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Dec. 12th, 2010

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thomasrymour

Sister Mary Minehan and the Brigid Shrine




Sister Mary and the Shrine to Brighid
* Private Residence / Kildare, Ireland *

Probably one of the most enlightening and blessed experiences on my pilgrimmage and quest to Ireland in June of 2010 was meeting, visiting with, and being passed Brigid's Eternal Flame from Sister Mary, the Brigidine Sister - one of the 19 sacred guardians of Brigid's Flame. A call to see if she was home, me and Faerie Moe headed down the hill to Sister Mary's private residence. A very humble, peaceful, and vibrant woman, Sister Mary welcomed us into her house and took us into the back room where the Shrine to Brigid was and one of the protected eternal flames of Brigid stay lit. We admired the numerous Brigid's crosses, the artwork, and the spiritual offerings/dedications to St. Brigid (aka. Goddess Brigid). I was tingling with excitement and had an overwhelming ecstatic experience just standing in the room - in the presence of two of my favorite women - The Goddess Brigid (St. Brigid) through Sister Mary and the Shrine, and my friend Faerie Moe. What more could one ever ask for? If ever a glimpse of enlightenment, it was this particular moment in space and time for me. Being shown around Kildare by Faerie Moe who lives in the area and getting indepth local's tour of the sacred sites that mean so much to me, learning about the work of Cairde Bhride, and being passed St. Brigid's flame was an overwhelming experience. I did my best not to let it show, but i know I clumsily stumbled around from the feelings of awe I was in.

Sister Mary Minehan: A humble, peaceful, and shining powerful spiritual woman that embodies the illumination of the Goddess Brigid/St. Brigid. She is one of Brigid's guardians of the sacred Eternal flame, a Brigidine sister who lives in Kildare, Ireland. Her life is dedicated to the work of Cairde Bhríde, the Catholic Order of St. Brigid that embraces both the Christian Saint and Goddess aspect of Brighid. The Order has an outreach community of 50 men and women who call themselves the "Cairde Bride" or "Friends of Brigid". The Group do circle dances, rituals at the wells, greet pilgrims, watch over the wells, guard the Sacred Flame, teaches about Brigid, throw the "Feile Bride - Brigid's Festival", promotes peace, justice, and reconciliation. Sr. Mary Minehan grew up in Puckane, a small country village where she was boarded at a private boarding school and the Brigidine secondary school in Mountrath. During her last year in secondary school, on a retreat, and had a revelation to become a Brigidine sister. She joined the convent and live sacredly dedicated to God and Brigid at the Novitiate in Tullow. From there she became a teacher and worked in various Brigidine schools around the country before ending up in Kildare in 1992. (Brigidines work throughout Ireland, the UK, US, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Kenya, and Papua New Guinea) She chose Kildare upon being asked to come there to explore her Celtic Heritage and to reclaim Brigid of Kildare for the new millennium. Sister Mary was first exposed to Brigid at an early age through her grandmother who used to make Brigid's crosses with rushes. She remembers her mother's leg ulcer being cured by Brigid and came to know her as Brigid the Healer and Brigid the Protector. Sister Mary is one of the Protectors of the Flame and one of the Brigidines who will pass the flame to pilgrims to Kildare. Sister Mary Minehan can be reached at Solas Bhride at solasbhride@eircomnet and is a must for anyone on a pilgrimmage to Kildare for Brigid to meet.




Me receiving Brigid's Eternal Flame from Sister Mary


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Oct. 11th, 2010

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4th Annual Manitou Springs Zombie Crawl

Apr. 29th, 2010

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Spring Zombie Crawl: Saturday, May 1st, 2010: Manitou Springs, Colorado


MANITOU SPRINGS' SPRINGTIME ZOMBIE CRAWL
SATURDAY, MAY 1ST, 2010: 2 pm - Makeup, 3 pm - Crawl

Come dressed as a zombie or the undead, splattered in blood, or get splattered at 2 pm, and drag your feet moaning with hunger for fresh brains, up and down Manitou Avenue. Meet 2 pm for costume assistance (or to help make people up), bring fake blood if you can, guts, cauliflower to dye as brains, and other costume props. Be there prompt at 3 pm for the Crawl down Manitou Avenue. Social afterwards at the Townhouse Lounge. Rain, Snow, or Shine. Bring Out Yer' Dead!!!

For more information:

Mar. 24th, 2010

Storyteller

thomasrymour

Facebook | Santa Christ video shoot for Ron English

April 4th, 2010 : Colorado Springs, Colorado

A large handful of you have responded to the big SantaChrist/Ron English/Electric Illuminati event coming to Colorado Springs. I appreciate your response but we still need many, many SANTAS to reach 100.

Please email Douglas at douglas@rouse66.com to confirm your participation.

Your Santa costume does not need to be elaborate, nor authentic. Think of it more as a sea of red and white and if there are 100 or more people wearing red and white the effect could be quite astonishing. It doesn't even need to be a Santa outfit specifically, but something celebrating or resembling Santa would be awesome. For ten bucks at the thrift shop you can get a sweet outfit (hint: Saturday's at the ARC everything is 50% off).
Facebook | Santa Christ video shoot for Ron English


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thomasrymour

Facebook | Faerieworlds 2010


Facebook | Faerieworlds 2010

Oct. 28th, 2009

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The Third Annual Colorado Springs Zombie Crawl and 80's Dance Party

Flash News Update: Colorado Springs 3rd Infection


photograph by Steve Carlin

The Third Annual Colorado Springs Zombie Crawl and 80's Dance Party
Every October * Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado *

Every year, the zombie clans of Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs, Denver, and surrounding areas take over the streets of majorly populated city centers in Colorado. Some say it's an active re-occuring flu-like flesh-eating variant of the swine flu, others say it's a zombie apocalypse, while many just embrace it as a new annual tradition around the world. Yes, Zombie crawls happen in almost every major city on the globe. They are growing phenomenally in population and occurence. Some say this is a sign that the end times are near and is a training routine for the zombie apocalypse. Are you prepared? Basically a Zombie Crawl is either an organized or unorganized assembly or flash mob of people dressed like zombies or the undead. Its primarily advertised by word of mouth, the internet, and social networks as it is meant to be a surprise event on the public. It is a mass group improv theatrical performance. It mutates annually to involve not only the living dead, but zombie hunters, and victims. Some are staged as spoof political rallies organized "to raise awareness of zombie rights". Often you find a combination of all the above. The First zombie walk to hit North America, took place in 2001 on the streets of Sacremento, California. This replicated in 2002. Then October 2003 the zombies hit Toronto, Ontario. Frequency started to occur throughout North American cities. On October 29, 2006, 894 participants gathered at the Monroeville Mall in Pittsburgh, which served as the set of the classic zombie film Dawn of the Dead setting the Guiness Book of World Records. A zombie march in Brisbane, Australia on May 25, 2008 set an unofficial record of over 1500 participants according to media reports. On June 21, 2008, a zombie march took place in Chicago with a reported of over 1,550 zombies, setting a new unofficial record. Close to 50 cities worldwide participated in World Zombie Day on October 26, 2008 with over 7,500 zombies estimated. On October 30, 2008, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the largest site of zombies anywhere in the world. Even though the official tally was at 3,370 zombies, well over 4,000+ zombies showed up to this event. [wikipedia] On 3 July 2009, a zombie walk in the Fremont neighboorhood of Seattle broke the previous record set by Grand Rapids - Guinness World Records officially recorded 3,894 zombies, though local news claimed 4,277 participants (I was there and have to say there were hundreds of zombies who didn't want to stand in line for the official registration count so I believe the latter).


photograph by Jeff Kallaus


After attending the 2006 Denver 1st annual Zombie Crawl, Leaf McGowan decided to start and become founder of the Manitou Springs, Colorado on October 17, 2007 [roughly 45 zombies]; and continuing with the one in Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 28, 2007 [with 67 zombies] that was put on by his shop "The Tree Leaves Oracle." In addition to the Tree Leaves' Oracle, the Manitou Springs Crawl was also sponsored by the Ancient Mariner where the after party was held. The Colorado Springs one was also sponsored by the Underground Bar's Goth Night. It was so successful that he continued them in 2008. [ Manitou Springs 2008 Zombie Crawl and Party with est. 70 zombies ] [ Colorado Springs 2nd Annual Zombie Crawl & 80's Party with 150+ zombies ] The 2008 Manitou Springs after-crawl social was held at the Ancient Mariner and the 2008 Colorado Springs crawl party was held again at the Underground with the amazing 80's tunes by DJ Gypsy. This year, the crawls and parties took place again - in Manitou Springs on October 12th with 45 zombies braving freezing cold ice-rain conditions and ending their party at the Townhouse Lounge that hosted live entertainment and drink specials for the brave souls bearing winter conditions. This year's Colorado Springs Zombie crawl took place on Friday, October 23, 2009 at the Underground Bar on the corner of Kiowa and Nevada. They openened their doors for the crowds to have a warm place to do make-up and costume help at 6:30 pm, from which they crawled from at 8 pm down Nevada, Bijou, Tejon, and Kiowa - returning back to the Underground for a spectacular 80's dance party with music by the amazing DJ Gypsy. The party lasted until 1:30 am. It was estimated to have had 209+ participants this year. This year's crawls came out to be a complete success with no known injuries, accidents, or issues. To become part of next year's crawls, with a possible addition of a Spring crawl, visit the following network sites: http://www.treeleavesoracle.org/events/zombie.html; Manitou Springs: http://www.myspace.com/manitouzombiecrawl or http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139839019208; Colorado Springs: www.myspace.com/coloradospringszombiewalk or http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139839019208. Also in Colorado, organized by completely different Monsters is the Denver Annual Zombie Crawl and the new Boulder Zombie Crawl.


photograph by Steve Carlin


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10.23.09: uWorld News Press - 3rd Zombie Outbreak in Colorado Springs

Third Zombie Outbreak in Colorado Springs
uWorld News Press: October 24, 2009: 0300 - Colorado Springs, Colorado


photograph by Steve Carlin


This has been the 3rd reported outbreak of zombie virus (feH1N1z) in Colorado Springs. This small city thought they were done with it. But each year, it seems to re-surface. First in 2007 with roughly 65 contaminated, the disease reared its ugly head again in 2008 with 150+ infected, this outbreak this year is purported to have over 209+ ill with the virus (estimated from the uCDC's head count of unique faces in photographic evidence of the outbreak). It is feared that it could spread in mass quantity to Denver later this afternoon if not properly quarantined.


photograph by Steve Carlin


Apparently, a lab technician involved in the spread of the virus in Manitou Springs two weeks prior, who was believed to be in remission and over cantagion re-infected and began on a rampage through the day at his lab eating the brains of his co-workers and neighbours. He setup a fake vaccination clinic at the Underground at 110 N. Nevada in downtown Colorado Springs with the false advertisement of having a cure and preventative for the disease. He even had a doctor endorse it. However, it was a staged trap. Everyone who entered the Underground became infected enmass, and within hours burst through the door of the Underground onto the streets of quiet Colorado Springs. Families, women, children, men, and city workers were infected. Tamed and gentle 'zombies' still infected from the previous year passed out fliers for solidarity and unity amongst zombies. A bloodbath still occured in the depths of the Underground nonetheless. The crowd of flesh craving zombies crawled down Nevada, Bijou, and all along Tejon streets of the downtown area. Passerbys and citizens didn't know what to think - from terror and screams to smiles and kodak moments. More of Colorado Springs became infected. The uCDC quarantined as many as they could back into the Underground for containment and treatment with cocktail specials laced with antidotes. The zombie mashing tunes of DJ Gypsy kept the zombies contained on the dancefloor while the bar entertained the rest. It was quite an affair until 2 am when the antidotes finally set in. However, it is believed several zombies escaped containment and treatment currently enroute for Denver.


photograph by Jeff Kallaus

Oct. 20th, 2009

Storyteller

thomasrymour

3rd Annual Colorado Springs Zombie Crawl and Dance Party this Friday

COLORADO SPRINGS ZOMBIE WALK AND 80's DANCE PARTY
Friday, October 23, 2009


Come join us in your tattered clothes, blood splattered skin, and do a foot dragging crawl down Tejon Street, in downtown Colorado Springs for a zombie crawl you'll never forget ... Meet between 7:00 and 7:30 pm for costume assistance, and 8 pm sharp for the beginning of the crawl, as we awaken from the depths of the Underground Pub (corner of Nevada and Kiowa (110 Nevada)) for a walk up and down the sidewalks of Tejon. We'll return to the Underground for social fun and a 80's zombie dance party at 9 pm to the spinning of DJ Gypsy with drink specials. Kids welcome pre-crawl, and for the crawl, after crawl welcome in the Underground until 9 pm. At 9 pm - It's an 18+ party, $5 cover for 18-21 and free for 21+.
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Oct. 9th, 2009

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3rd Annual Manitou Springs Zombie Crawl and Social: Tomorrow: October 10th, 3 pm

MANITOU SPRINGS ZOMBIE CRAW AND SOCIAL


RAIN/SNOW/SLEET/ or SHINE -WE CRAWL

Come join us in your tattered clothes, blood splattered skin, and do a foot dragging crawl down Manitou Avenue, in downtown Manitou Springs for a zombie crawl you'll never forget ... Meet between 3:00 and 4:00 pm for costume assistance, and 4 pm sharp for the beginning of the crawl, as we become infected in Soda Springs Park for a walk up and down the sidewalks of Manitou Avenue. We'll end up at the Townhouse Lounge for social fun, food, and drink. Kids welcome! This is a family event.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Meet 3 pm for costume help (Soda Springs Park)

promptly meet at Soda Springs Park as a zombie (or come early for makeup assistance) to begin the crawl at 4 pm down Manitou Ave.

The crawl itself should last 20-30 minutes. So be timely. Afterwards we'll hang out at the Townhouse Lounge @ 907 Manitou Avenue for food, drinks, and socializing.

Kids encouraged! All ages family event!

Websites with updated information:
http://www.myspace.com/manitouzombiecrawl

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139839019208




Flier for spreading the word: http://www.technogypsie.com/photogallery/logos/ms-zombiecrawl.pdf

Sep. 24th, 2009

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Adventurer's Yard Sale: Sat/Sun - Sept 26-27, 2009: 9 am to 4 pm.

"Adventurer's Yard Sale Saturday & Sunday September 26-27, 2009

This Saturday & Sunday, September 26th-27th, 2009 from 9 am until 4 pm

Come peruse a variety of arts, crafts, flora, fauna, stones, herbs, collectibles, candles, cards, prints, unique items, including a large assortment of Amy Brown and other faerie figurines from when I had a storefront in Manitou; household items, computer equipment, and finds from my journeys around the world.

512 Pine Oaks Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80926

Directions: Take Highway 115 South to Fort Carson Gate 5, turn right on Pine Oaks Road, follow road up about a mile, in the yard of a small complex of cottages on the right.

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