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Author Kathy Ansberry D'Aquila shares her latest work

Posted by Idalita Wright Raso on June 3, 2017 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I am here today speaking with Kathy Ansberry D'Aquila author of a delightful children’s picture book, Wonderful Willy.

Thank you Kathy for stopping by and speaking with me. 

“Thank you for having me.”

What inspired you to become an author?

I felt I have stories to tell that others would enjoy and be inspired by. But I also have to write, if I don’t get the story out— it’s like the alien spawn, it’ll chew its way out!”

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

“Along life’s paths we lose those we love, but we may also receive gifts from God (the universe) to help comfort us in our time of grief.”

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

The entire book. The story is about love, loss and learning to move on in the wake of sadness and grief.”

What book are you reading now?

“If You Could See What I See: The Tenets of Novus Spiritus by Sylvia Browne. I believe she has a gift, she shares with those grappling with loss of a love a loved one.”

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

“I am in the middle of two writing projects. One is a memoire and the other is another picture book.”

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

The memoire, The Strangers and the picture book, Birds with Breakfast, which is based on a true story, about a little girl vacationing with her family on the island of St. Lucas, who befriends a small bird (a finch).”

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes, grammar and formatting.”

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

“Diane Rogazione, she is a very gifted writer and illustrator.”

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?

Wonderful Willy took three to four weeks to write. I am writing another book and it has taken years.” 

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?  

“Seeing the delight on kid’s faces as they turn the pages.”

How do we find out about you and your books?

“You can find Wonderful Willy at locally in Cleveland, Ohio at Appletree Books, Mac’s Backs bookstore and on Amazon.”

amazon.com/Wonderful-Willy-Kathy-Ansberry-DAquila/dp/1479360996

Thank you Kathy for joining me today.

“It’s been my pleasure.”

Indie Actor Jason Walker Talks Horror

Posted by Idalita Wright Raso on October 22, 2016 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I have the privilege and honor of speaking with Indie film and stage actor, Jason Walker. Also I can add writer and producer to your credits as well. Is that right?

(Laughing) “Yeah we're working on that last part.”

Thank you for joining me.

"Great to be here"

To begin I know you are a big fan of horror, what books or movies have inspired you?

"I love Zombie movies! Night of the Living is a classic to me, and I love the Dawn of the dead remake. It's hard for me to narrow it down really, because I have favorites across all the horror types!”

What do you think about today’s horror?

“I like some of it, but some of the other stuff is not original. A lot of the things they're doing now were done in the 80's... Which isn't necessarily bad, as long as you have a strong plot and add something new.”

What would you like to see in horror (film, books, graphic novels) today that is lacking in the genre?

“A really good plot! Take 28 days later... My friend and I disagree about this movie all the time. He feels the movie didn't focus enough on the Zombies, but I felt the writer made a strong point on who the true "monsters" were. I love when a horror movie screws with your mind!”

What projects you are currently working on?

“Right now, we're filming content for our YouTube Channel... Wow we actually start filming this weekend and still don't have a name for it yet! On top of getting back in front of the camera myself, with a few independent films... Yeah October is very crazy for me!”

Well thank you Jason for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak to me.

 “It’s been my pleasure.”

 

Peace!

 

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Dumbing Down the Vampire

Posted by Idalita Wright Raso on June 15, 2014 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Is it me or are vampires today not scary anymore? Remember Dracula and Nosferatu?

 

No other creature of the night has fascinated our imagination like vampires. Those blood sucking, living dead creatures have always and will always continue to mesmerize the living, with their sensuality, power, mystery, and immortality. However, today's vampires in my opinion have become too human and have lost their “bite.” 

 

I grew up reading and watching scary-ass vampires. No pretty boys (Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, William Marshall, and Frank Langella—okay, so Frank was handsome back in the day, but you get my meaning), no human angst, vampire academies, diaries, no vampire detectives, councils, rival vampire gangs, or vampires that sparkle, just raw sexually charged, hypnotic bloodthirsty shape shifting beasts.

 

But something has shifted in the vampire realm. Vampires have become soft and emotional. They want to talk about their feelings. Come on! Vampires are the living dead, they don’t have such wamby pamby emotions. They are coldblooded killers. I suppose with all the garlic, holy water, crucifixes, and steaks to the heart, the vampires of today need a tissue to dry their eyes and a little couch time. 

 

“Oh, it’s so hard being a bloodsucking immortal. No one understands me...I haven’t seen the sun in centuries. I think I have seasonal depression. Woe is me. Boo hoo! Boo hoo!” Give me a break! Oh and don’t get me started with Vampire Romance novels. 

 

Why the dumbing down of vampire? I have a theory:

Most modern day books/films about vampires are trying to appeal to teenage girls. But this is no excuse. Keep in mind blood is thicker than water. When I was a teenage girl I loved reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula and being scared have to death, not talked down to because I’m a female. Forget that “sugar and spice and everything nice” crap. What are we raising, a bunch of whiny females? Talk about your double standard. Teenage girls like being scared, just as much as teenage boys. It prepares females for life—juggling a career, marriage, children, divorce, sickness, old age, death...Hell, life can be scary!

 

While writing the Eye of Saturn series I tried to stay true to the gothic vampire. Although the storyline also delves into the mysterious world of Saturn worship, I still managed to keep true to the horror, blood, and guts of vampirism.  

 

Let’s bring back the evil, bad-ass vampires of yesterday and scare the "yell" out of the reader.

 

Peace,

©2010-2017 Idalita Wright Raso. All rights reserved. 

 

What is Magick? (Part Seven)

Posted by Idalita Wright Raso on December 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The key to magick is balance. The Devine Spirit has cleverly hidden our magick deep inside of ourselves—within our seven chakras.

 

When our chakras are in balanced we are happy and full of life. Everything flows easier, creating blessings—magick. But if one or more chakras are blocked, we feel depressed, negative, and stuck. Negative thoughts are a breeding ground for bad luck.

 

Let’s explore the seventh chakra-Crown Chakra

 

The seventh chakra is located on the top of the head or crown area. It is the foundation of our spirit connecting us the universe. The crown chakra influences our higher power, will, and heavenly knowledge. It physically controls the cerebral cortex, cerebrum, central nervous system, the pineal gland, pituitary gland and hormones related to them.

 

Colors associated with the seventh chakra: Violet and white.

 

Gemstones/Crystals associated with the crown chakra: Amethyst, alexandrite, purple fluorite, sugilite, quartz crystal, diamond, and selenite.

 

Related Incense/Aromatherapy: Lotus, Gotu Kola, Cinnamon, Clove, and Peppermint

 

When the crown chakra is balanced we are released from ego driven desires, leaving us to trust in the higher power’s guidance.

 

If the seventh chakra is blocked we lack self-confidence, which leads to fear and anxiety. This negative influence can be found in the physical in the form of lack of concentration and memory retention, brain disease, and tumors.

 

To unblock the seventh chakra, there may be a small amount of pressure, pulling or tugging at the crown of the head. Put your hands before your stomach. Let the ring fingers point up, touching at their tops. Cross the rest of your fingers, with the left thumb underneath the right. Concentrate on the Crown chakra at the top of your head. Chant the sound NG.

 

**Please note: Do not use this meditation for the crown chakra if you do not have a strong Root chakra (you need a strong foundation first). The seventh chakra balance is affected by the balance of the previous six Chakras.

 

This concludes my series on “what is magick?” I wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year! 

Peace  

©2010-2017 Idalita Wright Raso. All rights reserved.

 

What is Magick? (Part Six)

Posted by Idalita Wright Raso on November 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

  The key to magick is balance. The Devine Spirit has cleverly hidden our magick deep inside of ourselves—within our seven chakras.  

 

When our chakras are in balanced we are happy and full of life. Everything flows easier, creating blessings—magick. But if one or more chakras are blocked, we feel depressed, negative, and stuck. Negative thoughts are a breeding ground for bad luck.

 

Let’s explore the sixth chakra-Third Eye or Brow Chakra

 

The sixth chakra is located in the middle of the forehead linking the eyebrows. The third eye chakra gives us the capacity foresight, to see things that are yet to come into being. This is our intuition, imagination and is the foundation of our psychic powers. This chakra connects us to the Great Spirit.  

 

The gemstones associated with the Third Eye or Brow Chakra: Lapis lazuli, azurite, fluorite, sodalite, quartz crystal, and sapphire.

 

Incense: Acacia, Mugwort, Saffron, and Star Anise.

 

When the third eye chakra is balanced we feel confident and in control in our life and abilities. We are able to communicate and listen to our spirit guides/angels. 

 

If this chakra out of balance it can create negative influences in the body such as visual and sinus problems, headaches, spiritual fatigue, psychological problems or panic attacks and depression.

 

To unblocking the sixth or third eye chakra: Laying flat and placing one of the associated crystals over the third eye and visualize an indigo light. Chant “ME.

 

In my next blog I will explore the Seventh Chakra—Crown Chakra 

Peace 

©2010-2017 Idalita Wright Raso. All rights reserved.

What is Magick? (Part Five)

Posted by Idalita Wright Raso on September 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever heard the expression, “cat got your tongue?” Or have you been so angry, you couldn’t speak?

 

The key to magick is balance. The Devine Spirit has cleverly hidden our magick deep inside of ourselves—within our seven chakras.

 

When our chakras are in balanced we are happy and full of life. Everything flows easier, creating blessings—magick. But if one or more chakras are blocked, we feel depressed, negative, and stuck. Negative thoughts are a breeding ground for bad luck.


Let’s explore the fifth chakra-The Throat.


The throat chakra is located at the base of the neck in the throat. It also affects the mouth, teeth, throat, and thyroid gland. When this chakra is balanced it allows for free communication, singing, writing, orators giving inspiring speeches.


Gemstones associated with the throat chakra are: aquamarine, blue sapphire, blue topaz, lapis lazuli, and turquoise. Related Incense: Frankincense and Benzion.


If this chakra is not working properly, it can create all sorts of communication problems. Have you ever heard the expression, “cat got your tongue?” Or have you been so angry, you couldn’t speak? Well chances are your fifth chakra is blocked.


Symptoms of a blocked fifth chakra include:

• Writer’s block

• Difficulties making speeches or singing

• Earaches or infections

• Chronic colds

• Laryngitis

• Sore throat

• Thyroid problems

• Tiredness


To unblock and bring balance to the throat chakra, listen to music, sing, and chant.


To open the throat chakra, meditate outside while looking up at the sky. Cross your fingers on the inside of your hands, without the thumbs. Let the thumbs touch at the tops, and pull them slightly up. Concentrate on the throat chakra and chant “HAM.”


In my next blog I will explore the sixth Chakra—Brow

Peace

©2010-2017 Idalita Wright Raso. All rights reserved.

 

What is Magick? (Part Four)

Posted by Idalita Wright Raso on July 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The key to magick is balance. The Devine Spirit has cleverly hidden our magick deep inside ourselves—within our seven chakras.

 

 

When our chakras are in balanced we are happy and full of life. Everything flows easier, creating blessings—magick. But if one or more chakras are blocked, we feel depressed, negative, and stuck. Negative thoughts are a breeding ground for bad luck.

 

Let’s explore the fourth chakra—the heart chakra, which is located in the centre of the chest around the area of the heart. This chakra represents connecting with nature. It governs unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness, and balance with life. This chakra controls the circulation, the endocrine and immune systems, lungs, and thymus.

 

When the heart chakra is balanced with the lower and upper Chakras, it allows for beauty, compassion, harmony, hope, kindness, unconditional love. We feel at peace with ourselves and the world around us. We are rejuvenated; we have greater success and prosperity. It brings balance, which helps us to help others, and we become a humanitarian.

 

Gemstones associated with the heart chakra: Emerald, green and pink tourmaline, malachite, green jade, green aventurine, rose quartz, ruby, fluorite, and moldavite.

Related Incense: Jasmine, Marjoram, Lavender, Orris Root, and Yarrow.

 

Unblocking your heart chakra: Sit cross-legged with, while burning the related incense. Let the tips of your index finger and thumb touch. Put your left hand on your left knee and your right hand in front of the lower part of your breast bone. Concentrate on the associated gemstone and chant YAM.

 

In my next blog I will explore the Fifth Chakra—The Throat.

 

 

 

Peace

 

©2010-2017 Idalita Wright Raso. All rights reserved.

What is Magick? (Part Three)

Posted by Idalita Wright Raso on May 27, 2013 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The key to magick is balance. The Devine Spirit has cleverly hidden our magick deep inside ourselves—within our seven chakras. 

 

When our chakras are in balanced we are happy and full of life. Everything flows easier, creating blessings—magick. But if one or more chakras are blocked, we feel depressed, negative, and stuck. Negative thoughts are a breeding ground for bad luck.

 

A simple way to unblock a chakra is by cleansing and exercising them. Let’s take a look at the second chakra. The Sacral Chakra—Genital Chakra: This chakra gages your self-control.

 

The essential oils are bergamot, cardamom, clary sage, neroli, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang. Gemstones associated with the sacral chakra are carnelian and banded agate.

 

The sacral chakra is located right below the belly button in the lower area of your stomach and rules a person’s sexual organs, lower portion of the spine, large intestines and the bladder. It also affects your emotions (love, fear, and hate) creativity, your ability to handle sexual relationships, and decision making skills.


If your sacral chakra is working correctly you will have less physical ailments. You will have the proper motivation to make good decisions. Your sex life will be more fulfilling, and your creativity will be heightened. A blocked sacral chakra could show up as low back pain, constipation, and even sexual diseases. It can also cause depression and emotional distress.

 

To unblock this chakra move your pelvis. You can do pelvic thrusts or just swivel your hips around. Dancing is good for this, but make sure to focus on your pelvis.

 

You can also mediate to unblock this chakra. Simply place your hands before your stomach, slightly below your solar plexus. Let the fingers join at the tops, all pointing away from you. Cross the thumbs. It is important to straighten the fingers. To open the sacral chakra, concentrate and chant “RAM.”

 

In my next blog I will explore the third chakra—Solar Plexus Chakra

Peace  

©2010-2017 Idalita Wright Raso. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

What is Magick? (Part Two)

Posted by Idalita Wright Raso on April 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Cleansing Your Chakra's is the first key to creating magick in your life.

 

The key to magick is balance and the Devine spirit has cleverly hidden our magick in plain sight—inside ourselves. Magick isn’t all spells and potions; it is the life-force within us waiting to be unleashed. When our chakras are in balanced we are happy and full of life. Everything seem to flow easier, creating blessings—magick. But if one or more chakras are blocked, we start to feel depressed, negative, and stuck. Negative thoughts are a breeding ground for bad luck.

 

A simple way to unblock a chakra is by cleansing them. Let’s take a look at the first chakra, the root chakra. First Chakra - Base Chakra is situated at the base of or tail end of the spine. It governs the sex organs. It is represented by the color red. The essential oil Myrrh, gemstones associated with the root chakra include: red jasper, fire opal, garnet, jet, black onyx, and bloodstone.

 

The Base Chakra is the foundation of the physical body; it keeps us grounded to the earth. It influences the immune system, energy, impulses, instincts, endurance and fight or flight reactions. It is the body's survival including food, shelter and protection. Relationships in our early life influence the wellbeing of this chakra. If there is blockage to this chakra, there will be problems encountered in day to day life that will prevent a person from moving on though development.

 

Imbalances in the root chakra include too much energy flowing through it, causing aggression, greed, irritation, selfishness, and sadism. Too little energy will cause anxiety and lack of self-confidence.

 

When this chakra is balanced we feel healthy, alive free, optimistic, happy, steady and full of vitality.

 

To unblock the root: Start cooking and cleaning in the home, sitting on the ground, walking barefoot, and dancing.

 

Chants that open the root: “AH” and “LAM”

To mediate: Let the tips of your thumb and index finger touch. Concentrate on the root chakra at the spot in between the genitals and the anus. Start the chant with “AH” then chant the sound “LAM.”

 

In my next blog I will explore the Second Chakra - Sacral Plexus

Peace 

 

  

©2010-2017 Idalita Wright Raso. All rights reserved.

What Is Magick? (Part One)

Posted by Idalita Wright Raso on February 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Why at the very mention of magick, the supernatural or the metaphysical people start to feel uncomfortable? In my opinion it is because these subjects are sorely misunderstood. Most “religious” folks are the first ones to point out that magick is Devil worshipping and you are going to Hell. 

   

Meanwhile, many factions of Christianity handle poisonous snakes in revival tents to the tune of an old hymnal, playing Jesus, trying to cure the sick and raise the dead.  

                                      

Gee, if that isn’t magick, what is?  In my opinion, God, Goddess, demons, angels, Satan, the Universe or whatever is governing our universe is nothing more than pure magick. 

                                      

In my seven part blog series I hope to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding magick and how to use magick to guide your everyday life.  

 

Let’s start at the beginning—prayer. In almost every religion I have studied or read about magick always begins with a prayer and or, meditation. This usually involves fasting and a focused will. Prayer and meditation helps us tap into the Devine Power. 

 

What is Divine Power?  It is the spiritual force of life, the source which everything, including our universe came into existence. To better understand how to tap into Divine Power, you first will need to understand the seven chakras and their energy. Understanding the chakras will help you unblock any channels that may be prohibiting you from whatever you are praying for. 

  

I have heard many people say that they pray faithfully, but their prayers are not being answered. The problem could be blocked Chakra Energy.  

 

What is a Chakra and where did the word originate?  The word chakra comes from an ancient Indian language known as Sanskrit, and it means a vortex, spinning wheel or a circle. Chakras are the major centers of spiritual power in the human body. The belief in chakras started in India, around 2500 B.C. 

 

First Chakra - Root Chakra

Second Chakra - Sacral Plexus

Third Chakra- Solar Plexus

Fourth Chakra - Heart

Fifth Chakra - Throat

Sixth Chakra -Third Eye or Brow Chakra

Seventh Chakra - Crown Chakra

 

In my next blog I will explain the different colors and gemstones associated with chakras. 

 

Peace! 

 

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