s not what has me so perplexed.  i’m more concerned about star’s mother, melissa burton, who is quoted in today’s ny post: 

“I know [Manson] has made lots of bad choices, but I don’t think he’s dangerous. The media has made him into more of a monster than he is,” she said.

“I’m not scared about [Afton’s] safety and I don’t believe my daughter is brainwashed.

When she first came out with it, I was shocked because the media really makes him look crazy,”

here is a picture of the happy couple:


Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
 ~ Buddha

good words for the new year

no matter what – one of my all time favorite songs.  


No matter what they tell us, no matter what they do
No matter what they teach us, what we believe is true
No matter what they call us, however they attack
No matter where they take us, we’ll find our own way back

I can’t deny what I believe, I can’t be what I’m not
I know I’ll love forever
I know, no matter what

If only tears were laughter, if only night was day
If only prayers were answered then we would hear God say:
“No matter what they tell you, no matter what they do
No matter what they teach you, what you believe is true”

And I will keep you safe and strong and sheltered from the storm
No matter where it’s barren, a dream is being born
No matter who they follow, no matter where they lead
No matter how they judge us, I’ll be everyone you need.

~ Meat Loaf


Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
 ~ Buddha



reporting the facts

“3 Days of Hell”

reads the headline in the ny post this morning . . . .  hmmmm.  can this be considered reporting the news?  because i think it’s more like just making things up for an exciting story that has not and may not happen.    the following was reported all in one article this morning:

“Frankenstorm is roaring our way”
“a nor’easter on steroids”
“We are looking at it as a historic storm that will cause catastrophic damage over a large area.”

“Gov. Cuomo yesterday declared a statewide state of emergency.”

“complete shutdown of subways, buses and trains”

“Con Ed and other power companies in the Northeast are preparing for widespread electricity outages that emergency-management officials fear could stretch past Election Day on Nov. 6.”

” it will bring a “huge disaster” ”

. . .  and, oh by the way . . . 

“If Long Island is the target, the storm will hit later and probably have less of an impact on the five boroughs.”

stay tuned and i will let you know if it rains!


“How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.”
~ Herbert Spencer

the more you know . . .


Here are the top 10 ways people give away their power:

1. Asking others what they should do.

2. Thinking God decides who gets what.

3. Worrying about how their dream will come true.

4. Thinking they have dues to pay.

5. Attaching to unimportant details and outcomes.

6. Believing in soul mates.

7. Thinking karma or spiritual contracts are absolute.

8. Fear of anything, especially falling in love.

9. Waiting for their ducks to line up before acting.

10. Choosing to be unhappy.

these words come from mike dooley and you can find many more words of wisdom on his website, here.


Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer.
~  Ernest Holmes


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the life you live shouldn’t differ from the words you speak

silence is sometimes the best answer.

“You can bend it and twist it… You can misuse and abuse it… But even God cannot change the Truth.”
– Michael Levy

truth: next exit

“There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself – an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.”
– Antisthenes


source: The School of Practical Philosophy

internet liar

this has been bugging me for a long time now & i’m open to suggestions that may resolve this conflict.  other than truly obvious exaggerations which i often use,  i try to be truthful.  by obvious exaggerations i mean saying things like, “i have a million things to do”  or,  “i feel like my head is going to explode” – you know, the silly things you say that you don’t expect people to believe.  at least i don’t think anyone ever took the exploding head scenario too seriously.  anyway, ever since i attended a seminar in 2000 where they made a point of pointing out how people often dishonor agreements (lie) no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, it has an effect on your integrity, i’ve been uber aware of my words.  that’s not to say i’ve been impeccable with my words, but aware.  i catch the lies. it’s mostly small stuff like when i tell myself i will not go to quick mart anymore for that chemical cappuccino that i love so much, and then i find myself driving to quick mart.  but i am conscious of the lie.   as far as knowingly speaking untruthfully to another person, well that’s a rare occasion that generally only occurs when i don’t have the presence to gracefully not answer a question they have asked when it would not be so kind to tell the truth.  but i have been diligently working on that for several years and improving my diplomacy skills while remaining truthful most of the time.

here’s the dilemma.  often times when you join a website, download stuff or upgrade software on the internet, an annoying little box pops up and asks you to check a box indicating that you have read and understand the terms of agreement.  there have been times i have actually clicked on the terms link only to find many paragraphs of legalese  – there have even been a couple of occasions when i read it.  but usually i don’t bother to look and i check the box that says i read & agree to the terms when i did not.  if i read and agreed to the terms on all of the webpages that i visit requiring me to check the box, i would have time for nothing else  – like eating or sleeping (possible obvious exaggeration).

i could stop using the internet all together in an effort to avoid this inner conflict, but that does not seem practical.  i may just have to take a speed reading class & give up eating.


“What would it be like to communicate from a part of your own self that is absolutely free from self-consciousness, that is fearless, uncorrupted, and passionately interested in the truth?”
Andrew Cohen