Maxim Monday

The next two Delphic maxims go together: have respect for suppliants and be accommodating in everything.Both of these maxims refer to requests. Putting the two together can be trickier than it might seem.A suppliant is a person who is asking something of you. It seems to have an air of an inferior, implying unequal power dynamics. At this point in my life, I've discovered that people who are asking me for something (beyond, hey can I borrow a pen?) are usually taking a step outside their … [Read more...]

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Orange Alert

A post in which I am all kinds of vague and mangle a metaphor about traffic lights.Some readers might remember that I had a very, very challenging summer last year. This year is only slightly better. Last summer was far too busy and physically and emotionally overwhelming. This summer is far less physically taxing, but is equally emotionally challenging. I am feeling the emotional fall out - finally - from the heartbreak of the last twelve months. I am in the middle of excavating old wounds … [Read more...]

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Haters Gonna Hate

Yesterday a young, dynamic, new friend of mine posted on his blog that he was done with witchcraft. Definitively and decidedly done. His post is down now, so I won't bother to link to it. It was a problematic post in many ways, hurtful to his allies and dismissive of his own considerable talents. Yet there were some hard truths about the witchcraft 'community' in his post, some of which I want to address here, because he is not the first, and certainly won't be the last, to struggle with not … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Despise Insolence

Insolence is defined as rudeness and acts of disrespect. I always picture uptight old ladies clutching their pearls about the insolence of The Youth. I also remember myself at 12, talking back to my parents, and I have my 5-year-old practicing insolence with the best - "Mama, you don't know anything! You're wrong about EVERYTHING!"I find it hard to despise insolence, because that means rejecting myself and my kid. Insolence may be unacceptable in my house, but it certainly is worthy of … [Read more...]

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Mercurial

I don't know a lot about astrology. Most of the time I don't find it scientific or accurately reflecting my experience. Occasionally, it is eerily precise.Today Mercury goes retrograde for three weeks. I'd like to blame this starry shift on the mess I made with a friend on Monday. I am a strong and confident communicator in many mediums. I'm even pretty good at public speaking! But throw in volatile emotions and I can turn defensive, terse, and sometimes mean. I definitely have a few things … [Read more...]

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My Life is a Love Story

Falling in love is easy, if mysterious. It can be as simple as a chemistry-laden kiss.  It can be as complex as seeing a girl in an orange silk dress across a crowded room and knowing that my world is about to be turned inside-out. However, growing a love that is sustainable, with healthy boundaries and joy, is the work of a lifetime. My life is a love story, and the Red Goddess is my co-author.Love stories get a bad rap, and for good reason! Courtly tales of romance from the Middle Ages, c … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Foresee the future

Foresee the future. I see this in two ways.I suspect this Maxim is relating to thinking ahead and planning wisely for what may arise. Looking ahead and making plans  are important, whether that's for later in the week or for our 5 year plans. I am a planner by nature. I like to have at least a vague sense of where I'm headed. As I've gotten older I worry less about the details and more about the larger picture. To think of it in slightly different terms, I try to be more intentional about my … [Read more...]

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