Monthly Archives: May 2013

Lost in Venice

How wonderful to be able to jump on a train, get out a few hours later and find oneself in a different world. No cars, buses or motorbikes; just boats!


Boats delivering supplies to grocery stores, police boats, ambulance boats skimming down canals, sirens squealing causing tourist-crammed gondolas to pitch and turn. Other tourists look down from an overhead bridge and grin,laugh. The water calms; it’s the gondola tourists’ turn to laugh at themselves.


How wonderful it is to wander, cross a bridge, only to find it is a dead end. You turn around, try to retrace your steps and it is impossible.



Suddenly the air is filled with a wonderful mixture of smells; pasta? pizza? seafood? You put your map away and follow your nose. Ahhhh! You find yourself on a warm sun-filled terrace and receive an equally warm welcome. Easing gratefully into the proffered seat, you order, sit back, relax, and watch the world go by.


A few minutes later, you are served a slightly chilled glass of vino rosso.Shortly after follows a plateful of the most wonderful seafood pasta you have ever eaten.



Then alas, it is time to go. You wander down to the vaporetto (boats that serve as buses) stop and take a trip across the water, to enjoy a waterfront view of this city of secrets.


Then your vaporetto winds its way back toward town, through the Grand Canal.


Ohmygosh! You see the name of the vaportetto stop next to your hotel! You elbow your way through the crowd to clamber off before it roars on to the next stop. Soon you are back at your cozy little hotel, with its own little terrace.



‘Just’ a Stone?

To some people, stones are stones, unless they are diamonds or other known precious gem in an expensive gold setting . . .

To others, well, here are a few examples:

A crystal Quartz Cluster is said to be a basic stone of all magic and can be used to amplify other stone energies. It enhances psychic ability, especially when used in meditation.


Copper is a metal that channels energy. Put copper with any other stone and it increases that stone’s energy. For a very powerful tool, wrap copper wire around a crystal wand. the most powerful tool is a copper pipe filled with stones and on each end fit a crystal point.


Citrine Cluster in a room will clean out the negativity. Once month, put the citrine cluster in the sun for a day. Now it is recharged and free of negativity. They range in color from pale yellow to reddish-brown.


Red calcite helps invigorate the life force in the body. It brings the physical into proper focus. Red calcite can give you focus on sexual awareness and help you overcome doubts or fears about sexuality. It is a good balance stone for pregnant women to carry. Drop a red calcite in a tub of warm water. After relaxing a few minutes, you should emerge feeling rejuvenated.


Kunzite is a love stone. It opens the heart to love for all in the Universe, including the Divine. It can also bring the song of the heart into your mind. Give kunzite as a gift to all you love, so they will feel your love and lead a more fulfilled life.


Red garnet lets you release anger. It is also a balance stone, as it will bring each individual what she/he needs. Passion or serenity. Garnet is also a protector of the home, as a symbol of the ‘home fire’.


Hematite harmonizes mind, body and spirit. It prevents negative energies from entering one’s aura. It makes the bond between friends stronger.


Onyx is a protection stone. Black onyx is the most common onyx. It is a good stone to have if you think anyone is plotting against you. It protects you from attacking negativity.


Rhodochrosite can attract a love filled with compassion to you. A love for your greater good. Take a bath with rhodochrosite and you may dream of the one who loves you.


There are so very many stones to choose from; you know how kids like to collect things in their pockets? Often stones? Could it be that little people know things we don’t know . . . instinctively feel things we don’t tend to feel as much . . . or anymore? Hmmm?

Wishing you a wonderful positive energy-filled day!