Author Archives: Melvin S. Marsh, C.Ht.

About Melvin S. Marsh, C.Ht.

Certified Hypnotherapist, Author, Public Speaker.

Goals for Third Quarter of 2018

Looks like so far again no graduate school for me. I don’t understand it. I was past what they wanted in every aspect so next is prepping for other things like for PhD programs. I am at least taking some decent courses on a second school which I think is probably better than just taking classes at Augusta University. Just took Industrial Psych which was kinda nice.

I will also say that I really like going to pow-wows.

1) I am still working on the native flute. I also bought a flute from Peru which is similar. My breath control remains horrible.

2) I have been sending one of my books out to agents. So far all is quiet but that is how it is. I also have another idea of how to get some passive income coming.

3) Have a referral to get a dive physical so maybe I can go scuba diving someday

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Attend Stand-up comedy

So I wasn’t expecting to do this when I went to work on operation business card drop off, but as I was trying to find a restaurant, I passed by the Miller Theater in Augusta. I’d never heard of or been to that one. On the marquee, I saw Jeff Foxworthy was coming in a matter of days so since he is in my top 5 of comedians (probably top 3 realistically), I decide to check out tickets. The thing I’ve learned is to not buy through Miller Theater (can you say expensive?) and bought cheaper tickets elsewhere. They were great seats though.

Some of the joked I did already hear bout something like half the show was still new to me. I think he is a great comedian although I keep remembering when I was last interested in doing standup. Maybe I should take a class in that!

Who is your favourite comedian?

Completed : 2018

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In Various Languages, Learn to Say – 1/3 Hebrew edition

Hello – Shalom

Goodbye – Shalom

Please – really this isn’t often used but it is Bevakasha which also means you’re welcome

Thank you – todah

Order a beer – Birah (beer), you would simply say it in a nice tone. Please is unneeded. Just “Birah.”

Insult – Funny thing about the Hebrew language, there really isn’t much in the way of cursing. It’s a holy language, so they borrow their curse words usually from either Arabic or from English, fuck and shit for example.

What is your favourite Hebrew adopted curseword?

Completed : 2018

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50 Questions to set your mind free – Part 5

41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
My maternal grandmother for sure. We have always been very close.

42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
Fame and being attractive are not worth it so no.

43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Anyone can be alive, but to live is another story. Truly living is what you do when you fill emotionally fulfilled by what you did that day. For some, it might be focused on family and for others, taking great adventures.

44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
It depends on what is going on. Generally, you should always try to do the right thing within reason as fast as possible, at least that is what I would do, but then I no longer have any fear of anyone or anything.

45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
We are afraid of the embarrassment that could occur. Or losing the time and energy that we spent in having to redo something. We are also scared that other people will think we are a failure.

46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
Be an even more observant Jew. It is very difficult to be like that here.

47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
A few minutes ago I think.

48. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
I love my grandmother and I probably don’t show that enough. I love Judaism and that does get shown. I love helping people and I like to think that is shown.

49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
Probably not.

50. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
Probably a mixture of both. I do have superiors which I simply cannot control what they do with me. I do try to take as much control as humanly possible even when I don’t feel capable of making such a decision.

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Apply to be on a reality show

While my graduate applications are not going well, at least the casting directors are not bored.  I was contacted via phone surprisingly in March just a bit after my last blog post.

While this sounded good, it was for a family in Georgia and my entire family is scattered.  Every person she asked about was in a different state.  She was interested in me being a hypnotherapist, she said she wanted to keep my information and I agreed because I am partnered and have kids but I have to live as a single person.  It’s horrible.

I’m sad I could not get free publicity for my practice.

Am I horrible that I am thinking this way?

Completed : 2018

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Expedition Bigfoot

So I didn’t hear about this place until a few days ago and since I was going that direction going to my neurologist, I figured I would take a slight detour and visit the museum.

I was not disappointed.

I went to the The International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine a few years back and I think Expedition Bigfoot if not physically bigger, certainly had more information and better exhibits. (And the other museum covered more than Bigfoot, you would have thought they would have had more stuff!)

I think there was barely a space that was not covered with SOMETHING. They even had a room they claim was a real research lab. Is it? Maybe. My labs I am used to are normally a little bigger, but it could probably do the job. They also have a small movie theater which completely slayed me with the old fashion intermission advertisements. They have newspapers, bigfoot casts, maps (why there were two sightings in Augusta, I will never know), recordings of a hand full of stories (and yes some of those calls did sound like a primate), and a small Tibetan exhibit as the Yeti is probably a close cousin of Bigfoot.

While I know one of the more famous videos did turn out to be a fake, I know most of the things on there are still definitely mysteries. I am neither a believer or non-believer, but I am definitely open to the possibility of some type of Gigantopithecus somehow hiding.

My only question is why was this not open when I was living in Blairsville for 9 months and was bored out of my mind? Especially since I used to work as a primatology intern and have a BS in Anthropology and Human Biology? Why did nobody tell me I could have gone to look for Bigfoot? That would have killed my boredom.

Would you go looking for Bigfoot?

Completed : 2018

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Goals for Second Quarter of 2018

Still applying to graduate school, had some interviews offered.  I really hope I am not stuck coming to Augusta University as it is just becoming unbearable as far as the bullying and such.

I’m still the highest medical hypnotherapist in the area, possibly the US.  Apparently someone is buying reviews given the fact I just saw someone jump up like 20 reviews in a month.  Yea right kid.  We know what you are doing.

1) I am still working on the native flute.

2) I have an old book from Nanowrimo that I am trying to send to agents, but not had the most success as a pick up yet.

3) I’m still trying to find new skills to learn.

4) I also still want to travel somewhere.

5) I’m investigating trying to learn scuba as I have to have a certification before I do the sharks.  Unfortunately with epilepsy that can be a problem.

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Conquer Your Fear (of Flying)

I was originally not going to discuss this one as I had plans to conquer another fear, however since in not too long I am going to post a trip that maxed out my sanity and that could not have happened without me conquering this fear first, I’m going to post about it

I’m scared of everything and that includes flying. At least I am in good company as people who have pteromerhanophobia (fear of flying) is somewhere between 20 to 25% of the population depending on the source. That makes it one of the most common fears.

I am not sure where my fear exactly came from, if it was the fact my father flew a lot for work or the fact I am scared of heights, enclosed spaces, and people all of which are in the airplane. Of course the fact that I know about every modern plane crash or disappearance imaginable does not help. The fact that my great grandmother’s sister (my great grand aunt), Eugenie Heloise Van Waard, was killed in the Tenerife airport disaster, the deadliest crash in aviation history certainly does not help!

But I had to go on a plane to go to Texas. I was originally going to drive but my driver had to have surgery so could not drive.

I had no time to get through a fear of flying course, but I did find this class which I felt helped… at least until I was on the plane.

I bought tickets for my grandmother and I to go to Houston.

She, by the way, is not a good person to fly with as she will tell you there is a gremlin on the plane. I was not amused. I was on the other hand terrified because she kept . As she requires special assistance she is the first one on and last one off the plane. The airline crew thought it was so cute that I was terrified of flying and they offered to let me see the cockpit. This was post-9/11 so that was a big deal. I declined and I told them I didn’t want anything to shatter the illusion that I was really on a really fast bus with wings.

I think the trip would have gone better if not for her gremlins thing.

I did end up doing much better on my next flight which was to Israel. 🙂

Are you scared of flying? Did you conquer it? If so, how?

Completed (at least in part!) : 2006

PS: You can learn more about the Tenerife disaster by checking out Project Tenerife.

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50 Questions to set your mind free – Part 4

31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
Probably when I was in Israel in 2013. Although really every time I go to shul and get to teach Judaism, I feel passionate and alive.

32. If not now, then when?
How very Hillel. Now is always the time to try to do whatever you need done.

33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
You don’t. You simply must try.

34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
Yes, there is more to life than just talking. You need to know when to be there for someone. I much prefer these conversations than verbal ones.

35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
Because of the inherent nature of human beings to always assume what they are doing or what they believe is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. There is no space for other people’s beliefs.

36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
No, because there is no such thing as pure good or pure evil. Even the most evil things imaginable have some good things behind them. To think in terms of black and white is to leave no space for shades of gray.

37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
I would probably still be in school, so no.

38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
I would rather have more work that I actually enjoy doing.

39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
Not generally, I only feel like I have lived a day several times before when I watch Groundhog Day.

40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
When I applied to medical school, LOL! Without a doubt, there is nothing that can prepare you for medical school!

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Roadside America – International Cryptozoology Museum

When I was visiting my partner up in Nashua, NH, we decided I needed to go collect some of the states where I had not previously been. This was part of my quest to collect all 50 states. So I hate just going to a state with no purpose so I had to find a reason to go.

I was originally going to go to the Jewish museum but it was hard to get in (huge lock even though it was during appropriate hours), but my partner loves Bigfoot and cryptozoology so we went to the International Cryptozoology Museum instead. It’s not big and it’s a little expensive, but it’s a cool collection of weird stuff and the employees are funny or maybe I like them because they laughed at my comparing Bigfoot to my father. I don’t know… hard to tell. 😉

As I recall, it was pretty hard to find so you might want to call for directions before you go.

So what is your favourite Cryptozoology creature?

Completed : 2014

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