The Yuletide spirit

It’s always a tough call for me when someone asks what I want for Christmas or Yule.  In years past, a specific need has presented itself – a teapot, for instance, or knitting stuff – but this year, I’m working on making things move in the other direction and trying to get rid of stuff.

Speaking of, if you’re in the Dallas area, I’m having a garage sale this weekend, December 2-4.  I’m unloading TONS of books, some dolls, toys, kid stuff (clothes and a stroller), yarn, and various other holiday-gift-worthy items.  And if you happen to swing by the garage sale, there will be a special piggy bank on display for people to make monetary donations to a friend in need.  The specifics are unimportant, but the opportunity is there.

Since I’m looking to get rid of stuff this season instead of collecting stuff, here are some things that you could gift me with this year:

  • Donate to my friend’s Multiple Sclerosis Walk.  He only needs $400 to meet his minimum goal (though he’d like to get to $1000) and if you donate at least $25, he’ll make you an awesome paracord bracelet.  I already did. 🙂
  • Buy a copy of “Reiki Your Leaves” for yourself or someone else.  I’ll even throw in some tutoring if you need.
  • Bring a bottle of Ravenwood Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon by the house.  It’s always good for socializing and for cooking.
  • Make something by hand!  Knitted or crocheted things are adored, and I know a place where you can get a killer deal on some yarn this weekend.  😉
  • Bits and bobs for the kids would be great.  They’re starting school in the spring (if all goes according to plan), and things for that purpose would always be appreciated.

More than anything else, I’d love to see this holiday season marked with expansion, healing, good will, and compassion.  Maybe the new place will be ready for a house warming party soon, and it would be great to see you there to celebrate our good fortune and prosperity.

In any case, have a wonderful holiday season, no matter the cultural trappings.  (And maybe I’ll update more than once a month this time.)

Coming up for air, a general update

So much is going on, but some of it is slow and some of it is blazing past like crazy… sometimes it seems that the only thing that keeps me in the correct day is my calendar.

To bring those up to speed who have been watching:

Daniel’s neurology appointment last week went very well.  Dr. Susan is not an advocate of putting him on a ton of medications right off the bat, so we’re just going to increase the Keppra until we reach a certain point, and if it stops the seizures, we’ll keep with it until we need to change it up again.  All the work we’ve done so far with the diet and the supplements “saves us six months of guess-work” – we know they help, so there’s no “wait-and-see” there.

This weekend is the DOA Unnameable Film Festival, which will be showing Joe’s first short film, “Annotated“.  It’s a Lovecraft-themed festival, so wear your best tentacles.

I absolutely adore the new location for my Reiki classes, but it would be even better if, you know, more people showed up.  (I’m not bitter, just impatient. 😉 )  I had to raise the price a little so that I could pay for the space (now that it actually costs me something), and I’d like to be able to order more books.

Which reminds me that one lucky cuss will get the very first hardcover copy of “Reiki Your Leaves” if they get to me first.  It’s $35 and quite lovely.  (If I have no takers by the end of the week, I’ll probably keep it for myself.  😉  )  I should get that shipment in sometime today or tomorrow, so if you want it, let me know soon.  I’ll even sign it for you.

Let’s see…

I’m looking into fast-tracking my schooling so that I can finish my Bachelor’s early, and then I’m thinking about getting into video games more seriously by pursuing a Master’s in VG.  I’ve been in the industry for over five (six?) years now, it’s something I know well, and I have some really strong ideas of what I’d like to do in the long run with it…

And it makes me happy.  🙂

Okay, that’s enough of that, time to get back to work.  Mondays are Mondays.

New Reiki class location!

I finally found a wonderful little place to hold classes!

We will now be at the Dallas Meditation Center at 727 S Floyd Road in Richardson, Texas.  Classes will be from 7 pm until 9 pm every Thursday evening.  The price is going up a little to $20 (since it costs me a little more to have a good stable place), AND I’ll have some books for sale, including the first-ever hard-back copy.  Paperbacks are $18, and hardbacks are $35.

This week’s class will build on the last class, and we’ll be working on Forgiveness, Processing Emotions, and touching more on the differences between the First Degree and the Second Degree.

For my out-of-towners, I’m going to try to set up a U-stream event for it.  I’ll post more about that once I get it all set up.

If you missed the last class, you can see the first part of it here on YouTube.  It’s about an hour and a half, but highly amusing.  And just to be awesome about it, comment here or on Facebook with your count of how many times I say the word “shit”, and I’ll send a free copy of the e-book of “Reiki Your Leaves” to a handful of folks who get it right.  (Extremely high numbers of answers will be dealt with by a random drawing.)

And if you still need a hard-copy, the links to order it are here on Normality Factor, over there on the right.

Don’t forget to RSVP!  I hope to see you there with bells on!


Discount on “Reiki Your Leaves”

I just liked this goldfish. I was pretty proud of it.
Fish gotta swim

Lulu is running a promotion for a bit where you can enter the code BIG305 to get 20% off of your purchase price!

(Well… unless you’re ordering over $100 worth of books, because then you’d have to enter the code BIGGER305 to get 25% off of your purchase up to $500.)

So, if you were waiting for a sale to order your copy of “Reiki Your Leaves” in paperback or hardback, now would be the time!  Just click on the links to the right and it walks you through the rest.

And this would be REALLY good because I’m not going to be able to order another batch of books until next month, so you’re on your own until then.  I think Silver Pyramid only had two copies left after the last class.  The next class is already scheduled for July 21st at 7:00 pm, and, yes, attunements will be available again.

Here’s something really neat about Reiki:  you can get attuned to the “first degree” again and again and again without progressing to the second degree – until you’re ready.  You could come to every class and stay at your level indefinitely or move right on up, depending on your comfort level.  It’s kinda cool that way.  And, of course, with “Reiki Your Leaves” to guide your process, that could be sooner than you’d originally think.  🙂


Reiki Classes starting on 7/7!

So, here’s the scoop:

The fine, fine folks over at Silver Pyramid are granting me some space to teach Reiki.  There are a few things you should know about this class.

The first is that it’s an all-degrees class.  That means if you’re a brand, spanking-new beginner or an old hand that just wants a ‘fresher, you will be welcome and probably find something awesome in this class.

The second is that there’s a textbook – but not just any textbook!  You can get a paperback from Lulu, you can get a hardback from Lulu, you can download the electronic version, or you can buy a paperback directly from either me or the Silver Pyramid (I’ll be dropping off the first batch later today).

The interesting thing about this textbook is that there’s a whole chapter in there on self-attunement, which kind of defeats the purpose of having a class, except that everyone learns in a different way, and even the self-attuned tend to like to share their Reiki because Reiki loves to play!

The third thing is that, as much as I’d like to make it so, this is not a free class.  It’s $15 per person, per class, and you can come to as many or as few as you like.  We’ll cover different material each time, but we will discuss topics that are valid for each degree.

Leave a comment or email me if you have any questions.  I look forward to seeing you there starting Thursday, July 7th.  It should be going on every other week, with the potential of other classes happening on interim weeks in the future.  Stay tuned for details.