Beary Cute

Below is a picture of today’s visitor . . .

He/She is probably about one year old.  It was not afraid of people, nor did it try to lunge at us at any point.  It took about an hour to succeed in getting him/her to leave our yard and go into the backwoods.  What a fantastic gift it was to watch it up close.  I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be seeing him every day because they love to roam.

Loved this experience – I “bearly” managed to watch “it” leave without a few tears.  It was a gift from Mother Nature herself.

Dr. Deb

The Bear with No Name

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Sassy Ash

From life’s experiences and subsequent healings, everything seems to begin and end right between the ears. That’s where the entire universe seems to reside – within our minds. Letting go of mental limitations sets us free from the need to limit ourselves. We all know we can heal ourselves when we make our minds up to do so. That theory was easy to write—excruciatingly difficult to do.

While walking the path to finding our authentic selves, a question popped into my mind. What would we do with the ashes of our memories if we could destroy them with fire? Study them, move them around, try to make sense of the patterns formed by the ash? Toss them in the wind?  I like all those unique out-of-the-box ways of thinking.

So I decided to kick the ash out of my life and become “sassy.”

Dr. Deb

Fantastic Beasts – Update 5/9/21

I have a deeply hidden addiction to . . . . Harry Potter!!!  I’ve read and watched all the movies and continue to search for other cool info – about the beasts in HP.  So, every few days I’ll write a bit about a couple of them. Dr. Deb

“The Department of Registration of Control of Magical Creatures”
gives classifications to all known beasts, beings, and spirits.

Below is an at-a-glance guide to the perceived
dangerousness levels of each creature.
– There are 5 categories –


The Grindylow – M.O.M. Classification:  XX (5/9/21)

A horned, pale-gree water demon, the Grindylow is found in lakes throughout Britain and Ireland.  It feeds on small fish and is aggressive towards wizards and Muggles alike, though merpeople have been known to domesticate it.  The Grindylow has very long fingers, which, though they exert a powerful grip, are easy to break.

The Hidebehind – Accidently Created – M.O.M. CLASSIFICATION: XXXX – (5/9/21)

The Hidebehind is an accidentally created species, imported to North America by Old World crook Phineas Fletcher. Fletcher, a trader in banned artifacts and creatures, had intended to import a trafficked Demiguise into the New World, with the aim of manufacturing invisibility cloaks.  The Hidebehind escaped on board the ship and bred with a stowaway ghoul. Their resultant offspring took off into Massachusetts forests when Phineas’s ship docked, and their descendants continue to infest the region today.

The Hidebehind is nocturnal and has the power of invisibility.  Those who have seen it, describe a tall, silver-haired creature, something like a skinny bear.  Its preferred prey is humans, which Magizoologiss speculate is the result of the cruelty with which Phineas Fletcher was known to treat the unfortunate creatures in his power.

Just Learned!!

Rowling and Harry Share A Birthday!  They both blow out candles on July 31.  And, that not the only influence Rowling had on her characters:  She’s said that Hermione was a bit like her when she was younger, and her favorite animal is an otter – which is, of course, Hermione’s Patronus.  Plus, both Dumbledore and Rowling like sherbet lemons! (Rowling said that the wizards “got good taste”).

The best part is . . .. she invented the names of the Hogwarts Houses on the back of a barf bag!  Love that!!!

The Niffler – A Bristish Beast – M.O.M. CLASSIFICATION OF: XXX

Fluffy, black, and long-snouted with a predilection for anything glittery.  They are often kept by goblins to burrow deep into the earth for treasures. Though the Niffler is gentle and even affectionate, it can be destructive to belongings and should never be kept in a house.  Nifflers live in lairs up to twenty feet below the surface and produce six to eight young in a litter.

The Nogtail – Demons Found in Rural Areas – M.O.M. CLASSIFICATION OF: XXX

They are found in rural areas of Europe, Russia, and the Americas.  They resemble stunted piglets with long legs, thick stubby tails, and narrow black eyes. The Nogtail creep into a sty and suckle ordinary sows alongside her own young. The longer the Nogtail is left undetected, and the bigger it grows, the longer the blight on the farm into which it has entered.

It is exceptionally fast and difficult to catch, though if chased beyond the boundaries of a farm by a pure white dog, it will never return.  The Department of Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures (Pest Sub-Division) keeps a dozen albino bloodhounds for this purpose.

The Phoenix – Lives On Mountain Peaks – M.O.M. CLASSIFICATION OF: XXXX

The phoenix is a magnificent, swan-sized, scarlet bird with a long golden tail, beak, and talons. It nests on mountain peaks and is found in Egypt, India, and China. The phoenix lives to an immense age as it can regenerate, bursting into flames when its body begins to fail and rising again from the ashes as a chick.

The phoenix is a gentle creature that has never been known to kill and only eats herbs (yummy!).  Like the Diricawl, it can disappear and reappear at will. The song of a Phoenix is magical:  It is reputed to increase the courage of the pure of heart and to strike fear into the hearts of the impure.  Phoenix tears have powerful healing powers.

The Pixie – Inhabits deep Lakes – M.O.M. Classification:  XXX

The Pixie is mostly found in Cornwall, England.  Electric blue in color, up to eight inches in height, and very mischievous, the pixie delights in tricks and practical jokes of all descriptions.  Although wingless, it can fly and has been known to seize unwary humans by the ears and deposit them at the tops of tall trees and buildings.  Pixies produce a high-pitched jabbering intelligible only to other pixies.  They bear live young.

Birds & Windows

I have a beautiful view of Lake Superior from the window where I write. The unfortunate entertainment occurring now is quite a few birds are flying into our large windows. When I write, I am very focused – pretty much not in this world at all. Nature decided to allow the spring birds to fly into our windows a foot away from my computer. The birds always seem to pick a time when I’m super focused; I literally jump every single time a bird slams into the window. Some have lived, some did not. I hold all the birds until I sense they are getting ready to fly away.

It is an amazing feeling to hold a wild bird in your hands, whether they are Junko’s, Downy Woodpeckers, or Eagles. Most are scared beyond belief. I lay them on a hand towel to calm them until their “window strike headache” passes. Their little eyes are usually closed a bit until they get over the shock of hitting the window.  When they begin to blink their eyes, I lay them down on the towel and step away and watch them from the window until they fly away.

FYI. There are no decals or screens that will stop birds from hitting windows, particularly in the spring. So, my fabulous husband is screening in the area in front of my windows so they quit trying to give me a heart attack.

PS:  I’ve worked with birds for quite some time. I’ve held eagles, vultures, bluebirds, and many more. I’m not an ornithologist, I just worked with one. The birds pictured below are osprey.

Dr. Deb

Trains, Views & Hairbrushes

The trains go by my house roughly six or seven times a day – guaranteed. They can be a bit loud, partly because the engineers are required to blow their horn three times at every railroad crossing. Occasionally, we get an exceptionally kind engineer that breaks the rules and chooses NOT to blow the horn at the three railroad crossings on our road front. Wondering why the heck we bought a house in front of an active railroad?  The view. The birds. The cougars. The bear. The trees. The fresh air, and the people.

The availability of water is important to each of us – we’d die if we ran out. I’m taking a big leap here – yes, both water and food do sustain our lives. But we also need to remember our friends, family, cats, dogs, military personnel, the check-out lane folks, doctors, nurses, and spiritual personnel who help each of us sustain our lives. It’s also about the view that takes our breath away, the birth of a child, a new litter of kittens, and feeling the wind blow through my hair as it clears out the unimportant crude running amuck in my brain. I don’t need to worry about going to hell – I’m already living in heaven.

Dr. Deb

My view of wind and water
Now, where did I put my hairbrush?

Happy Day to Everyone

Split Rock Lighthouse – North Shore

SUMMER-North-Shore-MN-Lake-Superior-hiking-woman-JK-Joshua-Krause-full-usage_REV_CC - Visit Cook County MinnesotaMe – On the Rocks Again
(Without alcohol – Ha!)



High Upon Your Saddle

Love the work you do, wearing the best shoes you can afford
Seek to know bees do sting and ghosts will haunt,
While the masters rarely surround themselves with illusion
For everyone is an optimal mix of both vision and fact.

Know labor is a value and learning a value of delight
Bridge yourself with loyal strength and passion,
Watch times breadth and length of space among the stars
Understanding life and death both count equally.

Play the music you dearly love high upon your straddle
And replay your wisdom as you take it to the grave.
Must you still forfeit excitement? To what end?
Simply gaze upon the fabric of your time.

Dr. Deb

Burning Bridges

A true person is
not anyone in particular.
But, rather like the deep blue color
Of the limitless sky,
They are everyone, everywhere.

Some people are like bridges.
They give more to others
than themselves.

Well, that’s nice, bridges are important.
The problem with being a bridge is,
you have to decide whether
to burn your bridges or cross them.

Dr. Deb

Iron & Water

I’m sitting at a picnic table near the pier in Two Harbors watching Lake Superior. She is the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area – 31,700 square miles (82,100 square kilometers), roughly the size of Maine. It holds 10% of the world’s surface freshwater. On a sunny day like today, the lake is full of flashing shiny crystals of light created as the waves gently rolling in.

It’s 50 degrees outside as I write this. The lake’s stimulating yet calming energy has already wrapped its arms around me. I sigh a breath big enough to fill me with peace and tranquility because I’m constantly amazed by the power of this lake.  A freaky fact: The bodies of the souls lost in Lake Superior do not deteriorate. They sink to the bottom of the lake, and that is where they remain, fully intact. Alcapon liked to kill the people who did not support him and then dump them in Lake Superior (that is a fact).

When the White Star Line’s new ocean liner Titanic steamed for New York City on Sunday, April 14, 1912, it carried about 30 passengers heading for Lake Superior communities.  At least nine survived the disaster to unfold that night, including two women from Duluth – Constance Willard, 20 and single, and Alice Munger Silvey, traveling with her husband, William Baird Silvey, all in first class.  2021 marks the 109th anniversary of the tragic event.

two-1323276_1280The image attached is about 1 mile from my house.
It is my private sanctuary of peace.

Each and every day I send out thanks and devotions to Lake Superior for all the power and energy she has given me.  No words, written or spoken, could ever fully embrace what lives in and on the beautiful waters of Lake Superior.

Dr. Deb