Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Book List for the 2012 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

This is the beginning of my list. I'll be adding to this in the next few days, but wanted to get a start before I forget.

FICTION BOOKS:

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
(even though this is 3 books in one, I'm only counting it as ONE book)

Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop

The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop

Shalador's Lady by Anne Bishop

Spooks and Magic by Jack Sorenson

The Witch Queens Secret by Anna Elliott

Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison


NON FICTION BOOKS:

Book of Shadows by Phyllis Curott

If You Want to Be A Witch by Edain McCoy

FaerieCraft by Alicen and Neil Geddes-Ward

2012 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Today while I was straightening up my networking sites, I found a new group on Good Reads. It's called On The Broomstick. And from there I found a reading challenge:


The challenge looks very cool and is being hosted by
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
I can't wait to get started. I'm thinking I'll go for the Crone level since I love to read and anything Witchy gets my attention the easiest.

I'll be adding my book list in the next few days, so come on along and let's see how many books we can read in 2012!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

There Are None So Blind As They Who Will Not See

I have been sitting here staring at my monitor for over an hour. I'm trying to figure out how to put my jumbled thoughts into words, and not offend others. I don't know if I can... There are SO many things going on right now. I know this is supposed to be a peaceful time of the year, filled with family, friends and those who are important to us. I've got that too. But somewhere in the midst of all the good things going on around me, a couple of uglies have reared their heads.

Let's start with my oldest granddaughter, Cheyenne. She's 15, a freshman in HS, living in Prince George's County, Maryland. And she's being bullied about her spirituality. She's Pagan, like her mother, like me, like her aunt and most of her other extended family and friends. She's quiet about her belief, not in your face until you push her. She's been called every name in the book, had people run from her, and tease her mercilessly.

This week at school, during one of her morning classes, not one but two of her classmates decided it was the thing to do and began calling her names, calling her a Witch in the middle of class. I'm guessing it was a loud and obnoxious name calling session. And that the teacher didn't do anything about it until it became out of control. Because, Cheyenne is the one who was sent to the office. However, she kept her mouth shut, didn't respond to the taunts and kept her anger and hurt bottled up inside. The way she normally handles the bullying and tormenting she receives at the hands of her peers.

Then in the afternoon, she's sent BACK to the office once again, as a victim, but treated and talked to by school staff like the she's the one causing the problems. She is even threatened with a lengthy suspension IF she's seen in the office again. This is a place she is *supposed* to feel safe, second only to her own home. But she gets up every morning and goes to a place where she knows she's not safe and feels very vulnerable.

I am more than outraged by this. Bullying in any form is NOT acceptable!

My daughter, Cheyenne's mother contacted the principal of the school, let her know she will not tolerate this kind of treatment and will happily take the matter to law enforcement if something doesn't change. I've also found out the Prince George's County Schools have a ZERO tolerance policy when it come to this type of harassment. Evidently, when school is back in session after the holiday break, Cheyenne is to meet with the HEAD of the school security and fill out a report. It also seems as if the two girls doing the bullying have quite the reputation and repetitive pattern for this type of behavior.

If things aren't settled in an amicable fashion, I'm thinking there will be alot more exposure, say by police reports and possibly the media?? We'll see what happens in January.

Now onto the second thing that's bothering me. This one is a little bit closer to home. By that I mean, it's happening right here in North Carolina, over in Asheville to be precise.

On Monday a 5th grader was given a bible while at school:

Bibles Made Available at Ashville area School

After reading the article, chatting with the mother, and reading ALL the comments on this article (which BTW, have been reset from the original posting of the article. There were well over 100 comments made last night), I am upset, angry, sick, sad, (insert verbiage here...) about the audacity, stupidity, close mindedness, and down right rudeness of some of the people who claim to be Christian who commented on this article.

Most were outraged because a Pagan mother had the nerve to question and complain about the *availability* of a bible for the children to *pick up if they wanted*. They wanted to know if she was Pagan why she was celebrating Jesus' birthday by having a CHRISTmas tree and having CHRISTmas lights on her house. Not one of them would take the time to read some of the responses about it being a Yule tree and that she was celebrating Winter Solstice. They were more than judgmental, they were condescending, and arrogant.

I guess my point for this part of what is bothering me is this: We are in the MIDDLE of one of the biggest CHRISTIAN holidays of the year. And from what I remember from my time in a Christian home and church, this time of the year is supposed to be about love and celebration and peace. I saw none of these things coming from the Christians who commented on the article.

Not one of them took the time to actually understand why Ginger was and still is upset... As far as I know, there has been no resolution to this incident. I don't know what is going to happen, but I WILL be watching to see how this plays out.

I feel like I should be doing something, ANYTHING to help in BOTH of these issues, but I have no idea where to begin.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday's Weekly Wrap Up

I know I promised you all an entry about the family tradition of our Christmas Eve open house, but I'm just not feeling up to cruising down memory lane tonight. Since I moved away from *home* in 1998, the holidays have been a very tough time for me. Even more so since I left Arizona all together back in 2002.

So, tonight, y'all get just the weekly wrap up of the uneventfulness (a Vickie-ism) that took place here in the Sandhills of North Carolina.

I *finally* removed the very last vestiges of the negativity that I have been under for the past year from the ex roomie and her family. We returned the car they *gave* us, we decided we had been used as a storage facility for this piece of crap, and since they weren't offering to help get it in running condition, it was towed back to their yard and parked.

We have our Yule/Christmas tree up and decorated, made some adjustments from last year, but it still looks great and I'm very happy with it.


I added a few things to the wreath for the front door and put it out as well.


Our house smells so great! I am a huge fan of Bath and Body Works wallflowers, I use them all year long but for the month of December I use the Fresh Balsam scent. I also have one of their 3 wick candles burning most of the day and then if I want a little boost, I use their super concentrated room spray. All in Fresh Balsam. I chose this scent, because I wanted an artificial tree so I could decorate right after Thanksgiving (a real/live tree won't last long enough to do that). Jimmy wanted a real/live tree and really missed the fragrance of a live tree. By using the Fresh Balsam scent, we both are happy, LOL!

Classes are going GREAT! I am currently in week 2 of my third class, it's English121, mostly grammar and how to construct a college level paper. So far so good... OH! My GPA for the 2 classes I've completed so far is a 4.0! I'm SO stoked, and YES, I know it's been relatively easy so far and will get more difficult as I go, but hey...it's been 35+ years since I have been in school and I get to prance a bit, LOL!!

Miss Ravyn is GROWING so fast, she's 6 months old, crawling all over, sitting up by herself, and pulling herself up on things. Papa says she's gonna be walking before ya know it. I don't think she's been feeling to well the past few days, she's been sleeping more than normal and wants to cuddle alot too. We just do what ever makes her happy and there isn't any problems...yeah, she's got us all wrapped around her finger already, LOL!!

Well, my Darlings, I think that's about all for this time. I'll be back again next Wednesday with more of my ramblings (which BTW, I am VERY grateful you continue to read my nonsense), so until then have a great week!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Memories...Day 1

I don't know how many days I'm going to keep up with this, but I have a few memories I'd like to share. Thanks to my friend Rae, over at Unleashed Diva Living Out Loud for the inspiration.

My most favorable family holiday memory was actually after I was an adult and had kids of my own. My Mom and I would spend the entire weekend after Thanksgiving decorating the family home. It was a holiday spectacular both inside and out.

Living in the deserts of southwest AZ, it's really difficult to have the "traditional" Christmas, but my mom always pulled it off. Every tree in the 5 acres surrounding the ranch house was decorated with lights and we had REAL luminaries lining the whole driveway. I remember spending about an hour each evening replacing and lighting the votive candles in every brown paper bag we had set up.

The entire house was decorated with multicolor lights (she later changed to clear icicle ones), and the wreath on the front door was a sight to behold!

We used to do what she called "marathon shopping trips" because we lived about an hour south of Tucson and her favorite mall was Tucson Mall. We'd get up early on Saturday morning, hit the road and be there when the doors opened. We'd shop ALL day and leave when the mall closed. Drive an hour or so back to the ranch and then do it all over on Sunday. LOL!! We were shopping fools back then.

Her favorite store to shop at was Dillard's, where she had a credit card. On one of the trips to Dillard's we went to the Christmas dept and she found Department 56 collectables. She bought the entire Dickens Village that year! In following years she added a building or two and now her collection is almost as big as the ones displayed in the stores, LOL!

Stay tuned...there's a couple more. Next up our Christmas Eve open house and ALL the amazing Mexican food, YUMMMM!!