As some of you know, I recently decided to expand my Tarot reading circle, and after thirty years of reading only for family and friends, I felt it was time to branch out to the big world out there. Crossroads Consultations and Readings was born, and I created a page for it on FB to spread the word. But, given that all new things need a little kick to get moving, I am offering free sample readings throughout this week. If you are curious to know what is awaiting around the bend, I will be happy… Continue
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As we continue our Hooked on the Book campaign, we would like to take the time to honor yet another category of Louisiana residents -- our four-legged friends. During Hurricane Katrina many animals were lost and separated from their families. Thanks to the effort of the Louisiana SPCA, many were able to be reunited with their original families, while others were placed in new loving homes. Continue
As we approach the fifth anniversary of…
Added by Sandra on August 27, 2010 at 2:08pm —
Some palm readers believe that one’s future should be read from the lines of the right hand, as opposed to those in the left which are, they say, the lines of birth – the original blueprint of our destiny that was drawn prior to our arrival on earth. According to that theory, we are provided with two maps: one which reflects the plan we made before being born, and one – the right hand - which reflects the choices we will make during our journey. We meet different people, enter new doors and… Continue
Added by Sandra on August 5, 2010 at 8:15am —
While many of us are busy anchoring down on earth during what appears to be a very stressful summer on so many levels – the economy is still shaky, natural disasters seem to pop up like mushrooms on a wet field, relationships are strained and people feel ‘stuck’ – astrologers around the globe are keeping their eyes firmly on the sky, as a very unusual configuration of planets is lining up in the heavens.
Personally, I am at a loss when it comes to technical information associated to… Continue
Added by Sandra on August 2, 2010 at 9:14am —
“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” - Marie Curie
‘What are you most afraid of?’ When I ask this question, I am always amazed by the replies I receive. Generally, people are afraid of being hurt, of being alone and, mostly, of lack of any type. Yet, none of the things many are afraid of are ever really dangerous or permanent, but only largely misunderstood.
It is very easy to be led by collective hysteria and conditioning, though we rarely… Continue
Added by Sandra on June 7, 2010 at 6:24am —
I found this out last night, and maybe I shouldn't even say anything, since results won't be announced until next week at Book Expo of America in NYC, but I am so excited I think I will fly away if I don't share...
The Book of Obeah won the International Book Award in the multicultural fiction category!!!
And, if I wasn't already happy enough, I found out Housekeeping for the Soul was a finalist in the nonfiction inspirational category!
I am SO happy right now,… Continue
Added by Sandra on May 19, 2010 at 12:13pm —
“Before whining about the distance you drive, think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.” ~Author unknown
I don’t think many of us ever realize just how fortunate we are. Yesterday, I had a chance to briefly enter the world of someone who has very little, and I realized how much I take for granted.
While talking to this man, I learned that they have a specific amount of money they can use for food every month; with the prices of… Continue
Added by Sandra on May 7, 2010 at 6:23am —
“God allows us to experience the low points in life in order to teach us lessons we would not learn in any other way. The way we learn these lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them.” ~ Stanley Lindquist
To the joy of most children on a traditional school calendar, the 2009-2010 scholastic year is, once again, drawing to an end. In five and a half more weeks, according to one of my sons, ‘jail will let out.’ That mere comment, happily uttered… Continue
Added by Sandra on May 2, 2010 at 8:13am —
“Calmness is the cradle of power.” ~ Josiah Gilbert Holland
Since I was very young, my mother taught me to associate different mental states with visual symbols to understand their essence more closely.
Water, for one, is connected to emotions simply because of its fluidity and duality – a little gentle water is nurturing, empowering and cooling toward other overwhelming states such as anger and jealousy, which are hot and unsettling in nature; too much water,… Continue
Added by Sandra on April 29, 2010 at 6:12am —
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.” – C. Ten Boom
Robert J. Burdette, an early 900s American humorist and clergyman, once said that it isn't the experience of today that drives men mad, but the remorse for something that happened yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow might bring.
Although the past clings to life in our minds, it is but a ghost of times gone by. It is easy to identify with because of the emotional triggers… Continue
Added by Sandra on April 27, 2010 at 8:04am —
It was just a few years ago that I finally realized my children were going to be my greatest teachers in this life. Though I’ve had many other unexpected teachers, nobody has taught me the same lessons my pint-sized guides have.
Some of the lessons have been direct, while others have been subtle; they have made me roll down the road of pure anger at times, only to lift me off the path with a candid smile or a flower picked at just the right time. They have taught me patience,… Continue
Added by Sandra on April 23, 2010 at 7:08am —
“Fortune sometimes turns around like a mill wheel and he who was yesterday at the top lies today at the bottom” ~Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
Although the air was thick with pollen, my mile-a-minute daughter decided, yesterday afternoon, that she was going outside to ride her bicycle. Glass of tea in hand, I went out on the porch and settled on one of the rockers to watch her ride.
Against the tender green of new spring growth, she appeared as an explosion of pink on… Continue
Added by Sandra on April 9, 2010 at 8:58am —
North Carolina is a very pretty state, especially this time of year. While summers get a bit hot and humid, and winters can be quite cold at times, it is not a state where temperatures are habitually extreme, and spring weather is usually glorious.
This year glorious doesn’t even scratch the surface – with an uncharacteristic spell of unseasonably hot weather, North Carolina has exploded into a flowery paradise. In just a few days, Azaleas have bloomed, trees have sprouted… Continue
Added by Sandra on April 8, 2010 at 7:00am —
“Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.” ~ Alice Meynell
When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to take me to ride my bike at a park near my house. One day, I fell and scraped both knees. After helping me get up, and brushing off the dirt of my bloody legs, my grandmother smiled and said: “Well, aren’t you the lucky one?” I looked at her in disbelief…here I was, one scratch away from needing stitches, and the woman was telling… Continue
Added by Sandra on April 7, 2010 at 6:07am —
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -- Albert Einstein
Of all the things my children were blessed with, curiosity is certainly the trait that brings home the prize. They never tire of asking questions, and charge everything with a genuine interest to learn something new at every turn.
Even if their unbridled desire to always find out different things… Continue
Added by Sandra on March 30, 2010 at 9:28am —
“In spite of everything I shall rise again; I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
While I was catching up with e-mail last night, I overheard a story my husband was following on TV – a man served a long sentence for a crime he didn’t commit; when he was finally cleared of the charges, he could have chosen to be bitter toward the system that had forced him captive all those years,… Continue
Added by Sandra on March 28, 2010 at 9:42am —
“In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
One of the most intriguing things about listening to people describe news events is their tendency to remember – and their preference to discuss – the most gruesome segments. I once heard someone say that the newscast he had just watched was not very interesting because nothing really… Continue
Added by Sandra on March 26, 2010 at 8:37am —
“Emotions are the fuel to really move you along - that's the only way you can create music. If you don't feel any emotions, it's not going to happen.” ~ Jan Hammer
In one of her comments to one of my posts, friend and fellow writer Alice grist described how hearing of the success a childhood friend experienced in her career, motivated her to stir her own creative juices and start writing professionally.
Although their friendship had ended many years before… Continue
Added by Sandra on March 24, 2010 at 7:51am —
“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” ~ Proverb of origin unknown
Although this wise, old proverb hints at the fact that we shouldn’t judge a gift by its monetary value, a few days ago I couldn’t help but come up with a slightly different interpretation for it.
A week ago, I woke up to a terrible head cold – sore throat, stuffy nose, body aches, and all the necessary garnishes to make me feel utterly miserable. Not being a fan of medications unless absolutely necessary,… Continue
Added by Sandra on March 22, 2010 at 8:41am —