I pledge Mother Earth as my one country
I pledge Humanity as my one people
I pledge Life as my religion
I pledge Love as my prayer
I pledge Peace and Freedom as my birthright
And the birthright of all humanity.
My heart beats one with all my Relations."
- Grandmother Drum pledge
from Whirling Rainbow Project
"You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour,
now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth,
Create your community,
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader. This could be a good time!
"There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore and push off into the middle of the river,
keep our eyes open and our heads above the water.
And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate!
"At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally.
Least of all, ourselves.
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
"The time of the lone wolf is over.
Banish the word 'struggle' from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
"WE ARE THE ONES WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR."
- Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation
Many people used to know me by Harry Smothers or J. Random Folksinger. Most people know me as Moss Bliss. My mother knows me as Gerald "Moss" Bliss. I am 61 years old, roughly 6' tall, brown hair, beard (sometimes), blue eyes, and generally am not bad looking.
I'm living in Blaine, TN. Previously I have lived, in reverse chronological order, in Knoxville, TN, Blaine, TN (different site), Sevierville, TN, Asheville, NC, Greenville SC, Camden/Bishopville SC, Sterling KS, Browns Mills NJ, Denver CO, Grand Junction CO, Colorado Springs CO, Talladega/Sylacauga AL , and Detroit MI (not listed in chronological order) after having been born and raised in Norwalk CA.
For a complete listing of my current websites and other activities, select "Websites & Activities" on the menu.I have just finished the recording and audio production phase of my first-ever CD, titled "All the Love". The recordings are complete but there is no money to publish the physical CD. However, the music is for sale at Bandcamp for $1 per song or $10 for all 17 songs. Hopefully I will be able to use this income to print the CD.
I am on Disability, with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, Asperger*apos;s Syndrome and memory deficit disorder as well as a bunch of minor things. I'm doing lots of things for my health, have been totally without psych medications since November of 2003, and I feel better than ever. I have replaced the drugs with some nutritional supplements (see my Mental Health page for details).
I am Owner of the ALT-therapies4bipolar Yahoogroup, a loose affiliation of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder exploring natural alternatives and adjuncts to drug therapy. (We have a website, Recovery Empowerment Resources, if you're interested in learning the overall details of what we're doing.) I'm involved in other groups that have shown the current basic premises of psychiatry to be a lie, and offer support to people who have been abused by this system. If you are taking psychiatric medications, you might want review what we're doing. I also have items for sale on Page 3 of the Mental Health section, and also list a couple of the many items avaiable through MadNation.
In early December 2003 I began studying Raja or Samkhya Yoga under my one-time guru, Rudrananda, and getting serious about Hinduism as an expression of religion. This is not exactly a new thing for me, as at my first Initiation into Wicca I was given the name of a Hindu God as my magickal name, and I have been studying the culture and religion of India off and on since, with many books, both scriptures and commentaries, finding their way into my library and my heart. I have, more recently, begun studying with Sri Virendra Qazi, who teaches Kashmir Shaivism.
Religion, or spirituality, is very important to me. (Click here to view some details of my personal spiritual journey.) I am a monist in my beliefs. (See "Philosophy" page at Pathways Sanctuary.) I am not the least bit humorless; if you cannot laugh at your beliefs, you are taking things too seriously. Follow your own heart, and you will know what is right for you. Besides my degrees in Gardnerian Wicca, I also hold honorary Doctorates of Divinity (D.D.) degrees from (1) Universal Life Church and (2) Temple of Wicca (3) Pathways Sanctuary, and (4) Progressive Universal Life Church. I also have some items for sale on Hindu religion and the Sanskrit language on the "Links" page.
My musical tastes run to Folk and Filk, with excursions beyond those boundaries. Reading tastes include SF/Fantasy fiction and non-fiction, especially on a variety of religion and spirituality subjects. I have 3 books in print, 2 containing my lyrics to s/t/o/l/e/n/ borrowed tunes displaying my wicked sense of humor and the 3rd with mostly original songs and a couple of short stories and poems. I have been taped at several science fiction conventions, pagan festivals, and on Free Radio Asheville. I have written many excellent original songs, and my songs "Raven and Crow", "Fifty Years Ago" and "All The Love In the World" draw cheers and tears everywhere I play them. Irysa RavenForest is fully responsible for providing the wonderful inspiration for the "Raven and Crow"; the love my parents have held for each other for over 50 years provides the inspiration for "Fifty Years Ago", and "Mary Ellen-or Rigby" is a whimsical look at the Beatles' Eleanor Rigby returning to life as a vampire -- set to the music of Stan Rogers' "Mary Ellen Carter". My song of forgiveness in the face of religious intolerance, "Mother, Forgive Them", have been picked up on Internet Radio Stations through Soundclick.com. Click on the My Lyrics link on the Menu to read some of my lyrics, hear some of my songs, or maybe even order my books. Also see the Websites and Activities page for a new project.I have just finished the recording and audio production phase of my first-ever CD, to be titled "All the Love". I need held getting the money to press the physical CD. Please contact ME here to ask about the benefits of donating. Donations can be accepted through PayPal or other methods.
I have been working on "Project Moss" for some time now. For a complete set of everything I&pos;recorded to date, send a prepaid mailer with a 4 Gb Jump drive or SD card to me at: Moss Bliss, 134 Blaine Dr., Apt. 3, Blaine TN 37709. (This will not include the CD project.)
I have been a musical guest at many Science Fiction Conventions over the years, the latest being 2011 ChattaCon. I'm planning on attending GAFilk in January 2014 as I have in 2012 and 2013.
As for my love life, posting who I'm involved with is about as practical as getting a tattoo with her name on it -- the tattoo, like many of my songs, will far outlive the relationship. I'm single, and working on staying that way. There are special people in my life, none of them close enough to worry about changing my status right now.
Look around the website to find even more about me -- and about things you can do to help yourself. If you have any questions, please email me!