Valley of the Sun Theosophical Society forum: the soul

The newly formed Valley of the Sun Theosophical Society Study Group has actually announced their very first public forum. The topic of this lecture, question and answer session is, “Calling our souls to service in day-to-day living”, Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 12:30 to 2PM. The forum will certainly be held at Unity Church of Chandler located at 325 N. Austin Dr. in Chandler.

The presenter is David Hopper that has actually been a student of the Ageless Wisdom for over 30 years. He has actually presented to teams expressing various forms of the Wisdom Teachings in Arizona, California, Washington and Russia. Over the years, he has actually been a student of Theosophical teachings to contain Alice Bailey and Blavatsky due to the fact that 1980 too as an instructor at the Moyra Federation.

David, the author of “The soul source- a primer for living as a soul” will certainly explore; just what is the soul and its characteristics, just what is the nature of service, just what are the prerequisites to service, just what is your motivation to serve, exactly how a defined spiritual method can easily assist you in your service job and others related topics.

David’s schedule spine describes the topic of this forum well. “The standard individual trudges through life never ever learning or knowing the forces and energies that influence him. The Soul Source provides a behind the scenes check out knowing the nature of these energies and forces driving you and exactly how to transcend your mental and emotional limitations on the road of liberation. From this understanding, you will certainly obtain meaning and purpose to your life. This trip of self-discovery shows you exactly how to make the intuition, beneficial techniques for connecting along with your highest nature and discovering the importance of exactly how to align the mental, emotional and bodily nature along with your very own Soul. You will certainly learn concerning the importance of setting up a spiritual method and exactly how to realize that the yearning for honest truth and assistance you feel from within is from your very own Soul. along with this knowledge, your life will certainly become a lot more steady through a normal method of meditation, the study of spiritual texts, and the method of selfless service.

The Valley of the Sun Theosophical Society, a member of the Theosophical Society of America, welcomes every one of esoteric traditions. You are invited to come and contribute to this public forum too as joining the study group for their discussions and study of Theosophy, including every one of esoteric traditions, including however not limited to spirituality, religion, science and the secret teachings of the ages. The group has actually already planned some exciting events for the future. This brand-new study group will certainly offer a brand-new avenue for people searching enlightenment and knowledge of Ageless Wisdom.

The Valley of the Sun Theosophical Study Group would certainly additionally adore to invite you to the webinar on January 11th, 2015 featuring William Meader too as his public lecture on February 19th, 2015 along with every one of day workshops on Saturday 21, 2015. William will certainly be giving astrological readings the day of February 19th, 20th, and Sunday the 22nd. The location and times are still in the preparing stages so remain tuned for further information.

If you are curious about attending the forum study group on November 23rd, or others event or normal meetings associated along with the Valley of the Sun Theosophical study group, contact Kathy Manker at

Do a random act of kindness each day, it’s great for the soul and for the world. If you wish to contact the author of this guide please go to

Stay tuned and I’ll see you there.

Binkley’s Partners with Macphail for December Wine Dinner

Give your preference buds a holiday and spend an evening along with Chef Kevin Binkley at the MacPhail Wine Dinner. The six-path eating collaboration entails pairings from MacPhail Wines of California. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 3, at Binkley’s Restaurant, 69twenty E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, Arizona.

The stellar menu entails fresh seafood, meat, and fowl arrangements showcasing wintry taste profiles. Each path is paired along with red and white varietals from MacPhail Wines, along with vineyards located on California’s Sonoma Coast and in the Anderson Valley.

Cost is $1twenty plus tax and gratuity. Interested parties might make their reservations by calling 480-437-1072 or going to

Known for his hands-on approach, producer James MacPhail uses traditional approaches in his small-range production. The Supper will certainly feature vintages from four of his vineyards including a Chardonnay, and several Pinot Noirs.

Passed hors d’oeuvres will certainly commence the evening, followed by four, sumptuous dishes, and dessert mignardises. From Chilled Poached Swordfish Carpaccio to Duck Confit and House-earned Charcuterie, each dish brings a brand-new taste to the table.


Passed hors d’oeuvres

Chilled Poached Swordfish Carpaccio

pear, pomegranate, arugula, red endive, pistachio

2012 Gaps Crown Vineyards Chardonnay

House-earned Charcuterie

aged gouda, black pepper cherries, watercress, chocolate rye crostini, persimmon mustard

2009 Sangiacamo Vineyards Pinot Noir

Duck Confit

shaved truffles, sherry roasted button mushrooms, bacon lardoons, frisee

2010 Pratt Vineyards Pinot Noir

Apple Butter Agnolotti

caramelized pearl onions, parsley root, baby mustard greens

2010 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir

Braised Beef Cheeks

butternut squash gnocchi, leeks, candied kumquat

2011”The Flyer” Pinot Noir

Chef Kevin Binkley was a James Beard Award finalist for Finest Chef of the Southwest in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He owns and operates four, award-winning bistros including Binkley’s Restaurant, Café Bink, Bink’s Midtown, and Bink’s Scottsdale. For a lot more guide or to contact Binkley’s Restaurant at 480-437-1072 or visit

Jolie wedding gift: Angelina Jolie eyed special item for Pitt wedding gift

Angelina Jolie had a wedding gift in mind for Brad Pitt. The woman wanted to do something quite special for her brand-new husband, and she was willing to spend a heavy sum to prove to Pitt merely exactly how considerably she loved him or her on their wedding day. TMZ reported on Jolie’s wedding gift plans on Nov. 8.

Angelina Jolie wedding gift to Pitt could have been one special typewriter.

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

What did Angelina Jolie almost buy Brad Pitt? Jolie contacted L.A. Police Commission President Steve Soboroff concerning his collection of typewriters that have actually been used by a variety of famous people. She initially asked the man concerning the typewriter once used by Tennessee Williams, yet the man was not willing to portion along with that special item.

Jolie did not offer up though. She after that proceeded to ask the man concerning the typewriter he owned that once belonged to Ernest Hemingway. The writer owned the Underwood typewriter at the time of his suicide, and it was the typewriter the man used to write numerous of his classic works. This entails his novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

Jolie offered the man $250,000 for the typewriter, and the man agreed to the sale. She proceeded to send him or her a deposit of $11,000, yet she did not follow through on the purchase. The actress changed her mind on the gift. At that time, she did not even ask for the deposit back, yet the man returned her check anyway.

Pitt’s actual wedding gift was never ever revealed, yet Jolie did share some a lot more details concerning their wedding and Exactly what it feels enjoy to be married to the actor in a recent interview along with Vanity Fair. Jolie and Pitt married after eight years of dating. Some believed this Hollywood couple would certainly never ever officially tie the knot, yet their youngsters pushed the couple to marry. Their youngsters even contributed to their wedding vows, according to Jolie. She revealed the following:

“They did not expect us never ever to fight, yet they earned us promise to constantly say, ‘Sorry,’ if we do. So they said, ‘Do you?,’ and we said, ‘We do!’”

As for being married to Brad Pitt, the actress revealed that it does “feel different” to be married him. She even called it “nice” in the Vanity Reasonable interview. Throughout the interview, the actress likewise revealed she could think about a placement in politics in the future. She said the adhering to concerning her political chances:

“As quickly as you job as a humanitarian, you are conscious that politics have actually to be considered. Since if you truly hope to make an extreme change, after that you have actually a responsibility, yet I honestly don’t understand in Exactly what role I would certainly be a lot more useful—I am conscious of Exactly what I do for a living, and that [could] make it much less possible.”

Could her profession as an actress prevent her from obtaining a political office? Some could consider Ronald Reagan as an example of exactly how an actor can easily make it in politics. Right now, Jolie’s focus is on her film work. “Unbroken” is set for release soon, and the actress has actually been filming a brand-new movie along with Brad Pitt. The pair last worked with each other for “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” Photos of them on set with each other surfaced late last month.

What do you believe of Jolie’s wedding gift pointer for Brad Pitt? Do you wonder Exactly what she truly ended up buying him?

After the election the GOP is all about the Keystone strokes

One of the interesting facets of neo-conservative behavior due to the fact that the election is exactly how they are far louder, and unified, in supporting the mandates of the oil, gas and coal industry compared to they were prior to the election.

In fact, Sen. Mitch McConnell could barely restrain themselves for a day after the election prior to he started chatting up the “power revolution,” which was, in fact, an power counter-revolution paid for by such members of the oligarchy as the Koch brothers. Such conservative media outlets as FOXnews, the Christian Science Monitor and, big surprise, the Houston Chronicle, likewise gushed concerning the so-called mandate as if they were members of a group called Gasohaulics Anonymous.

A conspiracy? Not exactly, however an orchestrated confession? Yes, quite.

While the politics of fear — ISIS, ebola and immigration — stoked the reptilian hind brain of the republic — a few hundred million campaign dollars to grab Keystone passed was merely the rate of doing business for several of the worst polluters on earth. These polluters are attempting to disguise exactly what has actually been described as a billionaire carbon bomb.

With the lame duck Congress barely in a week, the Residence jumped right on approving the permit.

As reported this past spring, “The Keystone XL pipeline isn’t simply concerning oil and gas companies. It’s likewise concerning the Koch brothers and their vast influence over the Republican party. That influence extends also to Canada’s oil sands.”

The Washington Information reports: a subsidiary of Koch Industries, owned by bros Charles and David, is among the land’s largest lease holders.

Here’s that would certainly incentive from Keystone XL:

●Cenovus power (Canada) 1.57 million (entails rights to an air weapons range)

●Athabasca Oil Corp. (Canada) 1.56 million

●Koch (U.S.) 1.12 million to 1.47 million

●Canadian Natural Resources (Canada) 1 million

●Suncor (Canada) 986,000

“According to the Washington Post, “The link between Koch and Keystone XL is, however, indirect at best. Koch’s oil production in northern Alberta is “negligible,” according to industry sources and quarterly manuals of the provincial government. Moreover, Koch has actually not reserved any kind of space in the Keystone XL pipeline, a process that usually takes place prior to a pipeline is built. The pipeline likewise does not run anywhere near Koch’s refining facilities. And TransCanada, owner of the Keystone routes, says Koch is not expected to be just one of the pipeline’s customers.

Still, the activist group that is publicizing the figures concerning Koch holdings in the oil sands – the Global Forum on Globalization – is arguing that Koch will certainly incentive indirectly. The IFG contends that the Keystone XL pipeline will certainly make competition among rail and others pipelines and reduced transportation costs for all of oil sands producers, bolstering profit margins and making extra reserves economically viable.”

This isn’t happening in a vacuum, however there you are scratching your heads. Maybe some search terms may help: Cholla Electricity Plant, Navajo Generating Station, Peabody Energy, Koch Industries, Keystone Pipeline, cheaper gas, coal industry in trouble. It’s all of concerning a flood of dark your hard earned cash percolated to the surface in the form of exactly what these politicians are now saying. It’s a Citizens United flood that doesn’t discriminate, a saturation strategy to buy any kind of politician across the gerrymandered nation that will certainly serve the oil and gas industry. They are out in force now championing the prefers of their masters.

And they could care much less if the pipeline crosses every severe tributary, and every severe aquifer, west of the Mississippi River.

Lessons learned from an election lost

We can easily all breath a sigh of relief. Election season 2014 has actually passed. Yes, election season. It’s that special time of year as quickly as the uninformed ( voters ) collide along with the well financed or no money VS dark money. For all you animal lovers out there, merely believe of it as a rumble between sheep and vultures .I have actually always encouraged people to participate in the process by voting . Don’t vote – don’t complain was my favorite refrain. I need to admit that this election season I was forced to think about the disturbing opportunity that my vote may be insignificant, that it might not make a difference especially in a political landscape awash in dark money. Yup, the big boys ( vultures ) outdid themselves this season. They mailed out dark money financed propaganda faster compared to Scottsdale city officials approved apartment communities and bars. Of course, some of the folks responsible for all those dark money mailings are likewise supporters of multi family developments and bars. Exactly what were – the odds?

In previous election seasons there seemed to be a lot more candidates that gave you a reason to vote. Some actually seemed to care about residents opinions and the future of the city far a lot more compared to their own political aspirations and agendas. It is a sad state of affairs as quickly as you refuse to vote just because you are so repulsed by the candidates and their stands on the problems that you would certainly prefer to have actually Satan represent you. I need to say that nothing shocks me after my brief foray in to the sordid globe of local politics and activism yet even I , a person whose cynicism knows no bounds, was amazed at the lengths dark money groups went to to smear and discredit their opponents. The blatant misrepresentations contained in these dark money hit pieces were laughable yet the consequences could have actually been serious. The 2 groups responsible for these half truths and distortions did not feel obligated to disclose the names of some of the folks responsible for these smear campaigns. It was obvious that they were supporting the pro development faction at City Hall. Apparently the Mayors commitment to transparency doesn’t extend to those that support his pro development agenda. Don’t practice – Exactly what I preach. Of course, the candidates that were the beneficiaries of this dark money never bothered to repudiate the actions of these groups and didn’t seem to discover the extra cash unpalatable either. Actions speak louder compared to words anyway. Maybe we can easily use that slogan next election season on mailers financed by legitimate citizen groups. Even the Scottsdale Republic, your official source for non news< felt obligated to comment on the egregious behavior of dark money groups. need to have actually been a refreshing modification of pace for the 2 reporters they have actually left. Actual news , potential misconduct – all that stuff you wanted to lose light on as quickly as you were a fresh faced journalism student.. Somehow I don’t believe your parents mortgaged their house and took out student loans so you could write about creative mac and cheese recipes and Scottsdale Meals Truck Caravans. Really. Page 2 , Scottsdale Republic, October 31 2014. I’m confident that the Republics failure to report on these dark money groups would certainly have actually earned them an even worse reputation compared to they currently appreciate – in some circles.

In spite of my finish and total disgust at the lack of respect local officials have actually shown for long time residents and their wishes, I decided to shake off my dark mood and vote fairly compared to join the ranks of the disgruntled non voters. You see , I did not want the forces of darkness financed along with all that dark money to prevail. If you ever felt that your vote didn’t matter ( and that hasn’t ) , take a gander at some of the local and national election results. Razor thin margins of triumph separated candidates in lots of races. In Scottsdale for example, the margin of votes separating candidates Kathy Littlefield and Dennis Robbins was closer compared to the space separating apartment dwellers in some of the lots of luxury sardine cans I mean apartment communities that litter our local landscape. Yes, this was an election that needed voter participation, an informed electorate and the ability to turn a blind eye to the a lot more harmful and odiferous aspects of the political process. . In others words, it was time to get hold of a pair of boots, hold your nose and dive in along with eyes wide open, recognizing that you might not grab every little thing you wanted. At the pretty least you may be able to avoid the bad guys from getting every little thing they wanted – like your neighborhood. Note : Watch for my upcoming masterpiece, an epic and nod to comedian David Letterman entitled , ” Top 10 signs a developer may want your property ” It’s an informative piece that gives the standard hood dweller tips on how to identify the tell tall signs that may mean your hood is marked – for death. . I am confident I can easily rely on some of you to forward this to interested parties. I need a staff.

And so, on election night I joined the ranks of the few, the proud, the disillusioned voters that were huddled around their TVS and mobile devices hoping to grab a consider Kim Kardashians latest nude selfie/shameless piece of self promotion ? Oh wait. No – election results. Did our dreams come true or would certainly our worst nightmares become reality? The battle lines had been clearly drawn. The ” merely say GO ” camp/pro development VS the ” merely say no “camp. The third group lands somewhere in the middle. I refer to them as the ” Go slower gang ” Yes, the ” noisy minority ” as the dark money group referred to them versus the well financed ” majority “. Guess what? The noisy minority votes. that knew. Apparently some that were misguided enough to ask for my tips actually took it this time. as quickly as asked that I believed they must vote for, I told them as I always do to do their own homework yet a good rule of thumb was to support the guy/gal that was the target of attack campaigns. There is a reason some shadowy group is spending big bucks to discredit them and buy an election.

Politics doesn’t tend to encourage a positive outlook yet I recognize the value city officials and the Republic Newspaper places on all points ” positive ” so I’ll offer it a try. The electorate was fairly positive. They seem to prefer the go slow crowd. They prefer a a lot more balanced approach to development/redevelopment problems and want a a lot more citizen driven council agenda – not a developer driven agenda. Live along with it. . Yup- all that dark money spent and only one of the three candidates these groups were so shamelessly promoting was – elected. Sometimes you don’t grab Exactly what you pay for yet you sure grab – Exactly what you deserve. Gee I wonder Exactly what their ROI/return on investment was? Wonder that could calculate that for us. I know. Lets ask former City Treasurer and now Council Member elect David Smith. He’s good along with numbers. Perhaps he can easily calculate it for them – unless he’s busy building pyramids/schemes. Yet one more bogus claim made versus him or her by dark money foes.

On one more note< I need to admit I was simultaneously confused and amused by council candidate Jennifer Petersons assertion that Scottsdale need to morph from a city of no in to a city of go. Hmmmm. Permit me to pause as I try to recall any apartment project or bar proposal the city has actually denied during the last 5 year developer inspired reign of terror. The only feasible means we could become any a lot more a city of ” go ” would certainly be to remove all that traffic calming that so impedes our progress or overcome a few of those ” classic ” no go trolleys that must have actually been retired months ago. Or perhaps we could have actually developers sit on the council dias and eliminate the middle man. Oh – wait. Never mind.

Now that the election dust has actually settled, most of the campaign signs have actually been vandalized, the bullets I mean ballots have actually been counted- What’s the message? That may depend on that you ask. The paper appears to feel there is a clear division in the city between growth and slow growth advocates. It is obvious that residents expect the future vision for the city to be driven by their agenda and desires and not $ signs and developer dreams.. Some may wish to ponder the opportunity that that slim margin of votes Mr Robbins lost by could have actually been the result of that noisy minority. They prefer not to be insulted – or misled. I believe these election results demonstrated the residents desire for – balance . .lots of are not firmly aligned along with either camp. They want to see a a lot more balanced approach to development, an approach that is far a lot more thoughtful and creative. It doesn’t take any ability to overpopulate an area and blanket every square inch of available land ( and some that isn’t available ) along with multifamily housing and bars. Oh – I know the forces of darkness claimed in their mailers that all these apartments won’t make any traffic or crime. Invisible – traffic. Reminds me of a T shirt I purchased in Rocky Point. It listed the 10 stages of Tequila on the front. By stage 10 you are not only invisible yet bullet proof. Claiming that all these apartments will certainly make little traffic makes as much sense as saying ” Hey, I was merely diagnosed along with Ebola and I’m going to Disneyland, – bowling , a wedding. Oh – wait. That actually happened.

Allow me to share some final thoughts.

– people grab their news from a variety of sources , not merely the newspaper. It does seem, however, that we need a much better source for local news since the Scottsdale Republic appears to be preoccupied along with all points – trivial. The dumbing down of the electorate is not a lofty goal.

– We actually elected 4 people to the council. 4 for 3 seats. along with Kathy Littlefield you grab Bob Littlefield. A 2 fer – 2 for the price of one..a lot more bang for the buck. Excellent ROI. Does anyone actually believe Bob Littlefield will certainly be content to sit on the sidelines and become a home husband?

– Voters understand that these apartments are not being built for the middle class or seniors as promoted by one of the dark money mailers. Most of the communities being built are billed as luxury, exclusive along with rents to match. They are designed to appeal to the young , single, upscale demographic some on council prefer to replace existing residents with. Residents need to stay vigilant. These folks have actually no problem bull dozing existing middle class hoods to make means for upper class housing.

– There appears to be a variety of citizen groups yet they aren’t cohesive. appears there could be some turmoil in the activist ranks after one activist/citizen group committed the unpardonable sin of endorsing candidates prior to seeking approval from – headquarters. Well. I for one was happy to see some folks display a little independence. That’s the beauty of living in the USA afterall. Activist groups must realize that everyone is entitled to their opinion – and their vote. That doesn’t mean they are unworthy to breath the same air you do. Perhaps you can easily kiss and make up prior to next election season. After all, you may need to heal that council split made by three yes votes and three ( ? ) no votes. We all know where the Mayor stands.

Are there signs of chance in a political system dominated by dark money and unresponsive to residents? These election results contain a glimmer f hope. Two from Three – ain’t bad. I am going to put a positive spin on these election results. Some may not be happy along with the outcome yet there’s a little something for everyone to love – or hate. Linda Milhaven is a tough advocate for the pro development camp. Kathy Littlefield ( and her husband ) are long time advocates for the – others camp. David Smith? Well, if he isn’t busy building pyramids he may offer some much required balance.

The theme song for this election season? Hey Big Spender. The moral? Big money – no votes or for you long time supporters of Scottsdales faux western image – Big hat – No cattle.