Saturday, December 28, 2013

A good ending means a good beginning

Many people like to make resolutions for the new year, and that's fine. But there are some practical matters that can be attended to before this year is over, which will tidy up loose ends and help you start the exciting new year with a clean slate. Here are some things to take care of by Dec. 31: 

  • De-clutter and donate. Clear out superfluous clothing, linens, toys, and household goods and drop them off at Goodwill, a homeless shelter, or other charity. There could be a tax deduction in it if you itemize. 
  • Make room for fresh, healthful foods. Clean out the pantry, fridge and freezer. Don't let expired food carry over into a new year. 
  • Out with the old. Check medications, both OTC and prescription, and dispose of anything that's past its expiry date. Throw away old makeup, creams, and lotions - you ladies know what I'm talking about.
  • Know where your money went. Run end-of-year reports in your accounting system (Quicken, Mint.com, etc.). Take note of how you spent your money (by category and by payee), and see if you can find opportunities for savings next year. If you don't use personal financial software, consider starting to in January. You can also check your online accounts; some banks and credit cards offer budget views that provide a general summary of expenditure types.
  • Be as debt-free as possible. Pay off all outstanding debts you can afford to. If you have multiple credit card balances, consolidate them onto the lowest-rate card you can find, and make paying down the total a priority in the new year.
  • Check up on your tithe. Figure out how much of your income you have shared with those less fortunate than you, and consider making one more donation to the non-profit that best addresses the issues that touch your heart.
  • Clean and tidy your living space and vehicles.  

Now you are ready to welcome the New Year and put your best foot forward on January 1.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Old timey photos

I found treasures today in a small suitcase stored among boxes upon boxes of old photos my dad had stored. In this suitcase were wonderful pics of my parents going back to their baby years, early pics of my brother and me as infants and toddlers, AND underneath these, photo journals my grandmother had made when she was a girl!

As an example, she recorded a vacation she had taken with her three sisters to a farm -- little photos glued onto black pages with writing in white ink telling the story. These books are off the Richter scale of charming. In another book I found photos of a pre-WWI Cavalry officer pasted in next to his calling card; an unnamed woman in a lovely long dress and straw hat looking over a 5-bar farm gate and smiling broadly; young women in voluminous bathing dresses splashing in a lake ... I simply must find a way to digitize these books and share them. So much work ahead!

American School Detachment, Univ. of Manchester, England. My granddad (Tuttle) must be in this photo. My other granddad (Winger) went to the Sorbonne after WWI.



 
My dad, Max A. Tuttle, Jr. aged 18 - heading off to war.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A good tip for detectives

How can you tell if a suspect is lying?
  • When people are remembering events, their eyes move to the left.
  • When they are inventing a story, their eyes move to the right.
Good to know, eh?

Would you trust this woman's testimony?




Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Reflections after reading "Proof of Heaven"

A couple of weeks ago I read "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife" by Eben Alexander and I was shocked to discover that his experience of heaven (the part he called "the Core") exactly matches mine, as published in my book "Creative Spirit Musings" (see the very last story for my description). 

Alexander also talks about a "Gateway" area which precedes the Core, which looks like a charming valley full of happy people in colorful, peasant-like dress. I have "flown" over that exact scene many times in my visions or dreams. 

Several ideas or principles started to occur to me after I read Dr. Alexander's story, and I decided to capture them here. These are just jottings, stream-of-consciousness-style, with no hierarchy and no attempt yet to make them into a coherent argument or treatise.
  1. We are too bound up by our idea of playing out roles we feel are assigned to us (in the family and other relationships). Whereas all we need to do is to love, emanate love, for others, and relationships will work out fine.
  2. We already own all there is in the universe (co-own might be a better word). Take care of what you have right now and don't worry about the rest. If you need more it will come in the right time. Coveting "stuff" makes our spirits shrink.
  3. There is a purpose to being on earth, which has to do with love and growth, but I am unable to articulate it broadly enough yet.
  4. We are all part of one vast fabric of power and existence (love) that exists in many dimensions. To flow with it is better than to fight against it.
  5. We do not lose our individuality (after physical death) but our individuality is not characterized by ego, in its essence. 
  6. More to come. 

Angel Nebula