Dragons Ink and Space

Dragons, Ink and Space

Dragons Ink and Space

By Jen Rinaldi


“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless but disastrous.”

Thomas Merton



Dragons, Ink, and Space

In a lifetime, there are those occasional eclipses, rockets, and occurrences that you must acknowledge. They are so immense and happen in such close succession in the short span of our lives that they cannot be brushed off. Too many tendrils of connection fasten so tightly in the mind and soul that they cannot be cut nor ignored. Of course, these umbilical cords—attached and thick in their tether—hold us still while we watch our world careen toward possible destruction. Mind-blowing prophesies are coming to pass.

I can’t help but speak of the convergence of just a few stunning events that have already occurred this year, the year of the Wood Dragon. Wood, a dynamic life force associated with deep roots and rebirth, is a positive sign. So—don’t lose hope. Rebirth and renewal are in our hands.

Happy New Year

2024 skidded into my dreams at nearly midnight on New Year’s Eve by the harsh flash of my phone’s acid light. My dear mother took her last breath as the year of the dragon dawned.

Hours before, while I slept, she whispered to my dreaming self that she was thirsty and wanted to go home. “Home? Where will that be now without you?” I asked her, ashamed of my selfishness in a moment of dream chastisement. I rallied, and I assured her that she should go in peace, knowing in my soul that this was going to be a doozy of a year without her.

I never asked to be given notions that needed to be both expressed and expelled in this damnable two-dimensional medium. Even Mom was surprised when I wrote four books in two months.

The act of writing requires abstract symbols to flow onto a screen or flat surface through a pen, or the act of typing is painful for the newly made. Whether real or digital ink, my words sometimes feel like ill-equipped children, infected with the pustules of bad grammar and strewn with reverse spellings from my dyslexic mind. Even on the best of days, my right brain struggles to make sense of the abstract act of conveying emotion with symbols. Ask me to sculpt something as nonrepresentational as tears out of forks and spoons, and I could blow your mind. My mother’s illness and death opened the faucet. Her laptop, now mine, is charged, the dragon’s claw has nicked my vein and the wordy blood flows.


“May you live in interesting times.”

The phrase is thought to be of Chinese origin, though it has been attributed to an English expression that is as poignant as the day it was written and glows like neon today.

 On April 8th of this year, we had a total solar eclipse. In layman’s terms, it means the moon completely covered the sun, and those in the eclipse path saw the sun’s entire corona, a sight that will not be visible again until August 24th, 2044.

This eclipse and the one in 2017 formed a cross over America. The point at the epicenter is a place called Devils’ Kitchen Lake, which is situated off a road called Salem—an ancient name for Jerusalem.

During this eclipse, scientists observed more of the corona than they could in 2017. And it was a two-for-one celestial extravaganza. At the same time, a rare Comet was also visible from Texas to Maine during the darkness. They named the comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, a.k.a. the “Mother of Dragons” or “Devil Comet,” and its trajectory was very close to the sun. While these rare astrological phenomena occurred, NASA also launched a rocket to study the eclipse.

What I find so interesting about this rocket is its name, APEP. It stands for The Atmospheric Perturbations around Eclipse Path. APEP glided into our ionosphere to study the corona, giving us information on the frequency and size of solar flares on the sun’s surface.

APEP, in case you don’t know it, is the name of the serpent lord of chaos in Egyptian mythology. APEP was the sun god Ra’s nemesis, the evil dragon who wanted to devour the sun god Ra. Hmmm… an evil sun-killing dragon in the year of the dragon being shot up to study the sun. You can take this a step further and equate the sun to John’s revelations about a woman close to giving birth clothed with the sun being attacked by a serpent.

Ironic that a rocket with that name would be launched to discover the secrets of the sun’s corona while a devil comet whizzes by. All while we are looking at a possible third world war as Iran and Hamas continue to attack Israel.


Earthquakes occurred near Lebanon and New Jersey, coinciding exactly with an Iranian Mullah’s speech on April 18th. He preached about the destruction of Israel. Connections can be made that earthquakes and eclipses foretell the end of days. I believe it’s a wake-up call to those in authority that God is not pleased. Could these earthquakes be part of the “birth pangs” that Jesus spoke of?

I have never really paid much attention to prophecy, but I cannot ignore what is happening outside my small sphere. They inspire me to journal the connections because the dynamics of world politics in our sliver of time are astounding.


The next stunning event is that of the cicadas “Brood X” Cicada hatching. Just as temps in the Eastern US hit 60 degrees, an estimated 100 trillion will emerge! The last time two generations of cicadas hatched together was in 1803, the same year as the  Louisiana Purchase made by the United States from France. One group hatches every 13 years while the other hatches every 17 years, both prime numbers. They only match up every 121 years. I remember collecting them as a kid and marveling at their colors, but yikes!

I need not mention the whole locust thing.

This will be an extraordinary year to experience and learn from. As we watch in deep awareness all the wonders and horrors that circle us, we must remember to love despite the horrors. I am holding my breath, knowing that my mother has the best seat in the house.


“Better to be a dog in times of tranquility than a human in times of chaos.”

So, with that truly Chinese proverb, I will hug my Canaan dog  (he is a true descendant of the native dogs of Israel) and pray that I have the freedom to continue to speak the words that I have been gifted with. I am thankful that I can still live and enjoy. There will always be hope , even if the world seems broken and chaotic.



Jen Rinaldi


My education has been broad and varied, (Thank God, I have needed the experience!) I studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and UW Milwaukee, where I achieved my degree. I have worked as an artist in some capacity in almost every job I have ever had.

I worked as a glass designer and restoration specialist at Oak Brook Esser Studios in WI. I began exploring graphic design and print media when I moved to Arizona to continue in glass. I came to work at the fairgrounds in Sonoita in 2015. There, I managed their events and designed all of the print and visual media for their races, rodeo, and county fair, the experience teaching me how to speak publicly.

I write a monthly article for OutdoorSW magazine https://www.outdoorssw.com, teach art classes, and sell my paintings and pet memorials.

Writing these books and creating artwork for them has been both a passion and a pleasure; I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Aside from writing, my husband and I spend hours creating works of art every day, so please take a look!

Please visit our art website to see some of our work. rinaldiarts.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rinaldijennifernaughtypony/
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An Interview with Dee Moreno
by Kathleen Osborne


We hope you enjoy hearing a more about each of our authors.




“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.”

– Dana Letch

Have you ever stopped to look back as you work toward a goal? Did you see how often the road to success and the one to failure are on the same path? The only difference is that the road to success is longer, with many intersections along the way.

Instead of an hour to get there, it may take three months, a year, or five years. It all depends on how quickly we spot the road signs. How many times have you stayed where you were, and things were getting more and more challenging? Every door might have seemed to shut, and there wasn’t a window you could climb through either. Depression and anxiety were overwhelming you.

Finally, you saw what was going on. You had learned everything you could from that path, and now it was time to get off that road before you were hurt. When you made that decision, suddenly, the darkness went away. The sun shone so much brighter. Even the moon seemed to light up the night sky.

We all take those right turns instead of the left, a time or two—or if you’re like me, it’s more like four or five times.

I have learned to smile with joy because I can get lost, but I’ll find my way back to the path I should have stuck with. This has happened so often because of my stubbornness, thinking it is just a rough patch.

When I took the test to go into the Air Force, I and my BFF, Kathy, were going in on the buddy system. Supposedly, we would never be separated. Well, we both passed the test and the physical. She got called up, and I got told they were looking into my past. Um, my past??? I was eighteen. What past could there be?

Two weeks after Kathy went into basic training, I was sworn in. I remember it so clearly. It was the day before Thanksgiving.

Before that day, I was tempted to call the recruiter and tell him I wasn’t going, but deep down, I knew it was the right place for me to be. I kept my mouth shut and went to work. I would have missed meeting my husband or having my children — if I had turned my back on that opportunity.

It can be so hard to recognize when we step off the path. Usually, it is something that tempts us; it appeals to our desires to skip life learning steps and hit the jackpot right away. Or it can happen because we become frustrated and angry.

Life isn’t like that. We all must—take wobbly baby steps and move up toward the long strides to reach our goals. The lessons we learn along the way can be passed on to those following in our footsteps. All we can do is trust they are listening and applying it.

Stop along your road to success. Thank those who have and are helping you. Maybe reach out a hand to those behind you and pull them up a step.

Several quotes come to mind that I lean on when I feel like I can’t take another step. The two that I lean on the most are: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV Bible; “and Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.” NIV Bible.

These might not be the right one(s) for you to lean on, but I highly recommend you have something that lifts your spirit. Try some of these ideas:

  1. It could be a picture of your goal with a slogan you’ve written. For instance, your goal is to start your own business. Find a picture of a person standing in front of their employees. Take a picture of yourself, cut your head out, and paste it over the boss’s face. Write a realistic date for you to achieve it. Then, put it where you see it every day.
  2. I remember I was going for a directorship with Mary Kay Cosmetics. I had used lipstick to write on my mirror in the bathroom, “Director Kathleen Osborne. Only 1 to go.” To qualify, you are required to have thirty people in your down-line, including those your team recruited, and each had to come in with a qualified amount of inventory. I was focused on helping a team member on the last day when I got a call. They just wanted to chat. I told them I couldn’t. Then, they accused me of only talking about Mary Kay. And my last reply was, “Yes, right now I have a goal I must finish TODAY. So that is all I have time for.” They hung up.
  3. I know a woman with a goal she knew would take one to five years to reach: becoming a National Sales Director. To help herself, she put together a large three-ring binder full of pictures of the goals she needed to attain; how she would reward herself for reaching each milestone along the way to her destination. It also had words of encouragement mingled with the pictures — “I am enough” and “Don’t look to the right or left. Keep your eyes on the goal.”

That woman achieved her goal and reached further than she ever thought. She has since retired, with a guaranteed income for life. What she accomplished influenced so many women, and her example encouraged them and me.

Years later, her influence helped me develop a successful designer dog clothing business. When I started, I didn’t have a clue how to sew. But within a year, a retired master tailor and a master seamstress both told me they had never seen such excellent work.

Don’t beat yourself up if you get lost or take a side trip. Just get back on the path.

If you know someone struggling and feeling like they’re on a merry-go-round, grab their hand. When you’ve pulled them off, share this with them. Encourage them to get back on their path to success.



Kathleen Osborne

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It’s hard to believe, after all our hard work, Deceit, our sixth book, is available to you in e-book and paperback.

AND… We have completed the Seasons Series with the release of our last book, Summer—When Doors Open. Our current book release is similar to our very first anthology, Tolerance. Our new collection is called Deceit. It contains ten stories for you to enjoy and was released in November.

Deceit… Our lives are full of deceit, from the little white lie a person might tell to a lie of omission to the world by its leaders spouting untruths. Deceit can come packaged as protection yet is actually deception meant to harm another. Countries involved in covert to overt manipulation attempting to change their status or political influence are seen every day, revealed by the press, bloggers, social influencers.

The thing is, can you trust them ? It’s the little things each of us do that prove out as either intentional, or not–how you can tell the difference?

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