Interview Meme, part Deux

What? Again???

Interview Meme
Here’s how it works:

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

elorie asked me the following questions:

1) If you could run a town, and assuming that people would go along with your schemes, how would you do it?

An interesting question. Considering that you say people would go along with it, then I would probably run it as a benevolent dictator. 😉 I would hope that I would run it with compassion and integrity. Actually I think I would like to have a council of both pre-selected and democratically elected representatives who would debate and decide on issues, with me making the final decision based on their input.

2) What’s your favorite flower, and why?

I love brugmansias (Angel’s Trumpets) because not only are they related to the very Witchy datura (Devil’s Trumpets) but they have this amazing fragrance that only is present at night. That plus we used some from our garden in lieu of incense at Chas’ Feri initiation so now that association is forever drilled into my fetch. Mmmmm… very sexy aroma. Intoxicating, in fact.

3) What’s your weirdest skill? I don’t mean witchy skills, everybody we know has those, unless it’s REALLY strange. I mean like the ability to play “God Save the Queen” on water glasses or something.

I do a mean Harvey Fierstein impersonation. 😉

4) What’s your street skill? That is, if you got stranded far away without access to bank accounts or Western Union, how would you earn the money to get a bus ticket home?

I don’t think I have much in the way of street skills… barring washing dishes or reading tarot on the corner, I’d probably have to resort to prostitution. So I might be workin’ it for quite awhile before I got enough for that ticket. 😉

5) Who is your favorite historical person?

Well, that really depends on the day (I’m very Pisces) but right now I would have to say Oscar Wilde, not only because of the flair and courage by which he lived his life, but because he brought to light the prejudice faced by openly homosexual men at the time.

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Meditations on the Web

I’ve just noticed that someone has taken a couple of my meditations, edited them slightly, and recorded them with background music as PodCasts. How cool is that?

Wynyfryd’s Meditation Room

If you are interested in various meditations then check out her PodCast site… She makes them available for free, giving credit to the original authors and musicians.

The Meditations of mine that she did are:

The Tree of Life (original text)  (MP3)
Earth (Elements of Witchcraft series)  (original text)  (MP3)

I’m glad that someone thought my work was useful enough to make more readily available. It also is a nice reminder to me that I need to continue working on a similar project that I have had on the back burner for years; that of recording my meditations and making them available on CD.

Interview Meme

Interview Meme
Here’s how it works:

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

swansister asked me the following questions:

1. What makes you stand out from others?

I think that if I stand out it would be because I am often able to live from a place of joy and passion. I think of myself as an eternal child. I try to go into a situation with my eyes filled with stars and to really “feel” something first, as opposed to judging it. (A fetch perspective, as opposed to a talker one.) Some days I am better with this approach than others, but it is always my initial intent. I have often mused that I cannot be depressed for more than 15 minutes because of my short attention span! 😉 In part this is true because when something does not resonate with my core then I become bored and need to move onto something that does. I do try to live in the moment as often as possible, and I’m getting pretty good at it. I tend to be able to find joy in almost every situation that I am in, and this experience tends to be infectious. In fact I do believe that part of my spiritual work as a priest of the Goddess is to meditate Divine Presence into the World; often in the form of joy, laughter, and beauty.

2. What does your dream house look and feel like to you?

It looks spacious and warm… very earthly with a lot of natural light. It is surrounded by lots of trees and plants, and has a pool and a hot tub! 😉 I’ve often been drawn to spaces that are “cottage-like”, but that provide a feeling of airy openness, while being grounded in an earthy setting. It has to have a garden, and enough land to be able to have some private spaces for ritual and meditation.

3. What is your favorite music? Instrument? Singer? Band?

That’s so hard! Music wise I am very eclectic in my tastes, ranging from Modern Rock to Classical, to New Age, to Pop. Instrument-wise I am drawn to harps and hammer dulcimers… In terms of singers, I am in love with Lisa Gerrard and Loreena McKennit. Band-wise I love Dead Can Dance.

4. Who or what has most inspired you in life? What are they like?

I would have to say that my mother has been one of my largest inspirations. She is an intelligent woman who is also very warm, caring, and spiritual. When I was very young she would talk to me as if I were an equal and shared many spiritual ideas that even in some circles today are considered to be revolutionary. I grew up believing in God, but not the small definition that Christianity espouses. The God that my mother taught me was immanent in nature, and was not separate from cosmic creation, nor from ourselves. It was very ‘Pagan’ without being labeled as such. What I learned from her is an ability to think for myself, to connect with others in a space of compassion, and to stand up for what I believe to be right, sometimes especially when that truth is not popular.

5. What story would you most like to read aloud? What is it about the story that speaks to your heart?

I would love to read any of the Harry Potter series. The prose is so rich and fun that I think it lends itself well to being spoken aloud, rather like poetry. And the story itself is so life-affirming and emotionally vital that it feels like my soul is getting cleansed and charged each time I visit the literary dimension that Rowling has created. I can’t wait for the next book!