Beltane On The Beach: An Enduring Maine Tradition

2 Maypoles, during one of the cooler years at Popham Beach. Photo by Michael Berube, www.bardtographer.com. Used with permission.

Despite the beauty of Popham Beach, Beltane On The Beach is at its core about the Pagan community in Maine. Over the years there have been countless weddings, handfastings, initiations, rights of passage, and other rituals to be witnessed by the community, in addition to the Beltane traditions of the Maypole Dancing. [Read more...]

In Glasgow We Talk A Lot About Weather

Queen's Park in Glasgow on a rare sunny day in May 2013

Last week I wrote about the lack of Spring-like weather here in Glasgow this Spring. Today is a most amazing and gorgeous day. I went outside at about 11am to take out some recycling and to pop into the local shop for a couple of things. I was utterly caught off guard by the fantastic weather. It’s not just sunny and bright. It’s comfortably warm with a light breeze. It is exactly the kind of weather I’d expect in late March in Oakland, California.
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What Are These “Seasons” You Speak Of?

grassy hills, thick cloud cover, but just a tiny bit of blue sky poking through

If you search the ‘Net for the “unseasonable weather,” you’ll find many examples of both unseasonably hot and unseasonably cold weather around the world, as well as more recent record-breaking temperatures in both directions. [Read more...]

Of Frogs and Flowers – an excerpt from Annie Dillard

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With spring in full swing in Ireland, Traci shares an except from Annie Dillard’s book, ‘Pilgrim at Tinker Creek’ — a tremendously influential book, which helped shape her naturalist outlook and her sense of place. [Read more...]


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