Poem: Edge Of The Wild ~ Leah Umansky

December 29, 2020 | Filed Under Poem for Hela | No Comments

Edge Of The Wild
~ Leah Umansky

It ends and starts with intention, for all beginnings are ends.

Invaluable, it doesn’t count for much, I know, but I try. Hard.

There are ways to repeat this, a chorus of crows, a fluttering of sound.

I might get used to it, after some time, but I’ll often be on edge, pinfooted.

It would look like spying, but see here, what I’ve quietly done.

Love and love and more love: evergreen,

Warm, belly-full; cool, satiated, a wilding of grin, romp and ballad.

If all my fears went driving, all stirrings travelled on,

I’d still be here, finishing things; planted and pruning.

There is no gateway; no golden harp.

I am in need, I am in want, I am in hope.

It isn’t a secret, a sheltered hideaway or a silent hurt.

I am admiring the view now, seeing all that it is full and plenty,

And wanting it for myself, closing the distance of one jealousy to another.

Forever; wild and steaming, rioting and skimming the sky with resilience

I am mostly staring at stars, backlit by moonlight.

Most nights, I wonder, half-handedly curious, yet struck with ebbing

Let me, help me to see the worth, the riches, the flourish under the hibernating.

I am so afraid of being troubled and alone at the end of this world,

At the start of whatever is next.

Weekly Insight from the Oracles for December 28, 2020

December 27, 2020 | Filed Under Tarot, Runes, Oracles, Weekly Insight | No Comments

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The Saga of Gudmund the Grunch—A Recently Discovered Yule Story!

December 24, 2020 | Filed Under History | No Comments

The presenters of the Saga Thing podcast present an entertaining recitation of a recently-discovered tale, “The Saga of Gudmund the Grunch“!

A fun way to spend 18 minutes of your Yule!

 

A furry green cartoon character waering an eyepatch and a grey hat in the style of Odin, and teh words "The Saga of Gudmund theGrunch".

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The Songs of the Stars

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NASA has created a page on their site dedicated to astral sounds, taking the images capture by the Hubble Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and others, and turning them into sound.

“Through data sonification, the same digital data that gets translated into images is transformed into sound.
Elements of the image, like brightness and position, are assigned pitches and volumes. Each translation below begins on the left side of the image and moves to the right. No sound can travel in space, but sonifications provide a new way of experiencing and conceptualizing data. Sonifications allow the audience, including blind and visually impaired communities, to “listen” to astronomical images and explore their data.”

What a clever and wonderful way to expand these amazing images into a new medium that increases their accessibility!

A photo of the Twin Galaxies AM 2026-424 star system, a collection of blue stars in an elongated circle, with a few very bright white stars scattered among them.

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Why Shopping Local Matters—An Essay by Stephen D. Mayer

December 22, 2020 | Filed Under Things I Think About | No Comments

Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes on my blog knows that I am very much in the Shop Local / Shop Small / For The Sake Of All That Is Good In The World Do NOT Buy At Amazon camp.

This essay by Stephen D. Mayer, co-owner of Books Inc. with his wife Patty, is a wonderful expression of the importance of shopping locally:
“We believe in supporting local companies and appreciate the value they add to communities. Before you push that button on your computer and buy a book online at Amazon, remember the Lorax’s words somewhat paraphrased, “unless you support your local business, the business will be gone forever.”
Please buy local.”

It’s a short read, and quite worth your time.

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