Quote Challenge – #2 of 3

Two days ago, I was nominated by – Candlelight & Bubblebathshttps://candlelightandbubblebaths.wordpress.com/ – to participate in the Quote Challenge.  This means that every day for three (3) days I am to post a quote I like.  On each of my posts, I am to tag three fellow bloggers, who are nominated to take part in the challenge.  I hope all those whom I tag will choose to participate as well.

Here is a link to the post which nominated me:

And so, without further ado, here is my “Quote of the Day #2” ~


I offer this counsel to those going through change: losses, difficult times, and any type of “new developments” which they need support to handle.

I know, I know… most of us don’t like change… we fear change… change hurts… change is scary… but everything changes.  Nothing can be static in life.  Life is one big cycle/Circle, always moving forward whether we like it or not.

Sure, changes can feel as overwhelming as plunging your body into an icy sea (remember, some people do that for funbrrr!)… expanding or decreasing your family… leaving one career for another… starting a new life in a new location… making money or losing money… and so much more.

Trust your instincts, and then step off into the Great Abyss.  Work with what you’ve got.  You feel like you’re drowning in that rip-tide?  Float.  Breathe.  Swim parallel to the shore.  Think outside the box.  Don’t let your fears take the enjoyment out of life.  Don’t paralyze yourself.  You are better than that.

I am now nominating the following three bloggers to participate in the Quote of the Day Challenge:

http://witchschamber.blogspot.com/Tess @ The Witch’s Chamber

https://craftycollegewitches.wordpress.com/Crafty College Witches

https://redtentmovie.wordpress.com/Isadora @ The Red Tent Movie

~ Namaste

Quote Challenge – Day One (1) of Three (3)

I have been nominated by – Candlelight & Bubblebathshttps://candlelightandbubblebaths.wordpress.com/ – to participate in the Quote Challenge.  This means that every day for three (3) days I am to post a quote I like.  On each of my posts, I am to tag three fellow bloggers, who are nominated to take part in the challenge.  I hope all those whom I tag will choose to participate as well.

Here is a link to the post which nominated me:

And so, without further ado, here is my “Quote of the Day #1” ~

do what you can

My life is so full of demands right now, with little time to relax/take care of myself.  When my energy stores ebb, I find I become tired, sad, frustrated, distracted and “resigned” to failure.  It is hard to remind myself that I do make a difference, that everyone can do something for those in need, that a single penny donated to charity by a poor person is worth more than thousands of dollars from a millionaire.  My energy is precious, priceless and unique.  The more I give with a full heart, the more joy I will find and the more of a difference I will make, as long as I pay attention and take it one slow step at a time.

I nominate the following bloggers:

https://thepurplebroom.wordpress.com/The Purple Broom
http://autumnearthsong.com/My Moonlight Path
https://dravite.wordpress.com/Dravite’s Books and Cauldron

– Namaste.

Stop the Witch Hunt



“. . . . Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said Tuesday that authorities had identified a person of interest in the deaths of Voncile Smith, 77, Richard Smith, 49, and John Smith, 47.  All three victims were struck multiple times with a claw hammer and their throats were slit. Richard Smith was also shot in his right ear. . . . Morgan said the initial investigation pointed toward some kind of “ritualistic killing”.”


I’ll be 60 years old in 2016, and I’ve been a practicing Wiccan/Pagan (Witch) since my early teens. Never once have I been taught to murder as part of our rituals, never once have I seen a murder within or resulting from a Wiccan/Pagan ritual.

Murderers (and other criminals) come in all shapes and sizes, of all faiths and no faith; however, just because a murderer may practice XYZ faith does not mean that the XYZ faith requires or encourages murder as part of its doctrine.

History shows us full-scale atrocities (genocide) and single acts of violence performed in the name of religion – the ancient Crusades (i.e., military campaigns sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church to regain “the Holy Land”), the Medieval Inquisition (i.e., that same Church having charged persons of authority with suppressing “heresy”), the banning, torturing and execution of (early) Christians by the Romans, the mass killing of Jews in Europe in 1348-49 (because it was suspected they had “poisoned” the water, thus leading to the bubonic plague), human sacrifices performed in Buddhist Burma in the 1850s, killings “for Islam” by modern terrorists against those of all faiths — including other Muslims! — whom they declare are not “Muslim” enough, Hindus against Muslims in India, civil war and killings in the name of Christianity (Ireland’s Protestants vs. Catholics), and recent deadly “witch-hunting” and “albino” killings in Africa –all are equally bad. They deprive innocent humans of their right to live.

Once Christianity was legalized, Pagan temples were destroyed by Christian mobs, and Pagan priests were slain. Between 315 and the 6th century, thousands of pagan believers were killed.  Examples of destroyed Temples: the Sanctuary of Aesculap in Aegaea, the Temple of Aphrodite in Golgatha, Aphaka in Lebanon, the Heliopolis. Christian priests – such as Mark of Arethusa and Cyrill of Heliopolis – became famously known as “temple destroyer(s).” Pagan services became punishable by death in 356. (K.Deschner, Abermals krhte der Hahn, Stuttgart 1962.)

During the Crusades initiated by Pope Urban II, in the year 1099, it is recorded historically that the city of Jerusalem was conquered with more than 60,000 victims – Muslims and Jews, whole families including children. The archbishop of Tyre was an eyewitness. He wrote: “It was impossible to look upon the vast numbers of the slain without horror; everywhere lay fragments of human bodies, and the very ground was covered with the blood of the slain. It was not alone the spectacle of headless bodies and mutilated limbs strewn in all directions that roused the horror of all who looked upon them. Still more dreadful was it to gaze upon the victors themselves, dripping with blood from head to foot, an ominous sight which brought terror to all who met them. It is reported that within the Temple enclosure alone about ten thousand infidels perished.”

By the 1860s, “in Hawai’i the Reverend Rufus Anderson surveyed the carnage that by then had reduced those islands’ native population by 90 percent or more, and he declined to see it as tragedy; the expected total die-off of the Hawaiian population was only natural, this missionary said, somewhat equivalent to ‘the amputation of diseased members of the body’.” (D.Stannard, American Holocaust, Oxford University Press 1992.)

In more modern times, New England Puritans/Christians, refugees themselves from persecution, massacred Native North Americans.  Spaniards (the Conquistadors) murdered Native South Americans. (Please, let’s not even get started on Adolf Hitler [Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies].)

Even more modern?  OK, how about Josef Fritzl – the “Monster of Amsterdam” – who kept his own daughter in a hidden portion of his basement for 24 years, where he raped her and had children by her? From 1984 to 2008, while this was ongoing, he held himself out to be a devout Roman Catholic.  Was he, though, really?  I’d have to ask a Roman Catholic, to see what he or she would say.

John Floyd Thomas Jr. – described as friendly and religious, and who was known for sending e-mails containing Scriptures, often talked about adhering to his Christian faith. He was linked to two murders of older women in the 1970s.  Authorities have DNA evidence linking him to six slayings and believe he could be responsible for up to 30. He raped and killed older women during two cycles: in the 1970s in Los Angeles and in the 1980s and earned himself the nickname “The Westside Rapist.”  He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 7 murders that were committed in these 2 waves of killings and sexual assaults.  Did he rape and kill BECAUSE he was a Christian? No, he raped and killed in SPITE of the “fact” that he purported to be a Christian.

Is all of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc. supposed to be judged by these evil people and these horrendous events? When today’s Christians, etc. are confronted with such negative history, they try their best to speedily and clearly distance themselves from such inexplicable and disgusting violence/genocide.  (Let’s not even begin to discuss the allegations of Church/clergy sexual abuse, which is for another time, and another entry.)

If this criminal – the murderer of the innocent Smith family in Pensacola, Florida in late July 2015 – turns out to profess he/she is a Wiccan/Pagan, I will distance myself from him/her just as quickly and succinctly as my friends of other religions do from the all the above-mentioned criminals and past history, and I will repeat loud, long and hard that my Wiccan/Pagan faith stands firm against murder, and all acts as heinous as these.

So mote it be.

Keep Stiching… (reblogged)

Art by Paula Nicho Cúmez, a gifted Kaqchikel Maya painter

For information about her and and other Mayan female artists, please visit:

UpComing Event- Healing Your Inner Maiden Workshop

Assistance to move trailer needed ASAP in Skipwith, Virginia


I just got a call in New York from my brother, Daniel, at Katwood in Virginia. Their trailerhome MUST BE MOVED WITHIN 24 HOURS. The REAL owner of the property on which it (temporarily) sits – the DAD – told him it has to go. Dan put the trailer hitch on his truck, but has no skill in operating such a load, especially with ONE EYE. Also, he is terrified to move the trailer onto his land as he still has no electricity and no water.

Additionally, he is hesitant to attend tomorrow’s eye appointment because he has no clean clothes, and has not had a decent shower since the fire. Well, I blew. I cried. I begged. I demanded… and finally, I do believe he will make the appointment… but I need some REAL HELP here. He called our friend Greg, but Greg said he had no truck available. Anyone? Someone? I NEED SUGGESTIONS/ASSISTANCE PLEASE.

By my understanding, it is a 28-foot Mallard, and I cannot find my photo of the outside.  Here is a pic on the inside.

I am going to work, so please e-mail me at tjc@the-christie-family.com

inside trailer

May Katwood Bloom Again

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Since the fire…


Sister Beth Feagan spoke with our brother Daniel of Katwood for a while today – April 15, 2015 – and he and Sue are lonely.  I asked for permission to copy/paste her post here, and it was granted.  The photos included are also her work, and I am planning on purchasing some prints, so as to make a donation to the Katwood Rebuilding efforts.


Daniel hasn’t had the energy to go to town and use the wi-fi at the library, so the only way they’re in touch with folks is when they call or send mail. So she asked Daniel if it’s okay to post their phone number and address and he said sure. Here you go:

Daniel Fleischmann & Sue Carroll
phone: 434-233-7716
address: 7758 Trottinridge Road, Skipwith, VA 23968

They welcome all calls, letters, cards, cash, gifts, anything to let them know people love them and haven’t forgotten them. We started compiling a wish list of things they would love to have, and we will add to the list as conversations continue. Here is the list as it stands:

–cloaks (a good wool cloak is so nice and they miss theirs)
–Minnetonka boot moccasins size 12 (front-laced-hard-sole)
–rain gauge
–wood working tools
–paint brushes
–pens & pencils
–deer antlers
–hand held dremel tool

It might be good if we comment on the Katwood Rebuild FB Group (ask to be added, please) –


to let each other know when someone sends them something from their wish list, so they don’t get three sets of boots for example. The main thing is to keep sending them tangible signs of our love and commitment to help them.

Oh yes — I bet Daniel would love some books in large print. He was “squinting at” a book when Beth called today (he’s blind in one eye now) and he told me he misses being able to read with ease. I am going to look into those large magnifying-page thingies!

May Katwood rise and bloom again!

Top New York Court Backs the Maetreum

The Maetreum IS entitled to their property tax exemption, the state’s highest court has ruled in a unanimous decision.




Congratulations, my dear Friends.  May this Thanksgiving holiday be truly one of THANKS and RELIEF.  We hope to attend your Orphans’ Thanksgiving.  {{HUGS}}

Compelled to share… about the author and her book – “The Weight of Lies,” © 2013 Courtenay Trinder

Link to her interview:
“. . . I walked right into that gun. I climbed into his lap and said, “Make it a clean shot.” I called his bluff. He was a coward, and a bully, and I knew it. If he pulled the trigger I didn’t care. I just wanted to know he’d be covered in my blood and brains. I wasn’t afraid anymore. . . “

“. . . I have been reborn. As they held my son up for me, he opened his eyes and they crackled with electric blue fire. Drunk on the pain of birth, I looked up at him, and he seemed ten feet tall, enormous, a deity. Then this cr
eature, who had been yanked from my body with forceps, let out a gasp, a cry of bewilderment. In that instant, we were the only two people in the world. All questions, with no answers. I was transformed: I became the Mother. I left Eve behind, and chose Mary.. . . “

Excerpt from The Weight of Lies, © 2013 Courtenay Trinder
“I do not concede that my people’s war is lost, until I stop fighting. I have found myself in chains, but I will never be a slave.”

Courtenay Trinder completed her B.A. in Art History and Curatorship in 1994. Since then, she has worked as a phone psychic, a dog walker, an art teacher for pre-schoolers, and at the Canberra Theatre. The Weight of Lies, her first novel, took twenty years to finish, and is available here. She lives with her whippet Tinker, a Rabbit that looks like Hitler, and a beautiful little boy who has taught her everything she knows about love.

Inspired by the Mikvah

Although the Mikvah is from Jewish heritage/religion/culture and I am not Jewish, I do so love what it means/stands for and the reasoning behind it.  I feel myself inspired by this, and called to create a similar ritual for all of us ladies who are Wiccan/Pagan, in order to help us from becoming complacent in our day-to-day lives.  It may even find a place within the Red Tent!

May I have your thoughts?

Please watch the video, created by Jew in the City!  It is informative and beautiful.


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