Psychic Medium Ed
A delicate fabric of bird song
Floats in the air,
The smell of wet wild earth
Red small leaves of the maple
Are clenched like a hand,
Like girls at their first communion
The pear trees stand.
Oh I must pass nothing by
Without loving it much,
The raindrop try with my lips,
The grass with my touch;
For how can I be sure
I shall see again
The world on the first of May
Shining after the rain?
~Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)
Happy May Day
Happy Cinco de Mayo
Happy Mother’s Day
National Armed Forces Day
~ Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, and summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Mother's Day is a holiday in honor of mothers celebrated in countries throughout the world. In its modern form the holiday originated in the United States, where it is observed on the second Sunday in May. Many other countries also celebrate the holiday on this date, while some mark the observance at other times of the year. During the Middle Ages, the custom developed of allowing those who had moved away to visit their home parishes and their mothers on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent. This became Mothering Sunday in Britain, where it continued into modern times, although it has been replaced by Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, whose mother had organized women’s groups to promote friendship and health, originated Mother’s Day. On May 12, 1907, she held a memorial service at her late mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia. Within five years every state was observing the day, and in 1914 U.S. Pres. Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday.
After World War I, Memorial Day came to be observed in honor of those who had died in all U.S. wars, its name changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day. Since 1971 Memorial Day has been observed on the last Monday in May. Memorial Day is observed with the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, and by religious services, parades, and speeches nationwide. Flags, insignia, and flowers are placed on the graves of veterans in local cemeteries. The day has also come to signal the beginning of summer in the United States.
“You know what?” I whispered to him. “I just love being near you, even if we’re just working side by side and not talking.”
We all long for the person who brings our soul’s comfort! Isn’t it wonderful to have someone who is familiar with us and all our rhythms? The one with whom conversation flows naturally and with whom we just love doing life. Some might think that is not an exciting type of love story. I used to think it would be so romantic to get all dressed up to go out somewhere, and you would receive compliments, and you’d get butterflies in your stomach from just looking at the person across from you. But as I have grown older, I have realized what is far more romantic is a moment where you glance up in the middle of a task and lock eyes with that person knowingly and understand the depths of love behind that one glance without saying a word.
The fairy tale I most cherish in my dreams is not the one where I am “riding happily off into the sunset” after a beautiful wedding but rather the one where I grow old with someone who knows my heart inside and out and still wants to have an hour-long conversation with me. The roses will fade–but what will grow ever brighter is the way our hearts become even more entwined every day.
Growing old together with someone is not always easy. People change as individuals, and this can create tension and conflict in a marriage. A spouse might feel “bored” with their spouse after spending ten or fifteen years with them-that the partnership is not exciting anymore–that they have fallen into a mundane routine together. The part of being together I crave the most is living out those “mundane routines” with a person who knows and loves my soul.
I love this quote:
“Why is it that people get married? Because we need a witness to our lives. There are a billion people on the planet. What does anyone life mean? But in a marriage, you are promising to care about everything … The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things, all of it. All the time, every day. You are saying, ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed because I will be your witness.”
~ (“Shall We Dance” 2004).
I believe Spirit created partnerships to be witnesses to each other’s lives in unique ways that others cannot fill. Do not take ordinary moments together for granted. When your spouse takes your hand as you are walking. When a kiss is dropped on your forehead. When you are eating dinner together in contented quiet. When you are sitting in the living room reading, and you shiver, and he or she gets up to turn up the heat. When you say, “Remember when – “and he or she finishes the memory or the line from your favorite show.
If you have a witness to your life—someone who makes life comforting and safe—someone with whom you share a beautiful rhythm—cherish it. What a beautiful gift Spirit has given us.
April was an indifferent month for our family. In some aspect’s fun, some parts quiet and then days so fast paced it seemed if you blinked you missed it. April is a month of love and beauty. April symbolism signifies that life will put you in hard situations in order to grow to become the person you admire in the future. In other words, you should not run away from the life that you want. April put us to the test as a family and loved ones reminding us what is most important in our lives. We spent a good amount of time travelling from one city to another looking at homes and property. The weather played havoc with rain, winds and up and down cold and warm temperatures. As we heard the first thunderstorm of the season it reminded us of the beauty and quickness of this time of year. April has been said to be half March and half May. To have a quick transition from winter to spring, the environment must undergo enough changes to support the development of thunderstorms. As we were gliding down the mountain during one of our evening drives, we heard Mother Nature’s spring alarm clock. They are known as peepers and can be heard near dusk and into the night. As we had the windows down, we listened as a chorus of serenading tiny frogs reminded us that warmer days are coming. Patrick was away for a week and I was reminded just how much a person can be missed. It has been a few years since we have been apart for any amount of time and at such a far distance. Our son enjoyed spring break and time away from school. He enjoyed some Xbox time, staying up and sleeping in later than usual. He is a typical teenager who loves his down time and often answers with words that sound more like a grunt, but then turns around and simply mesmerizes me with something he has accomplished. He loves watching cooking shows and always wants to try something new. Each morning as I watch him leave the car and walk into the schoolhouse, I am reminded that I am aging just a bit each day. As Patrick says, we are parents. He reminds me - that is a very tangible and real reminder of the passage of time. He says we don’t need an “old age filter” to tell us how fast time is moving. We have a son that consistently reminds us. Patrick has no issue with aging as I seem to worry about it. He was premature gray and is now completely white headed and bearded. As we start our search for what may very well be our final home to grow old together, I am reminded just how in love I am (still) with the person I met over twenty years ago. You have made everything more fun and this incredible life I am living more possible.
I hope you all enjoy this beautiful month ahead. Thank you! for all your support and love, and walking through this incredible journey with me.
Did You Know
May 1st is May Day. Mark the return of spring by bringing in branches of forsythia, lilacs, or other flowering shrubs from your region.
May 1, Lei Day in Hawaii. Leis are garlands or wreaths that are often made with native Hawaiian flowers and leaves. Nowadays, they are given as a symbol of greeting, farewell, affection, celebration, or honor, in the spirit of aloha. Today, Lei Day celebrations may include music, games, exhibits, and lei-making demonstrations and contests.
May 5 is Cinco de Mayo (“The fifth of May”). This day celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862.
May 14 is Mother’s Day—don’t forget! Do you have something planned to show appreciation for your mother?
May 20 is Armed Forces Day, which honors those who serve in all branches of the United States military.
May 22 is National Maritime Day. Created in commemoration of the first transoceanic voyage via steamboat (completed by the U.S.S. Savannah in 1819), this holiday recognizes the efforts of the U.S. merchant marine during both war and peace.
May 22 is Victoria Day in Canada. This holiday celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria, who was born on May 24, 1819. The holiday is observed on the penultimate Monday in May.
May 29 is Memorial Day—a poignant reminder of the tenacity of life. It’s tradition to raise the flag on this day;
Here are a few fun things to celebrate this May: May 1, School Principals’ Day; May 2, World Tuna Day; May 8, No Socks Day; May 10, (second Wednesday in May) is root canal appreciation day; May 14, Dance like a Chicken Day; May 28, Slugs return from Capistrano Day.
May’s full Moon, called the Flower Moon, appears on Friday, May 5, reaching peak illumination at 1:36 P.M. (EDT). It will be below the horizon at this time, so for the best view of this full Moon, step outside on the night of the 4th or the 5th and look for that big, bright, shining lunar disk! May’s Flower Moon name comes as flowers spring forth across North America in abundance this month.
Mays Zodiac Signs are Taurus: April 21 to May 20 and Gemini: May 21 to June 20
May’s birth flowers are the Hawthorn and the Lily-of-the-Valley. The hawthorn means hope, while the lily-of-the-valley symbolizes sweetness or the return of happiness.
May’s birthstone is the emerald. The emerald is a green type of beryl. Its color ranges from light to rich green; the more saturated hues are more valuable, especially if pure- or blue green. Natural emeralds are flawed, with fractures or other materials mixed in, called inclusions, which may appear as needles, columns, or cubes of minerals or bubbles of gas or liquid. Sometimes oil or resin is added to fill fractures and improve appearance. Some of the best emeralds come from South American mines, although perhaps the oldest known came from Egypt. The emerald was a favorite gem of Cleopatra. The emerald symbolizes rebirth and fertility and was thought to grant foresight, cure various diseases, soothe nerves, improve memory, and ensure loyalty.
May acts as the bridge between spring and summer, hinting at warmer weather for those still stuck in spring’s grasp, while heating things up for those already well on their way.
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What is your favorite Spiritual practice? How do you create ritual?
This is easy, it’s journaling. Journaling is my absolute favorite, favorite practice. I set the intention of writing every day. My goal is three sentences once a day. Some days it simply three sentences that make zero sense and have nothing to do with the other. Some days those three sentences will lead into pages of thoughts. I create ritual by honoring whatever is meant to come up that day will come up. Ritual is the practice of honoring space. Giving myself time to write however little or much is a ritualistic practice for me. Let your ritual practice flow as you do. Sometimes my three sentences are on a Dunkin Donut napkin and sometimes I create an altar and meditate before journaling.
The next question is usually, what do I do with the journals? With the words? Keep what you want or destroy what you don’t want. All journals I have written in I keep because journaling is both the practice of talking to yourself and listening. It’s powerful for reflection.
I have created a 91-prompt journal to walk you through the ascension process. My Stay Witchy Ascension Journal can be found on Amazon. You’ll notice, as you change so does your answers. There are layers to this experience.
Learn to meet yourself where you are at.
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Tarot of the Month
Eclipse season is here! A strong time for introspection. And it might happen even if you don't want to right now. Go with the flow.
The three cards pulled are for the 30 days. The first card being the first ten days, the second card being the next ten days, and the last card being the remaining eleven days. (Faerie Tarot Published by U.S. GAMES SYSTEMS, INC. By Nathalie Hertz)
1st Card: The Moon:
This intriguing full moon with its enigmatic smile is the symbol of mystery, sensitivity, dreams, and unconsciousness. It also represents the female passages of life related to fertility. Wrapped in a starlit night, the moon reigns over the world of darkness, protecting all the fairies. It reveals to us our hidden forces and invites us to communicate with our inner self. This card of the night lights up the world of imagination and leads to the whimsical illusions. The water running below symbolizes the Moon’s power upon the water, which reflects it. But appearances can be misleading, since its light is merely a reflection of the sun. Divinatory Meanings: The unconscious, imagination, intuition, dreams, clairvoyance. The night, sensitivity, secret desires, childhood memories. Family, pregnancy, voyages on water. Withdrawal into oneself, and idleness. Illusions, hallucinations, obsessions, depression. Concern, susceptibility, hypocrisy, lies, confusion.
2nd Card: Queen of Wands:
This dignified fairy queen with her serene face, incarnates modesty, honesty, understanding and patience. Sure and relaxed, her wand is firmly planted. We are welcome in her woods, where imps and sprites live. The fox, which accompanies her, symbolizes her tact and dynamism. Divinatory meaning: A sympathetic person, understanding and honorable. A maternal woman whom one can count on. Shining success at work. Protection, economy but generosity, an interest towards the others. Sincere and balanced sentimental relationships, grace and female charm. Trips and strolls. A dishonest, mean and stubborn woman. Jealousies, obstacles, schemes. Lack of professionalism, incapacity to show one’s talent. Unstable emotions, disloyalty and revenge in love, competition and treason. Lacks self-esteem.
3rd Card: Ten of Cups:
A wedding is celebrated between a fairy man and a fairy woman who wish to seal their union. Love, serenity, security and contentment can be seen on their faces. Ten glittering cups crown them, animating their dreams and desires. They symbolize promises, abundance and satisfaction. The straight trees in the background represent a stable accomplishment. All is harmony, peace and joy. Divination Meanings: Peace, love, honor, virtue, and good reputation. Positive changes, strong and successful relations with others. Home, harmony within the family, serenity. Happiness and beauty. A lost friendship, abandonment. Family quarrels, contradictions, misunderstandings, anger
“I am so thankful to God for giving me such a great mother. I am so lucky to be your son and I feel so blessed to have you as my mother.
-Happy Mother’s Day Mom….
If you Google “Mother's Day,” a list of every possible gift imaginable for a mom on Mother's Day appears. While there’s a role for this consumerism, it’s what comes in addition to that, underneath all the ornaments that make the day special for moms. After all, Mother’s Day was originated as a day to celebrate hard-working mothers. All the nice presents are great but there should also come a celebration of the day as it was intended, to honor mothers with love and extra time and respect for all their hard work.
It would be easy to simply go along with the advertising industry and believe that the annual gift of flowers on Mother’s Day is just what mom needs. Partially it’s what she needs, but the celebration only begins there. Those items are gestures that can be paired with heartfelt actions to really demonstrate how truly special mom is.
It’s the intangibles with the tangibles that make a great day for mom. Honoring mom’s value by buying her that great dress, or those beautiful flowers, or using the day to get the family together for that once-a-year all-afternoon brunch event is one half of the equation. I, for one, like these ways of recognizing mom. They are concrete and can make memories through shared experiences or an item that can be remembered as a revered artifact.
Let’s acknowledge the intangible halves of the equations, the actions that don’t involve buying items but are personal expressions that recognize the value of mom in a personal, unique, and truly individual way.
Here are some ways we can show mom a very special Mother’s Day.
Show gratitude. How we demonstrate our own personal gratitude to our mothers is an important exercise for many reasons. It allows us a chance to take some precious time and really think about how special our mom is and how much we depend on her and need her in our lives. We feel this daily, but few take the time to think about it in a way that they can express their feelings. The process of doing this at least once a year for mom is important to help us develop the skills of communicating heartfelt, feelings to a loved one.
Be selfless. Mother’s Day is also an opportunity for us to learn to be selfless. As much as many would like to think that what their moms want is to be with their families and spend the day being a family, not all moms view Mother’s Day this way. Moms are busier and busier, and many see the day as a chance to be away guilt-free with friends or treating themselves to rest and relaxation at a spa. If it’s mom’s choice to take a break from family life and life in general, that’s okay. We need to learn to put her needs first on Mother’s Day and accept it.
Practice self-expression. We can learn to develop their writing skills by writing a letter to our moms on Mother’s Day, leaving a tangible piece of themselves for her to look back on for years to come. For those who can’t write, they can dictate their thoughts for her to read.
Be creative in gift-giving. A gift of a picture of mom with her children on Mother's Day is a great way to show mom how much she means and give her something she can remember the day by.
Be thoughtful. Buying mom something that she’s wanted forever but couldn’t justify buying for herself would be greatly appreciated by mom because even if she doesn’t think she’s worth that bag, you all do.
Get your hands dirty. Give her a helping hand by doing a task for her that she absolutely hates like laundry or cleaning out the refrigerator, something that everyone knows she can't stand but still has to do regularly anyway.
Keep it going. Extending Mother's Day by doing something special for her every day of the week for seven days to show her that it doesn't have to be defined just by the holiday established by society. Family can help moms every day.
Be gracious. Mother’s Day is an opportunity for us to learn to do things they hate doing with a smile on their faces because they are doing those things for mom. Learning to be gracious is an important skill and my guess is that many mom’s role-model it every day for their kids. Being gracious teaches compassion and sacrifice more than just buying her a new dress.
Be loving. Giving mom frequent hugs and kisses spontaneously so she can know that when it's her special day we really want to lavish her with love to show her how special she is.
Accept mom, flaws and all. Kids who allow mom to be human and make mistakes without being critical of her while showing her compassion give her a truly wonderful gift of appreciation.
How to Appear to Know More Than You Really Do....
Like the great matador, the torero of the dining room table is marked by his (or her) ability to dodge, to weave, and to dance on the edge of disaster. Here, for a bit of fun are some basics.
A safe subject is one that is interesting and provocative enough to allow you to make broad statements of dubious value, but at the same time is obscure or complicated enough that nobody but an expert will be able to call your bluff. Here are a few Safe Subjects you might wish to consider:
- Quantum physics: For ambiguity, it’s hard to beat. It gave Einstein fits, and the best-known part of it is something called The Uncertainty Principle.
- The Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovered in 1947, these ancient texts have been studied ever since by a small group of biblical scholars who won’t let anyone else take a look, probably because they still haven’t figured out what they mean.
- James Knox Polk: One of a series of one-term presidents preceding the Civil War, he was elected in 1844 and declined to run for a second term. Not very interesting in himself, he’s a convenient guy to bring up if you get tired of somebody at the table who is yammering on about the current occupant of the White House. Then you say, “What about James Knox Polk?”
The person talking is stopped cold. “What about him?” he says belligerently.
“Well, everything you just said could also apply to James Knox Polk,” you reply. “And look what happened to him. He declined to run for a second term.”
Everyone nods. Who could argue with that?
These are descriptive terms that apply to almost anything. When asked to comment on a book, play, film, or musical composition of which you are completely ignorant, you should say:
“I prefer his (her) earlier works. They’re more pristine.” (Relatively few people know what “pristine” means in this context. It means “earlier.”)
Or, alternatively: “I prefer her (his) later works. They’re more mature.”
At some point in any dinner conversation, someone is bound to turn to you and say, “What do you think?” You don’t want to say what you really think because you haven’t been paying attention. You have actually been thinking about the funny noise you heard in your car on the way over, or wondering why your host bought that hideous painting on the wall or trying to remember the name of the actress who played Mary Ann on “Gilligan’s Island.” But you can’t admit that. This is where you need to express an opinion that is relevant to any subject, and impervious to contradiction. Here are a few good ones:
· “It all depends.”
· “You can’t generalize.”
· ”C’est la vie.”
· “Things are different in [obscure region of the world].”
What To Do When Confronted:
Even under the best of circumstances, someone may try to embarrass you. Don’t panic. You have three options:
- Tell the following anecdote: “Niels Bohr (that master of obscurity) once said there are two kinds of truth, trivial and profound. The opposite of a trivial truth is a falsehood. The opposite of a profound truth is another profound truth.” Then you can excuse yourself from the table while your questioner is trying to figure out what you just said.
- Point out the nearest window and shout, “Look at that!” hoping to distract the company’s attention.
- Take a bite of meat and chew it thoroughly, as if formulating your reply. Then, once it is well chewed and tucked in a corner of your mouth, simulate choking to death.
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