Bridging the Gap: Brief Review and Post Series

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Title: Bridging the Gap: Working Within the Dynamics of Pagan Groups and Society Author: Crystal Blanton Price: $19.99 148 Pages Publisher: Megalithica Books ISBN: 9781905713431Reviewed by MollyBridging the Gap is a very useful and well-done book. The author is an experienced addictions counselor and she skillfully brings her understanding of psychology and group dynamics into a pagan context, providing excellent, simple evocative metaphors that memorably bring groupwork concepts … [Read more...]

Small Sacred Places

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I feel that the small, sacred places need more attention. They often get overlooked because they aren’t great wildernesses or national parks or miles-long lengths of trail. They’re often the most vulnerable to development because who’s going to protect a half acre of grass and poison ivy in the middle of a suburb? Put a house or business there instead, or turn it into a carefully manicured park or community garden. While a home can give shelter and a garden can provide food, neither of these prov … [Read more...]

Book birthday party: of life and labyrinths

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In 2005, my mother and I attended a Speaking of Women's Health conference event in Columbia, Missouri. While there, we attended a session on labyrinths. I had only briefly heard of labyrinths before this time and they were new to my mom, but we were both instantly captivated by the symbol, metaphor, and process and have remained so ever since. The speaker shared that there was a labyrinth on the grounds of Boone Hospital, designed for patients to walk and also open for community use. My mom and … [Read more...]

Mamapriestess

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Mamapriestess...She who defends and protects She who opens her heart just a little wider She who trusts She who tries again She who gathers to her breast She who gathers women in ritual She who hopes Prays Fears She who loves so deeply That it crosses all boundaries To eternity. (*This post is excerpted from Goddess Mother by Molly | Feminism and Religion.)The Motheredness of the WorldCynthia Eller in Living in the Lap of the Goddess notes that “some spiritual feminists sa … [Read more...]

Threshold Moments

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“Labor is all about finding your threshold and learning you can go beyond it.” –Rose St. JohnI think one of the powerful lessons of birth is about one’s own immense capacity. Each of my births has had a “threshold” moment and, indeed, I have some notes taken for a possible future article about being, “At the Threshold: Pivotal Moments in Birth.” With my first son my threshold moment occurred during pushing when I realized I had to just do it, I had to push him out even though it was sca … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day!

“Blessed be all the mothers of mothers. Blessed be all the daughters of daughters. Blessed be all the daughters of mothers. Blessed be all the mothers of daughters. Now and forever, wherever we are.” –Diann L. Neu In Uganda there is a special word that means "mother of a newborn"--nakawere. According to the book Mothering the New Mother, "this word and the special treatment that goes with it apply to a woman following every birth, not only the first one. The massages, the foods, the care, 't … [Read more...]

Enoughness

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 “We don’t think ourselves into a new way of living; we live ourselves into a new way of thinking.” –Richard Rohr (quoted in More or Less) Resting and reading and nursing the child, trying to figure out enoughness. This sentence was the tagline on my long-ago first blog. I’ve been dancing with enoughness since I was a child. I was raised in a family that embraced voluntary simplicity and being “downwardly mobile,” a long time before there were organized groups promoting these types of intentiona … [Read more...]

Birth Story: Alaina

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The Birth of Alaina January, 2011 7lbs, 8oz; 20 inches. Short version of her story is here, longest version is here, and labor pictures are here.I had a restless, up and down night, getting up at 3:00 a.m. and even checking in with my online class. My husband got up with me and we talked and speculated. Waves were four minutes apart and then kind of dissipated unenthusiastically away. He went back to bed at 4:00 and I listened to my birth hypnosis CD. At 6:00, I was feeling trapped lying … [Read more...]


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