The Stories We Tell

Attempting to process one's life in public is difficult. It's challenging to avoid details that risk exposing other less public people, or details that get too intimate for my comfort. Yet how to explain my story? I fear I might have misrepresented myself in my last post. The likelier occurrence is that in attempting to present my experience safely, I actually created A Story.What's a 'Story'? It's a narrative of events that we tell ourselves to make the confusion neater and tidier, to wrap … [Read more...]

Feri Freshman Hazing

I talk about the Magic a lot. I also call it the Current. You might call it Flow, God, the Divine, the still small voice within, serendipity - there are many names. Over the years, I have developed a sense of it, when I think I'm pulled by the Current, rather than by just my own whims. Usually what happens is an Idea comes into my or my husband's head, an idea previously unconsidered. Or an opportunity is presented to me and I am faced with having to choose Yes or No. Most of the time these … [Read more...]

Orange Alert

A post in which I am all kinds of vague and mangle a metaphor about traffic lights.Some readers might remember that I had a very, very challenging summer last year. This year is only slightly better. Last summer was far too busy and physically and emotionally overwhelming. This summer is far less physically taxing, but is equally emotionally challenging. I am feeling the emotional fall out - finally - from the heartbreak of the last twelve months. I am in the middle of excavating old wounds … [Read more...]

Haters Gonna Hate

Yesterday a young, dynamic, new friend of mine posted on his blog that he was done with witchcraft. Definitively and decidedly done. His post is down now, so I won't bother to link to it. It was a problematic post in many ways, hurtful to his allies and dismissive of his own considerable talents. Yet there were some hard truths about the witchcraft 'community' in his post, some of which I want to address here, because he is not the first, and certainly won't be the last, to struggle with not … [Read more...]

Practical Magic for Tough Times

There are two things, two not especially 'magical' things, that help me when times are tough.The first is rest. My primary gut response to times of intense stress, physical and/or emotional, is to sleep. I become borderline narcoleptic. I can barely keep my eyes open. This happens when I've been processing emotional issues for maybe a little too long; it also happens to me during childbirth. When my first child was born, the midwife had to shake me and kept shouting at me, "Wake up! Hold … [Read more...]

Into the Woods

I went to Canada, into the woods, and thought I was going on vacation. How wrong I was.I expected fun, laughter, and trees. I got all of that. Fun was had, in a variety of forms. There was laughter. The grey mists against the deep greens of the trees and floating on the surface of the lake fed the Alaskan part of my soul. The camp site was not as spectacular as I'd hoped and the food wasn't very good. But it was the surprises...... Oh, the surprises.The first great surprise was mead. … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Nothing to Excess

I have many people in my life who are passionate, possibly even obsessive, about their work or their hobbies or their loves. I fall into that camp, as well. It's important to devote the necessary time, energy, focus and love toward any thing we want to excel at - and I don't mean excel in a sense that there is something to 'achieve.' A thriving relationship takes time, effort, and focus. Finishing a challenging and beautiful book might take those things too.But to balance and refuel passion … [Read more...]


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