I have been trying to meditate but all I “see” are these larvae of the gypsy moths. I am sitting here waiting to be inspired so that I may inspire you but all that seems to come through is my concern about this problem and my need to solve it. Sooo, I am surrendering to my concern but I will share with you my journey with these veracious eaters of our trees.

The birds and squirrels seem hungrier than usual and there are more of each species. There are so many in fact, that my hummingbirds hardly come to their feeders because with so much activity, they are having a hard time not being hit by them.  The squirrels this year are the worst as they are landing on the Oriole Feeders and consuming all the grape jelly.  I saw one squirrel hugging my bird feeder but then noticed that it was eating and chomping. I went out and discovered that the varmint had chewed a hole through the long clear plastic tube that holds the seeds.  It is supposed to be squirrel proof and I have had one like it for 10 years and this never happened.  It is not cheap as it is $70 -$80 and I see no way to fix it.  I will take it to the Bird Store and bird people to see what can be done but I don’t hold out much hope.

I got up this morning to discover the Oriole feeder on the ground and I could not see the hook on the tree that it was hanging from. I went out and discovered that the squirrel had landed on the feeder and when it jumped off it sent the feeder careening off and the other end of the hook was hooked onto another branch.  Part of the feeder, a seating place, had been broken off. I am seriously considering trapping these squirrels and bring them for a ride to another place with trees far enough away that they cannot find their way home.  I don’t want to do this but I see no way of stopping all four of them.

Anyway, back to the larvae.  I place the Oriole feeders on the railing of my deck to fill it with grape jelly.  I noticed so many small black things which I thought to be small ants.  I made a decision to wash it down since I must have gotten some jelly on it that was attracting the ants.  I took another look and then came into the house to get my reading glasses.  They were not ants but very small caterpillars that were the size of ants.  Oh boy, what to do now.  They were all over the railing, climbing up my house and also the garage.  I made up a concoction and sprayed it on them and I hope the Northeaster we are expecting this weekend will wash them all away as the concoction did its work. I don’t dare put that concoction on my tree because I don’t know if it will harm it or not.

I played cards at the Senior Center last night and spoke to others about my dilemma and they gave me ideas that I hope to implement to keep these critters from getting bigger and defoliating my tree. AS soon as I send this newsletter off to you, I need to get on the phone and call around to see where I can find the equipment and goo that hopefully will be the solution. My heart is heavy as I do not like to harm anything even if it is an ant or spider.  I feel that I did not have a choice in this matter but it doesn’t make me feel any better about doing what I have to do.  No wonder I cannot meditate or connect to Spirit right now as I usually do.

Lee Harris’ message comes at just the right time.  It speaks to me and to you.  Listen.

Esther Hicks makes me laugh at my problems and also my reasoning.  She amazes me, astounds me and brings levity to whatever is heavy on my heart.  I would love to be able to reason like she does.  Of course, I realize that she also has contact with Abraham and that makes me chuckle at myself again.  You and I have just as much info waiting for us when we connect to the Divine.  Sometimes, I just can’t seem to get there so just listening to her makes me feel lighter.

I won’t be attending this year’s Natural Living Expo as an exhibitor but I am planning to attend as an attendee.  I thought you might enjoy an early peek into what is in the works for us.  I hope to see you there.

Can you believe that Pope Francis was on the TED show?  This Pope is truly the Pope for all humanity.  Instead of enjoying his pomp and circumstance, he insists on being treated like a regular person, just like you.  Yet, he spends so much of his time traveling and “being” with all of humanity with his love and tenderness.  He is such an example of Jesus who spent most of his time with the everyday person instead of with the rulers of his day. I have hope that his message of love is heard by you and me.

Please forgive me for dabbling in the past but this story touched my heart and brought back so many memories.  My mom also had dementia and I bought her a robotic orange tabby cat just like the last live cat she ever had which she had named Trouble.  In her mind, this fake cat was her “Trouble” and she would go nowhere without it.  She brought him to the cafeteria so he would have lunch with her and the others.  He ended up with quite a dirty mouth because she kept feeding him.  He went with her to the hospital also, he kept her calm.  This “cat” made a lot of seniors happy and the staff enjoyed him also.  Eventually, I had to buy her another one because the fur was rubbed off her first one and I just could not wash his face any longer.  If you have a beloved in a nursing facility, consider getting one of these “human made pets”.

Sunday is Mother’s Day, honor your mother.  It takes so little to make her happy and it makes you happy also.  I want all of you mothers to honor yourself and allow yourself to be pampered today and if you are alone, pamper yourself with whatever makes you happy.


Love and Light

Mary Grace



Happy Easter and a joyful Passover.

All of us taxpayers have received another great gift for Easter and Passover.  Because April 15th is on a Saturday and Monday is a holiday, you have until Tuesday April 18th to file your taxes.

All has been quiet on the Open Meeting subject.  I am so enjoying the peace again even if it is only an interim.  I told you about the Police Academy for Seniors that I am attending.  I am learning so many little things that are giving me a much deeper understanding and appreciation for our officers.  Yesterday I went along with a police officer in his cruiser for four hours as he was doing his duty.  Mothers, you know how to multi-task but I was never aware of how much multi-tasking is done by a police officer  in a cruiser. He was so alert and saw so many things including a car that seemed out of place in front of a convenience store with a driver that looked quite young.  He did not interfere while the young couple was just sitting there but checked it out after they were in motion.  It turned out fine but his skills are quite honed to anything unusual.

A young 18 year old girl was going 20 miles over the speed limit but it was down a hill and it was not on the highway.  He stopped her and only gave her a letter of warning which will make her think twice about going that speed again. What a gift he gave her because now she is now more aware of her actions.  Isn’t that what a good parent would do?  There was an accident with no injuries so I did get to experience going fast in a cruiser with the lights flashing.  It is amazing to see all the cars either stop or pull over.  It gave me quite a different perspective from that point of view. We were on our way to a bathroom break when all of sudden he turned around and stopped a car that had made an illegal U-turn. That action made me laugh as it was more evidence of his complete focus on seeing all that was happening around him even when he was talking to me or listening to calls. As we were sitting there, his lieutenant pulled up beside us and asked me how I was doing and feeling. The whole police station is interested in how we seniors are responding to this Academy. Everyone has gone out of their way to make this 9 week course very interesting and informative.

When I woke up yesterday morning, I contemplated not going on this ride along as I don’t like violence or riding in fast cars.  I went anyway because I am such a curious (nosy) person and like to experience all that life has to offer me. The officer has no way of knowing what will be coming for him to do on his daily rounds although I had to wear a vest and had to stay in the cruiser for safety reasons. I certainly was not bored and although it was very interesting, I did not experience many of the things that he has to do unexpectedly.  Thank God.

I was talking when all of sudden he made a U turn which is when I noticed a man out of his car and in the street hollering at someone in another car.  I had never even noticed that but the officer had and he took control.  He had both of the cars pull over and then one guy got out of his car to beat up the other one.  Then a female witness in her car pulled up and she was shouting. My officer called for backup as there were three very angry people and only one of him.  It took no time at all for 3 other cruisers to be there, one being the canine officer with his dog.  All of the officers did a great job at calming the people down but it did take some persuasion and some time for that to be accomplished.  These people were so lucky, they were given a stern warning but none were arrested.  It was road rage but there was no damage to vehicles and no physical altercation (which had been averted).  As the canine cruiser left, the dog gave a couple of woofs to say goodbye.

I feel so fortunate to have been able to experience 4 hours in the life of a police officer.  It widened my perspective and I have a deeper appreciation for what our police need to deal with in order to keep the peace.  Each event needed a different approach and a different solution.  Another thing that surprised me was that most of these people stopped after hearing only one Whoop from the cruiser.  I don’t know if I could stop that quickly after only one sound from the horn.  One offender stopped before the officer could even sound the horn.  I guess most people know when they have done something wrong and we were not in an unmarked cruiser either.

Do we take the time to show our appreciation to this wonderful men and women who take care of us 24 hours a day?  Out of the mouths of babes is a great saying and this boy not only said it but proved it.

Or this one?

Imagination is the secret ingredient in manifestation. It is something I am pursuing so I like this reminder.

Abraham on this same subject.  Boy, I need to listen to this more often. Hearing advice works better for me although I do leave written notes around for me to be reminded.

This really impressed me and others.  How would you like to manifest this way?

Love and Light

Mary Grace



There is so much turmoil around us especially this week.  Events and decisions are changing faster than ever, in fact, more than once a day according to the news media.  When I got this opportunity from the Good News Network, I just knew I had to share it.  Sometimes it helps to take a break from today and revisit the pleasant moments of the past.

Another freedom lover is Dee Wallace and she shared this song AND the words just in case you don’t hear them correctly as it is being sung. I will give you the words first and then you might be able to hear more clearly what is being said as you listen to the song.

Words and inspiration from a special person, Esther Hicks, with wisdom from beyond.

You cannot control circumstances. You never intended to control circumstances. You intended to discover unconditional love. You intended to discover a way to feel good, no matter what, because you have the facility: you have the power: you have the ability to focus. —Abraham Excerpted from: San Antonio, TX on January 29, 2005

This article put a lot into perspective for me.  She put it in words that I understand deep in my heart and raised my spirits.

As I reread what I wrote in this newsletter, it became clearer to me that although I am peaceful within, there is a lot of static that whirls around me.  It appears to demand my attention and it does for a bit then I catch myself and look deeper within at the peace that is waiting for me to pay attention to it.  Here is another inspirational video from Lee Harris.

This story really touched my heart.  What an inspiration she and her family are. As Abraham said in the above article.  FOCUS!   If they can do it then we all can do it.  ONE DAY AT A TIME!  Enjoy.

Love and Light,
Mary Grace