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 – https://gimletmedia.com/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.

Mind States: More Enjoyment, Less Method

One thing I took from the Neville Goddard books listed below, is I’m still a bit of a tight ass when it comes to training and life in general…

Methods are great, but the key is understanding the principle behind the method.  Once you understand the principle you can adapt and customize in a way that is personally joyful and spontaneous.

What’s most important after all, is coming at our passion like a kid with a summer day ahead.  The rest is details!



March 2017 Journal

Crazy month.

Have a ton of hobbies and realized I make myself nuts with them, as any amount of time I take off, I feel a little guilty.  Kinda crazy when the whole object is positive feeling.

So yeah, re-set button; laid low, but did do some of the following… (more than I thought!)

Law of Attraction books:  Haven’t read any new-age books in probably over 10 years, but was interested in subconscious learning and stumbled onto author Neville Goddard and his books on the cheap at Audible.com: ‘Out of This World’ by Neville Goddard; ‘Control Your Inner Conversations’ by Neville Goddard; ‘Feeling is the Secret’ by Neville Goddard; ‘Manefestation Through Relaxation’ by Neville Goddard, Tim Grimes; ‘Relax More, Try Less’ by Neville Goddard, Tim Grimes; ‘The Relaxation Manifesto’ by Tim Grimes.

Other books:  ‘Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus’ by Matt Taibbi; ‘Providence, Act 1’ by Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows; ‘The Elephant in the Room’ by Jon Ronson;  ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ by H.P. Lovecraft.

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Magic/Mentalism:  ‘P.A.T.H.S.’ by Matt Mello; ‘The Decode Project’ by Matt Mello.

Movies/Media:  More Richard Matheson adapted Edgar Allen Poe starring Vincent Price with the ‘The Raven (with young Jack Nicholson), and ‘Pit and the Pendulum.’ ‘Logan’ was a brilliant Hugh Jackman swan song that exceeded all expectations; ‘American Sniper.’

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Jiu-Jitsu:  Henry Akins Guard Passing, Cross-Side Escapes, and Leg Work from Open Guard.  Note:  Henry’s understanding of Jiu-Jitsu is so much deeper than mine, I’ve pretty much stopped Jiu-Jitsu blogging and spend time learning from him instead.