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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Odds and Ends

Squirrel defense--not for the faint of heart. They are wily little creatures; smart, inventive, tenacious, comical. I am thinking of placing screening over the pots of my container garden, held down by rocks. I expect to see tiny bulldozers at work in a few days, driven by helmeted squirrels with names like Hunk and Mac.  Harm none is the code I live by. I am normally a gentle, loving witch. These little guys will have to work a little harder to steal my garden booty. No rest for the Wiccan.


Any opinions on the new J.K. Rowling Pottermore website? Just read a little about it this morning. It is a place for fans to read more about all the characters, new material, get assigned to a house in Hogwarts, receive a free wand and a lot more. Serious fans will love it. I enjoyed all the books and the movies, but I am not tempted by this. I would have liked a new series from Rowling; such an excellent writer.

The Syracuse newspaper, The Post Standard, for the last couple of months, has been running a daily column written by various religious and spiritual leaders in our area. This column has featured writers of Islamic, Hindu, Catholic, Jewish, Native American faiths. The aim is to expose and introduce other views besides the daily Christian column written by the Reverend Billy Graham, a column that is nationally syndicated. This week's writer is Mary Hudson, the pagan chaplain at Syracuse University. It runs from June 19th through June 23rd. She writes about the Summer Solstice and how to put the energy of the Sun to work in our lives. Here is the link to June 19th's column and you can link from there to read the successive articles. Mary Hudson.  I think you will enjoy seeing a pagan writer featured in the newspaper, and her words are stirring. She is a friend of mine, and is also going to be the Officiant at my daughter's wedding.

Tomorrow is Friday. Hey, I will be announcing my giveaway on Friday. Tomorrow! Be sure to tune in.


mxtodis123 said...

And these squirrels can be very spoiled as well. A few years back they were getting into everything, so I begin buying mixed nuts and putting them on my back porch for them. It worked. They left everything else alone. Then one day I went to the store and they were out of mixed nuts, so I purchased some peanuts. Lo and behold, the little critters refused to eat them.

Robin Larkspur said...

Mary, I can not believe the squirrels turned down peanuts!

Anonymous said...

And here I am wanting squirrels to my garden :-) :-) :-) But ours are to afraid of the cats and dogs in the neighborhood so I doubt I´ll ever get them here.

I´ll check out that web site but I don´t feel it´s something for me. I love the books and tolerates the movies :-) :-)

How interesting that they let other religions get a chance to be seen in a newspaper! I´ll read it after writing here.

Have a great day!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

How great for a mainstream paper to include paganism in its series on other religions. Usually that's the one that gets "forgotten," LOL!

Magic Love Crow said...

Hi Robin ;o) I have this picture in my head of squirrels driving tiny bulldozers! LOL! I forgot to tell you yesterday, that my mom's parsley, basil, rosemary, and chives, never get touched. Her herbal garden is in between two trees, with other flowers, like daisies. She never plants them in pots. Just an idea for you ;o) I read the article, it's great! Haven't been to J.K 's Pottermore site. I agree, would love to see a new series! Have a wonderful day!

Jeanne said...

Great article!! Thank you for sharing the link. :0) How wonderful to have a friend in Mary. And to have her Officiate at your daughter's wedding.

I wish you luck on the 'squirrel proofing'. Please keep us posted. :0)

Kallan said...

Hey there kiddo! Loved this blog post. I've gotten to a point where I've stopped viewing my garden as mine. Plants belong to the Universe as much as the squirrels, rabbits and I do. I agree to take on caring for them, but squirrels and rabbits gotta eat too.. when I finally came to that realization, it was amazing how everyone has been willing to share.. including the squirrels ;)

The Traveler said...

I am so picturing squirrels in hard hats having a lunch break and chatting now, lol. A pagan in a mainstream paper by invitation is such an awesome thing! Thanks so much for sharing it.

Róisín said...

I'm really sorry, but I've been quite enjoying reading about your squirrel problems :) I know it's no fun for you, but your writing about them is a wee bit hilarious. As I said, sorry! Anyway, I'm glad to be able to comment again. Like yourself I've been having a bit of bother with Blogger though my troubles have been a bit hit of miss. Sometimes it's fine, but other times it kept signing me out when I went to comment, or just wouldn't let me view my dashboard. It all seems to have worked itself out now though. Anyway, just to let you know, I have been keeping up to date here!
Hope you had a lovely midsummer,

Roisin x

Mina said...

That squirrel is hilarious. "No rest for the Wiccan". You are too funny.

What a wonderful article written by your friend, Mary Hudson. It is so great to see a variety of beliefs publicly shared. Happy Saturday to you, Miss Robin!