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In Bloom

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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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A Celebration of Samhain

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A Celebration of Samhain

Despite the Celtic blood flowing through my veins, my first introduction to Samhain (pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in) came through, of all things, a Danzig song called Soul on Fire. 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 dark.) […]

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Feel the Chill…

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Feel the Chill…

Fine, so 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 […]

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The Little Ghost, by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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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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One Woman’s List

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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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Thirteen Reasons Why I Believe in Witches

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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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Wind poems, by Rossetti, Stevens, Frost

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Wind poems, by Rossetti, Stevens, Frost

I love the wind. Love it as long as it’s not so icy cold that it bites your skin (and even then, if I’m in the mood, I find it thrilling). Love it as long as it doesn’t threaten with tremendous gusts (and then, as long as no terrible harm is done, it leaves me […]

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Mabon: Darkness and Light

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Mabon: Darkness and Light

I wasn’t planning to write a blog post today, but then I discovered it was the autumnal equinox. So, here I am, wishing you a Happy Mabon! This, my friends, is an important day: it’s one of two times during the year when light and darkness are in balance. Image via pixabay/Alois_Wonaschuetz Mabon marks the […]

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Our Butterfly Journey

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Our Butterfly Journey

I don’t have any butterfly tattoos…yet, but I admit it: I adore the fluttery critters. They’re beautiful, sure, but it’s more about their changing from something slightly awkward and a little, um, less than elegant, to something majestic and noteworthy and free. (As for me, pretty sure I’m stuck in my chrysalis phase.) I find butterflies […]

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Two Butterflies went out at Noon, Emily Dickinson

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Two Butterflies went out at Noon, Emily Dickinson

In honor of the butterflies we’ve been “raising” (post on them to come), I thought I’d share Two Butterflies went out at Noon, by Emily Dickinson. Dickinson was born (1830) and died (1886) in Amherst, Massachusetts. She lived in relative isolation throughout her life, although her family provided her with intellectual and emotional companionship. The […]

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