The Gratitude Project, August 17th and 18th 

The 17th – for delicious mojitos and coconut shrimp!

The 18th – for blogging friends who alert me to things like this. From Elf:

PCAH Resigns

The entire Presidential Committee on Arts and Humanities a group created by Reagan, has resigned. Politico story, with image of the letter – the first letters in each paragraph spell out “RESIST.”

Text of the letter, because I couldn’t find any convenient spot online with the whole thing.

“Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President. But it is our role as commissioners on the PCAH to do so. Art is about inclusion. The Humanities include a vibrant free press. You have attacked both. … This does not unify the nation we all love. We know the importance of open and free dialogue through our work in the cultural diplomacy realm, most recently with the first-ever US Government arts and culture delegation to Cuba, a country without the same First Amendment protections we enjoy here. Your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed.”

The Gratitude Project, August 15th -16th 

The 15th – we had dark skies yesterday morning and thick mist over the ocean all the way to the horizon. As the mist lifted and the horizon could be seen, clouds that looked they were sitting on the surface took shape. A weird thing happens then and I’ve seen it  multiple times before – it looks like folks are walking across the ocean toward me, toward the shore. Ancestors? The Loa?  Perhaps both.They feel known, and important, and it is always moving and a mystery.

The 16th – for my local vocal community and they’re excellent response to the Nazis in our midst. I love you guys!

The Gratitude Project, August 10th

Hey guys! I’m excited for the solar eclipse on the 21st! I didn’t remember to buy the glasses, though. The ones that are left are outrageously priced. We were only looking for the NASA certified ones. (There’s a list from NASA of certified vendors online and brick-and-mortar.) The only place that still has them? TOYS-R-US!!  That’s right! They fit everyone 8 years and up. And they were only $2.50 apiece! *bonus* If you’re looking call your local Toys-R-Us!

The Gratitude Project – the 14th year

​Ground rules: The gratitude project is one post per day about something for which you are truly grateful and it runs from Lammas to Mabon. It can be a big or little gratitude, but no repeats – you can be grateful for your spouse/kids/job/friends, but the reason for the gratitude needs to be different for each entry. This project was started by [personal profile] estaratshirai .  I have been doing it since its inception in 2004.

So! I’ve already screwed the one post per day thing! I considered doing this as a weekly roundup project this year, but that removes the value of it by a factor of 7.

I will catch up now, and try to do daily from here on out.

Aug 1st-5th:

  • For connecting with fellow witches across the ether via Skype and Zoom. All hail tech!
  • For the hubster being off on his day off – how novel.
  • For emergency vets
  • For reliable regular vets
  • For the weird and wonderful life that began at 12:30 p.m. today when my beloved husband clocked out of work for the final time. Retired! Woohoo!!

Bees and Reclaiming Pittsburgh

Honey bees, the ones who have doing community correctly down pat. They all have their jobs, they all do their jobs, and in so doing they support each other and the community. They care for and feed their queen. The queen is the center of the community and with care and food this center supports, maintains, and allows the hive to expand. This system also produces more queens! Whatever is at the center of community is fed and cared for so it will remain viable and useful. What would you like to be the center of Reclaiming Pittsburgh? How can we feed our community so it grows and thrives?

Join us for “Back to the Hive: Reclaiming Pittsburgh Community Meeting” on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, 1 PM – 5 PM, at 2011 Noble St, Pittsburgh, PA, 15218-2100.

Back to the Hive: Reclaiming Pittsburgh’s Annual Ritual Community Meeting
What do we mean by ritual community meeting? We will be doing the sacred work of planning and decision making for the November 1, 2017 – October 31, 2018 cycle. We will be casting, calling in the elements, doing trance, raising energy, etc. while making consensus decisions for the future of the Reclaiming Pittsburgh community.
Do you have a proposal for the Reclaiming Pittsburgh Community for the November 1, 2017 – October 31, 2018 cycle? Is there a process, type of work, or discussion that you would like to see manifested? Please send your proposals or discussion topics to Amoret BriarRose at amoret@amoretbriarrose.com by October 7, 2017.
Witchy/magical attire encouraged!
**Parking at the location. If you’re approaching 2011 Noble St and the building is on your left, continue 1/2 block to Center St. and turn right. Go another 1/2 block and a parking lot is on your left.
If the location is on your right as you proceed on Noble St, then you will turn left on Center St. 1/2 block prior to reaching the building.
The lot is metered, but never checked according to our event hostess.