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725 posted 06-03-2004 02:41 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Titanium Tiara Tale Tellers...

has a certain ring to it.

If not for these stories of REAL life?
however could we find the wherewithal
to take that next step?
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726 posted 06-03-2004 03:19 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Vicky - do your "thang" as only you can - and let us know where we have to go to pick up our new chapeau will you?   Being a glitzy kinda girl I don't mind a little pizazz on my tiara at all!

News Bulletin!  The poet, oh so devine, got herself a great job today!  Congratulations Sharon!  See, those titanium tiaras really work.  If you rub them really hard, you might just get your wish, and if not, you sure have a shiny crown anyway.
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727 posted 06-03-2004 03:33 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

We miss you Sunshine. Warmest hugs....and oh yes, my bookend Sharon deVine? Please know that I keep you in my thoughts and prayers always. I seem to keep missing YOU as well.

As always, with your wisdom and gentle heart you find the perfect words to sum things up:

"There is in every true women's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but kindles  up and beams and blazes in the dark hours of adversity" - Washington Irving

Perhaps this is why Paul instructed in Corinthians that a woman should cover her head during worship, lest "the angels be offended"?

That is what was taught to me by one Jewish practitioner of Voudou, anyway.

and now, I'd better duck and run, before that crew in Philosophy comes after me, huh?



And I may have mentioned this before, but when I was in therapy with the only doc I've ever loved, he told me that unless I had a strong source of emotional support, I could very well "snap".

Well, I've "snapped" a few times, but it's kind of like what my father taught me about growing marigolds.

(and yes I'm going to tell that story again)

My father and I were in his garden, and I was perplexed as to why his marigolds were so much larger and blooming so much more prolifically than my own.

"How do you do this?" I asked him.

"Like this." And he stomped on one of his beautiful plants.

I was shocked and asked him why he'd done that.

"It's like this," he explained. "Something in that plant wants to live--and where the breaks are, the plant will heal itself and grow even stronger, and the result will be a larger tougher plant."

He showed me some of the scars on the other plants to prove his point.

Then he smiled at me and said, "Don't be afraid to pick your flowers, either. Flowers are a gift to us from God and they are meant to be shared. For every one you give away, two will bloom in its place."

Then he picked one and handed it to me.

Yep, "da lawd loves a garden"

*  *  *

I like to think of you ladies as my bouquet of blooms, and you all bring me more strength and comfort than I can properly express.

So carry on, oh ladies of the Titanium Tiara!

I love you all.

Vicky? Stick one of those tiaras on your own head, my raindancer queen.
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728 posted 06-03-2004 03:36 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

and? I just read Mysteria's newflash!

gleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!





congratulations deVine!



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729 posted 06-03-2004 04:09 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Congratulations Oh Devine One!!!!

~*~

Serenity?  Me going plant stomping soon...
VERY soon!
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730 posted 06-04-2004 07:30 AM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Thank you, my sisters, for all you are!!
I love and respect every one of you!!
I love my tiara and the banner, too!!



(And, Sharon DeVine, congrats on the new job!!)



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731 posted 06-05-2004 05:14 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Ethel, you are more than welcome.

*  *  *

That sleep thang isn't working for me tonight. Again.

I told a friend earlier that insomnia is like having a light left on in my head all the time, and my thoughts are drip, drip, dripping like a leaky faucet in the bath.

It's maddening.

So I promised Mysteria that if I couldn't sleep I would tell the story of the Lucky Beans. For those of you who don't know what a lucky bean is, it is a dried fava bean, given as a token of luck on St. Joseph's Day--pretty much as stated in this thread:
http://www.totallycatholic.com/beans.html

*  *  *

My husband is a son of a packrat, who was the son of a packrat, so I suppose I'm fighting tradition (at the least) if not some genetically inclined obsessive compulsive disorder of accumulation. This has become altogether too apparent to me, as I struggle to design renovations for a house that he inherited from his father, which pretty much served the purpose of a three bedroom filing cabinet.

I keep finding "collections" of things, and with every discovery, there must be an earnest discussion of the importance of that collection--keep it? where? (Yes, watch Karen nod hopefully, "let's just throw it away!") and yes, all of this leads me to the topic of the "lucky beans".

sigh.

In order to reach that wall that I so gleefully boasted about having removed earlier--I first had to clean a small kitchen counter.

Sounds easy, right?

heh.

Beneath the piles of old lotto tickets, plastic mardi gras cups, I finally saw the seafoam green countertop, and there, in a neat pile of about twenty count, was a pile of dried fava beans.

I was a rookie then, so I exclaimed aloud,

"Wouldja just look at this!"

"What?" My husband asked, with some concern.

(He really gets nervous when I clean.)

"It's a pile of beans," I answered, ready to sweep them into the garbage can.

"Stop!"

(Stop?)

"That's my lucky bean collection."

(Here's where ya'll picture me rubbing my head and trying to be patient.)

"You have a Lucky Bean collection?"

"That's them." he replied.

I sighed.

"Um, they all look alike..."

He looked pained and he knew what was coming.

"But they were my Dad's."

silence.

"Well they weren't very lucky for him, now were they?"

He managed to look sheepish, so for the moment, I relented and told him,

"Here, we'll keep them in this jar. If you find any more Lucky Beans, add them to this jar, okay? Like things go with like things" (I didn't mean to be condescending, but he is not only a packrat, but a disorganized one at that.)

So they sat in the windowsill for about a week before I pulled out my secret weapon.

*  *  *

I called his 75-year old mother.

*  *  *

I inquired about her health, and she inquired about ours, and I gave her an update on the work we'd been doing in the home. Then I mentioned the various things we'd come across--I told her I'd set much aside in case there was something she'd like to keep for sentimental value.

Like, perhaps, the Lucky Beans?

WHAT?

grin

I proceeded to explain.

She sighed.

"Put my son on the phone."

I smiled and handed it to him.

He listened, and said, "okay" and threw the dried beans in the garbage.

*  *  *

I asked her what she had said to him, and as best as I can explain to you all (gawd I wish I could type her N'awlins accent--oh, I just did, dawlin') she had explained  to him that Lucky Beans were only lucky if you were of Italian descent. Furthermore, lucky beans are apparently a devious plot of the Italian race to take over the world--because every St. Joseph's Day, they toss these cursed beans to unsuspecting non-Italians, who unwittingly collect their doom in the form of dried fava beans, carrying their misfortunes in their pockets, foolishly thinking they were protected by the great St. Joseph, when in fact, it was just the opposite.

When I'd heard this story she'd concocted, I whistled with admiration.

Is she good or what?

I have much to learn from my mother-in-law.



(And please, all folks of Italian descent or otherwise, take this with the humor in which its presented.)

*  *  *

Shaking my head. They ask me why I can't sleep.

*  *  *

Drip.

Drip.

Drip.

*  *  *

Anybody hungry?

We're serving up fried liver with fava beans and a nice chianti...



Well.

The chianti might be safe.




Now let me go try this sleep thang again.

I'm tard.

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732 posted 06-05-2004 08:04 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

I'm with you Karen, all the way...
I get a smile out of reading here~~~

*and believe me when I say there isn't much to smile about lately.

hugs all
M
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733 posted 06-06-2004 12:09 AM       View Profile for brian sites   Email brian sites   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian sites

I have to take offense to this last entry..

where do you get off making fun of
brilliant
cannibalistic
pyschopaths?
HUH?

I mean excuse me Serenity...but this...

you have crossed over the line

you not only mock the Great One,
you forget the all-important
spookysnakerattlysuckynoise
that the Great One makes after saying that

SHAME
SHAME on you

THE GRINNING PRINCE
(where's MY tiara?)
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734 posted 06-06-2004 12:18 AM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Aha!  The first brave male to step forward?
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736 posted 06-06-2004 12:50 AM       View Profile for brian sites   Email brian sites   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian sites

sure...

I will be the lone
eggontheface

in THIS henhouse

grin

(and Karen?
     you keep
   blossoming

      after all the stompings
you... are blueribbon beautiful

               grow baby)
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737 posted 06-06-2004 12:52 AM       View Profile for brian sites   Email brian sites   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian sites

YESSSSSSSSSSS
THANK YOU SHARON!


I AM A ...a
um

QUEENPRINCE!

(dancing the electric slide
  like y'all would not EVEN balieve!)
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738 posted 06-06-2004 12:56 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine



Ok...you've got your tiara..now show me your club!


LOL
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739 posted 06-06-2004 01:04 AM       View Profile for brian sites   Email brian sites   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian sites

this club
swings as big as
a pen

keySTROKING
the
ego

       byebye.....

grin
but then

I knew

all ye clubswingers..BEWARE
here there be Thighgrrrs!

smirk
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740 posted 06-06-2004 01:47 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

see why I love this guy?





He's adorable.
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741 posted 06-06-2004 09:27 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Bri?  What a guy!
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742 posted 06-06-2004 09:44 AM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

brian, I think you look quite dapper in your tiara. You called Serenity's journal club a "henhouse?" Hmmmm...that's a no-no. Politically incorrect and all that jazz. Because if indeed it is a "henhouse"(which it isn't and now I am rambling).. people would assume we "chicks" would obviously need a .... well you know...I can't say it...hee hee
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743 posted 06-06-2004 03:17 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Serenity, Sunshine suggested I come to your thread and pick up my tiara.  How do I do that?   and   ....jo
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744 posted 06-06-2004 04:01 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Jo...I have no idea how they are doing this--it's magick! But I think we need a picture of you to start with. It's just a hunch.



and lol@Chris and Bri with the henhouse...hmmm...yanno? I could prolly make a few omelets without blinking...
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Jo?  Spend some time reading, too...you need to know where, and why, this all started...

and then?

THEN you can add your voice.  I'm looking FORWARD to that!
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746 posted 06-06-2004 04:56 PM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Brian, now you are one brave guy....or maybe it's that you are one VERY  SMART  guy?? Any fellow that wants to be among all these beautiful ladies has got to be brave or smart one!!  

And, it takes a very confident in himself man to wear a tiara.  

Welcome to Karen's Interactive Journal, Jo.  
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Thanks, Karilea, Ethel, and Serenity -- I'm going to do a bunch of reading tonight; I'm looking forward to having some fun here!  
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Jo?  Invite Sis...
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Will do, Sunshine....
 
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