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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My Views on Reincarnation




It is my considered and long-held belief that this particular lifetime is one of many I have experienced, and that many more are ahead of me.

I was thinking about astrology and the individual ... it is my view that in each lifetime we come into this physical world to experience people and events, but also to experience the world from a new perspective. As the life goes on, we learn and grow in a certain way. Once we have nothing more to learn from this set of energies and the place and time, we move on. We refer to that as death, and it is the death of this personality and body. We hate and fear death because we hate and fear change.

Stephen, my son, went through all the tests of his life and in my view, he did very well. He had a hard set of experiences to deal with, and was forced to see things I am sure he would not have seen if his situation had been easy and comfortable.

Now that his personality and body have dropped off of his soul, he is digesting all the lessons and on a higher level, of Soul, Higher Self, Guardian Angel, or however one labels it, he is planning what he needs next, to progress to enlightenment.

One lifetime is simply not long enough to learn everything we need to know, and to change from animal humanity to spiritual humanity, unless we are prepared and already nearly there. As we move from lifetime to lifetime, we move around the spectrum of human experience, poverty, wealth, slavery, freedom, intelligence, lack of same, practicality and spirituality, to name a few of the polarities we need to resolve and rise above.

I realize that reincarnation can neither be proved nor disproved. I don't care about proof. It does not matter, actually, if it is true or not! I, as this personality, really have only one lifetime to do with what I will, and I have no memories of the past to bind me, thank goodness. So it all comes down to doing my best in all areas of my life, no matter if there is another lifetime ahead or not.

Reincarnation, some say, is a false comfort. I say it is not comforting in the least. Knowing I will have to work through my problems now or later, actually, forces me to face them. No time like the present! I am here to master the physical plane, to work with this very slow moving substance, and to work with this body. Here and now is the only place and time I have to do that.

Long Ago But Not So Far Away




This photo was taken in the late 80s. From the top left, Patrick, Laura, Steve and his wife Panda, in some apartment pool (mine, probably).

Friday, July 27, 2007

Another Way to Skin a Cat




Yesterday this blue mountain lion was brand new. Yes, brand new, folks. He was doomed from the moment he entered the Dog Den we call Home.

Bear eviscerated him, depositing his guts all over the living room, and he finally sucked out the brains and liver, then dropped the empty skin, inside out, back on the floor.

Both Bear and Chip made "kill" motions with the toy, shaking it from side to side. I guess if they ever run across a young raccoon or possum, I will have a time keeping them from killing it.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Brothers Relaxing




We are forming a pack here, and I am using techniques from the two trainers we have hired at different times, as well as ones I learned on The Dog Whisperer (Cesar Milan, on the National Geographic Channel).

This technique is the "bench" exercise, from Cesar Milan's TV show. Both dogs are commanded up onto the bench and told to lie down and stay. This helps them see themselves as part of the same pack.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Package!!





The mailman gingerly left this package on the stoop and ran off, after ringing the doorbell three times. I opened it instantly and it fairly burst at me ... so many gifts, such naughty things ... you can't see them here, but the chopstick rests are very naughty. Ginseng soap, goddess pix, a gorgeous portrait of a woman who shall remain nameless, bookmarks reminiscent of a photo contest and some naughty postcards!!! Who could ask for more? Delightful birthday gift, thank you Osprey.


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Baby Land Planarian




The gigantic rocks in this photo are the aggregate of a sidewalk in our neighborhood. This lil fella was about 3' long. He or she is a land planarian, a harmless half-moon-headed worm. I saw one like it last year, and had no clue what it was. They get to be about a foot long and remain harmless.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Dog Socialization




I know this does not look like much, but this dog socialization class is really helpful to dogs with issues. The rules are different from a regular dog park. Once everyone has arrived, the gate is shut and Jason (on the right, yellow shirt) plays music and we all let our dogs off their leashes at the same time. Then the humans all walk in a circle. The dogs romp and run and hang out, and learn to be with other dogs peacably. The theory is that when the people sit around the dogs take that to mean they are establishing territories, and they start to defend the humans' spaces.

Just in case, Jason carries a long carriage whip! He has to break up the occasional fight, but mostly it is easy to do this. Bear needs an hour walk in the morning anyway, so it works out well.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Amazing Trained Humans!



This is the poster for my new Vaudeville act, Madame Creme Caramel's Amazing Trained Humans!


In Second Life, I purchased the dog avatar outfit for Madame Creme Caramel. Then I made the red, blue and yellow avatars who are the trained humans. Osprey made their pedestals and helped me figure out how to make a tightrope illusion. I bought animations that were made by some wonderfully creative people in Second Life, and got some open source music (royalty-free), recorded my voice for the introduction, and voila! we have a new act!

I am still looking for someone to portray Red, but I think someone will be found.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Woman With One Red Sock




I have finally finished my very first sock! Now I have to do it all over again. Of course, it is imperfect. A SECOND! That is why it is less expensive than a store-bought sock ... until you put in my labor ha HAH!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Spider Bars the Road



No this is not MY hand, trust me! This is a banana spider, like the one I saw today ... it had built a web across an overgrown road (yes, I mean a road that cars drive upon), probably 15 feet across. Bear and I decided not to continue on that road, coincidentally.