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.
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