The problem of Imbolc

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Today is the Celtic Sabbat/festival/holy day/celebration of Imbolc. Traci wrote a great post about it yesterday; I recommend it for those that want to know more about the word and its origins, as well as the Irish experience of it.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 don't know much of the history, and there's so much to know! I wasn't raised in an Irish or Celtic diaspora family (my … [Read more...]

Waiting for spring

Chehalis Western Trail, photo courtesy of Regan House Photo

I've found a new trail to walk and learn: the Chehalis Western Trail, 21 miles of paved over railroad, cutting through unincorporated land and through two towns. It doesn't have the magic that I feel at Mclane, but it's peaceful, quiet, and new.I've gotten out and about a little bit more in the last two weeks than I have in a while. I'm looking for signs of spring, signs of the shift to brighter days. I love winter. I love that we're in the thick of the quiet and the cold, but this … [Read more...]

5 ways to know you’re in Britain at Yule

Photo by Luke Hayfield Photography, used under Creative Commons license.

This week, I'm focusing on a national and very human sense of place -- Britain at Yule.Whether we celebrate Christmas, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Isaac Newton's Birthday or Consumermas, there are some non-negotiable cultural constants here.1. Christmas stock has already been out in the shops for at least two monthsOne of the most distressing things about not making a big deal of Hallowe'en, and not having Thanksgiving, is that shops - especially big corporations - feel free to … [Read more...]


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