Here’s a very old post from, one of my first blog posts on my personal blog. Interestingly, I posted it nine years ago to the day!! Some of the websites mentioned are no longer applicable (and I removed their links), and some of the links are to blogs and projects that will be moved to this site hopefully sometime soon. So… here it is!


Hmmm.. what shall I say about myself? Well, I am an intensely creative person. I love working on big impossible projects. And I get insanely bored with routines and stuff that happens every day – like dishes, and laundry, and full time employment.

Writing about myself is always just.. well intimidating. Let me see…. I am an artist currently exploring gypsy magic. I am also a Reiki master, a shaman, a mother, and a grandmother. I am currently working on a number of seemingly totally unrelated internet projects.

My art can be found at Green Dolphin (oops, not any more) and also at Mandala Madness at Etsy (another shop that has since closed). I also have a store front at Cafe Press where you can find a lot of cool stuff with my art on it.

I have been working with some friends of mine, exploring various approaches to prosperity. We blog about it at The Prosperity Project and if you are interested in joining us, we would be delighted to have you. So far we have tried prayer, acts of kindness, feng shui and decluttering, Steve Pavlina’s million dollar experiment, a Ganesh mantra to remove obstacles, and putting God First. We are just finishing up 30 days of “Gratitude”, and have not yet decided for sure on what’s coming up next. It has been a life changing and awesome experience.

I have been exploring and practicing Gypsy Magic and made a little blog site to share the spells I have been using and my experiences with them. It’s been a lot of fun.. and works really well for me, although I do not update there very often. Come see it, and try a spell or two.

My parents were missionaries in Ecuador South America. And I grew up there, and in an effort to assimilate and make sense out of that experience I collected my dad’s photos (he is an awesome photographer) and made a line of greeting cards from them. I am now working on getting a little website made and in the mean time, when I have time, I am blogging the images and other stuff from my childhood at The Gospel Missionary Message, while at the same time creating cool stuff at yet another cafe press shop. This one is the Gospel Message at Cafe Press.

You might wonder how it is that gospel missionary and gypsy magic are both projects that I am deeply immersed in.. I wonder that too. One of the things that I constantly struggle with is that my core beliefs are often seemingly in direct conflict with one another.

This has been a big struggle for me until recently. And I have been able to resolve it in a way that really surprised me. I happened to take an online test just for fun, to see what my religion was. When the answer came up that I am a Buddhist, something delightful happened. I decided to be a Buddhist! And now, whenever life gets troublesome, or stuff happens, I just remember that – Oh yes, I’m a Buddhist. Life is suffering! But it’s an illusion, so it doesn’t matter. And then I smile, and breathe, and laugh at myself, and the troublesome stuff just dissapates. It’s been like a miracle for me.

My sister has been adding some really awesome poetry to my series of mandalas, and I have uploaded some them here for you all to enjoy on my blog here at Zaadz (not any more). I have also made a small website them, and for all things mandala that interest me. It can be found at Mandala Madness the blog. And I have been blogging my favorite quotes at Way Cool Quotes, and tons of really neat pictures at Way Cool Pictures.

So, I don’t know what else to say except. Hello and Goodbye..

And that reminds me of an old Gypsy saying, the english translation goes something like this:

Go with God!
Stay with God!
Go, for God’s sake!
Stay, for God’s sake!
By God!


2 Responses to Talking About Myself Again

  • You have some really neat things, Shirley. Can you please put me in contac with the girls. Concerns their uncle. Thanks

    • Sorry Annette, I haven’t updated this blog for quite a while and only just now saw your comment. I suppose this is to tell them that their Uncle Jim passed away. And Kelly did tell Saskia. So thanks for tracking me down and trying to contact them.

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