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May 31, 2017
Next art show is June 10 and 11 at Monument Square, Racine. This show is right near Lake Michigan in downtown Racine. High quality art is offered, and parking is nearby.
May 12, 2017
Someone asked me recently, if someone were to play the characters from Abiding Flame in a movie, who do you see in the role of Phil? Mark Wahlberg gets my vote; and Pam would be nicely portrayed by Blake Lively. Her best friend Pam - Halle Berry. Karma - Tom Hanks.
Here is an excerpt from the book for Mother's Day: In this chapter, Phil is Ixanyx, a Mayan woman whose daughter has just died. She suffers and tries to accept her loss.
Ixga – her only child to live. To think of what happened to her, almost stopped Ixanyx’s heart. Her love’s depth and breadth was like the sky. She remembered when her daughter was born. Her mother handed her the crying bundle wrapped in the softest blanket. Ixanyx looked into the face and felt an emotional surge as she had never felt before. She had tried so many times to have a child. This girl would never know want, would always know how precious she was, and would always come first with both parents.
Ixanyx was comforted to know that her beautiful child was now in heaven, and Ixga understood her mother’s depth of feeling. At night when Ixanyx looked at the stars in the sky, she thought, ‘my daughter is there now in the care of the gods. She is one of the twinkling lights and watches me while I sleep.’ This knowledge allowed Ixanyx to function, and function she must, as life moved on. Ixga’s death seemed unbearable at times, but she must keep moving for if she succumbed to her misery and lost her faith, she thought she might die, too. And why not die? she asked herself. She had lost both daughter and husband within a span of days. Why should she go on?
may 1, 2017
As the storms of life pass by . . . .
April 27, 2017
PHIL NASH GOES ON AN
Mentally ill, broke, and in pain, Phil hates his life. When his wife files for divorce, it is the last straw. He commits suicide.
Expecting to find peace and quiet after he puts his gun to the head, Phil is surprised to meet his guardian angel Karma who leads him on a tour of the other side.
Heaven is a wonderful place. Phil reunites with his father and other loved ones, meets angels, and reviews several of his past lives. His wife Pam has been with him in all of his lives, along with his brother Paul and others who make up the matrix of his lives. In one life he is a man and she is a woman, in the next their roles are reversed. In another they are brother and sister. Their love for each other transcends their lives and goes with them through the centuries.
In this extraordinary book, Phil learns the soul never dies, love is like a river that runs through all of his lives, and he is never alone. His guardians are with him in all of his lives and love him regardless of his life choices.
Come with Phil as he travels through history, learns about himself, his soul, and humankind’s future.
Be inspired by spirit’s insights into Phil’s lives to help you live your best life, to renew your faith in God, and to know our souls are eternal. You will want to share this book with everyone you know and love.
Abiding Flame, Part 2, Chapter 14 – Karma Leaves Phil
He looked around and saw that he sat by a flower bed like he had never seen before. The flower petals glowed with intense, rich colors and greens shone like emeralds. He leaned over to smell a flower, and the scent was sweet and rich. He had never smelled anything like it and reached over to pick a flower. Phil heard ‘NO’ in his head. He pulled back his hand as if he had been burned. The flowers disappeared.
I went to Earth to grow, Karma said. But how? That was still a mystery.
He heard someone say, “When you go to a human vessel on Earth, you forget all that love. You grow from a baby to a man or woman thinking that you are alone, but that is far from the truth. When a soul is selected to go to Earth, that soul is always connected to home. Many spirits rally around that soul and support it with serendipitous happenings, intuition, and warm feelings. You are like an Indy race car; your spirit guides are your pit crew. When you trust them and allow them to help you, their advice and support will help you find your reason for coming to Earth to live your best life. That pit crew changes as the soul’s needs change. Their highest and best advice is offered with love and kindness.”
Phil felt shame for throwing away the precious gift he had been given. He understood now what had happened in his life. He had turned away from his connection to home and lived a life based on fear. It ruled his life. He wasted his gift and turned his back on God. Could Phil ever atone for this past life?
April 23, 2017
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March 28, 2017
Abiding Flame, Part 1, Chapter 2 – Phil Discovers his Gift
“You saw someone dying,” she said and crossed herself. Maria was devout Catholic and went to mass daily. “You must never speak of this to anyone. They will think you are crazy and turn away from you. It is bad luck and Satan’s curse on our family.” She crossed herself again.
She grabbed him by the shoulders and looked straight into his eyes. “You must never tell anyone about this.”
“No one! Swear it!” And he did, but he never forgot her reaction to this event. Maria could see what he saw, Phil knew, but she wouldn’t talk about it. He had nightmares for weeks, afraid that spirits would come for him.
Whenever he asked about seeing ghosts, Maria said it was a curse. “Ignore them, Philip, and they would go away. Never talk to them or acknowledge them. They work for the devil,” And then she would go to mass to pray for his soul.
Maria knew that Philip was a lonely child. His mother, Carol, was always too busy with church activities, crafts, and friends. Phil’s father, Maria’s son, ran the family construction business or played golf. She wondered if he was an alcoholic as he often came home drunk.
Maria saw Paul, the older son, as indifferent to Philip, who was four years younger. Though she sometimes saw Paul beating up on Philip. She thought it was sibling rivalry. Spirits told her otherwise, but she didn’t listen to them. They also said that Paul and Philip had been in many lives together, had seldom been friends or liked each other.
In this life, their souls were brothers in an attempt to heal their differences. She didn’t believe any of it and thought it was the Devil’s trickery.
“How long has this little friend been playing with you?” demanded Maria. Phil knew he was in trouble for something, but not sure why.
Phil and Jimmy had fun together, and he didn’t want to send him away. They ignored Maria and crawled under the covers to play. Then he learned a little about Jimmy.
“You mean you didn’t know? I thought you did.”
Phil had other visitors in his room at night. They never talked to him, and he didn’t acknowledge them, as Maria had instructed. When he was little, he would cry when he saw them and call for his mother who came to comfort him. But after a while she was unsympathetic.
His parents thought he was just looking for attention and didn’t pursue it.
Phil’s older brother Paul bullied him. He would ask to have his fortune told, and when Phil wouldn’t do it, Paul would beat him up, call him a liar, or tell him he was crazy like their grandmother.
As Phil grew, he was invited to friends’ houses for sleepovers and spent more time there than with his family. He didn’t see the ghosts as much then. His parents let him go and, since he was a boy, they didn’t worry about him much. He kept his grades up, didn’t get into fights, and had friends.
They didn’t really know Phil. He seldom talked to them about his feelings. The night visitors never went away. He just stopped talking about them. Phil learned to hide his secret.
Phil’s mom called the mothers of his son’s friends to ask them about Phil.
She said, no one would believe him, and he would have no friends. He decided to hide his visions as best he could per his grandmother’s instructions. After all, she had lived with this ability, curse, whatever you called it, all of her life, he reasoned.
Don and Carol thought Maria was crazy, Phil knew this because Paul told him. Did that mean he was also? They didn’t want to put Maria in a home as she had been this way a long time. They accepted her eccentricities as who she was.
As a devout Catholic who went to mass daily to try to purge herself of the spirits who visited her, Maria saw them as Satan’s minions and impressed this idea upon Phil from a young age.
Don and Carol didn’t know that she had done this. They provided her with a place to live in exchange for free babysitting for their sons. Neither Maria nor Phil would discuss their visions as they were scared of them. Don and Carol avoided discussions with Maria and Phil about the subject as it upset all of them. She had been this way for forever. Maria was devout because she feared what she saw. She shared her fear with her grandson as she had learned from her mother.
When Phil saw THEM, he learned not to talk about it. He didn’t know what they were or what to do about it. His grandmother and parents were no help. Sometimes he saw solid figures standing next to someone, other times he saw blobs or misty figures moving without feet or walking. Spirits would also come to him as angels and try to talk to him. They would tell him not to be afraid. They would have halos and wings, but he thought it was the Devil’s tricks again.
In the night, he saw shadows moving at the end of his bed. Tall and short figures. He could see faces, and they didn’t speak to him. He was too afraid to speak to them. He was afraid they would answer him.
He tried to talk to the school counselor about it once who said, “Have you talked to your parents about this?”
He didn’t like to walk home from school past a certain abandoned Victorian house because he saw an old woman in spirit sitting on the porch knitting. Her rocker moved back and forth even when there was no wind. His friends thought it was cool and haunted, but he could see the old woman sitting there rocking, year after year, until one night the house burned down.
March 15, 2017
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