Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Reverse Discrimination - Whatever.

(A bit of a disclaimer here... when I use the term 'Christians' I absolutely do not mean to refer to ALL Christians. I do understand that the few who are opposing change are merely the most right winged and radical of the bunch. For the most part anyway.)

I am so absolutely over this whole 'Christians being discriminated against' is the  new norm bullshit that is running rampant through our country right now. I am tired of hearing about it. I am tired of reading about it. And I'm tired of trying to explain to others that equality for all is not a direct attack on Christians. IT IS NOT! And the fact that I have to explain that is just ludicrous.

First it was the whole marriage equality thing. I can understand how that could be hard to swallow. I mean, our country has done it a specific way for a very long time. But that doesn't mean it isn't subject to change. So maybe gay couples can't get married in a church... that I get. But they should still be able to legally get married through the government without treading upon your Christian values. If, as a Christian, you don't like or approve of a gay wedding... THEN JUST DON'T GO TO IT! How is another couples relationship and commitment to one another going to affect your personal marriage. It shouldn't. And if it does... well, you have your own set of issues to deal with there.

Then there was the whole gay NFL hopeful that should get drafted for the next season. May I just say, Kudos to this young man! I applaud him, because that was a very huge step that he didn't have to take. But he did. And we should all be proud of him. But oh no... now we actually have senators trying to draft bills making it illegal for an openly gay man to play in the league. Don't you have better things to do with your time? With our tax dollars even? 

And now you have Arizona's SB1062, that thankfully was vetoed this evening. Because, though the Christians don't want to see it this way... it was absolutely a 'license to discriminate' bill. And not just against the gay public, but the poor wording and utter vagueness of the bill would have allowed for nearly any sort of discrimination as long as it was against your 'sincerely held religious beliefs'. Please. Really? You're handing people a get out of jail free card when it comes to discrimination. (I particularly liked Anderson Cooper's interview with Arizona State Senator Al Melvin, where he questions other possible scenarios such as unwed mothers or divorced women.)  

And, since the lawsuit concerning the photographer and gay commitment ceremony is what spurred this whole bill to begin with... I will mention that it was against New Mexico state law to discriminate against anyone based on their sexual orientation. Hence the lawsuit. Hence why the photographer was held liable. It was discrimination... by legal standards, if not moral ones. 

What these people do not, or refuse to see is that they are on the wrong side of history here. This claim of religious liberty didn't work in 1968 against the racial integration, it didn't work in the 1980's as a reason to pay married women less than married men. It isn't going to work in the military any longer, its being fought against in women's healthcare and soon enough it isn't going to work in public domain either. I don't care what religion you are... you live in the country where all men are created equal, and therefore should be treated equally as well. I just don't see how that is so damned hard to understand. 

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Book of Shadows ReVamp

The 'Organic', Chronologically Ordered, Tired,
Former Book of Shadows
When I first started my book of shadows I had decided that I wanted it 'organic'. Meaning that I wanted everything in it to reflect the journey I was on. So I picked out this very beautiful journal that was blue leather and embossed with hibiscus flowers. I loved this book. And so I began to write in it. I added information on sabbats and esbats, pictures and recipes, correspondences and stories. Anything and everything I came across, incorporated and used went into this book. A lot of finger cramping hours of writing. And I was proud of it. Now... not so much.

Because I wanted an organic feel to the book, I didn't categorize anything. It just went in chronological order. And that was okay for awhile. Now I just infuriate myself because I can never find what I'm looking for when I'm looking for it. Instead, I get to sift through all this other stuff that I have absolutely no need for anymore. Stuff from my former coven and a family I shared experiences with (neither of which I'm still in contact with) and I find myself resenting this beautiful book I once aspired to make so great. 

This book was suppose to be beautiful. It was suppose to hold all my answers. It was going to help guide me through so much that it was going to be the most important item in my witchy cabinet. Now I just loathe it. 

When I first set out to create my book of shadows I though that having a three ring binder and dividers was too impersonal for my tastes. For doing the bills, organizing activities, keeping tax info together... sure those are great. But for something as unique and powerful as this book was going to be, it quite frankly wouldn't be good enough. So I opted for the bound leather journal. Now I've decided to start over. 

The New, More Organized, Less Infuriating
Book of Shadows
It isn't something I wanted to do. In fact, I swore to myself that I would never do it. But my circumstances have changed and I'm ready to make that leap. I'll keep the old one for reference, but I'm going to start transferring info over to the new one. Starting with the Full Moon Esbat coming up in a few days. I'm always up for a new project... problem is... I never seem to actually finish any of them. That will be the glory of this particular project... there isn't an end to it! 

So my dears... how have you put together your book of shadows? Have you gone the binder route? How did you organize it? Have any helpful hints or pointers? Or are you the bound journal type? What made you decide one way or the other? I'd love to hear what you have to say about your own book of shadows! 

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

From East to West

Image found HERE.
I feel like such a slacker. I mean really... three and a half months? Its been three and a half months since I have even attempted to write anything here. Not even a little something stuffed back in the drafts folder. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. That just isn't like me... In fact... I might be a bit shamed...
But honestly... I haven't had the time to breathe let alone write. I fear my brain is permanently fried. I know my body is certainly worn out. And the worst, or maybe the best, part about it? I don't see it letting up anytime soon. The only difference is that I intend to make time for my writing one way or another. 

So much has been going on lately... The biggest by far is our move. We picked up and moved from the east coast to damn near the west coast. From Florida to Nevada. We made the move by road, driving for five straight days. I think I may have permanent crick in my neck. The girls did well though, being cooped up in a little bitty car for such an extended period of time... me? Not so much. I was so ready to be done. But with five days, seven red bulls and one power steering pulley behind us... we're here. Or... at least the other half of my family is. 

See... me and the oldest are in LA again. Six weeks this time. I don't mind... I actually really like North Hollywood! The people I've met are wonderful and there is so much to see. But man... is it ever exhausting. Exhausting... but as it would happen, opens up a lot of idle time for me as well. Time in which I plan to write. And write. And write. Plus a few other projects too. 

So there's the update. Moved to Nevada. Back in LA. Shop is cruising along... we had 3 orders in 30 days! And I get some sort of free time to do the things I wish to do. Kinda. Maybe... ok a little bit!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Siren Song

What are doing here!! You should be over at Samhain's Sirens! Drooling over their yummy recipes, reading awesome blog posts and participating in amazing giveaways! (BTW -- that blog post day? Yup, that's mine! And guess what? So is that giveaway!) So get your tushes over there!



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Monday, October 14, 2013

Skulls, Sirens & Sedition

I, for the life of me, can not understand why more people aren't stark raving mad right now! I know I certainly am. But it seems that most are choosing to ignore the crisis our country is going through. And I can see the appeal, I really can. But now they're starting to mess with our rights, with how government runs and removing our voice from the system. They are taking our 'for, by and of the people' form of government and giving the reigns to one stubborn and childish man and his terrorist party. I'm not going to rant on and on about this though. I will insert a spiffy youtube video and let you make your own conclusions. And if you've come to the same conclusions that I have, be sure to write your representative, the attorney general, the white house and anyone else you can think of to let them know that this behavior from the House just won't stand and something must be done! 




But on to lighter, more fun items! We have hit high gear over at Kindred Kollections on Etsy! We've been putting together these really awesome tablet and e-reader cases that I'm so excited to get in the shop! Here's the latest: 

Pink Skully Tablet Case/Sleeve found HERE.
And have I mentioned Samhain's Sirens? I have? Well, I'm gonna again! I'm so in love with this project! They have so much great stuff and super giveaways! I've already won an e-book from Wendy Callahan titled 'The Gossamer Gate'  I'll let you know how it goes, but I'm already dug in if that tells you anything! And don't forget that the giveaway from Kindred Kollections will be on the 16th, as well as a post from yours truly!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Giveaways!

Oh my! Samhain's Sirens is just too much! They've got some really great giveaways today too! Some really neat Stitch Pieces, some beautiful cards from Saga's Cottage and e-books from Wendy Callahan up for grabs today! You really should go check them out! 

And just in case you might think that this will be a daily thing... well, it might. We'll have to see what else is coming up! But I promise to get some real writing out soon too. Its been crazy busy (you know, that excuse just never gets old!) but I'm missing my writing time and know that its over due! So soon... I promise! 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October is Finally Here!

The first day of Samhain's Sirens is up and it is fantastic! So much wonderfully great stuff! Its almost too much to take in.... Almost! I must tell you... I am in absolute LOVE with the Triquetra Book of Shadows from Lapulia Studio that is being given away! It is absolutely beautiful! But don't take my word for it! You should skip right on over and check it out for yourself! 



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