We the People

Today, Thomas and I went to a movie called – Long Shot with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. Yes, there are lots of ‘F’ bombs in it. Other than that – it is spectacular! It’s about politics and many of the characters in it remind me of people who are actively in politics right now!

In the movie, Charlize is Secretary of State and wants to run for President in 2020. She runs into an old friend from middle school and from there the story begins with her desire to make a difference in the world. He is a journalist now and……

I don’t want to spoil the story for you, because I want everyone to go see it! It’s about being in integrity! It’s about sticking to what we believe in regardless of the outcome!

It’s full of laughs and hilarity! Romance of course too! It’s time for all of us – Democrats and Republicans to come together and make a difference. When we see ‘Obstruction of Justice’ it’s up to each of us to call our senators and congressmen (women too) and speak up – to share our voices!

There are people in politics who are acting out of fear – fear of losing their careers, fear of losing whatever – it’s time for them to stand up with our encouragement and be heard!

Do you want us to lose our democratic way of life? Do you want to be under an autocratic leader? If not, it’s important for each of us to call and share our concerns – it’s about ‘we the people’!

With love and hugs,

Lou Ann Bruck

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Who Decides?

Lou Ann and I love to people watch.  We were having lunch in the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall today.  Thousands of folks passed by, while we ate our lunch.  I see people and my mind immediately begins a conversation with myself about them.  I might notice their age or their hair color or their nationality.  I will observe how they walk, the look on their face, how they carry themselves.  I make up stories about whether they are happy or sad or divorced or awake to life.  I notice some as attractive and some not so.  And here is where the challenge for me occurs.

Who decided what is attractive or beautiful or not attractive and not so beautiful.  As they saying goes, clearly the judgment of anyone else is in the eyes and mind of the beholder.  In society, why is slim more attractive than heavy? Perhaps in some parts of the globe it is just the opposite?  The point is, it is all a judgment, based on some kind of general agreement, that has no bearing about the truth of it.  Meaning, each of us gets to decide what we like and who we like, physically, emotionally, spiritually.  In the grand scheme of things, it means little.  We are all here as members of one human family and we appear in about seven billion different ways.

The truth is, we are all one.  Each and every one of us is Divine and perfect.  We don’t need to measure up to anyone else’s standards of how we look, who we love and what we choose.  Yes, it is fun for me to sit and observe my fellow human race in all of it’s variety and uniqueness.  I see you as a treasure of the Universe!  You are beautiful in every way.  As we used to say at Spirit Church we used to say “I unconditionally love and support you just the way you are, in all your magnificence!”  From my unconditional heart to yours, Thomas

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Friendship

I had the honor of performing in the musical Anything Goes twenty seven years ago. I was a baby!  I played the romantic lead named Billy Crocker.  I got to sing a song called Friendship with two other actors.  It was exciting to sing such amazing lyrics written by the incomparable Cole Porter!  Here are the lyrics:

If you’re ever in a jam, here I am.
If you’re ever in a mess, S.O.S.
If you’re so happy, you land in jail. I’m your bail.
It’s friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.
When other friendships are soon forgot, ours will still be hot.
Da da da da da da dig dig dig.

If you’re ever down a well, ring my bell.
If you’re ever up a tree, just phone to me.
If you ever lose your teeth when you’re out to dine, borrow mine.
It’s friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.
When other friendships are soon forgeet, ours will still be great.
Loddle doddle chuck chuck chaa.

If they ever black you’re eyes, put me wise.
If they ever cook your goose, turn me loose.
And if they ever put a bullet through your brain, Ill complain.
It’s friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.
When other friendships are soon forgit, ours will still be it.
Ah loddle doddle hip hap hap.

If you ever lose your mind, I’ll be kind.
And if you ever loose your shirt, I’ll be hurt.
If you’re ever in a mill and get sawed in half, I won’t laugh.
It’s friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.
When other friendships are are up the crick, ours will still be slick.
Ah loddle doddle woof woof woof, hep hep hep, chop chop chop, dig dig dig.
Good evening friends.

I was reading volume seven of the Harry Potter series this morning for the eighteenth time.  Yes, I know I’m addicted!  To perhaps, some of the most brilliant, entertaining writing ever.  The book is titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  There is a scene in the book where Harry is following a bright silver doe through the woods.  He eventually comes upon a small pond covered in ice, in which the Sword of Griffindor is resting on the bottom.  Harry jumps in and tries to extract the sword. However, he is wearing a cursed locket around his neck and it attempts to strangle him.  At the last moment, his estranged friend Ron, jumps in and pulls him out, exclaiming “are you mental?” At this moment my throat always constricts and I get tears in my eyes.

Harry and Ron are the best of friends and have been together through a lot of chaos and danger.  Ron has left Harry and their classmate Hermione, because he was wearing the same cursed locket and it made him act crazy.  Upon his return and his saving of Harry I get very emotional about the love I feel between two friends, even in a book of fiction.  I wish that kind of friendship for everyone on planet Earth.  If there are people in your life, for which you would jump in a frozen pool.  Contact them right now.  Tell them how much you care! They can be relatives of course. The connection though, is a deep bond of believing and loving each other, no matter what.  If you don’t have that kind of connection with someone, I urge you to create it.  Your life will be rich beyond measure.  From my friendly heart to yours, Thomas

 

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Never Let Go of Your Dream

You were born with a dream that lies deep in your soul.

You were born with a need to reach out to a goal.

Swear by all that you know, that you’ll never let go of your dream.

When the road seems to long and your hopes turn to clay

That’s the time to be strong, with a will there’s a way

Though the way may be slow, you must never let go of your dream.

If you’re living without trying, that’s not living, just a slower way of dying.

So hold on tight to what you’ve want

And you will wake to some great golden morn,

when the world seems to say, this is why you were born

here it is, here’s your day.

And you’ll reap all you sow, let your cup overflow

If you never let go of your dream

Never let go of your dream

The lyrics above are from a song we used to sing in Canyon Singers.  I don’t have the music and cannot remember who wrote it, to give them credit. Canyon Singers was a group who performed in Sedona for twenty five years.  We were lovingly directed by Sandy Reid, who has since moved to Iowa.

I love living life, when I am connected to a dream.  It is more powerful when it is my own.  However, right now Lou Ann and I are on the staff of the Illuminate Film Festival and we are dreaming together.  I encourage all of you who have some dreams hidden inside to wake them up!  Find a way to live a life full of passion and adventure.  Please don’t settle for less than a life lived, full out.  In my experience, it is not worth it!  From my always dreaming heart to yours, Thomas

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Imagination

Albert Einstein said : I never came upon any of my discoveries through rational thinking. This didn’t make any sense until i looked it up…the part that’s missing is what he said after it. “Logic will take you from A to B., imagination will take you everywhere.”

Don’t let the imaginary person in your head keep you from loving the one staring at you in the mirror.  Our imagination is magical.  Remember the lines from the song with the same name?

Imagination is funny
It makes a cloudy day sunny
It makes a bee think of honey
Just as I think of you
Imagination is crazy
Your whole perspective gets hazy
Starts you asking a daisy
What to do, what to do

Our imagination lets us free to be the person we were meant to be.  When we let go of preconceived ideas and rules and ways to behave, we are able to create a life full of fun and wonder.  For those of us who have lived long enough to be classified as adults; it would be wonderful to let go and let our imagination run free.  Take some time tomorrow and find a peaceful place, perhaps outdoors and let your imagination create a whole new path to take.  It is time to let go and follow our hearts to Wonderland!  From my imagining heart to yours, Thomas

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La La Land

We are watching La La Land tonight.  I grew up there.  It was unique in many ways.  In my early childhood many movie stars lived in Hollywood as well as Beverly Hills.  I remember seeing famous actors at the local hardware store and they would be buying something for a home project.  No paparazzi, no cameras, no fans screaming out loud in hysterics.  Just Henry Fonda picking up some nails.  I knew who they were and that they were famous and they were also neighbors.  It didn’t feel unusual for this to occur.

My older brother Bob and I would go to the movies and it was ten cents for an all day Saturday ticket. We had five cents for a box of popcorn to share and two cents for candy, which was a pocket full.  When we ate the popcorn, we would chew one piece at a time, being careful to bite each kernel carefully to make it last.  I watch films in an unusual way and I don’t remember when it started.  When I watch a movie, I don’t just watch the characters in the scene or focus totally on the dialogue.  My mind wanders and thinks things like why did they shoot the scene that way.  Why did the director plan it that way.  I would have done it this way.

I attended Hollywood High School and went to drama class.  In my class were several students who went on to fame as actors for many years.  I was so shy, my instructor gave me a C for trying.

When Lou Ann and I watch a film like La La Land, we both get the urge to perform again.  I told her we should take tap lessons and just break into dance when we go shopping or whatever.  For me, there is something magical about performing live.  There is a memorized script and scenes set with places for actors to be. However each performance is different because it is live.  Sometime when I act, I lose myself in the role and it is powerful. And there have been times when I leave my body and watch myself perform. It is truly magical to do that!

I invite everyone to see life as a script that you have written, and you are the director and producer.  You are the star of your life movie.  Everyone else is an extra and we signed on to help you create the best life ever.  So get your tap shoes, banjo, guitar and kazoo and live the best life ever.  Fill it up with passion, risk, and the best ending ever filmed!  See you in your movie!  From my heart to yours, Thomas

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Positive place

Smiling faces and friendly places, there’s magic in the air

Life is tender when we surrender, lot’s of love to share

reach inside yourself and you’ll find

there’s a bridge between your heart and your mind

it’s the positive, it’s the positive place

In 1997 a bunch of us got together to create a television show called the Positive Place Television Talk Show.  We were fed up with all the negativity that was on the air almost constantly.  We had a dream to focus on what is good and loving and wonderful about the world and it’s inhabitants.  It is still a good idea don’t you think?  There is scientific evidence about people who are positive.  Not only are they happier, but they live longer and healthier because of their outlook.  They also inquire about life and how to make it work instead of putting it down.

We all have crappy days when we think life sucks.  It is easy to do in today’s world.  So if you are having one of those downer days, hum the tune at the beginning of this blog.  It can bring a smile to your face and turn your day around. Happiness is a choice and we can choose it now! From my heart to yours, Thomas

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“Tomorrow”

I went to see the above named movie tonight at the Inspiration of Sedona meeting hosted by Marty Landa and Pash Galbavy.  If you want to get involved go to inspirationofsedona.org Their organization has been doing wonderful things for our community and the planet.

The movie is about how we can collectively create a better Earth by getting involved personally.

Tomorrow  is a 2015 French documentary film directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent. Faced with a future that scientists say is a great cause for concern, the film has the distinction of not giving in to catastrophism. Optimistically, it identifies initiatives that have proven themselves in ten countries around the world: concrete examples of solutions to environmental and social challenges of the twenty-first century, be it agriculture, energy, economy, education and governance.

The French produced film is arranged in five chapters: food, energy, economy, democracy and education.  It is a full length documentary and is worth watching every minute. The movie depicts how there are so many people around the globe doing wonderful things for planet Earth and all it’s inhabitants. One aspect is a group of food co-ops that now numbers 1200 around the world.

The Incredible Edible project is an urban gardening project which was started in 2008 by Pamela Warhurst, Mary Clear and a group of like minded people in TodmordenWest Yorkshire, England. The project aims to bring people together through actions around local food, helping to change behavior towards the environment and to build a kinder and more resilient world. In some cases, it also envisions to have the groups become self-sufficient in food production, hence having all food being produced locally.

There are ways for all of us to get involved to make life better. Here are ten things you can do every day.

  1. Unplug ‘vampire’ electronics that sap electricity while not being used. You can save $50 yearly per laptop by shutting down at night and using power saving modes during the day.
  2. Run your dishwasher only with a full load to save 100 pounds of carbon dioxide and $40 per year.
  3. Keep tires adequately inflated to improve gas mileage by 3 per cent, as well as save 250 pounds of CO2 and $840 annually.
  4. Pay bills online.  If everyone in the US did this, the estimated yearly savings would be 2.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases, 1,7 billion pounds of solid waste and 18.5 million trees.
  5. Adjust your thermostat 2 degrees down in winter and 2 degrees up in summer; it will save 2000 pounds of CO2  and $98 annually.
  6. Recycle newspapers, 69% of the 63 million newspapers printed daily in the US will be thrown away.  More than a half million trees would be saved weekly if just the Sunday papers were recycled.
  7. Turn off the water faucet when you brush your teeth.  Daily savings in the US could be up to 1.5 billion gallons.
  8. Stop using plastic bags, which are not biodegradable. 500 billion are use yearly worldwide.
  9. When you eat out tell your server not to give you a plastic straw.  More than 500 million are used daily.
  10. Use cruise control.  It can improve gas mileage by up to 15%.
  11. Take a shorter shower.  Every two minutes saves about ten gallons of water.

It is totally up to us.  We cannot wait for governments to do this for us.  And it is vital that we all get involved now.  Let us not leave a world to our children and grandchildren that is less than the best we could make it be.  This list is a simple way for everyone to get involved.  Copy and place it on your fridge or somewhere that everyday will help us all do our part and make a difference!  From my heart to yours, Thomas

A Whole New Adventure

There is a line in a John Denver song that goes “Even when it’s raining, the sound of heaven singing
Is simply joyful music to me”. That is what’s occurring as I write this post. The song goes on :”Life is so incredible to me”! This is how I feel right now! I have been so blessed by so many events and adventures in my 76 years! And Lou Ann and I are about to embark on another one! In my writing you will see me use the exclamation point frequently. It is how I feel! Life is exciting and amazing and I want to celebrate it every chance I get

We live in Sedona Arizona, arguably one of the most beautiful places on Earth! We moved here first in 1988 and returned in 2013 after seven years in Northern Virginia and four years on the big island of Hawaii. Many of our adventures were filled with travel and moving and meeting wonderful people who we dearly love.

Our new adventure will be right here in our own home.  We bought our home last year after renting it for two years. It was built in 1974 and sits at the top of our street looking at a breathtaking view of the ancient red rocks with the highlight being Bell Rock a prominent landmark here in the Village of Oak Creek. Our house lot is one acre in size and we plan to permaculture most of it. Permaculture is using our land in harmony with itself. That is using the natural flow of the land and water flow, we will plant vegetables, fruits, spices and plants to support each other in a holistic way. We are inviting others to come and plant with us and we want to create a surplus so we can donate fresh produce to local food banks.

This new adventure came about when Lou Ann and I saw the world premiere movie “Eating You Alive” The movie cleared showed how most people’s diets are not only unhealthy but will end up killing you prematurely. So we made the leap unto a whole food plant based diet on November 17th. Then we attended the Sedona VegFest which was a weekend seminar about living this new lifestyle which totally supports the planet.

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Happy Fathers Day!   Days like these often make me wonder about both being a father and  my own dad Oliver. My dad was in a lot of pain when I knew him.  He was born into wealth in Chicago Illinois in 1907.  However my experience of him was when we had little money.  He had a hundred or more jobs in my eighteen years under the same roof. And we changed the roof 18 times before I graduated high school. He lost most or all of his employment because of drinking alcohol. My mom told me that Ollie was quite the tennis player and he injured his back and had surgery to repair it.  She said his physician told him that when the pain got too bad;to drink some whiskey and that would help. Unfortunately my dad used alcohol to deaden all of this pain, whether physical or emotional. He would go on a drinking binge and end up in jail and would come home and sober up and promise he would never drink again.  And that never happened.  I would wait for him to come home and would watch the front door and I could tell how the door knob turned before he opened the door whether he was drunk again. I share this story because there is some silver lining to it. I became very aware of my environment and I observed much that many others would not notice.  It helped my intuition and my sense of another person when I first meet them. It was my intuition that made me a successful intelligence agent while serving country in a time of national crises.  I wish I had developed these skills in a happier more loving environment. I can be thankful that out of all the pain and suffering of my childhood that I was able to use the experience to help the world in my own small way. I hope your memories of your father are more pleasant than mine and if they are not; I hope you too can find some gifts out of that experience. From my heart to yours, Thomas