Christmas now or in December?

So is it Christmas now or in December?  I know for the retailers Christmas began November 1 and I had somewhat of a tizzy about it.  Bell ringers showed up at the stores around November 15th and were saying “Merry Christmas” while people were shopping for Thanksgiving meals.  I know the economy is bad but…

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Singing Bowls

There are a lot of musical instruments out there and a lot of ways to make music or sound.  I love music in a great variety of forms as my Ipod will attest.  Music stirs our emotions, sets moods, helps us through hectic days, moves our bodies and soothes our souls.  The sounds and music…

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Free Will

The biggest boundary violation of all, taking away someone’s free will.  Most people think of this in the most dramatic or idealistic of examples such as imprisonment like Guantanamo or prison.  But taking away free will happens every day in the most mundane situations.  And most often due to good intentions. You want to help…

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Mercury in Retrograde

It’s happening again and since I spent four hours yesterday doing something with my computer that should have taken 30 minutes, I thought this would be a good time to talk about it.  But I’m not  an expert on the subject so here’s an excellent description of what’s going on from CafeAstrology.com: What is Mercury…

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Words have power

While we like to teach children coping mechanisms by giving them a rhyme about sticks and stones, words have an amazing amount of power.  If you don’t believe me, just watch any self-help show or the latest episode of Biggest Loser.  Why would we need someone to confess to a crime or to admit that…

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Affinities

We have such a craving for super powers or ESP or anything paranormal.  There are lots of science fiction movies and tv shows out there and shows that claim to be ‘reality’ about these things.  I personally enjoyed “Men Who Stare At Goats”.  However I think some of this stems from our own personal, physical…

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Change is in the air

We are taught that Spring is the time of massive creative change.  Everything is procreating and growing and blooming and budding.  The light is returning, life awakens and everything is full of hope and new beginnings.  But Fall is also a time of massive, radical change.  Everything that we have been and done over this…

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If you were a deity

If you were a deity, which one would you be and why?  Would you be one because of their specific X-men type powers and what you could do with them, seemingly without consequences?  Would you choose one because you want more of what they represent in your life?  Would you be Nordic, Native American, or…

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Remembering

“But of bliss and glad life there is little to be said, before it ends; as works fair and wonderful, while still they endure for eyes to see, are their own record, and only when they are in peril or broken for ever do they pass into song.”  J. R. R. Tolkien The Silmarillion