Belated Update. We are doing well.

I think my last update, was in February. I have been having a computer problem, with the software that I use for these updates. But, I recently seem to have fixed that.

It has been so long now, that I may not remember all that is happened. But I will take a shot at it, it may not be in correct chronological order.

I spent some some time with one of our friends in Olympia. We have many interests in common, so it is always interesting to visit him. We also went to some political things in Olympia. It is our state capitol.

We also discovered this website:

There is a small fee for being a member, but it allows us to contact people who welcome us to visit them for a few days, for free. We have done it quite a few times now, and each time, the people have been very interesting, and fun to visit. One couple live in a rural area that, during our walks, seemed to have so many neighbors with often several recreational vehicles, that we suspect that there are more RVs than families, over a several mile area.

We have been to many various political rallies, marches, classes, and the like. It is encouraging that there are so many people that are finally getting fed up with the massive problems in our government. This is often nonpartisan. Huge numbers of people would like to have the vastly more cost-effective health care that we could have. Huge numbers of people are tired of having made up wars, that seem to mostly be invented to help the very rich. Pretty much everyone ought to be on board for honest, verifiable elections. But, so many people still have not seen the proof of the mess we are in.

Since our last update, a very young British friend that we knew from Trinidad, fell to her death, while on the mast of a very large sailboat, and another friend from the Seattle area died very suddenly from brain cancer. She was a Buddhist and very active in so many of the same political things that we are. We attended her Buddhist memorial service, and also the nondenominational memorial service.

Recently we have been house-sitting the house of the recently departed Seattle friend. This helps both us and the estate.

This seems like a pretty short update for so many months, but I think it covers the high spots. Now that I have my software working better, I will see if I can find time to make some posts that refer to things that occurred quite some time ago, but I think you would find interesting.

Dave & Robn

Silva Method Class in Seattle

Back in 1972, I took a self improvement class that changed my life.

It is based on a Western method of getting very deep levels of meditation and shows you many valuable tools that your mind can do, but few people are aware of.

This class is designed to teach you an easy, Western form of mindful meditation, that can be learned to a useful level by the second day, yet allows you to get to deep levels of the mind and control your brain frequency without biofeedback. Like anything, you get better with practice, but you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish after just a few days. The remaining days are to teach you more things that you can do, and to help you continue to improve the mediation skills.

Some people have already learned to use some of these parts of their mind, but the class gives you a virtual toolbox of skills to use, as you see fit, in day to day life. You learn to control your own mind and to be able to keep others from controlling your mind. Some students have reported that when they went to stage hypnotists, that they could do every one of the wonderful or even bizarre things that people can do under hypnosis, BUT, they had complete awareness, AND, they could do, or not do, what the hypnotist told them. THEY were in complete control.

You will be able to use new mental skills, including, being able to go into a deep state of mental and physical relaxation, within a very few minutes. With practice, we can do this with our eyes open, even while walking, and in formerly distracting environments. From these deep levels, it is easy to fall asleep within 5 or 10 minutes, when you want to. Similarly, you will learn how to stay awake, when needed, much longer than formerly. And, a 15 min ‘meditation nap’ will ‘recharge your batteries, more than you would think.

You will be shown how to recall your dreams, and, with practice, most can change their dreams ,or even have dreams to predict the future.

It includes methods to get rid of headaches and in the late 1960s and early 1970s was the only way known for many people to eliminate debilitating migraines. You will learn to control pain and bleeding and speed healing and significantly reduce the risk of infection.

You learn ways to make your memory amazing, to be able to simulate situations in your mind and to set goals that actually come to pass VERY often. Your ability to visualize, including all of your senses, will improve and, with practice, can get very powerful. There is even a form of psychic ability that you will be able to do, by the last day. It continues to get better with practice, but you will be amazed even on just the 4th day.

This link will help, but I think that the price quoted is just for the first two days. The total price is $1,394.00.

Dave & Robn

Mira celebration

I am sorry for the sad news. We are trying to reach all that knew Mira and some email addresses are not good anymore.


Mira Leslie, of Seattle, Washington, died on March 10, 2017 after a brief illness. Born December 8, 1955, she was 61 years old.

Mira was a world traveler, having lived all over the United States, Canada, London, Mexico and India. She was a Public Health Veterinarian, graduating from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. In addition to serving as the Public Health Veterinarian in Arizona and Washington, and working for the Province of British Columbia, Canada, Mira was chairperson of the Rabies Compendium and a long time member of the National Association of Public Health Veterinarians.

Mira was a life-long advocate for social justice and active in the peace movement, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action and the Freedom Project-Seattle prison programs, as well as numerous other organizations. She was inspired to fight social injustice and work for world peace by her late father, Dr. Charles Leslie. Mira will be missed by her mother Zelda, brothers Mario and Sam, Sister-in-Law Linda, nephews Max, Liam, and Tanner, her niece Grace, and family members in Italy. She will also be missed by many loving friends and colleagues.

Contributions in Mira’s honor may be made to organizations she supported, including the ACLU, NAACP, Doctors Without Borders, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Center for Biological Diversity. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 from 1-4 pm at the Hillman City Colloboratory, 5623 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118. She touched many people and leaves behind a legacy to be admired. She made a difference.