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What is life if not to be lived? We are grateful for the moments and thoughts you share. They always enrich our own journeys. Thankful you have been experiencing joy and love. Thank you for sharing much of it.
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2015 on On the Road For A While at In the Labyrinth
This is wonderful! Makes me want to assign a photos-n-field sketches assignment for people and kids. There's something sort of magical about this record - seeing the photo of that frozen-in-time moment next to the result of the movement in that space (the drawing). Wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
Hm - I was thinking about 'hearts of ice' this week and ended up looping around to the zombie phenomenon that continues to stay strong in pop-culture. The windigo has a lot in common with zombies and might explain why so much of popular culture is expressing itself right now in terms of zombie metaphor. Interestingly, the most recent zombie stories emerging are about trying to find, see, revive the humanity in the zombie - to prove that the person they once was isn't lost forever... there is a definite trend of exploring this idea through eating other people's brains and experiencing/seeing that person saw and felt - those memories and real feelings (walking in another persons shoes) are the glimmers of humanity that begins to bring the zombie back to being human.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2015 on The Windigo at Myth & Moor
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Oooh - "Wild Time"! What a great concept! We might be better at managing it if we thought about it this way. It's a very good reason to take notice of, and work with, the Seasons as they ebb and flow. The idea of "some time ago there IS" makes a lot of sense regarding mythic stories. It explains why we try to insert ourselves in these stories too, because in this way we get to live 'ever after'.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2015 on Storytelling and wild time at Myth & Moor
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I definitely prefer my fairy tales to be feral, for my stories to have teeth. I can't be fed on things without substance, only distracted... Charles Vess' 'illustories' sing with the wild things and I agree: the best storytellers are not the ones who are tame. J'adore. ( A quiet wish from another artist I love, Chiara Bautista, who seems to yearn for this too: https://www.facebook.com/chiarabautistaartwork/photos/a.558941394158718.1073741828.558917134161144/757284344324421/?type=1 )
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2015 on Where the wild things are at Myth & Moor
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Reading the Toni Morrison quote, I was surprised to suddenly catch a sob in my throat while reading. As selfish a point of view as it is, I feel like that was put there for me to see today. Thank you. I need to put that somewhere I can see it every day. And you drew me in with your beautiful collages and the words they led to: the gift of freedom to live your life (when it's 'qualities' that people ask you for), the fact that you can stay hidden inside your skin and remain you, and that the spoken word is uttered magic. Thank you for all of this today.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2015 on Telling our stories at Myth & Moor
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I don't know what it is about chickens, Baba Yaga's hut and ovamancy but I love it all. It's weird that I rarely find anyone that's heard of a Hen Wife so thanks for this. I'm astonished to realize I never connected Hen's Nights with this before though! It's so obvious. I feel like you've uncovered a piece of a puzzle I didn't know I was missing - thank you. The post reminded me of this painting by David M. Bowers (Waiting for Spring): https://www.pinterest.com/pin/26247610302765006/ I love that there's a very modern road behind her too.. Also wanted to mention a character in a friend's early UF book ("Rogue Magic"), named Irina who is a Russian ovamancer: https://books.google.com/books?id=SciGh5RBwugC&pg=PA322&lpg=PA322&dq=ovamancer+irina&source=bl&ots=JXQtUAUdRg&sig=dHvP2ybtD3EgLRCEGlF8dNs7KZ4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=b_rcVLzJM9HXoASg6IL4AQ&ved=0CCAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=ovamancer%20irina&f=false Laura Bickle is actually the author (this is a publishing pseudonym from the time), but this character is one I've never forgotten in the thousands of books I've read (and I'm pleased to say Laura Bickle's work just gets better and better). Here's to the magic of all things hen (& Hen Wife)!
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"I'll eat you up I love you so.." I never understood this until I had my son. But it's so true. Sometimes he'll come over for a long hug, I put my arms around him and he starts "gumming" the flesh on my arm. When I ask him "what are you doing?" he says "I just love you so much." I know he will likely grow out of it but I know we both feel "put together again" when we just sit and hold each other. Regarding Baba Yaga, I woke from a dream about her the other night - her and her iron teeth and children, but instead of her teeth being a threat to her children it was somehow linked to the oven where she cooked and where she warmed her children (as Russians used to do) on nights of illness and Winter cold. As she fed them, she clanked her teeth forging their bond of love, finding her hunger sated too.. (it was a weird dream I guess!). PS Welcome back! (eats up your posts hungrily...) We've missed you but we also understand and are glad you took time when you needed to.
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