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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

Celebrate

Added to lexicon.

Arizona monsoon season

Yule       Imbolc       Ostara       Beltaine       Litha       Lammas       Mabon       Samhain

These should be finished tonight or tomorrow.

Sparkpoint       Greenmark       Summergate       Suncrest       Harvestpoint      
Redmark       Wintergate       Starwell


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“Archetypes and Male Divinities: Crash Course World Mythology #15”


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A book fell on my head

I've always had my suspicions about that.

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Shower in the sunlight

I don't turn on the bathroom lights.

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“Fire and Buffalo Goddesses: Crash Course World Mythology #14”

“This week, we’re continuing our talk about the characteristics of Goddesses, and we’re going to look in depth at two stories from parts of the world we haven’t visited much in this series so far. From Hawaii, we’re going to hear a story about Pe-le, the great goddess of the Hawaiian Islands, and we’ll hear the story of the gifts of the White Buffalo Calf Woman from Native American tradition. We’ll look at the similarities and the differences in these stories, and talk about how goddesses interact with the world and with humanity in pretty interesting ways.”

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A pretty good “thou shalt”

Thou shalt mind thine own damn business.
— David Weber, Torch of Freedom
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Fairytale path

Near Doetinchem in the Netherlands.

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NeoNote — “Not all …”

I will not stop saying "not all …" when I think it applies.

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“Serena, Found of Savages” by Thomas Benjamin Kennington

Questions about the battle on the left make it something more than average.

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A walk

She's enjoying the flowers.

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Most mornings

Most mornings I share breakfast berries with a raven. I talk to him, but he doesn't think much about human stuff. Now sunrises, he and I agree on. Not so much on sunsets, that's when he is off doing his own thing.
— NeoWayland
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“Great Goddesses: Crash Course World Mythology #13”

“This week on Crash Course Mythology, we're talking archetypes. Specifically, we're talking about archetypes as they're applied to female deities. Goddesses, man. You'll learn about prehistoric fertility goddesses like the Venus of Willendorf, life and death goddesses like the Ancient Greek Fates and the Norse Norns. And we'll learn about regeneration goddesses like Ireland's Nimah, and Japan's Oto-Hime.”

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NeoNotes - clergy claims

Fake clergy can screw people up big time.

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Shiprock

Impressive

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Broken

I'm seeing people using their victimhood to control what others in the group will do.

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The secret albums

I have a bunch of pictures that I want to start using on this site.

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“Venus” by Henri Pierre Pico

The first couple of dozen times a nude, pretty woman is presenting herself, it's artistic.

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Another swimming hole

A swimming hole is always a good reason to shed clothing.

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“Theories of Myth: Crash Course World Mythology #12”

“This week, we're talking about theories of Myth. We'll look at the different ways mythology has been studied in the last couple of millenia, and talk about the diffeent ways people have interpreted myth, academically.”

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Excellent schoolmasters

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
— John Lubbock
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Here to help

“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know.”
— W. H. Auden
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Mother of all people

“The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.”
— Chief Joseph
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Laughs

“The earth laughs in flowers.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Lights are stronger

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”
— Charles Dickens
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Staircase to Heaven

My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness.
— Michelangelo
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Out of the fog

I love how the bridge emerges from the fog.

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Meditate

Part of the metaphor for this site is a loose-leaf binder jammed with all sorts of stuff.

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“The Opium Smoker” by Luis Ricardo Falero

Ruis liked to conflate the sexual with the forbidden.

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Bubbles

This is a great example of ALMOST showing you something.

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Encyclopædia Brittanica gets it wrong

I doubt that anyone except a calendar geek or a pagan would have caught it.

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“African Pantheons and the Orishas: Crash Course World Mythology #11”

“So, today we’re talking about African Pantheons. Now, you might say, that’s ridiculous. Africa isn’t a single place with a single pantheon, and we’d be fools to try and cover all that in an eleven minute video. You’d be right. Instead we’re going to focus on Yoruba religion from west Africa, and the Orishas that populate Yoruba stories. The many, many Orishas cover all aspects of life, and can be pretty specialized. We’re going to focus on a dozen or so.”

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Growing season

In some European countries especially further north, there were two seasons, winter and summer. May Day traditionally marks the beginning of the growing season, not the beginning of spring. If the summer solstice is midsummer, that makes May Day the beginning of summer.
— NeoWayland, May Day
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The magic circle

“The magic circle usually has a candle or lamp at each of the four quarters. The powers of the Four Elements are naturally connected with the Four Airts. Different exponents of magic have differing attributions of these; but the most usual one in the Western magical tradition is air at the east, fire at the south, water at the west, and earth at the north.

This attribution is based on the quality of the prevailing winds. In Britain the south wind brings heat and dryness, while the west wind usually brings warm rainy conditions. So these quarters are regarded as the places of fire and water respectively. The wind from the east is cold, dry and bracing, so this is the place of the powers of air. The north wind is cold and freezing, coming from the place of eternal snow. It represents the darkness of earth.”

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Purpose of ritual

“The purpose of ritual is to change the mind of the human being. It's a sacred drama in which you are the audience as well as the participant, and the purpose of it is to activate the parts of the mind that are not activated by everyday activity ... 'Magic' becomes the development of techniques that allow communication with hidden portions of the self, and with hidden portions of all other islands in this 'psychic sea.'”
— Margot Adler
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A piece of advice

“A piece of advice if I may be allowed to give it, is that no philosophy, no creed, no God is worth more than the love that one human being may give and receive in their lifetime – this is what is meant by being ‘involved’.”
— Robert Cochrane
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Journal 15May2018

Thinking by blogging

I've had three deaths in the past month. One a friend, one an uncle, and one person who I did not get along with.

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“Witches on the Sabbath” by Luis Ricardo Falero

Between that and the floating, it's a pretty good bet that this depicts a psychedelic trip.

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Shower

I like the notion of a shower outdoors.

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NeoNotes — Women's studies

Okay, seriously though, and this relates to one of my long standing criticisms of women's studies (and any number of gender studies, skin color studies, etc.)

If these various fields of study have any worth at all, they have to acknowledge that they are only part of the picture. Limiting your studies to one subgroup is going to limit your understanding. Especially if you dismiss without question other subgroups. It's the difference between rigorous study and fantasyland. It's why the theoretical has to cross over with the practical. It's not enough to say how things should work, you have to examine how things actually work together. You have to look outside your preconceptions and expectations for the things you can't explain. Otherwise you never leave the echo chamber.

Or, women's studies without human studies is sh*t.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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