Monthly Archive: June 2014

PPM Weekend

I get Friday off to drive down to Georgia for a Pagan Prison Ministry workshop. Should be fun, haven’t worked with Darla for a while now. I was going to have a friend go with me but she couldn’t get the time off.

Some of you may be like, what’s a Pagan Prison Ministry? Well, it’s simple. We minister. To pagans. In prison. We don’t care whether they are studying with us for a better life when they get out or they are studying with us from a worse life before going in. Ethics and morality are important, and having a sensible religious basis for them helps.

It is a true statement that some inmates study with us just to get extra free time. I was amazed a year ago to meet the young men at Foothills Correctional Facility in Morganton, NC, and see how hard they had worked. Maybe they got into it for a party but they didn’t stay in it for a party. We are making a difference in these peoples’ lives.

May you also be making a difference in the lives you touch.




Guns Nuts

Every time I post something to my Facebook page on gun violence, open carry, or 2nd Amendment, I find another one of my friends (usually a real friend, not a phony Facebook friend) who violently disagrees with me.

So open carry is a good idea. Right up there with Stand Your Ground laws. Yeah. We homo sapiens are the most level-headed species ever, and nobody could ever make us do anything irrational, no matter how drunk we get. (Yeah, open carry in bars, this must come from the Darwin Award people.)

People, we are not arming ourselves against an evil government. The people who want an evil government are the ones making profits arming us, and more profits getting FuxNews to inflame our paranoia and hatred of… just about everyone but rich people, who are the ones profiting and the ones ripping us off daily by not paying us living wages for the living we provide them.

I am not against the Second Amendment. I am not against gun ownership. But ALL our freedoms come with limits, and making any of them unlimited throws the balance off. We need to be reasonable. I’m afraid that will never happen, and we will end up in open warfare between whatever groups our Owners tell us to hate enough to kill.


What are you doing?

I keep posting things on my Facebook page to help people. Not all the help being offered is appreciated by all my friends, but is usually objected to by someone it was not meant for. So Facebook is becoming less and less of a tool, and more of a slash and burn defense mechanism.  I am not ready to quit FB just yet. I did announce today that I’m not going to repost any stories on gun violence, don’t know what good that will do either way but it’s messing up my chi, so to speak.

So I was just wondering. What are you doing? How are you helping things move forward in the world?

I’ve done some things I’m beyond “not proud of”, but have done my best to put them behind me and move forward. Not everyone wants me to do that, as though my living in my past will make them a better person. I don’t buy that for a second.

But if we’re talking past, I have a pretty good one, and the closer you look to the present, the better it looks (outside of poor choices in relationships, but even then my purpose or intention was to help).

2005 – Co-founded Asheville Homeless Network, still the nation’s only standalone Membership Organization for the homeless. Not for people working WITH the homeless, not for raising funds to trickle down TO the homeless, but the homeless population itself. I managed to get full 501(c)(3) status for it, in almost record time according to lawyers I’ve spoken with, and did all the paperwork and followup myself. Still active under other leadership, but I ran it myself for 5 years.

2006 – started back to knitting, first scarves and then hats. A lot of my yarn has been donated, people hear what I’m doing with the hats (donating them to poor and homeless people, probably over 95% of them) and remember that bag of yarn they have that they’ve never used. I buy a lot of yarn. Just ask JoAnn Fabrics’ website. At this point, I’ve given away over 1,000 hats to grateful people and organizations, and I’m still going.

Somewhere around there I became a co-founder of Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective, a support organization that does not judge you based on your treatment choices but supports your right to make those choices. This includes (a hard one) illegal drug usage, or no “medications” at all, but also includes choices to follow your doctors’ advice.

2012 – Worked for 6 months at a Social Security payee firm, helping handle finances for people with drug, alcohol, or mental health issues who could not handle their own. I also completely rewrote the company website. At minimum wage.

2013 – Was hired as a Direct Services Professional, working 5 hours a day in a home for two disabled individuals. Some of the work is easy, some of it is not. A lot of it is just getting through, when behavior of my guy has to be tolerated and my job becomes one of not harming himself, me, my co-worker, or the other guy in the house. I still have this job.

And I’m still knitting. And I’m still trying to lead a dialogue online about making the country better by moving forward.

Which includes my membership in Justice Party USA. This is the only party with an ethical platform — social, environmental, and economic justice, freedom based on respect of all individuals and the world we live in. It may not work. People are afraid of third-party activism, afraid it will take votes away from the “good” oligarchs and so get the “bad” oligarchs elected. But I believe in voting my conscience, and I wish I could give everyone in America a wake-up call to where they would vote theirs.  Vote YOUR best interests, not those of the 84 people (or whatever the pathetically small number is) who own America and the media outlets. Reject negative politics in all forms from all sides.


My friends have mentioned that my blog does not take any stands, or settle on any issue. There are too many issues to pick one. But the first and foremost is, take care of myself. Make myself the best person I can be. Expose lies, reveal under-exposed reality, urge people to become the best person THEY can become. I know lots of them are better than me, or further along or better-equipped, but that’s no reason for me to give up on myself. I find people in need of help and try my best to help them see how they can better themselves, not by giving them a blueprint or putting myself forward as an example but by showing them it can be done, and it’s hard work. It’s hard work doing it, it’s hard work helping others respect themselves and others, it’s hard work writing blogs so few will even read, but it has to be done. For me. If it helps you, I would be happy to claim a mitzvah when it is offered, but this isn’t about Look At Me, it’s about Look At Yourself (and if you don’t like what you see, fix it).

I expect people who have been listening to my music have seen this trend. OK, I also have a wicked sense of humor, and it’s not exactly what people expect. Mis-wired brains and missing puzzle pieces, ya know.


Guess that’s enough rant for now.




Ah, the Weekend

This was a pretty good week. Two classes, not much going on, keeping in touch with family, got my business taken care of and bills paid. Not much left, but at least I got through. Don’t think I have anything this weekend, although I might use my blood donor voucher to see another Smokies game tomorrow.  I’ve been trying to write a song or songs, I’m getting pieces but no clarity yet. When it comes together, it’s when I get that piece I was missing to make it all happen.  I revisited the tune I wrote a week ago, and it doesn’t go with the chorus I wrote this week, so I’m at square two on both those songs.

Ah well. Take care of myself and my kitties. Who are driving me crazy. Oops, too late for that.

I got a new treatise from Bob Trubshaw at Heart of Albion Press, and immediately found a typo. Then a few pages later, another. By the time I’d found the third, I had Bob’s approval to go through and find everything I could find and report back to him. I miss doing this kind of work. Maybe Bob will put me to work again.





From this time forward (and retroactive), anyone who registers on this blog must leave a comment. I want to know who you are. I am getting a lot of registrants and a lot of spam, and I suspect it is nearly a 1-to-1 relationship. I’m deleting all registrants I do not know or who have not left a comment (I think the only commenters I know are Barry and Allegra). All spam has been deleted and is deleted regularly, so don’t think you’re using my page to further your perfidious aims.

However, if you got deleted and it was a mistake, feel free to let me know.  Again, communications is the key.  I was sure I had some registered users who have posted; all the users I deleted had 0 posts attributed to them.


Dragged out

I haven’t been writing much, I know. My job — and the 34 miles a day round trip I take to get there — is wearing me out. I wish I could afford to cut back to 4 days. I even missed a deadline for Peppermint and Sage ezine.

In the meantime, a person who loves me has been going through hell and I’m virtually the only one willing to even listen. I’ve been sending her every drop of extra energy I have. Gee, maybe that’s part of the problem.

In the next few weeks, I have a Gathering to go to (which I might skip of day-trip), a Pagan Prison Ministry workshop in Georgia, and then have to get ready for Confluence in Pittsburgh at the end of July. I need to get more time practicing. I actually have a friend who keep calling and wanting me to play for her via Skype, knowing that I need the practice, but I just don’t have the energy.

Still no idea when I’ll be able to get my CD to become a physical reality, but it is still for sale as a download (with extras) at .

Guess that’s it for now.



No, nothing happened with my cats, just had to think of a new title LOL. The weekend was quite uneventful. Some stress waiting for someone to call but it worked out. Have some writer’s block, I have an article due soon for Peppermint & Sage eZine, had plenty of time to get it done and just couldn’t. Had the file open even. Went to bed about my usual, woke up about my usual, and feel like I’ve been working all day before I even get done with morning chores. Guess I’ll go lounge in my chair (broke broked broken) until the mail comes, I should get a couple good things in the mail.

I still have thousands of copies of my CD available for download… All the Love…

One of the authors I used to work with has been complaining on Facebook about my former employer. Apparently she thinks she can sell his book royalty-free after his contract expires. He didn’t like that.   Hugs, Me