Category Archives: Spirit and Beliefs

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So Very Close

Upi str Nrsiyogi;. epmfrtgi;, snf prtgrvy – rsvh in you t oen esy.

Isn’t that an interesting statement?  Often, when I get in a hurry to write, I set my fingers down on the typewriter and type a sentence or two without looking up.  When I do and see garbage, I have to reposition my fingers and start all over.

We are like that in life.  Sometimes, our thinking is just a little bit off – not much, just a little, and that makes all the difference.

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less traveled by” – Robert Frost

Our entire life can change by just a subtle movement.  I move my fingers less than an inch on the typewriter and get:

You are beautiful, wonderful, and perfect – each in your own way. 

See what a difference, just a little movement can make?



Winnie! Enjoy Your Day You Old Bear You!

I read that today is Winnie-the-Pooh Day.  If it isn’t, too bad, it is here.  I have been a big fan since I was little.  Winnie was on the TV and I loved those cartoons. I would watch them every time they came on.  I loved him getting stuck in the bee hive, in rabbit’s house (same episode), playing in the rain, and all the others.  Didn’t like the movie or the newer stuff near as much, but I am older and it was different artists and different voices.

Winnie filled my life.  I had (may still have) a book called “The Tao of Pooh”.  I do have many Winnie stuffies of different sizes.  In fact, when my daughter and son-in-law got their dog, Winnie, I gave her a Winnie stuffie and she slept with it!  I did the same for the next dog, Rue (after Roo in Winnie). and the dog loves the stuffie, too.

That old bear was kinda a friend to me back then, along with a lot of other fantasy people and characters.  I enjoyed that part of my life.  It was my getaway and hideout when the world got to me (which was very often then).  Now, I just enjoy memories and new friends, living and fantasy.  What’s life without imagination?  – boring.




End of the Year – BDSM Anyone?

Did the title shock you?  Repulse you?  Are you even reading this far?

Before going on, this post would be rated from heavy PG13 to R, so kiddies – no no….responsible adults, you may continue.

I know that there was a time in my past in which my current mores (right word?) would not have allowed me to go past the title, and I would not have had the interest to.  A shame, really.  I have found, since then, that BDSM is not like I had been told, not something evil (of course, I don’t believe in evil anymore, but you get the point), and not necessarily something to be avoided.

Since “coming out” on here > POST < I have had the freedom within myself to study and talk about BDSM without feeling worried or guilty.  The truth of the matter is that I feel freer than I have ever felt.

Other than going to some meetings and talking more, I don’t really think my life is a whole lot different than it ever was, at least, strictly because of BDSM.  Now, my spiritual change has altered my life very significantly and I am even more thankful for that.  Frankly, I think people are less accepting of my spiritual change than my affiliations with BDSM.  I find that interesting as physical pain and such could not be attributed to my spiritual change, but one could argue that BDSM leans more in that direction.

Regardless, we are ending a year today, no more 2017, and I want to have my last post of this year concern some educational practices for the masses.  So, I am offering up 2 things:  1) a short dissertation on BDSM (through wiki) and 2) the opportunity to ask me questions both publicly and privately.

  1. BDSM – just click and read – > Wiki on BDSM   If  you read the entire article (it is long), you will, perhaps, get a small understanding both of what BDSM encompasses and how easy it is to misunderstand.  “50 Shades of Gray” by PD James was not only a controversial book, but one that misrepresents BDSM.  The book only highlights the bad “Dom” – Christian and show how a woman in love can do all sorts of things, even somewhat unsafe things, to try and please her man.  Real BDSM, honest BDSM demands that both parties are informed of what can happen, what can’t happen, how to stop it, and what the risks are.  That wasn’t done in the movie nor the book.  Book 2 was better.  The true idea is for both parties to enjoy the experience as they wish to enjoy it.  Pain releases endorphins and these chemicals heighten responses and can give pleasure.  As long as safety is observed, it can be enjoyable.  I am not saying that there are not parts of BDSM that are not dangerous and unsafe.  All practices in most anything have their extremes; however, standard practices will include safety and be enjoyable for both parties.
  2. Here is  where I allow you all the opportunity to pick my brain.  You can do this either of two ways.  The first is simply to comment on this post and ask your question(s).  I will do my best to answer them, providing I don’t have to tell something not very proper on here or give out info I consider confidential.  The second way is more private.  My email is  Please just send me an email. If you really want secrecy, even from me, then open a new yahoo email (you are allowed  up to 5), call it and write me.  Either way, I will be glad to share with you.  This is part of my purpose, I think.  I am an educator and love to teach.  This allows me to continue my joy of educating.

Okay, Happy New Year!  I look forward to hearing from all of you, any of you, whatever positive you have to add or question you wish to ask.  I have been lucky enough to have good friends who share things about the lifestyle that have helped me make informed choices and are leading me into a good solid future where my life is a positive influence.

Thank you all.



My Year in Review – 2017

Each year, some of my family write a letter telling what all has happened to them all year.  My Sis liked mine this year and Mom saw no problem putting it out here.  I don’t either, so, for those of you who haven’t followed me, or don’t know much about my family, or even those who do, here is my year:

The Year in Review – 2017

by Scott L Vannatter

Well, it has been a rather long and productive/nonproductive year. We have had joys and sorrows, successes and setbacks; however, we are here and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

This Christmas will be the second one w/o Dad, who passed July 25, 2016 – just a few short weeks from his birthday. Sis is dealing with it in her way. Mom is having difficulties as she tells me from time to time. Her biggest problem, I think is having to do so much alone that Dad used to do. Sis and I help, but it’s not like she had with Dad.

Darci, Sis, went through chemo and several surgeries for colo-rectal cancer in early 2017. She had to take that year off school, but is back now with her many kindergarteners and their relieved parents. It means a lot to her to be back and I am very glad she got to do so. It does take a toll on her, but she is happy to do it.

I have had a difficult year, myself. After Dad passed, I tended to eat more than normal and then lie to myself and everyone saying my blood surgar was fine. It wasn’t. By October I was having severe bouts of D and V (figure it out – both ends) for anywhere from 2-6 hours 1-2 x month. This continued all through the New Year of 2017 until July when I finally figured out (and got the Dr to agree that I had developed Gastro Paresis, a condition brought on a lot by high sugar over a prolonged period. In it, the Vegas (or Vagas, can’t remmeber) nerve which runs the stomach movements stops for a while allowing food in your stomach to remain and to spoil.

I stopped this w/o medical treatment (usually surgery) by eating 4-6 times a day and much smaller portions, along with increased liquids to help the food get out of the stomach. As of today 12/20, it has a bit over 4 months since my last episode.

My memory (more short-term, but some long-term) was affected by my stroke in 2010. Short-term still gives me fits. I have the most problems putting names to faces and remember things I just did if I don’t provide a good reason to remember them. An example: when I leave the house and lock the door, I turn the handle and hit the door with my elbow. If I can’t remember as I go to leave, I can usually still feel the elbow or, at least, remember doing that. It’s not the greatest, but not the worst thing in the world. I accept my problems and hit them head-on now.

Finally, I have attempted twice since June of 2016 to have my right hip replaced. Dad’s passing was on the day I was scheduled for surgery. Then I tried to reschedule in July after figuring out my stomach problems, but sugar (A1C was 9.2) was too high. It should be 7.0 or lower and they won’t do surgery unless it is under 8.0. It is supposed to be measured every 3 months, as it is an average of 90 days. I had them retake it in early November and it was 6.8. My surgery has been postponed by them once, so far, and my next appointment is in late Jan, so I expect the surgery for the end of January to the middle of February 2018. After 4 weeks I can drive and a couple more weeks to really be back to normal and I can put my cane away and walk, for the 1st time in 8 years painfree.

I continue posting in my blog ( ) and have done over 1,000 posts now in about 8 years. I have several hundred followers and I follow over 100 blogs myself, though I can’t read them all every time they post. I have some writing I have done for, an individual job site where you list what you will do for $5 as well as extras. I have had the privledge to write numerous times for an escape room located in Portland, Oregon. I have written a lot of dating profiles as well as a couple of stories for people. I still sell books and DVDs on Amazon for both myself and the MPL (Middletown Library).

Aaron has a new and wonderful young lady named Katy (Katie?)(Katee?) and they live in either Portland or Beaverton, can’t remember which is the now place! Aaron works in Portland with computers and communications and other items I am glad to have left behind. My computing now consists of general items (email, FB, blog,…), playing a few online games (Winning Putt) and several on Steam – Fallout 3/4, and a few more. Katy works several places and I just can’t recall them.

Aarika and her husband, Josh, live in the Carmel/Fishers area. Aarika works in Carmel as a Psychologist and Josh works in computer security. They have a new addition to their family as Rue joins Winnie. I am very proud of my two grand dogs.

Adrienne, Darci’s daughter, and her husband Lance live with their two daughters, Karlee and Kloee, in the Mooreland rural area. Adrienne teaches special education and Lance is a linesman.

It will be a fun Christmas this year. We will get to see Aaron at some point.

Thanks for reading and I hope your holidays are fantastic.


Scott L Vannatter

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