Book Highlights: Birth, Breath, & Death

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I just finished reading a lovely little book by Amy Wright Glenn. Lyrical, gentle, contemplative, and touching, Birth, Breath, and Death explores Amy's meditations on life as a doula, mother, and hospital chaplain.Amy Wright Glenn was raised as a Mormon and eventually found her way onto a different faith path, Unitarian Universalism. Her reasons for connecting with the UU church actually closely mirror my own. Amy mentions that she first finds the UU church through her interest in poetry, … [Read more...]

Birth Song, Life Song, Death Song

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"A woman can spin a primal umbilical rope within her womb through which she passes life-energy to the future." --Melissa Raphael "In some indigenous cultures of the Americas there is the practice of finding one's death song while alive. This song becomes the ally of the person throughout their lives, so that they become very acquainted with what the song means in their lifetime. Death then, is a companion of life, and is never forgotten. In the hour of death, these people would, if they were … [Read more...]

Burying My Eggs: A Ritual to Accept Infertility

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By Cindy McPhersonA good friend of mine terminated a problematic pregnancy, and she wrote about it online in a courageous and beautiful way. Now she is taking a priestess program, which I have been part of for many years, and after seeing one of her mentors recently, she told me, “I’m planning a ritual for the child I lost.”“I want to hear about it!” I said, “And remind me, when we meet, to tell you about the ritual I did to bury my unborn (and un-conceived) babies.”My journey with in … [Read more...]

Thealogy in Practice: A Lesson from the Maiden

"In contemporary Paganism, we do not see belief detached from practice as worthwhile by itself." --Christine Hoff KraemerThis weekend I finished reading Seeking the Mystery by Patheo's own Christine Hoff Kraemer. It is on sale at Amazon for $0.99 through the end of the business day on Tuesday (Kindle edition), then available at $2.99 (half price) for the next week. There is also a paperback version available and the book includes activities and discussion questions for individuals and … [Read more...]

Fighting for Families: SCOTUS & Wendy Davis

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I usually try to steer clear of politics here so we can stay focused on Pagan family life, but the truth is that politics refuses to steer clear of our families, and this week I just don't want to let current events pass without a mention.The Supreme Court rendered decisions challenging DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and Prop 8 in California, all of which means many same sex couples are now one step closer to having their marriages and their families recognized and supported. The Wild … [Read more...]

Bridging the Gap: Why Groups Matter

I mentioned when I wrote about the book Bridging the Gap: Working Within the Dynamics of Pagan Groups and Society that I planned to do a series of posts based on quotes from the book. As I also mentioned, one of the college classes I teach is in group dynamics. The following is some basic information that I share during the first night of my in-seat class and in a video during the first week of my online class. It is pieced together from my various textbooks and is thus not specifically original … [Read more...]

Paganism, pregnancy, & parenting link round-up

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I just checked and I haven't gotten around to doing a monthly link round-up since March. Oops. There's so much good stuff that I share on Facebook and Twitter. Today I've compiled some of the recent best. But first some blog business:Pagan Families has joined Pinterest! Definitely still figuring things out over there. Come check us out and help us figure out how to pin stuff you want to see. In celebration of Birth On The Labyrinth Path's first birthday, Wild Mother Arts is offering us a … [Read more...]

Small Adventures

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Goddess of green spaces and deep places cleanse my soul.Anoint my spirit with peace and remind me to let go.Remind me of the power of appreciating that which I have.May I inhale and exhale with release and freedom.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. Wild black raspberries are ripe at my … [Read more...]


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