Feb 01

Imbolc, Ready or Not!

Confession: sharing this post makes me feel like I’ve left the house for the day, smiling and cheerful, but only half-dressed.  The cheeriness arises from the fact that…holy winter, we’ve somehow reached Imbolc! The other part of what I’m feeling–the part that puts the pink in my cheeks–comes from some recent changes I’ve made to the …

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Jan 22

Nerve Memory

Something you’ve lost can come back to you with such suddenness. Such power. Like a gift you’ve wanted, but somehow forgot to keep requesting. Recently, I was looking through some old photographs and came across an image of someone I lost, long ago. He’s never far from my thoughts, but seeing him caught me off …

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Jan 17

Get Lost!

I have a special talent and, that’s right, I’m here to brag about it. I get lost. Often and well. If I were a superhero, one of my super powers would be (*cue big, echo-y announcer voice*): Getting Lost. If honorary doctorates were awarded for “Taking the path less traveled–by accident,” I’d have at least …

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Dec 21

Why This Winter Wimp Celebrates the Solstice

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the winter solstice! You know what that means, right??? The downward, darkward slide we’ve been experiencing is about to begin ratcheting uphill again, minute by minute, towards the light. Image via pixabay/PublicDomainPictures Granted, the cold, dreary, loooong march of winter is just getting underway, but the darkness is gathering its …

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Nov 13

In Bloom

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”  Sensei Ogui, Zen Shin Talks A beautiful quote and concept, but… wait a minute. What is the purpose of an individual flower? To be fertilized, so it can produce seeds (with or without fruit). So, each flower, on its …

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Oct 30

A Celebration of Samhain

My first introduction to Samhain (pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in) came through, of all things, a Danzig song called Soul on Fire.  This, despite the Celtic blood flowing through my veins. I can’t quote the song (copyright laws), but if you’re so inclined, you can check out the lyrics or give the song itself a listen. (Yup, it’s a little …

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Oct 27

Feel the Chill…

Maybe you won’t get the chills from these ghost stories, but I will tell you I’m presenting them as factually as I possibly can. Whether they’re based on some otherworldly occurrence or just some strange coincidence is up to you to decide… As I mentioned in my last post, my family and I live in …

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Oct 20

The Little Ghost, by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Ghostly or not, I found this poem to be sweet and a little sad. It reminded me some of Anne Rice’s character, Claudia, from Interview with the Vampire. (It was, incidentally, my favorite book among those I’ve read of Rice’s vampire series. Her main character, Louis, will forever hold a piece of my heart. But …

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Oct 16

One Woman’s List

How many times has something like this happened to me? This is the thought that sparked my list. A couple of weeks ago, something happened, which triggered a memory of being harassed by a man. That memory triggered another, and so on. That’s when I had the thought, How many times…? I wanted to know the answer, so …

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Oct 13

Thirteen Reasons Why I Believe in Witches

We all know witches are real…. Wait, we do, don’t we? I’m not talking about the warty, green-faced, Halloween kind (although I’d love, love to give that broomstick-riding thing a try)…I’m talking real, live witches who practice Wicca and other, related forms of neo-paganism. I’m not an expert in or a practitioner of any of …

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