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New Life – New Blog Direction

July 27, 2014

I used to blog to release frustrations with my life…politics….the world in general.

OMGNowadays, I walk in miracles. I attribute it to taking chances, following my heart, letting go of attachments, and donating whatever I can when I feel called to do so, even if it eats up my time, resources, or sleep.

This is a time a friend dropped off a car, and it was super cool….

car1So we dropped everything we were doing and took a road trip!

roadtripThere is some significant people in our life I have met because I changed course and fell on the path they too were walking. One person in particular has become family and provided more than I could ever repay…although I will spend the rest of my life trying.

roadtripsSince our life has completely transformed, I want to share the moments of daily life here as a way to thank you for making this happen. You know who you are. To anyone else who is reading this blog….I’m just going to focus on the good in life. I’ve made a commitment too, that anytime I can…I will do more. That starts now.


“SlowGro” – Meet Russ – this is Jake’s dad. He is very happy that Jake is living with us now because it means that he will see his son more often. Since we have a few cars to fix, Russ came directly from his night shift to help us out for a few hours. It saved us a days worth of work!

Russ movesMeet Ava – she is our old neighbor but we are not going to lose touch. We already invited her over for a sleepover this weekend while we were moving!

AvaMeet Elspeth – she spends most summer weekends with us, and loves it, except when we try to make her eat more vegetables. She calls herself a “Pickyaterian” and we are all working on that.

ElspethKelly & Elspeth swinging in a hammock…having FUN! Jake bought it for $1.00. It’s kind of coming a part but worth every cent!

hammockMurphy really seems to be happier than the human beings.

Murphy2Jake adopted a Maine Coon cat! He came with a very matted furry back.

FredMcKenna wasn’t too afraid of the 20lb cat….and cleaned him up.

MurphyandFredMurphy thinks he is helping….








Murphyandfredoutside2Fred’s first time outside with Murphy.


Sunday morning breakfast – the girls made it all by themselves! They were pretending today was McKenna’s birthday, and threw a party!

A Great Bellingham Pre-School

October 18, 2013
 Bellingham PreSchool
The Bellingham Preschool of the Arts will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 19th from 10 am to noon at our school, located at 1059 N. State St., right next to the Farmers’ Market. Lead teacher Tina Ocheltree and her wonderful staff invite you to come and experience this fantastic preschool, considered one of the best in the Bellingham area. For more info, please go to


February 1, 2013




A very interesting solution to your future. I’ll write more soon!

Sustainable Bellingham 5th Annual Seed Swap

January 6, 2013


I’m preparing lots of hummus for the event!

Join me at the Sustainable Bellingham’s 5th Annual Bellingham Community Seed-Swap!
“Getting Seeds Into the Hands of the People”

Open to the Public -No Fee -Donations accepted! GMO Free Event!
1:00 Doors Open
1:15 Opening Circle & Swap Etiquette
1:30 Swapping Seeds & Sharing Stories
2:00 “Basic Seed Saving” talk by Celt Schira
4:30 Swap Ends & Clean Up

*. People with Heirloom Seeds, Packaged Seeds, Edible Tubers& Seed Potatoes To Share
*. People without seeds who want seeds to grow & save welcomed!
*Label Your Seeds & Bring Extra Envelopes to Share*
( No Genetically Modified Seeds !)

Sustainable Bellingham – Center for Local Self-Reliance – Earthcare Garden Designs – Majestic – Forest Gardens – Community Food Coop & more!

Light refreshments will be provided & Finger Foods Welcomed.
Join our Volunteer Team to set up, take down, assist with promotion & planning!
Volunteers needed: email
For info, to donate, or to sponsor, please email

-or see
Sustainable Bellingham

Fat Kid Rules The World Movie Review

May 20, 2012

I attended the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and watched the presentation of Fat Kid Rules The World.

Matthew Lillard kicked off the movie by getting up on stage and expressing his gratitude  and instead of taking on his Director and Producing credit, he said, “This is our movie.”He asked those in the audience to raise their hand if they were involved with the production and I could see various hands scattered throughout the venue.

The first thing I noticed was the quality of the film production. This was more than just another indy film by an actor turned first time director, this film had a quality to the look and feel that was exciting.

This is a very unique film that you have to see for yourself, so I’m not going to give anything away in order not to spoil it for you. I thought it was going to be more of a punk genre movie that I would have to relate to from my high school years, but I walked out of the threatre realizing this film relates to all of us on a deeper level, and you certainly do not have to be a punk music fan or teenager to appreciate the story.

Matthew Lillard told us how he picked up the novel by KL Going “Fat Kid Rules The World” nine years ago, and ever since then this film has been in the making. He said that he was that kid, and that getting into drama in high school was the “punk rock” that saved his life.

The story begins with Troy Billings (Jacob Wysocki). A fat kid who has become suicidal and in his attempt to kill himself by walking in front of a bus is saved by Marcus (Matt O’Leary) a high school drop out, and chemically dependent punk rock musician and street kid. The two unlikely characters become friends, and you quickly realize they both share one thing in common, and that is self destructive behavior trying to cope with the world around them.

The film flashes into the fantasy mind of Troy Billings, and surprises the audience with scenes we can all relate to when we let our imagination run wild. The audience laughs during these cutaways with delight and enthusiasm. We all relate to this off the wall “what if” thinking.

The actors picked are amazing choices. They all deliver with believability and relatedness. The role of Troy’s father (Billy Campbell) was another character delivery that was spot on. He played a tough marine turned security guard, and as often as you expected one response from him to his son’s antics and new found friend, you got a guy who was an example of what being a good father and a good person is all about.

There are many great scenes in this movie that deals with relationship issues of all kinds. Troy’s heart to heart talk with his younger brother Dayle – played by the actor Dylan Arnold is another point in the movie to pay close attention to.

After the show Matthew Lillard returned to the stage to take questions and one of them was how did the film get Billy Campbell as the role of the father. Matthew spoke of the films limited budget, and how he was preparing his lines to play the part of the dad, when a local agent friend of his said Billy had just wrapped up a movie and was available. He said he called Billy and even after Billy happily accepted the role, he found himself still begging him to play the part. Matthew thought that if he had played the role it would have been the worsts mistake he had made, and then he followed up with, “I think that is the meanest thing I have ever said to myself.”

It’s this sense of humor and direction that made this film amazing, but Matthew still didn’t take credit. He said he would come up with an idea and his advisers on the set would run with it taking scenes to places he could never have imagined.

Matthew had invited up everyone to the stage who worked on the film and the audience had so much fun seeing all the people that were involved and there to support the project. A special thanks went to Rick Rosenthal for having the vision to produce a movie about a fat kid.

In the end, Matthew told the audience not to get too excited, because next he would be asking for money. I don’t think anyone in the audience took offense.

They just landed a deal with TUGG, this is an opportunity for a group of 20 people or more to request to see a film on demand at the movie theater in your area.

Fat Kid Rules The World is also going on the WARP Tour, bringing the movie to every location the WARP Tour will be performing.

They are also doing a Kickstarter Campaign to raise money for distribution to bring the film to a city near you.

I not only suggest you see this film, but you become a part of it, and help make it happen.

Check out TUGG, and their Kickstarter Campaign. If you don’t have the means to donate, you can help by getting the word out and follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and send out some Tweets and posts in support of this amazing film.

After the presentation was over, the audience was meeting and greeting with Matthew, the actors and production crew. I walked up to Rick Rosenthal to tell him how much I loved the film, was very surprised at how good it was, and it was so much deeper on so many levels that I didn’t expect. He responded very passionately and simply, “It’s a story of a fat kid, but we’re all that fat kid in high school, even if we are the skinny kid, even if we were the jock, we all can identify with the same struggles.”

An update: As of today the Kickstarter campaign has reached their $150,000 goal, with 59 hours left! That means this film will be coming to select theaters across the country, with the support and love of the fans of the movie. Make sure you go see this movie as soon as you get the chance! Fat Kid Rules the World Rocks!

Search for Sofia – FOUND

January 20, 2012

The power of Facebook Fan Pages and the internet. Sofia was found on Feb. 24, 2012, thank god to and for all.

We are searching for Sofia Nichole Guillen.

Date of Birth: Jan. 17, 2002, beloved, daughter, niece and granddaughter. She was abducted by her mother Chantale Adriana Guillen, Date of Birth: Sept. 26, 1983, the day before a custody ruling was to be handed down. The outcome, granting Jonathan Pirkl full or joint custody was not to her liking, so she fled the country with Sofia. Jonathan has been scouring the globe for his daughter ever since. Chantale’s family; mother Adriana A De Guillen, father Rodolfo Piza Guillen, sister Valeria Guillen and other family members have stonewalled all efforts from attorneys, investigators and private I’s to gain information into Sofia’s whereabouts. The court closed the case against Chantale in late 2005 believing she had fled the country as the trail had gone cold.

We believe she is once again living in the States and possibly remarried with another child. Thanks to one person’s diligent work we now know Chantale has lived, in the time since in: Bloomington, Illinois, Glendale Heights, Illinois and keeps a P.O. Box in Riverview, Florida where she once resided with her parents on Brant Tree Drive. She has also lived under many aliases; Chantale J Guillen, Chantale A Guillen, Chantale Guillen Alarcon, Chantale Guillenalarcon, Chantale Alarcon, Chantale Adriana Guillen Alarcon, and Chantale Adriana.

Stripping Jonathan of his rights as a parent was a sad, spiteful, cruel and thoughtless action. No one has the right to do what was done to both Jonathan and Sofia. Sofia needs to know Jonathan has never stopped searching for her, loving her and not a day goes by that she is not in his thoughts. Until she is found and reunited with her father and family January 17th will continue to be the saddest day of the year. Dreams, experiences, memories and joy passed that can never be recovered. She has a father that loves her, aunts and uncles that love her, a grandmother that loves her and we will not stop until we find her.

Please help. You can msg the inbox here or send a PM to

Thank you so much. Repost.

A message from Jonathan Pirkl:
I just want to get this out there in case is lands in front of my daughters mother, Chantale Guillen or Chantale Meier (married name). First thing is first… I am NOT here to take Sofia away from you, that was never my intention to begin with when I filed for parental rights. What I wanted was simple and fair… I only wanted to be able to take my baby home even if for only a short time, to meet her family,to carry her on my shoulders through the parks, to read to her at night, or just to build sand castles on the beach… I just wanted to do the simple things every father is put here to do… I just wanted the chance to know her. I have spent many years with this bottled up, eating me alive. I do not wish to take her away from you. That would only hurt my chances of building a relationship with Sofia. I realize as a young man and even throughout my life I have made mistakes, but I believe that does not warrant being robbed of a relationship with my own flesh and blood. I am not angry anymore. I am looking for you to search within your heart and allow OUR child to know the rest of her real family. There is no reason to keep things the way they are. We can fix this together. To everyone who has been so kind with the help, thoughts and prayers… I am truly overwhelmed. It means more than I could ever possibly explain. God Bless.


Jonathan Pirkl

B Squared NYC Design & Quick Printing

January 4, 2012

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Some of B Squared‘s large projects include conferences, annual investor meetings, where they get with event planners one year in advance and even help to set up and run the meeting. B Squared does everything from business presentations, name badges, poster banners, data mail merge for books, and create the look and feel of the event. All the printing and services are to help the event planner. Design, marketing pieces, digital printing or continual, B Squared helps you to figure out the economies of scale, over all use of product, and low per cost unit pieces.

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