I left the town I grew up in when I was eighteen. My goal was to retire and give back to the world what I got out of it while growing up. I’d planned to work in an orphanage in Mexico. Then I came back to take care of a dying sibling and realized there was no place in more need of giving back that this depressed area of Appalachia that has gone to the dogs since my youth.
I call it the “Boro”, not because it is now full of jackass politicians, drug addicts, drug dealers and reprobates (which it is), but because it is an endearing term to describe the quaint village of my youth. I hope to make a bit of difference in my remaining years but the work needed in epic.
However, I’ve been gifted with a modicum of intelligence and business sense (thank you Dad) and I plan to use it to try to bore into the need of the many and make a small difference. That is all any of us can do really.
I encourage each of you to use your given gifts to make a difference in the crazy world wherever you live. The needs are obvious everywhere. Wake up each day and pick one thing to make a difference. Even if it is a prayer for Peace on Earth. There is something we can do everyday.
I leave you with love and light and a prayer that you will be energized to make a difference in your world today. The Crones love you wherever you are in the world.
Namaste, The Queen Cronista
“…Pride Comes Before the Fall….”
“If you are discouraged, it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers.”
Mother Teresa, No Greater Love
“It was pride that changed angels into devils.” What does this say about pride?
“…it is humility that makes men as angels.”
Pride specializes in causing harm; If you opt for pride in your relationship, you are more or less saying you want an end to the relationship. In marriage, if pride comes in through the door, love will escape through the window. If pride slips in through the window, love will escape through the door.
Don’t give room to pride in your life. If you do, before you know it, it has pulled you down.
What’s your energy bill?
I always hear MEN SAY women don’t let anything go!! My personal experience these days is no one forgets “woundettes”, their bitterness grows and no one is hurt but the bitter person. Usually the one doing the wounding moves on and laughs at stealing the other persons peace. If you look at it as your energy bill…think about what the cost would be to have everything in the house running constantly. Not only would your energy bill be huge but appliances would burn out and maybe even cause a fire that can destroy your home. That is what hanging onto the negatives of the past can do to your health, your soul, your spirit and even your peace of mind. Worth it? I think not.
As we go through the holiday season let’s give ourselves the best gift of all…letting go of unnecessary energy drains. Plug the leaks and keep your psyche strong. Don’t let the bad people steal your energy and joy. Namaste, The Queen Cronista
Years ago I read a psychologist report that said the traits we hate in others is secretly things we hate in ourselves. I won’t even get started on what just thinking the word hate does to the spirit self. Since I read this, I ask myself when I’m being upset by annoying behaviors, so you don’t ever do this? My spirit kicked me in the backside…Big Ouch! I know that sometimes I walk into a room and I’m bigger than life without even trying (not just my physical presence). I’m always self analyzing. I figure when they put me in the “Home”….I’ll be the only one able to analyze myself.
My point is this…..judging others is a bad, bad habit of mine. Even when someone is being evil and rude I am not the one with the right to judge. The Bible says…”judge not and you will not be judged”…. Boy is that a tough one, as I grew up with a mother who sat in negative judgement on everyone and everything. But we can make better choices. I’m not there yet but I’m getting better. I wish you a world free of judgement. Love you, our Divas…Namaste, The Queen Cronista.
Thank you Wild Woman Sisterhood….
Well, Divas its time to write and produce our fund raising gala for the school again this year. You can find postings on Facebook at Judith Bisceglia Suhr our director/writer. I so wish our readers from around the globe could join us this year.
A MURDER AT MAGNOLIA MANOR
2019 MURDER MYSTERY Story and Set up
This is a panoramic tale of the Old Southern gentry. It is set in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. A tale of family rivalries, feuds, eccentric gentry and enough skeletons in the closets to fill a graveyard. The county is rife with corrupt local establishment.
Our setting is a Glorious Southern Mansion of old money and many generations of intrigue and secrets. Tonight you are all here at the special invitation of the current resident and heir to Magnolia Manor; Margaret Trevillion. The original home was built in 1810 and remains as a beautiful guest house on the property. This current mansion was built in what is now known as, the Antebellum Period, as Kentucky’s Gilded age 1870 to 1900. This current mansion was started in 1870 and completed 5 years later. The Trevillions made their fortune by amassing large quantities of land from people moving west and ill gotten gain from many black market type business during the war itself. They’ve also held the most successful stables of thoroughbred race horses since the early 1900’s, as well.
It is rumored both mansions are complete with hidden passages and escape routes for the underground railroad, as well as a giant fortune in gold, silver and jewels lost in on the property in the aftershock of the great New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811 and 1812.
(History would indicate that the treasure is lost in or around the original house.)
Senator Bud Wesson has been a controlling political force in his district for thirty years. He is a powerful, ruthless and corrupt politician. The Wesson fortune is new money and from as many ill gotten gains as one can imagine. He amassed his fortune in the early years with illegal business practices and in recent years from illegal pay offs to his political champagne and improperly obtained government contracts. His wife is from old money and the only redeeming quality in the family’s tree. Their two children follow closely in Bud’s footsteps. No reprobate behavior is beneath either Becky Sue or Bo. Bo has been trying to find and acquire the famous Trevillion treasure, allegedly hidden on the property for decades. He opines that the night of the ball will be his chance to search the property unchecked by security who will be focused on the Mardi Gras Gala.
The Trevillion family is well liked, well respected, and their philanthropy to their community is unprecedented. The Senator’s family hates them. The only time the Wesson’s are invited to one of Miss Trevillion’s famous galas is when local politics requires and because Mrs. Wesson (by her husbands position) is a prominent member of the community. The upcoming gala is always one of the most sought after invitations in the country. From Washington D.C. to San Francisco and across the globe the social elite and dignitaries from all over the world are invited to this exclusive dress ball.
We begin our journey through the Mystery of Magnolia Manor with Bo Wesson and his thugs are up to their usual no good. Listen carefully, be observant, clues are all around. We invite you to enjoy the gala with the Trevillion family and our other guests. Enjoy the ball.
THE SUCCESS PERSPECTIVE
S-U-C-C-E-S-S- that’s the way you spell success! This was an old cheer we use to use in high school. Hopefully, as we grow in wisdom, we realize that the meaning of success changes significantly with our experiences and mindset (“form follows thought”). I know I pound this concept into the ground but it’s for real!
I use to post a large flip chart over my children’s beds and make the write their goals. Each night they had to say their prayers and read me their goals. We’d change them as needs must. Today my son still carries a small notebook with him and does the same thing. He has manifest everything on each updated goal list usually within two years (for larger goals), from wonderful wife and family, to career success. My daughter is an Emmy award winning TV host and has done the same. I just watched a segment where she guested on Home and Family Channel and you can see she loves her job.
My point is this….they are both doing what they love and so they never feel like they are working. You can do the same. We all need to re-evaluate how we look at success as we grow and expand our minds.
We peruse everything from money to hard bodies; it’s all ok. However, when was the last time you evaluated what is truly important measure of success where you are right now? We must be in a constant change of accepting shift in all areas of our life…”Shift Happens”, whether we like it or not.
If you are not adjusting your map (goals) to accommodate the shifts in your life then you may take a wrong turn and end up in someone else’s destination…(success/ goals). Having to retrace steps wastes life force, time and spirit. These are thing from which recovery is very hard.
We can measure success by process of elimination. See what doesn’t work and move on quickly. Evaluate your future more carefully. The old quote from Thomas Edison serves well here when asked how he felt by failing to create electricity over 1700 times. I paraphrase his response…” I have NOT failed over 1700 times. I have successfully proven over 1700 ways NOT to create electricity!”… Again, perspective, always our choice.
Don’t let social media dictate your personal growth goals, and don’t’ hold a vice grip philosophy definition of success. It us NOT just about wealth, owning or running a fortune 500 company or gathering a social media following of sycophants.
Always let your dreams/goals match your intrinsic values. Many people we consider successful are merely burned out versions of their former selves. Rich maybe, happy probably not if their intrinsic values have been left behind.
Everyone around you may have a plan of what you should be…THEY DON’T GET TO VOTE! Never let anyone force their version of your future on you. That is why I admire my “Misanthropes” so much. They don’t let anyone push them around. They fix on their goals and head for them without fear…all the while remaining flexible.
Whatever Success means to you right now, do not let it be the only road you are willing to take. Be flexible, adjust your dreams/goals regularly. If you can do this your whole life, you’ll find your are not as disappointed as the rest of the human race… who refused to do what your wisdom dictates you to do. Namaste, The Queen Cronista