To Do or Not To Do: Decorating for the Holidays

Beauty is important to me, essential even. I find beauty to be nourishment for my soul, yet my aesthetics are rather eclectic. I love the intricate, nature-inspired work of art nouveau and the rich, detailed pieces of Waterhouse and other Neoclassicists and Pre-Raphaelites. I also love the stark beauty of desert landscapes and the postminimalists. One of my favorite artists as a teen was Patrick...

The Ancestral Home: Museum or Shrine?

I love vampire novels for a variety of reasons, some of which are probably deserving of their own blog post. My current obsession are the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. The heroine, Sookie Stackhouse is a lovable, down-to-earth character whose more virtuous personality traits keep her both in and out of trouble. Within the pages of several of the books, the house that Sookie...

The Stuff We Own

It seems silly to write that I love my stuff - but I do. I don't have much stuff anymore (it's taken years of dedicated culling to get to this point), but the stuff I have is useful and brings me joy or makes my life easier.  There was a time however, when I was much more impulsive about buying things. My Story I used to collect beanie babies; though I have the good sense to be embarrassed by it...

Home as Temple

We've all heard the old saying, "Your body is your temple." As a Pagan, my home is also my temple, as it has been for countless other Pagans through the ages. In ancient Rome, the home was the primary place of worship. There were temples - both state run, like the temple of Vesta and the domicile of her virgins; and also the temples of the various cults from around the empire. However, daily...

Things I learned from My Postage: 16 Easy Steps to Go Green!

The USPS has issued a set of stamps with tips for going green.  I thought they were really cute, but before I started using them I thought I would share their wisdom here. Buy local produce Reuse shopping bags Fix water leaks Share car rides Turn off lights not in use Choose to walk Compost Let Nature do the work - line dry your laundry Recycle more Plant trees Use public transportation Insulate...