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What Could Possibly Make This Person Tick? A new contest

What does this photo have to do with our latest contest? Hmmmmm.

What does this photo have to do with our latest contest? Hmmmmm.

Deeper perception is for folks who are curious. Well, here’s a contest to help us to indulge that curiosity. And maybe you’ll win a face reading, aura reading, or Skilled Empath Merge.

It’s simple to enter. Start by flagging someone in the news who baffles you. What could possibly make him tick? Or what could make her tick? What was that person possibly thinking?

Headslapper moment! Duh!

Because reading people deeper is not just for ivory towerish dissertations of an abstract nature. You can’t get more down & dirty — or down & clean — than by going beneath the surface of life to research what makes that person tick.

  • Reading the secrets of someone through the physical face? Mostly that’s done to give you an advantage in your relationships.
  • Aura reading down to the level of chakra databanks means drilling down to the level of someone’s energy field… that corresponds to the subconscious mind.
  • Ha! Inquiring minds have the right to know that sort of thing about public figures who have willingly put themselves forward.

A contest that honors how people can be just plain weird

Am I the only one who has moments in everyday life when I respond to what folks do with a combo of shock and wonderment? Like, “Did GLADYS really say that? How is that possible?” and “What on earth were the aura-level consequences for JOE of doing that?” Or “Is that [name the extreme lifestyle craze] really so great for the self-assured expert who advocates it?”

You might know, in one book about success I explored what really was going on, energetically and subconsciously, with teachers of Law of Attraction. Also 50 Fundamentalist Christians. And 100 of the most successful businesspeople in the world. Were there ever surprises galore!

In case you’re fairly new to this blog, I hasten to add that we don’t do celebrity gossip. This really is an educational venture for developing skills that you can use in everyday life for greater success. I’m into helping you add depth to your relationships, gain more self-knowledge, enjoy greater resourcefulness based on accurate insights.

And if you happen to do any energy healing with mind-body-spirit, did you know?

Just as mathematics is the language underlying all science, energetic literacy (aura reading) is the basis for all forms of energy healing with mind-body-spirit.

How to enter our latest contest and win a free reading

Enter with a comment about the nominee of your choice. To be considered a contest entry, your comment needs to include all the following:

  1. One comment per nominee, please. (You may enter this contest as many times as you like.)
  2. Supply the name of your candidate. Politicians are out. Otherwise feel free to choose anybody in sports or business, a performer or creative worker, a scientist or teacher. Could be someone you admire or someone you loathe. Must be a public figure, though! Even though your weird Uncle Joe seems endlessly fascinating….
  3. Describe why you are curious. What’s the context for wishing to know what makes that person tick? Go into as much detail as you like, and at least one sentence. (More detail may add to your chances of winning the contest.)
  4. Add one or more links to a webpage about that person. Or that person’s surprising or amazing or notorious behavior. Or wondrous achievements!
  5. Supply at least one photo link to your nominee. Preferably make that photo a full head shot, i.e. Show the complete face and neck from the front. (The big exception is this. What if this particular person has already been nominated? Then just name that person and add why YOU are curious about what makes that person tick.) As always, paparazzi-type photographs are not allowed.
  6. Choose a face reading OR an aura reading as the type of Deeper Perception you would prefer to receive if you win.

Final date for entries to this What Could Possibly Make This Person Tick? Contest is April 1, 2015.

Yes, you may enter as often as you like.

As the winner, you will receive a free aura reading or face reading of your nominee. And if I fall in like with your person, I just might choose upgrade the aura reading to a Skilled Empath Merge.

How many winners?

Energetic literacy reveals fascinating secrets about every person. It will be my delight to research three winning entries.

First prize will go to a contest entry that especially fascinated me, with a clear writeup of why you are interested in what makes that person tick.

Second prize will go to the person with the most popular nomination — where the contest nominee has accumulated the largest amount of comments in support. (In that sense, a shared prize.)

Third prize will go to the most prolific nominator, the person who did a full contest nomination for the most new people.

And even if you don’t officially win the contest, sometimes I search through old contest entries to find.

Can’t you just give me cool ideas any time about people to read?

No, actually. Just this last week I emailed a Blog-Buddy explaining that, although she asked me in the nicest possible way, I wouldn’t post a comment where she suggested that I do a particular aura reading. As in, “Have mercy!”

Contests are the only context where you may put in such a request. (Although I sure can include any kind of face reading or aura reading, of anyone, when we are in a personal session.)

Please understand, everyone, that I have only so much time for blogging. That said, I love to read about the nominations you’ll contribute to our contests.

Doing what is workable for me, I throw myself into those aura readings and face readings. So let me know what you’d like!

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  1. 1

    About that photo, it was taken this morning here in balmy Sterling, Virginia.

    Snow here at all is rare. Snow in March?

    Makes me wonder what makes the weather tick. Although answering that is beyond the scope of my skills.

    However, I do believe the scientists who do have those skills and refer to global warming and climate change.

  2. 2
    Brandi says:

    What makes Lena Dunham tick?
    Why am I curious?
    • At 28 years young she is the Creator/Writer/Director of the hit HBO show GIRLS, author of a new York times best seller “Not that Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned””, and she has over 2 million twitter followers.
    •She is the generational spokes model for 20 something’s, she will be liked on her own terms. I have read that she wants to write her memoirs when she is eighty and spill all the dirt about those in Hollywood who oozed bad intentions of her.
    •Critics have said her successful career is the result of her somewhat “famous” parents who helped support her creatively and financially-that her success is one of privilege. True? Maybe she is a world server-could it be that her soul was ready for this life to be the wonderful role mode? How connected to spirit is she?
    •Her character on GIRLS, Hannah Horvath, is not thin, not conventionally beautiful, and her life is a mess. I admire her for this. Lena Dunham is not the anorexic ideal of regular Hollywood stars. Critics love to talk more about her body than her ideas because she is stirring up something in the mass consciousness. At Golden Globes in 2014 she announced that she “ate a thick patty of hamburger meat” before hitting the red carpet. Oh my, how controversial in Hollywood. The critics couldn’t wait to see what crazy thing she would say this year. Nothing that I am aware of:)
    I would want an Aura reading to find out more?
    What is the Soul Thrill like to be Lena Dunham?
    Book Review:
    Face shot:
    GIRLS show info:

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    Well done, BRANDI.

    Thorough and fun and THE FIRST. Now that’s leadership.

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    Jessica says:

    Orson Scott Card, author.
    As a kid, he was one of my favorite authors. He writes science fiction and fantasy and is probably best known for Ender’s Game. But he also spouts horrible homophobic rhetoric.
    This baffles me because his novels contain such nuanced explorations of being different, bullied, and even of close same-gender friendships. On a wider level, he always plays with the idea of the hero and the villain and how someone can call himself a hero while their actions are capable of a very different interpretation from another point of view.
    That difference doesn’t equal evil is one of his main points and I cannot fathom how he could write the books he has and turn around and say what he does about LGBT people.
    Here’s a link about him:
    Here’s a link to a photo:
    I was thinking an aura reading, but his face is pretty fascinating too if you would prefer to go in that direction.

  5. 5
    Zelda says:

    I’d like to nominate industrial designer and molecular empath Yves Behar. He’s appeared in prior conversations here at the blog on the theme of molecular empaths.


  6. 6
    Zelda says:

    Article in which he’s described as the most influential industrial designer in the world:

  7. 7
    Zelda says:

    Why am I curious about what makes him tick? Let me count the ways… 🙂

    I heard about Yves Behar a few years ago and have had the opportunity to do a project at his design firm, so my curiosity has become more piqued in recent months as to what makes him tick.

  8. 8
    Zelda says:

    –His designs alone are gorgeous and make for a wonderful experience for the user.

    Article with photos of his most iconic designs:

  9. 9
    Zelda says:

    — Sustainability is important to him and the ways this is reflected in designs is ingenious.

  10. 10
    Zelda says:

    — Along with creating beautiful products, the business model he created is ingenious, too. He partners with companies and often develops long-term relationships with them, rather than being hired for one project at a time.

  11. 11
    Zelda says:

    — I’m all for any kind of philanthropy, but the typical “give loads of money and slap your name on a building” gets old after a while.

    But creating a playful, practical laptop to give to kids in developing countries? That’s cool and ingenious.

    Or design eyeglasses that allow for expression of individual style for poor school kids in Mexico.

    I love the idea that good design shouldn’t be limited to the rich or only those in developing countries.

  12. 12
    Zelda says:

    — I’ve had a flavor of the kind of work culture he has created at his firm. Very San Francisco laid back (lots of jeans, sneakers, and hoodies), but also a palpable vibe of intense focus and work.

    I’m intrigued by this combination. He’s been described as laid back, but super competitive.

  13. 13
    Zelda says:

    — I’ve felt the influence of his auric modeling myself through research I did for the project I’ve worked on (video talks and photos, along with articles) and a brief encounter I had seeing him in the workplace.

    I didn’t meet him, but was in the studio area with other people and saw him working. I definitely felt a molecular empath effect.

  14. 14
    Zelda says:

    There is something about the unique way he has created a life in which he is laid back, yet extremely creative and powerful, that I find utterly fascinating. It’s a different way to be powerful and I would love to discover more about this through an aura reading.

    Thanks for the contest and the opportunity, Rose!

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    Kylie says:

    I second the nomination for Lena Dunham. I admire how unapologetically she is who she is, both on her show Girls and in her memoir. She seems so comfortable with her body. She’s up front about her mental health difficulties. She’s ambitious and strong, and not embarrassed to be seen as ambitious and strong. The one quote that stuck with me from her book is how she wants young women to understand that no matter how much they might feel like a mess, they can have a great life.

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    Kylie says:

    Oh, and I guess, my question would be, is Lena Dunham as transparent as she seems? How is she handling fame?

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    JESSICA, ZELDA, and KYLIE, thanks for your contributions.

    It shocked me how strong a reaction I had to your comments, KYLIE, especially Comment #16.

    In my personal values, I find it weird that celebrities would use their fame to give full-out disclosures about themselves as people and that “transparency” would be considered a good thing.

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    As long as there have been creative writers and artists and playrights, there have been fictional attempts to do just what you praised in your Comment #15, KYLIE. Only they created fictional characters, warts and all, to get the message across, bringing catharsis or ennobling the audience or whatever the motive was. FICTIONAL.

    Couldn’t a fictional character deliver as strong a message for young women to understand, “that no matter how much they might feel like a mess, they can have a great life?

    The basis for the fiction and opera and drama has always been human struggles of the writer or musician or actor. Or have I been missing something all these years as a reader, etc.?

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    Many questions are raised for me about “brave transparency” over (to me) pretty revolting over-sharing.

    Since when did it become wonderful, or heroic, or even okay, for performers to dispense with fiction?

    Who says it is good for creative artists to give themselves the job of publicly sharing about their own lives, down to the tiniest detail?

    Is that supposed to inspire the little people to do the same? Like some of those way too personal Facebook posts.

    Am I the only one who finds them inappropriate? We don’t have to be neo-Victorians to recoil at TMI. And, in particular, too much personal sharing.

  20. 20

    Blog-Boddies, KYLIE included, I’m curious.

    What does that Tell All personal sharing have to do with art? Or with being an honest person?

    If God had meant people to be so utterly transparent — past early childhood — wouldn’t we have been given a different kind of skin? Surely God could have figured out a way to give us see-through. 😉

  21. 21

    I wonder, how did fame ever get attached to sharing TMI in the form of personal details?

    And I guess I’m wondering this, too:

    Isn’t big fame a big enough deal to satisfy those afflicted with it? When Lena Dunham needs even more, is she going to start listing her personal toiletries and, perhaps, a detailed log of her food intake and bodily wastes?

  22. 22
    Kylie says:

    Whoa! That’s certainly a strong reaction, Rose. I’m not sure if you’re reacting to the show, her book, or statements she’s made. Her book is by no means a tell-all book. To me, she’s no more confessional than any other celebrity I’ve encountered. This may be a generational difference. I think that for people in the Millennial generation (and in my generation too, to a lesser extant), there is in general a lot of openness to talking about physical/sexual/mental health issues.

  23. 23
    Zelda says:

    I’ve only seen Lena Dunham a couple of times on the Tonight Show and in photos on the red carpet. Haven’t seen her show or read her book.

    She struck me as bright, witty, and charming.

    I think it’s great that she’s comfortable in her own skin; I’ve never seen her look that way, though.

    Have never seen her wear something that is truly flattering on her.

    Puzzling to me. Women of all sizes look beautiful in clothes that flatter them.

  24. 24
    Zelda says:

    I don’t really get the whole TMI thing. It’s a head-scratcher for me.

    On the one hand, I’ve encountered plenty of folks in American culture who have an odd way of not wanting to pay attention to the sometimes difficult or unpleasant aspects of life – at all.

    On the other hand, there seems to be a hunger for tales of the messiness of the lives of famous people. A currency of fame. I don’t get it and don’t care for it, either.

  25. 25
    Kylie says:

    TMI is a standard way of operating for many younger people, and doesn’t seem like TMI to them 🙂 I think, like many people today, she’s into therapy-style processing of life that I personally have no interest in. (Like Woody Allen, come to think about it.)

    But I do find her frankness refreshing, not shocking. Girls is fictional, but it holds a mirror up to the way college life is for many women.

  26. 26

    Definitely, KYLIE, my reaction was a strong one, and I wonder if other Blog-Buddies likewise have a strong reaction, too.

    Whether agreeing with me or wondering, “Golly, Rose, why the strong reaction?”

    I was reacting simply to your Comments 15 and, especially, 16.

    Partly, sure, it’s a generational thing. Many in our sixties and older grew up in a very different world, where there were such things as reserve.

    Partly I am baffled by celebrity culture and its excesses, which seem to strain credulity more every year.

  27. 27
    Kylie says:

    When I admire her transparency, I am admiring her integrity and transparency of auric modeling (not transparency in terms of information shared.)
    That said, I think that as a college student I would have benefited from some frank talk about sex, drugs, STDS, drinking, depression, and the like. I grew up in a family and culture where nothing was talked about. I also marvel at the self-esteem of someone who thinks her life is important, and her thoughts worth sharing (even if it may be an overshare.)

  28. 28
    Kylie says:

    I can understand finding celebrity culture and it’s excesses baffling. I would too if I paid any attention to it. I also do not understand the appeal of twitter-like every-minute sharing.

  29. 29

    KYLIE, I’m enjoying this communication. Definitely sharing but not over-sharing!

    Personally I can relate to both your comments here.

    Lena Dunham is starting to sound like a big sister-type celebrity. The kind I wished that I had been given while I was growing up.

  30. 30
    Kira says:

    I would like to second the suggestion of Orson Scott Card, for the reasons Jessica listed. I’ve only read one of his books, but it had a huge influence on me, and I too just don’t understand the homophobia, especially considering that one of the characters in the book was bisexual.

  31. 31
    Kira says:

    Now, about oversharing–that is a complicated topic for me. I have no personal TMI setting (that is, I have never considered anything I’ve learned about someone else to be TMI). I’m generally open to talking about things about myself if I think there’s a good reason to.

    On the other hand, I’m not necessarily comfortable asking others questions about themselves, and I’m not necessarily comfortable answering them, depending on who’s doing the asking and/or why they want to know.

  32. 32
    Kira says:

    I grew up in the type of household in which the bathroom door stays open more often than not when someone’s in there and various states of undress were nothing to be ashamed of. In addition, my mother was an OB/GYN nurse, so the stories I heard growing up were probably the very definition of TMI for just about everyone else.

    Our house was kind of like Las Vegas; I had to be trained that what we do in our own home does not get talked about elsewhere. I can remember getting in trouble for forgetting to close the drapes before changing clothes and for retelling one of Mom’s work stories.

  33. 33
    Kira says:

    My takeaway from all that is that nothing is inherently wrong to talk about, but some things are culturally wrong to talk about, and I personally strive to stay within other people’s notions of what is TMI for them.

    I see more willingness to talk about things that have traditionally not been talked about in public as a cultural shift. I’m guessing that, while people who are more transparent in terms of information shared seem to be revealing everything, they have some form of privacy, even if it’s not about the same information.

  34. 34
    Kira says:

    On the other side of this, it does turn me off that people are clamoring for this information. It’s one thing to accept information someone else gives of their own free will, but it’s something else entirely to support an industry (I’m thinking of paparazzi) that actively seeks to find out things that people don’t want the public to know.

  35. 35
    Madalena Lemos says:

    I would like to nominate Morgan Freeman.
    First because he is a mysterious guy. I get a warm nice feeling about him, but there is something about him that he doesn’t share with everyone. He reminds me of my grandfather, who has a few physical similarities and makes me feel the same way. Like I would like to sit close to him and listen him telling all his stories.

    His profile:

    A link to his photo here:

    I would prefer a aura reading!
    Madalena Lemos

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    Zelda says:

    I’d enjoy learning what makes Bette Midler tick. I’ve always loved her spunk, sass, humor, and enormous talent. She’s an amazing entertainer and is out on tour for the first time in 10 years.

    Here’s her website:

    Here’s the website for the New York Restoration Project, which she founded. The organization has worked to bring more parks and trees to NY City.

    Here’s a photo for an aura reading:

  37. 37
    Zelda says:

    I’d also like to nominate Billy Porter. He’s an amazingly talented Broadway performer, pop singer, film and television actor, and vocal coach.

    He won the Tony Award in 2014 for his performance of Lola, the drag queen, in “Kinky Boots,” the Tony Award-winning musical.

  38. 38
    Zelda says:

    The story is based on a true story of a failing shoe factory in England that brought itself back to life by making wild, colorful stiletto boots for drag queens.

    It’s joyful, colorful, wonderful show, with themes of tolerance, acceptance, and the power of just being yourself.

  39. 39
    Zelda says:

    Lola is a sassy, spunky, sensitive, strong character.

    Here he is (zesty smile and all!), ready for maybe an aura reading:

  40. 40
    Zelda says:

    Here he is as Lola, the drag queen:

    After seeing the show, I listened to an interview with Billy Porter and was very impressed. At one point in his career, he was getting sort of typecast as the flamboyant drag queen, but tired of that, which resulted in a bit of a career slump.

    He grew a lot personally and eventually the role of Lola, his dream role, came to him. There’s more to this character and it seems like one of those full-circle kind of experiences. He’s done over 750 performances in the role.

  41. 41
    Lara says:

    Could I nominate Abraham Lincoln? He was a politician so I’m not sure he’s allowed? Just fascinated (and inspired) by someone who steered America at a pivotal time so magnificently. Would he be a suitable nomination to make?

  42. 42

    ZELDA, your nominations have been just magnificent.

    MADALENA LEMOS, so good to read your nomination as well. 🙂

    LARA, thanks for your question. I think enough time has passed so that Lincoln would not be considered overly political any more. Just do all the bits of a nomination and let’s go for it!

  43. 43
    Cathy says:

    How fun!

    I would like to nominate someone that, frankly, I can’t stand!Kanye West.

    The guy comes across to me as a completely egocentric jerk who is in love with himself and his fame.

    An aura reading might sort out if this is just an act? A persona he puts on? Why do people like him?

  44. 44
    Cathy says:

    The things that come out of his mouth…really, he should just never speak. As in never.

    From rudeness-ambushing Taylor Swift at the VMA’s-to things like “Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph”.

  45. 45
    Cathy says:

    Why do people like this guy?

    Here are some of the other classic things he has said, which I think is a strong clue about how he thinks

  46. 46
    Cathy says:

    This link contains a picture where he is in a black hoodie, just coming off a plane, and smiles for photographers.

    Here is a picture where he is obviously prepared for fans and fame.

  47. 47
    Cathy says:

    Just for the record, I have never heard him sing, nor have I ever looked for news on him till now. He keeps showing up in my fb feed from other people all the time!

  48. 48
    Emily says:

    Oh Cathy! Fascinating nomination!

    Although I really like Kanye West. Sure I wouldn’t be friends with him but I do like some of his music and I can see his point about Beyoncé being (criminally!) overlooked at nearly every music award show.

    I don’t find him particularly more grating then other very self-confident stars. There’s also the aspect of the music industry where black artists are undervalued and their work appropriated and Kanye talks about this a lot. How it’s Ok for white artists to consider themselves geniuses but a black man can’t have that opinion of himself. Even when ego-centric White Rock Stars and “divas” are the norm in the industry.

    Trudy (who writes very well on these topics) wrote about this on her blog:

  49. 49
    Sandra says:

    Along with Jessica and Kira, I am intrigued with Orson Scott Card.

    There is a strong spiritual quality to his stories, which are often profoundly moving.

    And then he compares President Obama to Hitler, and believes our president is building a secret army in his quest to create a police state.


  50. 50
    Sandra says:

    Rose, I would like to nominate soulful singer and multiple-Grammy-winner, Sam Smith, for an aura reading.

    He sings like an angel, and he seems like such an innocent, sweet person.

  51. 51
    Sandra says:

    I was particularly impressed with how he responded when Tom Petty’s people approached his people about the similarity between Smith’s hit “Stay with Me” and Tom Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down.”

    Smith acknowledged that they sound very similar, and even though the similarity was accidental, he now gives Petty credit for writing the track.

    Photo here:

  52. 52
    JulesD says:

    Odd Nerdrum. Why? He’s a brilliant painter, a visionary, with an artistic temperament. He seems to be personally rather dramatic and combative. Is his aura in keeping with this artistic stereotype?


    Info from Wikipedia:

  53. 53
    JulesD says:

    Natalie Merchant. Why? I like her vocal style and she seems admirably confident, conscientious, and sensible. Is this just a facade, or does her aura reflect this somehow, as a lack of “stuff”?


    Interview: (has an auto-play video)

  54. 54
    JulesD says:

    Gordon Ramsay. Why? With his wrinkles, he surely has some interesting face reading data. He’s known for being ill-tempered in the kitchen, to say the least. He seems nicer with his family, so I’m wondering how his face shows both sides of his nature.



  55. 55
    JulesD says:

    John Slattery. Why? He’s such a charming actor, able to convey humor subtly, as if he’s having an inside joke with the viewer. I think a face reading would be great, as he seems relatively un-Botoxed.


    An interview:

  56. 56
    JulesD says:

    Harper Lee. Why? Either an aura or face reading would be fascinating, since she is a complete mystery to me. She’s obviously talented, willful, and private, but I wonder about her other character traits, her spirituality, and her emotions.

    Photo from a few decades ago:

    Photo from more recently:


  57. 57
    Zelda says:

    I’d like to nominate financial guru, Suze Orman.

    She has a new PBS special on and I’m reminded that I’ve always been curious to have an aura reading on her.

    I’m curious about her integrity and motivation behind her work and just in general, what makes her tick.

  58. 58
    Lara says:

    Thanks Rose, ok I’d like to nominate Abraham Lincoln.

    He fought awfully hard his whole life it seems to me, for his education, and throughout his political life, just to be president and then all he achieved as one. His biography seems like a herculean uphill battle to the light, to me. And he also helped create a turning point and guide the country in a positive direction. What on earth was in him that he managed to do as he did?

    He has two sanpaku eyes in this picture dosent he? But I would like to pick an aura reading for him.

  59. 59
    Lilian says:

    Interesting discussion about the over-sharing. If the energetic veil is thinning, or however you want to put it, it does seem as though we’re going to have to learn a lot more about one another. If we’re starting to feel a lot more naked energetically, then our language and self-expression will have to adjust! Most writers just ripped off the people in their lives for ideas and so were essentially right bastards doing it. Ripping off yourself for material doesn’t seem that bad.

  60. 60
    Zelda says:

    Lillian, that’s funny about over-sharing. So true, what you say!

    I’d like to nominate the actor, Robert Downey, Jr. for an aura reading.

    I haven’t seen Iron Man. Truth be told, not sure I’ve seen many (any??) of his films.

    But I find him to be fascinating in that he managed to overcome the severe struggles he faced with addiction. He seems to have done an amazing job of turning his life around and really using his talent.

    He also seems to have created a loving family.

    I’m curious to see if he has grown spiritually from these challenges. I’ve heard him speak with humor and humility about his struggles.

    I love that he, in character, just gave a little kid amputee a bionic limb. So cool!

  61. 61
    Lilian says:

    Thanks Zelda. Also, thanks for the heads up about Yves. I’ve been getting so annoyed about how stuck in the 70s the UK is that I forget about all the cool, forward-thinking, stuff that can be found.

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    Lilian says:

    Why pretend something is completely fictional when that is disrespecting others?

    Back in the 60s racism and sexism etc were all much more firmly entrenched than today.

    Have you seen some of the ads that were out at the time that demeaned women?

    Things happened behind closed doors (domestic violence etc) and it wasn’t the done thing to go for help. We had to start being a bit more confessional to move the state of things on.

  63. 63
    Lilian says:

    I agree that the personal and the professional is getting blurred, though. You’re selling yourself and not your skills.

    I went into science because I wanted to do concrete tasks. If I could just build stuff with my hands and get a good enough job that way, I would be quite happy.

    In the service industry it’s more about, well mostly flirting, if you’re a woman. And flirting isn’t a proper skill.

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    Blog-Buddies, these nominations and comments are just great, every one.

    Thank you so much.

    It’s so fascinating how you’all think, so interesting to me what you say in these comments.

    From time to time, I go onto Facebook and read the posts there. It’s almost like another kind of human existence, with the equivalent of one teensy chocolate chip per post.

    Seems to me, your comments here are each like at least one large chocolate chip cookie, a tasty one.

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    Jnana says:

    I wish to nominate Barbro Karlen, Swedish author of ‘And The Wolves Howled’.

    Barbro Karlen claims to be the reincarnation of Anne Frank. I loved Anne Frank’s diary. I’ve read it four times and if you give me a copy now, I’ll gladly do a fifth reading. It is incredible that delightful though her account is, the horrors and injustices of this inhumane period in history come through without the need for gory details.

    When I heard of Barbro Karlen and saw her on Youtue, I just had to get the book.

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    Jnana says:

    As a child Barbro identified herself more as Anne much to the consternation of her parents. She was a child prodigy in Sweden having published 11 books by the age of 16.

    This book details her present life as she finds herself back with her captors from concentration camp (now reborn in Sweden) and the difficult path to the clearing of karma. Barbro had to struggle through much discrimination, unfairness, lies, personal vendettas, libel and even attempted murder.

    She pulls through it all and, like Anne, puts the truth down on the page finally clearing her karma and freeing her soul.

    I have long wondered what makes this lady tick and would much appreciate, if possible, an aura reading.

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    JNANA, it is lovely to hear from you.

    Thank you for this nomination. Please add a photo link in order for your entry to be complete.

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    Thanks for all of this fascinating information, JNANA.

    Your two Comments 65 and 66 were approved last night, right before I went to sleep. Perhaps I WAS pretty much asleep, not registering the second of those comments.

    I apologize. Glad we have it all sorted out now.

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    Brandi says:

    What Makes Iggy Azalea Tick-or Rap in this case.

    She is an Australian rapper/songwriter/model who dropped out of high school and left her home land at the age 16 and moved to Miami alone to pursue her dream of hip hop music.

    By December 2014 the now 24 year old placed number one on the Billboard Year-End Top New Artist chart -proving to all naysayers she has become an influential force in hip hop music and is not killing rap music.

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    Brandi says:

    Other accolades include that she recently won the 2015 People’s Choice Award for Favourite Hi-Hop Artist and is the only forth solo female rapper to ever top the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

    She raps with a Southern American accent that she was able to pick up and said Tupac Shakur was a big influence in her life.

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    Brandi says:

    I would ask for an aura reading because I am so curious what drives this kind of purpose and passion for music.

    Head Shot

    Saturday Night Live Skit (Kate McKinnon doing Iggy-Rose you will enjoy this one!)

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    Julie says:

    I’d like to nominate Michael Flatley, the Irish American dancer and choreographer. I’d be most interested in his aura at the time of the show Riverdance, which albeit was a long time ago but still a dazzling moment in history.

    I would be interested in an aura reading. I’d like to know more about his creative expression and what makes him tick, creatively.

    I’ve heard that he wasn’t just the lead dancer in Riverdance; he also choreographed all the moves and trained the other staff (hundreds of dancers).

    Here is a biography:

    And him in the original, magical performance of Riverdance in Dublin, Ireland:

    Watch it all the way to the end. It builds in excitement!

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    Julie says:

    I wanted to add also a still photo to my nomination of Michael Flatley:

    And a clearer video of the Riverdance performance:

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    JULIE, thank you so much.

    Keep those contest entries rolling in, folks.

    This contest stays open until the end of March 31!

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    Kylie says:

    I’d like to see an aura reading of Professor Robert Greenberg. I have been very much enjoying his eight dvd “Great Course” lecture on the 30 Greatest Orchestral Works. He is a fantastic lecturer, so passionate about classical music and great at telling stories. He seems like someone with a great deal of soul thrill in his life.

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    Julie says:

    I would like to nominate Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen. She’s one of the top earning models of all time. In 2001 she was reported to have made $7,000 an hour. She’s announced her retirement from the runaway in April of this year. She had a very long career for a model. She’s reportedly been very shrewd with the management of her career and financial empire. She came to mind in the original context of this contest as someone who baffles me. Probably she is a very different kind of person than myself. I would be interested in an aura reading.



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    Isabelle says:

    I would like to nominate the performance artist marina abramovic.

    marina abramovic was born in serbia in 1946. she grew up under the tito dictatorship.

    her parents were yugoslav partisans and her upbringing was very strict and as she described it as ‘military-style control’.

    she has said that her mother would wake her up in the middle of the night to do military training.

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    Isabelle says:

    marina went to art school and started to make art performances. these included cutting a big star in her belly, throwing herself into walls, whipping herself. very intense, painful, extreme.
    she later met her partner ulay at a performance in amsterdam in the 1970ies. from then on they did performance pieces together for several years.

    examples: screaming until the voice disappeared, sitting on a chair for days, etc. – trying to go the limits of their bodies and minds.

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    Isabelle says:

    marina’s and ulay’s relationship ended this way: they each walked the great wall of china, starting from the two opposite ends and meeting in the middle. they each walked 2500 km, met in the middle and said ‘good bye’.

    marina abramovic has played theater, made performances, photographs, held lectures, and so on for the last forty years.

    she first caught my attention in 2010 when a friend in new york told me about her recent big performance at the moma ny: there she was sitting on a chair for almost eight hours for two and a half months. the museum visitors could sit in front of her (always only one person). she was totally silent. just looked into the eyes.

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    Isabelle says:

    unfortunately, the performance was over when i was in new york but i got to see a very good documentary film that was made about this very performance. so touching. to see how deeply non verbal interaction can touch people – only looking into each others eyes (aka the soul?).

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    Isabelle says:

    people being so open, seeing their sorrow, pain, happiness etc. so many cried because they were grateful for another person ‘seeing’ them. (this is how i used to see it and i think still see it)

    a special moment was when marina’s ex ulay took a seat in front of her – one could see the love, the pain, the story…

    this documentary film got very many awards and marina abramovic gained a superstar-status through her retrospective and performance at the moma ny.

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    Isabelle says:

    she says of herself to be a very ‘spiritual’ person, practices meditation.
    in the last years she has been the muse of fashion designers and made performances with jay-z (which i did not like at all) and other superstars. she really entered mainstream popular culture.

    i ‘met’ marina at her photo exhibition in 2012 in vienna. the vernissage was overcrowded and there was she taking pictures with fans… a kind of unusual way for an artist of her kind, becoming a superstar. i observed her…she seemed very calm.

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    Isabelle says:

    what interests me is: the need/wish of people to be seen for who they are – i think she provided these hundreds of people (in her performance at the moma) with this …
    and what happens with people’s auras when connecting in total silence?

    what happens with people when they look into each others eyes for such a long time? isn’t it actually also really exhausting for empaths? still beautiful…

    what interests me about marina abramovic: her will to go to her own limits, to experience pain, perseverance.

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    Isabelle says:

    how do her chakra databanks look? she seems very grounded and at the same time she has a strong connection to god. is she is enlightened? or am i wrong and she is spiritually addicted, etc., etc.?

    here marina abramovic talks about her very extreme performance piece ‘rythm 0? (1974):

    this is a video from her performance in 2010 when ex-partner ulay went to sit in front of her
    website of the marina abramovic institute:

    head shot:

    i would be interested in an aura reading. 🙂

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    This contest is officially complete.

    See the surprising outcome at today’s blog post:

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    First prize goes to JESSICA, with her nomination of Orson Scott Card in Comment 3. Link to come!

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    Yes, here’s our link to the aura reading:

    I called it, “Anti-bullying mixed with homophobia, an aura reading of Orson Scott Card.”

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    Today comes the link to my aura reading of Yves Behar, proposed by ZELDA for this contest:

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