Cat’s Morning Bits for March 7, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 7, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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Among the pitfalls in our way,
The best of us walk blindly;
So, man, be wary, watch and pray,
And judge your brother kindly.
-The 1872 Old Farmer’s Almanac

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Spirit Library: If you ever feel like you don’t make a difference

Kindness is highly contagious. It’s more contagious, in fact, than the cold.

The contagiousness of kindness is powered by what’s known as ‘elevation’, a description coined by social psychologist, Jonathan Haidt. It’s a sense of warmth, satisfaction, expansion, even gratitude. It’s the feeling we feel when we do something kind, but also when we receive kindness or even witness it

https://spiritlibrary.com/david-r-hamilton-phd/if-you-ever-feel-like-you-don-t-make-a-difference

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Herbal Muse: Rosemary & Thyme Antibacterial Spray

Rosemary contains a number of active compounds that are responsible for the
pharmacological actions of the herb, including hesperidin (a powerful antioxidant), carnosol (antioxidant, anti-carcinogen and anti-inflammatory) and other phenolic diterpenoids with potent antimicrobial properties. Thyme, which contains another phenol called thymol, was once the standard antiseptic in first-aid kits carried on the battlefields of World War I. This spray is prepared in minutes and will be at-the-ready in your natural first aid kit when needed for minor scrapes, bug bites and rashes. Learn how to make this…

https://www.herbalmusings.com/single-post/2019/03/04/Rosemary-Thyme-Antibacterial-Spray

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MNN: Meditation or vacation: Which one is better?

Research shows that meditation has a positive effect on your mental health, helping to improve mood and lower stress levels. But a 2016 study has found that the practice may also have quantifiable physical health benefits, too. In fact, when compared with the de-stressing health benefits of a relaxing vacation, meditation’s effects may be even stronger and longer-lasting

https://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/blogs/meditation-or-vacation-which-one-better-your-health

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EarthSky News: Young moon after sunset March 7-10

From many places worldwide – especially south of Earth’s equator – it’ll be a challenge to spot the young moon in the west after sunset on March 7, 2019. After all, the moon was new – or most nearly between the Earth and sun for this month – on March 6 at 16:04 UTC; translate to your time.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/young-moon-after-sunset-march-7-10

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Patheos-Pagan: Building a Home Shrine

I spent the weekend building a home shrine. All this time and I’ve never really had one, at least not intentionally. There are plenty of sacred spaces in the house, don’t get me wrong. I have special tabletops and shelves that tend to accumulate meaningful objects,

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/oathbound/2018/03/building-home-shrine/

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Inner Journey:

DISCOVER THE TREASURES INSIDE

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
— Denis Waitley

Peace, joy, health and well-being can only be found inside us. They exist within us now, waiting to be discovered. Yet we tend to look to the outside world to satisfy our needs and longings.

Our outer life reflects back to us the way we think, feel and behave. The outer world is all effects. Go to the source inside for all of life’s treasures.

How are you searching for peace and contentment outside of yourself?

“The great Western disease is, ‘I’ll be happy when… When I get the money. When I get a BMW. When I get this job.’ Well, the reality is, you never get to when. The only way to find happiness is to understand that happiness is not out there. It’s in here. And happiness is not next week. It’s now.”
— Marshall Goldsm

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

All that you need to have all that you want will be provided, as if by magic, once you know what you want and do something about it every day. No matter what,

The Universe

tut.com

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Spiritual Unite: Number 13 Meaning – Time For Grounding And Manifesting

Quick! Name an unlucky number!
Okay, so you’ve already clicked on this article and know it is about the number 13, but when asked for an example of an “unlucky” number most people will pick the number 13.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/number-13-meaning-time-for-grounding-and-manifesting/

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter
Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces
Angel: Sachiel
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
March 8,  2019

Character

“The world may take your reputation from you, but it cannot take your character.”
-Emma Dunham Kelley, Megda, 1891

“A man’s character is the reality of himself. His reputation is the opinion others have formed of him. Character is in him; reputation is from other people – that is the substance, this is the shadow.”

-H.W. Beecher (1813-1887)

“If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.”
-D.L. Moody (1837-1899)

I just had to include all three of these quotes together. These were taken from three different sources! I don’t know if these people knew each other, or were commenting on their statements – but it sure sounds like it. That’s the way spirit works sometimes – all these events happening in different times and places that somehow mesh together seamlessly. Notice the contrast that each draws between character and reputation. Where do we place the most value?

There are things we can work on, and things we really have no control over. When we work on ourselves, the rest seems to fall into place. It’s the “reap what you sow” factor taken to another level. It’s the “ripple effect” that we can’t always see because we’re right in the middle of it.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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ThoughtCo. : Crafts for the Pagan Ostara Sabbat

Spring has finally arrived! March has roared in like a lion, and if we’re really lucky, it will roll out like a lamb. Meanwhile, on or around the 21st of the month, we have Ostara to celebrate. It’s the time of the vernal equinox if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a true marker that spring has come.

https://www.thoughtco.com/crafts-for-the-ostara-sabbat-4125905

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for March 6, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 6, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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Our seasons have no fixed returns,
Without our will they come and go;
At noon our sudden summer burns,
Ere sunset all is snow.
-James Russell Lowell (1819-91)

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Spirit Library: March 2019 – April 2026 Uranus in Taurus – Thinking Outside a Broken Box

Uranus enters Taurus on 6th March 2019 (UT). The planet of radical disruption, unpredictable events and liberating discontinuity in the zodiac sign known for its stubborn resistance to change promises to keep us all on our toes! Since May 2010 when Uranus first entered Aries, there’s been a certain amount of leeway available for the more impulsive among us

https://spiritlibrary.com/sarah-varcas/march-2019-april-2026-uranus-in-taurus-thinking-outside-a-broken-box

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MBG: How To Tap Into The Deep Spirituality Of Tonight’s Pisces New Moon

The Pisces new moon marks the beginning of a poetic, romantic, and inspired cycle that culminates with the full moon on September 14, 2019. Here are seven ways this lunar lift can bring divine guidance:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/new-moon-in-pisces-2019

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Tetraktys: 10 Ways to Use Seashells in Witchcraft – 10 Tips From a Sea Witch

am completely in love with seashells. When I am on the beach, I spent countless hours looking for them. To my eyes, they are precious gifts from Mother Ocean. But, once you find seashells that you love, what can you do with them? In this post, you will learn 10 ways to use seashells in witchcraft. You will notice that they are very similar to crystals.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/10-ways-seashells-witchcraft/

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Elephant Journal: Is “Maitri” really about Self-Care? ~ Linda Lewis

There’s much confusion these days about the term “maitri,” a Sanskrit term meaning “loving-kindness.”
You often hear people say things like, “I just want to stay home and hibernate, stressless, and not relate. I need a little maitri in my life.”
While there’s nothing wrong with just staying home sometimes, the idea of self-care is not necessarily the Buddhist view of maitri.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/03/is-maitri-really-about-self-care/

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MNN: Rare ‘elixir of immortality’ recovered from ancient Chinese tomb

A mysterious liquid discovered in a 2,000-year-old Chinese tomb has been identified by archaeologists as an ancient medical concoction known as the “elixir of immortality.”
The 3.5 liters (0.9 gallons) of yellowish fluid, contained within a bronze pot uncovered last October, has the rich of scent of alcohol and was initially believed to be wine.

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/rare-elixir-immortality-recovered-ancient-chinese-tomb

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EarthSky News: Summer Triangle, signpost for all seasons

Tonight, look for the Summer Triangle. It’s not summer for our northern temperate latitudes, but the three brilliant stars of the Summer Triangle – Vega, Deneb and Altair – are out for at least part of the night every night of the year. Presently, the Summer Triangle shines in the eastern predawn sky. You can often see this star formation from light-polluted areas or on a moonlit night

https://earthsky.org/tonight/the-summer-triangle-a-signpost-for-all-seasons

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Patheos-Pagan: Questioning my faith

As a Thelemite use the word faith differently than most people do. I don’t mean a belief that isn’t backed by science. That kind of faith doesn’t work for me because I’m a scientific illuminist. Aleister Crowley described scientific Illuminism as “the method of science, the aim of religion”.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/starandsnake/2019/03/questioning-my-faith/

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Inner Journey:

SEEK INSIGHTS

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.”
— Aristotle

INSIGHTS happen only when we shift to a higher, more inclusive perspective. As we grow in wisdom and experience, we become less attached to the form of reality and more aware of its spiritual side – its qualities, values and meaning. As we get to know ourselves as souls, we begin to let go of the self-consciousness of the ego. This allows us to more effectively include others and work with the whole picture.

When there is more in sight, we get more insights.

Try becoming aware of those times when you focus on differences. At those times, STOP and PAY ATTENTION and IDENTIFY SIMILARITIES INSTEAD. See how all parts fit into a bigger picture. Expand your perspectives. Find common causes, motives and needs. Go to another level of thinking and problem solving. Be open to using more imagination and creativity. Shift your thinking from “either/or” to “both/and” and be prepared for more insights.

“Insight occurs when, and to the degree that, one knows oneself.”
— Andrew Schneider

“We are not what we know. We are what we are willing to learn.”
— Council on Ideas

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

You may not be able to take “it” with you, but whatsoever you may do, be, or have in time and space, is already waiting for you here, times 10,000.

Don’t hold back,

The Universe

tut.com

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Herbal Musings: Baked Gnocchi with Spinach, Nutmeg & Thyme

This simple but satisfying dish is easy to put together and is easily adaptable to variations on the basic recipe. If you’re inclined to make your own gnocchi from scratch, so much the better. Otherwise, using a good quality packaged gnocchi from the grocery store is just fine

https://www.herbalmusings.com/single-post/2014/08/30/Baked-Gnocchi-with-Spinach-Nutmeg-Thyme

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Intentions:Rules healings, the mind, Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear,Loss, Travel and Money Matters, Addictions, Young People, Messages, Perception, Self Expression.

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and, Opalescent colors and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavendar, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]

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Daily Wisdom
March 6, 2019

Character

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

-Helen Keller, 1938

Everything that we have gone through in our lives has come to shape our character. How we assimilate these experiences into our personality determines the strength of our character. Life is not easy – and it’s not boring! Every day offers us up opportunities to learn and grow and develop into the person we aspire to be.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Angelic Assistance for these Shifting Times 

Angelic Assistance can help you through the changes and challenges of these shifting times. I don’t know what I would do without the comfort of the love and support I feel when I evoke my angelic crew.
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/angelguidance/2019/02/angelic-assistance-shifting-times.html#t2RcmBVEP1XmHehU.99

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals

Cat’s Morning Bits for March 5, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 5, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82)

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Spiritual Unite: Metaphysical Healing Techniques -Try Healing Yourself Today

Too often, people treat their sickness and illnesses and other ailments as purely physical problems.
Usually, this is enough – we as a society have developed great medicines that can cure all sorts of problems!

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/metaphysical-healing-techniques-try-healing-yourself-today/

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: How To Prepare Yourself For The Upcoming Mercury Retrograde

The first Mercury retrograde of 2019 will arrive on Tuesday.
Back up all your important data, switch to stronger passwords, and quickly submit that (almost past due) paperwork! On Tuesday, March 5, Mercury will turn retrograde for the first time this year, retreating through Pisces until March 28. In the Fish’s kaleidoscopic waters,

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-march-4-10-2019

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Daily Good: Breaking Out of Our Resistance Bubble

Explore the intersection of spiritual journey and social change with this riveting interview from Sounds True and Van Jones, NY times best selling author, public speaker and host of the Van Jones show on CNN. He calls on our collective soulfulness, grounded into life, and our strong sense of self, joy and dignity. Van challenges us to work with others that are unlike ourselves, to be in the chaos and the pain of life and not run away.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2200/breaking-out-of-our-resistance-bubble-tami-simon/

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MNN: ‘Super mom’ spotted on a Minnesota lake — with 56 ducklings in tow

When wildlife photographer Brent Cizek bought a small plastic boat last winter, he was hoping to ply the lakes of northern Minnesota and capture the most intimate scenes of animals in their natural environment.
He had no idea how intimate he would get.

But it wasn’t until June that he truly tested the little boat on one of the state’s bigger bodies of water, Lake Bemidji

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/supermom-duck-babies-lake-Bemidji-cizek

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EarthSky News: A tangle of stars in Berenices’ Hair 

A faraway cluster of stars known the Coma star cluster requires a dark sky to be seen. It is in the constellation Coma Berenices – also known as Berenice’s Hair – and it’s an open star cluster, a loose collection of stars held together by gravity. If you can’t spot this wispy and gossamery group of stars with the unaided eye, try binoculars.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/tangle-of-stars-in-berenices-hair

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Patheos-Pagan: Garden Magic: Let’s open the magical box

You may imagine you need to have a beautiful picture box garden laid out in front of a thatched cottage to have a witch’s garden but really that isn’t the case. You can style the garden in any way that suits your taste, size of garden and your budget.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/beneaththemoon/2019/03/garden-magic-open-the-magical-box/

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Did You Know?​​​​​​​

The first spring flowers are typically lilacs, irises, lilies, tulips, daffodils, and dandelions.

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Inner Journey:

STEP INTO SELF-AWARENESS

“Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.”
— Tom Hopkins

Here are some different aspects of self-awareness:
• Know yourself – Explore who you are: your defences, your blocks, your talents, your aspirations, etc.
• Accept yourself – We are at war with ourselves when we resist or deny certain aspects of who we are. Acknowledge the truth of who you are right now – the positives and the negatives. Only when we own our present reality can we change.
• Control yourself – Set clear, conscious intentions and discipline yourself to meet them.
• Express yourself – Go to your heart to identify what has meaning and purpose for you. Live your truth. Identify ways you can give back to life and be in service.

We work on each of these aspects all the time. But as our lives go through cycles, we predominantly work on one of them more than the others. Which aspect are you more conscious of lately?

“Our lives improve only when we take chances … and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.”
— Walter Anderson

“Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient that fuels daring.”
— Grace Lichtenstein

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

How adventurous would life be if you were “challenge free”? If you had the perfect body, perfect self-esteem, everyone adored you, and you won the lottery every Sunday?

Not.

Now what if, painful as they may temporarily be, you could choose a life during which challenges might arise whenever your thinking needed expansion, on the sole condition that every one of them could be overcome no matter how daunting they may at first seem?

Everything makes you more,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cinnamon Apple Crumble

I love to make cinnamon apples whenever I have apples that are starting to go bad. The other day as I was cooking them, my husband asked if I could put a crumb topping on them.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Cinnamon-Apple-Crumble-2.html

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Intentions: Courage, Destination, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

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Daily Wisdom
March 5, 2019 

Character

“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed… The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. All history will convince you of this, and that wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.”
-Abigail Adams, in a letter to her son, John Quincy Adams, 1780

“Character” is an interesting word. We’re all known for our character, those traits that we have embraced and exhibited as a part of who we are. In the movie and theatre world, a character is one of the participants in the film, or play – and since we have little time to get to know that individual, his personality is amplified by a few traits that sets him apart from the other characters. If you were to write a play, and write yourself into this story, how would your character be portrayed?

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Pioneer Thinking: Bee Balm – Oswego Tea

Bee balm is also known as Oswego Tea. The Boston Tea Party was an event where English tea was dumped overboard in the Boston harbor as colonists rebelled against excessive tariffs on imported goods. Native Americans in the area made medicinal herbal tea with the bee balm, the colonists adopted it as a replacement for English tea.

https://pioneerthinking.com/bee-balm-a-beautiful-garden-herb-called-oswego-tea

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/