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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2013


Happy New Year from the Wildwood!

2013 was a crazy year and time was all whack-a-doo! I can’t quite believe its been here and gone.

This card, the Hooded man / Hermit, has always reminded me of Father Time. Holding up his lamp and checking out the New Year. I’m sure he hopes 2014 is a good one for ya!

Merry Christmas from Joan Miro!

December 24, 2013


“Merry Merry Christmas” says Joan Miro!

Skinwalker Ranch

October 27, 2013


I was probably in Junior High or something when I first heard about skinwalkers. Some other kid told me about people down in the four-corner region who’d sew animal skins onto their bodies (that’s how the other kid described it anyway), run through the wilderness as a cougar or wolf, terrorizing the innocent. For some reason, that story really creep-ed me out and wedged itself into my imagination. I’ve thought about it a lot over the years, and even read a few books about it.

I’m a reader, and I listen to even more audiobooks, but I don’t often post about the books I read (other than comics :) ). Maybe that’s because even though I am not a scientist by any means, most of what I read is scientific. I love science and am very inspired by scientific thought. In my heart though, I am a complete mystic. I read a lot of religious, Gnostic, and occult texts as well. I am a-okay with that though. To tell you the truth, I see no conflict between science and mysticism at all. A lot of people do, and that is okie-dokie, but I don’t. I only bring that up because I think it relates to the book referenced below.

Anyway, the book that I found thoroughly entertaining and even thought provoking is called “Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah“. I suppose there really isn’t a whole lot of science in this book, just scientist saying what they’re witnessing can’t be measured. But its still interesting. I first picked up and read it years ago. At one point I learned that there was a movie in the works that is based on the book, called Skinwalker Ranch. Earlier this week I found out that the movie was due to be released on October 30, so I decided to read the book again…

This book is supposedly true and based on actual events, even though so much happens that it can become hard to believe any of it. I am open to a lot of different ideas, but I do remain a skeptic. Still, it seems odd to me that the authors would try to link all of these strange phenomena together if it wasn’t something they believed happened, because if it is a complete fiction that’d just send up red flags right away, if that makes sense. But yeah, so much going on in this book. Giant wolves terrorizing a cattle rancher family, giant pterodactyl (thunderbird?), UFO, poltergeist, old man Sasquatch, hauntings, alternate dimensions, wormholes… it’s all here. One of the authors, physicist Colm Kelleher, set himself up on the ranch to study the phenomena. Even though he reports on the bizarre experiences he witnessed, he also admits that much of the data he came away with is unusable.

I do enjoy and recommend this book. I have no idea if its real, hallucination, or flat out fabrication. But who am I to judge someone else’s experience?

I will say this though… I’ve spent a huge chunk of time in the region and up in the Uinta mountains, especially in my teens and early 20s. I’ve had a few unexplainable experiences up there that raised the hair on my head, and probably turned a few of those hairs grey. There was one experience in particular that I am not going to go in to, but it scared the hell out of me and literally had me running for my life. And I know it was very real.

So, if you’re looking for a good book this Halloween, try the Hunt for the Skinwalker. Hopefully the movie will be a good one too!

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012
"The Annunciation" by Fra Angelico

“The Annunciation” by Fra Angelico

Merry Merry and a Happy Happy!


November 4, 2012

“Raven” by Todd Powelson

Check it out… maybe you already know about TurningArt, but I really like their business model. It seems like a great new and modern way to discover new artists, and you’re even able to hang prints of those artists in your home with a monthly subscription. If you find that you like the print, you’re even able to buy the original from the artist.

If you’re an artist, its a good way to help find a larger audience. I’ve been a member and have posted my work for a few months now, and I’ve found everyone involved to be very supportive and helpful. They’ve gone out of their way to help get as many people looking at my work as possible, and the way they do it is very new and unique.

Take a look at what I have available in my TurningArt gallery, try it out, and hang it in your home :)

They Live!

October 22, 2012

There is another Presidential debate tonight…

I’ve mentioned the movie here before, but watching news coverage of this election season brings to mind the movie They Live.

So tonight, as we reflect upon the leadership of this fine country, its important we all remember:

No Independent Thought
Money Is Your God
Submit and Conform
Stay Asleep and Watch TV
Buy and Consume


February 14, 2012

Some flowers I did a few years ago that I thought I’d post today. Enjoy!

Don’t Let Your Style Go to the Groundhogs

January 31, 2012

Every day, when you head out the door, does your hair look exactly the same as the last? Boring pony tail, half-finished bun, or just hanging there?

Megan Moore from Moore Hair Design gave us a primer on how to keep our hair from getting the winter blahs. So get out of your rut with these looks.

First up, we have a retro 1970’s wave. Megan used a 1 inch curling iron and center part to get this fun look for model, Venice. She let each curl cool before teasing it gently with a comb and then setting it with hair spray.

Pony tails are great, practical, professional  and. . . well, boring. That’s why Megan’s style team took the pony tail up a notch for this fun look on Karlie. Karlie’s cute bangs add a nice touch, and a braid, three elastics concealed by teasing the hair and a cascade down the side make this a pony that doesn’t look like you just rolled out of bed.

According to Megan, braids were big in 2011, but they aren’t going anywhere for 2012. She did this style in Emily’s chin length bob by doing two French braids on each side and then securing with safety pins. Letting the ends fly free keeps this look loose and casual, great for a day at the office or a date after work.

To get these looks or learn more, visit

Duh Official ArtDuh Christmas Card

December 22, 2011

2012 Best in show Holiday Card by Todd Powelson

Happy holidays! Todd’s 2011/2012 design celebrates that God blessed us with an additional terrier this year. God loves terriers, and a matched set of terriers brings extra blessings- like half eaten kleenexes, fights over toys and extra poop.

Have a great Christmas and may you meet all your goals in the New Year, as well as have a fantastic time.

Love, Anna, Todd, and too many pets to list

Paracelsus Research Society

October 27, 2011

“When a man undertakes to create something,” wrote Paracelsus, “he establishes a new heaven, as it were, and from it the work that he desires to create flows into him.”

Alchemy is an old science, a forerunner of chemistry, best known as a quest to turn any metal into gold. It didn’t start out that way, but it is now known as an occult science.

To be honest, I’ve spent quite a lot of time reading about alchemy, and I don’t know much about it other than that it kind of makes my skin crawl and bores me at the same time. I think they speak in a code language, kind of like Slytherin, but they don’t say it’s a code language. You only know it is one because you immediately start thinking about what’s for lunch or where did you put your yellow socks, while feeling a little dirtier than you normally would while thinking of lunch or socks.

In the 1930s to the 1960s, Salt Lake City was home to a great school of alchemy. According to researcher Richelle Hawks, the Paracelsus Research Society, was a fully functioning school, with classes lasting from a few weeks to up to seven years. The school was advertised via pamphlets, and looked a lot like a bail bondsman’s office.

The building is still here in the heart of the homeland today. I don’t have the exact address, but it was somewhere near 3300 S and 700 E. It is utterly, boringly ordinary and brownish.

Do you ever find yourself MORE curious and confused by things that just blend in? When walking past your neighbors homes, do you think about everything that happens within those walls that goes unspoken in the outside world? Dreams born and dashed within its walls? Blood spilled? Religious awakenings? Birth? Old souls slipping away in the night?

I do. I sometimes think every home and every building is a temple of alchemy, or worship or rebirth or – worst –  a home to agonizingly, slow suicide. The Paracelsus Research Institute is a great example. I bet you’ve seen it a million times without seeing it. Within these walls, a significant part of the U.S. occult practices of the 20th century spattered forth out of a magik practitioner’s body in that home – and it died inside a manure oven despite being painstakingly fed human blood with great science and care.

This post goes out to Carrie de Azevedo Poulsen for introducing us to the Paracelsus Research Society. Happy Halloween!


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