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Gorgeous, Calm Sea. Photo by Adam Dodge, cc ça. 2009 Seattle, WA, USA

Wrist Surgery Done-Recovery Begins

My Baldwin Studio Upright, Companion of 25+ Yrs. Bought Spring 1991
Gonna Miss playing You, Buddy! Photo, cc 2015, by Clarisse℠ , York, PA, USA

Hi Everyonne… (Pardon the misspellings; they’re so frequent now, it’d be impoîssie to try & corrrct them all–i.e.: Time-conuhvsuming/also, due to pain med side-effectsc …)

Surgery went eell lasted longer than predicted, wrist VERHY Painnvful2 of 5 fingers feel as iff they’re Broken. The slighest touch & they go into a 😩😩😩🤕😷😷…

Must go now!!!

Namasté cg n :-/

 post-Surgery arm. 

ma89/aka: Gaea’s Modwife 

Celebrating manicartist89’s OneYear Anniversary :)) Yoohoo!!

Wow! Hard to believe it has already been one year, since I first launched manicartist89; Time sure went by incredibly fast. 

Since this (and all subsequent Anniversaries) will fall just to the side of the New Year, I’ll begin a Tradition Online, which I’ve been using for myself nearly 20 years or more  

You see, the Traditionally-established custom of “New Years Resolutions” is, in my way of Knowings, an Insidiously Destructive and Self-Defeating Practice, both Psychologically and Pathologically. 

Over twenty years ago–recognizing its destructiveness–I began a new Tradition, which has served me quite well; rather than being Self-defeating and Deflating, my Practice is Uplifting, Heart-Warming, Encouraging, Strengthening…, all the Good Stuff the other one lacks.

On New Year’s Eve:

  •  I Cleanse both my Physical, Spiritual and Ambiental Space, through Prayer, Incense Burning and Cleansing Body, Mind, and Home;
  • Once that’s done, my Spirit ready: I pick up my Journal, write a few Introductory Comments; I
  • Do a Mental Self-Assessment of the past year’s Successes, struggles, failures, and Overcoming Adversity (the latter being a really important one to acknowledge), Focusing Primarily on How Miraculous a Life this is, I’m experiencing–Listing only the Positive, Growth-Promoting, Successes, large and small;
  • I pick 10 of the Most Important and Meaningful, Perenially-Lasting Ones, List them one by one, with a one-liner commentary;
  • Re-Read them, Bless them, in Gratitude, Release them onto the Journal’s Page(s), all I’ve Victoriously Overcame, or (against all Odds), have Accomplished;
  • After that, I either Meditate for a short while, and/or pick-up my “Runes,” and do a Spread with a Simple, never-changing    

    Question: “What are the Aspects of the one or two most Salient, Important, Significant, or Paradigm-Shifting things, coming up in the Year beginning just now?”

    I then, insert my Right Hand inside the Bag , as I Shake it, to ensure the Runes Stones are well mixed, I pay attention to the ones remaining on my palm–usually between 1 and 3 stones; (over the years, I’ve come to comprehend there are no such things as “true” randomness, nor “coincidences,”only the Universe’s means of Guiding us, one Epiphany at a time–and from my Personal Experience, I’ve come to Learn much about the “Meaning of Life”-stuff, we all grapple with, from time to time, simply through this yearly practice. 

The following year, I re-read the Runes info, from the Previous year, and am always floored by their accuracy, though every New Year’s spread appears cryptic and/or incomprehensible the day they’re cast, a year later, I’m always Shocked at their accuracy. 

Thus, though it is not my place to insist everyOne should be Switching from a negative, self-esteem eroding practice such as “New Year’s Resolutions,” (or casting Runes), into the Uplifting, Encouraging, Self-Esteem-Strengthening, Positivity-building Practice, such what I call: “My Accomplishments List, for the Year 20__, “Life’s little Paradigm, guess what’ll be my First Item on this 2015 years’ List?

Manicartist89‘s 1-year Anniversary, of course–and I have All of You Who have Liked my Posts, made comments on this or that–I’ve even Enjoyed and Learned from, the Little Private “Sparring Argument” I had with another Blogger!

So, To Every-One, Who HAVE or WILL READ this BLOG: 

Thank You! My Followers, my Occasional Readers, my Friends, Family, from Here…, and the “Beyond:”

May the New Year of 2016 (a “9” in Numerology, indicating the Ending of one Cycle and the beginning of a New One, imagine It: Pregnant with New Possibilities, New Choices, New Roads to be Taken…, how exciting is that?), Bring to You, Yours, Your Loved Ones, (and Yes: even greatest Teachers: Your Detractors, Your Enemies), Everything Your Innermost Heart Wishes for, especially that which is for Yours and their Highest Good, Spiritual Growth, Evolution, and Experience of that which is the. Highest of All Laws: “Treating All, as You Too would like to Be Treated,” (in other words: Love–Total Acceptance, Unconditional, Unjudgemental, Non-Interfering…–💕LOVE💗

Namastè Every-One, 😀 ma89🌸

    What Makes a Friendship, a *Friend*-*ship?*

    (by Necessity, this wil have to be sort of Generic, and non-specific to either time nor circumstance--lest anyone may be adversely 
    affected)
    

    It is incredibly frustrating–dealing with the vagaries of living with Attention Deficit Disorder; 4 Concussions, (3 in my Childhood, from falling, or running away from Bullies; one from being Assaulted at a Drive-in Theater, as a Young Adultall four Injuring the back of the Head, right at the bottom of the Skull; all four affecting my Frontal Lobe–nowadays, though the causes (war, rather than childhood carelessness, bullies) are different, the resulting “TBI,” or “Post-Concussive Syndrome”  is identical, and devastating.

    When One must go through Life, with these added (Invisibly pervasively-disruptive, yet nearly-undetectable), dis-Abilities, misunderstandings, missed-out Social Cues, misinterpreted Actions, Disastrous Decisions, and/or Reactions are indeed par for the course, and (hard as it may be to Forgive OneSelf One’s perceived Guilt, or Pain), it is at these times it is Imperative we Lift Up our View, striving to See the Bigger Picture(s).

    It is also Essential to Cultivate within One’s Self the Capacity of Total and Complete Forgiveness of Self–for Your Actions; of Others–for becoming inadvertently Hurt, (at times) Furious, (frequently) Angry and Frustrated enough to End the formerly Great Friendship. When this occurs, I’m unsure to Whom I feel more Compassion, and Sorrow for: The Friend, who in their Hurt State of Mind, Huffs and Puffs, indignantly, (leading the Other to make even more Confused, likely-uneeded, premature, impulsive, regrettable) Decisions–the Friendship Cracked Open…; Friends-no more; or the Other, who in their Unreliably Frontal Lobe’s Confusion and Perplexing Thought Process, Acts, or Says Something Irrevocably-Unpardonable…, at least, by the average Human Being, anyway–only to (if not immediately), soon after, albeit, too late, wish they could take it back.

    For the Second time in five (5) years, my (Invisibly dis-)Abled, (miswired) Brain, caused a Rift with the second of my two Best Friends–Who, in turn, (Interpreting my Innocently-Meant Efforts at Mitigating a Greater Stress on the Friendship), as Insultingly-Disrespectful; I’ve no Idea, at this time, whether and if our Friendship can or will survive my brain’s malfeasance.

    The Consequences from Miscommunicated Intentions            

    (It’s been three months, since I began writing this; and truthfully, I don’t remember where I intended to go with this. Nonetheless, the portions I Had written before, are still relevant. Moreover, anyone who experiences any and/or all the above or similar conditions, will Understand perfectly where I intended to go with it, and be able to fill in the blanks. As for me, frankly, apologizing constantly gets old very fast…, it can even get you fired–this latter one I’ve experienced myself, so I Know it to be True! Therefore, no apologies for an unfinished post; the Third One in One day–Oops! I must be Manic😞…                                                           

    I’ve Caved! Am Car-Shopping!

    Okay! Take a Deeeep Breathhh!

    A single month of being on foot, relying on Friends, paying for Their gas, brought me to a Very Public Tiny Meltdown–Thankfully, amongst my Reiki Friends–leading me to the inevitable conclusion:

    Get Your Act Together!
    Time to Car-Shop!

    Last Friday, then–braving freezing weather–I called a Cab, went to my Credit Union, (finally opening the Insurance’s 3-week-old Overnight Delivery Settlement Envelope), I deposited it; Paid off my now-postponed move Loan; asked to see a Loan Consultant, and–while awaiting for her to call, I arranged for a Rental Car CO. to come pick me up, to rent a car for the weekend, possibly 1-week.

    That arranged, I replied to an email from a Dealership in a nearby town, arranging to see him later, around Dinner time.

    Having had a twelve year, 13-Paid-off Loans relationship with my Credit Union, has afforded me an “A+” Credit Score in spite of my Frugal Early-“Retirement” Income–translating into a trouble-free Loan, for the Amount I figured would be needed.

    That accomplished, the Rental Company took me to their Office, and assigned me a VW Golf to Drive.

    I want to stop here for a moment:
    Astrologically-speaking my Double-Aries sign had been wreaking havoc in my Life and Balance–I saw myself “Losing It!” (My Nano Meltdown Monday Night last week). Then, on our ride home, I asked my Reiki Mentor How did he always maintain his (almost “Vulcan”-like) Calm? His Reply taught me Oodles!

    He said: “Though it’s True the Planets do have (Magnetic, Subtle) Influences, All it’s Really Affecting is our (“Space”) Suits, our Spirits aren’t Affected…”

    Boom! There was my Key to Stability, and to weathering Life’s storms: Our bodies of bones, flesh and blood, are but a “piece of clothing,” (a suit), we either see as such or overly-identify with. All this suit needs is to be moved safely, from points “A” to “B” and not much else! Our means of doing so, is a Vehicle.

    So, Keeping what truly matters into perspective:
    My Transportation must be
    • Mechanically-Reliable;
    • Safe-to-Drive in all conditions;
    • High MPG/Low-Maintenance;
    • Low-Cost Maintenance
    What’s Irrelevant:
    • Color;
    • Trim;
    Ego value;
    • (Appearance-wise) what kind of Tire Wheels it comes with…

    There are many other factors, which I’ll post at a later date (why I’ve chosen not to get Hybrids or Electrics (hint: “Blood Batteries”), look it up.
    Ciao!

    2015/01/img_2207-0.jpgPaddling serenely on river
    Photo by L Dodge, Springfield, MO

    Changing Timelines! Remaining Balanced Thanks to Runes’ Unerring Guidance

    NOTE: The Following Few Posts are about Changing Timelines; Choices; Instant Karma; and such–I almost think there should be a Separate Blog just for this–but decided Not really. After all, this Site isn’t dedicated to a Single Subject Matter…, but for Many; it’s an Eclectic site.

    Email sent to my Congregation’s Reverend asking for Rides to Church (my Social Family):

    On December 10, I Rear-Ended a Ford F350 Heavy Duty pickup truck, while en route to see an apartment, and totaled my car.

    Thankfully, it was bumper-to-bumper, stop’n’go traffic, during rush hour, so I was Uninjured–My car, though, was deemed a total Loss, and I’ve since been Learning the Art of going Car-less in a Car-Intensive Culture, w/ bad Mass Transit to boot.

    This is Why you haven’t seen me at Church for two weeks!

    Overall, December 2014‘s been a Horrendously-Challenging Month for me!

    My Spirituality, and my Guides‘ constant Companionship–as well as the Guidance from my Runes, and Healing Balls* sent to me through my Good Friend, and fellow Reiki Healer “Kate*”–are the ONLY THINGS which have Kept Me from Falling Apart.

    Here is the Runes Spread I got the night before meeting with the Insurance Adjuster the following morning. (a note, by this time I was Still in the “Stage 3” of the Mourning Process, i.e.: “1. Disbelief Loss was Real; 2. Anger; 3. Trying to Bargain; etc.” Using the Bloom System, I asked my Higher Self: “What are the Aspects of Maxie being Repairable, or truly Totaled?” (I got 3 Stones, then my Guides strongly suggested I needed one more, so I Did–Drawing Dagaz, (or Gateway)/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/090/59084046/files/2014/12/img_2145-0.jpgPhoto cc – Copyleft 2014, Reproduction Permitted, (preferably with (Generalized) Interpretation of Stones’ Meanings), Clarisse L Dodge, York, Pennsylvania, USA

    Problem Is: I’m Missing being Physically There, at The Chapel, Hearing the Inspired Speeches, Singing the “Peace Song,” Hugging…, Visiting w/ Friends.

    I’ve reached out to some Friends, through Texting, or email, but have Yet To Find A Ride, from York. To The Sunday Services.
    _______________
    * Healing Balls – Healing Reiki Energy Balls sent remotely, with the Intent for a particular purpose. (For those with Scientific Mindsets: See: Principles of Quantum Physics/Math/Mechanics, and String Theory. A good Primer is Dr. Brian Greene’s PBS 3-Part Series, “The Elegant Universe”);
    * “Kate,” Ficticious Name for a Very Real, and Great Friend.
    Namastè