Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Union with The Universal Soul



If I am lifted up, will lift all mankind with me.

Eternal Flame

From the first moment we met I knew
My salvation would dwell within you.
To a soul of darkness you’ve given light
And brought a deeper understanding of might
Like a gentle angel giving a nudge to the right
You lead me tenderly to an eternal perfection.
The eternal flame.

You inspire my thoughts and feelings upward
You keep that old raging beast tamed.
You have taught a racing heart to see
Beyond the illusions of what appears to be.
No more blind illusion that makes it seem
Somehow that all is unequivocally separate
and this illusion can never be.

You inspire my thoughts and feelings upward
You keep that old raging beast tamed.
Like the ocean waves slowly flow toward
The shore onto the sand, your feelings too
Move through the ether to touch my hand.
You Purify my soul from the filth of man.
The eternal flame.

We are in constant communication
On levels that we only dare to dream.
Where the heavens meet the earth, it seems
There are no boundaries, no time, no space
Only a world that opens it's armed to embrace
The everlasting joy and peace of pure grace.
The eternal flame.


Union with the Universal Soul


                                                   Love
                                                 Sacred
I a mere human cannot deny the sacred fire burning in life’s heart
                                              Sacred fire
  It moves my heart as I long for my true love while we are apart
                                           My true love
    Yet tenderly the soothing tides between the shores of our soul
                                    Soothing tides between
           Comforts me in the spiritual lovemaking I now know
                                  The spiritual lovemaking
                 Finding it hard to withhold my worldly desire
                                Finding it hard to withhold
                   To touch my beloved with this insatiable fire
                        Touch me beloved with the insatiable fire
                         Spirit descends to earth-physical realm
                     Our spirit ascends to that above-the heavens
                            I understand transcendence is real
                We transcend reality-awakening to the universe
                               We share eons of spiritual love
             As one we’ve shared eons of love and love’s ecstasy
                                  To lie with my love in rapture
          One body and soul we melt from the rapture of our love
                                    My unquenchable thirst
       Soaring to unknowable heights to find the heavenly pleasures
                                      For mundane pleasures
  Reaching high above the earth to find my beloved’s heavenly treasures
                                            In my beloved
I a mere human cannot deny the sacred fire burning in life’s heart-my heart
                                               The earthly
                                                 Treasures
                                                    Love

Betsy Banfield-Malone
December 21, 2010
© 2010 All rights reserved.


“The Christian Life And Character Of The Civil
Institutions Of The United States”,

“…the permanence of empire must rest in the ideas of the people. If then there be in such ideas no great enduring principle of spiritual life, there can be no perpetuity of national existence. If there be no grand, sublime, and imperishable thought, filling the soul of a people with its fire and fashioning their progress after its pattern, there can be no sense in which they may escape the inevitable mutations of the world, or avoid the fate of so many that have gone before them. The most powerful empires of the past have perished because they were wanting in a principle strong enough and spiritual enough to resist the self-destructive energies of human nature.” - Benjamin F. Morris 1863

Friday, October 15, 2010

SECRETARIAT: Film Review by 3rd Dog Script



Secretariat is and will be my all-time favorite!  Yes, it touches hearts and minds deeply while inspiring everyone.  I'm sure there will be awards for this feature film.

The above clip is my favorite, not because I was transported back in time (I'm an "extra" in the stands) when watching the race, but because the Derby win is a major turning point.  I believe we all have moments like that in life when we transport from one world to another.  What happened at that Kentucky Derby race changed "Big Red's" fate forever.

The fantastic reviews demonstrate the value and excitement in this film, and all that I can add to the reviews is Go SEE THIS ONE!  

-3rd Dog Script aka Betsy Banfield-Malone

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Oh What Beauty

Oh what beauty and depth I see in your face


I leap beyond the horizon into space.

What do I truly see when looking at thee?

The infinite possibilities locked inside of me.

To be lured outside of my limited point of view

I move toward the infinite qualities in you.

When I look into your eyes, I feel so vulnerable,

Eager and willing to step into the unknowable.



Oh what beauty and depth I see in your face

Remembered from a different time and place.

What a great mirror you present to me.

Is it a cosmic mirror reflecting our eternity?

I too reach for a broader understanding of strife

I trust the force of love to bring order to life.

My fellow human keep searching until you find

That elusive spark of light which cures the blind.



Oh what beauty and depth I see in your face

As each moment together is spent in grace.

You melt the covering from my eyes to see

All the reflections of what is meant to be.

The ignorant or foolish games we play

 will in the course of time fade away.

But the positive and powerful human kind

That expands and lights up the human mind.

-3rd Dog aka Betsy Banfield-Malone

© 2010 All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Road To Victory: Film Review by 3rd Dog Script



Everyone must face it, but at what point in time is the question?


Some find it in the darkest corners of their mind or the most unlikely places.

What are the circumstances that lead to real love?

Road To Victory is a love story about a Pre-med football player, Elliot, (Mike Reilly) destined for bigger and better things as a professional. However, he suffers a head injury during a match that leaves him impotent and searching for his manhood. Anna, (Julia Anderson) a stripper who enjoys the pleasures of life meets Elliott at college in a pre-med class, and the tumultuous relationship begins.

This independent film goes beyond the Hollywood version of a relationship and delves into the many layers of life that confront a man and a woman seeking real love. Perfect for couples to glimpse at the depths of commitment, the challenges of ego, and the obstacles faced in the everyday world. Through their tumultuous love affair, they discover love through the beginnings of lust. Lust is wanting, and love is giving.

The cinematography, score, and acting are superb in this professional presentation. Writer, director, and actor, Mike Reilly, delivers a provocative film with vivid realism.

Intelligent, thoughtful, and a well-written movie with compelling performances by everyone involved. Timely… a chic flick and a guys movie!   This film rates a 10 out of 10 for a genuinely independent film.

A 3rd Dog Script favorite, Road To Victory is a brilliantly crafted story that touches hearts and minds!

- 3rd Dog aka Betsy Malone
© 2010

Best of the Fest at the ReelHeart International Film Festival.  Audience Award Best of the Fest and the First Take Film Festival, Audience Award Best Feature at the Sacramento Film & Music Festival, Gaia Award Best Film Score at the Moondance International Film Festival, and Viewers Choice Award Best Feature at the Silver Wave Film Festival.

Road To Victory website

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Moment In Time

Let this moment in time mark the beginning of your dawn
And as your dawn is filled with the many hues of life
Let the hope of sunrise lead you on
For the brilliance of your day is yet to come.

Although a long bitter night without sleep do you hold
So tenderly in memory, those memories are just colors
That contrast the beauty inside of thee.
Yes, the grace, upon our first meeting I have seen.
The innocence that no man creates but comes forth naturally.

With innocence, my friend, your path is freedom, your
Desires are boundless, and your dreams of no end.
So fear not the unknown and darkness
As it is your destiny to win.

I give you only my words as that is my way,
A bird of thought, a bird of prey.
To create and bring to life all that is in flight,
Yes, a dreamer of the night.
I hope to give to you the wings-of-life
For I too have seen the misty morning of dawn.
Truly a time of celebration but in your heart
You are missing the song in a cloud of haze
That we so eloquently call deliberation.

A moment in time to forever treasure
In the prose of rhyme.
My wish is to capture the essence of
Your feelings on this special day
With a tribute in my special way.

- 3rd Dog Script aka Betsy Malone

(c) 2010  All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

DEADLAND: Film Review by 3rd Dog Script



Where will you be…what will you do and how will you protect your loved ones in a post-apocalyptic world?


The sci-fi action/thriller DEADLAND plunges you into a world of martial law.  It takes you along the journey of Sean (Gary Weeks) a survivor of World War III's nuclear strikes on the U.S. A pandemic reigns as many survivors were infected by a fatal nuclear plague and separated into different concentration camps by Officers of the New Provinces. The quest starts when the protagonist finds evidence that his missing wife (Emily-Grace Murray) may still be alive in the new United Provinces. His determination to find her is equal to his personal war against the cruel Officers of the New Provinces. Jax (Brian Tee) an unexpected ally brings a bit of humor to the realistic struggles in action filled drama. DEADLAND visually demonstrates our fear as well as our hope in a post-apocalyptic world.

Winner of 16 awards including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay

Director Damon O’Steen and writer/producer Gary Weeks present a fantastic post-apocalyptic thriller considering their budget. All aspects of the film were impressive with excellent cinematography, moving score, superb acting, and great direction. You will not be disappointed in this indie film that visually portrays a depressing yet hopeful future. I found this gem at the Derby City Film Festival February 2010 and loved it!

-3rd Dog Script aka Betsy Malone

© 2010

Deadland releases:

VOD (Video on Demand) May 18, 2010
DVD (Exact date TBA) September 2010
Deadland website

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Value of Time

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Yeardley: Film Review by 3rd Dog Script


Are you excited when people get into you sexually?

Do you sometimes think the world revolves around you? You may be a narcissist. So when do we go beyond the line of healthy narcissism?

You’ll find a dramatic spiral that takes you over the line in Yeardley a cautionary tale of one man who struggles to maintain his family as he fights against his inner demons. The journey follows a path of temptation, sex, and destruction.

This provocative drama written and directed by Heath C. Michaels draws you deeper into Jeff Yeardley’s world of adultery and limited perception. The protagonist thoroughly demonstrates the narcissistic breakdown in communication and its consequences.

Charges of sexual harassment at work left Jeff Yeardley, (Jesse Bernstein) without a job and separated from his wife Susan (Saskia Grace Holmes) and son Chase (Garrett Geoghegan.) To complicate matters, Jeff falls victim to a ploy by two manipulative women (Rebecca Holopter and Madison Palasini) at a new job his friend helps him get.

The quality of Producer Paul Papadeas’ low budget…$15,000...film is amazing, and the actors were brilliant. I found this drama engaging and polished. You must see the film.

3rd Dog Script aka Betsy Malone
© 2010

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Playground Earth

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Awesome Animation of Sacred Geometry

Sacred Geometry by Ieoie -

Ieoie has captured the breath of life... the heart beat... and the universal rhythm... in his amazing and beautiful 3 dimensional forms.          

Check out the videos below!





Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hugs

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Your Personal Growth: Requires a Tender Heart



A Splendid Rose

A splendid rose stood all alone
Surrounded by a wall of stone
Around the wall were flowers too
But neither the wiser each one grew
And as the flowers did dwell
So does man within his shell
Not learning all the things he could
Nor making all the friends he should
Like the autumn leaves fall and die
So will the spirit live a lie
Until the spring of a new rose bud
And the wall destroyed
By the light of love.
My father passed away during my senior year of high school which caused a tremendous emotional upheaval inside me. I wrote the poem above (inspired by "The Rose" by Lucky Van Horn) not long after the loss. I felt compelled to go to the depths of my feelings and express them. Of course losing a loved one is our greatest fear and in fear, I closed myself off from the world. What I didn't realize was that my poem would be a blueprint for my personal growth. The next step in my spiritual journey was about understanding the heart.

The process of my personal growth was similar to a captivating passage in the book, The Sacred Path of the Warrior, by Chogyam Trungpa

"Fear has to be acknowledged. We have to realize our fear and reconcile ourselves with fear. We must face the fact that fear is lurking in our lives, always, in everything we do. On the other hand, acknowledging fear is not a cause for depression or discouragement. Because we possess such fear, we also are potentially entitled to experience fearlessness. Real fearlessness is not a reduction of fear, but going beyond fear.

Going beyond fear begins when we examine our fear: our anxiety, nervousness, concern, and restlessness. If we look into our fear, if we look beneath its veneer, the first thing we find is sadness, beneath the nervousness. Nervousness is cranking up, vibrating, all the time. When we slow down, when we relax with our fear, we find sadness, which is calm and gentle. Sadness hits you in your heart, and your body produces a tear. Before you cry, there is a feeling in your chest, and then, after that, you produce tears in your eyes. That is the first tip of fearlessness. You might think that, when you experience fearlessness, you will hear the opening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony or see a great explosion in the sky, but it doesn't happen that way. Discovering fearlessness comes from working with the softness of the human heart.

The birth of a warrior is like the first growth of a reindeer's horns. At first, the horns are very soft and almost rubbery, and they have little hairs growing on them. Then, as the reindeer ages, the horns become stronger, developing four points or ten points. Fearlessness, in the beginning, is like those rubbery horns. They look like horns, but you can't quite fight with them. When a reindeer first grows its horns, it doesn't know how to use them. But then the reindeer begins to realize that it should have horns: that horns are a natural part of being a reindeer. In the same way, when a human being first gives birth to the tender heart, he or she may feel incredibly awkward or uncertain about how to relate to this kind of fearlessness. But then, as you experience this sadness more and more, you realize that human beings should be tender and open. So you no longer need to feel shy or embarrassed about being gentle. In fact, your softness begins to become passionate. You would like to extend yourself to others and communicate with them.

When tenderness evolves in that direction, then you can truly appreciate the world around you. Sense perceptions become fascinating things. You are so tender and open already that you cannot help opening yourself to what takes place all around you. When you see red or green or yellow or black, you respond to them from the bottom of your heart. When you see someone crying or laughing or being afraid, you respond to them as well.

When you begin to feel comfortable being a gentle and decent person, your reindeer horns no longer have little hairs on them - they are becoming real horns. Situations become very real, quite real, and on the other hand, quite ordinary. Fear evolves into fearlessness naturally, very simply, and quite straightforwardly."

What I've learned over the years...

When our hearts are not open and connected to the world around us (has a wall of stone around it) we begin to contract and stay in that contracted state. Our natural rhythm is to contract and expand. In other words, experience life's pain and sorrow as well as the joy and excitement of living. By allowing the heart to BEAT in its natural rhythm, fear does not add more bricks to the wall... but helps us develop understanding and compassion.

During the early 1990's my life was far from being extraordinary. It was very ordinary, studying for college classes and spending time with loved ones when fearlessness occurred for me.  It was very calm and gentle time, and I felt connected with the world around me. Then one morning a mysterious thing happened a splendid yellow rose underneath my apartment window which wasn't there the day before! I confirmed with the landlord; landscapers did not plant the rose underneath my window.

"Until the spring of a new rose bud and the wall destroyed by the light of love." I thought of my poem and reflected on the past several years. I had developed little soft rubbery horns!  Finally, I understood love and why personal growth requires a tender heart. I had faced fear and handled each unexpected up or down in my life with wisdom.

-3rd Dog  aka Betsy Malone

© 2010 All Rights Reserved

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Art of Storytelling: Sand Animation



By Kseniya Simonova, winner of "Ukraine's Got Talent" 2009. Check out her sand animation above. It's an incredible demonstration of the art of telling a story visually that touches the heart and mind. Kseniya executes precision in every detail which draws you into the story even deeper.

Sand animation, also known as sand art, is a term which has two meanings. It is the name given to a style of live performance art, and also to a type of animation. In the former, an artist creates a series of images using sand, a process which is achieved by applying sand to a surface and then rendering images by drawing lines and figures in the sand with one's hands. To increase visibility and to add further artistic aesthetic, a sand animation performer will often use the aid of an overhead projector or light board. In the latter, animators move around sand on a backlighted or front lighted piece of glass to create each frame for their animated films.

Sand Animation is a cool live performance art.

-3rd Dog Script aka Betsy Malone

(c) 2010 All Rights Reserved

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Where Do You, Art, and Personal Development Meet?

I have recently found an exciting art form that I want to share with you today. Sacred Geometry 101 and Mandalas by Charles Gilchrist.

To find where you, art, and personal development meet we must first discover the starting point to understand the world around us.

Division or Unity? Let's look at the word division first and break it down. Di and vision = the vision or perspective based on two that often implies separateness. And unity or oneness.

The video below will assist you in discovering a starting point. You'll also find duality from oneness, not separateness.



The second video below will help you discover where you, art, and personal development meet.



Art and personal development have the same effect to reconnect our consciousness to the infinite.

-3rd Dog Script aka Betsy Malone

(c) 2010 All Rights Reserved

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Your Personal Development Begins With Expanding Your Awareness

You must be aware of your potential to express it.  Most people like myself must consistently find ways to explore our human potential.  And, like most, I respond best to visual demonstrations.  The video below displays how our thoughts and feelings can affect our environment health and our personal development.  It's just one visual way we can see how our thoughts and feeling create our reality.          





So it is worth the time to work on your mind and heart.  Your personal development begins with expanding your awareness.    

-3rd Dog Script  aka Betsy Malone

(c) 2010   All Rights Reserved

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Screenwriter Mark Boal: "The Hurt Locker"

Oscar Watch: “The Hurt Locker’s” Mark Boal
Posted by Naomi Pfefferman


I met Mark Boal, the screenwriter, and producer of “The Hurt Locker,” the day the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences determined that he would be one of four producers to receive a statuette should the movie win the best picture on March 7. (Check out our full profile of Boal and the film in the Journal’s Oscar issue on March 5.) The film is certainly one of the best movies of the year, with nine Oscar nominations, tied with James Cameron’s “Avatar.” The white-knuckle action thriller is the story of members of a bomb squad battling Iraqi insurgents and each other during some of the most dangerous days of the war in 2004.

Boal, who is Jewish, joked that the Journal story “is the single interview that will make my mother the happiest.” He didn’t tell his mother where he was going, however, when he became the first reporter ever embedded with the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit (a.k.a., the bomb squad) while working for Playboy in 2004.

There was more to worry about than being blown to bits by homemade devices cleverly hidden in a dead dog or a pile of detritus: “When I got off the plane, [officials] asked me my blood type and my religious affiliation,” the 37-year-old writer-producer said. “When I asked why, they said, ‘In case we have a funeral for you.’ And then they said, ‘Since you’re Jewish, you should keep that under your hat because they behead Jews over here.’ And Daniel Pearl had just gone missing.”

So Boal didn’t advertise his Jewish background (in a “leftie, counterculture-y, sandals-wearing, granola-crunching” home in Greenwich Village) as he trekked about with the expert technicians who sometimes had to disarm explosives with just a pair of pliers.

His script incorporates the fear he felt during those harrowing weeks and the psychology of the men he observed who had volunteered for the most dangerous job in the military. The screenplay also realistically depicts what the soldiers called “The Lonely Walk:” The steps were taken toward a roadside bomb. “They were walking toward the device that’s designed to kill you, and at a certain point it’s just you and the device; there’s nobody who can intervene,” Boal recalled. “I think that gets to the heart of the job. It’s a minuscule club of people who have done it and only they can know how it feels. But to a man, they talk about it being this experience of a lifetime and something you just never forget if you’ve done it once. And to do it five or ten times a day is staggering.”

One tech told him about his mindset during The Walk: “You kind of review people close to you, but the closer you get to the bomb, the more it becomes just this almost animal, existential kind of confrontation.”

Shooting the film, Boal’s solo screenwriting debut, in Jordan was safer than Iraq –Amman isn’t a war zone – although there were dangers about. “I remember waking up in the morning and reading on the front page of the Times about how anti-American sentiment was adamant in this particular town,” he said. Apparently, an Al Qaeda bigwig was born there. “And the interview was, the reporter sitting and having coffee with two guys who were just waxing with so much enthusiasm about how they wanted to kill some Americans, and I’m like, reading this and spitting out my coffee, because I had been in that neighborhood a couple of days before, scouting locations. And so I thought, ‘OK, we have to be careful here,’ and we were careful. We tried to be very respectful of the local religion, and we shot during Ramadan, which is their holiest time, and that was complicated for the crew (some them were observant).

“But I found the Jordanians to be extremely professional and welcoming,” Boal added. “I would shoot another movie there in a second.”

At times, the set seemed as chaotic as the film’s setting. “We had cameras everywhere,” actor Jeremy Renner (who is nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the cocky but brilliant tech Sgt. William James) said in the movie’s production notes. “We called them Ninja cameras, just hiding all over the place. We never knew where anything was. Barry (Ackroyd, the director of photography) was out there himself running around. It was incredible seeing him run as fast as we did, carrying his camera down these dirty alleys full of syringes and kids throwing rocks and he always had a big smile on his face. That inspired me.”

During some scenes, Renner wore the real, 90-pound Kevlar body suit techs don to disarm bombs. “That sweat is real sweat. Those tears are real tears of pain,” he said of his performance. “[The suit is] heavy, it’s hot, it’s hard to move in, but it put me right at the moment. Just the idea of getting into it – I wanted to dry heave whenever they said to suit up.”

“The Hurt Locker” includes cameos by Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, and David Morse, and is directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who will compete for the Oscar against her ex-husband, James Cameron.

Hollywood Jew A blog by Danielle Berrin

© 2010  JewishJournal.com February 25, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Why Do You Keep Creating the Same Reality?




“In this infinite sea of potentials that exist around us, how come we keep creating the same realities?”

“You’ve been conditioned to believe the external world is more real than the internal world.”

-What The Bleep Do We Know!?

What is the reality to you?  Who are you?  Are you.. your car, your job title, your gender, your ethnicity, your bank account, your feelings or your past?

I wrote the poem below about 20 years ago after experiencing a change in my consciousness.  No, not drug induced but caused by my desire to understand the world around me and how it related to my internal world.

Transformation

Suddenly from nowhere, silence captured my soul.
Transformation in life had taken control.
Left without speech and vision, I became cold.
But overflowing rivers threw my mind did grow.
Reflections became clearer than ever before.
A triumph and glory never to be told.
What was once my woe, is now my flight.
Finally a dawning from a long bitter night.
Sparkles of Hope were in dreams of daylight.
Armed fully for battle I near the fight.
All is in time, balance, and rhythm right.
Four seasons, I shall speak and gain my sight.

You can't help but transform your perspective when you realize you are creating your reality. The next step (the fight) is to keep from falling asleep again believing the illusion that time just passes while life just happens.

Yes to find the answer...you must have a curiosity to seek the truth and a desire to know: Why Do You Keep Creating the Same Reality?

Check out the video - What The Bleep Do We Know!? to learn more on this subject.  Also, check out a book called Beyond The Bleep by Alexandra Bruce to discover more in-depth information.

-3rd Dog Script  aka Betsy Banfield-Malone

(c) 2010   All Rights Reserved


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Learn How to Gain Clarity Instantly: “Let’s be clear.”


If you’re like most people, your first inclination was to read the words, “red, yellow, green…,” rather than the colors they’re printed in, “blue, green, red…”

You’ve just experienced interference.

When you look at one of the words, you see both its color and its meaning. If those two pieces of evidence are in conflict, you have to make a choice. Because experience has taught you that word meaning is more important than ink color, interference occurs when you try to pay attention only to the ink color.

The interference effect suggests you’re not always in complete control of where you place your focus.

This demonstration is called the Stroop Effect.  The Stroop Effect is the work of James R. Stroop, Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1935, and is part of the American Psychological Association’s museum exhibition, Psychology: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Each Other.

I enjoyed, as an exhibit facilitator, explaining this exhibit at the Louisville Science Center back in 1995. My practicum was for BA in psychology.

Now let’s learn how to gain clarity instantly

If you are unaware of interference and the effect - not in control of what you're paying attention to - you may be subject to uncertainty.

We’ll exam this more carefully by looking at my experience.

Even though I was performing well in school and absorbing tons of new information, a sense of uncertainty plagued me. Kind of like what many people are feeling today with so many upheavals in all areas of life. Is the economy red or green, is the weather yellow or blue and are we headed for disaster or revival?

Here’s how I found clarity…

A simple but profound moment occurred when I walked away from one of my classes. Out of nowhere I stumbled and fell to the ground! I sat on the field with bruised knee and pride and instantly had an incredible insight - I had given University studies authority over my life experiences. Theory and practice often conflict but knowing this makes all the difference in the world.

Understanding interference helps you learn how to gain clarity instantly through your insights. The poem below is my feelings about defeating uncertainty.

Path

As you walk in fear of falling

You begin to stumble along.

To hesitate while in fear

Know not where you stand.

Thus creating doubt

in heart and hand.

Once the path is clear

standing tall and proud

triumphantly express

To the world aloud.

-3rd Dog

© 2010 All Rights Reserved

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Your Personal Growth: Requires The Edge

As I prepared my 2010 list of books to read one particular book stood out sharply! Libby Gill’s “You Unstuck: Mastering the New-Rules of Risk-Taking in Work & Life.”

The book cover reminds me of a 3D image that magically transports me to another place and time. On the cover of Libby’s book, you’ll see butterflies, a symbolic image often used in personal growth to demonstrate change. The 3D image below is also about change.

If you scroll down to the end of the page, you’ll see a picture with five rows of butterflies. Yes, there is another image hidden inside, but I won’t mention what it is until later on. (It may take a few moments to diverge your eyes to see the 3D image.)

Beyond the cover and inside Libby’s book lies information about risk-taking. The thing that will get you beyond your rut and “unstuck.” I can’t wait to read the book because I am a firm believer that risk-taking is an ongoing process throughout a person’s life. I recall a time of excitement and fear when I was compelled to document those feelings in a poem. You know that feeling the one where you say what have I done.

Many people may be experiencing the same feelings right now: “I know this is good for my personal growth, but I’m afraid of making a change.”

I documented my feelings about a significant change I made in my early twenties in The poem below written in February 1986.  I joined the U. S. Army to be “all I could be.”

The Edge

Upon the edge, life is to be enlivened.
To open new doors thus comes
A cascade of clear vision.
Eyes widen even more for
The cliff hath the greatest view.
And like the eagle soars
It is given only to a few
Many stands and peer overhead
Never to learn… but
To be among the living dead.


The butterflies (changes) put together in an orderly fashion create the 3D image of a STAR. And…your personal growth requires “The Edge” (risk-taking) in a progressive fashion to be the STAR you ARE!

-3rd Dog

© 2010 All Rights Reserved

If you want to know more about “You Unstuck“ go to: http://libbygill.com/

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Don’t even consider watching this Movie! 3rd Dog Review



Unless… you enjoy brilliant cinematography strong characters and a captivating story. If you’re bored with the comic book hero storyline and need a little spice, then I have a movie for you.

The real surprise - it’s an indie film

…that takes you through a coming-of-age drama based on a true story. You‘ll get lost in the characters and discover a new world as the director, Edgar Michael Bravo, tells an original story about an age old profession. This unique film does not use nudity to lure you in. However, One Hour Fantasy Girl is raw, unpredictable and engrossing. The actors bring deep, authentic emotion to the screen as you follow the journey of the main character Becky Lewis, actor Kelly-Ann Tursi, a 20-year-old fantasy girl who makes a living by fulfilling men's fantasies.

Becky and her business partner, musical artist Chi Trang, actor Paul D. Nguyen, will walk a fine line between business and social taboos. Becky saw her choice to work as a fantasy girl as a temporary fix to save money for her dream of owning real estate. Eventually, she is forced to test the limits of customer and client confidentiality that will take you on a journey of unexpected twists.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish. The Producer John Paul Rice and Director Edgar Bravo created a top-notch film in every aspect! The actors were brilliant!

I’ll have to give this one a 10 in 2010!

-3rd Dog
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ONE HOUR FANTASY GIRL (2009)
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