Reading, See & Do

The Strays and the Heide Museum of Modern Art

This weekend, my partner and I visited the Heide Museum of Modern Art. It sits at the edge of park lands that we have visited many times. I’ve never been prompted to visit Heide because although I know that modern art encompasses several movements, many of which I love, I tend to immediately associate modern… Read More The Strays and the Heide Museum of Modern Art

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Review: Daughter of the Sun

What did I just finish reading? Daughter of the Sun: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet. I don’t have a big interest in ancient Egypti and I would not have picked up Daughter of Sun: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet, but, in full disclosure, my friend Tina Georgitsis edited this new anthology… Read More Review: Daughter of the Sun

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Review: The Happiness Project

What did I just finish reading? The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. This book was not on my reading list. I saw it at my local second-hand shop one day for a dollar and it piqued my curiosity. It seemed like one of those frou-frou, feelgood, self-help books, but it wasn’t that bad. I actually liked it and… Read More Review: The Happiness Project

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Review: Alternative Spirit Magazine

Alternative Spirit Magazine is an independent, quarterly, Australian publication for anyone who has an “alternative spirit”. Though its headquarters is in Victoria, Alternative Spirit doesn’t have a distinctly Victorian perspective, and appeals to Pagans and people of other alternative spiritualities all over Australia and perhaps even New Zealand. The theme for the glossy, 30-page Winter… Read More Review: Alternative Spirit Magazine

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Review: Glamping with Martinis & Marshmallows

Since I’ve been in Australia, I’ve been told a few times that my idea of camping isn’t “real camping”. By camping, I mean a nice tent, good bedding, hot food, and, hopefully, toilets, maybe even showers. I remember with great fondness the festivals I attended with friends back in Florida where we cooked full meals and dined… Read More Review: Glamping with Martinis & Marshmallows

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Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

When Lena Dunham announced, in the role of her alter ego Hannah Horvath on the HBO series Girls, to her parents that she may be the voice of her generation – or a voice of a generation – I laughed. Hannah is basically a slacker who thinks she’s lived enough life to write a memoir at the tender age of… Read More Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

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Review: Magus of Stonewylde

What did I just finish reading? Magus of Stonewylde,  a fantastic magical tale in the Young Adult genre. I like Pagans to be good. By that, I don’t mean unable or unwilling to face or engage with their darker sides. I mean wise, virtuous, socially just, good stewards of the earth, champions of equality and religious… Read More Review: Magus of Stonewylde

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Review: Dancing the Sacred Wheel

What did I just finish reading? Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats by Francis Billinghurst. I’ve lived in Australia for nearly a year and have spent much of this time getting to know the land and adjusting to the seasons in the Southern Hemisphere. Here in the land down under, Samhain is still… Read More Review: Dancing the Sacred Wheel

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Great books for your long flight

The journey from Miami to Melbourne is about 25 hours door to door. That is, getting to and from the airport, going through security and customs, air time, layovers, and so forth. I usually watch movies on flights, but I also like to read. I always carry books with me, either Kindle books or paperbacks. Here are… Read More Great books for your long flight

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Book Review: Jambalaya

Luisah Teish’s Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals is part memoir, part book of magical charms. Well, mostly memoir, quite a bit of charm, and a little magic. Teish combines feminism, New Orleans Voudou, and New Age in her aptly titled book. Three-quarters of Jambalaya are about Teish -Teish’s grandmother, Teish’s… Read More Book Review: Jambalaya