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Secrets of the Millionaire’s Mind

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:27pm

“Secrets of the Millionaire’s Mind” – Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth – by T. Harv Eker

I can very well relate to T. Harv Ecker’s definitions of the POOR person and Wealthy Person.  After reading Ecker’s definitions, I can say that I have not come out of being a POOR person because I have not mastered 2 out of the 17 definitions; they are #12 and #15 on this list.   I am sharing this with y’all because it’s my nature to do so.  When I come across something that I think would be beneficial for many of us, if not all, I share it…!

       The 17 Differences in MINDSET Between a Wealthy Person’s

       Outlook and a POOR Person’s Outlook:

(Definition of POOR: Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly)

1) I Create My LIFE vs. LIFE Happens to me.
2) Rich people PLAY to WIN — POOR people play not to lose.
3) Rich people commit to being Rich — POOR people can’t commit to goals or outcomes.
4) Rich THINK BIG — POOR people think small.
5) Rich people focus on Opportunities – POOR people focus on Obstacles.
6) Rich people admire other Rich people — POOR people resent successful people.
7)Rich people associate with successful people — POOR people associate with negative unsuccessful people.
8) Rich people are willing to promote themselves & their value — POOR people think negatively about selling and promoting.
9) Rich people are bigger than their problems — POOR people are smaller than their problems.
10) Rich people are excellent receivers — POOR people are POOR receivers.
11) Rich people choose to get paid for their results — POOR people choose to get paid based on time.
12) Rich people manage their money well — POOR people mismanage their money well.
13) Wealthy people focus on their Networth — POOR people focus on their bills.
14) Rich people think: “BOTH” — POOR people think: “either or”.
15) Rich people have their money work for them — POOR people work hard for their money.
16) Rich people act inspite of FEAR — POOR people let FEAR stop them.
17) Rich people constantly learn new things — POOR people think they already know.

— T. Harv Ecker “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind”

I have always thought myself to be one of the wealthiest people I know.  I have been in pretty good health especially for my age, I have a variety talents that I have used to make a living and continue to do so, I lack a substance-abuse addictive personality, I am mentally sane, I have two handfuls of very close friends around this country, my siblings are half-way decent with me, I have three fine children, and 7 wonderful grandchildren.  However, I don’t have money (not at this point in my life anyway).  I work hard for my money; it comes and it goes.  Though I am not thousands of dollars in debt like I have been.  Now that I am single (and not plural), I haven’t changed much since I was married.  I still behave as if I have money because like I said, money comes and money goes…it’s a cycle.  Yet, I want to experience being filthy rich with lots of money.  I desire to know what that feels like.  I wonder if the experience will be any different than my childhood, or my entire adulthood where I lived hand to mouth.  I am going to find out!!!—Let’s see if I can be a millionaire within 5 years!

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Starting My Own Tree Nursery

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 7:24pm

Digging up a Juniper seedling – transplanting this very first seedling to begin a Tree Nursery !

How come I never thought of it before?  After almost 40 years of gardening and landscaping, and after owning a landscape company for 13 of those years, how come I never began a tree (and other plants) nursery?  It only makes sense!

Gotta be careful what I say; holy!  I can manifest some things totally unawares until it’s sprung before my eyes.  Spring of last year in 2013, as I stood about 15 feet in front of my studio, I decided it would be a good, natural (feng shui) barrier to have trees growing between the driveway and the front door of my studio, so I said “…it sure would be good to have a small forest right here…!” Lo and behold, exactly where I had stood, 3 aspen trees began to grow that Summer!  I kid you not!  And as if that wasn’t enough, I wanted more trees on the property, so I said:  “…in fact, we need a natural barrier of trees and shrubs on the back edge of the property, and I want trees over there and over there…!  I want this property to have a forest!”  Guess what?  Trees began to sprout all around the property, not necessarily exactly where I wanted them, but pretty dang close!  I’ve got apple trees, juniper, poplar and elm!  Sounds like a great start to a forest!

In the process of digging up a Transparent Green Lodi apple tree seedling which was growing underneath my first of two Pinon trees in the front yard…

As I planned this Fall, I transplanted all the tree seedlings temporarily into my daughter’s 3rd garden bed where the soil is still rich and moist after her last vegetable harvest.  The trees will be dormant over the Winter, but come Spring next year, I am transplanting them to their permanent homes with good soil, ample growing room and lots of water!   Because elms grow like a weed, I am planting them as a hedgerow to block out all the new homes recently built out below us in the past 20 years, however, I’ll keep the trees trimmed like a topiary of animal shapes for fun and so we can still see the fantastic view of the San Juan mountains and valley.  The poplar trees grow tall and narrow so I’ll use them on the Northwest corner of the property where the broad-span junipers will be planted.

On my morning walks, I’m going to take my favorite tool, a hand pick and a bucket to dig up seedlings along side the road.  –  Oh, it’s so exciting starting my own tree nursery!  Better late than never!

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Latest Read: “Sharing the Skies: Navajo Astronomy”

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 6:27pm

“Sharing the Skies: Navajo Astronomy” by Nancy C. Maryboy, PhD and David Begay, PhD

I find these kinds of books fascinating because they provide us another indigenous perspective outside of the western mindset.  I see similarities amongst the Navajo and our own people, the Tlingit.  The Navajo stories like our own are inspirational; more often than not they lead me to envision a robe or painting or some form of art piece.

This book provides a cross-cultural view of Navajo and Western astronomy.  “Sharing the Skies” provides a look at traditional Navajo astronomy, including the constellations and the unique way in which Navajo people view the cosmos and their place within it.  In addition, this book offers a comparison of the Navajo astronomy with the Greek (Western) perceptions.  Beautifully illustrated with original paintings from a Navajo artist and scientifically enhanced with NASA photography.

The authors are Nancy C. Maryboy and David Begay.  Marboy is a Cherokee/Navajo scholar working in the area of Indigenous Science, with a focus on astronomy.  she is the President and Executive Director of the Indigenous Education Institute located in Bluff, Utah and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She teaches Indigenous Astronomy at Northern Arizona University.  She works with NASA educational outreach projects and with University of California, Berkeley, Space Science Labs on National Science Foundation projects.  She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and San Juan Island, Washington.

David Begay is a scholar and member of the Navajo Nation, and one of the founders of the Indigenous Education Institute.  He works with University of California Berkeley, Space Science Labs in areas of Western and Indigenous science with support from NASA and the National Science Foundation.  He lives on the Navajo Nation and works as an independent contractor with federal, state, tribal and corporate entities.

You may purchase a copy of this book for $14.95 from Rio Nuevo Publishers in Tucson, Arizona ( or when you visit the Mesa Verde National Park visitor’s center gift shop, like I did !

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Stanton Englehart: A Favorite Contemporary Painter

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:04pm

Book cover of Stanton Englehart’s “A Life on Canvas” published by the Spiralbound Studio Publishing in Durango, Colorado — Detail of Stanton’s painting entitled “Season on the Plateau”

Last week, when Dan, his parents and I were in the Toh-Atin Gallery of Native American Art in Durango, I came across this book and said to Dan that I totally admire this guy’s paintings; over the past few years every time I’ve seen this man’s work, just makes my heart pitter-patter…and I know that when I feel that feeling, it’s called love.

And then without even opening the book, I said to Dan “…can you show me what is your favorite piece of art in this gallery…?”  (I asked him that because every time Dan and I go to an art show, an art fair, an art market, or to any gallery, anywhere,  we always like the same exact piece(s) of art…!”  So Dan led me directly to a large painting towards the back of the Toh-Atin gallery above a stairwell.  Low and behold, it was a Stanton Englehart—!  What did I tell ya!?  After checking out the rest of the gallery art works in Navajo rugs, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and other paintings, again, Dan and I like the same exact piece of art picked out of thousands in a gallery!    So of course, I had to buy the book because I will study every painting in this book and Stanton’s painting style will influence my next set of paintings!

Stanton’s paintings are not acrylics on canvas; they are oil on canvas.  My daughter Ursala, who has been working in oil paintings for the past couple of years since her classes at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, has been encouraging me to drop acrylics and go into oils.  I will do so after I use up my $500 worth of acrylic paints; I refuse to let them go to waste!

Who is Stanton Englehart?  Stanton is a dedicated prolific artist for over 50 years.  He is a celebrated painter of the landscapes of the Colorado Plateau.  Englehart’s vision has been carried worldwide.  His vividly hued paintings are held in collections in Germany, Canada and across the U.S.

He is known for his passion as an educator.  Throughout his thirty-year teaching career at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, Engleheart inspired students and faculty alike.  Upon his retirement, he was granted the title of Professor Emeritus of Art.

This book project was initiated by the Durango Arts Center and brought into print by Durango-based Spiralbound Studio Publishing in association with the Ft. Lewis College Foundation.  Proceeds from book sales will benefit the Stanton Englehart Scholarship Fund for art students at Ft. Lewis College.

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Trade Chilkat Robe for Land (w/ or w/o cabin or house) in Haines, Alaska

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:38am

Clarissa Rizal weaving the “Resilience” Chilkat robe she designed and wove, recently completed in June 2014


I am willing to do A TRADE for property with a cabin/home off of Mud Bay Road in Haines, Alaska  for a Chilkat robe woven by me.  Let’s get creative with terms, robe would be on commission basis designed by me OR a reproduction of an old robe.  If your property is  worth more than a standard-size Chilkat robe, maybe you would consider trading for an entire woven ensemble (robe, apron, leggings, headdress)…like I said, we can be creative with our negotiations.   

I am serious about doing this trade; I ain’t getting any younger and it’s time for me to get my act together in our beloved Haines!  If you are interested in this trade or you know of someone who may be interested, contact me on Facebook (under Clarissa Rizal), or email me here at: or call my cell at:  970-903-8386 (and yes, 970 is indeed the correct area code).

Thank you very much for your keeping me and this trade in mind! 



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Best Light For Weaving!!!

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:14am

One of my weaving apprentices recently turned me on to the best lamp for weaving…the V-Light!

I appreciate the fact that the best light in the world for weaving Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving is this lamp:  the V-Light !  I was turned on to this lamp via one of my students this past Summer; holy moly, this light makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!!!  I purchased this lamp at Office Max.  Every time I go into any store that sells lamps, I am always check to see if they carry this particular brand and model, nothing else comes close!  If there were two or three of these lamps at Office Max, i would have bought all of them!

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