UC Berkeley Botanic Gardens - I love our local botanic gardens. It really is impressive.

  The Sigal Museum - My family originally settled in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania when they came over from "the old country." The Sigal Museum of Northampton County History and Geneology is housed in what was Sigal's clothing store in Easton, Pennsylvania.

  Charity Navigator - Learn about the non-profits you give to. CharityNavigator is a super resource to find out about the charities that you donate to (you do donate to charities, dont you?) Go here to learn that the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society uses an astonishing 98% of its revenue to actually protect wildlife! Another similar site is the GuideStar. This site used to be good, but now everything one really wants to see requires a very expensive subscription.

The Excellence Series and 21st Century Leadership were designed to help people produce excellence in their lives. These series of courses have been the most important thing I have done in my life (strong words, I know.) Their history and who is now offering them is a bit complex. Originally a man named Randy Revell, possesing of an amazing insight into human behavior, created The Excellence Series. This set of courses was offered for many years, but in the late '90's Randy decided stop presenting these classes. Instead, he created 21st Century Leadership, a class which combined and revamped the ideas from the Excellence Series.

A group of graduates from Excellence Series decided that they wanted to see the earlier courses continue, so they incorporated The Excellence Foundation, purchased the material from Context Associated, and resumed the teaching of the original Excellence Series.

Sadly, in 2004, Randy Revell died. After Randy's death, Phil Holcomb, co-creater of 21st Century Leadership continued the teaching of the course through a new group: Extraordinary Learning. Though the web site for Context Associated still exists, 21st Century Leadership is now offered by Extraordinary Learning.

Having attended both Excellence Series and 21st Century Leadership , I can say with all honesty that they are extraordinary programs which can produce incredible value in people's lives, regardless of what entity is offering the classes.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - Sea Shepherd actively defends the defenseless creatures of the sea. Their activities are not for the faint of heart, but are an important step in saving what is left.

My friend who likes to be known as "Jake Von Slatt" has been doing some truly amazing projects in his garage. Everything from attaching an old AT&T Bell Telephone handset to a cell phone, to creating a wild looking "steampunk" keyboard for his computer, to building his own steam powered car.  He has two sites to tickle your curiosity: and

My other web sites: The Uncarved Block, TripTalk,, OSADiary, FarawayBeach.


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