31 May 2018 Island of the Moon (Drawings) and Traveler (Paul Horn)

Hi there – just a quick note to share my drawings for today.  A friend suggested since the image from the dream I shared was stuck in my head to do a drawing of it.  My drawings here can’t really do justice to illustrate what I experienced but at least it’s out of my head LOL! I like the chalk drawing version.  We are going by Michael’s tomorrow and I plan to pick up some canvas.  I think I want to try to capture this vision in paint and see how that looks.

Spoke to my parents today to wish my Dad a happy birthday – so good to hear both my Dad and Mom’s voices and get caught up.  So grateful and felt so much love talking to them.  Dad was having a good day and was seriously envious of the dessert we were having in his honor – my chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream!

31 May 2018 – Dad loves my chocolate chip cookies. We enjoyed them and some vanilla ice cream in honor of his special day. He was jealous lol!

Traveler   – Paul Horn

(look at the image, instead of a person in my drawings, there is an empty chair….I love it when I get lead to wondrous places)


31 May 2018 Dad’s Birthday and Bela Lugosi In My Dreams

Hello to you.  How are you doing?  I’m doing alright, better now that I have a cup of coffee in me lol.  Today is my Dad’s birthday!  Happy birthday Dad!

My Dad as a young man

The past few nights we’ve been having trouble sleeping because Link has been having itchy ears and waking us up.  I applied some Lavender diluted in oil and it seems to have helped things calm down.  In any event, I ended up in the spare bed last night just so I could get some sleep and had an interesting dream!  There were several but one in particular stood out.  It had actor Bela Lugosi, famous for his role as one of the earliest Dracula’s, in it!

What’s funny is having a dream like this on my Dad’s birthday because he’s always teasing about me and the vampire stuff.  He does that “booga booga” thing with his hands and his voice lol.  I started with that in kindergarten when I wrote a story about vampires for my classmates! I think some of my obsession with death so early in my life had to do with my birth mom’s death at such a young age.

Actor Bela Lugosi as he looked in my dream.

In this dream I was with another person and we were waiting to see someone.  Then there was this beautiful scene of an island with trees and a glowing bright full moon behind it (what is cool is our actual moon is full right now, saw it this morning!).  Then all the sudden there was Bela in theater makeup!  He examined my wrists and the bracelets I was wearing as a sort of payment for this visit.  After examining them, he could see I was attached to the bracelets and didn’t take them.  He then let me talk to him about all the stuff that had been going on the past couple of months.  He just smiled at me and was so kind.  I woke up shortly after this.  I didn’t want to leave!

Sometimes I wish there was a way to push a button when your dreaming and capture an image so you could see it when you wake up lol.  The “island of the moon” I’ll call it was so beautiful.  The image is still stuck in my head as I write this!

Island of the Moon – (Jackie)

There is a place we shall meet where the moon is always glowing

Where the old ones take familiar forms

For how long there is no knowing.

Reality slipping slowly on the tides of the Island of the Moon

There sits the charming Bela Lugosi

Bathing in moonbeams in it’s glowing lagoon.


Bela Lugosi Interview – (made me smile to listen to this – reminds me of my Grandpa Becker minus the Hungarian accent – very charismatic person)

Published on Nov 21, 2009

Bela is interviewed upon his return to the USA in 1950/51 after filming “Vampire Over London”. He reminisces about Dracula and the films he made in Hungary.


29 May 2018 Angels Walking Angels (drawing) and In the Realms of Healing (Steven Halpern)

Hello to you in your time and place in the world.  How are you?  I hope you had a good day.  I did a little drawing this evening to try and illustrate something I noticed a couple of times while in an altered state, my cycles.  They were people that would seem to appear out of nowhere with large dogs that were so calm they seemed like spirits more than actual dogs.  I guess the best way for me to describe it was like encountering angels (beings that aren’t “from here”) walking angels!  One of the recent encounters was a beautiful woman with a 68 on her shirt (last two of the year I was born) in our neighborhood.  We saw her only once and it was like a visit from an angel.   Such a happy person and the dog she was walking with was so peaceful and gentle.  I don’t know if what I’m describing will resonate with anyone out there but just thought I would share.

29 May 2018 – Angels walking angels. Trying to put into drawing encounters I’ve had with angels walking with angels.

I am sharing a piece of the wonderful Steven Halpern’s music.  I bought a couple of his CD’s when I lived in Colorado Springs and would visit the Celebrations Bookstore in Manitou Springs.  Going to Manitou Springs is one of my favorite memories about living in Colorado.   I hope you will enjoy this song and may be check out some of his others.  His music is so soothing and calming.

In the Realms of Healing

29 May 2018 After The Rollercoaster Ride, Rising Appalachia (Medicine), Purple Lady (drawing) and Weird and Wonderful Words

28 May 2018 – I was thinking of Aurora Borealis when I did this one. May be some day I’ll get to see the real thing!

Rising Appalachia- Medicine [Official Music Video] (my friend shared this recently and it resonated with me)

Hello to you there in your where and when as you visit here.  How are you?  I’m in a good place mentally, physically and spiritually this morning and feeling very grateful.  Things are finally balancing out after the last rollercoaster ride of a cycle I was on.  I’m writing, doing art, communicating and not feeling so paranoid and mistrustful.  I’m so grateful and feel so blessed that my family and friends stood by and waited for me with love to get around the corner with it.  Kyle is working on a second set of angel gear after all he’s been through with me!

I found this in my internet wanderings this morning and thought it would be fun to share.   Do you recognize any of the words?  There were a couple for me lol.  Some of these words I didn’t even know existed!  Apple-knocker is one that stood out for me LOL!

Hugs, love, light, laughter, joy and healing to you today!


Weird and wonderful words

You might most frequently use OxfordDictionaries.com to double-check the spelling or pronunciation of a word, or to find a synonym for a common term. But sometimes you might want to learn a new and unfamiliar word – one which you probably won’t need in everyday conversation or writing, but which is fun, interesting, and unusual.

We’ve brought together a list of some weird and wonderful words, from aa (a kind of volcanic lava) all the way to the Zyrian language. Along the way you’ll encounter words for ‘resembling an ostrich’, ‘a bird’s wishbone’, and the technical term for the big toe…

aa a kind of volcanic lava that forms jagged masses with a light frothy texture; in an unrelated sense (‘a stream’) aa is the first entry in the Oxford English Dictionary
abaya a full-length, sleeveless outer garment worn by Arabs
abomasum the fourth stomach of a ruminant, such as a cow or sheep
absquatulate to leave somewhere abruptly
adscititious additional
afreet a powerful jinn or demon in Arabian and Muslim mythology
Albertopolis a group of museums and other cultural institutions in South Kensington in London, named after Prince Albert
alcazar a Spanish palace or fortress
amphibology a phrase or sentence that is grammatically ambiguous, such asShe sees more of her children than her husband
amphisbaena a mythical serpent with a head at each end
anfractuous winding or circuitous
anguilliform resembling an eel
apoptosis the death of cells which occurs as a normal part of an organism’s growth or development
apple-knocker US informal an ignorant or unsophisticated person
argle-bargle copious but meaningless talk or writing
Argus-eyed vigilant, referring to Argos, a Greek mythological watchman with a hundred eyes
argute shrewd
ariel a gazelle found in the Middle East and North Africa
aristotle Austral. rhyming slang a bottle
aspergillum an implement used for sprinkling holy water in religious ceremonies
astrobleme an eroded remnant of a large, ancient crater made by the impact of a meteorite or comet
Attic salt refined, incisive wit
autotomy the casting off of a limb or other part of the body by an animal under threat, such as a lizard
badmash Indian a hooligan
bandoline a sticky preparation used for setting hair
bardolatry humorous excessive admiration of Shakespeare (‘the Bard of Avon’)
Barmecide illusory or imaginary and therefore disappointing
barn burner N. Amer. a very exciting or dramatic event, especially a sports contest; first used of an exceptionally good hand at bridge.
bashment W. Indian a large party or dance
bawbee Scottish a coin of low value
benthos the flora and fauna on the bottom of a sea or lake
bergschrund a type of crevasse
bezoar a small hard, solid mass which may form in the stomachs of animals such as goats or sheep
bibliopole a person who buys and sells books, especially rare ones
bichon frise a breed of toy dog with a fine, curly white coat
bilboes an iron bar with sliding shackles, used to fasten prisoners’ ankles
bindlestiff N. Amer. a tramp
bingle Austral. informal a collision
blatherskite a person who talks at great length without making much sense
bleeding edge the very forefront of technological development
blind pig N. Amer. informal a place where alcoholic drinks are sold illegally
bobsy-die a great deal of fuss or trouble
boffola N. Amer. informal a joke that gets a loud or hearty laugh
boilover Austral. informal a surprise result in a sporting event
borborygmus a rumbling or gurgling noise in the intestines
breatharian a person who believes that it is possible, through meditation, to reach a level of consciousness where one can exist on air alone
Brobdingnagian gigantic, from Brobdingnag, a country in Jonathan Swift’sGulliver’s Travels
bruxism involuntary and habitual grinding of the teeth
bumbo a drink of rum, sugar, water, and nutmeg
burnsides a moustache in combination with whiskers on the cheeks but no beard on the chin
cacoethes an urge to do something inadvisable
callipygian having shapely buttocks
callithumpian like a discordant band or a noisy parade
camisado a military attack carried out at night
canorous melodious or resonant
cantillate to chant or intone a passage of religious text
carphology convulsive or involuntary movements made by delirious patients, such as plucking at the bedclothes
catoptromancy foretelling the future by means of a mirror
cereology the study or investigation of crop circles
cerulean deep sky blue
chad a piece of waste paper produced by punching a hole
chalkdown S. African informal a teachers’ strike
chanticleer a rooster in a fairy tale
chiliad a thousand things or a thousand years
chump change N. Amer. informal a small or insignificant sum of money
claggy Brit. dialect sticky or able to form sticky lumps
clepsydra an early clock using the flow of water into or out of a container
colporteur a person who peddles books, newspapers, or other writings, especially bibles and religious tracts
comess W. Indian a confused or noisy situation
commensalism an association between two organisms in which one benefits from the relationship and the other derives neither harm nor benefit
comminatory threatening, punitive, or vengeful
concinnity elegance or neatness of literary or artistic style
congius an ancient Roman liquid measure equal in modern terms to about 6 imperial pints
conniption (or conniption fit) N. Amer. informal a fit of rage or hysterics
constellate to gather together in a cluster or group
coprolalia the involuntary repetitive use of obscene language
coriaceous like leather
couthy Scottish (of a person) warm and friendly; (of a place) cosy and comfortable
criticaster a minor or incompetent critic
crore Indian ten million
crottle a lichen used in Scotland to make a brownish dye for wool
croze a groove at the end of a cask or barrel in which the head is fixed
cryptozoology the search for and study of animals whose existence is unproven, such as the Loch Ness monster and the yeti
cudbear a purple or violet powder used for dyeing, made from lichen
cupreous of or like copper
cyanic blue; azure
cybersquatting the practice of registering well-known names as Internet domain names, in the hope of reselling them at a profit
dariole a small round metal mould used in French cooking for an individual sweet or savoury dish
deasil clockwise or in the direction of the sun’s course
decubitus Medicine the posture of someone who is lying down or lying in bed
deedy industrious or effective
defervescence Medicine the lessening of a fever
deglutition the action or process of swallowing
degust to taste food or drink carefully, so as to fully appreciate it
deipnosophist a person skilled in the art of dining and dinner-table conversation
deracinate to tear something up by the roots
deterge to cleanse something thoroughly
didi Indian an older sister or female cousin
digerati people with expertise or professional involvement in information technology
dight clothed or equipped; also, to make something ready for use
discobolus a discus thrower in ancient Greece
disembogue to emerge or pour out (used of a river or stream)
disenthral to set someone free from enslavement
divagate to stray or digress
divaricate to stretch or spread apart
donkey engine a small auxiliary engine on a ship
donkeyman a man working in a ship’s engine room
doryphore a pedantic and annoyingly persistent critic of others
dotish W. Indian stupid or silly
douceur a financial inducement or bribe
draff dregs or refuse
dragoman an interpreter or professional guide for travellers, especially one in countries in which Arabic, Turkish, or Persian is spoken
dumbsize to reduce the staff numbers of a company to such low levels that work can no longer be carried out effectively
dwaal S. African a dreamy, dazed, or absent-minded state
ecdysiast a striptease performer
edacious having to do with eating or fond of eating
effable able to be described in words. Its opposite, ineffable, is more widely used.
emacity fondness for buying things
emmetropia the normal condition of the eye: perfect vision
empasm a perfumed powder sprinkled on the body to prevent sweating or for medicinal purposes
ensorcell to enchant or fascinate someone
entomophagy the eating of insects, especially by people
erf S. African a plot of land
ergometer an apparatus which measures energy expended during physical exercise
erubescent reddening or blushing
e-tailer a retailer who sells goods on the Internet
etui a small ornamental case for holding needles, cosmetics, and other articles
eucatastrophe a happy ending to a story
eurhythmic in harmonious proportion
eviternity eternal existence or everlasting duration
exequies funeral rites
exsanguine bloodless or anaemic
extramundane outside or beyond the physical world
eye candy visual images that are superficially attractive and entertaining but intellectually undemanding
eyewater W. Indian tears
famulus an assistant or attendant, especially one working for a magician or scholar
fankle Scottish to tangle or entangle something
fipple the mouthpiece of a recorder or similar wind instrument
flatline to die
flews the thick pendulous lips of a bloodhound or similar dog
floccinaucinihilipilification the action or habit of estimating something as worthless (a word generally only quoted as a curiosity)
flocculent having or resembling tufts of wool
force-ripe West Indian old or mature in certain respects without having developed fully in others
forehanded chiefly N. Amer. prudent or thrifty
frondeur a political rebel
fugacious transient or fleeting
funambulist a tightrope walker
furuncle a boil
fuscous dark and sombre in colour
futhark the Scandinavian runic alphabet
futz to waste time or busy oneself aimlessly
gaberlunzie Scottish archaic a beggar
gaita a kind of bagpipe played in northern Spain and Portugal
galligaskins a type of loose breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries
gallus Scottish bold or daring
gasconade extravagant boasting
glabrous (of skin) hairless or (of a leaf) having no down
glaikit Scottish & N. English stupid, foolish, or thoughtless
gnathic having to do with the jaws
gobemouche a gullible or credulous listener
goodfella a gangster, especially a member of a Mafia family
guddle Scottish to fish with one’s hands by groping under the stones or banks of a stream
habile deft or skilful
hallux Anatomy the big toe
haruspex a religious official in ancient Rome who inspected the entrails of sacrificial animals in order to foretell the future
higgler W. Indian a person who travels from place to place selling small items
hinky US informal dishonest, suspect, or unreliable
hoddy-noddy a foolish person
hodiernal of today
hoggin a mixture of sand and gravel, used especially in road-building
hongi a traditional Maori greeting or salutation made by pressing or touching noses
howff Scottish a favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub
humdudgeon an imaginary illness
hunt-and-peck using only one or two fingers on a computer keyboard
hwyl a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy which is associated with the Welsh people
illywhacker Austral. informal a small-time confidence trickster
incrassate thickened in form or consistency
incunabula books printed before 1501
ingurgitate to swallow something greedily
inspissate to thicken or congeal
inunct to apply ointment to someone or something
jumbuck Austral. informal a sheep
jumentous resembling horse’s urine
jungli Indian uncultured or wild
karateka a person who performs karate
keek Scottish to peep surreptitiously
kenspeckle Scottish conspicuous or easily recognizable
kinnikinnick a substance consisting of dried sumac leaves and willow or dogwood bark, smoked by North American Indians
kylie Austral. a boomerang
labarum a banner or flag bearing symbolic motifs
lablab a tropical Asian plant of the pea family
lactarium a dairy
liripipe the long dangling tail of a medieval academic hood
loblolly a North American pine tree with very long slender needles
lobola among southern African peoples, the money or cattle given by a bridegroom’s family to the bride’s family
logomachy an argument about words
lollygag to spend time in an aimless or lazy way
luculent (of speech or writing) clearly expressed
lycanthropy the supernatural transformation of a person into a wolf
macushla Irish an affectionate form of address
mallam a learned man or scribe in Nigeria and other parts of Africa
mamaguy W. Indian to try to deceive someone by flattering them or telling them lies
martlet Heraldry a small, swallow-like bird with tufts of feathers in place of legs and feet
mazel tov a Jewish expression used to congratulate someone or wish them good luck
meacock a coward or effeminate person
merkin an artificial covering of hair for the pubic area
merrythought a bird’s wishbone
mim Scottish modest or demure in an affected or priggish way
mimsy rather feeble and prim or over-restrained (coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass)
minacious menacing or threatening
minibeast Brit. informal a small invertebrate animal such as an insect or spider
misogamy the hatred of marriage
mistigris a joker or other extra card played as a wild card in some versions of poker
mixologist N. Amer. informal a person who is skilled at mixing cocktails and other drinks
mollitious luxurious or sensuous
momism excessive attachment to or domination by one’s mother
monkey’s wedding S. African simultaneous rain and sunshine
monorchid having only one testicle
moonraker a native of the county of Wiltshire
mouse potato a person who spends large amounts of their leisure or working time on a computer
mudlark a person who scavenges in riverside mud at low tide for anything of value
muktuk the skin and blubber of a whale, eaten by the Inuit people
mumpsimus a traditional custom or notion that is adhered to although it has been shown to be unreasonable
nacarat a bright orange-red colour
nagware computer software which is free for a trial period and thereafter frequently reminds the user to pay for it
nainsook a fine, soft cotton fabric, originally made in the Indian subcontinent
natation swimming
nesh Brit. dialect weak, delicate, or feeble
netizen a habitual or keen user of the Internet
noctambulist a sleepwalker
noyade an execution carried out by drowning
nugacity triviality or frivolity
nympholepsy passion or rapture aroused in men by beautiful young girls
obnubilate to darken, dim, or obscure something
ogdoad a group or set of eight
omophagy the eating of raw food, especially meat
omphalos the centre or hub of something
onolatry the worship of donkeys or asses
o-o an endangered Hawaiian bird, a species of honeyeater
operose involving or displaying a lot of effort
opsimath a person who begins to learn or study late in life
orectic having to do with desire or appetite
orrery a clockwork model of the solar system, or the sun, earth, and moon
ortanique a cross between an orange and a tangerine
otalgia earache
oxter Scottish & N. English a person’s armpit
paludal living or occurring in a marshy habitat
Pantagruelian enormous
panurgic able or ready to do anything
parapente an aerofoil parachute, used for gliding
paraph a flourish after a signature
patulous (of the boughs of a tree, for example) spreading
pavonine to do with or resembling a peacock
pedicular to do with lice
peely-wally Scottish looking pale and unwell
peever Scottish hopscotch
periapt an item worn as a charm or amulet
petcock a small valve in a steam engine or boiler, used for drainage or for reducing pressure
peterman a person who breaks open and robs safes
pettitoes pig’s trotters, especially as food
piacular making or requiring atonement
pilgarlic a bald-headed man, or a person regarded with mild contempt
pinguid resembling fat; oily or greasy
piscatorial connected with fishermen or fishing
pleurodynia severe pain in the muscles between the ribs or in the diaphragm
plew a beaver skin
pneumonoul­tramicrosc­opicsilico­volcanocon­iosis an invented term said to mean ‘a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust’, but rarely used except for its curiosity value
pogey Canadian informal unemployment or welfare benefit
pollex Anatomy the thumb
pooter a suction bottle for collecting insects and other small invertebrates
portolan a book containing sailing directions with hand-drawn charts and descriptions of harbours and coasts
posology the branch of medicine concerned with the size and frequency of doses of a medicine or a drug
possident a possessor, i.e. a person who owns something
pother a commotion or fuss
pre-loved second-hand
presenteeism the compulsion to spend longer at work than is required or to continue working despite illness
previse to foresee or predict an event
probang a strip of flexible material with a sponge or tuft at the end, used to remove a foreign body from the throat or to apply medication to it
prosopagnosia an inability to recognize the faces of familiar people, typically as a result of brain damage
puddle jumper a small, light aircraft which is fast and highly manoeuvrable and used for short trips
puddysticks S. African children’s word very easy
pyknic a technical description of a stocky physique with a rounded body and head, thickset trunk, and a tendency to fat
pyroclastic relating to fragments of rock erupted by a volcano
ragtop a convertible car with a soft roof
ratite (of a bird such as the ostrich or emu) unable to fly because of having a flat breastbone, to which no flight muscles are attached
rawky foggy, damp, and cold
razzia a raid carried out by Moors in North Africa
rebirthing a form of therapy involving controlled breathing and intended to simulate the trauma of being born
resurrection man a person who, in past times, illicitly exhumed corpses from burial grounds and sold them to anatomists for dissection
retiform resembling a net
rhinoplasty plastic surgery performed on the nose
rubiginous rust-coloured
rubricate to add elaborate capital letters (typically red ones) or other decorations to a manuscript
rude boy Jamaican a lawless or rebellious unemployed urban youth who likes ska or reggae music
rug rat N. Amer. a child
rumpot N. Amer. a habitual or heavy drinker
sangoma a traditional healer or witch doctor in southern Africa
sarmie S. African informal a sandwich
saucier a sauce chef
saudade a feeling of longing or melancholy that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament
scofflaw a person who flouts the law
screenager a person in their teens or twenties who has an aptitude for using computers and the Internet
scrippage one’s baggage and personal belongings
selkie Scottish a mythical sea creature like a seal in water but human on land
serac a pinnacle or ridge of ice on the surface of a glacier
sesquipedalian (of a word) having many syllables or (of a piece of writing) using many long words
shallop a light sailing boat used chiefly for coastal fishing
shamal a hot, dry north-westerly wind that blows across the Persian Gulf in summer and causes sandstorms
shavetail US military slang a newly commissioned officer, or any inexperienced person
shippon Brit. dialect a cattle shed
shofar a ram’s-horn trumpet used in Jewish religious ceremonies and, in ancient times, to sound a battle signal
skanky N. Amer. informal revolting
skelf Scottish a splinter or sliver of wood
skimmington a kind of procession once undertaken to make an example of a nagging wife or an unfaithful husband
skycap a porter at an airport
snakebitten N. Amer. informal unlucky or doomed to misfortune
snollygoster a shrewd or unprincipled person
sockdolager US informal a heavy blow
solander a protective box made in the form of a book, for holding items such as botanical specimens, maps, and colour plates
soucouyant a kind of witch, in eastern Caribbean folklore, who is believed to shed her skin by night and suck the blood of her victims
soul case N. Amer. & W. Indian the human body
soul catcher a hollowed bone tube used by a North American Indian medicine man to keep a sick person’s soul safe while they are sick
spaghettification the process by which (in some theories) an object would be stretched and ripped apart by gravitational forces on falling into a black hole
spitchcock an eel, split and then grilled or fried
splanchnic having to do with the the viscera or internal organs, especially those of the abdomen
spurrier a person who makes spurs
stercoraceous consisting of or resembling dung or faeces
sternutator something that causes sneezing
stiction the frictional force which hinders an object from being moved while in contact with another
strappado a punishment or torture in which the victim was hoisted in the air on a rope and then allowed to fall almost to the ground before being stopped with an abrupt jerk
strigil an instrument with a curved blade used by ancient Greeks and Romans to scrape sweat and dirt from the skin in a hot-air bath or after exercise
struthious having to do with or resembling an ostrich
studmuffin N. Amer. humorous a sexually attractive, muscular man
stylite a early Christian ascetic who lived standing on top of a pillar
subfusc the dark formal clothing worn for examinations and ceremonial or formal occasions at some universities.
submontane passing under or through mountains, or situated on the lower slopes of a mountain range
succuss to shake something vigorously, especially a homeopathic remedy
sudd an area of floating vegetation that impedes navigation in a stretch of the White Nile
suedehead a youth like a skinhead but with slightly longer hair and smarter clothes
sun-grazing (of a comet) having an orbit which passes close to the sun
superbious proud and overbearing
superette N. Amer. a small supermarket
taniwha a mythical monster which, according to Maori legend, lives in very deep water
tappen the plug by which the rectum of a bear is closed during hibernation
tellurian of or inhabiting the earth, or an inhabitant of the earth
testudo a device used in siege warfare in ancient Rome, consisting of a wheeled screen with an arched roof (literally a ‘tortoise’)
thalassic relating to the sea
thaumatrope a scientific toy devised in the 19th century. It consisted of a disc with a different picture on each of its two sides: when the disc was rotated rapidly about a diameter, these pictures appeared to combine into one image.
thirstland S. African a desert or large arid area
thrutch N. English a narrow gorge or ravine
thurifer a person carrying a censer, or thurible, of burning incense during religious ceremonies
tiffin chiefly Indian a light meal, especially lunch
tigon the hybrid off spring of a male tiger and a lioness (the offspring of a male lion and a tigress being a liger)
tokoloshe in African folklore, a mischievous and lascivious hairy water sprite
toplofty N. Amer. informal haughty and arrogant
transpicuous transparent
triskaidekaphobia extreme superstition about the number thirteen
triskelion a Celtic symbol consisting of three radiating legs or curved lines, such as the emblem of the Isle of Man
tsantsa a human head shrunk as a war trophy by the Jivaro people of Ecuador
turbary the legal right to cut turf or peat for fuel on common ground or on another person’s ground
ulu a short-handled knife with a broad crescent-shaped blade, used by Inuit women.
umbriferous shady
uncinate (of a part of the body) having a hooked shape
uniped a person or animal with only one foot or leg
uroboros a circular symbol depicting a snake (or a dragon) swallowing its tail, intended as an emblem of wholeness or infinity
ustad Indian an expert or highly skilled person, especially a musician
vagarious erratic and unpredictable in behaviour or direction
velleity a wish or inclination which is not strong enough to lead one to take action
verjuice a sour juice obtained from crab apples or unripe grapes
vicinal neighbouring or adjacent
vidiot N. Amer. informal a habitual, undiscriminating watcher of television or videotapes
vomitous N. Amer. nauseating or repulsive
wabbit Scottish exhausted or slightly unwell
waitron N. Amer. a waiter or waitress
wakeboarding the sport of riding on a short, wide board while being towed behind a motor boat
wayzgoose an annual summer party and outing that used to be held by a printing house for all its employees
winebibber a heavy drinker
wish book N. Amer. informal a mail-order catalogue
wittol a man who knows of and tolerates his wife’s infidelity
woopie an affluent retired person able to pursue an active lifestyle (from the initials of well-off older person)
wowser chiefly Austral./NZ a puritanical, prudish person or a killjoy
xenology the scientific study of extraterrestrial phenomena
ylem (in big bang theory) the primordial matter of the universe
zetetic proceeding by inquiry or investigation
zoolatry the worship of animals
zopissa a medicinal preparation made from wax and pitch scraped from the sides of ships
zorro a South American kind of fox
Zyrian a former term for Komi, a language spoken in an area of Russia west of the Urals; at present the last entry in the Oxford English Dictionary

28 May 2018 Watching Over Us (Drawing)

Hi there – just poppin in with the drawing I did this morning.  I wasn’t as brave as I intended initially with coloring it in but I think it came out pretty neat.  A funny story about this one.  Even before I started drawing a bug did a fly by and left three green dots on my paper!  I decided to go ahead and incorporate that bugs “paint” into the drawing.  How is that for organic art?!  LOL!  When I did this one I was thinking about divine beings in the outer realms watching over us down here on Earth.  I guess I was trying to comfort myself away from the sad thoughts I was having about life after Earth the past couple of days.

28 May 2018 – This mornings drawing. Visualizing divine beings watching over us down here on earth.

22 9 19 9 15 14

V I S I O N = 88

23 1 20 3 8

W A T C H = 55

13 5 20 5 15 18

M E T E O R = 76

16 18 15 20 5 3 20

P R O T E C T = 97

19 20 1 18

S T A R = 58

5 1 18 20 8

E A R T H = 52

20 8 18 5 5

T H R E E = 56

Shantala – Hanuman Chalisa

28 May 2018 To Be Able To Find You Again

21 Aug 2015 – drawing I gave to my friend Rebecca before she went to Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs CO.

Hello to you.  It’s hard to believe but it’s Memorial Day Monday already.  Kyle was in shock yesterday when I told him it was Sunday not Saturday lol!  Lost a whole day!

This morning we went up to Glenwood cemetery to pay our respects.  It’s so hot and humid it was hard to breathe but we have made it a tradition so we stuck it out.  We go up there for Memorial and Veteran’s Day to pay our respects not just to the veterans buried there, but to all the dead.

As we walked this morning, I got tearful talking to Kyle about what will happen to places like this when there is no earth.  What will become of Earth’s consciousness?  The energy that was us?  Kyle reeled me back in to the moment and we decided we wouldn’t worry about that right now.  Right now there is an earth to walk on and we are together.  I told him the reason I was so upset was just thinking about he and I being parted.  I want to make sure he can find me and I can find him again when we don’t have a body.  It was so hard to find each other in this life! 

To Be Able To Find You Again -(Jackie poem)

When the stars wink out and I can’t see the sky

I hope you will be

Somewhere close by.

Even though our bodies will have long since become dust

All the mementos of our shared past

Only rust

I hope to be able to find you again

In the place where there are only beginnings

Never an end.

When we die right now, our bodies become part of the earth and cycle back into new forms of existence.  To me, this is proof of immortality and that we never truly die.  We just become something or someone else.  It’s disconcerting to imagine not having that earth system to go to when our time in these forms is complete.   It tugs at my heart to think of all our existence just evaporating into time at some point.  They say it’s a long time away but sometimes I wonder.

What “reeled me back” to the now was seeing the large and healthy trees dispersed through the cemetery shining in the morning sunlight.  The centurions…the gatekeepers to heaven.  It was also comforting to find out that the grave I always visit, Donnie, recently got a neighbor so he’s not alone anymore.  The final thing that was so beautiful was finding painted rocks with loving messages near the wall that has veterans names on it!  My prayer each time we visit is that there will be no new wars.

Sorry to be morbid,  but this kind of holiday brings about such thoughts in me.  “What has it all been for and will it last?!”

P.S. note –

Last night I went out to catch a glimpse of the lovely full moon before bed and was looking up in the sky and saw a light brown star.  While I was looking at it, it just disappeared!  I checked to see if it was just my glasses (they are very scratched) something.  Probably a satellite, plane or something.




27 May 2018 Not forgotten continued – Songwriting With Soldiers (Darden Smith)

Hello to you.  How are you doing  in your where and when as you visit me here?  I hope well.  I have been having kind of a dry spell with creativity lately but blossoming out in other ways through support groups on Facebook etc.  This afternoon I did this drawing which is dedicated to all the fallen across the globe to war and conflict.

27 May 2018 – In honor of Memorial Day for all those who have sacrificed themselves hoping to make this world a better place.

As I finished the drawing, I got to thinking about healing and the Daily Good site came through for me with this wonderful article about a program that helps heal soldiers through music and songwriting!  A couple of years ago I had a sort of dream about a program I wanted to call Healing for Hero’s.   I wanted to provide integrated, holistic healing for soldiers, police, fire department and first responders at no cost to them.  My idea was too big for me to handle and never formally materialized but I have seen my intention manifesting through others in many ways.  Songwriting with Soldiers, using the healing power of music, is a beautiful example of my dream to help those who give of themselves in these ways.

http://www.songwritingwithsoldiers.org/ – link to main website for organization


Music is what feelings sound like. –Georgia Cates

Songwriting With Soldiers

–by David Conrads, syndicated from truthatlas.com, Aug 20, 2014

Darden Smith Listens, Strums a Bit, Then Helps Soldiers Write Their Song

This story first appeared on the Christian Science Monitor.

SongwritingWith:Soldiers provides a healthy emotional outlet. The songs help others facing similar challenges and build a bridge between military service and civilian life.

By David Conrads

BELTON, TEXAS — It’s a warm, clear morning just outside Temple, Texas. Darden Smith sits down after breakfast with his guitar and his laptop, as he often does, to write a song. In a career that spans nearly 30 years, the native Texan and longtime Austin, Texas, resident has written and co-written innumerable songs, recorded 14 albums, and performed all over the world.

This morning, Mr. Smith is collaborating with Marsha Cook, who has never written a song in her life. In fact, she neither sings nor plays a musical instrument.

Smith and Ms. Cook make an unlikely songwriting team. But similar collaborations are happening this morning in the lodge and all around the grounds of the Cedarbrake Renewal Center in central Texas, where SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a nonprofit organization Smith founded, is hosting a weekend-long retreat.

The concept is simple: Pair military veterans and active-duty troops with professional songwriters in a tranquil setting. Then let the service members tell their stories while the songwriters mold those stories into lyrics and set them to music.

The hope is that the songwriting will provide a healthy emotional outlet for the service members, and the resulting songs will be a source of pride, a help to others facing similar challenges, and a bridge in the gap between military service and civilian life.

Cook tells her story while Smith types some notes, strums his guitar, and asks questions. Mostly, he just listens.

An Army veteran and homemaker, Cook spent decades as a military spouse, raising six children and dealing with a variety of mental and emotional challenges, many of them connected to war-related traumas suffered by her husband.

As Cook talks, themes emerge from her experiences, and Smith begins shaping her words into lyrics. Georgia Middleman, a veteran of the Nashville music scene and one of the other four songwriters at the retreat, joins them.

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In about an hour, the three have crafted a sweet, catchy song in the classic country style of Kitty Wells or Loretta Lynn. Cook beams as Smith plays “The Woman in Me” and Ms. Middleman sings its two verses and a bridge. “It’s wonderful,” Cook says when the two finish. “It really captures all the things I have been feeling all these years.”

“We all have a story,” Smith says later. “When we listen, and listen well enough to take the soldiers’ words and turn them into art, and sing it back to them, something happens. What it is, I don’t know. I’m a songwriter, not a therapist. But something happens, and it’s powerful.”

In the two years since founding SongwritingWith:Soldiers, nearly 100 soldiers have participated in weekend retreats, as well as similar one- and two-day on-site sessions held at US Department of Veterans Affairs centers, military hospitals, and other locations. Several hundred songs have been written and recorded so that each participating service member has something tangible to take away from the experience.

All the songs are registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The service members share the writing credits: This ensures that they will share in any potential royalties generated by their work.

For Smith, SongwritingWith:Soldiers is the culmination of years of collaborative songwriting with people who aren’t songwriters. In 2003, he launched the Be An Artist Program, classroom workshops for children intended to inspire creativity through a series of exercises and a group songwriting session. Smith has taken the Be An Artist Program to some 15,000 children across the United States and Western Europe.

“Songwriting is a great way to get people to tell their stories,” he says. “The Be An Artist Program showed me that you can write a song with people who don’t write songs. It prepared me for writing songs with soldiers.”

A chance meeting with a soldier following a performance in a military hospital cafeteria in Landstuhl, Germany, inspired Smith to engage with members of the military, a segment of the population with whom he previously felt he had no connection. In 2008, he and Radney Foster wrote “Angel Flight,” a song about the Air National Guard crews that fly home the bodies of fallen soldiers. The strong response to the song from the military opened up an opportunity for Smith to try out collaborative songwriting with wounded soldiers at a retreat in Colorado under the auspices of an organization, now defunct, that helped soldiers transition to civilian life.

Mary Judd, a childhood friend with experience in program development, accompanied him. The collaborative songwriting with the service members was a resounding success. “We were amazed at how open and trusting the soldiers were with their stories and experiences,” says Ms. Judd, who now serves as executive director of SongwritingWith:Soldiers. “A connection and a trust came about pretty quickly, as well as a need for the soldiers to tell their stories. We could see that it was really helpful.”

When the group in Colorado dissolved, Smith and Judd established SongwritingWith:Soldiers, holding their first retreat in 2012.

We all have a story. When we listen, and listen well enough to take the soldiers’ words and turn them into art, and sing it back to them, something happens.

Stacy Pearsall was an aerial combat photographer in the Air Force until she was medically retired in 2010 following her second injury from an improvised explosive device in Iraq.

She wrote a song with Smith at the retreat in Colorado and has returned to SongwritingWith:Soldiers as a participant, photographer, and unofficial mentor. She holds the distinction of being the very first service member to have co-written a song in the program.

“There was a lot of sensitive stuff discussed, things I hadn’t talked about with anybody,” she says of that first collaborative session. “I’m not going to spill my guts to a complete stranger, but I related to Darden because he was genuinely interested in listening to me. Sometimes that’s just what we need, someone with an open ear who is not passing judgment.”

Ms. Pearsall adds that the songwriting provides a valuable framework for the soldiers to tell their stories and share their deep – sometimes deeply repressed – feelings.

Karen Vandiver, a therapist in Texas who specializes in trauma and has worked extensively with military veterans, says that the collaborative songwriting is a form of emotional release. She recommends SongwritingWith:Soldiers to many of her clients, having attended several of the retreats and seen the benefits firsthand. “I believe respect is the highest form of love, and this is about respect for the soldiers’ stories and respect for who they are,” she says. “It’s also a validation that somebody else cares. Of course, this is not the end of the process, but it is something that soldiers and veterans can build on.”

Chris Chirco participated in a retreat with SongwritingWith:Soldiers in the spring of 2013. The US Army infantryman spent 11 months in the Wardak Province of Afghanistan, one of the most violent and contested parts of the country.

“I saw some crazy stuff,” Mr. Chirco says with ironic understatement. Back home, diagnosed with a variety of traumas, he began drinking heavily and “spiraling out of control” until he met an Army chaplain at Fort Hood, Texas, who helped him turn his life around. He soon connected with SongwritingWith:Soldiers. At the retreat he worked with Smith and co-wrote three songs.

Chirco still tears up when he listens to his song “I’m Not Supposed to Be Here,” which touches on everything from his accidental conception to his survivor’s guilt. “The songwriters take the worst thing that has ever happened to you and turn it into something beautiful,” he says. “The experience energized me and really set me back on the path to healing.”

While service members attend the retreat voluntarily, some are slow to open up, especially to a civilian. But Smith’s approach of quiet listening has never failed him.

“I’ve never had a soldier not get involved once they saw that we are actually listening, actually paying attention,” he says.

Visit www.songwritingwithsoldiers.org.

Feature photo (top): Darden Smith (l.) works with Dustin Crites (c.) and Gary Nicholson in a SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat in Belton, Texas. Photo by Stacy L. Pearsall

Darden Smith “Songwriting With Soldiers”



Let us see one another through eyes
enlightened by understanding and compassion.

Release us from judgment so we can receive the stories
of our sisters and brothers with respect and attention.

Open our hearts to the cries of a suffering world
and the healing melodies of peace and justice for all creation.

Empower us to be instruments of justice
and equality everywhere.

prayer for everyday for all creation

Collectively authored by the Millionth Circle Initiative,
5th World Conference on Women & Circle Connections.

26 May 2018 Not Forgotten

This post is about remembering and being grateful for what we have.  It’s so easy to take the people, places and things of this life for granted.   Last night I started reading Vampire Hunter D books again and came across one of my favorite phrases in it, page 70 – “Transient Guests Are We.”   Indeed, we are guests and the Earth, our Mother, the hostess.

8 Sept 2012 – Hope emerges. Thought of this drawing with the message from the World Prayers site.


Creator of heaven and earth,
You are me,
I am you.

prayer of a navajo girl – early 20th century
5 1 18 20 8
E A R T H = 52
6 15 18 6 5 20
F O R G E T = 70

3 18 5 1 20 15 18

C R E A T O R = 80

20 18 1 14 19 9 5 14 20

T R A N S I E N T = 120 (3 cycle)

7 21 5 19 20

G U E S T = 72 (9 cycle)

14 1 22 1 10 15

N A V A J O = 63 (9 cycle)

14 1 20 21 18 5

N A T U R E = 79

8 21 13 1 14 19

H U M A N S = 76

1 14 9 13 1 12 19

A N I M A L S = 69 (3 cycle)

5 20 5 18 14 9 20 25

E T E R N I T Y  = 116 (8 on it’s side is the eternity symbol)

7 15 4

G O D = 26 (8, no surprise!)

20 18 5 5

T R E E = 48 (3 cycle)

3 1 20

C A T = 24 (3 cycle – Feline 51, another 3 cycle)

3 1 14 9 14 5

C A N I N E = 46

2 5 1 18

B E A R = 26

23 15 12 6

W O L F = 56

2 9 18 4

B I R D = 33 (3 cycle)

13 1 13 13 1 12

M A M M A L = 53

23 8 1 12 5

W H A L E = 49

4 15 12 16 8 9 14

D O L P H I N = 78 (3 cycle)

6 9 19 8

F I S H = 42 (3 cycle)

23 5

W E = 28

3 15 14 19 3 9 15 21 19

C O N S C I O U S = 118

11 14 15 23

K N O W = (9 cycle)


25 May 2018 Early morning

Hello to you.  Kyle and I are up early this morning.  I woke up after a dream about my Dad and couldn’t get back to sleep.  Ironically, today would be my birth mother’s 76th birthday and in a couple of days it will be my Dad’s birthday!  The running thing between my Dad and I is that he’s going to live as long as Moses.  Since we aren’t sure how long Moses lived, it’s just going to be for a very long time!

On the way back from putting my Dad’s birthday card in the mail, I saw a shooting star!  Perfect timing to make a special wish for my Dad!

Drawing of birth mom Jeannie Faith Becker Schmidt by Jackie Wygant


Prayer for World Peace

Just as we wish for peace for ourselves,

Harmony between ourselves and others,

And for God’s abundance to be present in our lives,

So we pray for others.

May there be peace for all people,

Harmony between individuals, races, religions, and nations,

And God’s abundance manifest for all.

In addition, we pray for the well-being

Of all Earth’s creatures,

And for the Earth itself,

Which sustains us.

MEM Rev. 20110813-01 Janna Orkney     Copyright © 2017
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24 May 2018 Drawing Seven and Nailed It (Netflix)

Hello to you.  Hope this finds you well wherever and whenever you  are as you visit here.  Thank you for stopping by!

Before bed last night I did this drawing and there is a lot going on!  The seeming eternal worship of people who may be don’t deserve the honors, paranoia (“eyes” being everywhere these days),  Hawaii’s  Mt. Kilauea blowing up (https://qz.com/1287008/hawaiis-kilauea-volcano-is-creating-methane-fissures-in-the-streets/), prayers to heaven and tears of rain falling in response and finally the seven deadly sins that refuse to stay “dead.”

I have been doing a lot of praying for the worlds greatest good these days.  There is so much it’s hard to focus on just one thing.  I just want things to be better for everyone (not just humans) and apparently that is quite a difficult thing to orchestrate for God.  I imagine God has this huge board of the present time and all the pieces of the future that have to land just so in order for desired outcomes to occur.  Even though we think things couldn’t possibly head in a better direction standing in this moment, I feel there is a divine plan at work.  Even if things won’t be immediately better for many of us, I am sincerely hoping our children will fare much better.  We are a part of the change they will live to see…..the people they will eventually be.

24 May 2018 – drawing I did before bed last night. A lot going on!

Doesn’t it feel like just when you have one of the seven under control another rises up to take its place?!  Such a tightrope act to be a balanced human being in such a chaotic world.    We are trying to find more reasons to be grateful, to laugh and to love.  We found a fun show on Netflix recently, Nailed It, that is helping for a bit.  It is absolutely hilarious to watch ordinary people try to recreate really elaborate pastries!  The two primary judges, Nicole Byer and French chef Jacques Torres, are absolutely adorable.  Hopefully there will be more than one season.  Thank you Nicole and Jacques for helping make our world a little brighter.

Nailed It I Trailer [HD] I Netflix

Published on Feb 21, 2018

This is Nailed It, the show where everyday home bakers attempt to recreate amazing treats…and don’t always get there. From gingerbread men that look like monsters to wedding cakes that would make any bride say, “I don’t.” If you’ve ever tried to make something epic and wound up with an epic fail, this is the show for you. The baker who comes closest to success will walk away with $10,000 and the chance to finally say…Nailed It! #pinterestfail

16 18 1 25 5 18

P R A Y E R = 83

22 15 12 3 1 14 15

V O L C A N O = 82

1 18 20

A R T = 39 (3 cycle)

4 18 1 23

D R A W = 46

19 5 22 5 14

S E V E N = 65

19 9 14

S I N = 42 (no surprise, 3 cycle)

12 1 21 7 8

L A U G H = 49

20 5 1 18 19

T E A R S = 63 (9 cycle)

16 1 18 1 14 15 9 1

P A R A N O I A = 75 (3 cycle, no surprise right?!)

20 23 9 14

T W I N = 66 (3 cycle)

3 1 11 5

C A K E = 20

16 9 5

P I E = 30 (3 cycle right to your thighs lool)