Daily Roundup – Give Me A Fish


If you give me a fish...
If you give me a fish…

I like to go fishing once in awhile and sometimes my son and I go together. There’s a lake about 15 minutes away from our home and a creek on the property we like to camp on so opportunities abound for us to catch a fish or two. I’m no accomplished angler by any means but it’s not about the fish so much as it is about bonding and enjoying life in the outdoors.

When I was a kid my mom kept aquariums around the house full of tropical fish and exotic animals like african frogs and newts. Fish and plants have been a part of my life from a very early age and because of that I’m considering delving into aquaponics sometime in the not too distant future. I am told that tilapia and crappie are good choices for an aquaponic system. What about you? Do you have any experiences or recommendations you would like to share? A friend of mine recently reminded me that there is an aquaponics meet-up group in our area.

Someone may be rich and powerful but without friends...
Someone may be rich and powerful but without friends…

Great wisdom from a great spiritual leader and shared by my own tradition brother Ta’li Seabhac. Thank you both for the reminder that many of the things we mistake for important in life really aren’t that important after all. It’s true, we human beings are social creatures. What do you think? Please be sociable and share your thoughts by leaving a comment or liking and sharing this page with others.


Alex Bledsoe Discusses ‘Long Black Curl’ and Eddie LaCrosse.

I’ve really enjoyed the Tufa Tales and look forward to the next one. These magical tales of Appalachian Fae descended from the Tuatha de Dannan are delightful to read and lose yourself in.


Daily Roundup – Pokemon and Your Inner Child

Pokemon hater? Just because your inner child is dead doesn't mean you should try to kill the child in other people.
Pokemon hater? Just because your inner child is dead doesn’t mean you should try to kill the child in other people.

If someone wants to enjoy Pokemon, or Finding Dory, or Star Wars – just let them. There is enough in this world to take joy from us without it being taken because of some pseudo maturity complex.

Whenever someone says they did something "like a boss," I assume they mean they didn't do it at all and just took credit from someone else's work.
Whenever someone says they did something “like a boss,” I assume they mean they didn’t do it at all and just took credit from someone else’s work.
The past cannot be changed, forgotten, edited, or erased. It can only be accepted.
The past cannot be changed, forgotten, edited, or erased. It can only be accepted.
Primitive hotel.
Primitive hotel.

This is a hotel room in Sweden (Kolarbyn) which consists of twelve little forest huts located by the beautiful lake Skärsjön. Called Sweden’s most primitive hotel, the huts have no electricity and the dark evenings are lit by candles or traditional oil lamps.

Yep, that's my boy. Not sure where he got the disdain for BBQ sauce thing from though.
Yep, that’s my boy. Not sure where he got the disdain for BBQ sauce thing from though.

He’s pretty much that way about any kind of sauce. He likes his burgers with meat and cheese only. Basically the only kind of sauce he likes is cheese sauce. He’s a macaroni and cheese eating fool. Lol.

Spiral Rhythm — I Am Pagan

Daily Roundup – Warriors and Multi-classing Bards

I sold an hour of my life for $13 doesn't sound nearly as good as I make $13 per hour.
I sold an hour of my life for $13 doesn’t sound nearly as good as I make $13 per hour.
Multiclassing Druid and Bard.
Multiclassing Druid and Bard.
Warriors are not always the fastest or strongest. Warriors are those who choose to stand between their enemies and all those they love and hold sacred.
Warriors are not always the fastest or strongest. Warriors are those who choose to stand between their enemies and all those they love and hold sacred.

I removed the unnecessary word ‘men’ in my caption out of respect for the many warrior sisters I know and admire. There are many people gathered in prayer at the site of a pipeline which is set to cross land which was left, reserved by a treaty in 1851 belonging to people who are indigenous to this land. Historically, it has been proven time and time again that if those in power want something that you have those treaties mean nothing. I praise these brave people who are standing up to aggressive force to protect their sacred burial grounds and the water which their people depend on for life. I understand the need to transport fuel resources from one place to another but I don’t see why we can’t find a better way. Especially where waterways are concerned. I used to work in a place where we treated waste water before it was to be discharged to the creek which fed a local municipal water treatment plant. Our duties were to removed heavy metals and harmful chemicals from the water before it left the property. Anyway, throughout the operation all of the waste water pipes (huge ones at that) which came to the treatment facility were up high, 20 or 30 feet in the air on supports. I was told that this was so that if a leak developed it would be spotted right away and the source could be valved off until a repair could be made so that the least amount of spillage would occur. My question is, when these oil and gas pipelines pass waterways like rivers and streams, why can there not be lift stations installed and the pipes passed over rather than under the river with safeguards to immediately stop the flow in case of a leak in the same way. Certainly we need to transport energy, but we also need to protect our waterways.

Don't let your printer know you are in a hurry. They smell fear.
Don’t let your printer know you are in a hurry. They smell fear.
The role of government under a representative democracy is to represent the will of the people...
The role of government under a representative democracy is to represent the will of the people…

Spiral Dance – The Goddess And The Weaver

Daily Roundup – Humanity, Machinery and Self-Care

My face when my kids tell me they "looked" for something but still can't find it. Oh the humanity!
My face when my kids tell me they “looked” for something but still can’t find it. Oh the humanity!
Self care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.
Self care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.
Oregon's "disappearing lake" is sucked into a great hole every year leaving a dry meadow during the summer months.
Oregon’s “disappearing lake” is sucked into a great hole every year leaving a dry meadow during the summer months.

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.” – Charlie Chaplin

Doesn’t it seem that the deeper we go into dependence on the machines and technology which drive our world the farther we move apart from one another? In our dialog with one another, we tend to come up with clever labels and witty, snarky come backs but where has our kindness and gentleness gone? Are we losing our humanity as we “advance” our society? Are we prepared for what comes next in our evolutionary march? Could we be building our replacements as machines become more intelligent, more articulate and perhaps, eventually, sentient?

Queen Elizabeth just prior to her coronation being led by a Druidic High Priestess in preparation for her enthronement ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth just prior to her coronation being led by a Druidic High Priestess in preparation for her enthronement ceremony.

Wendy Rule – Hecate

Daily Roundup – Airbeds, Why Are You Hiding Stuff?

Witchcraft Rd.
Witchcraft Rd.

“Witchcraft isn’t just spells and potions. It’s the belief that we all carry the innate power to change our own lives through the workings and power of the universe and we as witches celebrate and honor that belief and the elements that make it possible.” – Sebastian Halliwell

Karma
Karma

What goes around comes around. Keep your circle POSITIVE. Say good words. Think good thoughts. Do good deeds.

How cool are these airbeds?
How cool are these airbeds?

So, I went looking for some of these types of airbeds and found some on Amazon that are worth checking out. The last time my son and I went camping together at Witchstock we used a regular queen sized air matteress in the back of our Ford Expedition and that worked out pretty well but not all cars are sized and shaped well to accommodate a standard airbed. Plus, these include headboards and sides which are nice, comfy features to include. For some of those reluctant campers who would come out to our festivals and camp outs but hate the idea of pitching tents and lots of set up work these might be a worthwhile investment indeed.

When you're at the checkout line and they ask if you found everything, say, "Why, are you hiding stuff?"
When you’re at the checkout line and they ask if you found everything, say, “Why, are you hiding stuff?”
Life is short.
Life is short.

Spend it with people who make you laugh and feel loved.

Godsmack – Voodoo

Daily Roundup – Amendment Matters

One amendment, two amendment, three amendment, four. Which ones do you defend and which do you ignore? The entirety of the Bill Of Rights were ratified in order for the constitution to be accepted by the majority of the founders of our United States and for good reason. But a lot of the things included such as illegal search and seizure or rights to privacy and security in one’s person seem to have been eroded into meaningless words on paper in this post “war on drugs”, “war on terror” and “Patriot Act” world. A lot of the “wars” seem to have brought in more of the things they were supposed to be eradicating wouldn’t you agree? Perhaps the real war has been on us and our rights? Have we become a society of people who would rather give up our liberties for a false sense of security?

“Oh shut up about this thing happening or that thing happening in the world. Don’t tell me about the crooked politician taking bribes to sell out working people or the banker stealing from people’s pensions and getting away with it. I just want to watch my football and see what the Kardashians are up to.”

How did we get here?

Apathy.

All Amendment Matters.
All Amendments Matter.

“Hey guys, look! This guy said the 2nd amendment should be repealed on facebook.”

“Why?”

“He says there were no assault rifles in 1789.”

“Lol. There wasn’t facebook either, so why is he using his 1st amendment rights on it?”

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

One of my all time favorites.

Krishna's Butter Ball
Krishna’s Butter Ball

A boulder which has been perched in a gravity defying position for 1,200 years. The 20 foot tall, 16.5 foot wide rock sits on the edge of a slope in Mahabalipuram, India.

You see, people don't want to hear your opinion. They want to hear their opinion coming out of your mouth.
You see, people don’t want to hear your opinion. They want to hear their opinion coming out of your mouth.

All too often…

Philip, why can't I have a throne like this?
Philip, why can’t I have a throne like this?

Sully Erna – The Rise (Avalon) HD

Daily Roundup – Grievances And Tyrants

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, ensuring that there is no prohibition on the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

1800 Year Old Roman Road..Still in better shape than I-35
1800 Year Old Roman Road..Still in better shape than I-35

I have some grievances about this situation and I think a few more have likewise aired a few grievances regarding the duration of the “improvement” projects taking place on our roadways.

A flock of assholes is called people.
A flock of assholes is called people.

Bahahahhahahhaha! Well, that’s one way of putting it I suppose.

Athlete sits down during national anthem - National Outrage. Hundreds of tribes stand up against pipeline - National Silence. Grievances.
Athlete sits down during national anthem – National Outrage. Hundreds of tribes stand up against pipeline – National Silence.

I think that both issues are far more complex than this meme frames them but it does raise some important issues. What is of most importance, the symbols of a nation or the founding principles upon which the nation was established? Should we not give more credence to the rights of a person or persons to speak freely or otherwise express their grievances to the governing body and their fellow citizens than to symbols which represent a place, an organization, a people? Symbols have little meaning when the things that they represent lose their way. There are many things which need to be given careful thought and consideration before jumping to a knee jerk conclusion or onto a bandwagon. We need to consider what is right and just and what is wrong and robs our future generations of a fair and decent life.

OMNIA – Castlefest 06.08.2016 (Full Concert)