Darkness Defines the Light – Guest Post by, Tina Frisco…

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Without darkness, light would have no definition. Without evil, good would never be challenged to expand. Without definition and challenge, there would be no growth. Without growth, our spirits would not evolve.

Many indigenous peoples say the Earth is a schoolhouse and we incarnate here in order to learn. This makes sense only if we view the spirit as separate from the corporeal. If we do, then advancing to higher consciousness and an elevated spiritual plane holds great promise for human transcendence.

The Earth is a bipolar planet. Since all matter converts to energy, we can infer that our lessons will be of a bipolar nature. Darkness and evil are not, in and of themselves, our enemies. When we set up something as the enemy, we constrict and lose all prospect of growth. When we see adversity as our ally, our growth potential expands and accelerates.

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Ever wake up to one of these days?

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Trust that through…

Sacred Touches

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**Image found on Pixabay; text added by Natalie

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Soul Healing Art


Within each Man exists the shape of Hope
For some, the Hope is well-formed
For others, the Hope is amorphous
But, to each, his Hope is his Own
Underpinning his Existence.

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The case for a coup against Trump

Churchmouse Campanologist

Some reading this would be delighted if President Donald Trump were toppled from office.

With the recent revelations during the past two weeks, it does not appear as if this will happen (thank goodness), but the coup is real.

In July, I wrote about a South African — now American — Evangelical pastor who held a 24/7 prayer vigil at his church praying for Trump’s safety.

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne is no tin-foil hat wearer. The danger is real.

Cascade Free Zone has an excellent article, ‚The Deep State Coup‘, which is brilliantly written and informative. I highly recommend it.

Brief excerpts and a summary follow. Emphases mine below.

The coup has been going on since the November 8, 2016 election. The means and accusations were in place long before then — e.g. the Russian dossier. Note that the dossier is still in active play and old accusations about…

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Former CIA head speaks about Russian collusion

Churchmouse Campanologist

On December 11, 2017, Politico published an extensive interview with former CIA head Mike Morell, ‚Ex-Spy Chief: Russia’s Election Hacking Was An „Intelligence Failure“‚.

This is an important admission:

So, I don’t think it was a mistake. I think there were downsides to it that I didn’t think about at the time. I was concerned about what is the impact it would have on the agency, right? Very concerned about that, thought that through. But I don’t think I fully thought through the implications.

One downside could have been not expecting Donald Trump to win the election.

Not thinking through the implications could be a way of saying that Americans now know that the CIA (like other security agencies) is politicised.

Here’s another interesting admission:

So, I think there was a significant downside to those of us who became political in that moment. So, if I could have thought…

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A must-see Christmas documentary: Wild Tales from the Village

Churchmouse Campanologist

In December 2016, BBC Two broadcast a fascinating animal documentary called Wild Tales from the Village.

I’m not much on animal documentaries, but this is a must-see. Children will enjoy it, too.

Filmed in the French village of Puycelsi, the hour-long documentary looks at the everyday life of squirrels, dormice, hedgehogs, pigeons and more, starting in winter and ending the following autumn. You see a year’s worth of activity beautifully filmed. Here’s a short clip of two squirrels. Their love life is traced through the seasons:

Wild Tales from the Village was made by the BBC Natural History Unit and is narrated by Tchéky Karyo from The Missing.

It’s witty, charming and gentle. It might be shown on PBS in the US. If so, do watch or record for later. Budding film-makers will appreciate the lush slow-motion close-ups. This film deserves an award.

Puycelsi is one of Most…

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News in brief — December 12-14, 2017

Churchmouse Campanologist

The week of December 11, 2017 has been chock-a-block with news.

It’s unlikely Big Media have reported the bulk of it. What follows are a few stories people might have missed.

The anti-Trump FBI ‚insurance policy‘

A series of text messages between FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page were released on Tuesday, December 12. The Daily Caller reports (emphases mine):

Two FBI officials who worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation exchanged text messages last year in which they appear to have discussed ways to prevent Donald Trump from being elected president.

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok wrote in a cryptic text message to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer…

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12 – 14 – featured haiku writer


Rich autumn sun falls
but cannot stay the hunger
of orphaned fox cubs.
Jane Dougherty 2017

Here is the fourth haiku from our second featured haiku writer! Read more of Jane Dougherty’s poetry at her blog!

This haiku wouldn’t leave me alone – monsters kill monsters always leaving behind the vulnerable…
This haiku is part of my MONSTER series.

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Fragile things

Jane Dougherty Writes

The last dverse post of the year.

Photo©British Bird Lovers


I could sing a song of falling leaves,

If only I could find the key and tune the wind.

I could fill your hands with golden light,

The leaf light and the slanting sun,

And place a garland in your hair,

Reminder of the years behind.

But you look ever far ahead,

Beyond the falling leaves of snow

And soft spring shoots that thrust between

The dead stumps where the deer step by.

The place you see is lost to me,

A dream that took a different road

When choosing was a thing for two.

You took the solid, paved with grey, the wild green I;

What we hold now is fragile as the blue

Of thrushes’ eggs and last summer’s sky.

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