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I had to call into work Mom today.  I’m not sick, but Sharkbait is.  Chickadee wasn’t feeling well either, but she wasn’t running a fever so I sent her to school anyhow.  Right now he’s napping and I’m watching BBC’s Lost Kingdoms of Africa.  

Also, my brother  went for (more) tests at their Children’s Hospital–last week, they discovered a golf ball sized legion in his lung.  They’ve ruled out tuberculosis, but not much else.  He’s been sick for a couple weeks now, and we could use any prayers or positive energy to spare.  Like most teenagers, the last thing he wants to be doing is being bored with nothing to do!

UPDATE:  Its pneumonia with a large, walled cyst, that appears to be responding well to the antibiotics!

First tea of the day: peppermint and lemon balm with honey

Interestingly, that particular tea blend is the recipe for Dorothy Morrison’s ‘Anger Out Tea’.  The charm for the recipe goes something like this,”Cool my anger, herbs of mint; honey sweeten my intent; my attitude I aim to change, toss heat of temper out of range” (that might not be exact).

And perhaps the tea has done its job, because here’s what I found all about my blogroll and FB feed:

Ah, Faux News…why am I not surprised?!?

You know what…I refuse to feed the troll.  I get why people are pissed, and I largely agree with them.  But I’m going with starving the beast.  Faux News is on the downslide right now, and I’m not going to give them the free PR of making this a controversy.  Faux News is not worth my time, my effort, my energy.  I am going to mention it this once, and move on.

foxIf we really want to combat Faux News and their ilk on this issue, the solution isn’t badly worded petitions and grammatically incorrect protest emails.  Nor is it pointing out Faux’s inaccuracies (though funny) or having non-Pagan support (though welcome) for their idiocy.   The solution is not to play into their hands ith hysterical anger.  The solution is compassionate education, solidarity with other Pagans, and most of all, being the regular, everyday, intelligent, go-to person in your community/circle of acquaintances that just happens to be Pagan.  That way, when people hear Faux News & Ilk, they have a real-life person to reference. And now, to move on…

A MUST READ: Part 2 of A Place Without a Witch, by Hecate Demeter (after reading Part 1, of course)

I’ve been thinking about the whole food-relationship thing, now that I have to think about what I eat before I eat it…and I really like this post, which talks about the difference between so-called “emotional eating” (better called abusing food) and actually eating emotionally, which is a good thing.

You must emotionally eat. Eating is not a logical game. Eating is an emotional game, an intuitive and gut-led practice, an “I-can’t-explain-why-I-crave-tuna-right-now” (or brownies, or crackers). You cannot rationalize everything you eat. You cannot eat in a bubble. You cannot only eat when you are completely emotionally neutral. You cannot only eat things because they are “the best and healthiest foods”. Because that is disordered eating. That is where we ran into trouble before, because that is where we start striving for perfection where perfection doesn’t exist. (source)

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a random photo of jellyfish taken with my cell phone the last time we visited the aquarium

Blog Post Rodeo–5 posts I like:

Also, this week will be pretty busy, and I probably won’t have anything to post til this weekend…

So have a wonderful rest of the week!

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P.S.  Except for tomorrow…I have some lovely pics to post from our Sunday in Washington D.C.  We went to the climate change rally until the weather got to the kidlets, and then we warmed up at the Air & Space Museum.