2016 (The Year of the Fire Monkey) was a really bad one for a lot of people. That fire monkey sure was an arsonist! And some of the worst things about 2016, are the dark portents it cast on 2017. Though we all hope that the Year of the Fire Rooster might be better, there is a LOT of fear, anger, distrust, negativity in our world right now. Sadly, hate and prejudice are alive and well, and seeing a new resurgence right now. What we need, now more than ever, is even the smallest glimmers of hope, kindness, love, and peace. Only light can drive out darkness; only love can drive out hate, as MLK tried to teach the world 50+ years ago, and we still need that lesson every day today.As I watched, and am still watching, I often feel helpless about "what can I do?" We can all make a point to be kinder, more loving to the strangers around us, regardless of their differences. We need every bit of beauty we can gather. Singers should sing, players should play, painters should paint, or do whatever it is you do to increase hope, love and peace, and stand up against those driven by hate, ignorance, and discrimination. What can I do? Well, I made 18 little Magic Vial Charms. I know I said I wasn't going to, but - it just felt right again. I made 18 for hope, love, strength, protection, peace... 18 unique little bottles as full of love and beauty as I can make them. These are my wishes, and I'm sending them out into the universe to anyone who needs a little reminder. Also, 15% of every vial sale will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org/) - ACLU is getting a lot of funding, as is Planned Parenthood (not that they both don't still need more!), but these guys are getting a bit less, but still fighting, deep in the heart of Dixie. Bless them. Bless us all.
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