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How meditation has changed my life, and how it can change yours-learn about the health benefits, and my favorite meditation app!

How meditation has changed my life, and how it can change yours-learn about the health benefits, and my favorite meditation app!

Meditation is the key…. Meditation practice is on the rise these days, and everyone from seniors to children are giving it a go! This really comes as no surprise. Life isn’t always easy with the constant stress, deadlines, and traffic….not to mention the absolute absurdity […]

Black Velvet in the Rain

Black Velvet in the Rain

Black Velvet in the Rain….   “The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.”-Henry Beston Handmade black velvet duster…perfect for the free spirited woman […]

3 Logic Puzzles to Chase Away the Winter Blues

3 Logic Puzzles to Chase Away the Winter Blues

3 Logic Puzzles to Chase Away the Winter Blues

The air is frigid, and snowflakes drift on the wind, draping the landscape in a frosted blanket of white. You sit watching with a warm drink under your nose… Nowhere to go and nothing left to do. You feel boredom creeping its way into your peaceful snow day. “There must be something to keep one’s mind occupied?” you muse, as your eyes scan the surrounding room. Suddenly something catches your eye…”Ah ha! Boredom won’t win this day!” Now you know how you will pass the time….

"Winter Tea" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at Gossamerydreams.com or @Gossamery_dreams.

 

Logic Puzzles!

I’m sure that you probably have done one of these head scratching puzzles as a child in school, and maybe now you are a master at them! I personally love puzzles of all types, and these 3 are some of my favorites from Fantastic Book of Logic Puzzles by Muriel Mandell and Illustrated by Elise Chanowitz. Let’s get started!

"Frozen" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at Gossamerydreams.com or @Gossamery_dreams.

 

The Martian Rub

After his spaceship landed on Mars, astronaut Jonathan Mark disembarked and approached the first Martian he saw. “Am I headed for the geological dig? He asked.

The Martian rubbed his stomach.

Mark knew that Martians could understand some Earth-talk, but were not able to speak it. And astronaut Mark, like so many Earthlings, could neither speak nor understand Martian gestures. He didn’t know whether rubbing the stomach meant yes or no. But by asking one additional question, Mark was able to find out.

What was that question?

 


The Search for Doman   

This was astronaut Jose Perez’s fourth visit to Mars and he had learned to speak Martian. He wanted to find his Martian friend Doman, but in order to locate him he had to know what group Doman belonged to. The Three groups in the area were: Uti, Yomi, and Grundi.

The Uti always told the truth.

The Yomi always lied.

The Grundi sometimes told the truth but sometimes lied.

Perez needed information. Three Martians, Aken, Bal, and Cwos, each of whom belonged to a different group, agreed to help him.

He asked each one of them two questions: What group do you belong to? What group does Doman belong to?

  1. Aken said: I am not an Uti. Doman is a Yomi.
  2. Bal said: I am not a Yomi. Doman is a Grundi.
  3. Cwos said: I am not a Grundi. Doman is a Uti.

What group does Doman belong to?

 

Tsientsien Don’t Eat

Jonathan Mark gathered three specimens of Martian plant and animal life to bring back to Earth: a garble, a farfel and a tsientsien. But Mark was worried. His vehicle for local travel was not big enough to hold more than himself and one specimen. Mark knew that garbles will eat farfels if given half a chance, and farfels will eat tsientsien. Garbles, however, don’t eat tsientsien, and tsientsien don’t eat. All the other astronauts were away from the ship.

How could Marl transport the garble, the farfel and the tsientsien one at a time so that they would all be safe?    

 

Can you solve the puzzles?

"Ice" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at Gossamerydreams.com or @Gossamery_dreams.

So what do you think? Did you solve them or were you stumped? Leave your answers to each puzzle in the comments below, and let’s work through them together!

I hope you all enjoyed these 3 little puzzles, and if you would like to see more of these in the future, let us know!

“beautiful mornings and sweet dreams” love Amy and Ciarra-Come be a part of our community @www.gossamerydreams.com

 

Finding and Fostering Inspiration

Finding and Fostering Inspiration

Finding and Fostering Inspiration   The sunlight glistens off the pale green river and the cold winter air blows through your car. You are waiting for the ferry, watching curious seagulls scavenging for an early afternoon snack from one of the waiting cars. Taking in […]

The “Free Spirit” Wrap blouse

The “Free Spirit” Wrap blouse

The “Free Spirit” Wrap blouse         About the “Free Spirit Wrap Blouse” We all have a favorite garment in our wardrobe that makes us feel our best. When we put it on, we are overcome with a sense of well being, and […]

The “La Dame Blanche” Dress

The “La Dame Blanche” Dress

The “La Dame Blanche” dress

 

 

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

Photo by John Stebbins. More @ www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

 

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

The "La Dame Blanche" Dress @www.gossamerydreams.com

 

 

La Dame Blanche

The mystery and lore that surrounds “La Dame Blanche” or “White Lady” is vast in its depiction and origin. From Eastern and Western Europe, to the Americas, every country has folklore surrounding this supernatural woman/spirit. In some countries she is viewed as a witch or sorceress, and in others she is seen as a ghost or spirit (several of which are located here where we reside!) She may described as being of good character, helping and healing those who are in need, or bad, forcing those who come across her path to bend to her will. If the passerby would not comply with what she asked of them (such as dance or crawl on their knees to her) they would suffer her punishment carried out by her minions/helpers (hobgoblins, owls, cats, and those creatures who helped her) Still some see her as a healer, who lovingly and willingly helps those in time of need.

In Current Popular Culture

“La Dame Blanche” has been depicted in popular culture over the years. The most current, and positive depiction of her happens to be our favorite. Claire Fraser from the books/tv series Outlander is referred to as “La Dame Blanche”because of her vast knowledge of herbal medicines, and healing arts. She cures the ill, and eases pain of their suffering with her “otherworldly” skills, and kind bedside manner. She is strong, highly intelligent, powerful, gentle, and loving. It is from this more positive description in which we draw our inspiration for the styling of this dress.

These photos were shot in an area steeped in lore and spirit sightings, with “white lady” sightings being some of them. We found the landscape a perfect setting for our photos, and the lore surrounding the area a crowning bonus.

The “La Dame Blanche” dress shown here is available now in our online shop. Click HERE to learn more.

The "La Dame Blanche Dress" by Amy Stebbins Couture. Photo by John Stebbins. More @ www.gossamerydreams.com

We hope you enjoyed looking at these photos, as much as we loved taking them. What “white lady” stories have you heard? Have you ever experienced a sighting before? Are you a “Dame Blanche” yourself? Please do share with the community, by commenting below! Use #gossameryLaDameBlanche on Instagram and social media.

Until next post,

“beautiful mornings and sweet dreams” love Amy and Ciarra-Come be a part of our community @www.gossamerydreams.com

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GOOD MORNING! Rise and shine with a plant based elixir

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