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.

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