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 →

2021 Reading Goals

I met my 2020 reading goal by keeping it simple: read 50 books. (Truthfully, I read more than 50, but I feel that cookbooks and mountains of picture books don't particularly count.) This year I'm aiming for 52, but also curating some targeted sub-lists for personal, religious, and professional development. I reserve the right to... Continue Reading →

Review: The Fringe Hours

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for YouJessica N. TurnerRevell, 2015Goodreads | CloudLibrary | Bibliocommons ★★ Christian mommy blogger Jessica Turner inspires us women who "do it all" to do even more by eking out moments for ourselves in between serving everyone else. I picked this up skeptically, wondering if I would love or hate it.... Continue Reading →

Embodiment

Part of my exploration of Beauty has been embodiment, that is, living a deliberately pagan life through immersion in the every day. For me (and please forgive any incorrect usage of polythealogical terms, I'm about three years behind the pagan blog world), embodiment has been becoming comfortable in my own body, on the land, and... Continue Reading →

Vocation

It has been a challenge for me this year to stay true to my vocation -- indeed, at some times I hardly could hear it at all. Life with a toddler is chaotic, loving, and busy. ("Watch, Mommy, watch!" he says to me from under the lilac tree, emptying a load of dirt from his... Continue Reading →

An Apology

I am drinking my coffee and listening to acoustic music, in blissful silence. My son is with his grandparents, and my husband is sleeping in upstairs. I've slept in also (thanks to the time change) so it's just 8AM now. My hearthfire is lit, prayers have been said, and the smiling faces of the Ancestors... Continue Reading →

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