Ringing in 2018!

Just a quick post to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

2017 has been a crazy year in many ways, and been rewarding in others.  The good news is we can resolve to make the changes that improve the stuff we didn’t like.  We can look ahead with hope and take action.

I hope y’all enjoy your last night in 2017 and ring in 2018 safely.

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Duties, Delays and Docs: A Summary

I did not mean to stay away this long.  It’s been a wild month.

I got caught up with a writing project I was working on for a client, which was way more work than I originally anticipated.  Then, my family and I passed around this awful Ping Pong cold for a couple weeks.  We spent Samhain, and my birthday, sick and it put me further behind on my project.  Lovely, LOL.  Thankfully, my client worked with me through it and extended the deadline.

Then, I had to train for the Election Day duty I signed on for a few months ago.  It wasn’t easy to do so much sitting for 15 hours straight but, considering that some countries don’t have democratic elections or ones in which citizens are involved at all, I felt honored to have been part of it.

A visit with my primary care doctor uncovered an issue (enlarged vein) that a previous doc found way back in 2012 but never mentioned to me.  Why?  Who can say, but it was the same doc who messed up a surgery I had that year and got kicked to the curb.  Oddly, another doc missed it in another ultrasound done 2 years later.  I have a check-up with my new specialist scheduled for sometime next month, so I’ll bring it up then and discuss my options.

I finally have a moment to breathe, in between events and with my project draft now in review.  With any luck, it won’t need much, if any, editing and we can move on to the next phase.  Fingers crossed, especially since I’m in discussion for another project that will ride alongside this one.

So, I apologize for not getting my Samhain installment posted on time.  My OCD isn’t happy about it not getting done and I’m hoping to get it before Yule’s installment.  In any case, I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving this Thursday…eat well and enjoy the time with loved ones!

Wildcraft’s on Sale!

Heads up, y’all!  The Wildcraft game is on sale, until this Thursday.  Typically, it only goes on sale in the winter, around Christmas-time, I believe.

For those who hadn’t heard of it yet, it’s a board game that teaches herbs and is cooperative (rather than competitive). My kids were stoked to get it for Christmas a couple years ago.  And, us adults enjoyed playing it too.  I also got their Herb Fairies set last year, when I was homeschooling my youngest.  Heck, the whole she-bang they offer is very cool.  If you’re into herbs at all, Learning Herbs is definitely worth a look-see!

If you have heard of it and  been on the fence about buying it, or waiting for it to go back on sale, now’s your chance.  Till Thursday, it’s down to $19.99 and you still get all the bonuses.

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Misplaced Myths #2 – Medusa

Back in the day, I had a blog called Misplaced Myths.  It contained various myths, legends and tales turned sideways and over-analyzed, sometimes to a comedic extent.  Needless to say, it was fun to write and I decided to bring it back here as a regular feature.  (Re-)Introducing Misplaced Myth Mondays!

Medusa:  Ancient Anti-Feminist Rhetoric?

According to legend, Medusa was a Gorgon who had snakes for hair and a face so hideous, it would turn a person to stone.  She lived with 2 Gorgon sisters, who shared her distaste for mortal man.  Perseus killed her by cutting her head off, aided by a reflective shield given to him by Athena.  He then used her head as a weapon before giving it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield.

Another, less known, aspect of the legend was that Medusa was once beautiful.  So much so, in fact, that she was said to inspire jealousy everywhere she went.  She was raped by Poseiden in Athena’s temple, which enraged Athena so much that she made her the hideous creature of legend.  Perseus was credited with saying he felt her punishment was deserved.  Some hero.

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It seems the story is rife with victim-shaming, but is it also a piece of anti-female propaganda?  If Medusa was, in fact, a victim of rape, wouldn’t it make sense that she’d prefer living apart from men, with other females who felt as she did?  Perhaps, it left her not caring about her appearance, or even trying to be less attractive.  Was she really cursed by Athena, or did her hair simply become so disheveled that it resembled snakes to those who looked upon her, turned to stone in their shock and disgust?

What is the takeaway from a story like this?  It makes you wonder who’s really the hero and who’s the monster.

Got a myth you wanna see misplaced?  Gimme a holler!

Happy 4th of July!

I can’t believe it’s the 4th already.  We are solidly through the first half of 2017.

Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence here in the U.S.  Many of us have the day off and will be spending time with family (I’ll also be finishing up some tasks in the garden myself).

With that in mind, I’ll keep this post short and sweet:  Enjoy your Independence Day, y’all…Eat, drink and be merry!

Pulling Out The Welcome Mat

Come on over, sit down, take your shoes off…

Well, I finally did it, y’all.  I got my website put together.  At this point, it’s still in the organizing stages.  As time goes on, I’ll likely change up the theme and what-not till it’s in proper shape.

Stay in touch.  I’ll be populating this page, and getting my content schedule and social media in place, so things could start getting interesting 😉

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(Photo by Eric Yuen, courtesy of Freerange Stock)