Midweek Musings: My Kind of Pagans

I was looking to see if there are ANY fair representations of non-white pagans and / or “women warriors,” since the few people with whom I speak with online essentially don’t give a shit if I feel welcome at pagan gatherings or not. I commend their honesty, at the very least!

Anyway, I did a bit of browsing and found that, at the very least, I’m not completely alone! Nice to know that at least a few other sisters are out and about, brandishing sword or bow, and rocking awesome armour! We kick ass…I suppose that terrifies many, LOL! There need to be more of us, as far as I’m concerned…

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6 Stages of the Healing Process

A perfect and timely post…there is so much healing that needs to take place, everywhere, with everyone.:)

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“Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care.” ~ Jerry Cantrell

In times of difficulties, when our vulnerabilities and anxieties start to surface, there is a tendency for us to become fixed – unable to move forward into a better existence.

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Animal Family Portraits Photos…

Wonderful animal family portraits, shared by my buddy Chris, from his friend, the Vermont Varmint!
Get ready to say, “Aaaaaawwwwww…”:)

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My thanks to the Vermont Varmint for emailing these to me:

Many families get their portraits taken together, sometimes to put on display and sometimes just to keep in an album for the future. Animals, however, don’t think of such things, and getting them to pose for a family portrait is sometimes near-impossible. This fact makes these pictures so unique, as they touch on our own sense of family bonds and show us that even wild animals have a soft side…

A group of giraffes is called a “Tower”…

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This is, by far, the closest portrait to the one my family has! (VV)

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Looks like dad is grumpy in the back…

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A tender moment.

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A good family is always polarized…

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Penguins are amazingly devoted parents!

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Eww! Stop it mom and dad!

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These guys are a hoot and a holler!

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A gaze of raccoons…

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Let’s face it

Hmmmmm…face the music? Do a face-plant? Get some face-time on Facebook? Or…Face Dances, Part Two?😄

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Ghost Towns of the Wild West~

Another “Ghost Town” of the old, Wild West…thanks for sharing these, Cindy!:)

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Bodie is a gold rush era ghost town east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Mono Lake California. In its heyday it was a wild west era boomtown with shoot outs, bar-room brawls, stage-coach robberies, and murders. Dust and mayhem in the old wild west!
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It had a jail, saloons, a red light district, and a morgue, everything you needed in the lawless frontier, just like all those western movies we’ve all watched.
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Bodie also had a Chinatown with an opium den and Taoist temple. I don’t remember Taoist temples in the old western movies, do you? I guess this doesn’t quite fit with the six-guns and society ethos of those movies.
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There was a Catholic and Methodist church, to counteract the lawless ways of the frontier, no doubt.
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Bodie was founded in 1859 and at its peak it had a population of almost 10,000 people and around 2000 buildings.

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Travel Photographs: Cemeteries

I’m sorting through my travel photographs, getting them organized into some semblance of chronological order, and came across some pictures I took of various tombstones in different cemeteries. As a child, I would go to the library and check out books, then ride my bicycle to the goat farm, or to the main cemetery – there were three in all – and sit behind one of the biggest tombstones to read. For me, it was a place to be around people who weren’t bothered by my presence, and who wouldn’t bother me.

Cemeteries, to me, are peaceful and serene places. I also think that it would be nicer if trees were planted in memory of people. Still, the artwork of tombstones, and the tales they tell, are fascinating.

Icebergs

Icebergs are fascinating…beautiful photos, here!

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Jonathan Pozniak‘s collection of icebergs from Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, and Svalbard was shot portrait style to reflect human cycles of life, death, and regeneration.

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Monday Funnies – Dog Wisdom Memes Part TWO…

A bit of Monday Dog Wisdom – thanks, Chris!:)

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My thanks to the Vermont Varmint for sending me these great memes:

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Writers Rally to Save Langston Hughes Home in Harlem via Crowdfunding

I hope that this house can be saved, and given the historical recognition that it deserves!

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Langston Hughes (photo via theroot.com)

article by Angela Bronner Helms via theroot.com

The home occupied by one of the great leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, still stands on 127th Street in Harlem today.  Hughes used the top floor of the home as his workroom from 1947 to his death in 1967; it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

The current owner, who remains anonymous, listed the unoccupied dwelling for $1 million (which still has his typerwriter on a shelf) a few years ago, but it did not sell.  CNN Money reports that in a rapidly gentrifying New York, the home is now worth over $3 million.

Now that it’s on the market, writer Renee Watson has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise $150,000 to rent the home and turn it into a cultural center.

Over 250 people, many of them black writers…

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Sunday Songs: Stalker Edition!

For some reason, the song “Hard Habit to Break” by Chicago was running through my mind when I woke up this morning. It made me think of people who simply can’t let go of other people when a relationship, of any sort, ends – which made me think of stalkers, psychos, and people who have the “if I can’t have you, then NOBODY CAN” creepazoid mentality. It could be due to watching the grand movie Ladyhawke yesterday, before watching the Seattle Mariners crush the Milwaukie Brewers 8 – 2! Hoping for a sweet sweep today…anyway, enjoy my top three “Songs for Stalkers!”

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