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FROM DR. STANDLEY
JULY 2009

[Posted 11:30 AM EDT - Friday morning, July 31, 2009

MESSAGE ABOUT NOTHING

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Hell Yes or Hell No?

Many of you know by now that I am a pure-bred, hard-core, rock n' roll music junkie. I'm such a rock n' roll music junkie I could stick a straw into the sound of music and suck it up through my nose. I enjoy all kinds of rock music trivia including but not limited to song title, band name, the album the song was on, the year it came out, who was in the band at that time and any personal or band relationships formed before and after the band existed.

Lucky for me 'The Scorpion King' is the same way when it comes to music and he's all rock n' rolled out like me. In fact, we can be driving along in complete comfortable silence when all of the sudden he says, "Are you ready?" I say, "Yeah." Then he turns on the radio and we race to see who can name the band first. We pretty much go with the name of the band first, then the artist and then after that we start recalling other useless trivia related to the song. Once the song is named, then he switches channels and we do it all over again. If one of us just has to hear the rest of the song then we'll wait until the song is over and then start again. If we get hung up on a song then eventually one of us will fess up and admit it, then the other one calls out, "SHAZAM!" which means neither one of us know the song. Then I click on the SHAZAM APP (application) on my iPhone, hold it up to the stereo speaker and it will analyze the song and then after a few seconds the name of the song and the band will show up on my iPhone screen. It's a pretty cool app for music junkies like us.

This morning's Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) called, "What I Am" by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians was one of those songs I hadn't heard in years except for the other day when 'The Scorpion King' and I were playing, "SHAZAM!" I won this song right out the gate with the name of the band, song title, year it came out and the fact that Edie Brickell is married to Paul Simon of the famed duo Simon and Garfunkel. Dang I'm good! I always thought this song was bizarre and I never understood any part of it but I liked it. And I've never been much of a folk music lover and Edie Brickell is a folk music singer. I'm thinking the reason why I woke up to this Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) is because the song really is about nothing. Kinda like Seinfeld, which is known for being about 'nothing'. "What I Am" sounds a little as if it could be some sort of philosophical out there thought . . but nah! If you watch the end of the video you will see Edie Brickell interviewed by David Letterman and she tells about how the lyrics came into her head and how she just started making things up. I LOVE THAT and I Love that about Edie! Sometimes in life, something doesn't have to mean anything. It can just be what it is . . . nothing! This song is about nothing, Seinfeld is about nothing and this Daily Message is about nothing but just thought I'd share nothing with you. (winky wink)

WHAT I AM
Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians

(The lyrics are below the video)

I'm not aware of too many things
I know what I know if you know what I mean

Philosophy, is the talk on a cereal box
Religion, is a smile on a dog
I'm not aware of too many things
i know what I know if you know what I mean

Choke me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep

What I am is what I am are you what you are or what
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what

Oh I'm not aware of too many things
I know what I know if you know what I mean

Philosophy, is a walk on the slippery rocks
Religion, is a light in the fog
I'm not aware of too many things
I know what I know if you know what I mean
Do do ya

Choke me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep
Chuck me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep

What I am is what I am are you what you are or what
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what you are
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what

Da da da da
I say I say I say I do hey hey hey hey hey hey

Choke me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep
Chuck me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep

Choke me in the shallow water before I get too deep
Choke me in the shallow water before I get too deep
Choke me in the shallow water before I get too deep

Don't let me get too deep
Don't let me get too deep
Don't let me get too deep
Don't let me get too deep

What I am is what I am are you what you are or what
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what you are
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what

Or what you are oh
Or what you are oh oh oh
Say what I am

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 8:10 AM EDT - Wednesday morning, July 29, 2009

HELL YES OR HELL NO?

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, So That's Why I . . .

This morning's Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) reminded me of a scene from the movie "Runaway Bride" starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Richard Gere's character (Ike Graham) is a New York columnist and Julia Robert's character (Maggie Carpenter) is a three time bride who cannot seem to make it all the way down the aisle without turning and successfully heading out the door. During Ike's fact-finding mission of the 'Runaway Bride' he confronts Maggie and tells her that during each relationship she ate her eggs the same way her fiance ate his eggs. In other words, she mimicked everything he did and really didn't even know herself. And now during her fourth engagement she was once again eating her eggs the same way her current fiance does. Ike predicts she will again successfully bolt out the door.

After this scene left my head while still listening to my Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) called, "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" by Jack Johnson, I was reminded of how far I have come when it comes to relationships. I use to sit, wait and wish for hours, days and even years on someone who was ambivalent about the relationship. I was settling for ambivalence! Wow, that was a long time ago and it still amazes me that some lessons took me years to learn. Oh well, if that's what it took to make me who I am today in a relationship, then I'm grateful for it. Now I can see who I was then and what wasn't working for me. I get to move forward with that knowledge and experience, which translates into wisdom.

Folks, there's one thing I know for sure . . . Love doesn't have conflicting feelings. Love is a sure thing. Love is not ambivalent. Love doesn't sit on the fence. Love doesn't have cold feet. We know this with our own feelings, which is why it's so easy to recognize ambivalence in someone else . . . and yet there we are . . . sitting, waiting and wishing for someone who is ambivalent. I guess all I'm saying is when it comes to Love or anything else in your Life for that matter, just remember the old saying, "If it isn't a hell yes, then it's a hell no."

SITTING, WAITING, WISHING
by Jack Johnson

(the words are below the video)

Now I was sitting waiting wishing
You believed in superstitions
Then maybe you'd see the signs
But Lord knows that this world is cruel
And I ain't the Lord, no I'm just a fool
Learning loving somebody don't make them love you

Must I always be waiting waiting on you?
Must I always be playing playing your fool?

I sing ya songs I dance a dance
I gave ya friends all a chance
Putting up with them wasn't worth never having you
And maybe you been through this before
But it's my first time
So please ignore
The next few lines cause they're directed at you

I can't always be waiting waiting on you
I can't always be playing playing your fool
I keep playin your part
But it's not my scene
Won't this plot not twist?
I've had enough mystery
Keep building me up, then shooting me down
Well I'm already down
Just wait a minute
Just sitting waiting
Just wait a minute
Just sitting waiting

Well if I was in your position
I'd put down all my ammunition
I'd wondered why'd it taken me so long
But Lord knows that I'm not you
And If I was I wouldn't be so cruel
Cause waiting on Love ain't so easy to do

Must I always be waiting waiting on you?
Must I always be playing playing your fool?
No I can't always be waiting waiting on you
I can't always be playing playing your fool, foool

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 3:10 PM EDT - Thursday morning, July 23, 2009

SO THAT'S WHY I . . .

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, For Mama

You would be amazed how closely the story of your birth will tell the story of how you live your life. My birth story goes like this . . . my Mom goes into labor and calls the neighbor-lady to take her to the hospital. My dad was at work. Within minutes the neighbor-lady comes over and rushes my mom to the hospital. When the neighbor-lady pulls up to the emergency room to drop off my Mom and says she is going to go park the car, the nurse said, "Well if you wait just a minute we'll tell you what sex the baby is." And then botta-boom-botta-bing-bang-POPCORN I was born. I didn't waste any time coming into this world and I certainly don't waste any time living in this world. Incidentally, I was named after the neighbor-lady (both first and middle name) who was also an Indian with long black hair.

As I was sitting here this morning getting ready to write my Daily Message it seemed nothing was going fast enough for me. I even yelled out, "Why can't the world spin as fast as I do? What the hell is UP?!?!" I'm ready . . LET'S GO! I tend to roar a bit when the Moon is in Leo. In fact, I do everything fast. I talk fast, walk fast, think fast, type fast, write fast, run fast and drive fast. I even put my make-up on fast. It takes me 20 minutes or less to get ready to go to the symphony or the grocery store. Before you can say, "Ready?" I will have my keys in my hand locking the door on my way out. No one will ever be waiting on me, THAT'S FOR DANG SURE!" Even if I'm given just 10 minutes to get ready, then I'll be ready in 10 minutes complete with a shower and washed hair. Time is ALWAYS important to me, which is why I prefer to call my clients at a designated time. I don't know if they will be on time but I can count on me to be on time. I'm there on time or early. I live life cramming as much into my day as I possibly can and when the end of the day hits, I pretty much fall asleep as soon as my feet come up off the floor. And then the next day I live to hit another one out of the ballpark. The only thing I don't do fast is eat fast because that's just wrong and unhealthy.

I remember when I was pregnant with my daughter (Karmen) I thought I'd never give birth because I was two weeks past the due date. Now, if you like to operate about the planet in quick motion as I do, then two weeks past a delivery date is a bit much. Needless to say, Karmen reflects her birth story pretty dang accurate. In other words, Karmen will do things in her own time and that's final. One of her favorite sayings in a joking voice is, "Don't pressure me!" because she will say it at THE MOST non-pressuring time, which makes it even funnier. Karmen knows herself pretty well, for which I am very proud of her for embracing her Karmeness. Moreover, I just Love telling Karmen about how happy I was to be pregnant with her and how much I enjoyed the day she was born even though it hurt like a rascal. Next thing I knew there was no more pain and I was holding a little rascal. (winky wink) Karmen just Loves to hear about the day she was born and we'll be reliving that whole story again next week when she turns 28. (wah!)

I'm all about doing whatever I can to understand myself better so that I can teach others about me . . . so why not bring the birth story into the mix for a little more understanding and enlightenment. I say use it all baby . . . use all of the information you can in order to get yourself to the place that you need to be. Ask your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and neighbors about your birth story and start putting the pieces together so you can finish this sentence, "So that's why I . . . "

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 2:00 PM EDT - Thursday afternoon, July 16, 2009

FOR MAMA

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, The Deception

Greetings from Cherokee, North Carolina. If you've been coming to my website long enough, then you know how much I simply adore music. I swing like a pendulum between hard core classic rock and hard core classical music. I've been going to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on a weekly basis every season for about the last 25 years, which is about 10 years less than the amount of time I have been going to rock concerts. I just Love music! Granted there are some genre's of music I can simply live without, but all the same, I Love music!

This morning my Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) was "Felitsa" by Yanni. As I laid there in bed listening to this sweet and magical DLG, tears began to run down my cheeks as my mind ran through scenes of my life with my Mama. You see, "Felitsa" is the Yanni's mother's name and he named this song after her. When I hear this song, I think of my Mom as well and it brings so many wonderful memories to me. Incidentally, this album of Yanni's called, "Live at the Acropolis" with the song, "Felitsa" on it is actually the second biggest selling album of all time next to Michael Jackson's Thriller. And yes, I have seen Yanni in concert. And that is Linda Evans that you see in the video next to Yanni's mother because she used to date Yanni. Just a bit of 'did you know info'.

It's interesting because initially I came to Cherokee to help care for my Mom during an illness, of which she has nearly completely recovered. During this past month and a half Mom and I have been beading, talking, laughing, reminiscing, giggling, crying and pushing each other's buttons. It's been nothing but Goodness slathered all over the place. Suddenly last night my plans for returning back to St. Louis shifted. Big Tree began to get homesick, my daughter was missing Big Tree, I was missing the Scorpio King and Mom and I were putting the finishes touches on some jewelry that we created. It dawned on us that maybe, just maybe, my presence here wasn't about her recent illness at all, as much as it was about us taking the time that we needed in order to create something together. The illness is what brought the whole jewelry thing to a head and made us sit down and do it. Quite frankly, there was nothing else for us to do while she remained completely off her feet. It was all supposed to be. The trip to Cherokee began as one thing and out of it came something else.

Needless to say, Big Tree and I will be headed home tomorrow (Friday), so it will be another 10 hour travel day for me. It'll probably be a slow moving day since the Moon will be in slow moving, plodding along Taurus . . so I guess Big Tree will be watching movies and I'll be talking to those of you who call and keep me company with questions. (winky wink) As you listen to "Felitsa" below, I hope the sweet sound of this song brings you some truly wonderful memories with your Mom just as it does for me. Enjoy!

FELISTA~
by Yanni

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 7:20 PM EDT - Wednesday afternoon, July 15, 2009

THE DECEPTION

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Hey you! Over there! Yeah you!

Greetings from Cherokee, North Carolina. This morning's Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) called, "One Thing Leads To Another" by The Fixx came after yesterday's record number of conversations I had with the newest TYS e-Course students. Before anyone begins the TYS e-Course, I send them an e-mail along with the TYS e-Course Workbook and ask them to call me before they begin the program. In fact, I ask them not to even peek into the program or begin writing anything down until they call me and we have a discussion. I just dig on personal service. It's a North Node Virgo thing. Since the program is about you, then I like to go for the jugular right out of the gate and throw you a challenge.

You see folks, the most important part of the TYS e-Course challenges you to stand in your belief system. Before you write down anything in those 130 pages of the e-Course, you have to identify your belief systems. If you don't know what you believe, then how will anyone get you? Good, wonderful, bad, ugly, nasty or indifferent . . write down what you believe. Then you'll know what to play up or what you need to change. I'm a firm believer that it is our job to teach others about us. We should be giving others instructions on how to operate us, not make them guess. That's not even fair to ask someone to guess who you are. If they guess wrong, then we turn around and get angry. Silly isn't it? We should know ourselves better than anyone else. No matter what that self is, we should know it. And if you claim to believe something, then let's see you stand in it. Come on . . be brave enough to stand up and admit it. No one has to believe what you believe, but you do. If someone doesn't agree with you, would you still stand in what you believe?

Let's say you present yourself to someone as if you believe one thing but yet away from that person you act another way. Oh come on . . we've all been there, done that! Now the other person responds to you based on the information you provided and it's not really you. Not only is it a deception, you are depriving that person of getting to know the real you. I don't really mind witnessing a person's ugliness because at least I am able to see who they really are and then I can decide whether or not to keep associating with that person . . . or I can do my best to see if I can positively influence that person.

Even though some verbage that people use makes me cringe, I'd rather know that is who the person is, rather than them cover up with a deception and make me think they are someone else. That's exactly why I take a firm stance (with my fist in the air) for "Freedom of Speech". I may not like the 'n word' but by golly I want to know who uses it. I want to know exactly who those people are instead of not knowing thereby being mislead. I can't stand all of these new laws telling us what we can or cannot say because it is 'hate' language. Well I want to know who those people are and outlawing hate speech does not heal hate, nor does it magically make it disappear. I want to know WHO! I want to know who the bigots, liars, deceivers, racists and sexists are. I want to know who is intolerant, ignorant and prejudice. I may not like what they say but at least I know who they are and how they think and THAT my little chickadees gives ME the advantage. Think about it because knowing it does give you the advantage. Outlawing idiotic and stupid speech by lawmakers doesn't do a dang thing except deceive us, the public. I could go on and on about our freedom's because I am a freedom-loving gal in all forms including free-will, free-love and freedom of speech.

Belief systems aren't just about spiritual or religious beliefs. Your belief systems are also about money, relationships, sex, Love, health, children, politics, men, women, family, education, Life, death and so much more. Squashing someone's right to communicate their belief system because it hurts our feelings is just flat out wrong. But that's just me . . and my belief system.

The words are just below the video.

ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER
by The Fixx

The deception with tact, just what are you trying to say?
You've got a blank face, which irritates
Communicate, pull out your party piece
You see dimensions in two
State your case with black or white
But when one little cross leads to shots, grit your teeth
You run for cover so discreet, why don't they

Do what they say, say what you mean
One thing leads to another
You told me something wrong, I know I listen too long
But then one thing leads to another

The impression that you sell
Passes in and out like a scent
But the long face that you see comes from living close
To your fears
If this is up then I'm up but you're running out of sight
You've seen your name on the walls
And when one little bump leads to shock miss a beat
You run for cover and there's heat, why don't they

Do what they say, say what they mean
One thing leads to another
You told me something wrong, I know I listen too long
But then one thing leads to another
One thing leads to another

Then it's easy to believe
Somebody's been lying to me
But when the wrong word goes in the right ear
I know you've been lying to me
It's getting rough, off the cuff I've got to say enough's enough

Bigger the harder he falls
But when the wrong antidote is like a bone in the throat
You runs for cover in the heat why don't they

Do what they say, say what they mean
One thing leads to another
You tell me something wrong, I know I listen too long
But then one thing leads to another
One thing leads to another (Repeat)

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 11:05 AM EDT - Tuesday morning, July 14, 2009

HEY YOU! OVER THERE! YEAH YOU!

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Grandma's Hands

Greetings from Cherokee, North Carolina. Rarely do I ever wake up to a Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) that is a disco song but this morning I did. The minute I heard this song I knew exactly why it came into sleeping, yet conscious brain.

Yesterday I was having a conversation with someone who told me the story of a person who was leading an incredibly successful, smart and abundant life. This person truly had their act together, doing everything right and had all their ducks in a row. Then something happened. The person ran into a challenge in Life and chose to throw everything out the window. Granted it was a tough challenge but not something that I think would have thrown all of my Goodness down the toilet. But then again, that's just me. I can be a bit self-absorbed (I readily admit that), which I think happens to be a gift and keeps me from giving up on my Life when I run into pain (emotional, physical, spiritual, financial, etc.) It can be tough to count on other people but if there is one thing I have, that's myself and God. We all have that! It is my belief that we should seek to use our creativity and work with the Creator to sort out our challenges. We are the small "c" (creative) and God the Big "C", the Creator.

As I sat quietly and listened to the story, I noted in my brain that we all have challenges in Life and none of us are going to leave this planet without experiencing some of them. Like it or not, that's just the way it goes. We've all heard the saying, "It's not what happens to you, it's how you handle it." I tend to think everything is relative and what may feel overwhelming, exhausting and painful to one person, may not affect another person in the same way . . . but some other challenge will. Pain is after all defined as, "An emotional response to a stimulus." Pain is personal and it is our response that dictates the level of pain we endure. I just don't believe that God passed out all the gifts and said, "YOU, over there, you don't get one!" Nor do I believe that He passed out all the challenges and said, "YOU, over there, you get more challenges than anyone else." I'm a rational and logical thinker, which is the nature of the Gemini mind. Things have to make sense to us because we are truly simple thinkers. Heck, even my style of writing is very simplistic when you think about it.

So this morning I wake up to "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees as my Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) with a NEW AND IMPROVED thought as to how I approach and handle challenges in my Life. We can all do better, so I'm going to choose to do better today and everyday, as long as I'm stayin' alive.

STAYIN' ALIVE
by The Bee Gees

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,
I'm a woman's man: no time to talk.
Music loud and women warm, I've been kicked around
Since I was born.
And now it's all right. It's ok.
And you may look the other way.
We can try to understand
The New York Times effect on man.

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother,
You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin',
And were stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive.

Well now, I get low and I get high,
And if I can't get either, I really try.
Got the wings of heaven on my shoes.
I'm a dancin' man and I just can't lose.
You know it's all right. It's ok.
I'll live to see another day.
We can try to understand
The New York Times effect on man.

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother,
Youre stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin',
And were stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive.

Life goin' nowhere. Somebody help me.
Somebody help me, yeah.
Life goin' nowhere. Somebody help me.
Somebody help me, yeah. Stayin' alive.

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,
I'm a woman's man: no time to talk.
Music loud and women warm,
I've been kicked around since I was born.
And now it's all right. It's ok.
And you may look the other way.
We can try to understand
The New York Times effect on man.

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother,
You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin',
And were stayin alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive.

Life goin' nowhere. Somebody help me.
Somebody help me, yeah.
Life goin' nowhere. Somebody help me, yeah.
I'm stayin' alive.

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 11:05 AM EDT - Friday morning, July 10, 2009

GRANDMA'S HANDS

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, What I've Felt, What I've Known

Greetings from Cherokee, North Carolina. After I finish today's Daily Message I will be taking my grandson "Big Tree" and my sister Ahinawake's grandchildren (Terrell and Hallie) to The Oconoluftee River here in Cherokee to picnic, swim and fish until the Sun goes down over the Great Smokey Mountains. We planned all of this silly fun last night when I took the kids for a walk. Since I'm in granny-mode over the next couple of weeks, then I guess its no surprise that my Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) this morning was "Grandma's Hands" by Billy Withers. I just Love to hear Billy Withers sing and I often roll his song called, "Use Me" over and over again on my iPhone while riding my bicycle back home in the park because it's such a bouncy tune. Dang that man can sing!!! But I digress . . .

When I woke up hearing "Grandma's Hands" I laid thinking about my relationship with "Big Tree" and how most of the time I consciously take into account the memories that I am building with him in that moment. As many of us know, it's much easier to be conscious as a grandparent than a parent. As a parent, many times our children have a way of turning us into crazy lunatics but grandchildren on the other hand can make us the kind of parent we wanted to be if we could just do it all over again. If I have to reprimand "Big Tree" for any reason, I consider the memory that will be formed out of that conversation.

I know that "Big Tree" loves the way I rub his perfectly round head with my hands and then I kiss it about 800 times before he finally squirms loose. I know he remembers pulling a fishing hook out of my finger for the first time just so he could learn how to do it. Once he told me that he can tell the difference in age between me and his Mommy just by looking at our hands. Big Tree (6) will also be old enough to remember me (his granny) and my Mom (his great-granny) always beading late at night and also the time we dropped the beads on the floor and then laughed as we crawled around on the floor picking them up with our hands. And his favorite thing that I do with my hands is scratch his back. I've been scratching and rubbing his little back since the day he was born until he says, "aaaaaaaah" and then I stop. By the way, we Cherokee always call our grandmothers, granny.

When I think about my own granny's hands I picture my Mom's mom snapping green beans in a chair outside or digging up potatoes with her in the garden right here in Cherokee. And when I picture Dad's mom hands I see her very orange fingers full of barbeque sauce because she owned a barbeque restaurant in Kansas City, so she always had orange fingers. I can see both of my grandma's hands in so many loving and memorable ways. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm

I suppose what I'm getting at with this Daily Message is that every moment is an opportunity to build a wonderful memory with someone you Love. It doesn't matter if that memory is a spouse, a romance, a child, a grandchild, a parent, a friend or a great niece and great-nephew like I will be doing today with my grandson and Ahinwake's grandchildren. Every day there is a brilliant moment in time when you can make a luscious and juicy memory last forever.

GRANDMA'S HANDS
by Billy Withers~

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 11:15 AM EDT - Thursday morning, July 9, 2009

WHAT I'VE FELT, WHAT I'VE KNOWN

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, The Song That Speaks Volumes

Greetings from Cherokee, North Carolina. My Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) this morning came through the song "The Unforgiven" by Metallica. Now as you listen to the song in the video below, the song moves in and out of metal rock into a soft ballad, so if you aren't a rocker, just try to hang in there because it is really is a great song. As many of you know I'm a hard core rock n' roller, which is no wonder why Metallica would be right up there in my list of fave bands. I'm about as crazy over James Hetfield (the lead singer) and Lars Ulrich (the drummer) as someone else might be over Brad Pitt and George Clooney. It's probably more the passion in James' voice as he gives a song all he's got and the way he performs on stage more than it is his appearance. You know how it goes, the more creative passion a person generates and inspires, the more attractive they become. (winky wink)

Well when I woke up hearing the first few chords of "The Unforgiven" my brain immediately jumped ahead to the lyrics, "What I've felt, what I've known" because we have all 'felt' and 'known,' which means we should know better. It's very easy to listen to this song and slide into martyrdom and self-absorption over what has been done to us and then sink into a well of self-pity, which has to be one of the least attractive behaviors a person can radiate to the world. Like anything else, it's a pancake and you have to flip it over in order to be able to see the other side.

As I've no doubt told you before, I grew up in a time where being an Indian wasn't such a great thing and being called the "n word" was the norm. We're talking the 60's and early 70's. Now it seems everyone's great grandmother is Indian. My how times have changed. Heck, there was a time when our neighbors gathered a petition to have us removed from the subdivision simply because of the color of our skin. Yep, those were some pretty dang nasty and ignorant times but thank goodness my family had the sense to know that it had nothing to do with us. Not one single ounce of that nastiness had anything to do with us. Further, there is a lot of peace in your spirit when you know the ignorance and ugliness of one person doesn't have anything to do with you, so why get upset about it? If you don't buy it, then you don't own it and you sure as heck don't have to wear it.

Now the flipside of this pancake is that something made a person ugly, nasty and bitter. From the moment a person is born (new blood joins this earth) is when the possibility 'to be anything or anyone' begins and it is 'us' who have the ability to influence that person one way or the other. Oh yeah folks, like it or not, there is responsibility that we as human beings have to each other, which is why we should always leave people better than we found them and why no one should ever be less of a person having come under our influence. EVER! Certainly an individual's free will (choice) is involved as well but there is no need in us voluntarily adding negativity to anything or anyone. Besides, how would that serve you? We all have a responsibility to ourselves as well. Now granted there will be people that we cannot positively influence (that's a certainty) but maybe someone else can. Some things aren't up to you but may be up to someone else. Maybe that's their job and not yours. Your job might be somewhere else.

When you listen to this song, instead of going to the place of self-pity, which we can all relate to on some level since we have all been poked fun at, disgraced, humilitated, hurt and ridiculed . . . try going to the place of relating, understanding and forgiveness. Just as I was telling my grandson "Big Tree" the other day, what I've felt and what I've know is, "It's the people that we think deserve no Love and forgiveness at all who are the ones who actually need it the most. Below I have included just a lyrics video and then just below that the 'LIVE' version.

THE UNFORGIVEN
by Metallica~

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 9:30 AM EDT - Wednesday morning, July 8, 2009]

THE SONG THAT SPEAKS VOLUMES

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Greetings from Cherokee (7)

Greetings from Cherokee, North Carolina. Oh-woh-woh-woh folks, this mornings Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) is a dandy! Now this song called, "Everything You Want" by Vertical Horizon could easily cause one to go into complete 'physical world human thinking' and miss The Message. Notice how I have capitalized the word 'Message'. If you've been coming to this website long enough and read many of my musical DLG's, then you know that the deeper and more romantic type songs will send me straight into 'ethereal world spirit thinking.' I just don't have it in me to dive into negative sappy thinking. Okay, maybe for a few minutes but then I snap out of it pretty dang quick. For some reason, relationshippie type songs will take me straight to a conversation with God where the real juice in Life hangs out and gets me higher than a dang kite.

As I laid there listening to the super-cosmic opening music that sounded like a UFO (or God) was going to land right beside me, I chuckled with my eyes closed because I knew this song was straight-talkin' God putting out a message through me to you . . . and this was the day that I was going to start writing my usual Daily Messages again complete with a Musical DLG ™ . Now as you listen to this song, keep your mind focused on God talking as if He is talking about Himself in the 3rd person. Then the last paragraph, He turns it around and speaks about Himself in the 1st person. It's very very cool. Go there with your mind folks, especially if you are wondering why things aren't turning out for you the way you'd like. Now granted, just as the song (He) states . . .

You're waiting for someone
To put you together
You're waiting for someone to push you away
There's always another wound to discover
There's always something more you wish He'd say

If you are waiting for (a) him, (a) her or (a) someone . . . anyone to make your dreams come true, I can tell you that dreams come true through God. Period! Prayers are answered through God. Period! Answers come through God. Period! That's just the way it is and the way it will always be. When I go through some really tough times I know that I can hang on and stand firm in my Faith. I can go straight to the big beautiful picture in the sky and not get all wrapped up in the scary side of Life because it's just too dang hard to do. I can be quite the lazy person when it comes to Faith, meaning it's too hard to be negative, so I take the easy way out and choose positive. Trusting God is and always will be easier than trusting myself. And the title of the song speaks volumes! Turn it UP!

"Everything You Want"
by Vertical Horizon

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 7:30 AM EDT - Tuesday morning, July 7, 2009]

GREETINGS FROM CHEROKEE, NORTH CAROLINA (7)

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Greetings from Cherokee (6)

Yesterday was another 10-hour drive for me, only this time it was me and my grandson "Big Tree" driving back down to Cherokee, North Carolina to spend two weeks. Nearly half way there we became distracted by the Kentucky Lake and decided to stop and fish for a couple of hours. We ended up coming over the Great Smokey Mountains right at nightfall.

As you may recall I left Cherokee last Thursday morning to return to St. Louis for the weekend. Well after just a few short days away, I walked into my parents house last night and said to my Mom, "Who are you and what have you done with my mother!" My Mom was 1000 percent better than she was last Thursday. She was up, walking around, her make-up on, looking as chipper as she'd ever been.

I am writing charts, returning phone calls and updating the website today. I will also be checking into my mailing list with the hosting company today to see what happened to my mailing list.

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 9:00 AM EDT - Wednesday morning, July 1, 2009]

GREETINGS FROM CHEROKEE, NORTH CAROLINA (6)

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Greetings from Cherokee (5)

It's been quite a whirlwind since the last time that I wrote to you on Thursday, June 24, 2009. If you have been checking this Daily Message, then you already know that I am in Cherokee, North Carolina to be with my Mom as she recovers from a health issue, which also gives my Dad a break. Folks, I'm asking you not to go to a dark place and start thinking this is a life threatening situation. Don't do that. There's a reason why I choose not to share too much information because some people will start entertaining the worst and that is simply not the type of energy that myself, my Mom or my family would want people to do. Who needs that? What my Mom needs is Love and all positive and wonderful healing thoughts. My Mom simply needs to be kept on task in order to heal and that's all anyone needs to know and support. I just happen to be the child that can keep her on task and crack the whip. (winky wink) I assure you, my Mom is doing very well and healing quite nicely. She just needs someone right there all the time and we Cherokee do not leave our Loved ones alone for one minute when they are sick, weak or vulnerable. Now that Mom is back on the healing fast track, I'm back on my website fast track getting everything back to normal.

This past weekend was really wonderful because my sister Cis came down from St. Louis. Tomorrow morning my brother Tom who lives in Champaign, Illinois will arrive and then I will leave and return to St. Louis just for 4th of July weekend. When Tom leaves after the weekend, then I will return to Cherokee with my grandson "Big Tree" so he can visit for a while. I did have a camping trip with "Big Tree" on the agenda but the last few weeks morphed our plans into something else. It's not a problem . . we simply shift gears. That's pretty much it. The Scorpion King is having his annual 4th of July party this weekend, so that should be a great time, which I'm looking forward to back in St. Louis. It's all Good folks . . . it's all Good. In the meantime, keep praying for Mom's speedy and energetic recovery.

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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