Fifteen Years in the Wrong Shoes – part four

This part of my testimony is all about graduate school, and it brings us up to the present. When we left off I had just moved to Berkeley, started work on my master's degree, and broken up with my girlfriend. You can read parts one, two, and three by clicking the links.I think I always knew I was going to end up in Berkeley at the Graduate Theological Union. It had been on my radar for years. I liked the small school consortium and the ecumenical and interfaith make up of the place. It had a … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Sing, Ye Choirs of Angels!

After worshiping the Dark Mother Kali at a full moon Hindu puja, it was rather jarring to sing about the birth of the King of Light at a candle lit Christian service the next day.The Lampeter university chapel is a lovely community, and I've sung off and on there for the last two and half years. This was my third carol service - and my third year singing the opening 'Once in Royal David's City' solo. While I've gotten musically rusty here, I wasn't sick this year! A Christmas … [Read more...]

Full Moon Kali Puja

What do Kali, elephants, and robots have in common? Me!I can't help but love the richness of my life.Saturday started with a 'robot party' for my son. It was his going away party. My husband made a cardboard box robot chassis for each of the kids, but only my son was interested. Instead of designing robots, the party was a huge play fest - noisy, messy and sugar fueled. Just the way a three-year old likes it.Straight after the party I met up with some friends and together we went to … [Read more...]

Looking ahead

When I first envisioned this project, this virtual ashram, I set up my order of traditions with a specific purpose in mind. I deliberately wanted Feri to overlap with Samhain, I wanted Christianity to overlap with Christmas and Lent, and I wanted Place to occur in the spring, when getting outside was more enticing. I was looking forward to Christianity because it is the one spiritual form that has 'easy' community. I have been involved in the local Church of Wales off and on as a singer, and in … [Read more...]

Wishbird

Last night I went to yoga for the first time in over a month. It wasn't a difficult practice, but after being sick for so many weeks it challenged my body. I still think of myself as an 'advanced beginner' or 'intermediate' level yoga practitioner - even now, after years away from a regular practice! Sessions like last night's are humbling, but also excellent opportunities to practice 'beginner's mind' and return to basics. What is the most basic thing of all? The breath.In between postures … [Read more...]


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