Saturday, December 20, 2014

Say Yes! to Life...No Matter the Appearances

'Dance with sheer audacity...'



New Thought Music Festival 2014
Gary Lynn Floyd

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Beautiful Night - Alan Peterson

I love sharing music from other artists, especially those I am acquainted with, musically and personally. Enjoy Alan's song "Beautiful Night."



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Plant, Trust, Harvest!

I was honored to deliver the Sunday message at Abundant Life Center, Vancouver, WA USA, Nov. 30, 2014. 

"Plant, Trust, Harvest" 
(The Law of Attraction in ONE WORD!)

Pt 1



Pt 2


Pt 3



* * *

Your life is blessed! Now, go share it with the world.

Videos © 2014 New Possibilities Center, Inc., 
Portland, Oregon USA. All Rights Reserved


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tis The Holidays Again....


Happy Thanksgiving to All!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Feeling Sorry For Yourself: Your Number One Block...And How To Remove It


So, how are you feeling about yourself, right now, in
this moment? 

Wasted complaining, wasted blaming, denial, and a sense of victimhood serve only to keep you from experiencing the joy and happiness you claim you want. But get this: the more difficult it is to let go of these things, the more probable it is that they are both serving and controlling you in some unconscious, perhaps masochistic, way.

Do you want to know how to really attract what you want into your life? Here goes:

Dare something worthy. Get out of your small self and into the world. It's not doubt that keeps the prosperity and abundance away; it's self pity. And when the self pity begins to subside, to recede, you'll notice abundance all around you. And it's been there the whole time. 

There's a saying: Take your mind off your problems and put it on others. It takes practice. Bad habits are not easy to break. But it's worth it. You can only benefit. And so will the rest of us.

  • First, decide to make yourself available. It's about choice.
  • Second, remain open to opportunities to serve. 
  • Third, always remember that everything returns to you.

Ultimately, when you give, when you share, you're giving to yourself. Your life is blessed. Go share it with the world.

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller, 1880-1968

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Music and Dementia: A Way In

Great article on the way music can help rev up the mind, even when in various stages of dementia:

http://assistedliving.about.com/od/caringforclients/a/music-programs-in-nursing-and-assisted-living.htm

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Everything Is Holy Now - Rev. Barry Ebert @ Mile Hi Church, Denver, CO USA

"Everything Is Holy Now"


I once thought 'holiness' was limited to the churchy things in life, but one day, it hit me.... Nothing in the universe is unholy. Only our perspective can make it so. 

As we change our minds, we change our lives. 

Rev. Richard Kent Matthews

Monday, November 10, 2014

Creating My Song: Color Me Humbled


"Everybody wants happiness, and nobody wants pain. But you can't have a rainbow without a little rain." Zion Forest Lee*

We love our comfy little place. So, sometimes we think that a challenge is a bad thing, that anything 'negative' is a curse. Still, without the seeming contradictions in life, we tend only to move from side to side instead of forward.

In composing my music, I continually run up against such contradictions. They can appear as either a small annoyance or total chaos. Do I always handle them with aplomb? Hardly.

We creative/artistic types are known for throwing things across the room when we feel tricked, or even abandoned (at least temporarily) by our muse. But we pick up the shattered coffee cup, or the cracked kitty bowl, and move on.

Eventually the song comes, the picture shows itself, the chapter gets written, and the light shines again. Euphoria ensues. At least until next time...

Color me powerful... Color me humbled.

*Zion Forest Lee is an actor and writer, known for The Poet (2007), Sacrifice (2011), and Hit It (2013).

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Faith Rivera - Together - New Thought Music Festival 2011

Peace, Love, Joy... We can do it, together!!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Love" - Rickie Byers Beckwith 2010


Love--compassion--is always the answer....




Performed in 2010 at the Agape International Spiritual Center, Culver City, CA

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Let Me Be Your Back Up Speaker!! See My Latest 'Richard Speaks' Page

I've been a professional speaker for more than 20 years. My new page will share with you my latest project: Back-up speaker. Yes. Sometimes your speaker cancels at the last minute. You may well be stuck in a very bad place.

My new page will show you how to handle and save that presentation! Click above on Richard Speaks for details, connections, links, and topics.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I Sing For Peace

Each day, no matter your voice, your race, no matter your gender, orientation, career path, city, nation, or favorite food, sing a little song for peace in the world. (Click here for my singing page)


Your song matters.



I sing for peace, when I rise each day;
I sing for peace in so many ways.
When light is come, I stand and say,
I sing for peace both night and day.

(Make up your own tune)

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Volunteer Day - Association of Travel Instruction - 14th Annual Conference 8/19/14

As a Ride Connection Volunteer, I spent a couple hours helping with the pre-registration for the attendees of the Association of Travel Instruction annual gathering, this year, here in Portland, OR. 

This two and a half day event helps reps from all over the US to understand and create more powerful ways to serve their various communities through public transportation.

Just some of the many topics covered at this year's event:

Safety on Public Transportation
Strategies to Overcome Fear of Public Trans.
Working with Elected Officials
Embracing and Incorporating the Faith Based Community in Public Trans. Issues
Expecting Independence, Especially within the Disabled and Senior Communities

Panel discussions, key notes, and of course, lots of receptions and networking opps.

Welcome to Portland, everyone!! We are so glad you chose us to host the conference and know you are enjoying everything our fair city has to offer.



Me, with Christina C., my 'boss' at Ride Connection.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

How To Be A Great Loser

My friend Tom, on the left in this photo, has lost 90 pounds since the pic was taken in 2009. I've known him since 1973 when he lived in Seattle and I, in Vancouver, BC. He has always had a bulge battle, like me. 

Tom currently lives in Central America and is fulfilling a life long dream.

I applaud him for his efforts and his 'losing' success. Tom, may you keep it off this time!!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Do You Remember? Roy and Dale - Happy Trails

It's a dusty old tune, but can still move the heart...



Sunday, August 10, 2014

Peace: An Inside Job


'You cannot find peace by avoiding life.' 
Virginia Wolff 


Sing, laugh, dance. Life is too short 
to waste it in hatred or fear.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lights On! Hip Hoppin' For Peace

Peace is possible. Change the mind, the heart, and the word...and you can change the world.



Sunday, August 3, 2014

Confronting Our Creations, Attracting a Spiritual Refill...

I was honored and privileged to be the guest speaker at Abundant Life Center, Vancouver, WA, this morning. The message title: Confronting Our Creations: A Path To Peace.

When we recognize the amazing abundance already around us, when we identify that which is most essential in our lives, and we then make a conscious choice to release the clutter, the non essential, we make room for a spiritual refill! 

'My life is blessed; and I share it with the world!'


"By choice I become the conscious observer...of my life, my surroundings, my relationships. I watch to see when I step out of awareness and shift into automatic, allowing old habits to take over and control the situation. In that moment I say, 'Halt.' And I regain the command position. In doing so, my life is simpler, more satisfying, and I am in better relationship with my family, my friends, my colleagues, and the community in which I live. And most important, I am in grand relationship with myself."


(Special musical guest: Carl Thor on the dulcimer.)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

One Power, One Presence

One Power, One Presence, One Life... and that Life is my life NOW!


One Power - By Daniel Nahmod

Friday, August 1, 2014

U Shud BEE Dancing!


Life can be a party or a drag. It's your choice...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sherry Williams - The Last Day - New Thought Music Festival 2013

When the heart is open, the music makes sense. 







Monday, July 28, 2014

Always Celebrating...

Every year, Ride Connection celebrates its volunteers. In 2013, I was honored to be selected as Ride Ambassador of the Year...


"To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
― Mark Twain

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wedding in the Forest

I was honored to the officiant at the wedding of Jerod and Kaylan today. Warm day, no rain, perfect!

Set in the forested hills above the Willamette Valley about 80 miles SW of Portland, and not far from Oregon's famed wine country, this lovely couple committed their lives to each other in front of a large group of family and friends. The groom played a guitar rendition of the Wedding March, then broke into his own composition to welcome the bride to the front of the garden. Their kids scattered flowers.

Many congrats to you both!


Friday, July 25, 2014

The Wisdom of the Yiddish Saying...



Some of my favorite verses come from the very wise Yiddish Sayings. And this one is among my very favorites...

" When you have money, you are handsome, popular, and you sing well, too."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to Sing Well with Ken Taylor

Singing can be much more enjoyable when you follow a few simple steps and open not only your mouth, but your heart....



Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Moment of Privilege: Ryan and Jessica's Wedding....

I was privileged and honored to officiate the wedding of Ryan and Jessica on 7/19/14, Vancouver, WA, USA. Beautiful day, beautiful couple.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Jon Miller - Choice - New Thought Music Festival 2013

New Thought music comes in every variation and genre. We all have an Inner Source, just waiting to sing out loud! Thanks, Jon Miller.



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amy Steinberg sings 'I Allow' at Mystic Note Cafe, CSL Dallas

An open heart, an open mind allow a new world to present itself. Open now!





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Troy Horne - What If We (Mile Hi Church)

You can fear the world or you can help the world. You can add your energy in peace or in angst. Your choice. I hope you choose peace, love, and joy.



Monday, July 7, 2014

Eddie Watkins Jr. - We Come Together (Mile Hi Church)

More from Eddie. The music of joy, harmony, and relationship! A real joy jamboree at Mile Hi Church Denver, Colorado....


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Eddie Watkins Jr. - I Am the Place Where God Shows Up (Mile Hi Church)

Mile Hi Church, Denver, is my old stomping ground! The music program has always been top notch and this set of videos is no exception. Spend a little time to enjoy and remember who you really are!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Agape International Choir with Rickie Byars Beckwith

Every now and then, I like to post music links for you to experience and enjoy. This is among the best.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Never Ending Story (Club Mix) ~ LIMAHL

One of my favorite songs of all time.....

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Yay! Congrats to the Grads!

Many congratulations to the Religious Science Practitioners graduating class of 2014. Ceremonies today at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living (NTCSL) in Lake Oswego, Oregon, just outside Portland. (The camera batteries were just about to die. I did not know that! Hence, the blur in the video and the darkness in the photo. But another photog said he would send me some better shots.)

Again, blessings to you all. You each bring very special gifts to a troubled world.

Video


Photo


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Wedding Today!!

It was my honor to officiate at the wedding of Tina and Bryan Love today in West Linn, Oregon. The setting was magnificent, the couple is gorgeous, and the weather held off. So, a great day for Tina and Bryan, the guests, and me!!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Backyard Pounder - Rain like Noah! 5:18:14 PDX

Music comes in many forms!! The sound of rain that drowns out all else. The clouds opened, and this is what we got...in several big downpours today. Fun, though! (Don't start building any Arks just yet...)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Volunteering is Ministry....

Here I am, the one standing, facilitating a jobs skill class at Easter Seals of Portland. I did several of these 7-week classes over a six month period. Most of the participants are now working.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Celebrating Public Transportation, Ride Connection, Portland, OR



Enjoying the fun at the 2014 Ride Connection Volunteer Recognition even. I have volunteered with this org since 2004. Love it!!