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My Experience @ Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge!


I am a simple person, have a simple car ( a 2006 PT Cruiser) and follow simple directions.  I ask questions when I am not clear on things and give and expect honest answers.  With this in mind, on July 10, 2014 I traveled to  ROCHESTER HILLS – CHRYSLER – JEEP – DODGE at 1301 South Rochester Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48207, spoke with a heavy-set man seated on the right-hand side of the room facing north and told him I needed my car serviced and also needed a visor mirror replaced on the driver’s side of my car.  The man, (whom I was told later his name is Advisor Matt) sent me to the ordering department where an order was placed for a visor mirror at a cost of $144.00 plus tax and and additional $55 for installation.  After which, I was told to report to Chris for setting up an appointment to get it installed.   I went to Chris and an appointment was made for Monday, July 14, 2014.

Upon leaving Chris,  I approached the heavy-set guy again about having my car serviced because he did not address it the first time, but sent me immediately to the ordering department.  I explained that I was going to put the car on the road on July 18th and needed the air conditioner checked, tires checked and overall maintenance to determine if everything was working properly.  His response:

“I will not be able to take your car for two weeks  because we are booked up.”

“Ok, I live in Troy, so I will take it to a dealership there.”

“They won’t be able to take it either because they are sending us their cars.  Is your air conditionerworking?”

“Yes, but I would like to know if it needs “freeon” or whatever so that it does not stop working while I am away.  I don’t want to have problems while on the road”

“If it is working now, it does not need freeon.  Trust me.”

“Well, I have heard that before. ”

“We can give you an oil change and check some things, but it will be two weeks before I can take your car.”

Trusting his information, I agreed to the ‘assembly line’ check.  This is a list of the items shown on Customer #123496–the receipt given to me by the dealership that they SAY they performed:


Change oil, replace filter

Top off washer solvent, top off trans. fluid

Top off Power steering fluid , check tire pressure

Replace lube sticker

Routine maintenance

Mopar oil change 2.4L EFI 03?09

On Monday, July 14th, I reported to Chris for installment of my visor.  After waiting for over an hour, Chris found me in the waiting room and told me the mirror was broken when it was unwrapped, and another order would have to be placed and should arrive by Wednesday.  We agreed on Thursday (because of my having prior commitments)for the installation .  The mirror was installed.  Momentarily, I questioned if the entire flap for the mirror was new, because there were dirty fingerprints on it.  Not wanting to be “picky” I decided I could remove them with a carpet cleanser and said nothing about it.

On Friday, July 18th, I left for my trip to Wisconsin.  A few minutes after getting there, my air conditioner had barely cool air coming from it.  Several Chrysler dealerships were called and only one agreed to look at it.  However, when I arrived there, he said it would be hours to look at it and 3 days for parts and repair.  The windows had to be lowered for the whole vacation and return trip.

On Sunday July 20, 2014,  as I was returning from the trip, about 20 miles from home, I heard a loud “pop” and smelled rubber.  Immediately,  my car became difficult to steer.  I put on my hazard lights and continued to drive.  By now it was between 10:30 pm and 11:00 pm and I was alone in the car.  Finally, I reached home.

The next morning, I relayed the incident to Dave Robinson, the General Manager of Rochester Hills.  After which, he immediately defended the position his advisor had taken even though I was not sure of his name, but stated he would look into the situation and return my call.

About a couple of hours later, he returned the call and told me, that I only dealt with two people, Chris the person who gave the appointment and the person who ordered the visor. When I protested that, and said I could walk in the place and point out the person whom I had spoken to about the overall maintenance inspection, he said that was his advisor Matt, but his investigation revealed I worked with only two people.

“No, I dealt with at least three people,” I said.

“Well, if you did speak with Matt, he was only telling you the truth, we were backed up.”

“But you yourself said the backup time was 3 to 4 days, not two weeks.”

“Well, at that time, it was 2 weeks.”

“Why did he try to dissuade me from going to another dealership?”

“He was just telling you the truth, Troy was sending us their people.”

“Are you satisfied that you gave good service?”

“We gave no service, only the visor installation!”

“Sir, are you saying you have no record that you serviced my car?”

“Yes, my paperwork shows we ordered and installed a visor.”

“I have a paper that shows you serviced my car.”

“If you are talking about the oil change, yea, we did that.”  Hm-m-m, I wonder what his definition of service is.  Look at the services AGAIN that they performed!

“I am sorry for your trouble, but my advisors followed directions from me, all they did was tell you the truth.”

“Sir, put yourself in my place, if the same thing happened to you would you feel you got good service?”

“What I’m saying is my guys told you the truth and you did not want to hear it.”

“So you feel your company bears no responsibility for what has happened?”

“No, we don’t lie to our customers, we tell them the truth.”

“No one is asking you to lie, but answer my question, I did not ask you if you told the truth,  I asked if you thought I received good service from you?”

“Yes, because we did not service your car, and we told the truth.”

“Well sir, I will put this in my blog.”

“You make sure when you do so, you tell the truth!”

Now dear readers, I have told the truth.  How would you feel if the exact same thing happened to you?  Which would you prefer Rochester Chrysler’s version of truth or what you believe is good service?  Do you feel the company bore no responsibility?  Do you believe the employees gave good service?  You be the judge!

In the meantime, I will take my car to another dealership for servicing and seek another interpretation of . . .  the truth.

P.S.  I just called the Troy Motor Mall Chrysler Dealership and was also told “We are backed up!”  Back-up time — 3 to 4 days which is the number of days the General Manager at the Rochester Hills dealership said their back-up time was.  That is  . . . until he was reminded that his Advisor Matt said “two weeks.”  The time suddenly got longer — 2 weeks that day I was there!  Hm-m-m-m.

The Unsung Musicians of the Motown Empire Documentary


Historical Documentary:The Unsung Musicians of the Motown Empire Goes to Kalamazoo Library


The documentary will provide appreciation, entertainment and education of the historical musical contributions made by the horn players of Motown.  These musicians have not been formally recognized or honored for helping create the “Motown sound.”  Without them, the sound would not have the worldwide acclaim that it enjoys today.  The documentary listens to their voices (many who are no longer with us) hears their cries and feels their appreciation.  Audiences will love stepping back into history and mentally hearing the sounds their instruments made.  Trailers of the documentary can be viewed on Youtube.

           Kalamazoo Public Library

           315 S. Rose St.  –  Van Deusen Room

           Kalamazoo, MI 49007

           (269) 342 – -9838

           Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 12 pm         DVDs Available


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Shirley Slaughter Talks About Her NEW Book “CRAZY HOT!”

Do you know what it’s like to be “crazy hot” and live on the edge?  Shirley Slaughter does . . . and she will give you a dose of it @ 5pm, Sunday, July 12, 2015 on as she shares her new book Crazy Hot: And Living on the Edge.  Don’t miss it!

Hear her on “Talk to the Author” with Dr. Mamie Smith this coming Sunday!

She will also share news ideas about her first book Our Lady of Victory.

Run over to amazon and get it!  See ya!


Escape From Anxiety and Stress!

Escape from Anxiety and Stress!  Reach Higher Levels of Thought!  Remove Fear!

Fear, stress and anxiety cause many of the diseases mankind struggles with on a daily basis, and experience shows us that surgery and pills have not made them disappear  . . . but have in most cases only prolonged or exacerbated them! What do we do?  How do we advance?  Peggy Sealfon shares answers in her book Escape From Anxiety.





Peggy says there are a “variety of life changing modalities from ancient yogic techiques” that will help you overcome immense and minute obstacles that the human experience has flung onto the “trails of life.” Moreover, she says her programs will not only “integrate (your) mind and body,” but help you “reconnect to your inner power.”  You will find yourself overcoming problems with relationships, sex, weight, sleep and pain; counteracting obesity and diabetes; ejecting self-limiting beliefs that sabotage your happiness; partaking of “energy medicine” which she says is the “new frontier of self-healing” and literally removing your healthcare from the hands of the medical world, and placing it in yours.  

Discover how she does this at 5pm, September 20, 2015 on “Talk to the Author” with Dr. Mamie Smithon To get a head start, go to herwebsite and grab a copy of the book before the show!


Ms. Sealfon is a Personal Development Coach, Wellness Specialist, Author, and former Journalist at the New York Times who writes from personal experiences, courage and years of helping others .  Here is what one reader says about “Escape From Anxiety:”

In just the first few paragraphs, she was spot on with identifying what my personal problem(s) were–she had me at page 1!  As you continue to read, and she writes in a style where you don’t want to put the book down, (ask my dentist, as I tried to read while getting a cleaning), you increase in motivation and empowerment.  Peggy really makes it seem so easy in the beginning, and she gives . . . tips on what to do long term for continued success.”  Alesha R. Brown

Another reader says, ” A must read!  Written from the heart, full of practical advice.” Kathryn Leib Hunter, CEO of the National Alliance of Mental Illness


Now that I have your attention  . . . we both will:

See you @ the interview! 

Peggy Sealfon

A Man and His Guitar!


A heavy heart and tears that flow,

A hand that strummed moves no more, 

But deep inside you hear my  song, 

Gentle, soft, sweet, but strong, 

I gave the world the best of me,

And what just happened, had to be,

No  tears, sorrow, grief or pain,

Should mark the moments of my fame.

“This is the Time” to rest awhile,

Before I start the second mile,

The voyage is something I hold dear,

Reach out and touch, I’m always near. 

Written by Dr. Mamie Smith

It was a morning of deep contemplation and thought . . . my eyes soaked up the words on the page that fervently struck a nerve, recalled memories that made me pause . . .  ponder, and seek a more profound understanding of truth and life.   It had only been a week ago that my study of the Bible had urged me to look at “life” as waters of purification of thought, thoughts that would dissolve all sense of death, destruction and sensuality.  I was admonished to “take of the water of life freely”– that this life is a gift from God, given impartially, equally, and with all of the graces of Spirit.Image result for herb Metoyer author  Now, this week’s lesson was describing “truth” as the light of spiritual understanding–understanding that lifted one above all sense of mortality and darkness.   As I struggled to understand these revelations that the prophets who had lived so long ago understood, the sharp ringing of the phone broke my concentration. 

“Hi Mamie, This is J__________.  I am calling to let you know Herb Metoyer passed away today.”  Kind words were spoken, condolences made, but the words, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” struggled with “Herb is gone.”  As the two concepts played ping pong in the forefront of my consciousness,  I knew one would emerge as truth.  But . . . what was this truth that needed to be seen in order to make me free?  

The Lesson recounted a story in which a man pleaded with Jesus to come to his house and save his child from dying, but Jesus, recognizing that life is not in a physical body, challenged the man to believe his child lived, even before his eyes told him she lived.  What did the man do?  He believed the words that Jesus had spoken to him, and began the journey back home.   Before he reached home, his servants met him and told him that his daughter had recovered.  Upon asking the time she had begun to recover, the man realized that it was about the same time his faith in the words of Jesus had reached fruition.  How does this relate to my friend Herb?  

Herb’s human life spanned many years–in sickness and in health, he made an impact on the world.  That impact is not measured by the tall, handsome, frame that moved him about, but by the words of wisdom he spoke, the melodies that touched our souls, and the warm words that flowed from his spirit.  Who was Herb Metoyer?

He was a husband, father, singer-songwriter, author  and military man.  I met him about five years ago as a member of The Detroit Writers Guild–a non-profit organization that stressed excellence in writing and publishing–with Herb as one of its founders.  At that time, he had already published 2 novels, 19 books, edited the historical book Paradise Valley Days and was writing his last literary contribution: Small Fires in the Sun.  Earlier in his career, Herb was known for writing the song, Mother, Fools Are a Long Time Comin’.  As a newly published  author with minimal writing skills, I picked-up pointers during our meetings that sharpened my ability to write creatively as well as factually.  

Herb was a singer-songwriter of folk music with a tinge of gospel and blues running through it, giving him his own distinct sound.  He performed at many venues, and was a fixture on the Detroit music scene.  

Born in Oakdale, Louisiana, as a child, Metoyer flew model planes, played the trumpet, strummed the guitar and graduated from high school at the tender age of 15.  If you think that was a feat . . . how about graduating from Southern University at 19?   After graduation, he joined the military, became a helicopter and career officer.  To complete his life accomplishments, Herb married the lovely Gerri, fathered four sons and two daughters.

Image result for pictures of herb metoyerAs I end this tribute to Herb, my thoughts race back to the last time I saw him. It was during an annual musical event at the Music Hall in Detroit, where he demonstrated the life and truth I mentioned at the beginning of this article–a life of determination, persistence, perseverance and long-suffering.   Even though he was wearing a breathing apparatus as an aid, he sang and strummed his guitar with skill and courage.

As a military wife understanding a soldier’s salute, I raise my hand to you Herb Metoyer, with the utmost respect and admiration!  You are unquestionably a spiritual warrior . . . and the unwavering, soft-spoken gentleman I knew as . . . “the man with the guitar.”

What the World Needs is LOVE!

atonement“What the World Needs Now Is Love,” a song written by Hal David and recorded by Jackie DeShannon, struck an emotional chord with the world in 1965. It was a time when violence was increasing, long-established values were disappearing, and a sense of morality taken lightly. Children were questioning the wisdom of their parents in new ways, and a sub-culture was emerging in America. This caused people to cling to what they knew and understood, and fight changing attitudes and practices. One can conceiveably say that the same thing is happening in the world today. Change causes uncertainty, fear, anger, and a sense of lost identity. These emotions cause one to act in uncontrollable ways. It is seen on the highways, on the internet, in our government and how people treat each other. Traveling 30 miles one way to my business location, I have an opportunity to either inflame these emotions or instill calmness. I choose the latter.

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One day as I was leaving my workplace at a speed of 70 miles per hour on an expressway, another opportunity to instill world peace presented itself. I was driving in the third left lane of a four-lane highway. The fourth lane was clear of traffic for about a half mile or more ahead. The right two lanes had traffic traveling about the same speed as I. Suddenly, a black van passed me in the open left fourth lane and cut directly in front of me–the back of his car barely clearing my left fender. Having my mental armor on, I spoke quietly and said, “And God loves you too!” This prevented anger, or any sense of “getting even” from entering my thought. I continued on my way calmly. Not allowing other people to take away my sense of goodness has become a way of life for me. Each morning, I read two books that aid this process–the Bible and “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy. I pray to have peace, joy, humility and love established in thought. These determine my actions.

The world needs love. Love is not a human emotion. It is a divine quality. Each person has the capacity to love, a quality given to us by God. However, it is not evident unless we work at keeping it uppermost in thought. Evil thoughts yield evil actions. Pure thoughts generate good deeds. There is no other way! I ask you! What did you do today to contribute to world peace? What did you do to take away world peace? Let today start you in a new direction–not just for the world, but for yourself. Let go of dis-ease. Holding on to anger, hate, resentment, jealousy, and revenge, cause stress, and stress plants the seeds to all the ills of the world.

What the world needs now, is love, sweet love. That’s the only thing that I am sure of!

Dr. Mamie Smith Talks with CATHY ZUCKER About Her Book: BEAUJOLAIS


Passion!          Love!         Excitement!          Discovery!

All of these words describe Cathy Zucker’s novel Gray Beaujolais.  She takes the reader on a zig-zag course of emotion, love of music and a desire to break away from past life choices. The title is “catchy” and tugs at the reader’s ability to connect it to the essence of the story.   Beaujolais is a French wine, but . . . what is gray wine?  How does it capture the message of the story?  That, dear reader . . . is what you will find out at 5:15 pm on Sunday, April 13, 2014 when Cathy Zucker chats with Dr. Smith on “Talk to the Author” @ EAMT – The Place 2 Be!

Gray Beaujolais

Gray Beaujolais

Classical music lovers will discover some of their favorite names of operas and arias and life lovers will drink in the lessons every sincere seeker needs to learn as he makes his way through the twists and turns of life.   Zucker uses a sharp-minded, straight-forward character named Sarah to get much of her message across, but late-bloomer Charlotte, enchants with prose and wisdom as the novel increases in intensity and reaches a crescendo in love and inspiration. 

If you don’t get the “rhythm” of the novel now, let your fingers or mouse take you to the interview on April 13, 2014 and you will get it there . . . .

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Sing with us as we drink of “Gray Beaujolais!”

Let Us Remember! Always Free Federal
Let Us Remember!
atonementIt was only a few months ago when the world’s financial systems were on the brink of collapse, corruption and greed unfolded daily on Wall Street, and our name was “mud” throughout the world. The deficit was 1.2 trillion dollars and most of the country wanted “change.” Well guys, we are getting change, and that change is a great sacrifice for all of us. Nothing good comes easy. It sometimes requires one to cut off his arm (not really) and pull himself up by his bootstraps. Where is our strength, patience and courage? The “green pastures” and “still waters” come from FIGHTING the wolf and the bear, so that the sheep are protected. Have we learned NOTHING from the 23rd Psalms?

It took years to get us in the mess that we were in and surprisingly, we are moving out of it faster that many believed. It has taken all of us working together to achieve the distance that we have come, and it will take all of us working together to continue. I grew up in a family of 16, two parents and 14 children–I know what it means to “wait thou upon the Lord.” It is sad to see that many Americans do not. Rome was not torn down in a day, and it will not be re-built in a day. Destructive criticism and finger-pointing achieve nothing! Use those creative juices to be constructive, and the world wins!

Remember, “we can!”

What is the War Mankind is Fighting?


spiritual_lightLooking at this peaceful scene , it is easy to believe that war does not exist. Yet it reigns throughout the world, including America. There
is the war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Africa and many other
unnamed locations.

Today the war in America is Fort Hood, Texas. I awoke to scenes from yesterday’s massacre of people who started the day loving their families, doing assigned jobs, and planning for the
week-end. Thirteen of those people will never see it. Why? I am sure
this question has been asked many times by the mothers, fathers,
brothers, sisters, wives, husbands and children of those shot down in
yet again, another senseless act of violence. How does one protect
himself from such acts? The answer lies in the understanding of one’s
view of safety.

Before approaching the meaning of safety, I would like to express my deepest sympathy for those individuals who lost a loved one, those suffering from physical injuries, and those trying to heal
emotional scars from this experience. No human words can touch the
depth of your pain. Also, to the family of the young man who believed
destruction was the answer to his pain, our thoughts include you.

Before answering the question “How can we protect ourselves from such acts of violence?” one needs to discover the source of such violence. Thus, I go back to my initial question: Where is the
war that mankind is fighting? It is within himself. Is this what
Jesus meant when he stated emphatically that “the kingdom of God is
within you” (Luke 17:21)? No! How does this kingdom differ from what
was going on inside of the man who held the gun that snuffed out the
lives of 13 people, and the kingdom Jesus spoke of? The kingdom that
Jesus spoke of is harmony, peace, tranquility–a state of thought
untouched by earthly thoughts, values and actions. It’s a
consciousness “at one with God.” There is no anger, bitterness,
violence or mental agony–only goodness and love.

Picking up a gun and firing it in the face of an individual, will never enter this level of thought. Whereas the level of thought experienced by the gunman, was
self-motivated, self-directed and self-initiated. His only thought was
how he felt–what he wanted, what someone said or did to him. Always Free Federal

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Everything was all about him! Here was a man whose job was to help
others clarify their thoughts, and he did not have a clue as to how it
should be done.

The human mind has no answers, and until the world acknowledges this, these acts will continue. The only mind is “the mind of the Lord.” One reaches the mind of the Lord by focusing on
thoughts that align themselves with something outside of human logic.
I call it God. You can call it what you choose, but it must be
elevated above human thinking! “Me-ism” rules the world of human
thought, but spirituality rules the consciousness of divine thought. I
recognize that their are those who do not believe in anything outside
of humanity. I say to you, “Let God be your Judge.”

How does one protect himself from such acts of violence? I yield to the level of David’s thinking in Psalms 91: 9-11). “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the
most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither
shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling, For he shall give his angels
charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Each morning before
I start the day, I enter this “habitation” mentally. By so doing, I
know that I am protected by love, not confusion, and if for some
reason, my human life is taken, I will be moved to a higher level of
existence. This knowledge gives me a sense of peace.

The war within mankind begins with “self”–weeding out the seven cardinal sins: lust, greed, pride, gluttony, envy, sloth,and wrath. When he does this, the war inside will cease, because it is
replaced with “the kingdom of heaven.”

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Reaching Out and Touching a Friend


Evil disappears under the microscope of goodness. Wow, what a statement! What does it mean? I am sure it means different things to different people. Let me see if I can put it into perspective.

What is a workable definition for evil? Webster defines evil as that which is “immoral, wicked” or “bad.” I like to think of evil as that which is erroneous, and erroneous is defined as “a supposition that pleasure and pain, that intelligence, substance, life, are existent in matter” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.472). A simplistic way of saying what the author Mary Baker Eddy maintains, is error is a belief or assumption that flesh and blood contain life and intelligence, and this life can be pleasurable or painful. I hear you saying, “Well, it does!” In reality, it does not! True life is not in a physical body, it is the spiritual qualities that one expresses, and because these qualities are spiritual, they do not exhibit physical pain or pleasure.

Evil itself is only a belief–a belief of a mind separated from God. Because it is not a part of God, makes it evil. This leads to the definition of “good.” Good is everything that is in, or of God. It cannot be bad, and be part of God, Spirit. Since another name for God is Spirit, flesh and blood is not the substance of God. Man, (you and me), is a reflection of God–that which is made in His image and likeness. Therefore, our true identity is not brain, blood and bones, but spiritual concepts and ideas. Wow, again! In fact, double wow!

Now, let’s go back to what started this blog–“evil disappears under the microscope of goodness.” Evil and good are opposites. One cannot exist in the presence of the other. When one is present, the other is absent. I hear you saying again, “That is not true! I have been in the presence of two people, one good, and the other, evil!” This is untrue only if one accepts the premise that evil exists in a person.

My premise is that it does not exist in a physical being, it exists in thought. For you to see evil, you must have it in thought. That thought may be conscious or unconscious, but it IS IN THOUGHT! Destroying evil in thought takes conscious effort. It means working daily–all day to keep one’s thinking pure. A person cannot think evil and good thoughts at the same time. You either hold a good thought in mind, or an evil one, and the second that you let go of one, the other takes over. The good thing about all of this is, that good will always be triumphant over evil. It may not happen for you or me in this world, but it will happen! Why? Because God created good, and did not create evil. All that He created is eternal and unchangeable. The only thing that changes, is our perception.

How does this relate to a friend, relative or stranger? Every person created by God belongs to His family. Reaching out and touching a friend, is holding him in thought. Distance is not a barrier for touching. One can think of a friend or loved one at anytime, and in any place–here or hereafter. Spirituality, not physicality denotes touching, so let your good thoughts embrace your city, your country, and your world.

Beginning each day with spiritual thoughts, words and deeds, allows your microscope to form clear pictures that radiate in eternal goodness.