2005 - met Melinda and began with her help a major transition to living a more holistic life.
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2005 DIARY OF A TRANSITION YEAR

 

NEW LOVE - After one failed affair and other attempts (including at Elat Chaim's Besherte Jewish singles weekend and an affair in PA with Ramona, a raw-fooder, I met Melinda via Veggie Date. She is more than unbelievable and a true soul mate. She seduced me with her raw foods. We rendezvoused in and around Binghamton,  Paradise PA, and via two trips to Charlottesville (for Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Year).

OLD LOVE - Had dinner with  my old girl friend of eight years, Dorothy Strachman. This was at the Neptune and to share feelings and make some peace.

FAMILY LOVE, ETC

  • FLORIDA -Was again fortunate to attend my Dad's 87th birthday party in Del Ray Beach Florida. His life is so much harder without a life partner - and with his eyesight worsening he can no longer drive. Its been an impossibly hard year for him - with the return of his prostrate cancer. My prayers are with him always.
  • VERMONT - went to the Solar fest and took course on veggie cars.
  • ISRAEL -Went to Israel-Haifa for my nephew Udi's wedding. A joyous affair - though disconcerted that Natalie and Nachum are becoming estranged. . Spent time with Shira in Israel and went again to the Bahai center.
  • TURKEY - Stopped a couple of days in Istambul Turkey on the way back. Loved the local crafts. Brought back some carpets.
  • PHILADELPHIA - Celebrated Shira's graduation in Philadelphia. The whole Klein family clan came for the event. Made up photo albums.
  • CHARLOTTESVILLE - For Thanksgiving went to Melinda's home town and for a bit of a tour of the city, great colonic from Melinda's friend, went to I.Village and to the Laughadians...worked on website. New Year/New Year Eve attended two parties with her friends. Remember that hot tub!
  • ONEONTA - when she came, I showed Melinda around, stayed at the Lake House and we went to Friday night services. Oddly spent my birthday working but this gave me free time later.
  • JAPAN (not me unfotnately)- Son Aaron got engaged, legally married (no celebration yet) partly to bring Maki back to the US - and he spent time in Japan with her and ailing parent (and Shira went there as well).
A MAJOR TRANSITION  - Through Melinda's inspiration after teaching a five month natural health class, I got myself more on a raw-living food diet and back to daily juicing, ordered some juice plus from Melinda's friends - and organized my kitchen accordingly. Did some counseling - both for compensation and gratis.

 

HOLISTIC ACTIVISM - I was busy that year working on building a local community net, but it wasn't that successful. I went with one of our group to visit to ecovillage in Ithaca - with Kirtrina who I was attracted to but we just barely stayed friends. That year I set up www. naturolism.org website/blog with Melinda and her son Krishna's help and continued to write pieces and post articles. This blog well-intentioned but did not last for long. All the while 50 Harmful Effects moved up to 5th 6th position with Google for "Genetically Modified Foods." This happened on its own as I did nothing to promote it. Also Melinda and I tried to purchase property in E. Meredith to live together and start a healing center but this fell through. Published an article on GE foods update. Competed the 2004-5 five-month naturopathic course in Oneonta both at the Yoga center and later at the Maple St. house.

BEFORE TRANSITION - STILL EMBROILED IN TOO MUCH BUSINESS ACTIVITIES - REAL ESTATE - Continued to develop RE business with the aim of setting up a healing center. Co-ventured with Jim Terrano for land in Franklin and Ray Mannion for a distressed sale purchase. Len K. and Don J. worked almost continuously for me for half a year doing renovations and thereby finished the bulk of five renovation projects. FINANCIAL BROKERING - Registered a host of domain names but did not activate them. INSURANCE -  Signed up for Insurance License Course. Passed the exam for the former. Expected to use it with First Mariner but it did not pan out. MORTGAGE - Brokered several private mortgages (including one funding direct to Martin - partly in exchange for building a garage - and setup mortgage funding relationship with Vertical Lending and First Mariner(though both didn't seem to work and am looking for more workable avenues). OFFICE - Set up office at 250 Main Street and for the first time in many years worked outside my home - primarily to accommodate the legal case funding business  (with a secretary and many part-timers). Despite a high gross income there was almost no net - so closed the office and shut down that part of the business. It was an exciting adventure, helped many in distress - but had to come to an end. Set up a new/temp office at Goodyear Lake.

Melinda was begining to help me transition from a life embroiled in too much business activities to one more dedicated to holistic activism and service. This is a life more fulfilling.

With great gratitute for meeting Melinda

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