Sunday, November 29, 2009
1. My life is amazing because I have the most amazing friends. I have a friend about to be deployed (2nd time) and her courage and faith in life is amazing...I have a friend who has raised a lovely daughter by herself, a friend in Mexico that makes me smile, a friend that can fall in the bushes and not spill her drink, a friend that faces hardship but never gives up....and on and on...there are too many to list...and each one carries me through life with laughter, and joy, and tears sometimes. I have young friends (to revive my spirit)....old friends...(to keep me in line)....in between friends (to keep me on the edge)....I love that all my friends flavor my life in such unexpected ways.
2. My life is amazing because I have the most amazing family...okay...a little crazy but still pretty amazing. Family that loves you even when you say crazy stuff....family that jumps in the car to shop WALGREENS and MICHAELS on Thanksgiving evening. Family that joins me for MT, holidays, and are always up for an "adventure"...be it The Best Mary Kay party ever...or Boo Bash or the Summer Bash.....or a good Ghost Hunt....or a whole day of playing Mexican Train Dominoes. I have the cutest little red headed boy that makes my heart dance also!!!
3. My life is pretty amazing because I have a career that allows me the honor of hearing other people's stories. A work place with some pretty amazing co-workers. The luxury of being in the same work place over a long period of time without being laid off, cut or fired. Well....hmmm....fired almost...LOL....just kidding.
4. My life is pretty amazing because God has given me the personality and the ability to focus on the good in life. The resilience to bounce back from some pretty hard times. The intelligence to learn from mistakes (well most of the time).
5. My life is pretty amazing because I can find adventure in ANYTHING....well just about. I enjoy so many aspects of life that each day is a new adventure...some big...some small....some only an adventure by accident...but still. I love that I have a wide range of interests..ghost hunting, writing, oracle cards, other cultures, cooking (hmmm), stories of life, mysteries, animal guides, holiday entertaining, moon lore, faeries, travel, sports, reading, blogging, ....etc. etc. etc.
6. My life is pretty amazing because I have traveled to the ocean many times and hope to again. Yes the ocean is the most beautiful sight in the world. It brings me such inner peace and total relaxation. I have been blessed to see the ocean in Australia, in Jamacia, in New Zealand, in Texas, in California, in Virginia, in Florida, in North Carolina, in Hawaii, and probably a few other places I'm forgetting to list. The ocean is amazing and to see it is also...many people never have the pleasure....so yes....my life is pretty amazing.
7. My life is pretty amazing because I am a Story Collector....yes collecting the stories of life makes my own life pretty amazing. The other day Kelsey said that I ask dumb questions...lol...about things none one else is really interested in....but in the questions the story unfolds...the more details...the more colorful and elaborate the story...the more connected to the person whose story it is....We in today's world have lost the art of listening, absorbing others energy through their life stories, each one defining who we are as we travel through life. It's pretty amazing when people "let you into their worlds"...and I am so thankful for the stories I have heard, tales of joy, tales of woe, tales of laughter or suspense...
Well....there you go...my amazing life....where I might whine and complain and even snarl a bit...but all in all....it's pretty amazing!!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Like scratched records
Second time around
A skipping song
Across the bed
@ G.Schenck 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
- I've been thinking about people and what motivates their behavior and honestly....the only time I think about that is when their behavior is annoying, frustrating, unbelievably stupid, insensitive, or irrational.....or perhaps some other things...but you get the point...usually something with a negative connotation.
- I've been thinking about clutter...yes clutter...lol....REAL clutter and how it sucks the life out of us, EMOTIONAL CLUTTER and how its probably the hardest to get rid of, MIND clutter and how we juggle so much stuff in our heads...it gets overwhelming...
- I've been thinking about legends and lore and how most of the time there's some level of truth to them...it's just sorting out what is what. Stories handed down through the ages are the most colorful and thought provoking.
- I've been thinking about what's fair and what's not and how sometimes...just sometimes our whole lives come down to just one decision, one word, one choice, one moment woven in time...that changes or impacts our whole sense of direction, that colors everything that comes after it, and erases all that comes before it. But also about how seriously we TAKE everything....years from now things that filled our minds and hearts will just be tiny dust particles of the past...and we will wonder why they consumed so much of our lives and times...when later they lack importance at all.
So ponder those for a bit...I'm off to work and I'm sure there will plenty more to think about later..
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
On the road leading up to The Tunnel there are two low water bridges. Low water bridges are simply slabs of concrete poured in the creek and when the water's low they serve as bridges, when the waters high....well good luck. The second one is pretty close to the tunnel itself. On this particular night, several teens were crossing the second bridge and gasped when they looked up to see a person in a dark robe standing directly in front of the car. He reached out a hand and put it on the hood of the car. Where upon the car immediately died. As they frantically tried to start the car they were astonished to look back up and find the man gone as quickly as he had appeared...the car started and they left in a hurry. Frightened by a real person or a ghost, the adventure for the night was over.
I'll be collecting more first hand accounts of things that happened in the dark of the night on a dead end road where train whistles sound in the distance but there's never a train in sight...or even tales of daytime looks that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck and make you question exactly where does spooky stuff dwell in the daytime. I hope you are enjoying The Tunnel series and I'd love to hear your comments!!!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
In the photo above...we are actually coming back out of The Tunnel...we managed to make it all the way through and take a look at the other side despite the weird noises and a couple of unusual things. There's some water in the tunnel varying depths but nothing too deep. and the floor is extremely uneven and pitted in places. As soon as we stepped inside the tunnel we heard the roaring noise...I'll call it a roar but that doesn't quite explain it. Sound like a train far far off in the distance...but don't get me wrong the sound was loud enough to be heard clearly and it lasted for at least five minutes the first time so not a quick occurance. We paused and listened for a bit and I kept checking because I thought perhaps it was a car on the gravel but no one ever showed up in a vehicle or otherwise...
As we made our way through The Tunnel, we heard several metallic tings...of unknown origin and nothing metal at all inside the tunnel or as far as the eye could see outside the tunnel. We paused and snapped a few pictures of the writings and such inside the tunnel and then made our way almost all the way through when the next weird thing happened. As we neared the end of the tunnel...on the far side...about ten to twenty feet before we were outside the tunnel....my camera batteries stopped working...the camera went dead and the dead battery flashed. I didn't really think much of it, at that exact moment and we stepped outside. I turned the camera off and waited to see if I could get enough "juice" to take a couple shots of that end of the tunnel. I was able to do so by turning the camera off between shots and waiting several minutes.
Then we headed back through the tunnel. As we got to the end we wanted a couple more shots. and then suddenly there was a loud metallic tinging noise. Looking back at the far end I could see something blowing about, not round like a can but small and flat like a leaf, seems unlikely the metallic sound came from that object. The roaring noise also started again. Also during a couple of the pics, some movement at the far end drew my nieces attention and she could see through the camera a sort of shadow or misty movement. Without the camera ....nothing. I find it interesting that the dead camera occurred at the end of the tunnel where the tinging seemed to be coming from and which now showed some unusual mist or shadows. In fact almost exactly at the same spot.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Hmmm....shall I take a deck or two with me?..yes...yes I think the Alice cards will do nicely...and maybe hmmmm.....I'm not sure...perhaps Wild Wisdom of the Faeries. We are heading to El Jimadors tonight.. the ORIGINAL location of MT....lately we have been rotating to different spots.
We need to compare notes for our NEXT night time ghost hunt....November 13th....Friday the 13th....YIKES. I'm not sure I'm up for it...last time was a little too much excitement for me. I'm sure there will plenty of other things to talk about also....
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Follow your heart....yes I know that's only half of the motto but it's the part that resonates with me. I believe it truly and I also believe that about 90-95% of people fail to do just that. So we have suicide rates skyrocketing, an enormous percentage of people diagnosed with depression, and tons of just plain old unhappy people...BUT on the flip side we have a whole bunch of people that warp the motto and use it as a "reason" to do whatever they want, whenever they want...with no regard for other people's rights, needs, feelings, etc.
Follow your heart is more about knowing yourself, both your good aspects and your shadow aspects. It's about getting to know the different parts of Y-O-U. and accepting them and using them in constructive positive ways. It's about trusting your instincts, standing up for your own needs, nurturing your soul, really listening to the callings in your life, seeking to follow the path you are meant to travel, and enjoying life fully without guilt.
Now without guilt doesn't mean walking all over people in the process. It means give up on the "shoulds" and the "should haves" and all the dwelling on past mistakes and yearning to be perfect. You aren't perfect and neither am I...But it also means...it's okay to dream and follow those dreams, its fine to enjoy yourself even if that means saying no to other people sometimes, get to know yourself...and love yourself!
If you like weird topics...like being interested in moon lore, playing with cards, preparing for Christmas all year, writing blogs, and other such oddities....don't let anyone tell you it's not okay....LOL. So Ginger's Journey readers....its okay to be different, unique, odd, unusual, whatever term people want to throw around....as long as you...follow your heart!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I've a bit of an interest in lore involving the moon and full moons in particular...I've read a tad here and there but not intensively...and not with a deep astrology base...I get lost in all that....this is just a little personal interest in the moon and stories, lore, history, beliefs etc about the moon.
Pretty common knowledge that things are suppose to go "crazy on a full moon"...some call it lore but many of us...live it out in our daily lives...there is some energy involving a full moon...that brings out a bit of looniness...if not full blowen insanity...!!! If you think about it on a simple common sense level....it makes sense....if the moon can affect the OCEANS...entire bodies of water...why mightn't they have influence on a mere human being who is made up of 65-90% water in the cells of the human body?
The November Full Moon goes by many names...The Beaver Moon, The Sassafras Moon, The Frost Moon, The Trading Moon, The White Moon (Chinese), The Dark Moon (Celtic) and The Snow Moon....I'm sure there are others and each comes with either a common sense reason (Native American Names) 0r a story or cultural reason for the name.
It is interesting to note that the influence or the energy of a full moon extends to a few days before to a few days after....some note it as three days before, the day of, and then three days after....so one full week. Some believe that each full moon is a different source of energy or a time for meditation or reflection about certain aspects of life and personal growth. November is noted for a time of letting go of those things that need to be released and holding on to those things that are worthy of our attention.
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