Friday, January 30, 2015

Cultivating Patience, Gathering Strength When No Progress Is Possible

So there is a popular book, titled Who Moved My Cheese(?), and in it, we are to imagine ourselves as mice, continually on the lookout for cheese, which represents happiness. In the maze of life, we must keep searching and searching. If we stay in one spot, we will never find the cheese we look for.

I excel at running - not literally. Literally, I hate running and I feel like I'm bad at it. But my modus operandi consists of running continually away and away. I will always "live to fight another day". Through the years, I have become good at fighting, literally. But I hate to fight, and will only fight when my back is against the wall, and I have no other choice.

So I've found myself running through the maze of life at a breakneck pace, trying to will things to happen. But they won't. It's as though I've reached a cosmic blockage in the road. Or, more likely, a wall came up in the maze, and I find myself surrounded by walls.

The mouse in this picture could easily chew through a wall. We must pretend they are made of stone. What then?

Lately, I have had to cultivate patience, to withdraw inside of my small world and gather strength. Due to the cyclical nature of things, if I do not learn this, the world will force me to confront it until I do.

You must not call it slacking. I can run no more in any direction. This is difficult for me. I do not want to learn patience, but I must.

At night, I have been meditating. 10 breaths in, through the nostrils, 3 breaths out, all the way to 1, and then back up. One step at a time. I can master this thing called patience, too.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Citizens' Rule Book - Small, Yet Mighty!

So I got this little book as a freebie from InfoWars, and it is small and has small print, but it has empowered me and informed me of things that even with all my years of schooling, college, getting my M.A., I did not realize. This is a book to have multiples of, to carry around with you, to give to others. In this country, where our most basic freedoms are constantly being called into question, constantly under attack, you must do yourself a favor and KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. This will give you the information, and the citations to back it up.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Themed Gardens

I always think it's interesting when I come across ideas for themed gardens.

For example, there's this post I did a while back about creating a Shakespeare garden, with plants from the Bard's works: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/uncategorized/spring-is-bustin-out-all-over-leslie-soule/

Also, I work sometimes on weekends in the garden center at a store that references the Western Garden Book for plant information. On page 115 (it might be different for more recent versions), it mentions a thing called a Moon Garden, with plants that show up best under the light of the moon, like white flowers. The image above shows one such Moon Garden.

Then of course, there's my little Hunger Games garden, which only contains Rue and white roses, thus far.

At any rate, I adore the idea of themed gardens, and I look forward to trying them, come spring.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Melange New Year's Extravaganza!

Start the New Year off right, with some new ebooks! Enter Melange's contest to win prizes (and yeah, Fallenwood and Forgetting Fallenwood - books 1 and 2, are in there)!!!!

http://melange-books.com/2015NYGiveaway.html