Bridge of Sighs by Jan Malique #writephoto

My contribution to Sue's photo prompt this week sees the return of an old, em, youngish old friend Little Troll. Like many trolls he lives under a bridge in a tardis like home but that’s where the similarity ends. He’s not a typical example of his kind, what troll has refined tastes in food, literature…Read more Bridge of Sighs by Jan Malique #writephoto

Eyes of the Beholder – The Writer’s Quote Challenge

  Bernadette's writing challenge this week involved numerous attempts at finding the right quote. I finally settled upon something from St-Exupéry's book "The Little Prince." There was no mysterious impulse that guided me to the book. Or was there? I happened upon a quote about the beauty of the desert and wells from the same tome…Read more Eyes of the Beholder – The Writer’s Quote Challenge

The Magician

The Magician appears as if from thin air to answer a question still unvoiced. I came across the post this morning and had to share it, it needed mulling over.

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The Magician, from The Wisdom Seeker's Tarot, by David Fontana The Magician, from The Wisdom Seeker’s Tarot, by David Fontana

Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Magician, from The Wisdom Seeker’s Tarot, by David Fontana

The Magician: “The Magician challenges us not to be deceived by the transient, material world. He shows us that life is a magical act, and our mind the magician. He is a showman, a mysterious stranger who captivates the crowd by sleight of hand, as well as by real magic, reminding us that the mind can be deceived by delusions of spiritual grandeur masquerading as the real thing.

On The Magician’s magical, floating table is an array of objects symbolizing the mental clutter that prevents us from self exploration. However, his magic wand, pointing both “above and below” – the occult expression of the unity of Heaven and Earth – hints that he can make the objects vanish. The Magician’s number is one, the symbol of…

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The Rose of Yesterday. A Short History of the Rose of Omar Khayyam

A gem of an article if you are a lover of Omar Khayyam and roses.

Omar Khayyam Rubaiyat

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The latest issue (no 7) of Indiran, the newsletter of the Ancient India and Iran Trust in Cambridge, contains an article by the Trust’s administrator Dr Anna Collar entitled The Rose of Yesterday.  A Short History of the Rose of Omar Khayyam.  In the article, she outlines the links between the Persian poet/astronomer and one or more roses and the way the story of their association has developed and been embellished over the years.  A rose with the name Omar Khayyam is now sold in the UK by Peter Beales Roses, and an example of this, given by Bill Martin and Sandra Mason, has been planted in the Trust’s garden to commemorate the Rubaiyat and FitzGerald anniversaries of 2009. 

To read the full article see http://indiairantrust.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/downsized-indiran.pdf .  Don’t be put off by the download time.  This is a big file but the contents of the newsletter are well worth looking…

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Interracialism: A Debt To The Loving Family

Honest and stirring post. A must read.

It's Not Easy to Have Faith

mildred-loving-2-800With bigotry seemingly on the rise, in general, as of late, I have noticed an increase in the amount of stares and disapproving head shakes (interpreted as disgust) my family is once again privileged to endure in public spaces.  The southern part of the U.S. has always been my home, and I remember a time (not that long ago, I might add) when things were socially horrible here for my family.  There were even times when I felt that I was in danger in the face of extreme anger.  I honestly cannot count the times that I have been mistreated in public over my choice of a marital partner and/or the race of my children.

Over time, however, my family appears to have gained some ground, so to speak, within our community.  I actually think many people here have gotten used to us, and because we don’t fit the stereotypical…

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Reminisces: Favourite Scooby-Doo Monsters and Villains

This post came about due to a morning’s clear out of a storage box containing old comics and diaries. It felt rather strange looking over the past but they were good memories. Shall we shall these artifacts are my equivalent of Proust’s madeleines.  There are regular repeats of children's cartoons on television and I thought…Read more Reminisces: Favourite Scooby-Doo Monsters and Villains

Ignis – Flame#writephoto

Sue’s writing challenge this week gave me a good kick up the bottom, in the nicest sense I have to say! The creative fires needed stoking, they craved an injection of oxygen. My enthusiasm for writing had been waning for a while, it happens now and again and nothing to worry about. As for the…Read more Ignis – Flame#writephoto

Horus

Rather appropriate a symbol for this period. This is the second archetype that’s appeared at the right time for me. Jung called it synchronicity.

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Horus, from the Keepers Of The Light Oracle Card deck, by Kyle Gray, Artwork by Lily Moses Horus, from the Keepers Of The Light Oracle Card deck, by Kyle Gray, Artwork by Lily Moses

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Horus, from the Keepers Of The Light Oracle Card deck, by Kyle Gray, Artwork by Lily Moses

Horus: “Cosmic Gateway”

“Your thoughts are magnetic and powerful. Miraculous changes are occurring.”

About Horus: “Horus is the Egyptian eagle headed god and son/twin flame of the goddess Isis. He is known for his foresight, psychic awareness and ability to travel between the worlds. He can help us move into the cosmos with our mind, meditations and prayers so that we can harness the natural magic that surrounds us. He was known for ritual magic in the past, and now he helps to create pockets of energy in the world where we can access light, wisdom and insight. If you are seeing the symbol of an eye appearing around you, know that…

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Book Review: The Original Road Kill Cook Book by B R “Buck” Peterson

For the adventurous gourmet out there may I recommend this gem of a book, which has remained hidden in the culinary forest for many a year. I discovered it in a small bookshop whilst holidaying in Canada many years ago. It's well known amongst those with a discerning palate it deserves to see the light…Read more Book Review: The Original Road Kill Cook Book by B R “Buck” Peterson

Fairy tales: Faces Glimpsed in the Forest

Many of us have grown up with the older versions of fairy tales, visceral stories that were handed down from generation to generation. I certainly recall the earlier folk tales, devouring each tale with zeal, especially those of the Brothers Grimm. The Brothers collected and revised an enormous number of oral and written narratives covering…Read more Fairy tales: Faces Glimpsed in the Forest