I am dedicating this blog to my best friend and soul sister, Mia Lon Fantozz. She passed away from cancer in 2000, however she is still with me in spirit and heart. I want to share some poetry that she wrote and was printed in The National Library of Poetry and won the Editor's choice award for outstanding achievement in poetry in 1997.
THE TRUE LIGHT
They said to their teacher, tell us about light. Help us to see it in everything. He pointed to the sky above and said. The sun is the main light from where all things come. With the sun there is day, warmth and energy. For all living things to grow easily. For the light in the night there's the moon in the sky. Clocking our daily paths to our Ascension, immortal time. For extra elegant brilliance, he added the stars. Along with the planets from Pluto and Mars. If this was not enough, He promised us hope in the rainbow above. And wrapped this all up by calling it the Universe of Love. He turned his head, looked to the ground and smiled. At all the radiance in the nature growing for miles. His eyes beheld the love of the animals, the color of flowers. The flowing of the rivers, this land which is ours. All of this is beauty of various lights to behold. But, the true light is within ourselves: It's called the soul.
If you are like me, I have some silly or strange little questions or thoughts that will run through my mind from time to time.Most of them we don't give them much notice and just let them float on by. Maybe some of them are more on a serious side and you might just want to share them.I decided it might be fun to start writing them down. Making an ongoing segment adding to the list, and for my readers to send me their funny or strange little thoughts, and maybe add them to our list. So, keep checking in for more update!!
1. If men only use only one side of their brains, then why do they rule the world?
2. Do bugs know that they freak most of us out? Do they get a kick out of us scramming, recoiling, and chasing them with little hope of catching them?
3. Why does out local and state government push so hard to pass a law that we can get a ticket for not wearing a seat belt and they won't give a ticket to the jerk that will not us a turn signal before they cut you off? maybe if they worked harder to give out tickets to people who drive like they don't have a brain in there heads, and have little or now consideration for any one else, we wouldn't need a law to make us all wear seat belts.
4. Wouldn't you love to be a fly one the wall inside of DR. Phil's house to see what REALLY goes on in their marriage?
5. Don't you think that is is time that along with raising the consciousness about polluting our environment with toxins, we also need to understand how we pollute our world with our toxic thought of HATE, WAR, SELFISHNESS?
Gee, it has been almost 20 years sense I found a old Watkins cook book that someone had thrown out. I had never heard of Watkins so I decided to do some research on the Co. I discovered that my old cook book was really old. It was written not long after ovens had thermometers, as they were called back then. My old cook book has been through a house fire and moving across the United States more times than I can remember. It is in pretty bad shape, but I would never part with it.
But within it's wisdom, there is the most wonderful brownies I have ever made, and everyone loves them. So I decided to share this bit of craft, this old recipe shared by some women, most likely long gone from this world by now. May her talent live on as you share these with your family.
1/2 cup melted butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon baking powder 7 Tablespoons of Cocoa 1 cup of Walnuts 1 teaspoon of vanilla pinch of salt
Beat eggs, add butter and slowly add sugar. Sift flour then measure and add. Add vanilla and then add cocoa, stirring in a little at a time. Add your walnuts. Grease pan and lightly flower. Bake in an moderate oven ( 350 ) for 30 minutes. NOTE; I find that they need a little more time to bake. More like 40 minutes. Enjoy!
I am a survivor of several abusive relationships. What I have learned is that danger signs or "red flags" can be and are often subtle and easily over looked. I decided to put together a list of red flags to help women detect a possible abusive man. I have tried to keep the list short. If you detect two or more of these personality traits, you MAY have a man with control issues and the potential for an abusive relationship.
But first I ask you to ask yourself what you would consider abuse? This is very important because you have to understand that a man does not have to strike you for him to be abusive. I know that over the years our awareness of this issue has come a long way, but I still hear women say," well he doesn't hit me".There are still women out there who need to change their definition of abuse. Men who always need to be in control are abusive,and it may never escalate to a physical abuse. however I believe the potential is always there. You have to understand that a person who has an abscission with controlling another is not mentally or emotionally healthy and you can not fix them!
This type of man is most often very, very, charming. He has the ability to hide his need for control early in the relationship. He does not want to loose what he hopes to possess.
1. Is he over the top, sickening nice to your family and friends? This is one of the most often missed and one of the most important signs. He is building his defense. So is later on you decide to confide in your friends they will find it hard to believe you. You may here them say something like,"he is always so very nice and respectful".
2. Is he jealous of the time you spend with your friends and family? Jealousy will ALWAYS = ANGER.
3. Does he call you two, three, or four times a day wondering what you are doing?
4. Does he call other women names? Such as calling them a "bitch", or put them down? If so, they will most often be strong women, in position of status or power. Women whom other women will admire for their success and strength. They may accuse them of being gay, or that they hate men, or use the term "ball buster".
5. Does he want to know where you all the time? Do you find yourself having to explain why you were late getting home from work?
6. If he gets mad is it always the fault of someone else? This is important because someone who has anger issues will most often never take responsibility for it. It is always the other persons fault because of something they have done or said.
7. Does he call you names? Does he imply that you are stupid?
8. What is his fathers feeling about women. If his father has anger issues toward women it is a good chance his son or son's will as well.
9. Does he seem to have a need to control the money? Does he want all the bills in his name alone?
10. Does he monitor your mail, your computer, your e mail, you phone calls?
When you enter into a relationship with a abusive man, over time your life becomes his. You will find that he has manipulated you life and money into his control. It is a slow process and a slow death. Your life and interest begin to fade. You will find your self always thinking about what will piss him off and how to avoid doing so. You wake up one day and realize that you have not friends, you have no other couples to do any thing with.
Many abusive men will want their wives to not work, but then be angry at you if there are money problems. He may discourage you from going back to school, trying to better yourself in any way. After all, a better education = more money = more freedom = more control over your own life. To a abusive and controlling man this is his biggest fear and threat.
What puts you in danger is control = resentment = anger = hate A person will always end up hating the person they are trying to control. How can you enjoy your life when you have another person that you have to watch and control all the time. You can't leave them alone for a min, they might do something you don't want them to do. YES IT IS INSANE!
My personal advice for all women:
Take the time to make a list of your life goals and the things you love to do.What part of your life really reflects who you are and are important to you. Make a list of things you love to do. Whats makes you happy> Keep this list where you can see it every day. If your relationship is whipping out your list, you have a problem and it is time to get out.
I have found myself dealing with a major duality for the past six months or so.
For many years now, I have been very aware and dismayed about the whiplash of mining for gems across the glob. We are raping our planet, killing others, all for those beautiful pieces of our mother earth. So there is my duality.
As a jewelry designer who loves, uses and buys gem stones, am I contributing to this insanity? As much as I hate to admit it I think the answer is yes. And thus how do I justify making and selling jewelry using natural gem stones? Is there really any way to justify this? Should I stop buying and selling gem stones and start making jewelry with glass beads? Now that this has been put in front of me to take a look at, it is now for me to come to terms with.
I can't help but wonder if this has crossed the minds of any other jewelry designers? And if so, how do they deal with it.
I personally do believe that this is a major choice point for me. I have no answers at this point in time but I know that I will have to come to a place where I can live with it or just not deal in the natural gems anymore.
If any other jewelry designers out there happen upon this post, I would love to read your thought and feeling on this matter.
Well it is a new year! I decided to start this year with trying to make a little more room in my very small studio. When we moved into our house my husband decided (all on his own) to give me the (very small) extra room for my office space. He took the big one! So after getting tired of not being able to move, I decided to get rid of some things, move others around, and add another four foot table to my space. Some of the artist on Etsy have shared pictures of their wonderful studios so I though I would share my picture of my little, (way to small) studio with you too!
I am a jewelry designer and I have a store on etsy.com. I have loved jewelry for as long as I can remember.
I am 53 years old and I live in Fl. with my husband, two cats, and one dog.
I am from a small town in Ohio and moved to Fl. 12 years ago.
Decication Ponderings-Food for Thought The best brownies ever The Indian Ten Comandments Red flags for spotting a abuser Living with a Jewelry makers duality My little work space A little about my Pluto Puppy
My Dog Pluto(lovingly known as Pluto Puppy)
I though I would make him famous!
If buying a jewelry set, what kind of set would you buy?
What do you buy most often?
When buying jewelry, what do you perfer to buy?
Opal Wire Wrapped Earrings
View these earrings at lightworks.etsy.com THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD