Friday, 8 December 2017

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

Yes, it's that time of year again in my LGBTQ+ community!

Haul out the tree!

And the ornaments too!

Hang your stockings by the chimney with care . . .

. . . and don't forget to add those special touches of holiday decor!

Now get busy and write your letter to Santa before Christmas Eve!

And speaking of Santa . . . .

He and his crew are moving with the times, man!

So it's time for everyone else to do the same!

Don't forget to send out Christmas cards to everyone you know . . .

. . . along with the annual family photo! Hey, what's Ellen doing in here? I guess it's true what they say -- there's one in EVERY family!

And always remember, there's no place like . . . .

. . . because it's where our loved ones are.

So Goddess bless us, every one!

And see you all at the Boxing Day sales, eh?

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Halifax Explosion

One hundred years ago today on December 6, 1917, the worst disaster in Canadian history occurred in the maritime port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. That morning, two ships collided in its harbour -- the French cargo ship SS Mont-Blanc and the Norwegian ship SS Imo. The Mont-Blanc was packed with TNT and other explosives being shipped to France for use in World War I. It caught on fire and blew sky-high.

The resulting blast levelled a big part of Halifax, killed nearly 2,000 people and injured another 9,000. It was the world's largest man-made explosion until the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima nearly 30 years later.

As stated in Wikipedia:

Nearly all structures within an 800-metre (half-mile) radius, including the entire community of Richmond, were obliterated. A pressure wave snapped trees, bent iron rails, demolished buildings, grounded vessels, and scattered fragments of Mont-Blanc for kilometres. Hardly a window in the city proper survived the blast. Across the harbour, in Dartmouth, there was also widespread damage. A tsunami created by the blast wiped out the community of Mi'kmaq First Nations people who had lived in the Tufts Cove area for generations.

And then, just to add to the misery, a blizzard occurred, hampering rescue and relief efforts. Trains full of supplies and aid were sent to Halifax from across Canada and the northeastern United States. The American city of Boston was especially quick and generous in sending doctors, nurses, medical supplies and funds, which is why Nova Scotia annually donates a huge Christmas tree to Boston every year in friendship and gratitude.

If you ever go to Halifax, be sure to visit the Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower which was erected near the collision site. It is a very solemn and beautiful place of commemoration.

There is also an old historic Anglican Church called St Paul's, located in downtown Halifax on the Grand Parade, that is worthy of a visit. It survived the Explosion because it was outside the immediate blast radius.

Inside the church doors, however, a spike is still embedded high up on the interior wall where it was blown by the force of the Explosion. And towards the back of the church, you can see the famous "Explosion Window." Local legend has it that, due to the intense light and heat generated by the Halifax Explosion, the profile of one of the church’s deacons was etched into the glass of a second story window of the church.

Here's a better view of the Explosion Window --

[All photos from the internet]

Friday, 1 December 2017

Oh Oh, It's "War on Christmas" Time Again!

Let's not forget the VALUES that made our culture GREAT --

And share this pic of MIDDLE-EASTERN JESUS too!

Let's get back to TRADITIONAL VALUES, people!

Now, get out there and do your part, everyone . . . HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Saviours and Superheroes

A couple of weeks ago, bloggin' buddy Bill Lisleman of a few clowns short left this message in my comments section --

"Strange idea just popped in my head - all these movies of superhero groups. They should do one with spiritual leaders coming together to save our spirits."

Thanks, Bill! I was wondering in what context I could ever possibly post the following kinda-sorta-related memes from my "Big Bottomless Stash o' Weird Crap from the Internet" and you just handed me the perfect opportunity. Behold the intersection of saviours and superheroes!


Monday, 27 November 2017

Heartbreak in the Snow

Toronto Argonauts 27
Calgary Stampeders 24

The temperature was -3ยบ in Ottawa and it snowed for practically the entire game. The Stampeders led all the way until late in the 4th quarter when they went for a touchdown and a disastrous fumble occurred on Toronto's 10 yard line. The Argos intercepted the ball and ran all the way back down the field to score a touchdown. Calgary's second misfortune occurred in the dying minutes when they decided not to go for a field goal to tie the game and force overtime, but to go instead for a touchdown which they did not get.


* shakes fist *


* quiet sobbing *


Sunday, 26 November 2017

Grey Cup 2017

Yay, today is Grey Cup Sunday! I've got my foam finger, my snacks and my Grey Cup pool tickets all ready to go. I've watched every Grey Cup game on TV since I was five years old. It's a Canadian tradition, right up there with butter tarts and maple syrup.

This year, the Canadian Football League championship is being fought between the Calgary Stampeders (West) and the Toronto Argonauts (East).

The big game is being held in Ottawa, capital city of Canada and home of the Redblacks football club. EVERYBODY has been getting into Grey Cup Fever --

Since I'm a good prairie girl, I ALWAYS cheer for the West and this year is no different, even though it is Edmonton's chief rival Calgary that is vying for the Cup. So-o-o-o-o . . .


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Triumph of Life Tarot

I just bought an interesting new tarot deck called Triumph of Life Tarot. Created by an international group of volunteer artists coordinated by Andrew McGregor of The Hermit's Lamp in Toronto, its purpose is to raise money for cancer research. All profits go to the Terry Fox Foundation, a well-known cancer charity in Canada and abroad.

Each card was created by a different artist who donated their art to the project. Every card is dedicated to someone in the artist's life who battled cancer. That person's initials appear on the back of the cards.

Because so many artists created this deck, it is a extremely eclectic mix of images, styles and media which makes it very interesting to look at and use. For example, here's a few cards from the suit of Cups . . .

. . . and a random array of various other cards --

My deck just arrived in the mail a few days ago and I'm very pleased with it. The cards are a decent size and printed on quality cardstock. I love the varied nature of the artwork, some of which is quite compelling. The imagery is sufficiently related to the standard Rider-Waite-Smith tarot model that it is no problem to read with.

If you're interested in obtaining a deck, it can be ordered here. Please note that all prices are in US funds, not Canadian, and may be paid via PayPal. With shipping and handling, the deck costs $51.

[Photos #1, #2 and #3 from The Hermit's Lamp website; photo #4 from The Pure and Blessed Way blog]

Friday, 17 November 2017

Balm of Compassion, Water of Life

The Sacred Garden of Maui has many images of the Divine Feminine on its premises but the predominant one is Kwan Yin, the female Bodhisattva of Love and Mercy. She is often represented holding a small vase-like bottle which contains the healing Balm of Compassion. This is composed of Kwan Yin's tears, collected as She cries for the suffering of the world.

As you can see in the background of the above photo, there is another Bruce Harman art print in the Kwan Yin meditation garden. It is called "Water of Life" and portrays Kwan Yin sharing the Balm of Compassion with the Buddha and Jesus as they kneel before Her in a sacred bamboo grove.

Here's a much better, higher resolution image of the painting from Bruce Harman's website:

I bought a small copy of this art at the gift shop. On the back is a little zen-like poem:

Before the great
Into division
Water flows
Goddess pours

I like this image because it restores the Divine Feminine to Her rightful place among some of the other great spiritual icons of the world.

[First two photos © Debra She Who Seeks, November 2016]