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My Friend

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Journey with me,
Through this life
Touching not hands
But hearts

No words,
Just a melody
Of unspoken thoughts
Truths we know

For love
Is not measured
By words
Nor even deeds

It is measured
In the essence
Of connected
Souls.

On My Mind

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I should be in bed...the hour is late and the morning comes quickly...but alas...just a few more minutes before the quiet darkness of the bedroom gives the mind too much time to think. Too much time to ponder the whys, the whats, the how comes, and all the other questions that honestly there are no answers for.

For it is in the stillness, when the gentle hand of darkness lulls the earth to rest that troublesome thoughts seem to gain more power than they possess in the light of day...for the mind can wander down paths that are best avoided. Lurking there along the worn trail are doubt, anger, sadness, regret, indecision, and any number of little monsters hoping to snare the weary traveler.

Such paths should be avoided, underfoot the ground is hard and damp with tears and overgrown with vines of worry. To travel such paths is to become ensnared by them...to ramble along uncertain of direction, speed, or destination. To long for an end to the journey but even as the feet grow weary the mi…

Word for the Week: Kaleidoscope

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Hey Readers...I thought it might be interesting every Saturday or Sunday....to pick a word for the week...oh ho ho....this is not a word to reflect on for the coming week...but rather a descriptive word...to sort of sum up the week just lived during this wild and crazy journey called life..!!!

As you can see the word for the Week is Kaleidoscope...yep that's right....I was gonna use D-R-A-M-A.....but then I opted for a more colorful word...lol...get it...kaleiscope=colorful!!! The week I am referring to is actually a tadbit over a week...it started back on Saturday March 21st with our little adventure in drink making...yep...what you see pictured above is a Denutter...a colorful drink with quite a punch to it. Let's see if I can get our "secret" recipe right...hmmm....1 shot of vodka, one shot of rum, one shot of tequilla, one shot of ameretto, one shot of (secret ingredient) and some sweet and sour mix. This original lovely blue drink is actually very tasty and very …

My Song List for Life Right Now

Here's a little list of songs...just for fun...describing life right now...hmmmm...I'll let you guess...they aren't all about me...just about life around me....work, home, and play...LOL...some may involve me, friends, or hmmmm lets see....some "not so much" friends...


Take This Job and Shove It
It's Five Oclock Somewhere
Since You've Been Gone
Bad Bad Leroy Brown (think female version)
I've Got Friends in Low Places
Jose Curevo
I Will Survive
Refried Dreams
Family Tradition
Career SuicideI love that last one...Career Suicide.....now that's F-U-N-N-Y!!!

That Other World

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Moonlight,
Soft reflections
Of the other world,
Hidden behind mist
and twilight.

Rhapsodic song,
Tunes of things
Unknown, unheard
Mystic melodies transform
Mundane into magical.

Lingering dewdrops
Beneath feet,
Dancing lightly on the trail
New discovery
Speaks of old wisdom.

Seek visions,
Inspiration,
Pure potential,
Harmony & truth
The soul sings.

A Bucket List

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My daughter Kelsey has started several blogs but I wanted to share with you the one called Kelsey's Bucket List. This is an idea I am assuming based on the idea behind the movie of the same title. Lists of things you would like to do before you die.

Above you see the header of her blog...LOVE the picture...seasons changing and blending one into the other. I have way too many blogs or I'd be tempted to start a bucket list myself...maybe I'll add one over at Just Ginger! LOL

I'm sure Kelsey would love for you to leave a comment about her list or perhaps suggesting some things she might want to consider adding....the more ideas ...the better for a wonderful adventure-filled life!!!Anyway I just wanted to share the idea because I think it is a fun blog type and also because writing down our dreams and marking them off has a certain power to actually MAKE them come true!

Journey Updates

I'll be doing the Shades of Green drawing this weekend and letting the lucky winner know!! So stay tuned!I have lots of pics that need to be put up so those will be coming to Ginger's Journey soon.I'm not planning on another drawing until Christmas in July....so relax and enjoy reading and look forward to a nice Christmas assortment in July!I only got one poem up in February so I still am planning to put up more...never fear

Being a Dragonfly!

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Hello Ginger's Journey readers.....

Today I'm tired...with lots to do and no real desire to do it...lol...I'm home after the first day back after spring break! But when I'm tired by head is filled with random thoughts...and so it is today...when the mind still spins while the body wants rest...

I've been thinking about The Journey...this journey that we embark on at birth....nay most likely even BEFORE birth...the journey through life....some days...some times.... in our lives glide by like butterflies in the sunshine...seamless days of wonder and delight...And then others make us feel bruised...like we are riding in a lifeboat, battered by high winds and waves on the open sea. Those are the times when all we can do is cling to the side and hope not to capsize.

And yet if we can just make it through...the journey will continue and the waves will settle and life will move forward...it might be awhile before we feel like the butterfly again....oh come on....we may NEVER…

Why I Love Summer

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The truth is ....all my life I have had the "gift of summer". What I mean by this is that most summers I have time off from my regular job. Oh there were many summers where I taught summer school for extra money. But most years I had the awesome freedom of days without schedules, alarms, and responsibilities. Oh true, there are usually summer projects but still over all I have been able to enjoy the relaxed days of summer in many ways just like in childhood....where the last bell of the school year would sound and you were FREE, FREE, FREE for a whole three months....now honestly for me it is more like 6 weeks but hey...I'll take what I can get. So in truth...people may love the sunny days, and the warm weather, and the green grass, and vacations....but ME....what I love is the gift of time that the summer bestows upon me....Time to just sit....time to read, time to sort things out in my mind...time to putter around without the stress of all the obligations that come wit…

Remembering Our January Journey 09

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Dancing to the Cupid Shuffle and any ole song! We were trying to work off all those calories from the wine, chips, dips, and other assorted goodies! And yes we do realize that our PJ bottoms do not match our shirts...and guess what...we just don't care....that is the joy of friendship...accepting each other, supporting each other, and not judging!!!
Ummmm...Kelsey is laughing at my dance moves....but REMEMBER...DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING!!!

Okay we all had a lot of fun laughing at each other while we did the Cupid Shuffle....if you have never tried this little dance...you should...its a ton of fun! And the laughter was GREAT!!!! Part of the joy of January Journey was hanging out with friends and supporting each other on this journey through life....it has to have laughter...or the soul cannot survive!!! We also enjoyed the hot tub, pool, watching movies that were popular during different people's high school days, and looking at year books....hence the journey part...it was…

Inspire Cards

Need something to inspire you? Like to inspire others? Read about creating a deck of Inspire Cards over at my blog: Just Ginger. I am trying to give each blog it's own "personality" LOL...so

Ginger's Journey is more like my journal or diary...a little of this or that or whatever pops into my head at the moment. Sometimes inspirational, sometimes, wild & crazy, sometimes fluff, sometimes deep thoughts...lol

Just Ginger is inspirational, celebrate me and Just Ginger projects....along with anything else focused on personal growth and life goals.

Faery Dust & Faery Kisses: Is all things faery....fairy gardens, fairy crafts, poetry, faery cards, faery folklore, etc.

Month by Month: organizational and household tips and ideas.

Rudolph Day, Great Pumpkin Day, Hippity Hoppity, and Turkey Day: are each about the specific holidays they embody.

I hope this makes it easier for you to find the blogs that best fit your reading needs!!! Enjoy!

Ghost Hunt #2

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Here's a picture of our group for Ghost Hunt #2. I simply must get back here and write up a description...but if you are VERY curious....you can visit Kelsey's blog....called The Eye of the Tiger and read her post with a description of our adventures that night!

Thoughts about Nothing in Particular

Well...here's a little post about nothing in particular....lol....go figure. I'm going to have to get busy if I ever hope to catch up to Perez Hilton...hmmmm.

Strange events have taken to occuring around here lately...like dark figures chasing people in cemetaries late at night...or maybe like comments on myspace disappearing....or even...cards that disappear and then turn up again.

Time is in a time warp....traveling fast when we want it to slow down...and crawling by when we want it to speed up...Time and age are sort of like that other dimension...you know the one I wrote about a while back where I felt like something was speeding toward me....hmmm....did I write about that here? Or in my daily e-newsletter called The Saga...well anyway I transgress...I am talking about this uncanny feeling of something hurtling toward me....just outside my realm of consciousness or sight...just existing there on the edge of the here and now...I proposed that it was another me...in another di…

Focus for the Day: Tobaira of the Waters

Well today's focus is brought to us by Tobaira of the Waters. Let me start out by saying that this is the first focus card that has presented reversed. I'm not sure if when focusing we are to look at the reverse of the card or both. With the other cards even though they presented right side up, I sort of wove all aspects of the card into our reflections and so I will do that also but just felt inclined to mention the reversed status.

Tobaira of the Waters is a healing faery. She presides over the healing powers present in water. We have all heard of the Fountain of Youth...well there are other supposedly magical water sources also. There are wells and other places that bestow healing, skills, or wisdom on people. For example the Hippocrene fountain in Mount Helicon gives one great poetic skills. One drink and the drinker acheives a certain level of poetic skill, another brings more and a third allows the person to be at a poetic "high". Tobaria and other healing faer…

Late Night Ramblings

It's late.....I should be in bed...instead I'm sitting here at the computer wondering...about a lot of things...nothing life altering...just "stuff".
Like why sometimes no matter how kind we are to others...in the end it all turns out about the same.Like why the easiest things in life sometimes turn out to be the hardestWhy friendship at times seems more give than takeWhy the way we are is more important inside ourselves than to anyone else.Like when is time going to slow down a bit and let me catch my breathLike why is wondering about stuff "strange" to some peopleLike is my mind or heart the most important thing to keep open?Like when is tomorrow more important than today.You know....just stuff like that....stuff that takes us in a circle and brings us back to where we started.

Todays Focus: The Un Dressing of a Salad

And you thought the name of yesterday's character brought a smile. The Undressing of a Salad is one of the cards in the Faeries Oracle created by Brian Froud and with text from the book written by Jessica Macbeth....so since I'm not sure if there is an archetype present here or not I will write a bit about the card itself so we can get a bit of insight and then I'm off to check the internet for similar symbols...remember it is not the name that is important but rather the insight or philosophy of life that the card brings us.

To create a salad various things must be brought into play and combined to create a tasty dish but how does one "undress a salad?" That is exactly the point...and while it might seem impossible ....is it? On this card we have quite a few remarkable images coming into play. We have Adroito, the Faery of Doing Impossible Things and he is balancing orbs. He is also called the Faery of Being Impossible (hmmmm some people don't need any help w…

Times and Fads and Upside Downs

Well went to the mall shopping with dear daughter Kelsey today and I was doubly amused....while looking at jewelry...I started noticing lots of leather, peace signs, and other "hippie" like pieces. Of course Kels was liking them and I told her...we finally had the "same" taste cause all of the pieces reminded me of my old high school days...LOL. Had to pick up a couple things for myself as well.

Then when I started looking at some of the clothes out there for the spring and summer....wow...that one beach cover up looked an awful lot like the old "peasant dresses" that were all the rage in the 70s. Not that's I'd dare wear any of those wild prints now days but they are sure out there....just waiting for a new generation to fall in love with them!

I felt like I was Alice in Wonderland and I had just fallen down the rabbit hole...time was flipped upside down and all the old was now new again! It was quite an adventure...who needs a time machine...just…

Focus of the Day: The Pook

Okay...don't laugh...the focus for the day is embodied in The Pook, or shape shifter. Today we reflect on words such as paradox and resolution. We also think about the "good in the bad" and the "bad in the good". For everything under the sun has a dual nature or the possiblities of good and bad. Our paradoxes and confusions are self created and the Pook just dresses them up a bit to confuse us. The Pook is against rigid mind sets and in his own (often maddening way) encourages us to develop inquiring minds. His challenge is for us to "wake up" (The Faeries Oracle text by Jessica MacBeth, copyright 2000) You can read more about the Faeries Oracle at Faery Wisdom or World of Froud.

The Pook, is simply the name that is given to this archetype in the Faeries Oracle but this concept or archetype is present in other cultures, religions, and lore from around the world. On a worldly realm....the shape shifter is present in many screenplays...that character th…

The Green Woman

I find it a bit interesting that yesterday's focus was the Dark Lady and today's is the Green Woman...perhaps the universe is trying to tell me to focus on the beauty and strength of being female...hmmm...not sure but The Green Woman is also an archetype....however finding her counterparts throughout the world is proving to be slightly more difficult than the Dark Lady. But today I will share with you what I am discovering.

The words associated with the Green Woman are wildness, expectant gratitude, natural magic and untrammeled creativity. The Green Woman dances naked whereever she wants. She is unencumbered by what you think of her because she is confident in her worth because of her life and experiences. She shows us how to release the constraints of artificial rules and limitations. She reminds us of the power of growth and the importance of perserverance and patience. She symbolizes a time for developing talents and for self confidence. (The Faeries Oracle Text by Jessica …

Check Out

My wonderful daughter Kelsey's new blog....Eye of the Tiger ....she has amazing insights into life for one so...well young....but maybe some people have "wise spirits" regardless of their age.

Kelsey is new to blogging. She is an Education major (secondary English) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Kelsey is "the baby" in the family and has a delightful sense of humor with a kind heart and caring nature. I hope you'll take a minute to check out her new blog...its so much more fun to blog when you know SOMEONE is reading it...

The Dark Lady

Today's focus is to ponder the meaning and message of The Dark Lady....hmmm...the most widely known reference to the Dark Lady is Shakespeare's Sonnets....and perhaps Cher's song of the same name. While these are common references they may or may not have anything to do with the true essence of The Dark Lady. How then did the archetype come into being and what is its "true" nature?

Drawing from memory and inner thoughts without reading...I pulled forth what is perhaps typical of beliefs about the Dark Lady...a temptress, representing passion, desires, and impulsive behavior.....imagine my surprise then when I discovered that this "symbolic image" has only minimal connections to such things.

One interpretation of The Dark Lady is that she is the keeper of all thoughts and ideas and the guardian of the unborn. She holds the dreams and ideas that have not yet sprung forth in us. She is with us in the darkest of nights and guides us through passings whether t…

Focus of the Day....a message

Today's message has to do with the nagging thoughts of things left undone...those little pangs of guilt about accomplishing the things we need to do and marking them OFF the list...heck just even make the list to start with.

Furthermore the message says things cannot possible go right when we have so many things left undone...so TAKE CARE of business and movement forward can start!!!

It reminds me of how much energy I waste avoiding doing things or putting them off....so much energy is FREED once things are set into motion....so off the computer I'm getting and BACK to work on things around the house!!

Focus of the Day

I have always tried to include a daily word or inspirational quote in a little daily newsletter I send out my email every day to a dozen or so friends....I call the newsletter THE SAGA...and each daily edition has it's own name....Monday's Musings, Tuesday Tidbits, Wild & Wacky Wednesday, Thursday Therapy, and Friday Frolics. But recently I started trying to pull a daily card or saying to use as MY focus for the day...

Today's focus was endings, closure, starting over....well most people here know my beliefs about endings....they never happen without a new beginning...and yet why is it so hard to contemplate endings....to really wrap our arms and our minds around endings....to embrace the thought of endings...

I suppose first and foremost is our dread or fear of the unknown...no matter what we have...be it a job, a relationship or some other aspect of our lives....at least we KNOW it....to let go of it offers up a whole new set of possible problems...ones we may be unfam…

It Strikes Me

That new readers to Ginger's Journey....might think that I'm a bit mad with all the talk of Faerie Folk and Ghost Hunts....FEAR not....I am sane....ummmm or at least I'm not dangerous! LOL...the whole faerie saga...goes way back to childhood and several journeys in life where I have been inspired by faerie folklore and art work...Oh yes....and did I mention I have a Fairy Tattoo ? I just got it in November...! Not to mention that my two favorite months of the year are June and October....always have been...but only recently have I discovered that these are two prime times when the veil between the fairy world and the human world is at its thinnest.

Now the whole ghost hunt thing is a totally different saga...and you might be enlightened by reading the posts that are under the label of The Farm. These describe growing up on a haunted farm and why I do think there are plenty of things in this world that we do not and can not understand. Some of us just started talking about…

Pre Ghost Hunt Details

This past Sunday....my logistics expert and myself...went on a pre-ghost hunt tour to check out the places we will be visiting on our 2nd Ghost Hunt....Two very old very rural cemeteries and a haunted bridge. Nothing in the lore about the two cemeteries but well...they are old and I am sure there are stories...LOL. The bridge is the location of where a headless, armless, legless torso was discovered. The remainder of the victim was ground up and feed to pigs...YIKES....not a pretty thought....and I am sure it qualifies as a TRAMATIC death....so lore has it that you can sometimes see the head floating in the area along the bridge and river below.

Also on the trip over we will re-visit the cemetery where we experienced the shadow figure walking among the old graves and the knocking on the shed that caused our frantic scrambling back into the vehicle. And then on our return trip we will again venture around the old bluff road and hope to spot the Hounds of Hell roaming on the hillside or…

Shades of Green Giveaway

Don't forget it's March...which means we are having a Shades of Green Giveaway here at Ginger's Journey....between now and St. Patrick's Day post comments either using the blogger comment feature or on the little message board. For every comment you will have your name entered in a drawing for a bunch of GREEN stuff!!! Good luck!