The Dark Crystal, Henson’s Crystal Ball into Our Future Now

I was child when the original Dark Crystal (1982) Henson movie showcased in Washington, DC and New York. Yet somehow, it would be some 39 years later that I would not only hear of its uncanny story, but be in awe of this fantasy film’s depiction of the battle over dark and light forces. JimContinue reading “The Dark Crystal, Henson’s Crystal Ball into Our Future Now”

Urban Agriculture, Collard Wrap Recipe, and Free Copy of 7day Vegan eBook

Fascinated and Obsessed with Collards Maybe I’m fascinated with Collards! I’ve made collard wraps in Georgia for a Ria Sweetraw Vegan Food Demo at a Farmer’s Market and have been hooked ever since. When I discovered that OSU in partnership with Culinary Breeding Network, showcased a Winter Vegetable Sagra + Variety Showcase featuring a weekContinue reading “Urban Agriculture, Collard Wrap Recipe, and Free Copy of 7day Vegan eBook”

Indigenous Peoples Day, Speaking their Names: Libations, Remembrance, & “Spiritual Warfare”

First Americans Remembrance It’s October 14, 2019, what many call “Columbus Day” and many more have reclaimed as “Indigenous Peoples Day.” It’s been a bittersweet, somber autumn day where the name “Columbus” has taken on in-depth conversation, satire, and conjured pain. So far I can trace my family lineage 6 generations from my genealogy researchContinue reading “Indigenous Peoples Day, Speaking their Names: Libations, Remembrance, & “Spiritual Warfare””

Catching up: New Projects, classes, data..

Greetings Family! Catching up on posts and studies: I’m just 24 hours· after “completing” my Mississippi Mound builder archeology project and I use· that word· loosely these days , because I am always finding (discovering) new information that expands my perspective, knowledge, and understanding of our human past· and familial lineage . What turned out to be· only 12 pages turned into a whooping 50 pages leaving my Lyft driver to question· if i wasContinue reading “Catching up: New Projects, classes, data..”

The Heart of Transformation – My Fitness Journey in Progress

If I can inspire just one person to eat healthy, exercise, and continue to learn (mentally and spiritually) then I’m doing my job here on this planet Earth! Be Happy, Be Abundant, Be Empowered! ~ Ria

Wisdom of the Elders – recognizing and making sacred kinnections on your journey

making sacred kinnections on your journey Neuroplasticity speaks to the ability to rewire the brain through forming new connections via stimuli (expanded environment) activating synapses to strengthen cortical organization systems, synaptic (neuro) connections, and even cortical remapping.   “Pushing our self past our boundaries of limitation and extreme, sometimes to something that knocks off ourContinue reading “Wisdom of the Elders – recognizing and making sacred kinnections on your journey”

Travel – Smithsonian Gems Exhibit – Ancestor Montage

Ria Sweetraw | NaturalSelfGoddess ™♥ Blog travels to Washington, DC to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Gems exhibit and adds an Ancestor montage.

Forms of Gratitude & Love!

Peace Global Family! Happy August! That Blood Moon ( Full Moon Eclipse) has provided some powerful shifts and I’m so thankful for this growth, wisdom, sight, and the myriad of opportunities! So much has been happening since my last post (so much I don’t post). I am working on creating a blog post schedule to keepContinue reading “Forms of Gratitude & Love!”

A Gymnast is Born: Meet Allison Tellez

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing my niece, Allison Tellez, age 8, compete at The Royals Invitational at Stafford High School.   It was my first-ever live gymnast meet and to be honest, I’m rather hooked. I wish my kids were still young enough to learn and join in the fun. AtContinue reading “A Gymnast is Born: Meet Allison Tellez”

Finding Nature! Road Trip Amicalola Falls

In  June, I took an impromptu road trip through the state of Georgia. Unlike Virginia, I knew very little of the back roads, paths, rivers, creeks, state parks and landscapes Georgia has to offer. And i was in “need” of some form of Nature relief so I packed my trunk with what was initially aContinue reading “Finding Nature! Road Trip Amicalola Falls”