Strange and Unusual Trees

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I have an affinity for trees and had to share this glorious study of strange and unusual trees. I think they can be entered in the slightly paranormal category.

We can’t live without trees. They enable us to breathe, yet we cut them down to make room for things we find more profitable. I find cutting down a perfectly healthy tree to serve as a Christmas ornamental a waste of resources.

There was a time when I had designs on becoming a photographer. I have not yet had the pleasure of traveling extensively enough to make of go of it. Enjoy these images from photographer Beth Moon.

http://www.boredpanda.com/ancient-tree-photography-beth-moon/

Major Multi-tasker Measures Mindfulness

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If you missed the 60 Minutes spot on Mindfulness, it’s worth a look, especially if you are contemplating how to begin your New Year with positive changes like simplifying your life. For a journalist like Anderson Cooper, constantly multi-tasking through his day, to admit that the practice of meditating and being mindful, improved his quality of life and changed his opinion on the benefits, is GINORMOUS.

I’m just as guilty of checking email while keeping one eye/ear on a television program. But you’ll never see me walking around out in the world with my head down looking at my phone. It’s sad to see people, especially parents with children, sitting at a restaurant, their attention on their devices, never engaging with each other. Don’t we get out of the house to be among others?

Definitely worth a look. And a good reminder for me to pull myself back in to my present experience, whether walking, eating, working, ghost hunting . . . pretty much anything.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mindfulness-anderson-cooper-60-minutes/

And here are Anderson’s comments afterward about his experience.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mindfulness-anderson-cooper-60-minutes/

Ghosts and the Like for Christmas: William T. Stead’s Real Ghost Stories

Wholeheartedly agree with his view” “the most careful and reverent spirit, and level-headed” actually practicing hypnosis and spiritualism. Dabbling can unleash a swarm of problems.

Parapsychology

Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

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The well-known English writer, editor and spiritualist William T. Stead (1849-1912), who published magazines such as the London-based  Review of Reviews, published in 1891 a special Review of Reviews 1891Christmas edition of the Review entitled Real Ghost Stories that he edited himself. The publication, available here, had two sections entitled “The Ghost that Dwells in Each of Us,”and “The Census of Hallucinations,”as well as eleven chapters about psychic phenomena, most of which were about apparitional phenomena of different sorts, and an appendix: “Some Historical Ghosts.”

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The following are illustrations of the first page of some of the chapters.

Stead Real Ghost Stories Chapter 1

Stead Real Ghost Stories Chapter 5

Stead Real Ghost Stories Chapter 10

Stead Real Ghost Stories Appendix Some Historical Ghosts

Stead opened stating: “Many people will object — some have already objected—to the subject of this Christmas Number. It is an offence to some to take a ghost too seriously; with others it is a still greater offence not to…

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Odin and the Lady Bug

Odin Santa

Had to pass along a great post claiming that Odin was the original Santa.

http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/top-5-things-you-didnt-know-about-christmas-and-probably-should/

And, last night in my holiday hotel room in the great white north a lady bug flew into the room. This is the second time I’ve had this happen in a cold northern area in winter. So I had to see what it might mean from http://www.spirit-animals.com:

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Ladybug

Don’t push too hard! Your wish will be fulfilled if you allow it to come to you.
-Ladybug

If Ladybug has flown into your life;

The appearance of a Ladybug heralds a time of luck  in which our wishes begin to be fulfilled.  Higher goals and new heights are now possible. Worries begin to dissipate. New happiness comes about. Ladybug also cautions not to try to hard or go to fast to fulfill our dreams. Let things flow at their natural pace. In the due course of time, our wishes will all come true. Alternatively she could be signalling that you can leave your worries behind and that new happiness is on its way. Ladybug signals you to to not be scared to live your own truth. Protect your truth and know that it is yours to honor.

If Ladybug is your Animal Totem;

When Ladybug is your personal animal totem you are most likely a very lively and interesting companion. You are constantly delving into the mysteries of the Universe and the unknown. You are also naturally highly spiritual and inquisitive by nature, and certainly not satisfied with mundane explanations or boring companions. For the most part you are open minded and enjoy having your consciousness expanded. You have a tendency to bring joy to those around you. People enjoy being around you.You are trusting, happy and easy going.

If Ladybug has come into your Dreams;

To dream of a ladybug (also known as a ladybird) is a sign that you are likely to experience a run of good luck in the near future. To dream of many ladybugs can point to feeling as though things are somewhat out of control, as though a lot of small things are going wrong. Consider ways in which you can take one step at a time to feel more in control of your life and your work. To see a ladybug in your dream can also symbolizes beauty. The dream may also be a metaphor for a lady who is bugging you in your waking life. Perhaps there is an issue that you need to address with this lady. If the ladybug is unusually big, then it is analogous to the magnitude of the problem.

I’ll take it! Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas to all . . . expect that Elf

. . . no matter who or what you celebrate, be generous, compassionate, and joyful, remembering that the smallest, simplest moments in time can be life’s greatest treasures.

Snoopy holidays

Remember to do your best to be kind to those who annoy you or make you angry. Bad driver’s to hum-bug relatives. Not everyone can handle the stresses of the holidays with grace and composure.

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But if they get out of hand, you could always blame the dog for whatever occurs.

Elf and dog

When it was really . . .

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Whatever you’re doing this holiday, put your own stamp on it!

Many blessings to all … except maybe that Elf.