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    another old-timer dropping by for a grateful hello

    This forum helped me get through college and the early days of my path. I've come by now and again in the intervening years just to say hi, to see familiar names still hanging out and to smile at the liveliness of new posts from people I've never met. I'm so grateful that this community is still here.

    I'm ensconced in the northern California Pagan community now, with all its passion and depth and texture and, on more occasion than perhaps we would like, drama. I'm a priestess in an eclectic public-facing coven (that draws heavily on Reclaiming and on Wicca), and part of a couple of networks of Pagans in helping professions or otherwise providing community care in some form. I'm a hospice chaplain, and have also served in a variety of other institutional settings. I have a wonderful family (no kids yet), a garden, and a small library of religion and scifi/fantasy books. I've got some chronic health issues I struggle with, and blessedly, good medical care to support me.

    Artemis is my patron, and I am dedicated also to Arianrhod, Hestia, Hekate, and the Matronae. I offer thanks to my goddesses who brought me to this point in my life.

    I don't know that I will be around much... I continue to be a cat, and my life is full to brimming. But I was thinking of you all tonight and it made me smile, and I wanted to say hello.

    In these times--may you stay safe and healthy. Stay grounded. Stay sane and connected to people you love. Stay rooted in your sense of what is just, and keenly aware of the human dignity of others.
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    Re: another old-timer dropping by for a grateful hello

    Welcome Back!!!
    "It is not simply enough to know the light…a Jedi must feel the tension between the two sides of the Force…in himself and in the universe."
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    Yoda told stories, and ate, and cried, and laughed: and the Padawans saw that life itself was a lightsaber in his hands; even in the face of treachery and death and hopes gone cold, he burned like a candle in the darkness. Like a star shining in the black eternity of space.

    Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

    "But those men who know anything at all about the Light also know that there is a fierceness to its power, like the bare sword of the law, or the white burning of the sun." Suddenly his voice sounded to Will very strong, and very Welsh. "At the very heart, that is. Other things, like humanity, and mercy, and charity, that most good men hold more precious than all else, they do not come first for the Light. Oh, sometimes they are there; often, indeed. But in the very long run the concern of you people is with the absolute good, ahead of all else..."

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    "You come from the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve", said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth; be content."

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    Hello again!
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
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    Welcome back! It's so great to see you. Sorry for my belated reply.
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    Re: another old-timer dropping by for a grateful hello

    Gwen! Hi - welcome back
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