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Monday, December 19, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
T'is the Season
...to run yourself ragged.
I've been going full tilt on my latest project, The Twelve Days of Christmas. I've also managed to set up a full fledge website with all commercial privileges. Lots of work getting it set up again. Those of you wanting a peek : www.aletta.org
Phew, now back to an ordinary day tomorrow. Dismal level of housekeeping around here lately. Kudos on the calendar, Heather. It's a real joy, a warm place to spend some me-time.
I've a few more seasonal items to post on my site, last year's little kiddie book and the past five years worth of Christmas cards I'd illustrated. Found it an interesting journey backwards for myself, hope others enjoy it too.
Monday, December 05, 2005
The Feast of St. Nicholas (December 6th)
St. Nicholas lives in Spain with his steadfast companion, Black Piet. Every December for as long as anyone can remember, the old bishop and his friend take their boat to the Netherlands.
During the long trip preparations are made. Letters are written, gifts wrapped, and rows of burlap bags full of candy are stored in the cargo hold. Black Piet brushes the beautiful white horse, and the Saint checks one more time, who gets gifts and who gets a lump of coal.
After the long trip they finally see the Dutch shore. It is much colder here than in Spain and the Saint and the Moor pull on warm woolly underthings. His horse gets a warm blanket, and an extra thick layer of hay.
For several days they make stops all along the shores of towns in the Netherlands where cheering children have gathered to welcome the Saint.
Black Piet throws handfuls of candy and traditional pepernoten into crowds of delighted little children. Children have the chance to see and speak with the Saint and ask special favors. Black Piet can sometimes be talked into performing magic.
From one town to another the Saint travels, hearing the songs of children. Before you know it it is the Eve of St. Nicholas day, the feast that honors the Saint for being the patron of all little children everywhere.
This is the night the Saint, with the help of his good friend Black Piet and his faithful horse, travel from house to house leaving gifts and candies to good children and lumps of coal to bad children. He moves so fast he cannot be seen except if you are lucky a brief flash of his gown, his horse's tail maybe?
All in one night, from town, to village, to farms and apartments, they travel as can only be explained by magic, to each and every child's home. Where a treat has been left alongside a waiting shoe, a shoe is filled with goodies or a lump of coal. Sometimes the Saint leaves a letter asking for improvement, or remarking that good effort has been made, and other comments he wishes to make.
The snacks, suck as carrots, cookies, apples and warm milk, are much appreciated, as they work the long night at magic speed so no child shall be disappointed. Even the poorest child shall have some chocolates, and maybe a new pair of socks or small toy in the morning.
As Children everywhere delight in finding gifts in their shoes that morning, the Saint is already arriving back in spain for a well deserved break on the day that bears his name.
His gift is knowing that there are children who, thanks to his efforts, are just a little happier this day.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Spirits in the ether
mix, though never have they met,
perhaps never will.
Of importance is the moment,
this moment, and every
contact in either or blood, alters.
Spirits in ether, seeming nothingness
touch, move by, and through,
intentful and thoughtful.
The spirit moves about
on particles created through the energy of one soul,
moved to react by having touched the other.
Demonstrations of affections,
endearment, are every bit as real
as those our primitive senses would witness.
All is not made of flesh,
all does not need flesh,
spirit is eternal, sentient.
Spirit makes us players,
in the eternal theatre of this universe
delicately balanced, the good, the bad.
Nothing we do, or intend,
no thoughts, emotions are
In this universe, each spirit
holds the same power, and responsibility
as the hand of the divine.