Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy New Year Thought

Wishing you a New Year full of Dragonflies and Butterflies and little bits of wonder
Of cozy thoughts while listening to the raging rain and thunder.
Of joyful days and peaceful nights 
Of the glory of a fresh new sight
Of gentle Joy and loving Peace
And Gods hand within your reach.
By Cathy Collar


HAPPY NEW YEAR!





Sunday, December 23, 2012

Native American Animal Symbol

New Native American 
Animal symbol
Dec 22 – Jan 19
Goose
If you want something done – give it to the Goose. Persevering, dogged, and ambitious to a fault, the Goose sets goals for accomplishment, and always obtains them. The goose is determined to succeed at all cost – not for the approval of other – but those with this Native American animal symbol competes with his/her own internal foe. Driven is the watchword for the Goose's dominating personality trait – which makes them excellent in business and competitive sports. When tempered with supportive, nurturing family and friends, the Goose excels in all things he/she attempts. In a loving environment the Goose can be very passionate, humorous, gregarious, and even sensual. However, lead to his/her own devises, the Goose may fall into obsessive or addictive behaviors that will inevitably be his/her demise.
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Friday, December 21, 2012

A Christmas Tale


The Newest Angel
By Cathy Collar

In Memory of our Very Special Angel
Anna Michelle Collar
August 26, 1980 ~ December 22, 2004
We Love & Miss You

 The softly glowing orb floated through the dark, silent night.  Her light rivaled that of the moon.  She was told she could not go.  She could not make this trip from heaven to Earth.  She was too young, too newly an angel, but in her heart she knew she had to come.  It would be her first Christmas away from her earthly family and she must be there.  They had to know that she was all right. That she was happy and a part of her would always be with them.  The new angel wasn’t sure how she was going to accomplish this, but she was determined and with the help of God, he would help her, he’d understand, she would find a way.
She floated looking for any sign that she was in the right place.  Her journey had disoriented her a bit and she really wasn’t accustomed to her new form.  The frozen ground reflected her glow, lighting her way through the brisk night. She did not feel the cold.  The glowing warmth that God had bestowed upon her filled her whole being.
There it was, her earthly home.  No Christmas lights outside this year.  The sight saddened her a little.  Her mother loved Christmas and always decorated the house and yard with thousands of brilliant lights.  The Nativity Scene hadn’t even been set out.  But she understood why.  Her family really didn’t feel the Christmas joy this year because they were missing her.
Determined to let them know that she was gloriously happy, she slipped into the house.  A dream vision would be the easiest way to talk to them.  Her grandpa’s sister, Shellia had passed at the tender age of nine.  She had become the new angel’s very special friend and taught her a few simple angel tricks, how to pass through walls and not knock herself out in the process, how to make things glow and how to enter a dream.  The new angel said a silent prayer.  Please God help me get this right.  Her inner glow grew a little warmer.  She smiled.  He was with her on her quest.
She floated to her parent’s bedroom.  The sadness and grief almost knocked her down.  She must fight her way past this.  She had been warned this would be her biggest enemy in getting through to them.
“It will be all right.  I am with you.  I will give you the strength you need.”
The voice softly blended with her whole being.  Fortified, she bolted forward, through the fog of despair that barred the entry into the room.
First, would be her mom.  She would be easier to reach.  Her mind was open to the thought that her daughter would contact her in some way.  Her mom had prayed for it.  The new angel pausing studied her mother’s face.  Dark circles appeared under her eyes, evidence of unending tears that had been shed.  Yes, this was the right thing to do.  She must vanish the doubt in her mother’s mind.  Softly she hovered over her mom’s heart.  She had already planned the dream that would be implanted there.  Her thought formed and pushed its way gently in, a glowing white angel with feathery wings, basking in a brilliant light and her smiling face looking into her mother’s eyes.  The young angel watched as her mother’s grief lifted a little and a smile spread on her lips.
She drifted to her dad.  She knew he would be more difficult.  He was trying so hard to be the strong one.  As always, he thought he had to be the rock for all to lean on.  She felt his enormous pain.  He held inside all of his suffering and grief.  It was so vast.  She knew she had to push her way past and find the soft spot underneath.  Try as she might, her thoughts would not break through.  What would she do now?  The soft, calm voice was back.
“You must enter his heart.  I will help you.”
With a surge of light, the new angel battled through the hard shield her father and built.  Thump, thump, she was in!  She had thought about his dream very carefully.  It had to be simple, yet strong enough for him to believe.  The thought formed.  A blue sky covered with dark clouds.  The clouds represented her fears and problems on earth.  Now the clouds would part to a blazing sun, her bright new world.  He was a being of nature and would understand this dreams’ meaning.  Struggling back through the shield, she forced her way out.   She watched as his face transformed from tension and strain into a state of satisfied calmness.
Hovering above her parents, she soaked in their love.  She hated to go, but her work here was done.  If she stayed any longer, it would be harder for them to move on.
“I will visit you often,” she whispered drifting out of the room.
She paused at the sight of the familiar Christmas tree standing in its usual spot in the living room.  She took in all of the homemade ornaments and twinkling lights.  Her eyes followed them to the top, where she knew the beautiful Christmas Angel would stand.  Oh no!  Something was wrong.  The Christmas Angel's candles, held in her hands were not lit!  This just wouldn’t do!
“Here is my Christmas present to all of you,” she said.  The candles began to glow then blossomed into a brilliant light. “Merry Christmas!  I love you all dearly!”
Floating back to heaven, the new angel felt a great worry lift from her soul.  She knew her message had gotten through.  Now she must move on to her new life.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

Turquoise History & Lore
Turquoise is the one of the official birth stones for the month of December as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912 and the Planetary stone for Aquarius, Taurus and Sagittarius. 
The name turquoise is apparently related to the fact that is was brought to Europe from the Eastern Mediterranean by Levantine traders, more commonly known as Turks.  Its been used as a valuable ornament for ages and was used by the Egyptians thousands of years ago. The color is, of course, turquoise, but its range of color varies from green and greenish blue to sky blue shades.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Where's the new novella?

The novellas will be back in January. Please enjoy my FREE Chirstmas short story, Footprints in the Snow available at smashwords. You can download it to your Kindles, Nooks, or just to your computer as a PDF. Enjoy, and I'll see you in January with a brand new novella.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

 
 
Julie and her young daughter, Emily, find themselves with no place to go on a blizzardy Christmas Eve. How will Julie keep Emily's innocence intact while fighting for their very survival?
 
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Emma and her dog, Sophie, find a mysterious balloon in the woods which leads to lost love and a reunited family.
 
 
Joella gets more than she bargains for while researching the reclusive cougar for her thesis, in an old mining
 

December Fun


The Christmas Tree Mystery?
By Cathy Collar

The kitten snuck under the tree.
What, oh what, did the kitten see?
A silver ball shiny and bright,
sparkling in the Christmas lights.

The kitten gave it a small bat.
She watched it sway this way and that.
She sat and watched it till it stopped.
Then cocked her head and thought a thought.

She looked up high into the tree.
And many sparkling balls did see.
She squatted low, looked all around.
There was not a soul to be found.

The coast was clear, branch one, two, three.
“Silver balls swirling just for me!”
Branch four now five, “Oh mercy me,
I am at the top of the tree!”

But then the tree began to sway.
The tree branches sort of gave way.
She sunk her claws into the trunk,
as the tree fell with a ker-thump.

She found her feet and with a hiss,
looked all around for who did this.
Who had cut down the Christmas Tree?
This was as bad as bad could be.

Footsteps running down the hall.
She heard them right before the fall.
She peeked from underneath the tree.
“Why are they all looking at me?”

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mystique Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within


 It 
Is 
December!!!

If you were born 
this month you are a 
Tantalizing Turquoise!!!!
" The Stone Of Guidance"
I blend the energy of the Heaven and Earth.  I am the shaman’s stone who heals the spirit, and induces wisdom, trust and kindness.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Native American Animal Symbol

Native American Animal Symbol
OWL ~ Nov 23 – Dec 21
Changeable and mutable as the wind, the Owl is a tough one to pin down. Warm, natural, with an easy-going nature, the Owl is friend to the world. The bearer of this Native American animal symbol is notorious for engaging in life at full speed, and whole-hearted loves adventure. This can be to his/her detriment as the Owl can be reckless, careless, and thoughtless. Owls make great artists, teachers, and conservationists. However, due to his/her adaptability and versatility – the Owl would likely excel in any occupation. In a supportive, nurturing environment the Owl is sensitive, enthusiastic, and an attentive listener. Left to his/her own devices, the Owl can be excessive, overindulgent, bitter, and belligerent.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dakota Jones and the Peridot Princess ~ The Conclusion

Want to catch up? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 and Part 8 can be found just by clicking on the links.


Dakota grabbed Ruby, pushing her behind him, ready to take on the next monster or trap in the Mayan treasure cave. But upon looking around the room, he saw they were not the ones in danger.

Tata Duende towered above Moses, a hand wrapped around both of Moses' thumbs, as Moses continued to scream in agony.

"Oh my God," whispered Ruby, "Tata Duende is taking his thumbs."

"What?" Dakota raised an eyebrow. "Taking is thumbs?"

"Yes, the legend is true. Tata Duende is seeking thumbs from people because he has none for himself. That's why I told you not to show him your thumbs."

A sickening pop filled the air as Moses sank to his knees and continued to scream at his now thumbless hands. Tata Duende turned toward Dakota and Ruby with a broad smile, bowed as the caved filled with a whistle, then disappeared.

"Guess Moses wasn't lucky enough to have you on his team, huh, sweetheart?" Dakota grabbed the necklace off the statue, shoved it into his bag and rushed to Moses, followed closely by Ruby.

Reaching into his bag, Dakota pulled out two rolls of gauze and handed one to Ruby. "We need to stop the bleeding."

Now it was Ruby's turn to raise an eyebrow. "You want me to help the guy who put a machete to my neck?"

Dakota nodded. "There's really only one difference between Moses and I."

"Oh yeah," said Ruby. "What's that?"

Dakota held up the gauze. "This." He started to wrap Moses' trembling hand. "We both want to be the first to find the treasure, but I won't let a man die to do it."

"You're right." Ruby sighed, then started wrapping Moses' other hand. "He would've left us here to die."

"And who says I won't now?" Moses sprang up and grabbed Dakota's bag. Dakota dodged, causing Moses to fall into the bulk of the treasure, but not before the bag was ripped from his shoulder.

Moses stood and started laughing as he wrapped the Peridot Princess around his wrist, as he scooped treasure after treasure into Dakota's bag. "You're a fool for taking only the necklace. A fool!"

The ground started to rumble.

"He's hit a trip wire," yelled Dakota. "Run!"

Dakota and Ruby ran toward the opening, relived to see Moses' men had left their ropes. Each grabbed a rope and started to climb. Dakota took one last look down, just in time to see Moses and the rest of the treasure being sucked down into a giant sand whirlpool. There were no screams from Moses this time, for his mouth was full of sand.

Pulling himself onto the Mayan pyramid landing, he leaned against the wall with Ruby. She handed him her canteen. "It wasn't a trip wire," she said, panting.

"No?" Dakota took a swig of water.

"You said it best, greed only leads to trouble. He didn't answer the riddle, so he wasn't allowed the treasure," Ruby explained. "Once the necklace was in his possession the Mayan gods made sure he didn't leave with it."

"Are you saying I was right?" A smile caressed Dakota's face as he handed the canteen back.

"Not on your life, Jones." She took a swig. "So are you sorry about the necklace?"

"No man should have that kind of power. I was going to destroy it, but the Moses saved me the trouble." Dakota hopped up and extended a hand to Ruby. "Have you ever heard of the crystal skulls?"

****

Back in the cave, Tata Duende admired the new addition to his treasure. In the corner, just past the Mayan goddess that once wore the Peridot Princess, sat a dozen gold statues. Until today there had only been eleven. The new one had a twisted look of pain on his face, the Peridot Princess wrapped around his wrist and no thumbs.
 
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Jewelry

We have lots of gorgeous Breast Cancer Awareness Jewelry in our store and will have them on display at our show in Liberal, Kansas this week end. Come see them all at the S.P.B.H. show at the community center out by the airport.

Photo: Crystal flower pendant accented with Rose Quartz and black glass beads.  Designed by Jennifer McMurrain Buy now @ www.annaslegacy.com search BC201 This is a Breast Cancer Awareness set with 25% donated to Susan G. Komen
Crystal flower pendant accented with Rose Quartz and black glass beads. Designed by Jennifer McMurrain Buy now @ www.annaslegacy.com search BC201 This is a Breast Cancer Awareness set with 25% donated to Susan G. Komen

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Fun

Grandma’s Foresight
By Cathy Collar

Over the river and through the woods,
to Grandma’s house we go.
V-8 horse knows the way, power to stay,
to get us through the snow.

Over the river and through the woods,
straight into the barnyard gate.
Dad does not know, how to drive slow,
and now this is his fate.

Over the river and through the woods,
the pies fly to the floor.
And mother screams, as the whip cream,
goes splat across her door.

Over the river and through the woods,
Gramps runs into the yard.
He slips on the ice, says things not nice,
his butt hits the ground hard.

Over the river and through the woods,
the family’s in a state.
There is no pie, Gramps hurt his thigh,
now his turkey is baked.

Over the river and through the woods,
Grams makes all things right.
From the freezer comes, help for everyone.
It is quite a sight.

Over the river and through the woods,
ice for Granpa’s thigh.
Pies that will bake, as we all partake,
in a feast piled high.

Over the river and through the woods,
we give our thanks tonight.
For food and home and things unknown,
and for Grandma’s foresight. 


Monday, November 12, 2012

IT IS TIME FOR A SHOW

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dakota Jones and the Peridot Princess ~ Part 8

Want to catch up? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 can be found just by clicking on the links.


Dakota rubbed the back of his neck and repeated the riddle. "I never was, am always to be. No one ever saw me, nor ever will. And yet I am the confidence of all, to live and breathe on this terrestrial ball." He looked at Ruby. "Any clue?"

Ruby shook her head. "It doesn't make any sense to me. You're right it's just a poem."

Tata Duende clicked his tongue and shook his head. "This does not look good for you and I grow tired of your confused faces. I must have an answer within a minute or I will kill you."

Reaching into his pocket, Tata Duende pulled out a small sand hour glass and flipped it over. "Your time is running out, along with your lives."

"Just hold on," Dakota said, holding out his hand. "Let me think."

Dakota repeated the poem over and over in a whisper, eyes darting back and forth as he thought about each stanza.

Ruby grabbed his shoulder. "Dakota, we're running out of time."

"I don't hear you coming up with an answer, sweetheart. If you want to see tomorrow you'll..." His eyes widened. "That's it... the answer is the future."

Tata Duende smiled and returned his hour glass to his pocket. "You have answered my riddle correctly, the treasure is yours. But take only what you can carry, you will not be allowed back. But one last question before I leave you be."

Dakota did a quick nod.

"How many fingers do you have?" asked Tata Duende, his mouth curled in a evil smile.

Ruby stepped in front of Dakota, holding her hands up, palms facing toward her she tucked her thumbs in and showed Tata Duende four fingers on each hand. Dakota followed suit.

Tata Duende shook his head and his body began to fade as he spoke, "That is too bad. I was hoping for five."

Ruby looked around the room. "What all should we take?"

Dakota looked up at the Mayan goddess statue and reached around her neck, unlatching the Peridot Princess necklace. "Only this, the rest is hers to keep." He nodded toward the goddess.

"He said we could take as much as we could carry," Ruby retorted. "We can't just take the necklace, we could be set for life with everything we could carry out."

"Greed only leads to trouble..."

Before Dakota could finish his thought, a scream pierced the air.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

 Citrine History & Lore
Citrine is the birthstone for the month of November, sharing the title with topaz. In fact, the citrine stone has been used to imitate topaz and was once called Brazilian topaz. Citrine is also the gemstone that celebrates the 13th anniversary of marriage. Citrine is named after the French word Citrin, meaning lemon. The color of citrine ranges from straw and sun yellow to clay orange, to deep, wine colored Madeira red. In the past, the Madeira colored stones were the most valuable, but today, the more vivid yellows and oranges are the most popular. Natural bright yellow citrine is the most rare of the quartz varieties.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Mystique Stone Magic

November Is Here !
If you were born this month you are a 
CREATIVE CITRINE
Citrine  " The Stone Of  Happiness "
Magic wells of golden light within me reflect universal perfection, similar to Christ light.  I am one of the stones of abundance and have the power to impact joy to all who behold me.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dakota Jones and the Peridot Princess ~ Part 7

Want to catch up? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6 can be found just by clicking on the links.


Dakota held up his hands. "No! It's booby trapped!" but it was too late for the first two guards, whose heads left their bodies by way of a giant machete.

Ruby looked at Dakota. "Well that was ironic," she said.

Dakota rolled his eyes, then turned his attention back to Moses and the remaining machete carrying goons. "We got lucky this time. The next trap could send this own place down."

Moses placed his hand on his cheek. "Well you got over there easy enough. I'm sure my men can do the same." He looked at the remaining guards and shooed them forward . "Go ahead, seize them, but be careful this time."

Before the men could advance a swirl of leaves and twigs blocked their path. Just outside the chamber opening an eerie whistle filled the air. An ugly little man with a long grey beard and big red hat appeared in front of  Moses.

"You seek the treasure of the Peridot Princess?" the little man asked Moses in a baritone that didn't match his stature.

"It's the Tata Duende," Ruby whispered. "He's the one with the riddle. We've got to answer the riddle first or he'll give it to Moses. Whatever you do don't show him your thumbs."

"What?" Dakota shook his head, still eyeing Moses and the little man.

"Trust me," Ruby hissed in his ear.

"We are," Dakota called out before Moses could answer. It was obvious Moses didn't know what to think of the little man so Dakota continued. "My friend and I are here for the Peridot Princess, and he is not my friend."

Tata Duende winked at Moses. "I'll be right back. But don't go anywhere. You may have your treasure yet."

Before Moses could move, roots shot up from the ground and wrapped around his ankles. The two goons dropped their machetes and took off, ignoring Moses' pleas of help.

Ruby screamed as Tata Duende appeared in front of them within a blink. "You should only be scared if you can't answer the riddle," said Tata Duende.

"You just startled me," said Ruby. "What is your riddle?"

"I never was, am always to be. No one ever saw me, nor ever will. And yet I am the confidence of all, To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball," answered Tata Duende.

"That's not a riddle, that's a poem," said Dakota.

"Does this mean you cannot answer?" asked Tata Duende. "It would not be wise to not even try. I don't believe you would like the outcome." His eerie laugh filled the chamber, shaking the walls.
As the laughter faded, he stared at Dakota. "Your answer or your death."
 
 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Native American Animal Symbol

 Native American Animal Symbol
Snake: Oct 23 – Nov 22
Most shamans are born under this Native American animal symbol. The Snake is a natural in all matters of spirit. Easily attuned to the ethereal realm the Snake makes an excellent spiritual leader. Also respected for his/her healing capacities, the Snake also excels in medical professions. The Snake's preoccupation with matters intangible often lead others to view them as mysterious, and sometimes frightening. True, the Snake can be secretive, and a bit dark – he/she is also quite sensitive, and caring. In a supportive relationship the cool Snake can be passionate, inspiring, humorous, and helpful. Left to his/her own devices, the Snake can be despondent, violent, and prone to abnormal mood swings. 
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dakota Jones and the Peridot Princess ~ Part 6

Want to catch up? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 can be found just by clicking on the links.


Dakota and Ruby tumbled into a huge sand pile, each rolling to break their falls. Dakota was first to his feet, "What'd you do that for?"

"Well a turtle always has its home with him, so I took page from your book and went with my gut." Ruby brushed her hair out of her face.

"Next time a little warning before going with your gut, ok?" Dakota looked around. "Well, we're inside."

"We're more than inside," said Ruby. "Dakota look."

Dakota turned to see a vast treasure of gold and jewels, there in the middle stood a statue of a Mayan goddess. A gold crown sat on her head filled with diamonds and pearls, while sapphire eyes stared at the explorers. There around her neck hung the Peridot Princess.

Ruby advanced.

"Be careful," Dakota grabbed her shoulder, pulling her back. "There's trip wire everywhere. One wrong turn and we're toast."

Dakota stepped over the wire and scanned the floor for more, taking careful steps as he advanced toward the statue. Ruby followed him, eyeing the treasures surrounding her. Safely in front of the statue, she read the markings. "Says something about a riddle; answer the riddle from the man with backwards feet and be rewarded." She gasped and whispered. "The Tata Duende."

"Ruby, it's a myth... " Dakota stopped as something large jumped into the hole they had fallen through. Ruby leaned into Dakota as he backed into the statue trapped.

A nasally laugh filled the air.

Dakota sighed. "I thought we left you at the tree, Moses."

"Luckily me and a couple of friends were able to jump through with you." He motioned toward his four machete armed guards and smiled. "Seize them!"

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Show Time!!!

Fall ~ A ~ Days was a big success! Thank you to all of our AWESOME supporters! 
Our new show will be Nov 17 & 18 in Perryton, Texas @ the Expo Center.
If you missed this show or are not in our area you can still purchase our jewelry and support our cause @ www.annaslegacy.com .



Sunday, October 14, 2012

JEWERLY SHOW !!!!!!

IT'S SHOW TIME!!!!! OCTOBER 19-20-21 ~ WOODWARD OKLAHOMA ~ FALL~A~DAYS ~ CRYSTAL BEACH PARK ~ CRAFT SHOW BUILDING!  BEAUTIFUL JEWELRY & BOOK SIGNINGS FOR QUAIL CROSSING AND WHISPERED BEGINNINGS. ~ COME JOIN THE FUN!

Black Key W/ Red Rhinestones & Red Crystals in Black

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dakota Jones and the Peridot Princess Part 5

Want to catch up? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 can be found just by clicking on the links.


Before Ruby could reach out and grab Dakota, he leapt onto the third step. A few pebbles fell on the second step, but Dakota stayed put. "Well, I guess now we know to take every third step, sweetheart."

Dakota winked and held out his hand to Ruby who shook her head. "How you've lived this long I'll never know. You got lucky."

"No, I just didn't over think it. The riddle seemed pretty clear to me. Sometimes it just is what it is, sweetheart." Dakota lifted his leg high over the next two steps, then reached out for Ruby. "You should try it sometime."

"I'd rather over think than die. And quit calling me 'sweetheart' you know I've never liked being called that, especially from you."

Dakota smirked. "Sure thing, cupcake."

Ruby rolled her eyes as the two climbed carefully up the pyramid, soon coming to the top level. Dakota wiped the sweat off his brow as Ruby studied the next set of markings around the door that lead into the pyramid.

"Anything?" Dakota asked.

Ruby shook her head. "It's all gibberish. I've never seen the markings arranged like this before. It's almost as if it keep repeating "turtle" over and over."

Dakota walked around the corner. "Ruby, come take a look at this."

Ruby joined Dakota. "Did you find something?"

"What does it say?" he asked, pointing to the symbols arranged in a circle.

"It's more gibberish. Here are the symbols for flora, fauna, then the symbol for home. Unless..." Ruby pushed hard on the symbol for home, then screamed as they fell into darkness.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Halloween Fun

This poem was written when I was in the 5th grade with much help from my dad. Thank you dad for introduction me to the wonderful world of rhyme. 

 My Pumpkin 
By Cathy Collar

I have a little pumpkin.
He's sweet as pumpkin pie.
I love him very much,
And here's the reason why.

 


For when Halloween comes,
A Jack-O-Lantern he'll be.
I'll put him in my window,
For everyone to see.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

 OCTOBER IS HERE!
If you were born this month you are an Outstanding Opal or Tantalizing Tourmaline.
Opal
 Opal " The Stone Of Karma " I am light reflecting light. I absorb and reflect. I teach you to think positive thoughts because what you put out always returns. 

Tourmaline

Green Tourmaline ~ " The Stone Of Rejuvenation "
Drink through my flow of fortification and healing properties. I rekindle your joy and zest of life.
Pink Tourmaline ~"The Stone of Trust "
I remove past wounds and open your Heart to Trust in Yourself & Love.
Purple Tourmaline ~ "The Stone Of Emotional Healing "
I stimulate the healing of the heart and produce loving conscienceness.

 

 


 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

 Sapphire History & Lore
Sapphires have been prized as great gemstones 
since 800BC.  Rulers of ancient Persia believed 
the sky was painted blue by the reflection of sapphires.  
Blue sapphires were a holy stone to the Catholic Church 
and to Ancient Persians.  To some religions, 
the blue color of the sapphire represents the heavens.  
Translations in several languages reveal sapphires to be dear to Saturn.
Ancient lore held that the tablets upon which the Ten Commandments were written were actually sapphire.  Kings used to wear sapphires around their necks as a powerful defense from harm.  They were said to attract divine favor.  In the 12th Century, the sapphire was known as the most appropriate stone for ecclesiastical rings.  The Sinhalese believed that the star sapphire served as protection and a guard against witchcraft.
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Native American Animal Symbol

Native American Animal Symbol
If you were born Sep 22 – Oct 22 
You are a wonderful
RAVEN
Highly enthusiastic, and a natural entrepreneur, the Crow is quite a charmer. But he/she doesn't have to work at being charming – it comes easily. Everyone recognizes the Crow's easy energy, and everyone turns to the Crow for his/her ideas and opinions. This is because the Crow is both idealistic and diplomatic and is quite ingenious. In nurturing environments this Native American animal symbol is easy-going, can be romantic, and soft-spoken. Further, the crow can be quite patient, and intuitive in relationships. Left to his/her own devices, the Crow can be demanding, inconsistent, vindictive, and abrasive. 
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dakota Jones and the Peridot Princess ~ Part 4

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


Dakota and Ruby tumbled down a small hill of sand before rolling to a stop. Ruby was the first to stand and brush herself off. Looking up she gasped.

Closing his eyes Dakota sighed. "It's spiders isn't it? It's always spiders."

Ruby remained silent so Dakota lifted his head. In front of him stood a paradise most men only dream about. A crystal blue stream ran through a lushious green meadow flanked by tall Cieba trees. In the middle of the meadow stood a tall Mayan pyramid under a cloudless azure sky.

"The pyramid, it looks brand new," whispered Ruby, snapping Dakota out of his trance.

"Come on," said Dakota, walking past Ruby toward the pyramid. "Let's find that necklace."

The two explorers hopped over the stream and crossed the meadow to stand in front of the stairs leading up to the top of the pyramid. Ruby studied the markings on the side of the stairs.

"What does it say?" asked Dakota.

"All those that walk will not stay in the light." Ruby raised an eyebrow. "Wonder what that means."

"It means that these stairs are booby trapped, sweetheart." Dakota looked at the stairs. "Does it say anything else?"

Ruby studied the rest of the pyramid. "I don't see anyth... wait on the stairs. The symbol on every third step."

"What does it mean?" asked Dakota.

"It's the K'IN, the symbol for sun."

"And the other two symbols?" Dakota squinted. "The ones on the first and second steps?"

"Well I believe the symbol on the first step is for mountain and on the second... I can't be for sure, but it looks like snake. But I can't be sure which steps to take... the sun is always in the light, but mountains can bring you closer to the light and a snake has to have heat in order to live."

"Well there's only one way to find out."

"No! Dakota wait!"
 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Stone Magie ~ The Spirit Within

 Sapphire History & Lore
Throughout history, sapphire has been a favorite of royalty.  In olden times, King Solomon wore a sapphire ring.  More recently, Prince Charles gave a sapphire engagement ring to Lady Diana Spencer (left).  Since then, more and more couples have decided to adopt this tradition instead of conventional diamonds.  Sapphire doesn’t stand for wild and fiery passion, rather for truth, compatibility, commitment, and mutual understanding.  
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http://artjewelrycollective.wordpress.com/2007/09/09/the-curious-lore-of-birthstones-sapphire/

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dakota Jones and the Peridot Princess ~ Part 3

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"And just why would we do that?" asked Dakota.

Moses snapped his fingers signaling one of his thugs to grab Ruby, sliding his machete under her chin. "Because if you don't I'll kill her."

The thug lifted the knife causing a trickle of blood to drip down Ruby's chin. A small squeak escaped her lips before she could swallow it. "Don't tell him anything Dakota. I'd rather die than let him get the Peridot Princess. You know what will happen if he wears it."

Moses laughed. "Yes, nature will do my beck and call. All animals, rocks and trees will be under my command. I will control the weather as well as the seas. Governments will have no choice but to bow down to me if they want their ports to stay above water and their crops to thrive. But don't worry Dakota, I've always been a fair man. Soon I will control the fate of every man, woman and child, but right now I'll let you decide the fate of the fair Ruby. You help or she dies... your choice."

Dakota grunted. "Fine, let her go. I'll help you find the Peridot Princess."

"Dakota, no!" screamed Ruby. "I'd rather die!"

"All in good time," sang Moses, tweaking Ruby's chin and nodding to the thug to let her go.

"Don't worry, sweetheart," said Dakota, giving Ruby a wink. He looked at Moses. "It's this way."

Dakota started walking south and the group followed. Less than an hour later they came to a tall Ceiba Tree who's roots were the size of a large house. Dakota felt the trunk. "This is the sacred Ceiba tree of the Mayans. The Mayans believed the Ceiba tree connected the Earth world to the Spirit world."

"We don't have time for lesson in mythology, Dakota. Just lead us to the ruins," snapped Moses as he slapped a misquote off his neck.

Dakota continued to feel around on the old tree. A smirk tugged at his mouth as he pulled a key from around his neck and inserted it into the truck of the Ceiba tree.

The ground started to rumble, soon shaking violently. "Earthquake!" yelled Moses as he and his men tumbled to the ground.

Dakota stumbled back to Ruby. "Do you trust me?"

She quickly nodded. He grabbed her hand and running as fast as he could pulled her toward the tree trunk. Closing his eyes, he let out a warrior cry as he and Ruby were swallowed up by the tree, Ruby grabbing the key as they fell into darkness.

Stone Magic History & Lore

Sapphire Lore & History
The sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word ““saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue. Some believe that the name sapphire is derived from its association with the planet Saturn. The name can be roughly be translated to mean “dear to the planet Saturn” in many different languages. 
It is also one of the birth stones for the Zodiac signs of Pisces, Taurus, Virgo and Sagittarius. Sapphire is given as a gem for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversaries while a star sapphire is given on the 65th wedding anniversary.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

It is SEPTEMBER!!! 
If you were born this month you are a 
Sizzling Sapphire 

Sapphire  ~"The Stone Of Inner Spirit"
"As a star of the skies brought to Earth, I blend with you to initiate the awakening of your intuitive senses. 

 or
Lovely Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli ~" The Stone Of  Proclamation "
With my beautiful cosmic blue color, 
I contact your spirit guardians to protect 
you. It is also my duty to instill upon you 
the power of words.   
Use them to teach and heal those who 
have not found their voice.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

NEW BOOK RELEASE!!!

Tragedy has struck the small town of Knollwood, Texas and Dovie Grant finds herself dealing with the loss of her husband and daughter. Despite her grief, she still must fight to bring her remaining family through the already trying times of The Great Depression. Her father needs help on their struggling farm, Quail Crossings. She isn't thrilled that he's hired a young 18 year old boy who's caring for his three younger siblings. Surviving her grief, as well as the constant dust storms that plague the plains, will Dovie be able to put her pain aside to care for these children or be forever trapped in the darkness of the loss in her family.
Hello Everyone,
 I am so happy to announce our one and only Jennifer McMurrain's debut novel, Quail Crossings, will be available online on Sept 4th (afternoon). You do have some options when buying her book:
1. Buy a paperback on Amazon.com for 12.95 (18.95 after s/h).
http://www.amazon.com/Quail-Crossings-Jennifer-McMurrain/dp/1617521361/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
2. Buy a paperback from AnnasLegacy.com (signed or unsigned) for 12.95 (18.15 after s/h) and she'll donate 10% to Anna's Legacy.
@ www.annaslegacy.com
3. Buy a paperback directly from
    her (signed or unsigned) for 18.00 (s/h included).
    email Jennifer ~ jennifermcmurrain@yahoo.com for details.
4. Buy a paperback at one of her book signings for 12.00.
5. Buy an e-book at Amazon.com or Smashbooks.com for   2.99.

             Thanks so much for your support! :o)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Thoughts from Cathy


Labor Day Weekend
By Cathy Collar

Labor Day will soon be here!
Time to get the fishing gear.
Grab the boat and grab the beer.
Sleeping bags and tents go here.

Charcoal and wood for the fires,
Anything our heart desires.
Pillows for when we retire.
Pile that stuff a little higher.

Ice we will need the most.
Marshmallows go to toast.
Hot-dogs a must to roast.
No time to face book post.

Towels and sun block, have to take
Incase we decide to bake.
Or we should decide to shake.
We are going to the lake.

Lanterns to light the way
When ma nature has her say.
We will take the insect spray,
To help keep the pest away.

Fun toys are a must.
Trying hard not to cuss.
For after all the fuss
There is no room for us!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!!!
Cathy Collar