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The Week Ahead In Astrology

May 25, 2017 2 Comments

On the 26th, Love is Wise. It’s the answer for everything. Oh, and ignore the darkness, your fear of change, and the Powers-That-Be; just for today, they can’t touch you. And you’re welcome. (That’s my answer to you thanking me for not posting an MC Hammer video). Instead we’ve got Today’s word image:a Tarot card […]

via Your Week 26 May-1 June 2017 A Thousand Suns — Julie Demboski’s ASTROLOGY

Abandoned

May 25, 2017 2 Comments

This is inspired by Sue Vincent’s Thursday photo prompt

ruin

ruin

The building bitterly fell down around them in the end. They refused to move when the epidemic wiped out the neighbors and all the businesses. They decided to stay since they were the sole surviving members of the cult. The bishops foretold of a great sickness, and built shelters to hide from the inevitable.  The underground bunkers that had been designed to save the people from harm turned out to be the source of the deadly mold that infected their lungs and spread like wild fire.  After almost a year of suffering and loss the difficult decision was made to seal the enclosures with the infected population trapped inside.

Very few of the elders knew about the plan to bury those who were carrying the mold in order to save the few who remained healthy.  The stone house was the headquarters of the operation.  The six members of the board carried out their plan with precision and cold blooded planning.  While the people in the bunkers slept they set off canisters of poison gas and closed the entrances.  They were all killed as they dreamed.  Those in charge knew they had murdered their own believers in what they decided was self defense.  There was no excuse, and there would be no remorse from these reprobates. They only cared for their own survival at any cost.

Although they had years of food stored for the future of the community, when they opened the storehouse they found it swarming with all kinds of bugs.  The seeds had been devoured by the hungry insects who now jumped out and started to eat the rest of the humans.  They took refuge back in the stone house until the building itself heaved and crumbled to the ground. There was no earthquake or storm.  The stones of the walls and the clay tiles on the roof rebelled against giving shelter to these selfish plotting fools. In an act of revenge they crushed the elders as they slept. Nature had the last word.  Only a ruin stands now as a reminder of human greed and folly gone awry.

Please visit the photo prompt round up to read the entires from last week.  Read, write, comment, contribute!

#writephoto

#writephoto

Truth Conquers All

May 24, 2017

The trials and daily shockwaves of fresh tribulation
Rock the airwaves, fill the consciousness of the nation
With opinions of experts and way too much information
To process or to put in order our growing indignation
This is the wool that has been pulled over our eyes
Grown ever more perversely mendacious, spewing lies
In the face of true intelligence to slowly hypnotize
All those who settle for willful blindness and deceit

We eagerly await the moment of dishonesty’s defeat

 

Tea Tuesday, Black Passionfruit

May 23, 2017

black passionfruit sun tea

black passionfruit sun tea

Summer is hitting Arizona this week with temperatures over 100 every day. We need to seek shade and stay hydrated. There are many pleasant ways to accomplish these goals. The one advantage of the strong hot sun is our ability to brew a jar of sun tea in a relatively short time.  I brewed a gallon of this delightful passionfruit black Ceylon tea with natural fruit this morning in my back yard.  The fruit flavor is not overpowering like some flavored teas can be.  It is present more as an aftertaste that lingers on the taste buds.  The tea has a tropical style.  It is high in caffeine, so I ice it liberally in the glass to tone it down a bit.  I still get a mild buzz from a couple of glasses. Some black teas disagree with my digestive system, but this one goes down very well all day. It makes a perfect substitute for hot coffee in the morning on a hot day.

The taste is strong enough to pair with grilled foods or spicy dips and finger foods.  Since Tuesday is time for tacos in many places, a big pitcher of this iced tea pairs well with the food, and compliments family style or buffet meal service. At our house we go through about a gallon of tea every day between two people.  We guzzle it at home and Bob takes a big thermos with him to work.  I put the tea jar out in the sun every morning  unless it is pouring rain. The cost for a glass of this exquisite tea is about 10 cents.  The tea is easy to store and light to ship.  All we add is the water.  We like it much better than bottled drinks, and we must save a lot of money by brewing our own in the yard.

We enjoy switching the kind of tea we drink each day to keep things exciting.  I like shopping at Adagio because the variety is great, and expands all the time.  All the products are all of high quality and very good value.  I have a bigger collection of teas than most people ( maybe 30 bags on hand now), but it is one of our basic pleasures.  Tea is our thirst quenching flavor companion all year, but in the summer we consume more as the temperature rises.  I raise a glass of iced tea to you, gentle reader.  Cheers!

black passionfruit sun tea

black passionfruit sun tea

Frida And Diego At The Heard Museum

May 22, 2017 1 Comment

photo in exhibit

photo in exhibit

photo in exhibit

photo in exhibit

Frida and Leon Trotsky

Frida and Leon Trotsky

In Arizona Frida Kahlo is a giant cultural icon, representing the art and rebellious spirit of the Mexican people.  Her famous muralist husband, Diego Rivera, is less well known, or at least less of a modern figure here in the United States.  He was very famous before they met, and she became famous after her death.  They were highly influencial in the Mexican Revolution, Diego often painting large murals about the oppression of the masses.  Frida had an affair with Leon Trotsky, who was in Mexico City after the Russians exiled him.

The prestigious Heard Museum is now showing an exhibit of their work, some original photos, and a wardrobe designed to show the way Frida distinctively dressed herself in indigenous hand woven garments.  She changed classical art in Mexico by introducing the elements of folk art that she included in her clothing.  She honored the colors, symbols, and methods used by Native Mexican tribes to bring new life and meaning to her paintings.  Her political beliefs were expressed through her art.

This wonderful visiting exhibit is well worth the extra $7.  It will be on display through 20 August.  Prices go way down everything  in the summer in Phoenix.  The accommodations will be generously discounted when the heat rises. This makes it a perfect time for a bargain excision to the big city.

The permanent collection includes incredible Native American art.  The book store and cafes are lovely.  The gift shop is curated to offer the public super high quality work of Native artists.  To look closely at the entire collection takes a few hours and some concentration.  I am particularly fond of the kachina collection, full of detail and meaning.  I recommend this museum to anyone of any age.

her wardrobe

her wardrobe

exhibit at the Heard

exhibit at the Heard

#SelfCareSunday Efforts And Rewards

May 22, 2017 2 Comments

cactus

cactus

The essence of effective self care is self knowledge.  If you begin to understand yourself just as you are it becomes easier to please your senses and intellect. Your body craves healthy food and activity, and your mind thrives on stimulating conversation and reading.  Writing, art projects, and journaling lead one to discover inner talents and insights.  Clearing or updating personal space is an ongoing project that gives great satisfaction.  Creating excellent work and play environments in your own home make life much more pleasurable.

I like simple pleasures like beautiful plants and fresh foods.  Since I like to cook and find it therapeutic, I can always spend an afternoon in the kitchen having fun.  On Sundays I like to prepare food for the week.  Bob takes a meal from home to work with him most days, so I pack a few servings to get a head start on the week.  If I also take time to do some deep cleaning tasks on the weekend, my work during the week is lightened, and I enjoy the clean environment. I know cooking and cleaning might not sound like self care tasks to you, but in my mind they are basic. I don’t pay others to do these things for me, so making it an adventure in creative homemaking is my only good healthy option.  I feel accomplished and well cared for when I have some chores finished. I then relax completely.

I do not plan an entire day of effort without some direct rewards.  I often make sweets and desserts on the weekends, and clean my bathroom extra well.  I treat myself to some sweet concoction and take a lovely long soaking bath in my sparkling clean tub.  I use essential oils of lavender and grapefruit, and take a tall glass of iced tea to drink while I soak.  This is at least as good as being at a 5 star hotel for me, because I don’t have to travel back home…I am home!! I provide my own room service, slip into my own bed with fresh linens, and sleep soundly.

How do you make your weekends work to combine tasks that must be done with some relaxation and fun?  Everyone has a personal style, which is why  each person knows best how to be true to that style.

cactus

cactus

#WeekendCoffeeShare The Heat Is On

May 20, 2017 5 Comments

vintage cookbook and tickets

vintage cookbook and tickets

If we were having coffee in Tucson today I would invite you to take a dip in the pool because it will reach 100 degrees this afternoon. I am drinking coffee in the early morning as we prepare to spend the day in Phoenix. I know it sounds counter intuitive to go down to the valley of the sun when the heat is cranking up. Here is my logic. This weekend will be a slow one at the Heard Museum, where there is a special exhibit of the paintings of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The universities have graduated the student population, and the snow birds have gone back to the north woods, so this is SLOW season in all of Arizona. It will reach 100 for the next 5 days in a row, which will just be a warm up (pun intended). We get good deals on hotels and other things in the summer. Natives handle the heat by going inside to air conditioned comfort in the middle of the day. Our reservation for the Rivera/Kahlo show is at 1 pm, which gives us time to see the rest of the museum.  We have not been there for many years.  The permanent collection has some amazing Native American art, including Barry Goldwater’s kachina collection.  I am a real museum nut, and Bob does not mind spending lots of time checking out every detail of an exhibit.  After you finish your coffee you can ride along in the red Mustang for the trip if you like. It should be a fun day.  I plan to have crepes for brunch up in Tempe.

If we were having coffee today I would tell you a funny story about clearing clutter, about which I write frequently, and actually accomplish with less alacrity.  I managed to take a large box of books to the used book store last week.  Although they only purchased one book, I left the entire box for non profit organizations that pick them up there.  I felt proud because I even managed to ditch some of my beloved, and never used, cookbooks. Yesterday in a Facebook group of people who used to live in the boonies in petroleum camps in Eastern Venezuela folks started saying they would pay to have a certain cookbook copied.  I happen to have a copy, much used, and very special to me.  The pride in ditching the old books has been replaced by pride in keeping the right one, San Tome Gourmet.  San Tome was the name of our petroleum camp in Estate Anzoategui.  It does contain some killer recipes.  I have preserved history and culinary authenticity in my cookbook hoarding practice, so it is now very cool.

Tell me how your week and your writing has been.  I have skipped too many days posting here this week, but did manage a couple of poems.  Maybe next week I will be more productive and creative.  I am calling on my summer muse to show up and inspire.  She always shows up sooner or later…she is a little late.  I hope your muses are serving you well and keeping your creative juicers flowing.  Thanks for visiting this week.  For those of you who want to keep up with bloggers around the world each weekend, check Nerd In The Brain for party invitations.  Read, comment, or write your own digital beverage post.  All are welcome.

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#WritePhoto Haunted Quarters

May 18, 2017 4 Comments

 

weeping window

weeping window

 

The tower had been built in the time of the beheadings

Torture and murder were the order of the day

They wiped out knights and murdered the queens

Who did not please the monarch by giving him a male heir

Some of my ancestors lost their heads, fortunes, and means

As players in the center of the Tudor dynasty reign of terror

Some spent their last night in confinement writing poetry

To leave a written legacy to the future subjects of the crown

The sorrow and the suffering of every tortured soul is evident

The stones are carved with the names of the doomed who have past

While the window weeps tears of the ghosts who haunt the present

With their unresolved memories of cruel and heartless treatment

Looking from this point of view we can see the harm done by violence

#writephoto

#writephoto

 

This poem is in response to this week’s photo prompt from Sue Vincent’s Echo.  Join writers from around the globe each week to read, comment, or write your own story for #writephoto.

 

Newsflash Fever

May 15, 2017 5 Comments

thorny

thorny

What is the hurry to rush to judgement before the truth is known?
Where is the discernment needed to tell fact from fiction?
Confusion reigns while some are making a living making up news
And others are taking it all in from morning until night every day
Is there a limit to the shadow nonsense information we consume?
We need an intervention from a natural reality with perspective
These newsflashes and their associated contempt and contention
Are fast occurring, tiny openings into the dystopian future we create

#WeekendCoffeeShare Ignorance Crisis

May 14, 2017 3 Comments

the web woven

the web woven

sticky business

sticky business

If we were having coffee this weekend I would serve you a long tall glass of iced tea. I am enjoying dewy cherry, a strong fruit flavored herbal tea with long lasting flavor. It is refreshing and beats the hell out of artificial cherry anything.  I switch the flavor of tea daily so we never get tired of any one of them.  It is also the time of year when we start of consume a lot of fresh juice. I can offer you watermelon, cucumber, tomato, or a combo of any of these juices.  I went to the produce site yesterday where I pick up 60 pounds of produce for $10, and decided to score to boxes for $20.  We are once again loaded with honeydew, watermelon, tomatoes, and bell peppers.  I am cooking up a storm, and drying tomatoes for the future.  This non-profit does not operate in the summer, since most of the Mexican produce they bring is not crossing the border in the heat.  It makes a big difference to our budget when we have to go back to paying up at the grocery store for our fresh fruits and vegetables.

If we were visiting today I would tell you about the latest installment of the attempt to complete my non-fiction book.  I have written this book over the course of many years and published it here on this blog in real-time, as the story developed.  It could have been a short story about justice triumph and community policing.  Sadly it is a true story about how the local police department accidentally used their “neighborhood watch” program to promote felony crime (charity scamming by the HOA board using our corporate property, our corporate treasury and our corporate lawyer) in the hood.  It does sound like an incredible tale, and I wish it were not true.  I have published each part of the book and sent the evidence to the city of Tucson since 2013, but the criminal activity has gone on much longer than that.  Each time I reported the crimes I thought it would be the last time I would need to do it because I thought the city would want to stop supporting and promoting the most obvious crime in our neighborhood. Alas, the police do not understand that HOA fraud and charity scamming are against the law.  They encouraged the scam, and even promoting cramming the fire lane full of cars in order to run the 24 hour donation drop off for the scam.  They thought this was a community service.  They thought they were serving us by protecting and promoting felony crime (including postal fraud) in front of everyone here for almost a decade.  They thought that by setting up an illegal knock-off of the food bank in the fire lane of a residential condo village they would serve our community.  They never understood that their actions were very detrimental to safety, property value, quality of life, and certainly did a lot of damage to respect for law enforcement officials.  They flaunted obvious obstruction of justice for years and told us it was community service.  They might be that ignorant, but the people in this ‘hood are not.

The national political scene is all a-twitter about a constitutional crisis caused by all the latest developments.  There is nothing new happening.  With all due respect to anyone who thinks they can fix national politics, I believe the crisis is one of extreme national ignorance.  The governed have no idea how government is supposed to work, and neither do the folks who work for the government.  If anyone knew how the justice system was intended to operate, it would be something other than a for profit prison system that fails enrich or protect the community.  If people knew what the presidency was supposed to do, they would shape that mandate in the voter’s booth.  I think our position in the world today is a result of a long era of willful blindness and withdrawal of education to the masses.  If they can’t read, write, spell , or do math, they will probably not challenge the powers that be because they don’t even know what and where they might be.  Ignorance and willful blindness are the enemies, gentle reader.

And thus I will conclude my political rant against ignorance in the United States.  I have advised the city of Tucson that there are laws against charity scamming and HOA fraud, as well as blocking the fire lane with traffic for a decade in front of my house.  They have yet to respond, so I can’t have a happy ending to this book.  It is about the truth, and the truth is that they still think they have the right to come out here and mislead people in order to promote crime.  I will end the book and let you know when they finally respond.  They do not have the right to remain silent, but the continue to do so.  I rarely go on political rants, in fact I consider this to be an education rant.

Thanks for joining me today while I let off steam.  Please read, write or comment on the state of your personal affairs at the weekly party hosted by Nerd in the Brain.  Enjoy sipping digital beverages with bloggers from all over the world each weekend. Please pipe up with your own stories.

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