Monthly Archives: April 2012
Oh Almighty God,
Whose Great Power And Eternal
Wisdom Embraces The Universe,
Watch Over All Policemen and
Law Enforcement Officers.
Protect Them From Harm
In The Performance Of Their Duty
To Stop Crime, Robberies,
Riots And Violence.
We Pray, Help Them Keep
Our Streets And Homes Safe
Day And Night.
We Recommend Them To
Your Loving Care
Because Their Duty Is Dangerous.
Grant Them Your Unending Strength And
Courage In Their Daily Assignments.
Dear God, Protect These
Brave Men & Women,
Grant Them Your Almighty
Unite Them Safely With Their
Families After Duty Has Ended.
Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. When I arrived at 2:30 am, the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstanced, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, and then drive away. But, I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself. So, I walked to the door and knocked, “Just a minute”, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 80’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware. “Would you carry my bag out to the car?” she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness. “It’s nothing”, I told her. “I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated.” “Oh, you’re such a good boy”, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, then asked, “Could you drive through downtown?” “It’s not the shortest way,” I answered quickly. “Oh, I don’t mind,” she said. “I’m in no hurry, I’m on my way to a hospice.” I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. “I don’t have any family left,” she continued. “The doctor says I don’t have very long.” I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. “What route would you like me to take?” I asked. For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing. As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, “I’m tired. Let’s go now.” We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair. “How much do I owe you?” she asked, reaching into per purse. “Nothing,” I said. “You have to make a living,” she answered. “There are other passengers,” I responded. Almost without thinking I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly. “You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,” she said. “Thank you.”“I squeezed her hand, then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life. I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life. We’re conditioned to think our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one. PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID, BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.
Book One of the Awakening Trilogy
In the middle of the night Caislyn Vadoma auto-sketches a scene in which her parents are kidnapped from the family bookstore. She awakens in the morning to find that her sketch, a rare glimpse into the future, has already become reality.
Jasmine DeLaney leaves her life behind when an abusive boyfriend puts her in the hospital. She becomes Jaxon, an art consultant in a new town, always looking over her shoulder for the danger she knows will
A Prayer for the Children
We pray for the Children
who sneak popsicles before supper,
who erase holes in math workbooks,
who can never find their shoes.
And we pray for those
who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
who can’t bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,
who never “counted potatoes,”
who are born in places where we wouldn’t be caught dead,
who never go to the circus,
who live in an X-rated world.
We pray for children
who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,
who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.
And we pray for those who never get dessert,
who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
who watch their parents watch them die,
who can’t find any bread to steal,
who don’t have any rooms to clean up,
whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser,
whose monsters are real.
We pray for children
who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
who throw tantrums in the grocery store
and pick at their food,
who like ghost stories,
who shove dirty clothes under the bed,
who never rinse out the tub,
who get visits from the tooth fairy,
who don’t like to be kissed in front of the carpool,
who squirm in church and scream in the phone,
whose tears we sometimes laugh at and
whose smiles can make us cry.
And we pray for those
whose nightmares come in the daytime,
who will eat anything,
who have never seen a dentist,
who aren’t spoiled by anybody,
who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
Who live and move, but have no being.
We pray for children
who want to be carried and for those who must,
who we never give up on,
and for those who don’t get a second chance.
For those we smother and . . .
for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to
In Memory of……..
Natalie Brooks, student age 12
Paige Ann Herring, student age 12
Stephanie Johnson, student age 12
Brittany R. Varner, student age 11
Shannon Wright, Teacher age 32
This is in memory of the children and teacher
killed in the shooting on Tuesday, March 24, 1998,
in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Also in Memory of……
Mikael Nickolauson, student age 17
Ben Walker, student age 16
This is also in memory of the two teenagers killed
in the shooting on Thursday, May 21, 1998,
in Springfield, Orego
Please pass this on to as many people as possible.
if by chance this letter gets to Jonesboro, Arkansas and
Springfield, Oregon hopefully the citizens will be
comforted in knowing others share their sorrow.
Color of Death.
What color comes to mind when you think of death? What color should you wear to a funeral? Well, it depends on where you live. Americans have traditionally used black to symbolize death and grief, a tradition brought to these shores from Europe. In the Victorian era, people routinely hung a black wreath on the door at the time of a loved one’s death to symbolize the loss. Widows in mourning would wear black for months on end. If a widow dared to defy this custom, her reputation would surely be ruined. However, in recent years, Americans have tossed the color of those widow weeds aside and now, just about any color is acceptable to wear to a funeral. The most important issue when it comes to dressing for a funeral is that the clothes worn are tasteful. Likewise, nowadays, hearses come in a variety of colors. No longer are they the staid, dire black of yesterday, and many funeral homes use white exclusively for their funerary vehicles.
Surprisingly, black has never represented death or grief in China. The Chinese, and other Asian countries, have traditionally depicted death with white and still wear white to funerals. Why white? Because white depicts the pallor of someone who’s ill, and, of course, the color of the corpse. It also symbolizes the color of bones, an important factor since the Chinese generally cremate their deceased. Black, on the other hand, was used in Europe because it symbolizes the absence of light–the stillness of the nighttime–the unknown.
However, Americans and Europeans have also used white for tombstones which are often decorated with ornamental white doves representing eternal peace.
Call of the God.
I am the radiant King of the Heavens, flooding the Earth with warmth and
encouraging the hidden seed of creation to burst forth into manifestation. I
lift my shining spear to light the lives of all beings and daily pour forth my
gold upon the Earth, putting to flight the powers of darkness.
I am the master of the beasts wild and free. I run with the swift stag and soar
as a sacred falcon against the shimmering sky. The ancient woods and wild places
emanate my powers, and the birds of the air sing of my sanctity.
I am also the last harvest, offering up grain and fruits beneath the sickle of
time so that all may be nourished. For without planting there can be no harvest;
without winter, no spring.
Worship me as the thousand-named Sun of creation, the spirit of the horned stag
in the wild, the endless harvest. See in the yearly cycle of festivals my birth,
death and rebirth – and know that such is the destiny of all creation.
I am the spark of life, the radiant Sun, the giver of peace and rest, and I send
my rays of blessings to warm the hearts and strengthen the minds of all.
I CANNOT SAY “OUR” if my religion has no room for other people and their needs.
I CANNOT SAY “FATHER” IF if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life.
I CANNOT SAY “WHO ART IN HEAVEN” if all my interest and pursuits are earthy things.
I CANNOT SAY “THY KINGDOM COME” if I am unwilling to give my sovereignty to God and except His Reign over me.
I CANNOT SAY “THY WILL BE DONE” if I am unwilling or resentful of having Him in my life.
I CANNOT SAY “ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN” unless I am truly ready to give myself to His service right here and right now.
I CANNOT SAY “GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD” unless I am truly ready to give myself in hard effort for it, or if I ignore the needs of others.
I CANNOT SAY “FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US” if I continue to harbor a grudge against another.
I CANNOT SAY “LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION” if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.
I CANNOT SAY “DELIVER US FROM EVIL” if I am not prepared to fight against the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.
I CANNOT SAY “AMEN” unless I can honestly say also, cost what it may, this is my prayer.
Tree added Need: Newspaper, tape, scissors Directions: Make newspaper trees by taking 3 sheets of newspaper and roll them up overlapping as you go. Tape the bottom. Cut about 4 or 6 slashes 1/3 of the way down the top. Gently pull up on one of the inside “leaves” and then you have a paper tree.
Binoculars Need: Paper tubes, paint, hole punch, glue, and yarn. Directions: Glue two tubes together. Punch a hole on the outside of each tube. String yarn through it. Let the children paint the tubes. Now your ready to go on a safari.
Brush Ideas Directions: On a dowel rod, chopsticks, or something of that nature, attach one of the following objects to make a paintbrush of a different kind: Corn Husks Comb’s/Picks Rubber Band Scrubbers Yarn Squeegees Q tips Fly Swatters Feather Dusters Silk Flowers Basting Brush
Kites added Need: Paper grocery bag, paint, markers, streamers, string Directions: Decorate a paper grocery bag with paints, markers, streamers, etc. Attach a short string on both side securely. When the children run, air enters the bag and it flies behind them.
Kite Bookmark Need: paper, yarn, markets, crayons, fabric, scissors, glue Directions: Cut two small kites the same size from paper & have kids decorate. Cut yarn 10 inches & place one end between kites then glue together. Cut 4 small bows from fabric & glue two back to back with yarn between them. Let dry & you have a bookmark.
Kite Blots Need: paper, paint, streamers Directions: Give each child a kite shapes cut out of white construction paper. Put a little paint in the middle of the kite shape. (Can use several different colors in desired.) Fold the kite in half, then open it up to see a cool design! Add a streamer for the tail.
Tissue Paper Kite Need: Contact paper, tissue paper, paper, yarn Directions: Cut a diamond shape from contact paper. Using pieces of torn or cut tissue paper, decorate the kite shape. Use yarn for the tail. Attached construction paper bow tie shapes to the piece of yarn. Add another piece of contact paper on top and trim the edges. Hang from the ceiling, in a window, or on a bulletin board.
3 -D kites Need: Wallpaper, sponges, paper, glue, ribbon Directions: Let children cut out diamond shape kites using wallpaper. The kids can even trace around a cardboard diamond shape. Now cut a tiny square of sponge & glue this onto a piece of construction paper & place the kite shape on top of the tiny sponge adding some more glue. . The sponge will make the kite stand out. We usually staple a piece of ribbon or yarn on the end of the kite for a tail. Let dry. The children might like to draw a background for the kites.
Kites: Paper Bag Kite Need: Paper bags, Watercolors, paint, or markers, stickers, Streamers, tape or glue, string Directions: Decorate a clean paper lunch bag. Use water colors, poster paints or markers. Add your favorite stickers or make your own. Cut four 16 inch streamers or ribbons. Glue or tape them to the bottom corners of the bag. For a handle cut a 20 inch length of string. Place the two ends of the string inside the bag, about 1 inch down from the edge of each of the side creases. Attach with masking tape.
Paper Kite Decorations Need: Paper, scissors, glue, crepe paper strips. Directions: Fold and cut out kite shape. Use various colors of paper scraps to create spring kite designs. (flowers, butterflies, birds) Use crepe paper for tails.
Paper Plate Kite Need: Large white paper plate, markers, paper punch, Ribbon, yarn, or string, streamers, scissors, stapler Directions: Give the children a paper plate & let them color it. Use a paper punch to make 4 holes 1/4 inch from the edge of the plate. Punch one hole at the top of the plate, one at the bottom,& one on each side. Measure 4 pieces of string about 14 inches long each. Tie an end of one string through a hole with a tight knot. Repeat with the remaining strings, tying one string per hole. Tie the ends of 4 strings together above the front of the plate. Tie a 12 inch piece of yarn to this knot. Cut 4 streamers around 15 inches long each. Staple a streamer next to each hole in the plate.
Another Kite Need: All colors of paper, scissors, glue, streamers. Directions: Cut a piece of paper into a diamond shape. Cut lots of small squares out of bright colored construction paper, and let the children collage their ‘kites’. Attach a streamer tail.
The Best Kite Need: Tissue paper, plastic grocery bag, stapler, yarn Directions: Make the best kite by stapling strips of tissue paper (Let the children pick the color.) on the bottom of an ordinary plastic grocery bag. Then tie a length of yarn, not too long on the handles. Let the kids run with them! They do not fly high like normal kites, but they are so much fun, and all children are successful at flying them!
Balloon Kite Need: Helium Balloon, markers, string Directions: Have the children decorate with markers on helium balloon. Attach string.
Puppets Need: small paper bags, marking pens, rubber cement, scissors, construction paper. Directions: Using a small paper bag, make a sample puppet whose face expresses one of the basic emotions. Be Sure to give the puppet hands. Set materials on the table in the art area and invite the children to make their own Puppet. When the puppets are done you can use them to act out using good manners. Like covering our mouth when we sneeze or cough, saying please and Thank you, etc…
Cover Your nose & Mouth Need: Large paper plate, Popsicle stick, paper, facial tissues, markers, yarn Directions: Trace the children’s hands on construction paper and cut them out. Have the children make a face on the paper plate. Cut strips of paper to use as arms. Glue the hands to the strips and the strips to the plate. Now glue a tissue over the mouth and then glue the hands over the tissue. Talk with children about how important it is to covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze.
While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks I traveled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies. This was a journey of two days and required camping overnight at the halfway point. On one of these journeys, I arrived in the city where I planned to collect money from a bank, purchase medicine and supplies, and then begin my two-day journey back to the field hospital.
Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting, one of whom had been seriously injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the same time witnessed to him of Lord Jesus Christ. I then travel two days, camping overnight, and arrived home without incident.
Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the city, I was approached by the young man I had treated. He told me that he had known I carried money and medicines. He said, “Some friends and I followed you into the jungle, knowing you would camp overnight. We planned to kill you and take your money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into your camp, we saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards.”
At this I laughed and said that I was certainly all alone out in that jungle campsite. The young man pressed the point, however, and said “No sir, I was not the only person to see the guards. My five friends also saw them, and we all counted them. It was because of those guards that we were afraid and left you alone.”
At this point in the sermon, one of the men in the congregation jumped to his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he could tell him the exact day that this happened. The missionary told the congregation the date, and the man who interrupted told him this story:
“On the night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here and I was preparing to go play golf. I was about to putt when I felt the urge to pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong, I called men in this church to meet with me here in the sanctuary to pray for you. Would all of those men who met with me on that day stand up?” The men who had met together to that day stood up. The missionary wasn’t concerned with who they were–he was too busy counting how many men he saw. There were 26.
This story is an incredible example of how the spirit of the Lord moves in mysterious ways. If you ever hear such prodding, go along with it. Nothing is ever hurt by prayer except the gates of hell.
I encourage you to share this with as many people as you know. If we all take it to heart, we can turn this world towards Christ once again.
Date of Birth: December 24 – January 20
Gaelic Name: Damh (Approximate pronunciation: Dav)
Ruling Planet: The Sun
Key Words: Independence, Majesty, Integrity, Pride
Gift Quality or Ability: Sensitivity to other worlds, shape shifting,
Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of adder and salmon.
Will also relate well to the signs of seal, otter & goose. Difficulties may be
expected in relation to all other signs.
Date of Birth: January 21 – February 17
Gaelic Name: Corr (Approximate pronunciation: Corr)
Ruling Planet: Uranus
Key Words: Secret Knowledge, Eccentric, Patient
Gift Quality or Ability: Crane people are unusually clever people with
specialized skills and talents, with a progressive outlook on life. Sense of
evolving spirit. Sensitivity to the other world, journeying, magick.
Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of bee and swan. Will also
relate well to the signs of bear, owl and cat. Difficulties may be expected in
relation to all other signs.
Date of Birth: February 18 – March 17
Gaelic Name: Ron (Approximate pronunciation: Ron)
Ruling Planet: Neptune
Key Words: Spiritual, Loving, Super-sensitive.
Gift Quality or Ability: Seal people tend to have great compassion and are
highly adaptable folk. They are also the romantics and dreamers of life.
Artistic and emotional. Sensitivity to the other world. Shape changing and
connection with the Faerie folk.
Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of otter and goose. Will
also relate well to the signs of salmon, stag, and adder. Difficulties maybe
expected in relation to all other signs.
Date of Birth: March 18 – April 14
Gaelic Name: Art (Approximate pronunciation: A as in cat, R as in English, T as
in English Chin. AiRCH)
Ruling Planet: Mars
Key Words: Achieving, Primal Power, Instinct.
Gift Quality or Ability: Bear people are very connected to their ancestral
roots. Filled with courage and a sense of adventure. Extremely physical,
extroverts. Protection, journeying, and sensitivity to the other world.
Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of cat and owl. Will also
relate well to the signs of crane, bee and swan. Difficulties may be expected
in relation to all other signs.
Date of Birth: April 15 – May 12
Gaelic Name: Nathair (Approximate pronunciation: na-CHair. N, a in cat, T as in
Chin, h – silent, air.)
Ruling Planet: Moon
Key Words: Transformation, Healing, Life Energy.
Gift Quality or Ability: Adder people have a virtue of resourcefulness, that is
one of their greatest strengths. Strong interest in family. Excellent memory.
Drawn to natural methods of healing. Healing, magick, shape shifting and
Birth Stone: Moonstone
Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of stag and salmon. Will
also relate well to the signs of seal, otter and goose. Difficulties may be
expected in relation to all other signs.
Date of Birth: May 13 – June 9
Gaelic Name: Beach (Approximate pronunciation: beh-ach. B, E as in gEt, A as in
cAt, CH as in German iCH.)
Ruling Planet: Vulcan
Key Words: Organization, Community, Analytical.
Gift Quality or Ability: Bee people are very charismatic and full of new ideas.
Lively spontaneity and the ability to communicate on every level. Influential
and very social. Fertility and creativity.
Birth Stone: Topaz
Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of crane and swan. Will
also relate well to the signs of bear, cat and owl. Difficulties may be
expected in relation to all other signs.
Date of Birth: June 10 – July 7
Gaelic Name: Dobhran (Approximate pronunciation: dav-rhan.)
Ruling Planet: Jupiter
Key Words: Family, Helpfulness, Intuitive.
Gift Quality or Ability: Otter people are enterprising with a wide breadth of
vision. Very optimistic with a personal magnetism. Protection, shape shifting,
Birth Stone: Diamond
Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of goose and seal. Will also
relate well to the signs of salmon, adder, and stag. Difficulties may be
expected in relation to all other signs.
Date of Birth: July 8 – August 4
Gaelic Name: Kati (Approximate pronunciation: ka-Chi.) Ruling Planet: Earth
Key Words: Creative, Sensual, Nobility
Gift Quality or Ability: Cat people have a strong sense of personal integrity
and a firm set of values. Loyal and trustworthy. Deep devotion to family.
Protection, shape shifting and sensitivity to the other world.
Birth Stone: Red Carnelian
Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of owl and bear. Will also
relate well to the signs of the crane, bee, and swan. Difficulties may be
expected in relation to all other signs.
Date of Birth: August 5 – September 1
Gaelic Name: Bradan (Approximate pronunciation: bra-TAN.)
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Key Words: Wisdom, Inspiration, Rejuvenation
Gift Quality or Ability: Salmon people have knowledge of the arts and science as
well as good reasoning powers. Perceptive and clever. Keen observers.
Initiation, shape shifting, connection with Faerie.
Birth Stone: Amethyst
Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of adder and stag. Will also
relate well to the signs of otter, seal and goose. Difficulties may be expected
in relation to all other signs.
Date of Birth: September 2 – September 29
Gaelic Name: Eala (Approximate pronunciation: ellah.) Ruling Planet: Venus
Key Words: Beauty, Love and Soul.
Gift Quality or Ability: Swan people are kind and gentle, adept in love and the
social arts. Calm and serene with a strong domestic sense. Connection with
faerie, shape shifting, and creativity.
Birth Stone: Emerald
Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of crane and bee. Will also
relate well to the owl, cat and bear. Difficulties may be expected in relation
to all other signs.
Date of Birth: September 30 – October 27
Gaelic Name: Geadh (Approximate pronunciation: Gia-gh.) Ruling Planet: Moon
Keywords: Veiling, Direction, Vigilance, Stamina
Gift Quality or Ability: Goose people are generous providers but also thrifty
savers and investors regarding their future security. They have a sharp
intellect as well as a wit. Artistic. Protection, fertility, and
Birth Stone: Opal
Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of seal and otter. Will also
relate well to the signs of adder, stag and salmon. Difficulties may be
expected in relation to all other signs.
Date of Birth: October 28 – November 24
Gaelic Name: Cailleach-oidhche (Approximate pronunciation: Kall-eeck Oheeche.)
Ruling Planet: Pluto
Keywords: Wisdom, Change, Detachment.
Gift Quality or Ability: Owl people have a powerful presence and personal
magnetism that can both attract and overpower sensitive people. Highly
imaginative and passionate. Initiation, sensitivity to the other world, magick.
Birth Stone: Jasper
Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of cat and bear. Will also
relate well to the signs of bee, swan and crane. Difficulties may be expected
in relation to all other signs.
Date of Birth: November 25 – December 22
Gaelic Name: Bran (Approximate pronunciation: Bran.)
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Birth Stone: Lapis Lazuli
Gift Quality or Ability: Raven people have a constructive approach to life.
They will continue a struggle that would defeat most people. They are very
self-disciplined and patient. Shape shifting, sensitivity to the other world,
connection to the Faerie.
Date of Birth: December 23 – The Nameless Day
Celtic Birth Animal: WREN
Gaelic Name: DRUI-EN (dROO-Y-EN)
Ruling Planet: The Universe
Birthstone: The Black Pearl
Key Words: Humility, Cunning, Protection
Description: Wren people are truly unique in everything they do; they are highly ambitious and free-spirited, straightforward and philosophical
Gift, Quality or Ability: Touched by The Universal Soul, Shape-shifters, Magicians, Connected to the Realms of Faerie, Ingenious, Stealthy
Compatibility: Compatible with all other signs
When I am called to duty, God,
Where ever flames may rage
Give me the strength to save some life,
Whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert,
And hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me;
To guard my every neighbour and
Protect his property
And if, according to your will
I have to give my life;
Please bless with your protecting hand
My children and my wife.
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Need: Bulletin board paper, marker Directions: Cut a three-foot long piece of bulletin board paper for each child. Spread the paper out on the floor. Have the child sit on the edge of the strip and stretch one leg out as far as possible over the length of the paper. Use marker to trace the outline of his leg; then write the words “my leg” above the outline. In the same fashion, make and label an outline of his arm, hand, and foot, lining each part up at the same edge of the paper. Allow the child to choose more body parts to trace as space allows- a finger, thumb, or even a toe. After drawing all the outlines, have the child color them. Using the resulting picture graph of his/her body parts, encourage him to compare their lengths.
About me Need: Paper, crayons & markers, magazines, laminate, 3 ring binder Directions: The best project we do is one that is done at home by the family. Each child is given a sheet with “All about _______ ” on it. He or she can decorate it any way they wish using family photos, drawings, magazines etc. When it comes back we laminate these pages and put a ring on it to create a class book. The children look back on this book with their families all year long. We also did a book where the parent got a sheet of paper that said “___________is special because….”. This was a page the parents had to create about their child.
” All about Me” Need: paper, paint, crayons, child hand, child’s foot Directions: The children made hand prints with tempera paint. This caption is below the prints: I have two hands and on my hands I have 10 fingers. Will you count them with me? Then the children did Foot prints. I traced their little feet and the children colored them. Caption: I have 2 little feet and on my feet I have 10 little toes. Will count them with me? Then the children did a Self Portrait Caption: Self Portrait It is really neat to see that the children see no race. Children know that their skin is of different color. I asked several questions and wrote down their answers: What is your favorite color? What foods do you like to eat? What is your favorite thing to do? What is your favorite toy? How do you help Mommy and Daddy? What do you like to do with your mommy or Daddy? What do you want to be went you grow up? What is your favorite cartoon? What is your favorite movie? What is favorite Food? I write all their answers down on a sheet of construction paper and place it in the back of the book. The children can’t answer all the questions but they try. I love to hear their answers.
All About Me “TV” Book Need: Child’s Picture, Picture of a TV screen, paper, crayons Directions: Take a picture of them at the beginning of the week. Xerox copy a TV screen and put the photo in the middle of the screen. On the back they put favorites foods, colors, activities.
“All About Us Books” Need: Child’s picture, paper, crayons, markers, etc… Directions: I asked each family to send in a picture of their child. Each child decorated a piece of construction paper in whatever manner they wished….using bingo dabbers/markers/crayons/stamps & stamp pads/ stickers etc. etc. etc. Then we placed a piece of double stick tape to the back of their picture and they taped their picture anywhere they wanted onto their decorated construction paper. I typed and ran off the following questions for each child to answer. MY NAME IS____________________. (child wrote own name) I HAVE __________SISTERS AND _________BROTHERS. (Child used number stickers to fill in answer.) I HAVE A PET _______________________. (Child chose an animal sticker that depicted their pet or left this blank.) I LIKE THE COLOR ______________. (Child chose a crayon sticker or used markers to color the answer.) I LIKE TO EAT ___________. (Answer was dictated by child and written by teacher.) AT HOME I LIKE TO ________. (Answer was dictated by child and written by teacher.) AT SCHOOL I LIKE TO_______. (Answer was dictated by child and written by teacher.) I took the two finished pages from each child and bound them together with the rest of the class’s to make an “ALL ABOUT US BOOK!” We pulled a name each day from our LET’S TAKE TURNS BOX and that person got to take the book home for one night to share with his/her family. This was very well received by children and parents alike. As the children “read” the book with their parents all sorts of stories unfolded as their friends and classmates pictures and stories about themselves appeared.
“ME” Flag Need: Crayons, magazines, paper Directions: The children can make “ME Flags” and decorate a pennant shape with pictures of themselves and things that they like, toys, food, people, stories, activities, etc. They can make it into a collage. When finished, have a “ME parade” carrying their flags.
Mirror Need: paper, aluminum foil, marker Directions: Make a hand mirror out of construction paper and aluminum foil and print “I am special” on it
“You are special” Need: Popsicle sticks, paper, crayons Directions: I gave each child 6 popsicle sticks and told them to make a house on there paper and glue it down flat after, they drew there family inside with pets or what ever was special to them.
We make “Me Placemats” Need: paper, crayons, markers, paint Directions: The children make placemats and color, paint, or write about things that make them who they are. Some draw pictures of their families, some draw their house, others just scribble. Then we laminate them and use them at meals.
Face Print Need: paint, mirror, paper, paint brush Directions: Have mirror, let the child paint their features on the mirror as they look into it. Then take a sheet of white paper and lay it on the print, rubbing your hands across. Lift and there is the face print.
My Body Jigsaw Need: Large paper, crayons, scissors Directions: Have a child lay on large bulletin paper and trace around child. Get the child to decorate the paper body then cut into large pieces creating a life size jigsaw of themselves!
Stay with me, God. The night is dark,
The night is cold: my little spark
Of courage dies. The night is long;
Be with me, God, and make me strong.
Life with its change of mood and shade;
I want to live. I’m not afraid,
But me and mine are hard to part;
Oh, unknown God, lift up my heart.
You stilled the waters at Dunkirk
And saved Your Servants. All Your work
Is wonderful, dear God. You strode
Before us down that dreadful road.
We were alone, and hope had fled;
We loved our country and our dead,
And could not shame them; so we stayed
The course, and were not much afraid.
Dear God that nightmare road! And then
That sea! We got there-we were men.
My eyes were blind, my feet were torn,
My soul sang like a bird at dawn!
I knew that death is but a door.
I knew what we were fighting for:
Peace for the kids, our brothers freed,
A kinder world, a cleaner breed.
I’m but the son my mother bore,
A simple man, and nothing more.
But – God of strength and gentleness,
Be pleased to make me nothing less.
Help me, O God, when Death is near
To mock the haggard face of fear,
That when I fall-if fall I must –
My soul may triumph in the Dust.
Diana was the first created before all creation; in her were all things; our of herself, the first darkness, she divided herself; into darkness and light she was divided. Lucifer, her brother and son, herself and her other half, was the light.
And when Diana saw that the light was so beautiful, the light which was her other half, her brother Lucifer, she yearned for it with exceeding great desire. Wishing to receive the light again into her darkness, to swallow it up in rapture, in delight, she trembled with desire. This desire was the dawn.
But Lucifer, the light, fled from her, and would not yield to her wishes; he was the light which flies into the most distant parts of heaven, the mouse which flies before the cat.
Then Diana went to the fathers of the Beginning, to the mothers, the spirits who were before the first spirit, and lamented unto them that she could not prevail with Lucifer. And they praised her for her courage; they told her that to rise she must fall; to become the chief of goddesses she must become mortal.
And in the ages, in the course of time, when the world was made, Diana went on earth, as did Lucifer, who had fallen, and Diana taught magic and sorcery, whence came witches and fairies and goblins – all that is like man, yet not mortal.
And it came thus that Diana took the form of a cat. Her brother had a cat whom he loved beyond all creatures, and it slept every night on his bed, a cat beautiful beyond all other creatures, a fairy: he did not know it.
Diana prevailed with the cat to change forms with her; so she lay with her brother, and in the darkness assumed her own form, and so by Lucifer became the mother of Aradia. But when in the morning he found that he lay by his sister, and that light had been conquered by darkness, Lucifer was extremely angry; but Diana with her wiles of witchcraft so charmed him that he yielded to her love. This was the first fascination; she hummed the song, it was as the buzzing of bees (or a top spinning round), a spinning-wheel spinning life. She spun the lives of all men; all things were spun from the wheel of Diana. Lucifer turned the wheel.
Diana was not known to the witches and spirits, the fairies and elves who dwell in desert place, the goblins, as their mother; she hid herself in humility and was a mortal, but by her will she rose again above all. She had passion for witchcraft, and became so powerful therein, that her greatness could not be hidden.
And thus it came to pass one night, at the meeting of all the sorceresses and fairies, she declared that she would darken the heavens and turn all the stars into mice.
All those who were present said -
“If thou canst do such a strange thing, having risen to such power, thou shalt be our queen.”
Diana went into the street; she took the bladder of an ox and a piece of witch-money, which has an edge from a knife – with such money witches cut the earth from men’s foot tracks – and she cut the earth, and with it and many mice she filled the bladder, and blew into the bladder till it burst.
And there came a great marvel, for the earth which was in the bladder became the round heaven above, and for three days there was a great rain; the mice became stars or rain. And having made the heaven and stars and the rain, Diana became Queen of the Witches; she was the cat who ruled the star mice, the heaven and the rain.
Forgiveness for my irrationality,
And the strength to walk with me
Into the mist of memory
my world has become.
Please let them take my hand and stay awhile,
Even though I seem unaware of their presence.
Help them to know their strength
And loving care will drift slowly
Into the days to come,
Just when I need it most.
Let them know when I don’t recognize them
That I will, I will.
Keep their hearts free from sorrow for me,
For my sorrow, when it comes,
Only lasts a moment, then it’s gone.
And finally, please let them know,
How very much their visits mean,
How even through relentless mystery,
I can still feel their love.
In my quest to bring to you information relating to wicca and other spiritual paths I find the need to place a new category called PRAYER on my home page. In this category you will find prayers from many people, I feel it would be totally wrong of me to just place on my website prayers relating to wicca. The majority of people pray and have their own God/Gods/Goddess thus it is my hope to bring to you a place where you can post your own ideas on the subject and relate with others.
The Prayer category will be added to on a regular basis as will other categories on my site blessed Be.
Lord, grant me Time enough to do all the chores, join in the games, help with the lessons, and say the night prayers, and still have a few moments left over for me.
Energy enough to be bread-baker and breadwinner, knee-patcher and peacemaker, ballplayer and bill juggler.
Hands enough to wipe away the tears, to reach out when I’m needed, to hug and to hold, to tickle and touch.
Heart enough to share and to care, to listen and to understand, and to make a loving home for my family.
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