Full Moon today

On July 8th at 9:06 PM PT, the full moon will bloom at 17° of Capricorn. Sitting within a degree of Pluto, the deity of the underworld, this full moon is aiming to take us on a journey. One that asks us to purge what cannot support us in the long-run. One that asks us to acknowledge the systems and the structures that cannot support the weight of our potential. On that asks us to accept the difficulties in our lives so that we can be part of discovering the solution to it.

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Message from the Universe… again

Lately, my messages from the universe have been kinda blahhhhh. I will read them and then delete. But every once in a while, one hits home and this one did…

Contrary to popular thinking, Shari, being worthy isn’t something you earn, it’s something you recognize.

And once you do, you won’t be able to think, speak, or behave in any other way than as if what you most wanted was meant to be.

You were born worthy,
The Universe



4th of July Pledge

The Pledge of Allegiance to Each Other

We the people are committed to our neighbors next door and miles away. We pledge to one another to live into a visionary American story of unity in diversity, and hope over fear.

To myself:
I pledge to love myself so that I might better love my neighbor.

To my neighbors:
I pledge to meet you at the table of community in which we can all thrive.

To those around the table:
I pledge to listen deeply to understand where your story intersects with and diverges from mine.

To each other:
We commit the time and energy needed to create a greater future. I will walk beside you, knowing that we may not get there quickly but we will get there together.


This 4th of July, do you pledge to stand with each other? To listen deeply and walk alongside one another — even in moments where we disagree?

Take the pledge for this 4th of July and beyond

Summary for June

On June 1, I started a new regime. I was going to re-start my 14 Secrets practice of doing a collage a day (except for Sunday), and make more blog posts here.

Success! I have made 27 collages during the 30 days of June so that was good! and I have made 19 blog posts in June. So. both of those are good things.

watercolor ink flow background grunge texture

I was also going to try to exercise more, which I have done, but not to the degree that I wanted to. We have started our annual Water Aerobics in the pool, but my schedule has only let we work out or lead the class for a few times. And I have not been able to do regular exercise without pulling a muscle! Oh well… there has been some progress.

And I have made progress on the “manual” (i.e. non-digital) art front. I am enrolled in three different on-line art classes (the Continuing Metamorph with Erin Faith Allen

{which I have not been able to rejoin…}, a free Retreat with Amber Bonnici, and Ordered Chaos with Dina Wakley) and have another one with Erin Faith Allen that starts in late August. So the manual art front is looking good!

I have rejoined the writing group at the Senior Center and so my writing practice is starting up again. Bridge continues, at an accelerated pace…

June was a success all around!

This week…

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Lunar News June 24, 2017

  • Waxing Half Moon in Libra the 30th
  • Chiron goes retrograde in Pisces the 30th
  • Moon moves through:
    Cancer / Leo / Virgo
Libra wants to be fair. It’s time to weave relationship between healthy equals, to see another’s perspective and balance opposing needs. The Libra Moon encourages sweetness, beauty, gentle comfort and the peace of social justice…. 
Pisces reminds us to hibernate, to renew our wells with rest, introspection, feed our fertile imagination, and create safety for our sensitivity and intuition. The energy level is low, but sensitive and aware; we process and gestate our dreams for the year ahead….
…old Cancerian family and nationalistic patterns can get triggered, old wounds can feel newly raw with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars, line up in domestic, protective Cancer this week, all underlined as Mars squares Jupiter, trines Neptune, conjuncts Mercury and approaches an opposition to Pluto….
This conga dance with Mars give us extra energy to do what needs to be done but can also instigate a defensive, aggressive edge wherever we feel our ordinary rights to live a safe, healthy life are endangered… every time the patterns from the past raise their head, we have a chance to shift it and change the story. Cool the temper and use this wisely, we have work to do. Don’t just get mad, make a difference; help change the paradigm.

13 Reasons Why

I ended up binge watching this on Friday and Saturday.

I had a family tragedy which made this series very hard to start watching… the suicide of my 13 year old great-niece, and I was just not able to start watching.

I finished up the latest season of House of Cards, which I have watched since it’s inception. Scary stuff, and very time sensitive… So that left 13 Reasons Why on the Netflix horizon.

But I was unable to watch 13 Reasons Why. I was afraid it would be sensationalized, or too lurid. Friday night I started the first episode, and finished up on Saturday night. It is not something that I could binge watch non-stop, but I still felt that I needed to intersperse some lighter stuff (Master Chef and Chopped) in between.

All in all, I thought that the series was very well done, and not sensational. But it did show the anguish of the last few minutes of life must be to a suicide. And that was VERY hard to watch, most especially with my personal connection. I certainly would not recommend that my sister or niece watch the show but if you can distance yourself from the act, the series is a very enlightening look at being a teen in our current society and how the constant drip of our stressful and connected life can suddenly push someone over the edge.

Quite a media Month

I celebrated Father’s Day with my son and his family. We had delicious smoked spare ribs and then as usual we watched a movie.

This week, David had recorded “The Big Chill”, a classic from the 80’s. It starred Glen Close, Kevin Kline, and about 6 other up and coming artists, before they were so up and coming. It is a bittersweet story about college roommates who gather for the funeral of a classmate who killed himself. Great movie and I really enjoyed introducing David and Amanda to it. BUT I just realized it was about Suicide! Can’t believe that the connection eluded me until I started this post.

And as usual, I sat down on Wednesday night to get my weekly dose of “The Handmaids Tale” only to discover that the season was over… Hopefully it will not be a year before they bring it back. “The Handmaids Tale” is a semi-post apocalyptic tale which is very popular now, in the vein of 1984. A chilling preview perhaps??

Then on Friday night, the local democratic women hosted a showing of “All the Presidents Men” with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman (along with some now dead Big Names Jason Robards, Jack Warden, Hal Holbrook – who may still be alive??, Martin Balsam and Ned Beatty) I was really struck by how the movie, beyond it’s obvious political implications, was a time capsule. The first thing that hit me was how young all the actors were (see my note about now dead Big Names above). Also a rotary phone with the distinctive noise that the dial pad made, typewriters and carbon paper and that each phone was hooked to a wall or wired to a wall! . AND the absence of the surveillance that has become such a part of our current, everyday lives. There were not cameras everywhere (it would be VERY difficult to meet Deep Throat in the shadowy, murky garage now without being tracked by about a dozen cameras!). There were no clandestine recordings {except in the White House of course…}, no email, no voicemail and only rudimentary printers and faxes. AND NO GOOGLE! The lengths that Woodward had to go to to find a phone number was mind anboggling and searches they had to make were involved and time consuming.

I am also reluctantly, slowly working my way through “Thirteen Reasons Why” on Netflix and just finished “House of Cards”.

And all of these movies make me believe that Truth Will Triumph.. in the end.