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20 July 2009 @ 01:11 pm
Thoughts about how to create and support a Pagan Community Center or Temple have been floating around in my head a great deal lately. Things become circular and come down to how to fund such a place and that there would need to be a leader (or a small committee that truly worked well together).

I see examples of how rural places may work. I'm looking for how something in town may work. I didn't say "city" because I don't live in a city, where the population would be large enough and dense enough for there to be reasonable support (attendance, use, funds). I've also seen examples of groups that had the "muscle" of a coven behind them, but I don't have that resource available at this time.

Thoughts or ideas from the group mind are welcome.

19 May 2009 @ 01:26 am
We got most of our garden in yesterday. We are using a method that will take two years to get all the soil in. We laid paper over the lawn where we want the garden and laid bags of top soil on top of the paper where we want plants to be this year. This does not cover the entire garden with bags of top soil, only about half the actual space. Then we poke many holes in one side of the bag of top soil so water can drain and roots can reach through, turn it over and cut the now "top" side of the bag open. Plant the vegetables in the bags of soil. Grass clippings are going down on the paths over the paper as the summer progresses.

We had already put paper down and emptied bags of top soil and compost to create a strawberry bed, an herb bed, and an area under a cold frame. We have a rain barrel in the corner of the garden with a soaker hose that will reach 3/4 of the garden. The rest will only take minutes to water if needed.

We put in yellow pear tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, cayenne pepper, jalapeno peppers, acorn squash, yellow lemon-sized cucumbers, spaghetti squash, sugar baby pumpkins, green beans, and a late planting of green peas. We still have a hill of miniature cantaloupe to put in. This is a lot for the small space we are using, but the squash and melons are experiments and there is fence and path space for things to spread out. I don't expect everything to work out, but it will be fun watching what happens.

This fall when the garden is done, the plastic from the bags of top soil will be removed leaving piles of top soil where there were plants. Next spring the same method will be used to add bags of top soil where there weren't bags this year. At the end of the second year, we will add compost when we take out the plastic bags and we should a nice garden with rich soil and paths. I haven't ever used this method before. My partner has, but not on this scale so we will be making adjustments as we go.

Next up, filling the many pots for the front porch and back deck with potting soil and adding the annuals. The really nice thing about working 7:00 pm to 4:00 am this week is that I have several hours in the middle of the day to enjoy this work.
Current Mood: accomplished
04 May 2009 @ 06:09 pm
We had a wonderful weekend with the group we usually celebrate the Sabbats with. The weather was beautiful and we spend a lot of time walking in the garden and sharing plants. As a birthday gift, I received forcythia, lilac, apple mint, walking onions, curly willow, hollyhock, sweet grass, and queen anne's lace from the gardens of dear friends. We have some of the forcythia and willow in, as is the hollyhock and queen anne's lace.
29 April 2009 @ 02:50 pm
I am drowning because I refuse to breathe.

Interesting insight that. It is changing the way I think of my connection to All. I didn't know I was drowning and didn't feel in crisis, but this is a shift in perspective.

In other news...
Dance class is paying off. I'm coming back into my body and it feels FABULOUS.
We are working overtime (literally, but the unpaid kind) writing proposals for grants. The center needs an additional $1 Mil next fiscal year to maintain the current staffing level. I'm also giving serious thought to what direction I'd like my life to take if my employment here ends. There is more excitement in this pondering than fear, which tells me it may be something I choose rather than accept.
I have been working overnight hours on data collection for a study, and it is messing with my sleep patterns.
We said good-bye to Lucy, the dog we rescued a year and a half ago, yesterday. We knew we were taking her home for the last months/year of her life when we adopted her. She was ready to go as she couldn't do the things she loved, like long walks.
07 March 2009 @ 02:27 pm
I'm looking at my calendar for the next three to four months and trying to get a handle on things. A couple weeks ago I was chatting with a friend (waves) and the phrase "a good scrubbing" came up. I took that advice and did a salt scrub and a massage and that started the process. Now I'm looking at the things I spend time doing and making some choices...
Where do I want this to lead?
How much time am I willing to devote to it?
Do I love it enough to keep it?

In no particular order the major things are:
Dance classes - available in the coming session are Arabic, American Tribal Style, Dancer Workout, Zills
Dance company board of directors - not usually a lot of time, but several hour chunks without much notice, or entire weekends with some notice
Pagan Community group - meets once a month, quarterly newsletter, public rituals and social events
Time with kids - nonnegotiable
Sewing - clothes, dance costumes
Quilting - three projects in progress, two that need to be finished, on idea I'd love to sleep under
Knitting - two to three projects for myself on needles, one afghan on needles
Embroidery - love those dish towels, altar cloth ideas
Work - coming three to four months will involve weeks with regular business hours, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm shifts, 7:00 pom - 4:00 am shifts, in addition to managing my project and writing proposals for new work
Spiritual Work - slipped significantly over the winter, needs time everyday
Time with Sweetheart - what? when? where?

Here's the plan:
Make ample use of my calendar and keep it with me all the time.
Start carrying handwork (knitting, embroidery) with me again.
Set up a bedtime routine so my body knows when its time to sleep this week.
Move in some way everyday, whether its dance class or walking for 15 min.
Clean house everyday for 15 minutes (will save sanity).
Meditation and/or devotionals everyday when I wake up, even if its only ten minutes.
Go to work happy to see the people I work with even if they aren't the ones I'd prefer to be talking to at 2:00 am.
Keep editing the newsletter, let everything else fall away if necessary.

I see another salt scrub in my near future... one more layer.
11 January 2009 @ 08:15 pm
The eternal breakfast dilemma: Sweet or savory?

01 January 2009 @ 09:12 am
With all the predictions for 2009 floating around, Cheryl has a few to add... She placed her fingertips to her third eye, concentrated and from an ethereal voice the following information came...

Spring will come early in the year...Summer will be hot...the leaves will change colors... in the fall...Winter will be cold.........and Cheryl wants to be named the Whore of Babylon instead of Madonna.
26 December 2008 @ 10:39 am
I've been on a recipe hunt this morning. Over the past month I've been thinking about dishes I haven't had in a while. I went through my recipe book and found recipes for some of the dishes missing. So this morning I decided to go hunting. Here is the list and what I've found so far behind the cuts.

White Chile (made with chicken)

Balsamic and honey salad dressing

Sausage & White Bean soupCollapse )

Three Bean Salad (one that's not too sweet)

Black Bean FulCollapse )

Rice pilaf recipes

Lemon Chicken SoupCollapse )

Lentil Soup
26 December 2008 @ 09:48 am
Julia, if you read this, I've been looking for the recipe for a salad dressing you posted about, oh, probably over a year ago. I believe you said you had it at a friend's house for dinner. I tried it and loved it, but I can't seem to find the piece of paper I wrote the proportions on. Help?
06 November 2008 @ 10:48 am
what you know about William (Bill) Wheeler, Dynion mwyn and Gathering of the Tribes in Georgia.

I have some thoughts, but I'd like to hear what others have to say, if anything.