December 2017 Journal

Movies:  ‘Mud,’ ‘Wind River,’ ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown,’ ‘Grizzly,’ ‘Mother’s Day,’ ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘A Decade Under the Influence,’ ‘It Comes At Night,’ ‘Creep.’

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Jiu-Jitsu:  South Underhook from Cross-sides bottom, Turtle Bottom Roll, Guard Passing.

Books finished:  ‘Gather ‘Round the Sound’ by Paulo Coelho; Yvonne Morrison, and Charles Dickens, ‘The Mindful Athlete’ by George Mumford; ‘Paperbacks From Hell’ by Grady Hendrix.


November 2017 Journal

Reading finished:  ‘The Devil’s Own Work’ by Alan Judd; ‘The Willpower Instinct’ by Kelly McGonigal; ‘Providence Act 3’ by Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows; ‘Hell Hound’ by Ken Greenhall.

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Mountain Bike Rides:  FP (Holman, 2, 3, 2, Bottom of 1), Silver Creek/Shellburg Falls (Lost Creek, Bullit, Jump Road, Pusher, Catamount), Exercise Bike (Mountain pass @ 16, 50 min.), Leif Erickson 10 miles, North Umqua Swiftwater Section approx. 10 miles.

Movies:  ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘Justice League.’

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Jiu-Jitsu:  Cross-collar choke from Mount, Avalanche Guard Passing.

October 2017 Journal

Trails Ridden:  Post Canyon, Holman-Firelane 1, Molalla River Corridor North Trails North, Holman-Firelane1-Saltzman, Firelane 3 (climb not cleaned), Firelane 1 (climbed cleaned), Silver Falls (Lost Creek-Buck Mtn-Smith Creek-214), University Falls Loop, Stub Stewart (Hare’s Canyon-Unfinished Settlement-Shoofly-Lokie’s Lollipop), Silver Falls (214-Buck Mountain-Lost Creek-Catamount), Fire Lane 1 & 3 (Firelane 3 cleaned, 1 close).

New bike this month:  2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT.



Movies:  ‘The Dead Zone,’ ‘Christine.’

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TV:  Tales from the Darkside, Season 1.

Reading finished:  ‘The Halloween Tree’ (Dramatized) by Ray Bradbury,  Jerry Robbins and the Colonial Radio Theater;  ‘Seed’ by Ania Ahlborn;  Short Stories: ‘The Box’ by Jack Ketchum.

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September 2017 Journal

Book finished:  ‘American Vampire Vol. 2’ by Scott Snyder, Rafael Alburquerque; ‘Power of Myth’ by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers; ‘Trump Revealed: The Definitive Biography of the 45th President’ by Michael Kranish, Marc Fisher; ‘The Dark Man: An Illustrated Poem’ by Stephen King, Glenn Chadbourne; ‘The Girl Next Door’ by Jack Ketchum; ‘Providence Act 2’ by Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows.

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Movies:  ‘Conan the Barbarian’ (1982); ‘It’ (2017).

Trails Ridden:  Sandy Ridge (Quid Pro Flow-Two Turn Tables & a Microwave-Hide and Seek), Storey Burn-Gales Creek.

Jiu-Jitsu:  Guard Passing & Top Game.

August 2017 Journal

Movies:  ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘The Dark Tower,’ ‘Arrival.’

TV/Media:  Game of Thrones, Season 6.

Books finished: ‘Song of Kali’ by Dan Simmons; ‘Born to Run’ by Christopher McDougall; ‘Saga: Book Two’ by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples;  ‘It’ by Stephen King; ‘Animosity’ by James Newman.

Magic/Mentalism:  ‘Name & Sign’ by Jose Prager.

Trails Ridden/Ran:  Mountain of the Rogue, Forest Park: Wildside Loop, Tryon Creek, Forest Park: Holman/Firelane 1/Saltzman/Firelane 5.

Concerts: The Decemberists.

July 2017 Journal

Jiu-Jitsu: Bridging & Shrimping, Guard Recovery.

Trails Ridden: Larison Rock Trail, Goodman Creek Trail, Jacksonville Forest Park Loop, Caterpiller/Lizard/Jabberwocky Trail, Portland Forest Park (Holman/Firelane 1/Saltzman/Firelane 5), Alsea Falls Trail System, Molalla River Corridor (Deer Skull/Fern Creek/Loop Trail/Rim Trail), Catamount Trail.

Magic/Mentalism: ‘Cipher’ by Will, Geraint, & Lloyd; ‘My Lucky Card’ by Wayne Dobson; ‘Memoria 2’ by Fraser Parker; ‘The Miracle Model’ by Jason Messina; ‘Proteus’ by Phedon Bilek

Books Finished: ‘The Practicing Mind’ by Thomas Sterner; ‘Alien: Out of the Shadows: An Audible Original Drama’ by Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs.

Podcasts: Mogul –

Dance: Footwork.

Movies: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2,’ ‘Alien: Covenant,’ ‘Jackie,’ ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,’ ‘Dunkirk.’

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Concerts: Four Tops & The Temptations.




June 2017 Journal

Movies:  Wonder Woman, The Wailing.

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Podcasts:  Serial, season 1.

Trails Ridden:  Peterson Ridge Trail, Funner-Tiddleywinks Loop, Mountain of the Rouge, Gales Creek.

Jiu-Jitsu:  Guard Passing, Bridging, Mount Escapes.

Magic/Mentalism:  My Lucky Card by Wayne Dobson, Mind Invasion by Morgan Strebler.

Reading:  ‘The Dudes Abide:  The Coen Brothers and the Making of The Big Lebowski’ by Alex Belth;  ‘The October Country’ by Ray Bradbury.

Concerts:  TajMo (Keb’ Mo’ & Taj Mahal)

May 2017 Journal

Mountain Bike Rides:  University Falls Loop, North Shore Trail,  Mountain of the Rogue, & Exercise Bike @ Crunch Fitness.’

Books:  ‘The Power of Awareness’ by Neville Goddard; ‘Gwendy’s Button Box’ by Stephen King, Richard Chizmar; ‘X’s For Eyes’ by Laird Barron; ‘The Cape: Deluxe Edition’ by Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella, Zach Howard. Horrorscopes Adaptions:  ‘The Statement of Randolph Carter’ by H.P. Lovecraft, ‘The Door Below’ by Hugh B. Cave; ‘The Horror of Walker Point ‘by Anthony Marino.

Podcasts: S-Town.

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Jiu-Jitsu Studied:  Henry Akins’ Back Escapes, Cross-Sides Top.

Jiu-Jitsu Training: Back to regular sparring!

Mentalism/Magic:  ‘Positive/Negative’ Book by Watkins.

Movies:  Sully.

April 2017 Journal

Jiu-Jitsu: Henry Akins Avalanche Guard Passing, Open Guard Leg Work, Turtle/Quarter Bottom.

Movies/TV:  The Revenant; True Detective Season 1.

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Old Time Radio Shows:  Lights Out – ‘Valse Triste,’ ‘The Dark,’ ‘Poltergeist;’  Suspense – ‘Snow on 66,’ ‘House in Cypress Canyon,’ ‘Ghost Hunt,’ ‘On A Country Road;’  Quiet Please – ‘The Thing on the Fourble Board.’

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Music:  King Kendrick’s ‘DAMN.’

Sports:  Spring Football!

Books:  ‘Your Faith is Your Fortune’ by Neville Goddard;  ‘Voodoo Heart’ by Scott Snyder;  ‘Fatale: Book One, Death Chases Me’ by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips; ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson;  ‘Tales from the Darkside’ by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez;  Short Stories/Novellas:  ‘Horrorscopes:  The Cask of Amontillado’ by Edgar Allen Poe, William Dufris; ‘By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain’ by Joe Hill; ‘Twittering from the Circus of the Dead’ by Joe Hill.

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Mind States: Giving versus Need

The less needy you are the more you have to give, as you aren’t focused on yourself.

The problem with neediness is it takes on many forms, skillfully camouflaging and cloaking itself in the ego’s effort to survive.  The trick is (not really a trick) is you can always feel this.

Let go, relax, and enjoy both life and thoughts as they arrive.