Law of Attraction Nets a Convertible

     When you see something you want, and believe it so clearly thImageat it brings forth good-feeling emotions, and from that state, the Law of Attraction says you will attract it as you want it to be or even better. 

     I wanted a convertible.  It would be inexpensive, pampered, four passenger, smooth running engine, easy up and down top, the right color . . . nothing red.  

     The search began with the first robins were sighted.  Maybe rent one?  At the only Spokane airport rental offering “specialty” cars like convertibles, the cost was over $2,000 for one month and out of the question.  On-line used car dealers turned up a Mustang for $3,000 in Omaha, Neb.  Regional used car magazines had a few but all too expensive.  A Colville car dealer said they rarely had convertibles, but an in-person visit there showed they did have two, also too expensive.

     Calls to used car dealers in the Spokane-Couer d’Alene area found Andrew at Auto Credit in Post Falls, ID, who said, “We have several, but we are detailing one now that isn’t listed.  It’s $1990.  The color: light gold.”

     A week later, on a sunny Monday afternoon, there she was but another man was admiring her, too.  She was better looking than I had anticipated..  A test drive showed a few problems.  On the freeway, the top down, the driver’s visor keep falling down and finally blew onto the driver’s head.  The passenger window was sluggish.  One of the new tires was losing air.

     Fortunately, the Law of Attraction was at work and had taken me to a used car dealer who does what they say will and take no short cuts.  All was repaired, the transmission fixed, too, all for the purchase price.  As the manager of O’Reilley’s in Spokane said when we were buying mats, “Among all these places, they seem to be the best.”

     So, this morning there she is, all 194,892 miles, a 2000 Chrysler Siebring Convertible, who was once part of a rental fleet.  She’s waiting to go on spring and summer adventures to Kuk’s for Taco Tuesday, Silverwood, spring drives, summer picnics, girl’s tour of Northport area, castle included.

     Incidentally, two new computer car keys cost $166.00 to make.  State tax is $90 per thousand.  State Farm Insurance is always affordable with minimum liability and, of course for towing.  The odometer works.  There is a new radio with ipod ports. 

      If interested in learning more about the Law of Attraction, there’s a book written by New York Times best-selling authors Esther and Jerry Hicks by that name. 



U.S. Heading to Cashless Money

     Chris Matthai manages vast fortunes and also is director of research for a financial think tank.  He says we are heading toward an electronic money system and points to several places where companies turn away cash in bank, California government offices, and many others.

     Reportedly you can’t pay cash at a garage sale in Louisiana or be arrested.  Apple may ban cash for purchases, Starbucks either, depending upon the location.  Every business is heading toward a global electronic way of conducting business.  Alaska Airlines makes all in-plane purchases via credit card.

     Since a monetary system began some 2,699 years ago, there have been many beginnings and ends for currencies. Matthai says in the U.S. we are entering a period of denial.  In the second phase, the new electronic way gains more acceptance, until finally there is acceleration for the new way.

     In l933 by executive order, FDR banned possession of gold.  The FED which operates without direct input from Congress of the president, is the route through which banks and the FED itself makes transmissions.  The FED is one of the biggest clients.

     Exon, Apple, Boeing and other huge companies are making contracts with a tiny security firm to protect the trillions of dollars they are transferring electronically.

     To confirm Matthai’s statements, a top financial investment source echoed the fact that electronic money is coming.  “Remember the humorous television ad a few years ago which shows a very sneaky looking guy in a trench coast who is in a grocery store.  The man is shoving items under his coat and walks out the door without stopping at the register.  When he is stopped outside the store, the manager confirms that he has paid for each item.

     “It’s just like the transponder on my car.  It lets me pass though toll gates and to park the car.  It’s all done electronically.  Expect to see more,” he says.

     “What will you do when we are a cashless society, I ask a fellow who deals in cash only.  “If it’s a time when the county is out of money, I can trade my services for the taxes I owe.”  I wonder how he’ll pay his state license fees.

     One step at a time.  All will be clear when it happens to you.  Actually, proponents point out that the new system will save time, money and fuel.  It takes 1/7th of a second to make an electronic transaction, but 33.7 seconds to make one in cash.


A Reward if You Turn In the Killer

     I didn’t do it.  It happened when I was out of the country.  Someone shot and killed a gray wolf and left it across the road near a neighboring ranch.

     The two-year old female from the Smackout Pack (a mountain area nearby) was found dead and died between Feb. 5 and Feb. 7.  Wildlife managers from the WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife now seek the public’s help to identify the killer of the gray wolf which had been fitted with a radio collar to track its movements, and those of her two pack members.

    WFDW is offering a reward with the help of three non–profit organizations (Conservation Northwest, Center for Biological Diversity, and The Humane Society of the U.S.)  for up to $22,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction in the case.  It Is a gross misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $5,000.

     When a neighbor was asked by a game warden a few days ago if she knew who did it.  She responded, “Even IF I did, I wouldn’t tell you.”

    In the country, folks might have use a portion of the SSS rule of thumb IF they had shot the wolf (Shoot/Shove/Shut Up).  However, the ground here is still frozen many feet down and that wouldn’t have worked so it was left by the road for those who love wolves to see..


Those of us are now banned from walking the nearby roads or any mountain road in this forested area, due to the hazardous and life-threatening threat of being attacked by a wolf pack, we are NOT in favor of a law which permits protection of the wolf.  It was once part of the law to shoot any threatening animal.  Or, we could form a non-profit group and call it SSS to protect us who love to be out in the great outdoors without threat of being killed.

     The wolf have come here to seek easy prey. They’ve killed most all the deer, many cats and who knows what else that’s moving, turkeys, chickens in a coop, lambs or new born, so will humans be next?   






The New Servant Economy in the U.S.

     No one really knows the prospects for Americans over the next twenty years but more and more of our children with good college educations are now part of a “slasher” job market.  Many grads are saying, “I’m a slasher, cat-sitter/waitress/bar tender, and it’s just a matte of time before I get back on my career track.”

    Noted economist, Jeff Faux, said during a recent presentation in San Miguel d’Allende, MX., “If your ship is heading to the rocks and your crew doesn’t know, there may be trouble ahead.”  Faux is the author of the book, “The New Servant Economy,and sais that the root causes of our dire economy are l) Globalization (a series of free trade organizations with people in lower wage countries); 2) Financial deregulation (shift of capital away from manufacturing towards short-term speculation; 3) Loss of employee bargaining power (not only unionized but all people who work up to the top l0 percent; 4) Attack on domestic government.

     “When the union sector declines, it lowers the bargaining power of all workers.  How come, the economy looked so good between l980 and 2008 if the numbers tell us there was stagnation in wages?”  He answered: “During that time period, families were sending more people out to work which kept the family income up.  Consumers borrowed and it will take a decade or more to reinflate the credit bubble, allowing for a 40% drop in peoples net worths.”

      Companies began holding on to money as corporate  managers saw that they could keep more earnings and invest without giving it to investors.  The unemployment rate only includes those people look for work not the forty percent who have been out of work for more than six months.  The definition of poverty is now middle class as fifty million are below poverty level of $23,000 because there are ten million jobs missing in the U.S. economy.

     “The college grads who wait on you at the Apple Store, make eleven bucks an hour, are usually part time and have student debt because supply of workers exceeds the demand.  A company will go where labor is cheaper and workers are docile.”  According to his research, by 2020 if there are ten jobs available, one position will be available for four-year nursing or health graduate, one for a two-year graduate, four for high school graduates, and four with no education.

        “This is the new servant economy, persons working as taxi drivers, in retail, gardeners, teaching tennis or fitness   The era of the cushion when more women were working is over.  Forty seven million are on food stamps and more will be cut meaning that for three  million persons sixteen meals a month will be eliminated and food stamps will be cut  from military families.”

      Faux saw no hope for our political system in which he says a top senator spends ninety percent of his time begging or asking for money, a corrupt congress and a government out of control.  What does it take to change the political system?  “Nothing unless there is conscious interest to change it.   We are ripe for political chaos.”

What Luxury!

In the mountains in Eastern Washington, there are no taxis. Here in San Miguel d’Allende, MX., you can go via taxi for 30 pesos (around $2.75), by bus (5 pesos, around 35 cents), or walk (no charge).

The cobblestone streets are wide enough for two burros and it is difficult and takes much skill often for two vehicles to pass.

Taxi drivers work sixteen hour days beginning at 6 a.m. Most of them are cheerful,happy men, no women, and they are more than willing to tell us about how they have learned their good English in the States.

One thoughtful driver was not willing to release us in a dark street. No, he motioned, from the front seat as we sought an address. Apparently he had seen our men folk get into another taxi and he was waiting for them to arrive so that we two gals would be safe when we got out.

Street numbering is helter-skelter. Number 15 on our street can be confusing. There is #15A right next door, another #15 half a block up the street, and another 15 with almost the same name three streets over.

The men are courteous. One carried in sacks of groceries from his truck right down our hallway and into the kitchen, no tip expected but graciously given.

For an excursion ten miles out of town, the driver knew to avoid a major traffic snare to take us to La Gruta Hot springs. We asked him to return for us three hours later.

We got to the entrance ten minutes early just as another taxi was depositing passengers. The driver asked if we needed a ride but we said we had someone coming to pick us up. Our delightful driver arrived five minutes later and parked in the lot thinking he would have to wait for us. We were so glad that we had trusted that he would come.

These men are have great skill in stopping to wait for pedestrians, to negotiate large amounts of traffic in this high season of tourists who come here from all over the world,

As we say goodbye, we’ll remember a spring-like and delicious smelling night as we flagged down a taxi, all part of an evening out to see an opera, a movie or attend a party, the only luxury mountain living can never provide.

Safety in San Miguel, Mexico

     San Miguel, reportedly the most beautiful city in the world, was safe five years ago, with little crime, a few muggings, purse snatchings or home or business burglaries.

     Today, we still feel safe walking the cobblestone streets IF we walk through the spring-like nights in a group of four.  Like others travelers, we take precautions.  Should we go to the big Tuesday market, we do as a Mexican woman and put pesos between our bra or in a hidden pocket.  Credit cards,  passports, identification papers are left in a secure place before going off to a concert, lecture or art opening.

     An ex-pat, a resident here for sixteen years, a crime victim many times in the last five years, mostly burglaries, reported security issues at a recent Rotary meeting.  “In this town the size of Bronx, New York, there are fewer than l00 police.  Forty percent were taken off the force recently because they failed honesty tests.”  He is working with an ex-pat and Mexican committee who want to see more police on the streets, especially in the higher crime areas, and the return of stolen property.

    The local English newspaper, the Attention, has just reported that a small force of touristic police will patrol the area appointed as a World Heritage site in the coming months.  This year the municipality will receive l0 million pesos earmarked for the prevention of crime from the federal government.  That money is to be spent for youth industrial workshops, purchase of motorcycles and other vehicles like pick-up and sedans, radios, and to help pay for tests of control and trust for police officers.

    The local security committee wants to see more cameras on the streets, the 200 or more taxi drivers be given cell phones to report crimes, and to invite the concerns of the hundreds of volunteers organizations in town.

    “Crime became known here when the U.S. prisons began deporting persons to their home countries.  They returned here with new skills learned in U.S. prisons,” he said.  “According to law, no policeman can enter a home or car without the owner’s permission.  Mexican people are peaceful, family-oriented, and loving by nature, but are ready to action when the fabric of society breaks down.”

   As current visitors we see police do an occasional drive-by on our little street and go by flashing their lights.  There are visible police at the Tuesday market, something we haven’t seen before.  We have also witnessed several careless tourists, from all over the world, who invite pick-pocket crimes or muggings.  One gentleman during a huge celebration in the major plaza stood under glaring lights passing out cash from a billfold he took from his back pocket.  It plainly showed his passport.

    There are women who casually hang their purse over the rung of a chair as they are dining, a blatant invitation to a thief.

    This town is beautiful in so many ways.  Here it is like anywhere else.  Crime is increasing, a price we pay for living in a global world.




The Art of Being

     A Mexican man in Puerta Verilta, MX., advised me years ago, “Just be.”  Now, here in San Miguel, I understand what he meant. Once you recognize the difference between “being” and “doing,” daily life takes on a new dimension.

     When you can acknowledge and feel the difference, there are more opportunities for being.  It’s almost, for a writer, just like grasping the difference between showing and telling.

     When my husband and I were sitting on a concrete curb outside in the sunshine enjoying an ice cream cone near a Mexican market place by our rental house, and watching the happy throngs of Mexicans go by, no words were spoken, but I recognized and knew that we were “being,” not “doing.”

     A similar “being” incident took place when I walked over to buy freshly squeezed orange juice. This is for sale on the busy Canal street by a stout man who has a table with a huge metal hand juicer.  Instead of being inpatient because of his slow and methodical actions, I found myself in a “being” mode and what he was doing became fascinating.  He would pull a handful of oranges from a basket, soak them, one by one, in a bucket of purifying water, and then, slowly each of the seventeen oranges he was to use in the bucket of the juicer.  He would smile and I would return his smile.

      Oh, the joy of being that also took place when my husband and I waited at a little, narrow café not expecting what would be one of the best hamburgers I’ve ever experienced.  No doing.  No rushing.  Just relishing the subtle ingredients melting together in a unique way.  

     It’s rare to have these sweet “being” moments when there seems never to be an end of things to do back at the ranch with its demanding routines.  

     Perhaps it is being here in the atmosphere of the non-hurried ness in San Miguel.  Pedestrians cross busy cobblestone streets safely because drivers stop to let us by in a gracious and smiling manner.  Waiters patiently wait for us to finish our conversation and request the check.  The check is never brought to the table until requested.

Appointments are fluid, easily changed while others may be strictly kept and folks arrive early, so early that some proprietors start the function if everyone has arrived . 

     Ex-pats return from the States remarking, “It’s so good to be home.  Back in the states, there is too much rushing.”

     There are many “being” lessons to be experienced in San Miguel. 





Cafe Writing in Mexico

Sunlight streams in the floor-to-ceiling windows here at Starbucks.  The company faced many protestors when they first opened the café a few years ago in this historic l8th century building on the corner by the main square, the Jardin.  It has good vibes inside here in the café.  It is easy to write and to capture creative juices.  The ambience of the building’s ancient chandeliers and heavy wooden doors, among other artifacts, make beautiful eye candy when a writer breaks concentration and looks around.

Yesterday I shared a table with a handsome young man who was drawing concentric circles.  I see he is here again today, concentrating nearby so intensely he is oblivious to people or to his surroundings.

There are as many Mexicans, or sometimes more, than ex-pats.  They chat in quiet groups or individually work on computers or tablets.  I get up, leave belongings behind, all untouched and safe just where they are left.

Finally, I approach the young man who continues hard at work on his concentric circles.  He looks up, smiles, and I tell him that I have appreciated his unconscious concentration as I have been working.  He says that he has a project deadline in a few weeks for his quantum physics project and feels pressure to perfect these pictorial illustrations I am viewing,  just as I feel the need to continue writing the story of Casanova Cowboy.

The delight of finally having time to write, and in such a memorable place, is such a pleasure to express.  


Update Occupy Wall Street

San Miguel, MX……

Going strong for two years since beginning here, the group here continues its path of positive resistance as other similar groups around the world do the same.

In January, they are offering Friday workshops covering topics in Gar Alperorritz’ book, “What Then Must We Do.”

These topics will be explored more in depth during the international Global Justice week-long conference here in July.

Alternate ways for people to live peacefully will be covered in February and March to proceed the larger July conference.

These exceptionally bright people offer educational programs of the world’s hot topics: U.S. economy,
water issues, immigration, pay inequality.

“Look beneath any major problem in the world and it will be inequality,” said one member of the group and she recommended the book, “The Spirit Level,” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Richett.

People from the U.S. and all over the world end up at the San Miguel Occupy meetings and offer the group their knowledge.

At this week’s meeting, there will be an update about what’s the latest on the TTP (Trade Partners)
and the secret way corporations are going about
their attempts to set up and rule over an international tribunal to hear legal cases that
corporations bring against a county.

Initial legislation failed in the U.S. Congress but now the plan is being brought up and will probably pass in the U.S. because efforts will be thru the back door. People in countries like Australia are up in arms and protesting in great numbers in the streets.

Start the New Year with the Right Words

“Don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  Make commitments.”

Those words became powerful when spoken by a man who has only been in the U.S. for two years.  He spoke French when he escaped from the chaotic country of Cameron Africa to neighboring Guana where they spoke English.

In his keynote speech to Friendly Club 554 members and friends in Temple City, CA/. he said, “I wanted desperately to make myself understood.  When I came to America, I would go to the Wal Mart,pick up items from shelves and go to the checkout without having to speak a word to anyone.”

In a large room that evening he had the ability to walk from side to side making eye contact and good gestures as he asked the audience to respond to his presentation.  This year he said, “Make a course of action to improve your life.  Desire, dream, have courage, execute a plan, and through consistent efforts, your life will improve in 2014.”

Lionell Yamenton has the ability and the desire to be the next Nelson Madela. A handsome young man and entrepreneur, he understands and appreciates our freedoms.  “In this room, you have no fear of someone running into this room carrying a bomb.”

Take a moment now to make your 2014 commitments. Then, follow up with consistent efforts. It shouldn’t be too difficult because you already can communicate in English.

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