Yearly Archive: 2009

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

I buried some posts… I figure everyone who needed to see them already did.

Nothing to report.  Things are dragging right now.  Good stuff happening, just not where I’d like them.  I’ll be pretty busy the next couple weeks.  Got a big fundraiser coming up for AHN.

hugs,
Me

Another wonderful festival

I had a great weekend at SerpentStone Harvest, despite a lack of sleep making me whinier than usual.  The end result was, I learned a lot of things, had a great time with a wonderful bunch of people, and have a new girlfriend.  I needed all of that, I’ve been working my butt off for the homeless the past couple of weeks (and more this week).  It’s nice to have someone who needs me without being needy, and is there for me without being controlling, who shares my spirituality (different flavor, same ice cream) and even would like my editing experience on her somewhat-finished book.  Now I just need transportation for the 120 miles that lay between us for the time being.  Jai Ganesha Jai! Lord Ganesha stepped in so many times this weekend to make things happen that there is no way to thank Him properly.  Of course, I stuck to my guns and the path he set before me, or nothing would have worked… nothing worse than a whiner who won’t get off his ass to change things, and I am not that ass.  Or something like that.

You’re going to hear more about Nightress in the coming months, I’m sure.  I hope the gods slow things down enough that we can learn each other better before getting in too deep, and not so much that we start to lose hope of ever being together.  I think we already have planted the seeds of our future (and no, I don’t mean she’s pregnant, get your minds out of that place).  Actually, while we talked for hours and hours, committed to each other, and had some good bits of making out, we kept our clothes on and even spent the night in our respective tents.  So there.

Hugs,
Me

Sadness

One of the members of my Peer Support Training class back in January died today of internal injuries from a car accident.  Prayers go skyward for the soul of Debra Lynn Teague.

Door to the Beyond: The Final Article

I have posted the last of my articles, “Door to the Beyond: Paganism and Mental Health” (written for PaganPages.org) to my personal website. You can get to it by going to Hippo Haven, clicking “My Writings (Prose)” on the menu, selecting “Door to the Beyond”, and then selecting “Part XXIV”.

This is probably the most significant article in the series, and was a good place to stop, at least until I learned the lesson. The subject is Toxic Friendships — how to identify them, deal with them, remove them. Please read and enjoy.

Hugs,
Moss

Getting back to writing

Many of you know I used to (until just a few months ago) write an article for PaganPages.org on Paganism and Mental Health.  They invited me to continue writing that, but I feel I’ve covered enough in three years.

I wrote them last month and asked if they would be interested in having me write a column on IndoPaganism.  I have the first 7 articles outlined already, tying Hinduism directly to Wicca through the use of phrases from a section of the Gardnerian Initiation Ritual.

I have not heard back from them.  Which is strange, as they used to get back to me in minutes, not weeks.

So today I cast about trying to find another online zine I could offer this to.  Rather than using the shotgun approach (write everybody and see who picks it up first), I looked at several and wrote to one, the Wiccan/Pagan Times.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Here is the text of my letter:

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Dear Editor,

I have been writing an article on Paganism and Mental Health for PaganPages.org for the past 3 years, regularly and on schedule.  I ended this series a couple of months ago, with an offer to pick it up at any time.

It is my wish to begin a new series, on connecting Paganism with our Hindu roots.  As you may have seen in the Spring 2007 PanGaia Magazine, IndoPaganism has gotten some coverage already (and I was quoted quite a bit in that article).  I have the first 7 articles outlined, using a series of phrases from the Gardnerian Initiation Ritual to introduce the wisdom available in Hinduism.

I have been writing on Wicca since 1987, with many of my early articles preserved in the Sacred Texts Internet Archive.  I have been a member of the IndoPaganPaths Yahoogroup since its beginning, as well as being a Moderator, and also am a Moderator on the companion site at http://IndoPaganPaths.ning.com .  Therefore, I’m confident in my writing ability, my knowledge of the subject, and have sufficient reason to believe that people will want to read it.

There has been some controversy surrounding my person that comes up every now and again, from an action I took — and paid for — over 30 years ago, which is well before Goddess found me as Her Witch.  I have used this to strengthen myself and others, to show all that, indeed, She changes EVERYTHING She touches, but I did not want to hide this from you and have you blindsided by criticism.  The few articles that still exist on the Internet about this are FAR from accurate, but will show you how far people will go to slander others.  I have no hatred toward these people, and wish they would get to know me, but there you have it.

If you would be interested in running my articles, please let me know and I’ll get started on them.

In service,
Moss Bliss

Catching Up

Well, maybe…

Life has been more hectic.  Marc, a man trying to set up a produce program in Asheville to benefit MANNA Food Bank, Asheville Homeless Network, and Asheville residents in general, has come to town with a trivial budget, mostly eaten up by the $1150 plane ticket (round trip) from Warsaw, Poland.  He spent two nights in a local motel, and is spending the next 2, 3, 4, or whatever on my couch.  I’m getting some good meals out of this, and sometimes he rents a car which helps my transportation for a moment.  I just hope the program hits the ground running, and is not just another batch of hot air like so many things we’ve tried to do are.

I’ve been getting more exercise, mostly riding my bike (which is going much better now, I seem to be beginning to get my “legs” back).  For the first time since my foot surgery, I’m under 260 lbs.  Not MUCH under yet, but I’m working on it.

I got a bug bite on my right arm just below the elbow last week, and it swelled up like an allergic reaction.  I’m having to rotate treatments for it — everything I have tried (of 3 treatment possibilities) has worked once, then acted like a 1st degree burn when reapplied later… but one of the other two remedies works, then fails.  I think it’s better… just not sure what’s making it better and what worse, as they each seem to help once and the make it worse.

I almost did Open Mic at the Courtyard Gallery for the third consecutive week, haven’t done that for years… but petered out, as the morning prior saw a repairman come out for my dryer.  He fixed it, but I had to get up at 9:30 am to do that, and that threw me off my schedule.

All my groups are going well, almost on autopilot, which is a good thing because I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed here at home.  I still haven’t made the Perfect Loaf of Bread… made some pretty good ones, but now it’s not rising all the way and the bread comes out more cake-like.  Tastes good… and then the weather is hot and muggy, so it molds before I can finish eating it.

I got more of my music recorded, and split up the past couple live performances into individual songs.  I currently have 10 songs posted to my MySpace page, including 8 from the new project.  I have decided to pay for postage, discs, and envelopes by selling subscriptions.  $100 for a lifetime subscription (should be well over 400 songs, so less than 4c per song), or $8 for every two discs.  I’m not getting licenses for these, so I’m not selling the music (except for my own songs), just paying for discs, envelopes and postage.  This keeps your cost low, so order yours now!  LOL  but really, I’m serious, just am not the best salesman.  Note to those already signed up before I set the price:  Most of you will get yours free, some will be asked to pay.  The main impetus for this project is to make sure my grandchildren get to hear me sing, as they are in Denver and I have no transportation.

Hugs,
Me