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Book Club: November

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For the month of November, the selected book is called, “The Shack” by William P. Young.
It’s about a father named Mack who has five children, loses his youngest daughter to the serial killer “Little Ladykiller”. The police find the daughter’s bloody clothes in a shack, but her body is not found. Mack then goes into a deep depression. One day, he goes to his mailbox and finds a letter from a person named “papa”. Mack assumes it is from God.
Then after a while, Mack decides to go back to the shack to see if he can find anything that could link it to his daughter. Before he leaves the shack, everything changes around him. And then he is greeted by the holy trinity. God is the form of a black woman named Elouisa or papa. Jesus is a middle eastern carpenter. And the holy spirit is an Asian lady named Sarayu. He has many conversations with them.
They talk about his daughter and realizes where she is.

If you want to know more about this book, you will have to check it out. I loved this book, and I highly recommend it to everyone. Yes, it is a Christian based book, but you don’t have to be religious to enjoy this book. I’m not a Christian, yet I loved every second of it.

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Matters of the Heart

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Everyone is different, this is true. I’m completely different from my sister’s and my brother’s, and different from my co-workers when it comes to the matters of the heart. Most people think about their wedding day. They think about every detail, down to the lingerie that they will wear. Whereas, I do not. What lies in my heart, is what I want.

I don’t want some expensive engagement ring, it’s not important to me. I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars just to marry the person of my dreams. The design of my future wedding dress does not plague my mind. The supposed perfect six pack is not on my list of important things to look for in a partner. A dozen of expensive roses turns me off, as does jewelry, I do not want that.

However, what does feel my heart is finding the person I’m supposed to spend the rest of my life with, and waking up next to them every morning. Able to read books with them, and have intellectual conversations. Have full on warfare with squirt guns throughout the house. Experiencing life and travel. If a wedding occurs, no need to have expensive rings; simple ones with meaning are better and hand fasting will take place. Spirituality and openness is in my heart. A few picked wild flowers are more intimate and thoughtful, and I appreciate those more than expensive roses. A home cooked meal or picnic after a hike is more romantic than a five star restaurant. Humor, compassionate, hearty appetite, family man, intellect, spiritual is more important than a six pack. Will not lie; tall, accent, strong (like a blacksmith or a highlander athlete) is a plus, but six packs are a no-no. Personality, intellect, and humour are more important than superficial looks.

The matters of my heart, are bound to be different from yours, and that’s perfectly fine. Never feel guilty that you are different from others, that will tear you up. Stay true to you.

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An Herbalist Advice: Earl Grey Tea

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It’s inevitable, we all get sick from time to time. At this moment, I am extremely sick. Dealing with nausea, sore throat, headache, aches all over, sweating, sinus issues combined with stress that has been piling on for several weeks. It’s not a lovely thing, and quite honestly, I feel as though I just want to sleep, but no matter how much I sleep, I am still tired.

But then I remembered, there is a tea (technically two important teas) that works wonders for those who are dealing with the same problem that I’m dealing with. Earl Grey tea is perfect for those who are dealing with all of those symptoms. It calms down the entire system. Soothes the sore throat, and eliminates sinus issues. Just like Chamomile (the other important tea), it can help you get the sleep you need. The amount of sleep, combined with the tea will destroy the headache and nausea, while your body sweats out the rest of the toxins.
Whenever I am sick, I don’t have the energy to make homemade tea, so I keep already made tea packets on hand. It makes everything easier for me, and I guarantee that it will make it easier for you. If you are sick, and do not feel like going to the doctor to only have them push chemicals down your throat, then use this tea. The taste is amazing and delicious, and will help you get better within a day or two.

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Cemetery by the Lake (Poem)

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High in the mountains near the lake,
Lies countless unmarked graves.
A scene no one can tear their eyes from,
A feeling that makes one nauseous.
To know the true story,
It may haunt one for all eternity.

The Battle of Camlann will always be remembered.
It will be remembered in the minds of men.
The battle that took the king off the throne,
To replace with another was the goriest one of all time.
Mordred stood his ground,
Arthur stood his.
The sound of the sword piercing through the chain mail,
Is truly horrifying.
For a moment the sounds of men fighting fade away,
As faces begin to turn pale.
Two swords,
One in the other’s body.
The look on the faces is horrifying.
Blood curdling screams fill the muggy air.
Two men now lie on the earth’s floor with swords sticking out.
The battle has ended.
The king is dead,
As are the witches and druids who fought.

They all now lie in the soil,
Under unmarked graves.
The battle may be over,
But story lives on forever.
For Arthur, his story has just begun;
For when the five kingdoms need him again,
He will rise once more.

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The Stone Cottage (Poem)

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In the middle of the forest,
Lies a stone cottage with a water wheel.
Such a beautiful home,
Such a peaceful scenery.
The water trickles down the wheel,
Into the river below.
The leaves continue to fall,
As the wind gently kisses the trees and water.
The elements gather around,
Protecting the precious cottage from the on coming storm.
This home is the home of my heart.
Placed in the middle of nowhere,
Placed in the forest for me to live.
A place where my family once lived,
Is now a place for me to call home.

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An Herbalist Advice: Herbal Baths I

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We all deal with rough days and rough weeks. All we want to do by the end of the day or week is to relax and let all of stress, pain, and civilization go away. One way of doing this is to take a nice long bath. But just soaking in water is not always fun, and the bubbles can get old relatively quick.

I have a few types of herbal bath remedies that you will enjoy. Each post for herbal baths, I will feature one. For this post, I am showcasing an herbal bath for comforting.

These will be in equal parts, either 1 to 2 cups of the herbs. Choose how much you want and make all of the herbs equal. Throw all herbs into the warm water, and enjoy the comforting herbs heal your body inside and out.

Comforting Herbal Bath:
Calendula (Marigold)
Chamomile
Lavender
Mint
Raspberry Leaves
Rosemary

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The Healing Garden (Part III)

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For all of you who follow this site to learn herbal remedies, developing a healthier lifestyle, and a cleaner environment; there is now a Facebook page that you can follow.

http://www.Facebook.com/simplelifesimpleyou

You can also read the articles on there, and I will also put up new posts on there that will not be featured on here.

I would like to thank all of you who follow this site. You are all amazing and I can’t thank you enough for reading my posts and getting involved in it as well.