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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Solstice

Blessed Solstice my dear friends. This year we enjoyed a full total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice. The last time we had that occur was in 1378, the year of the Great Schism over the battle of who was rightfully pope began.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Elderly and Snow

Here in Minnesota over the last weekend we had over 20 inches dumped on us in a short period of time. Don't forget to help shovel out your elderly neighbors as this sort of snow fall can be exhausting work.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Is Santa a Vampire?

The following is a top ten list given to me by a friend (re-posted with permission) Galena whose mother came up with as a theory about Santa.


Top 10 Reasons Santa is a Vampire

1. he only comes out at night.
2. he's immortal
3. he can fly
4. he travels at a speed greater than any human can manage
5. he can only enter a home if he is invited, in writing no less.
6. people leave him offerings, perhaps so he will not resort to using them for dinner.
7. he can pass through small spaces, perhaps assuming the form of a mist.
8. he lives in a place where daylight hours are short
9. Sherry. well look at it. it's sort of dark red really.
10. maybe he's hiding fangs behind that big old beard.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Easy Centerpiece or Mantle Decoration

Easy Centerpiece or Mantle Decoration

Hurricane lamp/candle
fir boughs (cut to your liking)
red velvet ribbon (12 inches)

Place the hurricane lamp/candle where you desire it. Arrange fir boughs neatly around the lamp (it will be oval in shape). Tie the red velvet ribbon around the amp into a bow. Enjoy.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Hogfather, Why Humans Believe

The following is a clip from The Hogfather about why humans have the need to believe:

The Hogfather

Thursday, December 2, 2010

'Twas Christmas (Walter Scott)

'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale;
'Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man's heart through half the year.
~Walter Scott

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Nightmare before Christmas by Tim Burton (poem)

I thought my readers might enjoy the original poem by Tim Burton.

Nightmare Before Christmas original poem

It was late one fall in Halloweenland,
and the air had quite a chill.
Against the moon a skeleton sat,
...alone upon a hill.
He was tall and thin with a bat bow tie;
Jack Skellington was his name.
He was tired and bored in Halloweenland

"I'm sick of the scaring, the terror, the fright.
I'm tired of being something that goes bump in the night.
I'm bored with leering my horrible glances,
And my feet hurt from dancing those skeleton dances.
I don't like graveyards, and I need something new.
There must be more to life than just yelling,

Then out from a grave, with a curl and a twist,
Came a whimpering, whining, spectral mist.
It was a little ghost dog, with a faint little bark,
And a jack-o'-lantern nose that glowed in the dark.
It was Jack's dog, Zero, the best friend he had,
But Jack hardly noticed, which made Zero sad.

All that night and through the next day,
Jack wandered and walked.
He was filled with dismay.
Then deep in the forest, just before night,
Jack came upon an amazing sight.
Not twenty feet from the spot where he stood
Were three massive doorways carved in wood.
He stood before them, completely in awe,
His gaze transfixed by one special door.
Entranced and excited, with a slight sense of worry,
Jack opened the door to a white, windy flurry.

Jack didn't know it, but he'd fallen down
In the middle of a place called Christmas Town!
Immersed in the light, Jack was no longer haunted.
He had finally found the feeling he wanted.
And so that his friends wouldn't think him a liar,
He took the present filled stockings that hung by the fire.
He took candy and toys that were stacked on the shelves
And a picture of Santa with all of his elves.
He took lights and ornaments and the star from the tree,
And from the Christmas Town sign, he took the big letter C.

He picked up everything that sparkled or glowed.
He even picked up a handful of snow.
He grabbed it all, and without being seen,
He took it all back to Halloween.

Back in Halloween a group of Jack's peers
Stared in amazement at his Christmas souvenires.
For this wondrous vision none were prepared.
Most were excited, though a few were quite scared!

For the next few days, while it lightninged and thundered,
Jack sat alone and obsessively wondered.
"Why is it they get to spread laughter and cheer
While we stalk the graveyards, spreading panic and fear?
Well, I could be Santa, and I could spread cheer!
Why does he get to do it year after year?"
Outraged by injustice, Jack thought and he thought.
Then he got an idea. "Yes. . .yes. . .why not!"

In Christmas Town, Santa was making some toys
When through the din he heard a soft noise.
He answered the door, and to his surprise,
He saw weird little creatures in strange disguise.
They were altogether ugly and rather petite.
As they opened their sacks, they yelled, "Trick or treat!"
Then a confused Santa was shoved into a sack
And taken to Halloween to see mastermind Jack.

In Halloween everyone gathered once more,
For they'd never seen a Santa before
And as they cautiously gazed at this strange old man,
Jack related to Santa his masterful plan:
"My dear Mr. Claus, I think it's a crime
That you've got to be Santa all of the time!
But now I will give presents, and I will spread cheer.
We're changing places I'm Santa this year.
It is I who will say Merry Christmas to you!
So you may lie in my coffin, creak doors, and yell, 'Boo!'
And please, Mr. Claus, don't think ill of my plan.
For I'll do the best Santa job that I can."

And though Jack and his friends thought they'd do a good job,
Their idea of Christmas was still quite macabre.
They were packed up and ready on Christmas Eve day
When Jack hitched his reindeer to his sleek coffin sleigh,
But on Christmas Eve as they were about to begin,
A Halloween fog slowly rolled in.
Jack said, "We can't leave; this fog's just too thick.
There will be no Christmas, and I can't be St. Nick."
Then a small glowing light pierced through the fog.
What could it be?. . .It was Zero, Jack's dog!

Jack said, "Zero, with your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

And to be so needed was Zero's great dream,
So he joyously flew to the head of the team.
And as the skeletal sleigh started its ghostly flight,
Jack cackled, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

'Twas the nightmare before Christmas, and all though the house,
Not a creature was peaceful, not even a mouse.
The stockings all hung by the chimney with care,
When opened that morning would cause quite a scare!
The children, all nestled so snug in their beds,
Would have nightmares of monsters and skeleton heads.
The moon that hung over the new-fallen snow
Cast an eerie pall over the city below,
And Santa Claus's laughter now sounded like groans,
And the jingling bells like chattering bones.
And what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a coffin sleigh with skeleton deer.
And a skeletal driver so ugly and sick
They knew in a moment, this can't be St. Nick!
From house to house, with a true sense of joy,
Jack happily issued each present and toy.
From rooftop to rooftop he jumped and he skipped,
Leaving presents that seemed to be straight from a crypt!
Unaware that the world was in panic and fear,
Jack merrily spread his own brand of cheer.

He visited the house of Susie and Dave;
They got a Gumby and Pokey from the grave.
Then on to the home of little Jane Neeman;
She got a baby doll possessed by a demon.
A monstrous train with tentacle tracks,
A ghoulish puppet wielding an ax,
A man eating plant disguised as a wreath,
And a vampire teddy bear with very sharp teeth.

There were screams of terror, but Jack didn't hear it,
He was much too involved with his own Christmas spirit!
Jack finally looked down from his dark, starry frights
And saw the commotion, the noise, and the light.
"Why, they're celebrating, it looks like such fun!
They're thanking me for the good job that I've done."
But what he thought were fireworks meant as goodwill
Were bullets and missiles intended to kill.
Then amidst the barrage of artillery fire,
Jack urged Zero to go higher and higher.
And away they all flew like the storm of a thistle,
Until they were hit by a well guided missile.
And as they fell on the cemetery, way out of sight,
Was heard, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good

Jack pulled himself up on a large stone cross,
And from there he reviewed his incredible loss.
"I thought I could be Santa, I had such belief"
Jack was confused and filled with great grief.
Not knowing where to turn, he looked toward the sky,
Then he slumped on the grave and he started to cry.
And as Zero and Jack lay crumpled on the ground,
They suddenly heard a familiar sound.

"My dear Jack," said Santa, "I applaud your intent.
I know wreaking such havoc was not what you meant.
And so you are sad and feeling quite blue,
But taking over Christmas was the wrong thing to do.
I hope you realize Halloween's the right place for you.
There's a lot more, Jack, that I'd like to say,
But now I must hurry, for it's almost Christmas day."
Then he jumped in his sleigh, and with a wink of an eye,
He said, "Merry Christmas," and he bid them good bye.

Back home, Jack was sad, but then, like a dream,
Santa brought Christmas to the land of Halloween.

the end

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day of Mourning/Thanksgiving (America)

I hope that all our military folks and families enjoyed yesterday with lots to eat, good times, and fond memories. Our family spent a very quiet day watching a bit of television (Beauty and the Beast, Miracle on 34th Street), and playing outside in the snow. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and shared stories. It is important that my children know of our indigenous relations who have a rich culture.

Stay warm.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Trees in winter

“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Shocking Pagan Origins of Christmas

John Keyser put together a fairly well done article on the Pagan origins of Christmas. It's worth the read:

Shocking Pagan Origins of Christmas

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Acacia-Magickal Properties

Acacia (Sun, Air, Masculine) is good for warding off evil. It is said that a sprig tucked above the bed works to ward off evil, as well as carrying it on your person. It can also be added to your sandalwood mixture to help promote psychic abilities. It is most associated with Ra, Diana, Asarte, Ishtar, and Osiris.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vote (USA)

Don't forget to vote today for those of you in the United States. If you need to find your polling place simply Google "Find polling place +your state" and you should find a list of websites that will help you find that information.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blessed Samhain

Blessed Samhain my dear friends. May today bring bounty for the winter months. To my southern friends may your summer be well and fruitful! I am so very thankful for all of you! Blessings.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Easy scry mirror

One 8x10 picture frame w/glass
black spray paint

Take the glass out of the frame and place it on the newspaper.
(Remember to do this project in a well ventilated area)
Spray evenly with black spray paint.
Let dry.
Put the glass back in the picture frame so that painted side is down against the backing of the frame. You want the non painted glass side facing you once the frame is together.

Now you have an instant scrying mirror for the frugal pocket book.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Horizons

I'm just expanding my horizons and reader base. I hope to find more clients who write in with their questions from

myLot User Profile


One does not equal the other

This is the time of the year for the parting of the veil between worlds. It is also a time when in the mundane we seem to see more "crime, violence, etc". Just remember now to associate one with the other, because correlation does not always equal causation.Just because you see a man dressed in black wearing an inverted cross does not mean this man is evil. Just as if you happen to see a man dressed all in white carrying flowers does not mean this man is good.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Wee ones and Halloween sweets

This can be a time where wee one's want to indulge in a teensy bit too many sweets. Plan ahead. Invest in snack size zip lock bags and after the pillaging is done sit down with your wee one and let them make up bags to eat throughout the weeks to come. (You can freeze chocolate for 6-12 months if stored perfectly in airtight containers to give you an estimate).

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kids, Halloween/Samhain, and Fear

As we move closer to Samhain/Halloween little ones may become overwhelmed by the number of scary items in stores, windows, and so forth. Remember to take the time to talk to them about their fears and help them feel safe.

Parents and your child's visits away from home

This is a service announcement for all parents, grandparents, and those who care for young children. If you are dropping your child off a friend's home to play or spend the night take the time to get out of your car and escort your child safely to the door.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How much should I eat?

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans inside of My Pyramide published by USDA, they recommended the follow number of calories per day that you should eat:

For a person who practices 30 minutes or less of moderate physical activity, the number of calories that they should eat
Children--------2-3 years old 1000 calories
Children--------4-8 years old 1200-1400 calories
Girls-------------9-13 years old 1600 calories
Boys------------9-13 years old 1800 calories
Girls------------14-18 years old 1800 calories
Boys-----------14-18 years old 2200 calories
Females-------19-30 years old 2000 calories
Males----------19-30 years old 2400 calories
Females-------31-50 years old 1800 calories
Males----------31-50 years old 2200 calories
Females-------51+ years old 1600 calories
Males----------51+ years old 2000 calories

For a person who practices 30 minutes to at least 60 minutes or more of moderate physical activity, the number of calories that they should eat:
Children--------2-3 years old 1000-1400 calories
Children--------4-8 years old 1400-1800 calories
Girls-------------9-13 years old 1600-2200 calories
Boys-------------9-13 years old 1800-2600 calories
Girls------------14-18 years old 2000-2400 calories
Boys------------14-18 years old 2400-3200 calories
Females-------19-30 years old 2000-2400 calories
Males----------19-30 years old 2600-3000 calories
Females-------31-50 years old 2000-2200 calories
Males----------31-50 years old 2400-3000 calories
Females-------50+ years old 1800-2200 calories
Males----------50+ years old 2200-2800 calories

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

If you are not yet familiar with Babaji the following article has a great deal of information regarding him and his life.



Monday, October 11, 2010

10-10-10 Q/A

Question: What was the big deal with 10-10-10?

Well yesterday was an interesting date in reference to the Kabbalah. In the Kabbalah the numbers 10-10-10 equate to the sphere of Keter (Kether) on the Tree of Life. The most simplistic explanation of Keter is that it translates as the Crown and represents the Light. For example, in Middle Pillar rituals one envisions drawing down the spiritual Light,hence the Light of Keter. Keter is the last sphere on the Tree of Life just beneath the three negative spheres of existence. Keter is representative of Perfection. So yesterday was interesting because it was not only Sun Day but also 10-10-10.

Also, any time you have three numbers in a row it is considered a Master number. Generally is numbers 1-9, but can relate to larger numbers such as this. We almost seem to recognize something inherently special about it because of the arrangement of numbers. To our minds two numbers in a row could be random, but three numbers in a row seems more purposeful, more intentional. Similar to if a person says something three times in a row it is believed they must really mean it. Likewise the first true geometric shape is a triangle which has there sides. A dot is just dot, a line is just a line, but when you connect three lines together you get a triangle. So, one of the first geometric forms capable of holding something, and one of the first geometric forms that is something unto itself.

This is why we tend to view these sorts of days as special or somehow mystical. In theory some part of us recognizes this and that is why we view it as special or having mystical importance. Then when you consider dates they take on a special significance because it is rare, because it only happens once a year at most, and 10-10-10 only occurs once in a thousand years.


Halloween Tarot Readings

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Enjoy your week.

Enjoy the week! Take a walk outside in the fall air (or summer air for my Southern friends), make a bird feeder, stop and watch the worms, feed the ducks, decorate for Halloween/Samhain, watch the clouds, float a boat, play in the park, swing, sit in the grass, and simply breathe.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The best diet tip

On another forum that I participate in the question was asked "What is your best diet tip". The following is my response:

The best advice I can give you is EAT. When I started D.I.V.I.N.E. (a healthy lifestyle support group via our pagan group) years ago I set out to research all of the diet fads, doctors comments, and so forth on the subject and one thing is clear, you need to eat. What do you eat? Real food. The problem with most fad diets is that they strip you of real food asking you to purchase their shakes, bars, etc or they put you on ridiculous food amounts and types telling you that you're really doing your body good.

The reason why most women will see instant results on most fad diets (the first week or so) is because they are losing water weight. I confirmed this by speaking with local physicians and dietitians in the area. So why are these programs "selling" so many books and so forth? It's plain and simple people simply want a solution and will try anything once. The problem with this, and I can personally attest to this, is that these diet scams do a number on your metabolism. They literally send your body into starvation mode and that is a mode that is very difficult to break once it is set in. What is starvation mode? Starvation mode is a defense mechanism your body has to protect itself if you should ever be without food. In our day and age there is no shortage of food but I know just how difficult it is to choose.

So, what is the solution? The best changes I've found personally as well as spoken about by dietitian/nutritionists is getting back to real food. So what is real food? Real food is the food that is natural for us to eat and that our bodies can convert to energy as well as help with fat burning. Now every one has a slightly different body make-up so some foods work for others better but that is a matter of simply understanding how foods make you feel. I saw an interesting discussion yesterday evening talking about insulin and the body, and this is a very real issue in our community where HFCS is found in everything including items that are marketed as being healthy for us.

So let's try to look at this as simplistically as possible and yes I'm oversimplifying for sake of space. The first thing one needs to realize is that sugar causes our insulin level to spike, this is a normal body reaction. However, when we do this all of the time our livers cannot properly function. When we add HFCS to the mix our body's ability to produce insulin is inhibited. (Reuters health). What insulin does with excess sugar is store it as "bad fat". Meaning fat our body cannot use efficiently so it stores it. When our liver cannot flush out system that fat never leaves. Now add in the processed foods (some of them marketed as healthy) to the mix and your liver cannot function to detox or rid the body of fat. Hence the vicious cycle.

Now fat is not a bad thing, but the "fakes" are very bad for our system. So back to what is real food. Real fats to use are things like olive oil, coconut oil, and real butter. Yes, real butter! Your body will thank you. In terms of sugars some are ok because our body knows what to do with them such as real fruits (nothing canned) and veggies. Those types of carbs help our body. However, all these cereals marketed as whole grain, etc are very bad for our systems as they convert immediately to a sugar that our body cannot use. So switching to sprout based breads/cereals, rice, and sweet potatoes can help your body have the sugars it can use without converting it to fat.

Once your liver is not being taxed with all of the chemicals in your foods you'll find that your body will start to drop the fat slowly and as already mentioned consistently. It is never a good idea to loose more than 2-5 pounds per week.

So, in short, when planning your new life long change get rid of all your processed foods, switch your fats out to healthy fats (empty out all of the artificial stuff), and start eating single whole foods. Meaning, if you are going to get a protein eat the actual protein such as a piece of steak, a slice of fish, etc. Get rid of all the gimmick diet foods, bars, etc. Don't worry about counting calories, begin to listen to your body. I'd keep a journal during this process so you know how foods affect you and change your menu accordingly.

I wish you the best of luck.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Friends, we are coming up on the nine day celebration of Navaratri and I thought I'd share what another shared with me, the colors for the nine days, as well as a link to read about this celebration. Namaste!

Navratri Colors

1. Pratipada Oct 8, 2010 (Friday) – Green
2. Dwitiya Oct 9 (Saturday) – Grey
3. Tritiya Oct 10 (Sunday) – Pink
...4. Chaturthi Oct 11 (Monday) – White
5. Panchami Oct 12 (Tuesday) – Red
6. Shasti Oct 13 (Wednesday) – Blue
7. Saptami Oct 14 (Thursday) – Yellow
8. Ashtami Oct 15 (Friday) – Violet/Purple
9. Navami Oct 16 (Saturday) – Peacock Green

A short article/synopsis of the celebration:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Be ready to listen...

All it takes sometimes is to ask "What's wrong" to allow a person to share. It is a vulnerable position, so be prepared to listen with your heart that you might hear all that is said and unsaid. Do not think you have to solve the problem, as they may simply be trying to work out a solution for themselves. And they just may find it beneficial to share this problem several times. Patience and love.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Take the Veggies & Fruit Pledge

Veggie & Fruit Pledge

We could all benefit from eating more veggies and fruits! The always food, as Cookie Monster would say!


Monday, October 4, 2010

ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween

ABC Family is a bit shy this year of their usual 31 days of Halloween as done in the past but they are still giving us 13 scary nights of family friendly fun.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Calming Chant

I could not find the author to the following calming chant but I found it useful and wanted to pass it along.


Chant this simple rhyme whenever you feel worried or scared.

I am peaceful, I am strong
Though dark may seem so long.
For day must follow every night,
Everything is alright.
I am always safe from harm,
The Goddess holds me in her arms.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Is competition harmful to friendships and growth of the person?

Recently I responded to a thread that addressed the topic of those who were considered to be the best writers of a particular forum as well as who were considered to be the most intelligent. I looked at it the list and only saw one person that I knew, and I know quite a few. Though one could make the argument that perhaps some were slightly upset by the list because we were not on the list that was not my motivation for writing this discussion, my motivation was to promote thought. As I sat here writing my response to that particular topic my thoughts were on competition and the general nature of competition in a capitalistic free market system. My further thoughts as a teacher and parent were the effects of such competition on friendships as well as personal growth of the individual.

In my continuing education as an educator the methodologies for motivating students has changed radically since the days of the “gold star” and “blue birds” reading groups. We have realized as educators that this type of motivation does not work well. We have realized that we need to find ways to help students become intrinsically motivated. We also realize that separating our students by ability such as the old way of teaching reading did more harm than good. The good readers became better, but the poor readers stayed the same or became poorer readers. As educators began to understand this changes were made in how we teach reading, and we began to see that a mixture of students helped both. Stronger readers pulled the struggling readers up and sometimes beyond, and the strong readers still increased!

What was my reason for using an educational story? It is not much different in the world of adults. A person may not be the strongest writer on a forum but that in no sense of the word reflects upon their intelligence. I feel that perhaps this stigma though could cause a person to write less, and perhaps eventually stop participating. That does not seem to be beneficial for anyone. I also feel that this type of competition can lead to hurt feelings and loss of friendships. And it does not seem to be of benefit for individual growth. I believe we need to be very careful of our choice of words and think about their effect on others. Though we should motivate our friends and others to do their best, certain buzz words can make them feel horrible about themselves and this is not something that does the individual any benefit.

It is one thing to offer up suggestions in private to help friends grow; it is another to create a “list”. This sort of list or style of listing makes me think of the slam books so many junior high school students keep saying who is “in” and who is “out”. There is a lovely feature on the particular forum mentioned that allows us to email friends topics we find interesting or feel are worth the view, I feel this cuts down on any competition and hurt feelings.

What are your feelings on this topic? Can competition such as this be harmful to friendships and the growth of the person?


Monday, September 27, 2010


Children are special beings given to us with permission. It is our duty to be good stewards of our charges and to not hamper, hinder, or ruin their spirits while in our care. This does not mean to allow one's child to go without discipline, teaching, and so forth, but it does mean to guide and not to live through, and to let go when the time comes.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dr. Oz's 6 tips to keep your brain sharp

Dr. Oz's 6 tips to keep your brain sharp

I had to share this link today because there is some great truths in keeping our brain sharp. There are things we can do on a daily basis that help us stay healthy, and they keep our brain healthy. In a world where we are seeing more cases of Alzheimer it is important that we not overlook the importance of keeping our brain in good working order.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Blessed Mabon 2010

Blessings my dear friends upon this Autumnal Equinox and blessed Mabon. I am ever thankful for such wonderful friends and the bounty the Goddesses/Gods provide even if through my own skill and knowledge. I am so blessed. May you be blessed today.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sage away negative energies

Negative energies? Try sage. Sage is a wonderful herb used in many traditions for cleansing. I perfer using a sage bundle mixed with sweet grass but any sage in any form is just as effective. In order to ensure negative energies remain outside make sure to sage all entry ways and windows.

The choice is yours

It is very easy to externalize our hurts and fears and place them upon something outside of our field. It is an entirely other path to face them head on, deal with them, and move through them into another field. The choice is yours.

It doesn't matter what we call it...

It matters not if you call it the ego, the soul, or the inner monkey Trevor it is all the same thing. There are things we make a choice to do based upon the fact that it is right by us and the rest of the society, and there are things we make a choice to do simply based upon instant gratification.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Entitlement, the problem afflicting humanity

Entitlement, the problem afflicting humanity

In the last week I have had numerous conversations with those around me regarding things from child rearing to the state of the economy and one theme came up above all others and that was entitlement. It seems that even from an early age we as human sentient beings somehow gather that we have a ‘right’ to things, and this basic thought of entitlement is fostered in today’s society.

It seems we foster this in our current society with statements and sentiments such as “I’ve earned it”, or “I had it coming”, or “I deserve it”. One can say that indeed these types of external motivators do indeed do their job. They urge us to work harder and longer hours. They urge us to achieve better grades in school. There is nothing at all wrong with a hard days work. However, when we do not get that promotion even though we have put in long hours, or receive the award for best student even though we have put in long hours of studying we end up in a human quandary. We find ourselves bitter saying “But I deserved it”. Did we really?

This small belief in entitlement then transfers over to the larger group and can have very complex and grand effects upon the society as a whole. We tend to see this with those who have “earned” their own monies or find themselves in a place of high status within a status driven society. We hear statements and sentiments such as “I’ve earned what I’ve got, why don’t you earn yours”, and “I had to work hard, why should I help another”? In the United States we have more than enough food, for example, to sustain our entire population and yet we still have people have little to nothing. When asking to raise taxes in a community for the purpose of education a lot of the sentiment is “Why should I support another’s child”? This trend in thinking has permeated a great many areas, and these are but two that I have brought up.

So what do we do about it as an individual or a community? The first place we can start is by changing our perspectives. We are not truly entitled to anything. Yet we all have the ability to have all of our needs and wants met so long as we are allowing and assisting others to have their needs and wants met. It is in changing our perspective from “I deserve, earned, worked for it” to “I did what was right by humanity”. In this subtle change in perspective we now ensure that all of humanity prospers.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Remember that people need...

Remember that people need to experience various emotions in life. Though we would all find life easier without the upsets, these emotions of sadness, anger, and other not so pleasant emotions are what help us to understand our higher self. If we were already enlightened we would not need such things.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tiger Lillies and unwanted spirits

Having issues with spirits/ghosts in your home? Tiger lilies planted near entry ways and windows are said to prevent the entry of spirits/ghosts into your home. If you live in an apartment you could try having a large potted planter full of Tiger lilies.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


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Monday, September 6, 2010

Candle Spell-Quick Healing

Need healing energies? Etch the afflicted person's name into a green candle and burn with the intentions of well being. (Attributed to many books with similar spells). You can put your own spin on this as well, and may also use anointing oils.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Krishna's Birthday

Today, September first, is the day many Hindu's celebrate Lord Krishna's birth. It is a day that is often marked by the giving of sweets, so my husband brought me home sweet chocolate & oatmeal bars this morning. Today I am baking in return some sweet oatmeal filled bars. There are many stories available online on how various families celebrate, and all worth the reading.

Blessings my dear friends and Namaste-

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

For Attention

For attention…

Do you ever come across those writings where you shake your head and say “for attention”. I have come across quite a few in the last few weeks that I have to stop and wonder if it has something to do with the full moon we had recently! It is not that I do not think people should have a right to voice their complaints, questions, fears, or the like but at times I wonder if they really are just doing it for attention.

To provide a frame of reference I have written for a few places that offer advise and help to others in need. The need may be anything from physical to spiritual, but a need and a request for help. Well, it seems there are those in life who regardless of what you say to them want to reply with the negative. They want to say that nothing works, that they have tried everything, and that there could not possibly be another solution. However, they then again ask the same question.

In order to preserve my own sanity as it would be I must remind myself when dealing with such persons that they are simply in dire need of attention. I provide my advice, and I move along. It is not up to me to fill that void completely, but I can provide a bit of insight and plant the seed. That is probably the most difficult part about giving any sort of advice is that we must remember that at times we are just the sower, not the reaper.

So, in short, do not stop giving advice and helping those out who need help. Remember that you are not always going to be able to do it for the person. The person may have to very well learn for themselves and have that experience for their own journey.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Another's Path

We may not always understand another's path, or even necessarily feel it fits with our own perceptions and/or perspectives, but we should avoid making fun of that path if it is indeed helping that person to better their spirit. ~ Anora 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cleaning the kitchen

Cleaning the kitchen
Help for the significant other
Anora Eldorath 2010

Welcome to the second installment of our series on helping your significant other with household chores. We tackled the bathroom first because it is possibly the dirtiest area of the home and one that is used frequently. The second room we’ll tackle is the second most used room in the home the kitchen. More so than the bathroom, though one could argue they are equal, the kitchen is a place that needs to be clean because this is the place you are preparing meals. The diseases range from e-coli to salmonella. A recent study shown on CBS Early Show resulted in one woman having a 250 million count of bacteria inside her refrigerator fruit drawer. That’s not a good sign for anyone in the family.

So, how does one attack that menacing room that glares at you with fire and brimstone with the challenge, “I dare you”? Well, I like to work down so that I’m not going over freshly clean areas to get to dirty areas. Let’s start by first making sure that everything is in its place. It’s a good idea before actually cleaning with products that you put up food, remove paperwork, and any other unnecessary items.

Once all items are put in their proper location it’s time to begin with the nitty gritty. I begin with the dishes and get all of those out of the way. This simply makes sense as there will be no utensils to get dirty. Ideally dishes are done after each meal, but I also like to make sure the kitchen is properly cleaned up daily to reduce the risk of germs.

Once the dishes are washed, dried, and put up get a clean cloth and use your cleaner to wipe down the outside of all of the cabinets. Move on to clean out the microwave and stove top thoroughly. Remember to remove the internal table from the microwave and clean it with hot soapy water. Also remember that wiping down the stove involves taking the heating elements off, and scrubbing the metal rims as well as inside the stove top where droppings may have become trapped. Do not forget to wipe down the front of the stove and vent hood as well. (I only clean the inside of the stove as needed when spills occur). Once you have cleaned the metal rims and put them back, and replace the heating elements.

Next we can move to the counter tops, which should ideally be cleaned anytime they are used but always a good idea when you are cleaning down the kitchen. You can disinfect for germs using one tablespoon of bleach to one gallon of water.

Next move to the refrigerator. It is a good idea to clean out the refrigerator at least once a week, but if you wipe daily you will be ahead of the game. Cleaning the refrigerator goes beyond just a quick door wipe. You want to get all parts of the outside, but you also want to clean the inside. If your freezer needs defrosting by all means do so, but with most of the modern freezers this is no longer an issue. Simply remove the food, wipe clean, and place the food back into the freezer. Repeat with the refrigerator when cleaning it out during your weekly clean. If you are doing just a day to day spot check simply wipe down any spills and dirt. The area that should be wiped down daily though is the seal around the doors. This is where you will find the most trapped bacteria. A simple solution is to rubber band a clean dishcloth around your spatula (the one with a slight point or you can also use the handle), dip the end in your cleaning solution and run this through the crevices of the seal. Do not forget to also wash out your fruit and vegetable trays as well as under and behind them.

When done with the refrigerator it is time to move to the kitchen sink and drains. It is a good idea to run a mixture of cleaning solution through your drains every now and then to help them proper functionally. A trick with the garbage disposal is to run ice through it once a month to help maintain it. Make sure to scrub the drain tops, as well as all crevices around your sink as these areas collect bacteria as well.

The last area I complete is the floor. For day to day cleaning I use a swifter jet with antibacterial cleaner, which works nicely. Once a week though I will wash the floor with bleach water to help kill any germs. As I mentioned in my last article this does require a bit of elbow grease. It means pulling out the stove and washing beneath it., as well as washing beneath the refrigerator.

When all done a simple vase of flowers to brighten up your cooking area can be brought in. I also like to light a small lavender candle to add to the rich scents already found in my kitchen when cooking.

Further Reading

Koeppen, Susan. Your Kitchen: A Breeding Ground for Germs? CBS Early Show. NEW YORK, 21 Oct. 2009. Web. 24 Aug. 2010.

Maloof, Rich. Kitchen Germs. MSN Health & Fitness Online. Web. 24. Aug. 2010

Mann, Denise. Germs in the Kitchen: The kitchen harbors more germs than any other room in the home. Here are 10 tips to protect your family. . Web MD Feature. Web. 24. Aug. 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hug a tree!

Need to ground yourself? Hug a tree or walk barefoot! Though it sounds like something a child does when at play, it is one of the quickest ways a person can ground themselves and return to nature.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Discussion: Cooking with healing herbs

Discussion: What healing herbs do you use daily or in your weeks cooking? How do you use them? What are their properties?

Purdue OWL: Paraphrase

Many seem to be misled that changing an author's words around means they have paraphrased, and haven't committed plagiarism. This is a misnomer. For help in this area consult Purdue's Online Writing Lab at:

OWL: Paraphrase

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cleaning the Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom

Help for the significant other

Anora Eldorath 2010

I have decided to do a series of short articles on helping one’s significant other around the home. After much time in my own relationships, and watching that of friends I’ve come to the conclusion that part of the confusion comes from simply not knowing how to do or perform a task. It is not that the partner is unwilling, in a sense, it is that they do not know and are embarrassed to ask how the task should be done. It is not to say that every significant other falls into this category, but to help prevent arguments and heated discussions world wide, I have taken to the paper to outline my simple solutions to these places of interest.

So, the first area I’ve decided to march into is the bathroom. Oh, it’s the dreaded place of filth and villainy. It at times makes Jabba’s palace look like a hospital room and this is definitely something we want to try to eradicate with a bit of instruction. Though all of us have our own methodology for tackling this unsavory job, I’ll be putting my own unique twist on the subject, as well as throwing out some thoughts here and there to keep in mind when doing this task or any task we speak about in the near future.

One of my quick solutions is to know that the vacuum is our friend. I have found, for myself, that living in a home where long hair is the norm and shedding seems to match that of Chewbacca a vacuum can save a great deal of aggravation. Simply use your attachment nozzle before you begin to get all of the hair off the floor, counters, sink, and tub. This also is nice because you’ll have far less small dirt to worry about when washing the floor.

After this, I simply stash the waste can, and laundry bin outside the door. This keeps them out of the way for when I wash the floor. I then start with the sink. Carefully remove all items from the sink and place them on the back of your toilet (unless already occupied in which case you can place them safely outside the door in the floor). Use a soft scrub soap or gentle spray cleaner and apply to all parts of the sink, along with the counter. Now, I have a sonic scrubber that I invested in which saves a bit of time, take an old toothbrush and scrub the crevices of the nozzle on all sides. Do not forget to get inside the faucet so that you can get any build up and prevent the spread of germs. Return items to their proper places when you are finished.

After I am done with this I move on to the mirror. Wipe the mirror down with proper cleaning solutions designed for windows. This will cut down on streaking and residue on the surface of the mirror. In the past using old newspapers were advisable, but today with the change in inks this can lead to even further streaking so using a plain cotton cloth is advisable. You can use an old cotton (clean) diaper. You can also purchase pre-soaked wipes at local grocers that work as well. However, if you are environmentally conscious re-using cleaning cloths is the best.

I then move on to the toilet. This is more then just a quick wipe of the top of the seat to make it “look pretty”. You need to use a little elbow grease. Wipe down the water tank, top lid, the ledge between the water tank and seat, the sides of the bowl, and the entire base of the toilet including the back. I do the inside of the toilet last. Use a bit of toilet cleaner designed for inside the toilet and a brush. Scrub the underneath of the rim because this is where germs grow. Again, a bit of elbow grease goes a long way to get all the nasty grime done and gone.

I then move on to the tub. Again, this is not just about closing the shower curtain/door and running a bit of water. Elbow grease is needed to get all of the soap scum. The use of a good soap scum cleaner is your best solution. You can purchase these in environmentally friendly versions, but one is recommended to make your life easier. If you have persistent soap scum you may want to try spraying the shower down before you clean the bathroom so that by the time you reach the tub it has had time to set. I own a sonic scrubber and I have found it to be a life saver where soap scum is concerned, but any scrub brush will work. Use a soft scrub cleanser and begin at the top of the shower and work your way down. If you have items that you keep in your shower area removes them before cleaning and replaces them when you are done. Do not forget to scrub the shower head and faucets the same way you did the sink. Remember, this water is meant to clean you and germs do grow in wet environments. Proper cleaning cuts down on these pests. If you have a detachable shower head you can use that to rinse all of the soap down the drain, if not simply use a glass or pitcher to clean off the soap residue. Do not forget to clean your shower curtain on a regular basis as well. Spray it down with a gentle soap scum remover, let set, and then rinse gently. This will allow you to keep your shower curtain longer.

Once you are done with all of these items, give your ceiling fan a quick clean. Most have an easy eject system consisting of two prongs-one on either side. You can use an old toothbrush or a sonic brush to clean off the dust, followed up by a dust cloth to wipe down any residue. This will keep your fan in good working order if remembered often. If your fan collects dust, simply use a vacuum attachment to clean this out.


If you have bric-a-brac, pictures, and other items in the bathroom make sure these receive a thorough dusting often. Make sure that all items are put up in their proper place, and not left lying about.

Once all of these items are done, cabinets wiped down, you are ready to wash the floor. Using a steam mop is the best clean you can receive in today’s technology, but it certainly is not the only way to clean. A swifter jet or those like it are great for every day cleaning, but if you are like most and can only get to your bathroom once a week it is best to simply put the gloves on and get down on your knees. Make sure your water is hot and soapy. There is much debate to the use of harsh chemicals, and though I happen to like to use bleach now and then I respect that some of the natural cleaners can be just as good for cleaning germs. The prime ones that grow in your bathroom are Candida as well as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus and Lactobacillus, and a few others that are just as problematic. Make sure to get a cleaner for your floors that will eliminate or at least cut down on these bacteria.

Allow your bathroom to dry, and freshen it up with a vanilla or lavender scented candle.

While you are cleaning, keep in mind that this is a sacred act. Each act we do on a daily basis is in a sense a connection between our own souls and the Divine Cosmic force. It matters not what path or faith you follow, this is a mind set that can be adapted regardless of your path. For some, the word “chore” has become a fuse for arguments and resentments on both sides of the relationship. And yet, it is something that is a must in order to stay healthy. To change one’s attitude before taking on this task will allow one to enjoy and reap the benefits of this part of life. The cleaning of the bathroom no longer becomes a task of dirty floors, urine stains, and smells, but one of mindful meditation. It becomes the place in which we connect with the Divine, in which we scour away all negativity in the area in which we cleanse our physical body. It now incorporates the cleansing of our spiritual body.


Further Reading:

What are germs?

The Real Truth About Bacteria

Myth: Toilet Seats Are the Dirtiest Thing in the Bathroom!

The Importance of Patience

The following quote by HH the Dalai Lama is wonderful! It is something we can all meditate upon.

"The most important benefit of patience consists in the way it acts as a powerful antidote to the affliction of anger - the greatest threat to our inner peace, and therefore our happiness. The mind, or spirit, is not physical, it cannot be touched or harmed directly. Only negative thoughts and emotions can harm it. Therefore, only the corresponding positive quality can protect it." ~H.H. the Dalai Lama

Censored Gulf News

If you live in the gulf coast please read this article regarding the contamination that "really" exists! It's sick that this has been covered up!

Censored Gulf Coast


Saturday, July 17, 2010


Today I've been pondering the dilemma of Bella in the Twilight series (actual text). Though she has many side issues, the largest fear for her is commitment. Oh, she has no issues committing to a life as a vampire, but has a huge fear of marriage. I am only half way through Eclipse, and I know I cannot fully comment until the end, but this discussion is about our own troubles with commitment.

Most of us have no issues with those things that are risky, daring, or perhaps not in our best interest. We can easily commit to eating burgers because we tell ourselves they taste good. (Yes, they do, but perhaps not the healthiest choice for us). We often commit to bad habits without even a second thought. We find ourselves committing to that television show or shows every week saying we must simply keep up. We commit to that sports event as if it were God on earth, saying we must show support of our local team.

However, when it comes time to commit to a personal relationship be it a spouse, lover, friend, child, or such we often find ourselves with a host of reasons why we cannot make that commitment. We have no time. We have lots of work. There are things to be done. Some of us would rather jump from a plane, shalom down Mt. Everest, or swim the Amazon before we would dare to commit ourselves to another person.

Giving this much thought, I feel that the greatest influence on our lack of commitment is fear. It is the fear that we will be rejected, or even if accepted that we will never measure up to the expectations of the other person involved. It appears that most of the time those expectations are imagined. The other person accepts us for exactly who we are, who we were, and who we become. It is something to meditate upon as we journey, because we are never on this path alone. We must remember that if another expresses love for us, be it a spouse, lover, friend, or child that they mean it. They desire to love us, and that we are just fine the way we are. We must not allow fear to keep us from making that commitment.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Pandora is often seen as the "stupid, impulsive, vain" woman who opened up a box of misery, save hope to comfort her. However, earliest tranlations offer up the story that Pandora was actually created and sent by the Gods to punish mankind for the sins of Prometheus. So, Pandora could be viewed as a bringer of destruction and purification.


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