Merry Yule: 2016 Year in Review

In the Pagan tradition I walk, Yule, or the winter solstice, is all about rebirth. It’s a turning point, much as New Year’s Eve marks a turning. We say goodbye to the old and open our arms to the rebirth of the sun. The longest night of the year holds within it a spark of […]

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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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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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In pockets of silence: Yoga, stillness, and making art

“Every day the sun rises/ out of low word-clouds/ into burning silence.”–Rumi, “Secret Places” Writers, like the lovers in Rumi’s poem Secret Places, also often dwell in secret, silent places. As writers, we have an intimate relationship with language. Yet it’s what is beyond the words that matters; it’s the evocation of emotion in the […]

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The Magic and the Writing

Like the old chicken-or-the-egg conundrum, sometimes I don’t know which came first: the magic or the writing. Was the magic born of storytelling, or did the storytelling spring forth from the soil of spirit, from the earth and ground where I first found a deeper self? Once, there was a small knoll that served as […]

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