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#BringKatHome:
 “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.  It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.  The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”  CS Lewis.



 
 
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If you have followed my Walipini Adventures, you'll know that in the North-East corner I have a make shift stairway that I keep plants on.  Well it is winter time and I am trying to plug up all the holes.  So, despite knowing better, and knowing there are some weak areas on the wall...I climbed up the steps to plug up the last hole.  Well...the ground gave way on my foot that was on the second step (my other foot was on the top step) and because of the position I was in...I didn't really fall down the steps...I more of flew backwards.  There wasn't really anything to grab onto...or really anything to stop my fall.  I landed on three broccoli plants and 2 tomato plants which broke my fall ...well my body stopped...and my left ear smashed into the ground. YEAH!!!  I got up, looked at myself, thought gee...I didn't break anything (I imagined not being able to get up...and I didn't have my phone...so I would be there, on the ground...waiting for someone, anyone to walk along)  Well Okay...I broke 3 broccoli plants and the 2 tomatoes plants.  :(    
     Will I finally learn my lesson and be more careful...Probably not...but thought I would share.  Everyone have a great day! And be safe out there.  Falling is the 24th leading cause of Death World Wide!!!  Traffic accidents: 10th.  In America 27,483 die from falls a year...WOW!!!  Hugs and Kisses. Elicia

 
 
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Okay to participate and answer today's question, you must pretend that Voodoo dolls are real. (Remember, this is a fictional question....not a religious one). 
     Okay, so let us pretend for a moment that a Voodoo doll is very real, and you have one...and you could use it on anyone.  The question is: Would you?  
     I thought about this long and hard, and I wondered, how far could you push the Voodoo doll...can you make the person think something?  If so, wouldn't it be great to maybe open the eyes of people that are destroying the world? 
     Of course, there is the scary side I suppose...the dark side...the power...could you use the power for only good?  Would you be seduced by the darkness and start using it for personal gain?  I can tell you, there are a few evil people in this world I might be tempted to use it on...but then I think: Would that make me evil?  Am I just becoming like them...after all the world has enough monsters and could use more angels...and really...can you fight evil with evil?  
     That's all I have.  I hope everyone is getting excited for the holidays, or if you don't celebrate the holidays, maybe excited to have a couple extra days off?  Or if you don't celebrate and don't get days off...well I hope you are enjoying the changing of the season.  XOXO 


 
 
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I'm normally in bed right now, getting ready to sleep like that adorable baby to the left, but alas I am up.  I have one more temperature check before I go to bed and thought I would share something with you all.
     If you don't follow my Walipini building, well, this might sound weird...but if you do...tonight I am doing temperature checks again in preparation for the winter.  I can't put any "electric" things in the Walipini or it defeats the purpose and also I would have to have a permit...so I am using old fashion methods to ensure that it will last the winter. 
Tonight I was doing temperature checks and comparing the upper deck with the lower deck...and the number difference was much bigger than I had calculated.  So I thought, well maybe a thermometer is off.  So I place the two next to each other, and go out and check again...Clearly one is broken...but here is the weird thing: they are off exactly 10 degrees...exactly...weird right.
     I think the lower one is off, but as my plants say:  "I don't want you to think...I want you to know..." then they bitch about how I love the citrus plants so much more because the citrus plants get to be in my office where the temperature is always perfect....oops...sorry...That is what I hear them saying as I look at the thermometer.  So I suppose tomorrow I will visit the dollar store, pick up a few thermometers and start all over again. 
     Well Good night my lovely friends...I hope you sleep well.

 
 
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The question today is not: What is the Purpose of Life...in a generalized way...no, it is: What is Your Purpose of Life?
     This is not an easy question to answer, as Leo Tolstoy said, when he began thinking about it: "The Question brought me to the edge of the abyss."
     To make the question a little less vague, and allow for more room of thought, we will Ask it in a way that it was asked to Mr. Tolstoy: " What will come of what I do today and tomorrow?  What will come of my entire life? Or expressed differently...why should I live?  Why should I wish for anything or do anything? Or to put it another way: Is there any meaning in my life that will not be destroyed by my inevitably approaching death?"
     Now remember: This is for YOU, and YOU ALONE!!!  
     As always, have a beautiful day!!  XOXO Elicia
     P.S.  Don't over think it.  Sometimes, to get the answer, you just need to close your eyes, think of what makes you truly happy...and you can find your answer.  I don't want to spoil your experience by giving my answer...but know this: I do know my purpose, and even though it may not go on longer than my life...to me it is worth it. (The picture might give you a hint)  *Smiles* *Hugs* and *Kisses*

 
 
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In order to be part of today's: Thought of the Day, you must, for argument sake, take the question as a fictional question (regardless of your faith or lack thereof).  If I asked: What would you do if, while cutting down a tree, it started talking to you and asked you not to cut it down?  Well you could answer that question—See, Fun! ;)

I went down the deep dark tube of YouTube the other day.  And as I was watching someone talk they said something that made me pause the video, rewind, and play again.  Yep, he said it, he said that The Light Is A Trick?!  HUH?

Okay, so for arguments sake.  Let’s us pretend that when we die, the soul leaves the body (remember keep the religious beliefs aside) and we first see our body, and then move toward the heavens.  We are greeted with a tunnel of light.  Now also pretend, in this moment you hear your own mind say: The Light is a Trick, don’t go into the light.

Two immediate thoughts come to mind, at least for me: One, why the hell should I listen to some random guy on the internet?  I don’t know him.  And Two, maybe I should reflect on the implications of this, because they are vast.

What I have learned over the years is this: When someone says something outlandish and contrary to what I think, or well…what I have never thought about before, because hey, why would I ever contrive that the light is a trick.  I don’t immediately search out any information.  I sit back and think about it intrinsically.  I try to block out the noise of everyone else and come to a solution.

 I think, well, that just wouldn’t be fair, I mean, if it is a trick and people I love (who I must now assume aren’t really them) are guiding me and pulling me into the beautiful light, the breath of God…why wouldn’t I go?  Then I think, well what would happen if I didn’t go into the light? If you have read my book: Soul Distortion, you might know about the Soul Snatchers.  The doomed souls that roam around in a realm unseen by most humans, waiting for you to fall asleep, so they can steal away your soul and occupy your body.  If I turned from the light and started walking around…wouldn’t I end up just a lost soul, and (going off my fictional model) I would slowly turn mad, bent on getting back to earth.

Then another thought came.  Who has seen the old black and white Twilight Zones? Well Season 3, Episode 19, entitled: The Hunt…brings up this point…well sort of. An old man loves his dog, they go hunting, and unfortunately they pass on.  The old man finds himself walking down a long road and comes across the Pearly Gates of “Heaven”…He is invited in, and oh it is tempting….but the dog can’t come in.  The old man said no thank-you, the man at the gate tells him, just come in and I will sneak the dog in around the side.  The old man still says no thank-you and begins walking with his dog until he comes to the second gate, which actually is Heaven.  Just before the man enters with his dog, he makes sure his wife won’t get tricked by the first gate, and the “real” Heaven gate-keeper said she would be fine and be along shortly.

I remember when I first watched it thinking, well how will she know the first gate isn’t real?  She doesn’t have a dog with her? 

And In this episode I realized: What if the White Light Was a Trick?  How in the heck would we know? So what do you do?  In this fictional situation…Let us say you die…and the light is pulling you toward it?  Do you go?

I will tell you that this scenario actually frightens me.  Why?  Well, the implications are vast.  If there really is an afterlife that means we are eternal creatures…and to get locked into an eternal future, without having all the facts…well that seems a bit odd…

So: I think, in this fictional thought of the day, I will pause just before entering the white light.  I will then call out in every direction…and maybe start walking…or floating around…just to take a look.  Of course in my fictional mind, I fear becoming a Soul Snatcher…so I will have to be very quick…and if I feel my mind slipping into a black abyss of bedlam…I will quickly run toward the light.

That’s it my friends.  Thanks for joining me.  And thanks for keeping this as a Fictional Situation…Its just a fun way to start thinking outside the box. 


 
 
When you were a kid, a little kid, who or what did you want to be?  This morning I was thinking about it because I remember a time when I was in 2nd  grade, we filled out a little form, which we then got to read when we were in 6th grade, and in 6th grade I remember thinking: Huh?  Because of this, it stayed in my mind.  So I thought I would share... :)
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I wanted to be: Brave, Strong, and as Self-reliant as Pippi Longstocking...I loved her!!
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I wanted to be: as Cool as Punky Brewster.
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I wanted to be: Best friends with Shirley Temple.
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I wanted to be: as smart as my big sister Melissa.
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I wanted hair as pretty as Sally Brown's.
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I wanted to Marry Justin from the Secret of Nimh
And what job did I want to do?  This was the critical question, this is what they ask you time and time again, what do you want to be when you grow up:  My answer...A lawyer.  (This is when I said huh?  But it makes sense, I wanted to stand up for those who couldn't do it on there own.) 

So What about YOU?  What did you want to be when you grew UP? 
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Today: A message of hope.  Even if someone is born "evil" or born "good", they can choose who they want to be.  I think sometimes we forget the power of choice.  We forget that with each step we take, literally speaking, we are choosing a destination.  And much like, one foot in front of another, we can decide what direction our life is going to take.
     Hard Road Example.  We know that the Iron Giant was programmed to be a weapon, this is encoded inside of him, but he rose above this programming and became a "Super-Man"  ...  This movie made me burst into tears...actually every time I burst into tears...but good tears.  I love movies like this.  Another example, If you haven't watched The Color Purple. *Spoiler*...At the end of the movie, the character Albert, played by Danny Glover is sitting alone.  His father comes to visit, and again spouts out he needs a woman.  In this moment Danny Glover realizes that his programming is what has made him alone...and he pushes his father to leave...despite years and years and years of believing his programming was the only way.  Next comes the letter about Whoopi Goldberg's character, Celie Johnson's children are stuck in Africa.  And this is it...This is Danny Glover's moment to be Super-Man.  He takes the letter, gets his money, proves the children are Americans and they come home.
     WOW...Just thinking about Celie's children arriving at her door step.  Hearing in my head: "Momma-Momma" as the man hugs her makes me tear up....And it is in this moment...I understood something magical.   What? And How?   I asked: Why, Why did Albert (Danny Glover) do that?  ... My heart burst open and I could see that the answer was: Because he chose to do it.  In that moment, he chose to do the right thing, despite being taught something completely different.
     Despite what they TELL YOU....You ultimately are in charge.  You can wake up and decide to be the Light and not the dark.  It will be hard, especially if you have been taught that all people are either: A Liar, A Thief, or a Whore. ... Especially if you believe it.  But look around...Try to find even a glimmer of humanity, (as in sharing, caring, and love) and once you find it...you can start to dispel this myth. 
     So what will it be:  Super-Man or Weapon?   (When I say Super-Man, I don't mean sacrifice until it hurts, no, that means: Love yourself, Then love your family, and once you have mastered these...maybe then go out into the world and make it a better place: But be mindful...Never FORCE your ideas and thoughts and especially your actions on another...even if you think it is:For their own good)
     I choose to be Super-Man....Won't you join me. :)  That's all I have, Thanks for visiting my website. 
    If you want, and are in need or escaping into a fictional world, please check out my books.  Stygian is my latest novel, and, even though I am bias, I think you might like it. :)

 
 
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Tyranny: Cruel, unreasonable or ARBITRARY use of power or CONTROL. 
     Before I begin, I want to remind people that I am not For or Against Medication.  I am not For or Against Doctors.  I am not For or Against Vaccination.  I am for Freedom of Body and Mind.  I am against Forced Medication.  And I believe that the LOVING (loving is the key) Parents have the RIGHT to decide which medications to put inside their child…period.  I believe that when the child is old enough to be aware of themselves that they should be allowed to choose.  No I will not give you an age, because all children age and develop differently.  Example:  We have genius kids that start college at age 9…they should have every right to decide what medicine to put in their body…wouldn't you agree? ( You can watch a short version of this article on YouTube, or continue reading below.)

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This was shared over a year ago.  I was looking at my “lost” post files, those that were not converted into the new website…and I thought…My goodness this was my favorite post and it touched me so deeply…so I thought I would share it all over again.

Raven, the little dear, picked out a theme song for me when she was nine.  At the time I was nervous…as this would be a window into her mind.  Raven and I spend almost all our time together, so I am moved she thinks of me so highly and thinks that I am fighting for the heart and love inside us all…And she will continue on. When ever I doubt humanity, I just remember that I have a piece of light who looks up to me…and thus it is my duty to Carry On!  Now it is true this song is interpreted to mean many different things.  (Music is awesome like that) But to Raven, it is about standing up, being willing to be a person who will stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.  It is about being able to carry on even when you have lost all hope.  It is about finding the inner strength and about me trusting her to carry on...if and when I die.

"Welcome To The Black Parade"

When I was a young boy,
My father took me into the city
To see a marching band.
He said, "Son when you grow up,
would you be the savior of the broken,
the beaten and the damned?"
He said "Will you defeat them,
your demons, and all the non-believers,
the plans that they have made?"

"Because one day I'll leave you,
A phantom to lead you in the summer,
To join The Black Parade."
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Sometimes I get the feeling she's watching over me.
And other times I feel like I should go.
And through it all, the rise and fall, the bodies in the streets.
And when you're gone we want you all to know.
We'll carry on,
We'll carry on
And though you're dead and gone believe me
Your memory will carry on
We'll carry on
And in my heart I can't contain it
The anthem won't explain it.

A world that sends you reeling from decimated dreams
Your misery and hate will kill us all.
So paint it black and take it back
Let's shout it loud and clear
Defiant to the end we hear the call

To carry on
We'll carry on
And though you're dead and gone believe me
Your memory will carry on
We'll carry on
And though you're broken and defeated
Your weary widow marches
On and on we carry through the fears

Disappointed faces of your peers
Take a look at me cause I could not care at all
Do or die, you'll never make me
Because the world will never take my heart
Go and try, you'll never break me

We want it all, we wanna play this part
I won't explain or say I'm sorry
I'm unashamed, I'm gonna show my scar
Give a cheer for all the broken
Listen here, because it's who we are
I'm just a man, I'm not a hero
Just a boy, who had to sing this song
I'm just a man, I'm not a hero
I! don't! care!
We'll carry on
We'll carry on
And though you're dead and gone believe me
Your memory will carry on

We'll carry on
And though you're broken and defeated
Your weary widow marches on
Do or die, you'll never make me
Because the world will never take my heart
Go and try, you'll never break me
We want it all, we wanna play this part (We'll carry on)
Do or die, you'll never make me (We'll carry on)
Because the world will never take my heart (We'll carry on)
Go and try, you'll never break me (We'll carry)