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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.


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I can relate to Nature. It's people that give me problems.

Sunday I started my 2017 garden. That's something I get from the Gardener, my maternal grandfather. It comes through my mother. She did flowers instead of vegetables. Even now her yard has some of the best flowers in town. I have to do veggies though. If I grow something, I want to eat it.

There's something very primal about getting your hands deep in the soil. I love feeling digging. I love washing my hands under the faucet afterwards. I love the smell.

It helps to clear my head and focus. So much of American paganism today seems wrapped up layers and layers of politics. I don't even want to guess at some of the coven experiences today.

What does all that have to do with the sunrise?


Away from that, I can touch nature. I can look up in the sky and see the clouds. I can feel the starlight even in the day. I can hear the birdsong. I am connected.

My garden is something I do. I'm certainly not in my grandfather's league. He farmed about three-quarters of an acre in his retirement. Mine is a slice of my backyard. He gave away more in a week than I'll probably grow all summer.

But without me, my garden wouldn't exist. It's a change, a manifestation. I made a tiny piece of the planet something that it wasn't before. Even if I never plant another garden, this and all the gardens I've planted will have existed. I'd like to think I made it better.

My grandfather liked to use what was there. He might move stuff. He usually would add to it. But the land, the spirit, the life was already there.

My websites are another example. There are people much better at coding than I am. There are people who can produce much more content. But I enjoy tweaking and polishing. I enjoy putting down thoughts. I enjoy the thought that I have added to the world in a fairly nice way.

I've tried for three days not to make this entry political. And I've failed.

You don't build communities by excluding people you don't like.

And with that I think I am going to go find a raven to talk with.

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