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  1. EM; Damned if you Smoke, Damned if you don't.

    Smoking and drinking gives me a headache.

    Not smoking and drinking gives me more of a headache.

    My gorgeous wife is cleaning up the lab for me.

    Volatized Salts of Tartar is up next.

    Liver of Sulfur was a fail.

    There is some unwritten law of the universe that states "If you're going to quit smoking, you're going to have a very bad day.

    Today is one of those days.

    The urge to kill is greatly ...
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  2. Hiding out in the Dragon's lair

    Hey everyone,

    I've gotten a few messages so I thought I would post an update. I've had to divert my time toward a new kind of alchemy, which is being tied into a fictional story. I'm also building my little cottage out in the woods, and that's eating up every minute of my days-off from a day-job I took.

    I'll definitely be back to lab work at some point, but my energy is focused on other matters at the moment. Not sure how long the house will take, but November will ...
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  3. EM's nice Opal find.

    Thus far, im my roughly first 6 months in central Australia, I have learnt quite a lot more about opal than many people even realize exist. Much like those who wear them; Opals are complicated gemstones that have many different characters, sizes, ways of expressing themselves and often, health issues.

    Opal is sold in three main types.
    "Stones" - meaning a solid piece.
    "Doublet" - A slice of Opal with wooden or plastic backing.
    "Triplet" ...
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  4. A mostly dream

    I am taken to a land looks like a desert, to my eyes. There are tall spiked rock (?) formations that rise up high. In the distance is a village. To get there, there is stone stairs that is partially covered along a cliff edge. In this village all of the houses are embedded in the rock with cloth roofs of white linen. I am sitting in someones house and he offers to show me their strange forest that houses creatures made of light. I say rock, but it wasn't. It was something different.
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  5. Writings

    In stillness I see clearly, and the Fire comes to me. Carnelian spires raise the light filled sky, and it is nearer to me than before.
    "Let us walk together. I see your stony path of darkness. I shall follow and light your way."
    "Let me see clearly." I said.
    "Let us see clearly." the Fire replied.
    "Let me be wise." I said.
    "Let us be wise." the Fire replied.
    "Let me love!" I cried.
    "Let ...
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