Maxim Monday: Praise Hope

The sun rises, even in winter in Alaska. By ra64 from nome, usa (sunrise 12:45pm 12/22/06) via Wikimedia Commons

Expectation, desire, wishes, ambition - these are words associated with hope (so Google tells me). As with most things, these words can express extremes. They can conjure up a fantasy world disconnected with the harsh realities of life, the worst of 'magical thinking.' Or they can be expressions of a positive attitude, high expectations, and the best of magical thinking.This ancient oracle encourages us to praise hope, so let's look to the second, more positive take on this word. I'm an … [Read more...]

Frozen: A review

Oh Disney, you are so complicated. Such beautiful art, such a weird and twisted empire. So many great movies, so many terrible ones. But one thing has remained constant for your empire: you are a feminist's nightmare.I fell in love with Disney when I was 14, when The Little Mermaid came out. The colors! THE SINGING. I didn't have a filter then for deconstructing the anti-feminist qualities of that film. And oh, it's awful for girls. Silence your voice to win a cute boy's heart? UGH. And then … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Magical Kids (and Kids at Heart)

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When I'm shopping for my kids for birthdays or holidays, I rarely think to myself 'is this Pagan?' I don't care if something is exactly my flavor of spirituality. What I'm looking for are things that foster creativity and enjoyment, and stories that reflect the values with which I and my husband are raising our family. There isn't a lot of high quality Pagan- or Hindu-specific kid stuff out there (that I can find easily). But there are some things I've found and I'd like to share with you. Some … [Read more...]

Living Saraswati

Today begins the final three days of Navratri, in which Saraswati, goddess of language, knowledge and sound, is honored. I have an affinity with Her, as I have spent much of my life in pursuit of education and knowledge, as well as honing my singing skills.Saraswati is comparable to the Greek goddess Athena in many ways. Both are independent; Saraswati, unlike most of the other Hindu goddesses, is not the consort of any male deity; her devotion to her studies means she has little time for … [Read more...]

Family Announcements

When I started this blog just over 2 years ago my youngest child was only 4 months old, we were living in Wales, I was enrolled in a PhD program specializing in systematic and feminist theologies and the Virgin Mary. Now I'm living in Washington State, my eldest child has started kindergarten, my youngest is 2 and half years old and goes to preschool five mornings a week, and I happily moved away from academia. Time flies!My family is the greatest joy in my life. It is the source of my … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Educate Your Sons

Yes! A Maxim I am excited about! I agree whole-heartedly agree that our sons need be educated. I believe in education, particularly one that involves wonder, creativity and critical thinking. Lets give our boys sciences, art, music, history, literature, maths, outdoor skills, virtues, and the abilities to express themselves.And let's of course give that to our daughters.Aside from academics, which I believe are for boys and girls, I'd like to talk about some things I aim to teach my own … [Read more...]

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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