Thursday 17 October 2013

I'll Be Back in December

Hi everyone! My blog will be on hiatus until December. I'm off to stay with my sister who is having major surgery in a few days.

So My Rare One and Her Royal Highness will be batching it for the next little while. How will they fill all those endless empty hours until I return?

Monday 14 October 2013

Turkey Joy!

We had our Thanksgiving Feast yesterday. My Rare One outdid herself as usual: roast turkey, mashed potatoes, turnips, gravy, stuffing and pumpkin pie! A bunch of friends came and helped us polish it off. Yum!

Thanksgiving blessings to everyone who is celebrating this weekend!

Friday 11 October 2013

Samhain Musings

The sacred time of the Old One is near.

Her beautiful and bejeweled creatures of the night have appeared.

Come and sit. Contemplate how far you have progressed on The Journey.

Do you hear the wild strains of the Crone's violin?

Fear not, dear ones. All is part of Life.

There is still much to do and much to see. Go now!

Wednesday 9 October 2013

Monday 7 October 2013

WHOSE True Patriot Love?

I fully support the current campaign by Margaret Atwood's group of prominent Canadian women to make the English wording of our national anthem gender-neutral and inclusive by changing "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command." Surely that's not too much to ask in the 21st century!

Some opponents argue, however, that it would lead to further changes in the national anthem. (Yeah, like that's a bad thing?) Specifically, they're concerned that people will want to modify the line "our home and native land" as well. Modern Canada is a multicultural land of immigrants and many argue that this line excludes new Canadians who weren't born here. I think the problem is easily solved simply by changing the line to "our own belovéd land." Why wouldn't we want the national anthem to be as inclusive as possible?

Of course, Canada's First Nations have their own rewording suggestion:

But that might be a bit more truth than our national anthem can handle, eh?

Of course, there's also that subsequent reference to "God keep our land glorious and free." How exclusionary is that!?! What about agnostics and atheists? Not to mention those of us who are devoted to the Goddess instead! So I would change that line to "Let's keep our land glorious and free." Plus, that change also puts the responsibility precisely where it should be, doesn't it? On us!

And don't even get me started on the French version of the national anthem. All those references to "forefathers" and "faith" and linking "the sword" to "the cross" -- it's even more obnoxious than the English version!

Well, now I'm all worked up. I must go and have a nice calming cup of tea. Sweetened with maple syrup, of course.

Friday 4 October 2013

Fun With Witches

Of course, HRH has to make an appearance and have the last word --

Wednesday 2 October 2013

It's That Time Again!

The time of cold nights is upon us . . . the rustle of dead leaves . . . all is dark and eerie. Suddenly, a loud crack is heard and flashes of lightning cut across the dark overcast sky!

Yes, Her Royal Highness and I are on the prowl once more . . . BEWARE!