Monthly Archive: November 2009

New Series Begins Soon

I have found a home for my new series of articles, “A World Apart, A World Together: Explorations in IndoPaganism”. The series has been accepted by Pagan Spirit Webzine, edited by Gordon Ireland. Their submission limits are 600 words, so it shouldn’t be too taxing to read.

The webzine is not laid out formally, but is in Forum format. You can find it at http://paganspiritwebzine.pagansoftheworld.com/index.php

Hugs,
Me

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President of Asheville Homeless Network – http://ashevillehomeless.org
Administrative Editor of Eternal Press – http://eternalpress.ca
Moss’ Malas, http://mossmalas.ecrater.com
See my new site, Med Free or Working On It, http://medfree.ning.com
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Turkey Day

My friend Pam wanted to have Thanksgiving Dinner at her house… but all the friends she wanted to invite are in town and her house is 22 miles out of town.  So I suggested my apartment.  So she came over last Friday and helped me clean up (of course I had 80% of the work done before she got there, just because she was coming over to help)… I bought a turkey and some other stuff… Monday we did a final trip to the store.

Tonight I made the stuffing (brown rice in apple juice, plus hderbs and spices), and put the turkey in the fridge (instead of freezer); tomorrow I bake some bread and leave the turkey out to thaw; Thursday when I get up I stuff the stuffing into the bird, stuff the bird into a baking bag, and stuff the bag, bird and all into the oven.  Pam has bought chips, dip, and desserts, and maybe some veggie dishes… Mike says he’s bringing mashed potatoes… and we don’t really know who or what else is coming.

You may wonder why this is a big deal for me.  I have only baked a turkey once before, with my neighbor John doing most of the work, and that was when I was still on drugs (legal, prescribed, but powerful and dangerous anyhow) so I hardly remember it.  Plus there were only three of us that time.  This is the first time I’ve done it myself (well, with help from Pam) or had so many people in my place — or had a nice place that got cleaned up and looks nice.

I may repeat this at Yule, as the church I’ve been visiting has offered me a free bird (Freebird! Freebird!).

So the work is underway (I vacuumed again tonight), and I hope it all goes well.  Wish me luck.

Hugs,
Me

Project Moss Update

I have hired (at $0) my husband-in-law James as a post-production engineer for Project Moss.  He has already redone two of my latest recordings, and the sound quality is considerably improved.  If you’ve already subscribed to Project Moss, I will replace your discs and send a 3rd disc as soon as the 3rd disc is full.  If you haven’t, now would be a good time to do so.  Price is $100 for the entire lifetime project, $20 for two years’ of project, or $8 for the first two discs, payable through PayPal to mordewis@serpentstone.org, or mail a check or money order to Moss Bliss, P.O. Box 205, Asheville NC 28802.

I presently have 45 songs in the can, and a list of almost 600 songs to go (plus whatever new songs I learn along the way).

Hugs,
Me

Anniversary

Yesterday, by my best reckoning, is the 6th anniversary of the last time I took psychiatric “medications”.  If you’ve known me during this time, you’ve seen me blossom and seen how much I can do to help others, which was not possible under those horrible drugs.  I also have damaged – but healing, despite my doctors’ assertions – kidneys from that time.  After nearly 40 years on doctor-administered drugs (which were so bad as to keep me from wanting to get involved in any other drugs), now I have been clean for six.  What a world of difference this has made!  Ask any of the 375 people in the ALT-therapies4bipolar Yahoogroup, or the 90 members of my Med Free or Working On It Ning page (http://medfree.ning.com).  I am still in the process of becoming everything I wish to be, but amaze myself and my friends who have seen me grow.  May you get the support you need in your life to face whatever challenges you have, as I have… and if I have been part of that support, I’m so glad to have been there.

Hugs,
Me

Connections

My longest-time distance student informed me tonight that she wanted me to come handfast her and her guy on October 30, followed on the 31st by the handfasting of her friend.  I think I’ve talked her out of it, and maybe into a Mabon (Autumnal Equinox) handfasting.  Getting married on Samhain is about as bad as a Christian getting married on Black Saturday (day before Easter),  I mean, it’s nice that they wanted their ancestors there, but it’s really too much and would affect their marriage. 

Other issues: what ritual to use or craft… whether my licenses are valid in their county (some counties require that ministers have a physical church in that county)… and whether they want to come get me or just send me a bus ticket (the bus would be cheaper, but we’d have more time to visit on the drive).  If anyone has other issues, please bring them up.

Another option might be for them to drive down here and have me do the handfasting here, but that might bring up other issues, such as residency and marriage license requirements.

Hugs,
Me

hmmmmm

At present, the perfect woman is in Ice Queen Mode, so I’m alone again for all intents and purposes.  I’m taking care of myself.  My EP 3rd Quarter check came in, not quite as good as projected but still moving ahead.  It’s getting to where I need to keep silent about a lot of stuff, which has never been my strong suit.

I did get asked to do a paid gig at a local church, substituting on my 12-string guitar for their pianist.  It went extremely well… y’all know that a church is not normally my best place, but it didn’t burn down and everyone said I was awesome.  Hard to turn down a gig where you’re paid $60 for a bit of practice and an hour’s worth of on-and-off work.

I’ve been really busy since Friday with a fundraiser for Asheville Homeless Network, which will be over Saturday morning.  Put over $200 in the bank so far as of tomorrow morning.  If any of ya would like to support AHN, you can use PayPal to send money to ashevillehomeless@yahoo.com.

Hugs,
Me