Darkness before Dawn

Hello to all my WordPress friends,

I’m still dealing with some difficult family issues, and still rising myself, from the swirling Stygian winter depths.

but here is all my news so far:

Spring is arriving on the mountainside

and corridors of light are opening up the forest floor

“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation“- Jalaluddin Rumi

my submission to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 4-1 (four great years!)

and news on another front:

A friend of mine from the Netherlands who is a watercolour artist asked if she could bring my Tales of the Tuatha to a virtual world. Inspired by my own images she created a brilliant representation, and a storyteller from Seanchai Library read a shortened version of the tale in a virtual setting to any who “logged in.” It was a delightful fantasy experience and one more interesting venue for the arts. I have posted it on the Desert Mice Story Blog where there are links to some great reviews of the installation.

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let’s take the stigma out of mental illnesses and not be afraid to talk about it.

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  1. milliethom says:

    I am happy that spring is eventually arriving for you, Cybele, and that things are starting to improve for you. Your post is a delight,and congratulations on the fantasy experience. I’ll have a look on the Desert Mice Story Blog as soon as I can.

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    1. Many thanks Millie! it’s good to hear from you again! Pop by anytime! 🙂

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  2. pattimoed says:

    Beautiful and touching post, Cybele. I’m sorry you’re struggling with difficult family issues. But I love your honesty about it. The light is coming, along with happiness. Be well.

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    1. thank you so much Patti, Things are improving!

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      1. pattimoed says:

        That IS good news.

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  3. Your images are like a treasure chest Cybele, full of wonders. I hope you make your way out of the darkness soon ❤

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    1. it’s getting better! Thank you my friend!

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  4. Dear Cybele, I’m so sorry it’s still “winter” for you and that your family problems are not yet resolved. I do hope things get better and Spring arrives for you in all ways that are positive. That’s wonderful, about your friend taking Tales of the Tuatha to a virtual world. What a fabulous idea! Sarah xox

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    1. thank you so much Sarah. It’s improving!

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  5. Sherry Felix says:

    Stunning images. Life problems are getting in my way too. Hope we have a trouble free summer. My love and best wishes.

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    1. and I wish you the same Sherry!!! Thank you!

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  6. Adrian Lewis says:

    Sorry to hear that things are still somewhat twisted, hope you’re doing alright, Cybele. I especially like the first image here – absolutely wonderful! A

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    1. I’m plodding along Adrian! Thanks so much for your good wishes and for visiting again!

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  7. Thinking of you dear Cybele .. your images are always beautiful

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  8. Hello little mouse, I had no idea, I am so sorry to find you have been in the pit. You have joined me here, I need to return to a psych of some description I can’t manage much longer.

    I adore this post it’s really beautiful.

    In Australia it is difficult to say whether the stigma is coming or going it depends on the area in which one lives.

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    1. thank you so much Andrew!! prayers and blessings for wings to fly from out of those depths!!

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      1. prayers ascending from me to you may we both become as eagles

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      2. thank you Andrew!! Yes!

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      3. We will over come

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  9. Suzanne says:

    Beautiful work as always. So utterly magical and entrancing.

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    1. thanks so much my friend!

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  10. Anita says:

    Happy to hear about Tales of the Tuatha, Cybele! Hope Spring brings about more of your ethereal pictures. ☺

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    1. thank you so much dear Anita!! I hope so too!

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  11. I’m sorry to hear you’re going through a rough patch at this time. I hope it’s short lived. I love all the artwork and I think it’s exciting what you’re doing with your story. Discussing mental health should not have such a stigma attached. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t somehow been touched by it –whether suffering with it themselves or with their family or friends. Be well, my friend. The sun always shines after the rain❣

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    1. I so appreciate your wise and thoughtful words always Linda. The sun will shine again!! Blessings and thanks!

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      1. I appreciate that Linda!

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  12. So happy to read you. Hope the dust will settle soon! xox

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    1. thanks so much for visiting Landa!

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  13. aidymcglynn says:

    Stunning images Cybele – very dreamlike quality.

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  14. Aquileana says:

    So beautiful dear Cybele… Spring has sprung for you! and the corridors of light are opening up the forest floor(love the images and those words in particular.
    Also I echoe the quote. “Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation”… I many times find peace in Silence, and, by the way, I have been listening to White noises videos on Youtube before bedtime. Great post, my friend. Happy Spring to you from my autumnal southern hemisphere 😉 ⭐

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    1. ahh yes, you are opposite but autumn is so lovely! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment.

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  15. Mark Simms says:

    Take care Cyb

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    1. thanks Mark!! I’m trying!

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  16. How exciting for you to have your images used for the story, and the story given a new modern venue! I’m thrilled for you!!

    I’m so happy to hear Spring and Sunlight have arrived to your mountain. Both are so uplifting.

    Going to listen to the story now. Take good care! XX

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    1. oh Deb, thanks so much. You know I should record it myself!! It really needs some revising and all. One day when I’m feeling more energetic I need to do a lot of editing. The weather is still iffy here but I do love it when the sun comes out!!

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  17. Happy Spring, dear Cybele. I hope this year will bring more joys and happiness to all of us..

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    1. I second that my friend!! Thank you!

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  18. Faerie lands. Gorgeous!

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  19. Willow says:

    I know spring is truly here when the leaves block out sight of the transformer on the road behind me.

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    1. ha ha Willow! Thanks so much for visiting!! I was over to your blog too and put a follow!! Hope you will drop into Ceakay’s sim if you haven’t already!

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      1. Willow says:

        Thank you! I haven’t but will.

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      2. May I ask how you found my blog? I always like to know if by accident or word! I often find people through comments on other posts etc.

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      3. Willow says:

        How did I find “The Runes of the Gatekeeper’s Daughter” probably initially through Inara Pey’s Living in a Modem World blog. I try to keep up with happening in Second Life through that. I say probably because I follow thirty five other blogs and there is a lot of reblogging in all those and I don’t remember for sure which one. Plus there was the use of the goddess Cybele in your name and years ago she came to me in a dream so I was intrigued.

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      4. thank you Willow!! I love all this networking! It’s sometimes a bit of work keeping up isn’t it!!

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      5. Willow says:

        BTW I found you on Flickr so I follow you there also.

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  20. Amy says:

    Wow, Tales of the Tuatha to a virtual world!! That is so awesome. Thank you for sharing the great news. 🙂

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    1. thanks so much for your enthusiasm Amy!! It was rather exciting in my otherwise grey days!! But the sun is peaking through!!

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  21. Peter Nena says:

    I’m on my way to Desert Mice Story Blog. I must go see Niamh.
    Thanks Cybele. I love the sun. So yellow, so mellow. So beautiful.

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    1. mellow and yellow indeed! I think Niamh is always happy to see you! Thanks so much my dear friend.

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  22. Anica Art says:

    Hi Cybele, was just thinking about you today! All your pieces are just stunning and congratulations on the fantasy experience too! 🙂

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    1. hey Anica!! It was something new!! and very interesting and creative. Thank you! I’m still a bit slow here lol!

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      1. Anica Art says:

        All good, Cybele… inspiring as always… on wards and upwards 🙂

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  23. Little Dune Mouse, this is a beautiful post in every way xx

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    1. I am so pleased by your approbation!! How’s that for formality. Thank you Shey! Hey, am I able to get your book on Amazon?

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      1. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh . ( takes deep breath. You can . yes (Hides) (Digs hole and hides)
        Listen your posts are always beautiful. A wonderful world to enter and just sigh. SO important when you think of all that is going on in the real one at times x

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      2. I missed replying to this (she says fumbling to turn on the lights)! Thank you for your wonderful support Shey!

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  24. paula graham says:

    Beautiful both in photos and depth of feelings. Yes, the stigma about mental pain has to be removed, here in the UK both princes are involved on this issue by finally discussing the silence around their mother’s death and the suppressed pain they suffer from. Even the Dutch king openly talked about his pain and his mother’s about prins Friso’s death in 2013 after a skiing accident and coma for 1.5 years. Here in the UK there is still a great taboo around death, depression and anxiety amongst ordinary folk. Upon the death of my one and only child now 3 years ago, people actually avoided me cause they did not know what to say and even now it is very rare for anyone to ask me how I am coping. Makes one feel very lonely.

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    1. oh Paula, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your pain with me. I am crying after reading it. I am so sorry for such a loss and I know what you are saying about people avoiding you and not wanting to hear about it. My family has had issues around depression and mood disorder. You may know that my brother committed suicide which I did write about a few years after he died. We can die of loneliness and sometimes people don’t even know. Grief is a deep ocean but comfort and joy still come in many forms. Life so precious is also about loss. In the end we are left with memories and that great mystery of time. Sometimes I just put it all in the hands of God or the Universe ( surrender I suppose) and go on.

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  25. Sue says:

    Keep rising, Cybele… And your friend’s watercolours are great!

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    1. they really are and thank you Sue!! I am trying!

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  26. Sorry to hear that you’re going through tough times. I hope things will get better for you soon. Take care.

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    1. thanks so much Moongirl!! Things will improve!

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  27. Renee Espriu says:

    Beautiful images. I am always awe struck!

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    1. thank you Renee!! and I with your poetry!

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  28. sheldonk2014 says:

    Stay strong Cybele
    You know where to
    Find me, As Sheldon Always

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    1. thank you so much Sheldon!! you know!

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  29. Beautiful as always – wishing you well 😄

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    1. many blessings and thanks Lisa!!

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  30. Maverick ~ says:

    Lovely images as always Cybele and great idea to bring your Tales to the virtual world.

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    1. it was a very interesting and creative experience! Thank you Maverick!

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  31. Ode to the power of light metaphorically and visually, and especially am drawn to the first image.

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    1. yes!! and that one seems to be well liked! Thank you Sally!

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