Wednesday, September 17, 2008

TT#19 - The Magical Earth

Explanation: I have joined forces with my lovely partner, and two of our best friends to leap empty-handed into void - okay - holding a microphone - to create The Magical Earth pagan quadcast (cause there is four of us). So I thought it would be a great TT topic.

  1. It was Cliff's idea. and Alex's. We got invited to join the party. But it is a darned fine idea. We're all pretty opinionated and have divergent points of view - and we have enough in common to create a container of conversation.
  2. I believe that there is a natural synergy between Spirituality and the Environment - and I'm not alone. In an upcoming episode, Jacinthe will be discussing an archival "What Is Enlightenment" article (an interview with Rabbi Michael Lerner) that talks about how these two forces are really one.
  3. Its fun. We laugh a lot - we pun off each other, we groan, we giggle, and did I mention we laugh? Not sure how much of the laughter will survive the final edits, though.
  4. We're doing it with dear friends. Who better to explore unknown territory with?
  5. We do it in sacred space - we start with our circle-casting liturgy (which will be expanded from quadcast to quadcast.) We are in temple space doing a wild and wacky form of sacred work.
  6. We get to hear what we sound like - and that can only help each of us become better communicators.
  7. I get to talk about Tarot - my grand passion in my occult life. Each episode will be brought to you by "THE CARD" of the day - attuned to the numerological energy of the date we do the bulk of the recording.
  8. I get to read Sacred Poetry - my second grand passion in my occult life. I love to collect (good) sacred poetry from all spiritual traditions - especially if it presents our relationship to the Divine in juicy, visceral, intertwined and engaged way. I love to read poetry aloud, and I love to teach people how to write Sacred Poetry. If I get enough interest, I'll do another round of "Valiente's Spirit" - my sacred poetry writing workshop.
  9. I get to honor people who inspire me - particularly the fabulous Mojo and Sparrow of The Wigglian Way who have, in my not so humble opinion, one of the top three Pagan podcasts going - the other two being The Crooked Path, and Druidcast. All three feature pagan music, which is a bandaid to my poor broken musical heart. I love music - and can never find enough good Pagan music out there. I'd love to feature more Pagan music - so if you are a Pagan musician with a recording - bring it on!
  10. This is new technology to step into the "space that is not a space and a time that is not a time" that is the Internet. Very Exciting.
  11. It enforces discipline - we have made a committment - we have to plan for it and prepare - and then we have to do it.
  12. I'll get to learn stuff about stuff and about my friends and about me and about my gods. win-win-win-win-win.
  13. did I mention the laughter?
Tune in and give us a spin - let us know what you think and what you'd like to see. We are all fellow travellers on The Magical Earth.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

I Nominate Merlin Man for President of the United States of America.

Hey there Hi there,

I read dozen or so blogs on a regular basis - some for fun, and some that are more professionally focused to help me continue to scale the K2 that is my ever increasingly diverse set of responsibilities at work.  Love my Job. This is not the issue.  That it continues to expand exponentially with a myriad of big and small tasks, duties, responsibilities, details, projects, and the like that makes it the challenge I embrace every day with joy and anticipation.  Some days, though - its a bit overwhelming.  Weeks fly by faster than you can turn the pages of a Franklin-Covey dayplanner.  Every Monday starts with hope and a checklist of what needs to be done and every Friday ends with resignation (no, silly - not that kind!) that not all that needed to be done was done and that there is even more to do.  

So, I have found a few productivity writers that inspire me to use new tools, stretch my comfort zone, do things differently, or just feel some camraderie that doing the challenging job that you love may be a tossed salad of accomplishment and frustration - a little oil for the squeaky wheels, a little vinegar when things don't go so well, a bowl full of different items that somehow work togeher to be a feast for 40+ hours a week.  

One of my personal heroes is Merlin Mann - he of 43 Folders fame.  And he has realigned his focus on that blog to shift from "productivity" to "creativity".  He draws a sharp line of distinction between the two - and acknowledges that they are not mutually exclusive.  He new mission statement is 

"43 Folders is Merlin Mann’s website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work."

He would rather lose readers and focus on encouraging people to create things based in their heart's passion and finish them than to simply "produce more work" - and he won't contribute to the recycling of the blogsphere pablum of productivity hacks that has turned into the self-congratulatory cult of ADD style of "makin it work" "workin it hard" "tryin the next thing" style of what doo dad - gee gaw - greasey script - widgety fidgety - extendable extension - is the latest craze.

If we stopped reading ABOUT productivity and just got to work, I betcha we'd GET MORE DONE!  and - there's lots to learn from other people - but there's a question of balance.

There is something in the Air - I'm tellin ya... its the creativity zeitgeist comin atcha...

SO - about 10 days BEFORE I read Merlin's blog and his new focus, four of us decided that we needed to focus on creativity and completion.  Some of us are writers. Some of us are musicians/composers/arrangers.  Some of us are crafty or handy. Some of us are artists.  Some of us are many of these things - but we all have projects that we have started that need to be brought to completion!

We decided to meet every Wednesday, barring real emergencies, and to devote a minimum of three hours to working towards a goal of completion.  Believing as we do that names have power, we tossed around a few names, and landed on "Workaround Wednesday".  

We hope to inspire others to take the middle of the week day and make it a day of accomplishment - even if it is done in small bites each week to devour the elephant over a season - or longer.

Check out our collaborative blog - let us know if you're on board - and start your own WaW circle to focus on creation and completion!  

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

TT# 18 - What We Can Can - We Can Can! (somebody call Baz Luhrman!)

Thirteen Things that We Have Put Up for the Winter (okay, more than 13)

Apologies for missing last week's TT13 - life is messy.

But for this week - we have the literal fruits (and vegetables) of our labor! In the past month, my lovely "cuisiniere" (French for Mistress of the Kitchen, armed with ladle and Henkel knife) and I (her faithful assistant, obedient bearer of burdens and anticipator of needs) have picked, packed, chopped, sliced, diced, peeled, plucked, pared, boiled, saute'd , roasted, sterilized, certo'd, spiced, stirred, seasoned, taste-tested, wrapped, jarred, immersed in boiling water, and listened for the glorious popping sound from the cooling GEM jars - stocking our cold room and our freezer with the following:

1. Salsa - with 5 habanero peppers, 15 chipotle peppers and 26 jalepeno peppers (some like it hot - we like it on fire) and over 50 lbs of tomatoes - plus onions, garlic, and green peppers...

2. beet jelly - amazing sweet and tangy - great on hot buttered whole grain toast made from home-made bread.  Who would have thought the humble beet would gel so well?

3. hot pepper jelly (turns a warm brie into a meal best eaten with Carrs water biscuits)

4. home made chunky ketchup - with a bit of a bite - but sweet too. (like us?)

5. barbecue sauce - tomatoes and peaches and peppers and goodness! lambs are lining up to be basted with this wondrous concoction.  Gotta call Braggi to get more lamb for winter.

6. vegetable broth concentrate (frozen as ice cubes - why take the space to freeze water)

7. cherries (frozen) for ice cream making

8. strawberries (frozen) for ice cream making

9. raspberries (frozen) for ice cream making

10. blueberries (frozen) for ice cream making (we make our own ice cream - if anyone wants to hear the mint-chocolate chip story that made me buy an ice-cream maker - just ask).

11. rhubarb (frozen) for pies and tarts (we'll steal some strawberries designated for ice cream and create heavenly pies for discriminating palates)

12. tomato chutney - a relish for burgers, sausages, and grilled sharp cheddar cheese sandwiches.

13.  apples (frozen) plus apple pies already made and ready for the oven - we were gifted with 50 lbs of Manitoba apples - lots of peeling and coring - but hot apple pie with home made vanilla ice cream is a thing of beauty and a joy for dessert. Thanks, Viv for the apples.  The tendonitis was absolutely worth it.

14.  yellow beans (canned) - 20 lbs is a lot of beans.  It was a weekend that was truly "full of beans".  We weren't laughing so hard by the end of it.  20 lbs.  

15.  asparagus (frozen) - to be savoured with butter in the dead of winter to remember what green tastes like.

Next week - salsa verde (with green tomatoes), home made spaghetti sauce, sweet pepper jelly, mild/medium salsa (depends who you ask), and  the week after that - whatever we can buy cheap by the case on the last weekend of the farmers market the week after.  Any ideas? Suggestions?  great recipes to share?

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