My Mother’s Roses

I arrived for my mother's Memorial a day early. One of the few things left to do  was to prepare the roses, turned into rose petals, to include with her ashes for the funerary basket. She wanted to be creamated and set to rest in her beloved Pacific ocean.  Between my sister and the cousin…

Summer Solstice

Today is the Summer Solstice, celebrated with festivals and rites reaching from Scandinavia to North Africa, marks the  sun's maxium height in the sky, making it  the  longest day and shortest night of  the year.  Before the calendar was changed  in the 18th century, the  Solstice was celebrated on the 4th of July. Now the date of…

Halloween: All Hallow’s Eve

Halloween, , a time when black cats, orange pumpkins, costumed kiddies and of course winter begins to occupy our thoughts. This is the final harvest ritual of the Pagan year, when the ripening apples and nuts are gathered and prepared for meals and future use. The last of the canning and preserving of summer’s proceeds…