A Quick Word on the missing Website

For those of you who have been looking for our website and can only find a 404 Error Marker, we apologize. Although we have promised people a fully functional video site, and some of you may have seen some of what we put up in the fall, it hasn’t been up for months; and much as I had hoped it would not come to this, the situation has simply gone on for too long to be ignored. The man in charge, our website designer, has, in fact, disappeared on us leaving the website unfinished and unpublished. We are in the process of finding a way to remedy the situation by finding a replacement so that a new site can be built, as well as having an investigation brought into the matter, as well as proposing legal action. I, personally, had hoped the situation would resolve itself, but we simply can’t allow the present situation to continue. We have been forced into the uncomfortable and embarrassing position of being an internet company without a website. And for all our clients, customers, friends, and supporters, I’m letting you know we do not intend to give up at this point. It has been a difficult position to work from. I personally do not like the idea of the one lone person who was responsible for designing, building, and publishing the central vehicle of our company to have so much power, that when he leaves us flat (as surely we were not anticipating as it was HIS contract that he broke) he is able to scuttle the company and throw everybody else out of work all on his own; but that has been the situation.

We will try to resolve this as quickly as possible. Meanwhile we still have all of our blogsites up and functioning. And we have added a new one:

SpiritConswm.wordpress.com

which will be strictly for the SpiritCon festival — which in itself is expected to become its own non-profit institution later in the year.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter, and look forward to better times for us and everyone in the coming days.

Ron Schaefer, President
SWM/SWTN

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A Quick Word on the missing Website

For those of you who have been looking for our website and can only find a 404 Error Marker, we apologize. Although we have promised people a fully functional video site, and some of you may have seen some of what we put up in the fall, it hasn’t been up for months; and much as I had hoped it would not come to this, the situation has simply gone on for too long to be ignored. The man in charge, our website designer, has, in fact, disappeared on us leaving the website unfinished and unpublished. We are in the process of finding a way to remedy the situation by finding a replacement so that a new site can be built, as well as having an investigation brought into the matter, as well as proposing legal action. I, personally, had hoped the situation would resolve itself, but we simply can’t allow the present situation to continue. We have been forced into the uncomfortable and embarrassing position of being an internet company without a website. And for all our clients, customers, friends, and supporters, I’m letting you know we do not intend to give up at this point. It has been a difficult position to work from. I personally do not like the idea of the one lone person who was responsible for designing, building, and publishing the central vehicle of our company to have so much power, that when he leaves us flat (as surely we were not anticipating as it was HIS contract that he broke) he is able to scuttle the company and throw everybody else out of work all on his own; but that has been the situation.

We will try to resolve this as quickly as possible. Meanwhile we still have all of our blogsites up and functioning. And we have added a new one:

SpiritConswm.wordpress.com

which will be strictly for the SpiritCon festival — which in itself is expected to become its own non-profit institution later in the year.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter, and look forward to better times for us and everyone in the coming days.

Ron Schaefer, President
SWM/SWTN

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A Quick Word on the missing Website

For those of you who have been looking for our website and can only find a 404 Error Marker, we apologize. Although we have promised people a fully functional video site, and some of you may have seen some of what we put up in the fall, it hasn’t been up for months; and much as I had hoped it would not come to this, the situation has simply gone on for too long to be ignored. The man in charge, our website designer, has, in fact, disappeared on us leaving the website unfinished and unpublished. We are in the process of finding a way to remedy the situation by finding a replacement so that a new site can be built, as well as having an investigation brought into the matter, as well as proposing legal action. I, personally, had hoped the situation would resolve itself, but we simply can’t allow the present situation to continue. We have been forced into the uncomfortable and embarrassing position of being an internet company without a website. And for all our clients, customers, friends, and supporters, I’m letting you know we do not intend to give up at this point. It has been a difficult position to work from. I personally do not like the idea of the one lone person who was responsible for designing, building, and publishing the central vehicle of our company to have so much power, that when he leaves us flat (as surely we were not anticipating as it was HIS contract that he broke) he is able to scuttle the company and throw everybody else out of work all on his own; but that has been the situation.

We will try to resolve this as quickly as possible. Meanwhile we still have all of our blogsites up and functioning. And we have added a new one:

SpiritConswm.wordpress.com

which will be strictly for the SpiritCon festival — which in itself is expected to become its own non-profit institution later in the year.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter, and look forward to better times for us and everyone in the coming days.

Ron Schaefer, President
SWM/SWTN

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A Prayer for a New Year

Wakan-Tanka, I thank you for our ancestors — for the life they have given each of us, and for the traditions they preserved and handed down to us.

Wakan-Tanka, I thank you for my life and the opportunity it has given me to know you, to serve you, and to serve our people. Continue to make me a responsible person, and help me add to the good things You and my ancestors have given me.

Wakan-Tanka, I thank you for those who are yet to come, and who will carry on from where we leave off. Help them preserve the traditional life for the generation to come after them, and so keep the hoop turning.

Wakan-Tanka, I thank you for my friends who are here with me to share this precious moment. I pray that you will bless them and always be with them.

Frank FoolsCrow
traditional Sioux prayer

PS: at the risk of sounding crass in doing self-promotion, you can find more such prayers on the SWTN’s "Meditation Minutes," and always more such notes here on the StarPaths blog. Best Wishes for the holiday season.

Ron
SWM/SWTN
starpaths.wordpress.com

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Star-Blog 12-2-13; Grandmother Star

You probably slept through it: high school science. Some of us were geeks, some weren’t. And among us geeks, some were more geekish than others. There was Physics (3 cheers for kinetic energy!); there was Chemistry (how many elements can you pick out on the chart — whose in favor of Yttrium?); and there was Biology (what was that monk doing cross-breeding peas?). Of course, energy and chemical reactions and peas (as well as other living things) do, in fact, relate to each other. But at the age of 16, who cares? Anyway, some of us survived high school. And some of us went beyond the physical realm of falling masses, fission, and cross-bred vegetables. Some of us went on to philosophy — asking ourselves (and each other) questions like: why? Why are we here? Kind of puts that physical stuff in perspective, doesn’t it. Why have energy, chemistry, and biology in the first place? That’s a lot of trouble to go to if there is no point to it. Then some few of us started asking, is there something there we can’t see? And we started delving into the psychic, the supernatural. Superstition has been bred out of us (to be replaced by other brands of superstition), so the majority of us think — hogwash — when it comes to the supernatural. Only nuts believe in that stuff.

But then, with a rational, scientific mind, it is possible to think of — why should our 5 senses be the only things that pick up clues from the world around us? We have proof that there is more than what our standard senses can discern. We now have photography, television, ipods, microscopes, cellphones. All of it are tools to pick up what our senses don’t normally get. So we know there is more out there than the standard 5 senses relate. So it wouldn’t be that weird to find out the psychic senses pick up real (if ephemeral) stuff too.

And then there is the issue of time. Billions of years, we’re told by somebody who claims to know. Each of us is only exposed to a few random decades. But with enough time… So science and superstition can seem on parallel courses as well as cross purposes.

On these cold, clear winter nights, when you look up at the stars, you see our neighbors — in space and time. All the stars you see are those that are in our neighborhood — just down the block, so to speak. The brightest ones are the nearest — across the street or next door. And some of them are our siblings.

Some time back, in this galaxy, a long, long time away…there was a star nursery. A cradle. A Mom put those blankets and cushions and barriers up, so that we’d all grow up together. This nursery was a remnant of that mom. A big mom. One that blew herself to bits for our benefit. And in the heat and the grist of that mill, hot clouds were created. In those hot clouds: new stars. Stars like our Sun — our own Mom (or Dad). And from the wreckage (fission), a bunch of rocks and gases were created to whirl around and mix (chemistry). And when it all settled there was a nice healthy new star, and all his/her little children — like us (Earth). And on it — stuff (biology). And that stuff gets recycled and regenerated (birth/death) to make you and me, and those who come after. We are the product of star stuff (energy, chemistry, biology). And that’s just on the physical level. We belong to the stars. And somewhere out there is the grave-marker — the remnant of Grandmother Star who gave birth to our stars — and possibly several of our sibling neighbors. Which ones are they? We don’t know. Yet. But we know there is an ongoing cycle in the sky just as there is on the ground. Some of us can feel that in our hearts (the psychic?). Some of us can feel the ties to other stars. Some of us can feel that presence of that Great Grandmother from so long ago.

You have to look inside as you stare out on the darkening horizon to find it.

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Because of the complexities of setting up our own internet tv channel, the Star Paths blog (and the other blogsites for SWM) have been down for almost a year. We are starting to revive them again, and as we grow, we hope you’ll come by and visit more often. It’s been frustrating to deal with a technology that can’t match our demands, but we persist. We hope you will too. All our previous blogs are still visible on the Star Paths site.
Go to
starpaths.wordpress.com
to find the others.

Ron S.
for SWM

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SWM Newsletter 1-29-13

SWM News 2.docx

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SWM Newsletter 1-29-13

SWM News 2.docx

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