Greetings & Blessings to All My Wonderful Friends & Family!

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I am apologize for running late today. I was trying to get all my material ready for this day. Today is a very sad and sobering day for myself. I know at this site we have huge family of followers and perhaps some of them were affected by the shooting in Connecticut. I know every time I hear a news article on TV about the shootings, I cry. This makes me think I have come in contact with someone who is grieving this very day. I hope and pray I am wrong but I don’t believe I am.

I have lost loved ones myself. My mother, at a very young age, my father later in life and my sister. My entire family has passed on. The hardest death I had to deal with was my sister’s. It is only until recently I have come to terms with her passing. She has been gone now for six years. There is no magick pill you can take and make your pain and grief go away. It takes time and in some cases, years. My mother, I have never got over her death. At this stage in life, I don’t believe I ever will. I have a dear, dear loved one that pass on and I blame myself for his death. Now that is a heavy burden to live with. It was because the feelings he had for me that caused his death. I know this and there are days when it is very hard to go on. All of these emotions are normal. You blame yourself, you have guilt, what could you have done, you should have been there. So many questions run through your mind. But you can’t come up with the answers.

Death, unfortunately, is something we will all have to deal with at one time or another. You can never prepare yourself for death. It comes like a stranger in the night, stealing our loved ones away from us. The young, the old, it doesn’t matter, they were our loved ones. It isn’t fair but no one ever said life was fair. We have to deal with the hand we are dealt. Grief is something that hits us like a stone wall. Our worlds are turned upside down. Our hearts are broken. We feel like our world has ended. Where do we go from here?

Times like these are the times we turn to our Faith. You call upon the Goddess. You ask for Her mercy, Her love and most of all Her comfort. The Goddess is the gentle Mother of all of us. She knows us better than anyone. Our Great Mother, will assist you in your grief. Give you aid, when you then you can’t go on. When you think all is lost, She will give you Love. Hers is a Divine Love that you can take comfort in. The Goddess is there waiting for you. All you have to do is just ask for Her help. You can survive this with the help of our Great Mother. Just ask Her.

~Magickal Graphics~

To think this candle can be snuffed out as quickly as a child’s life is a horrible and terrifying thought.

What has gone wrong with the world? I just read on MSN about the shootings at the Elementary School in Connecticut. Words can not describe how I feel right now. I have children of my own and I truly grieve with the parents that lost children this awful day.

This is suppose to be the most joyous time of the year. But yet we have a gunman go into an Elementary school and kill our children. Can you imagine those poor little children? Oh, Goddess, it is a horrible image. Their little lives cut so short. So much hope and potential for the future passed on this day. There is no reason to ask why nor should anyone look for a reason. For someone to do such an act, they have to be out of their mind. Crazy or not even have a mind at all, a Monster is the only word I can think of to describe this type of person. But the killer should not be remembered. For this is why he did such a horrible act for fame, glory and most of all to be remembered. Instead, we should forget about him and focus on those who need us most right now. The parents, husbands, wives, family and friends who lost their loved ones today.

There pain and grief consumes me. I can feel their emotions so strongly. It is as if I had lost a child of my own. How does anyone ever heal from the lost of a child? Is it possible? Especially at Yule and Christmas. There are their presents waiting to be opened. Mom and Dad watching as they come down the stairs to see what Santa had brought. Their eyes twinkling with delight when they open their presents. All of that taken away from these parents by a lone gunman. Why pick on our innocent children? Because they are so defenseless and trusting. What do we have to do in this country to keep such tragedies from reoccurring?

Tonight the town in Connecticut along with the entire country mourns the lost of these young souls. We have no words of comfort. Nothing will ease their pain, not even time. The loss of a child is simply unbearable. No parent should ever have to burying their own child. I can’t imagine their heartbreak nor what they must be experiencing. Such loss, such emptiness, the lives of the young and innocent cut so, so short.

Goddess, grant these parents peace,

I know if is hard for them to find it at this time.

But grant them Your Love and Comfort at this

their hour of need.

Give them the knowledge their children have

left this old cruel world and gone to a much

brighter and happier place. A place they will

be with their Eternal Mother.

Take away the parents and families heavy

hearts, remind them though their loss be great,

we will all meet again one day.

One day in Your Glorious Love and Light, we

will all reunite. All sorrows shall be forgotten,

all heavy hearts mended.

For that day, tears will be no more,

but sounds of laughter and love will

fill the Summerlands.

Goddess, grant them peace and let

them know they are not alone.

All of our heart are heavy and bear

their sorrow.

So Mote It Be.

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Special Kitty of the Day for February 17th

Buddy, the Cat of the Day
Name: Buddy
Age: Five years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Domestic Shorthair
Home: East Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Hi!! My name is Buddy. I am rambunctious and very playfull!!!

My Meowmie, who rescues guys like me and finds them great homes, came upon me after a woman called her to say she was going into a battered women’s shelter and couldn’t take me with her. She promised to come back for me once she found a permanent place to live. That never happened and I was very sad. I went to live with a cranky old man named Hal, who wanted desperately to mold me into his old RB cat. I love being in high places. But Hal would get angry and spray me with water and swat me with a newspaper.

After enduring six months of Hal’s wrath, Meowmie finally said enough was enough. She and got me. Because she was maxed out in her fur population, she asked a friend to foster me until a furever home could be found. I hated being alone. I would sit in the window and cry. Meowmie must have heard my cries, because after a month, she called her friend and told her I was coming home to live with her and my other fur sibs.

While I love my fur sibs, I had a rocky start. I was confused because didn’t know where I belonged. I peed on the kitchen floor and the bathroom floor. Meowmie took me to the white coats to rule out a UTI. After a couple of squirts of Feliway in the air, and lots of loving, I knew I was home for good.

Meowmie has been through a lot during the past two years. After losing two of my kitty siblings to the RB, she was inconsolable. It was only after I did my magic by knocking things off the shelf, did she start to laugh. I love making Meowmie laugh.

I have my Meowmie trained very well. First thing in the morning, when she has her first cup of coffee, I’m right there to supervise the pouring of Half & Half. I am rewarded by my own little “sippy” of the rich, creamy liquid. When she says, “Buddy, kiss-kiss”, I oblige by tilting my head her way for a smooch. I also have my own personal ceramic pet fountain. It’s called the bathroom sink. Meowmie leaves the water running so I can drink at my leisure. My favorite spot is on top of the refrigerator or the top shelf in the kitchen.

I’m very happy here and now know where I belong and that I am loved unconditionally!

Earth Science Photo of the Day for December 26th

Crabapples in Snow

December 26, 2011

Crabapples-in-Snow

Photographer
: Ron Chapin; Ron’s School Website
Summary Author: Ron Chapin; Jim Foster

These festive looking crabapples were photographed near Sidney, New York, after an impressive, early-season snowfall. On October 29, 2011, a strong nor’easter dumped as much as 24 in (61 cm) of snow in interior, upland areas of New England and New York. Higher elevations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia were also snow covered. October snowfall in the northeast U.S. isn’t really rare; neither are nor’easters in October, but this storm was a record setter in that it produced so much snow so early in the season. The 4 in (10 cm) of snow that fell near Sidney melted away rather quickly — temperatures were well above freezing the day following the storm when this photo was taken. However, the added mass of snow on many trees still holding onto their leaves caused considerable limb damage and seriously compromised electrical power. Some unlucky residents in Connecticut were without electricity two weeks after the storm departed.

Earth Science Pic of the Day for Sept. 16th – Autumn Splendor in Connecticut

Autumn Splendor in Connecticut

September 16, 2011

 
 
The panorama above shows the splendid fall foliage of the Quinnipiac River Valley in south-central Connecticut as viewed in October 2010 from the top of Meriden Mountain (Hubbard Park). Meriden Mountain stands about 900 ft (275 m) above the Quinnipiac River. Maples and oaks ignite the river valley and Hanging Hills in brilliant shades of gold and crimson. The city of Meriden, Connecticut stretches out in the mid-ground.

Photo details: Panorama “stitched” using 10 individual frames with my mini Nikon camera.