Where They May Be Found: Brighid

Fifth in the series, “Where They May Be Found.” Brighid tosses more wood upon Her hearth, and laughs. Read more

Some things I learned from blackberries

It’s tough, hardy, even invasive; blackberry left unchecked tends to take over an area and make it its own. Here are a few things I’ve learned from a lifetime among blackberry brambles. Read more

Calling the Fay and Scaring the Monsters

Meanwhile, down at the child care area set aside to keep the kiddies away from all of the bawdy adult fun, my son looked around at the other children and said, “You realize, this is just a distraction.” Read more

Finding Home

Glasgow and Seattle both whisper in my ear and tell me that they could be home. Both places promise me that I can be a part of good things. Both places tell me that I can be a part of wonderful, overlapping communities of people building a future that I want to live in. Read more

Where They May Be Found: Ceridwen

We living feast relentlessly on the dead, and love is a kind of death–is death a kind of love? The Fourth in the Series “Where They May Be Found”: This one, Ceridwen, goddess of inspiration and death. Read more

Can a human being be the spirit of a place?

I started out thinking of Marie Laveau as a kind of local spirit of New Orleans, and wound up learning a lot about Conyers. Read more

The power of the song thrush: life, death and the feast of St. John

The Jug of Punch, the song thrush, the summer solstice, the feast of St. John, life, sex, death and singing. What does it all mean?! Read more

When People Don’t Want You In This Place

I am angry that elected officials and appointed civil servants in an Arkansas town feel that they have the right to block the presence of any religious group. And I am saddened that, even all these years after the civil rights movement, we the American people have still not grasped the full notion of what civil rights mean. Read more

The Queen of Fair Elfland

Now, I think I could make a good case that New Orleans and Faerie are not that different in some respects. They are both beautiful and a bit, well, sketchy; full of glamorie, charming and occasionally unseelie inhabitants, and very good musicians. They both exist on their own terms, with an independent sense of the passage of time and a peculiar etiquette. Really the biggest difference is that if you go to New Orleans, you definitely want to eat the food. Read more

That Place We Keep Meeting

The Network isn’t like a Natural Spirit! It’s not like Nature. It’s not like the birds or the trees or the dirt under my feet. It’s prickly and tingly and full of electric charges. I don’t want to talk to it like that! (I squirm in my seat, adjust my sweater around me as if that will make me feel more comfortable. It doesn’t.) “What’s unnatural about the Network?” my mentor asks. Read more