Saturday, December 29, 2007

Twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the
kitchen I was cooking and baking and moanin'
and bitchin'.
I've been here for hours; I can't stop to rest,
This room's a disaster, just look at this mess!

Tomorrow I've got thirty people to feed.
They expect all the trimmings. Who cares what I need!
My feet are both blistered; I've got cramps in my legs.
The cat just knocked over a bowl full of eggs.

There's a knock at the door and the telephone's ringing;
Frosting drips on the counter as the microwave's dinging.
Two pies in the oven, dessert's almost done;
My cookbook is soiled with butter and crumbs.

I've had all I can stand, I can't take anymore;
Then in walks my husband, spilling rum on the floor.
He weaves and he wobbles, his balance unsteady;
Then grins as he chuckles "The eggnog is ready !"

He looks all around and with total regret,
says "What's taking so long...aren' t you through in here
yet ??"
As quick as a flash I reach for a knife;
He loses an earlobe; I wanted his life !

He flees from the room in terror and pain
Now what was I doing, and what is that smell?
Oh, shit, it's the pies !! They're burned all to hell !!

I hate to admit when I make a mistake,
but I put them on BROIL instead of on BAKE.
What else can go wrong ?? Is there still more ahead ??
If this is good living, I'd rather be dead.

Lord, don't get me wrong, I love holidays;
It just leaves me exhausted, all shaky and dazed.
But I promise you one thing, If I live till next year,
You won't find me pulling my hair out in here.
I'll hire a maid, a cook, and a waiter;
and if that doesn't work, I'LL HAVE IT ALL CATERED!

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"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but
rather by those moments that take our breath away."

"All Gave Some,,, Some Gave all, and for those who have fought
for it,, Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know."

"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in
the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm!"
~ George Orwell

Above all else tis the land of the free because of the BRAVE.

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"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but rather by
those moments that take our breath away."

"All Gave Some,,, Some Gave all, and for those who have fought for
it,, Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know."

"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night
to visit violence on those who would do us harm!"
~ George Orwell

Above all else tis the land of the free because of the BRAVE.

Founder/President Pagans United
PUC North Central Regional Director
PUC Georgia State Chair
Mentor VBOC Open Circle, Iraq

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Greetings !

I shall be praying and sending energy to this situation. I find this
just pure childish !!!

I have just typed a letter to send to my local "letter to the editor".
I have written many of them in the past in order to give voice to ALL
FAITHS RIGHTS, and mentioning "Pagans", Witches, Druids, Earth -
Oreinted Religions. This most recent letter is in response to the "so
called Religion Page Editors, ( I call her the christianism page
editor), recent article of, "Do Not Wish Me Happy Holidays", etc. ....

God and Goddess, Give Us Your Strength !!!

Shining Wolf

Immediate Release

For immediate release:

Wiccan Pentacle Wreath Vandalized, but Yuletide Celebrations Continue

The Wiccan pentacle wreath next to the nativity scene above City Hall
in Green Bay, Wisconsin was removed and damaged by a vandal shortly
before 1 am today, Monday, December 17.

"What a way to begin Solstice week!" said Rev. Selena Fox of Circle
Sanctuary upon learning the news about the vandalism. Representing
Circle Santuary, Rev. Fox and Assistant Minister Robert Paxton
contributed the Pagan Yuletide wreath with pentacle last week to the
public holidays display above the entrance to the City Hall building
in Green Bay , Wisconsin .

"Winter Solstice, also known as Yule, has been celebrated by peoples
of many cultures and religions since ancient times, and we are among
the thousands of Pagans today around the world who continue to
celebrate it," Fox continued. "Winter Solstice is a sacred time of
religious observances for us, not just the official start of Winter."

"Yuletide is about connecting with family, friends, and community in
the spirit of peace, love, and joy. These spiritual values will
continue to be part of our Winter Solstice celebrations this year
despite the disrespectful actions of the Grinch who tried to steal
Solstice," says Fox.

Circle Sanctuary is celebrating Winter Solstice with a series of
events this week, including a talk and open house tomorrow night at
church headquarters near Barneveld, a multicultural and interfaith
Winter Solstice Pageant at the First Unitarian Meeting House in
Madison on Friday night, and a Community Yule Festival on Saturday.
More information about Circle Sanctuary's Winter Solstice events are
on-line: http://www.circlesa

Shortly before 1 am today, Monday, December 17, Green Bay police
received a report about the vandalism. Circle Sanctuary's Yuletide
pentacle wreath was found, damaged, in the bushes near where the
nativity scene still stands. The nativity scene, purchased and
placed at the building last week by the City Council President, was
not removed or damaged by the vandal, who left his ladder at the
scene of his crime. Both ladder and pentacle wreath are presently in
police custody, and the police are continuing their investigation.

"Circle Sanctuary contributed the pentacle wreath to the display at
Green Bay City Hall for several reasons," according to Fox. "First
of all, we contributed the pentacle wreath to celebrate Yuletide. We
wanted a symbol of Winter Solstice represented in this public display
in addition to the nativity scene representing Christmas since both
religious holidays are celebrated at this time of year."

Fox adds: "The opportunity to contribute to the public display
occurred during Wisconsin 's Interfaith Awareness Week. Circle
Sanctuary viewed our contribution of the pentacle wreath as an
additional way of participating in this annual celebration of
Wisconsin 's religious diversity. Furthermore, since the Mayor
publicly announced that the display was open to symbols of other
faiths, we thought that it was important to take him up on this
invitation and begin the process of having this public display on a
government property be interfaith."

Fox continues: "If there are to be religious emblems in the public
square, this means this opportunity must be open to many religions,
not any particular one – in other words: "Many, if Any."

Fox has been involved in interfaith work and religious freedom
activism for more than forty years. Her own ancestry reflects some
of America 's religious diversity. In addition to having Native
American ancestry, she is descended from Anabaptists, Roman
Catholics, Quakers, and others who settled America in the 17th and
18th centuries to escape religious persecution in Europe .

" America has been religiously pluralistic since its earliest
beginnings. In addition to the religions of Native American peoples,
there has long been a wide variety of Christian denominations and
other faiths in this land. The founders of our nation wisely put
religious freedom and separation of church and state as cornerstones
of the United States of America . It is important that we uphold
philosophical and religious freedom for all in this country."

Although Fox and Paxton are disappointed that Circle Sanctuary's
pentacle wreath was removed and damaged, they have already been in
touch with the City Attorney and other staff in Mayor's office
today. They have requested that the pentacle wreath, or a
replacement which they are willing to provide, be returned to its
place next to the nativity scene. In addition, Fox and Paxton plan
to contribute a Circle SanctuaryYuletide pentacle wreath next year
and in future years if the Green Bay City Council decides to have
this public holidays display at City Hall in the future. The City
Council meetings tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 18, to discuss the
future of the display.

More information see: http://www.circlesa gbpentacle

Green Bay Press Gazette - Monday, December 17

http://www.greenbay pressgazette. com/apps/ pbcs.dll/ article?
AID=/20071217/ GPG0101/71217010 /1207

For more information, contact:

Rev. Selena Fox

Circle Sanctuary

The Mystic Candle

The Mystic Candle has new winter hours.

Now on Demand. Please just call me if you need something out of the shop. I will be more than happy to meet you there.

Healing for Tom Burke of Wisconsin

Please send healing to Tom Burke of Wisconsin who is the father of
Circle Community member Peggy Burke. He has diabetes and is having
trouble with an infection and circulation in his legs. He is
currently in intensive care.

Also, send blessings to his family and friends who are giving him
support in this medical journey.

Well wishes can be sent to him via Peggy at:

Healing Circle: Thursday, December 20, 2007

Support to Carolyn Fisher and Aldag

Please send support to Carolyn Fisher, mother of A.C. Fisher Aldag of
Michigan who has been hospitalized with congestive heart failure, and
Dave & A.C. Fisher Aldag and family.

Well wishes can be emailed to:

Healing Circle: Thursday, December 20, 2007

Healing to Pakistan and the World

Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan, was assasinated
yesterday. She was killed by gunfire and a suicide bomb after
speaking ata Pakistan People's Party rally near Islamabad, the capital
of Pakistan.
Her funeral was held today and her body was buried next to that of her
father in Naudero, their ancestral village.

Bhutto was the first Muslim woman to head a nation -- she was elected
and served as Pakistan's Prime Minister twice. Trained at Harvard
and Oxford, she had strong ties to champions of democracy in America
and the UK as well as in other nations in addition to her native
Pakistan. She was loved by many around the world. However, she also
had enemies and faced many challenges in her life, including the
execution of her father and problems with some who were part of her
and other administrations, especially those who sought to oust her
from power.

Benazir was a strong, courageous, and determined advocate for freedom,
democracy, and human rights. She voiced her concerns for women's
health and social issues and sought to repeal ordinances that
curtailed women's rights. She is survived by her husband and three

The nation of Pakistan is mourning her death as are many in the world
today, ourselves included.

Some media coverage with more info:

Los Angeles Times: Thousands Throng Bhutto's Funeral,0,2681584.stor\

Malaysian National News: The Fearless & Gutsy Benazir Bhutto

Please join me and others in an Interfaith working today.

Kindle a candle in her memory, for the spirit of freedom, and for
healing and peace in Pakistan and the world:

* Please remember Benazir Bhutto, her courage, her contributions, and
her work for freedom, democracy, women's rights, support for the
poor, and human rights.

* Please send healing to her family and to all who loved her.

* Please send peace, healing, and stability to Pakistan which is in
political and social turmoil.

* Please send healing and peace to the world as a whole.

Thank you.

Rev. Selena Fox
Senior Minister, Circle Sanctuary
writing from a snowy Oak forest
near Barneveld, Wisconsin, USA

Healing Circle: Friday, December 28, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Send Support to Kennedy, George and Kay

Please send support to C. Kennedy Bozeman of Chicago, Illinois. He is
age 48, Jewish, and has been struggling with AIDS for more than 20
years. Recently, he took a turn for the worse.

Please send unconditional loving support to him as he deals with the
latest decline in his condition.

Also send support to his partner George Kruto and good friend and
Circle Sanctuary Community member Kay.

Words of comfort and support can be sent to them via Kay:

Healing to Ellora

Please send healing to Ellora Atkinson of Madison, Wisconsin. She had
a heart attack on Friday night and is in the hospital. Earlier today
she had angioplasty.

Ellora is a member of the Sufi Order of the West and has collaborated
with Selena Fox & others in the Circle Sanctuary Community on
interfaith work and on shamanic networking.

She asks that you send her blessings of radiant light of well-being.

Updates on Deborah and Jeri

Updates on:

DEBORAH ANN LIGHT & JERI BALDWIN of Florida - I spoke with Jeri and got
an update. Deborah has been transferred from the hospital to a
rehabilitation facility where she is in the process of regaining her
strength and resting.
Jeri is getting over bronchitis. Please continue to send each of them
healing. They thank you for you care and your help.

JILL MEDICINE HEART & GERWIN "BEAR" COMBS of Ohio - I also spoke with
Jill. Bear is still in the ICU of the VA Hospital but his condition is
improving. She thanks everyone for your help. Please continue to
remember them.

Thanks for your support!
Selena Fox

Healing to Skip

Please send healing to Skip of Michigan. He is also the owner of
Thee Dragon Laire and vends at Pagan Spirit Gathering.

Skip has been diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer, and has just started
The prognosis is very good.

Messages of healing support can be sent to:

Updates on Jill and Bear

This is follow-up to last night's call for support for Jill Medicine
Heart Combs and her hospitalized husband Gerwin "Bear" Combs.

Bear's condition stabilized last night, but he continues to be
monitored in the ICU of the VA hospital in Ohio. He has been given
some additional medications. He is presently resting comfortably.

Jill expresses thanks for the emails and support she has been getting.
This outpouring of care is helping her quite a bit.

Please continue to send support and emails:

Selena Fox

Send Blessing to Jill and Bear

Please send blessings of strength, healing, solace, and support to
Jill Medicine Heart Combs of Ohio who has just learned that her
husband, Gerwin Bear) Combs has taken a turn for the worse. Jill is
presently driving to the hospital to be by his side.

Bear, a Wiccan veteran, has been in a coma in a US Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Ohio since August 2005. He has
just been rushed to the ICU of that hospital. He has both a MRSA
infection and pneumonia.

Jill and Bear were plaintiffs in the Circle Sanctuary vs. Nicholson
federal lawsuit against the VA, the settlement of which resulted in
the VA adding the Pentacle to its list of emblems of belief that can
be included on the gravestones the VA issues to honor deceased veterans.

Since Bear's prognosis is uncertain, rather than focusing on extending
his life or healing him or helping him cross over, please light a
candle for Bear and send a radiant light of unconditional love to him.

Please also send loving support to Jill.

Send messages of support to Jill:
Although circumstances are such that they may not be individually
answered, she thanks you in advance for all spiritual help that you
send to her and Bear.

Please pass this email call for spiritual help on to others.

Selena Fox
Circle Sanctuary

Yule Celebration

Sheboygan County Pagans presents...

Yule Celebration

When: Dec. 22nd. 2007
Where: Random Lake, Wisconsin

Winter Solstice Celebration

Event Details: Details to come. There will be fire...lots of fire and a pagan gift exchange...Please bring a handmade or paganish gift ... this is a gift of the heart and your gift will go to whoever pulls your name out of a hat. Children will have a separate gift exchange in the same manner.

Troy will do a druid ritual (encore since Troy's ritual was enjoyed at Samhain) We will have a bonfire so bring chairs.... We also plan to burn the large burn pile to welcome the return of the sun. We just need to clear some snow to facilitate parking. If anyone has a plow and can come out Friday night it would be helpful.


Please call if you have any questions or suggestions for our Yule celebration!

Event Location: W4948 County Road SS in Random Lake
Event TIME Details: 4PM to ????

Directions: From Sheboygan take 23 W to HWY 57 at Plymouth.
Take 57 South approx 12 miles to Hwy SS.
Turn right (east) on SS. First Driveway on the right.

From Milwaukee take 1-43 North to Saukville
at Saukville take Hwy 57 N exit 97 (exit on the left)
Take Hwy 57 North about 10 miles
Turn left (east) on Hwy SS. First Driveway on the right.

Phone: (262) 573-0928

Mailing Address: W4948 County Road SS