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 →

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 →

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