Shout-out to Robin Ludwig:

So my new WordPress site is officially up and running. I’m still over on LiveJournal (link updated 8/28/14) as well, so you can keep up with me at either site. I’d like to take a moment to thank Robin Ludwig for the awesome header she designed for the site. Her turnaround was superfast, and I […]

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Hmm…Technical difficulties:

UPDATE (6:36 p.m.): It looks like I’ve worked out all of the kinks from the transfer of my LJ blog posts. If you are reading and notice any issues, please comment on this post and I’ll make any necessary corrections. Update: So, I just imported my LJ blog posts, but it seems some data/formatting got […]

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Fairy Tales: Not just happily ever afters

I love fairy tales, so much so that I actually took a class in graduate school that focused solely on this subject. Something about them gets me really excited. It’s not the happy endings. Because not every fairy tale has a happily ever after. Sure, in the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, Ariel gets […]

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Summer Travels:

In the last month or so, I’ve taken a break to focus on some traveling with the family. The first stop for hubby and me was Wilmington, N.C., where we lounged on the beach, went shopping in the historic downtown area (if you ever go, check out the Cotton Exchange for some excellent local shopping), […]

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Hyacinths and celebrating the magic of spring:

Spring is here, tentatively, minus a weekend of dreary weather and this morning’s freakish snow. For once, I actually didn’t mind seeing those snowflakes too much, probably because by the end of the week, it will be April, and I’ll be one step closer to sandals, sundresses, and the magic of springtime. My ritual for […]

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Crazy questions people ask Wiccans:

I’ve gotten some good ones in my day. When you say you’re Wiccan, people’s reactions range from dismissive to insulted, from “Are you nuts?” to “You realize you’re letting the devil into your soul, right?” I’ve heard a number of good (and some not-so-good) questions over the years; some said in insult, others only out […]

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Restless spirits:

This week, after Punxsutawney Phil’s proclamation that, sans shadow-sighting, we would indeed be having an early spring, spring fever kicked in. In fact, I think that if my husband never hears the words “dressy sandals” or “sundress” again, he will be a very happy man. If he never has to have another spring collection catalog […]

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Do you become a poet? Or are you born one?

A friend recently posted a blog entry about poetry. Is it a learned skill or a gift with which some of us are just innately blessed? she asked. I started responding to her entry as a comment and realized that, instead of taking up space in her comments section, I would write a more in-depth […]

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

December 14. Wind chill advisory: 15 below zero (F). I’m pretty sure that wasn’t in the brochure when this PA girl packed up her things and moved to the lovely mountains of Virginia (And yes, they are, truly, lovely—sometimes breathtaking.). I’m currently sweater-clad, sitting cozily in my office, thinking warm thoughts about sunshine and orchids […]

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Witchin’ in the Kitchen:

Sometimes, kitchen magic is born out of necessity. While in my daydreams (which are many), I live in a city with a new-age scene the size of San Francisco and can find any old herb or magical ingredient at the drop of a hat (Mugwort? Sure, no problem. Frankincense? Oh, just let me pop over […]

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