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politics and religion

I’m reading that the new president of america will be proposing a “religous freedom” executive order in order to allow discrimination based on religious sentiment. And I just have to think. I have to wonder. Since when was discrimination a … Continue reading

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katya

– said demeter to persephone – (to katya) When a god dies winter arrives in the world and winter makes the fallow earth the fecund altar of cycles and circles. While a god lives walking amongst us Arrayed in most … Continue reading

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Making the Most of 2017

2016 was an interesting year. i was rather successful in getting things done and learning new skills, but i did fall short of many of my goals. i didn’t read nearly as many books as i wanted. i didn’t write … Continue reading

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Standing Rock is Important to Every Community

Why Standing Rock Is Important to Our Community The Standing Rock protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is taking place in North Dakota. Why is that important to Appleton, Wisconsin? There are three main reasons why this is important to … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Dionysus

In 1993, David Bowie said in an interview, “We shouldn’t be afraid to experiment. Experimentation is about pushing the parameters of our knowledge. It is the spirit of Dionysus, the energy that makes us what we are.” Those words guided … Continue reading

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The Colour of Our Prayers

While we pray for Paris, let’s remember to pray for more than forty dead in Beirut. And while we count the dead, let’s remember those who died at a funeral in Baghdad, killed by a suicide bomber too. As the … Continue reading

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staying healthy gives you strength

autumn is here. temperatures, humidity, and amounts of sunlight are changing. i tend to be most vulnerable to physical illness this time of year. to start the winter well, i need to start the winter strong. eating well is an … Continue reading

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I Love Sustainability. So I Decided To Live In It.

By Vered Talor Arnon Author’s note: This is a direct response to the article “I Love The Victorian Era. So I Decided to Live In It.” by Sarah Chrissman. The reader should peruse it first, so that the structure and … Continue reading

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wanna know a secret?

i am always thinking of things i want to write about when i don’t have time to write. then when i do have time, those things seem mundane and boring and not worth writing about.

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swedish ivy

my sister gave me some swedish ivy cuttings some years ago. the story goes something like this: while she was studying oriental medicine in Saint Paul Minnesota, she and her room mate got some cuttings from a friend who got … Continue reading

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the magician’s worktable – working title

one day i will create an amazing piece of multi-media artwork. to make this possible, i am saving all the clippings from my cats’ toenails, as well as my own, and i am saving cat whiskers too. i am collecting … Continue reading

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kittens and creativity

heqat sits on a trunk in my art studio. all the cats like to perch around me while i’m working.

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my greenhouse room

my greenhouse room is dedicated to plants. it’s where i start my seeds before spring comes. it’s also where the fish tank is. i put a screen in the doorway instead of closing the door, so that the room can … Continue reading

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kombucha

i make my own kombucha. it’s delicious and nutritious. actually, sometimes it tastes like pure vinegar. i leave it sit too long when i get too busy.

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more kitchen plants

the space above my kitchen cabinets is just big enough for plants. pictured here are some spider plants, swedish ivies, heirloom geraniums, and standard ivy. the cabinet artwork on the left and right are by Qiuniu, the star-chart next to … Continue reading

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my oldest aloe

this is my kitchen table. the aloe in the red pot started out as a tiny little thing smaller than my hand in 2005. most of the aloes i have are its babies. as you can tell from the other … Continue reading

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houseplants

house plants in my bedroom. picture taken earlier this winter. i try to fill my house with as many plants and books as possible. i also try to cover all the wall space with art and randomness. the plants seen … Continue reading

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subtle choices

sometimes i catch a glimpse of the big picture so clearly, i can’t help but recognize that what seems important to me is really very small in comparison. what makes sense in a bubble is bizarre in actual context. no … Continue reading

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one of my muses

chthonic.

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one of my muses

cui jian.

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