Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Editor's Corner

May 2013

“Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.” -Ella Jane Fitzgerald (1917-1996); Jazz vocalist.

May is the month of many birthdays among my family and friends but the one that will ring the most solemn note for your editor is May 18, natal anniversary of the late Leo Curry Helmer. Leo was the cooking editor for Pencilstubs, and a marvelous chef in his own kitchen. In honor of his passing and to commemorate Memorial Day, we are showing his biography with some added notes in the article, "Farewell Leo." His bio is funny intentionally because he always loved making people laugh, and if laughing at his antics was the only way, then so be it.

The picture at the bottom of this page shows his beautiful final resting place in the memorial wall of Columnburium C, section 11, 18-c, at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, where he requested to be. You can see the Mississippi River in the background where he began his military service with the Merchant Marines.

Peg Jones speaks of her town, Boston in "Angel Whispers" and includes the poem she wrote after the tragic event marring the Marathon there. Mattie Lemon tells us about an author, Diarmuid Hudner and his book which led to a website, is the title of both. Thomas F. O'Neill brings us some up to date progress planned for his current neck of the woods - Suchou, China, in "Introspective." .

Judy Kroll in her column "On Trek" discusses how to stop your past from haunting you. The article "Introducing Michael John Fierro" who had an article for us in January on the meaning of this year, now joins as a columnist. The article gives a lot of his background and qualifications and will also be available as his bio when you click his name. His column "By The Numbers" will not only give general rules and info but will in issues to come answer questions on the subject of numerology. The questions need to be submitted at his web site and if chosen, will receive an answer in the following column.

Bruce Clifford, who says it has been a busy month did send along two poems "Walking Alone," and "Where We Belong." John I. Blair shares six poems, "Kansas," which was previously published in Prarie Poetry, "The Finch Flies Up," "Dance Steps," "Three Crows Flew Away," "Goddess," and "Hawk At My Window." His column lauds Henry Bergh, founder of ASPCA, in "Always Looking-People Who Made A Difference VI."

Bud Lemire graces us with three poems, "Let Freedom Ring True," "Many Pass Our Way," and "Reading to My Baby." Riva Joi Smith joins our authors this month with both a poem, "Peek-a-Boo" and short story, "Wren." Remember to click her name for the bio.
June Hogue, a frequent contributor of historical west Texas stories was interviewed concerning the Great Depression years and how she was affected. This interview can be found on YouTube here: June H. Hogue's interview
The new chapter in the adult fantasy with rabbits by Mark Crocker is "Rabbo II, Chapter 14-Soft Eyes." Previous chapters of this tale can be accessed by clicking the author's name.
See you in June! Once more we thank our co-founder and webmaster Michael Craner, for his continued support of our creative activities. Thanks again, Mike.

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Picture shows Leo's beautiful final resting place overlooking the Mississippi River at memorial wall Columnburium C, section 11, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.

Angel Whispers

Boston Town, My kind of Town

Living in your heart place helps you to see and feel things in a different light. It is a way to help to feel life in a more positive way and to stay in that place more easily. The angels always ask me to imagine the color of my heart place. Today my colors in my heart place are purple and white. There are different shades of purples, lavenders and the white whirled in with the purple. So I guess maybe spiritually I am in a good place at this time.

The past few weeks have been a bit difficult for the people of Boston and the surrounding area. It was a very scary and upsetting time for so many here. My husband works in Boston, fortunately not in the part of where the Boston Marathon was held. He was one of the lucky ones and safe from harm. He got home safe that night too.

In previous years I would be at the Marathon walking down Boylston Street without a worry as I passed the finish line. It was a time for families to be together and in greeting their loved ones. Or there would be people just standing and watching with friends and family, cheering on the participants. The care free feeling of being in Boston on that has gone; there will always be a bit of fear for the others, who will be watching the race.

But we are Boston Strong and the Marathon will go on, that I have no doubt about. I wrote a poem about the event and thought I would share it with all of you.

Boston Strong

Angels are with us, helping us to heal.
Letting us know of how they feel
To help us to go on, no matter the deal.
They sing to us from on high,
They help us to understand the truth and what could be a lie.
They ask us to trust their healing each day,
How we need to be helping others in so many special ways.
You could say a prayer and or sing a song of healing,
You could smile at a stranger or talk to others of how they may be feeling.
We come together to pray for peace
And hope for the calm to always increase.
Life is full of lessons and of hope
Yet we know our angels are helping us to cope
We ask our leaders to work together always so the truth is always found.
Life has changed for the people of Boston, because of some past events on the ground.
Know that we are from Boston, full of strength and that we are very sound
Dear angels, we ask that our town stay always safe from harm,
Thank you for your love and the strength of your strong arm.
©April 2013 Peg Jones

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Always Looking-People Who Made A Difference VI

Meet Henry Bergh

On a New York street corner on April 22, 1866, Henry Bergh gathered his courage and approached a cart driver unmercifully beating an exhausted horse. “My friend, you can’t do that anymore.”
Astonished, the driver exclaimed, “Can’t beat my own horse?—the devil I can’t,” and resumed.

Bergh added, “You are not aware, probably, that you are breaking the law, but . . . I have the new statute in my pocket, and the horse is yours only to treat kindly.” 
Mouth agape, the driver advised, “Go to hell—you’re mad!” That unpromising encounter launched two intertwined North American social movements: prevention of cruelty to animals and to children.

 Nothing in Bergh’s early life forecast his call to compassion. A dilettante playwright with no children or pets, he once explained to a friend that he disliked her dog not because it was small, but because it was a dog.

But in his early fifties, while serving as envoy to Czar Alexander II in 1863, Bergh witnessed cruelties that awoke his humane impulse. He resigned his post to study England’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals—founded after Unitarian Jeremy Bentham asserted that the moral “question is not, Can [animals] reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?”
So Bergh commenced his life work not from an affinity with animals, nor as a squeamish sentimentalist, but stirred by suffering and injustice. “This is a matter purely of conscience,” he said. “It has no perplexing side issues. . . . It is a moral question in all its aspects.”
Newspaperman Horace Greeley and seventy other prominent citizens signed Bergh’s “A Declaration of the Rights of Animals.” The Albany legislature passed an animal welfare statute in response, also chartering the continent’s first humane organization: the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Bergh’s minister served as one of the ASPCA’s first vice-presidents, urging “zeal and . . . fearless arrests.” Some newspapers labeled Bergh “the Great Meddler”; others, “An Ass That Should Have His Ears Cropped.” Bergh broadcast that all animals fell under the Society’s purview.

Battles between Bergh and circus showman P.T. Barnum became legendary. Yet Bergh more typically targeted routine practices of the day: butchers who bound calves’ legs and stacked the live animals like cordwood for transport over cobblestone streets, or who plucked and boiled chickens alive; dairymen who permanently chained cows to their stalls.
Bergh’s industriousness knew few bounds. Uninvited, he waded into legislatures in white spats and slaughterhouses in rubber boots. Criticized for tending animals rather than people, he replied that if animals had to await mercy until human affairs were resolved, they would still be waiting at the Second Coming.

In 1874, Bergh learned of a nine-year-old girl beaten daily by her stepmother. No person or agency would intervene in a family matter. Bergh not only effected a rescue, but developed the first U.S. law shielding children from domestic abuse. He called for a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; when no one replied, he created it himself. Newspapers called his innovation “preposterous,” under headlines like “Legislation Running Mad!” and “Leave Our Children Alone!”

Bergh’s anti-cruelty work accustomed him to death threats, public ridicule, and physical attacks. Top hat firmly in place, employing his jaunty cane in self-defense when necessary, he remained ASPCA president and SPCC board member until his death in 1888. By that time, his societies had prosecuted over 12,000 cruelty cases. Long before Bergh’s funeral, his city and nation had claimed him as hero. Many prominent Americans supported Bergh’s work during his lifetime, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott. Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow eulogized Bergh as “among the noblest of the land . . . The friend of every friendless beast.”
Barnum, won to what he called Bergh’s “excellent cause,” was one of Bergh’s pallbearers.
Adapted from an article by John Gibb Millspaugh in U U World Summer 2011.
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On Trek

How do we get the past to stop haunting us?

We might feel we could have been a better parent. We might think of specifics where we were less than honorable to our children.

Maybe we suffered a divorce, and we think, maybe if I did this or that? We continually visit the not so pretty trenches of our childhood at times as well.

We all let ourselves be haunted by the past at one time or another. If we dwell on could of, would of, and should of’s, we can make ourselves very unhappy. We all have pasts, and we all wish we could go back and change some events or ways we have acted or how we handled a situation in the past. What is interesting is that we constantly gauge our past with our newly evolved selves. We all grow emotionally, and we judge our past selves, by our new thinking.

Let me illustrate. When raising our children we tend to look back and say, “If I wouldn’t have done this, or if I wouldn’t have said that, my child wouldn’t have felt so bad at that time.” We must consider who we were back then, and who we are now. Chances are we did the best we could at the time, with what we knew, and what our circumstances were.

Everyone is different now, that is one reason we treat our grandchildren differently than we did our own children. Our perspectives are always changing. If we dwell in the past with our newer versions of ourselves, then we are just making ourselves miserable. We have to let it go.

Talking with someone helps. Just letting it loose from our hearts by sharing the details as we remember it to a dear soul who is committed to listening can be helpful. One of the simplest ways to let go of anything that is a burden to us, anything that is stopping us from moving forward in life, is to let it go. How do we do that?

Remember the old movies where the sound of the bugle meant the Calvary was on the way to rescue those in need?

We have our own Calvary. The vast unseen helpers in the universe like our Angels, Guides, and our family and friends who have passed before us. They help us. Just ask them to take away the pain we keep dredging up from our past. Thank them for taking it away. I have done this, others I know have as well, and it truly works.

Marianne Williamson shared her quote that fits in this situation. “We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.” So when a hurtful thought arises turn your attention to the present. Think about the flowers in your yard, the smile of your loved one, the love of the universe, and your life will joyful.

Remember that if we dwell in the past, we miss the present, and then that will once again make for a miserable past.

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    When I moved to Suzhou, China I was surprised to see the number of cars on the city’s roadways and the number of electric motorcycles. The electric powered motorcycles are manufactured in China and the price of purchasing them is being subsidized by the Chinese Government. The electric bikes are relatively inexpensive and they range anywhere from two thousand RMB ($321.54 USD) to four thousand RMB ($643.00 USD). People can simply remove the battery from the bike and plug it into a wall socket in order to recharge the battery.
    The capitol city of Beijing in China is facing a serious health crisis due to the amount of smog in the air. The smog is being caused by a growing number of industries doing business in Beijing and the growing number of cars on the city roadways. Many people in Beijing ware a surgical mask to prevent breathing in the air pollutants.
    China, however, is trying to combat the growing problem.
    In April of 2013 I visited the Shanghai motor show in Shanghai, China and I was impressed by the number of electric cars on display there. One car in particular that caught my eye was the SP:01. The car was manufactured in the U.S. and is being displayed as the fastest electric care ever built. The car has a top speed of 155mph and manages 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds. The car was built by Detroit Electric and the company claims to have produced the first electric car in Detroit back in 1907.
    Detroit Electric chose to reveal its state of the art machine in Shanghai for a very good reason. China is pushing and investing broadly in electric cars with the hope of becoming the world’s leading electric car manufacturer. With the rising air pollution in China and the potential health issues it may cause. The Chinese Government is looking to electric cars as a way of reducing the air pollution.
    China’s goal is to put over 5 million electric cars on its roads by 2020 that will cut auto emissions down significantly. They are also investing in technology to curb the industrial pollution that is plaguing China.
    Electric car manufacturers from all sectors of the globe are scrambling to get in on China’s clean energy initiative.
    Sixteen of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are said to be in China. It is an embarrassment for the Chinese government and for those living in those cities. The electric car industries see China as a ripe market for auto companies to thrive.
    This year, the air in the Chinese capital reached 40 times the safety limit. The sheer number of cars and the poor quality of fossil fuels are significantly contributing to China’s growing concern for its future health and air safety.
    The Shanghai motor show also unveiled an electric Porsche, a VW, and a Renault. Many other manufacturers are also choosing China to unveil their latest electric or hybrid models.
    The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid has a dual-electric gas engine; the first Porsche of its kind. Another company formally known as Rover showed off its electric auto for the Chinese market. This particular electric auto maker is now owned by China’s auto giant SAIC.
    Cars produced by GM and Ford have always been a status symbol for the Chinese and the American auto makers have been making record sales in China.
    Electric auto makers however are trying to take advantage of China’s growing wealth and to continue to feed on China’s auto frenzy.
    Globally, the electric car revolution has been a dismal failure due to unattractive car models and the high cost of owning one. China, however, is pledging its support to produce electric cars for the mass market.
    The Beijing Electric Car Company is a part-state owned car manufacturer. Their site is vast; a massive factory surrounded by car parks full of new cars, all electric. The E150-EV is the first mass-produced Chinese-made electric car. None of the cars have yet been sold though due mostly to their price range. The Chinese Government is in the process of subsidizing the cost of the vehicles for the average buyer.
    The Beijing Government has been supporting the electric car industry by encouraging growth in research and development.
    There are approximately 1000 electric cars on the roads in Beijing not an encouraging number though.
    Growth of the electric car industry in China can only come about through Government incentives and monetary subsidies. That will most likely push the price of the electric cars down to an affordable price range for the Chinese auto buyers. The more electric cars that are sold in China will eventually result in lower prices as well.
    In the near future China may very well be the leading producer of electric cars. The impact that will have on the American auto makers is uncertain.
    It will certainly become more difficult for the American auto industries to compete in China against a state subsidized auto manufacturer. The production of electric cars however is a step in the right direction for the environment as a whole not just in China but globally.
Always with love from Suzhou, China
Thomas F O’Neill
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By The Numbers

Welcome to By The Numbers, a column about understanding and using Numerology to better understand yourself and those who surround you. Be it personal, sexual, or business, Numerology can go a long way in providing greater insight and recognition of the people with whom you interact in life. Personally, I have been working with Numerology since 1984, when my younger sister introduced me to it. In the ensuing years I have gotten to the point where my life's purpose is to introduce and expose people to this ancient science, either through personal readings, classes, lectures, or my book, YOU KNOW YOUR NAME...LOOK UP YOUR NUMBERS. For years, I have been imploring educators to give Numerology a 'look-see' as a tool for better understanding, and guiding the students with whose education they are entrusted.

“The human soul is 'at music' when engaged in pure mathematics. All things accord in numbers.”...Pythagoras

What is Numerology (you may be asking!)? It is an ancient esoteric science that historically dates back to the time of Pythagoras in ancient Greece 2500 years ago. The ancient Chaldeans are known to have used Numerology, and in all probability, it dates back to perhaps ancient, unknown civilizations. Pythagoras understood that one of the constants of the Universe was numbers. All that we can see, touch and experience can be reduced to a mathematical equation. Numbers play an important role in our daily existence. And we, as entities alive in this Universe, are a combination of numbers to be made manifest in our existence. Where mathematics is the study of numbers, Numerology is the interpretation of numbers. It is based on the numbers 1-9 and the alphabet as it is known (this applies to any written language that has letters). Within the spelling of your name (as it appears on your birth certificate) and your birth date is a blueprint, a road-map, a treasure chest of information about YOU.

I emphasize that the chart is based upon the spelling of the name on the birth certificate for even if the name is misspelled, or your document has your name as “Baby Girl/Boy or Female/Male” that is what is read for that was your imprint upon entering this plane. All of your talents, abilities, personality traits, strengths, weaknesses, lessons and challenges that are a part of you and your life are defined and described in a Numerology reading. This can provide important and valuable information to people involved in relationships; to parents and/or grandparents who have young children; to employers looking to better understanding their job applicants and employees; and, to teachers and educators who are looking for a more insightful means to understand and teach their students. In some ways, Numerology is a sister science to Astrology and a good astrological profile will provide similar information as is provided in a numerological profile.

“Everywhere you find measures, numbers and order, look for the craftsman. You will find none other than the ONE in whom there is supreme measure, supreme numericity, and supreme order. That is GOD, of whom it is most truly said that HE arranged everything according to measure, and number and weight.”...Martin Gardner

This column will be dedicated to the study and interpretations of Numerology. It will cover different facets of a chart and guidance on using Numerology. At times, I will also provide numerological insights into people in the news.

Another part of this column will be a question and advice section. I will accept written questions mailed to me through the Contact Page on my website, and each month I will answer 1 or 2 questions from readers. Questions may be about you, someone with whom you are in relationship, children, grandchildren, issues of sexuality, career or other similar topics. When submitting a question, please be sure to include the birth date and exact spelling of the name (as it appears on the birth certificate) for the individual for whom the question is being asked. I may get back to you to confirm certain details if I use your question.

I am grateful for having the opportunity to welcome you into the world of Numerology. I look forward to teaching you about this wonderful science and interacting with you through your questions.
Look Up Your Numbers!
Blessings of Love & Light
Michael John Fierro

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Irish Eyes

How To Be Happy

“Im happy” is a gripping tale of our times. The author tackles highly sensitive issues such as bullying head-on while weaving three separate lives into one convincing thread. If you buy one book this year make it Im happy” (Dan Binchy, author.)

Renowned author and cousin of Maeve Binchy was referring to Diarmuid Hudner’s first novel Im Happy
It comes at a time in which such a book was never more needed. Society has at last woken up to the fact that bullying, in any shape or form, can have a devastating- often fatal- effect on both the victim and the perpetrator.

It is the story of three young people who are the victims of bullying and how they came together to change their lives through a website called Emmet from Ireland, a self confessed masternerd, isolated by his own idiosyncrasies, finds a friend in alcohol until it too becomes a friend no longer. Ralph from the USA, born grossly overweight suffers from a crushing lack of self esteem and sees the only release from his torment is to attempt suicide. Ming from China, who looks different to other girls uses this the only way she can, becoming a bully herself until she resorts to self-harming to punish herself from her wrongdoings.

The following is a excerpt from Emmet’s “story.”
“Life is better because I am happy. It is because I am happy that I have a life. What makes me happy might make you happy, it might not but that is also life. My name is Emmet. I have been spat upon, sneered at, laughed at, beaten and ridiculed. I have lived in hell for most of my life but I do no longer. My crime: I am a nerd. I have no hatred for those who have bullied me because deep down I know they are not happy doing it. To hurt another is to hurt yourself. I am a nerd but that is not all I am. The best of me is under my skin. I am no longer a slave to other people’s thoughts because no one but me controls what I think. 

No one knows you but you. You may be rich, you may not. You may be healthy, you may not. You may be married, you may not. You may never find a partner, you may never be looking. You may have children, you may never have. You may have everything everyone thinks they should have. You may have everything but what you want. A great number of things may or may never happen to you. Life decides those things. Only you decide whether you are happy with what life gives you. I am not religious but I am spiritual. I can be whatever I want to be at any given moment because no moment can be repeated. Happiness is available in abundance; it can never be bought, can never be sold because your happiness is unique to you and you already own it within you. I am happy now because I have chosen to be happy and only I have the power to make that choice. This site is for those who have chosen to be happy now too.” 
This work is a novel but were the words of Virginia Woolf ever more apt? “Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so slightly perhaps but still attached to life at all four corners.”
This is not just a story about bullying; it is the story of everyone’s quest to be happy and the realisation that you and only you are in control of your own happiness. It weaves the emotions and feelings of insecurity that all of us experience with the freedom that can be achieved from making the decision to take control of one’s own life. Though quite a harrowing tale, this is a story of immense hope, dexterous wit and passionate perseverance with acorns of wisdom that will linger in your mind long after you thought you had gathered them all.
Quotes from start of each Chapter
  • 1. Always take the chance to laugh at your own expense before everyone else does
  • 2. HARD is only Happiness At a Remote Date
  • 3. You can’t be all things to everyone so be something to someone
  • 4. When you make the decision to change you already have
  • 5. No moment can be repeated so I can never make the same mistake twice
  • 6. Humans don’t have eyes on the back of their heads for a reason: you can’t go forward if you are continually looking back
  • 7. Accept the Good for what it is whenever it happens because you will be forced to accept the bad anyway
  • 8. You are not what you eat, You are not what you wear, You are not what you do. You are You.
  • 9. Be honest with yourself: If you want the harsh truth, ask your enemies not your friends.
  • 10. Intelligence has no bearing on your level of happiness because happiness doesn’t have an IQ.
  • 11. What a difference a day can make when you’re not counting the hours.
  • 12. The only questions worth answering are those you ask of yourself.
  • 13. You don’t have to be SOMEBODY to BE somebody.
  • 14. HURT is only Happiness Undoubtedly Returns Tomorrow.
  • 15. If you can’t trust yourself, trust your instincts.
  • 16. You have the same number of hours, minutes and seconds in your day as everyone else: therefore you stand the same chance of achieving happiness.
  • 17. Coincidences are too random for random things to occur.
About the author: Diarmuid Hudner is a native of Limerick, Ireland. A former Headhunter in the City of London, he was a regular contributor to financial magazines such as the Financial Times, Investment Week and Money Marketing. Upon returning to Ireland, he became the founder and chairman of the Doneraile Literary & Arts Festival, the only free literary festival in Ireland. This is his first novel.
Hudner, chairman of Doneraile
Literary & Arts Festival,
with current President of Ireland,
Michael D. Higgins.
It became apparent to the author whilst writing this book that there was a genuine need to make this fictional website a reality. Thus the website was born.

He told me, “The world today has never in its history been so full yet it is very easy as an individual to feel empty. We are all seeking happiness and by helping each other, we are not alone. This website is a work in progress and will develop organically over time with the help of the readers.”
The book is available from the website as an eBook or hard copy.

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Introducing Michael John Fierro, Numerologist

Michael John Fierro

From an early age, Michael showed an intellect and curiosity that would become a driving force in his life. Born in Paterson NJ, his family moved to the Jersey Shore when Michael was 8. The middle child of five, Michael questioned many things in life and developed an inquisitive mind that sought a deeper understanding of the world in which he lived. Upon graduating high school, he began a long and distinguished career in the food service industry rising from his first job as a dishwasher to managing and owning restaurants in both FLA and NJ. Michael's restaurant career was marked by great innovation and recognition in the creation and operation of fine dining establishments with a flair. 

His interest in things of a spiritual and metaphysical nature began in the early 1970's when he lived in Florida.  In 1984, his sister Debra, herself a well-known numerologist, introduced him to the science of numerology. Debra gave Michael information during a reading about a particular incident that showed up in his chart, which would occur during a very specific time period in his life . The situation she spoke of actually took place a few months later and with that, Michael knew Numerology was something that had a great deal of validity. It was a turning point in his life as Numerology captured his imagination and curiosity, moving him forward to what would become a lifelong passion. The use of numbers in understanding the human condition held great appeal to him as it augmented his deep interest in mathematics. 

Throughout the years, Michael has honed his skills and insights through continuous study. Although he remained in the restaurant business, his study of this new subject became a part of his life. A natural entrepreneur, Michael was guided toward the direction of metaphysics and spirituality where he began his practice as a Numerologist, a path on which he finds himself today. Throughout the various changes in his career, Michael’s creativity and vision has always been his hallmark, frequently being recognized for his ground-breaking technique and ideas. Living in CT in the early 90s, Michael truly began his studies and work with Numerology and it was definitely at this time that he realized that he had found his calling. 

After moving back to NJ in the late 90s, Michael and a friend started a business making aromatherapy products and herbal pillows. It was also around this time that he wrote and self-published his first book, 911 for the Soul...411 for the Mind (a collection of thoughts, wisdom and meditations). This business provided Michael an opportunity to travel the country selling his book and other products while offering lectures on Numerology at various expos and venues. While Numerology was Michael's passion, it was a 'second job' until 2010 when life placed him in a situation in which he could devote his energy to Numerology on a full-time basis. Although Michael began writing his Numerology book in 1999, it wasn't until 2009 that he completed it and, it was in 2010 that he finally released his long-awaited book, YOU KNOW YOUR NAME...LOOK UP YOUR NUMBERS (an introduction to Numerology).

For almost 30 years, Michael John Fierro has been studying and applying numerology.  Over the years, Michael has counseled thousands of clients through private sessions, and he is a favorite for his lectures at libraries, bookstores, and other venues. His live radio broadcasts and television appearances of on-air readings make him very much in demand as a teacher and practitioner of Numerology. As a  frequent guest on local radio stations and as a lecturer, Michael has spoken on the subject with a passion and zeal that has made him an authority in the genre. He is known for the honest, direct and forthright approach to his work and regularly strives to fulfill his motto “Assisting personal empowerment through understanding, acceptance and responsibility”.

Often Michael will receive a phone call or an email from a client—sometimes months after their reading—to thank him for his insight.  It is at these times that he realizes the power of the information that he shares and the profound impact that it has on the people who come to him for counsel.

Numerology, like other metaphysical disciplines is just beginning to be a part of our lexicon for spiritual growth, self-awareness and understanding. Michael’s goal is to bring this science to the mainstream in much the way that astrology has been accepted. His intent is to do so while having the work maintain its integrity. Properly used, numerology can be an invaluable tool in the business world, education, and personal development.

Currently, Michael is a regular contributor to the Hey Z Media Magazine and is at work on Volume II of YOU KNOW YOUR NAME. He can be contacted through the information at the bottom of the page and can also be found on Facebook at Michael John Fierro-Numerologist and his book's page, You Know Your Name...Look Up Your Numbers. He is available for private sessions, parties, lectures and classes as well as media appearances. At the present time, he lives at the Jersey Shore with his Jack Russell terrier, Shadow.
Michael John Fierro
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