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Seriously, how could I not spotlight this story on a creative Wednesday like today. Although the story inspires me because I see hope, expression, and community through creativity, it also hits my heart rather hard.

Aidan, you’re a little trooper. Don’t you stop drawing, fighting, laughing, and playing! It’s a terrible disease but I know you can do it.

“Thank You” message from Aidan and Family’s blog

The response and support our family has received is simply amazing. Through the donations and sale of Aidan’s art, the family has been able to avoid financial ruin. The family had considered the sale of their home, and Aidan’s father began to look for a 2nd job to offset the impact of the additional medical expense.

However, due to the tremendous outpouring of support we have received; the family has been able to offset current medical and loss wage expense. Given the demand for Aidan’s art and the uncertainty that awaits us on the road to curing Aidan from leukemia, we have elected to continue to offer his art for sale. All of the proceeds generated from the sale will still go to Aidan and his family to prepare for future medical expense. Our family felt it morally important to share that your support has been more than we could have ever anticipated, and we wanted to thank you for everything.

While the donations and financial support have been an amazing blessing, we would like to especially thank everyone for all of the letters and support. Your words have been uplifting and inspiring to the entire family. Your words and support for Aidan have helped us in ways unimaginable. Aidan has been drawing more than ever, and we do our best to share all of your words with him. Your support has been keeping Aidan’s and our family’s spirits up. Again, we sincerely thank you for this.

Thank you,
Aidan and family

ARTICLE: HUFFINGTON POST

 

After being diagnosed with leukemia, 5-year-old Aidan Reed began selling his monster-themed artwork to help cover his mounting medical bills.

His family set up a blog to document the boy’s accomplishments and an account on the website Etsy to bring the boy’s drawings to a wider audience.

Yahoo’s Shine reports,

Response to his efforts has been exceptional. “Not only is Aidan feeling better, we cannot believe the outpouring of support we are receiving from people,” writes his aunt who manages Aidan’s blog and Etsy store. “The shop had a spectacular turn out and sold over 400 prints in less than 24 hours.”

 

According to a recent update on Aidan’s blog, “Through the donations and sale of Aidan’s art, the family has been able to avoid financial ruin.”

Supporters can purchase a piece of Aidan’s artwork for $12 on Etsy or make a donation to help him through PayPal.

5-Year-Old Boy With Leukemia Sells Art To Pay For Chemotherapy.

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I had to pick up Vampire! Their prints, so as much as I want it to be all mine, you can buy one too!

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Scott K Smith
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This is truly terrifying. I cannot fathom the logic, the reasoning, or the pure inhuman nature of any group of people, organization, or law to separate a partnership in this way. I’m baffled, angry, and I want you to take action as well.

This is an excerpt, read the full article at the web link below.

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Scott

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Clay and his partner of 20 years, Harold, lived in California. Clay and Harold made diligent efforts to protect their legal rights, and had their legal paperwork in place–wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives, all naming each other. Harold was 88 years old and in frail medical condition, but still living at home with Clay, 77, who was in good health.

One evening, Harold fell down the front steps of their home and was taken to the hospital. Based on their medical directives alone, Clay should have been consulted in Harold’s care from the first moment. Tragically, county and health care workers instead refused to allow Clay to see Harold in the hospital. The county then ultimately went one step further by isolating the couple from each other, placing the men in separate nursing homes.

Ignoring Clay’s significant role in Harold’s life, the county continued to treat Harold like he had no family and went to court seeking the power to make financial decisions on his behalf. Outrageously, the county represented to the judge that Clay was merely Harold’s “roommate.” The court denied their efforts, but did grant the county limited access to one of Harold’s bank accounts to pay for his care.

What happened next is even more chilling.

Then later…

Are you disturbed by the story of how Clay Greene was treated by the County? Please blog about this, pass it on over Facebook or Twitter, just do whatever you can to help raise the visibility of what happened to Clay. Send a letter to the local paper, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat atletters@pressdemocrat.com. Send them this link to NCLR’s page.

Write a letter to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Raise your voice. Take action in this and every fight for equality for all, whenever and however you can. Full article at Sonoma County CA separates elderly gay couple and sells all of their worldly possessions | The Bilerico Project.

This was an interesting read to me. Having a mystical approach in my later years to my spiritual path, I’m finding all sorts of gems. One of my current nerdy infatuations is the procession of the Zodiac, which ties into some of my (soon to be) studies in the next few years as I work through some advanced stuff.

Blibbidy Blabbidy, what I am saying is that I just love posts from much  more technically brainy writers than me. I’m thinking one of my readers is probably already much more familiar with this bit of text than I.

Any who who, enjoy.

Scott

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Changing of the Guards : Our Movement From Solstice to Equinox

Author: PanSpiritus
Posted: March 21st. 2010


Was Imbolc the old winter solstice? I ask this question completely aware that many megaliths were fashioned to intentionally record “cross-quarter days”.

This speculation is not entirely a mystical story of connect-the-dots. Although astrology is given a bad rep as pseudo-science, it was an integral part of our time keeping system in ancient days. While Paganism seems to have gained a European flavor in many sects, ancient images that we use do connect us to religions that emerged from the Middle East.

I remember when I first discovered the concept of Greater Sabbats being celebrated “old style” it was like a light dawned on me. The four fire festivals known to the Celts: Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasa, are celebrated by most modern Pagans not on the actual cross-quarter days themselves but on nearby days.

Cultural holidays, to me, are powerful because they are important to our collective consciousness. However, I discovered there was a great natural power in the exact moment of the turning of the spoke of the wheel between solstice and equinox. These points, these cross-quarter moments, are celebrated by some covens as Sabbats in the “old style”. What is interesting is these are recorded through classical astrology, as “fifteen degrees” or the halfway point in Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus, and Leo respectively.

These four “fixed” signs are often symbolized as an Eagle, a Human, a Bull, and a Lion. In many modern decks these four characters are shown on the Wheel of Fortune and World card. In Judeo-Christianity, these four characters are also “the four living creatures” that attend the throne of God in Ezekiel’s vision.

It has been explained that the zodiac is a time-keeping system, which explained the nature of weather and of what was going on in each time of the year. However, some of what is taught about the true origin of certain signs is not entirely true. It’s often said that Aquarius was designated to symbolize the spring rains that dissolve the winter. Yet, Aquarius was designated when it was at a winter point.

You may remember that old song “Age of Aquarius” by the band Fifth Dimension. What mystics and hippies of that time discovered was there are larger cycles of time than just days and years. There is, in fact, what astrologers call a “great year” divided into great months. The ancients were acutely aware that every 2160 years, the spring equinox sun would rise 30 degrees westward in a different sign making a different age or great month. This process is called the “precession of the equinoxes”. 

Well, timekeeping and astrology have evolved through many “ages” – sometimes with the masses conscious, sometimes unconscious of what was going on. There is much confusion as to what astrology is based on and how it works. Even modern astronomers seem to not catch that many modern astrologers are fully aware that our signs have changed. I would like to explain this more concisely by mapping the evolution of timekeeping in four distinct ages through which astrology has moved and is moving into.

All the details and opinion via this Witchvox Article.

Thank you to my friend Kim for dropping this one onto my facebook page! Yes, plants ARE medicine.

As I consider all of the beneficial effects of a natural foods diet, and often prefer alternative medicine / treatments to colds, sickness, pain, and healing, I am reminded that it is getting back to what nature provides that can be the key to greater health and faster recovery.

In the article you will see a reference to “chicken soup” and I have to say that it is similar to my own cold recipe -minus the echinacea root, and goji berries. Things to consider.

Overall the thing that has been a sticky on the paper tablet of things to do is buy and eat locally. I understand that there are exceptions to the rule, as goji berries are not coming out of the central valley of California (or is someone producing them there too???), but if I can I will. I also have to thank Carla Golden, One Healthy Girl, for really being the spur in that idea. Carla, your words turned a light on in the mind and we’re going to move in that direction one step at a time.

That’s the point of healing isn’t it? Thinking of the bigger organism not just the perspective of cut it out or take a pill. IF we think about our food, what’s in it, where it comes from, and how to alter that, we have taken our first step. Next if we think about how that effects us, physically, that then effects us mentally and emotionally because the body is one organism, we’ve taken the next step. After that comes the realization that our health, our actions, and what we do and think is creating our experience, and so helping to create the experience of everyone around us, we are again taking a step towards conscious living. What we do does indeed effect all things.

We’re all connected, nature is the example of that connectivity, and we are natural beings.

And now, the article…

Scott K Smith
Lifencompass.com

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Grow your own drugs: a medicine cabinet in your garden

Botanist James Wong raids the flowerbeds for cures to everyday ailments from coughs to eczema

(Excerpt from TimesOnline.co.uk)

“Its cultural. In Malaysia, where I spent a lot of my childhood, Western medicine came along and was considered useful, but as an adjunct to traditional medicine that never went away. In Northern Europe the Industrial Revolution meant that people were ripped out of the countryside, where they had this rich ethnobotanical knowledge, and popped into cities. Within a couple of generations all that knowledge is lost. Theres very little methodology to pass on.”Wong is 27 and an ethnobotanist – a scientist who studies the use of plants. It was at his grandmothers home in Malaysia that he absorbed the idea that plants arent just pretty, but that many of them can be functional. “Wed walk around my grandmothers back garden and shed rip off a leaf of a palm tree and a couple of minutes of origami later shed have a perfectly usable hat that would last for quite a long time,” he says.“The plant next to it was one they used to stitch injuries together during the Second World War. Not only was it fibrous but it had antiseptic qualities. It was magical to me as a kid that you could do so much with the things most people walk past. People have this idea that you have to hike to the depths of the Amazon to find the source of plant-based medicines, and that once you have got them you need a fully equipped pharmaceutical laboratory full of people in white coats preparing this stuff in really elaborate processes.

via Grow your own drugs: a medicine cabinet in your garden – Times Online.

Seriously…

“Barrel water must not be used for drinking, bathing infants or drouning witches.”

and then

“In addition, owners may cultivate herbes such as belladonna, nightshade and henbane for personal use-though the sale of such herbes is prohibited, owing to their properties for causing fevered hallucinations of the brain.”

via Ancient Homeowner Association Rules | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine.

Enjoy.
Scott

We all need something to kick start our brains in the morning. I don’t know why I chose to tackle this article. I don’t believe in coincidence -in the sense of complete randomness without connection- but now my little hamsters are going a mile a minute.

Reaches for more coffee…

The Primordial Image: Archetypes

Author: Vikki Bramshaw
Posted: December 20th. 2009

A ’standard description’ of an archetype (as a concept) is: ‘Archetypes are deep enduring patterns of thought and behavior laid down in the human psyche, which remain powerful over long periods of time and transcend cultures and generations. Archetypes form the basis of instinctive patters of behavior that all of humankind shares in common.’


Most people know the common Archetypes (the ‘fundamental personalities’) : such as The Mother, The Hero, The Tyrant, The Lovers, The Child, and so on. But like many other terms which have been adopted by modern western spiritual paths (such as the concept of ‘Karma’) the Archetype is a much more expansive subject than it is usually given credit for.

On considering what the term Archetype can really offer when it is applied to Wicca and Initiatory Craft, we need to first look at what the pioneering psychologist Carl Jung really meant when he coined the term, ‘Archetype’. When Jung first came up with the concept, he named what we now call the ‘Archetype’ the Primordial Image, a phrase that he first used in his essay, ‘Instinct and the Unconscious’. 

When he started his ‘modern quest for the soul’, Jung turned to classical mythology to explain his insights – because he realized that the stories within the mythology explained his concept quite nicely as reflections of the human experience – together with other ‘gateways to the unconscious’ such as dreams, rituals, and the use of art and symbols. In this way, he identified the power of mythology as (what could be described as) both a ‘key’ and a ‘mirror’ for the journey of the soul.”


Witchvox Article.

Enjoy.

Scott

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