Archive for September, 2013

Example of Why Senators Continue the Monsanto Protection Act

I’ve been an annoying little constituent lately and have been calling and emailing my Representatives and Senators about two main issues: the sneaky War on Syria and the continuation of the Monsanto Protection Act. Since one of these Reps and my Senator required me to use an online form to contact them instead of just sending the petition electronically, I decided to click “yes” when asked if I wanted a response, in part as tit for tat, but also because really, I want to know what in the world these people are thinking!!

I received a letter from Rep. Jackie Walorski saying that she’s “not on the committee” but would “keep your thoughts in mind” should it ever come to a House vote again. The letter very carefully does not reveal any indication of her stance on GMO’s, stating instead “it’s a complicated issue.” Um, yeah! Runaway, poisonous genes in plants that have been shown to cause cancer, endocrine disruption, colony collapse disorder, exploding cow stomachs, and severely impaired human digestion … vs. ??? Money? Yep, pretty complicated. But I digress …

Today, I received an email from Senator Joe Donnelly respectfully indicating why he would (presumably) continue to support the Monsanto Protection Act whenever it comes to vote. I understand his concerns in that he doesn’t want Indiana farmers to be forced to destroy their crops should a court determine a crop is toxic or dangerous.

Sort of. I get that it’s money, and a farmer’s livelihood, and we have a lot of farmers in Indiana.

On the other hand, if a company wanted to release a chemical or biological weapon and call it “aspartame” and that substance appeared in everything from say, children’s food to “health” foods until people wised up enough to try to avoid it, causing a movement to try to change the definition of “milk” so that customers of that company could secretly include it without putting it on a label, even though many, many studies have proven how toxic that substance is, hypothetically speaking … oh, wait! That scenario’s already happened… Pardon me for not having much faith in the USDA.

Long term effects of GMO’s are unknown, but the actual independent studies (as opposed to the self regulatory “assurances” of Monsatan, et. al.) show shocking tumors, pesticide and herbicide residues in people who eat “Roundup resistant” crops, as well as GMO DNA appearing in newborns. To me, the future of the human species and the health of the planet are a wee bit more important than whether a farmer might be forced to destroy a crop found to kill, cause cancer or destroy agriculture by destroying bees. I mean, doesn’t the US government try to orchestrate WW3 over “chemical weapons”?

Anyway, I’m posting Senator Donnelly’s response, because it gives some insight into what we’re dealing with. Perhaps we need to educate farmers or appeal to their conscience. Do they really want to be personally responsible for poisoning humanity and causing an international refusal to buy US agricultural products, as happened when illegal GMO wheat grew in fields where it was never planted? Are they morally comfortable with protecting their income at the expense of possibly giving hundreds of thousands of consumers cancer? Are they morally comfortable with ruining organic farmers’ livelihoods due to uncontrolled genetic drift?

Maybe they are. I’ve read that most GMO farmers won’t consume their own “food.” I don’t know the answer to this issue. I support labeling actions but fear they may be too little, too late. How do we get to farmers other than boycotting their toxic crops and growing our own? How do we get lawmakers to recognize the sanctity of human DNA and health over the almighty dollar?

September 24, 2013

Dear Ms. Bruno,

I appreciate the time you took to contact me about the “Farmer Assurance Provision” in H.J. Res. 59, the continuing resolution for fiscal year 2014. Like you, I believe that consumers should have complete confidence in the food they purchase.

As you may know, H.R. 933, or the continuing resolution for fiscal year 2013, was passed into law on March 26, 2013. In H.R. 933, the section referred to as the “Farmer Assurance Provision,” gives the USDA the ability to temporarily allow farmers to continue producing previously approved crops should the crop’s approval be invalidated in court. The temporary allowance is only applicable during the period necessary for either the USDA to complete any court required analysis, or for the court challenges to be resolved. After the USDA completes its review, production of the challenged crop could only continue according to the conditions established in the additional review.

This provision ensures that farmers who decide to plant an approved crop are not ordered to destroy their fields and left without a year’s income in the event that one court disagrees with the USDA’s approval decision.

H.R. 933 extended the continuing resolution temporarily. It is set to expire on September 30, 2013. On September 19, 2013, the House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 59, which contains the same “Farmer Assurance Provision” included in H.R. 933. Should this legislation come before the full Senate for a vote, I will be sure to keep your concerns in mind.
It is a privilege to represent you and all Hoosiers in the U.S. Senate. Your continued correspondence is welcome and helps me to better represent our state. I encourage you to write, call, or email if my office can ever be of assistance. You can also check out my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter by visiting my website .

UK Filter to Block “Esoteric Content” — Worldwide Implications

What’s the difference between pornography and spiritual teachings? According to this new censorship effort in the UK: nothing. That’s right. The government that willfully engages in and covers up pervasive, systemic sexual abuse of children has decided that it must Nanny State out children’s possible access to online pornography — as well as anyone else’s access to whatever spiritual information the government decides to label “esoteric.”

Hmmm … the worldwide spiritual awakening seems to have those pathetic powers that (think they) “be” quakin’ in their booties.

I do encourage people to act on this one, since the insanity has already begun to infiltrate other countries. We live in a vibrational world. Got to stamp out those rising online spiritual communities as well as all that esoteric knowledge. Must. Launch. Earth. Back. To. Dark. Ages. You know, for the children’s sake. I actually know of some people who’ve already felt the effects of this censorship on their sites, ridiculous and desperate tactic though it is.

Watch out for narcissists stripped of adoration and emperors found naked. A message to those who want to censor esoteric content: ponder these immortal words from The Holy Grail:

“I fart in your general direction. Your mother is a hampster, and your father smells of old elderberries! Now go away, before I taunt you a second time!” (Yes, you and your tyranny are that absurd.)

Original graphic published at

Infographic: UK Filter to Block ‘Esoteric Content’ - Worldwide Implications

Doreen Virtue ~ Weekly Oracle Report September 23-29, 2013

I’m definitely resonating with Doreen’s message so far for Monday and Tuesday. Waves and waves of relief about nothing in particular. I just feel fabulous and like a weight I didn’t know I was carrying has suddenly, inexplicably been lifted off my chest. In my case, it’s not so much about career as just about everything clicking together. I love how she uses a kitchen analogy for the early part of the week, because despite being extremely busy with sessions today, I also spent a lot of time in the garden and kitchen and had some unexpected blessings that I wouldn’t have realized without being open to things not going according to plan.

After processing huge amounts of basil and using up many key ingredients, I goofed and added way too much Parma to my original recipe (I corrected the amount for the ingredients listed below). The result was that my pesto was way too salty and almost cakey. It needed some other flavor, and I was tired of adding more and more basil. It was initially so bad that I considered throwing it out, but I had already invested lots of effort stripping the leaves off my bush basil, as well as all the ingredients.

Then I remembered that last week, my friend Paul gave me an idea for a surprise ingredient in pesto: mint! He makes his entirely of mint, but today, I just added a little bit to bring the flavors over the top, along with some cherry tomatoes I needed to use up.

Ummmm … wow!!!

As I have been harvesting and harvesting and blending and freezing pesto to clear away my basil plants for planting daikon radishes and spinach, my pesto pickiness level has really amped up. Each batch gets tastier, and this one (almost an entire quart, split into smaller containers) ended up so complex that I had to restrain myself from gobbling it down instead of freezing it. I still have masses of basil to remove before Fall planting, so tomorrow I may try to replicate this non-recipe, which I’ll share below. (Doreen’s video follows. It was just so synchronous that I actually giggled watching the video.)

Vegan Tomato Basil Pesto with Dandelion Vinegar, Hemp Seeds and Mint

Masses of basil leaves (I used the equivalent of 1.5 Vitamix blenders full, blending down to fit in one batch)

5 sprigs of peppermint approximately 6 inches long each, just pulling off the individual leaves

3 large cloves garlic

2-3 TBSP dandelion vinegar (apple cider vinegar that I had previously infused with dandelion blossoms; if you don’t have this — most people don’t! — you can use lemon juice or plain ACV)

Olive oil (1/4 cup??)

Miso (I used white, probably 1.5 TBSP)

Splash of wheat-free tamari

Handful of cherry tomatoes

Dash of birch sweetener

2 TBSP Chipotle Cayenne Parma (raw, vegan nutritional yeast “cheese” — I actually used more than this, hence my search for extra flavors, but this amount would have been plenty.)

1/4 cup or more hemp seeds

Blend together in batches. You might need to use the tamper to press down all those greens. If you want little crunchy bits, add the hemp seeds last and either don’t blend or only minimally process. This makes a lot of pesto! If you want less, scale the ingredients back. 🙂

OK … now that we’ve completed that detour, here’s Doreen!

Published on Sept 22, 2013

“This week is all about career opportunities. Previous blocks are lifted, and your prayers are answered in highly unexpected ways . . . provided you are open to seeing these answers! If you insist that your prayers are answered in one specific way, you may miss the gifts that are presented to you this week. Stay open and notice new doors of opportunity, and then walk through them! You will also likely feel extra sensitive and intuitive this week, after you cleared away a lot of old energy last week.”



Ever since Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the term “excellent” has taken on a bit of a tongue and cheek meaning. Part of the humor comes from these slacker characters co-opting the word “excellent,” which actually stems from the word “excel,” meaning “to do or be better than; surpass” or “to show superiority; surpass others.”

We live in a world fraught with competition but terrified of excellence. A world so uncomfortable with the idea of excelling that school curricula often punish or discourage more intelligent or motivated students just so that they don’t upset the lower tier of the class. In the US, in order to meet state and federal guidelines, teachers must teach solely to obtain certain test scores, which — at least as far back as 1992 — were really about brainwashing and compliance rather than promoting knowledge, critical thought or creativity. If you’ve not seen the video “Who Controls the Children ~ Schools Deliberately Dumb Down Children,” please click here. It’s from an old videotape, but the information’s well documented and eyeopening.

One wonders if Bill & Ted’s lovable buffoonery wasn’t just a clever Hollywood psyop to ridicule the powerful mandate to “be excellent to each other,” or, to strive for and appreciate true excellence. Take a moment to ponder what a different world we’d live in if more people sincerely strove for and appreciated excellence.

During the “Timeline Tune-In and Tune-Up” sessions this month, the concept of excellence keeps appearing. People share with me that they’ve approximated their goals or desires but with a few glaring exceptions that have caused them to fear commitment to whatever they’ve so far managed to manifest. Over and over again, I listen to these amazing clients try to rationalize why they should settle for something less than they prefer, for something or someone less wonderful, less ethical and/or less healthy than their soul longs to experience. I have needed to assure far more than one client that no, they do not have a “commitment issue” for “failing” to settle for “close but no cigar.” They have a “fear of excellence” issue, and that’s a societal problem!

In a world of all possibilities, a world in which we actively co-create, why wouldn’t we imagine, work towards, implement and yes, demand, excellence? Note I did not say “perfection,” that illusive and elusive abstract state that can never come into the world of forms. Perfectionism disempowers and halts creativity by causing people to give up before they’ve even begun. Perfection lives in the world of Platonic forms, whereas excellence exists in the realm of Arts & Sciences, a realm that used to be called “The Humanities.”

Back in the old days, studying the Humanities meant studying Classical Literature, Mathematics and some Sciences. It meant learning how to think for yourself, learning how to build upon society’s previous accomplishments not just for the sake of money, power or raping the Earth faster and harder than your competitor. Studying the Humanities meant discovering what makes humans tick. What factors elevate humans out of the day to day grind of existence and into the realm of visionaries, seekers, builders, and embodiments of the Divine. The Humanities helped humans recognize themselves as sparks of the Divine, and when you know that you are That, you remember to act like it.

College and high school curricula have begun their own book burnings — not always physical, but effective nonetheless. The list of banned or “irrelevant” books and history has grown tremendously in recent years. According to Homeland Security, the Founding Fathers of the United States — certainly not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but highly educated, highly spiritual people who valued liberty and responsibility, people who recognized the need and possibility for something beyond the old royalty model — these Founding Fathers are now classified as “Domestic Terrorists,” along with anyone who shows more than a passing interest in their philosophy or quotes.

The United States used to be a land of individuals who prided themselves on their self-sufficiency, their ability to make do and make new. We were a land of farmers who fostered deep intimacy with the land. All around the world, indigenous and small communities used to experience a similar connection with the Earth. In more recent times, the “exceptionalism” of corporations like Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer, Merck and the major oil companies have instead worked to destroy those connections, rape the planet, poison and weaken not just indigenous societies, but pretty much all human society besides the “upper elite.”

Despite their psychopathic and sociopathic tendencies based on a bizarre sense of lack (even though they own most of the world) and a rapacious need to consume without ceasing, this elite recognizes that excellence comes from ancient knowledge, self respect, working harmoniously with cosmic and natural energies, and the ability for communities to work together. This self-appointed elite is so terrified of competition from an empowered humanity that we get the banning or demonizing of “occult” (hidden) knowledge, millions on the government dole for food, unemployment checks and medicine, the destruction of Nature and ridiculing of astrology, and “Divide and Conquer” at every opportunity.

I would argue — and I do argue in sessions — that the pursuit of, striving for, and demand for excellence is not a selfish endeavor. Again, think of the different world we’d live in if more people pursued, strove for and demanded excellence. These simple ideas of taking pride in one’s work, of working together for the greatest possible achievements that benefit the community, and of “being excellent to each other” are antidotes to the horrible cancer devouring our dystopic world.

The solution to humanity’s problems isn’t to genetically modify babies — which yes, they are already doing, disgusting and creepy though that is. It isn’t genetically modifying “food” so that it can be patented and sprayed with increasingly higher levels of toxins. It isn’t militarizing and destroying every last bastion of freedom and individuality. The solution to dystopia is an acceptance of the natural excellence that flows when people push themselves to learn just a little more, or to refine a creative project or vision to make it just a little more pleasing, harmonious, helpful, and beautiful.

Launching drone attacks and preemptive wars is the opposite of being excellent to each other. Fracking and nuclear bombs are the opposite of being excellent to the Earth and all her creatures, including humanity. We can protest all we want, but eventually all those signs, petitions and shouts are just hot air if we don’t set about offering a better alternative to the way things are. Whenever you refuse to settle and continue to strive for excellence, refine your vision, purify your heart and take action steps to implement those abstractions into tangible form, you are not being selfish. On the contrary! You are being and doing exactly what we most need in this world. As Howard Thurman said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

“Be excellent to each other” and the world will change. Come alive and be excellent in all you do, and you will change. You don’t need to be perfect, but self respect and healthy pride go a long way in fostering courage, stamina and a willingness to accept those magical moments of Grace, when the Divine recognizes you “being all that you can be” and inspires and empowers you to step it up a notch. The US Army co-opted “be all that you can be,” so we discount that sentence as a meaningless slogan or — worse –a call to war. What rubbish! Be excellent to each other, including yourself. Be all that you can be, and watch your own life and the world around you transmute before your very eyes.

Amy Armbrecht ~ Growing Medicinal Plants or Good Enough Gardening

Today, I’m posting the beginning few paragraphs of a lovely post by Amy Armbrecht — an article that touches upon so many different areas of interest to a variety of readers here. She’s got information on Lyme Disease and Bartonella co-infection, quotes and details about medicinal herbs, as well as a philosophy that rings true whether or not you’ve ever tried your own gardening. At the end of this excerpt I’ve included a link back to her site for the rest of the article, which I do encourage people to read. Just some lovely wisdom, grace and acceptance! Enjoy …

Growing Medicinal Plants or Good Enough Gardening
Reflections by Amy Armbrecht

The one passage that has stayed with me from Stephen Buhner’s new edition of Herbal Antibiotics is this: “The first thing to understand is that there are no mistakes. You are learning a new skill and everyone learns what works by learning what doesn’t.”

Simple advice. Yet I’d ignored it every time I’d picked up the book, trying to remember instead how Gram-negative Bacteria was different from Gram-positive bacteria or what exactly happened in a cytokine cascade. This time though I was six months into trying to deal with a really nasty case of cat scratch disease, caused by the Bartonella bacteria, a bacteria that Buhner has now dedicated almost half of his equally excellent book on Lyme Co-infections. Who knew those sweet kittens nestled against our eight-year-old son would cause him so much trouble?

In early November, a week after we got the kittens, the lymph node behind his ear swelled to the size of a golf ball. I thought it was an ear infection at first, and gave him all of those good herbal ear ache remedies. It only got worse, especially the pain. Eventually we found ourselves in the ER on a Friday evening, because his doctor couldn’t tell the difference between a swollen lymph node and mastoiditis, which is a really bad thing to have. Finally, we were told it was likely cat scratch, a self limiting disease that was said to resolve itself in a few weeks with no intervention.

It didn’t get better, or it would, and then it would get worse. I consulted with every herbalist I knew. We found another doctor, who told us there was nothing to do but wait it out. I tried every plant I knew and many I’d never even heard of before. Each time a new remedy seemed to help, I got down on myself for not having tried it sooner, for not having known at the beginning what I knew now, two months or four months or now six months into treating something we were told should have gotten better a long time ago.

And then I read this passage about there being no mistakes. And I realized that maybe it wasn’t that I was doing it wrong. That, as Buhner said, in choosing things that didn’t seem to work, I was getting clearer about what might. …

Read the rest by clicking here.

Full Harvest Moon in Pisces & Autumn Equinox Energies

A deep exploration of this Full Harvest Moon and the change of seasons. This post arrived in my email last night, right after I had seen a rare praying mantis outside our front door! More on that, perhaps, in another post. I noted that yesterday had been the completion of a cycle, with a dear friend visiting from Lake Tahoe — someone I had not seen since my life completely unraveled and rewove itself after the New Year’s Eve Blue Moon at the end of 2009/beginning of 2010. Praying mantis works with cycles of time and the ability to shift those cycles. I have never seen one before in my life, so this seemed quite a potent combo, along with the Full Harvest Moon energies and the coming Equinox. Lots of shifts and choice points these days!

Tania Marie

Harvest MoonTomorrow morning, September 19th, the moon (a Harvest Moon) will be at it’s fullest and in the sign of Pisces (my native Sun sign). 🙂

Full Moons are times of illumination, revelation, and provide insightful opportunity for integrative healing. It is also a time to receive from the cosmic elixir of life and great for doing anything that supports your openness to that receiving. You may find yourself wanting to be still and going within to experience the fullness of your emotions and what they have to share. You may discover that movement, music, and dance help to feel into your body and move the energy through. Spending time in nature, creating, making art of any kind, going deeper into healing practices or into more intimate relationships with yourself and others will perhaps call to you at this time – all of this providing inspiration, insights, and epiphanies to revealing…

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Two Weeks Left of September Specials

I am having so much fun with this “Timeline Tune-In and Tune-Up” Special! What a wide variety of options and awareness levels people are bringing to the mix, and what potent shifts in perspective and opportunities. This might be my favorite special I’ve ever offered. Just under two weeks left for these specials …


As usual, this months’ specials arise from some kind of inner nudge of what’s needed by the most people this month. I never know exactly what they are until the moment I post. Enjoy!

Timeline Tune-In and Tune-Up

This hour session helps you to recognize your likely trajectory based on current energy patterns, intentions, and habits … and then, I search for the closest parallel reality versions of “you” with very slight differences that lead to more preferred (and more varied/greater opportunities for) positive outcomes. The scan and download are actually easier for me to do than to explain here, but if you’ve ever seen the movie “Sliding Doors” with its alternate reality story lines that intersect at certain points throughout the film, I’ll be scanning you for the stickiest intersection points.

I have found that these crossover points — i.e., parallel Universe bleed-throughs — can act like portals into alternate realities, preferred or not. That’s why you want to approach them consciously and respectfully, so that you recognize the power of the moment and choose wisely. The initial shift looks subtle, because if there weren’t enough similarities between the timelines/alternate realities, then the bleed-through moments wouldn’t happen so easily; however, in retrospect, such moments or decisions often seem “Fated.”

This reading gives you a heads up regarding the types of feelings, thoughts and experiences to watch for if you’re looking to sidestep onto a more positive timeline without needing to slog through linear time to get your desired life. In some cases, the preferred outcome even requires a sidestep, because the laws of cause and effect already set in motion on the current timeline are barreling you toward their “inevitable” end result. Fortunately, linear time’s not all it’s cracked up to be! These “timeline hops,” “portal points,” “reality jumps” — whatever you want to call them — are not only possible but powerful, and with awareness and practice, you can learn to surf such opportunities, charting your own course from current to next closest to preferred realities.

$144/hour if prepaid on or before 9/30/13.

(Offer can be multiplied if you would like one or more follow-up tune-ins, since, depending on what I discover, your most accessible hop might be to a stepping stone reality from which to make your next boldly conscious, chosen hop. Such follow-up sessions can provide continuity and a clear reflection as you Fun House Mirror your way through wrinkles in time.)

Please contact me if you’d like to sign up.

Three for $222 Medical Intuitive Package

A set of three (half-hour) Medical Intuitive Sessions to offer support for ongoing progress towards wellness and empowerment. I find that some people really appreciate having occasional follow-up as their health needs and energy blockages shift in the process of healing. This mini package saves $48 off the usual rate.

Offer valid if prepaid on or before 9/30/13. Please contact me if you’d like to sign up.