Monday at the Movies

I have the usual feminist love/hate relationship with most comic book superheroes.

I’ve always been drawn to some of the “minor” characters and recently stumbled across Arrow (aka The Green Arrow) on Netflix. (Not getting cable means that I’m often a year or so behind everyone else.)

I’m liking this series for its lefty emphasis; the “bad guys” are more often than not the 1%ers or those who want to be. The Arrow shows up to confront them with the line: “[Insert name], you have failed this city!” I like the connection to a specific landbase and the idea that being a greedy jerk is a way of showing yourself to be a failure. And, of course, the story line is an interesting re-telling of the Robin Hood tale — also a story involved with a landbase.

Sunday Ballet Blogging

Freedom for the Caledonii

My head knows enough to know that I don’t know what I’d need to know to make any kind of rational statement about whether or not Scotland should vote for independence from England.

But my skin, my bones, and my heretic heart are hoping so hard for separation.

Friday Night Poetry Blogging

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To the Light of September

~ W. S. Merwin

When you are already here
you appear to be only
a name that tells of you
whether you are present or not

and for now it seems as though
you are still summer
still the high familiar
endless summer
yet with a glint
of bronze in the chill mornings
and the late yellow petals
of the mullein fluttering
on the stalks that lean
over their broken
shadows across the cracked ground

but they all know
that you have come
the seed heads of the sage
the whispering birds
with nowhere to hide you
to keep you for later

you
who fly with them

you who are neither
before nor after
you who arrive
with blue plums
that have fallen through the night

perfect in the dew

Picture found here.

Thursday Evening Potpourri

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* One of the most spectacular things, for me, about being a Witch is the gifts that other Witches give. I bring chilled soup, sit with my sisters for an hour or two, and come away rich beyond measure.

The brilliant Judith Laura, knowing my love for poetry, made a gift to me of Susan Hawthorne‘s new book of poetry: Lupa and Lamb.

Ms. Hawthorne writes:

Friendship among women

It is said
that Salome gave great gifts
of land to Livia
that wealth creates more wealth
and power the same
It was in friendship that these gifts
were given
what we hear is only the nastiness
of Livia
and Salome’s naked dance.

at the party Cleopatra
bearded Hatshepsut
and the marvelous Queen of Sheba
who in Rome
has a church called San Saba
her names
are numerous and varied
Balquis Nakuti Malkeda
Oloye Bilikisu Sungbo say the Yourba

Dido is singing her way through
the latest
operatic version her disastrous
love
Boudicca charges
in on her horse apologising for
being late
it’s a long way from the Apple Isle
she chides.

though they be mere mortals
these women
are equal in character to gods
they led peoples
had the faults of humans
they changed
history they challenged the order
of things.

* Landscape Guy has been off on his yearly sojourn through The South. He always comes back inspired, strong, ready to work. One of the things we’ll do in the next few weeks is eat dinner out on the screen porch, drink the last of the Summer wine, and do our “Autumn Walk.” This has become a part of my liturgical calendar, although it may not be until late November, when even the toad lilies and the Autumn camellias are done, that he and his crew come over and put my Bit of Earth to bed. Eleven years have passed since I moved to this tiny cottage and I am grateful every day for my relationship with this landbase, with the the powers, and spirits, and beings of this place.

The fairies know my G/Son and the earth yields up more vegetables and herbs than I can eat.

May it be so for you.

* You may have already seen this on social media, but I think that it’s valuable enough that I’m going to repeat it here. Leanne Brown has written a cookbook, free on the web, full of good recipes designed to:

fit the budgets of people living on SNAP, the
US program that used to be called food stamps. If you’re on SNAP, you already know that the benefit formulas are complicated, but the rule of thumb is that you end up with $4 per person, per day to spend on food. This book isn’t challenging you to live on so little; it’s a resource in case that’s your reality. In May 2014, there were 46 million Americans on food stamps. Untold millions more — in particular, retirees and students — live under similar constraints.

Today, many modern Pagans are dealing with financial constraints. You may or may not be receiving SNAP benefits, buy you may well be trying to eat well on a tight budget. Ms. Brown’s free book can help, even if you only decide to use her recipes on, say, Tuesday and Thursday, and to bank the savings, use the savings to pay off credit card debt, donate some money to a charity or kickstarter. If you can add even one large pot full of good dirt to your apartment balcony where you can grow some lettuce, or some parsley, or some mint, you can do even better. And no carbon will have been killed getting the lettuce to your family’s plate.

We’re all doing what we can. But we can all do a little bit more.

* We’re just a few weeks away from the Fall Equinox. I’m thinking a lot about balance. More, later.

Picture found here.

Wordless Wednesday

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Photo of toad lilies by the blogger. If you copy, please link back.

Monday at the Movies

You can watch the movie online. And you should.