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Yesterday was Election Day here in the U.S., not a Presidential year, but there were LOADS of local elections held nationwide. Gubernatorial races, State House & Senate races, Mayoral races, as well a plethora of other small governmental committee, board and Judicial races. These types of election years don’t usually garner lots of media coverage, but this year? These – normally viewed by the general population as “minor” elections – have brought about some startlingly positive results (In my oh so very liberal opinion).

I woke up this morning to find that several local area GOP incumbents have been ousted by a Democrat. While NYS as a whole is viewed as a “Blue State”, the county in which I reside is generally VERY “Red” (Right-wingers everywhere, y’all!), so this was some pretty exciting news!

This, coupled with the news of key Dem wins elsewhere:

  •  Ralph Northam (D, VA) and Phil Murphy (D, NJ) each won Gubernatorial races against the current GOP Lt. Governors of their respective states.
  • Philadelphia, PA elected liberal Democrat Larry Krasner as their new District Attorney who has promised to end mass incarceration and the death penalty. (Go, Larry!!)
  • The cherry on top: In Virginia, yes Virginia, Danica Roem (D) defeated Del. Robert Marshall (R) in VA’s 13th district becoming the first openly Transgender candidate to the state House of Delegates – she will also be the first Transgender candidate to be elected and seated on ANY state legislature! (You go, girl!)

Now that I’ve rambled on about elections you’re probably bored to tears, but hear’s where this all got goofy with pop-culture wisdom in my little Pixie brain. As I read the news of these remarkable victories across the nation I started to hear George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90” in my head. Confused?? Don’t be! Lemme ‘splain.

This wonderfully deep song by the late and exquisitely talented crooner is about him reclaiming his identity and reveling in the joy that he felt in finding and being his true self. In my mind, that is what’s happening with these elections. We are reclaiming our national identity as one of diversity, one that helps its citizenry, one that looks out for the health of future generations and our planet.

Freedom! is the battle cry of the Democrat, the Liberal, as well as the Republican who is sick of having their party’s ideals distorted and eclipsed by an overwhelmingly self-serving demagogue.

I think there’s something you should know
I think it’s time I stopped the show
There’s something deep inside of me
There’s someone I forgot to be”

Life is about “Give and take”, you cannot keep taking from We the People and expect we won’t fight back. Our country was built on the ideas of lifting people up to be able to fulfill their dreams, not tax them into obscurity and use them as virtual slave labor to help the rich get richer. So, let’s keep this up people. The utterly important Congressional Mid-Term elections are next year. It’s time to stop our nation’s descent into the past. Keep fighting the good fight, and we have a real chance at moving ahead to a brighter future.

Freedom!
Freedom! (oh freedom)
Freedom! (my freedom)
You’ve gotta give for what you take
Freedom! (hold on to my freedom)
Freedom!
Freedom! (my freedom)
You’ve gotta give for what you take”

So, sit back, relax, and listen to the awesomeness that was the lovely George Michael.

Do NOT, however, sit on your laurels…continue to resist.

MovingDayBlog

Hello all you gorgeous and generous folks that follow this less than consistent blogger!!

Today I am posting something a little different, it’s a post about a fundraiser I’m participating in, and I would love if you could help me out.

I will be participating in the National Parkinson Foundation’s Moving Day event in Rochester, NY on October 4, 2015.

Did you know that 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson Disease (or “PD”) are diagnosed in the U.S. each year?? That’s crazy right? Especially when you take into account the 1,000,000 or so folks that have already been diagnosed. 

This is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart, because in December of 2014 a dear friend and coven-mate of mine was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson Disease…he’s only 35. We have created a team page for our Coven and we’re hoping to raise all sorts of funds…it sure would make Adam a happy camper!

If you are unable to donate at this time, that’s ok (keep us in mind though we’ve got until October) but  please consider sharing this post so we can get the word out. 

My Personal Fundraising Page is here: Shawna’s Moving Day Rochester Page

Any and all funds donated via my page will be added to Team Sangha-Sho’s overall goal.

Thank you all so much for reading.

May the Goddess Bless You All

NormalI have not posted in a long while. It’s been a tough year, and the last few weeks have been particularly difficult…and will probably continue to be so. But, this week I feel the NEED to write, and I’m going to warn you now, this could be my wordiest post yet.

Yesterday, as anyone who hasn’t been living in complete and total seclusion knows (therefore if you’re reading this you are not one of those unlikely few) Robin Williams took his own life. Many of you may feel as though you are sick of hearing about it and that is, of course, your prerogative…but I need to bring it up, because it hit me monumentally hard.

It may seem silly to some, especially since I don’t normally subscribe to “celebrity worship”, but I always identified with Robin. Like many of you, I grew up watching him on Mork & Mindy. He never failed to brighten my day. I was one of those who would get mocked for being a bit different. I had an extra curvy spine due to scoliosis, walked on my tip-toes, had freckles, was goofy and awkward, and my opinions didn’t always fall in line with everyone else. So to see Robin bring Mork to life every week, and to have Mindy and the others love him despite his odd behavior, and sometimes because of it, meant the world to me. Mork was nowhere near “normal”, and that helped…a lot.

Later on, I watched his stand-up and learned that not only was he funny, but he was incredibly intelligent. I was also never confused at how he was able to connect A to B by way of L, M, D, R, Sasquatch and the square root of 144. As someone with a completely non-linear, A.D.D. riddled brain I could see and understand his train of thought. The comedy he wrote and performed also let us know he had his own demons to fight…and that although he was laughing, it was indeed a fight. Most importantly, though some of our struggles were different, he let me know I wasn’t the only one struggling…and it helped.

I have suffered through varying degrees of depression for most of my life. Some periods were darker than others. Yes, suicide was contemplated, and attempted. The reasons behind the attempts seem silly now, but the feelings that those reasons spurred into life were overwhelming and all consuming. Luckily, I had enough friends that gave a shit, and they helped me climb out of the depths.

The years went on, and my struggles continued. Through it all, Robin was there with a new role. Whether the film was a comedy or a drama, his portrayal held a bit of both. I could always see, in those moments when his character was contemplating this or that…dealing with adversity…dealing with tragedy…struggling with identity, that he was drawing from his own experiences. Not old experiences of his younger days, but the day to day struggle to just get through the day, and to feel as though you deserved to have done so.

So, to me, Robin Williams represented Hope. Hope that it gets better, hope that I can get through it…because “If Robin can, anyone can.” Unfortunately, it was too much for him on that day…he was unable to ride that dark wave to the shore where he would have felt stable again.

I am not the only one who was shaken to the core by the news. Nothing I feel can possibly compare to what his friends and family are going through, but that does not make the pain that I and others are feeling any less real.

Today I decided to remember his brilliance by watching some of his movies, reading some of his quotes, and creating a cover photo for my facebook page that features him and a quote. I also decided that it’s time to stop looking to others for Hope. I need to find it within myself…and I think I have. Robin is still an inspiration. He hung on for so many years, and provided joy and kindness to so many along the way. He was compassionate, he was generous, he was not the Norm.

So many with depression say things like “I just want to feel normal”. Through all that I have been through, I have never even entertained this notion. Why? Normal is defined as “conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected”…Who wants to be “typical”? I don’t, that’s for sure. I don’t believe that everyone should embark on this  Quest to be Normal. That’s just setting yourself up for a whole heap of self-loathing and living a dull life. Trust me, these are not good things for the one who is severely depressed. I think what we are really looking for (but may not be able to voice) is a Quest to Acceptance & Understanding…a Quest to Self…a Quest to Peace.

As we that struggle continue on, we will have good days, and bad. We will know others that shall have the same.  Remember as you move through your life that just because someone is smiling and laughing, it doesn’t mean they are not suffering. Everyone suffers, to different degrees, but everyone does. So whether or not you know someone is dealing with mental illness, be kind. Show compassion. Listen. Reach out sincerely. Share your own experiences if it seems like it will help, and keep your mouth shut when it won’t. Offer distractions. Be supportive.

Whatever you do, don’t tell someone to just “get over it” or to just “be happy”…if it were really THAT simple, don’t you think we would have tried that already? Ask how you can help, do not tell them they’re being silly, or that they just need to “Pray more”. Granted, I’d say a good 99.9% of you reading this are pagans, and pushing prayer isn’t usually something we do…but, sometimes it happens. lol

Yes, a person’s faith – whatever it may be – may help from time to time…but it is not a cure. To try and peddle it as such is irresponsible, and could prove to be outright dangerous should one’s prayers not be answered in a way they would like.

If you are suffering, reach out, write or speak your feelings to someone (it sure helps me at least), do what makes you happy, avoid alcohol when you feel yourself sliding into the pit (even if you’re NOT an alcoholic…it can lead to bad things), sing, paint, crochet – whatever floats your boat….and if you need to cry for a while? That’s ok too. There is no one “magic treatment” that will make all your troubles disappear. All we can do is survive them. Just like that old Zen Proverb says “Fall down seven times. Get up Eight”.

Striving for “Normal” is just making yourself feel as though YOU aren’t good enough, but you know what? YOU ARE! As a dear friend likes to say “Let your Freak Flag fly!” Embrace what it is that makes you, YOU. Celebrate your differences, because if everyone was the same, we would never have any change and there would be nothing new. Nothing would ever get better… everything would be boring. Who the hell wants a life that is stagnant and boring?? I don’t.

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. Hey. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” The Doctor (From Doctor Who’s: Vincent and the Doctor)

Add to your own Pile of Good Things as often as possible, be sure to add to the good piles of others as well. If it all starts to feel like too much, PLEASE, seek help. It may feel like nobody CAN help, but reach out anyway.

I wish you all Peace, Love, Understanding, and the continued Strength to find out how Amazing you can be.

 

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-442-4673

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

 

The Pixilated PathIt’s been almost 5 years since I started this little outlet for my ramblings, and in those 5 years much and more has changed. However, change is one thing we can not avoid, and this place is no exception. This blog’s former name “Isleen’s Magickal Mist-ery Tour” was a testament to the fabulous education I had been receiving from Sacred Mists at the time I started it. But as I said, a lot has changed. I left The Mists a couple years ago, as my Path caused me to get tangled up with the wonderful folks of The Coven of Sangha-Sho that I am now honored to call my friends & coven mates.

A couple months ago, I started to feel as though the name of the blog was no longer an apt representation of me. That got me to thinking about what would sum up my life (both spiritual and mundane) and would be likely to continue to be an apt representation for a very long time. Then it hit me: The Pixilated Path! Why pixilated? Well, first, let me be clear; I do NOT mean ‘pixelated’, as in an image separated into pixels, but ‘pixilated’ which is an early American term that was meant to mean “Led by Pixies”. It was used when speaking of those who could be described as slightly eccentric, amusingly whimsical, prankish, silly, pixie like, etc.

Here’s a clip from one of my FAVORITE old movies Mr. Deeds Goes to Town in which this word is used (Please ignore the misspelling of the word in the title…I am quite disappointed in Turner Classic Movies for getting it wrong. *sigh*)

 

So, as I am nothing else if not Pixilated, it only seems fitting that my blog should just come out and say so. 😉

In other news! I have signed up to participate in the Pagan Blog Project for 2014! I participated in 2012, and didn’t exactly make it through the whole year, but I am sure going to try this year. Wish me luck! So, I shall keep on keeping on. I keep being the same slightly mad Pixie I’ve always been, and hopefully, you will keep turning up to be entertained and informed by my musings.

 

 Timeline: Iran’s election

(Compiled from two articles on World News Australia – they site AFP as their source)

**The info regarding Neda was written by myself – (AP articles & Wikipedia is where I read her story)

Key events involving Iran since the June 12 presidential election:
Friday, June 12

– More than 46 million eligible voters invited to choose between four candidates, with incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran’s last prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi the favourites. Soon after the voting ended Mousavi announces he has won the election.

Saturday, June 13

– Ahmadinejad calls the result “a great victory” and says the vote was “completely free.” Mousavi complains of “numerous and blatant irregularities.”– Mousavi supporters take to the streets of Tehran, clashing with baton-wielding police in the worst violence since widespread student protests in 1999.

– Some Internet and mobile phone services disrupted, leading to accusations of media censorship.

Sunday, June 14

 

– Ahmadinejad addresses a huge victory rally in Tehran.– Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he has asked the Guardians Council, which supervises elections, to probe allegations of rigging and calls on Mousavi to pursue any complaints via legal and peaceful means.

– Leading Western nations express concern about the election outcome.

 Monday, June 15

– Mousavi appears in public for the first time since the election at a mass rally in Tehran that gathers hundreds of thousands of people.

– The Guardians Council says it will investigate complaints of irregularities lodged by Mousavi as well as Mohsen Rezai and Mehdi Karroubi, the other two presidential candidates.

– Relatives of people arrested in the protests demonstrate outside a Tehran court.

– UN chief Ban Ki-moon calls for the will of the Iranian people to be “fully respected.”

Tuesday, June 16

 

– State television says the rival camps staged more mass rallies in the capital.

– Iran announces restrictions on foreign media, including banning them from covering “unauthorised” rallies.

– Organisers of the pro-regime rally blamed “enemies, particularly the US, Britain, and Israel” for “interfering in Iran’s internal affairs, plotting against the government and giving media support to enemy groups, rioters and social and political hooligans.”

– Ahmadinejad attends an international security conference in Russia, where he says “the age of empires has ended.”

– US President Barack Obama says he has “deep concerns” over the election but will not meddle in Iranian affairs, and the White House says Obama remains “committed to direct engagement” with Iran, despite the violence.

– The foreign ministry summons EU envoys to protest at reaction to the vote.

– Unrest reported in other cities including Mashhad, Isfahan and Shiraz.
– Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says there should be a partial recount if required.

Wednesday, June 17

 – Two more prominent supporters of Mousavi are arrested.– Foreign ministry accuses some foreign media of becoming the “mouthpiece of rioters.”– Revolutionary Guards threaten Iran’s online media with legal action if their sites publish material that creates “tension.”

– Tens of thousands of Mousavi supporters defy a ban on opposition gatherings and take part in a “silent” protest rally, marching through central Tehran. State television broadcast brief footage of the rally.

– A dozen Iranian journalists and bloggers have been arrested and others are in hiding after authorities took steps to restrict the media, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said.

Thursday, June 18

– The three defeated candidates in the election have cited 646 violations in the June 12 poll, electoral watchdog the Guardians Council said.– Iran’s top clerical body, the Assembly of Experts, hailed the mass turnout in the June 12 presidential election but stayed silent on the disputed results.

Friday, June 19

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs Ahmadinejad victory, warns of bloodshed if protests don’t stop.

 
Saturday, June 20
– Police fire tear gas, water cannon on Tehran protesters.

– Shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini attacked. Suicide bomber killed, three wounded: state media.

**The death of 26 yr old Neda Agha-Soltan drew international attention when she was shot and killed by the Basij during election protests. This poignant event was captured on video by witnesses and was then broadcast over the internet. The video, wich is heart-wrenching to view, quickly became a rallying point for the reformist movement. Her name, Neda, means  Voice, Calling or Divine Message in Persian.  This has led to her being referred to as the Voice of Iran. (The Basij is a paramilitary volunteer militia founded by the order of the Ayatollah Khomeini in November 1979. The Basij are subordinate to, and receive their orders from, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei)

Sunday, June 21

– Ten killed, over 100 wounded in clashes Saturday: state television.
– Ahmadinejad accuses Washington, London of “interference”.

– BBC correspondent ordered to leave Iran.

– Mousavi urges supporters to continue demos.

Monday, June 22

– At least 457 people arrested Saturday: state radio.
– Guardians Council admits vote discrepancies in 50 districts.

– Britain withdraws families of Tehran embassy staff.

– Tehran protesters defy warning by elite Revolutionary Guards and take to streets. Riot police break up demo with tear gas, arrest 50-60: witnesses.

Tuesday, June 2

– Guardians Council rules out vote annulment.
– Khamenei extends by five days a Wednesday deadline to examine vote complaints.

– Iran and Britain expel diplomats in tit-for-tat move as Khamenei brands Britain “most evil” of Iran’s enemies.

– US President Barack Obama says US “outraged” by crackdown on protesters.

Wednesday, June 24

Khamenei says regime will not back down on results.
Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli says rioters funded by the CIA and exiled opposition group People’s Mujahedeen of Iran.

Defeated conservative candidate Mohsen Rezai withdraws complaint about results.

Authorities arrest 25 staff at Mousavi’s newspaper: colleague.

Riot police and volunteer militia deter protesters from gathering near parliament in Tehran: witnesses

Ways To Help & Support Those in Iran:

 
  •  Join Facebook Group: 100 Million Facebook members for Democracy in Iran or Face book Fan Page: IRAN
  • “Green” your profile pics/pages and Blogs: Green is the official color of  the Iran movement, changing the color of your profile pages, blogs and avatars to gree helps to show your support!        

(This may seem trivial, but Iranians have said every bit of support matters and helps them to keep going) 

 – To change your Avatar on Twitter, go to: http://helpiranelection.com  A single click there will change your Twitter avatar to have a green overlay — the official color of the movement — and will post this Tweet on your behalf: ” Show support for #iranelection green overlay to your Twitter avatar with 1-click http://helpiranelection.com/”.

You can always alter your pics before upload by using the photo editor in photobucket as well.

  •  Google: Your City “Solidarity” “Iran” – This is a good way to find events in your area that are being set up to show support
  •  Help conceal Iranian activists who are on Twitter from the secret police by changing your location to Tehran, Iran and your timezone to Tehran.

Magickal Help:

As Wiccans, my Brothers & Sisters at Sacred Mists  & I have come up with some ways we can support them in a “Witchy” way 😉 .

  • Take a moment each day and stand outside facing the direction of Iran…Focus  & stream your Intentions & Energy in that direction for at least 1 minute
  • Light a candle on your alter, or even create an alter specifically for the Iran struggle
  • If you are a Reiki practitioner, you could send daily Reiki to the Region
  • Use your Magickal Creativity and craft spells to help those in need
  • If you have others that you gather with, be it your coven, or just some like-minded friends, plan to gather and perform a special ritual.

This is an important time in the World’s History…and is grossly important for those in the thick of the fight. These may all seem like rather simple things to do, but I think they are better than doing nothing at all.

If I find or think of any other things we as a Global Community can do, I’ll be sure to let you all know.

Blessings & Love to you and all who Inhabit the Earth…