<![CDATA[                           - Sandra\'s Life 101 Archives]]>Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:34:43 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Christmas 2016]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:59:38 GMThttp://themagictunnel.com/sandras-life-101-archives/christmas-2016“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Zen and I are no longer homeless! After almost three years we have a place to call our own… plus we own it!
Friends have helped find and purchase a 1985 26-foot travel trailer. A fixer upper trailer at that for $400. However, for the most part, it is warm and dry and we can be safe for the arrival of winter. Thank you one and all for making this happen. We are grateful!
The trailer has many things that need fixing, like some leaking areas and no working shower with water issues. That being said, because of the challenging environments that Zen and I have had to live in these past three years I know the drill to survive under these conditions. This period of time, we have endured; I was able to learn a lot and perhaps can benefit others who might be facing the same environments; so, in the future, I will be sharing “how to” for sure.
So, Christmas 2016 approaches, and I would like to share a magical incident that recently occurred.
I wanted to celebrate our good fortune by finally having a home this year with a very small Christmas tree inside.
I realized that all my decorations are buried in storage but still a Christmas tree is better than no tree.
I found a beautiful, three-foot Christmas tree at our local store and went inside to check the price. It was only $25.99! What a deal…I don’t think so! Guess this was not going to happen, as my funds are limited these days. So, I just let it go.
Zen and I have a lovely open space area to hike and enjoy a lovely walk in fresh air, trees and such.
During the walk, I came upon a very small fir tree (about 3 feet) lying on its side. Some of its roots were exposed. Perhaps an elk or deer trampled it. Anyway, I consoled it by saying, “Oh, you poor baby. Let me see if I can help.”
Wait a minute! Hello, Earth to Sandra, “aren’t you are holding a perfectly formed small, three-foot Christmas tree that you wanted! Moreover, it is alive and NOT cut down. Remember that book you wrote about having a live Christmas tree inside instead of a dying one! Well, here is a way to walk your talk!”
I was blown away by this miracle gift I was holding! I stooped over and gently tugged at the last remaining intact roots, and luckily, they quickly released from Mother Earth quite nicely. No harm done.
Walking back to our home, I wore a very big smile of gratitude and awe as I lovingly carried my rescue in need.
I somehow managed to find the perfect pot in storage that still had potting soil in it.  The baby tree will at least have a fighting chance, with TLC, to recover from lying with its roots exposed for who knows how long.
I named her, “Baby Fir” as she is affectionately greeted each morning. Corny? Yep, but who cares!
Oh, by the way, you can enjoy a lovely story for Christmas I wrote by purchasing my trilogy e-book, “Fables from the Magic Tunnel” to share with those you love.
Fable 3 is titled, “Tree Magic,” where you can enter the world of “Two-Tops” and those live Christmas trees at the Forever Tree Farm, awaiting a forever home.
If you enjoy reading Fables, I sure would appreciate if you would please share it with your Facebook Friends and/or your choice of social networking and spread the word! I’d be very grateful!
Blessings to all!
Sandra and Zen]]>
<![CDATA[Chewy.com]]>Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:23:15 GMThttp://themagictunnel.com/sandras-life-101-archives/chewycom
 "Customers may forget what you said but they'll never forget how you made them feel. " ~unknown
During the recently hurricane hitting the US, as I took a hot shower, fixed my hot breakfast and cup of coffee; I realized those people who are not able to enjoy these comforts. My thoughts have been with the millions of people right now who are without power for some even their home.
Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti and the Bahamas hard, with 142mph-wind speed. It now approaches the US East Coast and people are facing destruction.
I truly understand what this situation feels like. Moreover, I can say,  ‘been there done that’ as Zen (my dog), and I have been homeless and without basic comforts for periods of time recently.
Once again, for me, something positive occurred during the negative outpour, spurred by this event. True, it cannot temper the pain and suffering of what people are going through. I understand that fact full well.
I have been impressed so much, that I am spreading the word regarding a company that has dog and cat products. I have ordered Zen’s food and supplements from Chewy.com for the past couple of years.
In that time, I have never talked to a customer representative at Chewy who is taking my order that had a negative “attitude.” My orders are always processed with courtesy and sincerity. I feel like my order, as a customer, is important. When something is incorrect, (rarely) it is corrected quickly, and resolved.
Recently, I was concerned that since Chewy’s ordering phones are in Florida, if they would still be taking orders with the hurricane targeting their area. I finally was able to reach and talk to a representative.  I learned that they had relocated to Orlando, at another phone center. However, Orlando was also a target in Matthews’s path!
When I asked if they would move again, she answered: “No we are staying put, and all of us are hunkered down in here; so we can answer the phones as long as possible.”
Now, that is what I call customer service!
Stay safe~

<![CDATA[Banana, banana]]>Sun, 22 May 2016 17:33:51 GMThttp://themagictunnel.com/sandras-life-101-archives/banana-banana
“Its not called being picky, it's called not compromising your standards”
     The other evening before I retired, I put chunks of fresh banana in Zen’s food dish for his evening snack. Zen loved eating bananas, at one time. However, recently that has not been the case. I thought to try one more time since he enjoyed eating them before.  It was simply checking one more time to see: has his taste buds changed back.

     The next morning the chunks of banana are still in his food dish. Since Zen woofs down (excuse the pun) his food as if it were steak. This human thought: “Okay, I am NOT wasting a banana so I will just mix it up into his food!” I mixed it in, set his bowl down. Zen rushes over,, smells the food first, immediately stops  and does not eat anything but just stands and looks at me.
     I got side tracked fixing my own breakfast. When I look over at Zen, he still is not eating his food and is just standing continuing to stare at me.
     Now, I don’t have kids, but have heard of this routine. So what do I do, but proceed to pick out all the chunks of banana, brushing the attached kibble back into the dish. Zen watches intently as if to say:  “Oh, she finally gets it, NO Bananas from now on lady!”


I finish cooking my breakfast and as I leave the kitchen, Zen has  “woof down” and finished his breakfast…minus the kibble attached to chunks of bananas.


Guess, I learned my lesson huh? Oh well~
<![CDATA[Awesome Zen!]]>Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:42:57 GMThttp://themagictunnel.com/sandras-life-101-archives/awesome-zen“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
Roger Caras

My hearing was damaged early in life by working at a nightclub with fifty speakers over each dance floor. It was very loud; little did I know the ramifications of how that employment would effect my hearing. Over the years, my hearing has diminished even more.
This last year, my dog Zen, somehow automatically become very astute of my hearing needs. The place where we are currently living has terrible acoustics.  I have a challenge hearing the dryer and oven buzzer when they go off. One day, Zen came to me and proceeded to stand in a frozen stance, staring and whining. This was repeated every time something would ring or buzz. 
I learned
that he was alerting me that a timer was buzzing.  
I have come to appreciate his dedication. However, the other day I grew very frustrated as he came and gave me: “the look and whine.” He was relentless and would not leave me alone, even after I went around and checked everything that could possibly be buzzing or ringing! I finally addressed him saying, “Zen, the dryer, stove and phone are okay. What is it?” Well, it came to mind of what his trainer once said to me, “Always trust your dog, he knows.”
So, I stood and pondered what Zen could possibly be alerting me to, as I glanced over at the kitchen counter where my cell phone was charging.  Ah, light bulb moment! When the cell phone is fully charged it gives one brief beep! And that is what Zen was attempting to tell me. He knows that a beeping/ringing sound is now his job to let me know.  By the way, this is the very first time he has done this when the cell phone was fully charged. Zen is learning on a very fast curve indeed!
Thank you Zen

<![CDATA[Heads up!]]>Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:40:53 GMThttp://themagictunnel.com/sandras-life-101-archives/heads-up“I've lived in many things - boats, caravans, and buses. I've been homeless, I've had no money: everything. But I believe in magic, and having a vision. The tough times made me a warrior. I work hard.”
Neon Hitch

Hey, two blog posted in the same week! This could possibly be my last hurrah for a while. The reason that future posting may be scarce is because Zen and I are moving…again.
May 1st will be two years that we have been on this “Homeless Merry-go-round.” I’d like to get off it! This reminds me of a print I have from a painting of a merry-go-round with beautiful horses in harness. One of the horses is shown in mid-air leaping from the merry-go-round, free at last! Sign me up!
It has been a blessing being able to stay in this mobile home after the challenge of living four months in a garage with no heat, running water, toilet and so on. However, the out-of-town owners need to remodel, and Zen and I need to be out by May 1st.
So far, we have no place to move to so everything goes back into a storage unit. Once again, we will be homeless. Oh well! Hey, this will make a great chapter in my future book, “How to Start a Business on 34 cents!” Stay tuned.



<![CDATA[Our past, present and faith for the future]]>Sat, 09 Apr 2016 02:09:02 GMThttp://themagictunnel.com/sandras-life-101-archives/our-past-present-and-faith-for-the-future"With violence, as with so many other concerns, human nature is the problem, but human nature is also the solution."
Steven Pinker

I can no longer watch any news programs. It is sad and shocking as to what we are doing to each other. The news only reflects that our society is violent. After a period of time, watching the news day after day, I just wonder: where is this all leading us?
Then, I had an insight and the stark realization that in this period of time, and what is taking place in our society, it is no different from societies of the past: What the Romans did to Christians, the dark Middle Ages, the genocide of the Holocaust, and how war has inflected pain and suffering on countless innocents.
What I have concluded is that a percentage of our society is violent, with little regard for humanity. We have always been feuding and fighting over land, religion and thus hurting others. It is of little solace that in today’s world you see how we are repeating what has been done in past decades, century after century.
However, there is the knowledge of many good, kind, and loving humans who walk this earth. People who lend a helping hand to those less fortunate, who comfort the weak and are in need. Those who tend to the animals and forests. Those who step in to help us, and our loved ones to safety.
And yet, why must we tolerate those who seem to choose to continue to harm, and inflict such travesties.
I wonder about that. Do you?


<![CDATA[Miracle anyone?]]>Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:56:23 GMThttp://themagictunnel.com/sandras-life-101-archives/miracle-anyone"Impossible situations can become possible miracles.”
Robert  H. Schuller

Have you experienced a miracle lately?Well I just did!
You know that feeling you get when something traumatic/dramatic takes place, and you know without doubt, that it was divine intervention.
After stopping at the stop sign, I made a right-hand turn (of course checking traffic both ways) onto Highway 101.  As I started to accelerate a motorcyclist started to pass the car he was behind. He is in southbound traffic. I am heading north.
Immediately he was within inches of my front bumper. There was NO time to honk, swerve…nothing to do, but prepare for an imminent crash.
Then, as if an invisible force came between him and my vehicle, he was moved gently over. It took place in a heartbeat. At this point, he wound up traveling between me and the car he was about to pass!
Yes, maybe he had the good sense to dodge the bullet. However, with the speed he was at, and my acceleration I wonder. Had he jerked or abruptly turned his wheels, this would have turned out much differently.
The way it unfolded, as I continued on my way, there was such a grateful feeling in my heart and soul.  I issued a heartfelt, profound “thank you” to whomever or whatever had just intervened.

<![CDATA[What's going on in my world?]]>Sun, 13 Mar 2016 05:45:03 GMThttp://themagictunnel.com/sandras-life-101-archives/whats-going-on-in-my-world
“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”
The Buddha

Just letting everyone know why I have not posted a column recently. It is because
I am busy working with Oregon public schools for “Fables from the Magic Tunnel”
to become classroom curriculum.  Therefore, I am currently giving “all my heart to it”
as quoted above!
If you are a Principal, Teacher or Curriculum Director on the home page, you can
read the first chapter, reviews and insights the trilogy presents. Then, if you wish,
to read the completed Fables trilogy, please contact me Sandra@themagictunnel.com.
Give your name, school, and phone number. I will contact you to verify sending
a free copy of the e-book for your consideration.

<![CDATA[What's up? (part two)]]>Thu, 25 Feb 2016 02:55:42 GMThttp://themagictunnel.com/sandras-life-101-archives/whats-up-part-two
“This strange business of what it is to be a writer in this increasingly insane world in which we live, in which surrealism, it seems, is the new realism”.
Salman Rushdie

In “What’s up?” part one that I posted a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Hollywood produces some futuristic movies with events and things that seem before their time. And then, aspects from the movie can and do arrive in our current reality as a fact.
Well, the book I wrote, “Fables from the Magic Tunnel” trilogy, seems to have done likewise. I am amazed to hear, read or see something lately that I had written, at least twenty years ago.
Case in point:
* I read the other night about an author, Lee Carroll, whose has a character “WO” is in his series of Kyron books. I have never read o
ne of his books, yet; one of my characters is named “WO” (wise one). Go figure!
*In the movie, “Cloud Atlas” the character of “Old George” does exactly what “Neg/Gen” in Fables of the Magic Tunnel does. They represent the voice of negativity that beckons you down the path of fear and destructive negative thoughts!
*In the movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy” I was surprised to hear a character named “Nebula” of which I used it for the name of a planet in Fables. When I wrote the first chapter, many, many years ago, I had no knowledge or ever knew that a Nebula is a cloud of dust and gas in space. It is indeed possible that, I had heard it used somewhere.
* In Fables there is a Laser Light used by the characters long before laser lights came to be in our world.
*I wrote a chapter of sentient tree characters in Fable 3, “Tree Magic.” Of which in the movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, there is a sentient tree character named, “Groot”, who has the ability to create lightning bugs to illuminate a dark area.
*In Fables, I used Lightning bugs to illuminate a dark tunnel. Now, this one would seem logical, if you need to light up a dark area…well, of course you could use lightning bugs!
However, my point is that these similarities prompt me to ask…. how, did these arrive so long ago when I wrote the book. And now, how many of these aspects are showing up in my current reality created by others?
It all does make me scratch my head wondering. Any comments would be appreciated! A recently comment issued to me, was that it is being tapped into the collective consciousness.

<![CDATA[In the flow]]>Wed, 17 Feb 2016 20:24:19 GMThttp://themagictunnel.com/sandras-life-101-archives/in-the-flowWhen you carry out acts of kindness, you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, yes, this is how I ought to feel."
- Harold Kushner
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
- Philo

One of my dear friends had something happen that must be shared with the rest of us whom are still learning how to manifest prosperity in our lives. What transpired with her, as I have read so many times, is an example of: “what goes around…comes around.”
She probably would not wish her name used. Therefore, a name came to mind:  I will call her… Alice.
In addition, if she reads this, I am pretty sure her response would be, “Well, I just did what I felt to do?” She was at the time completely, non- assuming, and non-attached to the outcome.
While the rest of us, namely myself, explores what I am doing incorrectly that tithing and affirmations haven’t help turned the “prosperity tide” so to speak. I learned a lot, from what took place with Alice the other day.
Okay, Alice went into town to do shopping. At our local Fred Meyer store, people stand at the curb near the stop sign coming out of the parking area, to solicit for funds, food, gas or whatever. Hand-held signs read; “Homeless please help, need food, need gas” you get the picture.
As Alice started to leave the parking lot, she observed a man who was standing on the corner. Alice said that perhaps he reminded her of her Grandfather. Something pulled at her, and she said to herself, “I am going to give him some money.” (Alice said that she has never given any money to people in this situation before.)
With this prompting, she had $2 laying on the car seat that she was going to return to her wallet. She pulled over, rolled down the window, and handed the man the $2 of which he graciously thanked and blessed her profusely.
As Alice drove away, she said that doing this, “really felt good!”
She drove across the street to the Safeway parking lot to finish up errands. As Alice walked toward the Safeway entrance, she spied in the roadway a crumbled $10 bill!
Of which she retrieved with a smile on her face.
Now when I heard about this event, I learned a lot with the error of my ways.  Alice came from totally giving place. She had no fear of letting the $2 go. She commented that she said to herself, at the time, “I don’t care if he is an alcoholic, or, he has a Cadillac a block away.” She proceeded to give the money to him with no judgment.
Furthermore, Alice did not “give… to get back” this is not part of her consciousness. It isn’t mine either, however, I suspect that when I am tithing or donating, after a period of time passes, it feels like; if it is true what goes around come around. So where is it? I am still attached to the outcome and NOT in the flow!
In other words, there is a hitch to my sharing… I am looking for a return!
So, from now on, I intend to share, give back and refrain from expectation of a “timed return.” I need to simply give back and “pay it forward” these days, because so many people have shared with me: food, shelter, and kindness these past few years when I have been homeless.
It feels like Alice’s experience has given me a gift of a clearer picture of what I must do.
Thank you Alice