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14 June 2007 @ 08:56 am
I am beginning to work on the Gwyl Awst issue of The Tor Stone, and I want to express my need for new writers -- especially those who would want to remain on staff for a few seasons and contribute an article for each issue.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with our publication, The Tor Stone is a quarterly electronic journal charting the female path of personal growth and empowerment through the Mysteries of Avalon and the guidance of the Goddess. Published at each of the four Celtic Holy Days by the Sisterhood of Avalon, each issue of The Tor Stone reflects the prominent energy of each portal and the ways in which our processes of healing and growth as women mirror this endless Cycle.

Features include such subjects as personal growth and the spiritual journey, herbalism and healing, poetry, art, energetic and ritual techniques, the Goddesses of Avalon, Celtic traditions, Women's Mysteries and much, much more. Our mission is to create a publication that is informative, instructional and inspirational ... speaking to the inner wisdom of every woman. Find out more about the journal online at http://www.torstone.org.

Contributors receive a free copy of the issue in which their article appears. Contributors need not belong to the SOA, but please keep in mind that The Tor Stone is woman-only space. If you or someone you know has a desire to contribute but feels uneasy about her writing skills, please email me! I will be happy to help willing souls with editing and article ideas. Thank you!
18 October 2006 @ 01:58 pm
After a long hiatus from LiveJournal, I am back, my friends! Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year, and I am really enjoying the season. My husband leaves tomorrow for the midwest, he is flying to Missouri for his thesis defense. At last, the light at the end of the tunnel! (After all, it's been six years in coming!) He was really cute with me last weekend when we woke up on Saturday morning; he rolled over and said, "Next weekend you'll be waking up next to a doctor." Then he giggled.
18 April 2006 @ 01:04 pm
Tonight I am teaching a circle of lovely ladies how to bead. I find that this prospect really excites me. When I am at the store, usually I just get to watch the store manager teach classes. Wouldn't it be fun to have a teaching studio? I really enjoy sharing the creative process with others.
14 April 2006 @ 01:23 pm
The lovely and thrifty Vyviane has turned me back onto Goodwill shopping. I found some awesome scores yesterday ... including a new suit and clothes for summer, an Italian leather belt, and a book on aromatherapy. If you know what colors, styles, and labels you like, you really can find some awesome stuff at a well-stocked thrift store. Yay!
13 April 2006 @ 12:14 pm
For those of you who enjoy historical mysteries, and want a really light and fun read, I recommend the Mary Russell mysteries by Laurie R. King. Ms. King has provided another perspective on the Sherlock Holmes tales by providing him with a very young and very feminist wife named Mary Russell, who is also a great detective in her own right. I just noticed that the latest novel in the series, Locked Rooms, had come out in paperback at Barnes & Noble. I picked up a copy on Tuesday night. I am really enjoying it thus far.
16 March 2006 @ 12:24 pm
OK, so I am riding the roller coaster of self-respect. Up and down, round and round. It's making me a little nauseous. Today I feel pretty good compared to yesterday. I received a lot of criticism yesterday and my virgo rising takes criticism very personally. So I went home, cried on Jason's shoulder, and now I feel better. I congratulate myself on not blowing a wad of money at Squash Blossom to soothe my weary soul. I also looked back over all six versions of the 32-page catalog with my boss yesterday and we came up with what I hope will be a good compromise ... I just need to stay focused to get it finished before Tampa. I suppose I am having a Scarlett O'Hara moment, "yes, tomorrow is another day!"
15 March 2006 @ 12:21 pm
While my attitude about work is better now that I have done some goal setting, I still feel over-stressed and over-tired currently. It's the pressure of this trade show in Tampa looming at the end of the month. I have made lists, checked them twice, and followed up on every detail I can think of ... but somehow, each day, it seems there is yet something more to do. I keep consoling myself with the idea that things have to get better once the show is over. In addition to the show displays we are also working on a small 32-page catalog fast and furiously for the show; we have been working on it since late last year. It has gone through six overhauls since last October and the boss still isn't happy. I feel I don't really have any new ideas left and I am not sure how it will turn out in the end. I think my brain has finally reached critical mass; the neurons are starting to misfire. I really care about the quality of my work; I feel it's linked to my personal integrity. When things get this way I usually console myself with chocolate and shoe shopping, but I am trying to wean myself from those behaviors. Just so you know that I still see the positive in some things, here's two: 1) the water filtration machine in our breakroom delivers hot water at the perfect temperature -- hot enough to steep tea, but not so hot that it burns you if you drink it right away, and 2) Blue Sky's Peach Mist Green Tea Soda is really yummy. I wish I could stay in Avalon all the time, where I feel safe, supported, and happy.
28 February 2006 @ 12:37 pm
I spent most of February ignoring my boundaries and pushing myself past the limit because of my fear of failure (aka the catalog project from hell). Now I can feel anxiety and depression pulling at the edges of my mind. It's slowly creeping across my shoulders and up the back of my neck. Last week, while in Vegas, I had to have some serious discussions with myself to convince myself to get out of bed and do the job I was sent there to do. This is not good. I have been down this path before and it's not pretty. I don't know why I am so obsessed with worrying about work. I don't know why I always think I will fail -- honestly, I hardly ever fail at anything. Life has lost its fascination and glimmer lately, and that's not OK with me. I don't want my day job to consume my life; I need boundaries. I need to make myself and others respect them. I need an angel to sit on my shoulder and remind me that I am good, that life can be fulfilling.
04 January 2006 @ 12:50 pm
I have to admit it; I am a clotheshorse. I have two closets at home, one for my current wardrobe, and another for those clothes that I am not wearing right now (too big, too small, too something) that I just can't bear to part ways with. I love to dress up. Picking out my clothes is one of my favorite creative parts of the day. So it is with a sheepish grin that I report the following: Today I spent way too much money at the April Cornell online end-of-the-year sale. I am greedily rubbing my hands together in anticipation of my parcels arriving. And in a separate note: HAPPY BIRTHDAY VYVIANE!!!
28 December 2005 @ 02:18 pm
We have just returned from our holiday travels, and I am feeling very glad to be back home. I took many pictures of my sacred meditation space, our family farm in Missouri, and am really excited to make a photo collage for my altar. I also have a lot of things to catch up on in my SOA journal and other areas but I am excited for the new year and feeling a renewed energy and health of spirit. As we approach collage night (yay!), I am thinking and planning about what I really want this year and how to manifest it in my life. Some of my family members were in a scary car accident over the holidays but everyone appears to be on the mend now. I am so thankful that everyone escaped with only minor bumps, bruises, and scrapes. Please keep them in your thoughts and send them positive healing energy if you have some to spare. And also ... today is my birthday! Excitemente!