A Snow Fall for a New Decade

There is nothing more peaceful than waking up to discover everything blanketed in fresh snow. My home is a very modest one-bedroom apartment. It’s small, but the best feature is the wall of windows in the main space that overlooks a ravine. I woke up this morning full of words, and then the beauty outside made my heart want to burst. I am starting 2020 full of love.  This tiny apartment is home to three now, and it almost never feels too small. We’re building our life, and waiting for the perfect home to grow into. There’s no rush, and…

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I Have No Idea What I’m Doing

But I finally know what I need. Which feels timely, because I’m in the midst of another immensely challenging moment. I feel a little lost, frankly. It’s funny how life will knock you on your ass with a well-timed round house. Sometimes you need a few of these before you can clear away the stars and canaries and see what you’re supposed to see. I’ve got my fists in front of my face at this point. I thought the best plan for me was to lean on a student loan and get two degrees so I could have the career…

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Letting Go and Coming Back

The sky was pale pink over the lake this morning. I padded upstairs quietly into the cool air of the cottage, greeted by the smell of coffee and beautiful Lena in silhouette in her room. The best kinds of pjs are the ones that double as yoga wear. You can roll out of bed, ready to do something good for your body. Nancy, who is my personal embodiment of how I’d like to age (striking, fit, bohemian), ushered us to the coffee she’d brewed. We three curled up on the couch and quietly commented on our quality sleep while sipping…

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An Autumn Ritual for Release

Release spells are best worked during the waning or dark moon. Tools: A small table centered in a space with enough room around it to walk in a circle An altar cloth of natural fibres A vase of autumn flowers A cup of wine, milk, or water A dish of sea salt or Himalayan salt A dish of water Incense: cinnamon, evergreen, sandalwood 5 white or pure beeswax candles with holders for each Paper Pen Fireproof vessel Matches A compass Lay Your Altar: Lay your altar cloth on your working surface. Arrange your flowers, and offering of wine, milk or…

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My Monster

“How lucky am I to have a monster on my side?” – Amanda Parker My friend, singer/songwriter Amanda Parker wrote a song about creating a monster to protect you from all the things that might hurt you. As I sat on the patio at Oast House listening to Amanda sing, I thought about how we’ve all patched together these monsters. How we’ve taken dead or dying parts of our experience and resurrected them into half-blind, stumbling beasts with gaping mouths, pressed into protective service. The man I love told me that he can feel the truth in people that they…

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