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A Personal Statement

You know, I didn’t start off feeling animosity toward Christian evangelicals. I spent 50 years of my life trying to fit in with the Christian lifestyle and found peace only when I accepted my Pagan roots and discovered the true path for me. I naively believed that I lived in a strong pluralistic society where our diversity was recognized as one of our strengths. But during the past two years I have seen and read too much from the evangelical religionists to maintain that core of unity that should connect us.

Evangelical extreme religionists have separated themselves from the Constitution and from everyone who might disagree with them. They have placed themselves is a position of self-imposed authority to the point where those who do not share their religious agenda are enemies and not worthy of the respect for all upon which this nation was founded.

I can no longer be silent. I can’t afford to be, when there are those who seek to take my constitutional rights away from me and other minority groups by imposing their religious agenda on all through the laws and political standards they deem consistent with their religious beliefs. There is a time coming when their extreme form of Christianity will be rejected by true Christians, when these evangelical zealots will separate themselves even from those who once nurtured and supported them.

Let it be known that I oppose only those evangelical religionists who seek to trample over the Constitution and the First Amendment and even inject the Bill of Rights with their own immoral and unethical amendments aimed at denying women and minority citizens equal civil rights. I acknowledge and continue to support true Christians who have not succumbed to this destructive and extreme new religious right element that masquerades behind innocuous names like Tea Party Patriots, the Moral Majority, the National Conservative Political Action Committee, the Conservative Caucus, the Christian Action Coalition, the Christian Voice, Focus on the Family, et al.

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Sunday in Ontario

Our son is making sauce today, so we are off to Ontario for dinner and fun with kids and grandkids. It’s rainy and temp in the low-mid 60s.

Chris finally got around to setting up a Facebook account and as a result has reconnected with people from his childhood days in Rochester. Pete was his best friend growing up, but they lost touch when we moved out to the country in 1985. Then Pete moved to Florida and life widened the gap.

Soon after opening his FB account Chris reconnected with several old friends, including Pete. Seems Pete was coming to Rochester to visit his mom, so they decided to get together for lunch. It was a good time reminiscing about the old days, so Chris and Nicole invited him to join us today for dinner. I’m looking forward to it.

Chris’ FB: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001698635902
My FB: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=116734201717512

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Vacation Notes

Maine is gorgeous this time of year. We drove through miles and miles of landscape that was all dressed up in autumn finery.

The trip began with cool rainy weather, but in spite of it, we had a wonderful and warm visit with Shirley and Gary in Salem. We stayed two days there visiting museums and craft shops. I didn’t spend too much money; just a candle or two, a couple of key chains (couldn’t decide which I like best), some incense, and a few much needed malachite and moon stones. We saw Laurie Cabot just leaving her shop. Waved, but didn’t stop to chat with her.

Then on to Hampton Beach, windswept and deserted, but still incredibly beautiful. Next stop Bar Harbor. We drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain. It was cold and crisp, and as beautiful as I remember. I could not believe how crowded it was in October. I can’t imagine how crowded it would be in the summer.

We returned to Sand Beach. When we were there in July of 1975 there was no one there and we enjoyed the beauty of the waves and sea spray. This time we had to pay to get in (and it wasn’t cheap — thankfully senior discounts helped) and it was crawling with tourists. It’s still as beautiful as I remember. Oh, and huge delicious lobster dinners!

The last leg of our trip took us through the Finger Lakes region right here in NY. As we gazed down at the splendor of that region I had to admit that it was just as beautiful as most of Maine. We stopped in Naples to buy some canned grape pie filling (to use to make turnovers and tarts) and a pie. It was sooo good.

We passed the true test of an ancient marriage — 1800 miles together in a car, getting lost most of the way, and marveling at how expensive hotel rooms are. Can’t imagine how expensive they would be in tourist season.

It was good to get home, but it didn’t take long for the itch to hit the road again came over me. Perhaps it’s good that we can’t afford to do this sort of thing very often or we’d hardly ever be home. The picture is of the view from our hotel room balcony just outside Bar Harbor.

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Our Creator

“When you have a Goddess as the Creator, it’s her own body that is the universe. …” — Joseph Campbell

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Nietzsche Wisdom

“The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.” –Nietzsche

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Rose Ariadne ‘s Financial Dream Solutions Ritual

This spell will draw out solutions to any of your financial needs in your dreams…

STEP 1: Sprinkle any type of basil oil onto a lodestone just before getting into bed.

STEP 2: Get into bed, turn out the lights, and gently rub the scented lodestone in a sunwise (clockwise) on your forehead.

(When you awake your forehead will probably be dirty…that’s OK… lodestone dust is extremely lucky!)

STEP 3: Keep the lodestone near your bed/head while you sleep so that you can inhale the aroma of the basil all night…

STEP 4: You’ll dream of riches and treasures…and you’ll be given the “secrets” to find the prosperity you’ve always wanted in your life…

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Rose Ariadne’s “Dreams of Passion and Love” Ritual

STEP 1: Fill you bathtub with warm water.

STEP 2: Add three drops of rose oil and 3 drops of jasmine oil to the bathwater.

STEP 3: Add fresh white roses and basil leaves to the the bath.

STEP 4: Pour a glass of your favorite drink… (if you’re over 21, in the U.S., feel free to make it champagne, or wine, or whatever… treat yourself!)

STEP 5: Light candles all throughout the bathroom.

STEP 6: As you relax in the bath, with every sip of your drink, let your deepest desire (in the area of love) fill your, mind.

Let these visions of your desire fill your mind in as much detail as you can.

We all have daydreams and fantasies…

Let the come out with every sip!

STEP 7: Sleep… and dream… and let the answers (and pleasures) fill your mind in the dark of night.

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