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Letting Go is Growth

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This post is going to be a bit vague, because I'm not yet sure I want to talk about what happened.  I know I'm not interested in any blaming or finger-pointing.  I'm simply interested in talking about something I went through and what I've learned from it.  As of now, I have resigned from the position in question; however, after having spoken with some interested parties, I am keeping an open mind.  After all, one never knows what will happen in the future, and I fully believe that most wounds can be healed. Up until Sunday, I was a reporter and the editorial coordinator for CapitalWitch, the Washington, DC bureau of the Pagan Newswire Collective.   There was a story that was run week before last in a way with which I did not feel comfortable.  There was fallout (and ripples are still being felt,) and there were, of course, very high emotions.  In the aftermath, I was involved in discussions with all kinds of people, mostly PNC people.  I sat with my feelings about th…

Animal Teachings: Coyote Cub

This morning, I got to work a little early, so I was sitting in my car listening to one of my favorite morning shows to pass the time.  As I was getting ready to get out of the car and head inside, I saw a small animal come out of the woods into the parking lot closer to the building than I was parked.  It stretched, sniffed around, sat down for a minute, scratched its ear...  As I got out of my car, it looked over at me, and I realized what it was:  It was a coyote pup! 
Coyotes are not unheard of where I live.  In fact, my own first encounter with a coyote (this was an adult, no less!) was a few years ago as I was walking between buildings at work.  That was a very cool experience.  My company made the decision around that same time not to disturb the den.  It turns out we had (and I guess still have) a den on our property. For that, I commend them.  There have never been any issues on our property with these amazing animals, who so many just want to kill!  (To their credit, my co…

Sitting with Our Choices

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(NOTE:  I don't know what happened to my original photo. It looks like Picasa had a hiccup! Please enjoy these calm, stacked stones in place of my hairy ankle!  Many apologies!  Jennifer)

I like body modification, and in particular, I'm really into tattoos.  I have a few of my own.  I used to date a tattoo artist, and I also have written about body modification in the past.  I'm fascinated by all forms, but ink is my thing.  In dating this particular artist, I learned a lot about tattooing, and together, we developed some ground rules for him to share with his clients.  (Things beyond the hygiene rules.)
For instance, one thing I tell people, even now, when they express interest in getting inked is to find a design that they don't like, but love.  Take that design and sit with it for six months to a year.   If they still love it after a year, then go get the tattoo.   Why?
Tattoos, like most choices we make, are (in theory) forever.  We are marking our bodies, possibly …

My Pagan Blog. (I needed one.)

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This is my first post, and it does what most first posts do:  I'm going to tell you about myself and about what I hope to accomplish with this blog.

I have several blogs already; however, I am trying to keep my life somewhat compartmentalized.  I move in several different circles, and I'm not really prepared for them to overlap. They may one day do so, but I felt I needed a space specifically to speak from my view as a Wiccan.

I have been practicing for about 21 years now.  I self-dedicated when I was in my early 20s and later joined a coven.  I was released from that coven in about 2003 as a Second Degree.  Though I do belong to a couple of groups and am always happy to join other Pagans in celebration and prayer and...heck, just plain fun, I have continued my practice largely as a Solitary.

Additionally, I am currently a member of the DC bureau of the Pagan Newswire Collective.  I have been with the bureau for about two years now, and it is work I take very seriously.

The r…