Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Salute to all the Charlies

pen and sword 2The recent horrible events in France highlight how fear of free thought can drive some to violence.  We have 
been fortunate in these United States to have the First Amendment on the books protecting the right to free speech.  Granted, writers have had to take to the courts from time to time to preserve that right, redefine it to meet a modern world, but it still shines its light across America and the world. 
This is not the case in other parts of the world.  The Guardian article reads, “Nine hundred writers around the world were harassed, imprisoned, murdered or “disappeared” last year, according to PEN International…(1)  For a list of Freedom of Speech by Country see the Wikipedia link below. (2)
I believe that fear leads to violence. (3)  Writers often raise what are to some, uncomfortable questions, uncomfortable truths, provoking the uncomfortable truth that a closely held belief is laughable to some, untrue to others.  The unstable and insecure cannot take the hit to their esteem, so they lash out often violently. 
I’ve always believe that old saw, “the pen is mightier than the sword”.  It does not mean there won’t be casualties, but I have to believe that writers the world over will pick up their pens on a daily basis and continue the volley of words, even when faced with guns.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Do You Make Resolutions or Intentions?

Although I celebrate New Year’s Eve and toast the New Year, I actually begin my celebration on IMG_7284Solstice – Darkest Night.  
That’s when I light candles in each room and on my small altar.  It is also when I choose my One Word – that one word that will inform my intentions for the year.  My 2015 One Word is: TransForm. Below is my mini poster for fridge, desk and wallet
one word TransForm 1Solstice is also when I consider and pen my intentions (not resolutions) for the lengthening of days that lead to Spring and earth’s rebirth.  I’m not going to begin them all on day one, but slowing work my way month by month through the 25 items on my 2015 Intention’s ToDo List.
  1. I intend to stock my Etsy Store this year.  So when an artist friend in Sacramento challenged me to join in the 30 paintings in 30 days January Challenge,  I’ll finally stock my Etsy on-line store this year.
  2. I intend to stick to my morning pages (read Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way). I’ve been diligently doing since Solstice. 
  3. I intend to keep up my Blog more consistently than I have this past year.  With this post being my first of 2015, I plan on posting at least 2 if not 3 days a week.

More to come – Happy 2015 y’all.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Leftover Makeover

The leftover cornbread dressing from Christmas dinner got even soggier sitting in the fridge since Thursday night. So, I gave it a makeover.  

The dressing was a tad under spiced for my taste, so more sage, poultry seasoning, cracked black pepper, and salt. 

Next I diced up 1/2 onion, small stalk of celery, 1/2 green bell pepper, 
 then i stirred in  1/2 C of leftover shredded yellow squash casserole, 6 leftover braised asparagus chopped into small pieces and mixed it all lightly with a fork. 

I put the makeover into a hot oiled cast iron pan then into the oven at 360. After 30 min I dotted the top with butter and continued baking checking at 15 min then 10 and so on till bubbly and browned on top and around the edges.  Yum taste and slightly scorched tongue. 

Once it's cooled, I'll freeze half and reheat half for dinner tonight w/a piece chicken as I didn't get any leftover turkey. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Do You Re-Read Favorite Books

I'm currently re-reading Women Who
Run With the Wolves.  Checked it out of the library today for a bit of light reading (just call me Hermione). 

I've always had a fascination  for Faeirytales. They  teach us,  if we pay attention, about life.

Author, Jungian analyst, storyteller, and true  cantadore, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, explores the female psyche in this book.

I believe that all the characters are aspects of ourselves. We are all of them: the miller's daughter, the miller, the king, the faithful servant, the baby, and Rumpelstiltskin.  

And too, we are the straw and the gold.