“To love someone means to see him as God intended him”
— Fyodor Dostoevsky
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According to Foxfire:
FORECASTING WINTER BY ANIMALS
It will be a bad winter if:
- squirrels begin gathering nuts early (middle or late September). muskrat houses are built big. beaver lodges have more logs.
- the north side of a beaver dam is more covered with sticks than the south.
- squirrels’ tails grow bushier.
- fur or hair on animals such as horses, sheep, mules, cows, and dogs is thicker than usual.
- the fur on the bottom of rabbit’s foot is thicker. crows gather together. screech owls sound like women crying.
- cows’ hooves break off earlier.
- squirrels build nests low in trees.
- wild hogs gather sticks, straw, and shucks to make a bed. animals grow a short fuzzy coat under their regular one.
- hoot owls call late in the fall.
- juncos are feeding in the trees. birds huddle on the ground.
- you hear an “old hoot owl on the mountain, winter’s comin’ soon-better put on your boots”-Kenny Runion. birds eat up all the berries early.
FORECASTING WINTER BY INSECTS
It will be a bad winter if:
- hornets and yellow jackets build their nests heavier and closer to the ground than usual. worms are bending up and going into peoples’ houses and
- abandoned buildings in October. there are a lot of spiders, frost worms, and black bugs about in the fall.
- miller moths hit the screen trying to get in. crickets are in the chimney.
- an ant builds its hill high.
The woolly worm tells of a bad winter if: there are a lot of them crawling about.
- he has a heavy coat. the black band on his back is wide. (The more black than brown he is, and/or the wider the black stripe, the worse the winter.) if he’s black in front, the bad weather is to come; and if he’s
- black behind, the worst weather is past. if he’s brown at both ends and orange in the middle, the winter will be mild.
- you see him crawling before the first frost. Three months after the first katydid begins “hollerin’,” the first killing frost will come.
- When butterflies: migrate early, winter will be early. gather in bunches in the air, winter is coming soon.
FORECASTING WINTER BY PLANTS
It will be a bad winter if:
- blackberry blooms are especially heavy.
- carrots grow deeper.
- grapes, cockleburrs, and apples mature early. the crop of holly and dogwood berries is heavy.
- sweet potatoes have a tougher skin.
- onions grow more layers. trees are laden with green leaves late in the fall.
- hickory nuts have a heavy shell. there’s a heavy crop of berries, acorns, and pinecones.
- bark on trees is thicker. tree bark is heaviest on the north side.
- corn shucks and silk grown thicker, and the shucks grow tighter around, and further over the ends of the ears.
- leaves shed before they turn.
- moss grows heavy on the trees.
- the old-time corn ear (shank) hangs downward. laurel leaves roll up.
- pine cones open early.
- The darker green the grass is during the summer, the harder the winter.
-The Foxfire Book vol 1
Hate is easy and for the weak. Compassion, boundaries and genuine love all take great skill and strength.
That also includes those who hate you or ‘don’t deserve it’. Yes, you are imperfect and sometimes you will fail but the quality is in trying.
“Women are not created weaker but more generous than men. They are created more beautiful and less fierce, as beauty hates to hurt and harm others. That is why they seem weak to people, but in reality they are not. Angels are the strongest of created beings, and women are closer to the angelic nature than men, as they are readier than men to carry angelic light”~Prophet Muhammad [pbuh]
“Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.”
“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.”
I stole this from a priest (he told us to do it it is not really stealing but still)
While praying, do a list of things you believe to be impossible, whether is breaking free from a sin, getting that job, building a healthy relationship with “x”, I don’t know.
Save it somewhere and review it a few months or years later and see how God can do the impossible.
O my Jesus, because of my trust in You,
I weave thousands of garlands, and I know That they will all blossom.
And I know that they will all blossom
When God‟s sun will shine on them.
DIARY Of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul
Baptised in water, baptised in fire.
So, I finally bit the bullet and published my first piece of freelance writing. Please read it and let me know what you think ❤️
This remains one of my favorite articles touching the dichotomy of female modesty and cultural depravity.
“Depravity Lite promises you glittering fortunes, power, success and status, but underneath the shiny exterior lies a rotten core of betrayal, ambivalence, erosion of the self, and the overarching disintegration of true emotion. Because if you don’t signify the value of genuine relationships and emotion in your life, you are condemned to a ceaseless cycle of craving, which is met with consistent emotional dissatisfaction and emptiness. There is nothing sexy or glittery about feeling detached from any sense of true, wholesome meaning in your life.”
The geisha was the essence of elegance, demonstrated by how she learned to elegantly dress, walk, stand, speak, pour tea, and write calligraphy. She performed every task with grace. Her script was expressive and exquisite and each body movement was elegantly executed. She carefully rehearsed her motions – opening a sliding door on her knees, standing, and then closing the door again on her knees.
Geisha: A Unique World of Tradition, Elegance, and Art, Gallagher