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Today’s Post is at Fibrant Living

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Announcement, Blogging, Health | Posted on 05-07-2012

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Get­ting Bet­ter is today’s post. I’m going to be alter­nat­ing between post­ing here and post­ing on my oth­er blogs from now on, but I’ll always at least post a notice here.

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New Site — Feel Like Writing?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Announcement, Blogging | Posted on 04-07-2012

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One of the changes I’ve made in the last few weeks is to move the stuff I’ve writ­ten about love, rela­tion­ships and com­mu­ni­ty to a new home, Felis Lunae. That’s a han­dle I’ve used on OKCu­pid and in oth­er places for years, so it’s a domain I hap­pened to have sit­ting around — no oth­er spe­cial mean­ing to the name, hon­est­ly.

Anoth­er is that Heart­song Hand­i­crafts, where my cross-stitch designs live, is now a Word­Press site. That makes it a lit­tle eas­i­er to nav­i­gate, and gives peo­ple the option to leave com­ments or con­tact me through the com­ment form.

I final­ly got all the home edu­ca­tion arti­cles moved over to Acad­e­my Car­i­tas, where I intend to con­tin­ue talk­ing about life­long edu­ca­tion (not just home­school­ing).

I moved a few more arti­cles over to my writ­ing port­fo­lio, and got the safe­ty and pri­va­cy arti­cles set­tled into their prop­er home at Cyber­stalked.

The only site that didn’t real­ly get changes (yet) is Fibrant Liv­ing, but it will get updat­ed. It’s about liv­ing a full, vibrant life despite chron­ic ill­ness­es like fibromyal­gia and major depres­sion.

I want­ed to go over the list of sites because I’m open to guest arti­cles from any­one I know well here or on the oth­er sites. I know some very good writ­ers who don’t have web sites of their own oth­er than Face­book, which is real­ly more for ephemera. If you’re inter­est­ed in writ­ing an arti­cle or post, please leave a com­ment here or con­tact me oth­er­wise.

Well, That’s Done. I Think.

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Announcement, Blogging | Posted on 03-07-2012

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I can’t say that I’ve fixed every bro­ken link every­where on the site (I didn’t go through all the old posts) but all the inter­nal links are work­ing now, thank good­ness. I think I’m done with mov­ing things about to new homes for a while, at least 🙂 I thank you for your patience!

Coloring Fun!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Feminism, Fun | Posted on 02-07-2012

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While updat­ing the kids’ col­or­ing links on my site today, I came across this love­ly God­dess Col­or­ing Book for grown-ups. It’s free! I plan to print out the pages and have some nice, relax­ing time with my mark­ers tomor­row. Hope, I’m think­ing of you!

Review: So Mote It Be by Isobel Bird

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 01-07-2012

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Note: This is an ancient review, orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished 10 March 2001, that I’m just now con­vert­ing to Word­Press.

Last night I took advan­tage of the qui­et due to hav­ing two kids gone on a camp­ing trip to read So Mote It Be, the first book of Iso­bel Bird’s Cir­cle of Three series.

I’d heard about this series on a cou­ple of pagan mail­ing lists, but nobody seemed to have actu­al­ly read them yet. I was, how­ev­er, some­what intrigued by the thought of a Wic­can (sup­pos­ed­ly one with 20 years of expe­ri­ence and a good rep­u­ta­tion) writ­ing books aimed at the teen mar­ket that loves Charmed and Buffy and so on. The books were sup­posed to be bet­ter done and more respon­si­bly writ­ten than the sim­i­lar series Sil­ver Raven­wolf has start­ed, and I knew my daugh­ter would be want­i­ng to read them as soon as she saw or heard about them, so I fig­ured I’d go ahead and screen book one.

(Yes, we do gen­er­al­ly screen music, books and movies before our kids are exposed to them — we don’t cen­sor much except graph­ic vio­lence, but we do choose to dis­cuss our con­cerns about var­i­ous media very open­ly with our kids.)

I don’t real­ly like teen genre books — it’s been a few too many years since I obsessed over look­ing right at school and whether a par­tic­u­lar per­son would ask me to a dance for me to relate. And I didn’t even like the few that were out when I was a teen — I was read­ing C.S. Lewis, Robert Hein­lein, Frank Her­bert and Mar­i­on Zim­mer Bradley. But I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised that the book wasn’t that painful, and for the genre it was real­ly very well done.

As a pagan, I was impressed with how the rule of three and the rede were worked into the nov­el and made very real. The main char­ac­ter is Kate, and her con­flict between being drawn to Wic­ca (which is pre­sent­ed as a reli­gion) and being a fair­ly devout Chris­t­ian is han­dled del­i­cate­ly and cer­tain­ly not resolved in the first book, which is, I think, real­is­tic. Kate’s fears of being ostra­cized if her old friends (the pop­u­lar crowd in their high school) found out she was prac­tic­ing witch­craft are very real. The prac­tic­ing Wic­cans are por­trayed very pos­i­tive­ly, and tarot read­ing is pre­sent­ed as a method of explor­ing choic­es and gain­ing insight rather than some sil­ly card trick.

In short, I have absolute­ly no reser­va­tions about let­ting my 10-year-old daugh­ter read this book and the oth­ers in the series (although I plan to read them, as well, first.) I do think the appeal of the books will be among 9 – 12 year olds, but real­ize that my per­cep­tions there may be skewed. (Katie just bought her own copy of The Mists of Aval­on because she loves that book so much, so she isn’t real­ly read­ing on what the pub­lic school sys­tem would con­sid­er her “grade lev­el.”)

I did have two lit­tle gripes about the books — the author must not know many 9-year-olds, because she por­trayed one briefly with behav­ior and dia­logue more appro­pri­ate to a 5-year-old. Our kids are 9, 10 and 12 and we have anoth­er 9-year-old who spends a lot of time here. We host kids’ gam­ing groups here every week­end or at least every oth­er week­end, when 10 to 15 kids from who are 8 to 13 years old are here for much of the week­end. I know kids in that age range very well, and don’t know even one who would even think of speak­ing the dia­logue giv­en to Meg. And the idea that the main char­ac­ters found a book of spells in their high school library pushed tripped my unbe­liev­abil­i­ty trig­ger — do you real­ly think any pub­lic school in the US would have such a thing on their shelves in this day and age, when even Madeleine L’Engle is often con­sid­ered too witchy?

Any­way, we’ll prob­a­bly be buy­ing the oth­er books in this series as they come out, and I can only rec­om­mend them to oth­er par­ents and their young read­ers. Do read them and dis­cuss them with your kids. If your kids like these, I’d sug­gest that they check out Diane Duane’s Wiz­ardry series, too (So You Want to Be a Wiz­ard is book one) and maybe the Chrestom­an­ci series by Diana Wynne Jones. Robin Wood’s mar­velous exam­i­na­tion of ethics, When, Why… If, also pro­vides excel­lent mate­r­i­al for fam­i­ly dis­cus­sions (and if the char­ac­ters of So Mote It Be had read Robin’s book first, there prob­a­bly wouldn’t have been a plot).

Ooo! Bad Author! No Author Biscuit!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Kvetching, Reading | Posted on 30-06-2012

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I just fin­ished read­ing the all three books that are cur­rent­ly avail­able in the Mor­ris & Chas­tain Super­nat­ur­al Inves­ti­ga­tions series by Justin Gus­tai­nis. I have no com­plaints about Black Mag­ic Woman or Evil Ways, which hang togeth­er pret­ty close­ly.

Sym­pa­thy for the Dev­il, though, end­ed with a cliffhang­er! How dare he! The read­er is left com­plete­ly unsure of the fate of one of the main two char­ac­ters, as well as sev­er­al oth­ers who were piv­otal to the plot. Hon­est­ly, any­body who is read­ing vol­ume three of a series has proven enough com­mit­ment that there’s sim­ply no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for such a cheap tac­tic. Bah!

Gratitude

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Gratitude | Posted on 29-06-2012

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Tonight I’m grate­ful that my Dad­dy does NOT have the blood clot we thought he might have ear­li­er today. He did have to go to the emer­gency room, but the swelling in his leg is due to some­thing else.

Cooler Now

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Gratitude | Posted on 28-06-2012

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Oh, thank good­ness. Dad­dy fixed the A/​C! I’m glad to know it wasn’t just me not tol­er­at­ing the heat well despite A/​C (I’m get­ting to that age now). Thank you, Dad­dy! Look­ing for­ward to a good night’s sleep tonight!

Heat

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Kvetching | Posted on 27-06-2012

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It is just too bloody hot. I couldn’t sleep last night and it’s too dan­ged hot to sleep again tonight. I do not enjoy sum­mer weath­er.

Sky Diving??

Posted by Cyn | Posted in NaBloPoMo | Posted on 26-06-2012

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Today’s NaBloPo­Mo prompt:
How do you feel about sky div­ing?
I feel that it is a pur­suit best left to adren­a­line junkies, and peo­ple who have to do it for their careers. I’m glad para­chutes exist, but I sin­cere­ly hope that I won’t ever find myself in need of one! If I board a plane, I intend to stay on it until it makes a nice, safe land­ing.