Daily Archives: July 16, 2016

Oh Ataturk’s Turkey, Being Sacrificed by Erdogan!

IMG_6647IMG_6616IMG_6655IMG_6665IMG_6667As you may have heard, the Turkish army staged a coup against the current government. Before anyone condemns their actions, believe me, it was the right thing to do. More’s the pity that it didn’t succeed. Disappointed beyond measure that the Turkish coup failed. The coup would have been the best thing to happen to Turkey since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk! Erdogan is a dictator and megalomaniacal destroyer of Turkey, he’s already undone their constitution. It’s awful what he’s doing to the most modern Muslim state in the world 😦 My relatives in Istanbul are saying that Erdogan staged the whole coup to get even more power and clamp down further on human and civil rights in Turkey. I certainly wouldn’t put it past him! As it is, Turkey, under Erdogan, has one of the worst human rights records in the world. My mother in law, a grande dame of the Ataturk period, calls herself a daughter of Ataturk, is dismayed beyond measure at the deplorable current state of Turkey, which this Erdogan is directly responsible for. It is because of his opening Turkey’s borders in both directions, East and West that IS was able to form, he allowed that. He has imprisoned any journalist who dares say one word against him. He water cannoned, tear gassed and shot peaceful protesters with rubber bullets in Gezi Park. He has shredded the constitution, which the intelligent elite wrote at the time of Ataturk. He has built himself a $615 million mansion, he thinks he is the new Sultan, and all the while he is taking Turkey backwards in time. He is just another third world dictator, out to get whatever he can for himself, dismantling the great state that the amazing genius, Ataturk had fashioned together. It is really disgusting and a pity!

The intellectually elite were the framers of the constitution in 1776, and so have many of the American presidents been, therefore right from the inception of the US, we have been ruled by highly intelligent people. What’s happening in Turkey is what happens when the intellectually elite are not the ruling class of a country, this is what will happen to the US if Trump, anything but intellectually elite, gets elected. A horrifying thought.

Easy Livin’ in the South Bay

Today I have the privilege of being a guest blogger for Jason, otherwise known as a Opinionated Man. For the month of July he has opened his blog for Project-H, which stands for Project Home. Project-H allows bloggers to open their lives and their homes to readers from around the world. I had a little […]

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Gorked Puppy


No, she’s not dead…just had her morning walkies, breakfast, and now…notice the green ball in her mouth, which serves as her pacifier….she’s taking her midmorning nap as she digests her delicious dog food.  What a life!



In the continuing effort to make my apartment a spiritual and creative Haven, I’m concentrating on my bedroom this summer.  I fixed up and painted an old dresser when I first moved in.  Now that I have my Dad’s nice chest of drawers, that pretty piece of crap got carted to Goodwill.  I also pruned a ton of esoteric reading from my Past Life, so another falling-apart bookcase will soon go as well.  And the old magazine rack/end tables I used as night stands are also on their way out.

Journals Purged

Five Years of Journals

I tossed my spiral notebook journals yesterday.  I had thought I would use some of the pages as art background, but I realized there was too much pain, misery and confusion captured there.  Why would I use something so disheartening in an activity that brings me such joy?

Journaling is a process for me, a way to See the lies my brain tells me and to release the emotional steam in my physical pressure cooker.  I don’t need to keep the details of my day—I won’t remember them.  Electroshock created a tidy black hole where my memory used to be.  Eventually, everything slides over the Event Horizon.  I was given the gift of living in the moment.

So when I read about my past, I can’t connect to the words.  At best, a fuzzy snippet, a dream-like shadow, might dislodge from the Void.  It’s enough to remind me of what I’ve lost.  And, again, why would I do that to myself?

So, into the dumpster they went.

I’m pulling everything off my bedroom walls, cleaning and patching holes.  Soon, I’ll paint, then shampoo the carpet.  I found a sweet cabinet and a set of night stands at Ikea that will boost the feminine, dreamy quality I’m creating.

Crucible posterOf course, my Romance Wall will be reconfigured as will all my Pretend Boyfriends.

I knew I needed a peaceful, calming image across from the bed, and found the perfect piece when my friend, Robert, posted some of his new photographs.  A large print of Blue Astor is forthcoming.


I’m looking forward to making my bedroom as clean, efficient and lovely as the rest of my apartment.  In the meantime, I have all these books to get rid of.  Below is the list.  If you’re interested in any of them, leave your address in a comment (it won’t go public), and I’ll send the books you want.  No charge except for postage.  If I have to buy a box or other packaging, I’ll add that to the postage cost and stick a note inside.

I know you guys are readers, so help a girl out, will you?

Books Free to a Good Home

  1. A Treasury of the World’s Best Loved Poems (no editor listed. Avenel Books, a division of Crown)
  2. Almaas, A.H., Diamond Heart, Book One
  3. Andrews, Ted, Sacred Sounds: Transformation through Music and Word
  4. Armstrong, Karen, A History of God
  5. Bennett, J.G., Deeper Man
  6. Berendt, Joachim-Ernst, The World is Sound: Nada Brahma
  7. Broch, Janice & Veronica MacLer, Seasonal Dance: How to Celebrate the Pagan Year
  8. Cameron, Julia, The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart
  9. Walking in This World: The Practical Art of Creativity
  10. Cooper, J.C., The Aquarian Dictionary of Festivals
  11. Dacyczyn, Amy, The Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle
  12. Dahlke, Rudiger, Mandalas of the World: A Meditating and Painting Guide
  13. Damasio, Antonio, The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness
  14. Dawkins, Richard, The Selfish Gene
  15. Dickinson, Emily, Final Harvest
  16. Estes, Clarissa Pinkola, Women Who Run With the Wolves
  17. Farrar, Janet and Stewart, A Witches Bible Complete
  18. Ferguson, Diana, The Magickal Year: A Pagan Perspective on the Natural World
  19. Ganim, Barbara, Art and Healing: Using Expressive Art to Heal Your Body, Mind and Spirit
  20. Gass, Robert, Chanting: Discovering Spirit in Sound
  21. Gearhart, Sally and Susan Rennie, A Feminist Tarot
  22. George, David L., Ed., The Family Book of Best Loved Poems
  23. Gibran, Kahil, The Prophet
  24. Halpern, Steven, Sound Health: The Music and Sounds that Make Us Whole
  25. Keyes, Laurel Elizabeth, Toning: The Creative Power of the Voice
  26. Knight, Gareth, The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend
  27. Kramer, Gregory, Insight Dialogue
  28. Le Mee, Katherine, Chant 
  29. Linden, Eugene, The Parrot’s Lament: And Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence and Ingenuity
  30. Mehl-Madrona, Lewis, Coyote Medicine
  31. Moore, Thomas, Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship
  32. Murdock, Maureen, The Heroine’s Journey
  33. Pearsall, Paul, The Heart’s Code
  34. Pearson, Carol, Awakening the Heroes Within
  35. Phelps, Lilith, Teresa McMillian and Barbara With, Diaries of a Psychic Sorority: Talking with the Angels
  36. Rilke, Rainer Maria, Selected Poems
  37. Rinpoche, Sogyal, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
  38. Robbins, Rossell Hope, Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demons
  39. Ruiz, Don Miguel, The Mastery of Love
  40. —The Voice of Knowledge
  41. —The Four Agreements Companion Book
  42. Rumi, The Essential Rumi (translation by Coleman Barks)
  43. Silverstein, Shel, The Giving Tree
  44. Stewart, R.J., Celtic Myths, Celtic Legends
  45. Tart, Charles, Waking Up
  46. —Living the Mindful Life
  47. Thich Nhat Hanh, Teachings on Love
  48. —Present Moment Wonderful Moment
  49. —Peace is Every Step
  50. Vaughn, Frances, The Inward Arc