Saturday, July 30, 2011

Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, too!

Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends debuted on NBC...Image via Wikipedia
When my girls were little, they loved to hear the adventures of that rolly-polly bear, named Pooh.  Winnie the Pooh and Piglet were two of the favorite characters, while Owl, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga, Roo and Eyeore followed close behind.

When Courtney, my second daughter, was born 31 years ago, today, she was given a small Pooh bear.  Somewhere along the line, I began calling her, Courtney-Roo or Roo for short.  It's one of those terms of endearment that parents create because something touches them about their child.  

As I sit here writing, I can't believe 31 years have past since she came into our lives.  This is more years than I was old at the time!  From the first day, she was an enjoyer.  Give her an old box and she was captain of her own ship, a fairy princess in a castle, Old Mother Hubbard with all her children or any number of other characters in her repertoire of make believe.

Courtney and Gwendolyn, her older sister, would play for hours together, creating stories, lip sinking to oldies, producing puppet shows and such.  Their imagination always astounded me.  When their two younger sisters came along, they were their own theater troupe!  What fun it was to watch them act out characters in a book.

Now, Courtney is the mother of three.  Her little ones are doing the acting.  In fact, her oldest, my granddaughter, Addie, just starred in her first production as "Glitter" the fairy in Midsummer's Night Dream.  Yes, she is doing Shakespeare at five years old - with "talking" part, to boot!

Addie in Her Acting Debut

Back when the girls were appearing in their school productions, dance recitals or concerts, they would take bets from their friends as to how long it would take me to begin to cry. (I learned about this by accident one day.) At the time that I found out about it, I told them they would understand when they were mothers.  Of course, they laughed at me, not thinking they could ever be so sentimental.

As Addie performed her fairy dance, Courtney was grateful for her sunglasses.  They hid the fact that she was all teary-eyed over seeing her little one on stage enjoying herself so much.

Generations of women in our family have found joy on stage, be it singing, acting, or dancing.  As they say in Winnie the Pooh, "It's Tigger-ific!"

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tea and Thee

One of my blogging buddies, Melissa Ann Goodwin, author of The Christmas Village, wrote about packing up her Mom's China teacups.  I immediately resonated with her post.  (Click on her name to go visit her blog.)

I, too, had a Mom who had teacups and felt they were special. My Mom died two years ago, but I still long for her.  Often, when I see the teacups, I remember times we shared together, with family and later with my girls.

When I bought my home, several years ago, Roger surprised me with a built in display for my teacups.  Many of them are Momma's, a few are my grandmother's, the rest have been given to me over the years by people who knew I loved teacups.

One of my fondest memories is getting tea when I was sick.  Momma would serve it in one of her precious China teacups with the saucer.  We didn't have much growing up and as a child I was quite ill with various childhood diseases.  Perhaps, it was because of this, or because I was Momma's only daughter, but being entrusted to drink tea from the China cups made me feel special.

When my girls were young, I would have tea parties for them and their friends.  We would use the teacups, too.  Occasionally, one would get broken or chipped.  It didn't matter.  We were having fun making memories.

When my oldest granddaughter turned five last year, we had a tea party for her.  What a treat to see our family tradition being passed down to another generation of women.

Here are some pictures of my tea cups on display, and in use.

This is the display Roger made...he created it to look like an old hearth.  My stove is directly under it.

I also have a traditional teacup holder in the living room.

Some teacups are very old, so they are in my cabinet that we mounted on the wall.  It used to be part of an old secretary.  Other teacups sit on the shelf that divides the kitchen and dining room.

Our Adelaide and her cousin, Chloe drinking tea from the China cups that Nanilin (me) gave them.  Don't you just love their white gloves?  We also wore hats, but you can't see that here.

Momma and her sisters/sisters-in-law  back in the old days.  Momma is the one in the middle of the back looking surprised.


For many around the world, preparing, serving and drinking tea is almost a spiritual observance.  Perhaps this is why the symbols of tea are so special to us.  They remind us of times when our souls celebrated being together.

May your days be filled with memories of those you love and may you always have time to stop and sip tea with a friend.


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Creating Memories

york beachImage by NapaneeGal via Flickr

 York Beach at Sunset

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to spend the weekend with my daughters. We were creating memories. Now, that isn't so unusual, I realize, but what was unusual was that we ALL got to be together for an afternoon at the beach.  We were creating memories! This is something I haven't had the pleasure of doing with them since they were young.  

Our day at the beach was about as perfect as a day at the beach can be.  Just enough clouds kept it from being sweltering.  The Gulf Stream warmed the waters of Southern Maine, unexpectedly, providing a glorious playground for those of us who love the ocean.  The grandchildren kept me entertained with frequent runs down the beach to get wet, then visits to the tide pools, then castle building and back to the water to wash off sand.

My Grandchildren Playing Together

Amazing as it may sound, my girls and I all got to swim together.  (Thanks, Jason and Grandpa Rich!)  What a joy to body surf with the girls! (Yes, the old girl can still ride a wave into the shallows, of course I take longer to stand up, but hey!  I didn't see any other grandmothers body surfing!) We laughed and swam for what seemed like hours but in reality was only a few minutes.  But, it was a few minutes of me with my girls like when they were kids...only they are moms themselves, now.

What a great day!  I have one question, though, why is it that peanut butter and jelly tastes so good at the beach?  I hardly ever eat it, but at the beach...Yum!  Of course, my two youngest didn't have the PB and J, they were having too much fun eating sand!

I hope my little ones will remember their days at the beach.  For me, those are some of my favorite, summer, childhood memories.  

My Brother, Barry and I at the Beach

May you all have an opportunity for creating memories. And, may those memories last a lifetime!


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Monday, July 11, 2011

Developing Intuition

Today, I am interviewing Eliza Fayle, fellow writer, artist, and kindred spirit.  Over the past few years, we have shared each others lives...the ups and downs...the triumphs and tragedies.  Through our communications, we have come to see a strong connection, spiritually.  This connection is what I call a "Soul" Sister connection. 
Soul sisters are those wonderful women who come into our lives and who have had similar experiences that informed who they are. Eliza and I have stopped counting the similar experiences.  We just revel in the fact that the Universe has brought us back together!

So, without further ado, I welcome, Eliza, today to share news about her new book.

Greetings, Eliza! I am so excited about having you visit my blog today, especially with such exciting news, the publishing of your book, Developing Our Intuitive Self: Tarot and Oracle Card User Guide.

I am going to jump right in with the questions. When did you first realize you were intuitive?

Now, that is a really interesting question! I do not think there was an, Ah Ha! Moment. I have known from a very young age that I could ‘access' experiences beyond our five senses. Time would slip for me, I saw apparitions, and I would have overwhelming intense feelings about rooms. I would say my first memorable experiences with intuition were in my late teens, but at the time, I was not mature or wise enough to label it intuition. Moreover, I certainly did not consistently pay attention to it! Interestingly, even though I knew I was psychic, I did not link being psychic and being intuitive together, if that makes sense.

In my thirties, I started to study, formally, Druidry, Wicca, meditation, and Tarot. This is when I started to label that inner voice as intuition and really start to pay attention to it. When I moved into my forties, my intuition became part of my day-to-day existence. It is simply another resource I draw upon to process the world. I also now realize that being psychic and being intuitive are part and parcel. We are all psychic (yes, we are!) and we are all intuitive.

Back when I was a girl, my mother was planning a trip by train to visit my aunt. Five minutes before we were to leave, she unpacked our bags, called my aunt and said we were not coming. That night in the paper, she read that the train we would have been on crashed. Has your intuition ever saved you or another from trauma?

Actually, I did not avoid a trauma! I was in my early twenties. My husband, at the time, and I were heading up to his family cottage. He went out the apartment door first and I followed behind, closing the door. With my hand still on the doorknob, a shock wave went threw me and I turned to him and said, “We can’t go!” He looked like a deer caught in the headlights. He said, “I know!”

Young and foolish, we decided we were being silly and left. Two hours into the trip, we were in a car accident. There is no way my husband created our own reality to the cause of the accident. Five cars ahead of us, someone slammed on their brakes causing a chain reaction pile-up. Fortunately, no one was injured in any of the cars.

Wow!  I am glad no one was hurt. What a way to learn to trust your intuition!
I believe we all are born intuitive; however, our culture negates it, so, by the time most of us are adults that part of our brain no longer functions. What can parents do to help their children maintain and develop their intuitive selves?

Do not EVER tell your child they are being silly when they tell you something that does not make sense. I owe my parents a huge debt of gratitude, in fact.

When I was small, I had a fever. I looked into the doorway of my bedroom and saw a very tall bearded gentleman. I knew he was there to make sure I was okay. I asked my mother who he was. My mother could not see him, but she knew that I saw someone. It freaked her out, but she never portrayed that to me. She calmly replied that she wasn’t sure, but it was okay that he was there. Many years later, she researched our home and, on a whim, asked me if I remembered the incident; could I describe the man. I accurately described the original owner of the home. My father had to walk me through several similar incidents. He just kept calmly talking to me, assuring me that whatever I was seeing was okay.

I have always encouraged my children to believe in what they experience, even if it cannot be explained in a rational way. All three of my children (2 girls and 1 boy) have grown into strong intuitives, and for their ages (all in their 20s) are wise well beyond their years.

What made you decide to create this guide?

Like you, I believe that intuition is an innate gift. When we tap into it, making it a package deal along with our other five senses, we have incredible decision-making powers. Unfortunately, many of us have lost touch with our intuition.

Using Tarot or oracle cards is an excellent and fun tool for being reacquainted with our inner voice. I created this guide so that women can start using Tarot or oracle cards effectively in very quick time after getting their own decks. There is no huge learning curve in using oracle cards. My goal is to get them listening to their intuition, quickly.

Of course, like any skill, the more informed you are and the more you practice the more you get out of it, which is why I will be following up with more detailed guides and workshops! *smile*

How long have you been using Tarot cards? Do you use other aids for your zeroing in on your intuition?

I actually rarely use Tarot cards now, preferring oracle cards. However, I am well versed in the Tarot, having taken advanced courses in it. This means, I have consistently used either Tarot or oracles cards for almost twenty years.

Just a note: I do think it is important to learn the Tarot, even if you end up using oracle cards. The Tarot covers very important basics, such as symbolism, color, astrology, and alchemy. Again, this is something I will cover in more guides and workshops.

Yes, I use other tools. I do stream of consciousness writing and daily meditation. I, also, employ visualization when reading the cards.

What is the difference between Tarot and Oracle cards?

Tarot cards, although different pictorially one from the other, follow a formula, and are actually the forerunner of today's playing cards. Oracle cards loosely follow this formula, but are created more along the inspirational whims of the artist.

How can the readers obtain a copy of your book?

Developing Our Intuitive Self: Tarot and Oracle Card User Guide is found at Eliza's Books.
Is there anything else you would like to share about intuition with the readers?

If I could pass along one message and one message only to women, it is “You have all the answers! Every single one!”

We second-guess ourselves to death, but the answer to every, single challenge we will ever face is found in our intuition. We simply need to listen.

In closing, I would like to thank you, Linda, for this interview. You are someone I consider my Soul Sister, and one day you and I will have to do a post on just how eerily connected we are. Hugs to you.

Thank you, Eliza! It has been a pleasure to share your book with the readers.  I look forward to learning more about intuition and how to access it from you.

Eliza Fayle, in her own words, is "...a woman who has entered the stage of life called Forty Plus. My body is changing. My mind is changing. Mostly for the better, but some of it not.

I believe in the three traditional stages of womanhood – maid, mother, crone – and I look forward to transitioning to that final stage. However, I wish to do so fully informed on the associated challenges and issues, so I can meet them with intelligence and grace.

I believe in sharing knowledge. I believe in telling stories. And, I believe in community. 

I am also the author of Silver & Grace. A place where I can share the knowledge gained through research, tell stories of my experiences, and build a community of like-minded women.

So, who am I?

I am a beautiful woman being guided to graceful aging.

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