May 02 2014

During the winter, my heartstrings were tugged relentlessly by the passing of friend’s parents.

In particular, two of my BlogHer Soul Mates were facing the transitional loss of their mothers after giving devoted long term care. As their situations were similar to that of when my own father died, it was hard for me to witness their losses, so effectively posted on their blogs, Comments and Facebook.

I was thinking about both of them today, along with the passing of my grandfather, my mother’s father, who died on May 2.  You know this must be years ago, because, it was when I was eight years old.

I remember the phone ringing in the middle of the night, my mother talking to my father and the hustle bustle of preparation to go soothe my grandmother.

Memories of the funeral, big family meals and playing with my cousins have carried with me all my life. But, to this day, the most poignant memory is my mother’s story about her sitting on our front porch crying. Suddenly, without any physical movement behind her on the porch, she felt a warmth on her back and a hand touching her right shoulder, patting it while she heard her father’s voice say, “There, there, Marty. It’s OK.”

Sewanne Sat April 26 2014 type Perhaps death is truly moving into the light.

Growing up with this story, you can see why I have pondered the afterlife and reincarnation. When thinking of death and it’s assumed finality, I’ve always thought the reincarnation beliefs of the Eastern religions might ring true. And so, I have read anything I could about life after death and reincarnation.

Eventually I happened on to the book, “The Search for Bridey Murphy,” telling of a women, Virginia Tighe, being hypnotized and dictating stories of a Bridey Murphy who was born in 1798 while living in Ireland. Reading about these interesting hypnotic sessions, I soon was also reading how, when she was a child,Virginia Tighe lived across from an Irish immigrant named Bridie Murphy Corkell and must have had a memory base for her hypnotically induced tales. And so, although my interest was peaked for studying reincarnation, the facts of the Bridey Murphy case did not prove definitive.

But, fast forward forty years and the invention of YouTube later. I was tooling along through YouTube videos a while back, when one caught my eye: the story of James Leininger, who at two years old began talking to his parents about planes and the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, many things which a two year old probably wouldn’t know.

I was amazed by the videos and have played them several times since.  I won’t ruin the videos for you, but I have to say, this is a most startling case of reincarnation memories with a defined, documented source. And, no matter how you personally feel about the validity of it all, you’ll have to admit, it’s very interesting. So, see what you think!

 James “3” says he’s lived before as James “2”


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Jan 05 2012

Learning math the traditional way
does not make for happy faces.

Many years ago, in the early 1960s, there was an article in Reader’s Digest about the Trachtenberg System of Math. It was an amazing article, that I cut out and saved, carrying it around with me as I moved across country and back several times. I never saw any information about the system anywhere else, so as the years went by, the yellowed Reader’s Digest pages became more and more precious.

So, years and years later, because we home school, I introduced the Trachtenberg System with spectacular results. And the neatest thing is, now with the Internet, I don’t have to rely on my old yellowed copies from the 1960s. Why, I can cut and paste some of the same information for you that was in the Reader’s Digest.

And here it is:

The Story of Jakow Trachtenberg

The teacher called on a nine-year-old boy who marched firmly to the blackboard upon which was a list of numbers a yard long. Standing tiptoe to reach the top, he arrived at the total with what seemed the speed of light.

A small girl with beribboned braids was asked to find the solution of 735352314 times 11. She came up with the correct answer-8088875454-in less time than you can say the multiplication table. A thin, studious-looking boy wearing silver-rimmed spectacles was told to multiply 5132437201 times 452736502785. He blitzed through the problem, computing the answer-2323641669144374104785-in seventy seconds.

The class was one where the Trachtenberg system of mathematics is taught. What made the exhibition of mathematical wizardry more amazing was that these were children who had repeatedly failed in arithmetic until, in desperation, their parents sent them to learn this method.

The late Jakow Trachtenberg, founder of the Mathematical Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, and originator of the startling new system of arithmetic, was of firm opinion that everyone comes into the world with ‘phenomenal calculation possibilities’.

The only problem is, the Trachtenberg System did revolutionized mathematics all over the world, just not in the United States, because the educational gurus in this country never introduced it. Such a silly decision, but one that you can change, anytime you want to by learning it youself, or by home schooling it to your children. If you would llike to know more about Jakow Trachenberg and his incredible life story, click here.

  What is the Trachtenberg system? What can it do for you?

The Trachtenberg system is based on procedures radically different from the conventional methods with which we are familiar. There are no multiplication tables, no division. To learn the system you need only be able to count. The method is based on a series of keys that must be memorized. Once you have learned them, arithmetic becomes delightfully easy because you will be able to ‘read’ your numbers.

The important benefits of the system are greater ease, greater speed, and greater accuracy. Educators have found that the Trachtenberg system, which has a unique theory of checking by nines and elevens, gives an assurance of ninety-nine per cent accuracy-a phenomenal record.

The great practical value of this new system is that, unlike special devices and tricks invented in the past for special situations, it is a complete system. Much easier than conventional arithmetic, the Trachtenberg system makes it possible for people with no aptitude for mathematics to achieve the spectacular results that we expect of a mathematical genius. Known as the ‘shorthand of mathematics’, it is applicable to the most intricate problems.

As an example, have fun trying to multiply by 11:

Multiplying by 11

Rule: Add the digit to its neighbor. (By “neighbor” we mean the digit on the right.)

Example: 3,425 	imes 11 = 37,675

  3      7      6      7      5
(=0+3) (=3+4) (=4+2) (=2+5) (=5+0)

To illustrate:
11 = 10 + 1


3425 	imes 11 = 3425 	imes (10+1) 

 Rightarrow 37675 = 34250 + 3425


The exercise above is from Wikipedia where the other numbers are illustrated as well. If you are interested in seeing this Wiki entry for yourself, click here.

Multipying by 11 in the Trachtenberg System. These
computations were done by a 6 year old boy who was
so fascinated by the system, he sat and made up
numbers all afternoon to then multiply by 11. It’s fun!

If you are interested in a book explaining the
Trachtenberg System of Math hover your mouse
over the link below:

The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics


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