Harvest in the Pacific Northwest

At the beginning of August many of my Pagan friends celebrated the first harvest, commonly known as Lammas or Lughnasadh (from the Celtic calendar system). That observance has never meant much to me. I am not a farmer, and have spent precious little time in places where early August means first fruits of any kind. Now in Washington, it means the height of summer, and I spend my summer time waiting for the days to cool.As August passed I began to have half-formed thoughts of salmon. Had my … [Read more...]

What We’re Reading

I like books. I really like books. I seemĀ  constitutionally unable read only one thing at a time. This filters down to the kids, too. We're reading some great stuff right now, so I thought I'd share.First up, the two-and-a-half-year-old. Here is her current obsession:She is in love with the Octonauts, a series of books and cartoons that we discovered thanks to the BBC in Wales. We read these several times every day (saints preserve me). The art is great, the characters are adorable, and, … [Read more...]

Chop Wood, Carry Water

There is a Zen saying, "Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water."I'm definitely in the 'before enlightenment' state of things, and most definitely lately. I feel further away from anything spiritually meaningful than I have in a while. I'm tired, getting over some sort of mild virus, and likely swinging on the swing set of hormones. While I usually have a strong container for dealing with news and the internet, the last few says have felt … [Read more...]

Five Year Old Rituals

Last week my son had his 5 Year Old Rituals. What does that mean? Let's start at the beginning.My son was born prematurely and spent the first month of his life in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). It was easily the worst month of my life. Son, B, was born healthy and strong, though very, very small. He has grown to inherit both his mother's and his father's emotional intensity, so while he's a bright, healthy, empathetic little guy, he's also combative, struggles especially much with … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Speak Well of Everyone

This one is tricky. I don't like to gossip, although sometimes it feels good. I want to speak well of everyone, but sometimes people make it so hard to do!Sometimes other people are awful. Instead of speaking ill of them, I've been learning to communicate how I feel and what my experience has been. This allows others to come to their own conclusions, expresses the truth my experience, but can allow me more space to be compassionate toward some one who has treated me poorly. I can say "I do … [Read more...]

Passing Down the Trad

There's a series of blog posts over at Patheos on passing along one's faith to kids or a younger generation. I've really enjoyed reading the different perspectives. As I've got two kids of my own, ages 5 and 2.5, here are my two cents.My husband, Adam, and I are raising our kids in a Pagan household. I don't say that we are raising the kids as Pagans, or to be Pagans, but Adam and I run our house in a certain way, practice in a certain way, and celebrate in a certain way - a rather hodge … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Fear deceit

Yes. While I don't want to cultivate fear in general, deceit is a particularly pernicious form of dishonesty, and it is worthy of fear.This year I have been involved in or have been witness to several relationships destroyed by deceit. In one case I'm not sure there was out-right lying involved, but one of the definitions of deceit is acts of subterfuge designed to obscure the truth, and I certainly experienced that. In some ways this is more painful than direct lying. That's clear-cut. But … [Read more...]


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