Have we forgotten how to appreciate and care for Mother Earth? Is it possible for humans, nature and animals to live in harmony and balance? Love is the core of life and love for all living things is where to begin finding peace for mankind.
Do faeries really exist and will they show kindness and love to humans? They do and they will if you truly believe.
For generations folks in the seaside town remembered the men lost in the shipwreck of the Rebecca Lee.
Two old friends meet again after several years. Both have lost so much and find a bond with each other.
Matt Rees struggles to consciousness in complete darkness, not knowing if anyone else was still alive.
Peggy Jenkins retired from the police force and found a whole new life with Gary.
A short story about a woman police officer involved in a crime scene.
At a time when women were not supposed to be independent and do as they wish, Beth, Meredith, and Anna are of a different breed, free spirits and far ahead of their time.
Humans also defend their beliefs and will argue till they win, or are proved wrong, or just walk away with the thought that it is not worth it. In the last case, nothing is solved
When one is involved in a community of people who will be in touch with each other on a daily basis, it is very wise to protect your own credibility and reputation by verifying the truth.
This is about the history of an old bench and a rose garden.
Mary Little Deer could still hear his promise after almost thirty summers. "I will cross many rivers to find you." That dearest of all voices was still in her heart, as fresh and young as it was then.
Every night Johnny went out looking for him, hoping to catch him alone and off his guard. Johnny owed him something - revenge and a slow death.
This is the story of mountain folk, mainly a very independent young woman. Some Appalachian colloquial language is used. "Horny toad indeed", Emma often recalled in her quiet times.
Is it possible to fall in love with someone you never met in person, just online? I believe it is when there is a strong spiritual connection. That can grow into a beautiful, lasting love.
Lately things were not always quiet and peaceful at night. Something weird was going on at the zoo and the gorilla knew more than the security guard did.
Having an open mind and heart is the way to achieve harmony and balance in your life. People who criticize your beliefs may not have an open mind and heart.
This is the conclusion to Paradise Gateway. It is about Carter Bascom, the famous wood carver of Apple Valley.
Even animals did not fear or harm Carter. Often men saw bears, deer and bobcats laying around Carter's cabin as he sat outside feeding the smaller critters seeds, nuts and berries ...
Does a soul exist in humans or animals? Let's look at some theories that have been around since ancient times.
Some ancestors of Granny Women in Appalachian regions come from Ireland, Scotland,and Wales. Let's step through a door to the past and take a look at some of their ancient healing practices...
Archaeological study has shown that ancestors of the Navajo and Apache migrated from eastern Alaska and northwestern Canada to the Southwest United States sometime around 1400 CE - subsequently the Na
How did the respect for sacredness of Earth change to overuse of nature for utilitarian purposes?
They each left a legacy of successful accomplishments and contributions to literature, being the first women to contribute to the literary arts through poetry.
The Hopi people believe the end of this fourth world will happen with catastrophic events as the fifth world begins to emerge. Who will go into the new world?
Labor Day in the United States is the first Monday in September each year. When we look back at history of the holiday we see it is not just about retail sales and going back to school.
Thank you, Jackie Lynnley for asking the question: "Have you information on this winter being bad?" Here is some information that will help us predict our coming winter.
This article contains my thoughts, beliefs and even some of my own theories as to when was the Beginning, before the Big Bang, Chaos, Gaia and God.
Teresa's divine ecstasies and rapture occurred when she was entranced, which led her to Union with God and an exalted consciousness when in the state of being one with the Absolute.
What is the "great silence and darkness"? As in Ragnarok are we to experience the final destination of annihilation, or will we be Lantern Carriers and wake people up?
Where does coffee come from? Here is some basic information on coffee plantations, beans, commercial roasting and how to roast your own coffee beans.
Each skull and bone was placed in cement to adhere to the walls. It was built during the spiritual movements of the Catholic Reformation (1545 - 1648).
A tussie-mussie, posy or nosegay can send a coded message. If a man wanted a particular lady to return his affection, he might send her an arrangement of jonquils (return my affection). If she was interested, she might have sent him some ambrosia (love is reciprocated).
Among the best known and loved folk and fairy tales are those told by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, The Brothers Grimm as they are usually referred to. They were great storytellers of their time. The collections of stories they published are still loved and read today.
This is a great family project to start a new summer tradition of outdoor baking. To build an outdoor Pueblo style oven is easier than you think.
If one happens to embark onto the island it can be a frightening, chilling experience. Whispers of ancient spirits floated in the winds ...
The Panchatantra Five Principles of ancient India is a collection of fables originally written in Sanskrit. It is believed to have been written by Vishnu Sharma.
Why a bunny for Easter? Let's take a look at the origins of the Easter Bunny and the tradition of colored eggs for this holiday.
If all of the flood legends are true, it would mean that it was not just one group that survived to re-populate the world, but over 500 groups that survived and restored the world and humanity.
Only the very brave or the spirits of the ones very much in love, like Catherine and Heathcliff, who know every inch of the land that offers so many surprises, dare traverse these moorlands when the sun sets.
The nine Muses in Greek mythology have been sources of inspiration for the arts, philosophy, and science since antiquity. This article addresses their origins and attributes.
Once you know which goddess you are like, bring her essence, beauty and grace into your home for your own personal energy and a divinely empowering part of your life. Make your home a true reflection of you.
Glastonbury Abbey and the Tor have a long line of history and interesting legends from long ago. Ever nail a horseshoe on the Devil?
Before the dancers appear, before anything is started, there is performed with great ceremony, beauty and pride The Grand Entry. One cannot but admire this breathtaking ceremony.
The origins of figgy pudding date back to medieval England. At that time it was not a dessert, but a method of preserving meats for the winter months.
Aphrodite is a woman seeking revenge against Psyche. Will Psyche survive the impossible tasks given her? Will she find Eros?
In this novel, Faulkner used a technique called "stream of consciousness". This narrative mode depicts the many thoughts and feelings that pass through the minds of the characters in the story.
Psyche had listened to her devious, jealous sisters and decided to do as they told her, even though her husband said there was a bad omen about the sisters visiting.
At the request of Eros, Zephyr had rescued Psyche from a fate worse than death. She is now in the beautiful meadow gardens at the palace of Eros and awakens.
For the sake of her parents and the kingdom, Psyche had resigned herself to accept her fate at the hands of the evil monster and to be his bride. She grieved that she would never know true love.
From her home high on Mount Olympus, Aphrodite saw what was happening and became enraged with jealousy and indignation. She went in search of her son, Eros, he must curse Psyche.
This hub is in reply to Frank Atanacio's challenge to write an alternative ending to his "A Differnt Type of Torture" hub. This is my ending to the story.
We all define love in our own personal way. These are my own thoughts about what love is and how profound it can be.
It is that time of year again when ghouls, ghosts, goblins and all kinds of spooks start gearing up to go bumping around in the dark corridors of our imaginations and scare as many poor souls as they can. Just around the corner is the spookiest time of the year, Halloween!
Families and friends were torn apart, spread far and wide, never to see each other again. This sad fate of a race inspired one of the greatest works of poetry ever written. The epic poem describes the betrothal of a fictional Acadian girl named Evangeline Bellefontaine to her beloved Gabriel...
Among other mysteries, there is a looking glass in the home that has been there since the house was built. It has seen all the Pyncheons for generations and even, at times, the spirits of old Maule and others seem to pass through the glass. What secrets does it hold?
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born November 30, 1835. He is better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. It was a momentous time, for Halley's Comet had made its appearance just two weeks earlier, an occurrence that can be seen from Earth just once every 75 to 76 years. Twain burst into our lives just...
Singing bowls are used in healing practices, meditation, religious ceremonies, rituals, and for personal enjoyment. The origin of singing bowls come from India, possibly over 2000 years ago.
Rainforests play a significant role in the ecosystem of our planet. Deforestation disturbs this fragile balance. There are still people who care , but are there enough to make a difference?
How did the sand dune get there and get so big? That answer can be found by going back to prehistoric times -- 12,700 years ago when valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains contained glaciers
Raven came from the Old World to North America over two million years ago. Raven represents the mystery of the unknown, death and transformation, he is a connection to the Otherworld.
Fables substitute animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature rather than humans as characters to teach a moral lesson. Come journey with me in search of Aesop.
Grand Canyon, Arizona, camping, campsites, Havasupai Tribe, Supai, Grand Canyon National Monument, Grand Canyon National Park, UNESCO World Heritage site
The House of Basarab, was founded in 1310 by Basarab I and became the first ruling dynasty of Romania -- the family of Basarab was strong enough to establish the first Principality of Wallachia.
Vlad III Dracula was known after his death as Vlad the Impaler (Tepes) and had a reputation of being an evil and sadistic madman who resorted to unusual, brutal and bizarre methods of killing his victims. What was Vlad really like as a ruler and warlord?
Lake Tahoe has it all. From fabulous resorts, beautiful casinos on the Nevada side, restaurants galore, high rated hotels, motels, water sports and other outdoor activities, dinner cruises on the lake aboard authentic paddle wheel boats, historical sights, adventurous hiking trails like the...
The Bristlecone pine, Methuselah, at 4,845 years old, was recorded as the oldest living thing on Earth, until 2013 when another tree in the same area was found to be 5,064 years old. The actual location of both trees is not publicized to the general public in order to help prevent vandalism.
The Mysterious Doom, by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, chilling tales of ghosts and hauntings in the Pacific Northwest. Each story will keep you on the edge waiting for the outcome. It was not enough for me to read about one of these tales, I had to go check it out myself and came in contact with...
It is hard to believe that in the 19th century, a man could have his wife committed to a psychiatric hospital based solely upon his whim. Yet it was the law that made this possible.
How to make Worry Dolls. How to make a greeting card box to keep your Worry Dolls in.
Swamps seem to have mysterious and dark histories from legends and lore of the local people who live near or in such lands. Yet if one can ignore the ghost stories and creatures who prowl through the mists and murky waters, there is a lot of beauty and natural wonder to be found. The Okefenokee...
Outdoor campers, it is time to get your camping gear checked out and ready for summer time. Outdoor camping is fun for the whole family and for nature enthusiasts. It can also be a very romantic time for just you and your loved one.
When the dragons became exhausted from their warring, they would fall onto the silk cloth, sink to the bottom of the cauldron and drink all the mead, thereby, falling into a deep sleep. The cauldron and dragons would sink to the bottom of the pit and Lludd would have them buried deep.
As her husband was carried off the battlefield, Molly grabbed the ramrod and in the heat of battle and sun, continued to swab and load the cannon. Even when a musket ball from the enemy tore off a large portion of her petticoat, Molly continued to keep the cannon cooled and loaded. She was very...
Geoffrey has Merlin born a cambion of a mortal woman and an incubus (demon in male form). Merlin inherits his supernatural powers and abilities from this demon. A cambion is a being that shows no sign of life yet appears alive. It has no pulse, no breath, and only slightly resembles a human...
Being a Ghigau, Nancy was not only allowed to sit in on counsel with the male leaders, but also had the power to spare captives. One such captive was Lydia Russell who was injured when she was captured just a day before a battle at Fort Watauga settlement which is now Elizabethton, Tennessee.
Many were the mighty warriors of the Dananns. Nuada, their king, was great and loved, as was Manannan, son of Lir. Other leaders of the clan were Ogma, Nuada's brother. It was Ogma who taught the people to write. Dian Cecht knew the magic and ways of healing. Neit was a superior battle leader....
The Appalachian Mountain range is an ancient band of some of the most beautiful mountain areas in North America. The range stretches from the island of Newfoundland in southeastern Canada and extends 1,500 miles down in a southwestward direction to Central Alabama in the United States.
Sealth of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes of the Pacific Northwest was a well loved and respected leader. He was known for his intelligence, courage and power. His word was law to his people, and like the Thunderbird, he was highly respected by all who knew him -- he was loved by his friends and...
Sarah lived in two worlds. She was born into the old ways, the traditions and freedom of her people. Much of her adult life, however, was spent among the white society.
In the folklore and mythology of every culture there have been stories and legends of giants. Were the myths based on facts or were the facts exaggerated into mythological legends over time?
With severe weather conditions and the icy river threatening, crossing the Delaware River would be dangerous for General Washington and his troops. The Hessians had no clue that soon they would be in the famous Battle of Trenton. The stillness and quiet settled in as the soldiers slept.
The ancient belief system of the Aranda and other Australian Aboriginals is still adhered to today and is closely tied in to their spirituality. This belief is called the Dreamtime. Dreamtime, for the indigenous Australians, is Creation, which gives purpose or meaning to everything.
This is a brief history of the Yukon, the Klondike Gold Rush and some lore of the land. Included are some quotes from Robert W. Service, the Bard of the Yukon, who wrote about the Yukon and its legends.
Stoker’s books are in the Gothic horror genre. He wrote twelve novels, many fictional short stories and some non-fiction books. Yet he is best known for creating Dracula, the hated, feared and blood sucking vampire that captured victims with first his irresistible charismatic personality, superb...
At the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden, two Native Americans became world famous with stunning victories in track and field by taking first and second places.
Marion Zimmer Bradley takes the reader through the magical, romantic lands of ancient Paganism, the lives of High Kings, their beautiful Queens, and early Christianity from the viewpoint of the heroic women behind the warriors and kings.
The Siege of Boston began immediately after the Battles of Lexington and Concord. From April 19, 1775 to March 17, 1776, General George Washington and other Patriot commanders kept a tight rein on the British army.
The roots of Valentines Day were planted by ancient Pagan belief. This was a fertility celebration usually performed around February 15. Lupercalis, or Lupercalia, is what the ancient people of Rome called this festival. Although the history of this holiday is obscure and has numerous legends and...
These spectacular and intricate wood carvings on the monumental poles puts the coastal tribes in a class by themselves, as masters of this type of design in symbolism and treatment of wood.
Llewellyn has given us the secrets to invoke the Greek goddesses in our homes. The beauty and grace of your favorite goddess can be a divinely empowering part of your life. You will find that surrounding yourself with the essence of your goddess will bring serenity and fulfillment to you....
Because he was never taken from the crib, never taught how to walk or make his body function, he could do nothing but lay there. The muscles of his legs never developed and he still kept them pulled up to his body as a baby does. His arms were weak, his hands in a permanent fist.
Creative writing challenge issued by Frank Atanacio for the fate of Jenny Camacho. Something unknown was pulling Jenny forward and she had no control over the momentum that was taking her to ...
Down in the hollow one may hear echos of the drills that bore into the hillsides, eking out mines with seams so narrow in some places that miners had to move through on their knees. If anyone could go down into the mines now, there might be sounds from the distant past -- pick axes, hammers and...
The documentation of Native American culture and history could have been lost if not for the invention of the camera and the dedication of people like Edward Sheriff Curtis. In his life he managed to portray the Native American as no one had done before or since.
Some of the toy crafters were very creative and others settled for simple basics to make the dolls. Flat pieces of wood, a wooden dowel or flexible metal rod is all that is needed for the materials.
The beliefs of the carver are deeply ingrained into the mysticism of the dolls. There is a bond, a kinship, that develops between the carver and the doll. The doll develops a soul ....
So much faith and perfection is put into these ceremonies that even one slip of the tongue in a recitation, one omission of a word, one stumble in a dance, can discredit the performer and bring misfortune for the entire village and a failed crop for the year.
Mary's story is one of incredible courage, strength, and determination that is astounding enough to make one think only a woman of 'make believe' could have accomplished what she did. Yet real she was and true is her story.
The beautiful island that Isaac called his paradise is today haunted by his spirit. Some say that Isaac appears at night in the cabin in a misty, pale blue ethereal light and heads out the front door to suffer the same bloody attack, again and again.
November is Native American Heritage month. In honor of all Native Americans, past and present, I dedicate this article.
This ceremony was to symbolize the end of the girl's childhood and her time to approach marriage. The marriage would be negotiated by her family.
When the regulars approached Parker and the militia, infantry troops rushed forward in an intimidating manner, yelling with threatening motions of their bayonets and an officer on horseback was waving his sword, demanding that the militia lay down their arms. From somewhere, a shot was fired -- no...
One can have a good life, good marriage, lots of friends, yet feel lonely. Why is this?
A mother's love is stronger than the wrath of all mythological gods. When Persephone, goddess of Spring, was kidnapped, her mother, Demeter, faced two of the most powerful gods in Greek mythology.
And keep her house she did --Montagu found out that Black Agnes was not one to mess with.
To sit and study the photographs of Chaco Canyon leads to a phenomenal journey of the imagination. To visit the fabulous Pueblo site in person is beyond fascination!
It came to Perseus that Polydectes, who wanted ever more power and riches, would also want even more protection. At the risk of his own life, Perseus promised Polydectes the head of Medusa.
The woman turned to Cathbad the Druid, who knew all, and asked him to give his words of wisdom, for she knew not what the cry meant. Cathbad told them that it was a woman who screamed out her woes for the tragedy that would come in her life.
The ride of these three Patriots accomplished the purpose. They managed to send out the alarm that mustered the militia and minutemen to deploy quickly.
If there are still some wandering ghosts out there looking for a home, you just may find a good one in Nevada in the towns of Belmont, Cobre, or Gold Point.
If there are some wandering ghosts out there looking for a home, you just may find a good one in Nevada in the towns of Aurora, Berlin, Bullfrog, or Fort Churchill.
Each colony had their own Committee of Correspondence. One of their most important purposes was to keep all voters informed of common threats to all colonies. The Powder Alarm set in motion some repercussions from the colonies and became practice for the Battles of Lexington and Concord which would...
The American Revolutionary War began with the Boston Campaign, 1774 - 1776.
Strongly opposing all the taxation and having no voice in Parliament, the colonists began uniting into one force of support for each other and what they felt was now their own country of America.
Church leaders like Reverend Cotton Mather who firmly believed in witchcraft, terrified the colonists to the point of mass hysteria with the belief that Satan was among them.
There is archaeological evidence that as early as 1700 BC, the ceremonies and festival for the Mysteries were held at the site of what was ancient Eleusis.
The banshee, who mourns at the death of a high family member, is traveling to the home of the one who died.
Similar to the European werewolf, the rougarou is a man who can shape-shift, or transform, into a creature.
The first rebellion in the American colonies began with an uprising led by Nathaniel Bacon in 1676. The fragile peace between the settlers and the Indian tribes was shattered due to Bacon's Rebellion.
Wars between the ever increasing colonists and the Indians nearly made the Powhatan tribes extinct. Only one tribe survived these war
Since the sixteenth century, there has been a significant loss of land on the north end of the island as the sea reclaimed it. Some experts believe the remnants of Roanoke Colony may be underwater.
Voices, whispers, disembodied steps, and coughs from unexplained sources have been noticed by many visitors. Even some apparitions have been seen.
Leap Castle, in County Offaly, Ireland, is a castle that has the beauty and charm of the medieval architecture, plus an enigmatic aura of mystery and hauntings. It is considered the most haunted castle in Ireland.
Maggie continued to work till the day her child was born in a field, where she had gone to give birth in secrecy. Whether the baby was still born or died shortly after birth, is not known for sure. It is known, however, that Maggie left her dead baby on the bank of River Tweed.
Evidence of hunters and gatherers of complex agrarian societies, shows that indigenous tribes lived in the Appalachian regions over 12,000 years ago.
The Appalachian Mountains held many secrets unknown to outsiders. The ways of healing were not from doctors and hospitals, but from the women who lived in the mountains and learned from their ancestors, nature, and the Cherokee people.
Lozen could ride, shoot, and fight as well as the Apache men in the band and had great skill in military strategy.
Quanah Parker was a bridge for his people to the new world. He helped them to adjust, which saved them from certain starvation and death.
Rosebud was dedicated to changing societal stigmas of the American Indian. To teach all people the history, culture, and traditions of Native Americans was her lifelong purpose.
With many obstacles ahead of her, Susan La Flesch was determined to become a doctor. She was dedicated and steadfast to her goal.
These few women, and many more like them across America, have taken the creative gifts of their ancestors to weave a legacy of beautiful and fine art work in basket making. Their baskets are now treasured pieces of art work in private collections , museums, and historical societies.
The magical, beautiful music of the flute opens the heart and calls to the spirit. The music turns into love notes that fall on the ear of the intended beloved.
Midway between an ancient culture steeped with generations of revered traditions, spiritual ceremonies, legends and mystical stories, and the society of today built with technology and strong differing political and religious beliefs, stands our Native American teenager.
Those days of being poor has brought forth some of my family's favorite recipes, like Biscuits and Gravy, creamed tuna on toast, and creamed chipped beef on toast.
The corset was considered a great asset to make women more attractive and curvaceous. Yet it was a torturous contraption that often caused women to faint and possibly deform their bodies. No wonder establishments and homes often provided a “fainting room”.
He was one of the mightiest that ever walked the ancient lands and fought on the battlefields of the Celts. He was a great and fearless warrior. He was loved by many and feared by all. He was Cu Chulainn, ancient Irish warrior of heroic legends.
Throughout time, many cultures have worshiped the image and concept of a mother goddess. Find out how this goddess manifested in many cultures around the world.
Lantern Carriers spread light and love where ever their calling takes them. Whether it is by physical travel or on a spiritual journey, a Lantern Carrier helps others to open their eyes to what is happening in the world today -- and how we can stand up to save Mother Earth from those in control who...
The Valkyries don their armor, mount their battle ready horses, are handed their spears then ride over the earth...to choose their dead...
Cynthia Ann did not know on that day that an attack by the Comanche would change her life forever.
When you have important events coming up, it's important to plan your menu of appetizers ahead of time so you're not stressed out. I've shared 13 mouthwatering recipes below that you can use to create a fantastic spread!
Many people will avoid buying it because of the amount of fat and gristle in it -- yet this is what makes the chuck steak so flavorful.
I remember writing only one letter to Santa Claus. I gave it to my father to mail. I am sure I wrote other letters in other years, but this one was special.
Julia Bulette, Virginia City madam, was one of the women who helped, in her own way, to settle the old west.
For warm and comfortable winter footwear there is nothing better than a pair of soft soled moccasins. I am going to show you how to make moccasins that cuddle your feet...
The recipe below is excellent for making Halloween Jack-o-Lantern face cookies, yet is good for any holiday cookie. You can use cookie cutters in shapes of trees, angels, or Santa for Christmas; hearts for Valentine's Day; bunnies for Easter; or in any shape for any time of year. How about...
There is nothing better than to sit on the front porch with family and friends on an autumn evening and pass out plates of warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream melting slowly over the edges.
Pueblo life has not changed much since the early history of around 1100 AD.
Poe was a master at reaching out to awaken the deepest emotions in others by shedding light on his own sorrows. Poe expressed the deepest love and deeper sorrows that was very much a part of himself.
It was a winter of horrific tragedy for the Donner Party.
Mother had a very difficult time accepting Brother's death. We tried so hard to give her the assurance of love and support we thought she so needed. We did not realize just how much she was suffering in silence.
Eilley's dream home all too soon filled with sadness and her happy life had changed to one of sorrow and loneliness.
Children who were not perfect and considered "feeble-minded" were shut away from society, their families, and everything they knew.
Everyday of her life a Native American woman worked hard to provide a home, food and clothing for her family. Every tool used she hand made or was passed down from Grandmothers before her.
You know, we sometimes go through life accepting that which we know and love is a part of life that is lasting. As a child, we often do not think of death, for ourselves or those close to us. Death is something that happens to people we do not know...
Often I saw a few of them walking slowly around the grounds. Like everything else, the clothing they wore was a dingy gray and their faces were blurred. I did not mention it to anyone when I saw them. The first time I saw them I pointed them out and no one else in the car saw them.
After the Comstock Lode ended in 1898, the population of residents was drastically reduced. People left for other mining towns. Those who died are buried in the cemeteries, but some spirits linger on.
Archaeologists have found that cultures from the earliest of times learned to appreciate nature's plants for not only a food source, but their healing qualities as well.
Have we lost touch with our ancestors? Part of our purpose in life is to teach our youth -- to leave them a legacy of their heritage and to instill in them the importance of their own spirituality.
The way they cared for Nature shows how their deep respect for Mother Earth bonded them to the Creator. They never desecrated or destroyed nature. If, for example, they needed to gather herbs such as sage, they took only what they needed and never took from the Grandfather plant that gave life to...