Saturday, January 9, 2010
So, by 1997 I had left my job. I took a month off to recuperate emotionally and then found a job working in a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. I also started taking the courses I needed to certify in the State of New York. I was still deeply involved with Native Americanism when I got my first computer. It was 2000 by then. (At least I didn't have to worry about Y2K.) My hubby's sister worked for the Board of Ed, and they were about to toss it out, so she gave it to me. Man, talk about stone age' when I turned that thing on you would swear some car was revving up its engine. Was slow as molasses, but it was a computer, and it was mine.
It was then that I discovered MSN had groups, and I joined many of them. For a loner, like me, this was heaven. Not only did I have people to chat with, but also I had people I could learn from. I was learning so much about Wicca and Magic. I was thrilled, but then, sadly, the computer went. We had no money at the time for a new one, so it was back to the bookstore and taking courses wherever I could find them. We have a wonderful bookstore here in the city--East West Books--and they are always have free seminars. About a year later, hubby's sister got a new computer, and I inherited her old one. It was slow, but it worked, and I was back in business. And then, I discovered Yahoo...and even more groups...and I found Yahoo easier to deal with. By then, I had totally forgotten my MSN log-in and was being given a hard time getting a new one. (Don't forget. I was totally computer illiterate at the time.)
So, I discovered Yahoo groups...and ... Granny Moon. Don't know if any of you know about Granny Moon, but she offers and awesome Goddess Course along with several others. Two years later the halfway house closed, and I moved on to working with parolees who are mandated to treatment. By now, I had all my training hours for certification, but still needed several thousand work hours. By 2005, I was still working through the Goddess course and participating in several Yahoo groups. I tried to look for groups that offered something in the way of education. On Christmas, 2005, hubby surprised me with a brand new computer. I was beside myself, it was so fast. I now found Magicka School and enrolled in a couple courses, but just couldn't get into them.
In late 2006, something happened that totally changed my life. I saw an ad for Ancestry.com that they were offering it free for two weeks. What the heck, I decided. Let me take a look. And lo and behold, I found my father and his twin when they were 6 years old...living with their grandma. I had a flashback then of my childhood. See, my mom would never let me be around my dad's family because they liked to drink, so I never got to know any of them. And I remembered one night my mom and dad had been arguing, and I heard her say, "Your poor grandmother had to raise you because she didn't want you." and I realized then that I had found my great grandma. Well, I'm sure you can guess what happened next. I ended up joining Ancestry...and so many doors opened up to me. Not only have I been able to trace my Ancestry back thousands of years, but through placing messages on Ancestry, I have also been contacted by relatives all over the world. And, before long, I would find the path I had always been meant to follow.
To be continued....