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Welcome to my blog, a quasi-weekly column on topics and issues that have my attention, or that are intended to inform or inspire--including the following reminder:

"Realize why you're here, and be about it!"

Work hard, play hard, and be kind

The April 2011 issue of The Sun magazine (www.thesunmagazine.org) features my interview with West-Point-graduate-and-Iraq-vet-turned author-and-peace-activist Paul Chappell. The interview has prompted a flotilla of gratifying responses—particularly from high school teachers and college professors who plan to incorporate the interview into their curricula.  I particularly enjoyed the following letter from one of Paul’s fellow West Point alumni.

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Don't take back your prayers

As faithful readers know, my Native Methow spiritual teacher Spencer Martin and his newest initiate, Debbie, spent four days at my home last month.

Although Spencer is my teacher and Debbie a peer, her advice was often helpful to me for that reason.  We’re both entrepreneurs, “do-ers,” accustomed to meeting the demands the fast-paced material world.  Yet Debbie has recently returned from intense experiences in the Other World—where the animals sat around her in acknowledgement, the invisibles sang to her, and so much love was poured into her that she hated to “come back.” She was a most helpful bridge from Spencer’s other-worldliness to my own “material girl” consciousness.

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In this universe, all things are connected

My teacher, Spencer Martin, spiritual leader of the Methow band, and his new initiate Debbie, spent four days with me last week, guiding my spiritual development.  Our days were spent among the giant oaks at the back of our property, along the banks of the Ventura River, gazing up at the striated cliffs of the Topa-Topa Range and the ceanothus-covered ridges culminating in Sulphur Mountain.  They left me with teachings intended to center me within myself and awaken my connection to all of nature. 

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