Goodness In The Cosmos

Sharing Goodness through Music, Jewelry and Food

Lordy Lordy, Christian Songwriting and the use of the word “Lord”

Goodness In The Cosmos

Clergy Cross, Beaded around Prehnite by Clergy Cross, Beaded around Prehnite by I am just finishing up some new songs, actually communion settings. Being a conscientious modern song writer I intentionally use inclusive language when I write my songs. Besides focusing on musical sounds and expressions, I pine over each word of my creations. Usually I have met the challenges of re-wording into modern language’s cultural context with ease. For example, dropping the “he’s and she’s”, change “Father to Creator”, etc.

One of the words I’m a bit stuck on is the term “Lord”. Where did we get this term from? Is it really even a biblical term? I believe Lord is one of those “translational” words we’ve picked up that has stuck around with us, like ‘Kingdom”. It comes from the days of the feudal system in medieval times. In the middle ages, the lord was the ruler of an area, the person who…

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Creating Jewelry for Significance: Clergy Cross Necklace


One of my favorite types of jewelry pieces to create is one that has personal meaning and significance to the wearer.  I love receiving those special components and being directed to create something beautiful from them.   The above is a clergy necklace I created with such special parts.

Here are some details:  The above piece contains gemstones from Capernaum, where Jesus walked, his own town.  These types of beads are commonly referred to as ‘Beggar’s Beads’, a name which has its own interesting story worth looking up.  The other beads are made of sustainable olive wood, from fallen branches, from Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.  The olive branch and wood, also has historical Christian significance as a symbol of peace.  And the cross was another gift from a traveler on a pilgrimage to the holy land, made of olive wood, it’s design and composition also with a greater meaning.

One might see why combining these specific beads and cross together would have a meaningful significance for a clergy person, or Christian.  Gifts that have an extra reason for being special are always more appreciated.

What are some of your favorite special pieces?

If you have any special parts that you’d like made into a piece of personal significance, that’s something I do.

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Angel Kirby/Cupid Kirby Free Perler Bead Pattern


Here is a new Kirby from a 9 year old.  Sharing it with the world, isn’t he generous?  Enjoy!

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Simple Charm Necklace-Memory Jewels

IMG_2033 Charm necklace

For years I’ve had these smaller pendants that I was going to use in a matching gemstone necklace, someday, but never quite got around to it. They are delicate and, well, charming. But, they are not quite large enough to stand alone as a focal pendant.

So, I decided to put them all together on my redwood beads. It is lightweight and displaying the pendants all together makes the necklace and pendants much more interesting than each as a solo piece.

Creating a charm necklace is also a great way to use up single stone beads or solo beads. Just make a pendant out of the bead and add to an already existing necklace or create a new setting for them.

Another great thing about this idea, is that it keeps all your keepsakes in one place. Those special memories will have a new home that is much more wearable than each alone. Go ahead, free the charms and smaller pendants from your jewelry box and create a charm necklace to remember and wear.


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Using Rare Stones in Jewelry


It is not often that I will see a natural sardonyx, in  bead form. I think this is one of those gemstones that doesn’t usually get properly identified, as for the strong resemblance to carnelian and orange banded agate. Sardonyx is a combination of chalcedony, sard and onyx. It’s a beautiful gem with much lore and many different thoughts on gemological classification.

This particular stone was even more interesting than the usual in shape and cleave points. The facets are unevenly cut, probably due to the fracture points within the stone. Personally, I have had a few unplanned shapes come out of a stone while cutting during my own lapidary art creations.

When working with an interesting shaped, rare stone, there can be some challenges. In this bead the shape, size and weight had to be considered. It was obviously made to be a focal. Due to its hardness (sturdiness), I chose the sardonyx for a bracelet.

I did not use a traditional color match, this is a stone that should stand out.


I decided to create the design, like I usually do, by matching gemstone/gemology properties.  As usual, the stones resonated very well together and when the piece was finished, seemed as if it was always meant to be this way. It is very attractive in sunlight. Maybe I’ll get a better picture on here when the sun returns…

For the band, I used chrysoprase barrel stones, bloodstone rondelles, chrysocolla round and two rose quartz ovals.

Can you guess the energy/purpose of this piece?


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Cutting garden fresh organic herbs with an Ulu

Alaskan Ulu knife and bowl
Alaskan Ulu knife and bowl

My favorite way to cut fresh herbs is with the Alaskan Ulu knife and bowl my in-laws brought me back from their Alaskan cruise, over a decade ago.

It’s handy, useful, and reminds me of all the ways I am blessed by the generosity of others.

Here is a photo of organic garden chives and giant Italian flat leaf parsley that I have started to chop up.

What are your favorite ways to cut organic herbs?

What are your favorite organic herbs to grow?

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The Absurdity of Elitism, Reflections on Musical Progressions

In reflection of an almost ancient past conversation that I was subjected to, which became a particularly lengthy discussion, that somehow became a lamentation of how French tuned organs aren’t in the U.S., and what a shame this is that we can’t hear the pieces preserved in their original key, and sound, etc. Having had enough of this conversation (similar to having has enough of the previous sentence), I burst aloud, “That’s because all French music sucks”. Now in retrospect, that probably wasn’t the right thing to say in this situation on a few levels. See, first of all, I didn’t mean that statement in it’s fundamental actual sense. No, all French music doesn’t suck, nor do I believe any French music sucks, at all. Really, I was just tired of this old conversation on subjects that reminisced something one would hear in a music history lessons during undergrad. So I stated this conversational absurdity in desire of a reaction.  However, I didn’t get the reaction I sought. I expected those in conversation to laugh at the true absurdity of the statement and then move on to another subject. Instead I forgot I’d been conversing with musical elitists in the first place.  If an elitist is presented with an absurdity in conversation, it is often times unbearable to said elitist to move on. An elitist must defend, try to sway, re- educate, and squash that idea. They must then draw out an entire argument. In this case an elitist must then provide examples of great French composers, renowned and therefore remembered as great because the composer has somehow made it into the annals of history. Ultimately, an elitist feels they are the greater source of this truer knowledge, other is discounted as lesser, and thus a definition of elitist is assumed.

But really “Who cares?”. And “Why should we care about this?”. These are two questions an elitist will never ask. It’s just too ‘other’.

My generation is the post jazz era generation. Personally, I greatly enjoy the demeanor, perspective and intellect of jazz musicians. Yes, I know there are certainly elitists in that genre as any other. In my experience, generally, those classically trained musicians who have jumped ship and entered into the realm of the art of written music as ‘suggestion’ are more my speed, well, and certainly more enjoyable to converse and play with. Mostly, because of the common held observation that we all perceive and interpret differently. No one has a personal time capsule to go back in time and re-live the past or has an omniscience that they can get into the motive and perspective of others completely. We are all different, society is a progression. Over a set of time everything changes, which includes our perceptions and interpretations of those perceptions. No matter how much we’d try to defend this notion or concept that things can be preserved in unadulterated purity, it cannot be escaped. No one can truly re-live the perceived glories of yesteryear, or recreate what is past.

From a musical perspective, I find it increasingly laughable that the culture which the elitist musical sphere is trying desperately hard to emulate note for note, sound for sound, is the same which developed the concept of improvisation. For example we’ve learned that figured bass was basically our modern equivalent of a lead sheet showing the progressions of the chart. This was an outline, a sketch work meant to display the bare bones of what a musician would be playing, and in fact was considered truly nothing until it was ‘realized’. Let me say that in another way, that paper with notes written was not music, just the illusion of music, the idea of a musical possibiity. The realization of the bass line is the actualization of it. Actualization is the doing, the playing, the process which creates real by enacting it into sound. Music is an action, not a preserved piece of paper.

Too often we exist in this culture of over thinking, reacting, defending, decreeing. When are we realizing, actualizing, and doing? I digress.

I think the greatest cultural shift is being felt today by those who would like to maintain and preserve an outdated and unrealistic hold onto elitist views. This is in every sphere, from politics, to music, to religion, newspapers, books, art, ancient polluting energy sources, sciences, western patriarchal medicine, most traditional industry, etc. I believe those who are turning from this hold, if they are paying any attention to the why, will find the whole idea absurd. After all, do we insist on using our original computer because “those were the good old days”? No. Technology has changed us, we have changed technology. Everything else is change as well.

So in closing, I still enjoy my conversations with well informed, “elitist” musicians (you know who you are; educated, experienced, with that same high level of expectation you’d expect of yourself and ensembles) All I ask of us is simple. Please, when encountered with the absurd, note it and move on. Change.

Free Super Mario Perler Pattern, Old School Super Mario Pattern


I promised one of the kindest most creative kids I know that I’d post this pattern to share with the world. We hope you enjoy it 🙂 At the artist’s insistence, we’ve included pictures with and without the pegboard for your creating ease.




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