The Other Side


Place your full focus, 

your full attention 

in each moment 

and not elsewhere

so that you do not miss

 what you have longed to experience.



What we have Longed to Experience

by Kandra Niagra


        Ok, so this new Goodwill Store had it's Grand Opening

on a freezing cold, rainy winter day in Bastrop, Texas.

In spite of the really unbelieveably bad weather,

there was quite a large crowd milling about in the store,

the Dollmaker among them... and she had her eye on the Book Section.

The Dollmaker saw her chance- a crevice in the sea of people- she slipped in closer,

 eek! only to find herself targeted by a small but mighty paperback,

having dislodged itself somehow (couldn't have been the jostling of the crowd...)

 from a stack on an upper shelf, it was knocking off several much larger books

in the process of hurling itself through the air right toward the Dollmaker.

She caught it.

 What! Hey! (as the gentle reader might suspect,

this was actually not the first time a book had ever flown off of a shelf

at the Dollmaker) and the Dollmaker's eyes narrowed.

There was some kind of woo-woo at work here...

She checked out the title:

Of Course it was:

Life on the Other Side

by Sylvia Browne



                                 It was $2.00. The Dollmaker, with a pained expression,

 murmered to the saleslady that the book prices were kind of expensive here-

after all,  you can go to the Ladies of Charity Thrift Store

and get paperbacks for a quarter.

She was about to put the book back,

when the Saleslady (a skinny little black lady

who might have been a Shaman medicine woman in disguise as an ordinary sales clerk)

 turned to the Dollmaker and in a high-pitched voice said,

"$2.00 is not a lot to pay for a Sylvia Browne book."

She looked at the Dollmaker concernedly,

and assured her that within this book

there would be information that would be worth way more than $2.00 to her.


The Dollmaker bought the book.



After all, the Dollmaker figured, it does take some guts to presume to teach

the average still-alive citizen about

The Other Side.


Let's face it, some people don't even believe there IS another Side,

so we can start there with the problems this author must have encountered ...


Fortunately, the Dollmaker did lean toward 

the Concept of There Being Another Side,

and it could even be said that she had some fanciful ideas of her own

about what it must be like...

So she proceeded to read on.


 The Dollmaker found that, in her book about The Other Side,

Ms. Browne proposes many ideas, both wildly preposterous and vaguely familiar,

such as the existence of Towers, gardens, pets, books, an incredible all-pervading

 feeling of Love, lots of things to do and ideal weather conditions....

On the Other Side.


So, it's just like here....?  No, actually it's quite a bit better than here.


However, there is one thing that We have on This Side

that The Other Side doesn't have!

Listen to this!

"There is no precipitation on The Other Side, no rain, snow, sleet or hail.

There is no wind stronger than an occasional gentle breeze,

 no heat waves, and no cold fronts."

See that!

So it was just as the Shaman Woman in disguise at the Goodwill Store had said

 about the Sylvia Browne Book...

The Dollmaker had indeed been provoked, incited even- to thought! 

Could it be that we long to experience the Wild Earth?

The roaring, swirling, tumbling, sparking, drenching, crashing Power of Creation!

That in spite of- or because of- the fundamental tensions on this planet

we Humans just love to come to Earth!


We Love this place!



       There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.

That will be the beginning.

-Louis L'Amour       



The best and most beautiful things in the World 

cannot be seen or even touched.

They must be felt with the heart.

    -Helen Keller     



Kandra Niagra, Dollmaker

PO Box 326

Smithville, Texas 78957

Phone: 512-332-6680