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A few pix from Saturday’s Long Beach Womenspirit Faire

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Some of the authors. Ruth Barrett, MaryScarlett Amaris, Linda Iles, deTraci Regula, Marie Cartier, Tony Mierzwicki, me. Some of the authors we had and they just happen to be old friends.  Hard to believe I’ve known Ruth for 30 years! Yikes!

Long Beach Womenspirit Faire Part @

Part Two

 

The rest of the day was wonderful. A lot of old friends were there. We had RuthBarrett and her partner Falcon back. Ruth sang for the first time at Faire in 13 years. I had more hugs and kisses yesterday than I normally do in a year. We have to work on getting more entertainment because that was always Laura’s job so yesterday it was Ruth and Kahena and her wonderful belly dance troop and me telling stories. We also had some impromptu drumming and belly dancing. So some of us talked about what we want to do for Winter Solstice Faire. We’re thinking of having a few workshops too as something new.

 

I had been asked to read some of Laura’s favourite stories, bad move. I kept barely holding on and managed not to totally lose it in boohooing. Thank heavens for Dianna a couple of times she walked up and gave me enough energy that I could get grounded again but it was hard. I had an hour to read and I just couldn’t do it. It was too hard. I did sell a couple of books and that always is good.

 

The day was beautiful and sunny. June gloom was still there when we were setting up and we were afraid it was going to stay gray but it didn’t. The sun shown and it was beautiful. People always come so festivally dressed and ready to play. I hope all the vendors did well.

 

We had an altar for Laura in the Lounge and I hope people visited it. We had some pretty fun pictures including one with Laura dressed as a faery. That was so not like the usual Laura people saw but she did like to surprise people and she loved to wear crazy things on her head and dye her hair all sorts of colours like pink, blue, green and purple depending on her mood as well as her normal brilliant red hair.

 

Once the kerfluffle was over we had a great Faire. We missed Caroline and Linda being there. CarolineWise was supposed to make it back to visit but she got sick and will probably leave from San Diego. I hope she feels better rapidly, nothing is worse than being sick on a plane. I had the flu on the way home from London to LA many years ago and it was no fun at all. I wouldn’t wish that on a friend ever. Maybe on our troll but never a friend.

 

If you ever are in Los Angeles/Long Beach area at some Winter or Summer Solstice, come visit us!

 

 

Long Beach Womenspirit Faire Part 1

Yesterday was sad, happy fun, surprising, and had some wild and crazy bits at Faire. Faire is always sacred space and is usually very definitely between the worlds but yesterday had some weird in the world bits.

 

I took the trains down because I hurt to much to drive still and the car is not registered and I’m glad I didn’t because we had to call the cops.

 

We have a person who has been causing problems for years. She wants power and for some reason she wants it from us and she desperately wants to join and control TOILA and LBWS and Laura was really good and telling her to go away and yet she shows up for every ritual and Faire. She has been kicked out of almost every women’s spirituality community she thought she could take over and we’re the only ones left that she might have a chance with. She cornered me and a few others at out Yule ritual last year to complain we were ignoring her requests to join. To join LBWS you have always had to be asked and that’s after doing some work with us. To join TOILA you just show up, get along with everyone, do work like set up Faire and participate in ritual and make yourself and integral part of the whole. You also have to subscribe to the Manifesto and FOI policies and such but it really isn’t that hard. Everyone that is a member has done that. Just showing up and proclaiming yourself to want to be in charge ain’t going to cut it. Add to that that this person likes to go up to people and point out what she perceives to be a weakness and she is going to help up with it and it’s usually something incredibly mean clothed in sickening sweetness doesn’t help. She will tell you things like, you would be so pretty if you just lost weight and she is big as a house herself and I will never be pretty and I know it just is stupid. She’s gone up to our members and said they have negative energy around them and she can get rid of it and she is the only negative energy around can make you a bit nuts. At Yule she proceeded to instruct me on a carol I had just led’s history and I told her she was wrong and gave her the correct history means she stays away from me usually but yesterday she came up to me before Faire opened and tried to start a conversation and I ignored her and she went off in a huff. What I didn’t know was what was going to happen next and I partially caused it.

 

Mindful of her behaviour at Yule and her now knowing that Laura was dead, I knew that she would think she was free and clear to move in because she really doesn’t understand that all of us are ordained priestesses and quite capable on our own. We followed Laura because we loved and respected her not because we had to or she controlled us in any way. She often applied the “herding cats” simile to us. Anyway I warned the head table which had some of our newer priestesses and people that she was going to cause trouble and to keep and eye out on her.

 

About a half an hour later we had the police arrive and that never happens. It turned out she parked her van on the curb and stuck her handicapped placard on it and then pulled chairs into parking places and stuck her placard on them to save them. When R , a retired cop and generally wonderful person and husband to one of the priestesses at the front table went and took the chairs away and put the placard on the ground where she would find it she came back furious, she cussed R and out and C royally. It also turned out she had been cussing out some vendors and had done it at last Faire and the vendors were really mad. I don’t blame them at all. Well, she got done with her cussing snit and took off into the Faire and didn’t move her illegally parked van and she could of because we still had a few parking places and no parking place is very far from the Faire and if you can walk the Faire, you can walk the lot. R called the police and reported a 5150 and some other number I can’t remember and the cops came. They were concerned because there were no female officers on duty at the moment and she had fled to the back of the Faire and was causing trouble back there. They had thought she was in the women’s restroom but I don’t think she had gone there. Anyway, they finally found her and she was induced to leave and not come back. I’m wondering if she is going to show up for Laura’s memorial but I’m going to recommend she not be allowed to stay if she does.

 

So we had some mundane and nasty excitement.

Tomorrow is Faire

Tomorrow will be our first Faire since the Hieromum died. We’ve done Faires without her but we always knew she was alive. I’m afraid there will be many tears shed. I know I will. We are having an altar to her memory in the Lounge of the church where we have the Faire so people can go in and pay their respects. I’m sure there are many people that have not heard yet and it will hit hard.

 

We do have two beloved guest which will help, CarolineWise and LindaIles.  Both were friends of Laura, Caroline had planned this visit to see Laura and missed seeing her in time but I hope being with us helped her some. London to LA is a long way to come and we appreciate her and love her for doing it.

 

I’m going down on the train again because is still hurts too much to drive. Last week almost killed me and I was in tears of pain by the time I got to the walking part home. No pain killer seems to work. I have darvocet at home but it has acetomenophen (tylenol) in it which I’m allergic to but if it gets as bad as it was last Sunday I swear I’m taking it and damn the consequences. My right arm gets to hurting so much just from hanging at my side, I can’t believe it. It was nice to wake up this morning pain free for a little while but now that I’m typing at the library it’s starting up again. At least if I can wake up pain free one morning it means it’s getting better, but enough whinging. I’m just happy to be going to Faire again.

Tomorrow is Faire

Tomorrow will be our first Faire since the Hieromum died. We’ve done Faires without her but we always knew she was alive. I’m afraid there will be many tears shed. I know I will. We are having an altar to her memory in the Lounge of the church where we have the Faire so people can go in and pay their respects. I’m sure there are many people that have not heard yet and it will hit hard.

 

We do have two beloved guest which will help, CarolineWise and LindaIles.  Both were friends of Laura, Caroline had planned this visit to see Laura and missed seeing her in time but I hope being with us helped her some. London to LA is a long way to come and we appreciate her and love her for doing it.

 

I’m going down on the train again because is still hurts too much to drive. Last week almost killed me and I was in tears of pain by the time I got to the walking part home. No pain killer seems to work. I have darvocet at home but it has acetomenophen (tylenol) in it which I’m allergic to but if it gets as bad as it was last Sunday I swear I’m taking it and damn the consequences. My right arm gets to hurting so much just from hanging at my side, I can’t believe it. It was nice to wake up this morning pain free for a little while but now that I’m typing at the library it’s starting up again. At least if I can wake up pain free one morning it means it’s getting better, but enough whinging. I’m just happy to be going to Faire again.