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    On Margot Adler →

    This is just the strangest thing to me. I’ve been slowly making my way through “Drawing Down the Moon” but had to put it aside for a bit for nonpersonal reading assignments. This weekend, obviously—since I made the post—I had the time and inclination to get back into it, without knowing she was ill & so close to the end of her life (in this iteration at least). And now today we learn she is gone. This book of hers, Drawing Down the Moon, is so important to so many people. To make a mixed faith metaphor for a moment, it’s what gives so many wandering people a Paul on the road to Damascus moment. I wouldn’t know how to figure out myself better if it weren’t for this book of hers. We have lost much in the loss of this soul in her most recent corporeal form. Wherever you go next, please know your words live on, in me and countless others. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    — 1 day ago with 1 note
    #margot adler  #neopagan  #neopaganism  #earth religion  #nature religion  #wicca  #wiccan  #drawing down the moon  #npr 

    ricardog91:

    Arthur Rimbaud, L’enfant terrible.

    (via edgarwhitmanwilde)

    — 2 days ago with 7 notes
    #Rimbaud  #poets 
    Intermarché - "Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables" - YouTube →

    Right on! Although thanks to imperfect vegetables not being sellable, as an employee at a local farm, I was able to eat lots of veggies for free. But I’d rather the whole world know that a weird carrot and a “perfect” carrot both have the potential to taste delicious.

    — 2 days ago
    #food  #food waste  #vegetables  #the inglorious fruits and vegetables  #France 
    incidentalcomics:

The Writers’ Retreat
For the July 20 NY Times Book Review. Thanks to AD Nicholas Blechman and editor Pamela Paul!


I like how accurately the writers’ workshop is portrayed. That’s a chainsaw that guy’s wielding. Seems about right.

    incidentalcomics:

    The Writers’ Retreat

    For the July 20 NY Times Book Review. Thanks to AD Nicholas Blechman and editor Pamela Paul!

    I like how accurately the writers’ workshop is portrayed. That’s a chainsaw that guy’s wielding. Seems about right.

    (via thegirlandherbooks)

    — 3 days ago with 4269 notes
    #writing  #writers' retreat  #cartoon  #humor 
    July 31

    No lie, I was looking at the calendar and thinking, “Who’s birthday is the 31st? It’s someone I know well…Oh well, it’ll come to me.”

    Do you know who I was thinking of?

    Harry Freakin Potter

    — 3 days ago
    #SuchADork  #harry potter  #Harry potter birthday  #31 jul  #july 31 
    "…it is a religion based on experience. The Craft is a religion that allows certain experiences to happen. It doesn’t need dogma. Its covens are linked by their focus on the pantheons of pre-Christian Europe, by their ethic of "An ye harm none, do what ye will," and, primarily, by their worship of the Goddess."

~from “Drawing Down the Moon” by Margaret Adler

    "…it is a religion based on experience. The Craft is a religion that allows certain experiences to happen. It doesn’t need dogma. Its covens are linked by their focus on the pantheons of pre-Christian Europe, by their ethic of "An ye harm none, do what ye will," and, primarily, by their worship of the Goddess."

    ~from “Drawing Down the Moon” by Margaret Adler

    — 3 days ago with 10 notes
    #neopaganism  #wiccan  #the craft  #goddess worship  #books  #drawing down the moon  #margaret Adler  #npr 
    "Embrace the Glorious Mess That You Are" ~Elizabeth Gilbert and the myth of Balance:
Against BALANCE…Dear Ones -The other night at my event in St Paul, a young woman asked me about how I achieve balance in my life.First of all, I love that she thinks I have achieved balance in my life!Secondly, I felt the need to speak out once more against the subtle tyranny of the word BALANCE, which I think haunts and punishes modern women more and more every day. We are constantly being told that we should be achieving balance — that we should somehow exquisitely be negotiating the relationships between our work lives, our home lives, our romantic lives, our health and well-being, our spiritual selves. You can’t read an interview with a famous woman these days that the journalist does not applaud her for having achieved BALANCE….and then if you turn the pages of that magazine, you will find ten more articles showing how you can achieve balance. too!Be careful. The word BALANCE has tilted dangerously close, I fear, to the word PERFECT — another word that women use as weapons against themselves and each other. To say that someone has found the secret to a balanced life is to suggest that they have solved life, and that they now float through their days in a constant state of grace and ease, never suffering stress, ambivalence, confusion, exhaustion, anger, fear, or regret. Which is a wonderful description of nobody, ever. Balance, when we do find it, is a breathtakingly temporary condition. We stand upon a world that spins at 2000 miles an hour. Our minds, meanwhile, spin at 200,000 miles an hour. We collide every day with other humans who are also sliding and spinning wildly. The landscape of our lives, therefore, changes by the minute. You find your balance one day and think, “Hooray! I have solved it” and then five minutes later the world utterly transforms again, and you’re knocked on your ass one more time.That’s just how life is on this planet — messy, fast, out of control, unpredictable. It’s all terribly interesting, but also terribly unstable. That being the case, I dropped the myth of BALANCE a long time ago. (I buried it right next to PERFECT.) My life seems happiest — as I tried to explain to this young woman the other night — when I just surrender to the madness, and embrace the glorious mess that I am…and also when I embrace the glorious mess that everyone else is, and the glorious mess of the world itself. My life gets the most painful when I try to set the entire mess (myself other people, life itself) into order. The world is like a dropped pie most of the time. Don’t kill yourself trying to put it back together. Just grab a fork and eat some of it off the floor. Then carry on.If you can get some stuff done in the chaos sometimes, god bless you. If you can basically hold it together, propping yourself up with duct tape and glue, rock on. If you can manage stay upright even one hour a day, you’re doing pretty great, as far as I’m concerned. And if you can be kind to the other stumbling fools around you half the time — well, that’s just heroic. Basically, I think we are all just sloppy stupendous champions.Onward!Heart,LG

    "Embrace the Glorious Mess That You Are" ~Elizabeth Gilbert and the myth of Balance:

    Against BALANCE…

    Dear Ones -

    The other night at my event in St Paul, a young woman asked me about how I achieve balance in my life.

    First of all, I love that she thinks I have achieved balance in my life!

    Secondly, I felt the need to speak out once more against the subtle tyranny of the word BALANCE, which I think haunts and punishes modern women more and more every day. 

    We are constantly being told that we should be achieving balance — that we should somehow exquisitely be negotiating the relationships between our work lives, our home lives, our romantic lives, our health and well-being, our spiritual selves. You can’t read an interview with a famous woman these days that the journalist does not applaud her for having achieved BALANCE….and then if you turn the pages of that magazine, you will find ten more articles showing how you can achieve balance. too!

    Be careful. 

    The word BALANCE has tilted dangerously close, I fear, to the word PERFECT — another word that women use as weapons against themselves and each other. 

    To say that someone has found the secret to a balanced life is to suggest that they have solved life, and that they now float through their days in a constant state of grace and ease, never suffering stress, ambivalence, confusion, exhaustion, anger, fear, or regret. Which is a wonderful description of nobody, ever. 

    Balance, when we do find it, is a breathtakingly temporary condition. We stand upon a world that spins at 2000 miles an hour. Our minds, meanwhile, spin at 200,000 miles an hour. We collide every day with other humans who are also sliding and spinning wildly. The landscape of our lives, therefore, changes by the minute. You find your balance one day and think, “Hooray! I have solved it” and then five minutes later the world utterly transforms again, and you’re knocked on your ass one more time.

    That’s just how life is on this planet — messy, fast, out of control, unpredictable. It’s all terribly interesting, but also terribly unstable. 

    That being the case, I dropped the myth of BALANCE a long time ago. (I buried it right next to PERFECT.) My life seems happiest — as I tried to explain to this young woman the other night — when I just surrender to the madness, and embrace the glorious mess that I am…and also when I embrace the glorious mess that everyone else is, and the glorious mess of the world itself. My life gets the most painful when I try to set the entire mess (myself other people, life itself) into order. 

    The world is like a dropped pie most of the time. Don’t kill yourself trying to put it back together. Just grab a fork and eat some of it off the floor. Then carry on.

    If you can get some stuff done in the chaos sometimes, god bless you. If you can basically hold it together, propping yourself up with duct tape and glue, rock on. If you can manage stay upright even one hour a day, you’re doing pretty great, as far as I’m concerned. And if you can be kind to the other stumbling fools around you half the time — well, that’s just heroic. 

    Basically, I think we are all just sloppy stupendous champions.

    Onward!

    Heart,
    LG

    — 6 days ago
    #balance  #the balance myth  #elizabeth gilbert 
    http://melthebookworm.tumblr.com/post/92700994256/maxkirin-neil-gaimans-8-rules-of-writing-a →

    This is a paraphrase of my creative thesis introduction, which I turned into a manifesto (against my original creative thesis that I hated and only wrote the way I wrote it so that my horrible adviser would approve it…)

    — 6 days ago
    #neil gaiman  #rules for writing 
    James Franco, Poet →

    But is it, you may be wondering, good? No. But neither is it entirely bad. “Directing Herbert White” is the sort of collection written by reasonably talented M.F.A. students in hundreds of M.F.A. programs stretching from sea to shining sea. Which is perhaps not surprising, since Franco actually has an M.F.A. in poetry.”

    Review and commentary on James Franco’s foray into full-length book of poetry land.

    — 1 week ago
    #poetry  #poets  #james franco