Diva Musing: A MURDER AT MAGNOLIA MANOR…

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.

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Diva Musing: Food for Thought….

I don’t always agree with the psycho babble out there these days. But I study things and I find many of these quotes of Carl Jung poignant today. Hope you enjoy…

16 of the most powerful quotes from Carl Jung

Carl Jung was among the deepest philosophical thinkers of the modern era. He examined many aspects of the self, trying to better understand the human experience.

Jung thought we were all spiritual beings, not simply a flesh and blood vessel experiencing the universe for no reason.

“If you are a gifted person, it doesn’t mean that you gained something. It means you have something to give back.”

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious.”

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.”

“Don’t hold on to someone who’s leaving, otherwise you won’t meet the one who’s coming.”

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

“Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.”

“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.”

“Loneliness does not come from having no people around, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.”

“Depression is like a woman in black. If she turns up, don’t shoo her away. Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.”

“A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.”

“Your perception will become clear only when you can look into your soul.”

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Which quote was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. I love the input from our followers. The Queen Cronista

Diva Musing: THE SUCCESS PERSPECTIVE..

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

Diva Musing: Our Thoughts Live…

Our Thoughts Live…
Another important area to overcome critical spirits, is our thought lives. Rather than focus on what is missing, we should program our hard drives with what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and praiseworthy. This is not to say that we should ignore falsehood, injustice, ugliness, or imperfection. We should never dwell on the negatives. Our duty is to keep the dust bunnies our of our attic, the viruses out of our hard drives.
We cannot grow to the fullness that the Universe has in store for us if we do not work with commitment, diligence and focus on an uplifting spirit within us. Therefore, let no corrupting thoughts come from your mouths. But only produce those thoughts that are good for uplifting souls. Let all of our bitterness and anger, gossip, and slander be put away from us. And always without malice.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgive one another. For sure, things could always be better than they are right now for some of us, but unconditional love covers so many wrongs. Forgiveness is a priority. We should speak out of a heart of love in order to build each other up. That critical spirit only serves to tear down all around us.
We need to remember that we do not know the thoughts and intentions of others. Sometimes, behavior reflects motivation, but not always. Before a critical stand on something (whether spoken or to ourselves), we should pause and consider others intentions. Is this person truly an butt-wipe, or is s/he perhaps going through a trying situation and in need of understanding. Is this a good time to consider The Golden Rule?
A soul with a critical spirit tears down those around. They rob us of the ability to enjoy life. When we become overly critical, we miss out on the beauty that the Universe has placed in this world. Small blessings go unnoticed, and we stop being thankful. Overcoming a critical spirit requires thought shifting to our many blessings, and gratitude of spirit. We must shift our thoughts to a willingness to forgive. We must commit, focus, and act accordingly. It takes 21 days to make or break a habit. We must be tireless in our commitment to uplift and be a beacon of light in our Universe. Namaste, The Queen Cronista
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Diva Pontificating: Master Your Destiny…

Master Your Destiny…

We have great masters in art, we have master tradesmen (stone-carvers, electricians, furniture makers etc.). I’m guessing we’ve heard people say they are a “Jack of all Trades” master of none!”. There is a reason for this expression. One can truly only be a master of one thing at a time. You must stay disciplined for many years to achieve the title of “Master” of anything. While you may have a natural talent at something, it takes time, commitment, and discipline to truly Master any art.

Granted talented people may be accomplished at many things because they know how to be disciplined. But they cannot be masters of anything unless they are single-mindedly mastering one thing. A true master will rarely, if ever leave his calling or be distracted by the next trend.

A master keeps going. If you are one who can accept mediocrity you can quit and go to the next thing. You can only be mediocre your whole life and do fine. But do not expect to be elite at anything if you do not discipline yourself to have a non-negotiable work ethic. Do what you love and the rest will be an easier way to stay disciplined.

The good news is you get to choose. You can be and elite master or a mediocre performer. The choice is always yours. Having a masters in mediocrity is fine for those who do not wish to work so hard. It takes all the threads to make up a tapestry. You choose if your are part of the pattern or part of the background. Neither is better or worse.  Both are necessary.  But for people of passion only mastery will work.  

Diva Musing: Floating…

It’s time for floating…

I read a great book once called “If You Can Walk On Water, Take The Boat”. A book of metaphysical wonderment. It put me on a path of reading more about all things possible. It made me realize that I needed to make sure if I was taking the boat I need to make sure I was heading with the wind. I realized I should not be fighting against the Universe all the time.

I knew then I was the captain of my life and the Universe was there to provide proper navigation if I would only listen. I can sail anywhere if I only tune in, and turn onto the energy fields that are my path.

I began to choose NOT be a salmon swimming upstream, but a little fish going with the flow of my water source. Life started to get easier as I floated along. Only when I begin to fight and take control of my stream do I struggle in it. Sounds almost too simple to be realistic, I know, but it works. No matter how big or deep the water you are in, if you don’t struggle, you float! Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Musing: So I’ve Written A Book…

With the help of my favorite illustrator I just completed a children’s book for my grandson’s birthday.  Its a story to help them not miss Daddy so much when he is deployed in the military.  The book is called “Where in the World is Daddy”.  I can’t wait to see it in published format.  I ordered the kit from Amazon and the people at the publisher are so helpful and accommodating to work with you. 

I had the best time doing this.  I’ve recommended to all of my family to let each family write one and exchange with the cousins during the holidays.  We will then have a family history as seen in he eyes of the the children of this generation. I hope we can get everyone to contribute for a really fun collection.  I love to invent projects for and to do with children.  It keep me young myself.  

Start now to create a project the whole family can participate in for the holidays.  It takes about three weeks from shipping to the publisher to get the returned product.  I can’t wait.  I’ll try to figure out how to put some the graphics on here for viewing.  Happy creativity, My Divas…Namaste, The Queen Cronista