R.I.P., “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Roderick George “Roddy” Toombs: 17 April 1954 – 30 July 2015

An icon in the world of “big-time rassling” has passed away. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the kilt-wearing, trash-talking ‘villain’ alternately loved and hated by many, suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Hollywood, California. He was 61 years of age. From NBC News:

The professional wrestling legend known as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at his Hollywood, California, home, officials and World Wrestling Entertainment said. He was 61. Piper’s agent, Jay Schachter, said in a statement that “Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night.”

“I am shocked and beyond devastated,” Schachter said. “He was an icon, a legend, an amazing man and a true friend.” In 2006, the WWE announced that Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and would receive treatment.

Piper, whose real name is Roderick George Toombs, joined World Wrestling Entertainment in 1984; before that he wrestled in the NWA. Piper was known for his on-air feud with Hulk Hogan, and the wrestling entertainment company said Piper began his career as “one of the most-hated villains ever to step between the ropes.” Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff took on Hogan and Mr. T in the first-ever WrestleMania. WWE calls the bout “one of the marquee main events in its history.” Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also named one of the WWE’s “Top 50 Villains.”

I like watching “rassling” back in the ’80s and early ’90s, and took my son to at least three different matches over a 5-year period. I got tired of watching it when the T & A factor got to be too much.

Rest in peace, Roddy – I liked you even when you were a “heel.” You always cracked me up with your over-the-top antics…who can forget the coconuts? Your awesomely irreverent statements were always hilarious to me, and your cameo in Cyndi Lauper’s music video for “The Goonies” was one of the best. You will be missed.

Lammas / Lughnasadh Blessings…2015

Lammas, or Lughnasadh, is one of the pagan holidays that I have missed posting about in the past, due to summertime travels and being away from the computer. Not this year! I was unpacking two decorative mirrors and my Wheel of the Year, and noted that Lughnasadh has arrived. A blog I recently began following also had a great link to this post about baking Lammas bread, so I figured I’d link it here.

Here’s a little bit of info about Lammas / Lughnasadh from The Goddess and the Green Man:

It is now high summer and the union of Sun and Earth, of God and Goddess, has produced the First Harvest. Lammas is the celebration of this first, Grain Harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance. We work with the cycle that Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the Second Harvest of Fruit, and Samhain is the third and Final Harvest of Nuts and Berries. The word ‘Lammas’ is derived from ‘loaf mass’ and is indicative of how central and honoured is the first grain and the first loaf of the harvesting cycle. It is also the great festival of Lugh, or Lug, the great Celtic Sun King and God of Light. August is His sacred month when He initiated great festivities in honour of His mother, Tailtiu. Feasting, market fairs, games and bonfire celebrations were the order of the day. Circle dancing, reflecting the movement of the sun in sympathetic magic, was popular, as were all community gatherings. August was considered an auspicious month for handfastings and weddings. But underlying this is the knowledge that the bounty and energy of Lugh, of the Sun, is now beginning to wane. It is a time of change and shift. Active growth is slowing down and the darker days of winter and reflection are beckoning…

Credit: witchesofthecraft.com

I’ve always enjoyed the cycles of the seasons – the days are definitely growing shorter. It’s winter in the southern hemisphere, but the days are slowly growing longer…the Spring Equinox occurs in September for the southern half of the world. Wherever you are, may your day, and the rest of your weekend, be wonderful, delightful, and peaceful. Enjoy time with your family, friends, and loved ones.


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