And Then There’s Farbauti: Thoughts on Loki’s Father

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The subject of Farbauti came up on Tumblr in this post, and, well, I Have Thoughts. Pull up a chair, choose a beverage, and let’s chat about Farbauti. We know very little about him from the myths, as the few mentions are both fragmentary and filtered through the lens of the Christian scholars who wrote […]

Spending and Offering

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From the Online Etymology Dictionary: PIE root *spend—“to make an offering, perform a rite” (PIE stands for Proto Indo-European) When we choose to purchase an object, whether it’s a necessity such as food, or a luxury such as a piece of jewelry, we are engaging in the ritual of commerce. While shopping seems to be […]

June Gloom

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For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, “June Gloom” refers to the fog which lingers off the coast of Northern California during the summer. Everywhere else in North America is sunny and bright, but we are blessed with prolonged cool weather and overcast skies all month. “It is June.  I am tired of being brave.” ~ Anne […]

Brain Chemistry vs. Reality: Serotonin Doesn’t Care

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My brain chemistry doesn’t care about my privilege, whether actual or attributed. Yes, I am a white, middle-class woman with a college degree, and those things give me advantages. But my brain chemistry doesn’t care about any of those things. I have a good job, working with reliable colleagues and (mostly) reasonable clients. I have […]

Fearlessness and Courage

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  The Northern Traditions are filled with tales of brave adventurers sailing forth for raid and trade, while the stalwart homesteaders courageously defend the land for the return of the adventurers. Everyone is stout, hearty, bold, and brave! Um, yeah. It does take a particular strength of character to say “sure, I’m going to leave […]

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