Books Can Light the Way

Books that Light the Way

The challenge to each human is creation. Will you create with reverence, or with neglect? – Gary Zukav “Seat of the Soul”

That is a valid question. In my quest to reach escape velocity, I need to understand the life I’m creating and do it with more care for the person I am as well as the one I aspire to be.

I think this past year my default has been neglect in more ways than I care to admit. It’s time for a serious reboot and to-do lists are not enough.

I’ve dusted off a few old books aka old friends for re-reading.

First up:

1. Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. It’s written as a 12-week course. Helpful because realistically change is a journey. Trying to do it all at once overwhelms and usually ends in failure.

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2. Sarah Ban Brechnact’s “Simple Abundance”. Daily quotes followed by a 1 page essay that provokes thought and inspiration. Sometimes I explore them further in my own journal. Today’s is “Standing Knee-Deep in a River and Dying of Thirst” (C&W song by Kathy Mattea). Books hold so many ideas, cosmic thoughts to mull and ponder.

Just as each teacher will appear as needed, so will the ideas coalesce and the path clear a little at a time so I can enjoy the journey and not rush to the end too quickly.

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Do you say rabbit, rabbit, rabbit?

#perlesaerie Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!!!**

The beginning of a new year, a new decade, a leap year, an election year, Chinese year of the white metal rat which symbolizes an abundant period that will soon take place. And numerological year 4 inspiring exploration, discovery and learning. Whew. 366 days.

“Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right.” —Oprah.

🥂 I’ll do my best.

**NOTE: “Rabbit rabbit rabbit” is a superstition found in Britain and N. America wherein a person says or repeats the word rabbit aloud upon waking on the first day of a month, to ensure good luck.

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Do You Do Resolutions

#perlesaerie. Rather than resurrecting the same old Resolutions of Must Dos and Must Don’ts, that hasn’t changed much in many years, I chose One Word for 2020 — Create. It’s an active verb. It demands action. It encourages me to Create the life I want in 2020. 

The possibilities are endless.

Definition of Create: Bring something into existence. Cause something to happen. Form out of nothing.

Choosing the word was a piece of cake; but living it every day will take serious effort. I’ll be drafting a loose outline/action plan for areas of my life that need it most. And I’ll not make the mistake of trying to do it all at once. Baby steps.

Happy New Year.

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The Sun Has Moved

#PerlesAerie I’m not often still in bed when the sun rises, so just noticed the sun has changed position. Where it was streaming blindingly through my center east window, it now is just noticeable a tad north of the far left window. A sure sign that long days are on the wane, as a minute a day we turn toward Fall. I hate summer’s heat and love Fall just wish the daylight wasn’t so short then. Ah well if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a merry christmas. Happy Monday y’all.

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Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit for luck

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!!! I finally remembered thanks to iPhone reminder. I need all the good luck I can and no one to hear me utter the incantation but Jazzmine, and her only concerns are food, pats, and naps.  For those who don’t know: “Rabbit rabbit rabbit” is one variant of a superstition found in Britain and North America that states that a person should say or repeat the word “rabbit” out loud upon waking on the first day of the month, because doing so will ensure good luck … Later y’all. #PerlesAerie

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Do you celebrate Solstice?

From #PerlesAerie
Do you celebrate Solstice? I do. We do. We gather with friends for the annual Solstice @ 3024.  The tables in every room are laden with all manner of food. My favorites were the Caviar pie, calamata tapanade, swedish meatballs to name a few. The kitchen counters and table overflowed with all the shared byobs of wine, liquors, beer and a little of the hard stuff.

This is without a doubt the best candles 5.jpgparty of the year. An eclectic mix of people young and old; from the arts (theater actors, directors, managers, etc. working artists, writers, journalists); and various mainstream professions. The conversations were the kind that wake up you brain and bring a alertness to the days that follow.

I got home around 2am and briefly visited my altar before heading to bed. Earlier that evening I posted this on Instagram:

Sun has set and before heading out to a Winter Solstice @ 3024 party, I’ve lit the candles on my altar as well as one in every room. That done I recite my annual invocation and release it to the ether**

Winter Solstice is my time to contemplate the past year; celebrate my successes; glean a lessons from my failures; and set a few goals, née, resolutions, for the year ahead.

I am one with the uni verse – See me.
Let me slip easily into the stream of time – Hear me.
Let me acknowledge my past, and accept my now – Help me.
Let me see in dream a little of my path ahead – Grant me.
That given time to contemplate, I may make better choices – Guide me.
As I give myself up to the ‘I am’ and slip into dream. Protect me.
So mote it be.
Later y’all.

**’…ether or spirit. Spirit is the fifth element, and the most ethereal of all the elements, it is a mystical and magical force that can neither be categorised nor explained. When spell casting or magic making…’

How do I pick up the pieces?

I realized I’ve been absent from this Blog since August. Wow! I’ve been on social media, but mostly on my Iphone.  That said, I have been micro blogging via Instagram. Although I still write in my journal, I ‘ve somehow grown accustomed to typing quickly with a finger or two or a thumb in my phone’s Notes pad.

I then cut and paste into Instagram with a photo and voila, I’ve p
osted tgoddess-windowshere along with Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler.  Color me lazy. Haven’t figured out how to get it to post to either of my Blogs yet.

I’ve also been in my studio painting.  But with that too, it’s easier to take a quick Iphone pic and upload on Instagram with a mini Bloggy post. The painting on the right sold almost as soon as I posted it. Loved it so much I’m going to do a series on the theme of alternative windows.

I’ve also been cooking and sharing pictures and recipes of the result, but and again instead of Blogging it as I used to do, it goes straight to Instagram. And as always, Jazzmine expects a bite of whatever I’m eating.img_3835

Now with a new year before me, and this most contested election behind me, I’ve decided to actually sit at my actual PC or alternately my Surface Tablet and post here at least once a week for starters.

Pretty much everywhere on social media I am Perle Champion.  But on Instagram I went with Perlesrose if anyone wants to follow me there.There’s an inside story to that handle. It is shortening of Perle alias Rose. Maybe I’ll tell it some day. ( https://www.instagram.com/perlesrose/ )

 

 

 

Sunday. That’s My Funday

The moment calendar days can be seen on next month’s page, I impatiently fast forward to that page. IMG_8737

I’m inking in all the things I’ve planned for April.

Yes, I have an online calendar – but I still put everything on my kitchen calendar.  It’s on the small sliver of wall space next to the counter that holds the coffee pot.  I like seeing my month at a glance as, I pour my first cup of dark brew.  Mom says my coffee is more espresso-esque.

Last year’s calendar was doors as incentive to open new ones. This year I chose butterflies which symbolize metamorphosis as incentive to…

Bacon is in the oven, as I’m too lazy to nurse it on the stovetop. Jazzmine is purring loudly in the chair across from me as the aroma fills the kitchen.  She’s hoping for a taste or two. I’m sipping my third cup of coffee, just poured my first glass of champagne and watcIMG_8738hing CBS Sunday Morning on the tiny TV in the corner of the kitchen.

I love Sundays. Cheers y’all

 

Are You Ready for NaNoWriMo?

It’s almost that time again. National Novel Writing Month is a mere 16 days away.  NaNoWriMo Participant-2014-Square-Button

The gauntlet has been thrown down, and I’ve picked it up again. Every year the good folks at NaNoWriMo invite novelists and wannabe novelists all over the world to write that novel they’ve been ‘gonna write some day’.

Not only do they challenge you to write the novel, but write it now or at least 50,000 words of it within the 30 days of November.  I’ve never had a problem with writing the 50,000 word first draft – Whether any of them qualify as a ‘Novel’ is another question entirely.  I have a few in a drawer somewhere that I edited from time to time.  The best of the lot was my 2012 novel written in early 2001 or 02, which I procrastinated into obsolescence. Yep I was still editing and rewriting when 2012 didn’t happen

Ever the optimist, I’m taking a few of my characters from that 2012 novel and my Murder

is a Primary Color novel from last year and involving them in a mystery.  I’m bringing a lot of the backstory forward as it informs the characters. 

I’ve got a working title (Witch on a Witch Hunt); designed a quick cover on PowerPoint; and I’m clipping pix from magazines for my storyboard for different characters, rooms, locations, etc.  I need pictures in my storyline.

A shout out to Nathan Bransford’s for Blog post on the One Sentence, One Paragraph… Pitch.  I managed to construct one of my own and here it is.

Here is my one-liner: A real bewitched teams up with a Sam Spade wannabe to solve a series of anomalous murders in the year 2025.

X is for Xylan, Xylose, Xerarch, Xerosere.

Day 24 of Blogging from A to Z.  Today’s letter is X

X is for Xylan, Xylose, Xerarch, Xerosere.

as meridies beats
the landscape’s xerarch creeps
toward xerosere as

sweet xylan begets
sweet nourishing xylose so
replacing dew’s kiss

Nature fascinates in its determined survival. Plants grow in the most unlikely places.

They didn’t sprout full blown in the deserts, mountains, seas, and places yet discovered; they evolved as yellow flowers on walk 3determined by the availability of light, water and surface.

The very rocks and pavements of humans eventually gives way to nature’s determination to bloom where she chooses.

 


 

Note: Xerosere is a plant succession which is limited by water availability. It includes the different stages in a xerarch succession. Xerarch succession of ecological communities originated in extremely dry situation such as sand deserts, sand dunes, salt deserts, rock deserts etc. A xerosere may include lithoseres (on rock) and psammoseres (on sand).

Glossary

  • xylan – water-soluble, polysaccharide found in plant cell walls and yielding xylose upon hydrolysis
  • xylose – a sugar of the pentose class that occurs widely in plants, especially as a component of hemicelluloses.
  • xerarch – originating in a dry habitat as ecological succession
  • xerosere – dry habitat as a desert

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