May Reading Review

Being ill, giving up social media, and my workplace being closed to the public has had one big benefit: more time to read. In January, I outlined my goals and a short curated list, but as avid readers may know, to follow the whims of one's TBR list means you end up in an entirely... Continue Reading →

Right Living

A dear friend asked me, "How should we strive to live?" He wanted to know what makes a good life in accordance with my faith, what influences me in my decision-making, what are my virtues, values, and visions that direct my every day. It's impossible, of course, to speak for all pagans, or even all... Continue Reading →

Viriditas, Again

I am sitting in a field of dandelions, a field of resilience, and I am cautiously hopeful. I have my planner on my lap, and I realize that I have completed all but three things on my 2020 homesteading projects list. How was this possible? How was it possible when I had been so ill... Continue Reading →

My Hearth Kitchen

Early in the pandemic, I joined the countless others who started baking sourdough and exploring other traditional hearth skills. With little else to do and nowhere to go, I began expanding my focus on the kitchen and the hearth. I'm an amateur at practically everything I do, and that's okay. I'm enjoying the process of... Continue Reading →

Review: Deep Ancestors

Once a year, always in the spring, I read Ceisiwr Serith's Deep Ancestors: Practicing the Religion of the Proto-Indo-Europeans. It is the Dawn that calls to me, and the primordial sacrifice, both intricately linked to the coming of the spring and new life in the world. What is it about these practices, these deities, that... Continue Reading →

Sitting Quietly

As part of my revisitation of the Dedicant Path, I'm bolstering my mental discipline practice. There's a misunderstanding that the "mental discipline" requirement of the Dedicant Path is silent meditation - it's not - but at this time, I think that's exactly what I need. As part of my prioritizing my own mental health and... Continue Reading →

1000 Books, 1000 Hours

Here at the Wren's Nest, we're prioritizing three things this month: truth, nature, knowledge 😉 Our Library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge starts today, so of course Beans has joined, and if he continues reading at his current pace, he'll finish by September. Beans consumes 5-7 books a day, not including the ones he reads... Continue Reading →

Where We Fit

One of the many reasons that I've found it hard to return to practice postpartum is not knowing where I and my practice fit, as seen through the lens of anti-oppression and social justice. How can I ensure that my practice, my work, my involvement in North American-style Druidry does not harm others, or present... Continue Reading →

Revisiting the Dedicant Path

I had a moment once, during my second Wellspring. It was the Saturday night potluck, and I was left alone at our feast table as my friends had wandered off to other pursuits. Some ADF folks were singing, and I was overwhelmed with the feeling that these were my people. I got a little teary,... Continue Reading →

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