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3 Things to Restore Your Faith in Humanity After the “Breaking Bad” Finale

You Deserve All Good Things... it's true!Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial rock you know that last night was the series finale of AMC’s mega-Emmy-winning meth lab hit “Breaking Bad.” Most likely you fit into one of two groups – the millions who have waited with baited breath in hopes that Walter White (Bryan Cranston) would redeem himself or the fewer of us who had to scroll past all the moaning in our Facebook and Twitter feeds that he never did.

Either way, the finale has been rough on all of us. But just because Walter never saw the light doesn’t mean that we should give up hope. Check out these awesome do-gooders and humanitarians that will help you remember there’s still people out there fighting the good fight, and why we should join them.

  • Though he plays a “hapless meth addict” on Breaking Bad, actor Aaron Paul (Jesse) used his notoriety and the show’s popularity to raise $1.8 million for his wife’s anti-bullying charity The Kind Campaign. Paul helped raise awareness for the charity by flying out two lucky winners to Los Angeles for last night’s finale, where they hung out with the entire cast and had a “cooking” session with Aaron himself. You can read more about it here and take it as proof that good can come out on top.
  • After years of trying different trades, a farmer’s son travels to Cambodia to see their rice farms and realizes his destiny in life. He finds peace in himself working his family’s farm, and that acceptance moves him to tears. Watch this touching video as he explains the transformation and how working the land is contributing to the larger circle of existence.

  • What would the world be like if we were all just a little bit kinder? That’s the question posed at the beginning of this video montage of random acts of kindness in 2012. It’s a few minutes long, but everything is there – from strangers buying other people’s groceries to people lending a hand during natural disasters. It’s sure to warm your heart over from all those devastated Walter feelings.

Even if you aren’t a fan of “Breaking Bad” we hope these videos help lift your mood today! If you have any videos or stories of people being good to each other share them in the comments below! 

What We Can’t See: The Unseen World

Just because we can’t see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Just because we can’t see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, although this is a common way in which people deny the existence of spirit guides, angels, and other unseen helpers in our lives. However, anyone who has encountered such beings can attest to the fact that they do, indeed, exist, just as our breath exists, keeping us alive, even though we can’t see it. The wind exists, too, but we only know this because we feel it on our skin and hear it moving the leaves on the trees. All around us and within us are things we can’t see, and yet we know they are just as real as the grass beneath our feet.

What we see and don’t see may just be a matter of perspective, like the ladybug who sees the leaf on which she sits, but not the tree the leaf grows on, or the person sitting beneath it. And the person beneath the tree may or may not see the ladybug, depending on where he focuses his attention. Still, all of these things, whether seen or not seen by the person or the ladybug, exist in reality. Some people are more gifted at accessing that which we cannot see, but given an open and willing heart, anyone can tune into the invisible realm and begin to find their way.

Human beings have always done this, and it is only recently that we have fallen into distrusting the existence of what we can’t see. If you have lost touch with the unseen world, all you have to do is resolve to open your heart to its existence, and it will make itself known. Closing your eyes in meditation and visualization, or engaging the unseen through the written word, are just two ways to welcome the invisible back into your life. Whatever you choose to do, cultivating a relationship with that which you can’t see is a time-honored human practice that can greatly enhance your life.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / atomicshark

My Real ‘Manhattan’: Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey Stirs Up The Competition Using Local Ingredients

Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey arrived on the scene just three short years ago by rebelling against conventional rules and getting up-close-and-personal through guerilla marketing. Not a small feat in the very old and established spirits industry!

I first heard about Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey from a bartender at Babbo, über-celebrity chef Mario Batali’s restaurant in NYC. The bartender told me about this refreshing newcomer in the spirits market and as I was drinking my delicious “Manhattan” (made with Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey), I knew I had to dig up the story on this “micro-distillery” that uses only organic product and is served in some of NYC’s top restaurants like Gotham Bar & Grill and Blue Hill (where the Obamas recently had their date night).

Soon after Babbo, I called up Ralph Erenzo, one of the founding partners of Tuthilltown Spirits, where Hudson Whiskey is produced, to see if I could take a tour of his distillery in Gardiner, NY. 


The Business Model: All Natural and No Waste
When I arrived, Ralph and his son Gable gave me a comprehensive tour. When the three of us sat down to talk, Ralph explained that the Tuthilltown model “is built on using everything we have to refuel our process”. Even more special than its accolades in both the culinary and spirits industry is that Tuthilltown Spirits’ philosophy is deeply rooted in using locally produced ingredients such as New York grown corn and apples in their eco-friendly distillation process.

Gable, who recently joined Tuthilltown as a partner, told me that all of the ingredients for their whiskey come from within a nine-mile radius. For instance, they use fresh cider and apples from nearby orchards. These local ingredients can produce a variety of spirits including vodkas, whiskeys, rum, eau de vie, brandy, and infusions. And they even have a local solution for their waste. The solids (apples, corn etc.) and liquids get separated after the distillation process. The solids go to a local pig farm as feed while the liquids go to reed beds nearby, which are used as a method of removing pollutants from grey water.

Next month, Tuthilltown will also be acquiring a Micro-Fueler, a home ethanol distillation system that will maximize elimination of dependence on fossil fuels. The Micro Fueler, already in use in states such as California, will act like a gas pump, except that it will be using ethanol to run their facility. They certainly are making efforts to become self-contained!

An Organic Growth Process: Worth A Million In Sales

The partners, Ralph and Brian Lee, neither who have any experience in spirits, decided to throw out the book except for the federal regulations book. They worked relentlessly to teach themselves the craft of small-batch distillation. The partnership, according to Ralph’s humorous tongue-in-cheek description, “was like a Catholic marriage. No giving up.”

 Success has been as organic as their distilling process. Back in 2006, their first year selling, Tuthilltown’s revenues were around $65K with the partners selling the whiskey literally out of the back of a car along the Hudson.  But very quickly, word spread. Each subsequent year, they have more than doubled their sales. In 2009, Tuthilltown is projecting $1 million in revenues and turning profits. They did this with almost no debt. All of their growth has been “organic” (pardon the pun). Not too shabby for a business that is under five years old!

Tuthilltown spends almost no money advertising. Ralph said, “Our success has been through word-of-mouth and guerilla marketing. There is no way we could compete with the big guys in advertising”. It seems to be working since some of the biggest players in the restaurant world such as Blue Hill, the Culinary Institute of America and chef Danny Meyers have all come up to Tuthilltown to learn about their distillation process.

Hudson Manhattan Whiskey (about $45 per bottle) has not only expanded across the country, but they also have their eyes set on expanding internationally. In 2007, Hudson sent their first international shipment to Paris.

So, when you find yourself out on the town for cocktails, think locally and make it a Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey. Cheers!

For more information, check out www.tuthilltown.com.  If you are in the NYC area, Tuthilltown will be at the Classic & Vintage Artisanal Spirits NYC Launch Party in Tribeca.  For information, please visit www.domainselect.com.

What Happens in the Afterlife?


Question: What happens in the afterlife? People are always curious as to what happens when we or loved ones pass away – Sam

If I could only pick one thing to convey about what happens after death is that the after life experience is utterly and completely unique to the individual. There is no one common thing that all spirits do or common place they go once the body is done.

There is a continuum of possibilities available. Some individuals cling so hard to physical life that they become what we call ghosts. At the opposite end of the continuum is releasing all connection to the physical life you just lived; when spirits do this they are not discernible other than as a very high vibration that feels to me like white light. Most start somewhere in-between.

And the death experience is different for everyone, according to those who have near-death experiences. Many report seeing a white light and/or loved ones there to greet them. However, and this is the key point, not everyone had this. It turns out that what one experiences is dependent upon your culture and your expectations. So, if you and I expect to see a white light, then doggone, that’s what we’ll see.

I used to do more with people who had died and were still available to family and friends. I found that there was a range of density in how hard they hold to the old persona. One woman’s father was as easy to read as if he was in the room. Another man’s mother was hardly discernible to me – more of a whisper, a gentle breeze. When you see the really famous mediums do live shows, there is a good reason that they tell the audience who they are finding as opposed to having the audience pick who to locate. It is because not everyone who has died hangs about and, if they do, some are more tangible than others.

 I have noticed though that when I am picking up on my client’s guides (I call them your committee), that often there is a relative in the group. Sometimes more than one.  However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes our parents or grandparents or others stay around to help or be a part of our lives. You could think of this as choosing to be a guardian angel . But again, it is up to the individual spirit to decide to do this or not.

 When I was 14, I silently asked my grandmother Ruth to watch over me after she died. So, she did. Of course, I did not have to ask as she has made quite a point, after dying too young, to watch over all of her children, and grandchildren too. I was surprised last year to notice that my grandfather had joined her; he died a few years ago. He really never had anything to do with bonding with grandchildren and the like, so it was unexpected to see that. But, as I say, it was up to him to choose some semblance of hanging about or not. I guess I just thought he would not choose. My other grandparents are not around anyone at all and never have been.

 So, what I would want to explain about the afterlife is: It is all individual choice.


Questions, comments and ideas are welcome and encouraged. Contact Psychic Margaret Ruth on her Facebook page, email mr@margaretruth.com or call 801-575-7103. You can also get details on private readings, Margaret’s classes and blog at www.margaretruth.com. Margaret Ruth has been on radio, television, published in newspapers and magazines and major websites. She is the author of Superconscious Connections: The Simple Psychic Truths of Perfectly Satisfying Relationships (Sept 2010)



Early Valentine – Be Positive; Keep your Spirits high; To Give and Receive Unconditional Love – Author Unknown

Early Valentine – Author Unknown

Be Positive; Keep your Spirits high; To Give and Receive Unconditional Love


I am sending an early “Valentine” to see if it will make it around the world by Feb. 14th.

For God so loVed the world,

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That whosoever

Believeth In Him

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But have Everlasting life.”

John 3:16

Send it on!




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