Z is for Zoisite

Zoisite is a crystal associated with healing. It is also used  as an energizing stone, and to transform negative energy, into positive energy. Zoisite also encourages uniqueness and creativity.

As a healing stone, Zoisite is a natural detoxifier, and can help reduce inflammation. It can also be used to stimulate fertility or heal illness in the ovaries or testicles.

Also, it’s a pretty stone. This piece kind of looks like a piece of watermelon. Yummy!

Sorry this post is so short, especially because it’s the last one for this challenge. A challenge that I completed on the originally planned schedule, thank you very much! Anyway, I think this crystal is super pretty and I really want a piece for my dorm! Someone buy me some?

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Y is for Yin and Yang

This symbol had a lot of different interpretations, depending on who interprets it.

To me, it is a representation of good and bad, light and dark, male and female. I believe that you cant have one without the other. Its just not possible. nothing is completely bad, or evil, just as nothing is completely good. In every bad act, there is some goodness intended. In every good act, something bad can be found. It could be selfishness, or the desire for someone to return the favor. Doing something in hopes of something in return isn’t truly just an act of kindness. Its the same with bad actions. when someone does something that is considered bad, they might think it its going to help. There are many different possibilities.

You’re probably wondering about the male and female thing I said earlier. If you’ve taken a health class, or payed attention in one, you probably know that males have small amounts of the female hormone, estrogen, in them. Just like girls have some testosterone.

This symbol is usually thought of as a Chinese or Asian symbol. While this is true, many different Pagan religions use it. It is a perfect visual explanation of how good and evil intertwine. and how nothing in purely black or white. It is also perfectly balanced, which will bring peace to a very spiritual person.

Enjoy some peace!

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X is for Xiphium Iris

That’s right! I actually have a topic for X.

The Xiphium Iris is also known as the Spanish Iris. It grows to about 18-24 inches (45-61 cm). It most commonly blooms in purple, but can also bloom in yellow, blue,  or white. Some parts of the plant are poisonous so I wouldn’t suggest eating eat. And like most plants, it can cause skin irritation, in some people, from handling it.

Here are some pictures!

Photo credit — http://home.astound.net/~kenww/my_garden/SpringBulbs.htm

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W is for Water Marble Nails

Lots of people want to do this, and I know how, so I figured I’d tell you!

I’ll do a more descriptive post about this later.

Basically, what you need is:

  • whatever color you’re going to use.
  • a toothpick
  • tape
  • a bowl of water
  • nail polish remover

The brand of your nail polish doesn’t matter. the color does though. Some colors work better than others, because of the chemicals in them or whatever.

Anyway, you’re going to tape your finger, around your nail, the best you can. Then drip the polish into the water. The polish will most likely spread out. Keep dripping polish onto the polish that is laying on the surface. you want to do this kind of quickly. When you’re done that, use the tooth pick to swirl it around or whatever. When you’re satisfied with your design, put your nail on it as evenly as you can. Use your toothpick to clear away the extra polish so it doesn’t get on your nail when you pull your finger out. After your finger is out of the water, wait for it to dry before you take off the tape.

Some people like to paint their nails white first. This isn’t necessary, but it does make the colors less transparent.

Like I said, I will do a more detailed post later. There are lots of helpful videos on youtube if you absolutely can not wait…

I know its a little confusing… I’m rushing to finish this. Sorry. I’ll do a better one later, I promise!

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V is for Velociraptor

July happens to be Velociraptor awareness month. Let me make you aware.

Velociraptors, from head to tail, are about 6.5 to 7 feet long. It can be easily identified by its long, flat skull. They have extremely sharp teeth and large claws used to tear into their prey.

Velociraptors are often sighted on tropical islands but commonly seen in the Pacific Northwest. If you live in these areas, be on alert for Velociraptor attack! They are known to hunt in pack and tend to surround their prey in the shape of an equilateral triangle.

The Velociraptor can accelerate at a rate of 4 m/s² with a top speed of 25 m/s. That’s about 55 mph for American readers. If wounded, they can still reach speeds of 10 m/s (22 mph). They are smart enough to open doors, but it does slow them down quite a bit.

Be prepared. Don’t be the victim of a velociraptor attack.

How to escape a Velociraptor attack:

Know your enemy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan your escape route. Always have a way out.

Do not have any glass windows or doors on the first floor of your home. Higher floors should be fine. Secure all doors with velociraptor-safe locks. These can be found at your local home improvement store.

Weapons. Assault rifles are good for velociraptors as well as zombies. Velociraptors have also been know to dislike concord grape juice. I would suggest a good squirt gun.

When moving into a new home or town, be sure none of your neighbors are velociraptors. They have been known to use mustaches as disguises. If you can hold an intelligent conversation, then they are probably human.

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Velociraptors attacks are very serious. They are most common for men in their late twenties but can attack anywhere at any time.

Know how to protect yourself against these beasts. For more information contact your local red cross or The American Society for Velociraptor Attack Prevention.

Have a nice day!

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U is for Uniforms

School uniforms was always a topic for debate in school. Anytime a teacher wanted to have a class debate or anything of the sort, school uniforms always seemed to be on the list. In public school, most people seemed to be against it. They claimed that it took away the students freedom to express themselves through their clothing. While this is true, it also stops students from judging each other based on what they wear. I wore a uniform in Kindergarten, first, and second grade. I never had a problem with it. Honestly, I wouldn’t have minded if the public school I moved to would have required a uniform. I really don’t think uniforms are that bad. What do you think?

T is for True Blood

Last Sunday’s episode of True Blood, “In the Beginning,” seemed to have a theme of self awareness and identity.

First, we have Eric and Bill, who have been working with the Authority and lying, to some extent, about their feelings toward the mainstreaming agenda. In this episode, they are asked to join the Sanguinista movement, the vampires that believe humans only purpose is to serve as food for vampires, by the authority members who have just overthrown the the authority. Both Eric and Bill are in favor of mainstreaming, although Eric is too manly to admit it. They go to a Sanguinista “meeting” where they are told to drink the blood of Lilith, the first vampire, in hopes that all doubts about the Sanguinista movement will be lost forever. They later go out and eat an entire party of humans with other authority members. With the blood of Lilith inside of them, that party of vampires sees an incarnation of Lilith. They go on eating until Godric’s ghost, Eric’s maker, shows up and reminds him that he knows what he’s doing in wrong. Eric can no longer see Lilith’s incarnation after he sees Godric’s ghost. The episode ends here, so we will see next week how Eric responds to this visitation. The look on his face tells me he’s going to stand up for what he truly believes. That’s the important thing. If you believe it, stand up for it.

In this episode we also see Alcide, a werewolf, training to take over his previously obtained position of pack master, which he turned down in disgust of the pack’s behavior. He decided to take over this position when he found out that the new pack master was doing V, vampire blood, which is a drug to anyone who drinks it. Alcide recently lost someone he cared about because she was on V, so his emotions surrounding the substance are strong. Anyway, his trainer suggests that he take V as well, to level the playing field. Alcide respectfully declines because he’s not willing to take an addictive drug to win a fight. I think this gave an important message to anyone watching, and paying attention to underlying themes, that peer pressure is not something you should give into. Alcide’s fellow werewolves offered and suggested that he take a drug to make him stronger. Knowing the other effects the drug, Alcide stood his ground and just said no.

Third, we see an conversation between Sookie and Sam about whether or not they would change who they are if they were given the chance. Sookie, a faerie, recently found out that if she used up all of her magic, she would become human. She never liked being a faerie in the first place. She talks with Sam, a shape-shifter, who has been experiencing violent discrimination. Sam tells her that he wishes he could say that he would stay they way he is, but he’s so tired of always fighting. Then Sookie makes the point that all the hatred in the world wouldn’t go away, and it would still bother them, even if it wasn’t directed at them.  Sam goes on to say that if he were normal, the world would be a safer place for the people he loves, but we are what we are. I think this scene has a lot of meaning for a lot of people in the world today. Think about it, anything different about you is what makes you, you. If you take that away, would you really be you? And what is normal anyway? Cliche, I know, but it’s true. Everyone has something about them that makes them different. Some people, for reasons beyond my understanding, can’t handle some of the differences other people possess. This causes those people to feel bad about what they are. That’s just upsetting.

Conclusively, you let that freak flag fly, gurl!

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S is for Second Class Citizens

Ryan James Yezak is a fantastic filmmaker! If you haven’t seen his work, you can go to his YouTube channel, RyanJamesYezak, and watch his music videos and other Documentary promos.

It’s time to make this change. It’s 2012, why do we still have so many laws that motivate people to hate and look down upon those of us that are different? It’s time to move on. It’s time to make a change. Why do we want everyone to be the same? Where’s the fun in that? Isn’t that kind of like communism? We fear that. We want to have our freedoms. We don’t want to have the same material goods as everyone else. So why are we trying to change the people that are different from us? It’s time to accept people for who, and what, they are, instead of trying to change everyone.

Love, don’t hate.

 

Twitter: @2ndClassCtzn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/2ndClassCitizens

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R is for Raffle

Today, after dropping off my great aunt, we went to a fundraiser dinner at a (sort of) local lodge. It was just my parents and me since my brother had to work.

Anyway, all three of us won door prizes. None of us won the 50/50 raffle but that’s okay. My dad got a nice smelling lilac candle for my mom. He knows she likes flowery scents. Then my mom got a beautiful hand knitted blanket. By the time my number got called there wasn’t much left but I spotted a recipe book with a bunch of desserts and breads. I may not like cooking actual food, but I don’t mind making tons of desserts.

The food was delicious! It always is. The people that held the dinner, have them often. W go whenever we can because the food is good and the people are nice. Not to mention, the money goes to a good cause. Sometimes the money just goes to the lodge fund, which is fine because the lodge does things to help the community, other times it goes to a specific thing; last time it was the arthritis foundation.

Back to the food, there was a buffet style set up and you could choose rotisserie chicken or fried. I think they served everyone a half a chicken, no way I could eat all of that. So, we had lots of leftovers to bring home, which is fine because they make to most delicious food I’ve ever eaten.

I guess I should really be talking, or typing, about raffles. What else is there to say? Participate in them! They are fun, and you can win some cool things! Even if you don’t win, your money is probably going somewhere helpful!

You buy those raffle tickets gurl!

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