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This post is about Bertrand Babinet, a health intuitive that I use, and his wife Roberta who works with him.

My first experience with them was in the 80’s. I forget now what I went for. It was resolved very satisfactorily and then Bertrand said something to me, about dealing with my voice. I didn’t know my voice could be different. He released it to it’s natural alto range. I had been stuck in a high pitched childlike voice that was not presenting me at my best. This kind of giving you more than you expect has been my experience with the Babinets.

Then in the 90’s, I took a workshop with them about how laughter changes you energetically and how different laughs, ha ha vs ho ho etc. have more effect on various parts of our body.  The next day at my work was brutal and short staffed.  I was sent a temp and that meant besides everything else, I had to orient her. She was a temp that had a reputation for not doing much. Even though I did not feel like laughing, I consciously said laugh sounds during the day. I found you can be crazy busy and saying hee hee, etc. can fit right in. The day turned around as if by magic, the temp ended up devoted to me and applied for a job and you could have knocked me over with a feather.

Happiness by Sabrina Campagna

Bertrand gives affirmations that are specific to you and your challenges at the time. Since I can use hearing them again and they are very universal, I’ll share some:

I am free to be me.

I am really happy with what I have to offer. I give it my best shot and what other people choose is fine.

Don’t create from being out of balance. Create from a place of doing great.

I am choosing a more relaxed and more creative lifestyle.

Service is the highest form of expression.

Love it all as God’s gift.

Anything I have to offer is God’s gift to me.

I’m standing in the strength of my sensitivity.

Happiness by Raul A.

My biological age is 17 years younger than my stated age. I know that is directly related to the help I have received from Bertrand on many levels and I am very grateful. Most recently I wrote about his help in this post. A few years ago my biological age was ten years younger than my stated age. Since then I have been taking Dr. Babinet’s Prime Formula and taking supplements to control my cholesterol which didn’t respond to diet changes alone. I started his anti-aging formula last week.

For today’s post, Dr. Babinet has agreed to answer some questions:
How did you come to do this work?

My work has evolved over the past 30 years;  The two main component that molded it was my interest and avid curiosity for anything related to health at any level.  The other was opportunities and challenges.  In the early 1990 my spiritual teacher suggested that I teach my work to others and that generated a great deal of clarification about what I did and how.  The in the late 1990 my wife had breast cancer and that triggered a much deeper search into the phyiology of health.

How does it work, how do you do what you do?

I have trained myself to be attune to subtle frequencies so when I direct my attention I enter into resonance with that frequency then I identify a scale to determine health and dysfunction.  It is very inconceivable for many.  For me it is as simple as saying there is a chair in front of my desk and it comes with the same level of certainty which has been validated through years of experience.

What kinds of things do people come to you for?

Every possible issue you can imagine;  Their physical health, their relationships, their kids’s problem, their work, their spiritual concerns, their pets and their physical environment ( house, office etc).  For me it is all the same.  I just use different maps to differentiate the issues and the remedies.

What would you say that you do best?

Treating each person with respect.  Looking at what  most other practitioners do not examine and generating creative, effective solutions.

Are there things or situations that don’t respond?

I am sure but those are probably the clients who don’t come back and don’t make any referrals.

Is there anything you want us to know?

That my primary purpose is to love people and provide them with the tools to achieve optimal health, wellness and personal effectiveness.
I also want them to know that our product The Prime Formula is great at providing a strong physical and psychological foundation.

Love,peace and radiant health,

Bertrand Babinet PhD., LAc.

Health is Simple and affordable.

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Boulder, CO 80302

Do any of you readers out there is blogland have any questions for Dr. Babinet?

By the way, I don’t get anything for sharing this information with you. I do it because I am so grateful and happy to be healthy.

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur


Posted by on February 18, 2010 in Abundance


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Friday For Friends – Sunshine Award

Jennifer at The Mind Of Ifer – Random Musings from an Overactive Mind… blog gave me this award. I am grateful.

Jennifer writes some very thought-provoking material. For instance  Technological Hermits and today’s The rain makes me remember… where she has us read a short story by Ray Bradbury.

I’m happy to be in her company.

The rules for accepting this:
Put the logo on your blog or within your post (right click and save),
Pass the award onto 5 bloggers,
Link the nominees within your post,
Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

My five nominees, for bringing sunshine into my life are:

!. Angela Cerrito

2. Thea Phipps – Author and Artist

3. Jennee at Cheap Therapy

4.  Robin at Life On It’s Own Terms

5.  Myfanwy

Thank you all out there.


Posted by on February 11, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Friday For Friends – Angela Cerrito, author of THE END OF THE LINE.

A new dog here today - Angela's.

This Friday’s Friend is Angela Cerrito, who combines homemaking and mothering with working as a children’s physical therapist and writing. She lives in Europe and does and is much more than that.

On her blog, her profile has a description –

“My youngest said she could describe me in three words:
1. stay-up-late-ish
2. curly-hair-ish
3. writer”

I first met Angela when we were both in an on-line critique group for writers of Children’s magazine articles.

Please tell us the status of the story you were creating then?
I’m not sure any of the articles I worked on with that group made it to publication. I just sent one off to the Highlights Contest this month and I’m working on developing another story into a picture book. I’ve had articles about children’s books and book fairs published in Stars and Stripes and contributed to e-zines for adults and kids. I think my article Creating a Perfect Bibliography first published by kid mag writers and now hosted by Fiona Bayrock gets a lot of hits.

Saturday, November 14, 2009 Angela announced in her blog, the news of her book contract with Holiday House for THE END OF THE LINE. She shares how she told the news in layers of loving waves out from herself.  She posted a link about touching circumstances with her father-in-law the same day as the book contract. Then she goes on to add links to other newly published writers to share the news of all of them. This reflects one of the things I like most about Angela, her oneness with all.

Please tell us about your soon to be published book.
THE END OF THE LINE is about a boy who is convinced his life is over. He is sent to Great Oaks, a school for troubled youth that is run like a prison. To get home he must follow the rules, face the past, and tell the truth. Otherwise, Great Oaks School will really be the end of the line.

And your poetry prize(s).

I’ve had poetry accepted by greeting card companies and a poem published in Once Upon a Time magazine. I’ve written a few songs for my daughter’s band but they haven’t written music for them yet. I recently entered a poetry contest on Donna Earnhardt’s blog and it was selected runner up.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
Initially, I want to be true to my story, the characters. But when all of the revising and editing is done, I hope my writing connects with readers in a way that makes them want to share the story. Years ago I wrote a dark fairy tale and during editing I read the book onto a tape and used this to correct the manuscript. My youngest daughter began listening to the tapes repeatedly and then telling her friends at school the story during consecutive recesses (she recalled the novel from memory and translated it from English to German as she told them.) The fact that her friends wanted to hear the story day after day was such a compliment. Several boys and girls came to our house and wanted to see the movie. A few of them said, “the way Samantha told the story I could see it happening.” I was so surprised, I couldn’t speak (and that’s saying something!) It still makes me so happy to think about it. So, that is my wish for all of my stories –that they will find readers who connect with the story in a way that they want to share it with their friends.

What other writing projects are you working on?

I’m working on a YA novel, a middle grade novel about a boy who isn’t really as different as the world thinks he is, and two non-fiction picture books. Most of my writing time is spent working on revisions for THE END OF THE LINE. I hope to start a new website in the spring.

Besides writing what are some other things you enjoy?
I love music. This month I began learning to play the cajon drum, it is really easy to learn and a lot of fun to play. I’ve also started climbing the rock wall and bouldering at the fitness center near my home. Best of all is spending time with my family. We play cards and board games a lot, take walks with our dog Max (our cat Nero follows along on walks) and spend time outside even in the cold and snowy weather we have right now. We’re busy with work, school and other activities during the week (and the TV is off) so Friday nights are our movie nights. In addition to Max and Nero, we also share our home with an African Grey Parrot named Buddy.

What would you say is your greatest life lesson?

This is very difficult question. I think I’ve been learning life’s lessons since I was a very young child (some of them the hard way) and I’m still learning. Some of the most important lessons, my mother told me (again and again and again) when I was young, but I had to grow up to learn them for myself: pick your friends carefully, listen to your conscious, if it seems too good to be true it probably is, love isn’t two people giving 50 / 50 it’s two people each giving 100% and so on. A conversation that I replay often is one I had at the temple of heaven in Beijing with a genetic engineer from California who was standing next to me. Two or three tour groups came and went and we stayed, studied the temple and talked about the meaning of life. He grew up poor a few streets away from the Forbidden City where we stood and then went on to California and into the field of genetics. He and I came some conclusions about the meaning of life that day that still resonate with me today. I lived in China for a year; the day I left, a dear friend gave me a small cloth bag that she made for me. It was mismatched and oddly colored and I adored it so much I wanted to cry. She then paid me a wonderful compliment. She said she admired how I take great joy in small things. I think that is a lesson I try to live by every day.

Anything you want to add?

Yes! I can’t finish this interview without saying how amazing and wonderful the kidlit community is. I’ve learned so much from meeting other writers. Verla Kay’s message board is like an education in writing for children and Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog Cynsations is even more comprehensive than an encyclopedia of the children’s literature world. And most of all, SCBWI. I’m so lucky to be part of SCBWI. I am the assistant international Regional Advisor and one of the organizers of SCBWI Bologna in conjunction with the Bologna Book Fair. SCBWI Bologna has a special place in my heart because it was my first conference, the first time an editor gave me advice about my work, and the start of my participation in. SCBWI

Thank you Angela, for sharing your full life with us. I’m looking forward to reading your book in Spring 2011.
All photos are courtesy of Angela Cerrito. Stay well and happy writing.


Posted by on January 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Friday For Friends – Anamaris’ Chef It Yourself Blog

Today’s featured blogger is Anamaris. She has a blog called Chef It Yourself which features her cooking and her photography. Warning, looking at it will cause you to want to eat and not just anything but something beautiful and delicious looking.

Truth is, I, who avoid cooking, started reading her blog because of NaBloPoMo
It was one of the ones I enjoyed the most. Her pictures are enticing and as she says she “shows you that delicious food doesn’t have to be complicated.”

Today I’m cooking her pork recipe
but instead of a pork shoulder I am using a leg of lamb.

Last Wednesday I made her scallion pancakes.
What amazed me was how satisfying it was on some deep level to cook for myself. I felt like I valued me. My usual breakfast is to put a veggie sausage in the toaster oven. I did use uncooked tortillas instead of making them from scratch.

This past week, Anamaris had her first posting for her Top Chef It Yourself challenge.
You can still join in.

Her husband artist made her gravatar. It’s terrific.

What is your earliest cooking memory? Please tell us about it.

Making these jello cookies with my mom. She used to subscribe to Womans World magazine and there was a recipe for cookies with flavored jello in the batter and a dragee on top. You could make them with any flavor and ended up with pink or green or yellow cookies. I swear I remember them as the best cookies EVAH.

When did you start photography?

I’ve been around cameras since I was a kid, my dad was an avid photographer. He often seemed to forget to load his film, but he always had the camera with him. My first camera was a Sony Disk, I don’t know if anyone remembers those. Going through old albums, I’ve found pictures I took ‘back in the day’. So I guess my interest goes way back.

What is your kitchen like?

It’s a galley style, about 10×4 feet, not big, not even medium-sized. It is the perfect size for 2 cooks though, add a third and you’re crowded. I have a fair amount of counterspace thanks to the fact that the washer & dryer are in that space. It’s cozy, but it’s mine.

What is your favorite cooking tool?

Tough one, I’m not super gadgety, but I have this garlic peeling tube thingamajig. I love it. When my now hubby came over for dinner the first time, I did a little magic dance show with it. I also couldn’t live without my lemon hand squeezer.

Are there foods you don’t like?

BANANAS. I once won a Toastmasters impromptu speech award explaining why I hate them so. When people see me out on the hallway, they still call me Banana Girl. That was about 3 years ago…

If you could give only one piece of advice to would-be cooks, what would it be?

1-Don’t be afraid, there isn’t a recipe you can’t follow. That doesn’t mean you won’t have flops. I do and I have been cooking for over 30 years. If its absolutely inedible, dunk it and try something else.
1b-If you’ve never cooked a thing, start with lower-priced items, that way you don’t feel it’s a major loss if it goes wrong.
1c-Also, remember to have fun with it. Play some music, pour yourself a glass of wine/beer/whatever and go at it.
That still counts as one, right?

This counts as one very complete one. Thank you Anamaris. Today’s post was intended to be filled with Anamaris’ enticing photos and will be when I figure out how to post them. Until then please click on the links.

I love how you sign off Anamaris,
Cookingly yours from both of us.


Posted by on January 21, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Friday For Friends – Book Review – A Doll In The Wall by Thea Phipps


TITLE: The Doll In The Wall

AUTHOR: Thea Phipps

PUBLISHER: Xlibris Corporation (October 27, 2009)

Paperback: 344 pages

PRICE: $19.99

Before Christmas I was lucky to win a copy of Thea Phipps book, The Doll In The Wall.

Thea Phipps bio lets you know she is funny and fun, so I was looking forward to reading her book The Doll In The Wall. I love a good mystery and humor makes it that much better.

Early on she got to me with a presence that came through in her choice of words.

Pg. 65 ROFL

Pg. 189 I’m stumped by the intricate mystery here.

The description of fallen petals like confetti speaks to me.

Pg. 116 reminds me of the first time I kissed a boy. (sigh)

I love that Thea brings up the difference between being unaware of someone vs. ignoring them, perhaps because you have such regard for them.

Pg. 270 Thea uses chess in a brilliant way.

Here is a photo of my “cheat sheets” as I was determined to solve this mystery.

Pg. 288 LOL, tears in my eyes.

This was a satisfying read,well plotted and well wrapped up. Later I found myself missing the characters. I love when that happens. Thank you Thea

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur


Posted by on January 14, 2010 in Book Review


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Fridays for Friends

Fridays will now be for friends and will feature a post about a fellow blogger. Since I’ve been posting in the evening and my evening is late night zulu time, I’ll post it on Thursday evenings.

Today’s is about Daria from
Daria’s Blog

Daria won the book, The 3 A.M. Epiphany. Here’s a little about her:

“My name is Daria and I’m relatively new to blogging. Sure, I have had a blog for quite a while, but only recently have I understood what it is to Blog, and what goes into it… I enjoy writing, and reading what others write, but I am now learning what goes into a blog – traffic, readers and the like. The 3AM Ephiphany is going to be a great benefit for me, and I cannot wait to see what kind of reading exercises it holds, and I am excited to try every one.

My newlywed husband may not be so excited (he is not a fan of my hours on the computer, but he will live), but I think it will work out well in the long run! My blog is new, and because of that, I welcome all constructive criticism! If you don’t blog well, who am I going to learn from?? =)

JB – thank you so much for this contest, and this book! I appreciate it, and will hope to take advantage of this teaching in the near future! =)”

You’re welcome Daria. I’d love to hear how the exercises go for you.

Next Friday I am committing to having read the book I won on Thea Phipps blog, and commenting on it. Her book is called The Doll In The Wall and I’m hooked. It’s a humorous mystery.

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur


Posted by on January 9, 2010 in writing


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