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Portrayals of Thor in Movies and Television

Portrayals of Thor in Movies and Television

I’m sure many of you have seen the second installment in the Thor movies series by now. Jax wrote a review of the first movie when we saw a few years ago. I thought the second movie was neat, but it wasn’t awesome. But it did get me thinking about...
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...
Exaggeration of Religious Behavior on Surveys

Exaggeration of Religious Behavior on Surveys

I heard a great story on NPR this morning about how people over report their religious behavior when they respond to surveys. Over reporting a behavior means a person says they do something more than they really do it. This is not unusual when the behavior being asked about is...
Keep TPP Weird: Three Unusual Traits About GG

Keep TPP Weird: Three Unusual Traits About GG

As I mentioned last week, Jax is on vacation. I’m posting a few not-too-long and not-too-serious articles in her absence. The Pagan Princesses live in Austin, where the city motto is “Keep Austin Weird.” It’s a rallying cry and a marketing strategy designed to encourage patronage of local businesses and...
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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,...
Valentine's Day and the Feast of Váli

Valentine’s Day and the Feast of Váli

Last week I wrote about the overlap and differences between the Wicca (and all-around “generally Pagan”) Wheel of the Year and Heathen holidays. In the course of writing that article, I learned a bit about Heathen holidays myself – as is often (and happily) the case when we write articles for the Realm. I learned...
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...
A Heathen to Wicca Holiday Crosswalk

A Heathen to Wicca Holiday Crosswalk

I try to be a good Heathen, but as a Wiccan convert I am sometimes confused about when I should observe my faith according to Heathen holy days (henceforth “holidays”). When I first chose Heathenry over Wicca, just because it is a better fit for me, I figured the Wheel of the Year was a...
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...
Where Does the Time Go?

Where Does the Time Go?

My article this week was going to be a current events topic. One of those posts where I try to look a mainstream media sideways and see what else there is to see. It has turned out to be a rather large project and will have wait until next week where I’ll have more time...
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...
NAFTA: It's What's for Dinner

NAFTA: It’s What’s for Dinner

Or maybe for breakfast, or for lunch. In any case, what’s available in your grocery store has been profoundly shaped by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). I know what we eat is largely shaped by public (health) policy, but I hadn’t thought about the relationship between NAFTA and my eating habits until I...
Jax Makes Soap!

Jax Makes Soap!

Interesting things I’ve learned about soap… Soap is what happens when you mix melted fat (animal or plant) and lye (either sodium or potassium hydroxide). The original lye used in soapmaking was ashes from a hardwood tree (although I’m guessing what you buy at the store isn’t made that way anymore). If you make soap...
National Religious Freedom Day

National Religious Freedom Day

Yesterday, January 16th, was National Religious Freedom Day. I’d never heard about it before I read about it on the Grand Overseer. The cynic in me thought this day was a recent political ploy to garner support for (majority) religious expression. But I was happily wrong. National Religious Freedom Day has been commemorated by every...
Poppin' Tags Like a Princess

Poppin’ Tags Like a Princess

I love thrift store shopping. I’ll get back to that in a moment. As part of my quest for detoxing my house and gorgeous routines (some people may have beauty routines, but as a princess, I have a gorgeous one I’m learning how to make my own soap. As a side note, if you want...