He is not here, He is risen!

  I haven’t celebrated Easter in any meaningful way in a long time. I dislike pastels and cartoon bunnies and cheap chocolate, so the mainstream/commercial parts of this holiday don’t interest me at all. I don’t want to start that with my kids, either. There’s enough sugar and cartoon-y fun in our lives as it is. But I do love the resurrection story. Even though we are not a Christian household and even though Jesus is not my god, I love the power of the resurrection story. In … [Read more...]

Celebrating Imbolc Quietly

Welsh snowdrops by Gerallt Pennant via Wikimedia Commons.

When I was living in Wales I felt the seasons shift at Imbolc. Snow drops raised their cheery heads from cold earth. The sheep in the pastures across from my house began their lambing. The light grew demonstrably stronger. Occasionally the daffodils would poke up, bright yellow promises of sunlight to come. Here in the Pacific Northwest I also feel the growing light in my bones. It's still cold and wet and grey - reminding me that we are still in winter's clutch. I don't see any snow … [Read more...]

Out with the old!

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of my leaving the UK and arriving in Olympia. This has been a big, exhausting, amazing year for me. I have learned so much. Let me share with you: *I have an irrational love of the British Isles. The land there feels good to me in a way that makes no sense. It took me a good 2/3 of my year to stop waking up missing the Welsh sky. *When you follow the magic, the Current, the flow, whatever you choose to call it, it will not disappoint. *I have … [Read more...]

One year ago, Wales

Today, if the world hasn't ended, marks one year since my family packed up and drove away from Lampeter. We pulled out of the driveway before dawn. We watched the sun rise on the incomparable Teifi Valley. Our car was headed for Cornwall to spend Christmas with friends before heading back to the United States. (I linked to my last real post in Wales over on today's A Sense of Place.) I find Washington to be far more wild than Wales. It makes sense: it's not been as cultivated for as long … [Read more...]

Link love

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...]

Place – what does that even mean?

Today begins a new quarter! Hurray! Or hwre, as they say in Welsh. When I started this project I fully expected to be in Wales, exploring the green hills and red kites and Welsh mythology. Wales is a beautiful, powerful place; I miss it. Instead, I'm back in the US, in Washington state. Place may seem like a strange choice for a religion blog. There's no religion called Place. What does that even mean? I put it last in my year-long exploration of the traditions that have informed my own … [Read more...]

Fifteen Years in the Wrong Shoes – part five

This is the final post in my 'testimony' series. (You can follow the links to parts one, two, three, and four.) My family landed in Wales in the early autumn of 2009. It was a grand adventure. Husband had never been to Wales before; I had been once for three days two years prior. But the gods said go, so we went. The rational reason for our moving to Wales was that I wanted to be nearer to my adviser and the academic community while working on my PhD. My area of specialty was the Virgin … [Read more...]


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