Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Toledo Water Crisis 2014

In case you weren't aware, I live in Toledo, Ohio.

Following is my perspective of those three crazy days where we could not use our water.

I posted this to my Facebook page - August 4, 2014:

I've had quite a weekend - It's hard to believe that in this day and age - people still think it's OK to let their pesticide and cow feces run off into a body of water used to support hundreds of thousands of people. But, here in the lovely state of Ohio, USA that is exactly what has been happening and it finally caught up with us.

I grew up in Pennsylvania and always remembered hearing my dad say that the Ohio river - or maybe it was the Shenango river - either way ~~> (which leaves PA for a spell, goes through Ohio then comes back into PA) was always more polluted at the point where it returned to PA - so, this is an Ohio issue that HOPEFULLY will wake up the powers that be.

As a result, we have amazing water treatment facilities that have been very concerned about the algae in our pocket of Lake Erie. This past weekend the algae turned the water into a toxic cocktail that even the water treatment facility couldn't fix. Which has left 400,000 people in NW Ohio without drinkable [or usable] water. We CAN"T EVEN BOIL it because boiling increases the toxins.

A beautiful positive in all this is seeing the good side of humanity - all of the people who have stepped up to get drinkable water to those who can't get it - all of the people from the surrounding area who aren't affected leaving out their garden hoses so people can fill containers - people offering to let strangers come to their homes to shower and do laundry (which, as of yesterday, we can now do).

Yes, there were a few stories floating around about fights over water when this all first happened and price gauging - Like any city - Toledo gets real "ghetto" at times - but the positives have far outweighed the negatives.

My family and friends are fine. My sister and I drove to a town 2 hours south of here [Lima, OH] and bought an insane amount of water to distribute to family, friends and neighbors, when this all first happened - and so did many others.

[Above] is a photo of what the pollution has done to our end of Lake Erie and a photo of the 10,000 gallons of water the Air National Guard brought in yesterday.

The EPA says the water is fine now, but the tests our water treatment facility have run still show cause for concern, so our mayor is erring on the side of caution.

In the meantime, I am truly blessed, have plenty of water - waiting for this to be over and looking forward to the changes in environmental policy and farming practices that will come as a result of this.


A few hours after I posted this, the ban was lifted.  My body told me it was all fixed when I washed some dishes that morning and my joints didn't lock up afterwards, so I wasn't surprised when the town got the good news.

We Did Have Some Fun...

On Sunday afternoon we received word that healthy adults could shower (no children or elderly), but that we couldn't get the water in our ears, eyes, nose or mouth.

My friend, Jeff Beach, cheered us all up on Facebook with this photo.

He labeled it "Just showered #toledowater" and after much persuasion from yours truly (and his mom ;~D ), he submitted it to a local news station and it made the evening news!

Ironically, the day before this all happened, I had been thinking about how lucky I was to have lived so close to Lake Erie my whole life and that I didn't have to worry about my water, like the people in California are dealing with this summer.

If you're interested, this is a great article/comic about what happened and how long its been going on.

Love and hugs,

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chakra Balancing Meditations

This has been a nice summer.

Unlike last year, I am much more focused and am enjoying finishing up my classes.

I am also not as burned out as I was, though I definitely needed to take time to relax and replenish.

I was focusing on my healing when I realized there was a lot more to dig out than I was getting to.

After an email conversation with a woman in my mastermind group whose meditation I was doing a testimonial for, it was brought to light that my heart chakra was opening.

I followed my Higher Guidance and headed to YouTube to experiment with other meditations than the ones I had on hand.


I discovered this very centering, healing and thorough Heart Meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowls.

It was exactly what I needed and I shared it with two of my clients.

Then I got an even better idea.

I made a playlist of all of the meditations which focused on Chakra Healing.

The first meditation in the series is the Heart, but I made this list to start from the root and finish at the crown, so a couple of the intros will seem a little off.

I shared this with my email tribe last month and received all sorts of great feedback.

Now it's time to share it with my blog followers.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Correcting A Mistake

Remember this?

Back in February (seems like yesterday, and a million years ago all at once) I thought I'd be clever and work a David Bowie song into my post about all of the changes that were coming up.

Then, at the end of the post, I commented that I had been singing this song incorrectly forever, based on the lyrics posted in the video.


Not too long afterwards, I started receiving emails from readers, letting me know that I was right and the video was wrong.

This sent me into quite the giggle fit, especially when I received one from my mother, who included a link to several sites that had the lyrics all written out. 

This is a woman who knows who David Bowie is, yet is most certainly not a fan and even she couldn't believe I had been wrong. ;~D

I'm staying true to the energy of the original post and I'm not going to change anything.

Except maybe adding a link to this post on that one.

Ha!  If all mistakes were this easy to deal with... :)

Love and hugs,

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What Name Do I Use?

This is not a deep, philosophical, "who am I?" question.

It is something quite simple that became a little more complicated than it needed to.

I need to start speaking publicly, in my community to promote my business.

I have been writing and creating under my pen name, online.

What name was I going to go by when I spoke?

Marla didn't feel right.

Did this mean I needed to stop what I was doing and change my name online, before I went any further with my biz?

That didn't feel right either.

I asked the women in my mastermind group if they had ever dealt with this dilemma.

The advice that came back loud and clear was to "follow your gut".

So, I let it go, completely, because I could not hear what my gut was saying.


When I first started blogging under my pen name, I never expected to do anything more than have a place to really express myself, without having it interfere with my work and personal life.

I work closely with the public and already go by a different name at work than I do with family and friends, but with the personal exploring I knew I would be doing, along with the spiritually based topics I'd be discussing, I did not want any conflicts with my work life.

What it boiled down to is that I really value my privacy.

And just as quickly as I let it go, one day the answer, clear as day, popped into my head.

I'm going to speak under my work name, and let the audience know that I write and coach, online, under my pen name.

It was just that simple.

And makes total sense.

Love and hugs,

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Story Time With Marla IV

You know I love my rock and roll.

And most of you know I was in a band for a blink of an eye.

But, even though it wasn't for very long, I really enjoyed learning a new instrument and missed that instrument incredibly when I let it go.

This story is about a very strange dream/reality mish mosh that I experienced 16 years ago.

I'm telling this story off the cuff.

There's a lot of "and"s and "um"s.


Give it a listen.

Then head on over to YouTube and let me know what you think!

Love and hugs,

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What's Stopping You?

I found this great rant from Dave Grohl in my Facebook newsfeed.

Lots of "F Bombs" and slamming of reality, talent, television shows.

But the basic message is quite clear and I can't share it enough.

What excuses are you feeding yourself?

Why are you sitting on that dream?

You really do have everything you need, right now, to get started, right now.

The only one standing in your way is, you.

"Tough" Love and hugs ( ;~D ),

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Story Time With Marla III

This next video is a journal written eight years ago.

Apparently I'd been very moved by a movie I'd seen.

Moved, because it was a true work of art.

I still, to this day, cannot remember what movie it was and for some reason I never wrote it down.

This is something you'd hear some art students mulling over in a coffee house somewhere (some would argue somewhere in 1992 - ha!).

Anyway, get your cup a joe, put your thinking cap on and listen to this poignant little piece I put together.

Then, head on over to YouTube and tell me what you think!

Love and hugs,

Thursday, July 3, 2014


 I'm off to a reunion and potluck picnic this weekend!

This is no ordinary reunion.

I'm catching up with members of my urban family from Detroit.

You know.

The people that end up being your family when you first move out on your own.

We were, and still are, a very creative, silly bunch.

So much so that my good friend (the one who did the awesome banner for this blog), her son and I are going to do like she and I used to do - explore Detroit and take photos.  (Except, we'll be doing it in the day time, unlike our adventurous, night loving, 20-something selves ;~D )

Here's the Facebook Invite, if you still weren't convinced:

It was my friend's idea and we envisioned all of our friends and their kids being together for this momentous occasion.  

It's so hard to get straight answers from people who are now over-worked, over-stressed parents.

So, we're not sure who's really coming and we have no idea what or how much food will be there either.


That goes for anything, not just potluck reunions ;~D




Love and hugs,

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Story Time With Marla II

OK.  Summer's in full swing!

Sit back with some lemonade and listen to this next story.

It's all about the mystical experience I had, many years ago.

The experience that left me feeling more supported and "un-alone" than I'd ever felt.

The experience that left me changed forever. : )

Love and hugs,