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Monday, June 9th, 2008
3:17 pm
(Possibly) More Change (ugh)
I am considering a rather huge move to teach English in a foreign country. Just thinking of this makes my tummy squirm.

With love, PFP

Current Mood: anxious
Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
10:22 am
Too Hot To Handel
For unto us a child is born.
And his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor

Happy Holidays, everyone, wherever you are, whatever you believe. Happy Days are definitely back again!

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
9:53 am
Holiday Gathering
My holiday was filled with activity. I flew back to Michigan on Thursday, arriving just in time for a wonderful meal at my sister's house. Then, on Friday, I gathered up all my earthly belongings at my place in Farmington, MI and moved out. On Saturday morning, I flew back to my new home. I now live in Mesa, Arizona, working for an Internet company, providing Tier 2 customer service.

Current Mood: energetic
Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
10:26 pm
Political Post (disregard as you wish)
This piece really got me thinking about the upcoming election season. Anyone else?

PFP

Current Mood: anxious
Friday, November 9th, 2007
7:15 pm
One Year Ago Today
Challenge Day was first featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Will write more again soon, I think!

Paul
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
12:25 pm
Note to my niece Rachel
We have a custom in our family of honoring the kids who reach their 13th birthday with a book of transition, filled with quotes, bits of advice, and lots of love. Gotta remember the love! Anyway, here is my contribution to Rachel's book. Her birthday is this Sunday. Hope you like it.

Dear Rachel,

Remember that game we used to play whenever we'd see each other or talk on the phone? I refer to it with friends as the "favorite" game.

It went something like this:

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Uncle Paul: How's my favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite niece today?

Rachel: (explained how she was today)

Rachel: How's my favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite uncle today?

Uncle Paul: (explained how he was today)

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While I know it can be very hurtful to others to focus too much on so-called favorites, I nevertheless cherish this game we used to play. But there is another layer, extremely valuable in my opinion, underneath this game that I would like you to focus on for the balance of your life. This valuable message came out of a "mis-hearing" I had when we were playing the "favorite" game on the phone.

I know you said "favorite", but what I heard was "savor it".

All those "savor it"s, repeated over and over, as we used to say to each other. My wish for you is the same as my wish for myself and everyone on the planet.

That you savor it.

This means that the more good things come into your life, you savor each and every moment of that experience, increasing the happiness, peace, and eternal sunshine that you already provide, bringing it all back to yourself in increased measure.

This also means that when sad times come (and they will for we are soft creatures), you also savor those as well. Why do I say this? It is just a suspicion, although I have some evidence from my own experience, that when we really get the lesson God provides through difficulties and sadness, that opportunity doesn't happen again. So we grow through the tears we cry like a plant grows from rain. This is what I mean by savoring the sad times.

Rachel, you are such a blessing to our family. I am glad to witness your transition from a little girl, leading on into the fine woman I'm sure you are well on your way to becoming. I love you as much as any father could love his daughter. Please accept my wishes for your life as you make your way into this world of ours.

In gratitude for Jesus' love,

Uncle Paul
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
8:02 am
Poem by Thich Nhat Hanh
"Call Me by My True Names"


Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.


Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.


I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
in order to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and
death of all that are alive.


I am the mayfly metamorphosing on the surface of the river,
and I am the bird which, when spring comes, arrives in time
to eat the mayfly.


I am the frog swimming happily in the clear pond,
and I am also the grass-snake who, approaching in silence,
feeds itself on the frog.


I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks,
and I am the arms merchant, selling deadly weapons to Uganda.


I am the twelve-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate,
and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving.


I am a member of the politburo, with plenty of power in my hands,
and I am the man who has to pay his "debt of blood" to, my people,
dying slowly in a forced labor camp.


My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all walks of life.
My pain if like a river of tears, so full it fills the four oceans.


Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.


Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart can be left open,
the door of compassion.


Thich Nhat Hanh

Current Mood: calm
Saturday, August 18th, 2007
2:03 pm
New Home Page in Progress
Friends,

I have a new home page in progress, seen at http://www.webmagickian.com

My intention is to create a win-win for an organization important to me and hope that you will follow suit and visit the site often.

In gratitude, Paul

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
5:54 pm
Hands along Woodward Ave. (Michigan)
We have a great opportunity to join together in a project called 'Hands along Woodward'. We are commited to have the Detroit Metro area join hands in a continuous line along Woodward starting in Downtown Detroit and ending in Pontiac.

This will be Detroit's version of a Challenge Day power shuffle - not quite as powerful as the real thing, but an opportunity to join together as one in community. The time is 2 PM on Sunday, August 19th to join hands. Please go to Cranbrook School early to give time to be organized and transported if necessary.

To participate, please go to the Cranbrook School at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills. They will shuttle you to where you need to go. Please wear your Challenge Day shirts and you can even bring a CD banner if you have one. No need to RSVP to me. I hope to see you there.

Thanks for all you do.

Current Mood: energetic
2:08 pm
First dolphin to go extinct due to human activity
Reuters...(NY POST Aug 8)

LONDON - The long threatened Yangtze River dolphin in China is probably extinct, accrording to an international team of researchers who said this would mark the first whale or dolphin to be wiped out due to human activity. The freshwater dolphin, or baiji, was last spotted several years ago, and a six week search in 2006 , failed to find any evidence it survives, said Samuel Turvey, a conservation biologist at the Zoological Society of London who took part in the search.



Current Mood: sad
Friday, June 8th, 2007
12:04 am
Friday, April 20th, 2007
11:36 pm
MySpace Suicide
I think one of my more interesting LJ Friends committed MySpace Suicide (or maybe Tom got fed up, heh). Would love to hear from her on the matter. If she doesn't bring it up soon, I'll just go ask in the end.

In peace, Paul

Current Mood: tired
Sunday, April 8th, 2007
11:10 pm
Been A While...
Got a part in the Michigan Opera Theater production of Turandot; hope some of you can make.
Thursday, January 4th, 2007
7:19 pm
Written on the eve of my Mom's birthday (today)
Everyone, there is an old saying in a land I used to hang out in quite
regularly. Goes like this, "Breakdowns lead to breakthroughs". What
we have right here and now is a breakdown of major proportions, pain
on many levels, at least from where I stand. I am a stand for a
breakthrough in line with my mission, which is "Creating a world of
everyone's dreams through inclusion and communication". No
guarantees, mind you, just possibility.

What can we create now, team??

In gratitude, Paul

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
6:06 am
Oprah Challenge Day Show Rebroadcast Today
Friends,

The Oprah Winfrey Show is showing "Oprah's High School Challenge" again today. Featuring Challenge Day and its impact on Monroe High School, the show was originally broadcast on 11/9/06. If you didn't see it then, please check it out and tape it for your loved ones to see; it is amazing.

In peace, Paul

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
5:10 pm
One for the Mommies...
http://ask.yahoo.com/20061201.html

Please feel free to forward, ladies, with blessings.

In peace, Paul
http://www.webmagickian.com
Sunday, November 19th, 2006
11:55 am
New Pics at Last!
Two new pics, taken back in 2004 in Ann Arbor MI, have been added to my profile. At this rate, I will have used up the allotted pics in 2010, which seems like a long time. Time is moving quicker now...
Thursday, November 16th, 2006
11:47 pm
Conversion to WordPress Blog
Apparently, I can (and am planning on at this point) convert this entire LJ account to the blogging open source application called WordPress. I am planning on doing this soon and will, of course, post here one more time, in the event I am moving there. Hopefully my friends will follow me.

Oh, the Oprah show was broadcast on 11/9/06. At last count, the online boards for Oprah had over 600 messages posted to them, an overwhelmingly positive response.

In peace, Paul

Current Mood: grateful
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
12:42 pm
As Seen on the Web
Check this out, friends.

http://www.globalrichlist.com/

Made me feel warm and comfy. :-)

In peace and justice, Paul
Sunday, October 29th, 2006
12:41 pm
Need New Digi Camera
Anyone got one to sell or loan? Please advise.

Paul
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