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Those who know me, know that I love to learn new things. At my age it is rare to find something that is entirely new and so surprising that it thrills me! This article was one: 

Floral Derangement - Scientific American

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Sorry everyone, I only just received the email...

PRESS RELEASE TARAWATCH.org 12 July 2007 ‘Tara Campaigners to Picket Irish Embassies World Wide Tomorrow’
 

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For all my quiz mania friends I'm posting my results from all the quizzes you have posted! There's a couple of new ones in here for you to try. I'm putting them behind an LJ Cut as The Mad One has been encouraging everyone to do it. I'm also doing it because I know that many of my friends aren't quiz freaks!
hee hee...

Of course.. who could expect anything better of me?

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Something cool passed along by caelum_rainieri 


I'm trying to get all my Livejournal friends' locations plotted on a map - please add your location starting with this form.
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The refusal of Canada to adopt current UN initiatives on Indigenous Rights and Human Rights is a concern to all Canadians, as well as the UN. Canada enjoys a world-wide reputation as a leader in human rights, but Canada is fast losing international respect due to the Canadian government's refusal to live up to international law and standards for the rights and freedoms of the people of Canada.

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A Meme from the Mad One

On the weekend of July 28-29, write everything you post in Live Journal in third-person narrative. 


An Eek for Eeka

I think you shall appreciate my Freewill Astrology Horoscope for June 14:



A Quote from Donald Trump


Funstuff from Catsnstuff
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LJ Titling Meme


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What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Canada. You probably get irritated when British people and Europeans think you're from the States, but over here we wouldn't make a mistake like that.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?




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Recently I realized that much of my struggle to relate to others in my spiritual community has to do with my perception that there are three values in religions that affect our decision-making: political, philosophical and spiritual. The orientation to a specific value is not easily identifiable in others (or even in oneself) because they overlap frequently. Hence, a "political pagan" may appear to be a "spiritual pagan" until the two values come into conflict and one value needs to be prioritized. Obviously, how I prioritize my value set impacts my compatiblity with other individuals.

I consider myself to be spiritually oriented. I know that I often disappoint myself in acting congruently with that value, but I am motivated to continue trying to serve and fulfill my spirituality. I rankle when I am in conflict with those who wish to primarily serve another value.

Here's an example:

I appear to be quite political in my crusade for religious tolerance and for pagan unity. The latter serves the former in that pagan unity requires tolerance of pagans toward one another, which in turn will help pagans achieve religious tolerance in the larger community of religions. I do not, however, want to stop there. I want pagans to tolerate other religions, and I want other religions to tolerate one another. The goal is to fulfill my philosophical belief that there are many paths to understanding and connecting with Divinity. This, in turn, supports my spiritual goal to be connected with the Divine and serve the Divine. My politics and my philosophy are governed by my spiritual understanding that I cannot control others, but that I can only influence them. My spirituality acknowledges my autonomy and the autonomy of others and recognizes that we are all connected to one another and to the Divine. Therefore, I do not act in any way that will contravene any individual's rights or autonomy. My boundaries are set around myself and my behaviours. Yes, these boundaries will limit the opportunities others have in their interaction with me, but ultimately they are in control of the choices they make.

I am disheartened when I see so many colleagues attempt to control others. If I have learned anything of value in my life, it is that governing my Self and controlling my behaviour so that it is congruent with my spirituality has been the key to my success and my happiness. Politics serves me. Philosophy serves me. I serve Spirituality. Can you still serve the Divine using another priority set? Yes. It isn't, however, your priority and you can easily become derailed.

I think it is easy to get lost in the labyrinth of learning we call living. If I can influence any who read this to look at your religious values and how you prioritize them. Ask yourself if you are really being true to your Spirit, or if you are serving another Master.

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Q: Do you feel that it is important for someone wishing to practise Druidry to have a connection to the places in which it originated? Would it, for instance, be as appropriate to practise Druidry in Tasmania (Aus) as it would be in Wales or Scotland?


GKT / JW :This is an extremely complex subject. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 18) states that ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change their religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest their religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.’ It is a right that we support absolutely. In that respect one has the right to be Druid irrespective of whether you live in Snowdonia, the Freycinet Peninsula Tasmania), or a pressure dome half way up Mons Olympus on Mars.


Whether it is entirely appropriate is another question. It is a matter of roots. To be Druid is to draw from Celtic heritage. The Celtic speaking peoples derived their understanding of the world and their spiritual and religious beliefs from the land in which they lived. Yet they were (and still are) inveterate travellers and they took their vision of the world with them. However, they always applied it to the place in which they found themselves. That is why, for example, Welsh, Breton, and Irish mythology are different in detail and ambience whilst clearly having a common genesis.


We do not know how the beliefs of ancestral Celts would have evolved beyond Europe, although there are clear signs that along the borders with the Germanic tribes there was a melding of ideas and beliefs. Did, for example, the Celts that formed the personal bodyguard of the Ptolemies continue with their native beliefs, or did they immerse themselves in Greco-Egyptian culture? And those Celtic remains found in China. Would they have become Taoists or Confucianists, or would they have sought for signs of Celtic deity in the alien landscape?


Of course, the world is a very different place. Celts have been instrumental in most of the great colonizations of the planet – often forced out of their homelands. And for all that they were nominally Christian; they no doubt took many of the old ways with them. It is no surprise, therefore, that the old ways are re-emerging all over the world. The pagan impulse is deeply embedded in the human psyche.


Those who become Druid in places that were not originally Celtic, are aware of the local deities and work in sympathy with them – which is not the same as appropriating them. Pre-Christian Celts did not proselytize, nor were they imperialistic. Like modern Druids, they would probably have kept their own ways in private whilst also acknowledging that they were guests in another land that has its own spiritual traditions. Source

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IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE? 

So, here's how it works: 

1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player,iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend your cool...

Opening Credits:   Here Comes the Sun  ~ The Beatles

Waking Up:   Whole Lotta Trouble ~ Stevie Nicks

First Day of school:   Pioneer ~ Gus McKay

Falling In Love:   We Got More ~ Luniz

Fight Song:   Something Cool ~ Holly Cole

Breaking Up:   Better Days ~  The Goo Goo Dolls

Life:   River (Live) ~ Heart

Mental Breakdown:   Fade Away and Radiate ~ Blondie

Driving:   Still ~ Alanis Morissette

Getting back together:   Shame ~ Matchbox Twenty

Wedding:   March Slave ~ Tchaikovsky

Birth of Child:   Mr. Crowley ~ Ozzy Osborne

Divorce:   Dirt is Good ~ Gus McKay

Final Battle:   Build a Levee ~ Natalie Merchant

Death Scene:   Imperial March (Club Mix) ~ Star Wars

End Credits:   God's Top Ten ~ INXS

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