Missing the party - the aftermath

Okay. Don't hurt me. I missed the Practical Magic blog party.

BUT...don't hurt me. I'll go you one better. Reviews. Eh? Eh??? Little blurbs on all these different sites...

Wylde Wytch Soaps (yeah, I started from the bottom) looks like an amazing herbal sales-site. Not everyone has time to make all the herbal crafts that witches have a tendency to be into. The pictures are romantically stylish witchie and I prefer that big chunky-cake look to natural soaps. It looks very smell-good yummy.

Wood-wings...that one's interesting too. I don't really know if the picture-art belongs to the blogger, but the there is a collection eye-catching art which goes along with this individual's perspective of what is the expression known as art. The art is chosen to go along with random thoughts, which mesh well. Kind of like a 'thought of the day' blog. It's very pretty.

A crafter, the blog Wolf and Moon is trying to get revved up. Very hard-core and eclectic, I hope that she gets the energy and time that it takes to blog. :) Looks fun. She has a fabric shop, by the way, apparently. I really dig the old-school tattoo patterns. Makes me think about when I used to tattoo and pierce... it was fun...

An interesting eclectic, Witches' Poultice appears to be a the blog of a witchie mommie and her day to day life. Sweet and colorful, it is interesting watching other people grow in their spirituality.

Witch Reviews are just that - one witch that reviews movies, books, and music... Nice to have a witchier point of view. ;)

Wildwood Naturals is another store site. This one has handmade candles, smudge bundles, wooden athames (lovely) and even games for the family.

Now Wildberry Gatherings is a blog who's owner is a folk-artist. Hopefully we'll see more here. I like folk-art. Especially of the more magical nature. :)

I really do like Wendy's Adventures in Wonderland. It looks like all her stuff, artsy-craftsy-crazy and loaded with children. Sometimes children can bring the best out in a artist. You find yourself messing with media you've never dealt with before, throw in the creativity and craziness, and you've got some magical stuff happening!

Welcome to the Manor - I love all the blogging craziness. Especially with pictures, whether gleaned or a person's own. I like reading other people's insights. And the garbage soup with cheese looks delicious....

I like the thoughtfulness of Wandering in the Elven Wood. I completely agree too: with information overload, we have to pick and choose what we're going to take in.

The Wadsworth-Noll Studio is kind of a cool, artsy thing. Scuplture, photography and art - more of the modern-pagan feel to it. :) I like the little handcrafted 'zen-sible doll'. Very mod. :)

Wade MacMorrighan actually posted his MySpace profile...because he blogs. Which is cool. Networking is all good!

Another artist, Valerie Hart, catches my eye with her use of color. Her art has a whimsical feel to it, and I like the fact that there's so much that seems to go along with it.

Vagabond Creations is folk art gone wild. Love that. Folk art is cool, but I LOVE the explosion of color. There is something very different from usual folk-art or craft here, definitely.

And if shabby-chic is more your style, Two Wild Roses looks pretty happening! :)

There will be more to come...man...that list got long, didn't it?


zombie evolution revolution

Back to the thought of the evolution of ideas....the computer...the sound media...

When the hell did zombies evolve?

I think they were bad enough when they were slow, shambling things with rotting flesh dribbling off of them. But even Wikipedia has taken notice:

"21st century: Historically zombies have been portrayed as slow-moving creatures, however, zombies in recent popular culture have considerably increased their locomotion, as exampled in recent movies like 28 Days Later (and its sequel, 28 Weeks Later), the Dawn of the Dead remake, House of the Dead,Zombieland and the video games Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil, Left 4 Dead 2, Dead Rising, Stubbs the Zombie, Plants vs Zombies and partly Prototype. A short independent film titled "Zombie Awareness - An Educational Film" recently hit the Internet which furthers this growing trend by purporting to dispel common zombie myths, for better personal safety."

Now they're not portrayed as the soulless, shambling automations which were cursed by witch doctors or voodoo kings. Now...they're biologically altered specimens of things that used to be human beings, with the same desire for blood, flesh, and brains, but the tirelessness of computers and the constant speed of a cheetah at peak.

Different incarnation, same kind of scary-as-hell, I suppose.

madly (otherwise, Change)

I might as well be moving. :)

Change is inevitable, and most of the time, you're not really prepared for it. It never occurs to me in steps, just large dollops that take over my own personal universe like the Blob. Sometimes it's wonderful, other times it's horrible, but any time I think it's good...because it means that I am not static, and that there is growth and life continues on.

Sometimes it's not entirely the change that's mine though, but it doesn't mean that I am no less effected.

For instance....both beautiful and horrific? The act of child birth. It's tension-filled, the time seems to slow, and the spirit can be beat up in the brutality of conflicting emotions that go along with a new child coming into the world. There can be tensions about who is there during birth, friction between families, and all of that is nothing compared to what the new parents go through.

I got to catch it on film.

I've been two two births since my own, where I was actually in the room during birth. The first one is not so clear as this last one (last week), but then again, I got to catch it with the 'sport' setting on camera. Each still frame could be matched together to make a 'action flip book' for the mother if she wanted. The craziness is the brilliance of shade, of color, and lighting that the camera captured. The colors of the majority of the pictures were the colors of the real life experience. And perhaps not every photo op was taken, but it won't let me forget the color of the placenta chillin' in a large, flat metal dish which is disturbingly akin to the ones they use over warmed water in cafeterias.

But change can effect us without directly moving towards us, or directly impacting us. But it does impact.

I have a tendency to teach when I explain things. Not because I just really think I am a teacher, but because I have a necessity to be understood, so I take my time, elaborate on the points that I am trying to make, and ask often if I am understood, which can sometimes lead to lengthy discourse. I caught myself a few weeks ago, explaining the changes that I watched through audio media...from six tracks, to eight tracks, to vinyl, to cassettes, to cds, and now the mp3s.....and how computers evolved. From the stories I heard from my friends that worked with NASA and the endless 'card' programs, through four shades of monochrome, to VGA and beyond. It is surprises me that none of the younger people get to hear this, that they are not taught the leaps and bounds in technology we have made in the last 30 years. It's an amazing change....magic, in its own right.

Change can be frightening. Sometimes the gods ask of us to leap, unseeing, into the void to prove our love and devotion. It's a test of mettle, and I would not say it is something that happens often, but it does happen.

When it does, will you jump?