Singing For Her


June 2015

Enjoy simple things with total intensity. Just a cup of tea can be a deep meditation.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

(via corvidae-and-crossroads)

“What is on the paper map is a representation of what was in the retinal representation of the man who made the map; and as you push the question back, what you find is an infinite regress, an infinite series of maps. The territory never gets in at all.” – Gregory Bateson 

Lots of folks seem pretty insecure about how long they’ve practiced magic. In my experience, sometimes inexperience leads to fascinating insights. Some of the best lessons I’ve had came from newbies. 

And some of the dumbest shit I’ve seen came from people who’ve been on the path way too long and are far too burned out. Including myself, on occasion. Especially me. HA. 

“Athenian women did not, of course, have the right to
vote. But, the Assembly had only 40 non-emergency meetings per year, in
contrast with the 170 annual festival days in the religious calendar. By a
rough estimate, women participated in some 85 percent of all religious
activities in Athens. They were in charge of more than forty major cults in the
city, not to mention many minor ones.”

p. 276

“… for summary of most serious
pollutants, including miscarriage (forty-four day waiting period before
entering the sanctuary), death of a family member or contact with a corpse
(forty-one days), deflowering of a virgin (equal with death), childbirth (two
to three weeks for the mother, three days for those who have had contact with
her). By comparison, sexual intercourse carries just a one- to two-day waiting
period before entering most sanctuaries, and sometimes not at all, if
intercourse takes place at night. If intercourse occurs by day, a bath might be
enough to purify the worshipper before entering the sanctuary.” (Connelly recommends Parker’s Miasma for more detail.) p. 300 note 102. 

Connelly, Joan Breton. Portrait
of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece
, Princeton, 2007.

Things I love about summer no. 498: 

When the June Bugs and Moths try to fly into the windows, providing the cats endless entertainment at night. 

I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.

Doris Lessing (via writingbonesblog)


The “I am a piece of shit and nobody will ever love me” factoid is actually a statistical error. You are actually are fantastic and infinitely worthy of people’s company.  That person you used to care about, who taught you to hate yourself by abandoning you, is an outlier and should not have been counted



This young lady climbs a flagpole to take down the Confederate Flag

Let’s open a GoFundMe account for her bail money ✊✊✊

In case you haven’t seen the video, it’s a must-watch.

Such a powerful act of nonviolent protest. Of civil disobedience. Humbling.

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