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Morphogenesis from the Greek morphe, form and genesis, coming into being

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Tuesday, March 2, 2004day link 

picture  March 5 Celebrate Queen Isis as the Ocean Star - or Stella Maris
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One of the main annual festivals of Isis in the Egyptian calendar, honoring Queen Isis as the Ocean Star - or Stella Maris, as Mary would later be called in Latin -- the guide and protector of navigators. As the Egyptians identified Isis with the great star Sirius, she was a main beacon point in the sky for Egyptian sailors. And as her heliacal rising - that is, the moment each year when Sirius can first be seen rising in the east just before the rising of the Sun - always fell each year on July 26, the day that heralded the annual Nile flood, Isis in her star role embodied the boundless and eternal loam and fecundity of the river. On the evening of this festival, there were ceremonies and songs on boats that blazed with lamps and colors. This day is also an important time marker. It is now 140 days, or 14 decans (10-day "weeks") until a new flow of red water should begin the next Nile flood on July 26.

Thanks to Dan Furst and his Universal Calendar

Monday, March 1, 2004day link 

 The Borderline Personality
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Friends in the canyon thought I might be interested in reading "I Hate you - Don't Leave Me" According to the book there are eight criteria for BPD, five must be present for a diagnosis:

1) Unstable and intense interpersonal relationships
2) Impulsiveness in potentially self-damaging behaviors, such as substance abuse, sex, shoplifting, reckless driving, binge eating.
3) Severe mood swings.
4) Frequent and inappropriate displays of anger.
5) Recurrent suicidal threats or gestures, or self-mutilating behaviors.
6) Lack of clear sense of identity.
7) Chronic feelings of emptiness or boredom.
8) Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.

It's a quick read with plenty of good information. You can read more about BPD at BPD Sanctuary, The Borderline Personality Disorder Research Foundation or BPD Central

Hmmm...know anyone like this?

 Dedication Ceremony The GODDESS TEMPLE of Orange County
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The GODDESS TEMPLE of Orange County
Dedication Ceremony “Blessing of the Priestesses”

March 7, 2004
11:00 AM Ceremony Begins women only, please
17881 Sky Park Circle
Irvine, California
(near 405 freeway and MacArthur; directions below)

Please join the Goddess Women of Orange County as our new Temple Sanctuary is dedicated with the gracious blessing of priestesses of many traditions from far and wide.
Music, dance and more, followed by a Reception on the Lawn.

Schedule of Events:
10 am Private Meditation Hour in Sanctuary with the Healing Harp Music of MARCIA BRANNON
Vendor Displays Outside

11 am – 12:30 pm Temple Dedication Ceremony

12:30 –3:00 pm Reception on the Lawn
Vendor Displays Outside

DIRECTIONS to NEW TEMPLE: from the San Diego 405 freeway, in the city of Irvine, exit MacArthur … north (inland) on MacArthur to Redhill; left on Redhill one street to Sky Park North. Left on Sky Park North half a block. Enter first driveway on right. Proceed immediately left. Temple on corner of Sky Park North and Sky Park Circle. Free parking all around temple.

Address: 17881 Sky Park Circle, Irvine. On Dedication morning, call 714/392-0558 if help needed.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004day link 

 Astrological Readings
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If you are looking for a great astrologer, contact Yolanda Valenzuela 323 333 1040

Wednesday, November 26, 2003day link 

 A Consumption Manifesto
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Grist Magazine 25 Nov 2003

How to streamline your life and still enjoy the heck out of it by Umbra Fisk

Editor's note: Ever wonder when We the People stopped being called citizens and started being called consumers? Take back your real identity, and take the consumption-crazy days from Thanksgiving to New Year's in stride -- with Umbra Fisk's guide to graceful (and limited) consuming.

Consumption is one of life's great pleasures. Buying things we crave, traveling to beautiful places, eating delectable food, owning every Stevie Wonder album: icing on the cake of life. But too often the effects of our blissful consumption make for a sad story. Giant cars exhaling dangerous exhaust, hog farms pumping out noxious pollutants, toxic trash heaps nudging into poor neighborhoods -- none of this if there weren't something to sell.

But there's no need to swap pleasure for guilt. With thoughtfulness and commitment, consumption can be a force for good. Too long have we consumers played the part of a blushing bride overwhelmed by business suitors. It's time for the bride to assert herself. We've got the dowry; we have the purchasing power. We can require our suitors to comply with our vision of environmental stewardship -- or we can close the door behind them on their way out. Through buying what we need, produced the way we want, we can create the world we'd like to live in.

To that end and for the future, a Consumption Manifesto:

Article One. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This brilliant triad says it all. Reduce: Avoid buying what you don't need -- and when you do get that dishwasher/lawnmower/toilet, spend the money up front for an efficient model. Reuse: Buy used stuff, and wring the last drop of usefulness out of most everything you own. Recycle: Do it, but know that it's the last and least effective leg of the triad. (Ultimately, recycling simply results in the manufacture of more things.)

Article Two. Stay close to home. Work close to home to shorten your commute; eat food grown nearby; patronize local businesses; join local organizations. All of these will improve the look, shape, smell, and feel of your community.

Article Three. Internal combustion engines are polluting and their use should be minimized. Period.

Article Four. Watch what you eat. Whenever possible, avoid food grown with pesticides, in feedlots, or by agribusiness. It's an easy way to use your dollars to vote against the spread of toxins in our bodies, land, and water.

Article Five. Private industries have very little incentive to improve their environmental practices. Our consumption choices must encourage and support good behavior; our political choices must support government regulation.

Article Six. Support thoughtful innovations in manufacturing and production. Hint: Drilling for oil is no longer an innovation.

Article Seven. Prioritize. Think hardest when buying large objects; don't drive yourself mad fretting over the small ones. It's easy to be distracted by the paper bag puzzle, but an energy-sucking refrigerator is much more worthy of your attention. (Small electronics are an exception.)

Article Eight. Vote. Political engagement enables the spread of environmentally conscious policies. Without public action, thoughtful individuals are swimming upstream.

Article Nine. Don't feel guilty. It only makes you sad.

Article Ten. Enjoy what you have -- the things that are yours alone, and the things that belong to none of us. Both are nice, but the latter are precious. Those things that we cannot manufacture and should never own -- water, air, birds, trees -- are the foundation of life's pleasures. Without them, we're nothing. With us, there may be nothing left. It's our choice.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003day link 

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Ananova November 24, 2003

Love could be as addictive as cocaine or speed, scientists have said.

According to Dr John Marsden, head of the National Addiction Centre at the Maudsley Hospital in London, when you are attracted to someone your brain releases the drug dopamine, giving the same reaction that taking cocaine or speed would create.

"Attraction and lust really is like a drug. It leaves you just wanting more," he said.

However like the drugs -- the first flush of love is temporary.

"Scientific research reveals the first flush of love lasts only between three and seven years," he added.

The findings, which will appear in a BBC documentary next month, also investigate the link between people's smells, facial features and genes.

"Being attracted to someone sparks the same incredible feelings no matter who you are. Love really does know no boundaries," he said.

He explained that when we are attracted to someone part of the brain which processes emotions is fired up causing the heart to pound three times faster than normal and causes blood to be diverted to the cheeks and sexual organs, which causes the feeling of butterflies in the stomach.

"It might look like we are all after the perfect partner to wine and dine but underneath all that our animal instincts are seeking out an ideal mate to share our genes with," he said.

Dr Marsden's research also revealed that, "sex is booby-trapped" to make people bond with their partner.

"Your body has evolved over millions of years with one aim -- to go forth and multiply, so while having kids may not be on the agenda just yet your body has a few tricks up its sleeve to drag you in that direction," he said.

According to the research the more people have sex together, the more likely they are to bond.

"We all know you can have sex without falling in love but if you have enough sex with the same person there's a good chance you will hit the body's booby trap which is there to tip you head over heels into love," he said.

"So your body goes all out to make you bond with your partner and that makes love highly addictive and the withdrawal sucks."

Body Hits: Love Story is on BBC3 on Thursday December 4.

Well, guess that is why I take my time in getting to know people before letting the Love Bug bite. I can appreciate a dopamine intoxicated fix, I Love Love. Sort of takes the romantic notion out of falling in love at first sight, huh?

To read more about addictive society check it out here

And for you gaias (from the Greek Goddess Gaia, Earth), you may want to check out what Jane Fonda has to say how patriarchal culture imprints on men here.

 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
25 Nov 2003 @ 23:51
Today, November 25, is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. One of the strongest international instruments for combating violence against women is the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). MADRE calls for the full implementation of CEDAW and its optional protocol by all governments, particularly the United States which has yet to sign the convention.

Because violence is perpetuated not only by individuals but also by social, political and economic institutions, MADRE demands the recognition by governments of poverty, racism, discrimination and lack of access to food, shelter, health care and education as grave forms of violence against women.

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, MADRE is supporting the following anti-violence programs of our Latin American sister organizations:

In Guatemala, MADRE is supporting a demonstration by the Barcenas Maquila Workers' Committee to demand an end to gender and racial discrimination targeting maquila workers.

In Peru, MADRE is supporting a youth seminar held by our sister organization LUNDU, to address issues of racism, discrimination, sexuality, identity and reproductive rights.

In Colombia, MADRE is supporting a rally calling for the peaceful resolution of the armed conflict through negotiation, respect for civil rights, demilitarization, the eradication of rape as a weapon of war, an end to corporate violence, and the implementation of human rights and humanitarian law.

In Nicaragua, MADRE is supporting a youth seminar on sexual and reproductive rights at CADAMUC Clinic.

For more information on CEDAW, see the CEDAW homepage on the United Nations [link]

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Some of you out there might literally gotten sick from home cooking....

KATU 2 News November 14, 2003

Teflon, one of the most popular non-stick pan products, can emit fumes that make you sick if it is allowed to get hot enough.

According to ABCNews, the makers of Teflon have known about the problems for years.

To learn about the health problem, ABCNews went to the kitchen with members of the Environmental Working Group.

They say that when a Teflon coated pan reaches 554-degrees, ultra-fine particles start coming off the pan. The particles can imbed in the lungs and lead to "Teflon Flu."

The illness causes flu-like symptoms, including headache, backache, and a temperature between 100 and 104 degrees.

The hotter a Teflon pan gets, the more chemicals are released and at 680 degrees, six toxic gases can begin to come off of heated Teflon.

The Teflon flu is something DuPont has known about for years and with normal cooking, pans don't get hot enough to present a problem.

In a test done by ABCNews, a piece of bacon was just beginning to get crisp when a Teflon pan went past the initial danger point of 500 degrees -- the temperature Dupont says is never exceeded under normal cooking conditions at home.

The federal government is now conducting an urgent review of the chemical involved in making Teflon for possible long-term harm.

Note: And we actually have some teflon coated people, when heated up can make you sick too.

Monday, November 24, 2003day link 

 AU Goddess Conference - March 20-21 2004
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Ariadne’s Thread Goddess Conference
Mount Waverley Community Centre Corner Miller Crescent & Stephensons Road Mount Waverley Victoria

Enquiries: - Conference Weaver, Avril Webb or visit the website for more details.

All women are invited to come and celebrate the Goddess as She expresses herself in all of us and share in the Harvest of Her knowledge

Join in the opening and closing rituals and ceremonies

Participate in the Candlelight Labyrinth Ritual

Hear guest speaker Dr. Patricia Rose

Experience the delectable Chocomamma

Choose from eight exciting and different workshops

Dance and Sing with the Goddess

Soul Nourishing Goddess Networking

Goddess inspired Art and Craft

Participate in the Mini Market – sell your goods promote your services

Ariadne’s Thread Goddess Conference is a women-only event held annually at the Autumn Equinox.

All women, whether just beginning their journey or experienced travellers, are invited to come and celebrate the Goddess in all Her many facets.

We can offer a limited number of billets for interstate visitors, please tick the appropriate box on the registration form if you need accommodation for the weekend or overnight..

If you are able to offer a billet to one or more interstate visitors please tick the appropriate box on the registration form

In cases of financial hardship please contact the Conference Weaver as there are limited opportunities for volunteer work in return for Conference tickets.

Food is not available at the venue. BYO and picnic in the gardens or stretch your legs and breathe in the Goddess’s fresh air as you take a five minute stroll to local shops, bakeries and cafés.

Note the billboard is somewhere in the US

 Long Beach WomenSpirit Winter Solstice Faire - Entertainment
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Opening Circle followed by 1st raffle 10:00 – 10:30

Luna Party 45 minutes 10:30 - 11:15

Kahena, Sacred Dancer 30 minutes 11:30 - 12:00

Moonlight Dancing: Take Back the Night

Cyntia Smith and the Lilies 45 minutes 12:15 - 1:00

Feruz 10 minutes 1:15 – 1:25

Lisa Thiel 45 minutes 01:30 -02:15

Annittra Ravenmoon 20 minutes 02:30-02:50

Berit and Cheryl 20 minutes 03:00 -03:20

More more details check here

 India Union Minister Sanjay Paswan Faces Arrest for Witchcraft
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Indo-Asian News Service, November 11, 2003

Union Minister of State for Human Resources Sanjay Paswan faces possible arrest after an NGO complained to the police, charging him with promoting witchcraft.

Police sources here said its officers had been ordered to collect evidence in this connection and the minister's arrest could not be ruled out.

Paswan had felicitated 51 practitioners of witchcraft at a function here in September to mark the birth anniversary of former chief minister Bhola Paswan.

However, Sanjay Paswan justified his action, saying witchcraft was "pure science" - a comment that angered people across the country. He also vowed to introduce a course on witchcraft in schools.

The Bihar unit of the International Association of People's Lawyers lodged a complaint with the Gandhi Maidan police station to stop the function, but it was held nevertheless. The complaint was directed at Paswan as well as all those he felicitated, including Mumbai-based Surya Yogi, a practitioner of sun yoga.

Critics accused the minister of violating the Prevention of Witch Practices Act, 1999, of Bihar. Bihar Police are also to act on a public interest litigation filed against Paswan's function by a women's organisation in the Patna High Court.

Sunday, November 23, 2003day link 

 Spam Laws
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In March, I posted a piece on Spam. It really annoys me. I found a website that stays current on spam laws internationally.

UK Anti-Spam Laws Launched September 18, 2003

The UK government has introduced legislation that aims to protect internet and mobile phones users from unsolicited commercial emails. The new law will make it illegal to send junk mail unless the user is a customer or has given permission to receive such material. This news may be good for users, but many businesses recognize the immense marketing capability offered via email and the internet.

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