Archive for the ‘The Book of Squirrel’ Category

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A Snuggle of Blessings

September 7, 2011

Image Source:lifeinsquirreldom

On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders
and you stumble, may the clay dance to balance you.

And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window and the
ghost of loss gets into you, may a flock of colours, indigo, red,
green and azure blue come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays in the curach of thought and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you, may there come across the waters a path of
yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light
be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection
of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you,
an invisible cloak to mind your life.

~ John O’Donohue

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By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!

September 2, 2011

Image sourced from: bradanderin.com

 Adding new language to your storytelling gives you the power to understand and feel your way through the intricacies of loving, to avoid bad bets and repetitive tragic stories, and to tell yourself into the right story, without the barriers. ~ Jeremiah Abrams

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Golden Retrievals

September 2, 2011

Squirrel Patrol

Image Sourced from: Dog By Nature

Golden Retrievals
by Mark Doty

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attention
seconds at a time. Catch? I don’t think so.
Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who’s–oh
joy–actually scared. Sniff the wind, then

I’m off again: muck, pond, ditch, residue
of any thrillingly dead thing. And you?
Either you’re sunk in the past, half our walk,
thinking of what you never can bring back,

or else you’re off in some fog concerning
–tomorrow, is that what you call it? My work:
to unsnare time’s warp (and woof!), retrieving,
my haze-headed friend, you. This shining bark,

a Zen master’s bronzy gong, calls you here,
entirely, now: Bow-wow, bow-wow, bow-wow

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House of Smurf: Satyr

September 1, 2011

Smurfs on Squirrel Mountain

Image sourced from: Don’t ask….

THE MOUNTAIN AND THE SQUIRREL

The mountain and the squirrel

Had a quarrel,

And the former called the latter

“Little prig.”

Bun replied,

“You are doubtless very big;

But all sorts of things and weather

Must be taken in together

To make up a year

And a sphere.

And I think it no disgrace

To occupy my place.

If I’m not so large as you,

You are not so small as I,

And not half so spry:

I’ll not deny you make

A very pretty squirrel track.

Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;

If I cannot carry forests on my back,

Neither can you crack a nut.”

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Devil’s Fool Cake

August 29, 2011

The most popular form of this saying—“You can’t have your cake and eat it too”— confuses many people because they mistakenly suppose the word “have” means “eat,” as in “Have a piece of cake for dessert.” A more logical version of this saying is “You can’t eat your cake and have it too,” meaning that if you eat your cake you won’t have it any more. The point is that if you eat your cake right now you won’t have it to eat later. “Have” means “possess” in this context, not “eat.”

Reference

Common Errors in English Usage

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Desperately Seeking Susan

August 25, 2011
Tetratheca ericifolia “Black-eyed Susan”

Image Credit: Bobtrlin.com

BLACK-EYED SUSAN

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:

03.- 0.6m X 03-0.6m. An erect or more often spreading clumping shrub. Oval leaves in whorls of 3/4 distinctly fringed with hairs.

Fragrant mauve-pink, magenta or white flowers that hang profusely from short hairy stalks. Petals spread as they age. Flowers July December. No seed or fruits mentioned, is a spreading clump.

NATIVE USES:

HEALING USES:

(Based on essence Tetratheca Ericifolia). Tetratheca means ‘four sided box’. A good remedy for fast moving and quick thinking people who are impatient. Good for stress. For people who are trying to cram too much in. People who like to go at their own pace without the hindrance from others. For people who think more quickly than they speak. Also good for indigestion, diarrhoea, headaches and adrenal stress. -ve: impatience, ‘on the go’, continual expenditure of energy, constant striving. +ve: ability to turn inward, inner peace, slowing down, gentleness and sympathy. Related subtle bodies are mental and emotional.

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Habitat is damp, valley and dry sclerophyll forests, grassy low open forest. FOUND in Cranbourne area.

Nectar plant

OTHER SPECIES:

ESOTERIC:

(Festival) using the flower colours and timing, I’d say Samhuinn. (Element) Spirit if I could, otherwise I guess I’d have to say water. (colour) mauve/pink/white colouring I would find them Samhuinn colours. (numerology) the number four comes up here a couple of times, leading to determination and materialism. Month August.

OGHAM AND RUNE EQUIVALENTS:

Ogham ~ Fern, Reed. Both refer to being on the go, needing to find order among the chaos. Both have a heavy theme of stress and strain.

Rune Gebo – Partnership. A need to feel loved here.

Text Sourced from An Australian Ogham by Taran, found at druidry.org

Picture Frame ~ Project Seeds: a green project for change


Susan Says: "Your needs are not a demand on my resources".

Image Source: AcidCow.com

Quote quipped from Monte E. Wilson circa 2010

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Barinthus

August 24, 2011

Whaddya mean you don't have any nuts?

Barinthus
A Cymric Deity: The Wrathful One

This deity is known from a single mention in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Vita Merlini where he is named as the ferryman who takes the wounded Arthur to the Island of Afallach (Avalon). As such, Barinthus is a psychopomp of the ‘Charon’ type.

Barinthus is known as The Navigator, as he was an accomplished sailor to whom the waters and the stars of heaven were well known.

The mythological existence of Barinthus is also supported by the Irish Navigation Sancti Brendani (The Brendan Voyages) as St. Brendan was inspired to take his wondrous voyage to the Promised Land of Saints, a Christianized version of the Isle of the Blessed in the West, by St. Barrind (Barinthus), who had just returned from a journey there.

Barrinthus epitomizes the Charonic ferryman of the dead and may be drawn from the mythos of Manawyddan. Though his name may be derived from the Cymric word baran which stands for fury or wrath.