Autumn Equinox Prayers to Gaia

During your celebration of thanksgiving, consider offering a prayer to Gaia. She is the Earth Mother, the Great Mother of the Greeks. Today she is also embraced by some members of the environmental movement and recognized as the planet's all important ecosystem which we could not survive without. We depend on Her for our food, our water, and the very air we breath. Those are all very important things to be thankful for. So even if you don't worship Her, take some time to be thankful for those … [Read more...]

My Mabon Feast

The autumnal equinox is just around the corner. It’s a traditional time to celebrate the harvest and it’s a Neo-Pagan ritual of thanksgiving and sharing. This holiday is also called Mabon which was “coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology.” Aidan A. Kelly was a member of the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn. (Wikipedia) One of my favorite things to do on Mabon is to prepare a feast. Here is the full menu. … [Read more...]

Divorcing My Biological Family

Divorcing My Biological Family by Lydia M Crabtree I challenged Tara to write about her father’s funeral unfettered by worry and concern that her biological family would comment or be hurt by what she had to say. During my challenge I promised I would write about something I find difficult: my decision to divorce my biological family. I suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of years of physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of my biological family. As … [Read more...]

Pagans, Disabilities, and 9/11

Yosemite: Disabled veterans to summit Half Dome, El Capitan on 9/11 “Thirty disabled veterans plan to mark 9/11 by climbing to the summits of some of Yosemite National Park's highest and most iconic peaks on Wednesday. The climbing groups, accompanied by climbing pros as well as park rangers, set off Tuesday for the multi-day events.” Union County honors 9/11 victim, activist for the disabled Colleen Fraser died on flight 93. She helped draft the Americans with Disabilities … [Read more...]

Dragonflies

Image: Dragonfly by André Karwath Some of my favorite childhood memories are of playing with my sisters in our basement in Iowa. Roaming the woods of Missouri with my youngest sister and building shelters and small fires for cooking bacon. My father read to us each night from the Laura Ingalls Wilder series of books. When he and I went fishing I’d watch the dragonflies dance in the air and land on our poles. “The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It … [Read more...]


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