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Jun. 6th, 2012 @ 01:51 pm Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant Trilogy
My Under A Halloween Moon tree of life pendant has been a HUGE success for me. People really love it. And in the past, I've offered other versions of the "full moon" style on a very limited, custom order basis. That, however, has changed.

Now you can also order two additional versions; Under A Full Moon (silver wire with a white moon) AND "Once In A Blue Moon" (silver wire with a blue moon.) This completes my full moon "trilogy" as it were. ;)

All three are now permanently available as made-to-order pieces in the shop!
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Calvin & Hobbes Winter
Jan. 23rd, 2012 @ 01:03 pm New this week at PhoenixFireDesigns.etsy.com!
Been hard at work making new items for the shop and today I got five new pieces photographed and listed!

Between two new trees - a multi colored Opal and a watermelon tourmaline - and two pairs of sterling hoops (rainbow gemstone and emerald green aventurine) and even a new pair of 14k gold threader earrings in a rainbow of color, there's a lot more variety available right now in the shop!

And, as always, I gladly accept custom orders so if you don't see exactly what you want, just ask! I'll be happy to make it for you.
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Calvin & Hobbes Winter
Sep. 16th, 2011 @ 03:45 pm What's new at PhoenixFireDesigns.etsy.com!
Well, first off, after spending the ENTIRE summer on medications trying to get myself safe enough for surgery, looks like my hysterectomy will be on October 5th.

For those who've missed the updates, I'm 34 and over Memorial Day weekend, I went into the ER in massive pain, only to discover my uterus is full of tumors. Literally pounds of them. So much in fact, I was unsafe for surgery. I have over $10,000 in hospital bills and trying to raise the final $600 I need for surgery. (Of a total of $2,600 total.)

I've been on UNPAID medical leave this whole time (my last paycheck was June 3rd) so trying to pay my regular bills has been a challenge, let alone raising EXTRA money for surgery.

So here's a look at what's new in my shop. Sales help me with living expenses, medical bills and surgery costs. All the info can be found here.

Even if you can't buy something, just passing on the link in your twitter, facebook, blog, etc. is greatly appreciated!

Thank you for your support!
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Calvin & Hobbes Winter
Jun. 9th, 2011 @ 12:43 pm Medical Fundraising for Needed Surgery
You can follow the progress of visits, current health, etc on my blog with my hysterectomy tag but this is just a summary of the situation. The full details can also be found here: http://giveneyestosee.com/blog/hysterectomy/

Memorial Day Weekend I went into the ER after two days of non-stop severe pain. Many tests and an overnight stay later, it turns out that my uterus is full of tumors.I have multiple softball and multiple baseball sized fibroid tumors and equally large cysts. The total mass is approximately the size of a basketball.

I was on a fast-track for a hysterectomy when my OB/GYN discovered that it was worse then initially believed and I'm too high risk for surgery. High risk is 250 grams of tumors. I'm at over 1,200 grams. I am now on a shot to induce medical menopause in order to attempt to shrink the tumors prior to surgery. The larger the tumors, the more complicated and lengthy the surgery, the more time I will be under anesthesia, the more complications and blood transfusions I will need. So we're trying to get them shrunk at least half.

I work a part-time job that does NOT give me insurance. I also do NOT get paid for any time off period. So I’m already out two weeks of pay with many more to come. (When I do have surgery, I'll be out 4 weeks in unpaid recovery as well.) I have already applied for and been denied financial and medical assistance by the state. I’m asking anyone who can help for your support as a result.

I need a total of $2,600 just to pay my OB/GYN, $1,400 of which must be up front before the surgery. This does NOT include the hospital, anesthesiologist, radiology, etc. It also does NOT include the fees for the office visits and tests pre-op. (I’ve already spend $463 on those as of June 7th)

I have set up a Donation Fund here: http://tiny.cc/hysterectomy

I am also trying to promote my own store front as replacement income during this period: http://PhoenixFireDesigns.etsy.com/

My friends are also helping me set up a second shop full of donated items. You can find that here: http://PhoenixFunds.etsy.com/

If you could look around and see if there's something you'd like to buy, pass on my links, donate a hand crafted item, craft supplies or a vintage item for the fundraiser shop or make a donation - any of it would be helpful and appreciated. The more people pass on my information, links and story, the more I can hopefully raise the funds I need.

Thank you for your support!
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Calvin & Hobbes Winter
May. 17th, 2011 @ 02:10 pm ...uhm...eep?
Current Location: 94306
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: The View
10:32 AM 5/17/2011 · While I understand some nutjob in Oakland has been latching onto this recently for popularity's sake, I initially heard about this about 3 years ago. As I've a hobby of tracking end of the world scenarios, I marked the date and kicked back to see what would happen.

I refer to Judegement Day, which is supposedly this coming Saturday.

Nice thing, as religious events go... Saturdays are usually casual!

What is it with '21' anyway? Even the Mayan thing is on a 21st. People can leglally imbibe alcohol, in the United States, when they turn 21...

So May 21st 2011 is Judegement Day. It's based on something or other, I've got a pamphlet on this somewhere (3 separate versions of which were handed to me at Chinese New Years' a couple years ago) or other but I'm not sure where it is now. It quotes a section of the Bible that speaks of Judgement Day (you can probably Google it) and a mathmatical calculation that includes the correctness of the Roman calendar system to get an accurate calculation of...

...well, this coming Saturday.

Here's the thing, a day is all well and good but it doesn't say when. I'm talking what hour. We've got the day but not a time and what with timezones I don't know if it's May the 21st where I live or in the section of the world the Bible was written.

If that confusing, trip this: in 1986 I took a plane from Boston to India and arrived the day before I left. Yeah, plane took off Wednesday and landed Tuesday the previous day.

As if the 21·hour plane ride wasn't traumatic enough!

As to what will supposedly happen... not a clue. There's the Left Behind theory, which that series was based on, that the 'faithful' will be taken to Heaven and leave the rest of us. Realistically they wouldn't just rise to Heaven, paradise will take your souls but not your bodies. So, to recap, just a bunch of people falling over dead all over the planet...

...although, from my understanding, the original interpretation wasn't so much the faithful as just God's Chosen. Basically, not the Christians. The Jews, religious or not, will all be taken to Heaven and the rest of us are left behind.

There's also those that believe Jesus will return, though that's not a great idea given the circumstances. Supposedly Jesus, who left as The Lamb, returns as The Lion and wages war on the Devil; the souls gone to Heaven in all the time prior battling all the evil of Hell as their armies. The fallout of which will annihilate the entire Earth, kill pretty much every living thing on the planet, and then whatever survives (even souls could be killed before that kinda onslaught) goes to Heaven and the Earth is left a burnt out cinder.

If you watch Supernatural you probably have heard the big showdown is actually Michael and Lucifer. I'm not sure if that's just a convenient story the series latched onto or if there's some actual old testament truth to that or not.

Ultimately it probably doesn't matter. I don't know that this is gonna happen, Judgement Day specifically, don't even know that I believe it. I mean there's still the Mayan thing and that equation Sir Isaac Newton came up with...

...if you don't know the latter, apparently other than 'discovering' gravity ol' Isaac shared my fascination with end of the world scenarios. In an intense study of the Bible he divined what he determined to be a Biblical code that led him to believe the world would indeed come to ane end.

Sometimes in the year 2060.

If I manage a semi·health life maybe I'll be around to see it.

If the Mayan thing or Saturday doesn't do me in first.
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drawing a blank
Nov. 19th, 2010 @ 10:55 am Hi and Merry Meet
My name is El and I wanted to invite you all to join in a brand new world wide pagan community project.

The Merry Meet!


Created by the Pagan Community, for the Pagan Community.

Where pagans, psychics and alternative spiritual types connect from around the globe!

Create your profile, make a group and forum for your coven, join other pagans and spiritual folk in intelligent conversation on our forums, share images, music and stories or simply connect with new and old friends.

You can even create and promote your events or your pagan related business!

The Merry Meet is here to bring together our community with Love, Joy and Wisdom. We're still brand new and slowly ironing out the kinks so please be patient with us!


(somewhat cross-posted on LJ. Apologies!)
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Oct. 26th, 2010 @ 10:34 am ...uhm...
Current Location: 94070
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: The View
Among some of the more questionable things Christine ODonnell (O'Donnell?) has said is her more recent statement that "God is praying for me".

Normally when people are well wishing towards others they pray to God for them. Does this seem to imply that God has a God or Gods? Otherwise it means God prays to Itself, which seems redundant to an extreme...as God wanting to wish good will to someone could be simply It just easily could do rather than try to convince Itself it should.

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2 - I didn't quite get hear that
May. 16th, 2010 @ 05:47 pm just a bit outside
Current Location: 94306
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: History.com
1:34 AM 5/16/10 · This is a religious post but it's just as much a historic deal as that. I'm watching a 2 hour special on the History Channel, contrasting the current Robin Hood movie with the actual historical accounting and it's touched on a relative sore point of mine. I've seen just about all of the Robin Hood movies but most notably in recent years it's the ones where Robin has been portrayed by Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, & Sean Connery. Yeah, there's been others but these 3 feature that ever present sore point I'm referring to...

...the Holy Crusade.

I tend to frown on the praise that Christianity tends to insist it deserves due to a number of points in history, as well as some of their rather annoying behavior into the present day, and The Crusades is a biggie. Wherein the Church at the time basically gave English knights carte blanche to slaughter as many people as they possibly could so that they could be assured a place in Heaven. Not an unusual tact, lots of religions have used the promise of paradise the incite violence...but let's stay on point.

There's also the whole bit in regards of reclaiming the Holy Land for Christianity.

By the by, mildly amused by the accounting that back then the Christians referred to the Muslims as 'the infidel' and in modern times that's been reversed.

What I've never gotten is this. Realistically it means that the Christians were going to a place they never had been to take it from the Muslims that were in power there at the time in order to not give it back to the people who actually were from there; the Jews. Now it's possible my perspective on this is a bit off, I've not pursued the actual history of this since high school...

...it's just that my recall is that the Holy Land orginally belonged to the Jews. The Muslims came to power sometime after that but Christianity never has a footing there until after the Holy Crusade. It's not so much that the Holy Crusade was based on an outright lie but even if Christianity ever held any real influence in the goings on of the Holy Land it most certainly wasn't the Christians that came from England.

Of course, that little detail in the 10 Commandments regarding not murdering people adds to the soreness of all this.

Okay, Jesus was from the Holy Land (more or less) but he wasn't a Christian. He was Jewish, a rabbi. Even his disciples weren't really Christians, just a Hebrew cult if you'll allow for the phrasing. From my understanding there were any official Christians, referred to as such, until a very long time after the crucifixion.

Maybe a hundred years or so.

Am I wrong about this? Did Christianity ever have an actual sphere of power in the Holy Land before the Muslims took over? I'm thinking maybe Charlamagne but without looking it up I don't recall where he figured into all this historically. Not to mention he was ordained by the Pope and as brutal a Christian as there ever was.
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Templar Tux
Apr. 11th, 2010 @ 03:02 pm Jesus' Ministry
If anyone is interested in reading my musing on the Ministry of Jesus I have posted it on my journal page.  It comes from my having to give a message at my church which started from a passage in 2 Timothy and my thoughts that I didn't really think that Paul understood Jesus' ministry by focusing on the risen Christ and the idea of salvation to the almost exclusion of the other parts of his teaching.  Anyway if you are interested please have a read and tell me what you think.  I am still trying to figure out how to use LJ so if I have inadvertantly posted my essay on your page please forgive me.  E.
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Apr. 9th, 2010 @ 02:29 pm don't think it was originally in the rule book
Current Location: 94306
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: Constantine
10:28 PM 4/3/10 · In the past year I've lost a few friends, one of which was suicide. Now I know insofar as Christianity goes this is a direct line to Hell, for those of them that believe in it, or at the very least a roadblock from Heaven...

...and I just don't think that is right.

I'm wondering on the origin of this little stipulation. It's like the whole celibacy thing for priests. It's a big rule in Chrisiandom but it's not actually in the Bible. Priests didn't used to be celibate but, roundabout the Dark Ages, it was made a rule because the Church did not want a priest's property to goto their heirs.

Yes, the Church is a greedy institution. Most noticeable in how nice and pretty Churches are even in neighborhoods that are falling apart.


Granted, my knowledge of the bible and its contents is a vague thing at best. I read portions of it when I was younger but as the years grew on me, the more I learned that it's not a complete work. That whole bit with a council deciding what 'Books of *insert name here*' were worthy of the final book or not. From my understanding only the Gnostic & Ethiopian Bibles are complete comilations and I've never been able to lay my hands on one of those to contrast them with the local most common variety...

...but I digress.

So, is the ban on suicides in the Bible or not? Or is it more likely something that the Church instituted in truly depserate times to keep their congregations from trying to get to Paradise via the express route?

That may sound horribly cynical but remember this. During the early Colonial period of the United States, the local Churches told people that if they didn't 'contribute' exorbitant funds to their parishes then they would goto Hell. Not the members of the Church, mind you. They told them that they had to literally buy their way into Heaven.

It's little stuff like this that gives me pause on certain supposed tenats of the faith.
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