Diva Rambling: Where Did My Joy GO…!

Where did Joy go?
“Many people seem to think it foolish, even superstitious, to believe that the world could still change for the better. And it is true that in winter it is sometimes so bitingly cold that one is tempted to say, ‘What do I care if there is a summer; its warmth is no help to me now.’ Yes, evil often seems to surpass good. But then, in spite of us, and without our permission, there comes at last an end to the bitter frosts. One morning the wind turns, and there is a thaw. And so I must still have hope.” –Vincent van Gogh

Has there been a time in our life when we’ve lost all hope? The Universe built us so that something so essential to us humans as hope is an endless fount. It is renewed again and again by the all knowing source of the Universe.

For may of us it happens so quickly. Our whole world seems to crash around us. Sometimes if feels like we are watching a really bad “B” movie over which we have no control of the outcome. In a bad movie the hero may loose a business, a love, all money or family, or simply everything. You suddenly feel like Job in the Bible Story.

When you have lost hope, you feel as if you have lost everything. You begin to believe all is lost, when all is most dark and dreary, there is always the knowing the Universe will provide, if you only turn on the light to your joy and gratitude.

Sometimes, we even get to the point where we cannot keep going on with life. We feel like we are walking through an endless arctic tundra. We often feel as if all the air has been sucked out of the world. We keep wading in the swamp of insanity and keep praying for land and sun once more.

It is when we spend our time worrying and stressing about the unknown, and the perceived end result of a problem, that we destroy our futures. These thought processes destroy the perfect plan the Universe has for you. I know I beat it to death, but “form follows thought”. Don’t have the genie in the bottle grant your every thought unless they are the positive, well chosen thoughts of a disciplined mind of gratitude and joy.

The Universe will throw up road blocks occasionally. This may be due to “stinkin thinkin”, bad Karma, or a lesson the Universe needs us to learn right now. It is always our choice to choose how we respond. ALWAYS!!!! These road blocks are not a sign of failure only life challenges. They happen to everyone.

Some hints that may help along the way to get life back on track…..

Visit tomorrow for tips along the way…Namaste the Queen Cronista….




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 concoct 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 Rambling: Killer Frost…

Killer Frost…

We had our first killer frost this morning in the “Boro”. Killer anything sounds so harsh. Yet, it means its time for the wonderful fall plantings and things that bring beauty to spring. It’s time for the leaves to change and give us the natural grandeur of colors that makes fall so spectacular. If you live across the globe do a search for “fall colors in the Appalachian mountains” and see what you are missing. It’s by far my favorite season.

Time for Pumpkin patches and all the baked goods that go along with that along… with warm spiced apple cider. Time for Crackling fires and anticipation of the upcoming holidays. It’s time for family to snuggle in and tell stories and play board games. If your family is not still doing this, or ever has tried this ritual, your missing out.

It’s time for remembering the summer fun and anticipating the spring flourish. And above all it’s about gratitude for abundance and the fall harvest that Nature and the Universe have provided all year long. I don’t know about you but this would make me want to do fall in the mountains at least once. We have friends coming in from Israel soon and I hope they get here to see the colors in time. My friends from Cambodia think it’s already too cold. It’s all about perspective, my Divas.

I wish each of you could join me for a hot apple cider on our coffee house porch and relish the fall with me. Namaste, The Queen Cronista.

Diva Ranting: Manners…

Is it just me! Manners…

Last week it was pouring rain and a nice man came over to the car and held his umbrella so I wouldn’t get wet. He walked me into the store where we were headed and I complemented him and his mother for raising such a gentleman. He said he made her proud most days and he was 40-ish. I lament all the time these days how men in the South have become so rude. I just don’t see that kind of gentleman as often. I know the libbers have halted some of it but they didn’t make them have to be rude and crude with it. I salute those men who still remember what mamma and daddy taught them about good manners. It’s a dying art.

So, here I come ranting again about the rudeness of today’s men. I was out running chores for the office and a man ‘on my left’ at a 4 way stop came us a couple of seconds after me. As I pulled forward with the right of way he intentionally ran the stop tried to hit me. He began cursing, and flipping me off as he made his left turn. I stopped and smiled and that outraged him more. His eyes were pale vampire red in the iris and his hair and beard made him look even more maniacal. These social pariah are everywhere these days. Not just in Appalachia. The answer is simple. Be nicer to each other. So simple, yet unattainable in our current chaos infested world of incensed souls.

I trust our readers are putting out enough love and good vibrations to help restore the balance at least a little bit. We so need a revival of manners and kindness in our world. I hope at least some of you can remember the good ole’ days when that happened. Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Rambling: To Succeed….

To Succeed…

Success is merely a thought away. Success does not have to be such and uphill task. We speak regularly about how the basic physics/tapestry of the Universe is woven by our thoughts. So if we look at success as uphill…then it is!!!

If we look at it as something we can achieve then we will. The passion that goes into a thought and the intention easily make it more controllable…good or bad.

If you struggle with success… clean up your hard drive (your brain) and watch things improve. Success is not selective. It favors every thought you have and can manifest it with ease (not always with our desired timing). The Truth is, you control where it falls. Favored one? Or ignored one? Wow, it all up to you. The Genie in the Lamp grants us every wish. Be careful what you wish for…as they say!!!

Diva Musing: Words/Spell Casting….

Spell Casting…

I mention often a basic rule of physics…”form follows thought”. I babysat for an 8 year old this weekend and I was instilling in her the need to think positive thoughts in our world. I explained that everything that exists in this world was first a thought and then a spoken word.

A thought you have today will at some point in our reality manifest. No expiration date given unless we counteract the thought with an opposite thought. Our Universe is made of words. That’s why the Wicca call it “Spell Casting”.

What others think of us in not our business. If we think strong positive thoughts they are a shield from others aimless casting. Keeping our shield up is as simple as thinking positive thoughts. WOW!!

As humans we have dedicated our goals on this earth to becoming our personal best. And we use words to formulate the words that will become our reality. We use words to tell about ourselves. We use words to tell others that, “I am….” We use words to let others that we are in the Universe. We use words to control our emotions about our immortality. Our soul that lives forever, we use words to describe where we want that to be. We had to create words to describe our forever life.

Each of us should have the ultimate goal of becoming a master wordsmith. Someone who creates a reality like no one else, because we know the power of our words. Just say how blessed you are for saying the right things and finding them somewhere in one of your tomorrows. I can’t wait how about you? Namaste, The Queen Cronista..

Diva Tasting: Leftover Turkey Casserole

It’s never too early in the fall to plan for the holiday cooking.  Here is one to get us started.

Leftover Turkey Casserole


  • Vegetable Cooking Spray

  • 6 Eggs

  • 1 Can Condensed Mushroom Soup

  • 1 Pkg Dry French Onion Soup
  • 2 Cups Half n Half

  • 2 Cup Shredded Swiss Cheese

  • 3 Tablespoons Butter Melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Thyme Leaves Or 2 Teaspoons Dried Thyme Leaves, Crushed

  • 9 Slices Farmhouse Hearty White Bread, Cut Into Cubes

  • 4 Cups Shredded Or Cubed Cooked Turkey


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2-quart shallow baking dish with the cooking spray.

Beat the eggs, soup, Half n Half, 1/2 the cheese and 1 tablespoon thyme in a large bowl with a fork or whisk. Add the bread cubes and turkey. Stir and press the bread cubes into the milk mixture to coat. Pour melted butter over the top.

Pour the bread mixture into the baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and thyme. Let stand for 15 minutes.

Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Serves 8; Cooking Vessel Size 2-quart baking dish.