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An Apology Versus Amends for FOSSIL!!!
Posted:Jan 11, 2018 10:24 pm
Last Updated:Jan 13, 2018 3:06 am
My life as a long time 12 Stepper dictates that I take the High Road. The longer I have been on this road, the narrower the path gets. This is not always easy because frequently the low road seems so much more interesting.

Recently, there has been much ado about apologies being owed on this site. Sometimes an apology will suffice. However, there are other times when " I’m sorry" will not do. This is where amends comes into .

It is counterproductive to make an apology and continue the same behavior that caused the harm in the first place. It is like putting on a band aid and peeling the ab of the wound before it can heal. An Amends is the better option.

An amends is recognizing and taking responsibility for our rew-ups. It is taking action to fix it. It is not my place to take some else's inventory.

The Dubious Normies can act silly as they please without consequences or perhaps they deal with the consequences better or they really don't care about the consequences. Whatever!!! It can be like going into a bar as a teetotaler and watching the drunks make azzzzzes out of themselves. It's a source of amusement.

I certainly don't have to apologize my political choices, the causes that I support or the football team that I cheer for. Nevertheless, when I compare some with opposing viewpoints to a crossdressing tango dancer with an ar·thri·tic azzzzzzz, that is NOT taking the High Road. The motivation of Tit for Tat is not a valid excuse either.

Dang! Sometimes that Low Road seems so much fun but taking the High Road is better than the alternative.

Florida and A Different Prospective of the 12th House
Posted:Jan 9, 2018 7:17 pm
Last Updated:Jan 10, 2018 12:19 pm
I love getting on the train and travelling to new adventures but I have learned that there is always a higher purpose for the journeys. I don't always understand why until I get further down the road. I made a trip to Washington DC shortly after Grumpy's Death. I stayed at the William Penn House and ran the War Memorials to honor my Father. I have since made several trips to Washington DC with a Higher Purpose.

I took the train to Baltimore, Maryland to visit Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary where Grumpy's ancestor Cardinal James Gibbons resided. I lit a candle in front of the Archangel Michael to honor Grumpy.

So, Why Florida???? My first thought was Tampa, Florida. My second great grandmother - Mary Isabelle Manning Willett is buried there. She was an incredible woman. She was widowed at a young age with several children but provided for them in a era when the cards were stacked against l women with children. My Second Great Grandmother was also my gateway to DAR membership which explains why there are so many strong women in my family.

My second thought was St. Augustine, Florida just because I can. It is the oldest city in the United States. It also has the oldest Catholic Basilica in the United States. There is also a Crocodile Crossing with zip lining over it. Today, I received word that my 12 Step Advisor passed away. I owe my life to this woman. My first thought was I should go zip lining to honor Anne. The other alternative is to light a candle for my Catholic 12 Step Sponsor at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. I can also honor my Catholic Second Great Grandmother by doing the same.

Now Saturn and Mercury in the 12th House connection makes sense. The 12th House deals with Addictions and Large Animal (Alligators and Crocodiles! Oh My) with 12 Step Solutions.

Horary Astrology - 3 House/ 9th House Travel
Posted:Jan 9, 2018 5:42 am
Last Updated:Jan 9, 2018 8:11 pm
I will be travelling by train to Atlanta in February to see the Grandbaby. My younger son and I had plans to go for Christmas but a cancelled flight meant we could not catch the connecting flight and alternative plans were not within financial realities.

I noticed that it's 30 extra bucks to get to Florida by bus. The dilemma is St. Augustine or Tampa. I researched the bus stations, hostels, 12 Step Meetings, Ad Infinitum. I have done quite a bit of solo travelling and learned there is a potential for trouble in big cities.

A Friend suggested that I pull the top card on a tarot deck to figure which is best. I don't rely on these things to make a decision but it is a way to tap into the intuition that is already there. It can also be my guardian angels who see the big picture ahead of me.

My Higher Power has a wicked sense of humor. I pulled a Goddess Card and came up with Vesta = HOME!!! Household situation needs to improve. Warm up the outer world and the inner flame will respond to meet it.

I pulled the top card of three of my decks and came up with LOVERS
No! No! No!
Lovers are nothing but trouble especially when travel is involved.

I decided to cast a Horary Astrology Chart. The Players in the Chart were Saturn, Jupiter (St. Augustine), and Mercury (Tampa). Saturn and Mercury are keeping company in the 12 House. A guarantee of unsavory encounters in Tampa. Jupiter (St Augustine) bodes better in the 10th House and the Libra Moon in the 9th House definitely indicates a yearning for travel but Saturn in 12th House is discerning.

It appears that St. Augustine would be the better choice but I will wait until I get to Atlanta to decide.

Happy Boxing Day!!!!
Posted:Dec 26, 2017 4:38 am
Last Updated:Dec 27, 2017 10:25 am
This is celebrated in Great Britain and Canada the day after Christmas. There are many different tales about it's beginnings. The master of the house would give his servants the day off along with boxes of food, produce and gifts. Some folks considered it an opportunity to swim the English Channel. Perhaps in the United States, the half off after Christmas sales is the tradition. It's a time to dine on Holiday left overs.

My Holiday plans did not go as expected. My younger son and I had plans to fly to Atlanta to spend time with my older son and his family. (Grandbaby's First Christmas!!!) I booked with two separate airlines. The first airline cancelled and the second one would not rebook.

So it was Chinese Cuisine for the younger son and I. We arrived a little after Noon and the hostess suggested that we go there for dinner too. Yeah Right! Left over Chinese on Boxing Day might work - twice in one day. Naw!!! I had cereal for dinner.

We will be celebrating Grandbaby's first Valentine's Day instead. Life on life's terms. It's all good.

Photo Friday - Not Quite Christmas
Posted:Dec 15, 2017 3:34 am
Last Updated:Dec 26, 2017 4:45 am
West Virginia Legislature - Charleston, West Virginia
Keeping company with the Sierra Club to show the EPA and state level politician's some love.

I got this awesome picture of the Capitol Building

Photo Friday - Winter Decorations
Posted:Dec 10, 2017 2:38 pm
Last Updated:Dec 12, 2017 1:59 am
Done by Nature

Photo Friday - Waiting for SANTA OR O'Malley the Elf
Posted:Dec 1, 2017 10:25 am
Last Updated:Dec 9, 2017 11:30 am
The Joy of adopting an Elf on the Shelve is finding a name. Grumpy loved Christmas whereas "Bah Humbug" is my usual mode. Upon researching Grumpy's family tree in Mayo County, Ireland, I noted that the Gibbons frequently intermarried with the O'Malley''s . Thus O'Malley the Elf came to being.

Fote Friday - Waiting for Santa
Posted:Dec 1, 2017 7:40 am
Last Updated:Dec 28, 2017 9:36 pm
OMalley comes out to . Every year, my twelve step group has a bad Santa event with lots of white elephants and gag presents. This year I am re-gifting the white elephant that I got last year.
WalMart versus Stunning Accomplishments versus Great Adventures
Posted:Nov 19, 2017 7:50 pm
Last Updated:Nov 21, 2017 9:37 am
It is certainly not a "stunning accomplishment" to travel from West Virginia to Texas in search of love only to find Wal-Mart but it can certainly lead to great adventures.

The journey lead me to Wal-Marts in Texas, Nevada and back to West Virginia over the Border in Virginia. Another quest for love turned out to be fool's gold with lots of sunflowers along with Sam's Club and MONTICELLO!!! Thomas Jefferson Rocks.

If I had to do it all over again, I would transfer to a different Wal-Mart or Sam's Club in different states and leave those fool hearted men in the dust.

Now Wal-Mart and I have parted company so instead I get on a train, find a hostel and EXPLORE!!!! The next adventure I am planning is a plane trip to St. Augustine, Florida. An often underestimated old lady born in September in search for a Clothing Optional Beach minus the Everglade Alligators. No stunning accomplishment but definitely an adventure on the horizon.

Let The Holiday Greeting Debate Begin
Posted:Nov 19, 2017 1:56 pm
Last Updated:Nov 21, 2017 12:12 am
Happy Holidays in NOVEMBER does NOT equal MERRY X-MAS. It equals HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

Happy Holidays in December can mean Merry X-mas, Happy Hanukkah OR Yuletide Greetings.

My preference is BAH HUMBUG!!!! I wish they would put Scrooge or the Grinch on those Starbuck Cups.


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