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Published December 6, 2021 by tindertender

An idea has captured your attention – or will do so very soon. It may be a grand vision or the vague sense of something that could be. You are encouraged to accept the vision, the idea or the inspiration as it is important to your creative and spiritual growth.

Also, it IS possible. The bee is bringing you healing medicine-wisdom. The bee is a powerful spirit totem. Bees are able to fly with wings that are significantly small in proportion to their heavier bodies. They can do so because of the sheer speed with which their wings move. Your idea, even if it seems like a big, substantial plan that might be difficult to ‘get off the ground’ and up and running, can succeed. You will attract great helpers to you and the Earth will support the success of this project, idea or vision, because it is about helping the greater good, as well as your own growth and development. When Mother Earth lends you nature-wisdom to support your healing and growth, you know you have an exceptionally powerful ally to your cause. Let this bring you confidence.

Allow inspiration to fill you with enthusiasm, an expectation of magic and marvelous synchronicity, as people, situations, and opportunities fall into place to help bring your inspiration into reality. This idea has the potential to flower into so much more than you realize. It has great potential. It can become something that feeds and nourishes others on their creative and personal healing paths too. It has the quality of a mission and is so much more than one, singular idea.

When an inspiration comes from the greater creative intelligence of the universe – even when it makes itself known as an idea coming through a human source – all that is needed to bring it into being will be available at the right time. For the human channel of the idea, it is just a matter of being open, receptive, trusting and enthusiastic about what has come through. Everything required for each step will be naturally attracted to support the success of the project according to divine timing. The healing process below will help you manifest the support needed for your inspiration to take flight.

You are a vehicle for inspiration. You are meant to think and do things differently. You are capable of receiving fresh ideas that are not so ‘out there’ or different that they stop being practical, helpful and wonderful. Avoid the trap of doubting your ideas are special or interesting enough. Your inspiration comes direct from the universal creative source and you are to believe and recognize the signature of great intelligence within your inspirational ideas and creative urges – and to act accordingly. To sum up, there is indication of sweet success, like abundant honey, coming your way through your commitment to and development of an idea that you have already had or will soon receive. See it through to the end. Bee-lieve!

Healing process ::
Place your hands in prayer position at your heart or lay them in your lap with palms facing upwards in a gesture of receiving. Say aloud, “May my inspired ideas be blessed by the creative intelligence and love of this universe. May the perfection of divine timing govern the unfolding of this idea into its most beautiful and fulfilling form. May this idea attract the most nourishing people, situations and opportunities so that it may live out its destiny to make a positive contribution to the world. Through sacred genius, love and grace, so be it.”

When you are ready, sit quietly and say, “I commit myself – body, heart, mind and soul – to that which will illuminate me with golden inspiration and uplift me and those around me with love. I am open to receive all the support and protection needed to truly honor this commitment. So be it.”

Rest for a moment to complete your healing process. If you notice imagery of bees, actual bees or people dressed like them (stranger things have happened!) when you are out and about, know that this is the universe playfully confirming your healing.

Artwork by Autumn Skye Morrison

Sacred Rebels oracle by Alana Fairchild

Bees Resilient

Published November 30, 2021 by tindertender

Like an enforced hibernation, many of the beehives on La Palma in the Canary Islands were buried under volcanic ash after the Cumbre Vieja erupted in late September.

These six hives were situated just 600 meters from the volcano. When they were finally dug out from under a meter of ash on Nov. 6, rescuers – who suffered a sting here and there – found that five of the six hives had survived, with hundreds of thousands of bees undoubtedly happy to see blue skies again.

They had sealed themselves in by creating propolis, a resinous material with which they plugged any gaps, and were able to survive on their food reserves, as the owner had not yet collected the summer honey.

~ The Bee Report by Matt Kelly (

Spicy Turkey Soup

Published November 27, 2021 by tindertender

Intending to change preconditioned, habitual patterning surrounding food, I have whittled down the amount of meat in my diet over the last several years. I feel very good about this change.

My father joined me for dinner this Thanksgiving holiday. He told me that he did not want me cooking meat, as he knows I try to avoid it. What is a daughter to do? My father came for supper, and he eats meat on a regular basis.

I was not going to make him eat vegetarian, so I bought, and roasted him a turkey breast … and I used the leftover to make soup for the pantry. I was not going to waste one portion of it, out of respect for the life it once was. And yes, I will eat it, out of respect for the life it once was, because I made the purchase. And I will be grateful for the nourishment every time I do.

I doubled the recipe and then some, with the exception of the meat. After having it for supper, I managed to create 15 pints and 3 quarts of delicious soup for the pantry.


1/2 tablespoon oil
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
4 cups turkey stock
2 cups leftover turkey
1 cup frozen corn
2 (16 oz cans) black beans, drained
2 (15 oz cans) diced tomatoes with green chiles
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
4 ounces cream cheese (If dairy free or canning, leave out this ingredient. The cheese can be added at the time of cooking at a later date for creaminess if desired).

Sauté the onion and green bell pepper. Add it to slow cooker with all other ingredients (except cream cheese, this goes in before serving). Cook on low for 8 hours.

Pressure canning:
Bring to 11 lbs pressure and keep it there for 75 minutes pints, and 90 minutes quarts.

Save The Bees!

Published April 6, 2021 by tindertender

It’s almost spring! That means the bees come out. If you see a huge cluster of bees, call a beekeeper. Do not call a bee exterminator please. The bees are not hostile. They have no eggs or honey to defend when you see them like this.

They’re stopping for a quick break.

Please don’t spray them. Contact a beekeeper and they will come out and take them! Swarms will soon be popping up across the state! They’re just looking for new homes, let a beekeeper rehome them for you!


(You can Google or search Facebook for beekeepers in your area.)

“Imping” of a Red-Tailed Hawk

Published April 6, 2021 by tindertender

A flightless red-tailed hawk was brought to the Gladys Porter Zoo recently. It appeared to have been caught in a fire and looked more like a porcupine than a bird of prey. All of its primary feathers and most of its tail were badly scorched, leaving only the shaft. Knowing that it might take a year or more for the bird to go through a natural molt and grow new feathers, the Zoo’s Animal Health Department staff went to work. The goal: restore this magnificent animal’s ability to fly.

Another rescued red-tailed hawk (brought in blind in both eyes and subsequently euthanized) provided donor feathers. These were carefully removed and laid out in proper order. The patient was then put under anesthesia. Using a process called “imping,” the ancient art of feather replacement used by falconers for centuries, each donor feather was meticulously dowelled and glued with epoxy onto the existing feather shaft.

After two sessions lasting two-and-a-half-hours each, the hawk is sporting a complete complement of plumage. Its first test flight was a success. To top it off, on its first, newly-flighted, night, it captured its own prey.

With a new lease on life, the hawk, affectionately named “Rakowski” after a local Texas Game Warden, is scheduled for release in two days.

The Animal Health Department at the Gladys Porter Zoo is the principal wildlife rehabilitation unit for the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Its wildlife rehabilitation involves caring for injured, ill, and orphaned wild animals with the goal of releasing each into its natural habitat. Animals are brought to the zoo by private citizens, animal control officers, or Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Game Wardens.

Photos by Alex Olvera, Vet Tech

Governing Stupid People

Published March 31, 2021 by tindertender

You know, what is sad about this, is the people aren’t really stupid. They are innocent in a large part, and trusting. That poor chicken. Many times he tortured an animal or person to prove his “superiority”.

On one occasion, so it was narrated, Stalin called for a live chicken and proceeded to use it to make an unforgettable point before some of his henchmen.

Forcefully clutching the chicken in one hand, with the other he began to systematically pluck out its feathers. As the chicken struggled in vain to escape, he continued with the painful denuding until the bird was completely stripped.

“Now you watch,” Stalin said as he placed the chicken on the floor and walked away with some bread crumbs in his hand. Incredibly, the fear-crazed chicken hobbled toward him and clung to the legs of his trousers.

Stalin threw a handful of grain to the bird, and it began to follow him around the room, he turned to his dumbfounded colleagues and said quietly, “This is the way to rule the people. Did you see how that chicken followed me for food, even though I had caused it such torture? People are like that chicken. If you inflict inordinate pain on them they will follow you for food the rest of their lives.”

The way I first heard this, Stalin had used the term “stupid people” but I missed that meeting so I can’t say for sure.

Stay inside.
Shut your businesses down.
Do as you’re told.
We will take care of you.
Here’s $600.


Just A Dog …

Published March 30, 2021 by tindertender

From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.” They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a dog.”

Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.” Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog,” but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”

“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure and unbridled joy.

“Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person.

Because of “just a dog,” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a dog,” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a man/woman.” So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,” just smile–because they “just don’t understand.”

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