Saturday, March 10, 2018

Should television make a profit?

As the creator and Executive Producer of Horses and Heroes, I need to clarify the purpose and parameters of Horses and Heroes. It has never has been a non-profit company. Horses and Heroes combine equine therapy with peer support therapy to create an unscripted TV series that will empower veterans to reclaim their lives. Each season, eight veterans will come together with the hosts, Craig Sawyer and Tim Abell along with the Therapists on the hosting ranch and the team therapist, Dave Ferruolo. They will work together to identify and address their core issues. Unlike most in the genre, Horses and Heroes is all about healing and forward movement. Yesterday, I was accused to trying to make a profit off others' pain. The owner of a ranch said, "It is immoral to capitalize on the recovery of our wounded veterans." I debated with myself about how to or if I should address this accusation. Staying silent and letting it slid would only add credence to her charges.
Horses and Heroes is a production company that's sole purpose is to produce the unscripted TV series, Horses and Heroes. It is a for-profit company that is looking for equity investors and a corporate cross-branding partner. Although we wouldn't turn down donates, we are not actively seeing them out. Investors, expect and deserve to make a profit on their investment. That is why they invest. The corporate partnership with television programming has been around since the beginning of television. Texaco Star Theater and Mutual of Omaha's the Wild Kingdom are only two examples. We are offering an updated and active version of what was done before.
As for the morality of making a profit off the pain and recovery of others, the same could be said of everyone in medicine from the janitor to the CEOs, lawyers, drug manufacturers, including those who do the research, those in the funeral industry--all of them and more make a profit of the physical and emotional challenges of others. If they didn't, they wouldn't be able to donate to the non-profits such as this ranch.
We will be hiring veterans for both in front of and behind the cameras. We will be paying a fair wage plus covering the travel, housing, and food expenses during the production, including for the eight veterans going through the therapy on air. The ranch will be paid a sizeable location fee as well as receiving a great deal of promotion. After the show. we will be arranging aftercare for the veterans who went through the therapy. Everyone wins, especially those veterans, who watch the show and seek help afterward.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Facing Your Fears and Achieving Your Dream

A Butterfly is Born as a Caterpillar Dies gives aid and comfort to those, who are going through life's transitions.

For there to be a beginning, there needs to be an ending. The end of the day is the beginning of the night. Night's end begins with the new dawn. From childhood through the end of life, change is inevitable. How we choose to react will open or close doors. But not always in the ways we expect or want. Even when we chose to make the changes, the excitement intertwines with apprehension as we walk through the threshold into unknown. Some people we meet will help and support you. Some will challenge you. But each of them will play an important role in helping you learn and grow.

This is the lesson Shylon learns. She awakes in her egg. At first, she is afraid. But quickly realizes that she is safe and secure in her own little world As she starts to outgrow it, the feeling of security is replaced by fear of loss. When a piece of it falls away and she sees the world beyond, her fear intertwines with amazement and curiosity. The harder she tries to stay in her egg, the faster it falls away. She has no other choice than to release the past and follow her destiny.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Are you ready for the changes that are coming your way?

“What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.”
― Lao Tzu

This is the concept the parable God Saw a Butterfly. Change is inevitable. How we deal with it both opens and closes doors for us. In childhood, our bodies grow and mature. Every moment of every day brings amazing physical and emotional changes. Some changes we expect. Others take us completely by surprise. Yet as we meet these challenges, we develop new perspectives. As we become stronger and more aware our surrounding, our boundaries expand to give us more freedom. Doors open before us, while others close behind us. These changes can be scary and frustrating while we are going through them. They are like hallways. leading us from one door to the next. Yet as we cross the threshold of the new doorway, we can look back to see how much we've grown in wisdom, strength, and courage. Some challenges we will gladly and eagerly accept, while others we will be unable to refuse. It's a pattern that continues throughout our life until we come to the final hallway. Whether through illness or age, we must face the knowledge that we will be eventually walking out the door of this life and moving on to what lies beyond. With us, we take the wisdom, courage, and the love of this lifetime. God saw a Butterfly shares the journey of awareness, courage, and love of the changing adventure of life.

It is available as a PDF on the author's website or on Amazon as a Kindle and in paperback.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Stop feeding the political and spiritual vampires

Time to make positive change. Instead of fearing, hating, and slamming the negative events and people, we need to put our time, energy, and courage into what we want to create. Hating and attacking Trump, his minions, and his followers only supports their poor-me-pity-me-see-how they attack me mentality. By verbally, physically, and spiritually attacking them, you empower and embolden them to become worse as they see it as self defense.

There is a video going around a of a Evangelist in Texas going to a mall to destroy children's Christmas. He preached his church's version of religion,while saying Santa Clause didn't exist and everyone who believed in him was either evil or deluded. I can't imagine how horrible his life must be if he fills it by deliberately hurting others. My spirituality inspires me to help and comfort others. His obviously promotes the opposite. I couldn't imagine any sane, loving person would do what he did. My knee jerk reaction, as well as many others, was to go to his page and say horrible things No doubt he loved everyone of those negative comments. We fed his delusion of martyrdom. If instead, we had treated him as a mentally ill person in need of emotional and spiritual help, it would have been like feeding garlic to a vampire. Positive loving energy dispels negativity in the same way. Standing in your power and for what is right defeats fear, hate, and ignorance.

I am not advocating become a doormat. On the contrary, I'm saying use that time, energy, and courage to empower yourself and others of the same positive mindset. If you can march, march and speak up for each other and positive change. If you can't march support those who can, but also make phone calls, send faxes, send emails and run for office.

The Republican don't feel the need to compromise, because they have gerrymandered security into their seats. Gerrymandering is being addressed in the courts and voting booths. But that takes time. Voting is one thing we can and must all do. Every vote does matter. No candidate is perfect. Litigating 2016 is pointless. Voting in 2018 in a tidal wave numbers will change the balance of power. There are twice as many of us as there of them. When all of us show up, they can't win.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Are Veterans are More than a Marketing Tool for Veterans Day?

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day.  Once again, there are a rash of sales that have nothing to do with helping veterans or veterans' organizations.  They are merely using them as a marketing tool to sell their products. 

As a writer and producer, I honor military personnel and veterans in my work.  It's why I created Horses and Heroes and Operation Home Base.  Both TV series tell the stories of those, who have and continue to serve.

Horses and Heroes combines Equine Therapy with Peer Support Therapy as eight veterans per season support each other as they reclaim their lives.  Unlike most in the genre, it supports healing and positive forward movement rather than endorsing bad behavior.

The scripted series, Operation Home Base combines the best elements of MASH, The Waltons, and NCIS to create a family of man drama about forgiveness and second chances. By combining real life stories with a fictional international conspiracy, OHB  builds a bridge of understanding between civilians and those who serve.

Horses and Heroes is first on the slate.  We have two amazing hosts: Tim Abell and Craig Sawyer as well as a therapist/veteran coordinator, Dave Ferruolo.  All three are veterans as will be most of the crew.  

We need your help. We need introductions to investors and corporations that would like to market there product, while supporting those who serve, in socially responsible way.  But  even if you don't have wealthy friends, who invest or contacts within corporations, you can still help.  The proceeds from my books bought on the website will be used to fund Horses and Heroes.  You can buy the PDFs and recommend others do the same.  They are inexpensive, but every little bit helps.  If you have a little extra, you can donate it to the production fund on the website.  You have the power to make a the difference. 

Friday, August 04, 2017

How to empower yourself

God saw a Butterfly is a tale like no other. From first awareness to facing her fears and self-doubt Shylon must choose between two paths. One leads to an amazing adventure. The other to a place that God cannot go. Only she can choose which path to take. But choose she must. Shylon's journey of self-awareness challenges you to see both the best and worse in yourself as it shows you the reflection of your own soul.

Proceeds will be used to fund the TV series, Horses and Heroes


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Guiding others through karmic challenges

I'm updating the character descriptions for Never Can Say Good-bye.

The 40 something actress portraying the character of Lynne in the paranormal thriller Never Can Say Good-bye needs to walk a fine line of conscious knowledge and subconscious motivation. Lynne's soul also reincarnated very quickly. But unlike the others, she returned out of love and the need to help others heal. Although she has no conscious memories of the past life, it has influenced her relationships and led her to be a motivating force in the karmic balancing. Those she loved before were in torment, because of the lies they believed when they died. By gently guiding Elizabeth and Michael to forgiveness as well as supporting Amanda's healing process, she sets some of the wrongs back to right.

Never Can Say Good-bye is a paranormal feature that intertwines the past with the present to create an innovative spin on the ghostly genre.

Imprisoned in her family's home, the spirit of a murdered child waits for her parents to free her. But they have moved on to new lives as has her killer. Randi must bring them back together, so that they can forgive themselves and make amends. If she succeeds, they will all heal and she will be freed to also reincarnate. If she fails, their need for revenge will damn them all.