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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Blessed yule/winter solstice!

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The hunt is on! Find the hidden Winter Solstice Fairies today on to win a FREE Daily Reflection Tarot reading. Here's your hint: The fairies are chilling on a page that's about how hot this season could get. Good luck!

27 sweet (and simple) homemade cookie recipes, like yummy Peanut Butter Cookies with Butterscotch Bits.

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Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

From Food Website


Servings: 6

350 g sweet potatoes
1 acorn squash
4 shallots
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
3 3/4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup light cream


Preheat oven to 375F / 190C.
Cut the sweet potato, squash and shallot in half lengthwise. Brush the cut sides with oil.
Put the vegetables, cut sides down in a shallow roasting pan with the garlic cloves.
Roast in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes until tender and light brown.
When cool, scoop the flesh from the potatoe and squash halves and put in a pan with the shallots. Remove the garlic peel and add the soft insides to the other vegetables.
Add the broth and a pinch of salt.
Bring to just a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very tender (about 30 minutes.).
Let the soup cool slightly, then transfer to a blender and puree until smooth (working in batches if necessary).
Return the soup to the pan and stir in the cream.
Season to taste and simmer for 5-10 minutes until completely heated through.

21 healthy, affordable holiday side dishes:

Take advantage of seasonal (and cheap) vegetables like butternut squash, parsnips and sweet potatoes for this Roasted Winter Vegetables recipe:

Baking this weekend? Keep your sweet tooth satisfied through the holidays with these recipes.
20 Recipes for Cookies and Bars
Everyone loves a good cookie (or a chewy brownie, or a stick of biscotti). Here are recipes to keep your sweet tooth satisfied through the holidays

...........Cin ☽✪☾
Mistletoe: The Golden Bough Let us look to ancient Sun worship - particularly that of the Celtic Druids - to understand how mistletoe became an icon of the winter holidays in the northern hemisphere. The Celtic Druids were skilled in herbal medicine and magic, and mistletoe was by far the most sacred of their magical plants. It grew amongst the branches of the sacred trees, seemingly without sustenance. Having no roots, and thus no connection to the Earth, it was considered the sacred plant of the Sun. A tree that hosted a mistletoe plant was marked as particularly sacred by the gods. With its golden color, and habit of growing high off the ground without roots, mistletoe was naturally associated with the Sun. Or, more specifically, it was considered to be the sperm of the solar deity Taranis, and the promise of the sun God’s rebirth. Mistletoe was thought to take on the properties of its host tree, including the tree's essence and power. The most powerful mistletoe grew on the sacred oak. When weather turned cold and leaves dropped from deciduous host trees, the sacred leaves and waxy white berries of mistletoe were revealed. In this was seen a promise of the return of the Sun. During the time of the Winter Solstice, branches would be harvested with great ceremony and used for a variety of medicinal and magical purposes. These purposes included: protection from lightening, curing of poisoning, protection from fire, treatment of epilepsy, protection of livestock from fairy mischief, and protection of babies from witches curses. An old English superstition held that as long as a sprig was retained in the home, so love would be retained. It became popular in some households to insure that a fresh sprig was hung in the household every year. This is probably the origin of the kissing ritual. [Pictured: "Druids Cutting the Mistletoe" (1900) by Henri-Paul Motte]


Sending you prayers, love and healing energy for today's energy shifts!

DECEMBER 21ST: Today's energy patterns are providing us with a positive energy shift for our self love healing patterns. This is something that is going to help remove any stagnant energy and energetic debris from these areas. This is a much needed energy shift today for us for these areas and will help now build upon the foundation of new higher vibrational energy that we have. Today's vibrational level is best for self love healing work.

Candied yams with marshmallows is a dish you WON'T see on British tables this Christmas.

6 American food habits Brits don't understand:

(via Mind the Gap, the blog for British expats in America)

There is a winter weather advisory on the other side of the country? Good!

The cats say thank you for the gifts from our Amazon Wish list!

Thank you Melissa Miller for the undercover mice 
Thank you Sharon El-Saadi for the Gain!
Thank you Betty Hau for the shark bed!
Thank you Tracy Sellers for the food
Thank you Elizabeth Herrington for the cat tent!

Did 'Shrooms Send Santa And His Reindeer Flying?
A Harvard biologist suggests red and white mushrooms are the source of jolly old St. Nick.

This is so beautifully shot and told. - Rossalyn Warren

Exciting news! LEGO, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of children’s toys, will join the ranks of environmentally friendly companies:

Mark your calendar: If you're in the Miami area, join us for this important community meeting January 9 at 6:30 pm. Learn more about Florida's race based goals for education:

Already planning your Christmas feast? Try this Who-Pudding recipe! Find more activities at

Undine The beautiful nymph Undine rises from her watery depths bearing gifts of plants and water creatures to enhance our world. In her hand she holds an ancient artefact, an offering from Neptune, meant to inspire the imagination and lift the spirits of the harpist. Her crown of candles illuminates the waterfall of life cascading from her hair to surround the harpist with gentle currents of comfort and peace. Words and Image by Josephine Wall

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Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes |
Your ancestors' lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain.

Being the patron saint of Christmas is no small order. Just ask a certain Pumpkin King (aka Sandy Claws) who once tried the jolly old elf's hat on for size. While Jack is now apt to leave official holiday business to the real Santa, he's still game to take part in a cookie swap or two! Click here to get the recipe thanks to our friends at!

Gather ‘round, kids, as we tell you about a festive new development in monster porn – Krampusrotica!
Undeniable Proof That European Christmas Is Terrifying
There's a subgenre of a subgenre of fiction devoted entirely to Christmas. And it's mostly about ladies who want rough sex from the Krampus.

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The owner of the Washington Post is now doing big business with the Central Intelligence Agency, while readers of the newspaper's CIA coverage are left in the dark.
Under Amazon's CIA Cloud: The Washington Post
News media should illuminate conflicts of interest, not embody them.
If you are very competitive, this will drive you crazy!!!

HOW TO: Make A Kwanzaa-Inspired Sweet Potato Cake with Creamy Double Coconut Frosting | Inhabitots
A spiced sweet potato cake with decadent coconut frosting inspired by Kwanzaa.
...........Cin ☽✪☾
Snowman craft using socks and rice. Cute!  Cut a new white sock at the heel. Take the leg part, turn it inside out and tie an elastic tightly on one end. Flip it again so the knot become the base. Pour rice into the sock. Take two elastics, one to create the neck, the other to tie off the top. Glue on beads for the face (or map pins) and buttons for the body. Take the toe part of the sock, turn it inside out. Create a little hat and attach. Sewing a few stitches will work. Tie on a piece of fabric for a scarf and you're done.
In 2004, Utah voters passed Amendment 3, defining marriage as a union exclusively between a man and woman. If a measure was on the ballot today, would you define marriage as between one man and one woman?
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In celebration of today's ruling, I would like to offer my services as a wedding celebrant to any same sex couple for free! Contact me if you know anyone who wants to get married soon! Please repost! -Reverend Heron Celtic Handfastings & Weddings
Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage
A federal judge in Utah Friday struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. “The state’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the 

Yule love it! Pagan witch believes more people than ever will mark the winter solstice across...
Thousands of Pagans will today celebrate the winter solstice, among them a witch who says that world-weary Brits are turning back to the ancient religion in droves

We drew a positive omen for the first day of winter! Our ‪#‎Tarot‬Card of the Moment is the Ten of Pentacles. No matter what situation you find yourself in, try to make the best of it. You only get out what you put in!

I am excited to announce that this January, I will be featured in a Free 7-Day Online Seminar, Start the New You Now (5 preview videos available now). My interview was a true heart-to-heart with Hay House president Reid Tracy. Using events from my own life as examples, I explore how I was able to accomplish significant things through thinking small rather than big. When embarking on a journey to change the rest of your life, start by holding a vision of who you want to be and simply take each day as it comes.

Here is a link to the site

I also offer gentle, practical advice on fulfilling one's dharma and not interfering with the cycle of life, explaining the role of attention and intuition in manifestation, and delving deep into the meaning behind this saying: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Joining me in this incredible, free online seminar are some wonderful teachers– Louise L. Hay, Gregg Braden, Dr. Christiane Northrup, and Marianne Williamson to name a few. This event starts on January 11th, but you can access 5 free Preview videos now. Please share with your friends.

Again here is the link to the site
Y mañana a
Tiempo de quemar incluso viejas amistades en el tronco de Yule

La Magia De La Sencillez.
¡Únete Al Círculo!
OK our tenth & final song from our Yuletide selection of tunes for today is this undervalued gem from Spiritualized.
'Lay Back In The Sun' hints at the return of the sun that the solstice promises.
Tune in to the DCs tomorrow & we will deliver another selection of songs that we find pertinent for the celebration of Yule & Xmas.
Today we have given you the joys of:
1: George Harrison - Here Comes The Sun (live)
2: Belle & Sebastian - Santa Claus (live)
3: The Sweet Inspirations - Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
4: Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
5: The Free Design - Kijé's Ouija
6: Bob Seger & The Last Heard - Sock it To 'Em Santa
7: Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity - The Flesh Failiures (Let The Sunshine In)
8: Broadcast - Long Was The Year
9: Camera Obscura - New Year's Resolution (live)
10: Spiritualized - Lay Back In The Sun

Come see what we give you tomorrow x
Lay Back In The Sun - Spiritualized
Lay Back In The Sun - Spiritualized

Happy Winter Solstice!
Gorgeous Winter Wonderland Photos
Celebrate the first day of winter with a photo gallery of beautiful winter landscape and wildlife photos from across the country.
A Happy Yule to you and your kin.
With peace & blessings to all of our friends.
Lady Abigail, Lord Rick, Dan the Old Wise One, Lady Angelique, Lady Jenny and the Admin of Ravensgrove Coven

Apple Cider Mulling Spice Sachets Recipe

Make multiple batches of these individual spice sachets for apple cider. Be sure to add the mulling directions to the gift tag.


Serves: 2

Serving Size: 1 cup

1 stick Cinnamon Sticks , broken in half
2 Cloves, Whole
2 Allspice, Whole
2 cups apple cider
1/4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract


Place spices in center of a piece of cheesecloth. Tie tightly with long piece of string.

Place spice sachet in small saucepan. Add apple cider. Simmer over medium heat 10 to 15 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in vanilla. Discard spice sachet. Serve warm.

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Heres something for your furbabies and those who make homemade recipes 
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It's true... we're giving away REAL FUR COATS.

Confused? HERE'S WHY!
PETA is Giving Away Fur Coats!
PETA headed to Detroit to give away fur coats—as well as leather jackets, wool scarves, and angora sweaters—to some ...
Spiritual and Magical Philosophies

*Magic is not as complicated as many would have you believe. What we concentrate on, we manifest.

Where our thoughts lead, our hearts follow. 

As the old adage goes, ‘As within, so without, as above, so below’. To change your environment, your circumstances and your path, you must change yourself.

Nothing is purely ‘external’. All dwells within.

It is the truly Wise who recognize that the glory of change lies within ourselves.

Magic is just the key that turns the lock of our minds. - BW

“The Universe and everything in it constitutes God.

The Universe is a gigantic human organism and man is a tiny image of it, a toy replica of God. Because he is a miniature of the Universe, by a process of spiritual expansion, a man can mystically extend his own being to cover the entire world and subject it to his will – (macrocosm, microcosm).

It is because all things are aspects of ONE thing that all things are grist to the magician’s mill.

The complete man, who has experienced and mastered all things, has vanquished Nature and mounted higher than the heavens; He has reached the Centre where man becomes God.

The achievement of this is the Great Work, the supreme magical operation, which may take a lifetime or many lifetimes to complete”.

Source: The Black Arts: A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages by Richard Cavendish, Perigee Trade (January 17, 1968)

Image: The Prophecy Unfolds by synax444

New study: Magic Mushrooms Repair Brain Damage From Extreme Trauma
New study: Magic Mushrooms Repair Brain Damage From Extreme Trauma - The Mind Unleashed
A new study by The University of South Florida has found that low doses of the active ingredient in magic mushrooms repairsRead More...
Bill sez: Last night someone sent this to my wife. A nice creation by an FOP

A team of researchers from London’s Royal College of Art (RCA) have discovered that the stones used to construct Stonehenge hold musical properties and when struck, sound like bells, drums and gongs.
Researchers reveal Stonehenge stones hold incredible musical properties - The Mind Unleashed
By April Holloway, Ancient Origins, Guest Contributor A team of researchers from London’s Royal College of Art (RCA) have 

Sale through the holidays for "The Gospel of the Phoenix" - 40% off the special edition and 25% off the original ebook at Amazon. The story of Jesus from a Pagan perspective, by Stifyn Emrys.

In this exclusive video, Dr Kaku shares his unique perspective on the "the most precious commodity in the multiverse" and some of the amazing breakthroughs that are just around the corner.
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May all your prayers be answered on this Winter Solstice Day!

Yule Working - Here is the introduction to the 13 Days of Yule followed hopefully with short blog posts and meditations for the next thirteen days!
The Witch's Thirteen Days of Yule
Witchcraft/Wiccan/Pagan Blog on the Winter Solstice/Yule - Meditations with Christopher Penczak from the Temple of Witchcraft.
My new sounds: Vampyrian Life (the vocal version)
 on ‪#‎SoundCloud‬
Vampyrian Life (the vocal version)
LYRICS: The VAMPYRIAN LIFE by Vampyrian-Trance (original version This Vampyres theme date = Apr 27, 2005) You don’t want to know what I am &
Happy Solstice To All! Please share this pic with your friends to remind them of the time of the solstice!  Note that in the Southern Hemisphere it is of course summer solstice, not winter solstice on Dec 21st. A few useful solstice links:
 (How to convert UTC time to your time zone)
 (Incredible amount of info on Winter Solstice, including amazing details of traditional and ancient celebrations in different cultures) More solstice facts (great science and astronomy info):
 Let's celebrate the return of the light!  ‪#‎solstice‬ ‪#‎yuletide‬ ‪#‎wintersolstice‬ ‪#‎midwinter‬ Stonehenge photo lic. under GNU 1.2 - source

Highly Sensitive & the Holiday Season

You are a highly sensitive person and the energy is very intense right now. Holiday stress and the full moon is making people emotionally charged.

Be sure to clear and shield yourself, and avoid harsh situations as much as possible (for example, avoid crowded shopping malls). Here is my free video to help you shield and clear with Archangel Michael.

Also, a good detox from any chemicals that exacerbate your sensitivity (avoiding or reducing alcohol, caffeine, gluten, sugar, etc.) will clear your mind, and help you to regain your magic touch for 2014.

You are in my prayers.
Clearing and Shielding with Archangel Michael
Highly sensitive people are prone to absorb energies from world situations and other people's thoughts. This meditation helps you to work wit

Utah judge rules same-sex marriage law unconstitutional |
A Utah federal judge ruled that Utah's prohibition of same-sex marriage violates the United States Constitution.
Merry Yule Everyone! I hope everyone can celebrate the lights from darkness today and have many blessings in the New Year! The first of thirteen meditative vision workings for a special Yule Ritual is posted now!

Blessed be,
Solstice Meditation - Day One: One Mother's Night - The Great Goddess
A 2013 Winter Solstice Ritual for Yule from Christopher Penczak and the Temple of Witchcraft

We are so close! Add your name to the list of people who want to see that $91 billion given back.
Wall Street, Give Your Bonuses To The People You Made Homeless
Wall Street forced 10 million out of their homes in false foreclosures, and spent 2013 dodging the law - now they get $91.44 Billion in bonuses for it? 
Wonderful pictures!! Genni )O(
Hundreds of Pagan worshippers gather to mark the winter solstice at Stonehenge. See the pictures here:

What if you could give a gift to your friends & family that helped save rainforests and all the animals that live there?


So many people in line to get married in Weber County. There is still time. If ur in line by 2 u can get married.
Weber County Clerk's office: They will open from 1 to 2 pm, anyone in line at 2pm will be served. The front doors will not be open, so you have to park in the garage, and go in the entrance from the garage. The address is 2380 Washington BLVD. The garage entrance to the Weber Center is off of 24th street.

Thanks for sharing Michelle! Here is another case where adults don't understand how badly their poor decisions can weigh on a child!

Takes 1 minute to read. Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts!
7 year old sued by adult over minor skiing fall
An adult male suddenly turned in front of seven-year-old Scott Swimm while they were skiing, Swimm reacted and prevented a collision. In preventing the collision...Click Here to read more!

A homeless dog living on the streets gets rescued, transformed and is now looking for a home.
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Day 21 of my 25 Days of Christmas Music: Although not a classic or traditional Christmas carol, "Mary, Did You Know?" is a song whose lyrics never fail to touch my heart and soul. This version is sung by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd.
Mary did you know - Kenny Rogers & Wynonna Judd (High quality)
"...The blind will see The deaf will hear The dead will live again. The lame will leap The dumb will speak The praises of The Lamb!" Singing Kenny Rogers and...

Shedding light on winter solstice at Newgrange
Our Neolithic ancestors were able, through the alignment of the site, to capture the turning of the year and the sense of renewal and rebirth, which is at the heart of Christmas
Winter solstice 2013: All you need to know about the shortest day of the year
Everything you need to know about shortest day of the year and traditions surrounding the winter solstice

Blessed Winter Solstice and Merry Yule! May joy surround you on this magickal day!

Happy Solstice! Selena Fox teaches about Holda today at Circle Sanctuary's Community Yule Festival. Join us in spirit or if nearby, attend. At gate registration an option:
Solstice Well Wishes! Honoring the Germanic Yule Goddess Holda also known as Frau Holle & sharing Her lore today at our Community Yule Festival. Learn more about Her:
That is what star coven of wicca ,american witches council , wiccan paranormal assco., and Norton McGowan clan is...

Here is another Rune Binder original custom drinking horn.

Another gorgeous white stag picture - if you know the artist please let me know so I can credit!

Hark the New Age Pagans Sing, Glory to the Holly King, Peace on Earth and mercy mild, God and Goddess reconciled, Hear us now as we proclaim, We have risen from the flames, Our ancient Craft now we reclaim, In the God and Goddess' names, Hark the New Age Pagans Sing, Glory to the Holly King! Herne by highest love adored, Herne the ever-reborn Lord, At All times behold Him come, Offspring of the Holy one, Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see, Hail incarnate Deity! Our Ancient Craft now we reclaim, in the God and Goddess' names, Hark the New Age Pagans Sing, Glory to the Holly King!

These looked too good... Had to share lol - Selena )0(
Bacon Wrapped, Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts Oh Yeah 1 boneless skinless chicken breast 1 tablespoon green onion, Chopped 2 tablespoons cream cheese 2 pieces bacon, Partially Cooked Directions: Pound out Chicken breast so it is about 1/4" thick. Mix together cream cheese and green onions and spread cheese mixture over 1 side of chicken breast. Roll Chicken breast up to conceal cream cheese. Wrap partially cooked bacon around chicken breast and secure with toothpick. Place on baking sheet and back for about 30 minutes at 375. Broil for about 5 minute to crisp bacon. SHARE to your timeline to keep this recipe.

Get pumpkinspired with this cheesecake.
Mini Size, Mega Flavor
Bed Bath & Beyond
There’s nothing mini about the flavor of these cheesecakes. Read more.

Winter Solstice - Yule tmrw when Sun enters Capricorn 12:11 PM (just after noon) EST, 9:11 AM PST. Who will you honor with the bringing of the light? What wish do you have to make the world a better place or to help someone in need?

Congratulations to ALL of the couples who got married today! I'm so proud and honored to have been a part of this historic day. And I'm especially pleased that I got to officiate for some good friends, along with many other couples!

List Of 100+ Heirloom Seed Suppliers:

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Laugh at this ‪#‎cat‬ as he describes how his human brother uses the big ‪#‎litterbox‬ in the backyard! ‪#‎TeamCatMojo‬ ‪#‎lol‬
Playing in the Litter Box
The Animal Rescue Site provides food and care for shelter animals in need. With your help we have given over 273 million pounds of food!

Damn right!!
Whoopi Goldberg on gay marriage! Now I have another reason to watch Sister Act again.
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Happy Solstice! Yuletide cheer from some of the Circle Sanctuary Community & Friends performing at our public multicultural Winter Solstice Pageant last night at First Unitarian Society in Madison, Wisconsin!
Happy Solstice! Some of the Yuletide characters & performers at our Winter Solstice Pageant last night in Madison, Wisconsin. Thanks to all who attended & all who joined in spirit!
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The Winter Solstice is today! We hope you have a beautiful one.
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Blessed Yule to one and all. I have to work all day  so my festivities will be pushed to tomorrow. I send beautiful thoughts to you all though and wish you all a magical day 
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I shall be up for Sunrise both tomorrow (21st) and the 22nd (Excited) Whatever you are doing this Winter Solstice, I wish you magickal celebrations filled with Love and Blessings    "... and the wheel of the year turns to Yule. circa 21st December. Hail Queen of the Stars for Yule brings New Life The Queen of The Stars spreads her protective veil around the Earth. In the dark of the year the Son/Sun is born. The days begin to lengthen and the wheel turns. Blessed Be" Image by Wendy Andrew

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    A minister waited  in line to have his car filled  with gas just before a long holiday weekend. 
  vThe attendant worked quickly, but there were many  cars ahead of him. Finally, the attendant  motioned him toward a vacant  pump.

   "Reverend," said the young man,  "I'm so sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to  get ready for a long trip."

   The minister chuckled,  "I know what you mean.  It's the same in my  business."
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SOCIAL COMMUNITIES -I've been keeping up on the social networks as best I can.

There was a very  gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible  to her brother in another  part of  the  country.

"Is there anything  breakable in here?"  asked the postal clerk.
  "Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady.
The Substitute Organist
The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he  was going to  ask the congregation to come  up with more money  than they were  expecting for repairs to the church  building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find  that  the regular organist was sick and a substitute had  been brought in at the last  minute. The substitute  wanted to know what  to play.

    "Here's a copy of  the  service," he said impatiently. "But, you'll  have to think of something to play  after I make  the announcement about the finances."

    During  the service, the  minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters,  we are in great difficulty; the  roof  repairs cost twice as much as we expected  and  we need $4,000 more. Any of you who  can pledge $100 or more, please stand up."

      At  that moment, the substitute organist played "The  Star Spangled Banner."

      And that is how  the substitute became the regular organist!
Two Large Pots
An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
  After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'

The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'
  'That's because I have always known about your flaw,
so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.' 
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.' 

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding...  

You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them. 

SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

It is easier to preach ten sermons
Than it is to live one. 


The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose,
But mosquitoes come close.

Hello Rev. charlene norton
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Custom-made in an off-the-rack world...
by Camille Sanzone
    I first heard that expression in an episode of the TV show, “Mash.” I believe it was Alan Alda’s character, Hawkeye, who said it to Loretta Switt’s character, “Hot Lips.”
    They were talking about not being able to find love, and Hawkeye said, “Our problem is we want custom-made in an off-the-rack world.”
    The line stuck with me.
    In a world where we are often expected to follow in our parents’ footsteps, or live in a Levitt house, it’s easy enough to fall into line and have a cookie-cutter type life. If that sounds disparaging charlene norton, forgive me, for my intention is not to demean those who lead traditional lives. In fact, I readily admit that the world needs a semblance of order and constancy, the salt of the earth kind of people that keep the gears moving on the planet.
    But we also need the others, those of us who always felt out of step, who never quite fit in, who wondered as children if we’d been adopted even though we shared the same nose with our father and half his family. Well, not the EXACT same nose, we each had our own. We need the misfits, if you will, to add flavor and color to our world.
    Just because Jane does not want what Joan has—does not mean that what Jane wants is superior to what Joan wants and has. It’s not a matter of better than, but different than, or from. I never seem to get that quite right either.
    Many of us who don’t fit into off-the-rack clothes or lives often wish we could for a number of reasons. It would be simpler and more convenient for starters. Mavericks of any variety don’t have an easy time of it. We put such demands on ourselves to forge a new way of doing and being, and struggle, therefore, without realizing why most of the time. We sense something is wrong, something does not mesh; we don’t know what it is, but we are somehow convinced whatever it is—the something wrong is us, or a failing in us.
    It would be grandiose to say that those of us not content with the off-the-rack version of life are the artists of the world, the poets, writers, painters, actors, dancers, cooks, sculptors, teachers, nurturing mothers, saints, etc., but the truth is we come in all shapes and sizes. Our uncommon commonality is that we see life at an angle. We may suffer more than the average person who doesn’t take the time to think things through because they see no need for it, but we also seem to have a greater capacity for joy. It’s an interesting trade off.
    Maybe it’s as straightforward as having an allergy to the madness of mediocrity, or, at least, to the sameness we see in the world, which stuffs up the sinuses of our creativity until we are sure we can’t breathe.
    “They broke the mold when they made him.” People say that about other people who seem to be one-of-a-kinds. The truth is we all are one of a kind in our own way.
    Even cookies made with a cookie cutter are a little different one to the other; we just have to look more closely. And those of us who do buy off-the-rack often add our own flare by removing a belt, or adding a scarf. We each can put our unique brand on things.
    So, perhaps more of us than we might at first suspect are living custom-made rather than off-the-rack lives.
Final Essay for Master of Spirituality
Rev. Joseph Castelluccio
    I may sound too repetitive when I say that I truly enjoy the courses provided by the ULC, but the fact is that I always looking forward in receiving the next lessons. I must say that the Master of Spirituality course has definitely broadened my intellect about the meaning of Spirituality. The knowledge that I have cultivated from each lesson exposed by various philosophers has broadened within me the meaning of Spirituality, thus opening my eyes, ears, mind and heart.
    From my perspective, I found the course to be well presented, educating, and enlightening. I would recommend this course to anyone. I do hope that I would be able to defend Spirituality when I am confronted by scientifically minded individuals.
    What I came to learn in the last couple of years is the willingness to minister to all my brothers and sisters no matter what their faith is or not is and not just associate myself with people who had the same ideals and mind set as mine.
    The feeling or assertiveness that I had was lacking due to prejudice of religions on my part therefore I was not able to recognize that in my mind it could be separated. A person should not rely on a specific faith but must look deeper into his soul and be able to connect intellectually with each individual experiences of every living being. This does not mean that a person ought to forget his faith but must be open to understanding of other faiths.
    When ministering to others, we as ministers must be able to apply self-control and un-bias observations and attempt to learn how they act, how they relate, how they think prior to impose our thoughts to them. Self-control in my judgment means that we do not minister to ourselves, but to aid others. Preaching, proselytizing doesn’t help those that we are ministering, because they could become disengaged and shy thus pushing them away.
    My definition of Spiritualism is the mode of which each individual belief is connected with the spiritual nature of our existence.
    Love, kindness, patient are virtues that are of a prime priority in ministering. Anything short of that will lose the ability of what is needed to accomplish. It is imperative that when we come across a minded driven person(s) or a heart driven person, in my humble opinion the subcategory mentioned in lesson one must be analyzed in order to obtain a clear picture in knowing the difference and apply them in a way that communication remains open by learning their point of view. I hope that as a minister I am able to plant the seed and allow them to discover the true.
    My own philosophy is and has always been that God has indeed created the universe from its birth. Everything good that has and is happening is all God’s gifts. Evil on the other hand is generated by humans. In my opinion science has not fell off the sky and the philosophers decided that they were the inventor of science. Again this was God’s gift to the human race for providing human how to use science. Going back to the lessons, many of the Greeks philosophers who in my judgment were given the gift of mind that is that man can with logic, reason, faith and expression of the mind can eventually come to know what God allows and how much he will allow us to know.
    What has affected me the most is Karl Marx. I do not consider and never did consider him a true philosopher because as we know he was indeed a political idealist in the sense of the word. Indeed it is a materialist philosophy that makes him a true Atheist. His famous quote that religion is “The opium of the masses” was his believe that religion is the tool to enslave the people when in fact Marx “Communism” as far I am concerned was exactly that ”the opium of the masses”.
    My logic behind my statement is that the State wanted utopianism believing that by living a life that “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” would have a society of highly and perfect qualities.  Perhaps this went well at the beginning but has time went on this system was so abused not only by their leaders but also by the masses because not everyone was contributing to their system. And beside the people in power did not practice what they preached, therefore lived substantially better than its citizens.
    Perhaps I could understand this system back in the early 1900’s about wealth redistribution so that everyone in society was given equal shares of the benefits derived from labor. All means of production were to be controlled by the state. In reality as we shall see with the fall of communism, this system proved to have its fallacy and indeed it came to a squelching halt.
    If I made any sense which I hope that I did, in the end I would like to say that the course is very insightful and has definitely provided how philosophers have influence religion. I found the entire course to be beneficial. However what struck me the most is the how powerful, captivating and influential the philosophers are in the connecting to today’s world. One reason is because I want to learn more about this connection and the other is because the instructor suggested the purchase of the Republic and the Crito books. Both were purchased and just started reading the Crito. Now I am looking forward to purchase the other valuable non-philosophical book mentioned by him as soon I learn of the title.
    In the mean time I will rack my brains and see if I come to an understanding that when good and evil became one, they are no more.
    A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter.

    Then he put a note  under the windshield wiper that read: "I have  circled  the block 10 times. If I don't  park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses."

  When he returned, he found a  citation from a police officer along with this  note "I've circled this block for 10 years. If I  don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. Lead  us not into temptation."
    A middle-aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience. Seeing God she asked, "Is my time up?" God said, "No, you have another 40 years, 2 months and 8 days to live." Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a facelift, liposuction, and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair colour.
    Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it. After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance.
    Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 40 years? Why didn't you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?" God replied, "I didn't recognize you."
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