A royal brew of pagan social issues and pagan socializing... and what shoes to wear while doing both.
DIY Debunking: Plants Don't Always Heal

DIY Debunking: Plants Don’t Always Heal

Detoxing my home and beauty regime has been an eye-opening experience. The notion of “living naturally”–a typical-part of the DIY detox, has a lot of people talking about the dangers of modern chemistry and the health and environmental benefits of using more natural products. For the most part, I agree...
Paying a Debt is a Deed, Part II

Paying a Debt is a Deed, Part II

Last week, I told my tale of education and how I accrued student debt. I’ve got mad cred academically, but as a result, I’ve got bad cred financially. Actually, my credit score isn’t that bad, but it isn’t great, either. This week, I’ll share with you the second part of...
Retro-Pagan Living: Patience, Young Padawan*

Retro-Pagan Living: Patience, Young Padawan*

Last week when I discussed perseverance, a commenter sympathized with my welding frustration by telling me of her own frustration learning how to sew. Her comment got me thinking about the difference between daily skills and what I’ll call apprentice skills. In the past, people did far more for themselves...
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Texas "Merry Christmas" Law: Let's Hope It Spreads Cheer, Not Fear

Texas “Merry Christmas” Law: Let’s Hope It Spreads Cheer, Not Fear

I first heard about the Texas “Merry Christmas” law when it was a bill last summer. My knee-jerk reaction was to roll my eyes. “What a waste of legislative time and effort,” I thought. But in the interest of keeping an open mind, I tried to step back and think about what the law was...
It's the Most Wonderble Time of the Year

It’s the Most Wonderble Time of the Year

Wonderful + horrible =  wonderble. Yule is wonderful because I get to see my sister, who lives out of state. Yule is horrible because <deep breath> the fragile routine I’m working hard to build gets chunked out the window while additional responsibilities are piled on and hundreds of extra decisions must get made–like presents; I...
Can You Wish Me a Merry Christmas?

Can You Wish Me a Merry Christmas?

I bought a tree last night. I’ll decorate it this weekend. And it will be fabulous! Thinking about decorations has me sorting through memories and thinking about the season. I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you in the next few weeks. My thoughts today are about seasons greetings. Literally. I’m talking about the things we...
Disney's Frozen--the power of love, family and courage

Disney’s Frozen–the power of love, family and courage

I was planning on skipping Frozen for several reasons. I saw (and wrote a review) of last year’s biggest holiday children’s fare, Rise of the Guardians, which TheScott and I took our foster daughters to see. I am a fan of good animated movies, but the idea of going to Frozen reminded me a little...
Another Princess and More Pins

Another Princess and More Pins

A couple of years ago Jax wrote about her experience with acupuncture. I first went “under the needle” when I was struggling with fertility years ago. I didn’t really give it a chance because of my emotional state at the time, not because of the practitioner or the practice. When I injured my back two...
Pope Francis--A New Catholic Crusade (that I like!)

Pope Francis–A New Catholic Crusade (that I like!)

“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.” ~Pope Francis As regular readers know, this princess married into a Catholic family. The Pope matters to me not just...
Thursday is the New Black: The Controversy Over Black Friday Creep

Thursday is the New Black: The Controversy Over Black Friday Creep

There has been a lot of chatter the past few weeks in the media and on the Grand Overseer about stores being open on Thanksgiving Day. I’m not talking about stores you’d think would be open, like your local grocery store — which I’m sure thousands of Americans desperately needed at about 11:00am yesterday. I’m...
In 2013 Jax Gives Thanks for…

In 2013 Jax Gives Thanks for…

This has been a rough year. But I think it’s important in times of strife to remember that life still has plenty of good things in it, too. So this year, despite me being a grumpy princess, I will give thanks for… TheScott. I can’t imagine life without you, my dear. You are a blessing,...
Walls, Corners, and Floor Space: Finding the Right Spot for My Ancestor Altar

Walls, Corners, and Floor Space: Finding the Right Spot for My Ancestor Altar

Jax has written about ancestor worship and her ancestor altar. I talk to my ancestors often, especially this year, but I have yet to set up an altar. I’m in a nice big house now, which I have all to myself, and I have the “real estate” to dedicate space for my altar in a way...
Ode to Ægir, God of the Seas

Ode to Ægir, God of the Seas

I read somewhere–I can’t recall where–that someone prayed to Ægir (pronounced eye-year), a sea god-giant, for good travels. The logic was that the Norse people traveled almost everywhere by water and said a prayer to Æegir before they left, so by extension he prayed to Ægir whenever he went traveling–by boat, car or plane. This logic...
Confessions of a Pagan Fashionista

Confessions of a Pagan Fashionista

I still meet people who are surprised I am Pagan. Not necessarily because it is unusual to encounter a Pagan given our small numbers (even though our ranks are growing), but because I don’t present myself as a stereotypical Pagan. Though I find the concept of a stereotypical Pagan funny because few Pagan resemble it...
The Elf and the Ice Princess from Valkyrie Books

The Elf and the Ice Princess from Valkyrie Books

I have a new novella (short novel) releasing today!* The Elf and the Ice Princess was written around the time this was going on. I tend to fictionalize my problems. The heroine Carrie is in a bad place after a miscarriage and a divorce—which is not what happened to me, but her story was inspired by...