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Dear Monday

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Image: Leonardo Da Vinci 

Dear Monday,

So we meet again.  For too long I have wanted to kick your ass.  Then it occurred to me that perhaps it is not your fault that you show up when you do,  You feel like the longest day of the week, like you are 3 whole days stuffed into one.  You come complete with work left over from Friday, sleep deprivation, and a stack of days to follow that pale in comparison to the demands you make.  The day of bad drivers, all too early alarm clocks, and the inevitable: oh crap, I didn’t do laundry what do I wear today.

So, Monday,  when I say I’d like to kick your ass, what I really mean is that I would like to play you like a finely tuned instrument and I’d like for you to operate as a well oiled machine precise, seamless, and efficient.   For me to obtain such mastery of the Monday I have left my Monday morning self  a series of  small gifts: an outfit is picked out, lunch prepared, perhaps an early bedtime from the night prior and a mostly written blog post.


The Benevolent Sunday Night Self

PS:  To avoid this sort of unpleasantness in the future I intend to work on Saturday and rename you Sunday.


The Quotable Comedian

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You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.


What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.


No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.


Okra is the closest thing to nylon I’ve ever eaten. It’s like they bred cotton with a green bean. Okra, tastes like snot. The more you cook it, the more it turns into string.


When in doubt, go for the dick joke.


RIP Robin Williams.  You will be missed.  Deepest condolences to your family.

If you love it…

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Image: Eric Nez

A couple weeks ago I had a dream (sounds boring already). I dreamt that I was at a yoga class with two friends, it was a new yoga class, in a place, that I hadn’t been to before. It sort of looked like the YMCA that I belonged to while in college.

At some point one of my friends turns to me and says. “if you love it, they will make sure you are able to do it.” Now, I don’t particularly LOVE yoga and I’m not sure who THEY are? However, it is very exciting to think that my dream world and my daytime world is conspiring to have me do something I love (something physical, artistic, disciplined)!

Awesome… right?

Two weeks later it’s about to be a  Supermoon, meaning that it’s closer and brighter than usual, in Aquarius . The Sun in Leo is about personal creativity, dignified, rules the heart and spine (read: standing up for that which you love). The Moon opposite in Aquarius is unique, intellectual, humanitarian concerned with the collective. A simplified version of this polarity might look like doing something you love, unique to you, for the benefit of others….

Maybe “THEY” are Aquarians?

Links to Full Moon in Aquarius Reading

Mystic Medusa


Cosmic Intelligence Agency♒02/

Mystic Mama

Stargazing Travel Destinations

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In the midst of a travel daydream…

When I was a kid, in the summertime, one of the favorite past-times was watching the stars. It allowed me to stay up much past dark with my grandparents. We had no telescope but loved it just the same. Occasionally I suggested counting the stars, to no avail.

As an adult, I am still fascinated with the night sky and I still don’t own a telescope (one of these days). If I were to combine the night sky with travel (a couple of my favorite things) I might wind up in a few of these locations:


Prague: To see the Astronomical Clock. This clock fascinates me it’s not specifically the night sky (hope to have more to say about the astronomical clock other than I want one).

Chile: Apparently is the place to go for observatories and astro-tourism

Alaska: The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis


7 Places for top notch star gazing

The 10 best observatories in the world

My Slightly Obsessive Hobby

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Thanks, Franz, for being so encouraging!

So maybe 2 years ago I developed the (slightly) obsessive hobby of studying astrology.  I’ve been reading my horoscope since I was old enough to read and by a stroke of good luck, fortune, fate or any other thing you want to call it, I met a colleague in the workplace and among her multitude of gifts she also happened to study astrology and  I was able to pick her brain tirelessly to what probably bordered on an irritating extent.  With that said, this is my first astrology blog and, the list below are links to sites I follow most regularly.  It is by no means a complete list and doesn’t include the countless sites I’ve looked at and have been unable to find or keep track of since then.

What are your obsessive hobbies? Or favorite astrology sites?

Here’s a little astrology appetizer. Enjoy!


Astrodienst- great site to look up charts and store charts for free. Lots of free horoscope options.  Can see where the current planets are at any given time and look at the charts of celebrities.

Can see where the planets are at any given time and the angles between planets.  No interpretation here.

Mystic Medusa is an Australian writer.  Fun pictures, a regular writer.  She keeps me laughing.

Moon specific astrology and rituals.

The Astro Twins out of NYC.

Cafe Astrology is often the first place I send people when they want to read an interpretation of their chart.  Free charts with interpretation.

Rob Brezsny was probably the second horoscope column that I followed on a regular basis.

Chinese astrology.  Works with a 5 Element perspective.

More Chinese astrology.

Horoscopes, readings and information on decans and asteroids!!

Austin Coppock is and astrologer, writer, blogger, speaker.  I enjoy his writing enormously.  He just finished a book on the 36 decans.



thought-box revisited

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Image: Getting Lost in a Thought by Trevor Rodrigues

Yesterday it occurred to me, wouldn’t it be great to have a blog where I can put all my ramblings and writings? A place for astrology, tarot, recipes, storytelling, travel, notes to self, quotes, occasional health tips, my favorite things, new obsessions and musings to all co-exist in one place?

Then the reasonable voice inside my head said “you have that, use the though-box blog.”

The name thought-box does imply that level of flexibility.  Why not repurpose this blog?

While you are at it avoid diluting your writing to please other people and write frequently! OK?

Did I really just agree to that?

Then it was like a chicken was trying to hatch itself out of my head, pecking and pecking. The irritability persisted. No peace until it’s done. Must go write!

Thought-box, you may now consider yourself a multipurpose blog!!




Image:  Thoughts of Magic Queen

Have you talked to YOUR parent about safe sex?

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Have you talked to your parent about safe sex?

If not, Jacki Gethner will. Jacki Gethner (LMT, Certified Drug and alcohol Councilor and Reiki Master) has been hard at work as a HIV/AIDS educator with a specific focus on women who are over the age of 50 whose lives have been effected by HIV or AIDS.

Why, should I think about this?

Currently, women over 50 represent the fastest rate of growth in new cases of HIV and  reported cases of syphilis and chlamydia  among people ages 55 and up have increased 43 percent from 2005 to 2009.   Some of the reasons behind this: people are living longer and healthier lives which has included the advent of Viagra and other sex-enhancing medications.  Additionally, safer-sex information hasn’t been targeted to the over 50 group.  Thus their condom usage is lower.

While it may be unpleasant to think about this conversation with our parents, as healing practitioners, we should consider this conversation with our patients or clients and inform them with age appropriate health information.


The Body

Jacki Gethner

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Association of HIV Over Fifty

National Institute on Aging Information Center