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Merry Christmas to All and to All A Goodnight…The Final Smoke Ring.

Posted in Arabian bakhour, bahkhoor, bakhoor, Christian incense, Cold War, desert bakhoor incense, Desert culture, Ethiopia, Incense, Life and Lifestyles, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Clergy and Information, perfume, Perfume Reviews, religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2009 by blackincense

BPI and more specifically, Columbina, would like to wish all of her many friends, both in the world, and those who are not of it, a very Merry Christmas.  This blog has been closed for a while, but I wanted to end it on a positive note, at the close of this season.  It’s been a joyous ride, and I continue to blog about many other interests, life experiences, and art over at Tales From the Golden Ghetto.

But all good things must come to an end, and Smoke Rings has finally “dissipated”.

I am truly grateful to the following people who taught me how to blog, how to be a better writer, and frankly, how to be a better person.  Many of them are shy, and therefore, I will only use links to their blogs to name them. As I’ve said before, this isn’t some annoying, self absorbed “good-bye” or anything.  (First, I’d like to thank God for this award….LOL)

But I want to say to these lovely people:  All of you made 2009 bearable, and a wonderful journey of learning from mistakes, learning from suffering and learning about myself.  All of you helped to give me my greatest gift for Christmas:  my identity.  Through exploring so many subjects, topics and discussions with you, I finally came “home” in my heart and found out who I really am.  I will always be grateful to you and my hands will always find a way to help you, my lips a way to pray for you, my heart a way to love you, my head a way to bless you, my feet a way to direct you.

Kyrie Eleison, a voice of truth and beauty in the wilds of Montreal — a true sister on the Way.

Juvenaly, “Misha” Martinka of Theophany Designs – my beloved webmaster and friend, Mesa, Arizona

Uncle Clem – the distinguished, dignified, and truly humble Professor of Theology in Asheville, NC

Breaking Babylon — the son I never had.

The Desert Seeker —fellow TCK/global nomad, and truly humble teacher of many things arcane and Orthodox.

Sergius-Bob –wherever he may be, may he be blessed and know he always has a home.

Orthodox Monk — we’ve never met, but someday, God willing.  You helped me to learn how to quit being a victim, stand up for myself, for others and for the Faith, when necessary.  I’ll still be “stalking” you in cyber space, learning from your excellent example.

Justinian:  you defended me when I needed it, and you encouraged me when I was truly despairing.  You also taught me to stop using fragmented sentences and to be more precise!  LOL

Iconblogographer — Matthew Garrett:  inspiration, and gentleness.  As well as battling cosmic evil as Batman, you are da man.

I close this blog permanently, and with great gratitude to all of you and these words from Tolkien’s , “The Hobbit”, the ultimate TCK poem.

Roads Go Ever On — (c) JRR Tolkien

Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains of the moon.
Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.

(C) Ted Naismith

Leaving the Shire by Artist (c) Ted Naismith


The Sergius-Bob Series of Reviews: Part 1

Posted in Christian incense, Incense, Orthodox Christianity, religion with tags , , , on January 31, 2009 by blackincense

One of my dearest friends sent me several incense blends to review.  Naturally these are “competitors” but I really see them as fellow friends and as moral sign posts along the way rather than as competitors.

This review is for Trappist Monastery Incense, Melleray Blend.  This is a granular incense, not too fine, not too coarsse.  Its granular formula lets me test in several ways but I will stick to the plain old incense review format.

Melleray Blend, by Trappist Monks is a blend of  2 main ingredients, and made by the monks and nuns of Assumption Abbey, a Roman Catholic monastery/convent.  These two main ingredients are Ethiopian frankincense (white) and Indian myrrh, blended with:

Cedar oil

Eucalyptus oil

Sandalwood oil

Lemon oil.

There are 3 levels to this incense and it changes very rapidly — but one thing that stays with you is the cedar.  This granular incense is probably cured for about 2 weeks, which gives it that “fresh burned” flavor and the feeling that you are in the same room with Thomas Aquinas.  There is no floral in this scent which is a welcome change (to me anyway) from the typical Catholic liturgical incense.  The Trappists (whoever they are) seem to want to go to the desert, but are afraid to venture all the way in it, which is why they pull back on the sandalwood.  I guess they are afraid that non-Catholics might find it too “eastern” which is why they don’t “go there.”

Frankly, I think they should.  “Go there” I mean.  Christianity has nothing to be ashamed of about its origin in the East.  That’s where it all started anyway.

But aside from all that, this is a very earthy, down to earth, honest-to-goodness, good incense.  This is the highest quality granular incense I’ve ever seen, and I was really glad to have an opportunity to try it.  If you are looking for a granular incense, that doesn’t smother the flame with overpowering woods, this is a good one.

about $25 per pound.  Not bad for a blend like this.

Trappist Incense- Melleray Blend

Trappist Incense- Melleray Blend