Again we are moving into the "Holiday" Season. Here in the United States, it starts with Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and ends with New Year's day. It is a ritual that we follow year in and year out.
As I grow older, I often find myself thinking, "Didn't we just do this last year?" It has become somewhat tedious for this old bird. I long ago gave up Halloween as many of you found out with last month's article. Now, there is Thanksgiving. I do celebrate Thanksgiving. I find that it is one of the few holidays that have meaning for me. Granted, I no longer have the luxury of fixing a large family meal. My mother doesn't eat much and I live with hubby and friend who really don't care. The rest of my family are in Oklahoma, mucho miles from here.
This year, I am ordering the full Monty meal from Marie Calendar's. I won't have to baste a drumstick nor peel a spud. I like that. Normally, I would opt for restaurant, but with mom, that is problematic. It takes an hour to get her dressed and downstairs, then into the car. Too much work. Plus, her eating habits have become increasingly bizarre. So it's turkey at home from Marie. Yum.
The beauty and raw energy of the California coast cannot be beat in my opinion. I took these photos on a camping trip at Big Sur. Sit back and relax, let the waves wash away your cares and the tall trees lift you to heaven. The music is by Allen Burns from his CD Dancing to the Edge of the Universe. Look at the Community Pages for more info.
Wicca is a Peaceful Practice from the Dawn of our Existence
Practitioners of the "old ways" throughout the ages and all over the world have been called by many names, such as Incantrix, Lamia, Saga, Maga, Malefica, Sortelega, Strix, Venefica, Strega, Janana, witch, Wiccan, and sorceress or sorcerer. By whichever name, "the craft" is as old as humankind itself.
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September is here and soon it will be the Fall Equinox. This is the transitional time of the year when the Sun changes direction and the seasons move from Summer to Fall in the Northern Hemisphere and from Winter to Spring in the rest of the world. For many, it is celebrated as a time to look at how they can use the transitional and transformational energy of the equinox to live better and make positive changes.
In our upcoming retreat at Joshua Tree, we will be addressing turning points and using ancient ritual with the Fall Equinox to spur us into focus and empowerment for lasting positive change for ourselves and the world.
Music by Allen Burns from Dancing to the Edge of the Universe.
Thank goodness for flowers. Without them, life would be so dreary. People think that Southern California doesn't have seasons. I disagree. When spring comes, the land explodes with color and fragrance.
I took these photos over several years of spring visits to gardens and botanical gardens. Looking at them again, I want to be there now!
These are some of the photos I took plus a few favorites from elsewhere. I used to take my camera to the Houston Zoo early in the morning and set up in the reptile house. I have more snake photos but they are on old film slides and I have to scan them, clean them up from years of grime, then retouch in PS. When I do that I will add more photos. I love snakes, beautiful, exotic, dangerous.
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