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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Big Yellow Taxi

A passenger in a taxi leaned over to ask the driver a question and tapped him on the shoulder.

The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb, and stopped just inches from a large plate glass window.

For a few moments everything was silent in the cab. Then the still shaking driver said, "I'm sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me."

The frightened passenger apologized to the driver and said he didn't realize a mere tap on the shoulder could frighten him so much.

The driver replied, "No, no, I'm sorry, it's all my fault. Today is my first day driving a cab..... for the last 25 years I've been driving a hearse."

A Saskatchewan Taste Treat!

We grow 'em BIG here in Saskabush!

Chocolate Covered Grasshoppers

Ingredients:
baker's chocolate
candied crickets

Directions:
Melt baker's chocolate in double boiler.
Fill molds halfway with chocolate, add grasshoppers, fill rest of the way.

A tasty surprise in every one!

A Poem

g-force Merry go round
I remember the bologna of my childhood,
And the bread that we cut with a knife,
When the children helped with the housework,
And the men went to work not the wife.
The cheese never needed a fridge,
And the bread was so crusty and hot,
The children were seldom unhappy
And the wife was content with her lot.
I remember the milk from the bottle,
With the yummy cream on the top,
Our dinner came hot from the oven,
And not from a freezer; or shop.
The kids were a lot more contented,
They didn't need money for kicks,
Just a game with their friends in the road,
And sometimes the Saturday flicks.
I remember the shop on the corner,
Where cookies for pennies were sold
Do you think I'm a bit too nostalgic?
Or is it....I'm just getting old?
Bathing was done in a wash tub,
With plenty of rich foamy suds
But the ironing seemed never ending
As Mama pressed everyone's 'duds'.
I remember the slap on my backside,
And the taste of soap if I swore
Anorexia and diets weren't heard of
And we hadn't much choice what we wore.
Do you think that bruised our ego?
Or our initiative was destroyed?
We ate what was put on the table
And I think life was better enjoyed.

Author, Unknown

If you can remember those days...
continue to enjoy your retirement.

Power Animals by Trent Deerhorn

Hedgehog

hedgehog
"Great Mother". When in balance, people with Hedgehog energy are the embodiment of the manifestation of provident prudence, careful caretaking and cautious conservation. They have auspicious foresight. They prefer a constructive civilization over one that has destructive tendencies, so can become disillusioned when they see the destruction that occurs around them. This sometimes leads them into a "hunker down in the bunker" kind of personality; one who becomes afraid of the intents that others hold and the agendas that they see before them. Yet they can also rise up with the "Masculine Fire" and become the Hero in the face of Evil. They will, at times, be on a moral crusade and often see themselves as the guardian of all whom they see as pure, including not just people around them but also projects and things that they areworking on manifesting. Their intent in taking on a cause is usually to elevate humanity, indeed all of Creation, to a higher level of inspiration.

On the shadow side of things they can harbor a deep distrust of the Universe, but this is usually as a result of being raised in a non-nurturing environment. They can also be mischievous and destructive in their relationships and work environments if they have a family background that has fostered a psychology of a criminal mind.

Reflections from the Shaman's Hut by Trent Deerhorn

When Lightning Strikes

There is a saying that has been passed down through the ages amongst Pagan folk that goes like this:

When the lightning bursts forth from the earth and shoots to the sky you will have been witness to the divine dance of the Goddess and the God. And when you look into the heavens and see the Sun and the Moon, you will be reminded that they watch over you always.

I have always found the "watch over you" part particularly comforting. I have on many occasions felt the presence of that Higher Intelligence...whatever one chooses to call it. I know that it is there, but my awareness of it is not limited to any particular religion or faith or philosophy. It is simply a "knowing" that I am a part, as are we all, of something much bigger in Universal Consciousness than ourselves. That consciousness, for me, weaves its way throughout all time, space and dimension. We access it in our meditations, in our dreams, during the performance of menial tasks such as washing dishes, and when we eat or make love. It is all a part of the Divine Dance of the Universe.

I remember at the end of a workshop that I was co-presenting a number of years ago, back when I lived on an acreage, the group spent an entire day in darkness. Then at the end of the day we went out into the pasture, close to dusk, and simply watched nature around us. Seeing things in a much different way was certainly the task and was certainly accomplished. Everything had an aura that was quite visible to most participants. Then,
without warning, lightning burst forth from the earth about 3 or 4 kilometers away. The lightning was blue. Then it did it again about an equal distance from us but on the other side of us...and this time it was pink. Something in me was whispering..."Hey...this is familiar somehow...did I dream it? Did I feel it coming in a vision at some point? How is such a rare event so familiar?" It took me until the next morning to remember the saying. And then it occurred to me that the two colors perhaps represented the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine! How thrilling! I emailed the participants and the co-presenter this information just for their consideration....not that I felt in any way that they had to accept this or that they had to believe what I believed. They all found it to be quite interesting. The experience had been quite powerful for everyone.

It got me thinking about how we incorporate fear into faith. Rarely have I found any faith that I have studied (former religious studies student here) to have anything that equates to a comforting deity. Yes, they can create things. Yes they can have power. But they
lightning
also have rage beyond belief and this makes people afraid of them. I don't personally believe in any religious deity per se, especially raging asshole deities. I personally think that these deities were created by humans. Those "in charge" were likely sitting around trying to figure out how to get some crowd control in their caves when suddenly someone came up with an angry God idea that would keep people in check. And so it began. Fear gets threaded through Faith....a faith that otherwise would perhaps have been guilt and shame free.

Imagine a world where guilt and shame were not ingrained into the psyches of small children! Wow! The wonderful things that could then be! But there is, nonetheless, fear. We have come to think in a fear-base in day to day reality. Nowadays we fear a terrorist attack. Before that it was Communism, and before that it was Paganism, and before that it was that new kid on the block they called Christianity. That fear has led humans to hate and to attack without adequate knowledge of what it is they fear.

We fear the strike of lightning. Yet was anyone in the group afraid as we watched the lightning burst forth from the earth? No. We were amazed. And it didn't harm us at all. I think that we need to approach all new experiences with an open mind and a certain level of amazement. That way we can actually experience what is before us instead of being dragged, kicking and screaming, into whatever it is we have made up in our minds to fear. If we can manage to go boldly into the world, into the universe, and leave our fears behind (while at the same time locking our doors, of course) then imagine how differently our experiences of life could be! We just might find ourselves highly entertained instead of cowering and shaking in our shoes.

I hope that everyone who reads this will find a way to approach life with excitement and awe so that the kaleidoscope of possibilities have an opportunity to actually present themselves before they get shut out by the fear that has been taught. It is okay to allow yourself to lay down old and out-moded teachings and simply embrace new experiences. Had this not been a basic ability that all humans possess, then we would never have been able to survive the Ice Age.

Many Warm Blessings!

Trent Deerhorn
About Trent Deerhorn: Imagine sitting around a sacred circle of stones, deeply connected with nature and the universe, allowing yourself to access your personal insights and answers. Imagine being able to access your intuitive, intrinsic connection with all. Imagine being able to heal on a deep soul level. Imagine what it would be like to no longer be a victim or even a survivor of your past traumas, but instead be a thriver, full of health and vitality, able to flow with life and truly be in the present moment, free of personal and mental clutter. This is what Trent Deerhorn helps people do every day.

Trent Deerhorn descends from a line of mystics and healers and has worked in the field of Shamanism for over 20 years. He has received training throughout his life from many shamanic practitioners and offers services throughout Western Canada and long distance work worldwide. He is a writer and trainer and leads workshops on numerous shamanic principles and techniques including Spirit Animals, the Medicine Wheel and Shamanic Journeying. He is a storyteller, public speaker, songwriter, visionary artist, ceremonial leader and dreamwalker.

Trent is currently working in Saskatoon in a beautiful setting that provides the perfect environment for completing universal life work including drumming circles, ceremonies and work with the medicine wheel.

Visit Deerhorn Shamanic Services

Fast Fact....

Railway ties

Did you know that there are about 1950 ties and 7798 spikes (on average) per kilometer. It is approx 7250 KM from coast to coast. So... 14,137,500 ties and 56,535,500 spikes!

Brain Teasers


Try them first, then if you give up... Click on the picture of the brain:

Number 1:

Can You Solve It?

10, 4, 3, 11, 15...

What number is next?

a) 14
b) 1
c) 17
d) 12

Number 2:

Can You Solve It?

AALLLOUGNINCEACELSSSEANRYTELNETCTEERS

If you cross out all unnecessary letters in the above string of letters, a logical sentence will remain. Can you read what it says?

Number 3:

Can You Solve It?

Imagine you are in a sinking rowboat surrounded by great white sharks. How would you survive?



Click on the brain for the answers

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Confused Philosopher


Should crematoriums give discounts for burn victims?

If a mute kid swears does his mother wash his hands with soap?

An whose cruel idea was it to put an "S" in the word "Lisp"?

If a man stands in the middle of the forest speaking and there is no woman around to hear him... is he still wrong?

If someone with multiple personalities threatens suicide... is it considered a hostage situation?

Is there another word for synonym?

Isn't it scary that doctors call what they do "practice"?

Where do forest rangers go to get away from it all?

What should you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?

If a parsley farmer is sued do they garnish his wages?

Would a wingless fly be called a walk?

Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they worried someone will steal the toilet?

There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy on the streets?

Why is "abbreviation" such a long word?

If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?

Will the information superhighway have any rest stops?

Whatever happened to preparations A through G?

What hair color do they put on the drivers licenses of bald men?

If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?

Who coined the phrase: 'To coin a phrase'?

How come only fat people drink diet cola?

If books get dog-ears, do dogs get book-ears?

If love isn't a game, why are there so many players?

If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?

Why are there D batteries, C batteries, AAA batteries, AA batteries, but no B or single A batteries?

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and a stitch in time saves nine, would surgery cost less if only healthy organs were removed?

Why do kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

A point to ponder...
The Lord's prayer is 66 words. The Gettysburg Address is 286 words. There are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence but the government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words.

Lying Is Like Drunk Driving

by JOSEPHSON INSTITUTE, in COMMENTARIES, THE NATURE OF CHARACTER
Reckless Driver
Sometimes lying makes our lives easier. If you want the day off, just call in sick. If your boss asks if you’ve finished a report, say you left it at home. And if an irate customer calls, just make up a good cover story. Technically these are lies, but since no one’s hurt, what’s the big deal?

We tell ourselves they’re harmless, but are they really? Telling lies is like drunk driving. If we’re lucky, we won’t get caught and no one will get hurt. Still, drunk driving is wrong because it’s irresponsible to recklessly endanger human life. Most lies are wrong because they recklessly endanger human relationships. What’s more, lies are habit-forming. The more lies we tell, the easier it becomes, so we tell more lies.

Self-serving lies that help us get out of a jam or look better are like land mines. They may lie dormant, but sooner or later some will explode, damaging both our credibility and reputation. The ethical duty to be worthy of trust does not bend to our needs, convenience, or desire to avoid unpleasant consequences. Besides being dishonest, lying is disrespectful because it deprives the victim of true information needed to make sensible decisions.

Lies damage personal and business relationships because they generate suspicion and distrust. Once lied to, most people think, “What else will he lie to me about?” This is not a healthy basis for any relationship.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

from Ello!

Think about it...
Amatista 2015

Amatista
2015

The Wizard of Ahhhs - Todrick Hall

This 13-Year-Old Boy Built His Own Tiny House and Only Spent $1,500

Luke Thill made the unimaginable possible by building his own tiny house
by Asher Weber, DirectExpose.com

Owning a home, much less building your own home, can be a daunting and expensive decision for anyone. People usually plan and save for years before going on such a complicated venture. Well, that is certainly not the case for one amazing and gifted 13-year-old! Luke Thill made the unimaginable possible by building his own tiny house, completely by himself. What were you building when you were 13 years old? Read on to find how just how this talented young craftsman built his tiny home, why, and what his next project is going to be. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed!

Click here to read this interesting story. Lots of pics!

Gotta get me some of this...

Fuck Off Spray

Friday, May 18, 2018

From The Emerald City

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Poppets

Poppet magic is one of the finest and most practical uses of sympathetic magic. It's been around for thousands of years, and is still used by practitioners today for healing, protection, prosperity, and other needs. Learn about poppet history, and how to make your own - and if you don't have traditional supplies on hand, no worries. There are plenty of options out there if you can do a little creative and crafty thinking!

Here are the ones used by Cinosam (That's my Wiccan name!)

I use Guatemalan Worry Dolls (from Ten Thousand Villages), small in size, and I use multiple colours of thread for whatever my intent is.
Could be binding spells or good luck spells. Intent IS EVERYTHING!.

Originally, according to Guatemalan legend, worry dolls have the ability to remove worries from sleeping children. Children tell one worry to each doll when they go to bed at night and place the dolls under their pillow. In the morning the dolls have taken their worries away.

Each doll is about 3/4 inch high and suits perfectly for me. I always do a purification ceremony on the new ones so that my intent isn't lost or mixed with other energies. (I use sandalwood incense for this). I write a rhyme or something else, depending on what I intend to do. Then I will chant my writ and at the same time wrap the thread around the poppet. eg) "I bind once [name] from doing harm to themselves or others. I bind twice [name] from doing harm to themselves or others. I bind thrice [name] from doing harm to themselves or others.. etc. Usually (and this is best, I put the doll is a small cloth bag and give it to the person I was dong the binding for. I think its stronger that way, but if not possible, I place them in a special box on my altar.

Here is the meaning of colours used. Note: you can have some variance, but like I say, the poppets are small so thread is cheap and abundant - available in many colours

Here is a quick reference guide to the meaning of several colors . . .

Red - Stimulates, warms, cheers. Excitement, passion, vigour, strength.

Pink - Love, beauty, kindness. Friendship, caring, acceptance, self-love.

Orange - Warms, invigorates. Stimulates emotions and courage. Flamboyance, enthusiasm, vibrant.

Yellow - Stimulates nervous system and intellect. Joy, optimism, cheer, creativity.

Green - Steadying, quieting, harmonizing. Stability, vitality, prosperity, generosity.

Blue - Love, devotion, harmony. Tranquility, sincerity, patience.

Indigo - Wisdom, self-mastery, insight, spirituality.

Purple - Cools the nerves. Self-esteem, spirituality, transformation, nobility, enlightenment.

Grey - Neutral, conservative, balanced. Security, modesty, dignity.

Brown - Grounding, orderly, conventional, homey. Comfort, stability, material life.

Black - Dramatic, committed, serious. Mysterious, containing potentials, restful or fearful.

White - Cooling, restful. Purity, divinity, simplicity.

I like weird people...

I like weird people...

The Cat in the Hat - On Aging...

The Cat in the Hat - On Aging...

So You Think Homosexuality Is Sinful?

So You Think Homosexuality Is Sinful?

Is Your Child Being Lured Into Witchcraft?

Is Your Child Being Lured Into Witchcraft?

Read top to bottom -- then bottom to top

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Bathtub Test


It doesn't hurt to take a hard look at yourself from time to time, and this should help get you started.

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized. "Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub." "Oh, I understand," said the visitor.

"A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."

Do you think he's right?







"No." said the Director, "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"

DID YOU PASS, OR DO YOU WANT THE BED NEXT TO MINE?

You KNOW you're having a bad day when...

You KNOW you're having a bad day when...

Through a Child's Eyes

Japan's "OCEANDOME"

Here's another nice piece of engineering and construction.

This time the locale is JAPAN. Here's the exterior shot of the building. Note the surrounding area . . mountains, sea shore, golf course, residential area.


What do you think is inside this building?

It's an "O C E A N D O M E"


Imagine a beach where the sky is always blue, it's never too hot or cold, the water isn't filled with salt and pollution, and the surf is always perfect - welcome to Ocean Dome, the world's only indoor beach.


Ocean Dome has its own flame-spitting volcano, crushed white marble "sand", and it also boasts the world's largest retractable roof, providing a permanently blue sky. Temperature, wind and humidity are closely controlled to provide an ultra-safe "sea-side" experience. Every hour, the volcano erupts and the hi-tech wave machines start up, starting a few minutes of sanitized surfing. Entrance cost is US $50 per person, which seems especially expensive given that there is a free, natural beach only 300 meters away.


The roof is retractable . . so the SURF'S UP . rain or shine!


When the roof is closed, you still get blue sky and puffy white clouds.