Good morning everyone and happy Saturday once again! How have the holidays been treating you? Are you looking forward to 2014? New Year’s Eve is a special holiday for me, as that’s when I met Ron. We don’t go out like we used to, but we certainly do celebrate at home. All year long, Ron’s been working on building up his bar, which is small but at this point, it’s significant. There’s a good selection of the dark liquors there (Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, Captain Morgan, etc.), so the next step is to start adding in some of the clear ones (Absolut, Bacardi, Beefeater, and so on). No rush of course, as we don’t entertain like we used to, but it’s been a nice hobby for him, and it’ll be nice to have for New Year’s this year.
The hobby I’ve been working on is my paintings. I never really spent much time on painting while we were raising our son, but now that he’s an adult, I have my own office and business has been much slower (it’s just that time of year), I’ve found myself needing something to do. So, I took up painting again. And, I figured since I don’t have enough wall space to hang them all, I can paint them, snap pictures of them and hopefully sell the bulk of them. If you’d like to see what I’ve done so far, this is my link – nothing special. Feel free to download and share; I really don’t mind. It would of course be nice if you credited me and “Liked” the page. And yes, I have a long list of things I will be painting in 2014 before Pagan Spirit Gathering, since I will be vending there this year. Right now, I’m working on a series for the holidays, then I want to do some fantasy stuff, and I also plan on doing some military-related works and even some fun stuff. And yeah, knowing me, there will be at least one Eddie. (Ron said my Metal card would be revoked if I did an Eddie in a drum circle, that there’s a lot I can do, but that’s not one of them. But what if it was funny, as in other drummers sitting on either side of him with a WTF look while he’s going Cornholio on the deal? “Someone’s Inner Warrior needs to go back to Basic Training!” LOL)
So what plans do you have for 2014? Any goals? Resolutions? Everyone and their mom is doing a 2013 Year in Review – and thank you, Dave Barry, for also saying how nasty kale is! LOL. It’s interesting to look back to see what accomplishments have been made and how much further we have to go. I’ve been predicting for the last couple of years March, 2014 would be when DOMA would be repealed, but of course I Was Wrong, as in, “You’re wrong, Colonel Sanders!” On top of that happening, 2013 had quite a few states join in on marriage equality, including Utah. Let’s think about that for a moment. Friggin Utah! Utah one of the most religiously conservative states out there, dominated by Mormons. Sure, true, that didn’t happen by votes like my home state of Illinois (about time, people!), but hey, a win’s a win. So the way I see it, with all this momentum, maybe I can keep my March, 2014 goal and just tweak it to say marriage equality across the board. I don’t think that constitutes as cheating.
What I would like to see happen too is a Pagan presence in the military chaplaincy. I’ve had the pleasure to meet so many of our Warriors in person this year, and many, many others online, and it’s sad to even think about the fact none of them have/had a military chaplain to confide in during their service. True, many chaplains are trained to be truly open to all faiths and those who don’t have one, but they don’t get us on a cellular level. I will never get what black people go through. Or gay people. Or those with disabilities. Or what it’s like to serve. I can sympathize and empathize, and I can be supportive in their causes, but I don’t truly get it. To say I do would be an outright lie. While a chaplain who is Baptist can pray for a wounded Wiccan Soldier, how does the Soldier feel about it? That’s the heart of the matter. What are your thoughts?
Well folks, it’s the last weekend of the month, and I do have appointments scheduled. I’m just about completely over the flu that’s going around, just light congestion, so I’m still a bit sluggish and need a little extra time to motivate myself. Take care everyone, many blessings to you and yours, and Happy New Year!