Just typing “something” to let TPTB (the powers that be) know that there’s a ‘real person’ still, behind this blog.
I’m still here, though I haven’t set fingers-to-keyboard in Ages, and OMG – the new info to figure out is Just Wow!

I have ‘things to do and places to be’ today, but I’m coming out of my hidey-hole, and I send Bright Blessings to you all!

Beau of the Fifth Column scores another win on his second channel, this morning.

“The Roads to understanding misinformation…”


Context matters! A LOT.

Have a good Wednesday, my friends!

Welcome back.

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Blessings for your Dia de los Muertos, All Saints Day – however you celebrate Nov. 1!
I hope you’ve had a good last couple of years 🙂 (I’m serious – we all know that all-the-things have changed. What’s changed for the better for you?)

You may have noticed that I haven’t been here in a while. Or you may not have. And either way, it’s OK.
(Remember, it’s up to you, and how you look at it.)

I want to thank Cordelia’s Mom at Cordelia’s Mom, Still and nrhatch of Spirit Lights The Way for keepin’ on keeping on with WP, and inspiring me to dip my toe back into this “writing” thing. I have a whole lot of catching up to do, so it may be a few days…

So, What’s new with you-all?
What did you do for Samhain/Halloween?

Please check in – I’d love to know what’s new and exciting in your life.

This came over my transom this morning.
Corky Siegel is a blues and world musician based in Chicago for over 40 years. I’ve known him since around 1982. His writing always makes me smile! Enjoy ~

Cousin Corky’s New Year’s Message

Should old acquaintances be forgot?
There are so many weird lyrics in Auld Lang Syne. I got goosebumps singing it but I never even knew what it meant.
Well I’m not the only one who didn’t understand these lyrics. Historians call this: “The song that no one knows.”
So last year as I was preparing to lead everyone in song at midnight at Evanston’s New Year’s Eve First Night celebration, I decided I was going to find out what it really means and also sing a more literal translation (see below). Last night and this morning in preparing for tonight’s concert and sing-along (again at Evanston’s First Night) I delved deeper, and as it turns out, Auld Lang Syne is a brilliant yogic treatise on how to begin the new year with a clear head and a big heart.
I contemplated the first line:
“Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind.”
Really? Are we saying we want to “forget” old acquaintances? Old friends? They should never even be brought to mind? I should not remember any of you fondly or otherwise? I love my acquaintances. Boo! 😦
If you look up the word “acquaintance,” you will see two primary meanings:
1) “A person you know but who isn’t a close friend,”
This can mean a friend, but not a “close” friend. However, all our friends are close friends. (Watch: ONE)
2) “A person’s knowledge or experience of something.”
Certainly the song is suggesting we forget “experiences” and not our good people. And surely it’s not suggesting we forget our beautiful experiences at the Grand Canyon or the Redwood Forest, but instead those memories that keep us awake at night: the displeasing agitations of the mind, our fears, our grudges … may they be forgot.


For the beginning of the Winter Holiday Season – the start of your new year…



Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something ~
it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations ~
they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge ~
it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary ~
it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.


I’m very thankful for the people I’ve met this year, and for the people I’ve let go of this year –  may your life be richer for both groups, as well.

Bright Blessings ~ Karen

Last Tuesday was the shortest, darkest day of the year -and it was my most brilliant day in maybe years! I actually forwarded one of those “Blessings are coming to you” gifs, and it started coming true before I even finished sending them 🙂

“A Blessing is coming to you in the form of a new job, a house, a relationship or a financial breakthrough… Don’t ask questions, just forward to eight people and trust in the Goodness of the Universe!”


Solstice, Yule, Mid-Winter, whatever you call it – the sun has turned in the sky, and our lives are turning with it.

This is one of the most interesting concepts that I’ve seen lately ~ internal rules that we created or accepted a lo-o-o-ng time ago. It’s not a completely new concept for me – I referred to them as “micro-rules” – but these are so much bigger than what I was thinking about.

Personal growth pioneer and computer engineer Vishen Lakhiani has coined a new term (so we can all ‘see’ the concept):

This takes real work and a lot of marinating to get one’s head around the concept and over-write those childhood lessons.

Hoo-Boy – am I in the process…


I’m doing a ‘thing’ this week that surprises even me!
I’ve posted this:
because I’m Moving.To.Detroit.
This is a huge Yes! in my heart – change of atmosphere, change of scenery, change of ‘background noise’! (OMG – Illinois!) (OMG – Chicago!)
I’m jumping off the down-escalator that is ‘Chicago in 2016’ and onto the up-escalator that is Detroit. They were roughly where Chicago is now, several years ago, and are now climbing out of that dollar-hole. http://www.forbes.com/sites/petesaunders1/2016/04/24/detroit-after-bankruptcy/#670df2b338e4
The cost of living is lower; the job prospects are better; and my head-space for finding something is better!

Take a look, please, and if you can conribute (money or moral support) you will be a Hero in my book forever! Share it and you rack up Karma points 🙂

Love and Bright Blessings!

Another “Me, standing up” post. 🙂

Here i am, asking for your help to make an exciting adventure happen without the energy-killing stress of ‘how can this really happen, without going broke in a week?’

I’m not running away, this time, or hiding from anything – I’ve never been so jazzed about a huge change on the near horizon. I’ve found out *so much* about myself in the last year, and a whole new environment presents a magnificent opportunity to ‘start over’, using all that new knowledge, and applying myself to whole new experiences.

All kinds of support – good juju, candles, prayers, dollars, and sharing – will be most welcome!

Happy Canada Day (yesterday), and Happy (US) Independence Day (day after tomorrow), all!


This is on the wall at Luigi’s office -inspiration when you’re not looking for it…


Quote of the Month:

If   a-b-c-d-e-f-g-h-i-j-k-l-m-n-o-p-q-r-s-t-u-v-w-x-y-z

Equals  1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-24

Then KNOWLEDGE = 96%

And HARD WORK = 98%

But A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E  = 100%