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So Darian Durant is out again. This year it's a torn achilles tendon. So where does that leave my beloved Riders? Three words: Kevin Glenn's Team. Glenn is a very experienced quarterback, and is an awesome player. He has the smarts to lead the Riders to a Grey Cup. 

Don't be too quick to take him out, and please, use Sunseri as little as possible. He's bad news. Got too big for his football britches and has been a rather poor performer since last year. 

Give Glenn time to get his groove on and we'll be in the playoffs before you know it. (That makes me think of winter and snow - not a LOL!)

Go Riders!



My partner of 12 years had a stroke a year ago last May. They had told me that it was not so bad. Could have been worse they said. I believed them. You know the more time that passes the beter he is getting. 

Issue is that I think it WAS worse than they thought. He continues to have balance issues, walking issues, and even his thought processes remain sometimes muddled. 

I love him and am still planning to stay with him and keep him in my life. I am just frustrated the improvements are much slower to come around.

These are the improvements we have seen as far as his independence go: 

*He can now use his walker to walk to the mall

*He can use the regular transit bus

*He can maintain some level of personal cleanliness

Issues remaining:

*Depression - somedays very bad.

In any case I will be there for him. 





And the fires
Shall burn
And the wheel of life
Shall turn
And the dead will come home, on Samhain

And then
The night sky
On a lunar light
And the dead will come home, on Samhain

Little children
Dress like beasts
In the lamp-lit
Dark streets
And the dead come alive, on Samhain

Come away
From this island earth
Come back to
The moment of your birth
And the dead come alive, on Samhain

Ever since
The dawn of time
This day has been for them
Lay your minds on the line
And await the dead, on Samhain

When the wall
Grows thin
Allows the dead
To come in
So await the dead, on Samhain

I will see you, come Samhain

Glen Whitman,


The Wheel of the year


*Pronounced: SOW-in (as in "cow"), (or sometimes sew-WIN)

For more pagan pronunciations, click here.

**Read about Samhain


May the blessings of Eostre 
be upon you this special day!

Eastre, the Goddess of Dawn and Spring
Eostre, the Goddess of Dawn and Spring

Ostara is a modern Neopagan holiday. It is loosely based on several holidays which were celebrated around the spring equinox (when day and night are nearly of equal length). The modern holiday does not have a strong relation to any known historical Pagan religious observation. A historically correct reconstruction is impossible.

The name Ostara goes back to Jacob Grimm, who, in his Deutsche Mythologie, speculated about an ancient German goddess Ostara, after whom the Easter festival (German: Ostern) could have been named. Grimm's main source is De temporum ratione by the Venerable Bede. Bede had put forward the thesis that the Anglo-Saxon name for the month of April, Eostur-monath, was named after a goddess Eostre.

Wiccan festival
Ostara is one of the four lesser Wiccan holidays or sabbats of the Wheel of theWheel of the yearYear. Ostara is celebrated on the spring equinox, in the Northern hemisphere around March 21 and in the Southern hemisphere around September 23, depending upon the specific timing of the equinox. Among the Wiccan sabbats, it is preceded by Imbolc and followed by Beltane.

In the book Eight Sabbats for Witches by Janet and Stewart Farrar, the festival Ostara is characterized by the rejoining of the Mother Goddess and her lover-consort-son, who spent the winter months in death. Other variations include the young God regaining strength in his youth after being born at Yule, and the Goddess returning to her Maiden aspect.

Ostara is the virgin Goddess of spring. This holiday concerns the deity's trip to the underworld, and their struggle to return from the Land of the Dead to Earth. When they accomplish this return, they have a life renewed[citation needed]. It was considered bad luck to wear anything new before Ostara, so the people would work through the winter in secret to make elegant clothes for the Sabbat celebration. The entire community would gather for games, feasting, and religious rituals while showing off their clothing.

The lamb was another symbol of Ostara, and was sacred to the Virgin Goddess of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

The modern belief that eggs are delivered by a rabbit known as the Easter Bunny comes from the legend of the Goddess Eostre. So much did a lowly rabbit want to please the Goddess that he laid the sacred eggs in her honor, gaily decorated them, and humbly presented them to her. So pleased was she that she wished all humankind to share in her joy. In honor of her wishes, the rabbit went through the entire world and distributed these little decorated gifts of life.

^ Grimm, Jacob (1835). Deutsche Mythologie (German Mythology); From English released version Grimm's Teutonic Mythology (1888); Available online by Northvegr © 2004-2007, Chapter 13, page 10+


Blessed Be!

Cinosam "AnkhIwiEmHotep" 
Life and Peace be with You --Cinosam

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