Mind Over Matter


Until today, I guess I sorta kinda believed in using my mind to alter a feeling, at least to an extent. I remember complaining to a friend that I was freezing while walking to her house.  She told me that it was all in my head and that if I thought it was really cold it would be really cold but if I thought it is actually warmer I would begin to feel warmer.  At the time I thought she was berserk. My 12-year-old brain had not quite learned that concept. Now I am not so sure. I have talked myself down from shivering cold to just plain cold.  I have talked myself down from something tasting awful to tasting palatable. I have even convinced myself I can do things I never thought I could.  Have I developed magical powers?  Have I evolved into a higher thinking being? Or is it indeed all in my mind?

What is all of this drivel about you may ask?  This morning I woke up a tad groggy, made my coffee in my Keurig and sat down to read over my emails with my piping hot cuppa joe.  Well,  I think I was about half of a cup in when I thought, hmmm, this tastes a bit weak, maybe I used a leftover pod from the day before… ew, gross!  I took another sip and as I did, I looked down into the cup.  Clear liquid! Hot water.


For ten minutes I was sipping hot water thinking I was drinking coffee, albeit weak coffee.

Wow, I thought, why spend the money when you can just imagine you have a hardy cup of coffee?  Or to take it further, rather than buying lobster, how about codfish dipped in butter; I can use my newly evolved powers to convince myself I am eating delicious, fresh Maine lobster!  What else can I do?  Today, perhaps my car will be a Porsche,  it will not be 110 degrees, it will be a perfect 85 degrees, my husband will be…  He will be himself, shame on you!  I know you were thinking of some hot celebrity .

I am excited about this new found superpower, now I just need a name for myself, Einstein is taken, Super Woman, gone.  I am open to ideas.

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. Abraham Lincoln

or more appropriately:

I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake.   Lewis Black


You may not think of Arizona when you think of incredible live music but that would be a misconception, an underestimation, a mismanagement of fact.  You don’t have to believe what you read here but there is no mistaking what you can hear below.

I was wowed by these three bands at The Elks Theater in Prescott, Arizona this past weekend.

Walt R and Blain L

Give a listen to Walt Richardson who has been performing beautiful, inspirational,  reggae rock music in AZ  for so long he is an Arizona Music Hall of Fame icon and should be classified a State Treasure.  His song, What Happens To Me brought tears to my eyes; it is heartfelt, personal and full of wisdom.

The Cheektones have a bunch of good songs but this one, Sweet should be at the top of the charts.

Blaine Long, a singer, songwriter (you may have seen him on The Voice) and Rosas Del Rey blew us all away performing their incredible, original songs. Good Time Friend should be a huge hit!

Drew Hall played lead guitar for each band and is so impressive, it is hard to believe he isn’t a household name.

I would love to hear what you think after you’ve listened to the music.


In the midst of hardship, it was the music that restored my soul. Ji-Hae Park