Everyday Spirituality, Rites, Rituals, and Practices

Growing Up when the Gods Strike Us Down

The oft repeated phrase "Everyone makes mistakes" is one of the most annoying and trite things to hear or say. I use it  several times a week with my kids, because every kid should grow up hearing it and master the eyeroll of disdain (ugh, Mom, you say that all the time!). Parents, you feel… Continue reading Growing Up when the Gods Strike Us Down

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Everyday Spirituality, Gods and Ungods, Local Land, Parenting

Who Leaves the Seeds?

My four year old is convinced that every hole or pit we see in the yard leads to a Totoro. If you haven't seen it (and rock have you been under for the past 30 years), My Neighbor Totoro is a Japanese animated film from Studio Ghibli about a young family that moves to the… Continue reading Who Leaves the Seeds?

Everyday Spirituality, Gods and Ungods, Parenting, Politics

My Prayer for Today

I'm not usually one to pray, other than during offering or rites times, but today I woke up with one on the brain. I generally don't sleep well (combination of kids crawling in bed and anxiety with no real coping skills), but I went to bed really early feeling like I might be coming down… Continue reading My Prayer for Today

Everyday Spirituality, Parenting

Ugh, Summer Break…

We are one week in, and I'm already losing it. The oldest came out with "I'm bored" on Day 2, and the youngest... well, he feeds off everyone around him. I'm already rationalizing with myself that this is why I went back to work; but when that work is school-based, we end up having the… Continue reading Ugh, Summer Break…