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Orange is the New Black has Jax Thinking About Punishment and the US Prison System

Orange is the New Black has Jax Thinking About Punishment and the US Prison System

I was visiting my sister last week (hence GG graciously filling in for me<LINK>), and we binge watched the Netflix Original series Orange is the New Black. Have you seen it? If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a thirteen episode TV series inspired by Piper Kerman’s memoir about her year incarcerated in a minimum security prison. I...
The Nine Noble Virtues: Discipline

The Nine Noble Virtues: Discipline

Last week I said I was going to focus on discipline (one of the Nine Noble Virtues (NNV) of Heathenry) for the month of April, and as I’ve got a lot of changes coming up on the horizon, I think it’s going to be a really good one to start with. Discipline is a challenging...
Jump-starting Religion

Jump-starting Religion

I haven’t been a very good Pagan lately. Not like I’ve been doing anti-Pagan things, I just haven’t felt the spirit. I haven’t been thinking about Pagan issues. I haven’t been celebrating seasons or spending time with my ancestors. I’m certain this is tied into my grief over the crappy year TheScott and I have...
Acxiom Corporation Knows You. Do you Know Them?

Acxiom Corporation Knows You. Do you Know Them?

A good friend who’s a choir director introduced me to Vienna Teng’s “The Hymn of Acxiom” because it’s creepy, artistic, and amazing. Read the lyrics while you listen, and see if you don’t get chills and possibly a tick or two when the electronic chords morph into dissonance as the lyrics subtly change. Teng named...
The (un)Sacredness of Birthdays

The (un)Sacredness of Birthdays

Today is my birthday. (The day that I’m writing this is, anyway. You’re probably not reading it on my birthday.) It’s started out awesome! My DH brought me breakfast in bed and I fended off the cats from stealing my bacon. I got an email telling me I got an interview for a part time...
Understanding Labels: Preservatives, Why We Need 'em and What to Watch Out For

Understanding Labels: Preservatives, Why We Need ‘em and What to Watch Out For

Everything natural decomposes. It rots and/or grows mold, and eventually returns to the earth in the universe’s greatest recycling plan. This is awesome for long-term sustainability, but not so great when you want to make something now and use it later or kill something now (plant or animal) and eat it later. Hence humans have...
Understanding the Ingredients on a Soap Label

Understanding the Ingredients on a Soap Label

If you haven’t read last week’s distinction between soap and detergent, you might want to do that first  as this will make more sense! Before I get started explaining the ingredients, here are three important but not related things. I’m not a chemist or a doctor. I’m a romance novelist who runs a Pagan blog...
Soap Labels: The Good, the Bad and the Dirty

Soap Labels: The Good, the Bad and the Dirty

Before soap labels can make sense, the distinction between soap and detergent must be made. Soap and detergent are the two main category of cleaners we use, both in home cleaning products and on our bodies. I have a natural “soap good, detergent bad!” prejudice when it comes to my skin. I decided to do...
Introduction to Label Reading on Cosmetics and Food

Introduction to Label Reading on Cosmetics and Food

One of the things I’ve had to learn how to do over the past few years is read ingredients labels, and I started with packaged food. For people with sensitive systems (like me) it’s important to monitor what we consume. I’ve also had to accept that the things I put onto my body, like lotion,...
The Naming of Norse Folk

The Naming of Norse Folk

The naming of kids is a difficult matter. It isn’t just one of your holiday games… ~ T.S. Eliot’s A Practical Book of Cats (sort of) I’m so excited! Our illustrious webmistress and esteemed friend had a baby this weekend! Pass the Topo Chico! Mom and son are in perfect health and everything is looking...
Homeopathy: What Is It and Where Does It Come From?

Homeopathy: What Is It and Where Does It Come From?

Last week I mentioned that stress caused my skin to go crazy. Not fun! I was itching SO BADLY that I spent an entire day surfing the net for potential remedies. I found several sites on homeopathy and how apis (bee poison) and urens urtica (stinging nettle) can be used to cure it, so when...
DIY Destressers

DIY Destressers

I’ve had STRESS this week–the kind that makes you see red and feel blue all at once. I apologize for being unable to discuss the whys; other people’s business is not for me to air on the interwebs. But I have literally broken out into an itchy mess over it. Not okay! What’s a princess...