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Giants, Dragons, & Unicorns November 5, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Magick & Mystery, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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After our aborted first attempt, we fit in a visit to the Bishop Museum to see Giants, Dragons, & Unicorns (The World of Mythic Creatures).

The exhibit features unique cultural objects (art, jewelry, masks, puppets) which highlight the similarities and differences in the ways people around the globe envision and depict mythic creatures.

As we wandered through the exhibit, we learned about Sea Monsters, Griffins, Unicorns, and Dragons . . . oh, my!

Giants, Dragons, & Unicorns (The World of Mythic Creatures) shared theories and research highlighting how misidentification, speculation, fear, and imagination spawned the creation of a myriad of mythic creatures.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to meet this guy in a dark alley . . . even if he has misplaced his dentures!

While at the museum, we also visited the Mosaic Backyard Universe where kids can run, jump, climb, and blast off into space in a cardboard rocket!

But first . . . here’s a Unicorn for Tippy Gnu:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun October 16, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Music & Dance.
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Last night, at midnight, ethereal music coming from another room woke us up.

Spooked, we got up to investigate with BFF leading the way.  As we walked through the living room, we expected with every step to come face-to-face with a friendly spectre (or, worse, an unfriendly intruder).

When we reached the guest room, we heard music floating aloft from the bedside clock radio.

But who had turned it on?!

Since we hadn’t encountered any spectral beings on our midnight ramble, BFF decided he must have set the music alarm that afternoon while dusting.

(Yup, he dusts.  And, yup, he’s taken.)

Even after we turned off the alarm, the music stayed with me.  I heard it playing as I drifted off to sleep . . .

After spending the morning at the farmer’s market, I decided we needed to discover the composer and title of the piece.  As soon as we stashed our produce buys, we checked the clock radio, found the station (WSMR, 89.1), and kept our fingers crossed that the station’s playlist would share last night’s midnight movement.

It did!

12:00 AM Claude Debussy Prelude to The Afternoon of A Faun Paavo Jarvi; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Telarc, 80617

Here it is:

Aah . . . that’s beautiful!

Access Your Inner Wisdom August 15, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.
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Asking questions of others allows you to better understand their unique perspective on the world.

Asking questions of your self enables you to perceive, more clearly, your unique pathway through life.

To connect with your inner wisdom, ask questions and listen for the answers which may come through via insight, intuition, impulse, or inspiration, rather than words.

Need some ideas?

Here are a few questions to get you started on your inner journey:

* What do I want out of life? * How do I access joy? * Who do I want to be?

* What qualities shall I express to the world? * How can I feel more peaceful?

* How do I stop worrying? * How do I learn to “go with the flow”?

* What makes me smile?  * What fills me with gratitude? 

* Which experiences are treasures to savor? * What’s for dinner?

You may be surprised at how fast answers begin to appear once you voice the questions.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Have You Lost a Part of Yourself? (Always Well Within)

A Wink March 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Magick & Mystery.
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I seldom recommend novels to neighbors and friends.

Even if I’ve read something worthy of a recommendation, tastes in reading material tend to be somewhat personal.

That said, I saw 3 tennis players at the clubhouse last week.  Ellie F. was in the middle.

“Ellie, do you enjoy reading murder mysteries?”

“Not really.”

“I’m reading one about a murder at the U.S. Open.  It’s not too gruesome.”

Ellie perked up at the description. “What’s the title?”

“Drop Shot by Harlan Coben.”

“That’s amazing.  My brother used to play tennis professionally.  He’s mentioned in that book.  I’ve been meaning to read it.”

“What’s his name?”

“Tim Mayotte.”

I agreed to toss the book her way on completion.

I finished the book yesterday.  Tim is mentioned on page 26.

Aah . . . that’s synchronicity!

 

Magic & Muggles! December 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Travel & Leisure.
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In Universal Studios Florida (USF), we explored Diagon Alley.

The attention to detail (and oversight provided by Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes) is nothing short of amazing

Even the tarnish on this giant’s coat of armor seemed real (and in need of a bit of spit and polish).

The Hopping Pot features “vintage” charm and plentiful drafts (both kinds).

Neath decorated eaves and roof peaks, our tarnished giant’s “better half” peers out from its perch behind a pane-less second-story window.

After seeing our fill (followed by a harrowing Escape from Gringott’s), we hopped aboard the Hogwart’s Express, dodging dementors.

In Hogsmeade (Islands of Adventure), we attended our first Quidditch match, watched “volunteers” shopping for wands at Ollivanders, and took in the Christmas decor.

And the snow-capped rooftops.

The Frog Chorus serenaded us from the stage with carols galore.

And ribbon dancers vied for first prize in the Tri-Wizard tournament.

Following a Forbidden Journey with Potter & pals, we hopped aboard the train to return to King’s Cross Station in London.

After taking a quick peek at the ambiance and dungeon-like decor in the Leaky Cauldron, we headed to New York for the Macy’s Parade.

Aah . . . that’s better!

My Christmas Wish List November 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Joke, Magick & Mystery.
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Dear Santa:

I haven’t written to you in a number of years, but I think of you often and fondly.

I hope that you and Mrs. Claus are doing well and staying warm.  If you want a warm weather Winter Break after the 25th of December, let me know.  We have a spare bedroom and the red tide should be gone by then.

Anyway, I know you’re busy so let me get to the point of this missive.  When you make out your list (and check it twice) to find out who’s been naughty or nice, I’d be ever so appreciative if you would include the following gifts for me:

1. A bottle of magic pills that will let me sleep for 8 straight hours . . . every night . . . with no side effects (other than a perpetually cheery disposition).

2. A personal chef who has mastered the art of Gluten Free Vegetarian cuisine (including delicious GF bagels, pizza, and bread) and who eschews cooking with fungi.

3. A magical scale that will let me weigh whatever I want to weigh . . . every day.

That’s not too much to ask, is it? 😀

Ho ~ Ho ~ Ho!

Merry Christmas!

nancy

P.S. I know you can’t give me a personal chef.  But a few gift certificates to same would make great stocking stuffers!

Aah . . . that’s the ticket!

Related post: Sunday’s Question! (Nuggets of Gold)

Ouija? Oui! Ja! October 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Spirit & Ego.
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As a kid, I loved playing with the Ouija board with the girl next door and her twin sisters.  I remember spooking ourselves on dark dreary days and during the wee small hours before dawn during weekend sleep overs.

It’s been years since I’ve seen a Ouija board . . . until I stumbled across this clip:

To read more:  What “Ouija” actually means and how the game has changed

Good luck.

Good fun.

Good bye.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Space July 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.
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As we navigate through our days, our senses focus on things and our minds on thoughts.

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But we can switch our focus from things to the space between things.

Anywhere there are two or more things, we can begin to note the space between them ~ between sights, between sounds, between clouds, and between passing thoughts.

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Once you find the space, peer into it and see what emerges.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

The Golf Genie March 10, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Magick & Mystery.
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When Steve took his wife Betty to play her first game of golf, she whacked her first shot through the window of the biggest house adjacent to the course.

Betty gasped.  “Oh, Steve!  What do we do?”

Steve cringed.  “We’ve got to go up there, find the owner, apologize, and see how much that drive is going to cost us.”

They walked up to the house and knocked on the patio door.  A warm voice said, “Come on in.”

When Steve opened the door, they saw broken glass all over the place and a broken antique bottle lying on its side near the broken window.

A man reclining on the couch asked, “Are you the people that broke the window?”

Betty said, “Uh, yes, sir.  I’m really sorry about that.  It was my first time out and . . . ”

“No apology necessary.  I’ve been trapped in that bottle for over a thousand years.  Now that you’ve released me, I’m allowed to grant three wishes.  I’ll give you each one wish if you let me keep the last one for myself.  Deal?”

Steve grinned, “Wow!  I’d like a million dollars a year for the rest of my life.”

“You’ve got it.  And I’ll also guarantee you a long, healthy life!  And now you, young lady, what do you want?”

“I’d like to own a gorgeous home with servants . . . in every country in the world.”

“Consider it done.  And your homes will always be safe from fire, burglary, and natural disasters!”

“Thanks!  By the way, I’m Betty.  And now, what’s your wish, genie?”

“Well, since I’ve been trapped in that bottle and haven’t been with a woman in more than a thousand years, my wish is to have sex with you.”

Betty gasped, “What if I say no?”

The genie shrugged and said, “Well, I guess your wishes won’t come true either.”

Betty mulled it over for a few moments and said, “You know, considering our good fortune, I guess I wouldn’t mind having sex with a thousand-year-old genie.  What do you think, Steve?”

“OK by me, sweetheart.  If the roles were reversed, I’d do the same for you!”

So the genie and Betty went upstairs and spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying each other’s company.

After three hours of non-stop sex, the genie rolled over and looked directly into Betty’s eyes and asked, “How old are you and your husband?”

“We’re both 35.”

“Wow!  Thirty-five and you still believe in genies?”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

Hollywood Studios December 19, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Magick & Mystery, Travel & Leisure.
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Hoping to enjoy a bit of Mickey Magic before the holidays, we headed to Hollywood Studios.

We ran into Woody outside Toy Story Mania . . .

We enjoyed the holiday greenery . . .

And the holiday tree . . .

We checked out an active construction zone . . .

Saw 3-foot-tall dominoes standing at attention . . .

And watched the natives having more fun than a barrel of monkeys . . .

As the sun started to set, we enjoyed more holly daze decor . . .

And ended the evening with a Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Aah . . . that’s better!