Monday, May 4, 2009

Z in Berkeley ... maybe

Add your vote to draw Z Budapest to speak at UC Berkeley. It doesn't matter if you live 1000 miles away (I live nearly 3k away) but I know the impact she had on me personally. Her books, her vision, the fabulous Goddess 2000 festival she sponsors ... she is a pioneer for women witches and Goddess lovers everywhere!

Love you, Z!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


It's been a long time since I posted pics of my dreads. Well, here they are. Wild and a bit crazy white girl dreads at their finest! I love them most days but like any hair style, I often tell myself (to myself) it's the scissors! I keep them up though and am looking forward to seeing how they do come summer.

I'm not certain which Goddess or aspect I am channeling by sporting a head full of dreads. I've often felt a wildness creep back into me like I haven't noticed in decades, literally. Ancient wall paintings of Egyptians look as if dreadlocks were worn. I could easily picture a Huntress in the wood with a mane so wild.

I love them, I really do. It'd be great if I could hide a personal web cam on my person sometimes though. I get the oddest looks every now and then!

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

weaving webs & winter's blessing

Monday ... which also just so happened to be Imbolc, was the day I began my first knitting project. Brigit the Goddess of fire, poetry, smithcraft and healing gave way to a warm day in contrast to what we've been experiencing recently. Hopefully, that means winter will hang around for a good while longer. I am looking forward to snow days indoors, hanging out in comfy clothes with my 19 month old, and paying my own form of homage to The Lady who inspires and aims her fiery arrow deep into the heart of imagination.

So far, the scarf that will ultimately be 80 inches, is about 30. Below are a few shots of my work in progress. Enjoy, and bendithion!

Friday, January 9, 2009

monsters cry too

Somewhere, Godzilla and the Invisible Man are crying in their beer. Late night monster movie host, Bob Wilkins, passed away on Wednesday from Alzheimer's complications. He is mostly remembered as the host of Creature Features, a television show which broadcast classic horror movies ... a huge favorite of mine growing up. He satiated my thirst every Friday night with a double feature of black and white spooky movies that to this day, I remember with a big smile. My Netflix queue would make him happy.

Rest well, Bob.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

wild witches take note!

Recently a family from California went on a hike through the hills of Mount Tamalpais State Park. That's all well and good but, they decided to pick some mushrooms ...

Ok so, you know the next part of this story already, I bet. The mushrooms they picked happened to be "death cap" mushrooms. The shrooms were taken home and cooked up in a soup. Two children, 11, and their 72 year old grandma were treated for their symptoms at a local hospital. Only after 2 days of testing did they finally figure out the family had been poisoned.

See the article here in the Contra Costa Times for more info. And never, ever, ever, EVER assume you know all there is to know about berries, mushrooms and other plants in the wilderness. About two decades ago, I remember a few local bay area pagans did the same thing, only they picked berries... the 3 of them were not so lucky and died within a day of eating the toxic fruit.

Be safe and know your surroundings, especially if you are venturing in the wild to do your ritual or nature walk. Always take water and snacks with you and don't set out to rely on Mother Nature to sustain you if you get hungry. If you do pick anything, use gloves, and don't consume them or breathe in the smoke if burned.

Now, go out and dance naked around a fire or something ...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

a timeless classic ~ 23rd Psalm by Bobby McFerrin

The Lord is my Shepard, I have all I need,
She makes me lie down in green meadows,
Beside the still waters, She will lead.

She restores my soul, She rights my wrongs,
She leads me in a path of good things,
And fills my heart with songs.

Even though I walk, through a dark and dreary land,
There is nothing that can shake me,
She has said She won't forsake me,
I'm in her hand.

She sets a table before me, in the presence of my foes,
She anoints my head with oil,
And my cup overflows.

Surely, surely goodness and kindness will follow me,
All the days of my life,
And I will live in her house,
Forever, forever and ever.

Glory be to our Mother, and Daughter,
And to the Holy of Holies,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World, without end. Amen

-taken from Ancient Mother by Robert Gass & On Wings of Song 1993. A must for the pagan library. The 23rd Psalm is only one of the treasures from this, one of my all time absolute, gotta have it on a desert island, favorites.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

kitchen witches do it in batches

Thanks to the best (and I mean the best) site on the www for awesome mommy goodies, Cool Mom Picks, I've found another way to serve up cakes and ale.

Kitchen Witch has delicious cookies, biscuits, scones and brownies, all made from the best ingredients and shipped to you for a fair price ... considering the quality - absolutely!

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