Monthly Archives: November 2012

Leader of the Pack; Aquarius Horoscope 11-29-2012

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Leader of the Pack; Aquarius Horoscope 11-29-2012

Aquarius Horoscope for week of November 29, 2012

Verticle Oracle cardAquarius (January 20-February 19)
It’s time for you to be leader of the pack, Aquarius; to take your gang to the next level; to make sure the group mind isn’t suppressing innovation and enforcing peer pressure but is rather inspiring every member of the tribe to be as creative as they dare to be. And if it’s not realistic for you to wield that much power, then do whatever you can to synergize the alliances that hold your posse together. Build team morale. Gossip constructively. Conspire to animate an influx of fresh magic.

Psychologist Carl Jung believed that all desires have a sacred origin, no matter how odd they may seem. Frustration and ignorance may contort them into distorted caricatures, but it is always possible to locate the divine source from which they arose. In describing one of his addictive patients, Jung said: “His craving for alcohol was the equivalent on a low level of the spiritual thirst for wholeness, or as expressed in medieval language: the union with God.” 

Therapist James Hillman echoes the theme: “Psychology regards all symptoms to be expressing the right thing in the wrong way.” A preoccupation with porn or romance novels, for instance, may come to dominate a passionate person whose quest for love has degenerated into an obsession with images of love. “Follow the lead of your symptoms,” Hillman suggests, “for there’s usually a myth in the mess, and a mess is an expression of soul.”

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CYMRY:

I Love this!

Originally posted on idealisticrebel:

Can you imagine a world without war?

May it be your will Eternal One our God and God of our ancestors that war and bloodshed will cease.
That a treat, wonderful peace will envelope the whole world,
And nation will not lift up sword against nation, and neither shall they learn war any more.
Only will all the inhabitants of the earth become acquainted with and know this tuth:
We do not come into this world for fighting or quarrels, and not for hatred, zealotry, destruction or spilling of blood.
Rather, we have only come into the world to know you God and to praise you forever.

 

So, please have mercy upon us, and fulfill the promise written Scriptures:

 

I will grant peace to the land. You shall lie down and none shall be afraid.

 

I will rid the land of vicious beasts and the sword shall…

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City of Lights….

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City of Lights….

“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.” [W. C. Jones]

I love the Christmas lights. There are so many beautiful colors, no longer just the red, green, blue and yellow. There are purple, pink and a huge array of vivid twinkling colors. We walked down to Indian creek with Rosie last night to enjoy the beautiful lights and I thought I would share out city’s version of Christmas.

With that I leave you with Journey….

Down for the Count….

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Down for the Count….

A Jewish woman had two chickens. One got sick, so the woman made chicken soup out of the other one to help the sick one get well. Henny Youngman 

Ok, I am full blown sick now! I made it through the gig last night, barley. My voice started to go in set 3. But, I made it. Now I have been in and out of bed 3 times today and have been sucking down Alka Seltzer Cold Plus, yickkie! I have big plans today for a pizza, some hot coffee, a hot shower and then retiring to bed with a good movie after a nice hot shower. Tomorrow my week is going to be slam danced between my writing schedule, with 4 new accounts on my desk, Mom’s 2 doctor’s appointments, 2 rehearsals and a gig on Saturday at Fisher’s Bar in Homedale…..watch me go now! With that I leave you with Etta James….


Best Friend….

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Best Friend….

 Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars. Violeta Parra

We had a falling out, Donna and I did. We both did some stupid things to each other that caused a friendship of over 27 years to fall away, awash in mistrust and lies. We really stopped our friendship about a year ago and I won’t go into the reasons why here, it’s irrelevant. Needless to say, we have finally forgiven each other. It took some time and some work, but we are friends once again. Yes, we have renewed our friendship but there is a certain amount of trust that has been shattered and can’t ever be retrieved. No matter what I can always forgive, but I will never forget, I can’t, the pain is still too fresh, too new. So, we are friends at arms length. Is it good to have her back in my life, I don;t know yet…..That remains to be seen. On the other hand, my best friend, Brian (Boo), who is my daughter’s Godfather, pretty much blew me off. We were supposed to go do something together while he was here from Pocatello and we didn’t. He stopped in to see me for like a 1/2 hour on Tuesday and that was it. He has gone back home now. I had asked him to stick around and come see us play tonight at The Gathering Place, but he wanted to be home yesterday. It hurts that he didn’t make more time for me. Ci est la vie.

With that I leave you with queen…

 

Grandma…

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Grandma…

Aquarius Horoscope for week of November 22, 2012

Verticle Oracle cardAquarius (January 20-February 19)
Psychologists have done studies that suggest we subconsciously adopt the qualities of fictional characters we read about or see in movies. That’s not a problem if those characters are smart, ethical, highly motivated people whose ideals are similar to ours. But if the heroes of the stories we absorb are jerks who treat others badly and make messes wherever they go, our imitative urges may lead us astray. Right now is a crucial time for you to be extra careful about the role models you allow to seep into your imagination. You’re especially susceptible to taking on their attributes. I say, be proactive: Expose yourself intensely to only the very best fictional characters who embody the heights you aspire to reach. 

Build a plush orphanage in Minsk 
Feel sorry for a devious lawyer 
Rebel against your horoscope 
Give yourself another chance 
Write your autohagiography 
Play games with no rules 
Teach animals to dance 
Trick your nightmares 
Relax and go deeper 
Dream like stones 
Mock your fears 
Drink the sun 
Suck gravity 
Sing love

Who are my heroes? My Grandma is my biggest hero. She always told me I was beautiful and I could be anything I wanted to be. She supported me as an artist, musician, she made me get involved in gymnastics and dive team, she taught me how to sew and cook, and she always loved me unconditionally. She is my biggest hero and I miss her dearly.

I’m not a big country fan but the song fits! 

 

I Am So Thankful!!!!!!!!!

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I Am So Thankful!!!!!!!!!

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. Woody Allen

I have so much to be thankful for today! I am busier than ever with music “stuff” and the band is doing really well. I am cooking dinner for the family and friends that have chosen to spend their holiday with us. So, over the next two days I will be cleaning and cooking like a mad woman. My husband is healthy and so am I, what more could you really ask for? Rosie and Mojo are doing great! They are very happy animals and have adjusted to living with each other in harmony. We have a great gig coming up this weekend and I am so thankful for Brother Bob, my friend of over 12 years, for sitting in with us, he has such a beautiful spirit. I am also thankful for Harmonica Rick Gibson for sitting in and being a part of us!

This is an excerpt from an article I wrote in 2010 and it’s amazing how the words still hold true for our current economic crisis!

Much like the first pilgrims, many families have seen the last two years as very harsh with job loss, lack of money for even the most simple staples as food, and many have had to go without some of the basic necessities of life. This year I think it is more important than ever that we remember those of us who have been less fortunate. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful gesture this year to give back a little of the good fortune we have had to those less fortunate. We can all do this in small ways by simply donating food to a food bank, clothes to a shelter or place that donates the clothing to needy families, or even volunteering at a shelter or soup kitchen.

This holiday season take a few minutes to find a way to give back, even if you have been less than fortunate, we all have something we can give this holiday season that is sure to warm the heart of some other person out there who has less than you. Be thankful and full of joy this holiday season!

With that I leave you with Miss Billie Holiday…. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

 

A Few Pics and A Vid….

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These are just a few of my favorite shots from The Frontier Club on the 9th of November. I realize the quality is terrible, but I did what I could to fix them. This was a really fun night and we are so looking forward to playing there again. 

With that I leave you with our version of “Cold Shot”….

I Sickie….

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I Sickie….

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. Martin Luther 

Why, oh why now? I woke this morning with a little bit of a sore throat, the sneezels, and head congestion. We have this gig coming up on Saturday and I am hoping that I will be over this dam thing before Saturday. It’s going to be a real test on my vocals tonight for rehearsals, but that’s how it goes brothers and sisters. You don’t stop the train just because the engine is chugging a little slow and poorly. I am going to go get some OJ and try my damdest just to will myself to get better. The worse thing is the scratchiness in my throat. In 20 + years of performing I have only had my voice go out once when I was sick and I hope that if I am still sick come Saturday this isn’t that “other” time. I have been on stage and sang when I was so sick I thought I was going to die, but I have always managed to pull through. I guess this is the week of heavy mantras, a lot of bed rest and lots of hot broth and cold OJ…..WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE :)

With that I leave you with Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jeff Beck…

Two men break into Zoo Boise overnight, one monkey left dead

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Two men break into Zoo Boise overnight, one monkey left dead

This story made me absolutely sick and I thought I would share it with everyone in the hopes that someone may know who these ass clowns are!

Boise Police are investigating a break-in at Zoo Boise overnight. Shortly after the suspects were spotted by security and ran off, a severely injured monkey was found. The animal has since died of its injuries.

“It’s very disturbing that someone would intentionally break into the zoo and harm an animal. We’re doing all we can to find who did this.” said Sgt. Ted Snyder of the Boise Police Department.

Boise Police were called around 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning by security personnel at Zoo Boise that a break-in had occurred. Security told police that they had spotted two males, both wearing dark clothing, one inside the zoo grounds, the other outside the fence near the primate exhibit.

“When the suspects saw the security guard, they ran,” said Boise Police. “The suspect inside the fence appeared to run into the interior of the zoo. Additional officers responded and did two searches of the zoo, including one sweep with a thermal imager but did not find the suspect.”

As police investigated, they found a Patas monkey lying next to the fence near the primate exhibit where the suspects were last seen. The monkey appeared to have a head injury. Zoo managers immediately got the injured animal medical treatment, but the monkey died a short time later. Zoo officials are investigating exactly what caused the monkey’s death.

Boise Police detectives are on scene as of Saturday morning investigating and searching for evidence that could lead to the suspects.

According to Boise Police: “Detectives were able to collect blood evidence that’s being tested to determine if it’s blood from the monkey or a human suspect.”

Anyone with any information on this case should call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto http://www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.

 

Costume Done!

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Well, here it is. I spent all day working on my masquerade costume for New Year’s Eve when we play at The Frontier Club in Meridian. I had bought this dress at a thrift store a couple of years ago for like $5 with the intention of using it for something and it was perfect for my saloon girl dress. It was actually pretty easy, I just slit the front open, sewed the two sides, punched holes and ran satin ribbon criss cross through it for a bodice. Then I slit the front of the waist down and made a drape effect to show the red satin lining. I still have to finish the mask, so far I have put a black glitter glue design around the eyes and added the red and peacock feathers. I have to wait for the glue to dry over night and I am going to punch a hole under the feathers and add some satin ribbon strands under the feathers. After that all I need is fishnet hose and I am ready! What do you think? I am very pleased with the results and think it’s gonna look really cute…. Miss Lilly requested that I post another song so I am posting our live version of Landslide from the BoEx benefit gig for Baby Maxwell on October the 26th, hope you enjoy! :)

Masquerade

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Masquerade

Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem. W. Somerset Maugham

I love Halloween and when we got booked to play New Year’s Eve I thought it would be fun to make it into a masquerade party. I have never actually been to a masquerade ball but I thought it would be a lot of fun and mysterious since no one knows who anyone else is. We do the unveiling at midnight. It is mysterious, alluring and romantic to me. This is going to be the best New Year’s ever for me! Well I am off to the craft store to get my supplies, watch me go now! With that I leave you with one of my favorite all time movies and the masquerade ball scene…

 

The Hardest Thing….

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The Hardest Thing….

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me. Emo Philips

It appears that I am caught in some sort of karmic justice boomerang. I keep running into people from my past that I thought were long gone. I find, even after all this time, literally years, I still have trouble letting go of “stuff”. Believe me I try, but it isn’t easy. The Buddhist in me says that I must forgive and let go in order to move forward, but it is so hard when all these mix of emotions come welling up inside. You put on a good face and just try to pretend like everything is ok, when deep down inside you know it’s not. You’re standing there smiling at this person that hurt you, you are saying “Hi” and all the general small talk, and you know that you are simply putting on a false front, you are bald face lying when your smiling! I don’t know whether I hate myself more for being fake and pretending a false forgiveness that I don’t honestly feel or whether I hate myself more so for my inability to let go and go on. I am trying to grow as a Buddhist and I find that at times like this my faith and belief is really put to the test. Maybe this is karma’s way of giving them a chance to say “I am sorry”. I don’t know. I do know that two simple words go a long way toward mending the bridge of past hurts and ill will. With that I leave you with one of my all time favorite heartbreak songs…..

 

Aaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy….

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Aaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy….

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization. Murphy’s Law

My camera has been acting up so I pulled a Fonzie on it! That’s right, I banged it against the table a couple of times and it seemed to straighten out whatever issue the dam thing was having. I just had to take a couple of pictures of Mojo to test drive it and here’s what I came up with.

It’s a good morning and I am seriously considering crawling back into bed myself! With that I leave you with a song from The Fonz’s era…..

 

Aquarius Horoscope for November 15, 2012…Penguin Vomit???

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Aquarius Horoscope for week of November 15, 2012

Verticle Oracle cardAquarius (January 20-February 19)
James Joyce was a great novelist but not much of a fighter. He picked a more imposing and athletic buddy to go drinking with, though: Ernest Hemingway. If the two men encountered any alcohol-induced trouble, Joyce would slink behind his friend and yell, “Deal with him, Hemingway, deal with him!” I don’t anticipate that you’ll be in the vicinity of any bar scuffles in the coming week, Aquarius. But I do think you would benefit from having a potent and persuasive ally on your side. It’s time to add some heft and clout to your arsenal of resources.  Whether it’s your time to ferment in the shadows or sing in the sun, fresh power to transform yourself is on the way. Life always delivers the creative energy you need to change into the new thing you must become.

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Beauty and Truth Laboratory researcher Firenze Matisse traveled to Antarctica. On the first day, the guide took him and his group to a remote area and left them alone for an hour to commune with the pristine air and unearthly stillness. After a while, a penguin ambled up and launched into a ceremonial display of squawks and stretches. Firenze responded with recitals of his favorite memorized poems, imagining he was “engaged in a conversation with eternity.” Halfway through his inspired performance of Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Please Call Me by My True Names,” the penguin sent a stream of green projectile vomit cascading against his chest, and shuffled away. 

Though Firenze initially felt deflated by eternity’s surprise, no harm was done. He soon came to see it as a first-class cosmic joke, and looked forward to exploiting its value as an amusing story with which to regale his friends back home. 

Beauty and Truth Laboratory researcher Michael Logan was the first person to hear Firenze’s tale upon his return from Antarctica. “You might want to consider this, Firenze,” Michael mused after taking it all in. “Penguins nurture their offspring by chewing food—mixing it up with all God’s enzymes—and then vomiting it into the mouths of the penguin babies. Perhaps you weren’t the butt of a cosmic joke or some Linda Blair-esque bad review, but in fact the recipient of a very precious gift of love. Who knows?” 

Now Firenze has two punch lines for his tale of redemptive pronoia.

My Kira Bug

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My Kira Bug

“Schizoid behavior is a pretty common thing in children. It’s accepted, because all we adults have this unspoken agreement that children are lunatics.” ― Stephen King

I sure do love my daughter, but have decided that she’s completely nuts. She has had a complete falling out with her Grandma in Alaska, which I told her was going to happen. She called me and I thought my ears would fall off my head when she said, “Mom, you were right.” So now, my darling child wants to move to Oregon. I am at the point where she is going to do whatever she wants   to do and I am not going to meddle, if I can help it. She’s 18 and I want to trust that she will do the right things. She’ may be crazy but she’s no dummy and I can only hope that she makes the right decisions for herself. I have so many hopes for her and wishes for her future, but I can’t do it for her. With that I leave you with Roberta Flack singing one of my favorite tunes by her….

 

Endings & Beginnings….

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Endings & Beginnings….

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. 
Oprah Winfrey 

I have been feeling very sad and stressed out. It all culminated in having to make some heavy decisions to move forward. So, today is going to be catch up day on everything. I have a whole inbox full of articles that need to be written today and fortunately I was able to complete 2 since last night. I had to go in and update the band’s webpage with a pic of the new bass player, Ken. I left Bob’s pic and stuff on the webpage because as far as I am concerned he is still a member of this band. I also updated new videos and put up dates that we are playing. All of this and I need to clean the house good today as we are having rehearsals here tonight to be ready for tomorrow. Anyone know a good maid? :)

With that I am leaving you with one of Mike’s favorite tunes….

I am so Sorry, Please Read on….

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I am so Sorry, Please Read on….

“Never forget the nine most important words of any family-

I love you.
You are beautiful.
Please forgive me.” 
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

I’m sorry if I got a little whiny the other day. I had to let someone go that I didn’t want to but we couldn’t go any further with him. He was unable to fulfill obligations that the band needed and I am feeling like such a shit. I don’t like hurting people, I know how it feels. It sucks to be hurt and it sucks to hurt people. How can people be so callous as to just idly hurt another person. I so much appreciate people who have stood behind me and EZ Street. Mike and I have worked so very hard and I think we just both get exhausted. I can’t believe that at the end of the day this person told me I was one of the best vocalists he has worked with. I am breaking his heart and he’s breaking mine because I have to let him go. Yet, he is still giving so much love. I am so sorry. I wish there were another way.