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one lovely blog

I have received the One Lovely Blog Award from the wonderful Sepultura13. Her blog is here: https://sepultura13.wordpress.com/. Thank You! This came on a really rough day.

Rules:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Give 7 facts about yourself.

3. Thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

So, 7 random facts, hmmmmm.

  1. The only time I really like the colour orange is during fall.
  2. We’ve had two ghosts already this week come visiting. I love Samhain
  3. I love airports, I don’t like flying
  4. I love glass fusing and making and someday should I ever retire I want to go back to it
  5. I have extra bones and ligaments scattered all over my body
  6. Samhain is my favourite Holiday but the most difficult
  7. I hate umbrellas, it can be just pouring and I will not use one if I can help it.

I nominate:

Truly Teach me Tarot: https://teachmetarot.wordpress.com/

Bible belt witchy mama https://biblebeltwitch.wordpress.com/

Feisty Amazon: https://feistyamazon.wordpress.com/

Grey Cat Sidhe who is anything but Ditzy: https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/18644707

Loki’s Little Hippie Witch – https://journeyintoinsanity.wordpress.com/

Ozark Pagan Mamma – https://tressabelle.wordpress.com/

These are all blogs I follow, I literally follow hundreds but many have stopped writing regularly. :=(

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Premio Dardos Award – what a nice thing to wake up to!

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Premio Dardos means “prize darts” in Spanish and is given “in recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.”

Wow! Thank you Kathy Mays for the award nomination, I blog because it’s fun and I like to teach and because I’m an opinionated old fart and not likely to change anytime soon. Kathy’s blog – https://oldandslowbutnothopeless.wordpress.com/author/kathymays/

So my nominations are

  1. Ayslyn – https://ayslynscorner.wordpress.com/
  2. ALi- http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/
  3. Bay Witch – https://nuannaarpoq.wordpress.com/
  4. Dar – https://darsword.wordpress.com/
  5.  Isadora – http://isiopolis.com/  A friend from FOI
  6. Marlyn – https://kintal.wordpress.com/
  7. Blackrose – http://metal-gaia.com/
  8. https://satsekhem.wordpress.com/
  9. Tressabelle – https://tressabelle.wordpress.com/
  10. https://biblebeltwitch.wordpress.com/
  11. Plastic Girl – https://transhumanoid.wordpress.com/
  12. https://womenandmythology.wordpress.com/
  13. https://sepultura13.wordpress.com/
  14. Shaun – https://stoneofdestiny.wordpress.com/
  15. https://thepurplebroom.wordpress.com/

I chose these people and there could have been many more. They challenge me, excite me, entertain me and make me think. Blessings!

Versatile blogger

Yay! I got nominated for a Versatile Blogger award by the inimitable Kintal. I love her blog, please check it out: https://kintal.wordpress.com/

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Rules:
1. Post the award nomination on your blog, thank the person who nominated you. Include the link to their blog on the post.
2. Post 7 interesting facts about yourself by answering the questions from the person who nominated you, then ask 7 questions of your own to be answered by your nominees.
3. Nominate 15 bloggers, include links to their blogs.
4. Notify your recipients about the VBA nomination.
5. Display the award on your blog.

My 7 questions to my nominees:

1. If you were to conceive and design a new award in WP what would it be?
Maybe an imagination award for a blog that sets my creativity and brain running.
2. Which do you prefer, charge cards or cash?
Neither, I use my debit card almost exclusively
3. For you, what is the color of love?
Green for growing
4. What does your first name stand for?
My dad slipping a fast one on my mom when I was being born and naming me after his favourite aunt who had died on the same date years before and 2 Scottish queens instead of what he and my mom had agreed on before I was born.
5. Noodle, rice or bread?
Crackers
6. Do you have any favorite weird food combination? If you do, what is it?
Peanut butter, bacon and Frito sandwiches
7. Do you believe in fairies?
Yes, I can see them

My Questions for my nominations
1. Oldest, youngest, middle or only child?
2. Soda, pop or coke? What do you call it?
3. Would you rather write something on paper or type it into a device?
4. What is your favourite National Park in any country you live in or have visited and why?
5. What would you rather read from physical book or electronic one? Why?
6. What is your favourite wildlife habitat?
7. What is your favourite bird, plant and tree? Why?

I nominate:

1. Lady Imbrium – https://ladyimbriumsholocron.wordpress.com/
2. Ayslyn’s Corner – https://ayslynscorner.wordpress.com/
3. Biblebelt Witch – https://biblebeltwitch.wordpress.com/
4. Danu’s Journey – https://danusjourney.wordpress.com/
5. Darswords – https://darsword.wordpress.com/
6. Mystical Bewilderment – https://satsekhem.wordpress.com/
7. Searching for Brigid – https://searchingforbrigid.wordpress.com/
8. The Raven Scribe – http://storytellerraven.com/

I follow a lot of blogs so I miss people when they don’t post often enough. These people post interesting and fairly frequent blogs that stick in my head for some unknown reason. So if I’ve left you out it doesn’t mean I don’t like what you write, it means after lunch I can be stupid

Thanks for the award! Black Wolf Blogger

https://kintal.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/black-wolf-blogger-award-sparkles-version/

Kintal who has a marvelous blog above nominated me for a new award

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This is fun especially since one of my totems is a white wolf that everyone can see but me. I can feel her. I’ve just never seen her. My friend Kathy was the first to mention her. Kathy was half Native American and used to tease me about the things that followed me around. She was the person that introduced me to my first HP and was the only person I have ever met that my magic fitted together into a hole in a puzzle piece, especially when we did workings at camp. I still miss her and if this award did nothing more than bring a treasured friend back on a gloomy Monday morning it would be a treasure.

I nominate :

The Ditzy Druid who is anything but: http://ditzydruid.com/

The Purple Broom https://thepurplebroom.wordpress.com/

The Formerly Musings of a Kitchen Witch, https://nuannaarpoq.wordpress.com/

Biblebelt Witch: https://biblebeltwitch.wordpress.com/

HecateDememter: https://hecatedemeter.wordpress.com/

And last not least, the always thougthful Lady Imbrium:https://ladyimbriumsholocron.wordpress.com/

I follow 309 blogs and there are so many worthy blogs but those are the one in my minds forefront today.

Thanks Kintal for making my day!

A prayer for an early fall day

A prayer to the morning beings of my neighborhood

Bless me as I go my way this day until the fall of night.

The low tok tok tok greeting of the raven from the top of the transformer

The mocking of the car alarms of a mockingbird

The suicide run of the spring born squirrel across the quiet street

The sleepy ramble of the opossum for shelter from the coming heat

The scolding of the male hummingbird as I cross under him

The buzz of the heavy carpenter bee lumbering to the roses

The trail of the night wandering snail across the walkway

The softness of the spider’s web as it crosses my face as I leave the gate

The farewell of the garden gnomes and cats from the yard

Be with me from early dawn to twilight’s fall

and through the dark of night.

Liebster award

Thank you so much Charlotte! http://cauldronsandbroomsticks.wordpress.com/

She has a great blog, please check it out. This arrived on my birthday and I wasn’t feeling very birthdayish, so thank you again.

liebster_thumb1. I must detail 11 random facts about myself
2. Answer 11 questions from Charlotte
3. Pass the torch by nominating 11 other bloggers (or however many you can/would like to!)
4. Devise 11 questions for my nominees
5. Display the Liebster Award Logo

11 facts about me, Yikes!

1. I speak English, Latin, Gaelic and ASL and can read occasionally Swedish and Spanish. Some well some I need to practice on.

2. I have the first two volumes of Harry Potter in Latin, all in British English and American English, the first volume in Gaelic

3. I’m the oldest child in my family and there are only my sister and I left of my immediate family.

4. I’m a Double Gemini with a grand water trine and 5 planets in Cancer and Earth is my favourite element to work with.

5. I love tea and absolutely loathe coffee.

6. I enjoy chasing down my ancestry and have my mom’s line back to Scotland in the 1200’s and know that some of them came over with William the Conquerer from Normandy and that even though my Scottish grandmother married a Swede there were probably plenty of Norse/Swedes in the woodpile before that.

7. I may be my own cousin somewhere because I have MacGregors and MacFarlanes on both sides.

8. Two of my TOILA sisters and fellow druids may be my distant cousins too.

9. We have a Daguerreotype of Sojourner Truth in a family photo album from the late 1800’s and I have no idea why other than several obituaries say they were abolishionists.

10. I’m always in fear there won’t be another story until the next one appears in my head.

11. I’ve had a computer at home since the early 1990’s and it amazes me that my phone has more memory than my first very expensive computer.

My 11 Questions for my Nominees:

1. What is your favourite quote or motto?

I don’t really have a favourite quote at the moment. It changes all the time. Maybe my clan’s unofficial slogan? “Thogail nam bo theid sinn” To lift cattle we shall go.
2. Do you sing in the shower or recite poetry?

I sing anywhere I can get away with it and not disturb people.

3. What is the ringtone on your phone (either mobile or landline)?
Touch the Sky from Brave

4. Describe your dream home?
A tree house or log cabin in the woods with an herb garden and a garden a lot like the Heart Town Witch’s garden.

5. What made you start blogging?
My brother was had brain cancer and wanted me to follow him on his Livejournal blog and I had just started writing the BunniHoTep stories and he wanted me to share them with his friends. He also wanted me to have a community after he was gone and he gave me the gift of many wonderful friends. Now you can’t shut me up.

6. What book are you currently reading?
I just started Beautiful Creatures and I have to say so far. I’m not terribly impressed.

7. What are you avoiding doing by answering these questions?
Writing a post for the Feminism and Religion blog about the Heiromum and my Pagan Blog Project post which I think is going to be about Keeping Vigil

8. What is the most obscure piece of trivia you can share?
An elephant’s truck can hold 4 liters of water?

9. Favourite music and why?
Celtic/Scottish, Show tunes/movie soundtracks from my favourite movies, folk songs, camp songs. I was raised on Scottish music and broadway show tunes. And I’m an old folkie from the 60’s and sang a lot of camp songs when I was working at camps. And of course, pagan music

10. Do you have a favourite item of clothing and why?
Favourite item of clothing is hard. Any number of t-shirts. black pants and button down shirts and a vest, maybe? I’m a double gemini and subject to change at any moment.

11. Do you believe in alternative therapies? Why/why not?

Some, I’ve tried acupressure and acupuncture, Reiki, various other energy work, Homeopathy. If it works and isn’t too weird I’ll try it at least once.

11 questions for my nominees:

1. Have you ever had your full astrological chart done? Why or WHy not?

2. When was the last time you took a walk in nature and what did you see?

3. Have you ever had a familiar and what was it?

4. Favourite photograph you have ever taken.

5. Favourite place to visit

6. What do you like to write best? Poetry, prose, stories?

7. What’s your favourite comfort food?

8. Which would you rather live in? Suburb, city, country, forest, prarie and why?

9. Which would you rather be in? Earthquakes or tornadoes or hurricanes and why?

10. Summer, spring, winter or fall and why?

11. tea or coffee or something else?

Nominees:

The Purple Broom
http://thepurplebroom.wordpress.com/

Cin
http://cinnageek.wordpress.com/

The Ditsy Druid
http://ditzydruid.com/

The Lady Imbrium
http://ladyimbriumsholocron.wordpress.com/

Feminism and religion
http://feminismandreligion.com/

Poppyunderhill
http://bookofshadowsandblessings.wordpress.com/

Searching for Brigid
http://searchingforbrigid.wordpress.com/

Journeying to the Goddess
http://journeyingtothegoddess.wordpress.com/

The INFP
http://theinfp.com/

Brighde’s bright heart
http://brighdesbrightheart.wordpress.com/

I’m sorry if I missed anyone. I love so many blogs

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

What is the working title of your book?

Leonard – a boy and his wand Book 1, The Adventures of the Littlest Druid, Things to do with the Littlest Pagans and I’m still writing more BunniHoTep Tales.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Leonard and the Littlest Druid are two that introduced themselves in my sleep and the other is just something I feel like doing from all my camp experience

What genre will your book be?

Pagan children’s fiction, bedtime stories, nature activities

Which actors would you choose to play in a movie rendition?

The Littlest Druid could be animated but she might come off looking like the main character in Brave even though Aisling has been around longer. Leonard, Melly and Greg? no clue.

What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Leonard – It’s the story of how a boy discovers he has a magical family and how his magic lessons from his deceased grandmother.

The Littlest Druid – these are the adventures of a young Druidry apprentice in ancient Ireland, she means well things just don’t always go as planned.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Probably self-publish both on Kindle and on createspace like The Tales of BunniHoTep and the Heart Town Witch and other stories. When I had an agent they did bupkus.

How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript? Leonard and the Littlest Druid progress when they tell me more so they have been in the process for a few years.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

There isn’t anything like the Littlest Druid that I know of and Leonard is just Leonard, a California kid. One reviewer called my stories Tim Burtonesquw but I have no clue what that means. I don’t think I write anything like a Tim Burton movie.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I write because my characters bother me until I do. Not sure inspiration is the correct word. More like cattle prod or goad.

What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?

Well, if they want to have some fun they can join me in one of my worlds. New readers and inhabitants are always welcome.

My nominees: Of course, participation is down to personal choice, but it is a lot of fun.

Ellis Nelson

Thalassa over at pagan devotionals

The Ditsy Druid

Poppyunderhill
And any one else with writing asperations.

Long overdue post

I’ve been in a funk from all the Christmas crap and the only access to the internet being my phone and Starbucks if I can get there, I have been remiss in not sharing this good news.

Thank you so much for brightening up my days.

Thanks Witchchic AKA Heidi!

You can find her here! http://witchchic.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/blog-of-the-year-2012/

The rules for this award are simple:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the “Blog of the Year 2012” award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen — there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required — and present them with their award.

3. Please include a link back to this page “Blog of the Year 2012” Award and include these rules in your post. (Please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the rules with them.

5. You can now also join our Facebook group — click “like” on “Blog of the Year 2012” Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6. As a winner of the award — please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award — and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar… and start collecting stars.

There are so many great blogs but the one I look forward to every day is Poppy’s http://bookofshadowsandblessings.wordpress.com/ She always makes me smile and I love how she talks about her “Little”. And I love the way she has done her BOS/DOS.

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And Sammiwitch nominated me for One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you so much!

Visit her here: The Life and Times of a Forever Witch: http://thelifeandtimesofaforeverwitch.wordpress.com

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These are the rules, should you choose to accept them:

Thank the person who nominated you (manners, people! manners!) Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post.

Share 7 things about you.

Pass the award on to seven nominees:

I nominate :

1. Belle DiMonte http://belledimonte.wordpress.com

2. Magikos Musings Http://magikosmusings.wordpress.com

3. Witching Wild Wood: http://witchingwildwood.wordpress.com

4. Pagan Devotionals : http://lectiodivinapaganus.wordpress.com

5. Searching for Brigid: http://searchingforbrigid.wordpress.com

6. Lady Imbrium’s Holocron: http://ladyimbriumsholocron.wordpress.com

7. Asylyn’s Corner: http://ayslynscorner.wordpress.com

Include this set of rules (important, otherwise confusion and mass hysteria ensues Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

7 things about me?

1. I have a size 7 foot and a size 9 foot. Not too exciting unless you want to wear pumps which I don’t.

2. I can’t ride a bike.

3. I didn’t learn to drive until I was 26 and when I did I had to keep it a secret that I hadn’t been licensed. Someday I’ll write about why.

4. I’ve worked at 6 different kids camps.

5. I can sing Silent Night in 6 languages.

6. I’m falling down on my book challenge. I thought I could read 125 books this year and I’ve only made it to 93.Last year I was over 150. Sigh…

8. I love tea and hate coffee.

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Thank You, Thank you, Thank You! Heather – Ramblings of a Hedgewitch

“The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The word ” Liebster” comes from German and can mean the sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, most beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

RULES –

Thank the person who nominated you.

When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!) You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees. I’m being lazy and using my nominator’s questions.

You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your own blog!

You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)

11 Random Facts about me

1) I love to bake.

2) I have a very goofy Maine Coon Cat

3) I have a tattoo on each shoulder and am contemplating more.

4) I’m a double Gemini with 5 planets in Cancer and a grand water trine. And Earth is my element I find the most pleasing.

5) I play way too many instruments and need to practice more.

6) I like to design embroidery patterns in my copious spare time between midnight and 6 am when I’m not doing something else

7) My favourite form of art work to do is pen & ink and Chinese water colour

8) I eat salted nuts on my cereal and not milk or fruit

9) My college graduation present from my parents was a month in the UK by myself

10) I miss backpacking and horseback riding

11) The best places I’ve ever worked were camps.

The questions I have to answer

1) Why did you start writing a blog?

I started on livejournal in 2005 because my brother asked me to when he was dying of brain cancer and he wanted me to share my stories and follow his journey. It’s the biggest, most important gift he ever gave me. He wanted me to have a grief support group if the worst happened and it did and I cherish every friend it has brought me and some I’ve even gotten to meet in person.

2) What is your favorite work of fiction?

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy & MZB’s Darkover novels

3) How would you describe your personal philosophy/spiritual path?

Wiccan/Druid/Family tradition – hard polytheistic, Panentheistic, nature junky, mostly Celtic but others deities have made their presence and desires known

4) What has impressed you lately? The heroism of the staff of Shady Hook

5) What has depressed you lately? Not being able to spend Christmas with my aunt and cousins and Shady Hook

6) What advice would you give your younger self if you could go back in time ten years?

10 years? Not much 10 years ago but 30 or 40? Come out, damn it and stop dithering around about whether you are gay or not

7) What are your vices? Tea, reading, sick sense of humour

8) What would you like to achieve in 2013? Finish the 3 books I have started and finish illustrating them. Meet some new characters to write about

9) Describe your personal style. Comfortable. I refuse to wear anything that irritates or itches or binds. I tend to wear, black, green, blue, purple, red and teal and not much else.

10) What is your favorite city? Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Edinburgh. What? I’m a double Gemini, picking one of anything ain’t gonna happen.

11) Name something that always makes you smile. My kitty, Liathfaol.

I nominate:

1. The Life and Times of a Forever Witch: http://thelifeandtimesofaforeverwitch.wordpress.com

2. The Ditsy Druid: Http://ditsydruid.wordpress.com

3. Cinnageek: http://cinnageek.wordpress.com

4. The Purple Broom: http://thepurplebroom.wordpress.com

5. The Witch of Howling Creek: http://witchofhowlingcreek.wordpress.com

6. Fieldstones: http://fieldstones.wordpress.com

7. The Chaos Witch: http://chaoswitchcraft.wordpress.com

8. Don’t Panic: http://insolenceandimpertinence.wordpress.com

9. Intended for Use: http://intendedforuse.wordpress.com

10.Saymber: http://saymberblondi.wordpress.com

11.Witchcraft and Me http://witchchic.wordpress.com

There are so many wonderful blogs I apologize if I have forgotten any one because I know I have.

The Witchy Blog Award

I want to thank Ariadne at http://cauldronandbrew.wordpress.com for this award, It’s lovely!

What Ayslyn’s says about the award: “Today is a very special day. Not only is it Samhain, the most important Sabbat on the Wiccan Wheel of the year, but it is also the unveiling of a project Cassandra and I have been working on for a couple of months. Over the past weeks, we have both been graced with several blogging awards, but we couldn’t help but notice that none of the awards floating around were Wiccan in nature. And so, the idea was born to create an award specifically for Wiccans/Pagans/witches.

Thus the purpose of this award is to bring positive recognition to those bloggers who share their experiences on the less-traveled path, whether in the form of a journal or by standing up for themselves and others. Our award logo was a collaborate endeavor made with love that we are both very proud of. So without any further ado, onward to the details of the newest award to find its way to the blogsphere!

The Rules:

Post the award logo within your blog post
Thank the blogger who passed the award to you
Answer the seven questions below
Nominate five Wiccan/Pagan bloggers (If you don’t know five other Wiccan bloggers, nominate as many as you can)
Notify your nominees of their pending award
Give a short description of the blog/blogger and why you nominated them
Stop by Ayslyn’s Corner and Book of Shadows to add your name to the list of bloggers awarded
You may customize the questions as long as they are still Wiccan- and Pagan-related
Seven Questions:

1. How did you discover “Wicca” witchcraft?

Somehow all of these questions seem to generate an answer long enough to be a post all on its own. I’m not sure I discovered Wicca as much as it found me. I was trained in our family ways or what Grandma called “what we do”. And once she died when I was seventeen I was left with a lot of weird knowledge and no idea how to use any of it except the nature parts, so I got my degree as a Naturalist. At the same time I was working at camps and then Girl Scout camps where I met some women who became good friends. One New Year’s Eve when we were having our regular pre-Rose parade watching party where we always found spots down the block and took turns guarding the benches my friend, Kathy threw a small yellow self printed book called the Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries or as it was called then “The Feminist Book of Light and Shadows” which came out in 1975 so this must have been around 1980-1982? and since we had a few hours to kill before the parade, I tucked myself in a corner and read and scared the bejeebers out of myself. That book has toned down over time but the first small pamphlet had a lot of ideas I was not ready for quite yet. So I gave the book back and didn’t think too much of it.

Awhile later I was having a lot of trouble shutting anything out. I was going through a period where I knew what every one was thinking and feeling and I knew things before they happened and Kathy decided I needed more help than she was equipped to give me. She gave me instructions on how to get to a woman’s house which being Kathy were wrong but I still found it. And that first night I attended my first circle, met my first HPs and helped weave their new coven cord because she took one look at me at the door looking lost and dragged me in the door and told Kathy, “I told you if she was meant to find it she would.” And the roller coaster took off. And that was the beginning of my “formal” craft training.

2. Do you grow herbs? Yes is the short answer. When I had a sunnier garden I had a lot of herbs growing now we have very little sun and very little money so I just have the basics and some very lucky for me volunteers that I have no idea why they came but they are here now.

I’ve taken herbalism classes and studied quite a bit. My favourite teacher was Paul Beyerel and if you get a chance to take a class with him do it! If not his herbalism books are better than anyone else’s, period.

I used to have my own incense business for many years and sometime I may put up some of my recipes. I got out of the business because a lot of beginners started competing with me at pagan craft faires and making their incense out of sawdust and I just could not compete with their prices. Sawdust and oil is really cheap to do and makes really noxious smoked incense in my opinion. Mine were the actual herbs that had to be burned over charcoal blocks, no saltpetre, no sawdust and just essential oils to add what ever component I needed to add. I made them all by feel and one of my exes tried to get me to measure it out by ratio but most had to be done by feel. I knew when it was right just by doing.

Added to the fact that the more I know the less I use the herbs. Herbs are medicine and as such are not meant to be used every day in most cases. To many people don’t respect that. They think because it’s “natural” it’s safe. It is not! Socrates can testify to that. Even chamomile has side effects if taken every day. There is no herb I take every day with the possible exception of camellia sinensis better known as black tea.

3. Are you in the “broomcloset”? If not, share the experience. Do you have all day? A yes and no question. I used to be out all the time and paid a heavy price for it so now I’m out where I choose to be and not out where it could be harmful.

At my first healthcare insurance job I was harassed by my co-workers and the management after a holy-roller and a new director took over who were good friends. Everyone in the dept knew and had no problem. A new woman started in our dept just before Halloween and on Halloween we all dressed up and she heard me laugh. I have a rather cackling laugh when I want to and she said something to the effect that I shouldn’t laugh like that because people would think I was a witch. The whole dept laughed at her. She hated that and she figured out why and proceeded to make my life a living hell. She really hated that I corrected her on Bible verses and when she said even the devil could quote scripture and she thought that was a Bible verse she really went ballistic when I pointed out to her that was not a quote from the Bible but from Shakespeare and then it got personal. She went through my Disney cartoon a day calendar and removed every picture of a witch. So I warded my desk with a tiny pentacle tucked up under the monitor. Somehow she found this and reported it and I was written up for having made a terrorist threat. On. MY. Own. Desk!

About this time the company was bought by another healthcare insurance company and since I was living under siege any way I went to the new HR. They not only removed the write up in my file but sent the Director to mandatory sensitivity training when she still didn’t stop harassing me or stop the three people who were keeping up her campaign they took away all her supervisees and put her in a windowless office. She quit not long after and they moved the three who were her henchmen out of the dept.

That doesn’t even compare with the campaign my mom put on to re-convert me. Everything from trying to get me into her psychologist at church by saying she needed a ride. I refused to get out of the car and then she got pissed and spilled the reason for her visit. Basically she had a typical for her, tantrum about if she had known how uncooperative I was going to be she wouldn’t have come. Uh, mom, you knew me from birth? You knew what was going to happen except when you lie as usual to yourself when you plan the outcome. So she went around telling everyone I grew up with that I worshipped the devil and never bothered to find out any differently. She kept up the conversion campaign until she died. She had some weird idea that God was going to punish her for my choices when she got wherever she was going. Frankly, if she went to heaven, I never want to go there. Hell, if I’m wrong will be a relief. So now I’m out for the people who need to know and under a pseudonym the other half of my life doesn’t really need to know unless they are motivated to figure it out.

4. What tradition do you follow? My own. My coven has the tradition we put together when we started. I have the tradition I was first trained in and I have what my Grandmother taught me and add into the everything I’ve ever read and after 30 years it’s all been blended together into my daily practice and personal philosophy.

5. Do you consider yourself a witch, Wiccan, pagan (or something else?) All of the above plus Druid. All witches are pagan. All Wiccans are pagan but not all pagans are Wiccan or witches or Druids. After almost 30 years of being a formally trained pagan, High Priestess and teacher I figure I can say that. There is no such thing as a witch that is not a pagan. Christians, Jews and Moslems can not be pagan because they all have the 10 commandments and the second commandment says, Thou shalt have no other gods before me for I am a jealous God. Rather interesting that the Judeo-Christian god confesses a a sin in the 10 commandments but he does.

6. How much of Wicca/witchcraft are you able to incorporate in your everyday life? Every moment, you aren’t practicing very well if it isn’t with every blessed breath you take. Following the Goddess is a 24/7 proposition and that includes sleep time.

7. Do you have a familiar? If you do, tell us how you met them and how they take part in your practice. I got my familiar when he climbed out the box my boss at the Girl Scouts had put he and his siblings in and plopped onto my desk when they were 4 weeks old. He was all black and crawled onto my chest and fell asleep. I was supposed to pick up a girl kitten that day from another GS person because I thought I wanted a female. He was so little his balls hadn’t dropped and I was duped. The boss said I could have him if I sexed the box. Only got one wrong and he was mine the minute he crawled on my chest and fell asleep. He fit in one hand when I got him and I had him 13 years when he had a heart attack and died while we were both taking a nap.

He read tarot. Did circle and told me exactly what I should and should not do and when he died I was heart broken. Two days after he died my neighbor brought me a rescue kitty who in no uncertain terms made it clear that she was not a familiar. She was a shape-shifter. And she is within minutes she was a wolf and a lynx and other people saw it too which is why she is called Liathfaol or Grey wolf in gaelic.

So I thought I had lost my love and my familiar but it very quickly became apparent that he may not be on the physical plane but that he was still here. He was just now a ghost. Not too long after he died I had a friend (witch) over who slept on the futon in the living room. The next morning she was asking where the soft black kitty with the beautiful tail was. Samhain had lost his tail saving a kitten from a car and it had to be amputated. I had to tell her the soft black kitty was a ghost. Glad his tail is back, he was always vain about it when he had it. But then I knew for sure he was back.

That was 13 years ago and he’s still around. Still jumps on the bed. Still annoys my cat by lying places she think she wants to lie down in.

I nominate because I love their points of view.

The Faerie Scribe
http://storytellerlily.wordpress.com/

2. The Stone of Destiny
http://stoneofdestiny.wordpress.com/

3. Poppy!
http://bookofshadowsandblessings.wordpress.com/

4. The Purple Broom
http://thepurplebroom.wordpress.com/

5. Brigid
http://searchingforbrigid.wordpress.com/

The Liebster Award

Thanks to the lovely Belle for her nomination. She can be found here: http://belledimonte.wordpress.com/

 Answer the eleven questions your nominator posed to her/his nominees
 Write eleven questions to pose to your own nominees
 Pass the award on to eleven others
Now, my 11 questions:
1. When did you start writing?
I remember coming downstairs when I was about 6 to write a poem at the dining room table because I had dreamt it. I still dream a lot of what I write.
2. Green, orange, or red?
Green
3. Sweet or salty?
Both, I love crackers or fries and ice cream
4. Do you think there is such a thing as Fate?
Not as most people understand it.
5. Karma?
In the what put out comes back way yes.
6. Have you ever joined a fandom?
A member of a Xena list since the beginning so, yes. And went to a lot of cons.
7. What’s the best movie you ever watched?
Lord of the Rings
8. Worst movie?
Stripes
9. What kind of music do you like to listen to?
Almost anything except rap and heavy metal
10. Have you seen a shooting star?
Tons
11. What’s one big thing you’d like to accomplish this year?
Get a permanent job

11 questions

1. If there was one craft type thing you would want to learn, what would it be?
2. Morning or evening person?
3. Coffee or tea?
4. How do you greet the day?
5. Sabbats or esbats?
6. If you could wish one thing for a friend and have it come true what would it be?
7. What 5 authors living or dead would you invite to dinner?
8. For people my age, Kennedy’s assassination and the Moon Landing were defining moments in history, what are yours?
9. Plato, Aristotle or Socrates?
10. What was the best place you ever spent a summer?
11. Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

11 Nominations

http://dianeworthington.wordpress.com/
http://witchofforestgrove.com/
http://thepurplebroom.wordpress.com/
http://ayslynscorner.wordpress.com/
http://wonderingfool.com/
http://thesophomoreslump2.com/
http://thedarklightofsirius.wordpress.com/

There would be more but I’m at B&N using their wifi and have to catch the bus home. Congrats I love all the blogs I follow. So here are just a few for the moment.