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Words of Wisdom

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From a wonderful site, Forwarded Funnies, comes the following story:

One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that was going on inside himself.

He said,”My son, it is between 2 wolves.”

One is evil: Anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego..”

The other is good: “Joy, Peace, Love, Hope, Serenity, Humility, Kindness, Benevolence, Empathy, Generosity, Truth, Compassion and Faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one I feed.”

Written by Michael DeBusk

April 30th, 2008 at 11:17 am

Albert Hofmann: RIP

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Wow. LSD inventor Albert Hoffman died recently. He was a hundred and two years old.

Albert Hofmann, LSD inventor, RIP – Boing Boing

Written by Michael DeBusk

April 30th, 2008 at 10:57 am

Posted in Neuro,Psych

Carmine Recovery

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If you’re not already aware of the mess surrounding Carmine Baffa’s recent arrest for rape and statutory rape, I won’t bother you with the details. You can Google it and get the news and opinions.

If you feel you have been harmed in any way by Carmine Baffa, though, my old friend Jackie Patti wants to hear from you. She has formed a Google group for you and those in your position.

From a recent post in this NLP Connections thread:

This is a closed group, only those who’ve been involved with Carmine directly are eligible to join. It’s not for cops or investigators, not for folks just following the soap opera, but for people who knew him who need to talk about it.

I know a lot of the victims myself. If I don’t know you, you’ll have to email me and explain who you are, how you knew Carmine, and why you want to join. Anyone who wants to join should send email to*

Please spread the word that this group exists to any victims of Carmine that you know.

To join, go to: Carmine recovery | Google Groups

*I obfuscated Jackie’s e-mail address. It should work fine if you click the link.

Written by Michael DeBusk

April 26th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Free session with John Morgan

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My S/O pointed me to news of a free telephone session with hypnotist John Morgan. Check out the postscript on this post on the Grasshopper Notes Blog:

I am offering a FREE Hypnosis session via conference call this Thursday night, April 24th at 9 PM EDT and you’re invited. Did I mention the session is FREE? The call is limited to 100 people.

The actual post is pretty cool, too.

Written by Michael DeBusk

April 22nd, 2008 at 12:11 am

Posted in Free,Hypnosis

Lovest thou English?

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I dost.

For some time, the idea of learning to read Old English has been on my “someday maybe” list. To be able to enjoy Beowulf or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in the original language, the way it was spoken a thousand years ago, would be amazing.

I recently borrowed from the public library a course of lectures titled “History of the English Language” by Michael D.C. Drout, the Prentice Associate Professor of English at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. (Do you know why we use “apostrophe+s” to indicate possession? I do!) I was so impressed by his ability to make a potentially dry subject a lot of fun that I went to his home page. There I found gold:

If you’re an English wonk like I am, I’m sure you’ll enjoy these.

[edit 2008-04-26: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was in a particular dialect of Middle English, not in Old English. Sorry about that.]

Written by Michael DeBusk

April 21st, 2008 at 11:40 pm

World Clock

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And now for a lesson in perspective: the World Clock.

Thanks to my friend Alan for sending me the link.

Written by Michael DeBusk

April 15th, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Posted in Left Field

Ericksonian Hypnosis Basic Training

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It’s been going on far too long: Doug O’Brien is one of the best-kept secrets in NLP and hypnosis training. So I’m shouting his name from the blogtops. His certification training in Ericksonian Hypnosis is coming to New York City!

Learn the fundamentals of Ericksonian Hypnosis, become certified as a Hypnotherapist and get started in a fascinating and lucrative new field … In just two intensive weekends

Now, just in case you’re saying you aren’t interested in pursuing hypnosis as a career, let me say this: the career part is entirely optional and a brief segment of the course, but the skills you will acquire are mandatory. Wouldn’t you love to be a master of hypnotic language, capturing and leading the attention of others easily and smoothly, creating and delivering powerful stories, no matter what you do?

It’s May 16, 17, & 18 and May 31 & June 1, 2008. Don’t put it off; go sign up straight away!

Doug is also training with Jonathan Altfeld in Tampa in June: Belief Craft and NLP Master Practitioner.

Get more of Doug at and

Written by Michael DeBusk

April 9th, 2008 at 3:56 am

Posted in Hypnosis,Training

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I learned something new today

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I found out that stifle is practically the only word which is an anagram of itself.

I’m enjoying the Calligraphic Button Catalog. 🙂

Written by Michael DeBusk

April 8th, 2008 at 3:24 am