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It’s been some really good years doing my blog here on Medium. I’ve learned a lot, and written a lot, and I have been deeply appreciative of each and every person who’s been reading my work regularly.

But I’ve decided that to…

When you’re a witch, certain popular turns of phrase just hit you differently.

“Like magic, this happened…”

“I can’t just make this happen, I’m not a magician!”

“I wish I had a magic wand so I could make your pain go away.”

The popular depiction of magic is that it…

When you’re on a big campus, in a museum, a zoo, or a shopping center, it’s a comforting thing to see — the kiosk with the big diagram that maps the entire facility you are in. And there, right there, you can see it — the big, friendly dot with…

“Do as I do” is not a leadership style, it’s a cop out

A dear friend whose mind I respect deeply recently made an observation that joined Granny’s quote from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld — “The only evil is when you treat people like things” — with Grace Hopper’s legendary quip that “you manage things, but you lead people.”

In the course of the…

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The Talking Heads Wrote the Perfect Lammas Song

We have been living in the midst of the bright, chugging energy of summer. Hot days. Long nights. Some of us are enjoying new ability to move about the community, courtesy of vaccines. We are all of us in a rhythm that has been building since those first halting moments…

Alythia of the Ash

A believer in magic and justice and the right to be exactly as you are. Anything passing for wisdom here is likely the product of surviving my own stupidity.

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