When one’s home shows up on television

Juneau, Alaska, By Gillfoto (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

Are any of you fans of Bravo’s tv show, Top Chef? I am. I love it. It might seem a strange question here, except for the fact that this week’s episode was filmed in Juneau, my home land, and the previous episode was filmed on a cruise ship sailing up the Inside Passage. [Read more...]

In Ireland, it’s all about the weather….{and flat tires}

the Ents : east Cork

From Ireland, Traci shares images of her east Cork lane-way–blanketed in snow. [Read more...]

Relocalized

Maker Faire San Francisco 2012

Oakland. The city of my birth. The city where my daughter was born. The city where my mother was born. Her mother was born one city over in Berkeley. If any place is really my “home” on this planet, this must be it. And yet, I’ve struggled with this place. [Read more...]

Mending the tears in a displaced life

The Cumbrian countryside rushing past

As Pagans following more-or-less reconstructed and/or inspired traditions at the beginning of the 21st century, I believe we are a spiritually displaced people. We do well to remember and accept our displacement in space, time and relationship, and to do what we can to reconnect ourselves. [Read more...]

The problem of Imbolc

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I’ve never felt all that connected to this spoke on the great wheel of seasonal observances. While I feel connected to all things Celtic, I grew up in Alaska, where spring lasts all of six weeks and doesn’t arrive until after Beltaine. How could the coming of spring be visible in early February?? That’s crazy talk! [Read more...]

Oiche Fhéile Bhríde: The Eve of St. Brighid’s Feast

Saint Brigid's Cross : © CC- 2008 Culnacreann

Tonight is, the eve of St. Brighid’s Feast, perhaps one of the most celebrated holidays in Ireland. No, there won’t be any mad parties or green beer. Not even wild heathen drumming on the High Places. Instead, this evening is about family, purification, and continuity of ancient practices. [Read more...]

Transitions

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I find that when I first arrive in a place, it takes me days or even weeks to get back into a solid pattern of spiritual practice. Part of that comes from the practical problems of getting my bearings and settling into new patterns. The other part comes from “soul lag.” [Read more...]


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