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May 19th, 2015

I finally got it! @ 10:55 am

I finally got a copy of Wisdom of the Outlaw. I’m slowly working through it.

thewronghands, you are welcome to it when I am done. I’ve got a huge list of books in front of me so hopefully I’ll finish it sooner than later so I can move on to:
Culture of the Teutons
Myth of the Eternal Return
The Sacred and the Profane
The Idea of the Holy
The Gift
Rites and Symbols of Initiation
The Meadhall

Not sure this is an “I’m back” post. I sometimes poke around on LJ to see just how far I’ve come from who I was.

September 13th, 2010

This brought tears to my eyes... @ 09:40 pm

Current Mood: sad sad
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I couldn't help but weep when I read this today. What a brave, loving thing to do; I'm very sad that it cost him his life. I pray for strength for his family in this time of tragedy and justice to those who caused this accident that caused this tragedy.


September 10th, 2010

Just. Wow. @ 10:08 am

Current Mood: amused amused

Scary, nutso Republican guy is scary and nutso.

I really hope that was just a stunt...but I don't think it was.

Is it bad that I think he's saner (or more entertaining) than Palin?

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to clean up the coffee I spewed on my keyboard and monitor. The parts where his voice cracks and he pantomimes drawing a sword KILLS me!

September 3rd, 2010

I Smell of Determination and Chai Tea! @ 04:42 pm

Current Mood: good good

Determination because I’m enthused with my kettlebell routine and feeling unstoppable and chai tea because that’s what the soap we buy from the local merchants at the farmer’s market smells like. :)

Knowing that I’ll be out late tonight for mom’s birthday celebration one of three, I woke up at 6:50a this morning which is VERY early and uncommon for me and did my kettlebell routine then showered and rushed to work for a 9am conference call.

I’m really determined to do kettlebell exercises every day. I’m already addicted to the adrenaline and endorphins as well as the newfound energy and feeling of accomplishment I get from working out with them. I’ll start adding new exercises as time goes on as well as increasing the intensity and number of reps. Right now I just do the basic hip thrust, jerk and cleans, jerks, military press then some curls, upright rows and bent over rows. Being familiar with kettlebells enough to feel comfortable doing so, I added in another kettlebell so I do my jerk and cleans, jerks, military presses upright and bent over rows with two. That’s a lot of fun because you have to balance and absorb the weight of each individual kettlebell and even though you’re doing less squats and lifts than if you do one side at a time, the intensity is greater with two.

I’m not brave enough to try doing jerk and cleans or military presses by just holding on to the handle and balancing the weight of the kettlebell above your fist (instead of flipping it over to rest on your wrist) two at a time, but I may try it to change things up and do one side at a time. Eventually I’m going to incorporate jump roping after kettlebell lifting, but I’ll have to ease into that after being sedentary for so long.

Tonight is dinner with some family friends who are throwing a birthday dinner for my mom. Tomorrow I’m taking mom to see Macheté (the woman loves action flicks) and Sunday we are going out to Olive Garden on her actual birthday. I have to say that my mom is kick-ass enough to deserve a multi-day celebration. *grin*

No other plans for the weekend, we’re supposed to have a break from the 90 degree weather over the weekend and into next week, so I plan on being outside frequently to enjoy it!

Hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend, and that not too much of it is spent doing any actual “labor” (lest they be labors of love).

Writer's Block: Teacher of the year @ 11:22 am

Have you ever had a teacher who made a profound difference in your life? How did they influence and/or inspire you?

Yes. Mrs. Philips in 8th grade.

Some back story is necessary.

When I was in fourth grade I had finished an English test early (whether or not it was because I aced the material or didn't take the test seriously I don't remember, though English was always my strongest subject). Bored out of my mind, I decided it would be a good idea to stick a paper clip into the electrical socket. I had this fascination with electricity and fire (which in retrospect was rather suicidal) when I was a boy; I remember once swaying repeatedly in front of a night light during the afternoon when I discovered that my shadow triggered the sensor to turn the light on. I did this over and over and over until finally there was a pop and a fizzle and the night light stopped working...as well as the top socket it was plugged into. In my eight year old mind I thought I had "hypnotized" the night light and had special powers. I was an imaginative, if not somewhat destructive kid. I also suffered from ADD.

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August 24th, 2010

Working from home is such a joy @ 10:23 am

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: "The Night I Punch Russell Crowe" - Gaelic Storm

I really need to see if I can convince my boss to let me telecommute more often. I'm more productive (current evidence to the contrary, ha!) and much more relaxed.

I can skip the drive, contribute less pollution and save on gas, especially as I drive an SUV and run the A/C most days. I can listen to whatever music I want in my home office, as loud as I want and not worry about being clueless to somebody rapping on my door due to having earphones in my head since my back is to the door, which bugs the hell out of me. Sadly the desk is too much of pain in the ass to move and might not fit correctly in another configuration. Not that I'm complaining, even after nine months I'm still thrilled that I have an office. I've done pretty well for a guy who never completed college.

By the way, for those curious, the Ogham presentation went very well, I think. Of course, our friend who came with us who has been a part of Toastmasters informed me that she counted my "ums" and "uhhs" out of habit and if I wanted feedback as a presenter from that perspective she'd be happy to help. What, one single class in Public Speaking in college wasn't enough? She did say though that the information was great and she could tell I was knowledgeable about the subject (debatable, but I guess the "baffle them with bullshit" thing worked to my favor).

I was told that I have raised the bar for presentations as I was very thorough and organized. Apparently most presentations are much less formal and have no handouts.

*shrug* I'm glad it was so well received. Is it wrong that I particularly enjoyed saying "Robert Graves made up the Celtic Tree Calendar stuff"? Not that I begrudge anybody who finds that work of "creative inspiration" personally inspiring, but it's not based on anything historical.

August 10th, 2010

Why is everybody looking at *me*? @ 10:57 am

Current Mood: sleepy sleepy
Current Music: "Metal Postcard" - Siouxsie and the Banshees

Gods am I tired. I shouldn’t complain though, I’m tired after spending last night in good conversation with other pagans at Borders and afterwards at Bailey’s, which despite its Irish name is much more your “Everybar” than a proper Irish Pub. Decent food, cold Guinness and very roomy place. Still, I’m tired…and I’m contemplating sneaking over to the dark, never used so-called “lactation room” which has a comfy leather couch and taking a nap for an hour or eight. I probably shouldn’t; my snoring would likely give me away.

I have to say, I am really happy to be back involved with the Border Pagans discussions (so named for the bookstore we meet at to hold our discussion group). I remember going to what I believe was the original Border Pagans discussion group when it was still very young when I was around 20-21 years old. I went every week and it was a sizeable part of my life. I only attended the Border Pagans at Town Center a few times, the original one at Cumberland always felt like “mine” in that I had already been invested in it for a year when the one at Town Center cropped up, despite being closer to where I lived then. Odd how the TC one is the only one left now.

Last night found us without a discussion moderator, so we didn’t really have a topic. To remedy this C, a lady I met what seems like a lifetime ago asked me, the new guy, to come up with a topic. No pressure! Luckily Selena and I had been discussing a very relevant topic over the weekend and during the car ride to Borders, so I was not unprepared! Last night we discussed ethics, morals and virtues and went around the table describing what forms the basis for our personal ethical system. Very good conversation ensued.

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I was very guarded and unsure when I decided to put my feet back in the waters, but now it feels that things are just coming together. I still plan on being cautious, but it feels good to slowly become part of the community again.

August 5th, 2010

Thoughts and musings about Prop 8 and the state of things @ 12:20 pm

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative

So, last night on my way out of the office the television in the lower lobby showed that Prop 8 was overturned. I smiled and nodded my head and said “Right on”. This is a monumental ruling and one that sends a loud message to the rest of America. It’s not over, however, and I’m sure the opponents of gay marriage are going to pursue every option to fight this available to them. I fear that in some ways, the issue of gay marriage and any judicial victory for gay marriage is going to be subjected to the same incessant attacks as Roe v. Wade. Those who oppose RvW often do so vehemently and are tireless in their quest to challenge it and overturn it. I think it’s going to be the same for Gay Marriage. This means activists and supporters of gay marriage have our work cut out for us. Vigilance is the price of freedom.

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I am hopeful that this important milestone will build momentum for allowing gay couples to be married across America some day.

Good going, California!

August 3rd, 2010

As for that tree branch... @ 01:40 pm

Current Mood: lazy lazy

...it held.

Last night went very well. The discussion was about hypnotism and trance work and the positive and negative uses of hypnotism and trance. Everybody was pleasant and there was good, focused discussion to be had. The conversation touched on purposeful meditation/trance work as well as hypnotherapy, the hypnotic qualities of ritual and oration (with Southern Charismatic Christianity being used as an example) and the hidden, sometimes disturbing messages in mass media (and the quasi-hypnotic qualities therein). Very interesting conversation.

Saw a few familiar faces, but nobody I was all that close to in the past.

On a side note, on top of feeling rather old realizing that this particular Border Pagans group is nearly ten years old, I was sad to learn that the other Border Pagan groups, including the original one near Cumberland Mall are defunct.

On a happy note, apparently somebody else purchased the land at Dragon Hills and it is now very well cared for, including a manicured ritual circle and well cared-for land. They also added some other amenities, such as flush toilets and cabins with A/C, while retaining the primitive campsites scattered throughout the 120 acres. I’d be curious to go out there and see how the land is now. Considering that last time it was in such bad repair that it made me physically ill, the idea that the land is in much better shape now is thrilling.

Selena and I know the couple responsible for managing the land; one of them used to be the on-site EMT and nearly every gathering held out there.

Two Images to Sum Up Summer Thus Far @ 09:49 am

Current Mood: hot hot
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