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I think I'd like to be surprised with whatever is sent. I do have some plastic things in the mix (I started collecting as soon as I decided to be in this group), but if there is anything I send you that you don't click with, please feel free to send it on to someone else in the next swap. Mine will definitely be an eclectic mix!
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GryffinSong, I LOVE the mountains; I found out several years ago that my biological father was from the foothills of the Appalachians, so that made sense that I've always been drawn to them. I hope you have a wonderful trip and are wildly successful with your art!
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I'll never forget my first trip through the Smokey's with my husband. Beautiful.
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Oooh! Crystals!

Just peeking in here - I see that y'all are off to a good start. I love the focus on natural things.

GryffinSong, that is amazing that you essentially started all over again. Was that freeing to be get rid of so many material things? I think it would be distressing in some ways, but very freeing in others.
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GryffinSong, that is amazing that you essentially started all over again. Was that freeing to be get rid of so many material things? I think it would be distressing in some ways, but very freeing in others.
I taught a meditation class last summer, and I met a woman there who had her house burn to the ground. She was in her late fifties, so there was a lot of things and memories that went up in smoke. She said she grieved her loss but at the same time felt a sense of freedom in starting over...
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Hey Booty Babes,

Thank you to MellaMella for creating such a nice place here for us!!!!

Okay, so, here's a little secret-my birthday is this month! I just realized I'll be getting the pressies from all of you this month...perhaps even near my birthday...and that makes me happy! Thank you in advance for being part of this exchange with me.
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I had a house burn to the ground. It definitely drives it home,,,when you lose your life, that's it. When you lose your stuff,,you get more stuff.

Stones? Oh joy!! Those of you who know me know how I am with my stones and crystals. I would love to know if any of you are interested in particular things, because I have plenty to send.
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Stones? Oh joy!! Those of you who know me know how I am with my stones and crystals. I would love to know if any of you are interested in particular things, because I have plenty to send.
Peeking in,

Just wanted to say, I have seen pics of MM's Stones, Lovely lovely pieces, and would be a treasure to any oracle
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...GryffinSong, that is amazing that you essentially started all over again. Was that freeing to be get rid of so many material things? I think it would be distressing in some ways, but very freeing in others.
Yes, it was awesome!!! I didn't get rid of everything ... kept some things with my brother for my return. It was funny ... I expected to be gone for six months to a year.

Here's what happened. I'd been working in the computer industry for fifteen years. Was living with a sweet, funny man. Having "female troubles". This, by the way, is when my little broken-jawed magic Merlin came into my life. I adopted him two weeks before a hysterectomy to solve my "female troubles", and he snuggled with me all through my recovery. Anyway. Shortly after returning to work from my surgery I was laid off. I was really upset for a part of a day. Then I realized what an incredible opportunity it was. I bounced into my manager's office and thanked her. You know what she said? "Karen, you're creativity and enthusiasm are wasted here." And she was right. I had a lot of savings, and they paid me 39 weeks severance. I stayed in my house another year trying out a variety of plans in my head, and breaking up with my man. Then I sold my house, my cars, most of my furniture, and much more. I bought my truck and travel trailer. And I hit the road with my dogs. It was AWESOME!!!

For three years I traveled. I did a lot of photography. I explored a career in the arts, doing some shows and taking classes in how to market one's artwork. I saw this beautiful country of ours. I'd been to Fiji, but I hadn't seen the Grand Canyon.

Three years into things I started wanting to find a place where I felt I belonged. I thought for sure it was going to be Arizona, but I simply wasn't meeting people who felt like forever friends. I did a show in Washington state and immediately started meeting special people, one of whom offered to let me camp on her land and use part of her barn as a studio. I stayed at her place for a few months then moved to a mountain where folks were into native spirituality and had formed a really lovely community. If any of you have heard of Sun Bear, it's his mountain. He's gone now, but I've been in his old house, and lived with people who knew him. Then I met some people from a medieval recreation group and moved onto the middle of a twenty acre parcel of land. Only two other people lived there, and they were at the other end of it. It was AWESOME!!! It was while I was there that I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and those two dear, sweet men, and the people from the mountain, helped me get through it.

By the end of the cancer journey, as you might imagine, my savings were long gone. All that travel, small art earnings, and even though I had insurance, huge medical bills. My mom had been sending me money to help out. Mom and I occasionally speculated aloud that it might be cool to buy a house together, but we thought it was just a pipe dream. And one day she called me up and said she'd found us a house.

So, here I am. A brand new life. One I never expected. And I'm still adjusting. I love life with mom. I'm struggling to make friends. I miss the folks on the mountain and on those twenty acres. I'm working on my art career and much more successful than I was out west. And I still have a long way to go to completely recover from the hard times.

It was quite a journey.
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Morticia, yikes!!! I can imagine how traumatic it must be to lose everything without any control over the process. Good on ya for moving on and taking change with beauty and grace.

Satori, WOOT!!! Happy almost-birthday!!! How exciting, and what fun to have this exchange during your b-day month!!!

Bodhran, thanks! I love the Appalachians, but have never seen the southern end of them. My niece just hit the Appalacian trail here in Maryland, and is hiking north toward Maine. She hopes to get to the end of the trail before she has to return to college. We offered to take her with us so she could start at the south end of the trail, but with her college schedule she doesn't have the time.
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