Sunday, December 31, 2017

Introducing FaeLA

For New Year's Eve I am introducing my new project FaeLA (Louisiana Faerie, a.k.a. LA Fae and Faelaya), established online through Google and Facebook. I encourage folks to visit my Official Website for FaeLA at FaeLA will be featuring various aspects of Faerie Culture as it pertains to Louisiana. For folks who are not familiar with Faerie Lore, this is NOT a 'fandom' or a 'genre'. Faerie has been a distinctive cultural thread for thousands of years that is found in nearly every heritage around the world, is the primary basis for all prehistoric and historically ancient spiritual, metaphysical, and philosophical traditions, and continues to integrally fuse Nature and Ancestry in every myth, folk tale, and legend that preserves this incomparable legacy that has inspired and is still inspiring a tremendous amount of modern entertainment and contemplation. FaeLA does NOT promote or condone the use of hallucinogens and narcotics, and I agree completely with the expertise of Mircea Eliade as explained in 'Shamanism' (1951), which remains the most scholarly and accurate study of Shamanism to this day, that the use of such substances only occurs in degenerate practices that have strayed entirely from the original source of power and wisdom in any shamanic lineage. I will DEFINITELY be promoting select artists, artisans, musicians, dancers, writers, healers, witches, and adventurers who are both based in Louisiana and directly contribute to Louisiana Faerie culture. I have already made several posts that set the basic tone for FaeLA. Those who are familiar with my work throughout 2017 will recognize quite a few familiar foundational points to this project, as well as some adjustments and new material to come: I have made some significant changes to my room; I am undergoing a bit of a makeover and will be presenting all new portraits beginning in early 2018; and later in 2018 I will have the opportunity to visit (and photograph) Natchitoches for the first time, a seven year old + dream to come true. I also plan on exploring Louisiana Fae cuisine and more. If you have your own page for your contributions to Louisiana Faerie culture and would like to be promoted for FREE through FaeLA, please let me know!

Epiphany Bonfire in the Italian Alps

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting this beautiful image of an Epiphay Bonfire in the Italian Alps.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Chinese Dragon in Polish Epiphany Procession

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting this fun image of an Epiphany Procession in Warsaw, Poland that includes a Chinese Dragon.

Friday, December 29, 2017


Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting Mummers, a tradition of amateur play acting as Sacred Ritual Theater that has been associated with ALL of the Winter Holiday customs, as well as the Feast of All Souls, for centuries. Here is the Wiki Quickie about Mummers.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Chalking the Door

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting the Christmastide custom (through Epiphanytide) of Invoking the Magi (as previously posted about) to Bless the Family Home for the year. This invocation is called 'chalking the door', and is performed according to what is shown in this image.
Thus, the blessing for this year about to begin will be marked 20+C+M+B+18 which stands for Caspar, Melchior, and Baltazar the Three Magi who provide the Christus Mansionem Benedicat for the year in spirit. In the image that year was 2016. Our year about to begin is 2018, of course, so the last two numbers will be 18 instead of 16. Here is the Wiki Quickie regarding this custom.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ten of Cups

My Coffee and Tarot Card readings continue to be both great and true. "Ten of Cups (Satiety): Fulfillment and joy in life and love. Feeling peace, tranquility, and contentment in friends and family. Taking delight in one's good fortune."

The Magi

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting the Wiki Quickie regarding the legendary mysterious Magi in whom so many Christmastide customs are rooted.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Twelfth Night (5 > 6 January)

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting the Wiki Quickie for Twelfth Night (5 > 6 January) and the celebration customs that come after Christmas through Twelfth Night to Epiphany.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Haunty Holidays!

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting the other ecard I've digitally crafted this season, wishing everyone Haunty (and Happy) Holidays.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Lovers

My Coffee and Tarot Card this morning reads "The Lovers: Love and Trust. Beauty and Harmony. A choice based on emotional balance and faithfulness to spiritual values." ^_^

Christmas Eve Bonfires for Papa Noël

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting
the beautiful Bonfire Tradition of the Cajuns in Southeastern Louisiana, which are lit along
the levees to light the way for Papa Noël on Christmas Eve.
Here's one of my favorite images of these bonfires.
Here's an article about the bonfire tradition.
And here's the Wiki Quickie regarding Papa Noël.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Winter Ghostlights

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting my little video 'Winter Ghostlights', which I have cobbled together from footage I shot in 2016.
Winter Ghostlights Script:
Venez a moi.
La nuit pleure des larmes de lumiere.
Je te voi.
La nuit pleure des larmes de lumiere.
Je veux te toucher.
(~ Irina-Sofia Albamare)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2018 Horoscope Preview

Recommended Yuletide Reading: 2018 Horoscope Preview (for the whole year for each sign). These 'previews' are actually fairly in-depth, and take a few minutes to read. While reading yours, it is helpful to regard the outline and patterns being presented as a sort of formula for your sun sign, and then consider your personal details as the variables that you can plug into this formula as makes sense for you as an individual. This type of algebraic contemplation might become quite handy over the next three years in particular for sorting things out clearly, understanding specific dynamics between variables, and thereby being able to arrange and focus on the components in your life more effectively.

My Midnight > Yule (Winter Solstice) 21 December 2017 Tanka: The Old Ways

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge
(Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting ...

My Midnight > Yule (Winter Solstice)
21 December 2017 Tanka: The Old Ways

Deepest Roots entwined
Feeding on both Death and Light
Trunk and Branch and Vine
Colors of Day, Shades of Night
Tree Leaves whispering of Wights

Water shimmering
As it washes over stones
Grasses glimmering
With wildflower hues and tones
Rising from the Ancients' Bones

Thickets and Briars
Shelter Creatures of the Wild
Drumming and Bonfires
Summon every Nature's Child
In the Old Ways we are styled

~ Mihoshiryu Senninë
(©2017 Irina-Sofia Albamare
All Rights Reserved.)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Nine of Cups

Damn! Another great one! This morning my Coffee and Tarot Card reads "Nine of Cups (Happiness): Contentment and satisfaction in romance, friendship, or other relationships. Achieving your deepest desires and savoring beauty and sensual pleasures. A state of joy and abundance radiating fulfillment and bliss." Yay!

The Yule Log

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting the Wiki Quickie regarding the Traditional Folklore of the Yule Log.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Two of Cups

My Coffee and Tarot Card this morning reads “Two of Cups (Love): The perfect harmony of union within oneself and/or with another or others of kindred soul and spirit. A deep true Natural connection. Loyalty, Faithfulness, Intimacy, Joint Purpose, and Mutual Support. Personal and Universal Love. Reciprocal beauty and pleasure through fully embracing a valid sense of interconnectedness."

Saturn: From Sagittarius to Capricorn

Today is the Big Day when Saturn departs from Sagittarius and begins its Transit of Capricorn for the next three years, graduating from the Realization Phase to the Reconstruction Phase. Get a glimpse of what you'll probably be focused on during this new three year period in your life at

Wassail: Traditional Folklore and Recipe

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting an excellent article at Nourished Kitchen about the Traditional Folklore and Recipe Style of Wassail.

Monday, December 18, 2017

A Few Examples of Old Christmas Folklore...

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting a Few Examples of Old Christmas Folklore...
Whatever you remember dreaming or seeing in a vision during any of the Twelve Nights between Christmas and Epiphany will come to pass within the year that has just begun.
It is considered great fortune to be born on during Christmas in most of Europe. Some can see ghosts and spirits. Most let their spirits wander about while they sleep on Christmas Eve every year, and some can wander as spirits whenever they please. In parts of Eastern Europe a child born during Christmas could be a werewolf.
Winter Greenery and Christmas Lights (including candles and hearth fires) are thought to keep away evil spirits.
Place a branch of a cherry tree in water at the beginning of Advent, which will bring luck if it blossoms by Christmas.

Sunday, December 17, 2017


In addition to enjoying dance, walking, and/or yoga almost every day, as of today I am starting to give Turmeric a try.
Here's why.
Here's how.

Dark Moon in Sagittarius Tonight

Finishing with the Hunter / Huntress theme with tonight's Dark Moon in Sagittarius, for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) today I am presenting Bendis. The New > Dark Moon will occur in Sagittarius tonight by NOLA time (-6 GMT) at about 12:30 am (half past Midnight Saturday, 18 December 2017). While traditionally Bendidia the Festival of Bendis has been celebrated 18-19 days after the Dark > New Moon in Taurus during Spring, I think that the Dark > New Moon in Sagittarius in Late Autumn is at least as suitable. The Thracian > Dacian Goddess Bendis has been divided into two aspects by the Greeks: 1. Artemis ( > Diana, Roman) the Lunar Goddess of the Woodland Hunt and Nymphs, which correlates specifically with Sagittarius as well as the Moon in general, but especially the 'horned' /  waxing crescent moon that directly follows the new; and 2. Hecate / Hekate > Circe (Greek and Greco - Roman) the Goddess of Witchcraft and the Underworld, as well as Woodland Nymphs, which correlates specifically with the Dark > New Moon. In this ancient relief, Bendis is shown with Her Consort Derzelas the Thracian > Dacian God of Health, Wealth, Vitality of the Soul, and the Underworld, a sort of Hades – like > Plutonian version of Zeus > Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius, essentially a 'dark' or primal aspect thereof. For those familiar with Santeria and related traditions, the union of Bendis and Derzelas is quite comparable with that of Oya and Ochosi the Hunter, the Prehistoric Hunter – Gatherer Predecessor to Shango / Chango the Patriarch of Historic Settled Community Life. (Note: Traditionally the Three Wives of Shango / Chango are Oshun, Oya, and Oba.) Alternate to the bow and arrow of the Archer style portrayals of Artemis > Diana, Bendis has typically been depicted as wielding a torch - headed staff used for hunting, combat, and sorcery as She determines.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Wild Hunt

Following up on the Hunter / Huntress Theme, for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) today I am presenting the Wild Hunt. The Wild Hunt is of ancient European folklore is a night procession through the forest of Elves and Faeries, Totems, and the Dead led by an Ancestral God and/or Goddess of the Hunt (and sometimes alternately the Dead and Netherworld, frequently depicted as wearing either wolves' heads or mountain goat horns or forest deer antlers) that rides out to bestow blessings and gifts upon the people, accept offerings, and collect the souls of the dying and recently deceased. Traditionally the Wild Hunt occurred anytime from Winter Solstice through Twelfth Night, but many modern American celebrants have shifted this to Halloween. While the Wild Hunt lore of Germanic and Scandinavian cultures is probably the most widely familiar, the Wild Hunt is equally integral to Gaelic and Gallic, Roman and Thracian, Carpathian, and Slavic traditions as well. Yuletide, Christmas, and Twelfth Night Processions such as Caroling, Calennig, Colinda, Koliada / Koleda, etc are all remnants of the Wild Hunt tradition found throughout Europe, and in rural parts of Europe still frequently include wearing masks and/or costumes that depict ancient ancestral spirits and totems of the mountain forests. Busójárás, the extraordinary Hungarian masked procession and festival that climaxes on Mardi Gras later in the Winter, is yet another excellent example of the Wild Hunt tradition.
Bonfires, lanterns, and candlelight are sacred customs for lighting the way of these ancient Wild Hunt processions.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Day 3 of 3 Part 2 of 2: How I Can Relate Better With Others

Day 3 of 3 Part 2 of 2: How I Can Relate Better With Others
Honestly I think that as I become consistent about Part 1 as I posted earlier that will help me feel a lot better about trying to develop relationships of any sort. The other aspect of handling relationships I have been struggling with is relating with other people more considerately and respectfully. Just because I care about and admire someone does NOT guarantee that I'm expressing that well, especially when I have not been feeling good about myself, so I must improve how I am handling this and be consistent about that. The following article is written in very easy to understand terms and generally addresses all of my concerns. Most of these guidelines are applicable to any type of personal relationship, be it family, friend, or lover, as well as how to treat oneself in a lot of ways. I have not consistently lived up to my end of these guidelines mostly because of how I have been feeling about myself, which I am responsible for improving. All the same, getting these principles clearly ingrained helps replace abusive patterns I was subjected to throughout my past with much healthier expressions and expectations. By Being True to Myself and Feeling Good about Me I am more likely to connect with people who are socially compatible with me in many important ways, not only in interests but also in values and even ways of processing information, bonding fondly, and being creative. Note that Compatible means Complimentary NOT 'identical'. Once those connections are being established, most of how to relate well throughout getting to know each other for however long in whatever ways is summed up clearly in this concise handy article, ...
How to Have a Healthy Relationship

Day 3 of 3 Part 1 of 2: What I Can and Must Do to Feel Good About Myself …

Day 3 of 3 Part 1 of 2: What I Can and Must Do to Feel Good About Myself …
At present I have no income / money or transportation. The days when I was being treated to explorations throughout this region are gone, which I will continue to be grateful for and miss a great deal for many reasons. While the area where I am currently living is ok enough, it provides little to none of the Natural and/or cultural resources that suit me. I am both unemployable and cut off from obtaining disability benefits due to lack of health care (including proper diagnostic procedures) for persons on state insurance along with several other reasons I have no control over and must simply accept aside from continuing to politically protest these issues along with millions of other people. Fortunately I am proud and content to be my Daughter's housekeeper, cook, grocery shopper, pet care provider, at home teacher's assistant, and classroom set up / tear down assistant, and am deeply grateful that she values my efforts and support so much while she pursues her intensely demanding career. Other teachers have commented that they wished they had the sort of help I provide, which also makes me proud and at the same time hopeful that they do actually get the support they need from someone asap. I am grateful to my Daughter every moment for allowing me to reside with her in this capacity. We have been through a lot and have worked hard together to create a peaceful, stable, supportive home life in very difficult circumstances. Any income I might ever earn from hereon out will have to come from my creative and/or spiritual pursuits, and would only be possibly in an environment I could move about in freely on my own, primarily as a pedestrian, such as eventually either living in or having regular access to a much more interesting and connected neighborhood or else a small town setting with a hub town cultural environment surrounded by Nature parks. There are too many internet issues well beyond the scope of my existence at this point to consider that a reliable venue in the future, and even at present really regarding more remote environments. Thus, my current home base and subsistence system is set as it is, and will not change unless my environment eventually changes.
My spiritual practices are consistently effective when I consistently adhere to them. My only conflict here has been directly related to my need to sort through my shit psychologically, especially in regards to my medical issues and the impact these issues have had on my sense of self – worth specifically in regards to relationships. I have allowed my frustrations and concerns to overwhelm me too much this year and that has been sabotaging the spiritual processes that would have been helping me heal if I had remained more focused on them instead. I must make more of an effort to balance the flow of my emotions with the focus of my psyche so that I remain clear enough more often than not about what I am experiencing, how I am experiencing it, and why I am experiencing it, so that I can accept and / or adapt how I am living accordingly. Once I have been consistently succeeding with this for some time, then I will feel qualified to be a spiritual adviser, herbalist, and perhaps even massage therapist again, but right now I need to prioritize self – work for that to become a reasonable and responsible role for me to reclaim in the future.
I still enjoy my creative pursuits such as photography hikes, singing (I should do this more), and dancing. I have recently begun dancing again. Dance has been integral to my identity since I was two years old. When I let go of dance I lost my grip on one of my primary anchors and sources of energy in this world. Music is my Native language which I communicate with first through my body and secondly with my voice. While I do not anticipate ever teaching professionally again or probably even performing, it is making a world of difference for me to dance again now for my own pleasure with no pressure regardless of my medical issues. If somehow dancing regularly does eventually heal me enough to be qualified again to take on some degree of professional responsibility as a dance instructor and / or performer again then I will consider how to do that best at that time. Regardless of any of that though, I must keep dancing as a regular part of my personal life no matter what. I have been writing a lot more this year, albeit nothing creative per se, which indicates that I do still have some physical ability to handle writing with a bit of frequency if not regularity. I almost had a story idea at one point this Autumn, but there's been nothing for it since, so if anything, all that is holding me back from creative writing again is a lack of inspiration, which will probably pass.

Today's Tarot Card and Horoscopes

My Coffee and Tarot Card this morning reads "Three of Wands (Virtue): Personal fortitude and strength of character. Accumulated power set in motion towards a distant goal. The initiation of an enduring partnership based on absolute trust. Honor maintained in a time of desperate struggle. Taking full responsibility for a decision, and bearing the solitude of leadership."
Here's everyone's horoscopes for today while Venus and Mercury are aligned in Sagittarius. Scroll down on that page to find yours.

Broken But Still Good.

Against all odds, getting sick is working wonders for my psyche. It was just what the witchdoctor ordered! My soul work for loving myself as much as I love others today emphasizes countering my fixation on what I could do in the past with focusing on what I can do here and now (when I'm not sick like I am at the moment like so many other folks, of course), realizing how my present capabilities can still contribute to quality of life, and then examine that realization to establish how I can still have a positive impact on others to counter my irrational sense of being a curse (which can only end up being a self-fulfilling prophecy that serves no purpose at all). My Inner Monster Motto for Today is a Quote from Stitch (in Lilo and Stitch): Broken but still Good.

Hunter - Dancer

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting a bit about the Constellation of Ophiuchus. Every year when the Sun transits the 9th sign of the Zodiac Sagittarius the Hunter / Huntress (e.g. Bendis, Dziewona, Artemis, Diana, etc.) as it is right now, the Sun is ALSO running along side what is traditionally thought of as the 13th sign of the Zodiac Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer, which has feminine representation as the Minoan Serpent Goddess in the Mediterranean Sea, the Angel Goddess Lilith found throughout all ancient Middle Eastern traditions, etc., and calls to my mind a simultaneously shamanic and sensual serpentine dance magic that lives on through Belly Dance today. The Hunter / Huntress and the (Serpent) Dancer are roles of primal power that predate civilization itself. Recognizing this dynamic combination within oneself establishes archetypology for Provider - Protector / Explorer - Investigator as compatible with Shaman - Healer / Sensualist - Initiator. The beautiful Shamanic image called 'Deer Woman' by Susan Seddon Boulet perfectly expresses the Celestial Combination of the Huntress – Serpent Bearer Goddess that the Sun is currently coursing with.
Here's a reminder regarding the important planetary alignment occurring today as well, which I posted Wednesday morning...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thank You, Inner Monster!

As far as being sick goes, I'm still Yuck. However, being forced to rest has helped me focus on my Inner Monster the way I'd mentioned hoping to this morning. I have been misunderstanding what's wrong with me, but now I get it. There were layers...
1. Initially there was a superficial fantasy of getting a whole lot healthier and more active again and that alone was enough to help me feel great about myself. Brattitude checked in with “The only thing that isn't sexy about you is you thinking you're not sexy”. That was all fun and cute but also Complete Bullshit.
2. Underneath that facade was the next layer of what triggers my 'desperate' reaction into lashing out and withdrawal. It's not just my medical issues getting worse this year or even how badly I had been treated in my marriage. It is very specifically that I feel like my medical issues have made every bad thing my ex-husband ever said about me actually come true at this point. I realized that I had managed to stand defiant for many years, knowing MOST of the time that I was truly smart, strong, and sexy, and that I did deserve better than the situation I was trapped in. I never doubted for a moment that I was a good person. But I've changed a lot since then, especially this year. I always took great pride in how capable I was, and now I feel like I'm hardly capable of anything especially by comparison. No matter what happened I always felt like I could rely on how fit I was mentally and physically to get through it and help get my loved one through it even more importantly, and that fitness combined with my thoroughly sensual perspective on Life was the source of feeling sexy about myself. But now that fitness is more diminished than I ever thought possible and my sensual perspective has dimmed accordingly.
3. The Bottom Layer and Base for what I'm struggling with so much at this point is that I feel like my medical issues are burying me alive and it could take anyone too close to me down too.  All this time I've been assuming I feel like I don't deserve to be loved and fear rejection but that's actually not what it is. What I actually feel like is that loving me in this condition would inevitably destroy that person. THAT is why I blame myself for everything even when it makes no sense to. THAT is why I lash out / push and then withdraw / pull away. I feel like anyone who loves me will end up being diminished too right along with me, so when things go wrong I want to protect them from me as much as possible even if that means complete isolation for me. I feel like I might be contagious somehow, like my presence is possibly toxic to everyone, not because of anything literal but because of how trying to deal with my condition has changed me so much and has had such a huge impact on loved ones who have tried to keep close to me. I have been way too sad way too often this year, which is understandable and perhaps not useless if I can use this grief somehow to channel me toward what I am capable of in Life now.
So I guess what I need to work on from here is understanding the boundaries of how my medical issues do and do not actually effect others realistically AND being more aware, accepting, and realistically hopeful about what I am still capable of. THANK YOU, INNER MONSTER!


Well it's looking like I've got the flu rather than just a cold so that sucks. I'm gonna check out until I'm through the worst of this. Ugh.

Today's Work ...

Alas I have fallen prey to that damn 'cold' virus that's going around. I'll be in Lilith's Cave with a blanket, a hot drink, and a couple of kitties so I can rest through this as much as possible while still continuing the soul work I need to focus on. In regards to my tendency to lash out and withdraw when feeling threatened and/or rejected by someone I love, while blaming myself for whatever is going on at the same time: I need to get clear about what I should and should not take personally before I act, and I need to accept that feeling helpless about someone's circumstances is not remedied by blaming myself for their problems, which makes no sense and actually only adds to their stress and mine. If someone is making a serious mistake and they refuse to hear me or let me help even when they've specifically asked for my support, I need to ascertain how much of that lack of respect, faith, and trust in me is an extension of that person's panic instead of assuming that their attitude during crisis is how they always feel toward me. I also need to admit that I have a difficult time consistently showing respect, faith, and trust in loved ones during crisis sometimes because I have a difficult time trying to maintain these three essentials in regards to myself when I am struggling. I have made irreparable mistakes over the years as most people do, and while it's understandable that adults who love each other would want to prevent that, it's probably more often than not more effective to prevent this by having faith in someone and trusting their process rather than typically trying to intervene (in non-violent situations). This means that first I have to have faith in myself and trust my process, even when I'm extremely frustrated and concerned. Thus, in the Spirit of Loving Myself as much as I Love Others as so wisely brought up by another earlier this week, today I am looking at how to show my Inner Monster Support through listening, consideration, and patience rather than direct intervention. I am also addressing ways to overcome that 'desperate' reaction that triggers a premature or even false sense of rejection that drives my cycle of lash out and withdrawal.

Madonna - Frozen

Finishing up with the Snow Theme,
today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany)
 I present an eerily elegant classic and old fav that
reaches my Inner Monster right now: Madonna - Frozen

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Inner Monster

In addition to enjoying some time dancing and walking each day this week, today I am looking closely at the ways I am abusive and toxic to others because of my own fears about being rejected. Everyone knows I was abused very badly in the past, especially in my marriage. I am only just over halfway through the expected length of recovering from that. I am terrified of ALL types of relationships, constantly struggle with feeling like I do not deserve love and can not be attractive in any way, especially now with my medical issues having gotten so bad. While there have been plenty of people who have been really shitty to me here, there have also been people who have tried to hang in here with me, and I have not given them my best at any point. For whatever it could possibly be worth, I am deeply grateful for that, and am trying to deeply examine how and why I lash out and isolate, and so consistently assume the worst when I am confused and afraid. I blame myself for everything that goes wrong with those I care about, and attack myself when I don't know how to help them or feel like they don't want my help, instead of allowing others to have the same space I need sometimes to just take a breath and process a bit before fully engaging. I am trying to have compassion toward my inner monster today, and gently address > adjust what I can about my attitude. This will take awhile. In the meantime, I am truly sorry for when I have hurt those I care about most, and do not even ask that anyone have faith in me that i really am continuing to recover even when I've been so awful like I have been this year especially.

Here's how my room looks now ...

Here's how my room looks now ...

Three Great Days for Soul Searching

Both Venus and (still retrograde) Mercury are moving toward their alignment this Friday in Sagittarius (where Saturn is about to climax), and later today the Moon will be joining Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio for about two and a half days (through that Venus - Mercury alignment). Thus, we are entering an approximately three day period that is great for digging deep into oneself, sorting out personal conflicts, clear honest communication for resolving relationship issues one way or another, and seriously examining home life and personal lifestyle toward much needed adjustments. This is a three day period of awareness, contemplation, communication, and possibly some choices, but not a lot of action, certainly no sweeping life changes yet (that will develop through the next three years while Saturn is in Capricorn starting December 19th). I plan to use this three day period of climactic soul searching wisely!


Continuing with the Snow Theme, today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge
(Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting Yuki-Onna.
This beautiful image of Yuki-Onna is by Cathy Delanssay.
Here is an excellent article about the Japanese folklore of Yuki-Onna.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Wabi Sabi Photos of Lake Pontchartrain Today

Being Wabi Sabi with the Lake today (aka Gettin' Wabi wid'it  :p  ) ...

The Snow Queen

Continuing with the Snow Theme, today for my Spooky Post
or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson.
The Snow Queen illustration by Elena Ringo

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Snow Maiden

Continuing with the Snow Theme, today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I present the Snow Maiden (Snegurochka), daughter of Spring the Beauty (Kostroma / Lada / Vesna)) and Grandfather Frost / Winter (Ded Moroz, ala Father Christmas / Saint Nicholas, whom Snegurochka accompanies for bestowing children with gifts). Snegurochka grows fond of a shepherd named Lel, but is unable to love him. Her mother takes pity on her and gives Snegurochka the ability to love. As soon as she truly falls in love though, the heat of her loving heart melts her away to nothing. This Russian fairy tale was made into a play The Snow Maiden by Aleksandr Ostrovsky, with incidental music by Tchaikovsky in 1873.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Beauty of Swamp Snow

Bayou-Diversity (9 December 2017 on Facebook) SWAMP SNOW:
Swamp snows don’t come often to Louisiana. Only during a rare conjugal visit of otherwise estranged weather gods, warm wet air from the gulf overrides a lingering cold front to produce moisture that morphs into hexagonal crystals. If the snow seeds are sufficiently fertile and the humidity high, flakes the size of dimes, nickels, or even the wings of bride moths float into the winter world of bald cypress trees, Spanish moss, and squealer ducks. Almost always the temperature is marginal, the apparition fleeting as a persistent sun sweeps clean the spell in a cruel shower of snowmelt. It is best to visit a snowed swamp soon while the sky is still leaden, to eschew the garish glare in favor of shadowless hues, subtle and natural.
Tree bark and slough water provide contrast for the whiteness. Willow oaks have coarse, dark-roast coffee bark; the skin of cypress is furrowed russet. All things botanical, apart from the vertical, wear ermine mantles, especially the logs on their journeys back to earth. Members of the wetland arboretum appear to doze and transpire slowly under their insulating blankets. The water is translucent black, and cold as liquid water can be. It is swamp blood sustained now with snowflakes as well as raindrops. As molecules flowing across the gills of widow skimmer dragonfly larvae they are not discernible. Pumped through xylem eighty feet up to the highest twigs of an overcup oak in order to nurture an acorn, it matters not what form they entered the swamp. Here contrast is absorbed.
Louisiana swamp snows bear other gifts in the shape of anomalies. Orb spiders in their webs snare snowflakes instead of mosquitoes. In the frigid water wood ducks preen, cavort, and squeal in anthropomorphic displays of delight. Emerald mosses go about their subtropical business of procreation, and fish crows fly over without ever uttering a word. They know that all traces of the day’s conjuration will vanish on the morrow.
(Adapted from Bayou-Diversity: Nature & People in the Louisiana Bayou Country, LSU Press)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

While Friday's lovely Louisiana snow is still fresh in our hearts and minds,
today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany)
I am presenting a beautiful poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Spirit of Mary

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting this Nativity Image I photographed back in December 2014. I love that Mary looks like a Spirit whom the Baby is happy to see. I have enjoyed old fashioned ghost stories for a long time, especially from Japan, where a mother's love for her child transcends mortality and ancestral grandmother figures lovingly look after their descendants long after death.

My New Haiku: The Wild Irises

The Wild Irises
Are waiting to bloom again
Once Winter passes.
~ Mihoshiryu Senninë
(©2017 Irina-Sofia Albamare
All Rights Reserved.)

Friday, December 8, 2017

I keep going ...

I am at this intermediate stage of recovery right now and today it's been going rather poorly so far. Mostly I feel hopeless and TOO sad, but I keep going ...
'Collect positive counterweights. You may feel as if you were abused because you are unattractive, uninteresting or unworthy, but this is not true. You were abused because somebody cruel chose to treat you badly.
    Right now, write down a list of times in your life that you felt confident, satisfied, and happy. What are your biggest successes? What have you done right?
    Whenever you find yourself feeling unworthy because of the false messages your abuser gave you, use your lists of positive memories to counteract your negative feelings.
    At this stage, you have to actively remind yourself that you do have lots of good qualities and you do deserve to be treated properly.'

Mars enters Scorpio tonight

WARNING lol: Mars begins its transit through Scorpio tonight which will last through 26 January 2018. This is combined with Jupiter's current and notably longer transit through Scorpio. Every personal, private, domestic, deep, intense, and/or hidden conflict one can think of should surface (yikes!) and thus could be resolved (yay!) either during or resulting from this period. Most folks are probably going to feel a bit defensive and vindictive while sorting through all this stuff. There's going to be a lot of deep dark primal energy on the rise, providing for at least the start of much needed long term life changes, especially with Saturn transiting Capricorn beginning with 19 December 2017. I wish us all the best through this Winter! Cheers!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kaleo - Way Down We Go

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting a continuation of the Winter Reckoning theme sharing Kaleo - Way Down We Go lyrics on a winter image on YouTube ...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Feast of Saint Nicholas

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas, which falls on December 6th(today) in most of Western Europe and December 19th in most of Eastern Europe. Throughout Europe, Saint Nicholas typically slips in like a Spirit in the Long Dark Night, leaving gifts that either reward the 'good' or punish the 'bad', recalling ancient roots in the Coming of Winter as a Time of Reckoning. Additionally it is common for Saint Nicholas to be accompanied and assisted by either Angels and/or Elves in this work, as well as Devils, especially Krampus, a Demonized version of the ancient pagan Horned Lord Who Guards the Forests and the Old Ways, and would punish any deviant with death. In many ways, traditionally December 6th the Feast of Saint Nicholas is a Day of Judgment on each of our souls, forcing us to face ourselves and deal with the consequences of our actions for better or worse. Here's the Wiki Quickie about this day ...

Monday, December 4, 2017

Saturn in December 2017: From Sagittarius to Capricorn

With the Sun, Venus, and RETROGRADE Mercury all currently in Sagittarius, the impact of Sagittarius is pervasive right now. SATURN is also STILL in Sagittarius. For those of us who have felt like Saturn has been transiting Sagittarius FOREVER, here's what that has actually looked like, and it's just about to end FINALLY.
Part1: Saturn into Sagittarius 20 December 2014 to 14 June 2015
Ret. to Scorpio briefly: Saturn back into Scorpio 14 June to 18 September 2015
Part 2: Saturn into Sagittarius 18 September to 19 December 2017
Saturn in Sagittarius provides a window of opportunity for a Deep Thorough Overhaul of Personal Truth, Knowledge and Learning, Ideals and Aspirations, as well as a significant shedding of bad influences, pivotal losses that require hard choices in order to set one's life in order, having to face one's worst fears, and having core beliefs challenged step by step along this rough journey of discovery and transformation. This period will finally come to an end 19 December 2017, the cusp between Sagittarius and Capricorn completing with the Winter Solstice on the 21st.
Saturn will transit Capricorn afterward from then until 17 December 2020, which will feel EVEN LONGER than the Sagittarius transit, Saturn in Capricorn will be a Journey of facing reality and using what one has learned to overcome many difficult challenges that should result in maturation and development of wisdom when dealt with honestly and fully, requires living in the present and carving everything down to the true essence and purpose of one's life, minimalism as a key to personal accountability, atonement, and responsible freedom, replacing blame with actual inner strength, the deep rough work of overcoming anger issues, controlling behaviors, and overwhelming depression by embracing reality rather than focusing on fantasies and related would be 'goals', and forces us to reveal and live one's most authentic self at all costs. Success during the Saturn transit of Capricorn demands integrity, discipline, patience, and perseverance, and is primarily a very slow and solitary process. Walk, Do Yoga. Be reliable and trustworthy to the select few relationships you do hold onto through this process. And expect to have to make many if not all those changes during this period that were envisioned during the course of Saturn in Sagittarius that is finalizing in just over two weeks from now.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Today's Full 'Super' Moon in Gemini

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am presenting this wonderful image of a full moon, wintery trees, and dark lone wolf ...
in the article about today's Super Moon in the Old Farmer,s Almanac (founded in 1792)
Mercury also goes retrograde in Sagittarius for the next 3 weeks, challenging the positive influence of the Sun and Venus currently adventuring Sagittarius as well.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

My Portraits

I have completely refreshed My Portraits (nearly all from 2015 through 2017), which can be found here

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

Today for my Spooky Post or Share Challenge (Part 2 through Epiphany) I am
presenting an image photographed by Bill Cooper of the ballet dancer Michael Berkin
portraying the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and Darren Goldsmith as Scrooge
in 'A Christmas Carol'.

Friday, December 1, 2017

A Reintroduction of the English Christmas Ghost Story Tradition

In order to help inspire others to now join me for Part Two (through Epiphany) of my Spooky Post or Share Challenge [At least one post per WEEK on any day(s) of the week presenting Late Autumn > Winter Holiday related material, such as images, poetry, stories, audio video, etc., that refrains from being explicitly traumatizing (aim for mostly harmless and charming even)], here are links to a few articles, stories, etc. online to reintroduce the English Christmas Ghost Story Tradition.

A Ghost Story for Christmas – Britain’s Scary Holiday Tradition
by Kyle Anderson on December 24, 2015 Nerdist

Haunted Christmas: Bring back the tradition of Christmas ghost stories
by Robert Gore-Langton Dec 22, 2016 Express (UK)

Christmas Ghost Stories: A history of seasonal spine-chillers
by  Keith Lee Morris Monday 21 December 2015 19:03 GMT Independent (UK)

CHRISTMAS SPIRITS - The Origins of Ghost Stories at Christmas

Ghosts on the Nog by Colin Fleming December 19, 2014 The Paris Review
This article explains the great English tradition of Christmas ghost stories
and then links to a few English ghost stories online for free such as ...

Between the Lights by E. F. Benson (1912)

The Kit-Bag by Algernon Blackwood (1908)

Christmas Re-union by Sir Andrew Caldecott (1912)

A Ghost Story for Christmas is a strand of annual British short television films
broadcast on BBC One between 1971 and 1978, and revived in 2005 on BBC Four.

Venus in Sagittarius

My Daughter Katana and I finished up the Venus Transit through Scorpio watching the brilliant Third Season of 'Broadchurch' on Netflix this week. Today Venus begin its Transit through Sagittarius, generally inspiring creativity, romance, and adventure, while Mercury goes Retrograde in Sagittarius for Three Weeks starting with the Full 'Super' Moon in Gemini this coming Sunday 3 December which could make for some strange surprises, abrupt accidents, and freaky funkyttudes. Venus in Sagittarius is a great time to figure out needed changes for self > life improvement such as soul searching through a vision quest, a walkabout, an immram or an odyssey, while the Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius should provide the twists, turns, bumps, and bruises required to make one grow along the Journey.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Spooky Post or Share Challenge Part Two Begins

I have decided that the Eve of the Feast of Saint Andrew is an excellent time to start Part Two (through Epiphany) of my Spooky Post or Share Challenge. The Rules for Part Two are: At least one post per WEEK on any day(s) of the week presenting Spooky Late Autumn > Winter Holiday related material that refrains from being explicitly traumatizing (aim for mostly harmless and charming even). I begin with this image of Christmas Tree Lights in an Old Oak Tree at Night that I photographed back on 4 December 2010, which I have used details from MANY times over the years since particularly the swirly celestial - like 'Dancing Dragon' I see to the upper left.

Fearful and Shy

Despite how forward, direct, and confident I can be about non – romantic issues in general, my Romantic Attachment Style is Fearful and Shy with a 92% Avoidance Score, which directly corresponds with my preference to be alone and celibate despite my interest in and capacity for great sexual enjoyment rather than to allow myself to be hurt and a 78.5% Anxiety Score rooted in the consistent precedence of being perpetually threatened and routinely hurt deeply across a broad spectrum of abuse types every time I have attempted to be in a romantic relationship. I have been surrounded by men socially throughout my life, most of whom have been intelligent, skilled, affluent, charming, and popular, and yet have also been blatantly misogynistic in their double standard absolute dominance and control, addiction to collecting women as conquests and potential / fantasy conquests, sadism (psychological and/or physical) and rape (ranging between degradation and/or duress submission to direct brutality), gaslighting and invalidation (regardless of whether or not they are misinformed or misunderstand something even at great risk to themselves), and/or slander / libel, replacing genuine intimacy with obsessive infatuation at best (thereby eliminating any chance at real love), while many of those men have additionally been pedophiles (which includes the rampant sexual exploitation of adolescent girls within its spectrum). Actually acting out on any of these fantasies is only possible because these fantasies are sustained in the first place and even openly supported socially. Everyone is accountable for the thoughts and feelings we sustain because these are the driving force for everything we actually do. Sexually abusive behavior has been consistently and simultaneously denied and pandered to by nearly all of the women I have ever known or even observed, including women who do alternately try to confront this pervasive social crisis even if only by limited or ultimately self – sabotaging means, because men indisputably have complete control over the basic aspects of women's socio – economic survival, including women who 'support themselves' by living and working 'independently' in an illusionary sense while actually still just trying to survive within a society under complete male control in reality. Women who are mothers additionally have to balance the safety and well being of their children within this context of placating men in order to survive. None of these issues have ever been limited to any particular ethnicity. The extremely rare men who do legitimately fight (rather than pretending to in order to get laid) against the male oppression of women also become targets themselves at their own risk and the risk of their loved ones. I have experienced all aspects of this larger social crisis throughout my personal life, which has usually overridden any natural instinct toward getting involved with anyone to any degree, and there is no feasible resolution in sight on any level in my life or any other woman's life I am aware of. This is in addition to my medical issues and related survival challenges. Because of all of this, I very rationally regard myself as almost always both unable and unwilling to be available for any sort of romantic (including erotic) interaction > involvement with a 99.9% certainty, and at the same time I refuse to ever limit the enjoyment of my own sexuality within the context of what has been an almost exclusively celibate adult life (including when I was in a prolonged marriage). The only time I have been a 'crazy bitch' to men is when I have refused to cooperate with their typically inevitable defensive power trips in combination with having self – sabotagingly allowed myself to care about them (either in a platonic or romantic capacity) in the first place. I am not perfect and obviously subject to plenty of criticism, especially from myself, but I am NOT to Blame for any of these issues, and no amount of social scapegoating changes this Truth.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New Vermont?

Apparently I am best suited to live in Vermont, which is certainly beautiful in all my preferred ways. However, once Climate Change transitions from Global Warming to the next Mini Ice Age, Arkansas, which is also gorgeous, will be the New Vermont. Arkansas will probably even be shaped a lot like Vermont is now lol I probably shouldn't laugh about this too much. My Daughter consistently gets California, of course, meaning Northern California from hence we came, which will end up just like Southern and Southeastern Louisiana only with former mountain tops as islands when sea levels rise to their anticipated maximum. It is likely that our current position will simply remain the same until we are driven by Nature to Northern Louisiana or perhaps eventually even Arkansas > New Vermont ;) In the meantime, I continue to encourage folks to Overcome Pollution, which is turning the already intense but mostly survivable (by at least half) Natural Cycle of Climate Change into the Modern Human – made Disaster of Apocalyptic Proportions Version of 'Climate Change' we are currently facing that is entirely caused by Greed, Laziness, Willful Ignorance, and Overpopulation.


According to the Meyers-Briggs Test I have completed this morning, I am now an INTJ, which is a significant shift for me from where I had strayed to last year back to what I think is much more true to my nature. Having read the description below, I do think this is actually very accurate as to where I am currently at and continuing on with. There are many elements of this description that remind me of positions and achievements I have been proud of in the past, as well as comfort preferences and creative processes that I have come to consistently rely on whenever feasible.
My Meyers-Briggs Results 29 November 2017: INTJ
[Introvert(38%)  iNtuitive(31%)  Thinking(34%)  Judging(25%)]
To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of "definiteness", of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise -- and INTJs can have several -- they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don't know.
INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type: INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion "Does it work?" to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.
INTJs are known as the "Systems Builders" of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be "slacking," including superiors, will lose their respect -- and will generally be made aware of this; INTJs have also been known to take it upon themselves to implement critical decisions without consulting their supervisors or co-workers. On the other hand, they do tend to be scrupulous and even-handed about recognizing the individual contributions that have gone into a project, and have a gift for seizing opportunities which others might not even notice.
In the broadest terms, what INTJs "do" tends to be what they "know". Typical INTJ career choices are in the sciences and engineering, but they can be found wherever a combination of intellect and incisiveness are required (e.g., law, some areas of academia). INTJs can rise to management positions when they are willing to invest time in marketing their abilities as well as enhancing them, and (whether for the sake of ambition or the desire for privacy) many also find it useful to learn to simulate some degree of surface conformism in order to mask their inherent unconventionality.
Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ's Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations.
This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. :-) This sometimes results in a peculiar naivete', paralleling that of many Fs -- only instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.
Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to "work at" a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.


My Coffee and Tarot Card this morning reads 'Six of Cups (Pleasure): simple pleasures, fond memories, play, a sense of youthfulness and sexual innocence, gentle kindness, harmony of natural forces without effort or strain'.
Yesterday my Daughter's desperately needed new glasses were ready for pick up after only a week instead of a month. An important package arrived at home on time too yesterday, rather than being delayed at least a day as anticipated. Last night and this morning I have suddenly stopped having constant tension and frequent harsh cramping in my pelvis for the first time in weeks. I am deeply grateful for this sudden good karma, and suspect it might stem from the choices I've been making recently to reconfigure my life, however challenging, to be better aligned with what I feel in my core is true, fair, and ultimately less selfish and more supportive in general, even if that might not be apparent on the initial surface. This morning I feel Clean for the first time in many months, indicating that I am finally getting on track in my Soul, which is presently doing my body more good than all the physical efforts I've made this year put together.
A Summary of my I Ching reading this morning is Hexagram 11 Flow ('Flow. Small goes, great comes. Good fortune, creating success.') > Hexagram 8 Seeking Union ('Seeking union, good fortune. At the origin of oracle consultation, From the source, ever-flowing constancy. No mistake. Not at rest, coming on all sides. For the latecomer, pitfall.') …
Flow: This is a time to create harmony with the greater flow, letting its energy pour into creative manifestation, as a river flows down into a fertile valley. Pettiness is swept away, and the way opens for free communication. Great things become possible. The true scale of things is revealed, dwarfing your smaller concerns. You sense the powers that surge through your life, and know how far beyond your control they are – yet you can enter into true relationship with them and participate in Flow.
Seeking Union: Get to know where you're coming from. When you find the source, you can flow perpetually out from there towards the right choices and connections. Such self- examination is not a mistake; it's the best way to avoid mistakes. It gives you and your relationships the authenticity of water, which flows together on the earth without changing its nature. Seeking Union is natural, but not without stress. Singleness of purpose attracts restlessness (from within and without); demands are made on you from all directions at once. Not all the people or all the feelings that appear will be helpful (such as 'late comers', meaning procrastinators and those who remain partially or wholly non-committal).

Monday, November 27, 2017

Our Alternate Altar for the 2017 Holiday Season

The Reusable Tree had to be taken down and put away because Naome kept trying to eat it. Plus, Baby Groot is now living in my Daughter Katana's classroom until coming back home for Winter Break, which begins on December 21st. So, here are two images of how I've arranged our Alternate Altar for the 2017 Holiday Season. (Note: The three stockings in the first of these two images are for Whimble and Naome the Cats, and Super Bluey the Fish who normally lives in Katana's classroom but comes home during holidays and extended breaks.)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Japanese Garden in New Orleans City Park

Yakumo Nihon Teien A Japanese Garden For New Orleans (in City Park Botanical Garden)

Unknown History of Japanese in Louisiana

I'm looking forward to when this book is available! Greg Robinson presents 'Unknown History of Japanese in Louisiana'

Examples of Stylish Design and Natural Beauty at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park

Lake Fausse Pointe State Park  is a place I want to experience very much as soon as possible. I enjoy the aesthetic of the cabin and pavilion designs, which I think are an elegantly modest version of the evolving Southern and Southeastern Louisiana Style I have been currently posting about. The following photographs are NOT my shots, but rather linked images online, and most (but not all) of these come from this website:

I also LOVE scenic natural beauty, of course, such as shown in this exquisite linked image online (not mine) …

Regarding Cajun-Japanese Fusion in Material Culture, Folklore, and More (Revised)

With my previous post as examples of how this Fusion is evolving as the new Southern and Southeastern Louisiana Style, I am hereby reposting a revised version of my article from 2016: Regarding Cajun-Japanese Fusion in Material Culture, Folklore, and More (just over 2 pages in .pdf format)

The Evolving Style of SOLA and SELA

I love this evolving style for Southern and Southeastern Louisiana!
Tour Raising Cane’s CEO Todd Graves’ Treehouse
Palmetto paradise: Rigsby and Sarah Frederick’s exotic hideaway

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Wilderness Survival and Natural Living in Southern and Southeastern Louisiana

I have completely reformatted (for better accessibility) and revised my former publications regarding wilderness survival and natural living to be specifically suited to the environment of Southern and Southeastern Louisiana, which I have now published as a new, less lengthy, and much more detailed and accurate article titled 'Wilderness Survival and Natural Living in Southern and Southeastern Louisiana' (13 pages in .pdf format) available for free at

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Cheers! to those of us who are Thankful for Native Americans, Great Food, Loved Ones, Home, and Nature EVERYDAY.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

This Holiday Season 2017 - 2018 Has Begun!

The Sun entering Sagittarius today (21 November 2017) begins the Late Autumn half of this Holiday Season, which my Daughter Katana and I have begun with our humble home altar for the Spirit of Groot and Grootmas, as well as a little e-card I digitally crafted (see below) from the Original 'Grootirith' Image by Gabartist. These images are the start of this Holiday Season's photo album.

A Little 'Reminder'

Just a heads up: My Facebook account was used by someone else to <3 a post of my Daughter's as well as other people's posts last night while I was NOT logged into my FB account. This happens occasionally, such as when I have been making political posts again, and while it typically does no direct harm to anyone per se, it is a harassment > threat 'reminder' to me, especially when combined with other indicators. Right now I'm being reminded about what happened to me in October, my previous laptop, and my concerns for those I care about by extension when I had been making numerous political posts, especially about health care and pollution. This week I've been showing adamant support for Genuine Progress in Louisiana that actually out does a lot of big bright Blue States so far against all odds. Anyway, I just thought I should let folks know my account was hijacked again last night and I'm being shut up again. I hope to be able to post some fun happy stuff later. Cheers.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Women as Louisiana's New Leaders

The Fight is ON! This is a GREAT example of why I still have Hope and Faith in Louisiana! Despite and even DISpite the stereotyping and hype, there are huge genuinely progressive strides being taken right now in this state even at great risk during worsening circumstances. Deep down Louisiana knows it is NOT too late and that we are worth fighting for! The three largest cities in Louisiana now have three female mayors: Sharon Weston Broome (Baton Rouge), LaToya Cantrell (New Orleans), and Ollie Tyler (Shreveport), all Democrat Leaders in a 'Red State'. All three are the First African - American Women to be elected mayor of their cities. Louisiana has a right to be very proud of this and stay inspired to keep moving forward!

Sunday, November 19, 2017