Thursday, February 26, 2009

LadyMonica At Etsy

Rupert's Visit

LadyMonica is a talented artist with a shop at Etsy.Monica`s sense of creativity as always been at the center of her life like a fairy`s wand branding in the air of the moment. From landscaping to snow sculpture, festive decorations, paintings, drawings, theater
decors, jewelery, personalized birthday cards, t-shirt and poster design,fashion, ... over the years these artistic self expression celebrated
the joy of sharing her unique talent within her community whether the art work was intended for public viewing or as a gift for friends and family.

Today, her love for animals and the forest has challenged Monica to make one of her dreams come true. She now lives on her own farm in the peaceful surroundings of the Lanaudiere region located in Quebec, Canada with her husband and all the family pets and horses !
The video shows some of her work. I encourage you to visit her shop
http://LadyMonica.etsy.com

Here is her experience in her own words.

"I used to have a miniature Pinscher called Rupert. His passing came as a trategy in my life because it had been just 3 months my husband and me we had moved to our new home in the country and the dog got hit by a car.

Rupert was a very courageous dog and most people who would see him would be impress by his confidence. He would not be afraid of bigger dogs or anything! Not long after we passed away, one stormy evening, we had just came back from shopping and we notice when we went to check our 4 horses in the barn that one of them was missing.

I had not lock his stall door properly and he must have pushed it open. So, by then it was very dark and still raining, we could not see the horse anywhere. We tried calling him but no familiar noise echoed back. Until we both heared a barking noise like Rupert used to do. My husband quickly followed the sound and found our lost horse wondering near the woods that was at the end of our neighbor's hay field beside our property!

Till this day, when I think of this night, I thank my " Rupert" for his help.
17 February 2009 8:29am EDT

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Green For Protection?


The stone pictured is the one associated with the little girl.This was in a Discovery report recently:
"A rare mummified child from the early period of Egyptian history was discovered buried with a bright green amulet stone once believed to hold magical powers, according to a new study.

The finds help to explain why hieroglyphics and historical texts record that Egyptian children wore green eye makeup. It also adds to the growing body of evidence that ancient Egyptians thought color itself held sacred energy that could help or hurt individuals.

Lead author Raffaella Bianucci explained that the first Egyptian colored amulets occurred as early as the predynastic Badarian period, from 4500 to 3800 B.C. The recently analyzed child mummy, containing the remains of a 15- to 18-month-old toddler, dates to 4,700 years ago. "Even in limited forms and materials, these earliest amulets give a good indication of the dangerous forces that the early Egyptians felt were present in their world and needed to be harnessed by magical means," said Bianucci, a scientist in the Department of Animal and Human Biology at Via Accademia Albertina in Turin, Italy.

She and her colleagues first examined the child's remains, which were wrapped in linen bandages. Immunological evidence determined that the youngster died from an acute malarial infection.

The researchers then turned their attention to a fossilized leather bag tied with linen twine, which was wrapped in the bandages with the mummy. Two stones were found within the bag. The researchers focused on a bright green one, found poking through the fossilized leather.

"In ancient Egypt, color was an integral part of the substance and being of everything in life," she said, explaining that green — the color of new vegetation and growing crops, including the treasured papyrus plant — was linked to health and "flourishing." Chapter 30 of the Book of the Dead, an ancient Egyptian funerary text, instructs that a scarab beetle amulet be made of green minerals and placed at the heart of mummies.Bianucci continued that, based on such records, red was the color of life and victory, white suggested omnipotence and purity, black was a symbol of death and the night, blue symbolized life and rebirth and yellow was thought to be eternal and indestructible, like the sun and gold.

In terms of the child mummy's green amulet, she said, "We can hypothesize that (the parents) wished their child to be protected from unwanted influence and to be healthy in its afterlife."Salima Ikram, a professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, told Discovery News that "the study was very well executed" and "is just what we need to shed light on the cultural practices and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians."

"The fact that the child was buried with a chrysocolla bead is very interesting as it is rare to have such an identification," Ikram added. "Clearly this was an amulet that was interred with the child in an effort to ensure its safety in the afterworld — a pity it did not protect the infant in this one."
Full article:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29035229/ Green Magi cGreen magic' protected child mummies
Evidence reveals that ancient Egyptians thought color held sacred energy

By Jennifer Viegas

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fate,Karma or Luck?


This turned up in my internet travels:

In February 1885.English authorities led convicted murderer John Lee to the gallows.Not once,not twice but three times the gallows did not work.Bewildered by this unexpected series of malfunction,it was considered "an act of God".He was freed.

What do you make of this unexplained event?

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Worst Nightmare Could It Be?

If you were brave enough to read the last post,you will shudder in horror at this.A recent return to the Coast To Coast AM site found this story.The original might be true today.It is also on www.cryptomungo.com

"On Sunday, February 15, 2009, Columbia Today is reporting that a giant snake is terrifying farmers in the north Colombia department of Córdoba. Eyewitnesses say the snake has a size never seen in the region.

According to Caracol Radio, the residents of villages near the swamp of Betancí are scared of the snake they say is 12 meter (39 feet) long and approximately 20 centimeters (8 inch) thick.

Locals have reported no accidents with the snake, but are terrified and called on local authorities to catch the reptile before anyone gets hurt and to return calmth to the communities.


It will be recalled that only ten days ago the international media was full of news of the discovery of a giant fossil snake. The colossal newly discovered snake Titanoboa cerrejonensis was found in Colombia."

Cross Columbia off the Places To Visit list!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Snake Longer than A School Bus


CRYPTOMUNGO "Cryptomundo is a place to enjoy the adventures, treks, theories, and wisdom of some of the most respected leaders in the field of Cryptozoology. This is a place for all ages to share, read, see, and learn about the finds and evidence of the most elusive and rare animals (cryptids) on this planet Earth … Bigfoot, Yeti, Chupacabra, Ivory Billed Woodpecker, Nessie, Yowie, and more. Come back often and be part of the community for Cryptozoology breaking news, new views, fun, and yes occasional humor. We’re glad you’re here and look forward to hearing from you soon."

This is an interesting site which I check for "Sightings and ideas...This particular post made me realize how close I am to Indiana Jones...I hate snakes....

"The dossier is impressive ~Titanoboa ~ at least 43 feet long, 2,500 pounds (1,140 kg) and its massive body at least 3 feet (1 meter) wide!

“It is a mind-bogglingly big snake. This thing is a crocodile eater, catching and eating them in the water. It was a bad day for the crocs,” paleontologist Jason Head of the University of Toronto Mississauga said in a media interview.

Paleontologist Jonathan Bloch of the University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History said, “When people think of Tyrannosaurus rex and how huge that thing was, this really is in the order of magnitude of Tyrannosaurus rex, in terms of length and in terms of caliber of gigantic.”

“At its greatest width, the snake would have come up to about your hips. The size is pretty amazing,” said co-author P. David Polly, from Indiana University at Bloomington. “Probably like an anaconda, it spent a lot of time in the water.”
http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/titanoboa/



The colossal newly discovered snake Titanoboa cerrejonensis, from Colombia. Jason Bourque, University of Florida/Handout

“Indiana Jones take heart: A snake on the loose 58 million years ago would help everyone understand your phobia,” exclaimed Janice Lloyd at USA Today.

“It was the all-time titan of snakes — a monster as long as a Tyrannosaurus rex that stalked a steamy South American rain forest after the demise of the dinosaurs and ate crocodiles for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” noted Will Dunham of the News Daily.

“Any character in a B-list film would yelp ‘Snake? Snaaaake!’ upon spotting a specimen stretching longer than a school bus – and now scientists have uncovered the remains of such a beast,” wrote Jeremy Hsu at PopSci."

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Look Up In Tuscon


Home Sweet Home Wherever It Is, Notecard from original art FancyMeFlyin
http://FancyMeFlyin.etsy.com



Tuscon is famous in the world of Jewelry Artists for THE bead show to attend.There has been an event recently that captured even more attention.There was a series of UFO sightings."This ain't no bead show Baby" said a friend who lives there and was among those who saw it.

Michael Cohen m.cohen@allnews.com reports:
"A number of witnesses have come forward to describe remarkable sighting of a UFO in the vicinity of the city of Tucson, Arizona. The UFO is being described as classic saucer shaped with red glowing lights. The craft was spotted on the evening of 11 February 2009.

One witness was sitting and watching television with her husband, a former Airman, and her daughter when she noticed a UFO through a large glass sliding door that looks out towards the Tucson Mountains behind her backyard.
The witness described the object as disc shaped with non-strobing red lights at its front and rear. She estimated it was moving south to north at an altitude of about 150m. The object then ‘exploded’ in a large blaze of bright white light and sped away horizontal to the earth at an incredible speed.
At this point she alerted her husband.

Soon afterwards helicopters were seen moving in the direction of the craft. The witness’s husband, who had served in the Air Force, thought the helicopters might have been Blackhawks.

Another witness was driving a truck just outside of Tucson when he saw pretty much the same thing. He described the explosion and subsequent fantastic speed as ‘unbelievable, probably alien’. Local police also noted that a few calls had been taken regarding the incident.

Many are wondering whether the military is testing secret aircraft in Arizona or do aliens simply enjoy its wide open spaces. At least one of the witnesses seems to think the latter."

Friday, February 20, 2009

What Is Your Number?


My favorite program is Coast To Coast AM I found it through an Etsy forum.Although I live on the East Coast and it comes from the West, it often is good enough to stay up late for.This is taken straight from there.
The illustration "I Can Count..ti8" somes from yumiyumi's shop.To see more of the clever things there http://yumiyumi.etsy.com

"11:11 and Synchronicities:

Appearing during the middle two hours of Thursday's show, authors Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman discussed the phenomenon of frequently seeing 11:11 on clocks, and the synchronicities of numbers. For instance, sometimes when people wake up and look at the clock, it's often the exact same time every night. Jones suggested that such synchronicities could be an exterior influence, such as a guardian angel giving a "time prompt," or it could be the "matrixing" of the brain. Flaxman defined matrixing as the brain's propensity for pattern recognition.

Synchronicities, or meaningful coincidences, link an objective experience with a subjective response, and the more this occurs, the more we take notice, Jones noted. Time prompts such as 11:11, and other combinations like 4:44, can serve as a reminder to live in the present, be alert, or to slow down, they offered. This kind of message is more important than the numbers themselves, Jones said.

Here is the rest of the week :
Friday, February 20: Art Bell will be joined by Wall St. insider Michael J. Panzner, who'll discuss how current economic events herald the end of the American Era, and how entire sections of the U.S. will become ghost towns.

Saturday, February 21: Spiritual researcher Ian Lawton will discuss the scientific evidence for reincarnation and life between lives, and how the human brain is the physical manifestation of the soul. Hosted by Ian Punnett.

6-10pm PT: Art Bell- Somewhere in Time returns to 3/7/01 for a discussion with various guests on such subjects as the Antichrist, Area 51, & cloning.

Sunday, February 22: Pioneer in the development of 'Exopolitics,' Michael Salla will reveal how the U.S. Government has secretly developed and implemented policies on ET life. Hosted by George Knapp.

www.coasttocoast.com

Enjoy....

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Bit Of The Unexpected


Breaking News
2008 Was The Year So-Called Global Warming Lost Face
First, all over the world, temperatures have been dropping in a way wholly unpredicted by all those computer models which have been used as the main drivers of the scare. Last winter, as temperatures plummeted, many parts of the world had snowfalls on a scale not seen for decades. This winter, with the whole of Canada and half the US under snow, looks likely to be even worse. After several years flatlining, global temperatures have dropped sharply enough to cancel out much of their net rise in the 20th century.
Jan 7, 2009 - 9:51:41 AM
By MARK McLAUGHLIN

"Cosmic Event" is pictured by sallytrace.
Visit the shop to see more:
http://sallytrace.etsy.com


Bright Lights And Mysterious Extinctions

From another report.Things may happen quickly
Investigative reporter Linda Moulton Howe discussed extinctions related to nanodiamond discoveries, and mysterious aerial sightings. 12,900 years ago something suddenly plunged most of the Northern Hemisphere into a deep freeze in less than a year, and at least 16 large animal species were wiped out during this time. Mammoths unearthed in ice were found to have plants in their mouths, indicating that something sudden took place, while other creatures were reported to have twisted spines, as though thrown by unidentified forces.

Most say we may have global earth changes in this century.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Recovered UFOs & ETs:


Recently, a program included UFO researcher and former U.S. Army Sergeant, Clifford Stone.He spoke about his covert work with the military, helping to recover crashed discs, and communicating with ETs. In one such operation, he said his team came upon a heel-shaped craft that was embedded in the ground, and an alien, similar to what is described as a "grey," lying outside the ship.

Having had ET encounters as a child, Stone said he was called upon to communicate with the captured alien being, who was being held in a military facility. The ET had chalk-like grey skin, and large black eyes with vertical slits, and the two conversed telepathically. He ended up helping the being to escape, and it was rescued by ET craft, he detailed. The military has tried to back-engineer ET craft, and between 1986-7 they got one into the air, but it crashed, he noted.

57 different alien species have been cataloged visiting our planet-- some of them so bizarre appearing that you wouldn't recognize them as life forms, while others could pass for human, he stated. They're able to travel here through wormholes, but arrive outside of our atmosphere so as not to cause disturbances such as sonic booms, Stone continued.

Sounds rather credible but WOW.The picture is a pipe "Flying High" from potterheads at etsy.Is not he appealing for an Alien.See more of their work at
http://Potterheads.etsy.com

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Invisibility


The print is an appropriate piece from the Etsy Artist LadyMonica,"Le Magicien Invisible - Art Poster 8 X 10 Collage See her work at http://LadyMonica.etsy.com

Well Harry Potter fans,get ready.Some serious research is going on about that cloak of yours..Some say it is aimed toward warfare but that is not actually discussed.

Interesting , the copy I had from the article disappeared...any way several successful attempts have been made in the past few years to actually cause small and medium size objects to disappear.Now researchers at Duke University are reporting gains in the area.They expect to even soon be able to make large 3D objects to hide with invisibility..(some as large as tanks?) Here is the link to the news article:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16527-video-revealing-the-technology-of-invisibility.html

Monday, February 16, 2009

Some Not Scarey Robots

Robots....This Scares Ne

Maybe it is too many Movies or too much TV but I found this frightening.From some current research.

"LIVING creatures took millions of years to evolve from amphibians to four-legged mammals - with larger, more complex brains to match. Now an evolving robot has performed a similar trick in hours, thanks to a software "brain" that automatically grows in size and complexity as its physical body develops.

Existing robots cannot usually cope with physical changes - the addition of a sensor or new type of limb, say - without a complete redesign of their control software, which can be time-consuming and expensive.

So artificial intelligence engineer Christopher MacLeod and his colleagues at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, UK, created a robot that adapts to such changes by mimicking biological evolution. "If we want to make really complex humanoid robots with ever more sensors and more complex behaviours, it is critical that they are able to grow in complexity over time - just like biological creatures did," he says.

As animals evolved, additions of small groups of neurons on top of existing neural structures are thought to have allowed their brain complexity to increase steadily, he says, keeping pace with the development of new limbs and senses. In the same way, Macleod's robot's brain assigns new clusters of "neurons" to
adapt to new additions to its body.
The robot is controlled by a neural network - software that mimics the brain's learning process. This comprises a set of interconnected processing nodes which can be trained to produce desired actions. For example, if the goal is to remain balanced and the robot receives inputs from sensors that it is tipping over, it will move its limbs in an attempt to right itself. Such actions are shaped by adjusting the importance, or weighting, of the input signals to each node. Certain combinations of these sensor inputs cause the node to fire a signal - to drive a motor, for example. If this action works, the combination is kept. If it fails, and the robot falls over, the robot will make adjustments and try something different next time."

This is not an easy job so often an evolutionary algorithm is used to "evo;ve' to optimal performance.Large numbers of control

"genomes" are randomly created for the robot.. These behaviour patterns are tested in training sessions, and the most successful genomes are "bred" together to create still better versions - until the best control system is achieved.

MacLeod's team took this idea a step further, however, and developed an incremental evolutionary algorithm (IEA) capable of adding new parts to its robot brain over time.
It fell over mostly, in a puppyish kind of way," says MacLeod. "But then it started moving forward and not falling over straight away - and then it got better and better until it could eventually hop along the bench like a mudskipper."

The entire article is here:


/www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126946.600-unnatural-selection-robots-start-to-evolve.html


On a less scarey note,There are some neat robots on Etsy.The ones in the video short include:

Sweet and Treat Holders & BIG HUG HARRY Steampunk Robot Jewelry Box Reclaim2Fame http://Reclaim2Fame.etsy.com

PDF- Robots, Rockets and UFO's Amigurumi Pattern set AmyGaines http://AmyGaines.etsy.com


WallE inspired orange cluster necklace http://honeypopjewellry.etsy.com

Sock Monkey Robot Plush Toy 3rd in a Series http://blackbirdfashion.etsy.com

T Shirt http://happyfamily.etsy.com

Carrer Day Series
http://PsAndQs.etsy.com

You may also be interested in this about P'sandQ's"My shop is twofold--I sell resources for parents and therapists who live and work with young children and I also sell my own artwork in various forms. Many of the figurines and play sets I sell can be used in play therapy.

My book, Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities will be coming out in March 2009. To read more about it, copy and paste this link:

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Congratulations on the book and thank you to all the featured sellers.










Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Ghost Story For Beginners

This is a short





It is about



His room is kept at The White House,
Only Very Great Guests are allowed to sleep in The Lincoln Bedroom
One was Winston Churchill.This man



The other day, a researcher told this story:

The first ghost sighting of Lincoln occurred during Calvin Coolidge's administration...between 1923 and 1929. His wife Grace Coolidge saw Lincoln standing in front of a window in the Oval Office. And then she saw him...in the Lincoln Bedroom...A lot of other interesting personalities have seen Lincoln-- Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, they all claim they felt the presence of Lincoln. In fact, Winston Churchill refused to sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom because the first time he was there, he saw Lincoln's ghost and I guess it scared the heck out of him." --Researcher John DeSalvo,

Thanks to the Etsy artists who allowed items from their shop used today.
Check out the shops for a variety of handmade items

.
Ghost Story Tile.....http://GretchenKramp.etsy.com

Abraham Lincoln Cufflinks...http://Bellamodaartist.etsy.com

Winston Churchill print...http:// mystikaz.etsy.com

Feel free to share your stories with us.Just send to nursesnaturally@gmail.com

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Loch Ness Monster


One of the favorite creatures and perhaps the best known is "Nessie" the Loch Ness Monster given the nickname lovingly by the residents of the nearby town many decades ago.Indeed,one of the chief sources of income for the area.

Legend

When the Romans first came to northern Scotland in the first century A.D., they found the Highlands occupied by fierce, tattoo-covered tribes they called the Picts, or painted people. From the carved, standing stones still found in the region around Loch Ness, it is clear the Picts were fascinated by animals, and careful to render them with great fidelity. All the animals depicted on the Pictish stones are lifelike and easily recognizable—all but one. The exception is a strange beast with an elongated beak or muzzle, a head locket or spout, and flippers instead of feet. Described by some scholars as a swimming elephant, the Pictish beast is the earliest known evidence for an idea that has held sway in the Scottish Highlands for at least 1,500 years—that Loch Ness is home to a mysterious aquatic animal.



The Loch Ness Monster has been first cited in the Life of St. Columba, written by Adamnan somewhere around the 7th century. There, it is explained how Columba rescued a Pict, who was supposedly attacked by the monster.
According to Adomnán, the Irish monk Saint Columba was staying in the land of the Picts with his companions when he came across the locals burying a man by the River Ness. They explained that he had been swimming the river when he was attacked by a "water beast" that had mauled him and drug him under. They tried to rescue him in a boat, but were able only to drag up his corpse. Hearing this, Columba stunned the Picts by sending his follower Luigne moccu Min to swim across the river. The beast came after him, but Columba makes the sign of the cross and commanded: "Go no further. Do not touch the man. Go back at once." The beast immediately halts as if it had been "pulled back with ropes" and flees in terror.
The account was later decided to likely be just another account in the lives of Saints purporting various struggles with large or mysterious beasts and not true(Wikipedia)

History

On 4 August 1933, the Courier published as a full news item the claim of a London man, George Spicer, that a few weeks earlier while motoring around the Loch, he and his wife had seen "the nearest approach to a dragon or pre-historic animal that I have ever seen in my life", trundling across the road toward the Loch carrying "an animal" in its mouth.[4] Other letters began appearing in the Courier, often anonymously, with claims of land or water sightings, either on the writer's part or on the parts of family, acquaintances or stories they remembered being told.[5] These stories soon reached the national (and later the international) press, which talked of a "monster fish", "sea serpent", or "dragon",[6] eventually settling on "Loch Ness Monster".[7] On 6 December 1933 the first purported photograph of the monster, taken by Hugh Gray, was published,[8] and shortly after the creature received official notice when the Secretary of State for Scotland ordered the police to prevent any attacks on it.[9] In 1934, interest was further sparked by what is known as The Surgeon's Photograph. In the same year R. T. Gould published a book,[10] the first of many which describe the author's personal investigation and collected record of additional reports pre-dating the summer of 1933. Other authors made claims that sightings of the monster went as far back as the 6th century.

In 1933, several people saw the monster. One was a patrolman in Inverness-shire, who described it as a series of humps above the water preceded by a long thin neck on which there was a small snakelike head. Its skin was gray-black. On May 22, John Mackay, who ran the hotel at Drunnadrochit, saw it, too. The water frothed as it vanished, he said.

Two months later to the day, a couple from London saw the monster cross the road. Its size astounded them--its body was 5' high and as wide as the road. It moved like a big snail in a picture of a plesiosaurus marine reptile, the man said the monster looked like it.

During the early 1930s, several photographs were taken of the monster. Sir Edward Mountain, who lived near the lake, arranged for people with binoculars to watch the lake for appearances of the monster. The vigil paid off. A few weeks later, he was even able to take a movie of it.

Intrest Grows Internationally
Since W. W. II, the monster has been taken very seriously. In October, 1954, the passengers on a bus driving by the lake were able to observe the monster for 10 minutes as it surfaced not more than 100 yards away.

In December, 1954, a fishing boat was crossing the lake when its echo-sounder began to chart something swimming at a depth of 540'. It was recorded as a creature with a small head on a long neck, 8 short legs, and a 15' tail. It measured about 50' in length. Experts who analyzed the chart said it was a living thing.

Four years later, the British Broadcasting Company, attempting to produce a program about the monster, recorded an object on the echo-sounder that moved 12' deeper, then disappeared at 60'. Two days after, 4 men riding by on a bus saw humps emerging in the same spot; there was a big wash as the humps submerged.

Since then, various scientific teams have investigated the monster. In 1973-1974, Japanese scientists using deep-water equipment began a major study.

Possible Solutions: There seems to be little doubt that there is something big living in Loch Ness. What manner of creature is another matter.

Lt. Comdr. T. R. Gould, an expert on sea serpents, felt the creature was a huge newt, perhaps a leftover from prehistoric times, which had been trapped in the lake. Others, including Dr. Maurice Burton, think that it is some kind of otherwise extinct reptile, possibly a plesiosaur.

It is possible, experts believe, that the monster divides its time between the lake and the ocean, going from one to the other through an underground water route. It might seek the lake at breeding season or to escape predators in the sea.

Continuing Research

The loch continues to yield intriguing sonar hits. In 1987, an expedition called Operation Deep Scan used a flotilla of 20 sonar-equipped boats to sweep the loch with a curtain of sound; the operation yielded three underwater targets that could not be explained. In the early 1990s, the BBC's Nicholas Witchell helped organize Project Urquhart, the first extensive study of the loch's biology and geology. Although they weren't looking for monsters, the expedition's sonar operators detected a large, moving underwater target and followed it for several minutes before losing it. And during the 1997 expedition featured in NOVA's Loch Ness film, Rines and his longtime colleague Charles Wyckoff detected yet another puzzling underwater target. According to the expedition's sonar expert, marine biologist Arne Carr, it was a moving target, appeared to be biological in nature, and was about 15 feet long—the size of a small whale.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lochness/legend3.html

What about you? Myth or Real?

"Nessie pictures are included in the video posted below.The earrings pictured are from kimazier at Etsy. http://kimazier.etsy.com
The Water Dragon lighter cover ftom MistyCreations http://MistyCreations.etsy.com
There are some other items just use the search feature there.
I am working on a pendant which may be up with a bracelet next month...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Seeking Yeti



The Yeti was dubbed the Abominable Snowman in 1921 after an Everest expedition found large footprints at 21,000ft


The hunt for the elusive creature - said to be 10ft tall, part man, part ape and otherwise known as the Abominable Snowman - has frustrated scientists for decades.

Now tests at Oxford Brookes University on hairs said to be from a Yeti in India have failed to link the strands with any known species.

Ape expert Ian Redmond, who is leading the research, said: "The hairs are the most positive evidence yet that a Yeti might possibly exist.

"It may be that the region this animal is inhabiting is remote enough for it to remain undiscovered so far."

The two hairs - 33mm and 44mm long - were found in a jungle in the mountains of north-east India five years ago.

A forester claimed to seen a Yeti, known locally as mande barung or "forest man", two days in a row breaking branches off trees and eating their sap.

The recent return of the first expedition searching for Yeti in 2009 has come back with a few frightening stories. The hunt was supported by MonsterQuest, who filmed an episode of their Season Three during the investigative journey.


Senior producer Will Yates sYS that the team found themselves, indeed, on “a dangerous expedition out in Nepal. The trekking was much more difficult than they anticipated and at one point a crew member nearly slipped to his death. At the end of the expedition helicopters had to do an extraction off the mountain.”(From http://www.Cryptomungo.com)

"Team member Adam Davies (, author of Extreme Expeditions, concurrently makes this report, via a new email to me:

I’m recovered from my Nepal trip. Here is an update on the Yeti expedition.

I think the Nepal expedition will prove to be the most textured and interesting MQ to date, for viewers. Not just because of evidence gathered, but also because of the dangers the team had to face.

The Himalayas in winter are not to be taken lightly. In addition, the team ventured to one of the remotest areas on earth.

Even given the use of helicopters, we still had to trek for days afterwards to reach our final destination. In pursuit of evidence, myself and the crew, really did risk our lives on top of the mountains, which were both terrible and beautiful.
Adam continues,

On a cryptozoological note, one very exciting point is that the prints found by Mr.Yagihara’s team are definitely NOT a Langur monkey. Having travelled to the area (and you will hopefully see this explained in the television episode) there is no way a monkey would have been at this location. Thus, as far as I’m concerned, the previous footprints found remain “unidentifiable primate.”

The evidence is still being analysed.

All I can say at this stage is that I absolutely loved making the show, and it was very, very hard work. Luckily, I’m minus only one toenail, (rather than any other body parts) and that should grow back soon!!!

Cryptomundo was happy to receive word that the team members made it back, safe and sound, and we look forward to this program about the Abominable Snowmen.

Season Three of “MonsterQuest” kicks off with its season premiere Wednesday, February 4th at 8 pm Eastern/9 pm Central. Their show on Yeti evidence will be broadcast at a later date."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

What About Yeti?


The scientific community has largely dismissed the possible existence of Yeti but it remains one of the most famous creatures of cryptozoology, the study of unconfirmed animals.However more scientists are now being convinced of the likely existence of the famous creature.
Wikipedia tells us:
"The Yeti or Abominable Snowman is an apelike cryptid said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. The names Yeti and Meh-Teh are commonly used by the people indigenous to the region,[1] and are part of their history and mythology. Stories of the Yeti first emerged as a facet of Western popular culture in the 19th century." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeti



The Himalaya Mountains, the highest range on Earth, have been referred to as the "roof of the world." If that is so, there is a mystery called the Yeti in our attic. In Tibetan the word means "magical creature" and truly it is a seemingly supernatural enigma in the shape of a hairy, biped creature that resembles a giant ape.

The Himalayas lie on the border between India, Nepal, and Tibet (now part of China). They are remote and forbidding. Large stretches around these rough valleys and peaks are uninhabited. The tallest mountain in the world, Everest, 29,028 feet high, lies half in Nepal, half in China. It is from Nepal, though, that most attempts to climb Everest, and the surrounding mountains, are made.
"The first reliable report of the Yeti appeared in 1925 when a Greek photographer, N. A. Tombazi, working as a member of a British geological expedition in the Himalayas, was shown a creature moving in the distance across some lower slopes. The creature was almost a thousand feet away in a narea with an altitude of around 15,000 feet.

"Unquestionably, the figure in outline was exactly like a human being, walking upright and stopping occasionally to uproot or pull at some dwarf rhododendron bushes," said Tombazi, "It showed up dark against the snow and, as far as I could make out wore no clothes." http://www.unmuseum.org/yeti.htm

The picture is a darling Yeti made by an Etsy Artist available in the shop http://eyebone.etsy.com

The fascination continues with Yeti.Will report on a recent expedetion in the Himalayas next...

Monday, February 9, 2009

I Saw Bigfoot..for Real





Having just returned from a Big Foot quest,I must tell you He is definitely seen on Etsy.Here are the featured items but there are more if you search Big Foot at etsy.com
http://MisNopalesArt.etsy.com Mens T Shirt in several colors
http://PearsonMaron.etsy.com Red Magnet
http://kimazier.etsy.com Earrings
http://crackeddesigns.etsy.com Writing set
http://CoffeeandCream.etsy.com pillow

Enjoy

Sunday, February 8, 2009

What About Bigfoot?


This is not about the recent laughable scam of the supposed capture in Georgia but more of an introduction.There have been many sightings all over the world.Within the US there is more emphasis in the Pacific northwest but various other regional sightings have their own names for the unidentified creature.The picture you have probably seen before is by Patterson,It is the original one of many years ago which was later thought to be a scam but set the stage for many reports of sightings.
Various scientists from different disciplines are involved in the mystery.Many others of course do not believe it exists.

Wikipedia tells us:
"Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is an alleged ape-like creature purportedly inhabiting forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. Many believers in its existence contend that the same or similar creatures are found around the world under different regional names, most prominently the Yeti of the Himalayas.

The scientific community considers Bigfoot to be a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoaxes, although a minority of anthropologists and primatologists have seriously considered the possibility.[1] Despite its dubious status, Bigfoot is one of the more famous examples of cryptozoology and has become a popular symbol.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigfoot
Bigfoot is described in reports as a large ape-like creature, ranging between 6–10 feet (1.8–3.0 m) tall, weighing in excess of 500 pounds (230 kg), and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair.[2][3] Alleged witnesses have described large eyes, a pronounced brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla. Bigfoot is commonly reported to have a strong, unpleasant smell by those who have claimed to have encountered it.[4] The enormous footprints for which it is named have been as large as 24 inches (61 cm) long and 8 inches (20 cm) wide.[2] While most casts have five toes—like all known apes—some casts of alleged Bigfoot tracks have had numbers ranging from two to six.[5] Some have also contained claw marks, making it likely that a portion came from known animals such as bears, which have four toes and claws.[6] Proponents have also claimed that Bigfoot is omnivorous and mainly nocturnal.[7]

About half of all Bigfoot sightings are concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, with a roughly equal number of sightings spread throughout the rest of North America.[6][8][9] Some Bigfoot advocates, such as cryptozoologist John Willison Green, have postulated that Bigfoot is a worldwide phenomenon.[10]"
among many there is a website which attempts to provide the interested reader or research student with a general overview of the biology of the sasquatch to the same degree that one would expect from, say, a bear website.
http://bigfoot.com

As an example of the regional types is a picture taken in 1997 by a fire fighter captain on the edge of the Florida Everglades. This Bigfoot relative is known as the Skunkape in the Florida area. The Skunkape has been sighted numerous times and there have also been footprints found and cast. It gets it's nickname from the powerful stench that often accompanies it. Reported sightings of this creature go back 30 years.(The picture is included in the video which will be posted later.)
source: http://theshadowlands.net/bf.ht


Will discuss Yeti and a recent expedition next post.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Etsy Comments On Shape Shifting


To end up the focus on Shape Shifting,here are a few more of the comments made on the forum thread.

1OnceUponARoom
1OnceUponARoom says:
Hubby was cutting wood at my brother in law's family home in the Six Nations Reserve. He was warned not to cut several trees down that had charms in them, or he might run into troubles with this guy's father, who apparently is a shape shifter. Yeah...so everytime we burn the wood in our woodstove I keep a close eye on my cat, you just never know...

1OnceUponARoom http://1OnceUponARoom.etsy.com
1OnceUponARoom says:
Sure you can use it- I always joke that we're gonna see faces or something in the fire against the glass of the woodstove when we burn that wood, lol. We didn't cut down the charm trees though. Phew. Apparently this guy takes the form of an eagle from time to time if he needs onto the property since he isn't supposed to be there.

Pffft, buddy, it's still tresspassing... c'mon."

Love it...

SquishySushi http://squishySushi.etsy.com
SquishySushi says:
"I met a guy named Paul down in Golden Gate Park (that's where all the crazies live, well that and civic center) He was convinced that a native American shape shifter was after him and trying to steal his soul. He had a great story about this meeting this shifter and two hands going into his back and squeezing his lungs. Then again he was a junkie and ran off to florida because god was talking to him too."


Jemjoop says: http://Jemjoop.etsy.com
"NN-
reading a book called Monster of the North Woods about Bigfoot sightings in the Adirondacks and several of the eyewitnesses claim it's a shapeshifter.

It does talk about the Native American legend of a bigfoot/shapeshifter."

Very interesting.had not thought about BigFoot as one...

Thank you all.There is a link to the shop listed for checking out their work.Know you will not want to miss that.This topic is not their main interest...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Shape Shifting 4 Wolf Boy



All shapeshifting occurs on an energy level. However, depending on the density of the vibration of a specific energy field, the shapeshifting event may be more or less obvious to physical senses. When a complete physical transformation occurs, a shapeshifting is said to be physical. Vast majority of shapeshifters do not undergo a complete physical transformation and may outwardly appear pretty much the same i.e. they will still look pretty much as any human being, and even though they may be some more or less obvious behavioral changes, other people will be able to sense the change.

According to the degree of transformation, shapeshifters are generally divided into two categories: energy shapeshifters and physical shapeshifters. With some, the ability to shapeshift has occurred spontaneously and they may have had a challenge learning how to control it. Others may have invested some time in developing this ability.

To a certain degree we are all shapeshifting all the time because our thoughts and emotions affect our energy field - the energy we project and the energy others perceive. Sometimes we do this intentionally for a specific purpose and sometimes because something affected us greatly and we lost it (just think of a time someone you know has undergone such a transformation that you'd swear he or she is an animal, and the best place place to leave such a person would be at a zoo). source

http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/criminal_mind/psychology/werewolf_killers/7.html

Popular stories play up the idea that the transformation is effected by the cycles of the moon, with the night of the full moon having the power to physically turn a person into a marauding wolf. He or she can then lope about, killing as they please and having no memory of it. When the night's over, they return to human form, often with the taste of blood in their mouths and sometimes with

Baring-Gould offers another interesting account from the sixteenth century.

The Wolf Boy

As the story goes, some girls tending sheep one afternoon in an area in the south of France came upon a strange-looking 13-year-old boy. "His hair was tawny red and thickly matted, falling over his shoulders and completely covering his narrow brow.
His small pale grey eyes twinkled with an expression of horrible ferocity and cunning, from deep sunken hollows." He also had strong white teeth that looked like fangs, dark skin, and large hands with pointed black nails. His clothing was in tatters. To the girls, he appeared to be starving.

As they gathered around him, he asked them to select among themselves who was the prettiest; he meant to take her as his bride. Introducing himself as the son of a priest, he also told them that he sometimes wore a wolf-skin cape that changed him into a wolf for an hour at dusk three times a week, whereupon he romped over the countryside with a gang of nine others. His preferred meal, he stated, was little girls like themselves. This confession caused the girls to run away.

His name was Jean and he'd tell girls he met that he'd sold himself to the devil. He often described the victims he'd already attacked and eaten. Since several girls from the village had indeed disappeared, their families began to wonder if these fanciful stories were true. Their concerns urged the authorities to investigat

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Shape Shifting 3... Vikings


In Scandinavian countries, there was a special group of fierce Viking warriors - berserkers. They went into battle "without coats of mail and acted like mad dogs and wolves" (Snorri Sturluson. Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway. trans. Lee M. Holander. Austin: U of Texas P. 1964. p.10). The berserker was often said to change into a bestial form, or at least to assume the ferocious qualities of the wolf or bear.
tells of the hero Bjarki, who takes on the shape of a bear in battle:

"Men saw that a great bear went before King Hrolf's men, keeping always near the king. He slew more men with his forepaws than any five of the king's champions. Blades and weapons glanced off him, and he brought down both men and horses in King Hjorvard's forces, and everything which came in his path he crushed to death with his teeth, so that panic and terror swept through King Hjorvard's army..." (Gwyn Jones. Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas. NY: Oxford U.P. 1961. p. 313).
Another quality possessed by berserkers is immunity to weapons. The berserker sometimes inherently possessed this immunity, while other times performed spells (that's hypnosis) to induce it. Some berserkers also had special powers to blunt weapons by his gaze. Many tales say of their berserkers, "no weapon could bite them" or "iron could not bite into him." This concept of immunity may have evolved from the berserker's rage, during which the berserk might receive wounds, but due to his state of frenzy take no note of them until the madness passed from him. A warrior who continued fighting while bearing mortal wounds would surely have been a terrifying opponent. On the other hand, if you're familiar with "iron shirt" and "iron body" practices from kung fu, you may want to compare the development of such immunity. You can also compare the development of such immunity with the practices from other traditions (e.g. yogis, dervishes, etc.)

So is this why we use the descriptive term these days?

Monday, February 2, 2009

Shape Shifting 2


There is a lot of interesting reading on the subject.Many cultures have these myths as part of their heritage from recent to ancient times.We are most familiar with the Native American including Raven the trickster and coyote.The movies have popularizes the werewolf and the vampire bat ideas.There are some groups who believe and/or want to be a part of particularly the vampires currently.There is also a conspiracy theory group believing the country and/or world leaders to be part of a plan to gain power to control the globe.Some think they are Aliens some part of a long standing Secret Society.I do not necessarily agree with those ideas but they are interesting.People and their belief systems are fascinating.

The belief in the possibility that humans could change shape has been traced to 600 B.C., when King Nebuchadnezzar in the Bible thought he'd suffered from a condition that involved romping around as a wild beast for four years and growing out his hair. By the 1500s in France, it was a diagnosable medical condition, known as lycanthropy. (In some countries, people also thought they could shift their shape into other creatures, such as bear, leopards, jackals, tigers, and birds.) Two of the most informative early sources about the myths were The Book of Were-Wolves, by Sabine Baring-Gould, a nineteenth-century archaeologist and historian, and The Werewolf, by Montague Summers. Both tracked the shape-shifting ideas from ancient times and across different cultures. Summers believed that these man-beasts were real and the result of some sort of encounter with Satan, which either produced lunacy via possession or the actual ability to shape-shift.

One that Baring-Gould relates from Scandinavia is a typical tale: A man and his son, both bandits, came upon two sleeping men in possession of wolf skins. They donned them and could not get them off. When they began to feel and howl like wolves, they went into the woods to slay hapless travelers together.

But these practices were taboo, and for some people taboo subjects acquired an erotic aura. These folks dressed in wolf-skins at night, according to Summers, as a way to contact Satan for the beast's special powers. When they managed to make "the change," says the lore, they were granted a period of complete abandon into blood and violence. Tales were told around Europe of hunters who hacked off the paw of a wolf only to find a woman's hand in their pouch and a woman in town with a mysteriously bandaged arm. That still plays out in novels and movies today.



I especially am interested in what those around me think.Here are some tid bits from some Etsy Artists:
JeweledAmbrosia
JeweledAmbrosia says:
sticknymph says:
Once, my ex and I were driving back from a friends house out in the country in a snowstorm and we saw a big dead white dog in the middle of the road. :( Then, a few seconds later, we saw a man standing at the side of the road who looked pure white and just like the dog in human form.
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this is similar to my roommate's experience, she saw a wolf running alongside her car on the highway, and looked back and a man was there... it was something like that, it's been a long time since I heard it.


TripleWillowGifts
TripleWillowGifts says:
Numerous cultures are full of legend and lore or shape shifters.

Many native american cultures (of which I am one) believe that shape shifters are part of witchery - not a good thing.

However, remember the greeks and their numerous stories about it. Didn't Zeus turn into things in order to hide himself from Hera while having affairs with mortal women? lol!
MoonFairy says:
I turn into a demonic being when I'm angry. Does that count?
trinlayk says:
gotta teenager? the transformation from "school day" to "going out Friday Night" is startling.
whittamore says:
sweetmeatclothing says:
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=ksPtnQmq2dc

some people think that a lot of politicians are really of a reptilian race, I linked a video, though I'm not really convinced, it would explain why they make the insane decisions that they do...
Julia
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that's the Illuminati, the secret rulers of the world. most high powered people are supposed to be reptiles. it's a common conspiracy theory. the guy running around saying people are really lizards is supposedly a disinformation ploy.

There are more interesting comments on the forum thread about shape shifting at etsy.
I do not believe you are a demon when mad,MoonFairy just maybe feel like one.Near the time of our divorce,i threw a hairbrush at my husband.It terrified me!
Mt teens are long gone and grown into actual human beings but I remember those transformations as well as when they got out of the car at Middle School and completely changed right there...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

buddhanature At Etsy

Shape Shifting 1

in planning posts on "Shapeshifting", I asked in an Etsy forum about thoughts and experiences of people there.I thought it would be suitable to begin with featuring one of the responses.
buddhanature says:
"The squamish and Lil'wat cultures in my area have some stories about "transformers" who appear to you when a serious change is needed in your life. They are also responsible for changing humans into other things as punishment and example to others. Also occasionally they transform humans into animals to honour them. ...
One friend told me about the three transformers, one of which is a serpent. He told me that he had heard from people who had seen the serpent transformer. Apparently he is like 20 ft. long, and has gold horns. The transformers live in caves along the Lillooet river in BC."

Also mentioned in the post were some pictures and an item in the shop related to these.The rock painting in the shop video is based on one.In the shop are other interesting things and the announcement which reads:
'Here you will find all the things you need to live in harmony with nature and your surroundings. Gentle incense burns and a little soft tabla music plays while you browse our serene shop. Maybe a bit of friendly banter with the shop keep while you peruse our lovingly prepared wares. Perhaps you are a friend, here to offer and receive friendly advice, blessings and healing.
Welcome! We love you!"
To visit the shop
http://buddhanature.etsy.com

The video shows a few items found there.