Nature Walk in the Changing Season

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Some days, my children are very observant - they notice every little thing around them, often picking out things I never would have seen.  Other days, it seems like they're wearing blinders, unable to notice anything even if it sits right in front of their nose.  It took awhile, but I think I've finally pinned down the cause: what they notice is change.  When something is different, it's often immediately apparent, locked on to and discussed.I like to use the changing seasons - especially sum … [Read more...]

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Rain Rain (Don’t!) Go Away

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  One of my children's favorite things to do is play in the rain.  Regardless of the weather, when they hear the telltale drips they're on their feet and out the door within minutes, ready to frolic.  Of course, they inevitably come back about ten minutes later, soaked through and freezing and begging for towels; but there's nowhere in the world they'd rather be in that moment.This week has been incredibly wet for my part of the midwest, and I couldn't be more thankful - it … [Read more...]

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Where Babies Come From: A Heathen View

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This month, Pagan Families is talking about where babies come from - what us bloggers believe about souls, birth, and how they all fit together.  For Heathens, it can get a bit complicated.  Some believe in true reincarnation, where souls of those who have passed on are placed in unborn children (often in the same family line) to live again.  Some believe that each new child is a completely new and unique being.  I think my view fits somewhere in the middle.In Heathenry, many believe that a p … [Read more...]

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Flash Points: Where do babies come from?

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August's Pagan Families Flash Points round-robin topic is about life or soul existence before birth: Where do babies come from? In May we talked about sex and reproduction but what about where our souls, spirits, or unique personalities come from? Does your family or tradition have an explanation for this? Reincarnation or something else? How does this story change the meaning of pregnancy or a birthday? Where do babies come from? Our regular contributors will write on this topic throughout th … [Read more...]

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The Revolving Wheel

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 “With a new awareness, both painful and humorous, I begin to understand why the saints were rarely married women. I am convinced it has nothing inherently to do, as I once supposed, with chastity or children. It has to do primarily with distractions. The bearing, rearing, feeding and educating of children; the running of a house with its thousand details; human relationships with their myriad pulls–woman’s normal occupations in general run counter to creative life, or contemplative life, or sain … [Read more...]

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June Link Round-Up: Our words, our pictures, our bodies

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Here's a look back at June from the Pagan Families perspective:Pagan Families contributor Hannah E. Johnston released Children of the Green: Raising our Kids in Pagan Traditions. Get your copy from the Pagan Families bookstore. In celebration, our Flash Points theme last month was Beyond Mommy Blogging, which got some great posts about writing while parenting little ones.In honor of Facebook's new breastfeeding photo policy, we shared lots of breastfeeding photos on our Facebook page. … [Read more...]

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Wild Raspberry Cobbler

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...The spirit of adventure runs through my veins with the rich color of crushed raspberryMay it always run so free may it be blessed and may I be reminded of the courage and love shown in small, wild adventures. via Small Adventures.Last year I wrote about my "Inanna's descent" as I picked wild raspberries with my children. ...I was thinking about how I was hot, tired, sweaty, sore, scratched, bloody, worn, and stained from what “should” have been a simple, fun little outing wit … [Read more...]

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Top Ten Tips for Writing with Babies at Home

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Since I was a child I have written, but the challenges of writing with babies and small children at home took me unawares. All through my pregnancy I wrote academic books and then as soon as my babies were born I had no idea how I was going to continue to write. Here are some tips that helped me, and positively changed my writing... Prioritise your writing - whether it's ten minutes or two hours, give yourself a pocket in the day to write. It's important for your sanity, for your well being … [Read more...]

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