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Exodus Co-Founder: I Never Saw One Of Our Members Become Heterosexual

Posted by Corey Kaster on April 28, 2010

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Monday Motivator – Coincidence?

Posted by Corey Kaster on April 26, 2010

“I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.”

Dalai Lama

Synchronicity is a term based on the Greek words syn, which means “joined with” and chronos, meaning “time.”  Synchronicity is a bond or connection that happens in a timely way.  It is a correspondence between two or more things that is suddenly made clear.

Synchronicity can help us find our right path, or develop ourselves in important ways because it gives us clues to our potentials, and can lead us toward our destiny.

We’ve all heard stories about people who knew each other in childhood and were brought back together through a series of coincidences. They ended up falling in love (for the first time, or again) and spent the rest of their lives together. Pure chance? Or, a series of synchronous events that led them to the place they were meant to be?

I believe we all experience synchronicity every day. We just don’t generally notice it.

In his book, “The Power of Coincidence – How Life Shows Us What We Need to Know”, David Richo suggests several ways we can become more aware of and make use of the synchronous events that happen in our lives. A few of these are:

  • Keep track in a journal of any coincidences that happen to you. Find a personal message from these experiences, one that  moves you along on your life’s journey.
  • Look at the significant events throughout the course of your life, and explore the synchronicities around them.  What message was trying to come through?
  • Pay attention to the surprises that happen to you.  What do they call you to uncover?
  • Notice what images come up over and over for you.  What do you think they are trying to tell you?

All too often, we get caught up in going after a certain set of expectations that we have set for ourselves – either in the way we have to do things or in the goals we set. By rigidly holding onto those expectations, we frequently miss out on important information or opportunities that can make our way easier and more rich.

This week, I invite you to pay attention to the synchronicities that happen in your life and, like the Dalai Lama, don’t allow your expectations to hinder your path. Act on the insights you have and see what wonderful things come your way.

Wishing you some wonderful surprises —

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Cheri Fredrickson, CPC

Small Business Coach

Reiki Master/Teacher


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Etiquette Awareness — Missing Phone Booths

Posted by Corey Kaster on April 20, 2010

While browsing through a little shop recently on the hunt for note cards and enjoying all the little odds and ends available for purchase, I found myself stuck listening to a woman’s cell phone conversation. I tried moving away to another part of the store — several times — but she seemed set in wandering along behind in my chosen path as she loudly jabbered on.

After glancing her way several times, I was all ready to give her a rather pointed “look” when I heard her talking about an upcoming event at my son’s school and I realized I was looking at a fellow parent. Keeping in mind that “you never know who you might be interacting with” I pulled back my “look” and went on about my business.

Was I wrong to be annoyed by her rude cell phone manners? No. Does that give me an excuse to react less than politely in return? No, because then we would have simply been two people behaving rudely.

The only person you can control is yourself, and it is by your conduct that people will draw their conclusions.

Not only do you not know who you are interacting with, you never know who is watching.


Phone calls can come at all different times. For some odd reason, people always tend to catch me at the grocery store. Either don’t take the call or find yourself an unobtrusive corner and quietly take care of your business.

Don’t make others listen to your conversation. While you may not be thinking about what you are sharing, you may be talking about things they don’t want — or shouldn’t — be hearing!

Please feel free to send me any of your

etiquette or customer service questions or stories!

Previous editions of Etiquette Awareness

may now be viewed at my website,

Jodi Blackwood

Business Etiquette & Customer Service Specialist

Speaker & Seminar Leader

“Etiquette is about polishing your approach,

not changing who you are.”


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Mississippi Avenue reflects retail story in Portland

Posted by Corey Kaster on April 19, 2010

April 11 2010

The Sunday Oregonian

Full page, front page Business section

“Welcome to Mississippi…An avenue filled with possibilities”

By Laura Gunderson

Article Theme:

“The Mississippi Avenue Business District has continued to grow in a down economy.”


2,366: Households within a half-mile of N. Mississippi Avenue

$44,064: Median household income within a half-mile of N. Mississippi Avenue

$364,599: Median home value within a half-mile of N. Mississippi Avenue

Hallmarks of the “Mississippi Mystique”:

The historic North Portland district has attracted

First-time business owners, many of them women

Retailers that have expanded, backed by federal recovery loans

Experienced operators opening their second, third or even fourth shops

Long-time operators who know they gain the benefits of an established neighborhood

along with the buzz of a street considered one of Portland’s newest finds

Much of the entrepreneurial excitement is over

Lease rates that have remained relatively flat

A lineup of locally owned businesses, with owners often found behind the till

A strong business group (Historic Mississippi Avenue Business Association)

that organizes several well-advertised annual events

Case Studies:

Real estate experts say some of North Mississippi Avenue’s success comes from the fact that many of its business owners live in the neighborhood and understand its needs

Tupelo Alley is a new residential building that has reached 86% occupancy in the first year. They expect 95% of its 188 apartments to be leased by next month.

Mississippi Pizza, one the street’s oldest restaurants, had its best sales year in 2009 – besting former record holder 2007 by 8 percentage points.

Restaurateur Karen Harding of Cup & Saucer (who will open her fourth location on Mississippi this spring) says she’s looking forward to being a part of a business community that feels particularly supportive and active. “I’m inspired by what Mississippi has done — the big and the small events,” she says. “I’m inspired by it, want to be a part of it and want to learn from it.”

The non-profit group Northwest Dance Project feels connected not only to neighbors — some who now take dance classes– but also the active bunch of business owners. Director Sarah Slipper loves the community feel of people strolling by, stopping to look and sometimes popping in to watch a class or rehearsal.

Link to article:

(Some of the data above is from the print version, not reproduced online)

There is office space for rent on this hopping street

right in the Q Center. Click here for more info!

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‘Blessing’ sung by American Idol’s RJ Helton at Scott Alan’s Birdland Concert, April 12th, 2010

Posted by Corey Kaster on April 19, 2010

My sentiments exactly…


I’m taking back my allegations

I misdirected my life

I’ve changed, I’m a different man

How our love ain’t right

But I only wish, you would understand

How our love is exactly, what God has planned

Just try to remember…

That I’m still your baby, your blood, have your eyes, have your smile,

I’m sorry this hurts you, I’m sorry this numbs you

But I’m not ashamed of this fire I’ve inflamed

I was given this gift to love from heavens hands

Don’t abandon me now for loving another man

All i ask is in time, you’ll give me your blessing

I know deep down you love me, I could use that love right now

I know time heals the hurting, I just hope you come around

Cause I’m finally proud to state who i am

You close-minded thoughts won’t leave me condemned

And im sorry this hurts you…

But I’m still your baby, your blood, have your eyes, have your smile,

Nothing has changed here, I’m still the same

You taught me to love with my heart, I still do

I was given this gift to love from heavens hands

And i know this is not the life you have planned

But i ask that in time, you’ll give me your blessing


Cause I couldnt remain living inside this lie,

Every day that I do more and more of me dies

I’m just here to remind you

That I’m still your baby, your blood, have your eyes, have your smile,

I didn’t mean to hurt you, I’m sorry your wounded

But I’m not ashamed of this fire I’ve inflamed

I was living this life for somebody else,

Now this is my chance to live it for myself

All i ask is in time, you give me your blessing

Give your blessing

Your blessing

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A Banner Year for U.S. Wind Power Expansion

Posted by Corey Kaster on April 17, 2010

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Friday, 16 April 2010

The U.S. wind energy industry released their annual report last week touting another record year. More than 10,000 MW of new wind power generating capacity came online last year, the largest year in U.S. history, and enough to power the equivalent of 2.4 million homes or generate as much electricity as three large nuclear power plants.

America’s wind power fleet will conserve approximately 20 billion gallons of water annually that would otherwise be lost to evaporation from steam of cooling in conventional power plants. And, it will eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to taking 10.5 million cars off the road.

In state rankings, Iowa leads in terms of percentage of electricity from wind power, getting 14% of its power from the wind, and also leads in highest number of jobs in the manufacturing sector. Texas consolidated its lead in wind capacity and in largest wind farms installed.

Despite the economic downturn, the demand for small wind systems for residential and small business use (rated capacity of 100 kW or less) grew 15% in 2009, adding 20 MW of generating capacity to the nation. Seven small wind turbine manufacturing facilities were opened, announced or expanded in 2009.

All 50 states have jobs in the wind industry, with 85,000 people employed. Ten new wind turbine manufacturing facilities came online in the U.S. last year, 20 were announced, and nine facilities were expanded. 100 companies to manufacture wind components opened, announced or expanded in the past three years (2007- 2009), bringing the total to over 200.

For the unemployed person looking to join the burgeoning field, 205 educational programs now offer a certificate, degree, or coursework related to wind energy, mostly offered by community colleges or technical school programs.

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My quick review of the Vibram FiveFingers

Posted by Corey Kaster on April 14, 2010

Jon Grossart, my rolfer recommended these. The picture to the left is a little creepy (with the cut off legs), but these are the kind of FivFingers I bought. I got them at REI ($85 – but 20% with Member Coupon)

So I have had these almost a week now, and absolutely love them! It has taken a while to get used to having something between my toes. However, it seems to help spread my toes after all these years of being squished together in shoes. They are extremely comfortable and after a while wearing them I don’t even notice I have them on. My feet seem to be getting stronger already! I would recommend breaking yourself in slowly due to this. Feet will need some time to adjust to the lack of support.

A few other things I have noticed –

– They are a little chilly when the weather is cool – even with socks (yes, I had to buy special socks)
– They are not good for riding a bike – wind is extra cold & no solid sole makes biking a little more work
– Even though they have a smooth sole, they provide good grip on wet/slick surfaces.
– They get a LOT of attention.

*** Lastly, I would not recommend these if you haven’t had Rolfing. If you are not structurally aligned, I can imagine these might do more harm than good. The link to Jon’s website is at the top. Please see him – it will change your life! Since working with him all upper back pain is gone and I feel stronger, more balanced, and more stable. ***

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Etiquette Awareness — Recognition Feels Great!

Posted by Corey Kaster on April 14, 2010

Today’s mail brought me a most pleasant surprise. But before I tell you what it was, I need to share some background information with you.

In addition to writing this weekly newsletter, I also write articles on various topics pertaining to business etiquette and customer service. I submit them to on-line publishing sites as another way of making myself known in the world.

One of these sites is Article submissions are reviewed and critiqued according to a set of editorial guidelines prior to acceptance for publishing, and recently I was awarded the top level Platinum status, moving up from the Basic author status. There is a second level, Basic Plus, which typically requires the submission of an additional 25+ articles to meet this criteria, but because of the quality of my writing and my choice of topics, I bypassed it and went straight to the top!

I must say I’m rather proud of myself.

My reason for sharing this information with you is because of the package I received in the mail today. It was a large coffee mug from with a packet of gourmet coffee tucked inside and a convenient coaster. Accompanying it was a note from the CEO, thanking me for “being an Expert Author” and saying that the enclosed items were a token of appreciation for sending in best quality and original articles. It was closed with “looking forward to your next set of article submissions so that we can increase your exposure and send targeted, qualified traffic back to your website.” It was all beautifully packaged in a custom designed box … a wonderful impression from start to finish.

Did I mention that there is no charge to have my articles published by this site?

Now, if you will excuse me, I feel the urge to do some writing!


So, what are you doing to recognize others? It doesn’t have to be an elaborate gesture or a gift; often times an unexpected “thank you for all you do” or “I appreciate you” can have a tremendous effect.

Send a card, pick up the telephone, write an email, stop by with a balloon, candy bar or cup of coffee. The fact that the gesture is made is what is important!

Please feel free to send me any of your

etiquette or customer service questions or stories!

Previous editions of Etiquette Awareness

may now be viewed at my website,

Jodi Blackwood

Business Etiquette & Customer Service Specialist

Speaker & Seminar Leader

“Etiquette is about polishing your approach,

not changing who you are.”


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The Money Knot – What If It Really Isn’t About The Money?

Posted by Corey Kaster on April 12, 2010

Our next teleclass is about our Money Trap Doors. This is a phrase I have coined for those money related beliefs that seem to magically open up beneath our feet, causing us to fall away. There are many of them. Some we have created for ourselves, others are cultural. There is one in particular that I thought deserved some extra special, individual attention, sort of like the kid that is acting out in school.

Let’s call this one Masquerading as Money. Let me give you a couple of examples and see if you can recognize it for yourself. A while back, I had a call with an attorney. He was seriously considering further discounting his fees based on an interaction he had with a potential client. He said he already was charging less than the going rate, and had made sure that the potential client knew that. The client had committed to work with him on some family oriented legal work that the attorney specialized in. The next morning the client called and canceled, saying that her brother had decided they should go with their general family attorney. Our attorney asked if money was a factor, and the potential client said yes, but it was mostly about using the family attorney. Our attorney felt this was a signal to further lower his fees. I felt it was much more about that the family was nervous about an unknown, and wanted to go with the person they knew and trusted, even if it wasn’t their specialty. Both our attorney and the client tried to make it about money, but I just don’t think so.

It’s true that money is part of the decision, but it’s not all of it. Perhaps a great way to identify this Money Trap Door is to ask this question:

“If this issue wasn’t about money, would the result still be the same?”

To be even clearer, if we took money out of the equation, would the client still have chosen the family attorney? If the answer is yes, then money isn’t really the deciding factor, is it?

So why would someone take a non-money problem and try to blame it on the money? It’s often easier to make things about money. It’s less emotional in some ways. We get less tangled up. I found myself confused once by something I was trying to make about money, when I knew it wasn’t. I’d been having regular massages by a particular masseuse (yes, lucky me!) I consider these massages as being necessary to my good health. Suddenly, one morning, I woke up and thought “I can’t afford those massages anymore.” I literally looked around to see who said that. I was actually astonished. I knew that nothing in my financial position had changed. I could afford the massages just as well this month as I had the prior six months. What was going on? As I sat and pondered this, I realized that I just didn’t like her technique any more. Somehow it wasn’t doing it for me. The real problem had nothing to do with money. Yet what were the first words out of my mouth?

We aren’t accustomed to being able to just change our minds about something. We have perhaps a cultural pressure to have a “good reason” for a change. It seems strange to just change our mind. We need to be angry, or have had bad service, or no longer be able to afford whatever it is. That last reason seems to be the easiest to put over, the easiest for people to accept. No one talks about money. So no one is going to question that excuse.

There is this magic thing, if you make it about money, no one asks any questions. Try it. Next time you don’t want to do something, just say “I can’t afford it.” It’s like magic. People will disappear. Talking about money on that level is so taboo, it’s a true conversation stopper. It can be a great excuse, if you are conscious of it as one.

However, if you use money as the excuse, or the Masquerader, without being conscious of it, you’ll just fall through a Money Trap Door, and find yourself somewhere you may not have wanted to go.

It’s good to sort it out and know what part is really about money, and what part really isn’t. I’ve got a client that did just that. Her ex-husband wanted to take their son on a vacation, and he wanted his ex-wife to give him money for the extra cost of feeding his son during the trip. She realized that this wasn’t really about money. It was about a bunch of other things, things like fairness and power and putting the son in the middle. The tangle that was building over the son being told that he wouldn’t be able to go on the trip unless him mom paid for his food wasn’t about money. It would have been easy in some ways to let it be about money, wouldn’t it? But the tangle of power and fairness is the real problem. Often the choices around these issues don’t have a nice and neat happy solution.

People make it about money to avoid pain or embarrassment. We make it about money to minimize pain, to eliminate scrutiny. We make it about money because we know that most of the time people won’t look beyond money for the cause. It’s easy to make it about money.

If the problem is not about money, then it costs us to make it seem so. It costs us by reinforcing the idea that money “makes” things happen. When you make money the “bad guy”, you end up hiding the actual cause, and thus make it impossible to stop or change.

What other costs can you see? Now that you know what happens when an issue Masquerades as Money, you have a choice. You can look to see what else is creating the issue, or you can continue to fall through the trap. Choices are like that.

If you are interested in identifying other Money Trap Doors you may fall through, join us on this month’s call.

Upcoming Teleclasses:

We have two events to talk about in this Money Knot. One is for April, and a special one for early May, for those of us with artistic and creative leanings.

Teleclass: What’s Your Money Trap?

Here’s how Money Trap Doors work. You are walking through life and suddenly this money place takes over. It’s like we just fall through a trap door. We are surrounded by Money Trap Doors all the time. Some we have created for ourselves and some are imposed by our culture and history. Identifying and exploring these trap doors will create both clarity and choice about whether or not you want to keep falling through them.

We’ll explore at least five Money Trap Doors. While exploring them, we will look both at their impact on you when you fall through one, and also how to avoid being drug into any trap doors that other people may try and pull you into.

Learn how to walk around, jump over, or at least climb back out of those money traps.

Date: Wednesday, April 21st

Time: 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Pacific (1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Eastern)


Fee: FREE your only cost for this call is your regular long distance call charges.


Our second teleclass is a joint venture between Shell and Rebecca Coleman.

Teleclass: Can Artists Be Friends With Money?

As creatives, you just want to be creative! You are passionate about your art, and you want to spend all of your time doing that. You do not want to spend time thinking about how to pay the rent, how to market yourself, and how to create more income. If you want to survive, thrive, and even prosper as an artist, you need to get clear about your relationship with money.

$ Does it feel like money is some mysterious thing that no one ever really explained to you?

$ Do you sometimes wish that you never had to think about money again?

$ Does crunching numbers sound about as fun as a root canal?

Money coach Shell Tain will be with us to point out the money related road blocks that keep us stuck in the mindset of being starving artists. Shell has a no-number-crunching approach to money that helps us see it in new ways. You’ll leave this call with some new perspectives and ideas about you, money and about your relationship with it.

Rebecca Coleman a freelance theatre publicist in Vancouver, BC, Canada, will co-host the call, stirring up questions and ideas. She is passionate about helping artists to become better business people, and writes about the subject frequently on her blog, The Art of the Business, found at

Together, these two will lead you towards untangling some of the money thinking that keeps road blocking you on your way to being both a creative and a prosperous artist.

Date: Tuesday, May 4th

Time: 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Pacific (1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Eastern)


Fee: FREE your only cost for this call is your regular long distance call charges.

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$ensible Coaching


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A pano from Panorama Point

Posted by Corey Kaster on April 11, 2010

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