Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Thank you to those who were able to tune in that day. I must say it felt like I've taken a big step, with regards to achieving my dream of making my own record. Those who know me, know that it's a longtime dream; and certainly one that was long in the making.
Bittersweet that Dad's not around to share this but I know that wherever he is, he's partying along with me and breaking out the cases of champagne and Chardonnay & smiling down at me, knowing that it is in his memory that I am living my life; fulfilling my dream and paying it forward in every way that I can.
Incidentally, I do have a song for Dad in the album and I'm expecting the album to come out late January 2009 or early Feb. Still got a little over a couple of songs to work on but the process of creating, birthing an idea and putting it to melody and words just keeps ongoing and never stops.
I'm grateful for the creative process and for the people that shared it with me as I work on this and envision the day that when the album comes out, people will know that a new voice has surfaced and one that hopes and aspires to be heard.
And upon hearing it, will join me in raising awareness and pay it forward.
Because we are never helpless...only in the mind are we truly so....
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Samhain — the Celtic ancestor of today's Halloween — was both the last of the four seasonal celebrations that divided the Celtic year into quarters (see Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasa) and the first of their new year. The word samhain means the end of summer, but the time of year meant the beginning of winter. The Celts chose this celebrational but ominous turning point as their New Year.
Their harvest was in, their livestock were back from summer pastures, and their families were as ready as they could be for the long winter ahead. To celebrate the New Year, the Celts spent a long eerie night honoring their dead, who might be wandering around cold and lonely at this transitional time of year. They lit bonfires and prepared food for any of the dead who might come to call. Other more negative spirits might also be abroad, which added an element of fear to the occasion.
As far as today's Halloween is concerned, we have the Celts to thank for the skeletons, ghosts, goblins, and other scary or supernatural elements. We can also thank them for the the fact that we celebrate Halloween at night. Because Celtic days began at sunset, their festivals always began in the evening and lasted until well after dark.
When the Romans invaded Celtic lands, they added their own November harvest festival to Samhain. So Halloween's harvest elements — especially apples and nuts — came from the Romans. Later, when the Christians began to dominate Roman and European cultures, they added the church's celebration of dead saints and martyrs — All Hallows — to Samhain. So it was the Christians who gave us the name we now use: All Hallow's Eve modernized to Halloween. Finally, during the 1840s, the Irish fleeing their potato famine added the jack-o'-lantern to customs evolving in this country. In Ireland, children had carved rutabagas, turnips, or potatoes, but our native pumpkins made much bigger and brighter jack-o'-lanterns.
Of the Celts' four seasonal celebrations, only Samhain has persisted with some of its original power still intact. Imbolc has degenerated into a somewhat ridiculous Groundhog Day, Beltane has become an international labor day, and Lughnasa has been forgotten altogether.
But Samhain survives as our massively popular Halloween — a Celtic, Roman, Christian, Irish, and now thoroughly American celebration. It invites us, as it did the ancient Celts, to take an eerie but festive break between the ease of summer that's now behind us and the rigors of winter that loom ahead.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
A Pagan Alphabet
Copyright 1989, Breid Foxsong
To learn your letters you must start
With a clever mind and a willing heart
Each one is special, just like you
And you will learn them all by the time we are through!
A is Athame, the knife that we use
B is for Beltaine, when partners we choose
C is for Circle where we all are one.
D is for Deosil, path of the Sun.
E is for Esbat, when we gather round
F is for Fire and its crackling sound
G is the Goddess in beauty and love.
H is the Horned One, our Father above.
I is for Imbolg, candles light the way,
J is for June when it's Midsummer's Day
K is for Karma, the things that we do
L is for Lammas, harvest's almost through!
M is for Moon, riding way up so high,
N is for Nighttime, which darkens the sky
O is for Ostara, when we hunt for eggs,
P is for Pan, with hairy goat legs
Q is the Quarters and there are just four,
R for the Rites when we open the Door
S is for Samhain, end of the year,
T is for Tarot cards, futures to hear
U is Undines from the watery West
V is Vervain for protection and rest
W is Widdershins, the path of the moon.
X is the sign that's the sign of the God
Y is for Yule and the sun's return
Z is the Zodiac, 12 signs to learn
To learn them all you will have to try
And now it is time to say goodbye
Merry have we met, and Merry have we been
Merry shall we part and Merry meet again!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Themes: Learning; Knowledge; Communication
Symbols: Books; Writing Utensils; Stars
About Nat: A Teutonic goddess of the night sky, Nat generates artistic inspiration and knowledge. She refreshes those suffering from creative blockages and arouses new visions for any endeavor, especially when fall’s declining energies get the best of us. Myths portray Nat as bearing the silver-studded night sky like a blanket across the dusk. Her chariot bears a frost mare, alluding to the moon.
To Do Today: Buchmesse is the world’s largest book fair for the publishing industry, featuring exhibitors from over ninety countries and attended by over two hundred thousand people. In this region of the world, book fairs have been around for over eight hundred years, making Germany one of the centers of world literacy.
For writers, today is the perfect time to ask for Nat’s blessing on your efforts. Submit a poem, article, or manuscript to potential publishers. Write in your journal. Draft a meaningful ritual for improved creativity, and let Nat’s energy guide your hand. Alternatively, read a favorite poem or book - Nat’s power is beneath those words - or make a book donation to the local library to honor this goddess’s contribution to human civilization.
Finally, gather all your pens and pencils in a basket and empower them for all your writing tasks by saying:
Nat inspire creativity,
When taken to hand, the magic is freed!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I guess it was bound to happen...She needed closure from her Vampire Chronicles & The Lives of the Mayfair Witches as well as "proper explanation" to her return to the Faith.
My Muse & Goddess of the written word, Anne Rice, is releasing her new memoir, called CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS: A Spiritual Confession. :)
Of course, this Vampire can't wait to get his hands on this one. :)
Friday, August 8, 2008
George Anderson writes effectively and allows the reader to both embrace the work that he does and wish that he is our next door neighbor and we could easilly converse with special people in our lives whom we miss and has left us both changed and longing for our reunion with them.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
True Blood is an American television series based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris and adapted for television by Alan Ball. The series is produced by HBO in association with Ball's own production company.
The show details the fictional co-existence of vampires and humans in a small Louisiana town after Japanese-made synthetic blood – "TruBlood" – becomes available for purchase. Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress at a diner who falls in love with one of the vampires, Bill Compton (portrayed by Stephen Moyer).
The show will premiere on September 7, 2008.
Cast and characters
* Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress in a smalltown diner
* Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton, a vampire with whom Sookie falls in love
* Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman, a thousand-year-old vampire Viking
* Ryan Kwanten as Sookie's brother Jason Stackhouse
* Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, the owner of the restaurant in which Sookie works
* Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Sookie's best friend. In the leaked pilot, Tara is played by Brook Kerr.
* Jim Parrack as Hoyt Fortenberry.
* Chris Bauer as detective Andy Bellefleur.
* Nelsan Ellis as Sookie's coworker Lafayette Reynolds.
* Lynn Collins as Dawn Green, Jason Stackhouse's love interest.
* William Sanderson as Bud Dearborne.
* Lorin McCraley as a Grabbit Quick Clerk
Series creator Alan Ball had previously worked with premium cable channel HBO on Six Feet Under, which ran for five seasons. In October 2005, after Six Feet Under's finale, Ball signed a two-year agreement with HBO to develop and produce original programming for the network.
True Blood became the first project under the deal, after Ball read the first book in Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampires Mysteries series "on impulse" and became interested in "bringing [Harris'] vision to television." The project's hour-long pilot was ordered concurrently with the finalization of the aforementioned development deal and was written, directed and produced by Ball.
The pilot was shot in the early summer of 2007 and was officially ordered to series in August, at which point Ball had already written several more episodes. Gary Calamar, the music director for the series, said he's working on a soundtrack for the show that is "swampy, bluesy and spooky" and that he plans to feature local Louisiana musicians. Calamar's work includes the sound for Dexter, Weeds and Entourage.
The premiere of True Blood has been prefaced with a viral marketing/ARG campaign, based at BloodCopy.com. This has included setting up multiple websites, encoding web address into unmarked envelopes mailed to high profile blog writers and others, and even performances by a "vampire" who is attempting to reach out to others of their kind, to discuss the recent creation of "TruBlood", a material apparently pivotal to the initial plot.
A MySpace account with the username "Blood" has, as of June 19, uploaded two videos; one entitled "Vampire Taste Test - Tru Blood vs Human", and one called "BloodCopy Exclusive INTERVIEW WITH SAMSON THE VAMPIRE". There is a wiki at trublood.wikidot.com which collates information on the campaign.
A rough version of the pilot has been released/leaked online.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
What Caz Means
You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.
You are incredibly wise and perceptive. You have a lot of life experience.
You are a natural peacemaker, and you are especially good at helping others get along.
But keeping the peace in your own life is not easy. You see things very differently, and it's hard to get you to budge.