Contents of This Edition
Lighten Up: A look at the goddesses of humor and the roles they
play in our lives. (Plus some fine examples of their work.)
A Goddess Gift for You! Read on, we do not want to spoil the
Goddess Goings On: Highlights of the month at Goddess Gift and what
we foresee happening during the upcoming weeks.
Note: For those who have text-only email we have provided an extra
set of links at the bottom of this email.
Goddesses of Humor: (Heard Any Good Jokes Lately?)
The war, deadline for income taxes, combined with the bleak dreary days we
were having (not to mention all the stress involved in recovering from our recent computer
tribulations) led us to the selection of the theme for this month's newsletter: The Humor
Often when life turns stressful and bleak, it is the gifts of laughter and
lightness that sustain and heal us.
Who does not know by now that laughter has considerable medicinal value,
increasing circulation, improving immunity, and, of course, lightening "the
When we think of humor in association with the goddesses three names
spring to mind.
The Greek goddess Thalia was one of the nine Muses (daughters of Zeus and
the Titan goddess Mnemosyne who were in charge of "inspiring" others.) Each Muse
had her own area of specialization. Thalia was the goddess of comedy, assigned to bring
merriment into the world.
Then there was Uzume (the Goddess of Laughter, Dance, and Drumming) whose
merriment rescued Ameratsu, the Sun Goddess and divine ancestor of the Japanese imperial
family. We have just put their story up at the website. Visit the site and read about Uzume
and Ameratsu, Goddesses of Humor.
And who could possibly forget Baubo, the aging maidservant who "mooned" Demeter
and cured her deep depression?
Musings on the Humor of Women. To enjoy some examples of
women's humor, check out the link on the Pandora's Box page. Caution: There is a lot
there, and it might be possible to overdose!
Never Say We Didn't Give You Anything
How is this for something unique and totally unexpected? We have designed
a beautiful screensaver that features goddess art and links to our site.
Recall that some subscribers had written asking for more on ways to bring
the goddesses into our daily lives - well, this idea struck us as a wonderful way to get
us started down that path.
When I first head for the computer in the morning, coffee cup in hand, the
goddesses are there to greet me . . . and to remind me to think of them throughout the
But there is even more . . . press the F2 button on my keyboard while the
screensaver's up, and I'm magically transported to a page at Goddess Gift where I meet the
featured Goddess of the Month and ponder on the qualities she exemplified.
Right there at the top of my screen are suggested meditation or
affirmations as well as activities to invoke her presence (in other words, "borrow
her strengths") as I go about my busy day.
The affirmations and activities will change frequently. I wish I could say
daily, but Iam going through a commitment-phobic phase at the moment and do not wish to
make any promises I cannot keep.
The featured goddess will change monthly, more or less, as my schedule
permits. And the lucky "centerfold" for April will be the goddess Hestia.
Hope you like the idea and will go to the site and download the
screensaver to give it a try. Here is a bit more information about it:
· SeeYouAgainScreensaver, a leader in the desktop software field,
developed the technology. The Smithsonian Institutes are on of their customers. (Hey, we
are running with the Big Dogs now!)
· It does not take up much memory on your computer.
· It is super-easy to download. Takes only a few seconds and installs
itself. If if looks like nothing has happened after you have clicked to download, minimize
your screen -- rather than popping "up" the window sometimes pops
"under" . . . just another of little mystery! It is set to appear after your
screen has been inactive for 5 minutes, but you can easily change that by going to your
screensaver settings in your display menu.
· It is simple to uninstall. Just double-click on an uninstall icon that
stays on your desktop and it automatically disappears.
· And, best of all, it is absolutely stunning and absolutely free! So
check it out.
For the free download, just use this link to go click on the link on the
home page of the website.
(Oops, I almost forgot the bad news - it only works with Windows (versions 95 and up). We
didn't mean to discriminate, and we'll keep our eyes out for a version that works with
Goings On At Goddess Gift
Highlights of our month at Goddess Gift include: Undertaking a project to
improve the "shopping cart" experience of our visitors. Signs of Growth. Goddess
art and the Goddess Shop -- Coming Soon. And we put up a newly revised postcard page
(which also is easily accessed from the screensaver . . . just to remind you how important
it is that you nurture your friendships, no matter how great the distances involved.
By the way, I make it a point to endeavor to make our monthly progress
report far from "stuffy" and even enjoyable to read. If you've avoided reading
it in the past because, like most of us, you tend to scan you emails looking for "the
good stuff", please take the time some month to check it out. Who knows? You might be
To check out the news in our monthly "Blog", use the link found
on the Pandora's Box page at the website.
Till next time. . .
Light and Laughter to each of you