Secret Lives: a review

Today I’m reviewing Secret Lives, a novel by Barbara Ardinger whose work I found via her lyrical but down-to-earth columns about Goddess spirituality at the blog Feminism and Religion. Secret Lives tells stories of friendship, crones, maidens and magic in late 20th century California. Oh, and there’s a talking cat which can slip between the…

Sunday Collection: International Women’s Day

Is it me or is International Women’s Day losing its meaning? Last Friday, I felt a certain ennui reading all the self-serving contributions from political and business leaders. Are we turning our backs on what the Day should represent? Corporate women The official site is sponsored by BP, another energy company, and financial institutions, with…

Digging with a teaspoon

I dreamed last night of an ancient, bent-backed woman digging up a road with a teaspoon. It was a freezing, starlit night and understandably, she wasn’t getting very far. The teaspoon was becoming buckled and corroded, and I could tell her hands were cramped and painful. But she gradually, painstakingly scraped away more and more…

Sunday Collection: Simplicity

I really do believe that living more simply is a big part of growing older with grace and gusto. Several readers have commented to me over the months that clutter seems to collect effortlessly as we grow older (well for some of us anyway) and that getting rid of it frees up enormous reserves of…

Simply peaceful

I‘ve been reminded viscerally this week of the value of a peaceful home. I remain absolutely convinced that living more simply (however we might define “simply”) is one of the key stepping stones to growing older on our own terms. Being surrounded by clutter, whether physical or mental, is destructive. I wrote here last year about…

Sunday collection: sacred dying

I woke up this morning thinking about death. As you do. And then the first thing I saw on Facebook was this update from a friend about our age: Two contemporaries facing the end of their lives. Much need for helpful reflection about how we prepare others and ourselves for this critical stage of our…

Crones and serpents

I‘m a snake. That’s to say it’s my sign in the Chinese zodiac, so this is my year because the Chinese just ushered in the Year of the Snake. And it got me thinking. Crones and serpents We have something in common, snakes and aging women: we’re both feared and revered. The snake as bad…

Sunday Collection – Rising

On my old blog, I had a popular feature called the Sunday Collection, which I’m introducing here. Based around loose themes, it’s a weekly collection of blog posts, photos, quotes, videos and so on. This week has seen a LOT of action: a resigning Pope, Carnival and pancakes, the arrival of Lent, Valentine’s Day, One…

Are you rising?

One in three. One in three women will experience violence during their lifetimes. Screw Valentine’s Day, today is V-Day, and One Billion are Rising all around the world, to break the chains binding women to violence. Want to be inspired? Here are the women rising in San Francisco: And remember, this all started with the vision…

Becoming maiden. Again.

I love the sense of movement through the year as the earth turns and, in the Northern hemisphere, we begin to see the first signs of green returning. The trees are in bud and snowdrops are shouldering their way out of the ground. Tomorrow, 2nd February, is Imbolc, one of the “cross-quarter” days in the…

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