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Today I started my official Friday blog at Patheos! First post is about the solstice and the play of light and dark. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

The end is also the beginning

The calendar year is winding down. Does anyone ever feel restful at this time? In the United States we seem to have a full six weeks of holidays, events, family gatherings, and shopping madness. While I go light on the last two (my family of origin are in Alaska and Australia), I've got more than my fair share of Other Stuff going on right now. Much of it is really exciting, so let me share some news with you!Firstly, you might notice that my avatars have changed, both here and on the … [Read more...]

Be careful what you pray for….

Because you just might get it.I've been quiet. There's been a lot going on in my house since Adam's grandmother died two weeks ago. As soon as he returned from the funeral, my in-laws arrived and then it was Thanksgiving. Then my daughter came down with a double infection and a bronchial thingamajig. Oh yeah, and I've been not so successfully fighting the cold and.....And dealing with so much stuff that I cannot talk about publicly. On top of some wonderful opportunities that I look … [Read more...]

Celebrating Diwali

Diwali is like Christmas. It's a festival of lights, a celebration of light over darkness, of ushering in the new, and giving gifts to loved ones.  There are many traditions, some vary according to community, but some of them are: new clothes for everyone, new jewelry for women, a new kitchen utensil for the house, closing up the year's account book and starting a new one, leaving all the lights on, and creating colorful mandalas, decorations and footprints leading up to the front door to let … [Read more...]

A blessed Diwali!

Diwali decorations are up. Candles are lit. Lights are on. Wine is poured. Gifts given. I'm wearing new earrings and I'm about to cook one of my husband's favorite meals.Tonight, after the kids are asleep, I'll make puja to Lakshmi, honoring her for the abundance and beauty in my life, and asking for her blessings upon my life, my family, and all who dwell in this house.Pictures (and more explanation) to come tomorrow.May we all find light in the darkness, may liberation and … [Read more...]

Holidays and Hinduism

Diwali begins today. Well, in some communities. The major Lakshmi puja is observed the day after the dark moon, on Tuesday. What's hard for me about observing Hindu holidays is that so many of the details depend on cultural traditions of the Indian subcontinent. Tamils observe slightly differently than Nepalese than the myriad other ethnic and cultural groups. The gods even have different names and sometimes slightly different mythology! While this is really confusing, it's also liberating. … [Read more...]

Morning Practice

Every morning I escape from the family routine of breakfast, showers, dishes, getting dressed, stop hitting your sister, and escape into my back room to sit. I used to get up before the kids and do this, but my son typically is wide awake at 6.30 ready to snuggle and be read to. Getting up at 5.30 would be wise, but just isn't going to happen, if I'm being honest.Sitting in my bathrobe (sometimes I'm dressed first, not usually) I light the candles and the incense, waving it in front of … [Read more...]


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