Sunday, December 28, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I hope tonight is magical for each of you, for your children, & your entire family!! May the joy of the Season fill your hearts tonight as we celebrate the joyous reason for the Season. My Christmas wish for each of you is:
- unconditional love
- true friendship
- boundless joy
- good health
- prosperity of Spirit
- knowledge of Great Spirit
- the knowledge that you are one of a kind, here on this Adventure for a great purpose, & valued beyond measure
Merry Christmas !!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
1/20 – 2/18
Monday, December 22, 2008
If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq .
You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services. How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This is a great site. Please send a card. It is FREE and it only takes a second.
Friday, December 19, 2008
In Native American traditions, Wolf is said to be "teacher" medicine. Humans have followed Wolf for millennia, studying Wolf's ways of the hunt, learning from their social structure. Wolf is allied with Sirus, the Dog Star, and it is said in many cultures, that our ancestors and teachers came from there. This is agreed upon by Australian Aborigines, and the Dogon tribe of Africa, as well as certain Native American tribes.
Even though living in close knit packs provide wolves with a strong sense of family, they are still able to maintain their individuality. Wolves represent the spirit of freedom, but they realize that having individual freedom requires having responsibilities.
Because wolf is a teacher and pathfinder, he comes when we need guidance in our lives. Those who have a Wolf Totem will move on to teach others about sacredness and spirituality. Wolf can also teach how to balance the responsibility of family needs and not to lose one's personal identity.
Wolf teaches us to develop strength and confidence in our decisions. He shows we will learn to trust our insights once we learn how to value our inner voice. This wisdom keeps us from inappropriate action. If wolf appears in your life examine where you need to develop more confidence and if you need more balance between friends, family, and yourself.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Genesis 1:26 NIV
"Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
I think this one is kinda "funny" for me. I know God made me in his image but I sure don't want to rule over anyone or anything. "Specially my furbabies. LOL! But I do have a love of & an affinity for Nature & all the beings that inhabit this planet. I LOVE animals. Maybe that's what it means. Honor & take care of the winged, feathered, & the four-legged. Hum, I will have to meditate on this.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Following The Sun .....
I'm following the sun
Following the sun, just for the one
I'm following the sun
Following the sun...
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
In thinking about this I thought how many times I had lived a day that I thought just wasn't too important in the whole scheme of things. Just an average day. Maybe I went to work or the store. Maybe I strolled the mall. Just an unimportant day. Then I thought deeper. I began to realize that every day no matter where I am or what I am doing, I touch someone else's life. Whether it is a client at work either on the phone or in person, a clerk, the maintenance man, the counter person at the deli, just someone I pass on my stroll. In some way by either my look, words, manner, demeanor, smile, or lack of one I touch that person's life & have the ability to perhaps make it a better day for them. We never know what another person is going through on any given day at any given time, but we are all at one time or another experiencing trauma, grief, disappointment, hardship, heartache, or just an all around crappy day. Just a smile or a kind hello can make all the difference. A pat on the shoulder, a friendly glance. It can all change the day for someone who is going through something of which we are not aware. No longer will I think the day is unimportant. Any day, in any way we can be of service to others. Sometimes we never even know it.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
A Baby Boomer, Mom, daughter, grandmother, friend, ex-hippie, former Wild Child (I proudly express this on my front license plate), a survivor, a confident woman, loyal, proud, humorous, friendly, sometimes frustrating especially to my boyfriend, sometime enchanting.
In Southcentral OK just off I-35 in a small house with a nice yard
For an insurance agent. New field for me, but ever the assistant, ever efficient and hardworking
Food: Mexican or Thai
Place: Key West, the Oregon/Washington coast, mountains of Montana
60's Rock, Southern Rock, Classic Country, Old-time Gospel, Folk--no Opera, no Hip Hop, no Rap, but I listen to most anything else
Novels, biographies, true crime. Anything of a spiritual nature, I read the Bible, all Eastern religions, I have read the Koran, The Book of Morman, anything on Native American Spirituality.
One son, one daughter-in-law, one grandson, two granddaughters, Mother, Step-Father (who adores me BTW). Most importantly--My Tribe!! those who are my family of choice even though we share no blood.
My darlin' "boys"--the FURKIDS: Lobo "Little Lobo/Lobee", Scrappy "ScrapMan/Scrapster/Scrapmeister", & Zane "Zaner/ZaneyDog/LittleMan". They are a joy in my life-the unconditional love makes me want to be the person they think I am. Lobo is a miniature schnauzer as is Scrappy. Lobo is an AKC Miniature Schnauzer that my Mom bought for me 4 yrs ago. He was bred by a friend of mine who is a policeofficer who was on the force with my bro. He is such a duffous. Very funny, the perpetual puppy. I think he has the Peter Pan complex. Scrappy was on death row in OKC, rescued by Pet Angels, & found by me on http://www.petfinder.com/. He is so laid back & affectionate-the moment I met him I knew he was my forever pupster. Scrappy saved me & Lobo from a pitbull attack. That little dog just put himself between us & went after that big dog. It was amazing his fierceness to protect me. Luckily, he got away with only one minor puncture wound on his head. Zane is also a rescue from Fido Knows found on http://www.petfinder.com/. He is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi/Miniature Schnauzer mix. He is tri-colored with little short legs, but he thinks he is a Rottweiler. Too cute!! I just fell in love with his pic & knew he was my forever pupster. He rounded out our little family.
Animal rights, Women's rights, Environmental rights, Human rights, Endangered species, Adoption of shelter animals, down with puppy mills
because it is a great way to stay in touch with my Tribe, I meet wonderfully interesting new people all over the place. It is a creative outlet, it is my online journal (I print it off each year & save it with my handwritten journal).
To win the lottery & use my funds for good causes, live in the mountains, live at the beach, travel cross country again, open an animal rescue sanctuary, work with battered women, have a holistic center for retreats.
Yes, 4 to be exact. A howling wolf (my totem animal, more about that in a future post), a yellow rose (I got this one after I had been clean & sober for 3 mos- I now have almost 14 yrs), the Stars & Bars (to signify my Southern Heritage-it is NOT a racial statement but simply a pride in my ancestery), a cherub & if you look close enough you will see very small horns in the head(signifies that I know my angels are always looking over me, sitting on my shoulder, but that my evil twin could surface at any moment-just when I think I have killed her she can resurface, but the incidents are getting fewer & further between).
Well, that's me. Who are you???? (song by The Who)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Thanks to my good friend, Amy for sharing this with me this morning.
This is really deep. Enjoy and keep it going.
If you ever look at yourself and feel that you don't measure up, read this and your outlook will change before you finish reading it!
This is good to keep, not just to read from time to time, but to also keep stored in your heart! Enjoy and remember who you are....
A Letter from God to Women
When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils. But you, woman,
I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate. I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you. Man was put to sleep so that he could not
interfere with the creativity. From one bone, I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects man's life. I chose the rib, which protects his heart and lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do.
Around this one bone, I shaped you.... I modeled you. I created you perfectly and beautifully. Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile. You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man, his
heart. His heart is the center of his being; his lungs hold the breath of life. The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart. Support man as the rib cage supports the body.
You were not taken from his feet, to be under him, nor were you taken from his head, to be above him.
You were taken from his side, to stand beside him and be held close to his side.
You are my perfect angel.....You are my beautiful little girl. You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence and my eyes fill when I see the virtues
in your heart.
Your eyes......don' t change them.
Your lips - how lovely when they part in prayer.
Your nose, so perfect in form.
Your hands so gentle to touch.
I've caressed your face in your deepest sleep.
I've held your heart close to mine.
Of all that lives and breathes, you are most like me.
Adam walked with me in the cool of the day, yet he was lonely. He could not see me or touch me. He could only feel me. So everything I wanted Adam to share
and experience with me, I fashioned in you; my holiness, my strength, my purity, my love, my protection and support.
You are special because you are an extension of me. Man represents my image, woman my emotions. Together, you represent the totality of God.
So man......treat women well. Love her, respect her, for she is fragile but yet strong at the same time.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
A) Home or somewhere else?
Sparky's Mom's house (I affectionately call her my mother-in-law because she has always been so wonderful, loving, accepting, & kind to me)
B) Anything out of the ordinary this Thanksgiving?
No desserts since Sparkman & I are on diets
C) Will there be a football game on at your place?
We watched "Miracle on 34th St", but I did have to switch to check the score for the Cowboys--go Dallas!!!
D) Apple, pumpkin, or mince pie for you?
E) Everyone at one table or is there a ‘B” table?
There were only 3 of us so we all got to sit together LOL
F) Will someone say grace?
Usually MIL does but this year we did not say grace. I missed it
G) Who does the cooking?
MIL, but I do cleanup & putting away leftovers
H) What wish will you do on this virtual wishbone?
Love, happiness, prosperity, peace, & blessings for my tribe.
Beautiful Sunday everyone!!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
- My tribe (the friends & family of my heart/soul)
- My health
- My faith
- My ability to survive
- My love of humanity
- My love of Nature
- Great Spirit's love for me
- The blessings that come upon me unaware
- The time I was given to say goodbye, I love you, & all else to my brother before he left this world for the next
- Having loved & been loved
- Loving myself
- Learning to accept myself just as I am at this very moment
- Learning to trust my instincts
- Learning to say "no" & not feeling guilty
- Learning to ask for what I need even when I don't get it
- Accepting others just as they are at this very moment
- A home that is safe, comfortable,warm & dry
- The ability to put food on my own table
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
1. Who is the most famous person you’ve talked to?
Rock Hudson--he was filming a movie in Vegas when I lived there & ate in the bar I was managing.
2. How many bags of potato chips (crisps) are consumed at your house per month?
I don't eat them since I am on my diet
3. What foreign dish do you prepare from scratch and serve?
Stirfried noodles &/or rice w/veggies--lots of middle eastern spices.
4. What is your favourite section of the supermarket?
I love the produce section
5. What was your high school’s team mascot and colors?
6. What’s under your bed?
A vintage formica kitchen table
7. Over easy, or sunny side up?
Omelet--when I eat them
8. Favorite pie?
9. Storms - cool or scary?
Love storms--very cool especially in OK springtime
10. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently we
11. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
From my friend/almost sister-in-law Cheryl asking me to call. She used to be engaged to my bro & was really feeling down.
12. Where did you live in 1987?
Las Vegas, NV
13. Where were you when 9/11 happened?
Work in OK
14. If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be?
Spanish-I took it for two years, but would really like to be more proficient
15. Can you change the oil on a car?
16. Your first love: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?
He lives in WA & teaches NRA classes, living off his inheritance.
17. Gummy bears or worms?
18. Your favorite food?
Mexican or Thai
Friday, November 21, 2008
2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is _________. (if you don't celebrate thanksgiving, insert your favorite holiday). Dressing (or stuffing as some call it, but in OK it is Dressing & my favorite part of the meal. I eat it with cranberry sauce).
3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is __________. Something I don't do. We gave up presents, etc years ago.
4. Thoughts of _____________ fill my head. Key West. I am missing the beach. It is colder than h..l in OK today. Brrrr
5. I wish I could wear ______________. Mini skirts. I miss them because I do have great legs, but short skirts are a thing of the past for me.
6. Bagpipes ________. Remind me of my brother's funeral. They were the only live music. A good friend played & piped my bro to his grave as his casket was carried between rows of his fellow police officers. It was awesome.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want to _____! Putting on my sweats & watching TV with my furkids. Sat will be sleeping in & taking it easy. Sunday means laundry & reading the papers.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sandra Sturtz Hauss
May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE... .something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE...a youth she’s content to leave behind….
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old age….
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ….a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE...one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ..a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE... .a feeling of control over her destiny.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…how to fall in love without losing herself.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without; ruining the friendship…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…when to try harder… and WHEN TO WALK AWAY…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…that she can’t change the length of her calves,the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…that her childhood may not have been perfect…but its over…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW..whom she can trust,whom she can’t,and why she shouldn’t take it personally…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…where to go…be it to her best friend’s kitchen table…or a charming inn in the woods…when her soul needs soothing…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…what she can and can’t accomplish in a day…a month…and a year…
-Pamela Redmond Satran
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
May God Bless him, give him courage, & guide his every decision
John McCain, a class act to the end as evidenced by his speech last night in conceding his defeat for the office of President of the United States of America.
MCCAIN: Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening.My friends, we have — we have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly. A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Sen. Barack Obama to congratulate him.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Subject: Ed "Too Tall to Fly" Freeman
A measure of heroism that is not so obvious in the Mel Gibson movie:"We Were Soldiers Once......And Young
Monday, November 3, 2008
An Irish Prayer
May God give you...
Thursday, October 30, 2008
We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight to liberate us into life.
Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light we dare be brave
And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be.
Yet it is only love which sets us free.
Monday, October 20, 2008
The above is Sanskrit & means "A Beautiful Mistake". There are no mistakes in life, just opportunites for growth, learning, & humility. If we see each so called mis-step as an opportunity then life & the living of it will take on a whole new perspective. Sometimes we spend alot of time on "if only, "what if", "coulda, shoulda, whoulda", etc. Each twist & turn of life is an experience we have chosen-some more conscious than others, but still chosen. We, I believe, choose our time to leave our Spirit Home & have a human experience here, we choose the experiences we will have here as a way to grow & become more enlightened on our journey of self-awareness. We also leave this life when our work is done. Do we choose our time to die? I'm not sure, but I do know we do not stay here one moment past the time all of our work is done. That is the cycle of Life, Death, Re-birth. From Spiritual being, to having a Human experience, to completion of our Work, to our return Home once again in Spirit form. I know in my heart that we are ever-living beings full of energy (call it Soul) who have lived & will continue to live forever. As I have said before-Death is not the end, but another new beginning. We go Home to share our experiences & the lessons learned.
Beautiful mistakes--oh my!! I have had my share. Some were so much more beautiful than the others, but from them all I have become the woman I am today. I have shed my skin several times in rebirths & reinventions of myself until I have become the woman I believe I was meant to be-a woman I really like. I am much more loving, tolerant, understanding, compassionate, & informed than I was when I left Smalltown, OK so very many years ago. I have lived so many lives in those years-traveled so many miles. It has been an amazing journey...& it it continues.
I was once so narrow minded, so closed off. Now I embrace the differences in everyone. I see people through their hearts not their skin or orientation or political views. I think I see the real person now. I accept, embrace, & love the differences I find in others. Through those differences I find out things about myself & it challenges my belief system. Sometimes it even helps me to change a belief or fine tune a thought. I love those challenges. I found many such experiences in the bigger cities in which I have lived, but I am finding them here also. I am also finding opportunities to voice what I have learned, what I have come to believe. Maybe, just maybe my voice will help someone else to grow, to think, to learn, to question & to find his/her own true voice. Inside each of our belief systems is the "gray area" that area that we thought was so black & white--that is until we take a situation & put ourself there as a participant not an onlooker. Then the perspective starts to change. Then we see the other person's view. Then we grow. Then we become more compassionate, more tolerant, less judgemental.
Reflect on your own Beautiful Mistakes. Challenge yourself today!
Friday, October 17, 2008
This is a wiccan salutation meant to empower both parties with blessed be powers. The Blessed Be salutation is a process of transferring positive energy to both parties. To say "Blessed be" to someone indicates that you wish good and positive things upon them.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The Road Goes Ever On
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
-- J R R Tolkien
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I have wandered my whole life. First just pastures, woods, fields, country roads. Then highways, cities, mountains, deserts--far from that Oklahoma farm. I rode horses in my childhood, Harleys in my wanderings. But no matter how far I traveled, no matter who I was on any given day--the Oklahoma Farm Girl was never far away. Hidden in my heart just waiting to reappear.