August42014

Hipster Zombie Nightmare

Last night, I had a horrible dream about being pursued by Hipster Zombies who — when they eventually broke into my barricaded hiding spot — decided it was “so retro” that I was still a living human, so instead of biting me, they just wanted to hang out and smoke cigarettes and listen to LPs.

I was like “Oh hell no” and threw myself out of a ten-story window to escape.

August12014
Lughnasadh: Honoring the Harvest Through Grief and Gratitude

Today is Lughnasadh, and I find myself returning to the strange mixture of work and rest, grief and celebration that always marks this time of year for me.

It is the acknowledgement of fear and loss during the most fruitful time of the year that marks this as a holy season. It is this mingling of love and sorrow, hope and grief that transforms the cycles of production and consumption into something more: a sacred harvest. When we forget the hard work of our ancestors, when we distance ourselves from the sweat, blood and tears that connect us to the living reality of those who have come before us, when we anesthetize ourselves to the grief we feel at the struggles they faced and the sacrifices they made — that is when we risk becoming mere consumers. Grief serves a sacred purpose, for we cannot grieve what we have not loved. Grief is one of the fruits of love, even as joy and prosperity are the fruits of labor.

Read more - http://bit.ly/lughnasadh

#Druidry #Pagan #Lughnasadh #Lammas #harvest

Photo Credit: © Alison Leigh Lilly

Lughnasadh: Honoring the Harvest Through Grief and Gratitude

Today is Lughnasadh, and I find myself returning to the strange mixture of work and rest, grief and celebration that always marks this time of year for me.

It is the acknowledgement of fear and loss during the most fruitful time of the year that marks this as a holy season. It is this mingling of love and sorrow, hope and grief that transforms the cycles of production and consumption into something more: a sacred harvest. When we forget the hard work of our ancestors, when we distance ourselves from the sweat, blood and tears that connect us to the living reality of those who have come before us, when we anesthetize ourselves to the grief we feel at the struggles they faced and the sacrifices they made — that is when we risk becoming mere consumers. Grief serves a sacred purpose, for we cannot grieve what we have not loved. Grief is one of the fruits of love, even as joy and prosperity are the fruits of labor.

Read more - http://bit.ly/lughnasadh

#Druidry #Pagan #Lughnasadh #Lammas #harvest

Photo Credit: © Alison Leigh Lilly

6PM
July302014
New Moon at sunset over the Olympics on Flickr.
Sliver of crescent moon hangs above the mountain range above the sound…

New Moon at sunset over the Olympics on Flickr.

Sliver of crescent moon hangs above the mountain range above the sound…

1PM
New Moon Altar on Flickr.
Honoring the sacred land under a three-day old moon….

New Moon Altar on Flickr.

Honoring the sacred land under a three-day old moon….

July242014
Wonder on the Wing: Lessons from the Owl Goddess on Climate Change
The Pagan gods are not exactly known for their forgiving natures. Yet as divine powers of regeneration and return, they offer a forgiveness all their own. Not the forgiveness of escape and abdication, nor the forgiveness of a benevolent Almighty on whose behalf we can act with unchallenged dominion. Rather, theirs is the forgiveness of restored responsibility, the response-ability that we possess as natural beings and citizens of the earth.
After all, what do we seek when we seek forgiveness, but the chance to start again?
Read more — http://bit.ly/paganenvironmentalism
#pagan #environmentalism #climatechange #hope


Photo Credit: “The Bird Woman,” (CC) June Yarham [source]

Wonder on the Wing: Lessons from the Owl Goddess on Climate Change

The Pagan gods are not exactly known for their forgiving natures. Yet as divine powers of regeneration and return, they offer a forgiveness all their own. Not the forgiveness of escape and abdication, nor the forgiveness of a benevolent Almighty on whose behalf we can act with unchallenged dominion. Rather, theirs is the forgiveness of restored responsibility, the response-ability that we possess as natural beings and citizens of the earth.

After all, what do we seek when we seek forgiveness, but the chance to start again?

Read more — http://bit.ly/paganenvironmentalism

#pagan #environmentalism #climatechange #hope

Photo Credit: “The Bird Woman,” (CC) June Yarham [source]

July222014
Tidepooling is a practice in patient observation. It’s also a reminder that some things happen in their own sweet time. That’s the thing about low tide. Sun, moon and earth turn through the steps of their celestial dance, and once in a while you get lucky and the three of them meet just right in a moment of revelation. You have to be ready.

I’m often humbled to realize how oblivious I can be to the wonders of the natural world all around me. And what treasures might yet be hiding right in front of me, in plain sight.

After all, there are so many different ways to hide.

Read more — http://bit.ly/1ucTG9O

#tidepool #nature #photography

Tidepooling is a practice in patient observation. It’s also a reminder that some things happen in their own sweet time. That’s the thing about low tide. Sun, moon and earth turn through the steps of their celestial dance, and once in a while you get lucky and the three of them meet just right in a moment of revelation. You have to be ready.

I’m often humbled to realize how oblivious I can be to the wonders of the natural world all around me. And what treasures might yet be hiding right in front of me, in plain sight.

After all, there are so many different ways to hide.

Read more — http://bit.ly/1ucTG9O

#tidepool #nature #photography

July182014
Painted Anemone on Flickr.
Very excited to have found this massive Painted Anemone on a rock right at the lowest low tide mark!
Pic from my iNaturalist observation here

Painted Anemone on Flickr.

Very excited to have found this massive Painted Anemone on a rock right at the lowest low tide mark!

Pic from my iNaturalist observation here

3PM

Aggregating anemones (also known as pink-tipped green anemones) in various stages of opening and closing. Pictures taken at low tide on Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park in Washington

Pics from my iNaturalist observation here

1PM
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