Wisdom Can Be Found in Nature

It’s August! For many, myself included, a favorite month!

“Summertime, and the living is easy,” as the song goes. A good time to unwind and enjoy life a bit more, feel young again while perhaps participating in those summer activities we did as children, maybe along with our loved ones who have made their transition. They are around, and want to see you enjoy yourself! Indeed, our DP’s often have had a hand in showing us the beauty of Nature.

Maybe you came from a family of fisher-people. If so, perhaps you shared meals over a campfire under the sky that your mom just caught with lures your grandfather made. Or perhaps your uncle was an avid bird watcher, and could whistle their sounds, or do a crow caw. Remember the joy, and enjoy Nature again.

I might also remind those of you who say that your are city people, that Teddy Roosevelt was raised in NYC, and was very sickly. So his father took him to the Adirondack Mountains every summer, which is where he learned his love of Nature. The result? Well, check out all Teddy did regarding the National Park System, which earned him the title, “The Conservation President.”

I would encourage anyone with children to get them to put down their I-gadgets (iPhone, iPad, etc. ) and let the kids experience an incredible day or week in Nature. Take a walk through the woods, or go for a quiet canoe or sailboat ride, or just sit down and view the sunrise, sunset, and stars. And of course, if you can, visit the oceans, lakes and ponds. To me, Nature is God’s church and temple.

I know that with many of you, I’m just preaching to the choir. But keep in mind that it is Mother Earth that feeds us, something we should never take for granted. Rather, love, cherish, and honor the hand that feeds you!

Over the weekend, I had the privilege of working with a quite amazing family. There were three children, a boy and two girls, and two adults, a man and a woman. I had assumed that the two adults present were the children’s parents, but, as they say, never assume. During the session, the brother of the man I thought was the father came through from the Other Side and it turned out that he was the biological father of these beautiful children. It was the brother and his wife who were raising them..

From the Other Side, the father communicated that he felt so honored by how well-behaved his children were, and he gave an unbelievable heartfelt hug to this brother and sister-in-law for taking on such a huge responsibility.

As I have often said, biology is only one part of being a parent. In this case, it was the brother and his wife who had worked so tirelessly and unselfishly while taking on the responsibility of caring for someone else’s children.

It was also wonderful that all three children had been visited by their dad and knew the particular way he had visited each of them. They knew that their biological dad was with them in Spirit, doing what he could to take care of them. A great session! (During the session, for whatever reason, the identity of the children’s mother, or her whereabouts, never came up.)

Let me note that I’m doing a fundraiser on September 7th in Connecticut for a cause near and dear to me: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If you can make it, hope to see you there!

Enjoy the rest of August.

The Importance of Freedom

Happy July! We sure don’t have to think twice that Summer is truly here!

The heat certainly makes everyone want to step into an ocean or lake or pool and cool off! I know some folks aren’t crazy about the heat, but I can tell you that my tomato plants are very happy!

I recently returned from a trip to Eastern Europe where, as we know, many countries were occupied by the military forces of Nazi Germany. So on this July 4th , more than usual, I was very emotional about, and grateful for, our freedom.

Unless it’s just me, this year it seemed that so many people were expressing the importance of freedom, what it means, and that we should never take for granted what we have. This is something we all know about, especially those who have had family directly or indirectly impacted by the events of World War II.

My travels took me to Vienna, Prague and Berlin. I had different guides wherever I went, and each guide had an interesting story.

For example, my guide in Vienna had a Jewish father, and her mother lived in fear of anyone finding out, so she hid that fact her whole life, and changed her name.

My guide in Berlin was raised in East Berlin, while her mother’s parents had lived in West Berlin. When the grandmother turned 70, only her daughter (my guide’s mother) was allowed to see the grandmother for her birthday, and she had to have “strict” papers to get past “the Wall.” The rest of the family was not allowed.

Today, however, Berlin is truly a happening place where younger people from all over are flocking. Did
you know that there are more opera houses in Berlin (3) than New York City (1)? While I was visiting, they had had concerts everyday! Many were free.

And of course, in that part of the world, the music means so much. To be where all the great composers lived, and to actually see the manuscript of Mozart written in his own hand, well, that was something else!

On another note, I’m looking forward to three wonderful upcoming events with Thomas John at the end
of the month in Sturbridge, MA, Mansfield, MA, and Baltimore, MD. You might also check out Thomas’ show, Seatbelt Psychic, premiering July 11th on Lifetime.

As always it is my honor and privilege to connect our loved ones here and in Spirit.

Love Is A Constant Force

Happy June! Where flowers are blooming, couples in love are getting married, high school seniors are attending proms, college students (some graduating!) are taking a breather, and also, of course, last but not least {drum roll, please} Father’s Day arrives on June 17th . And a few days thereafter, we have the Vernal Equinox on June 21st , officially signaling the beginning of Summer. Whew!

I make sure my schedule always is aware of the many happenings that occur in June. For one thing, my mother is a June baby, and I will never forget when I was a teenager, I wanted to give her a surprise birthday party. Well, so many folks were just plain busy. But for the few that did come, I made a cake and instead of putting in baking powder, I added baking soda! Mistakes happen in life.

No matter who we are, or what our status or place is in life, no one is exempt from making mistakes. On the other hand, life’s moments can bring such incredible joy, and provide missing pieces to a puzzle. For example, we can become so connected to someone that he or she is in our hearts every minute of every day, and the thought of them brings us true happiness. Wonderful things like this seem to happen especially in June.

May was not too shabby either. While watching parts of Harry and Megan’s Royal wedding last month, the wedding of the year for sure, I noticed that love was being radiated, and everyone felt it. The connection between these two was quite obvious. Also, their trials and tribulations were similar. Harry’s mother – Princess Diana – is deceased and Megan’s father, while still alive, was not physically present at the wedding. Sad. I can tell you for sure that in connecting with loved ones here and in Spirit, during precious moments like weddings, people want their mothers and fathers to be present. Wonderful that Prince Charles could be there.

Historically speaking, what a VERY different wedding this was! Here we have Prince Harry marrying a successful bi-racial American actress, who is the type of woman his mother Princess Diana said he would marry (according to letters Princess Diana wrote to her son before her death): Someone who is smart, independent, and his equal. (Nevertheless, we know the Queen still had to approve of the marriage.) These are two young Royal people who can make a difference in the modern world. What a couple! And who doesn’t love to see some Love in the news these days?

I know so many people who met and married and knew in their gut that their mothers and/or fathers in Spirit had lent them a helping hand meeting and marrying their spouse. I have no doubt that Princess Diana had finally made this happen for her young son, when he was ready.

As for Megan, well it seems she too was ready to change her life radically, but again loves does that, does it not?

Love is and will always be the most constant force or energy you will have in your life. Love can give you strength you never had, enduring you through times you never thought you could get through. Just as a father often has to do. So this coming Father’s Day, let’s pay a special tribute to all the fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, and father figures here in the physical and on the Other Side.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at my upcoming events and small groups in Chicago, Detroit, Albany, Baltimore, and a few locations in MA!

Don’t forget to enjoy the Summer Solstice! Kick up your feet and feel the Love!

Coming in Like a Lion!

As the old saying goes: “March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.” No truer words were ever spoken for the beginning of this March in the Northeast. We got slammed with a doozy of a storm as the month began, and as I key we are awaiting a snowstorm! Mother Nature doing her thing just when we began to hope for signs of Spring.

I’ve learned long ago, don’t get your hopes up looking for that green to emerge. Right now, in upstate New York, there is still lots of snow on the ground.

Do I dare say that the Spring Equinox is March 20th, just a couple of weeks away? There are two equinoxes each year, one in March and the other in September. It’s when the sun shines on the equator and there are equal periods of day and night.

There are many ancient sites that mark the Equinoxes. At Chichen Itza in Mexico, Mayans built a huge pyramid around the year A.D. 1000. The play of the Sun’s light on the pyramid signals the beginning of the seasons. On the Spring Equinox, the light pattern looks like a snake. Mayans called this day, “The Return of the Sun Serpent.”

I remember in 2012 when I visited the pyramids in Mexico. There were so many sites reflecting the Mayan history and calendar. I remember leaving the hotel at two in the morning to be at the pyramids at sunrise. So many spiritually-minded folks from various countries were welcoming that important calendar year.

I remember also that that was two years before Masaru Emoto, whom I met there at the Mexican pyramids, passed away. (As per Wikipedia, Masaru Emoto was a Japanese author, researcher, photographer and entrepreneur, who claimed that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. “Emoto’s conjecture evolved over the years, and his early work explored his belief that water could react to positive thoughts and words, and that polluted water could be cleaned through prayer and positive visualization.” (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaru_Emoto) He was an amazing and dedicated man, to be sure. It was wonderful to meet him and his son. He was ailing at the time of the 2012 event but managed to donate his book, The Hidden Messages in Water, to all of Mexico – honoring the 2012 Mayan calendar event.

I am not surprised about all the attention that the Spring Equinox is given because, after all, who does not love Spring (aside from some of those with Spring allergies)? Personally, I think that it is actually Spring rather than the “New Year” that is the time for putting into action, things you want to change in your life. One goal for sure is getting into shape and shedding a few pounds. With the warmer weather, it is easier to go outside and enjoy yourself. Also, we don’t feel that we need to eat as much when the weather gets warmer.

With the coming of Spring, it’s also a pleasure to experience the awe-inspiring changes that surround you. The Winter is much more of a solitude state, unless you live in a warm climate of course – but then the other side of that coin is that you have to get inspired in another way when Springtime rolls around.

Part of the oncoming of Spring is the fun we allow ourselves to have on St. Paddy’s Day, on March 17th. The tradition of food, dancing, and singing, along with the bagpipes (and of course drinking – don’t overdo it!), helps make St. Paddy’s Day one remarkable event. Indeed, March 17th is the time for one of the largest parades in NYC and Boston. Like we should do on all holidays, take what makes you laugh and enjoy, and leave the rest behind.

And let us not forget that later, at the end of March, begins Passover.

Ah yes, March! I’m truly looking forward this month to returning to Lafayette, Louisiana and Toronto! Gotta love that Cajun and Creole food and culture!

Happy Spring Equinox to all! And let us not forget:

One swallow does not make a Spring.
Bluebirds are a sign of Spring; warm weather and gentle south breezes they bring.
In Spring, no one thinks of the snow that fell last year.
Don’t say that Spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.
Spring-time sweet!
The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.

It’s All About Love

Happy month of the heart!

Although in many parts of the country February is cold, the heart remains warm. After all, it is the month of Valentine’s Day, which of course can bring up wonderful feelings, and some times painful ones. Wonderful feelings if you have Love in your life, which may not be just romantic partnership Love, but other forms of significant Love – your family, children, friends, and for many the “fur” beings.

What Love is for one person may be so different for another. Usually, there is a being(s) which is the essential force of Love in your life. If you don’t have one, I’m sorry because your life may be harder to endure as a result. But if that is the case, then maybe it is your choice, for whatever reason. If that is not the case, then perhaps you need to change your life to bring Love into it.

Many folks who are elderly have outlived their peers whom they loved, and as a result, don’t have anyone nearby in the physical to love, touch, or just talk or listen to. That is a very painful way to exist, and their lives may be just that – existence. I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who try to be a light for those solitary folks.

Did you know that the number one reason to be able to become an octogenarian is the ability to deal with loss and solitude? Of course, having a strong constitution and sense of survival doesn’t hurt. In case you haven’t noticed, there are also lots of 90-year olds running around, and yes, having a fun life.

My mother is 89, 90 in June, and is sharper mentally that many people folks 20 years her junior! She has her issues physically but still drives her car, and is living by herself as her husband is in a home. So with that she’s doing the best she can under the circumstances. My mother is one of those survival folks I’m talking about. She just somehow keeps going.

For those of you who may not know, I’m very much a romantic. I love Love, all kinds of Love – being in love, sharing warm conversations with friends and people I meet, including babies. And then there are animals, Nature, music and of course much more. So much to love. And of course I would be remiss to not mention Spirit, DPs (dead persons), and God.

On a lighter note, I also love the movies! We are now coming up on the Academy Awards. Movies, of course, are a form of Art. It would be a sad world without Art, since Art gives us great joy while highlighting the different aspects of life. That, I believe, is most significant and something that is always needed in our world – a reflection of what our world is, and what it can also be.

One of the movies nominated this year is, for me, a most wonderful “heart” movie, among the best I’ve ever seen. It’s called “Shape of Water.” The film is so beautiful in the way it takes us into a place that truly reveals something important, and in this case, that place is Love. Without being a “spoiler” for those who have not seen the move, suffice it to say that the film really fits into standardized concepts of what Love should or should not be. It is my belief that God is about Love. Love is everywhere and in every way. God is not about judgment. And as this artful move shows, Love is transcendent.

Finally, let me say that I always appreciate the little notes, and responses I get from all of you who read my newsletters, so feel free to fire away!

Enjoy your month of Love, and whatever makes you feel Love in your life.

I’ll be spreading my own versions of Love in the places I’ll soon be visiting. To name a few, my return to Lafayette; very excited for my Cajun folks. Also, I’ll be visiting Toronto, Michigan, Minneapolis, St. Louis, MA, CT and Southern CA.

See you all soon!

2018 – An 11/2 Year in Numerology

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2018, an “11” New Year, because 2+0+1+8 = 11.

In numerology, we usually break down the year to one single digit which 2018 would be “2” since 11 (1+1) = 2. However, since in numerology, the master numbers are 11, 22, and 33, the 11 is not broken down into 2. Thus, we are now in an 11 year, not a 2 year!

Interesting to note that the last time we experienced a Universal 11 Year was not that long ago, in 2009 (when Barack Obama became President of the U.S.). However, the previous 11 year was 99 years before that, in 1910 (when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to New York State Senate.) I think it’s safe to predict that 2018 will prove to be significant year for the entire planet.

Master numbers are very important for our learning and growth, and can bring major transformation and learning into our lives. This year, the world will be experiencing all that a Universal 11 has to offer.

Of course, in all of life’s journeys, there is always more than one element that affects us. Yes, we are in a new vibration, but we are equally experiencing new planetary configurations. Specifically, Saturn will be entering Capricorn whose ruler Pluto is currently also in Capricorn. Pluto in Capricorn is about death, ending, and beginnings. It’s about breaking down old outdated structures, which include governments, corporations, and religion. Capricorn is governed by Saturn which rules foundations, structures, and for many of us, our deepest fears. Although structures don’t change overnight, with Saturn in Capricorn there will be shifts in the world and our personal lives, caused by Saturn, the planet of all major changes. I don’t say that any of this will happen overnight, but changes will be will happening.

Those of you who know your astrological charts and/or numerical charts, realize that if you have planets in Capricorn, or planets that are affected by, or interplay with, Capricorn, then you will for sure feel/see/experience these shifts.

Sometimes the changes are sort of like a volcano – we know something is brewing, but we just don’t know when it’s going to erupt.

Change is often hard for most of us. However, for us to grow emotionally, spiritually, in directions that will benefit where or what we want or desire, change is often needed. The beautiful profound changes that could occur in 2018 may not happen without the Universe waving her magical wand, so to speak.

Think of all the aspects and changes in your life that have occurred in the past that would not have happened without that certain something coming out of the blue.

Remember that even dramatic “negative” changes like a loved one’s death, divorce, or the loss of a job or a home – all painful and dramatic – sometimes do trigger positive developments, like the end of suffering, meeting a new love, finding a more rewarding job or more time for ourselves, or even winding up in a better place to live.

Sometimes out-of-the blue events come on like a dam than can no longer hold back the water, and aspects of ourselves that were perhaps being held back end up bursting out. Trusting and having faith, and knowing that there is a reason why even “negative” events occur, will help you deal with the changes.

In any event, be prepared to welcome whatever 2018 brings your way, because the 11-year vibrations and planetary happenings may affect your life even in ways that you could not predict.

Returning to late 2017 for a moment, I have a Christmas story of my own to share – drum roll please! My last event of the year was in Sturbridge, Massachusetts with Thomas John. This was our second event in 2017 and we received a warm and wonderful Massachusetts’ welcoming. The event was in the evening and when I left it was warm but rainy. Since it was an evening, driving back to NY meant I wouldn’t get home until midnight when it was pitch black.

The next morning when I went to go shopping, I was shocked to discover a huge dent in the rear fender of my brand new car. Out of the blue, right? I had to breathe deep as I was a little freaked out. I decided to call the Publick House where Thomas John and I had done our event, to see if there were any security cameras that might have recorded whatever had happened in their parking lot the night before, or to see if anyone had reported hitting my car, or seeing my car get smashed in the parking lot (there was no note on the windshield). There were around 200 people at our event and many others having dinner there as well – it’s a pretty big place. I asked for the manager and he did call me back several hours later but there was nothing to report.

Soon, I started to look on the less ominous side of things – most notably, apparently no one was hurt. I called my insurance company and put in a collision claim for a hit and run. My body shop guy said it would cost at least $3,000 or $4,000 to repair. “Accept it, and try to let it go,” I told myself.

Then on Christmas Eve day, I was driving to see my mother who was in hospital, soon after her having to put her husband in a home on Thanksgiving. My phone rang and the caller I.D. indicated a Connecticut phone number that I didn’t recognize. I answered anyway. A woman on the other end greeted me and then asked, “What’s your license plate number?” I told her and she said, “I believe I hit your car.” She then added that she had put a note on my windshield explaining what had happened and saying to contact here, but she never heard back. (Apparently in the rain, the note had been washed away.) So she called the Public House and got my phone number. She then gave me all her info, adding that she wouldn’t want someone to do that to her car, and not make things right.

It was then that I realized that this was my best Christmas present for 2017 – and it came in out of the blue.

I say over and over that wherever I go, there are many wonderful people everywhere. Thank God for all the good folks in this world who do wonderful things. In my heart, I feel that this is what most of us are about.

After the phone call, I went on my way with a smile. The experience reminded me of what I had written in my Christmas newsletter about the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life,” which presents how each of us can make a big difference in other people’s lives. The phone call changed my mood and made the trip to seeing my mother in the hospital a whole lot easier (she’s okay, by the way, and her husband is doing well in the home). Just another example of things coming out of the blue, changing the road ahead, and happening for a reason.

Once again, extending my thoughts of love and blessings to everyone for a new 2018 vibration!

I look forward to seeing many of you in my upcoming travels again, or for the very first time. I’ll be in Florida, Toronto, Louisana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri to name a few . . . and of course NY, MA and CT. Check out my website to see if I’ll be showing up near you.

Also, Bill Attride, a wonderful Astrologer, will be on my monthly Blog Talk Radio show on Monday, January 8 at 6 pm EST.

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s a Wonderful Life!

It’s a wonderful life!

I am sure most of you have either grown up with, or at least seen, the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart. Directed by Frank Capra, the film was released in 1946 but is still a Christmas-time favorite on TV. I know all of you reading this who relate to angels, DP (dead person) experiences, dream visits, synchronicities, etc. can also relate to that movie.

The story is about George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) who is in a dark mood and wishes that he was never born. An angel (Henry Travers) appears and arranges an alternate reality so that George can witness what life would have been like in his town if he were in fact never born. George observes the alternate reality and realizes all the good he has done, and how many lives he has helped, and how everything would have been very different in a negative way if he had never been born. He wants to go back to his real world, and manages to get there, feeling all the better.

What a wonderful reminder that we must take time to focus on the positive.

I’m also reminded of a quote from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Meeting so many of you throughout my travels has made my life more wonderful, and hearing George Bailey-type stories from many of you always warms my heart. Never lose sight of the fact that you make a difference in other people’s lives.

In last month’s newsletter, I talked about this with regard to the fires in Northern California and the hurricanes elsewhere. So many George Bailey-type folks stepped up to help others, and make a difference.

Recently, I was in the doctor’s office doing a routine check-up when one of the technicians came by. I did what I often do, and started a conversation. I learned in a very few minutes that the technician was from Haiti, and that after all these years in New York, she still didn’t like the cold but loved her job. The conversation went from that to how her grandmother would not go to sleep at night until they had a conversation.

The technician went on to say how she grew up in a mud house that her grandfather had built, and how all the family still goes there to carry on traditions, pass down stories, look at the sky, and take in the nature of the island. She stressed that every year she takes her children to her home village where they all engage in family traditions, and show their respect for elders and Nature.

I listened attentively, knowing that I had just shared a bonding moment with a kindred spirit. And like George Bailey, she recognized so many wonderful things about her family. Most impressively, she has been engaging in these family gatherings since she was three years old. That, my friends, is a gift.

As Christmas approaches, the little ones will be looking forward to their holiday gifts. But let us not forget that when the children grow up, and the toys are all but forgotten, what the kids-turned-adults will appreciate most are the happy moments shared with family and close friends, and the differences made in the lives of others – just like George Bailey during his wonderful life.

Looking forward to my last “Home for the Holiday” event in Sturbridge, MA with Thomas John on December 19th. Of course, I’ll also be gearing up for 2018 as well. There will be some new places to attend, and old places to revisit. Looking forward to meeting old and new friends along the way.

Wishing you the best Holiday Season ever. As my special gift to you this season, I’m offering a full hour of readings live on my December radio show! My special guest will be Austyn Wells, spiritual medium and soul gardener. The show will air on Monday, December 11 at 6 pm EST / 3 pm PST on Blog Talk Radio. I hope you will join us!

Pausing, Reflecting, and Moving Forward Into Fall

Hello! We are now, as they say, officially in the Fall Equinox which arrived on September 22, 4:02 PM EST.

Oddly, in the Northeast, the summer wasn’t as hot as usual and September felt more like August! We’ll have to see what the rest of Autumn has in store for us.

I do know this – tomatoes like it warm. In my garden, there was a challenge in that regard, but most everything else was fine. Except of course for the destruction of my cucumbers by a family of woodchucks. I’m sure there are many of you out there who can relate. I see you smiling because you know that story!

I have to pause and send prayers to all those impacted by Hurricane Maria if she in fact landed on your or your family’s or friends’ doorsteps. Goodness gracious! Living in NYC, there are many Puerto Rican folks who call NYC their home. My heart goes out to all of them, and their families and friends in Puerto Rico.

Given that Puerto Rico is, like many of the other islands – St. Thomas, St. John, St. Marten, etc. – so very beautiful, it is so very traumatic to see your native land destroyed. Again, I empathize with all those who have been affected by this tragedy, and all the other recent hurricanes. So many devastating storms this time around. Nothing in recent memory can compare.

However, again, as per my calling, I must reiterate: Remember that our loved ones in spirit had their own conflicts and challenges while here, and they faced all that. For many, facing up to those challenges made them stronger. We can learn from that.

Things can be replaced. People cannot. So when our loved ones cross over, there is no need to try and replace them.

And don’t forget that they are still here, there, and everywhere for us, for they have transcended death while transitioning to the Other Side. Connect with them through your dreams, feelings, and intuition. While no “body” here gets out alive (as Jim Morrison once sang), every soul DOES get out alive (Mr. Morrison missed that point). And, since we are spirits having a human experience, remember that death brings us back to our natural state. So, death ain’t nothing to worry about, even if our animal instincts tell us otherwise.

On another note, I was so warmly received recently in Atlanta and Asheville, such beautiful cities. Gotta love those Blue Ridge Mountains. Loved Tarrytown too – will certainly return!

I will mention again, and for as long as I have a voice – Love is, and will always be, our most prominent constant. No matter where I go, no matter what town, city, state, country, or continent, Love is, and always will be, what we all in one way or another know as the Truth in our hearts. Love is our greatest teacher, pervading all of our thoughts and feelings – consciously or subconsciously – throughout our daily lives.

To be sure, we all have different paths to walk, but if you are open to it, Love will be with you every step of the way. Connect to Love, and you will be the better for it.

And again, welcome to Fall, and all it’s glorious colors and changes. As is customary for me, I’ll be returning to California in October, up North and down South. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces once again, and of course I am totally open and happy to meeting and welcome new folks in my travels.

As the old saying goes, we will keep on keeping on!

How Hurricane Harvey, Lady Gaga, and Love Has Brought People Together

So . . . Are we feeling the “shortest” season fade away? No doubt that this summer was for many very challenging, especially for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Whether Harvey was a natural event as the mainstream media states, or a geoengineered event as some experts have found, our hearts and support go out to all those who ended this summer on such a tragic note – loss, loss, and more loss.

The Northeast had the coolest August in like, forever, but we’re not complaining here, since so many places are hurting and need all the love, positive thoughts, and whatever help we can send, in any way.

I personally know people in Houston, about whom I happily can say are okay. Others I know in Louisiana weren’t as lucky.

I’m still waiting for my friends and family on the West Coast to give an update of what is going on there, as I write this. A very difficult and painful time. How do we put it all back together?

Of course, our prayers go out in the hope that family members and friends made it out alive. But if not, we know that they were met by their loved ones on the Other Side. And, believe it or not, tragedies like this are always harder on the folks who survive.

When a tragedy like Harvey strikes, people band together. There are so many wonderful warm and giving folks who step up to the challenge. This moment was no exception.

I can’t tell you if it’s in the air or whatever, but . . . this is a very difficult time to live in. So many people with whom I have come in contact over the last several months have expressed just that.

My thoughts and words previously expressed in other newsletters and in my books, I shall repeat: In the BIG scheme of things, the one constant is Love. Hang on to Love, and it will help you through these very rough times.

Remember that our loved ones in spirit had their own conflicts and challenges while here, and they faced all that. For many, facing up to those challenges made them stronger. We can learn from that.

I am often told wonderful stories about grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc., who endured so much but kept going on. For many, it was the love of their family, and/or other loved ones, that helped them persist.

Things can be replaced. People cannot. So when our loved ones cross over, there is no need to try and replace them. They are there for us, on the Other Side. Connect with them through dreams, feelings, and intuition. As I indicate at my events, every soul gets out alive.

On another note, a quick sharing from one of my 2017 summer highlights. I saw Lady Gaga at Boston’s Fenway Park, the oldest major league baseball park in America. Needless to say, Lady Gaga filled Fenway. She is an amazing talent.

There were many moments that stuck me of her gift of giving every part of herself, but what I didn’t know initially was who “Joanna” was.

I had learned that Lady Gaga’s song to Joanna was a tribute, and when Lady Gaga opened up in song about who Joanna was, I could feel the connection. Joanna was her aunt, her dad’s sister who died when Lady Gaga was three years old. That event impacted her whole life since her father sort of smothered her (they are Italians) because he was so devastated by his sister’s loss. This somehow translated to fear of losing his daughter.

Lady Gaga’s story is one of many similar experiences reflecting how physical loss of a loved one can impact our lives. This was as true for her just it is true for so many of us who have walked a similar path.

However, what was wonderful to me was that Lady Gaga decided to, and did, share her experience with the audience, many of whom, I am sure, totally understood.

This is one thing an effective artist can do, but discussing the death of a loved one is not something many artists dare to share.

Kudos to you Lady Gaga! And as far as the music was concerned, I sat among so many wonderful people who had such a great time. We all did hoop and holler!

One gentleman near me was around 75 years old and wearing a red “Joanna Tour” tee-shirt from Cape Cod. Boy, was he a fan! He knew everything about Lady Gaga and it was he who told me who Joanna was before Lady Gaga shared her story on stage. And when she did share, it was at that moment she asked, “Can you feel all the love in this room?”

Yes! We did! A night I will always remember.

Enjoy the rest of what summer is left. Technically, Autumn doesn’t come until late September.

“All things come to an end,” they say, but never the one thing that is most important: Love.

As far as my Fall travels, I’ll be going to some new places and returning to favorites. I’ll be in Atlanta, Asheville, and Tarrytown this September, and California in October; specifically, Sacramento, LA, and San Diego.

Looking forward as always to seeing some of you for the first time, and others again.