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Names

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I name everything. ...And by that, I mean...everything, or at least everything with some sort of sentience.  I name my computers, my mobile devices, and my cars.  I don't name my phones.  After all, you need limits. I have named my home.  That happened faster than I thought it would.  One day, we were planning our garden, and the name of our little homestead just came to me:  Sage Alley
Why do I name inanimate objects?  To be honest, I'm not sure.  It's just something I started doing when I got my laptop.  Those names don't really mean anything to anyone but me.  They are a way of identifying my belongings.  I put more thought into my car names, because I spend a lot of time on the road.  The cars are more like companions than belongings to me.  The one I dive the most has the most significant name, naturally.  (Jazz.  I named it Jazz.  It's a Chevy Volt, and the first time I heard it being driven and I was not in it, it sounded like one of the Transformers to m…

Why We Need Gates

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In the past six months or so, my friends, I have gone from looking for community to being a co-organizer to a GROWING community.  The Gods do work in mysterious ways!

I've never run a group before, let alone a group for Pagans.  When a local friend and I took over what is now our group after the old one imploded, we became leaders-by-default.  By "leaders," I don't mean we are the Makers of All the Rules.  I mean we are the organizers.  She and I are the Man Behind the Curtain, the House Elves who keep things running smoothly. We try to make everything very Democratic.  All decisions are made by the group as a whole--or at least by those who wish to give input. Several of us also take turns leading Sabbats.
After our experience with the previous incarnation of this group and a couple of issues we've encountered since, we have learned that, even if a group wants to be open and inclusive, it's not always possible, and it's not always wise.  While we want t…