Friday, May 27, 2016


Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ Knight/Prince of Wands

Is he surging forward on his own or does he need to be shot out of a cannon to get going?

I'm reminded by this card, we've all been there, myself, quite often...because I'm thinking. Given time I can come up with a better solution. At that point pushing is not required. Just get out of the way, no fartin' around will be occurring.

"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator." ~ Robert Francis Kennedy 1925-1968

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Unintelligible, Unbirthed.

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ Hanged Man

Pupa, cocoon, chrysalis. This guy looks about half hatched. Like many of our ideas. If we don't wave our brains about and strengthen our lightbulb ideas, they will just slip in the water and be washed away, unintelligible, unbirthed.

I'm reminded by this card of some of my bright ideas. Luggage To Go was a fun one. I invested in four full sets of luggage, put cards in every Portland travel agency within ten miles of me, and rented them to travelers.
Parting out personal estates on Ebay, way fun. I concentrated on quilters but did a number of interesting collections. My advice to you? Never think you are 'investing' in anything in the back of the Sunday paper magazines like Bradford collector plates.

"It was a pity he couldna be hatched o'er again, an' hatched different." ~ George Eliot  1819-1880

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ 3 of Coins/Discs

Material works. The foot is strength and determination. Coin one, work yet to be done. Coin two, steps taken. Coin three, fruit of our efforts.

All very well and specific. My foot is weak. Or more probably lazy. Or conflicted. While I've sat here typing (whining) this post my working wall brain has arrived at a win/win plan plus one big job vanished, someone else has already done it. Whoop Whoop...adapt. adapt.

"Life not only consists of yes and no, but a lot of yes, but and no, but." ~ Vann Chow

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Strange Forest

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ Queen of Coins/Discs

DuQuette likens our Queen to a cross of Jane Austen and Joan of Arc. With a bit of Richard Nixon and Joseph Stalin. Plus Stephen Hawking and Catherine of Aragon. Wow.

I'm reminded by this card we are complex complicated creatures. No wonder we alternate from black hate, indifference, and fiery passion. All in a day.  We hardly recognize ourselves, let alone understand how someone else works.

"This is what I believe: That I am I. That my soul is a dark forest. That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest." ~  D.H. Lawrence 1885-1930

Monday, May 23, 2016

Frivolous? Nay.

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ Ace of Coins/Discs

Did you ever play the game What Would You Do With $5000.00? In our 20s this would come up ever so often. We were all struggling newlyweds and that much money was deemed a huge windfall.

I'm reminded by this card in each decade of our life how differently we would have used this amount over the years. What seems frivolous now,  always seemed perfectly logical at the time. Today? I'd move my Grandma Pearl from her alone and lonely plot, to the family plot we've created at the Wynooche Cemetery. Frivolous? Never. Come on windfall.

"Do not assume that because I am frivolous I am shallow; I don't assume that because you are grave you are profound." ~ Sydney Smith 1771-1845

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Eternal Optimism

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ 5 of Cups

Disappointment. Events don't live up to anticipation. Investing too heavily in an unsure outcome.

We've all been there, bug eyed with amazement as we are hoist and flung from our own petard. Books and movies that were raved about. Family and class reunions. First dates. But we bounce back, one of the nice things about being human, we can choose eternal optimism.

"Disappointment seldom cures us of expectation, or has any effect other than that of producing a peevish exclamation." ~ Samuel Johnson 1709-1784

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Dancer of Reconciliation

It would be interesting to have a third party interview both sides.
What we think is wrong may be nowhere near the true seed.

I'm reminded by this card sometimes reconciliation means accepting what is, is.

"The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us." ~ Quentin Crisp 1908-1999

Friday, May 20, 2016

Pillage and Plunder

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Hunter of Conflict

Early armies were mostly a  matter of employment for a large portion of the population. Like pyramid building. Or gladiator games, always a good income, as long as you lived through it. Armies could be self sustaining too, pillaging and plundering, ships sending home the goods, bringing back payday coins of the realm.

Armies don't pay their own salaries now, they just suck the home economy dry to maintain high profits for arms dealers. The last time I saw someone sending anything home it was a M*A*S*H* character mailing a jeep one part at a time.  But still, the world seems destined to spin on conflict.

"Let me throw the bricks through the front window. You go in at the back and take the swag." ~ Ezra Pound 1885-1972

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Green Cross

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Spirit of Healing

On the road, observing small and large towns I've found a conundrum. The shiniest new businesses offer Green Cross merchandise, have three digit numbers in their name, and or the word glass, and they are everywhere.

In my lifetime I've known exactly two people who used marijuana medically.

"Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two but can’t remember what they are." ~ Matt Lauer 1957-

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Hunter of Gifts

I had an amazing gift yesterday. Dedicated research, and even recognition of my eye disease has only be ongoing very recently. Frank Lowy has funded a number of institutes around the world because a family member is afflicted. John Moran has come onboard and financed the University of Utah Moran Eye Center. Dr. Paul Bernstein, one of the premier eye specialists in the world. Who said twice he will be hand carrying my chart to next week's world summit.

As part of the clinical trials my eyes were examined in the test for eyeglasses, only much more thoroughly. From there they were dilated and numbed, tapped, blasted with light, injected with dye, scanned from side to side, up and down, and behind. If I discover any other family members have the disease they will fly them in. They took blood looking for the first genetic strand that will lead to the common factors, and from there to treatment. It was nice to be treated like royalty, but the real gift is being part of the infant stages of exciting research. And maybe down the road a recipient of the outcome. And of course my eyes will go into to the pool of research when I don't need them anymore.

"Light tomorrow with today." ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861