So Long, and Thanks for All the Clicks

Dear Friends,I began blogging as a personal project during a time of transition in my life. At that time I had a 3 year old and a 4 month old. I was living in Wales and about to quit my PhD program. I wanted to go deeper into my own spiritual practices, develop writing that was not academically driven, and find out what "my own ashram" might look like. Through the discipline of writing and practice, through the connections woven from the world wide web of words, I feel that I have succeeded … [Read more...]

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The Book of Life

Last week I took my kids to a summer showing of last year's The Book of Life, an animated movie all about el Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). I knew nothing about the film going in, other than it was animated and I'd heard good things about it. My kids really liked it and I did, too - mostly.Written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Torro, the film is by, for, and about people of Mexican and Hispanic descent. In a whitewashed industry, this is … [Read more...]

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A Love Song for Juneau

[Modified from a post on June 1, 2012]I haven’t lived in Juneau, Alaska, for over a decade. I’ve spent little more than a handful of weeks at a time there. Home for me these days is Olympia, Washington. [I am winding up my time from my most recent trip home - the first one in three years.]For those that know me in person forgetting that I’m from Alaska is impossible. It is a part of my identity on par with being human or female. I am not my body, I am not my sex, yet I am completely e … [Read more...]

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What We’re Reading

School is out! Summer has started! And Mama is already exhausted after 4 days! Many Gods West is in 6 weeks and we leave for a family vacation to Alaska in 10 days' time. If I'm not giving you fresh insights, please forgive me. I'll be posting some older, but awesome posts to tide you over.Occasionally I like to share what we're reading in our house. Here is what we're reading:KidsMy 7 year old is engrossed in the Wings of Fire series. I don't find them particularly well-written … [Read more...]

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We Were Born Wild

"Mama, we were born wild animals."My son, full of pterodactyl screeches and dragon roars, sits quietly in the car on his ride to school. He's telling his sisters about how mammals are wild animals, that humans are mammals, that in fact all of nature is wild.It's a deeply profound thought, if not entirely true. How domesticated we have become. How we domesticate everything we touch.Chickens are not wild. Very little is wild about our yards. Cows? Not wild. Not anymore.But … [Read more...]

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Playing Catch Up

In late winter I promised that I would write less. I keep forgetting this promise and instead, getting down on myself for not writing "enough." Here is what is happening in between the posts:Family life is busy, as usual. The baby is over a year old and is mobile. She needs more attention. The four year old is out of preschool. She is bright, needing more stimulation. She is also a little lonely with Mama writing all the time and big brother at school. She needs more attention.We … [Read more...]

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Preparation for Practice

[This is the second in a series on practice. Read part one here.]How do we prepare to practice?Sometimes the preparation is the practice; sometimes it's an important precursor to the practice.I talked a lot yesterday about the grounding and aligning I do as part of my breath work. I do that before and after almost everything I do: prayers, offerings, meditation, trance, ritual, etc. Grounding and aligning is the preparation for further work and is the work itself.The Feri/Faery … [Read more...]

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