“You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here’s a hint - ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. It’s the great male fantasy - all it takes is one dance to know that she’s the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know - this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don’t want a very long courtship. They want to know immediately.”—
- David Levithan and Rachel Cohn.
Last night I tweeted “Why are there no fairy tales with the prince being rescued?” and today I found the answer.
This is for Me (Just in case I lose my way or forget these things in the future) & You (in the event that no one has told you).
Make better choices for your own sake. Your life won’t improve until you do. Fall in love with self & then be so immersed within that love that you would do nothing to deplete it. Cut out all the poisonous people and reject the bad habits. Clean up your own act and then proceed to be honest with yourself about yourself and who you are and what you’ve come to this earth for. Misplace fear. Vow to sacrifice only for those things and people that are worth a sacrificial ordeal. There are 3 constant adventures that must always be had 1 is into your own soul, the 2nd is inside the pages of astounding books that will provide elevation and new knowledge, and then comes the 3rd which is the world around you. Don’t be afraid to hurt but don’t hang onto things & people that hurt you on a regular basis. Don’t be afraid to fall because with that fear you’ll never leave the cliff and therefore may never take flight & soar onto highs that no physical substance can provide. but most of all don’t be afraid to live and let me tell you living just ain’t living if you’re holding yourself back.
Whatever the origins of humanity in cosmic terms, its immediate source is Nature, the habitat provided by Gaia, the living planet. All preliterate traditions around the world reflect the belief that the natural world is charged with magical and spiritual power variously called mana, wakonda, dema, deva and many other names. All of these words indicate the presence of the sacred in the realm of the senses, not in some remote realm beyond human reach. Almost universally, this presence was imagined in the form of a Goddess, not a God.
In the beginning there was Isis-Hathor: Oldest of the Old. She was the Goddess from whom all Becoming arose. She was the Great Lady, Mistress of the Two Lands of Egypt, Mistress of Shelter, Mistress of Heaven, Mistress of the House of Life, Mistress of the Divine Word. She was the Unique. In all Her great and wonderful works She was a wiser magician and more excellent than any God.
- Theban sacred text, 14C BCE, Egypt.
Sacred comes from the Sanskrit root sak-, “to be powerful”. What supports something must be more powerful than that which it supports. Thus, Nature, which supports life, is more powerful than humanity, which is but one species woven into the web of Nature. Whether God creates Nature or Nature itself is God, the mysterious wellspring of life is sacred and all forms of life partake of that sacredness.
The certainty that Nature is sacred is the point of departure for all forms of human spirituality, and so it represents the founding stone of the arch of metahistory. If the arch is imagined as a bridge, Sacred Nature is the footing that has to be erected on the bank of the river from which we proceed. Life proceeds from Nature and all human activity is grounded in the Gaian habitat. All stories and scripts that encode beliefs about our relation to Nature reflect this master theme.
In the religious life of humanity, God first appears in Nature. Only later does God depart and hover outside as the disembodied creator of the natural world. Religion originates in “nature-worship” The Divine thus recognized is invariably feminine: hence, Gaia is a goddess, not a god. Long before institutionalized religions arose, the Nature Goddess was the Supreme Being. Among the Gnostics she was understood as Sophia, the Godhead of Nature. Sophia means “wisdom,” stressing the universal awareness that Nature is alive and intelligent, wise in her ways. Gaia-Sophia, all-knowing Mother Nature, appears in many guises in diverse myths and legends. Sacred Nature and the Goddess are thus identical. Indigenous cultures constantly assert that everything they know about how to live comes from direct communication with the Goddess. These scripts say: Goddess births all, Goddess sustains all, Goddess knows all.
“Animism” is the name given by anthropologists to the experience (or, if you will, the belief) that all nature is alive, animated and animating. The Goddess equated with Sacred Nature was embodied in a myriad forms and worshipped in her manifest guises, such as trees. (Clay impression, Indus Valley, c. 2000 BC)
Not only was Dorothy a beautiful and talented actress, but she was also an extremely talented vocalist. Although she began as a member of the singing group, The Dandridge Sisters, along with her sister Vivian Dandridge and Etta Jones (yes, Etta Jones NOT Etta James), Dorothy gained more fame as a solo artist as she performed on the nightclub circuit oftentimes accompanied by Phil Moore on piano. In 1958, Dorothy Dandridge recorded a full length album that went unreleased until 1999. This album is the only known recordings with Dorothy Dandridge on the lead vocals.
*All songs were recorded in 1958 with the exception of 4 that were recorded in 1961.
Interviewer:In your new novel, Pale Fire, one of the characters says that reality is neither the subject nor the object of real art, which creates its own reality. What is that reality?
Nabakov:Reality is a very subjective affair. I can only define it as a kind of gradual accumulation of information; and as specialization. If we take a lily, for instance, or any other kind of natural object, a lily is more real to a naturalist than it is to an ordinary person. But it is still more real to a botanist. And yet another stage of reality is reached with that botanist who is a specialist in lilies. You can get nearer and nearer, so to speak, to reality; but you never get near enough because reality is an infinite succession of steps, levels of perception, false bottoms, and hence unquenchable, unattainable. You can know more and more about one thing but you can never know everything about one thing: it's hopeless. So that we live surrounded by more or less ghostly objects-- that machine, there, for instance. It's a complete ghost to me-- 1 don't understand a thing about it and, well, it's a mystery to me, as much of a mystery as it would be to Lord Byron.
After that I’ll be heading over to the Supper Club where my good friends over at Luxury Rap SF are giving a Black & Gold Masquerade ball! http://www.facebook.com/events/298767346832358/
I’d love for you all to join me! I encourage you to purchase advance tix for my show, as they cost less online and more at the door. Online purchasing price: 9.00 The ticket purchase link is listed above! Hope to see you all there! This will be the 1st of many grand evenings to come! xo ♥ Darling Bonnie!
“A Woman is a beast. She is as lovely as she is repulsive. She is one part demon and one part goddess…one part slave, one part muse…one part child and one part mother…these contradictions are what make a woman so intoxicating.” –”—Andrea Mary Marshall