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Come on by Craft Shows

Just before Easter, you can find that special gift for others or yourself at  two Springtime Craft Shows:

Saturday, March 24th, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Binghamton University in New York

Sunday, March 25th, from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Wayne Valley High School in New Jersey

Stop by my vendor booth and check out the books I’ve written. Good reads about relationships, mindfulness, an Easter dog, family, women progressing along with men.

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Come on by the Women’s Expo

I will be one of many vendors at the 9th annual New York Women’s Expo in Albany, February 24 & 25th.

The Expo is designed for women.

I see us expanding the definition of woman and women. We reflect compassion, insight, strength, wisdom, bravery, and integrity, equal to all people and increasingly.

I’ll be selling my books, in which you will find strong female characters:

I Am My Father-Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir tells about life as a girl working on the family farm, operating machinery and learning not to back down to authoritarians. $10

Zen Kitty and Other Meows is a booklet containing blogs and articles I’ve written in the past. Many topics are covered. You can read about the time I interviewed a monk who wanted to sit on my motorcycle. $5

Zen Dogs and Other Woofs is another booklet containing more blogs and articles, covering many subjects along with dogs. $5

from science & religion to God: A Narrative of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health is a briefer version of a spiritual book written in the 19th century about healing and divine Mind. $10

21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: A Version of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health is a full-text version of Eddy’s book on spirituality and self-determination. $15

A Foster Child Comes to Stay with Josie and Brooke is a children’s book, a true story about inspiration and the power of family love. $5

Magenta’s Family Christmas is a book written by Carly Hilios (my daughter) for young adults. Magenta is a foster teenager who learns more about the true meaning of family. $5

Location of Women’s Expo: Siena College Marcell Athletic Complex, Albany, NY

February 24 & 25, 2018

Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

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Craft Show Success

Nearly 100 vendors gave customers a wide selection of gift shopping last weekend in Oneonta, New York. I sold my books, which make for good cozy reading during the winter. Top seller was Zen Kitty and other Meows. Zen Kitty is not specifically about a cat, but is a collection of short articles and blogs I’ve written in the past. Positive, inspiring, and hopeful blogs.


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Riding horses with gratitude for what’s real

horse ride 2017I haven’t been on a horse in years. So, when Nichole came to visit and asked about horse riding, it took me a while to locate accommodations.

In Walton, New York, Country Meadows Equine, was the place. Very nice.

We rode twice. Two different days. Both days were radiant with vivid color and peacefulness.

Nichole had a grand time learning about horses. We walked, trotted, and cantered.

For me, it all came back. Like riding a bike, I guess.

Quoting from science & religion to God:

Being grateful is an important rule; however, being grateful for material wealth and physical health is different from being grateful for spiritual qualities sustained by Life, Truth, and Love. Gratitude for honesty, humility, and hard work, while we live the honesty, humility, and perseverance is powerful.

The prayer for grace is shown in courage, forbearance, love, and good deeds.

Flags are a part of Memorial Day

We like our symbols. Especially when we’ve lost someone who died fighting for freedom and have gratitude for their services.

I’ve selected a few photos of flags taken over the years.

cooperstown flag

Flag outside library in Cooperstown, NY

B and Doug front of rink flags small

Many flags of the world in NYC

Flag Drop Box in Franklin Legion

Flag drop in Franklin, NY, for honorable flag demise

The one Mind’s communication

The idea of one Mind isn’t new. I learned it through the teachings of 19th century’s Mary Baker Eddy. In her writings, I also discovered the idea that all communication comes from this one divine Mind.

How does that help me?

When I feel as though I’m misunderstanding another person, I calmly remind myself that human minds don’t really communicate and that I can tune into divine Mind. Understanding flows easier when I do this.

In my prayers, I try to understand just what does Mind communicate? Because Mind is Love, it can only communicate loving, loveable thoughts. It can’t communicate fear and loss.

This helps when I don’t have a cell phone on me. For example, on March 24, I drove nearly 2-hours to get to the Rhinecliff train station. I entered an empty train station, ready to pick up our daughter and her family. The fact there was no one in the station was eerie. After about 4 minutes, a young lady walked in and asked if I was waiting for the 11:58 train.

“Yes,” I said.

Then she was curious because, “I heard the train was canceled because of derailment.”

I nearly panicked, but she added, “I don’t know who to call to learn if the train is coming.”

I told her, “If I can borrow your phone, I can call my other daughter at home and she will know.”

The young lady graciously let me borrow her phone.

“Yes Mom, the train was canceled and sister is headed to Grand Central Station to catch a metro train to Beacon. Call me from there when you arrive,” I heard over the phone.

We were glad to hear no serious injurious occurred and I got in the car and drove to Beacon.

After arriving, a nice young man let me use his phone to call home again. I heard, “Yes, sister will arrive at 2:09.”

I’m thankful that there is no interruption in the communication of divine Mind. I’m thankful there is constant reception between God and us, and our Father-Mother God’s communication is all done with love, grace, and simplicity.

Don’t burden others with superficial

Religion has repeatedly cleaned its face after getting dirty by wallowing in creeds and dictates. I just read in the book Acts, when Christ’s disciples reversed the dictate to circumcise.

We have the mind to check our hearts. To purify our intents and image forth love and truth.

Acts 15: 1, 6-8, 13- 19-20

But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”

The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.

13 After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me.

19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, 20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.”

Quoting from science & religion to God:

Superficial loyalty is flawed.

Tyranny and arrogance need constantly to be cleaned out of church temples and codes. The vanity of superficial worship needs to be purged. It is more important to welcome the stranger at the church door than to build a fabulous edifice.

Spirituality isn’t in limited supply. It isn’t controlled by a person or organization. The spiritual idea and its healing power can’t be monopolized.

It is with spiritual sense that we discern the heart of infinity.”

This cleansing is happening. I reported on two women, from two different religions, who came together to host an event to provide refugee relief.

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