The Sweetness of Bees

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Bees are on everyone's minds these days. Their dire situation pops up in news. Fellow bloggers are writing about them. Even Obama has taken notice.Our new property has much to tempt the bees. The land is lush and fertile. In a month of 80+ degree weather the land has stayed verdant thanks to the abundant weeds! The farmed garden is producing tomatoes, potatoes, mint, mullein, comfrey, chard, kale, cilantro, and more. Flowers include roses, poppies, and several other things I don't … [Read more...]

Pagans and the (Zombie) Apocalypse

Photo by Reagan Hackleman

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Pagan community here.Lately, the only big picture writing I've read on the state of our world is from writers on the fringe of the fringe. Peter Grey and the writers at Scarlet Imprint have written some of the most heart-searingly honest and downright chilling pieces on how witchcraft and the state  of the world intersect. Grey's essay Rewilding Witc … [Read more...]

Being Called While Young

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"What I never saw talked about, in books, in blogs, was what it means to be called as a young person. See, I thought it was Grand, it was Good. I was called young, that meant I could do a lot! But what it really meant was that I gave up dreams that everyone dreams. I'd replaced them with visions of holy fire and new myths."Aine Llewellyn, former Patheos blogger, wrote this on her Facebook page recently. Aine is hard at work developing a new tradition, the Otherfaith. I admire her work a … [Read more...]

Literally in the Weeds

The adorable stump table and chairs in March. Room for three!

My family bought a house this spring. Our first home. Our first plot of land that is ours to maintain and serve. It's a large piece of land for our area and for us. Our house is small (1096 sq. ft.) but we sit on 1/5 of an acre, most of which is taken up with an enormous garden. It is easily the size of  a footprint of a small house. The previous owners grew a lot of their own food, raised chickens (the house came with a beautiful chicken coop!) and goats. I almost feel bad that their good work … [Read more...]

Summer Solstice 2014

Morning glories doing what they do at 6.30am

I've been up since before sunrise. I actually like being awake at dawn. There is a chorus of birds that sing praises to the twilight and I love hearing them. My new baby girl slept from 9.30 or 10pm to 4.30am. She is an excellent baby! I nursed her in the wee hours of dawn and tried to go back to sleep. But then my son had a nightmare and crawled into bed with me.I realized how little we get to snuggle and have gentle touch with no agenda (not wrestling or while we're reading, or with the … [Read more...]

Happy Five Years Patheos!

By Sander van der Wel from Netherlands, via Wikimedia Commons.

Patheos is celebrating its 5th birthday. While A Witch's Ashram has only been here since December, I'd been writing for both Pagan Families and A Sense of Place for over a year prior to moving my personal blog to Patheos as well.If you look to the right side of the page, you can see what my top 5 posts are here. I'd like to highlight some other things I've written for my own 'top 5.'Since I'm on loose maternity leave, I've been posting some of my favorite posts from before my move to … [Read more...]

Everything at Once: An Anouncement

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Last week my husband and I purchased our first house. A modest, but cozy thing, with a huge garden and a chicken coop just waiting to help us raise food. The house is very much not what we thought we'd go for when we started looking for houses. I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I suppose we both hoped for something a bit more..... presentable to certain upperwardly mobile eyes. By that, I mean, we wanted one of those beautifully redone craftsman homes that our town is known … [Read more...]


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