In every generation there are those that through no effort of their own rise to the top of intelligence and creativity. Then there are those that work like hell to scratch and claw one single brilliant and original thought from their stubborn mind. These are the musings of the latter type.
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Last Sunset of 2005, Cannon Beach, Oregon
2005 was a dynamic year, full of huge changes in my life. Seing the last sunset of the year was bittersweet for me.
I am glad to see the year pass, knowing that I made it... I survived and things are moving in new directions that I would not have imagined a year ago. At the same time, parts of my life I have known for years will never be again. People and places I had built my life around are no longer there, and I have to go through the process of redefining... who, what, when, where, why, how much, etc. As the sun sank into the ocean, I looked forward to facing tomorrow's sunrise. The process of life... the turning wheel... appreciating all that I have experienced and eager for more.
It is only the effect that something has on us that we seek. Nothing has value intrinsically but the effect on our senses is where the value is. Would a rose be cultivated if it had brown petals and smelled like rotten meat? Would gold be treasured if is wasn't shiny and had unique effects as a material? Would sex be worth having if there was no friction/sensation and it did not result in reproduction? If only the effect matters, then what are the most valued effects? These thoughts were in my head after waking up around midnight. Sorry if they don't make sense.
I have been asked about the Rune and what it means, and after a bit of online research I found out quite a few interesting things. Before this search, I knew it meant "safehaven" or "protection". There are some interesting things to interpret from it's meaning and my use of it. Seems the Dark Lord was a guardian/protector... and one of my favorite finds during this search for the meaning was the following bit of inspiration that is from the www.tarahill.com site. You will also see this below, but I wanted to put it here too for emphasis. "In terms of the journey, we have passed through death and rebirth, and must now face the Guardian before returning to our world. It is he who charges us to use our new-found power wisely. The person can no longer be simply concerned with their own personal development, but must now consider the effect that their actions may have on others. This is a crucial turning point, and the person will either choose to adopt a syste