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Friday, January 30, 2015

New Photos: Broken Hearts Collection (the cover artist for "The Spiritual Feminist")

This is the Nebraska artist whose work is featured on the cover of my next book, "The Spiritual Feminist"!

Most people have no idea how much work it takes to get to this point-- the creation is one aspect of it, and then you have the presentation, and the publicity behind it to get your work out there. Included in this collection is the Apple Heart Sculpture featured on the cover of "The Spiritual Feminist".


Woman Speak 1-30-2015

Topics include: Astarte; Tarot/Knight of cups; finding the warrior goddess in you; our "knight-in-shining-armor"-- chasing the fairy tale; the duality of woman's nature.
Women are incredible! To traverse life we have to take on so many different personas and faces. But we do it, and we do it So Well! Discovering and honoring the warrior goddess within yourself does not mean that you have to sacrifice the soft, beautiful, uniquely feminine side of your nature-- both energies are in your power and control.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Confessions of a Pagan Mom~ Confession #5

Wow, there's no way I can top confession #4, so I would imagine that I'm going to have a difficult time getting over this hump (confession #5).  And actually, I'm kind of looking at these confessions in a different light-- instead of trying to come up with a Single Confession per post; I'm going to start grouping confessions by topic. (I thought this was rather clever, and I'm having a rather down day today, so allow me to revel in a very small amount of self-back patting.)

Confession #5...the topic:  Food

1.  When I was pregnant, I ate chocolate ice cream for breakfast regularly.
2.  I hate sea food-- icky creatures that I wouldn't even want to pick up in my bare hands, and you expect me to put them in mouth! Ack.
3.  I almost always eat dessert first. (Who doesn't?!)
4.  The past couple years I've taken to claiming that I can't cook, and then flubbing things up when I try.  My latest adventure with this charade was when I botched a box of Mac n' Cheese, and my 14-year-old daughter whipped up the next batch in a cheesy, saucy, creamy delicious touché.
5.  I will eat a whole can of black olives by myself.
6.  I will eat a whole can of black olives by myself, secretly, so I don't have to share. :)
7.  When my hubby is running out to the Quick Shop for his energy drinks and cigs, and he asks me if I want a candy-bar...I say "no", when I really mean "yes".
8.  When my kids were babies, and I was spoon feeding them Gerber's Chicken Noodle baby food, I would sneak a bite now and then...I loved the flavor!
9.  After I've actually cooked a meal, I can ignore the pots & pans for at least 3 days.
10.  Once in a rare while--...okay, then!-- whenever I think I can get away with it, I drink directly from the great big liter bottles of pop in the fridge. (There, are you happy?)


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Woman Speak 1-23-2015

The topics include:  White Buffalo Calf Woman; Tarot/the 2 of cups; 10 tips for women-- surviving the modern world. Relationships-- Is your Ex badmouthing you publically? How you can deal with this situation, both on a mundane level and magically.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Confessions of a Pagan Mom~ Confession #4

This little blog series is turning out to be rather cathartic.  I'm having to reach waaaaay back, into my youth actually, before my time came to be a Pagan Mom.  After I became a Pagan Mom, I was way too busy with babies and toddlers, diapers and laundry, cooking and cleaning, and finally Home-Schooling to really do anything considered Confession-Worthy.

So this is a deep dark secret that I've carried for over a quarter of a century, 32 years to be exact. (I feel like I should have a drum roll here.)

When I was 25 ( a sweet young Thang'), I had an affair with my dentist.

He was 25 years older than me (actually 49, soon to be turning 50); and I realized at the time (smart young Thang' that I was), that his affair with me was sort of a panicked grasping at his own youth, an escape from the idea of his own mortality.  His mindset was that he could stay connected with his youth and virility and all that by having a relationship with me.  He could somehow stave off the dreaded 50th birthday.  He was a man going through a mid-life crisis.  I knew that when he finally turned 50, he would realize that the world was not going to end, that everything would be okay, that he could slide comfortably back into his everyday mundane life with his wife of umpteen years, and normality would return.

And it did.

I have never regretted this experience.  I never regretted the relationship because I went into it with my eyes wide open, knowing that this was a temporary connection, that there was no real future as far as a lasting relationship went.  And I was so young (and just beginning to explore the world), so I wasn't ready for that type of thing anyway.  This was an adventure!

I know, I know-- the morality of it all.  I'm sure there are lots of people who will be more than happy to point out the pitfalls of this situation, and they would actually be right. 

I would NOT encourage women to begin a relationship with a married man-- ever!  First, because most women would not be able to go into it as honestly as I did, with no expectations and with such a realistic picture.  Most women would be setting themselves up to be hurt and to face incredible disappointment.

Ladies-- I learned several things during this short-lived adventure, and I'm going to share them with you now:

1.  There is no future with a married man-- no matter what he tells you-- he's living a fantasy through you.  He is not going to a) leave his wife, or b) risk his business and his livelihood.

2.  His wife is never the horrible, awful, asexual, ugly, dullard that most husbands tell other women she is.  When (and if) you ever meet her, you most likely will find a charming, lovely, hard-working, patient woman who's spent years putting up with this wayward husband because she honestly loves him.  They've spent a great share of their lives together, and they created a family that extends to children and even grandchildren.  This woman actually deserves a metal.

3.  If he cheats on one wife, what makes you think he won't cheat on the next one?  (Think about it.)

I have to admit that there were a couple perks I took away from this little adventure:

1.  My teeth were incredible during this period, absolutely gorgeous, they were Super-Model-Material.

2.  I still can't look at a dentist's chair without smiling.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Spiritual Feminist: Top 100 in 3 categories @ Amazon!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Confessions of a Pagan Mom~ Confession #3

I just asked my 14-year-old daughter to help me think of a Confession #3.  I must have led a pretty mundane or boring life, because I'm actually having a hard time coming up with ten things to confess.  But my Emma came up with a good one.

She was standing across the table from me when I asked her to help me think of something for this post.  She thinks for a moment or two and says:

"You deal with herbs on an almost daily basis, and surprisingly, none of them are drugs."

Yep, Emma, that's your Mum! :)


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

10 Confessions of a Pagan Mom~ Confession #2

The year:  1986

I was making a "first meal" for my future husband, and I was nervous.  I was in my late 20s, and quite frankly cooking was not my forte.  I had decided on chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, and stuffing. I think I also had a dessert, but I don't remember what it was.

Anyway, the chicken was in the oven, the potatoes were boiling, and I was going to make the stuffing with a boxed stuffing mix.  I opened the box and removed the package containing the bread crumbs, taking the bag in both hands on either side of the seam and pulling...it didn't pull apart.  So I pulled harder...it still didn't come apart.  So I pulled as hard as I could.  The bag popped open violently and bread crumbs flew out of the bag like a geyser, showering me, and landing on the floor all around my feet.


What should I do?

I quickly swept the bread crumbs up off the floor, threw them in the pot of boiling water, mixing up a fine and dandy batch of stuffing.  It looked great.

I served this to my unsuspecting guest.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

10 Confessions of a Pagan Mom~ Confession #1

1.  My husband Joe is always teasing me about what he calls "TV Crushes", which would translate into Celebrity Crushes. And, by the way, these types of crushes are perfectly okay, they meet the Married-Lady-Code-of-Acceptable-Behavior.  So with that said, my first Pagan Mom Confession is:

I have a horrendous crush on Edward Norton.  I think he is absolutely the most charming, attractive, desirable, interesting, intelligent individual.  I appreciate the depth of thought he puts into just about everything, and the intensity with which he explains himself during an interview.  I love the sound of his voice; his eyes; the way he carries himself; his charm; and most of all-- his movies.  "The Illusionist" is quite possibly the most romantic movie ever made...Plus, I love period pieces, spiritism-- and the rage that surrounded it during the turn of the 19th century and early 20th century, and the authentic sets and wardrobe-- it rates a *10* a hundred times over.  Jessica Beal was no chopped liver here either-- she did an incredible job of being beautiful, believable, tragic, vulnerable, and incredibly appealing...We had to believe, with all our hearts, that Edward's character would go to the ends of the earth for her-- and he did.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Woman Speak

My Google Hangout:  Woman Speak

Premiering:  FRIDAY, January 9th, 3pm-3:30pm CST

My Google Profile:  https://plus.google.com/115470498364726846205/posts?hl=en

Explore the world of women, witches, and pagans on a variety of levels at Woman Speak. Reconnect with The Goddess. Find healing, empowerment, and sisterhood through Matriarchal Divinity. The topics are pagan, occult, new-age, paranormal, and supernatural. The topics will also center around feminism, relationships, family, careers, writing, and books…(Woman Speak– exploring women’s issues.)