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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — F — Frankincense

Amongst many cultures around the world the fragrance of this resin was believed to increase one’s spiritual connection and intuition. The Chinese called it “fanhunxiang” meaning “calling back the soul fragrance.” It is often used in meditation, since the scent is calming, grounding and pleasant to the senses. It helps one to become more present… Continue reading A2Z 2020 — essential oils — F — Frankincense

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dVerse — Active Calming

Active Calming Alarm and anxiety's fingers, like those of ravening zombies, reach through my consciousness, determined to steal light from day. I push to snap their menacing pathways closed to keep them away. Their faces press up against the transparent barrier as they pound without tiring.   De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo) is today's host for… Continue reading dVerse — Active Calming

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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — E — eucalyptus

The eucalyptus is a holy tree for Australian Aboriginals. For them it represents the division of underworld, Earth and heaven.  At a spiritual level the eucalyptus has a purifying effect. Negative energy disappears in the place where you burn a eucalyptus leaf.  -- from The Joy of Plants The essential oil today starting with letter… Continue reading A2Z 2020 — essential oils — E — eucalyptus

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#Haikai Challenge #133: twittering (saezuri)

Morning's pink-gold sun Rises behind the pine row Mist shrouds dewed, still grass Last year's garden twitters as Birds peck seeds in the litter       Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says: This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #133: twittering (saezuri)

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#MM — Saturday Mix — covid-19 quatrain

The world's walking on a wire Life juggling exploding balls Each hoping nobody falls Yet some will soon sing with the choir. Beneath us all there's a fire Be it hell or hell on earth That has been played with since birth Soaring death rate shows it's dire. Shall we get out of this mire?… Continue reading #MM — Saturday Mix — covid-19 quatrain

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#SLS — Copperhead Road by Steve Earle

Jim Adams is the focused host of Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says: This week we have Birthday/Cake/Gift/Party/Surprise and I think that everyone should be able to find a song that uses one of these prompt words. Here are the “rules”: • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme… Continue reading #SLS — Copperhead Road by Steve Earle

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Pictures and Poetry challenge 3 — Unholy

A few stars glimmered through the morn, And down the thorn the dews were streaming. --from The Dead Kings I'd give anything to see the greens again, Where calves nudge their mother's teats And sleepy swans rest on marsh ledges. If only star glimmers could warp today to The place before our husbands left to… Continue reading Pictures and Poetry challenge 3 — Unholy

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Doodads 4/4/20

I'll be playing an online virtual board game with my kids today so will be "gone."  I did want to share one of the things I did yesterday.  My older son's girlfriend gave me a gift for Christmas of herb growing kit.  I opened it yesterday and was instructed to soak the seeds for 24… Continue reading Doodads 4/4/20

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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — D — using essential oils for depression

Nowadays, use of alternative and complementary therapies with mainstream medicine has gained momentum. Aromatherapy is one of the complementary therapies which use essential oils as the major therapeutic agents to treat several diseases. The essential or volatile oils are extracted from the flowers, barks, stem, leaves, roots, fruits and other parts of the plant by… Continue reading A2Z 2020 — essential oils — D — using essential oils for depression

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Novelty Song Friday #4 — The Name Game by Shirley Ellis

I almost forgot to do the novelty song feature today! Sorry for the late posting. "The Name Game" is an American pop song co-written and performed by Shirley Ellis as a rhyming game that creates variations on a person's name. Written by Ellis with Lincoln Chase and produced by Charles Calello it was released in… Continue reading Novelty Song Friday #4 — The Name Game by Shirley Ellis