Books · Journal · Social Media

Digital Pause

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Bloglovin’. Oy. Is it me, or can changing things on that site get…complicated…? I wanted the correct url to this blog on my profile, and it just wouldn’t switch from the old to the new. I could claim both urls, but not make it so it would connect to the correct one. I don’t know, it could have just been me not understanding the site, who knows. I ended up getting really annoyed, deactivating the annoying account and starting another.

Speaking of blogging, I fell down the rabbit hole of books and blogs and podcasts about social media and our addictions to it. There are so many out there, and it’s becoming clear that so many big names and businesses are dropping the not-really-lucrative, algorithms-screwing-up-your-views social media sites in favor of email lists and blogs that they own. None of us need the mind-suck of constant social media, and people are finding that their anxiety lessens, their memory gets stronger, creativity soars…all kinds of benefits.

I took all the apps except Castbox and Audible off my phone, and even in just one day I noticed how often I reached for the phone to check Twitter (my go-to). And how much of my thoughts are geared toward tweeting; it really freaked me out. Instagram I can take or leave, but Twitter, that’s my addiction. I removed the links to my social media accounts from this website, fixed the Bloglovin’ one, and I’ll be dropping IG and letting my public major-time-consuming Twitter account go. I mostly retweet things concerning Covid and my continuing inability to understand those who act as if it’s the common cold, so it really doesn’t serve me in any way, and more than anything it sends my blood pressure and anxiety through the roof and annoys my other half because I’m constantly telling him all the stuff I’m reading and sending his blood pressure through the roof, too. I can get all the news in better ways, such as Allsides.com, and I want to read more blogs (and write more posts like the random one from the other day), too.

It’s really quite scary how the internet has taken over our lives, and I’m almost finished with a book called Alone Together by Sherry Turkle, which was written 10 years ago and concerns studies the author, a social scientist and clinical psychologist, conducted about how lives have changed, especially for the then-teenagers, and how they’ve come to see the online world almost as more real that their actual lives. It’s a fascinating read, and next up is her book Reclaiming Conversation.

Another book I really liked is The Revenge of Analog by David Sax, which isn’t about going Luddite, as one would think, but more about how people are rediscovering the joys of analog – and you get to learn about how film and albums are made, too!

Anyway, it’s late, or really, really early, and I need to put all these thoughts to bed. I’ll be seeing you around here more, I hope!

Much love,

Pip 🌻

©Pip Miller – August 2021

Energy Healing · Health · Journal

At A Loss For Words

Which is why I haven’t posted in so long. There’s too much to say, too much horror going on in the world and this country, too much…everything. What do you say to all that?

So I sit and retweet things on Twitter because others are saying it all and there’s nothing I can add to it. I cry and my heart breaks more and more each day. And don’t say “we aren’t this”. Obviously a vast amount of us ARE. And admit it, we always have been. We just sugarcoat things in history books and the news and to ourselves. Humans have an innate fear of things we don’t understand, and that turns to violence and rage and wars and murder and the list goes on and on.

We suck.

Not totally, but in many ways. Think about those little comments you say in your head when you see someone different, you know, the ones you would never say out loud because they aren’t nice things to say. It’s almost an unconscious act to have those thoughts. The problem is when people act upon them. Then the shit hits the damned fan and we end up with concentration camps (again…don’t forget that we’ve had them before; no ovens doesn’t mean they weren’t) and the government we have because they freaked out over a black president (what nerve he had!, they think)…

So…maybe not so much at a loss for words.

And this wasn’t even meant to be the focus of this post! I’m having a fibro flare like never before, and I am lost in the pain. Swimming in it. Someone get me the hell out of this pool, please. I’m reading fibro blogs, and something not in the slightest bit important jumped out at me: I like to read blogs, if they aren’t decades old, from the beginning if they interest me. Please, PLEASE put a calender widget in your sidebar! I read a post, hit ‘back’, and then have to scroll through the entire blog to get back to where I was. Over and over. ETA: discovered that if I read them via WordPress Reader, I can scroll through all the posts. Win!

I’m just sayin…

BTW:

Want this shirt.

I’m too tired to eat properly, which isn’t helping at all, and I’m not sleeping enough, again, not helping, and I sit and read Twitter and blogs. I haven’t had a healing light client in months, which hurts my soul (honestly. I’m great at my day job, but it doesn’t feed my purpose in life), and this week, due to this flare, I won’t have a paycheck next week. Fun times.

OH, and I keep coming across people noticing that things they are doing online (and of course on their phones) are showing up as ads on FB and IG. Even from text messages. I re-upped IG recently because “everyone is on it and it’s the biggest marketing tool out there”…but those niggling feelings, coupled with our government now, has me planning to drop it again. Not that Twitter isn’t checking out our shit, too, I know. Stonekettle says that CounterSocial is a bullshit/Nazi/troll-free site, similar to Twitter, but you know how it goes…getting people to shift to something new is harder than getting that fake dude out of that office he didn’t actually win.

I think I’m out of words now. 😉

©Pip Miller – July 2019

Divination · Energy Healing · Journal · Misc · Nature

Summer Solstice

The past weeks have been…I don’t really think there is a word for it. I’m sure another language has the perfect word for being horrified, despairing, raging, and heartbroken all in one, but I don’t know what it is.

Today, though, today is the solstice. When we have the longest day of the year. Tons of sun. Which, quite frankly, for someone living in the high desert of the southwest, is not necessarily a good thing. Melting comes to mind.

You know what, I’m going to be honest…I had a post all ready in my head about the balance of day and night, how it was the Hanged Man, the still point…and then as I started writing this, I realized I had the wrong time of the year. Yes, I’ve been that distracted lately. I find myself driving and getting lost in my head, as if I’m daydreaming; I go to the grocery store and almost start wandering aimlessly, as if I’ve lost my memory.

I haven’t, but it feels like it. Concentrating is difficult lately, and I’m finding that sometimes when I stand up it feels as if I’ve sprained one ankle or the other, and I haven’t. A friend with fibro says it’s a symptom of it, and all I can think is, great, yet another pain.

I hope you’re all doing well.

With hope,

Pip

©Pip Miller – June 2018

PS: Did you see A Knight’s Tale?

~Kate: With hope. Love should end with hope. My husband, God rest him, told me something I’ll never forget.

(in a letter): Hope guides me. It is what gets me through the day and especially the night. The hope that after you’re gone from my sight it will not be the last time I look upon you.~

So my sign off will now be “With hope”. I’ve always loved that bit of the movie.

Blog · Books · Health · Journal · Social Media

Calgon Isn’t Helping Anymore

Found this on Instagram:

And yeah…

So much has been going on since my last post, and every time I sit down to write, you know what stops me? SEO. Thinking that I need to write the perfect subject line for SEO. I don’t know about y’all, but it is, as she says, exhausting.

Also, really? Doctor branding?? Just help me feel better, gorramit!!

So simple things first:

Twitter. Still using it, but a bit less because the news is so overwhelming and I’m in complete despair about the direction our country is taking. It was mentioned by a coworker that every single healer he knew has been sick since last year in one way or another. I hear that. Bronchitis twice, abscessed tooth that caused my face to swell up like a grapefruit, and the kicker…I have fibromyalgia.

Yep. I’m a spoonie. And let me tell you: finding out that I have fibro explained SO much that I thought was simply attributed to stress, age, and other things. It’s both a relief and well, it’s fibro. Not much to do about it. Add in my tremors, and medication isn’t really an option. When your mom, who has been sick for 30 years, tells you, “Wow, you’re really fucked up!”, you know shit has done hit the fan. 😉

As a result of being sick so often, I was let go from my job the day before my birthday. *heavy sigh* It was a relief on one hand, because I was causing so much annoyance and disruption by missing days, and on the other hand, well, there went my income. Unemployment is…we won’t even talk about it. I do enjoy being able to pace myself as the day goes on, and I take a lot more “reading breaks”…aka sitting in the sun for hours with a good book…than I was able to before. It’s helping.

It also means I have more time to do lightwork, so that makes me happy. BTW, did you notice that I changed the look of the blog? I think it’s a bit more device-friendly now.

Tumblr. Giving it another whirl, and so far, I like it. The cool thing about Tumblr is that it seems to be a creative space, lots of authors and artists (and witches…oh my goodness, the number of witches!), and three of my favorite authors are there –  Neil Gaiman, N. K. Jemisin, and Claudia Wair (you haven’t heard of my dear friend Claudia? You will!). I’m sure there are more, but I haven’t come across them yet.

—oh, wait, I just went to copy Claudia’s link, and she’s not on Tumblr now. Here’s her website. Keep your eye on her! You can follow her on Twitter, and Instagram, and sign up for her newsletter!

All in all, I think that’s everything since last I wrote. I hope everyone is well – I’ve been bad about checking in to WP and reading blogs of late.

Much love!

©Pip Miller – March 2018

Divination · Filofax · Journal · Nature

Hello, March!!!

I love March. It’s a great month for me. And it finally feels like winter is heading out, and spring is wandering in. For the first time ever, there’s been more than one robin at the birdbath. The other day there were 6!! I couldn’t believe it!

Last night I did some random card readings using my trimmed Fey Tarot, and it must have been the wine, but my intuition was on the ball and the cards just spoke to me. It was wonderful! I pulled these for March:

March reading

I love this deck, and I love not knowing what the majority of the cards are. Helps my Virgo step aside and let my Pisces intuition kick in! What do you see in these cards?

Things are changing, that’s obvious. Not always in a good way, but still, changing. I came across an Instagram post by Alaina O’Brien this morning that mentions how things/we are being broken down in order to become something bigger and better. Pretty much sums it all up, wouldn’t you say?

There was also this amazing post by Pearl Wilde that really hit home last night, too.

I have high hopes for March. Hopes that the darkness and fear and struggles will get easier, hope that peace is to be found in the little things, and hope that spring brings growth and joy and happiness with it. Do you have hopes for this month?

©Pip Miller – March 2017

PS: I have a part-time day job again, but I have plenty of time for healing sessions! Don’t hesitate to ask for a particular time! If it doesn’t fit my schedule, we’ll work something out. 🙂

PPS: One thing I’ve noticed since I haven’t been using my Filofax…I can’t find anything!

Divination · Journal

I Created a Tarot Spread!

It’s quick, easy, and I’m calling it, “Pip’s Short and Sweet Spread” (I think everyone who creates card spreads should include their name so credit can be given, don’t you?).

It’s 4 cards, lay them out however you like – I rarely used the layout of different spreads I’m using – and this is how it works:

Card one is the answer to your question.

Card two is the ‘because’ of the answer.

Card three is the ‘so’ what next.

Card four is the ‘and then’.

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For example:

What can expect if I do x?

10 Swords:  Overwhelm, too much, exhaustion.

10 Cups: Because I need time with my family.

Fool: So, make your decision, start fresh, and go for it.

Empress: And then you’ll have the time to bring new life into your situation.

See? Short and sweet, but full of information!

It can actually be used with a question such as, “Should I….”. I know tarot readers dislike yes/no questions overall, but sometimes you really need an answer and this will work for that.

So for the above, you’d have something like:

Should I do x? 

Yes, you’re done, you’re over what’s going on, and you need to head towards that light in the distance.

Because, it will bring more happiness to your family situation.

So take the leap and trust your decision.

And then things will grow and progress in an abundant way.

A slightly different take, but with that shift from ‘what to expect’ to ‘should I’, it’s a more defined answer in some ways.

If you use this spread, tag it with #PipsShortandSweet on Instagram or Twitter! I’d love to see what you think of it. 🙂

©Pip Miller – June 2016

Energy Healing · Journal · Misc

Happy April!!!

It’s snowing here! Lightly, but still. It’s April! All the flowers and trees are in full bloom, the grass is growing…and it’s snowing. Mother Nature’s giant April Fool’s joke. 😉

The other day I was pondering life and all that goes with it, and I came across this blog post by Alexandra Franzen, called He’s Waiting. She’s Listening. In it she discusses when she began blogging and feeling like what she was writing wasn’t making any difference. And then something amazing happened, and she remembered the truth of writing:

“The truth, which is:

If you write something and share it — and your words help one human being to

experience a better day, or a better life — then your work is a tremendous success.

And also,

You never, ever know how your words might influence someone else’s life.”

I have felt insignificant many times over the years, both as a blogger and a healer, and that post really hit home and sent me thinking. What I write here will, as the subtitle says, be “a little of this, a little of that”, because, well, that’s how I roll. Things catch my interest and I want to tell someone!

I’ve missed blogging, and plan to do much more of it. I promise not to inundate you, though!

I hope you continue to follow along, and please, if you’re in need of a healing boost, check out website, see how I can help you (even from across the world!), and let’s get you feeling better, ok? OK! 🙂

©Pip Miller – April 2016

Also, I found this in one of my older posts, and it cracked me up all over again! Dear Blogger, You Are Doing It Wrong.

Much love to you all!

Books · Business · Journal

Boosting An Independent Bookstore’s Signal

I once had my dream job: I worked at a small, independently owned used-books store*. It’s the coolest place: a converted house with a couple of add-ons to the back, making it an L-shaped warren of rooms.

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I had that job for 9 years and 10 months. Yes, even after 10 years, I remember the exact time. It’s the longest I’ve ever worked anywhere, and if I hadn’t been so stupid, I’d still be there.

The back rooms.
The back rooms.

But I made the fateful -and incredibly callous at the time- decision to quit, because, as with those of us who get lost in our own worlds are prone to do, I thought changes in my life were so utterly important that my needs outweighed my boss’s. Bad hobbit. Very bad.

I immediately regretted my decision for two reasons, the second being that I couldn’t stand my new job. Or the one after that, or after that, or…

Terry Pratchett quote
Terry Pratchett 

The first reason involves penance and karma, both of which I will gladly pay for the next however many lifetimes it takes. No, I’m not being dramatic; it’s deserved, believe me.

Mysteries, lots of mysteries!
Mysteries, lots of mysteries!

Why am I bringing this up? Well, for a variety of reasons – most important of all, not showing up when Googled – business at my favorite place could use a boost, and I’m doing what I can to help. I’ve begun an Instagram account for her, set up a G+ Page and am waiting for the code to verify the business so she shows up in Google searches. She also has a FB page and a Twitter account. As I’m managing these now (and she dislikes FB as much as I do), that account won’t be getting any updates except maybe Instagram pictures, and G+ is mainly for the searches, but I’ll most likely get Twitter going again as soon as I get the log-in info from the person who started it. *update: Twitter is up and running!

It feels so good to be able to help, and I’m using the popularity of Breaking Bad as part of the draw to her store, as it is directly across the street from Walter White’s car wash. 😉 Whatever works, right?

Walter White's car wash
Walter White’s car wash

So please, check out the accounts, and if you’re ever in ABQ, stop on by!

* Why are they called “used bookstores”? The store isn’t used, the books are!

©Pip Miller – October 2015

Dry Life · Health · Journal

The Sweet Smell of Beer

Sorghum Syrup Dripping From Spoon

By which, sadly, I do not mean, “Yum, I want some.”, but instead, “Ewwww…it’s like syrup!” Seriously, a week off alcohol, and the smell of beer on my guy’s breath is like being in a vat of some icky sweet syrup. I can just smell the way the carbs have turned into glucose in him. It’s nasty. 😉

BTW, if you ever, ever thought that by brushing your teeth, chewing gum, or eating a mint, that no one will know you’ve been drinking…you are SO wrong. Believe me. Don’t fool yourself; that officer, and your other, half know exactly what you’ve been doing. So does the store clerk who refused to serve you (though, quite frankly, I have never, ever run into one who didn’t serve me, no matter how wobbly I was, sad to say). No, none of that has happened this month (or anywhere in the past x number of years); these are just examples.

Anyway, it really gets one to thinking about what all that carbs-gone-sugar is doing to the body. Definitely can’t be good.

Yesterday I was checking FB really quickly and found a post about Project Semicolon. I’d never heard of it, and gave it a look. It’s a really neat movement to help highlight mental illnesses, depression, suicidal thoughts, addiction…lots of things that are being brought to light by the #EndTheStigma hasthtag, among others (and one does not have to be of a religion to participate, even though it is a “faith-based” project), and the tattoo I’ve been putting off for a few years because I couldn’t decide what it would be…it’s decided. Twitter and Instagram have pictures people have taken of theirs, and there are some really cool variations on the semicolon, so my mind is working on what, if anything, I want to add to it. Check it out!

Here’s one of their pictures that I just found on Instagram. I like it. 🙂 BTW, does anyone know why, when you enter an Instagram url in ‘add media’, it won’t show the picture?

And now, to see if I can stand on the ankle I twisted yesterday, or decide if it’s smarter to stay home and call in. *sigh* It hurts. 😦

©Pip Miller – July 2015