3 Caucasian Mummies Found in China Exhibited at the Bowers Museum

Amazing story and pictures of the mysterious, 4,000 year old Bronze Age Europoid mummies found and well preserved in the dry western desert of China.

For the first time out of Asian —
Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibition
starting March 27, 2010

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA  92706
714-567-3600

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Tustin Support Group for Those Who’ve Had Near-Death-Experiences (NDE)

Click here for OC Register article on the OC NDE Support Group

Not only is this support group for NDE experiencers, but for those who:

  • are interested in them
  • question if there’s an afterlife or what it’s like
  • have experienced ‘unexplainable’ events, i.e. out-of-body experience, or hearing, seeing, or strongly sensing the presence of a loved one who’s passed away
  • have fears about death
  • are curious or have questions

People from all religious and cultural backgrounds attend. There’s no judging, criticism, proselytizing, or dogma, but rather, an abundance of warmth, understanding, acceptance, support, and information. This group is not maudlin, in fact, there’s often laughter.

This is a place where all attendees have the emotional safety to share or ask questions, or not say anything at all.  

Typically, there’s a volunteer guest speaker who’s had an NDE or similar experience, a relevant video, or a ‘sharing’ meeting.

When  
1:00-4:00 pm (includes a break), second Saturday of each month

Where
Unity Church, Tustin, 14402 Prospect Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
(drive to the back parking lot, bringing you close to the meeting room).
Map to Unity Church

Cost
A $10 donation is requested but NO ONE is turned away for lack of money. It’s handled discreetly. Just don’t add anything to the donation bowl at the room entrance.

After the meeting, anyone who’s interested (it’s strictly optional) is invited to meet up for a no-host early dinner at Mimi’s Cafe in Tustin, a few blocks away.  It’s a nice way to continue the meeting discussion or talk about anything else, always upbeat.

Coyotes and Anxiety-Free Nighttime Dog Walks in Mid-South OC

I live in a hilly area, so nighttime walks with my two little dogs is an anxious experience for me. I’m hyper-vigilent, geared up with a noise-maker, flashlight, spray, always looking around for the evil coyote that wants to eat my small dogs ….

I’ve found a good solution – I pile the dogs in the car and go to any number of locations, depending on how much time I have, where I am, etc.

Most un-enclosed shopping malls work real well if they have continuous, or near-continuous sidewalks to minimize need to walk thru the parking lot to get from one point to another, and have at least some grassy area.

The places I go to most:

Mission Viejo Lake Shopping Center at Marguerite Pkwy & Vista del Lago. Lot’s of grass.  There can be coyotes very late/wee hours, but I’ve dog-walked there for several years and haven’t seen one yet.  I feel more secure with the people around who can come to help if needed.

Mission Viejo – Pavillions shopping center at Marguerite Pkwy & Oso. Works in a pinch if it rains (day or night).

Mission Viejo – City Hall/Library. Wonderful grassy area. After the library and City Hall close, the parking lot becomes a good, safe area to walk the dogs as well.

Irvine – the shopping center on Walnut @ Jeffrey (off the 5) where the 99 Ranch Market is located as well as my vet, Camino Pet Hospital.  Works in a pinch if it rains (day or night). There’s another shopping center across the street but the overhead cover as not as good if it’s raining, and lacks the ability to walk straight along the sidewalks without having to cross traffic areas-a little dangerous.

Laguna Hills – The area behind and next to Trader Joe. Lot’s of grass and walkways.

Laguna Niguel – The Von’s Shopping Center on Alicia Parkway & Pacific Park.

And my dogs’ personal pick:

Irvine Spectrum.  Lot’s of other people with dogs day and night.

For Day Time Walks ONLY
If you’re looking for a new place for great daytime walks:

The Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo is an incredible place to walk your dog. The road is paved or you can use the dirt trail. Not too busy on weekday mornings and the scenery is beautiful.

Wilderness Glenn Park off Los Alisos. It has some beautiful wooded areas and large oak trees.

If You Need a Recommendation for a Small-Business Based Quickbooks Expert/Financial Services Specialist

I’ve recently had a few colleagues ready to tackle their 2009 taxes who have asked who I use to reconcile my books, help with various year end reports, who can provide Quickbooks help, and other accounting and financial services.  It occurred to me there are probably others who might have the same questions at this time of the year.

Pat Kenner from Kenmar Management, Inc., has been providing my small business with accounting and financial services for the past five years, coming into my home office on a quarterly basis. She is a Quickbooks expert and although she’s works primarily with Windows, she works her way around my Mac version very well.

Pat has a BA from UCLA, an MBA from UCLA, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management-Concentration in Accounting/Information Systems, and in 1999, UC Irvine, Certificate in Personal Financial Planning.

Regarding Quickbooks, she can do it all from setting up new books, conversion to Quickbooks software, ‘cleaning up’ existing Quickbooks files, accounts reconciliation, customizing reports, etc.

Pat can provide hands-on accounting for a very small business, or train you and your employees to use QuickBooks with her oversight quarterly or annually, whatever it is you need.

I really like that she takes notes of each time she’s in and of conversations we have between meetings so she always knows where we left off and what we need to do.  Nothing seems to fall through the cracks.  She’s actually saved my you-know-what a few times on reports I planned to do myself, but ran into a problem with it just as it was due.  She’s made phone calls on my behalf to various State agencies  to work out a problem.

What more can I say, she keeps me up and running inspite of the obstacles I throw her way from time to time.  She’s one of those real reliable, salt-of-the-earth type of people.

She doesn’t prepare tax returns, and only works in south Orange County.

Her standard rate is $55/hour but can be negotiated lower with a minimum of 20 hours per month.

Pat Kenner
Phone (949) 489-0919
Email:  pkenner@cox.net