Ponders & Woolgathers for 1.8.21

It’s heartening to see so much calling out for what it is regarding the storming of the capitol building on 1.6.21. We need to keep it up & never forget.

President-Elect Biden spoke about how different the outcome & the defense would have been if it had been black/brown/POC storming the capitol. He’s calling out the baked-in systematic racism that’s been problematic (that’s putting it lightly) in our country. This gives me hope that we’re on the right path to equality & freedom for all.

I’m going to attempt to finish The Bun’s Daemon Gourd this weekend. The plan is to use the Daemon Gourd doll similar to a Guatemalan Worry doll, only for adults. The worry doll is small & placed under one’s pillow.  You tell the doll your worries, place it under the pillow & the doll will take your worries away.  Daemon Gourds are too big to place under one’s pillow.  Sure, they are there to help but Daemons are still a wee bit on the hooeyish side & I wouldn’t want one infiltrating my dreams with wyrdness.  Anyhoo, the doll has a cauldron & will have a pad of paper to write any worries or anxieties that The Bun might be feeling or having.  The paper can be ripped up & placed into the cauldron then burned. It’s a symbolic way to change those worries & anxieties into the smoke.  Our worries can be smokescreens that keep us looping in a vicious circle.  I like to believe that once the worries are burned, the Daemon Doll will take them & weave them into possibilities or a different way of looking at the thing so the solution comes forward or it isn’t so overwhelming.  I plan to make one for myself to use in a similar fashion. Claude, the Daemon Gourd has offered but I rather like Claude watching over us in the living room. Plus, I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that Claude likes to collect big toes.

Fun fact, according to the website The Free Dictionary, Daemon is defined as:
daemon (ˈdiːmən) or daimon
n 1. (Classical Myth & Legend) a demigod
2. the guardian spirit of a place or person
3. a variant spelling of demon.

The inspiration behind calling the dolls Daemons comes from the book series His Dark Materials (most well known being The Golden Compass) by Philip Pullman. I loved the idea that Daemons weren’t evil. They were helpers. Naturally, with the way my brain works & input from the Creative Muses & Beastie it had to go a bit sideways & wyrd. And that led to writing the Unabridged Story of Daemons which explains who they are & where they came from.

If you didn’t know, I love & am slightly obsessed with VW bugs & VW minibusses. I would be willing to get my motorcycle license again just to zip about on one of these.
You can read more about the Volkspod here: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2019/11/brent-walter-volkspod/

I love words.  I can’t tell you where it comes from. I’ve always loved to read so maybe it’s from that.  English class wasn’t my favorite class in the world but somewhere in there, a love of words & writing words & expression was planted.  My point is that I found this site https://www.wordgenius.com/.  I signed up for the Word of the Day & now have a collection of words to browse through.

For example, pantophagous showed up.  It means to eat all kinds or a variety of foods.  The word tickles me so.  Here’s an example of how I could use it:

Daemons are well known pantophagous eaters & will only turn their noses up if you serve them extra floofy kittens.

Last, but not least, I really love typing out these ponderings & woolgatherings. It helps pull my thoughts together & strengthen the ol’ writing muskles.

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