I feel so blessed to have a responsive,
delightful group of subscribers like you. With
Thanksgiving coming up this week in the US, I just
wanted to tell you that.
Good news about the health challenges
that have kept me mostly 'sidelined' of late. Major
progress . . . Looks as if I'm gradually 'getting my life back'. Yippee!
But during the most miserable times,
when I was required to be "totally mindful" of exactly
where my head and neck were hanging out and coerce them
into returning to their rightful positions, I became
horribly aware that I'd not only lost the ability to be
independent and proficient, but . . .
I'd also lost the ability to be
Even for a moment.
That's when I stumbled upon this video
of a brilliant thing, the 'If Only For a Second
Project'' of the Mimi Foundation, a charity whose
mission is to improve the quality of life of cancer
patients undergoing treatment.
Note: I know the video is small and in
French with captions, but watch it anyway . . . you'll
get the idea. Or better yet, use this link to watch it
on big screen at You Tube. http://youtu.be/pMWU8dEKwXw
"Once you become ill", says one patient,
" you immediately lose the ability to become carefree."
And that was the inspiration for the project . . . to
give extreme makeovers to 20 cancer patients and
to have a photographer capture the shock and delight in
the carefree first second they saw their
Prepare to be moved.
A Lesson from the
Greek Goddess Hestia:
How to see the
goodness in every one
who's sitting around your holiday table.
Who is Hestia?
She was the most important of the Olympian goddesses
but, sadly, she's the least famous of the lot, so much
so that the scholars refer to as the 'forgotten
goddess'. Nevermind that she was totally invested
in 'family and community', to the extent of practically
inventing Western civilization single handedly!
The one exception is that thousands of hotels are
named for her because Hestia is now remembered mostly as
the Greek Goddess of Hospitality.
Comfortable remaining in the background of the myths
of the others, Hestia was mostly defined by her traits
rather than her actions. She was: mild, gentle, forgiving, peaceful, serene,
dignified, calm, secure, stable, welcoming, and, above all else,
So much so that Zeus entrusted her with Mount
Olympus, the family home of the gods and goddesses,
making her responsible for managing this vast estate
while the rest of them wandered about having all sorts
of adventures. Click here to read the
myths of the goddess Hestia.
True to her nature, Hestia stayed at home and was
always there to welcome the others, keep the food and wine flowing, and
to enjoy their homecomings.
Preparing for my family gathering for the
Thanksgiving holiday, I like to think of myself wearing
a bracelet that says "WWHB" (What Would Hestia Be?)
Sometimes it gets me through the first 30 minutes
before I succumb and start stressing out.
families can certainly be a blessing, making us feel
appreciated and loved.
But . . .
Who among us hasn't been there when, as Reginald Hill describes it,
"the close confinement, with large supplies of alcohol,
of blood relations who have had the good sense to keep
far apart for the previous three hundred and sixty four
days" come together at the table?"
This blessing, provided
by the Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway (aka the
Wedding Goddess) gives you the antidote
if you find yourself dreading the family holiday
get-together this year.
Several years ago some of you extracted
a promise from me that we would re-publish the Prayer
for Family Peace and Grace each year about this time
. . . that it so perfectly set the stage for the hectic,
sometimes turbulent holiday season that's about to
Consider it done.
Shiny Objects that caught the Goddess' Eye!
The Enchanted Beyond: Art Exhibition by Fleur
Our find of the month! Fleur
Barnfather will become the next artist to be featured
Gallery of Goddess Art as soon as we can get 'her
page' finished, but we couldn't wait to tell you about
it because . . .
She's got an
exhibition coming up and You're Invited
Some people, upon experiencing Fleur's
have been moved to tears or felt the tingle of goose
bumps. Emotions are stirred in a similar way to when
you hear a piece of music that seems to command time
to stand still, touching something deep inside you.
Another dimension of life leaps onto
the canvas eager to 'Shimmer, Pulsate, and reveal its
If you have the good fortune to find
yourself in the vicinity (or able to get there),
you're being given an exciting opportunity to see an
inspiring collection of paintings, by internationally
selling artist Fleur Barnfather.
Glastonbury, UK - Hundred Monkeys Cafe (52 High
Street, BA6 9DY)
December 15th 2014 - January 11th 2015
(8.30 a.m. till 8.30 p.m. mon -
sat., and 9 a.m - 4 p.m. sundays)
For more information contact Fleur via email: info AT fleurbarnfather.co.uk
or visit her Facebook event page:'Art Exhibition by
a reminder to...
Embrace that which adds color to your day,
and give thanks for all that is good and healthy in