Trishna Jewelry is Closing

The end of a decade is happening 1 May. 
I am closing Trishna Jewelry on Etsy.  I am ready to let go,
(To focus on only building my art business)
but it is happening sooner than 1 July, details below.

IF you want a piece of my jewelry, look online and either buy it with the coupon “NEW50OFF” to receive 50% off, or if you can’t afford it NOW but want it then better save the picture of the item and you can email me later at dbdcat @ aol.com (remove spaces to go live) and if I still have it I can send you a Paypal invoice.

Locally in Portland Oregon I will be having a
Christmas in July sale, then donate the items
and/or sell them through a shop until they are gone!
Email me if you live locally and want to come to the sale!

Etsy has decided that everyone has to give them a LOT of information whether
or not they use them as a bank.  I use Paypal for a host of great reasons, and one is that they ARE a bank, with the accompanying service by phone and security.
Etsy does none of this, but they want picture ID and my first born.  Nope.

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Reblogging: #SoCS Can You Spell Earth?

#SoCS Can You Spell Earth?

by Dweezer

Yeah! Today is Earth Day, you know, a day set aside to make a real effort to remember where our gifts come from and to honor the agreement we made with the Creator to be stewards of this blue and green miracle. My friend understands this.

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Can you spell Earth? I can.

Then I thought of the anagram for Earth.

Thera

An ancient Greek island lost during a monumental volcanic eruption that sent its entire population beneath the sea, long before my friend evolved into his tiny, charming self…

Finish reading at :#SoCS Can You Spell Earth?, from one of my favorite photographer/bloggers.

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SoCS: Spell

When I first heard Linda’s word for today I thought of hexing or bewitching, or casting a spell.  I’ve felt like the studio was under a spell because of the unusual grumpiness…
and certainly we are grumpy due to the spell the American people are under!
WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP!
This is not our country, not our values!
And this is damn Earth Day and STILL we are going to debate SCIENCE???

Then I decided to censor because I dunno…

And next thought is dyslexic.
I am, and while I can spell, the truth is that I often turn letters around and
can’t see them if they are typewritten… script better…
spellcheck is no use for me when it is form to from or how and who…
I tell friends if I am going to write to them a lot so I don’t have to be crazy
like I am with client letters…

socsbadge2016-17The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is:
“spell.” Write, no editing, 15 minutes.
Visit to see what others are writing and try it!!
Bonus points if you use it in the first sentence. Enjoy!

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SoCS: Mu, Wu

I didn’t need to rhyme with moo because mu or wu is familiar to me
from my twenty-year-old mixed up college self, when my brother came over
dropped off a stack of books about Buddhism and said,
“These will serve you better than a shrink.”
This coming from a psychology major.

He didn’t give me the Gateless Gate.
but I went out and bought it because every book but the Tao books talked about koans.
I should have saved my money.
I’ve always resisted word games and non-visual puzzles.
But there it was, the most famous koan, “Does a dog have Buddha nature?”
Well, dogs may not but cats certainly do was my initial response…
though years later when I had a Chow dog I would change my mind.
Anyway, that isn’t the right answer and here is the thing, everyone knows the right answer: MU, or, wu, depending upon if you are in China or Japan.
Again, wise-ass twenty-year-old says,
“How can this be a test of your breakthrough to
enlightenment if everyone knows the damn answer?”
Okay, it seems that a Zen master or roshi can tell when you are lying.
A bit like my mother.
Still, I never went in for koans…
I sat and meditated and of course, years later I was to understand
that if you signed up in your heart for the path then resist koans the Universe
will give you personal koans if you open your eyes to see them.
If you are lucky and have done sit meditation until you are bored
and then bored some more
and begin to watch your never ending monkeymind yah-yah-yahing at you
soon you begin to be able to see the incredible amount of bull puckey
that mind throws at you to keep you off-balance.

Whoa.  I’m there.  Kensho coming at me, boom.
Timed morning writings I bow to you.

There are no coincidences and Linda Gill picked this to help me along.

I am smack dab in the middle of another life koan right now.
I am self-reflective.
I am willing to look and look if someone tells me I’m an ass.
I’m willing to apologize and change if I can… I’m a work in process.
And RIGHT NOW I have a friend who apparently doesn’t value me.
At all.
She had a problem, blamed me for her problem,
when I gave my part and set some boundaries
(all sounds complicated but was really very simple as the problem was only huge to her) she said I was a nut-job (sometimes true, aren’t we all a little bit?)
and blew doors on our friendship.
BLEW DOORS.
I am not shocked at her explosion, but I am shocked at her ending friendship.
A week later, no word from her about her behavior.
My koan:
I would want to be friends with me, warts and all.
I don’t understand why she doesn’t.

I need to get through this, and in-between, as another great teacher said, Brugh Joy,
“Hold the tension.”

Note afterwards: Kenshō is not enlightenment, but a burst of open hearted insight.
I added italics for the foreign terms and name of the book, and I may have gotten the name wrong as this is timed writing not go-to-your-bookshelf writing.  I separated the writing so it wasn’t one long paragraph.  That’s all!

socsbadge2016-17The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is:
“moo” or something that rhymes with it.  Write, no editing, 15 minutes.
Visit to see what others are writing and try it!!

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Friendship

The interview below got me thinking about what I want in a friendship.
I’ve not put my conscious mind to it in ages…
Mitchell is by far my best friend and he is also my loverman… and a man…
not that being a man is a negative in my book of friends.
In fact, I’ve been betrayed by far more women than men very.
Only women have betrayed me in business.
Men have disappointed me in business but not betrayed.

Morning write to clear energy, back to topic.  What I want in a friendship…

Humor.  A wicked laugh.
No fear of intimacy.
Willingness to speak up and speak truth.  (Very hard to find.)
Fearlessness, no, but moving past fears, or courage.
Attending to our friendship, and giving as good as I give,
though not necessarily the same way.
Caring enough to clear up misunderstandings.  They happen.
Ability to reflect and a willingness to tell me what’s so about me when needed.
Compassionately, though not necessarily nicely.  She’s not “nice”.
The willingness to get into trouble was when I was younger, and perhaps I have less inclination to that now since trouble usually involved men and a train or a plane,
and I am oh-so-happy Sady-married-lady, but still, a wickedness.
FEW women have that who are not actually dangerous.
Gives more lip service to putting our planet first…
Has a strong spiritual path though not necessarily mine.

The last two are new to me…

Also, I usually have fallen in love with my friends a little when I met them.
Not like falling hard for a lover,
but there is an undeniable attraction that is akin to falling in love.

I have not felt that in forever!

What do you value in friendship?

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what is two hours out of your life?

its been a surprising two days.
i was hit by a mack truck emotionally — NOT by my husband
but someone who i was in a committed relationship with, a friendship.

i was told that my angry emotions were unacceptable —
whoops i’m not angry but sad, so sad…
expecting loss, and so in a fearful place about the outcome of the meeting —
and btw, not yelling or anything, but i do have a clear loud
voice — no one would ever say i was soft-spoken — i own THAT…
i was told she didn’t want to hear what i had to say so
i walked away and into my next meeting.

what do you do with that?

then a friend sent me this for no reason as i was waiting for the meeting:

i mean, wow… went through me… talk about synchronicity!

the upshot of the day today was an ending to that relationship.
it is an odd thing because i gave her responses i would have liked from her
that she didn’t like,
but at least they were an acknowledgement of her explanations…
understanding why she did what she did gave me the ability to not be mad
about THAT anymore… so that part of my annoyance was over.
i didn’t require her to be different in her emotional makeup while dealing with her discomfort.. she got loud and annoyed and all that.  can’t say i liked it but i am willing to put in a few hours of discomfort for a relationship.
she was not willing to put up with a couple of hours of discomfort to get through to a different side of things, to let us both understand why we did what we did.
even when i said just that to her — what is two hours out of your life?
i heard her say why she did it and gave her that,
asking her not to do that again though… i prefer talking about things face to face.
my feelings were not alright though, not logical, inappropriate
not interested in hearing that i was hurt, scared of loss, etc.

i would allow a lot of latitude in a difficult situation for someone i cared deeply about,
and perhaps she never cared, so the friendship was not a two-way street.
as long as there was no physical abuse and no over the top screaming…
a certain sense of boundaries (like give me ten minutes to collect myself)
hurt requires some response other than logic.
people can unwind the discomfort of an uncomfortable conversation later,
but we can’t come back from, “i don’t want to know you anymore.”

i am not used to women especially not responding with some sort of
acknowledgment when someone says, “my feelings were so hurt.”
no offense to men, and my man is very willing to hear feelings.

so that’s what she did,
walked out of the conversation unwilling to say she cared about my hurt feelings,
unwilling to hear what behavior upset me…
it is MY upset and i even told her i didn’t blame her for my day yesterday…
(my mac was unresponsive in a deadline — it got cleared today).
she would not tell me what behavior she sees as anger so i can understand
how that works for her (some people are sensitive to energy in any form)
she saw anger in my initial response
it was hurt lots of hurt, and impending loss… all true.
i was very confused even after reflection,
and i am pretty good at seeing when i’ve been an ass!

lots of practice.

here we are, about to hit the Full Moon,
letting go, letting go, letting go…

why tell you all this?
because, like brene brown says, our stories have value

btw, the new moon tonight is about letting go of the monkeymind!

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WATWB: Love Can Change the World

This article on the Lovings, married in 1958,
speaks to how love can change the world.
May we all be free to love whom we like.

The Lovings: An Intimate Portrait by photographer Grey Villet, text by Barbara Villet and foreword by Stephen Crowley, is published by Princeton Architectural Press, £16.99

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