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You don’t make it happen, you make it welcome. ~ Derek Rydell

Namaste Remember In November Wholly Happy Ones!

I greet you in the names of compassion, satisfaction, and Thanks Living!

In the long few weeks since the last, Scare Share post, I have thought about our creepy visitor, like every load of laundry and even a few times crawling into bed …. after all, we live next to a field and just where did that visitor come from?! And why? What was your message that my creeped out brain could not receive?! I know. Get over it. Except that all things great and small are a gift if we let them be. It was a Jeresulum Cricket aka a potato bug steeped with interesting history here in CA as I read in Wiki.

The little 3 inch giant insect seemed to open a floodgate in me of emotions and feelings I don’t want to experience. Indeed, ones I thought I had risen above. Maybe it was the public proclamation here that I was being compassion in action. Enter … more elder issues and failing computers, increased stress & hormones with restless sleep and my first (and hopefully last!) full blown migraine headache. And grumpy me being increasingly uglier that I care to account. The thread of truth in all of it is the ultimate awareness that has been surfacing is the age old dance of resistance. Resistance shows up in so many ways; avoidance, procrastination, and compassion/Love killing judgment to name a few.

Love’s only option is to reach for the light and GROW!

Yes, what we resists persists, but more to the point if we embrace ALL of it with as much acceptance & gratitude as possible ~ compassion, forgiveness & Love are great too ~ then with that grateful yes or even  ‘o.k.’, we are far happier, as are those around us!

As I am embracing what is with my computer situation (including this awkward laptop moment!), I am reminded that if I stay in the awe filled appreciation of Thanks Living, that attitude of gratitude is a natural companion to compassion and leaves me full of satisfaction.

As I go back and forth between computers (it’s complicated!) to update my beloved daily Play & Pray Calendar pages of Thanks Living, I am in an open place of allowing & questioning … Do I stay or do I go now? To stay seemingly means new systems and computers. Is this the time to pour on the renewed faith in our online offerings ~ something I was acting on I thought! ~If so, the stakes are being raised in what that will take. Clearly, time to GROW or GO! I vow to keep growing in grateful happiness, no matter what ways I am called to go.

As I took a peek back 2 years ago at the last of the November Thanks Living posts, I found the following, amazing video gem reminder of sacred celebration amid my life & web questionings of that time! That was on the  brink of launching the 2013 Dream Team. My current dream includes the family creativity forum which is still a bit of a ghost site sitting in a big vision. Time to co-create & dream it true? Or re-create out of the blue?!
CrFamBranchHere is this oh so gorgeous reminder and invitation of sacred awareness gratitude from Moving art:

I am ever so grateful for this amazing beauty ~ let’s forever remember! I am also so appreciative for this communication and for you who are reading these words and sharing the celebration and tribulation! I am ever committed to showing up for LOVE! And I continue to commit to my Laurie StorEBooks; upgrading & (re)publishing more titles each week. Check out some as part of November’s Book Banquet Reading Feast!

And I remain quite sure that the beauty that is you is shining through … even if you resist, Love always persists. So we may as well embrace tender surrender and allow the Love in, right, my friend?! Happy Thanks Living in this grateful acceptance. Namaste Beauty!
You don’t make it happen, you make it welcome. ~ Derek Rydell

Namaste Love! Fleeting October Greetings!

As I continue to put the pieces together on and offline, I am (hormonally!) up and down with the many swings of life these days. How about you? Are you experiencing bliss and peace? Or craze and daze? Or, like me, some interesting combo of all of it??!!

More Shellfish

More Shellfish! Peace in the pieces …

As the season changes, so does my teenager and the elders in our lives. I am doing relatively well in staying unconditionally loving and fairly non-reactive for the most part. We are enJOYing a 3rd world series run for our beloved baseball team, the SF Giants. Now for anyone who knows me, THAT’S a change! I never would have believed I would ever be a baseball fan but thanks to my son’s love of the game and some mysterious force I can’t begin to understand, I have developed a love, appreciation and even a slight addiction (at least to these series games). Even so, I remain what could be termed weirdly compassionate when it comes to (this) sport … I actually feel bad for the opposing players even in the midst of the joy of winning. The us vs. them thing has never worked well for me … I truly marvel at some of the talent ~ on both sides ~ while really getting excited and delighted for our winning Giants.

When I look at myself in the above situation or how I am handling things ~ especially with my 89 year old dad these days, I think I really am living compassion in action. Good for me!

Then! As life would have it … Enter … the visitor …
I pull the laundry out of the washer and start to sort it onto hangers … when what happens to surface … totally out of context …. and me, reacting with a blood curdling scream!
Visitor1Ok … what the heck?! This beautiful beast of nature has survived the washing machine and I am completely creeped out. I call for Jeremiah, my teenage man cub to come to the rescue. He wants no part of it. We stand surveying what we think must be a dead ‘beast’ when it starts to twitch and shake off the effects of the washing machine experience. Whaaaaaaaaaat?!
Visitor2Jeremiah sees it move and I assure him it is his imagination. The moments tic on as we negotiate how to scoop the thing outside and I grow increasingly agitated and even angry that my young prince is clearly not going to come to my rescue. Then I see it move eliciting more shrieks from me. Clearly, it is alive and it is up to me to get it away from the laundry and *somewhere* else where it can get on with it’s life ~ or death ~ or whatever.

So where’s the compassion in action? Only a mere, fuzzy “You should …” thought in the back of my reactive, reptilian brain. Jeremiah is saved by a phone call which takes him into the house and away from the situation. I too leave the garage for a power walk around the block where I pray and center and come to as much of my compassionate senses as I can muster.

I re-center on a brilliant teaching I took in earlier in the week from Neal Donald Walsch’s Conversations With God. Neal summed up the formula for living a conscious spiritual life as this: 1. Be The Source 2. Everything is perfect 3. You are not alone

So I breathe in these remembrances knowing that I must be the Source as much as possible in this situation. And as creeped out as I am, it is perfect ~ after all, I don’t use a dryer ~! And, of course I am not alone. I always call on my angels so why was I calling on Jeremiah and then mad when he couldn’t show up and be in charge?! I returned to the poor ‘beast’ with my angels in tow … or rather, them towing me.
Visitor3An amazing creature, really. It seemed ‘mostly dead” as I scooped it outside. Gone this morning, it is living on some level, somewhere. And in this children’s book writer’s mind, it is certainly living on …. with admonitions like …”Do you know how much bigger you are than me?! I had just survived the washing machine and YOU are screaming?! REALLY?” Oh, forgive me my creepy visitor and thank you for being my teacher in schooling me how to be more compassion in action!

Our New Thought Families daily Play & Pray Calendar is sprinkled with Everyday SoulPlay giveaways amidst our October Compassion in Action theme changing over to November’s daily Thanks Living by week’s end. Play & pray with us! And last night’s visitor reminds me of the sweet “If I Were A Bug” song embedded below ~ I was singing this morning, “If I were a bug in the washing machine, would you scoop me out and loudly scream?!”

I also invite you to the slightly creepy but mostly very silly and playful Book Boos Laurie StorEBooks all packaged up and ready for instant downloads ~ they are in our Family Creativity Branch StorE Store! For anyone, who wants some playful rhyme for Halloween time, here you go:

Book Boos: 10 Fun, Frolicking Laurie StorEBooks!

Book Boos: 10 Fun, Frolicking Laurie StorEBooks!

Thank you so much for being here! Wherever this week of All Hallow’s eve finds you, may you be Love blessed and caressed. Namaste, Love!

IMG_2926Namaste Love!

I greet you in the name of October change …. the beauty of the seasons mirroring our own divine order unfolding! Our New Thought Families Play & Pray Calendar is celebrating Compassion In Action this month and we are change, change, changing  ~ check the clouds!

For better or worse, I am integrating an expansive, playful cloudscape throughout all the websites and with literally thousands of pages, I’ve just begun! The membership software, new server et al is growing along … much slower than I thought I would be so a great time for compassion to reign!

I took my mom up to the mountains on sacred Sunday and did a little vlog embedded below. The message of beauty as a gateway to Love, change, compassion … But before I turn the voice over to video, I do have an announcement and invitation!


As part of our Creative Spirit Families web here in cyberspace and in keeping with the dream I began New Thought Families with on 2/7/2007, I (re!)introduce a family forum that is brimming with infinite possibilities! creativefamilyliteracy.com is a branch of Leaping Literacy Library and it is a cyberspace where families and children can connect, communicate & co-create. It’s a place similar to FaceBook with a lot more options, no ads, and a dedicated focus on a safe place for children and their adults to share. Right now, there aren’t too many people there but there is room and heart space for those who will be served by this. Check it out and let me know what you think! Better yet, sign up and try it for a month and then let me know what you think! Connection, communication & co-creation is waiting there for ~ us!

I’ll be there with exclusive Forum freebies every fab Friday as well as sharing NEWs of my art, story, songs as they are coming along and commenting & connecting with what YOU share … I am envisioning ‘you’ … the  families looking for a fun, innovative, supportive place to grow their children’s expanding literacy … traditional, technical, spiritual …

CHANGE! What is new for you? Whatever you are going through, I believe in you and your truth too. Here’s the October vlog ~ full of beauty and Love ~ woo hoo! 


My continued celebration of the pieces ~ shell fish!

My continued celebration of the pieces ~ shell fish!

No matter how broken your fragments seem, it is all a part of beautiful YOU!

No matter how broken your fragments seem, it is all a part of beautiful YOU!

Namaste Beautiful Broken Ones ~ Whole Expressions of LOVE & Life!

I meet you with a fleeting greeting as we surrender September into October’s waiting arms this transformational Tuesday. As I shared in the last post, I have been experiencing a certain amount of brokenness this month as I stepped back to breathe through what seemed a very long summer of intensity punctuated by shifting sands and dreams unrealized.

In the place of detached curiosity and unwavering appreciation for the sacredness of creation, the pieces or fragments of our lives that can leave us feeling broken are really nothing more than the circle of life unfolding …  like a tree whose leaves change vibrant colors and then drop away … falling, falling to decay and to make way for new life underneath and in the new leaves which will emerge behind them in their own right, perfect, divine timing. How can we help but be in appreciative awe of this circle of life?!

We get to choose our perspective!

We get to choose our perspective!

And so it is with us … our trials and triumphs, our heartthrobs and heartaches, our grieving and un-leaving, achieving, believing, conceiving … new dreams, new visions, new branches!

In the wake of the fall Equinox beckoning to all the earth for balance, we necessarily let go of some things while we harvest others. What are you releasing and what are you embracing? How are you feasting and what are you facing?!

I am still in the messy middle of all my co-creations on and offline while still holding as much unconditional Love as I can for mothering a teenager and daughtering aging parents. This very post was put on hold while I went for dad’s medical appointment ~ the story of which could launch a whole other post ~ patience ponderings!


Every stage of life ~ All One!

Every stage of life ~ All One!

Suffice it to say that all aspects of our selves and our lives are multi-layered mosaics of voices & choices that we allow to shape our hours, days, years, lifetimes. Necessarily, we all experience what seem or feels like brokenness in the process but no matter what that may seem like or feel like, we are always whole. Always one with all that is.

Some of the world’s biggest religions celebrate his time of year ~ Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish ‘head of the year’ … whereby followers ask forgiveness of themselves and others in a time of reckoning with their lives and then, of course the celebration of beginning again ~ Happy New Year! The 9 day Hindu festival,  Navaratri Dusserha is celebrated twice a year around Equinox times according to the lunar calendar (9/25-10/3 2014). This Mother Goddess festival celebrates the divine mother in all of her manifestations culminating with good triumphing over evil.



Ah yes … good prevails … always. Deep OM breath!

So in celebration of endings, beginnings, and balance, sweet balance, I offer you the mindful moment invitation here and now to breathe into your wholeness … including and especially embracing all of your perceived brokenness. Know that the Love that created you never forsakes you and your pieces are definitely part of your grand design and infinite beauty!
Everyday SoulPlay!
As I continue to integrate New Thought Families with Creative Spirit Families, Laurie’s Stories & the Leaping Literacy Online Library, I am holding steadfast to the faith that has built these co-creations thus far! I am implementing new Membership software that *should* rectify some of the challenges that undermined this summer’s SoulPlay TeleSummer Camp and the future ease and grace access of Membership offerings. SoulPlay is weaving it’s web with Everyday SoulPlay currently being woven into our New Thought Families Daily Play & Pray Calendar. We have a new cloudscape design emerging that will hopefully make all our offerings much less nebulous! And I have resumed loving and revising many of my old Laurie StorEBooks with some of the picture illustration that has so devotionally developed over the years of doing New Thought Families and the daily Calendars. Change is a blessed thing!
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Whether you are celebrating the (Rosh Hashanah) sweetness of life or simply looking for peace in the pieces, I offer you the blessing of sweet peace now … in this or any moment we choose to change … perspective. We are not broken. Ever. We are blessed to be Love Expressed. Always. I love you. Thank you so much for being the change with me. Namaste, Love!

Eyes On Beautiful Lies

Eyes On Beautiful Lies: Blessons Of SoulPlay!

Namaste Beloveds!
The summer of SoulPlay ended a few weeks ago but it has taken me until this September moment to bring the blessons back here … whew! Besides a very full schedule of traveling, video taping, producing, and (trying to!) promote and process SoulPlay, this was also a summer of big relationship changes with my teenage son and elder parents & landlady ~ the 4 elders here all experiencing big blows to their body temples with me called into caretaking ~ all, in all, I suppose I was heading for the September breakdown I am now emerging from!
BirdAlone1 03. MichelleWhile I was so calling for a business breakthrough with SoulPlay, I definitely got breakdown instead! And to break the silence of my SoulPlay turned darkness of the Soul, I went up the mountain last Sunday and did a VLOG ~ seemed in keeping with all the videos made for the SoulPlay Camp! It gave me a chance to really talk to you ~ laugh and cry too! But since it turned out to be a hideously long 30 minute epic sharing, I have been on the fence whether to bring you the vlog or not and how to break it down … It is still nearly 20 minutes which is a serious chunk of clock & calendar real estate I know, so I leave it up to your soul to know if your Spirit will be served in sharing mountain heart renewal, compassion time with me:

Completely understandable, truly if you are not up for the vlog ~ I promise if I do them in the future, I will script and keep them short! And if you do choose to share with me, THANK YOU! ~ And let me know what’s on your heart too!

Vlog aside, I will simply list some of the many blessons from this SoulPlay co-creation in the hopes that they may speak to some of you who are manifesting your own visions ~ and maybe save you some pain?! As with all of life, each of these blessons are multi-layered blessings and lessons.

1. Don’t do it alone!
Even though I have an awesome angel team, there is nothing like other humans to help you in human ventures! Yes, many hands make light work and also many voices can bring perspective, encouragement and dare I say, reason! It can also bring needed skills ~ like when I had so many technology snafus and no techie gurus!
2. Scale back! Less really IS more!
For any who know me, you feel me on this. As an infinite co-creator, the idea of scaling back is always so repulsive to me! In 20/20 hind sight, the project and the folks involved would have been better served if it were cut in half!
3. Choice Points ~ You CAN change the plans!
In keeping with #2, there was a huge amount of footage to produce as the camp was rolling along. And when I looked at the naked truth mid-way through the 21 day Camp to see that the videos were not really being viewed, it was a choice point to step back and re-run the first half … instead I stayed in my craze of making MORE videos!
4. Serve Yourself First ~ Know Your Worth
You know, like on the airplane when you put on your own oxygen mask 1st?! Somewhere in the process of birthing this dream, I got things way out of balance and had far too many nights in a row with only 4 hours sleep … I can do a few of these with relative ease and grace but weeks on end tipped me right over the edge! And in us (me) knowing our own worth, others are far more likely to value us too!
5. Communicate Clearly!
Like the rest of my work & co-creations, SoulPlay had so much to it (do #2!), it was not easy for folks to take in. Even the invitation to potential Camp Counselors was not readily understood. Again, there are an array of layers here but simply put, from a marketing perspective and otherwise ~ the confused mind says no!
6. Ask for Help ~ Don’t expect others to read your mind!
This is a combination of 1 & 5 … where I coulda woulda shoulda clearly asked for more help and not expected those involved to read my mind and act accordingly. I know, duh. The 4 Agreements calls this ‘Assumptions’!
7. Everyone ~ no matter what age ~ has an inner child who is happy to come out & play!
This truth came up for me in powerful ways with each of my SoulPlay Counselors! The experiences have left me wondering what it would take to get humankind to live from this wisdom … and re-rooting in me that this is pivotal to my life’s work.
8. Play is a wisdom with the same vibration of pray!
I’ve been trying to find which wise one said this back in the day but the summer of SoulPlay vibrations convinced me that this is indeed the beautiful truth ~ no lie!
9. Creation is unconditional Love expressed!
No matter what we get done or don’t get done … achieve or fail at ~ by whatever human scale we use to judge ~ our co-creator, THE Creator, loves us no matter what! We are here to be Love expressed and when we live our Love & joy, we are co-creating more of the same. Thereby, it truly is all good, all Love, all the time, no matter what!

Speaking of time, I’ve now managed to write a long blog to go with the lengthy vlog! I can only hope that they can serve … the Spirit of faith, hope, co-creation, and the manifestation of your heart’s longings, callings, belongings and fallings. May you be yes blessed in whatever ways you’re called to be Love expressed. Namaste, Beautiful Love!

Closing Day Of SoulPlay!

Namaste Mindful Beauty Filled Souls!

Currently at our live music camp with the San Francisco Folk Music Club …. we’ve been here most Labor Days for many years. I used to go around to the nightly campfires with Jeremiah asleep in a luggage cart … last night my 14 year old music maestro was jamming away fireside when I went off to bed …. time … changes … circle of Life! Feeling the Spirits of Faith & Ranger Bob this weekend … they may have left the planet this year, but their Spirits are definitely alive and well and HERE! Faith 03D.BobKeller1True to the way our online SoulPlay Camp ran through August …. I was the white rabbit running late late late in the closing of the virtual camp August 29 and arriving here at the live music camp … while many pieces didn’t happen with ease, grace, and full circle completion with SoulPlay, it is an amazing plethora of passionate, playful, Love Expressed blessings that will continue ON!! Our closing day SoulPlay represents all of our Camp Counselors as well as presents the Overground Railroad with 3 of our counselors who are the founding conductors ~ Luisah Teish, Harriet Tubman Wright, Julia Stege . The song I wrote for the Overground Railroad is also featured with teen talent playing with me ~ Jeremiah, Joe & Jenni!TTRR IMG_2548So, experience the wonders of Camp SoulPlay on this extended closing day:

And stay tuned for the next phase of our evolution which includes Everyday SoulPlay!

Meanwhile, I am precariously connected to the net through a friends phone! Trying to upload some Love Expressed Oneness Blessed September Calendar pages for New Thought Families …. web server connection not responding so those may be a few days late too!

Still and all, there is amazing growth & learning that have come from SoulPlay ~ I will be back to share some blessons with you blog beloveds! As we celebrate Labor Day USA, I am in full celebration of my life’s work and SoulPlay! May you be in celebration too … for whatever is up for you … you and your life are a gift and may you stay present to this now and always. Namaste Love!

This free, innovative, integrative experience airs 8/9-8/29!

This free, innovative, integrative experience airs 8/9-8/29!

Namaste Mindful Loved Ones & SoulPlay Campers!

We are in our final daze of our 21 Day SoulPlay TeleSummer Camp!

This week brings another wave of beauty & creativity from our SoulPlay
Counselors so full of liberty & authenticity! More music, stories, dancing,
moving, opening ~ fairy yoga, anti-bullying, latkes, Trust Flowers, basic
numerology, the Overground Railroad and more!

Daily Activities posting this week at 12:00 noonish Pacific:

For all who believe in the power of the co-creation of SoulPlay, you can donate there!

So even as I am producing the Camp’s last segments and realizing this may just be my biggest business failure yet, I am stopping by for a sacred celebration moment with you … a moment to visit the breadth & depth of the beauty & creativity that has been birthed into this busy world the last few weeks … and to offer up the opportunity for you to own the liberty and authenticity of SoulPlay while allowing myself the possibility of a bit of soul PAY!

NewsAs promised, SoulPlay is chock full of inspirational teachings & healings as well as a passionate plethora of singing, storytelling, dancing, writing, illustrating, laughing, creating, releasing, listening, opening, moving, BEing with life & death, and of course, play, play, playing in so many ways!

* Experience SoulPlay Camp on your own time for a $97 wee fee! *

You can purchase access to all 21 days of content ~ hundreds of PlayShops, Expression Sessions, Reset Moments & more! This truly is a one of a kind collection of experiences and inspirations for the whole family available for just $197. Use the coupon code: WeeFee50 through 9/19 and your cost is just $97

Access all of SoulPlay from here: http://www.lauriesstories.com/SoulPlayCamp/index.html As a free member, the above link asks you to log in and then go to the order page ~ add your coupon code, WeeFee50 ~ After paying $97 through PayPal, SoulPlay access is yours for life!

However you spend your SoulPlay time this day, this life ~ may you always remember to let your soul out to play because yes, this world be blessed with our Love expressed! Thank you for the SoulPlay blessing of you! Namaste, Love!



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