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A Joyful Noise!

December 14, 2010

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

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Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

Vol. 9 pg. 49 (12-9-10)


The holidays are a time of love and light!

So I will enjoy them!

What is it with the holidays?  We’re supposed to be happy, merry and thankful and yet all too often, we’re depressed, anxious and stressed.  The pre-enlightened Scrooge had the right idea, we think.  Bah, humbug, we say!  But if Scrooge can turn it around, why can’t we?

The following are 10 suggestions on how to survive the period between Thanksgiving and New Year‘s.  Or how to turn around the holidays – without any ghostly visitations.

1.                Rediscover the Child Within. Find ways to “ooh” and “aah” again!  Watch “It’s a Wonderful Life“, “Miracle on 34th Street“, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas“, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer“, and, of course, “Scrooge” and all its variations.  Or read out loud – with family and friends if possible – “Twas the Night Before Christmas” or the “Gift of the Magi“.  Make hot chocolate with marshmallows.  Sing Christmas carols.  Play games.  Write a letter to Santa.  Light the menorah for Hanukkah, spend a morning watching cartoons.  Build a snowman or swing on a swing.  Think back to your favorite holiday or childhood moments – or imagine some – and go for it!

2.                Shopping Whoas. What are you waiting for?  Make a list, check it twice, and go shopping! If you can somehow manage to free up a weekday, so much the better.  The stores are less crowded during the day, especially in the morning.  And if you’ve never felt the wonderful feeling you get when your shopping is done early, this is your opportunity for a liberating experience.  It’s especially fun being calm while so many people around you are fighting crowds and going nuts!  Early, relaxed, leisurely holiday shopping could turn out to be one new experience you’ll want to repeat again and again!

3.                Dollar Signs. It’s a tempting time of year to go overboard.  Remember budgeting?!?  Put thought and creativity into selecting or making your gifts. Make a list and shop for exactly what’s on it.  Pick a price range – and stick to it!  If you really get into trouble, bring cash and leave all plastic at home!  You don’t want to spend the next ten years paying everything off!

4.                Watch What You Eat. – The least popular suggestion here.  During the holidays we all consume mountains of junk.  Be aware that what you eat can affect your mood, so be careful before those times you know are going to be difficult.  You don’t have to eat everything!  Take smaller portions and don’t waste calories on anything mediocre.  Save those calories for your favorites – like homemade apple pie with whipped cream or Godiva chocolates!

5.                Reach Out. – Being far from your family and friends at the holidays is rough.  You may even find yourself envying others.  Instead, step outside of yourself and look around you for others far from home.  Create new holiday traditions of your own.  Make plans to volunteer at CCL or your favorite charity. Lending a helping hand will have an amazing impact on this holiday season.

6.                Relativity. – You can’t change your relatives!  You only have control over YOU!  It’s best not to have high expectations for a Hallmark Holiday. Avoid getting pulled into arguments.  Smile and say very little.  Take a moment to think of the worst possible scenarios – and get creative.  If one person is the problem, focus on everyone else.  Just remember to stay calm.  Take a chilly walk if necessary.  Hang out with the kids.  Or stay peaceful by renting a movie and watching it together. Quiet, please!

7.                Holiday for Two. – Do your relatives insult your significant other?  Or maybe you’re on the receiving end of the insults.  Make a date with your partner to discuss beforehand how to survive the holidays. Be prepared with suggestions and an open mind.  Know your priorities.  If you’re not sure, remember who you go home with!  Also, if you have two family holidays – negotiate!  Work out exactly how and when you are handling both families without going insane.

8.                Short and Sweet. – If it’s always a nightmare and you can’t get out of family plans, minimize your time – make other plans so you can leave early or arrive late.  You don’t have to spend the entire holiday with them.

9.                Tomorrow. – Remember, if all else fails, this will soon be in the past.  There’s a lot of joy to be found during the holidays – if you can minimize the stressful elements and maximize the fun!  Make the holidays your own and have a great time – and you won’t have to go around shouting “Bah Humbug!” ever again.

10.    Keep a Sense of Humor. – Does the season to be jolly drive you crazy enough to think that maybe George Bailey would’ve been smarter to take the plunge off that bridge? Perhaps you can take some comfort in knowing you’re not alone.  As much as I love the holidays, I find they go down a bit easier with a healthy dose of humor. And, one of my favorite curmudgeons is MAXINE:

“You know that nice older lady who lives down the street and you see tending her cats or maybe cooling Christmas cookies on the windowsill? That’s not me. Not even close.  I don’t live on any- body’s street-they live on mine.  I don’t work well in groups, and I don’t work at all if I can get away with it.  I tell it like it is, I tell it like it ought to be. And I’m my own biggest fan.  But you’re free to join in the hard-fought fight for second place. – Merry Christmas” ~ Maxine

“To Know Me is to….Well, is to Know Me” ~ Maxine

“My favorite Holiday game is Pin the Cleanup on the guests.” ~ Maxine

There’s nothing like a gift card to say, ‘This is how much I’m willing to spend on you’.” ~ Maxine


It was the day after Christmas at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church in Kent, England.  Father John, the vicar, was looking at the nativity scene when he noticed the baby Jesus was missing. He thought about calling the local policeman but, as he was about to do so, he saw little Nathan with a bright red wagon and in the wagon was the figure of the little Jesus.  Father John approached Nathan and asked him, “Well, Nathan, where did you get the little infant?”
Nathan smiled, and said, “I took him from the church.”
“And why did you take him?” asked Father John.
With a sheepish grin, Nathan said, “Well, a week ago I prayed to Lord Jesus.  I told him if he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas, I would give him a ride around the block.”

Movement and Meditation for Life Enhancement

December 12, 2010




The practices of Tai Ji, QiGong and meditation enhance well-being on many levels.

Each allows the individual to learn to connect with the deepest self, the wise, generative, inner core. It is from this connection that an individual can access the capacity to resolve inner conflicts, heal emotional, mental and physical issues, overcome fears, and learn to more positively and deeply connect with others. We will implement the innovative teachings of Dr. Milton Erickson who utilized hypnosis to allow the individual to connect with this deep inner state and create positive change within. This work translates into deep healing and life transformation.

The practices of meditation and self-hypnosis have been proven to increase insight, self-reflection, empathy, compassion and one’s ability to calm fear and anxiety. They facilitate physical well-being, pain management, as well as improve one’s ability to focus on learning and recalling new material.

The practices of Tai Ji and Qigong also help preserve health, stave off aging, and cultivate balance, agility and sensitivity. QiGong practice improves digestion, sleep quality, the functioning of the cardiovascular and nervous systems and strengthens the immune system.

The emphasis of the day will be on improving one’s ability to have a better relationship with oneself and with other people. Each of these practices allows the participant to become more self-aware, more insightful, more able to respond in an effective way rather than in a reactive manner, thus enhancing one’s confidence and improving relationships with other people. Combining these practices of stillness and movement allows participants to develop skills that enhance the vitality of one’s life force while creating deep inner calm.

Participants will have the opportunity for deep (private) individual internal exploration and healing. The day will include information and the teaching of these practices so that each participant will learn tools to use in their daily lives.

These practices will help participants:

•Improve their relationship with themselves

•Improve their relationship with others

•Find connection to a centered calm place inside

•Create a positive internal learning state for deep emotional,

mental healing and behavioral change and healing

•Change reactive patterns

•Break unhealthy habits

•Improve the body ’s innate capacity to heal

•Reduce stress

•Develop a Tai Ji and QiGong practice

Both beginners and more experienced participants will benefit from the day.

Participants will learn several practices designed for busy people.

Carolyn Grothe is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in practice in Santa Monica for over thirty years. Carolyn is a certified hypnotherapist and has studied Ericksonian Hypnotherapy extensively. In addition to working with individuals, couples and families in her practice, Carolyn has taught workshops on Holistic Health, Stress Management, and Self-hypnosis. She is the Employee Assistance Program counselor with Los Angeles County School District, serving the school staff members in Santa Monica. Carolyn has been a student of Tai Ji for many years, and practices Vipassana and Taoist meditation. (310) 820-6008

Mike Genzmer is a Chi Kung/Tai Ji Associate Professor at Five Branches

University, a Traditional Chinese Medicine Institution. He has also taught Tai Chi and Chi Kung at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. He earned distinction as a senior instructor, with 14 years of traditional Tai Chi Chuan lineage training at the Academy of Martial Arts in Santa Cruz. Mike is a senior instructor of Tai Ji for the Living Tao Foundation. He is also a scientist and Senior System Engineer with Lockheed Martin Space Systems, building spacecraft and ground systems. (408) 309-6811



When: Saturday, February 19, 2011, 10 AM – 5 PM

Where: West Los Angeles, California

Early bird discount fee: $125 before December 11th

$145 December 12th – January 11th

Full Fee: $155 after January 11th

Includes: Workshop, Coffee, Tea, Water and Snack

Bring your own lunch (recommended) or there are several nearby options

Comfortable loose fitting clothing is recommended

Registration instructions:

Complete the attached registration form and send with a check to:

Carolyn Grothe 1137 Second Street, Suite 211, Santa Monica, CA 90403


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Center for Creative Living

December 9, 2010

20th Annual Thanksgiving at The Beach

The sun started radiating across the Pacific Ocean – the day was dawning cold but clear.  The gulls were calling loudly along the water line and waves pounding the sea into surf.  Folks were claiming picnic benches along the seashore to set up their tables for a holiday breakfast, brunch, lunch, linner, dinner…let’s just say…feast.  It wasn’t Father’s Day or the 4th of July – it was THANKSGIVING at the Beach.

Rev. Doti Boon and the UCM/Center for Creative Living, family and friends have been gathering for 20 years at Seacliff Beach in Aptos, California, for Thanksgiving.

This year UCM ministerial student Ronnie Grigsby and his partner Kevin Nickelsen arrived at 8:30 with loads of tables and chairs – followed very quickly by Brad and Mary McLean with more folding chairs.  The tables were covered with bright orange and burgundy table cloths and vases of flowers as centerpieces.  The sun was beginning to warm us as people were walking known and unknown breeds of dogs along the esplanade.

Everyone was wearing a smile; a Happy Thanksgiving rang out as folks walked by and cheerful “hellos” were extended.

Thanksgiving was so wonderfully healing after a heavy rain storm, dire predictions of unemployment, lost mortgages and poor health.  How wonderful to be surrounded by UCM family and friends.  Rev. Sandy Clark – UCM president and Rev. Donna Zehner of the Board of trustees looked very happy to see a many of their spiritual family together.

People gathered and played games, talked, walked on the beach, ran after dogs, all while two small girls giggled and dashed around with brightly colored blue and purple fairy wings on their backs.

All of the basic holiday foods began arriving:  There were platters of turkey, mashed potatoes, 3 different kinds of stuffing, thermoses of hot gravy, Groovy green beans with fried onions on top, salads galore, wonderful sweet potato casseroles, pickles and olives, chips and dips, and cranberry relish, soft squishy rolls, hot coffee and tea, sodas and cider, and more desserts than you can imagine, really.

Jackets were removed, pant legs rolled up as the amazing California sun did its warming work.  Some even ventured barefoot into the ocean and splashed in the tumbling waves.

A little after 1:00 Rev. Doti gathered everyone in a circle for a Thanksgiving blessing.  She asked that each person look around and see the smiling faces of God;  big and little, male and female, old and young, white, black, and brown – exactly like God should be.

The mood was quiet and thankful, peaceful and content as everyone stacked their plates high with delicious fare.  Next the desserts were admired and quickly consumed.  The brownies, fruit pies, cakes, pumpkin pies, cheesecake, cookies and loads of whipped cream to squirt on everything.  Hot steaming mugs of tea were passed around and smiling faces peered over their brims.

The sounds of a guitar drifted along the group and folks started singing camp songs, some good old Peter, Paul and Mary and even a bit of the Beatles floated on the light breeze.

All of a sudden a shout went up.  “Look over by the Cement Ship – there are dolphins, see the blow!”  People ran to the railings and watched in amazement as dolphins went swimming, leaping their way South.  Beyond the dolphins the Monterey Peninsula could be seen in stark relief.

Friends were excitedly talking about the dolphins, and basking in the warm sun.  Some exciting games of dominoes, cribbage and scrabble were being played as the tryptophan rested lazily in stuffed bellies.

For an afternoon the world seemed to slow down, energies became a lot more positive and the waves lulled everyone into a contented lethargy.

Reiki hands were working on painful shoulders and massaging fingers were loosening up tight necks.  Astrology was being discussed and spirituality blossomed around the group.

The sun had made its way West were shades of orange and yellow, pink and purple wait patiently for it.  Leftovers went into zip-lock bags, empty dishes were gathered up, paper plates trashed and plastic bottles placed in the recycle bin.

Table clothes were removed and tables folded up and back into the various vans.  Hugs were gathered as people climbed into their vehicles for the journey back home.

A few hardy souls stayed to watch the sun slowly melt into the ocean, we cheered, raising our water bottles as a toast to the setting sun…triumphant once again…good job sun.  It had been a glorious, fun-filled, loving and very healing day and its powerful energies would fill us for weeks to come.

Thank you Mother Earth for allowing us to be healed, helped, energized and loved by all of your air, water, sand, sun’s warmth and your glorious dolphins.  You did well, very, very well.

UCM December 2010 Astrology blog

December 8, 2010

So what is happening astrologically in December 2010?

All time indicated are for Pacific Standard Time.

* My next Sacred Retreat for women is on weekend of May 6-8, 2011.

See info at the end of the blog.

Here are the Astrological basics:


WINTER SOLSTICE! The day the Sun stands still.  The day of the longest night.

The Winter Solstice December 21st is the New Year for those who observe the ways of the Earth.

Please check out the link below for a taste of what other cultures do and did do to honor the return of the light.

The Sun goes into Capricorn at 03:39pm on Tuesday, December 21st.


TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE on the winter solstice!

Lunar Eclipse that will occur at on December 21st.00:13am

Please click on the NASA below for a very detailed explanation.

  • New Moon – Sunday, December 05th at 13 Sag at 09:36am
  • Full Moon (Oak Moon in Wiccan, Cold Moon in N/E Native American) – Sunday, December 21st at 29 degrees Gemini at 12:14am.

Note:  The New and Full Moon are usually the polar opposite signs. This month it is Gemini and Sagittarius.

Mercury starts December at 01 degrees of Capricorn

  • Goes Retrograde on Friday, December 10th at 04:06am
  • Goes Direct on Wednesday, December 29th at 11:21pm at 20 Capricorn
  • Ends the month at 20 Capricorn

Venus starts December at 01 degrees of Scorpio

  • Ends the month at 24 degrees of Scorpio
  • Venus is in detriment in Scorpio

Mars starts December at 25 degrees of Sagittarius

  • Goes into Capricorn December 07th at 03:49pm
  • Ends the month at 18 degrees of Capricorn.

Jupiter starts December at 24 degrees of Pisces

  • Ends the month at 27 degrees of Pisces
  • Jupiter rules Pisces and Sagittarius.

Saturn starts December at 15 Libra

  • Ends the month at 17 degrees of Libra
  • Saturn is exalted in Libra.  Libra is not his sign, but to him, it is like visiting a four star hotel.

Uranus starts December at 24 degrees of Pisces Retrograde

  • Goes direct on December 05th at 5:51pm
  • Ends the month at 27 Pisces

Neptune starts December at 26 Aquarius.

  • End ends the month at 27 Aquarius.
  • Neptune is ending its 14 years journey through Aquarius; it goes into Pisces on April 5, 2011. 
  • Neptune is the co-ruler of Pisces.

Pluto starts December at 04 Capricorn.

  • Ends the month at 05 Capricorn.

Moons Mean Node start December at 04 Capricorn

Highlights for December:

This month will be the ending of many cycles but with endings new hopes are born.

Love deeply, be kind to one another and laugh when you can, that will help you get through this month.

This Winter Solstice is extra special; both the solar and lunar cycles meet December 21st; having two cycles like this coincide rarely occurs. Plus the Astrological degree of the eclipse is 29 Gemini….the ending degree of the sign of communication.

Here are a couple of simple explanations:

  • If you look at the position where the sun rises the day before, the day of, and the day after the solstice, on the day of the solstice the sun will appear to stand still.  Sol = sun, stice comes from Latin meaning to stand still. The declination of the planets tilt stops and starts to go the other way toward the equator, bringing us towards Spring.
  • A Lunar Eclipse is when the earth passes between the Sun and Moon, castings its shadow on the face of the Moon.
  • The 29 degree of any sign is called the Anaretic degree.  As Helen Adams Garrett says in her book The Anaretic degree (29), page 03, “The tail wags the dog until the dog takes a good look at what is going on. A change is about to take place.”

To many astrologers the 29th degree is a Karmic degree.

I like to visualize this rare solar and lunar cycle coming together like the circles of the Vesica Pisces; the blending of the complimentary opposites.

If you do magick…. this is the day to do it!  Use this mega energy for yours and other peoples benefit.

First, release the old; last years baggage, then make your New Year affirmations and start manifesting.  You will be amazed at the results.

Also if you have not been looking after yourself, this is D-day. D is for, “Do it now!”

The 29 degree of Gemini, the sign of communication indicates that the talking and planning phase is over and the action phase of Cancer/Capricorn is taking over.

Powerful juju here, use it wisely.  Really think about what you want to release and manifest….fill in the blanks.  Remember in Magick, it is not the intent, if you screw up a ritual it is trouble, and you need to fix it immediately.

FYI:  The secret societies will be cranking up rituals during the three day cycle (the day before, Solstice and day after). If you want to block any of the negative energies make sure you are protected! Break out those Archangel Sigils!

Is this the demarcation point for the seed of 2012 Energetics to start growing exponentially, I believe so.  2011 will be a no nonsense, engines ahead full steam kind of year.

As for world events, the financial melt down will continue.  Corporations have had 7 quarters of profits while most world governments are sliding deeper into the quagmire.  Lots of money is finding its way into the secret bank accounts of Switzerland and off shore banks.

I wonder if Wikileaks tried to play poker with the banks and lost.  Or is Julian holding some tell all cards/documents???

Starting near the end of January the smell of revolution against the monetary structure will be in the air.

The San Francisco city chart is affected by this eclipse.  Hopefully it will be a major shake up in its political system and not Earth under her feet.

Silicon Valley will be improving this month.  In January she will start rapid growth; new tech, new inventions, new employment.

You don’t have to be an astrologer to know that an attack is highly possible during the holiday season.  Dec 18-25th is twitchy astrologically.

The west coast strangely enough is more likely to be hit.  Let’s hope our boarder agents are on their toes.

If you have a planet or a personal point at 29 Gemini, please let me know how the eclipse affected you.

Peace to all!

Remember:  Think Globally, Act Locally!  Get involved in your local city politics.  The change starts with you.

Starting September 12, 2010 Reverend Felecia Mulvany and I will be teaching a 9 month intensive Advanced Healers course at UCM HQ in Campbell. These classes may be taking separately.

12 students are currently enrolled.

For more information under event tab

The San Francisco Astrological Society, a 501C educational organization, has many superb speakers lined up for our monthly meetings.

Go to for more information.

RETREAT: My next Women’s retreat will be the weekend of May 6-8th, in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

This is an intimate retreat for 13 women only!

This retreat is a time for women to connect with the Divine Feminine.

It is a time for women to explore their personal power and spirit.

We will create Sacred Ceremony invoking the Great Goddess.  I only teach White/good Magick.

The retreat is located at Salamander Camp which is less than 10 minutes outside of Los Gatos in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  You would never know you are near a city.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, meditation, movement and dance, hiking, chanting, drumming- rattling, Sisterhood, self-care, Magick and quiet time.  .

Salamander Camp has three huge yurts; one is the kitchen, one for ceremonial work and one for sleeping (beds and futons).

It has showers, complete kitchen, wood burning stoves for heat, composting toilets, electricity, hot tub, labyrinth, fairy grotto, hiking trails, and two old growth Redwoods.

This retreat is a retreat.  You will have lots of time to yourself: to walk in the forest, sit by the stream and mediate, read, journal, hot tub, or whatever your heart desires.

Picture yourself at night, floating in a redwood hot tub, gazing at thousands of stars as you smell the smell of the forest!  The only sound is the union of your breath and the breeze.  Ah!  I am there already!

The price includes all your meals and lodging.  The meals are delicious and organic. Please tell me if you have any dietary restrictions so we can make you your own delicious food.

Arrival: Friday 2-5pm

Depart: Sunday 5 pm

(650) 572-8850

The cost is $250 for three days and two nights, if you pay in full prior to March 31st.

$275.00 is you pay in full by April 15th to April 30th.

$300 after May 01st.

Peace and Love, Elizabeth!  Until we meet…blessings to you!

Elizabeth A. Barton

Picture of Orb at Lamas

CMT, Energy worker

Professional Astrologer

Vice President of the

San Francisco Astrological Society

2555 Flores Street, suite #300

San Mateo, Ca 94403

(650) 572-8850

For an astrological consultation, massage or Energy healing, call or E-mail me.

Gift Certificates available

To learn more about Traditional Western Astrology go to Deb Houldings superb website

To look for charts go to

A great astrology AP for your I-phone is by KT the Astrologer; formally Kelli Fox, the creator of  The free edition is better than the one you pay for.

Until we meet again in the blogosphere, may the Stars shine blessings on you!

A Joyful Noise!

December 4, 2010

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration


Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

Vol. 9 pg. 48 (12-2-10)

All UCM Charters are encouraged to utilize the Joyful Noise to advertise upcoming classes and events.


I am a spiritual teacher and a prayer warrior.

          I would like to thank the teachers of the world: those tireless men and women, who teach us how to read, write, think, create and enjoy learning. They are there for us – sometimes when we are not there for ourselves.

          One of my children’s greatest teachers was Mr. Fred Rogers – his Neighborhood was a fantastic place to learn that some days weren’t beautiful, they weren’t always happy and in fact there were some that were really sad. He taught my boys healthy ways of dealing with their feelings – ways that didn’t hurt them or anyone else – he helped to make our world a safer, better place. Mr. Rogers would say, “In every neighborhood, all across our country, there are good people insisting on a good start for the young, and doing something about it.”

          Mr. Rogers often said from the television, “I like you just the way you are.” And he was willing to help children express their feelings in ways that would bring healing in many different neighborhoods.

          “When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help teach a child – is a hero to me.”

                    Fred McFeely Rogers – 3-20-28 to 2-28-2003

If you can read this, thank a teacher!

A Fantastic Teacher Story

          As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth.  Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.  However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

          Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath.  In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant.  It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and then putting a big “F” at the top of his papers.

            At the school she was required to review each child’s past records and she put Teddy’s off until last.  However, when she reviewed his file, she was surprised.  Teddy’s first grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh.  He does his work neatly and has good manners…he is a joy to be around…”

          His second grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.”

          His third grade teacher wrote, “His mother’s death has been hard on him.  He tries to do his best, but his father doesn’t show much interest, and his home life will affect him if some steps aren’t taken.”

          Teddy’s fourth grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in school.  He doesn’t have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class.”

          By now, she was ashamed of herself.  She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy’s.  His present was clumsily wrapped in heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.  Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents.  Some children started to laugh when she saw there was a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume.  But she stifled the children’s laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.

          Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, “Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to.”

          After the children left, she cried for at least an hour.  On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic.  Instead, she began to teach children.         

          Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy.  As she worked with him, his mind came alive.  The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded.  By the end of the year, Teddy became one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her “teacher’s pets…”

           A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

          Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy.  He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in life.

          Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while

Things had been tough at times; he’d stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors.  He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.

          Then four more years passed and yet another letter came.  This time he explained that after he got his bachelor’s degree, he decided to go further.  The letter explained she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had.  But now his name was a little longer. The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

          That spring, there was another letter.  Teddy explained he had met a wonderful girl and was going to be married.  He explained his father had died a couple of years ago and he wondered if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place usually reserved for the mother of the groom.  Of course, Mrs. Thompson did.  And she wore the bracelet, with several rhinestones missing.  Moreover, she made sure she wore the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

          They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson’s ear, “Thank you for believing in me and making me feel important.”

          Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes said, “Teddy, you have it all wrong.  You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference.  I didn’t know how to teach until I met you.”

          (For you that don’t know, Teddy Stoddard is the doctor at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)  Warm someone’s hearts today . . . pass this along.  I love this story so very much, I cry every time I read it.  You can make a difference in someone’s life today! Just “do

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Student Jokes

Pupil (on phone):  My son has a bad cold and won’t be able to come to school today.

School Secretary: Who is this?

Pupil: This is my father speaking!

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Teacher:  You missed school yesterday didn’t you?

Pupil:  Not very much!

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Great news, teacher says we have a test today come rain or shine.

So what’s so great about that?

It’s snowing outside!

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Mother:  How was your first day at school?

Son:  It was all right except for some man called “Teacher” who kept spoiling all our fun!

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Mother:  Does your teacher like you?

Son:  Like me, she loves me.  Look at all those X’s on my test paper!

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Teacher:  You aren’t paying attention to me. Are you having trouble hearing?

Pupil:  No, teacher I’m having trouble listening!

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Center for Creative Living

December 4, 2010

All are welcome to Sunday Celebrations at the Center for Creative Living, UCM Charter #801, at 1460 Koll Circle, Suite “C” – services in back. Need directions? Call (408)392-9090 or visit Sunday Celebration is from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Dress is casual and Kids are welcome. Spiritual energies, food, hugs and music are lovingly available!

This Sunday Rev. Doti Boon will be speaking about “The Gifts of the Magi.” She will be accompanied by Rev. Janet Childs on the guitar and Carolyn Keyes on flute.

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE. We will have amazing home-made gifts, jewelry, candy, cookies, clothing, glass ornaments, books, art- work and gift certificates for chiropractic work, psychic readings, and Italian food by Rev. Corry Gott! Do your Holiday shopping early at CCL! Come for church and stay for this exciting bazaar (11:30 to 3:30). It is rumored there may even be some FREE samples!


No Metaphysical classes during the month of December!

CCL will be starting UCM Life Path Licentiate Healing Classes and UCM Ordination classes in 2011. 

Contact the Center for more information.

The 2010 Licentiate certification will be held on January 16, 2011.

Happenings At The Center


Mon. Dec. 6th – 7:30 to 9:00 – GENTLE YOGA with the delightful Krishanpriya (Laura Marshall), certified Yoga instructor. You will be doing specific asanas (poses) that benefit a part of the back. Magical Ones reviewed each session to round out practice. Pranayama (Breathing) exercises – and Guided Meditation in every class $15 drop in. FIRST CLASS FREE

Tues. Dec. 7th – 6:45 to 8:45 – DRUMMING with Norbeth, Dr. Ayleen and Friends. Bring your drum or use one of ours – Donation. Last Class for 2010

Thurs. Dec. 9th – 7:00 to 9:00 – DRUID WORKSHOP – The Seven Gifts.  Dr. Ayleen Augustine presents her fifth Druid class. You may start now; she’s having the series again in the Spring so you can take the parts you missed – then.

Fri. Dec. 10th Mercury Goes Retrograde!

Sat. Dec 11th – 9:00 to 6:00 – MASSAGE CLASS with Michael Berry. Practical Introduction – hands on class. Learn gentle full body massage for working on family and friends. Call (408)509-0764

Mon. Dec. 13th – 7:30 to 9:00 – GENTLE YOGA –See write-up above! Last Class for 2010!

Tues. Dec. 14th 7:00 to 9:00 – MEDITATION with Norbeth, Dr. Ayleen and Friends – Donation. Last Class for 2010

Friday, Dec. 29th Mercury Goes Direct!                                                               

         Love and Light,

                  Rev. Doti Boon