Sunday, August 24, 2014

Law of Attraction

There is no scientific basis to the Law of Attraction.  But then there is no scientific basis for the benefits of a Gluten Free diet.  However, if you’re allergic to wheat, the benefits of eating gluten free are enormous and quickly evident.

It is something that has always existed.  If you believe ... then it works.  If you reject it out of hand because of the absence of scientific evidence … you won’t get to see it. 

The best part is that it’s always there when you are ready.

This concept -- recently popularized in the bestselling book and movie “The Secret” – goes back to James Allen’s book “As a Man Thinketh” and Napoleon Hill’s books, especially his mega best seller “Think and Grow Rich.”  The genesis of the law can be traced back to ancient times, with references to it over the centuries.

Trusty Wikipedia says:  “The Law of Attraction is the name given to the belief that ‘like attracts like’ and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results.  This belief is based upon the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from pure energy and the belief that like energy attracts like energy.”

Here are some examples of how things can happen: 

Let’s say that Alice wants to live in a private place that feels good, where there are trees and deer and a view of distant islands, water and sunsets.  She wants it with all her heart, but it eludes her no matter how hard she tries to make things work.

Then … when seeking advice at a local CPA Firm, she lucks out by getting an appointment with a partner of the firm, whom she does not know.  But they get along famously, have much in common, and the CPA tells Alice about the new place she is renting.

One thing leads to another, and within a few days the owner of the CPA’s property – whom Alice has never met -- writes and tells her he has the “perfect home” for her.  How could this be? she thinks, but goes to look anyway.  And sure enough … it is perfect in every way!

As Alice goes about her everyday business, she is still searching for her spiritual roots.  Searching for the answers to the questions:  Who is it that guides her life and seems to protect her?   Who makes the “angels” appear when she has such a need for their love and support?

Then … out of nowhere … a wise man appears.  One who makes more sense than most of the others.  One who has asked the same questions and found different answers.  Answers that don’t fit into the everyday view of “how things happen,” but they resonate with Alice.

The friends, who abandoned Alice as she journeyed through the Dark Times, left empty spaces in her life.  But soon, new friends are found who are different and daring and fun!

Her life is now filled with provocative issues to ponder; new books to read; life enhancing experiences; and much happiness.

Alice feels her life opening like a delicate white trillium ready to bloom.  The rare plant sits on the mossy bank of a creek filled with crystal clear water colored by shards of sunlight cutting through leafy branches that line the creek.

This is the Law of Attraction ... for just one person ... in a single segment of time.


"You are what you think ...
not what you think you are." *


* Bruce MacLelland’s Prosperity Through Thought Force.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Around Town

What’s wrong with this picture? 

Earlier this week, a couple of members of Familias Unidas por la Justica (i.e., outside agitators) showed up in front of the Sakuma Farm Office in a BMW.  They spent much time sitting on buckets playing computer games … while the people they were “representing” were bent over working in the fields in the heat.

Oh Rosalinda Guillen … your band of Bright-Eyed Idealists need more information and training when representing the “down-trodden.”  At least tell them to leave the Beemers at home!

Sheriff Deputy patrols area Friday at noon.  No protesters intimidating workers coming to get their pay.

Sheriff Will Reichardt gets my vote in November.


Sakuma Market Stand … Still Standing!

Berries and products from Sakuma Market Stand remain best deal in town for “just picked” freshness and taste.  All their berries are fresh, fragrant and wonderful.

Ignore silly protesters standing on Cook Road like lost sheep.

Curly, Larry and Mo Breaking Up

Sharon Dillon not running for re-election in November.  Skagit Leeks is sure Larry and Mo will follow suit.

Skagit County needs intelligent, educated Commissioners to run our county.  No more Good ol’ “Boys” who know more about getting milk from an udder than how to represent the citizens of such a growing and diverse county.

Growth Plan on BayView Ridge bungled beyond recognition and repair. 

Phony “retirements” of key county managers for petty reasons.  (Henry Hash snapped up by City of Tucson and Peter Browning courted by Bill Gates.)

Bay closures trump millions of dollars spent on Clean Samish Initiative.

After Dillon bites the dust, Ron Wesen and Ken Dahlstedt have to go.  Ryan Walters … we need you!

Munks Stops Padding his Pension

Skagit County Assessor, Don Munks not running for re-election.

As citizens recall, Munks was awarded the spot over the highly qualified heir apparent, Dave Thomas.  The night before the Public Hearing, GOP Big Wigs gathered in the basement of local funeral home.  Sniffing too much formaldehyde perhaps?

Now that his pension has been maxed out, Munks steps aside so Dave Thomas – the experienced professional we’ve needed for years – can rescue the shambles left in the wake of Munks’s blunders.  Assessor’s Office will operate in an honest and competent manner.  Keep your eye on Don's Clean Water Tax, Dave.

Dave Thomas has my vote in November.


Quality Drops … Customers Flock

Family owned Haggen Grocery sold out to Comvest, Florida investment firm, in 2011.  Took less than 3 years for Comvest to run it into the ground. 

“We will find a place for Andy Haggen,” I was assured by CEO John ... from Bellingham on July 1. 

Andy Haggen was recently fired after he closed yet another Haggen store.

All that’s left are some special employees, great Paninis and best butcher in the county.

Even the seafood manager bails out and joins the Safeway team after quality of Haggen seafood drops to new low.


New Manager at Mt.Vernon Safeway

Although Craig is sorely missed after 15 years, Mike gets two thumbs up so far. 

Store is full of people who put the Customer First. 

And Seafood Department is top notch!


Olive Garden Brings Back Favorite

Menu in Olive Garden in Burlington once again has to-die-for Braised Beef with Tortellini and Creamy Marsala.

Ladies, leave Hubby at home and ask for GQ to be your server.


Bob’s Burger and Brew has best deal on Martini and Fried Prawns!

 Sapphire Martini is huge!



Fried Tiger Prawns are outstanding


Place is noisy, but food is great! 


 Shopping is like Putting Money in the Bank!

Christopher & Banks / CJ Banks in Burlington Outlet Mall.  Great deals on fabulous clothes.  Ask for Debbie.  She’s better than having a personal shopper!