Super Moon

Super Moon

At the start of this New Year, we will see a Super Moon or Wolf Moon.  The Super Moon is a full moon that is orbiting at its very closest point to earth.  This is why the moon seems so super, super huge that is.  Like you can see every crater and probably the US flag if you look closely.  Tonights Supermoon will be 221,559 miles from earth, which is super close.
Why does it get called a Wolf Moon?
Native Americans would call it this because wolfs would howl at the moon.
What about its superpowers?
There’s a certain type of energy that its attached to a full moon.  Energy is amplified during a full moon, this is probably why wolfs howl and so many incidents happen when there’s a full moon.  A Super Moon will have that energy times ten. This is the best time to meditate and to push out the negative emotions out and process them so that they don’t bubble up during this time.  The energy of the Super Moon can make what’s negative and bottled inside even worst.
On the flip side, if you are content and positive that day, the Super Moon’s energy will amplify that.  You will be giddy.  This is why its best to meditate and release all the bad in preparation of this beautiful moon’s appearance.
When will we get another one?
There will be another one on the 30-31 January, this one with an eclipse which will be even more magical.  
Find some time to clear your head, let go, think happy thoughts and let the Super Moon do the rest.
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Have a magical night!

A GIF Story ~ TGIF~ RIP Prince

A GIF Story ~ TGIF~ RIP Prince

I leave work on Friday

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Get ready for the club, face beat, really feeling myself

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Show up in the club with my crew

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Hot guy looks at me

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Not so hot guy looks at me

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Going back to work on Monday feeling…

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Walking the Steps of Christ Towards the Resurrection

Walking the Steps of Christ Towards the Resurrection

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Taken from Patheos.com showing the crucifixion

We have started the Triduum.  It began on the evening of Holy Thursday, and it ends on the night of Easter Sunday.  
We are walking through the steps of Christ, we are becoming like a fly on the wall for those days, reliving, recanting, reenacting the events that happened way back when the world realized that Jesus is the Christ.
Yesterday evening was super sad.  The washing of the feet, the reading of the scriptures, the foreshadowing of Judas’ betrayal, the Last Supper, all brings about a tragic ending to the teacher and the master that Jesus was to his disciples.  When the priest takes the Eucharist away from its house solemnly walking around the church, with incense covering every square inch, a sad hymn playing in the background, and the procession of people following the body of Christ to it’s temporary resting place for the night, it brings about a deep sense of sadness and melancholy.
On Holy Thursday, Jesus was mocked, beaten and tried unfairly.  The Sanhedrin felt threaten by someone who was of humble birth; that knew way too much about the word of God, and someone who called himself the Son of God and a King (although his kingdom was not of this world).  He was not a king, the Sanhedrin thought.  He didn’t dress like one, didn’t party like one, didn’t behave like one.  This man was an impostor they reasoned! So off to crucifixion for him because his uniqueness, his oneness with God was too much for them to handle.

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Jesus being tried, a scene from the Passion of the Christ (2004)


Then we are off to Good Friday.  A day of quietness, repentance, acceptance, of mercy and love.  Jesus is crucified and the temple shakes, the curtain is ruptured in two, and when a lance is used to cut Jesus and verify his death only water and wine pour forth.  “Truly he was the Christ!” The guards admit, but it was too late.  His vestments have been divided and won by casting lots.  A crown of thorns had already been placed on his head; he had already been humiliated in front of the whole town, and he had been put to death.  Surely he was the Christ, and we had made a terrible mistake, they feared.

It is finished, he breathed his last, a scene from the Passion of the Christ (2004)

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Mary Magdelene checking on the tomb

Not so fast,  not all is lost. On Saturday evening and Sunday Morning we will rejoice.  We will run behind Mary Magdelene to the borrowed tomb that Jesus was placed in after his crucifixion.  You see the disciples had to rush on the day of his burial because when Jesus was crucified it was Jewish Preparation Day for the Jewish Passover.  So they borrowed a tomb that had never been used from a secret disciple, wrapped him in burial cloths and spices and laid him there.  But they had to leave to prepare for the Passover, so it was a rushed job.  

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He is risen!

Mary Magdalene came back to finish what was done and behold the body was gone!  The burial clothes laid neatly on the tomb as if someone had folded them.  She fretted thinking that someone had made a sick joke and taken the body of her Teacher, her Master, The Christ away.  Thinking this, she ran as fast as she could to alert the others and they, of course, came running to verify.  Surely the tomb was empty; Peter confirmed it when he went in.  John followed him in, after standing outside for a few and right away he believed.  It was the resurrection! Jesus is risen!

Welcome to the First Day of Spring

Welcome to the First Day of Spring

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First day of spring

The flowers are blooming, the air is not as cold anymore, the birds are chirping and not shivering, and layers are coming off people’s wardrobes.  It’s spring!

But I live in El Paso, so my spring started like two months ago, right after the New Years.
Soon we will see a whole bunch of trees perking up and going from brown to green, along with that we will see and feel high pollen count and the emergence of allergies which will signal this fantastic beginning to the mild temperatures! So get your allergy medications, tissues and eye drops ready peeps!
The colors in our wardrobe will go from browns, grays, and blacks to pastels; such as light greens, blues, pinks and yellow.  We are going to look like an Easter egg with a dress on only way prettier.  I love the spring color palette, is my favorite!  Sometimes I wish I could dress in those colors all year round, but the dark colors overwhelm my light ones which push me to assimilate in mid-winter.

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Easter Eggs

Although the losing one hour deal killed me last week, now I feel refresh when I see the sun peeking through my window as I open my eyes in the morning.  It’s something dreary when one gets up and its dark and comes back home and it’s dark; it’s so groundhog day-ish.  Now that I am over losing that extra hour of sleep I can honestly enjoy the benefits that it brings.  Waking up with the sun on my face and enjoying more daylight within the day.
You see during spring the axis of the earth tilts more towards the sun, thus causing the earth to have longer days and the temperature to rise.  The extra sunshine and warmth give the added light and needed temperature for the plants to bloom and grow, which makes for beautiful pictures and fresh fruits and flowers.
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Temperature rising and flowers making an appearance
Little by little barbecue grills will start coming out, and the aroma of grilled meat will filter into most houses in the neighborhood, to the horror of vegans and vegetarians around.  If it gets hotter, the kiddie pools will start making its appearance in the backyards of many homes with kids, and pets who wish to frolic in the water and cool off.
Local Walmarts and Targets have already prepped their shelves with everything pink and pastel as well as that dreaded bathing suit that will be worn in just a few more months from now.  The fruits are being stocked with in-season produces, and the winter clothes are seeing their way to the clearance racks to make room for the short sleeves shirts, shorts, and skirts.
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Jumping for joy on spring break
If you go to your local college town, you may see a decline in population as they migrate over to much warmer weather, Cancun anyone? This seasonal migration enables the college students to partake in the naughty festivities that only they can appreciate.  If you happen to be in one of the places of migration, then you will probably notice a rise in young-people population, booze flying off the shelves as well as rental cars and bikes stuffing your streets.


ah, spring is definitely in the air!
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I have to admit….or I think I’ve admitted this before.  I am a big fan of KUWTK.  This show is my guilty pleasure!  And keeping up to date with the Kardashians, I mean news, I noticed that Kim broke the Internet once again on International Women’s Day!  
She did it by doing what she does best, taking a selfie.  But not just any selfie, this was a nude selfie…of course tastefully displayed with black rectangles to cover the naughty bits.  


Taken from +Kim Kardashian Instagram

She titled her photo, “When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL”.  With that, Kim made a funny!  She also ruffled a few feathers.  

Some celebrities (cough, cough Pink) stated that posting nude selfies took women back eons! Or something a little more like this:
Taken from Pink’s Twitter feed
There were those who agreed with Pink’s point of view and passionately addressed the unnecessity of showing skin to gain recognition.  The opposition collectively thought that talent speaks for itself. Therefore, no skin is needed.
On the other hand, the sympathizers felt like the world should just get off Kim’s back or ass and let her do her thing!  They thought kudos to Kim for being brave enough to be nude and proud (starting to take clothes off and prep selfie stick…).  

Sharon Osbourne was one of those who agreed with the reality star’s decision to take off her clothes (once again) and show the world.  In solidarity, she did the same, and grandma is looking good! 


Taken from Sharon Osbourne Instagram
What’s the moral of this story?  We all have our different opinions, and we are allowed to them, but is it fair to shame one because he/she does not fill the mold that we have for ourselves?  To measure others with the same ruler we use to measure ourselves would be wrong.  We all have and live in our world, inside our head; we have different experiences and points of view.  The beauty of it all is that although we are all one species, we are all different and unique, and we should be accepting of that.
I agree with having a difference of opinion and being outspoken about it, after all; this is what I am doing here.  I am against shaming, bullying, and belittling someone just because they do not fall into someone’s mold.  Kim is not harming anyone by expressing herself in the way she chooses to.  Others may express themselves through painting, designing, singing, writing or other modes, Kim chooses selfies to express herself and connect with the world.
Is it maybe a problem that we have with ourselves?  With our own sexuality that we are reflecting on Kim?  After all, if we were comfortable in our skin, we would care less what others are doing with theirs, as long as no laws are being broken and they are not harming themselves or anyone else.  I think the uproar that greeted this nude selfie shows that maybe we are not as comfortable with our bodies, our sexualities, our being and choose to lash out at those who are.  Just food for thought.

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Johanny