A Midsummer Request

A Midsummer Request June 17, 2019


It is time once again for my least favorite part of being a Patheos blogger.

Worse even than checking the Spam filter.

This is the time when I remind everyone that my job here at Patheos is really just busking, but sparing you the horror of listening to me play the guitar. I get a very small paycheck, sometimes as high as two hundred bucks but usually lower, for clicks from Patheos, and the rest of my living is gratuities. Due to my chronic illness making it iffy when I can be active, my husband is our homemaker and looks after Rosie while I work from the sofa here as a writer; the blog is our only source of income. So every couple of weeks, I pass the hat for tips. Some people toss in five or ten bucks, and some people give way more. Think of it as a magazine subscription where you pay what you think I’m worth and still get to read when you can’t afford to pay anything. You guys literally keep the lights on for us– you pay the electric bill so I can log on the internet and write.

That electric bill is a huge concern this time of year, Steubenville summers being what they are. One of my worst symptoms from fibromyalgia is heat sensitivity, so we have to keep the window AC units on full blast even at night. Plus, I end up taking even more of my collection of esoteric herb and vitamin remedies than I do in the winter for the exhaustion and swelling I get when it’s humid out, and those remedies are expensive.

So as always, I humbly beg: if you like what you read, give me a tip! In order to tip, just click on the tab marked “donate” at the top of the Steel Magnificat banner, then click on the yellow “donate” button, and Paypal will walk you through the rest.


 (image via Pixabay) 


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