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The magic and metafiction of “The Witch of Portobello”

The magic and metafiction of “The Witch of Portobello”

As a modern Pagan, it’s absolutely wonderful to see a writer treating magic and the supernatural in such a…natural way. Paulo Coelho’s The Witch of Portobello speaks frankly about magic and its place in the world, and more importantly, accepts it.

The Witch Athena may be a troubled character, but her struggles and her art resonated deeply with me. To find a character that I could relate to on a spiritual level, well, that doesn’t happen very often, and this is a book I’ll come back to because of that.

May the Fourth Be With You! 2015

May the Fourth Be With You! 2015

May the Fourth is my favorite holiday. Duh. The following are things I may or may not be doing today to celebrate. Lightsaber duel with dogs Stand in front of automatic doors and wave hand like a Jedi Read a Star Wars book or comic Watch Rebels Watch one+ Star Wars films Talk like Yoda...

#FridayReads: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

#FridayReads: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

Suicide is not the kind of thing you discuss at the dinner table. Even when we do talk about it, we tend to take one point of view: Prevent it at all costs. But who are we to decide what course someone else should take? Miriam Toews’ novel All My Puny Sorrows raises that question...

Nature Blog: Take heaven where you find it

Nature Blog: Take heaven where you find it

This post originally appeared on February 26, 2012 on Nature Writing. During my nature writing class at Chatham University’s MFA program, I had to keep a weekly nature blog. Each of us picked a place and spent thirty minutes in that place each week, and then wrote a blog post about it. I’ve just bought...

Deadlines work — If you know how to use them

Deadlines work — If you know how to use them

You might think a self-imposed deadline will motivate you to write that story, research that paper, or establish your vegetable garden. It won’t. At least, it won’t if you don’t have a plan to back it up. I have learned this from depressing, depressing experience. Here’s an example from last fall. It’s about September, and...