Los Feliz Ledger Vol 3. No. 11
Two King Middle School Students Remain in Critical Condition
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After the Fire
By Catherine Billey Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Two sixth grade students from Thomas Starr King Middle School remain in critical condition at Childrens Hospital after being struck April 15th by a car at the intersection of Sunset and Fountain avenues shortly after dismissal, according to Los Angeles Police Dept. spokesperson Officer Ana Aguirre. No criminal charges have been filed, police said, because the driver was not speeding, stopped immediately and there was no indication of negligence. The accident occurred just one day after Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Council President Eric Garcetti visited the school to announce a $900,000 state grant award—the highest amount available from “Caltrans’ Safe Routes to School” program—to make it safer for students to walk and bike to school. Grant monies will be used to widen sidewalks on Hyperion Avenue, intensify lighting in the Myra Avenue underpass, install signage to show drivers their current speed and to install what is called “bulbouts” which are small sidewalk peninsulas that widen the sidewalks for pedestrians and force drivers to slow down when turning a corner. “Most accidents occur in a signalized crosswalk,” said LaBonge in a subsequent telephone interview. “We must all slow down. There’s nothing worse than being hit by a car.”
By Rachel Heller Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK—In the days after last May’s massive wildfire raged through Griffith Park, as city workers scrambled to assess the damage, some local park enthusiasts dealt with the destruction by doing their best to get back to normal. Photographer Colin Remas Brown, of Silver Lake, decided to walk his dog. Wandering down an open trail among the scorched oaks one afternoon, the ground a blanket of fallen ash, Brown began to sense the singular nature of the landscape. He went home and grabbed his Canon. “It looked like it had snowed,” he recalled. “It was eerily quiet and there was this awful mood. That day, you sensed something apocalyptic had happened.” The blaze broke out on May 8th, 2007 at 1:20 p.m. near the Roosevelt Golf Course. Fanned by high winds, flames moved quickly through dry grass and brush, threatening over 300 homes in the Los Feliz area. More than 120 fire fighters from 21 companies worked to extinguish the blaze, according to the Los Angeles Fire Dept. Nearby residents were evacuated in the meantime – a harrowing memory for Comsee Fire page 4
Photos by Colin Brown
Education Budget Cuts Felt Locally By Kimberly Gomez, Ledger Contributing Writer Since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s announced proposed reductions of $4.8 billion in the state education budget, local school administrators have been crunching numbers to get more out of their already tightlysqueezed budget.
Local Los Angeles Unified Schools are faced with reducing budgets for bilingual education and other allocations used toward student achievement. Many such cuts have already been designated for Title see Education page 7
Out of the Ashes Art Contest Winners The Los Feliz Ledger and Symphony in the Glen have announced the winners of the “Out of the Ashes: Griffith Park Grows Green Again,” children’s art contest. The 1st place winner is Mya Greene, 11, Ivanhoe Elementary, for “Griffith Park Scene;” 2nd place: P. Daniel Ingar, 11, St. Francis of Assisi for “Through the Fire and 1st Place: “Griffith Park Scene” by Mya Greene, 11, Ivanhoe Elementary
see Art Contest page 5
Americana at Brand Set to Open May 2nd By Kimberly Gomez, Ledger Contributing Writer GLENDALE—Just short of two short years since breaking ground, The Americana at Brand will open May 2nd. The 900,000 square foot residential and retail complex sits on 15.5 acres and will feature 75 shops and boutiques, restaurants, an 18-plex cinema and luxury and apartments and condominiums. Inspiration for the $400 million project comes from developer Rick Caruso, who also developed The Grove, located in the Fairfax district of mid Los Angeles. Many of the hugely successful Grove’s attributes will be replicated at The Americana such as a trolley, manicured landscaping, lots of patio dining and a water fountain and stage.
The difference is the Americana’s dancing fountain is three times the size of The Grove’s and is the focal point of a 2-acre grassy park. The opening, while anticipated, is met with some trepidation. The community has been concerned about the impact of such a project on local traffic and the potential damage The Americana could inflict on sales at the aging Glendale Galleria. But, Caruso and his staff said they worked hard to avoid cannibalizing existing retail in the area. According to Caruso Affiliated staff, there will not be any duplication of shops in the Americana and the nearby Glendale Galleria. see Americana page 8
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Celebrating Earth Day
Colin Brown’s Haunting Photographs of Griffith Park W he n I first saw C o l i n B r o w n’s photographs, taken days after last year’s Griffith Park fire, I was shaken—nearly nauseous. The images of a blackened and burned park showing the last moments of life for deer, bears and coyotes those devastating days during the fire last May, were haunting. Because the images are so disturbing, we could not print them all here. Still, I encourage readers to visit
Colin Brown’s website http:// griffithparkfirephotos.com/ or view the collection this month (May 3rd through 18th) at drkrm. Gallery, 2121 San Fernando Road, Suite 3, Los Angeles 90065. (323) 223-6867, www.drkrm.com. The photographs are a clear reminder of what really happened during those days of last year’s fire. Some use the park for walking, hiking, horseback riding, playing tennis or soccer. Others view the park as an idyllic location for a Sunday afternoon picnic. But the fire and the photographs remind us, that above all, the park is not ours.
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Los Feliz Resident Renews Efforts for Permit Parking By Rachel Heller Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Where to park in Los Feliz might become a tougher question for out-ofarea visitors if Los Angeles officials grant a local homeowner’s request to limit street parking in a large swath of the community. Resident Dana Cremin is renewing her three-year efforts to clear crowded curbs in the Los Feliz flats as she prepares to petition her neighbors to support a preferential parking district. Under the terms of the proposed district, residents who live south of Los Feliz Boulevard and north of Hollywood Boulevard between Normandie and Vermont Avenues would have to buy permits to park in their neighborhoods. Cars parked without permits would be ticketed. “We have a lot of retail, restaurant and club business around here,” Cremin said, adding that customers’ cars often overflow from scant commercial parking lots into nearby residential streets. “This could be a helpful thing to all the people in this neighborhood, and force the city to provide parking for all the businesses in the area.” Members of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council last year struck down Cremin’s request after local apartment dwellers voiced see Parking page 14 [ POLICE BLOTTER MAY 2008 ] saulted victim and then fled on foot.
Aggravated Assaults: 4 Grand Theft Auto: 43 Burglary Theft from Vehicle: 69 Robbery: 7 Burglary: 13 Robbery: March 26th, at Hillhurst and Avocado. Suspect approached victim from behind and pushed her to the ground. Suspect took victims luggage and fled on foot. Robbery: April 2nd, 2800 block of Hyperion. Suspects entered store wanting candles. Suspects pushed victim against a wall and pointed a handgun to victim’s head demanding money. Suspects took money and candles then fled. Robbery: April 6th, at Russell and Hillhurst. Victim approached by 3 suspects asking for a cigarette and victim’s wallet. Suspects as-
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Postponement of SLNC Elections to 2010 Upheld By Catherine Billey, Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—A motion by co-chairs Rusty Millar and Laura Dwan to rescind a Feb. 19th vote postponing Silver Lake Neighborhood Council board elections until 2010 failed at the April 2nd general meeting. “The original vote does stand,” Dwan affirmed after the vote was taken. Some believe that the election postponement, conflicts with SLNC election rules as postponing elections to 2010 will give some board members disproportionately longer terms than others. But the city clerk’s office, which decided in late 2007 to take over neighborhood council elections, has stipulated that the SLNC can revise their bylaws to detail the election cycle
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change. However, at least 100 Silver Lake stakeholders must approve the new bylaws by a two-thirds vote. It is unclear at this time, what happens to the election cycle—and the board’s decision to postpone elections to 2010— if the bylaw change does not receive the votes necessary for passage. Because of this, some stakeholders at the April 2nd meeting encouraged the SLNC board to rescind its vote altogether. “If the board doesn’t vote yes on rescinding the 2010 vote, it will be a bad scene,” said former SLNC board member Dave Keitel, who assisted a community team in drafting the original bylaws.
By Catherine Billey Ledger Contributing Writer
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SILVER LAKE—At the request of the Los Angeles City Council, a west Los Angeles based election reform group called the California Clean Money Campaign (CCMC) is seeking input from the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (SLNC) and other like groups in Los Angeles, to consider the idea of full public funding of city elections. Reform groups like CCMC argue that publicly funded elections would be more open, inclusive, encourage more women and minorities to vote and elicit higher voter participation. CCMC also argues that full public COMMUNITY NEWS
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monwealth Ave. homeowner Norman Mennes. “It was very frightening,” said Mennes, 92. “There was a knock at the door and the voice said, ‘get out now.’ When you think your house is going to burn, what do you take?” Mennes took photos of his parents and of his deceased wife, and a wad of cash. A neighbor drove him to a friend’s house on Avocado St., where he spent the night. The next day, Mennes found that the house he has called home since 1974 was spared. Before containment on May 11, the flames devoured 817 acres of native flora and hiking trails. Almost 20 percent of the 4,200-acre park— one of the country’s largest municipal havens–lay blackened, the hillsides singed bare and left prone to erosion. Twelve months later, the
healing is far from over, but there are signs of recovery. Due to the work of city officials and agencies—and the devotion of local hikers hoping to rehabilitate this well-loved urban sanctuary—Griffith Park, this spring, is again in bloom. “The park is growing back very well,” said Mike Shull, director of planning and development for the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks. “It’s getting quite green.” A smooth recovery was not guaranteed when Parks Dept. employees first began to take stock of the charred land, Shull said. Trees were still smoking for weeks after the fire. Every now and then, one would flare up. More ominous, however, were the steep slopes rising above park-adjacent homes, stripped of their vegetation. Before the fire, plant roots had worked to anchor the
soil, and without them, the hillsides were susceptible to mudslides during the impending winter rains. “Our first concern was public safety,” said Shull, who helped form a working group the week after the fire that joined local non-profits and park groups, engineers, and national parks officials to plan a course of action. To combat potential erosion, the Parks Dept. sprayed 500 acres of the burn area with hydromulch, a wood mulch and guar gum slurry designed to form a protective layer over the topsoil. The $1.9 million project was completed in less than 30 days last September and October. “It worked,” said Shull, adding that the mixture did not contain seeds from plants foreign to the environment. “We had virtually no erosion this winter. We wanted the park to come back naturally. Disturbing nature’s process can do more harm than good.” This decision to let the park’s native plants regenerate answered one of the main concerns of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, according to council president Charley Mims. “One of our concerns was that the city maintain native trees, plants and animals, and—to the extent feasible—that they keep non-native plants and trees out of the park,” Mims said. “Recreation and Parks heard the community… We’re very encouraged by that.”
The carpet of grass and purple blossoms now covering the hills is a boon to Los Angeles city councilmember Tom LaBonge, who has been hiking in Griffith Park for the past 30 years. Coming down Charlie Turner Trail toward the Griffith Observatory on a recent morning with his wife, Brigid, and their cocker spaniel, Dexter, LaBonge paused to say annyong haseyo, or “hello,” to passing Korean hikers. “This park is special to a lot of people. You pick up languages, friendships, ideas,” the 4th district councilmember said as dawn broke over Los Feliz below. Pointing out the green ledge of Dante’s View—a beloved landmark 90 percent destroyed last year—LaBonge marveled at the park’s steady re-growth in the wake of the fire. “Right after the fire we led hikes so people could see the destruction,” he recalled. “It was as if you were in the Observatory looking at pictures of Mars—just this barren landscape.” Brown’s photographs tell the story best.
His images capture a child’s tricycle abandoned near the scorched hillside; a red fire extinguisher dwarfed by the twisted boughs of charred trees; and most hauntingly, the burnt carcasses of deer and coyotes, gristle still clinging to the ribs, strewn among the hills where many were stopped in their tracks with no time to escape. “I think it was important that I took those pictures,” Brown said. “At that time, everyone was focusing on the landmarks and whether the homes were safe. Mine were the only [pictures] that showed that side of the fire—that animals had died.” Parks Dept. workers had to clear animal remains from the burn area along with the other initial debris, Shull said. “You don’t have a fire like that and have no casualties,” he noted, adding that it was mainly birds that perished after becoming confused in the smoke. “Most of the ground-level wildlife did get out of the way.” These days, Griffith Park is teeming with life—both animal and human—and is almost entirely open again to see Fire page 5
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the public. Hiking trails reopened incrementally over the past year, and now only one damaged road by the Old Zoo, Vista del Valle, remains closed. Beaut if ic at ion efforts have been underway since last summer, when LaBonge designated “volunteer days” the second Saturday of every month to give community members a chance to help. An average of 50 to 80 locals have gathered for each date to take part in tree planting, weed removal, and fixing up the trails. “Hundreds of people have taken advantage of this opportunity to engage with the park,” said LaBonge, who has also donated his own time to the cause. As a result of the fire, which is believed to have started when someone threw a lit cigarette into dry brush, the city of Los Angeles last fall banned smoking in all public parks. Mims wants to see the ban extended to golf courses as well.
sides for erosion next winter, he said. “It could take upwards of five to seven years for all the growth to come back,” Shull said. “But we’re satisfied with the results so far.” Meanwhile, Brown, this month, will expand his growing fan base as he exhibits his photographs at Drkrm. Gallery in Los Angeles. “Aftermath: The Griffith Park Fire” will be on display May 3rd to 18th, coinciding with the anniversary of the blaze. “Each time I walk into the park, a little bit of those gloomy days after the fire is erased from my Photo by Colin Brown memory,” said Brown, “We’re really hopeful that who still walks his Italian Greythis fire can be a wakeup call hound, Dan, along their old for the public not to smoke in trail. “Someday soon, I’ll only parks, and that the city will have my photos to remind me.” enforce this ban,” Mims said. Colin Brown’s photograHeading back into the dry phy of the fire can be viewed summer months, Shull said at: Drkrm. Gallery, 2121 San Griffith Park is in good shape. Fernando Rd., Suite 3, Los The Parks Dept. will continue Angeles, CA 90065. The opento keep brush cleared out to ing reception is May 3rd, from guard against future fires, and 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. www. will again monitor the hilldrkrm.com/aftermath.html
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Flames;” and 3rd place: Hanna Barakat, 8, Ivanhoe Elementary, for “The Green Hills.” The kick off for the contest was Oct. 14th, 2007 at the Symphony in the Glen “Out of the Ashes” concert for Griffith Park. Local school children were asked to create artwork of life growing out of the ashes and what Griffith Park might look like when everything has re-grown. The artwork was
judged on originality, creative interpretation of the theme, clarity of expression and use of color. Judges were: Allison Cohen, publisher of the Los Feliz Ledger; Barbara Ferris, with Symphony in the Glen and Al Alu, art instructor with the city of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept. currently teaching at Barnsdall Art Park. A total of 77 submissions were received. Thank you to all students who submitted work.
2nd Place: “Through the Fire and Flames” by P. Daniel Ingar, 11, St. Francis of Assisi
3rd Place: “The Green Hills” by Hanna Barakat, 8, Ivanhoe Elementary.
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funding makes elected officials accountable to voters, not special interest or big money donors. The City Council’s request that neighborhood councils be involved in the issue of full public funding of elections was brought directly to the SLNC at their general board meeting on April 2nd by Wayne Williams, a CCMC representative. The states of Arizona and Maine have had full public funding of election campaigns since 2000 and Connecticut adopted the idea this year. Cities to date that have also made
Los Angeles, it would influence elections of the mayor, city council, city controller and city attorney. The city currently spends $2.6 million on a partial funding program. According to the City Ethics Commission, to move over to a fully publicly funded model would require an additional $9 million. But other estimates weigh in between $6.1 to $8.8 million, depending on the final chosen proposal. Experts say public funding minimizes excessive attack ads by special interests. “It doesn’t ban independent expenditure,” said Trent Lange, president of the
Reform groups like CCMC argue that publicly funded elections would be more open, inclusive, encourage more women and minorities to vote and elicit higher voter participation. the switch include Portland, Oregon and Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to the CCMC, there are a variety of possible funding scenarios that enable cities to mix and match proposals with a blend of their own ideas. After attending CCMC sponsored workshops, on the matter, representatives from neighborhood councils are asked to complete questionnaires with their opinions on such issues as limiting personal funds, seed money and donor amounts. SLNC co-chair Rusty Millar suggested the matter be directed to the group’s Government Affairs Committee, headed by Loren Colin and Paul Neuman for further consideration. If full public funding were adopted by the city of
CCMC. “That would be a violation of free speech.” According to Lange, public funding would match funds, dollar for dollar, in response to independent expenditures. As an example, he said, if an outside group spends $50,000 on an attack ad, the publicly funded opponent would automatically get funds to respond. “Sometimes you’ll find that independent expenditure committees will be more careful,” Lange said, “because they’ll know that whatever their attack is, their opponent will find the money to fight back. Some will still do it if they have a specific message, but if they’re just doing it to smear candidates, they won’t, because candidates will be able to respond to their smears.”
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More Parks Coming to Silver Lake by Michael Locke, Silver Lake Correspondent SILVER LAKE– A group of Silver Lakers met on the corner of Parkman and Silver Lake Boulevard April 5th to discuss transforming the wedge-shaped piece of land into a pocket park called “Parkman Triangle.”
Under the direction of Silver Lake’s Parks & Green Space Committee Co-Chair Ricardo Accorsi, community members have been busy identifying and cataloging scraps of public space—including medians, roadway shoulders and stairways and transforming them
into safe and functional “gathering places that promote a distinct Silver Lake identity, with self-sustaining flora.” Accorsi envisions these marginal sites as places for people to “enjoy without being compelled to buy somesee Silver Lake page 7
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thing—sites that behave as gateways and others that will serve as destinations. Besides Parkman Triangle, the committee is moving forward with two other sites, Larissa Park and Maltman Square. “Ironically, the future of these kinds of public, non-pri8UBC4773RTL_Free Ckg_LFL_.indd LOSspaces FELIZ LEDGER_04_01_08__5.9 vate lies in their owner-
Harder hit is nearby Ivanhoe Elementary. That Silver Lake school is looking at losing a handful of staff. “Half the budget that the district gives us is gone—it looks really bad,” said principal Jumie Sugahara.
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ship,” said Accorsi. “It is important to have the neighbors around each of these sites have a say in their design and improvement, so that a sense of attachment is fomented.” Neighborhood activist Ara Babaian, who lives near the Triangle and has spearheaded local interest in the project, added: “This is part of a greater effort to turn the area south 6.4 of Sunset into a more pleasant
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ing a handful of staff. “Half the budget that the district gives us is gone—it looks really bad,” said principal Jumie Sugahara. According to Sugahara, parents at the school have started a fundraising effort to make up the gap. Doing so, she said, has so far saved one teacher’s job. More funds, she said, are needed to save at least two other positions. Over at Glenfeliz Elementary, so far, a total of three teaching assistants will be cut. “We’re pretty bare bones and instruction will go on but it’s obviously going to affect kids if they cut even further,” said Glenfeliz principal Carole Rosenblum. Furthering the budgetary crisis is that fewer students
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Event attracts 620 Young Golfers GRIFFITH PARKâ€”The 58th Annual City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Junior Golf Tournament was held March 15th through the 17th. Approximately 620 young golfers participated. Several courses were in play for the tournament, including the 18-hole course at Griffith Park and Sepulveda. â€œThe young players were a delight to observe,â€? said coordinator Sylvia Langton, â€œvery respectful, responsible and serious about their participation.â€?
Results were as follows: Boysâ€”Bhavik Patel won the championship flight; Jonathan Noori, A Flight; Tyler Sluman, B Flight; Ben Doyle, C Flight; Aaron Wise, D Flight; Brandon Kewalramani, E Flight. Girlsâ€”Lee Lopez, won the championship flight; Unok Suzy Kim, A Flight; Han Wu, B Flight; Arinda Bhanaraksa, C Flight; Amy Lee, D Flight and Mika Liu, E Flight. Tiger Woods was the boy champion of this same tournament in 1991.
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The Americana will offer condosâ€”starting at $800,000 and apartments, ranging from $2,200 to $5,500 a month. And hereâ€™s a nice perk: Americana residents will have access to a complete concierge serviceâ€”that can fetch dry cleaning, concert tickets or deliver dinner. Passageways are underground of the shopping area so residents can traverse the site, if they like, without ever stepping foot on the public shopping area. For a list of retailers visit americanaatbrand.com
â€œThe community supported the project from day one and had a lot of input in how this was going to be,â€? said Todd Russell with Caruso Affiliated. â€œI think this is a great shot in the arm for Glendale and the city recognizes that.â€? The Glendale Galleria attracts 26 million people annuallyâ€”a count that Caruso hopes to double at Americana. One feature that The Americana has that The Grove does not, is residential living. SLNC Election from page 3
Because the vote stands, the SLNC Bylaws Committee will draft a new version of the bylaws for board approval, which, SLNC officials said will be voted on by the community in a special ballot.
But current board member Joanna Paden disagreed. â€œAs far as Iâ€™m concerned,â€? she said, â€œthis board has made a decision and that decision should stand.â€?
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Motherâ€™s Day: May 11 By Karen Lefkowitz Looking for something special for your mom for her big day, May 11th? Consider these options:
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Bittersweet Butterfly Floral shop offering a selection of lingerie, jewelry, sweets and an assortment of beauty products and candles. 1406 Micheltorena St. (323) 660-4303
Lake Clothing store and apothecary in one. Bath, beauty products and delicates gifts reside inside, along with feminine clothing items. 2910 Rowena Ave. (323) 664-6522
The Wizard of Art For the visually expressive mom this school offers fine art classes for all ages. 1947 Hillhurst Ave.â€Ż (323) 661-0341 Dtox Day Spa Sauna, steam room, yoga, as well as facials, massage, nail and body treatment services;
Jasmineâ€™s Garden Exceptional floral designs and gifts are available through this full service floral shop. Check for special Motherâ€™s Day arrangements. Free delivery is available to the 90027 zip code. 2030 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 953-8899
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Eckhart vs. The Secret
Best Motherâ€™s Day Ever
By Elma Mayer, Ledger Columnist Eleven million people are watching Eckhart Tolle on Oprah.com, as of this writing. A year ago, Oprahâ€™s viewers were abuzz about The Secret. Even though Tolle and The Secret play to the same audience, they are actually at odds. The Secret says that our thoughts create our reality. Tolle, on the other hand, teaches that we are not our thoughts. Since we can observe them, we can transcend the ego thinking those thoughts. The Secretâ€™s cheesy title, vague attributions to mysterious cabals, and materialistic focus gloss over any kernels of real value. It does make a few good points, and it introduced the principles of the Law of Attraction to a wide audience. But lack of intellectual and spiritual integrity place The Secret at a relatively low level of consciousness.
When applied properly, the Law of Attraction presents a complementary angle on Tolleâ€™s view. It teaches us to observe how our thoughts affect reality. A key ingredient is allowingâ€”similar to Tolleâ€™s concept of letting go of ego. The Secret kept this a secret, and instead focused on how to get what we desire. Tolleâ€™s A New Earth vibrates much higher. His teachings of presence, and being the observer of your thoughts, are flowering into the collective mind. Eleven million participants certainly could tip the scales toward a critical mass of enlightened awareness. Everyoneâ€™s talking about A New Earth. Itâ€™s no secret! Elma Mayer, MA, is a Certified Practitioner of The Yuen Method of Chinese Energetics. www.nowhealing.com (323) 309-7687
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By Kristen Taylor, Ledger Columnist OK, Kids! Motherâ€™s Day is a couple of weeks away, which is plenty of time to prepare. While the flower pot youâ€™re covering with seeds and glitter in Mrs. Bipsonâ€™s class is going to turn out great, face it: Mom knows that pot is Mrs. Bipsonâ€™s vision for Motherâ€™s Day, not yours. So if you want to show your mother just how much you care, and make this the best Motherâ€™s Day ever, listen up. The good news is that this Motherâ€™s Day isnâ€™t going to cost you one dime of your Wii game fund. The bad news? It will require a little thought and conscientiousness (look it up!). What your mother really wants, for just one day, is proof that all of her hard work is actually paying off. You can think of it as a mothering report card, and you need to show her that sheâ€™s getting straight As. How do you do this? Easy! Whatever you would do on any other day, do the opposite. Here are some examples.
It is an hour after lunch. Instead of asking your mother whatâ€™s for dinner, ask your father (donâ€™t forget the usual frown and groan when he tells you). You need pencils, a protractor, solar cells and low-gluten rice for a school project due tomorrow. Instead of sending your mother to six different stores, make due with pens, a compass, a flashlight, and Arborio rice. If your mother taught you one thing, itâ€™s that every teacher can be distracted by a good risotto. Instead of texting/emailing/IM-ing/ichat-ing with your friends, have a conversation (look it up!) with your mom.
This next one, Iâ€™ll admit, might be the toughest thing that mothers try to teach their children, so follow closely. If you take something off, open something up, or otherwise move something from where it wasâ€Ś stay with me hereâ€Ś put it back. Right away. No, not after you finish that episode. Now. This is all a little advanced for the preschoolers out there. My advice for the little ones? If youâ€™ve been toying with the idea of giving up diapers once and for all, Motherâ€™s Day is the day to do it. Happy Motherâ€™s Day! Kristen Taylor lives in Silver Lake with her family. She is the owner of Juvie, a store for older boys and girls. Her e-mail address is kristentaylor@ sbcglobal.net.
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