Monday, August 31, 2015

Only a Kiss ~ Part 1

Only a Kiss
by Jennifer McMurrain

Chapter One

Anastasia Durrant tightened her grip on her small bouquet as tears pooled in the corner of her eyes. She smiled as she looked at her stepsister, Cindy, standing hand in hand with her new husband as the priest said, “You may now kiss the bride.”
The wedding guest erupted in applause and whistles as Cindy’s husband bent her over in a long, passionate kiss. Ana’s heart swelled with both happiness and a jealousy. She loved that her stepsister was getting her “happily ever after”. Lord knew Cindy deserved to be happy.
Ana’s gazed shifted from the happy couple to the lone white rose that sat in a front seat. Cindy’s dad had passed away ten years before of cancer and Ana’s mother, Tilde, had never let Cindy forget it. Tilde had always been a force, but when it came to Cindy she was a hurricane. Ana never understood why Tilde decided it was Cindy’s fault her father had died. Ana had tried to help Cindy, but knew she hadn’t done enough for fear her mother’s wrath would turn toward her.
Ana watched the happy couple walk back down the aisle, she fell into step behind them. As she met the best man she looked out into the wedding audience. Cindy married into one of the wealthiest families in South Carolina and the crowd read like an edition of Forbes’s wealthiest southerners. And there in the back row, stood Tilde and Ana’s sister, Deidra, looking as if they’d rather be walking on hot coals.
Stifling her laugh, Ana looked down and entered the reception area. Cindy ran to her.
“Ana, wasn’t it lovely?” Cindy beamed. “A dream come true. I couldn’t have done it without you.”
Cindy wrapped Ana up in a hug.
“I didn’t do that much,” said Ana, returning the hug.
“Oh, but you did,” said Cindy. “You will never understand how much your kindness meant to me after my father died. I was lost without my father and you were a beam of light.”
Ana shook her head. “No, I wasn’t. All those times my mother was awful to you and I just stood back and watched. I should’ve stood up for you. I hate myself for being silent for so long.”
Cindy waved her off. “Ana, don’t you realize you made all this happen? Had you not insisted I go to that masquerade gala that was being given in honor of my father I would have never met Charles. You know as well as I do your mother wasn’t going to let me go, no matter how much I pleaded. You not only acted sick so your mother and sister would leave without you, you let me wear your dress and mask so I could go.”
Charles walked up behind Cindy and wrapped his arms around her as guests started to file into the reception area. “Honey, I hate to interrupt, but Mother is insisting we stand in that dreadful reception line.”
“Okay, Baby,” said Cindy, she started towards the door before turning toward Ana. “You see, Ana dear, you’re responsible for my happily ever after.”

Ana sighed as Cindy turned and greeted her other guests. “If only I could be responsible for my own.”

Friday, August 28, 2015

Native American Animal Symbol

If you were born Aug 22 - Sep 21 
You are a BEAR ~ 

Pragmatic, and methodical the Bear is the one to call when a steady hand is needed. The Bear's practicality and level-headedness makes him/her an excellent business partner. Usually the voice of reason in most scenarios, the Bear is a good balance for Owls. The Bear is also gifted with an enormous heart, and a penchant for generosity. However, one might not know it as the Bear tends to be very modest, and a bit shy. In a loving environment this Native American animal symbol showers love and generosity in return. Further, the Bear has a capacity for patience and temperance, which makes him/her excellent teachers and mentors. Left to his/her own devices the bear can be skeptical, sloth, small-minded and reclusive.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Anna!

Today is both a sad and happy day for us. We cherish the 24 years that we had this beautiful soul here on earth with us. She gave us laughter, hope and courage. Her lovely smile and gentle heart live within us forever. We are saddened that on this day we cannot physically hold her, kiss her and and throw a big Happy Birthday party for her. We cannot see that beautiful smile spread across her face as she opens her gifts and enjoys being with her family. We find happiness in knowing that she is celebrating her birthday in heaven with all of our family that have passed and with Jesus by her side. Happy Birthday Anna! You are Loved, You are Missed, You are forever in our hearts.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Stone Magic ~ History & Lore

 Carnelian History & Lore

Just before the colors of Fall cover the Earth, Carnelian blazes in her glory of brilliant orange as one of the birthstones of August. One last flash of warmth before the Earth gives way to her cooler wardrobe. The warmth of this stone fills us with creativity and motivation to move forward with endurance, courage and confidence.

Carnelian, like Peridot, is one of the stones placed in the breastplate of Aaron. It obtained top honor as the first stone in the breastplate because of the belief that it signified the blood of the martyrs. It was also once believed that it could prevent illness and Plague.

Known by the ancient Egyptians as "the setting sun" carnelian was traditionally worn to enhance passion, love and desire. This makes me wonder if Cleopatra might of had a few of these hidden in her robes. Today it is also treasured for these traits.

Over 4500 years ago Sumerian and Egyptian craftsmen carved this stone into beautiful jewelry the most popular being signet rings.  Romans and Greeks also treasured this stunning stone which the used for intaglios (a carving imbedded in stone.)

Carnelian is a form of Quartz. It is also sometimes called Cornelian. The name carnelian comes from the Latin word carneus, which means fleshy, a reference to the color of the stone. Carnelian can range in color from reddish orange to brownish, yellow, red, or pink. The various shades of red depend on the amount of iron oxide present in each stone. Stones can be faintly banded, or uniform in color. Carnelian rates a.6.5 on the hardness scale and is transparent to sub translucent.

By: C.L. Collar 
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Stone Magic ~ History & Lore

Peridot History & Lore 

Peridot has been mined as a gemstone for thousands of years and is mentioned in the bible under Chrysolite, which was one of the stones of the twelve tribes that were imbedded in the breastplate of Aaron.

It is also said that this beautiful olive - green stone was one of the favorite gemstones of Cleopatra and that some of the so-called emeralds worn by her were actually Peridot.
Maybe Cleopatra wore this stone because it was believed that Peridot would dissolve enchantments when set in gold.

If someone wanted to use the stone for protection from evil it had to be pierced and stung through the hair of a donkey, then worn on the left arm. I doubt if Cleopatra ever wore it in this form.

Peridot unlike many gemstones is not formed in the earths crust. It is formed deeper in the Earth, in the magna in the upper mantel, about 20 to 55 miles deep. It finds it's way to the surface through tectonic or volcanic activity. It was first mined in the Topazos Islands, now known as Zabargad or St. John's Island. Peridot has been mined from this island for over 3,500 years. This Island's exact location was lost for several years and was only rediscovered in 1905. The tiny island, often shrouded in fog, is located about 35 miles off the Egyptian coastal port of Berenica.
By C.L. Collar

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015


It is August!
If you were born this month you are a Precious Peridot.

Peridot  " The Stone Of  Destiny"
I stand as a guardian of hope, wisdom, generosity, abundance, and compassion. Let me take you in hand and guide you to understanding your destiny and spiritual purpose. 


A Creative Carnelian

Carnelian  "The Stone Of  Inspiration "
I am the artists' stone reflecting soulful expression through words and actions. I inspire intensity and lend fire to design.