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BreakFast Is For Lovers

Heya hiya ho there! Been taking a chill pill from the bloggy world.

Happy birthday…..no, I really mean it…..to all and everyone who has ever had one…..every day of the year!

What a strange coincidence that there are only 365 days in a year, and 8 billion people with birthdays…….so does that mean some people are bound to be born on the same day???? dang! It’s a birthfiesta every day!

While time has been passing by, i cut my hair short, shaved the beard, then grew my hair long again, and grew a goatee. Someone a few days ago said “Hey, I like the pirate look”  ??????

Despite what you may have heard, the world has decided to continue turning and spinning.

Did you know fossil fuels are in fact, no longer fossils?

Hey thanks to those who have continued to come back to check on my blog. i know it ain’t been much lately.
Been working a lot on my internet marketing and website building in my spare time. Got plans to release stuffs later on this year. I’m hoping to be working for my own businesses again soon.

In the mean time I continue to work as an overnight Mgr at a CRM Marketing firm. Ah the vampiric life…….

Is that the sun?……aaahhhhrrrrgggg.

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Two Things every soul needs

Thom Sequoia: Night of the Eagle Feather - 2010

 

There are two things that every soul truly needs…

Two things every living being should not have to do without.

THE FIRST IS TO BE LOVED.

In a perfect world no child should ever have to be abused. And parents
should simply get over themselves, and spend some quality time with their children. Laugh, play, read, hug, and most of all tell your children you love them. Your love for them is not based on how well they live up to
your expectations. It is your chance to serve another soul. Your chance to love and give of yourself freely. Without a price.

And that includes changing diapers, getting up in the middle of the night. Soothing a crying child. Teaching rules and guidelines with compassion but firmness. Not allowing the so called generation gap to slip between you and your teenager, even if drugs are involved. (But never physical abuse. Cause that’s just you trying to say you’re in control of the world…..and your probably not….at least as far as causality is concerned).

Let me say that again parents (especially parents of teenagers or older children).

Your love for them should not be based on how well they live up to your expectations.

How many adult lives are scarred because of that simple principle not put in play when they themselves were children?

O.K. parents. And now the dreaded fear some of you have embedded into your craniums. How hard is it to say those words…”I love you”. Damn we put a lot of conditionals into that, don’t we? But geese, when you were single, and looking for true love…to be in love….it might have been hard to say at first. But most lovers get used to that and go ahead and take the plunge. But being in love, vs. loving someone, especially your child….it’s a different thing.

Would you who don’t say those words to your children, believe me if I told you that you can change?

Step 1:  Say it right now out loud. to no one in particular. Say it again.

Step 2:  Now practice some more, and get ready, cause your gonna figure out who you love and have not told in awhile. Start with your children, and then just go say something simple like this, ‘Hey, I know I don’t say it much, but I think you are a talented person, and I love you.”

Step 3:  You are not doing this to try and get a response! It’s o.k. to not get one at first.

Step 4:  Now go and do it some more. It doesn’t have to be every day. It doesn’t have to be overbearing. Life is short or long, and sometimes the earth, or causality, or an accident, or a disease, or twin towers falling in an act of terrorism, can simply take us or our loved ones away in a moment of time.

Step 5:  Say it enough (no grudges now), that if you or your child were to pass on from this mortal illusion, that they or you could look back and say “at least I know they knew I loved them!”

And that’s it! Bam! It’s like a get rich quick scheme, only both of you are enriched, and the measure of wealth here is not in little green papers.

Step 6: Oh you thought I was done, eh? Well, no…..now you have to figure out who else in your life you need to tell them you love them. Spouse? Girlfriend/boyfriend? Your parents? Grandparents? Brothers or sisters? Cousins, aunts, or uncles? Friends? How bout just a hug and a kind word to someone in need?

Now don’t go crazy on me here. I’m not advocating becoming an extremist. A needy love crazy. All things with moderation, ya know? But hey, we only live 3 times. So let’s make the best, and express love in proportion, without expectation of return.

I promise you if you do this, right now…..today…..this week…..you will feel pretty good for conquering this mental mountain some of us have let slip in our material pathway.

THE SECOND THING EVERY SOUL NEEDS…

Did you think I’d forgotten?  Well, o.k., the second thing may not really be something every soul needs, but it sure can’t hurt.

And that is a nice massage. Yep, if ja gotz sumun special, with great hands, get em ta give ya a smooth, ache releasing massage! Or maybe just sit in one of those great massage chairs.

Oh, and for you existencial types, ethereal entities, or adamant religiosos, you can just get a metaphorical massage….a soul lift…….a peace palpatation….if you will.

Be good…love ya – Tommy

A small gesture

So after my last post, I sort of took my own advice.

Now I debated whether to tell this story.  Because, I’m not trying to pat myself on the back. More like I wanted to share the feeling of this. And with Christmas coming and all…..well, you know. Don’t ya?

So I needed to run to the library the other morning in Provo.  I was ten minutes early, before they opened. So I was sitting in my mini van, and an old woman rolled by in a wheel chair, down the access ramp, and into a side concrete area. She pulled out what looked like a morsel to eat. She was dressed in grey, had one missing leg with a false leg instead, was wrapped in older worn coats, had two different shoes on, a few shopping bags hanging from her wheelchair, and well…..you get it, right? She looked homeless.

It was cold out, and I thought to myself, should I just sit here, or maybe go say hello.  I also wanted to give her some money, since she may be in need. I didn’t have any on me, so I ran to an ATM.

When I got back, the Library still wan’t open, and she was still in the same spot. I walked up to her and said hello. We talked for maybe ten minutes. I asked her if she had a home. She said she was working on that, but that the shelter had some new transient housing funding that might be coming through soon. I asked her if I could give her some money, though it wasn’t very much at all. She was very appreciative.

Once when I was young and lived in San Diego with my roomates Craig and Phil, in college days, I took a homeless stranger home for the night to our apartment. That didn’t go over to well. You know, there are safety issues to think about, etc.

I wished I could do more for this woman. What I did was really not much, just a small gesture. But it felt good to just do something, ya know?

So we went into the library together, me walking, and her pushing her own wheelchair wheels. We said goodbye, and went to our seperate tasks.

Now the only reason I brought this up to tell you, is because it gave me a good feeling to do something, anything, even if it was just a small gesture.

My two oldest sons recently helped me get my computer running again, after it crashed 3 weeks ago. that also is a small gesture of their time to help me where I was unable to. I am appreciative of that.

May you find a way to give of yourself in some small way or gesture over the next few weeks before Christmas, when we celebrate Jesus birth along with Santa’s gifting.  It really does feel good.

Chao bello!

O.K., Im back. So come on over…

Thom Sequoia - Summer 2010 - Which the Prince and which the frog?

 

Oh heya!  Just stepped out for a bite to eat, and a quick nap…..3 months ago……since my last little bloggy post, ya know?

What ya been doin since I was gone?  I hope you’ve been breathing in the fresh air and sunshine. Did you go for a walk in the woods? Stop to watch a bird, or a snail, or a tiny insect? Maybe took in a mental picture of a majestic mountain that’s been there for about a million and one years, or stopped to notice the mighty roar of the ocean heaving it’s waves on the beach and rocky crags – in and out go the daily tides, pulled by the lull of a waxing moon.

A speck of a speck on the vast river of time you say? Why I do agree! So stop making excuses and GO DO WHAT YOU’VE BEEN WANTING TO DO, but have only been stopped by your belief in your own limitations. Who says that even exists? Maybe just trying something is succeeding…..you know, the journey is the destination and all that rot! I’ll root for you. And I’ll try and do what only fear has been preventing me from doing. What have we got to lose, anyway?

Let’s go do it baby! and have fun while were at it!

California Road Trip!

Brothers and sisters - from left to right: sister Sue, bother Robert, sister Kathie, me (Thomas), sister Cheryl, and cousin Carolyn.

Wait….Can it be considered a road trip if part of the trip was airborn?  I mean I did drive 50 miles from Springville to Salt Lake City. And then flew to San Jose. Then me and Kathie drove to Benecia. From there it was a drive to Placerville. Then to concord, and on to Felton / Santa Cruz. Finally back to San Jose airport, and then fly back to Utah. About 500 miles driving All in four days. What a blast!

Thom Sequoia On The Road

So the story is something like this: Went home to California last week. All my siblings – my brother and 3 sisters – were all together in one place for the first time in 8 years. Also got together with many cousins, second cousins, and relatives on my Mom’s side of the family – The Miller’s – which we haven’t done since……well pretty much never. My mom was the youngest of  7 siblings. I was the youngest of 5 children. So most of my cousins remember me – if at all – as little Tommy, running around between the legs and whatever else little tikes like me used to do. In fact the last time I saw relatives on my Mom’s side of the family, was at her funeral many years back now. I was 14.

But thanks to cousin Earl, he invited the family to come celebrate his 60th birthday in Benecia last week. Since he is the founder of ReachOutBenicia.com, every year they hold a fundraiser. This year, it was a great 60’s bash held at the clock tower building. There was much music and mingling to be had! Earl has done an amazing job over the last 18 years helping people with drug and alcohol addiction.

Earl is also a writer, and writes for The Weekender magazine.

Earl Miller announces at 60's bash - Benecia Clock Tower

Earl Miller prepares to tackle the problem - whatever it may be - while the Miller cousinry and family looks on

To all my family, cousins,  second cousins, and significant others – thanks so much for a wonderful time, and a fantastic Friday night shindig, and Saturday afternoon BBQ. It was wonderful to catch up with all of you. I’m amazed we haven’t done it sooner. And thanks to those who came from other states – John from New Hampshire, Janice from Nevada, Ronnie and Emelia from Florida; Carolyn, Bob, and Vida from SoCal; Sue, Kath, Cheryl and Dan from NoCal; and anyone else I’ve failed to mention.

Thanks also to Jane Cooper Miller for all the unnoticed hard work and preparation that went into the BBQ shindig, and opening her house up to all of us! And to the doggies, who duly sniffed out the soles ….er….souls…..of all present.

Thom Sequoia in front of Inn in Placerville, CA

Of course no adventure would be complete without a little jammin – so thanks to cousin Carolyn Miller (a professional performer down in the SoCal area), and Carlos Reyes (famed instrumentalist), for the impromptu session in front of the miller family and friends audience of 35-40 or so. We played some covers of Dan Fogelberg, Beatles, James Taylor, and John Denver. We slid into Route 66. I played some originals, as well as did Carol. And Carlos gave us all some schooling in a medly or two on the auto harp.

(I’m sure some video footage will be forthcoming!)

Thom Sequoia and Carlos Reyes playing Fire And Rain by James Taylor

Carlos Reyes, Thom Sequoia, and Carolyn Miller jammin on Route 66

P.S. Thanks Duece for coming and enjoying the evening with me and my fam. on Friday night. And tell Kim thanks for letting you out of your cage. (you beast, you).

Kyle "Duece" Dawson at 60's bash..."It's all in the teeth baby", he said, most probably promoting his future appearance on a Myth Busters episode of tensile bite strength

Mothers day brunch in Placerville - Thom, Susan, Carol, April, Joe, and their little ray of sunshine Emily. (and Kathie taking photo)

Thom Sequoia and sister Susan near Benecia Bay California

Clouds touch down in Scotts Valley - Santa Cruz Mountains. "Stop, hey what's that sound, everybody look what's goin round..."

Thom Sequoia & AcoustiHouse 2010 Projects

Thanks to all who keep coming back and checking this blog. I want to apologize for not putting in more entries in the last 6 weeks. when I first put up this blog back in September (seems like yesterday), I made a goal to post at least once a week. I was doing so good up until about mid January.

Well, I’ve been sick the last week with a sinus infection. Before that, been working a part time job doing phone consulting / customer support, and of course working on my music and internet marketing businesses full time.

Project updates:

Utah Music Fest – slow but steady. will be spending much more time on this project in March and April, which looks to be set in August 2010. Big shindig with lots of Utah musicians, 2-3 day festival, etc.

AcoustiHouse Productions – Starting to plan and set up the summer events I’ll be producing this year. Invites to bands and artists will be coming in the next 2 months as well.

Upztart.com Start-ups – Upztart is my flagship company that develops my eBiz and entrepreneurial endeavors. I’ve been spending mucho tiempo on the internet websites and packages for my internet marketing brands. Essentially these are how to’s for businesses on how to optimize SEO (Search Engine Optimization), RMO (Relevancy Marketing Optimization), Social Media, Web 2.o, Linkbuilding and linkwheels, and monetize internet brands across multiple brand platforms. Hope to have these business ventures full steam ahead within the next 3-4 months. Including but not limited to….

Indie Mocha: Marketing packages for bands and musicians.

Web Juiced: For already established business owners and professionals, how to optimize the internet and increase traffic, and juice your web presence with revenue conversion.

Stealth Ninja Marketing: For entrepreneurs who wish to learn the secrets of affiliate marketing, ecommerce, and membership marketing

eBiz Entrepreneur Pros: Learn how to build blogs, websites, and brand extension sites for entrepreneurs, eccomerce, and affiliate marketers.

RMO Pros – all facets of Relevancy and SEO marketing for Corporations, increasing multi-million dollar revenues across multiple traffic generating platforms.

Zorzio.com – A source website I am building that gives the top ten listings of all websites, blogs, videos, and content sites on any popular topic.

IndieAll Stars.com – a website that highlights the best independent bands and musicians worldwide, and through LCN’s (leveraged connective networking) enables added forms of revenue stream for those bands and musicians.

Of mention is also the Art City Music Fest. Don’t know to what capacity I will be involved this time around. The event will be on June 25, 26, 2010. I encourage all Utah musicians to participate. It will be a fun time. Yeah!

2009 – The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (or is that the beautifully challenged?)

In some ways 2009 was a great year for me, and other ways it wasn’t quite what I hoped for.

But watch out 2010, cause here I come! So many great projects coming this year, here’s 2009’s best for Thom Sequoia, and 2010’s plan to rule the world…..o.k., maybe just rule the little space here surrounding me….yuk, yuk.

2009 Great Stuff:
*  First and foremost, my wife and 4 sons are healthy with no major ailments, and through the good and the bad we are surviving! Love you Kim, Jordan, Joshua, Riley, and Sully!

*  Though my parents are both passed on, I hope they are smiling on a cushy celestial cloud. And by the way, while your up there, if you happen to run into the Almighty there’s a few things here on planet Earth I sure wish he’d fix, like…..oh, sorry, that’s for a different sort of blog all together!

*  God bless my brother and sisters, Susan, Robert, Kathie, Cheryl – love ya. It was great Read more…