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While there is a healthy dose of skepticism in this article, and a comment of “absurd” from a doctor, their clinic study, and patient response gives Reiki a thumbs up.

My original Reiki teachers, and friends, established a free clinic of complimentary / alternative therapies in the 80’s through the 90’s and eventually had an out-patient clinic at hospital in SF, thanks to the welcome reception by Kaiser.  They offered Reiki, among other things, as a complimentary therapy for the recovering.

I can still remember Claudia retelling her meeting with the board of directors and administering Reiki to doctors. Anyway… on to the article.

Article Excerpt: Reiki Used for Cancer Patience –

Reiki, a therapy in which hands are placed lightly on the body or just above it, is increasingly being used to reduce cancer-related fatigue, anxiety, nausea and pain. Several studies suggest a benefit to patients, but scientists say more large, rigorous studies are needed.

Cancer patients—due to the disease and to side effects of chemotherapy—often suffer from severe mental and physical fatigue, doctors say. Anxiety, nausea and pain are also common. In recent years, many cancer centers have been offering Reiki, a form of healing which originated in Japan in the early 1900s, according to scientific literature. In a session of Reiki, hands are placed lightly on the body. Each spot is treated for three minutes or longer and sometimes therapists place their hands just above the body without touching, says Donah Drewett, a Fairlee, Vt.-based Reiki therapist who works at Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, N.H.

via Reiki Used for Cancer Patients –

Don’t forget that Doctor Oz played a supporting role on his show, The Doctor Oz Show.” You can catch that segment on Youtube, or via my Reiki page, here. (Scroll to the bottom, press play).

In almost 20 years of Reiki work I’ve seen a lot. Dramatic recovery’s, long term treatments, and heard stories of assisting those in passage from this life. I’ve used Reiki to compliment healing, release, and lift emotional states of being, in art, cooking, and in conversation.

For me, it is a living part of my life. I’m always glad to see it in the news in such a positive light.

I appreciate your comments, keep them coming!

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Seriously, how could I not spotlight this story on a creative Wednesday like today. Although the story inspires me because I see hope, expression, and community through creativity, it also hits my heart rather hard.

Aidan, you’re a little trooper. Don’t you stop drawing, fighting, laughing, and playing! It’s a terrible disease but I know you can do it.

“Thank You” message from Aidan and Family’s blog

The response and support our family has received is simply amazing. Through the donations and sale of Aidan’s art, the family has been able to avoid financial ruin. The family had considered the sale of their home, and Aidan’s father began to look for a 2nd job to offset the impact of the additional medical expense.

However, due to the tremendous outpouring of support we have received; the family has been able to offset current medical and loss wage expense. Given the demand for Aidan’s art and the uncertainty that awaits us on the road to curing Aidan from leukemia, we have elected to continue to offer his art for sale. All of the proceeds generated from the sale will still go to Aidan and his family to prepare for future medical expense. Our family felt it morally important to share that your support has been more than we could have ever anticipated, and we wanted to thank you for everything.

While the donations and financial support have been an amazing blessing, we would like to especially thank everyone for all of the letters and support. Your words have been uplifting and inspiring to the entire family. Your words and support for Aidan have helped us in ways unimaginable. Aidan has been drawing more than ever, and we do our best to share all of your words with him. Your support has been keeping Aidan’s and our family’s spirits up. Again, we sincerely thank you for this.

Thank you,
Aidan and family



After being diagnosed with leukemia, 5-year-old Aidan Reed began selling his monster-themed artwork to help cover his mounting medical bills.

His family set up a blog to document the boy’s accomplishments and an account on the website Etsy to bring the boy’s drawings to a wider audience.

Yahoo’s Shine reports,

Response to his efforts has been exceptional. “Not only is Aidan feeling better, we cannot believe the outpouring of support we are receiving from people,” writes his aunt who manages Aidan’s blog and Etsy store. “The shop had a spectacular turn out and sold over 400 prints in less than 24 hours.”


According to a recent update on Aidan’s blog, “Through the donations and sale of Aidan’s art, the family has been able to avoid financial ruin.”

Supporters can purchase a piece of Aidan’s artwork for $12 on Etsy or make a donation to help him through PayPal.

5-Year-Old Boy With Leukemia Sells Art To Pay For Chemotherapy.


I had to pick up Vampire! Their prints, so as much as I want it to be all mine, you can buy one too!

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I wish I was in Prague to see this.



A Czech artist who was a leading light of the Art Nouveau movement is getting his due at one of Prague’s best-known Art Nouveau landmarks. “The Apotheosis of Love,” which runs at the Municipal House through Sept. 30, is a three-room exhibition of paintings, lithographs and photographs by Alphonse Mucha, sponsored by the Mucha Foundation in honor of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

The Mucha Trust

The exhibition at the Municipal House in Prague.

The biggest crowd-pleaser at the exhibition (Namesti Republiky 5; 420-2-22-0021-01; is a series of portraits featuring stunning women in flowing, embroidered robes, staring out from posters that were as hip and cutting edge at the turn of the century as Lady Gaga is today.

Mucha first made a name for himself in the decorative arts while working in Paris. It was there in 1895 that he drew a poster (on display in the exhibition) of the actress Sarah Bernhardt for her title role in the play “Gismonda,” portraying her as a towering titan in shades of gold and orange.

This romantic style, including the depiction of what became known as the “Mucha woman,” was reproduced in furniture, silverware and advertisements for high-end brands like Moet & Chandon Champagne.

via An Art Nouveau Master Remembered in Prague –

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Thank you Roger Ebert for this great post at the Chicago Sun Times.

Here is an excerpt of the insightful article and video commentary about Precious, based on the Novel “Push”, by Sapphire. I myself, was personally moved to tears by two dominant emotions throughout the film, as Omer Mozaffar illustrates: the strength, respect, love, and dignity of Precious, and the brutality that is the world she lives in.

Well, Omer says it much better than I can, below is his commentary on Youtube, and an excerpt and link to the post at the Chicago Sun Times.

Scott and Trixie (in lap) 😀


It is with these friends in mind, with their anecdotes I (with permission) share above, that I wrestle with PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE. Lee Daniels’ movie is the most brutal film I have seen in a long time. It pulls no punches in taking us through the world of the central character, Precious. Her world is out of focus, grainy and cloudy, with washed out colors. Her own soft voice is understated, while the frequently disparaging voices of others seem to echo within her. Her home is a dark, dirty, damp dungeon, populated by a savage brute – her mother – who seems almost conniving in the way she dismantles dehumanizes her. Precious finds comfort shifting from her blurry reality to a soft-focus fantasy of Hollywood glamour, surrounded by flashing lights, pop music, and a hero. She finds comfort by looking within.

The cinema of scarred hearts – Our far-flung correspondents.

This is truly terrifying. I cannot fathom the logic, the reasoning, or the pure inhuman nature of any group of people, organization, or law to separate a partnership in this way. I’m baffled, angry, and I want you to take action as well.

This is an excerpt, read the full article at the web link below.

Take action!



Clay and his partner of 20 years, Harold, lived in California. Clay and Harold made diligent efforts to protect their legal rights, and had their legal paperwork in place–wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives, all naming each other. Harold was 88 years old and in frail medical condition, but still living at home with Clay, 77, who was in good health.

One evening, Harold fell down the front steps of their home and was taken to the hospital. Based on their medical directives alone, Clay should have been consulted in Harold’s care from the first moment. Tragically, county and health care workers instead refused to allow Clay to see Harold in the hospital. The county then ultimately went one step further by isolating the couple from each other, placing the men in separate nursing homes.

Ignoring Clay’s significant role in Harold’s life, the county continued to treat Harold like he had no family and went to court seeking the power to make financial decisions on his behalf. Outrageously, the county represented to the judge that Clay was merely Harold’s “roommate.” The court denied their efforts, but did grant the county limited access to one of Harold’s bank accounts to pay for his care.

What happened next is even more chilling.

Then later…

Are you disturbed by the story of how Clay Greene was treated by the County? Please blog about this, pass it on over Facebook or Twitter, just do whatever you can to help raise the visibility of what happened to Clay. Send a letter to the local paper, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat Send them this link to NCLR’s page.

Write a letter to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Raise your voice. Take action in this and every fight for equality for all, whenever and however you can. Full article at Sonoma County CA separates elderly gay couple and sells all of their worldly possessions | The Bilerico Project.

Short and sweet because, well, I think in reading down to the “curses” of being highly sensitive, I’ve found something that has described me over a lifetime. Although I have heard of Highly Sensitive People, I think I didn’t realize that I fit some of the characteristics, especially the sensitivity to others emotions and the need for periods of solitude.

Um… yeah I have been on the planet almost 37 years. ha.


Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Douglas Eby, M.A./Psychology, who is a writer and researcher on the psychology of creative expression, high ability and personal growth. He is creator of the Talent Development Resources series of sites, at I know many of you are “highly sensitive” and enjoy articles on that topic, so I am excited to pique his highly sensitive brain today!

After a Q and A, down at the bottom I read this…

Question: And, if you had to name five curses, what would they be? And how best do we overcome them or co-exist with them?


1. Easily overwhelmed, overstimulated

2. Affected by emotions of others

3. Need lots of space and time to ourselves

4. Unhealthy perfectionism

5. Living out of sync with our culture

Read the whole interview via Therese Borchard: 5 Gifts of Being Highly Sensitive at the Huffington Post.


Sockeye salmon with green garlic is a lovely and deeply colorful dish that tastes grand. (Los Angeles Times/Kirk McKoy)

LA TIMES Recipe of the week looks tasty… However Every time I hear or read “Fava Beans” I think of Silence of the Lambs. Go figure. It wont stop me from trying this recipe out on some friends this weekend.

Speaking of the weekend, are we all geared up for the Spring Equinox? I’m heading over to the Sound Healing experience with Jamie in Eagle Rock on Friday and I have my Temple of Witchcraft Initiation on Saturday.

Yes: Food. Friends. Art. Witchcraft. That’s me. That’s my site. 🙂

Any who-who,



Total time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Note: Sockeye salmon is available from fish markets and select well-stocked markets. Green garlic is available seasonally from farmers markets and select well-stocked supermarkets.

2 pounds whole fava beans
4 (5-ounce) skin-on fillets sockeye salmon
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced green garlic, from about 4 stalks cleaned and sliced crosswise (both white and green parts)
Zest and juice from 1 lemon

View the full Recipe of the week at

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This was a really interesting read this morning, in addition to a few things I posted to the Lifencompass Facebook profile.

Things like this get the n0gin tickin.


ARTICLE: Samir Selmanovic: Religion Needs Atheism

The 2009 quintennial session of Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia represented 220 religions and featured 675 programs, 37 movie screenings, and 84 off-site events. For all this colorful diversity, the parliament did not have a meaningful presence of atheists in its program, neither as another religion (in the sense of a “system of meaning”) nor as conversation partners. This coming weekend, the atheists of the world are having their own 2010 Global Atheist Convention entitled The Rise of Atheism in the very same convention center in Melbourne, and with a correspondingly apparent absence of anything religious. It is true that religious people and atheists are not historic partners or easy conversationalists and that they both need their identity-building convocations. Yet, this segregation is happening at the time when learning to live interdependently on our fragile planet has moved from being merely a virtue of neighborly love to a matter of survival. Interdependence is no longer a choice to consider; it is a necessity.

Then Later, this little bit of Judaism got the hamster’s in a frenzy. I can still hear the wheels spinning…

Rabbi Or Rose tells me that rabbis of old have long taught that the highest form of human discourse is Makhloket, or disagreement. First we recognize our own limits, and then we proceed to clarify our positions as best we can. When we sustain the tension between us, each pulling our own way, we create emptiness between us. In this emptiness, Rabbis say, God creates. As it was in the beginning, so it is today. In the presence of one another, in the moment when our positions of clarity are matched with humility, the possibility of a truly new idea emerges, a solution, a way forward. Creation continues, and we all gain.

Finish the article via Samir Selmanovic: Religion Needs Atheism.

Good morning… or afternoon, or maybe even evening. I know you are just on your toes waiting for me to post something. Ha. Ha. Ha.

I spent the rest of last night giving myself Reiki, to get a little clarity and find center and peace. Self treatments are just, essential. I have heard of a few practitioners over the years who forget the basics for the self. Self practice. Taking 30 minutes to 1 hour a day, I choose bed time, doing a self-treatment really does wonders.

Anyway. I woke up thinking about my blog last night, which is really the theme of the last  year and the purpose of the Tarot Journey. Making a life change, transiting into a more passion driven livelihood. “Coincidentally” the first thing to pop up on the television this morning was Jane Pauley, Your Life Calling, NBC’s “Today” show.


Today on Prime Time Radio, host Mike Cuthbert interviews veteran journalist Jane Pauley about “Your Life Calling,” her new, AARP-produced series that will appear on NBC’s “Today” show and at

“Your Life Calling” features people who are redefining the way they live and work, by learning new things, taking risks, exploring dreams and yearning for more passion and meaning in their lives.

Jane Pauley has spent many years covering the topic of life transitions, going back to her time on “Dateline NBC” and “The Jane Pauley Show.” With this AARP series Pauley will highlight the unique stories of people throughout America who have reinvented themselves to find personal and career fulfillment on their own terms. Pauley’s reports are about people who’ve heard their “life calling” and responded by taking a bold first step into the unknown.

Like Pauley herself, most of the people she meets belong to the Baby Boomer generation. “Our country has an untapped resource, and that’s us,” said Pauley. “The good news is that through the process of reinvention we get purpose, fulfillment and satisfaction. Those benefits are different than the paycheck, or job promotion, or all the other things that used to add up to success.”

via Jane Pauley, Your Life Calling, NBC’s “Today” show – AARP.

A very compelling article.



What if they consume grain at the same rate as we do here?

Today, the U.S. consumes 14.8 percent of the world’s grain supply, but has only 4.6 percent of the world’s population. In this case, though, the U.S. produces more grain than virtually any other country. The United States produces 364 million metric tons of grain cereal per year.

Only China produces more, at 426 million metric tons. India is in third place, producing 233 million metric tons. Most other countries produce only about 10 percent of the big three’s average output.

All that brought me back to the same question I asked about energy. What if China and India consumed grain at the rate we do?

On a per capita basis, every man, woman, and child in the United States consumes almost a metric ton of grain each year.

What if more and more Chinese and Indian citizens enter the middle class, and what if they consume grain at the same rate as we do here in the U.S.?

If everyone in China consumed grain at the same rate we do here, China would consume 1.16 billion metric tons of grain per year, or 60 percent of the world’s total output. And if every one of India’s 1.2 billion people were able to not only have enough food to be above the starvation level, but consume grain at the same rate we do here, they’d consume an additional 1 billion metric tons of grain, or 52% of the world’s total supply.

Once again, the implications are profound.

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