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#atozchallenge B is for Boat


by Lillian Csernica on April 2, 2019

Flannery O’Connor once said, “Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information to last him the rest of his days.”

Today I am going to tell you a story about a boat. In the twelve hours I was aboard that boat, so many moments happened, each one raw material for a story all by itself.

When I was ten years old, my father took me on a fishing trip. He and some of his coworkers had pooled their money to rent a boat for the day, complete with captain, which would take them out to fish for rock cod off the Four Mile Banks near Laguna Beach, CA. My father loved fishing. I was still a bit of a tomboy at that age, so I was quite excited to be in on the adventure.

A fishing trip means you get up while it’s still dark out, drive down to the marina, find the right dock, and go aboard. I was the only kid on board. I learned later that my father’s co-workers weren’t exactly thrilled to have me along for the trip. Back then adults still believed in behaving themselves in front of children. Me being there meant they couldn’t drink and gossip and carry on the way they’d been planning. I still wonder if my father knew that, or if he knew and just didn’t care.

There we were, heading out of the marina, the sky still black and dotted with stars. I didn’t have much experience with boats, so this was a rare thrill for me. I sat on the rail, holding on to the strip of wood on the side of the main cabin that stuck out like a smaller rail. I watched the bow wave, marveling at the reflection of all the lights on the dark water. One good whitecap could have jolted me loose and thrown me over the side. I don’t know why the adults let me sit out there all alone in such a precarious position. Daddy was a twenty year Navy man. Maybe he thought I had enough Navy in my blood to give me good instincts aboard ship. If my mother had ever found out about this moment in my seagoing adventures, the closest I would have gotten to another boat would have been floaty toys in the bathtub.

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The captain took a liking to me. I think that had to do with me catching the first fish. It was a young shark about as long as my arm with eyes the color of pale jade. The captain declared me to be lucky, then asked me if I wanted to keep it or let it go. This was not an “eating fish,” as my father called them, so it seemed only right to let the shark go. From then on wherever I cast or dropped my line, I caught the most fish. Daddy found this hugely entertaining. Later on he told me my good luck did not endear me to his coworkers, who had placed bets on who would catch the most and the biggest fish. Apparently my catches counted toward Daddy’s total.

Then came the moment that was the polar opposite of all the joy I felt sailing along in the dark. Rock cod are considered good eating by humans and other fish. As we reeled in our catch, those other fish showed up and tried to steal them off our lines. At first I couldn’t understand why the rock cod were coming up with big red holes in their sides. Daddy told me to go up on the flying bridge and look out over the water.

Circling the boat were two thresher sharks. These are really not much trouble, but this happened right around the time when Jaws had hit the theaters. There I was, out in a relatively small boat, miles offshore, being circled by the two biggest sharks I’d ever seen in person. Scared the living daylights out of me, much to the amusement of the adults.

Why am I telling you this story? There’s a lot more to this day. I haven’t even mentioned the poker game. (The adults wouldn’t let me play. A) I was too young, and B) I was already too lucky!) Mine your life for these moments. You were there! You know the details that will bring those moments to life.

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U is for Unlucky (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 25, 2017

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The number thirteen produces strong reactions in people. Many believe the number is unlucky. Much to my surprise, I’ve discovered why many other people insist on believing thirteenth brings good luck. For excellent examples of both sides, click here.

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“Lucky” 13  heart charm. Silver and enamel. Germany circa 1900.

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18k gold decorated with papyrus leaves and platinum set with tiny rose-cut diamonds. France, circa 1900.

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Rose wreath charm with “lucky” 13 inside. Sterling silver, from France.

Sterling silver crescent moon “lucky” 13 charm. Victorian.

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18k gold with diamond, ruby, and aquamarine. Late 19th Century.

 

 

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The Luck o’ the Irish to Ya!


by  Lillian Csernica on March 17, 2015

 

Sorry I haven’t been around with my usual regularity.  I had a sudden deadline on a short story that required two all nighters (not in a row, thank God), and then I’ve been wrestling with the depression again.  Sleep deprivation is a terrible thing, but in the end it was worth it!  I can’t talk about it yet, but I’ll have some good news soon.

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Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold beer and another one.
May your wishes come true and your truth be wise.  Happy St Patrick’ s Day!
Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter.
Lullabies, dreams and love ever after.
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes…
That’s the Irish for You!
May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go.

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May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

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The Cosmic Hat Trick


by Lillian Csernica on June 13, 2014

Yes, that’s right.  The universe is going for the Hat Trick today.

Friday the 13th

A Full Moon

Mercury in retrograde

I don’t know about you, but for me this is the Triad of Tough Luck.  Two of my cats have had serious health problems.  Communications here at home keep getting tangled.  School is out, which contributes its own dose of chaos with changed schedules, more noise, and a lot more traffic.  It’s Father’s Day this weekend, which is something of a downer for me because my father isn’t around anymore.  People I know, friends, family, members of my household staff, are all taking the hit directly or having to cope with the fallout from trouble hitting their nearest and dearest.

As we all know, the news lately has been full of horrific events, coming more and more frequently.

I spend a good chunk of every day combating my depression.  One of the most useful tools I’ve learned is the simple fact that we can change our minds, change our moods, and reframe our perspectives.  Times are hard and it’s easy to get stressed out, even frightened.  It’s all the more important to do whatever we can to protect ourselves from being sucked under by the Riptide of Doom.

Let’s start by doing the full numerology on today’s date.  6+1+3+2+0+1+4 = 17, and  1+7 = 8.  So today’s number is really 8, which is one of the best numbers.  Why?

 

Wikipedia tells us:

Eight

The word for “eight” (八 Pinyin: bā) sounds similar to the word which means “prosper” or “wealth” ( – short for “發財”, Pinyin: fā). In regional dialects the words for “eight” and “fortune” are also similar, e.g., Cantonese “baat3” and “faat3“.

There is also a visual resemblance between two digits, “88”, and 囍, the “shuāng xĭ” (“double joy”), a popular decorative design composed of two stylized characters 喜 (“xĭ” meaning “joy” or “happiness”).

The number 8 is viewed as such an auspicious number that even being assigned a number with several eights is considered very lucky.

  • In 2003, A telephone number with all digits being eights was sold for CN¥2.33 million (approximately USD$280,000) to Sichuan Airlines in Chengdu, China.[2]
  • The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing began on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm local time (UTC+08).[3]
  • A man in Hangzhou offered to sell his license plate reading A88888 for ¥1.12 million (roughly $164,000).[3]
  • The Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia each have 88 floors.
  • The minivan that GM makes for the Chinese market is called the Buick GL8, but the minivans it sold in other countries didn’t have that name.
  • The Air Canada route from Shanghai to Toronto is Flight AC88.
  • The KLM route from Hong Kong to Amsterdam is Flight KL888.
  • The Etihad Airways route from Abu Dhabi to Beijing then onwards to Nagoya is Flight EY888.
  • The United Airlines route from Beijing to San Francisco is Flight UA888, and the route from Beijing to Newark is Flight UA88.
  • The Air Astana route from Beijing to Almaty is Flight KC888.
  • The British Airways route from Chengdu to London is Flight BA88.
  • One of Cathay Pacific‘s flight numbers from Hong Kong to Vancouver and New York is CX888.
  • Singapore Airlines reserves flight numbers beginning with the number 8 to routes in China and Korea.
  • In Singapore, a breeder of rare Dragon fish (Asian Arowana) (which are “lucky fish” and being a rare species, are required to be microchipped), makes sure to use numbers with plenty of eights in their microchip tag numbers, and appears to reserve particular numbers especially rich in eights and sixes (e.g., 702088880006688) for particularly valuable specimens.[4][5]
  • As part of grand opening promotions, a Commerce Bank branch in New York’s Chinatown raffled off safety deposit box No. 888.
  • An “auspicious” numbering system was adopted by the developers of 39 Conduit Road Hong Kong, where the top floor was “88” – Chinese for double fortune. It is already common in Hong Kong for ~4th floors not to exist; there is no requirement by the Buildings Department for numbering other than that it being “made in a logical order.”[6] A total of 43 intermediate floor numbers are omitted from 39 Conduit Road: those missing include 14, 24, 34, 54, 64, all floors between 40 and 49; the floor number which follows 68 is 88.[6]
  • Similar to the common Western practice of using “9” for price points, it is common to see “8” being used in its place to achieve the same psychological effect. So for example menu prices like $58, $88 are frequently seen.

The Full Moon is gorgeous.  People in Japan have moon-viewing parties.  That usually happens later in the year, but hey, it’s still a fun idea.  Pack a picnic basket and go to the beach to watch the moon rise.  If you live in the right kind of building, you could even sit on the roof.  There’s magic in the air, and romance, and all the good vibes of summer.  School is out!  It’s time to party!

The Full Moon is a great time to launch a new project.  Let’s launch ourselves into a positive, can-do frame of mind.  It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of acting.  Studies show the simple act of smiling or laughing can change your biochemistry and improve your mood.

Mercury in retrograde?  This one we’re just going to have to ride out.

From the wonderful blog Gala Darling:

“It’s because Mercury rules communication, clear thinking, truth and travel, so when the planet goes retrograde — which means that it looks like it’s going backwards in the sky — all those things go backwards. They start to get ugly and tangle up. Mercury isn’t really going backwards, it’s just hanging out by the sun, but from Earth, that makes it look like it’s in reverse. It typically runs for a couple of weeks, a few times a year.

Check out these dates below and put them in your calendar!

In 2014, Mercury is retrograde from…
February 6th to 28th
June 7th to July 2nd
October 4th to 25th”

Also from Gala Darling, 10 Magical Ways to Make the Most of Mercury Retrograde!

So remember, we are the masters of our destinies and the captains of our souls.  If we choose, we can decide 13 is just a number, the Moon is just a big ball of rock in the sky, and Mercury going retrograde is just an astronomical phenomenon (Try saying that three times fast!).  Choose to be positive.  Choose to make your own luck.  Choose to appreciate and enjoy all the good things that are happening all around us.

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Yet More Good News!


by Lillian Csernica on May 9, 2014

It’s been a good week.  Today’s mail brought yet another contributor’s copy from another sale.  “The Restless Armadillo,” co-written with Kevin Andrew Murphy, is now available in Kindle and trade paperback formats!

 

When Kevin and I did a reading of “The Restless Armadillo” at ConDor in March, we got quite a few laughs out of the audience.  This story has to be one of the weirdest and funniest I’ve written.  I’m sure a large dose of the credit goes to Kevin with his wide knowledge of the occult and his amazing creativity.

I have ten stories and one essay out to market right now.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!  The way my luck is running this week, I may score another sale!

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