Iris, Goddess of the Rainbow

Maybe you've noticed the abundance of rainbows that appear each June for pride month and wondered what the symbol meant in the past. Or perhaps you've wondered where the purple iris flowers got their name. The answer is found in Greek mythology, with a lovely and often overlooked goddess, named Iris. Jupiter sending Iris by... Continue Reading →

Trump defeated

I had intended to keep writing about the news every month during the pandemic. It seemed things were spiraling out of control and I wanted to document the everyday events that made 2020 such a historic year. But honestly, just being a spectator was pretty exhausting. I was pretty sure that the election would be... Continue Reading →

The State of Things

Trying to summarize the news seems to get harder every time I sit down to try. To begin, I must acknowledge my great sorrow that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice of the Supreme Court, died September 18, 2020.  Her death set members of the GOP in an ecstatic race to nominate and confirm a justice to... Continue Reading →

Strawberry Cornbread

To celebrate Lughnasadh I made strawberry cornbread muffins. They turned out delicious, made with the fresh strawberries that were so ripe that I needed to use them immediately. Baking something at home is a great way to celebrate this first harvest festival. Zucchini bread is another great choice if you have lots of zucchini coming... Continue Reading →

Pandemic Summer

The following is a round up of news reports from various new sources about the current condition of the country. Between the virus, the ongoing recession, a lack of government agreement about pandemic strategy, and Trump sending federal agents into American cities in an authoritarian effort to squash unrest, it’s a been a bit hard... Continue Reading →

We are losing the war on the coronavirus

Since this column covers all the statistics I wanted to share, I’ll just include the bulk of the authors text, shortened a bit. Written by Steve Chapman for the Chicago Tribune, published June 27, 2020. “On Thursday, the United States had 39,327 new cases of the virus, a record, reported the Washington Post. The Wall... Continue Reading →

Lyssa Goddess of Rage

Lyssa is the Greek goddess of rage and crazed fury. She also controlled rabies in animals.  And with unprecedented demonstrations of public outrage, looting and violence in the streets, it seems like an excellent time learn more about this Goddess of the Moment. Lyssa was the daughter of the primordial deity Nyx (the night) and... Continue Reading →

Quarantine blues

Today is Monday 3/30. I’ve been at home since Friday 3/13. This past week was much easier than the first, because Mark was at home so I could spend more time working and he could keep Alex occupied. Last Sunday my mom and stepdad agreed to help a family friend clean out the home of... Continue Reading →

Hygieia, Goddess of health and hygiene

In Greek and Roman mythology, Hygieia was the goddess of health, cleanliness and hygiene. She was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word “Hygiene”. And with a pandemic sweeping the world, it seems like an excellent time learn more about this Goddess... Continue Reading →

February, Imbolc and Candlemas

Imbolc is the midway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, the marker that Spring is returning, and a celebration to honor the goddess Brigid (Brighid, Bride, Brigit). This is a time to honor Mother Earth as she wakes from her winter's recovery of giving rebirth to the Sun King at Yule. Imbolc is mentioned... Continue Reading →

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