A House Blessing

Friday, January 6th, was Theophany (according to the Eastern Orthodox Church) and Epiphany for the rest. I'm not sure why, but it is on this day that house blessings occur in the Orthodox tradition, my preferred flavor of Christianity. A priest comes around to the home and blesses the structure and its inhabitants.I've just moved into a new home. I usually do a house blessing when I move anywhere new. My past practice has been to use various incenses to cleanse the space, then sprinkle salt … [Read more...]

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A quick check in

I haven’t meant to go so long between posts. We are in our house, but internet doesn’t start until tomorrow, and we’re still in that chaotic, seemingly never-ending period of unpacking, sorting, finding, organizing, etc. This is by far my most challenging and taxing move yet. Each day gets better (I tell myself). I love our new home and I think Olympia is already a great fit for us.I think about this blog and this project often. As annoying as moving in the middle of it has been, it actually … [Read more...]

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A New Year

I'm not much for New Year's parties or resolutions. Now that I have kids I have even less desire to stay up late among raucous revellers. Going to bed early suits me just fine. I feel like the Gregorian new year is oddly placed anyway. I always feel like it should come either at the winter solstice or perhaps on the vernal equinox. January 1st feels like an arbitrary, but satisfying bookend to the winter holiday season, a point marking the arrival of the longest, coldest part of winter for me: … [Read more...]

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Beginning Thoughts from Cornwall

The 21st has come and gone. A new quarter begins.I stood at the sink washing the dishes, looking out at the stump and bush from which the Horned One was staring at me. I apologized that I would be neglecting him. He continues to peek out at me. My instincts tell me to greet the land and offer milk and mince pies, but that just doesn’t….. seem Christian.So I sit and stew about this conflict. My sensibilities have changed since last I practiced Christianity exclusively. I tried, I really tr … [Read more...]

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Nadelik Lowen

In Cornwall with no internet. My profound insights on the holidays will have to wait. May you all be blessed and revived by the coming of the Light. … [Read more...]

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A note

No interesting posts for the next few days. We are in the thick of moving, leaving bright and early tomorrow morning. I will post again once we get settled into Cornwall. May you have a warm and blessed Yule! … [Read more...]

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A Goodbye

The boxes are packed. We came to Wales with twelve boxes, four suitcases, two cats and one child nearly two and half years ago. We leave with 14 boxes, three and a half suitcases, one cat and two kids. These final days are the busiest, most chaotic. My friend, Haloquin, arrived for dinner and magic last night in the midst of people moving furniture out of our house, me feeding the baby and the three-year old running around in his green, footed pajamas. My energy was frazzled and frayed.Halo and … [Read more...]

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