The Mystic Black Hole Where Technology Failed Me

It was like a black hole. Only it didn't affect light. It only affected communication. Radio waves and the Internet and the telephone. All as good as dead in the zone around my mother's small town apartment.Great effort was required to get information in or out of the black hole, and even when there was success, it was often time-delayed to a most frustrating extent.People would call me, but my phone didn't ring. I might get a voicemail alert an hour or two later. Or not. I would try to … [Read more...]

Finding Land Spirits and The Fae

Catriona McDonald

Helpful tips and tricks to finding the spirits we share space with on this earth. Preliminary Steps The following precautions should be heeded when one goes searching for spirits of land.Get out of your car. Remove the roof, fill it full of soil, and plant a tree inside. Turn off your phone.  If it's too smart to be turned off, apply open flame. Pull out your headphones and smash them with a rock.  Sweep up the pieces and dispose of them properly.  If recycling facilities do not exist … [Read more...]

Remembering the never born: claiming a sibling as an Ancestor

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As part of preparing for October's blogging about Ancestor remembrance, I had a long chat with my blogging partner for the project, the very lovely Reba Riley, who blogs on the Progressive Christian Channel at Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome. We found that we have a lot in common, from our shared interest in universal, heart aspects of spirituality, to some 'coincidences' in our personal histories and circumstances.My personal Ancestor remembranceWhen I was explaining to Reba how I … [Read more...]

Under the Pavement, The Forest

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I have a forest:It’s not mine, of course, anymore than anything else--my clothes, my home, my words--are mine or anyone’s.It’s a forest.  A small one, towering big-leaf Maples over small stands of Alder and scattered Cedars.  A small stream bed, waiting for the relentless Seattle rains to fill its ravine with flowing life.  Salmonberry is winning in its struggle with Blackberry, Snowberries with their understated leaves standing lightly over the sturdier Oregon Grape.The Elder isn … [Read more...]

A Tale of Hospital Spirits

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When I think of hospitals, I usually think of broken bones or mild concussions, ice skating accidents and bumps from falls of a bicycle. Most of the time, the hospital is where we go to get fixed up. But hospitals are strange places, where death is just as familiar as life, and no matter how hard the doctors and nurses fight, sometimes a life just slips away.The small town hospital where my mother went for a scheduled surgery last week is a busy and bustling place during the weekdays. It's … [Read more...]

The Crossroads of Memory

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Memory is a great crossroads, an always-in-between.  Step here and you're elsewhere, turn instead and another world opens before you. Walk back and you're there again, all paths before you, trod by someone who used to be you.You can walk those paths to meet you, but you're not him who was there.  You're later, you're another, treading trails another-you marked out for later.  Remember this, he might have thought, and the other him, who is you, tries to collect what was scattered. Re … [Read more...]


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