Return to the River

Like many of you, I’ve been striving to keep my family safe. We stayed home and only my husband and I went out for essentials while always wearing a mask. We took my daughter to the greenhouse once in May, but she fussed so much with her mask that we worried about bringing her placesContinue reading “Return to the River”

My Newest Short Story: “Invasives”

During her lunch break, Justine encounters a startling scene on the docks. She reflects on how she could have handled it, but dealing with invasive species is a tricky matter. Perhaps the river itself will offer guidance? “Invasives” by M. A. Phillips Yesterday, Issue 3 of Stone, Root, and Bone ezine released! That means myContinue reading “My Newest Short Story: “Invasives””

Working with the Land

This weekend, I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a few years – I started an asparagus bed. Having come to appreciate the nutritious veggies as an adult, it’s a bit surprising that I hadn’t looked into growing them before! You’ve seen photos of my garden, right? It just seems like something I’dContinue reading “Working with the Land”

Three Things Thursday: Growing Food, an Equinox Scavenger Hunt, and a New Excerpt

Once more, I’m squishing three mini blog posts together into a big one for your viewing pleasure! Here you’ll find some musings on the Spring Equinox, an activity for you to do with the little ones during isolation, and a new excerpt from an upcoming short story! Growing Food   My seeds from Pinetree GardenContinue reading “Three Things Thursday: Growing Food, an Equinox Scavenger Hunt, and a New Excerpt”

The Pea Shelling Rite

I was working in the garden this afternoon. Specifically, I was pulling out the dried pea plants and shelling the pods to save seeds. No matter how frequently we pick and eat fresh snap peas through June and July, the plants are usually tired and brown a few weeks following Lughnasadh. The final harvest isContinue reading “The Pea Shelling Rite”

I Should Have Listened

I killed a bird today. I never meant to, but it happened. Earlier this summer, I bought some netting in an attempt to protect some berry bushes, and I also put it over my squash after a chipmunk got the only fruit on the vine. I was discouraged and just wanted to protect my harvest.Continue reading “I Should Have Listened”

Druidry and the Land

Summer is here, and that means I’m in and out of my garden multiple times a day. Gardens take work, but it’s a relaxing, uplifting labor or love. I often find myself lost in contemplation. I thought about how it’s a perfect metaphor for my religion, but then I realized that it is my religion.Continue reading “Druidry and the Land”

The Plant Spirit Ally Challenge is Coming Soon!

I’m very excited to announce that I’m taking part in the upcoming Plant Spirit Ally Challenge hosted by Hagstone Publishing. You can read all about it here so that you, too, can participate! Specifically, I’m co-hosting days 2 and 22. After much thought, and many hints over the last few weeks, I will be workingContinue reading “The Plant Spirit Ally Challenge is Coming Soon!”

Silver Lining

I was brushing off my car, the wind whipping my hair around my face, when I caught myself silently grumbling about winter.  I actually really like winter, but I dislike driving in lake effect snow, and I don’t know of anyone who enjoys brushing off their car. As true as that is, I stopped the momentContinue reading “Silver Lining”

30 Days Magical Roots Challenge – Days 12-15

I feel like there’s a maelstrom swirling around inside me lately.  Along with relaxing to some of my favorite shows, I’ve been throwing myself into writing.  Writing anything – my book, blog updates, tweets, even my first fanfic – just to keep that swirl of stressful worries from tearing me open.  With that in mind,Continue reading “30 Days Magical Roots Challenge – Days 12-15”