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I feel better… And it is terrifying!

Chronically Awesome Thanks!

I feel better. I have felt better since around the 18th of January and it is terrifying.

This is the longest stretch of feeling better that I have had since September.

Let me get this clear, feeling better does not mean I feel great, or even well. What I mean is, I have consistently been able to sit upright and potter around my house. I still only leave the house for medical appointments, and I need to have someone with me. I try, where possible, to space these trips out for fear of overdoing it.

I am still in almost constant pain, although some days I am experiencing brief periods of respite from that. I still take pregabalin regularly, but sometimes I don’t need to take the fourth, optional dose. I am no longer setting an alarm so that I can take the next dose of codeine.

Before September, I…

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Collaborative and Community Created Rituals without Set Scripts

The Druid's Garden

One of the questions that many druids face, particularly if they are working in a group of any size, is how to plan a good ritual.  A ritual that is meaningful, powerful, moving, and engaging to all participants.  I’m sure anyone who has attended a druid (or most other forms of pagan gathering) remembers standing around in a giant circle watching people read from scripts. Sometimes, a scripted ritual can be a moving and meaningful experience, particularly with competent ritualists.  Sometimes, however, they are not as moving or enjoyable.

The traditional scripted ritual goes something like this: a small group of ritualists design and plan a Samhain ritual. They put countless hours into the planning, and then bring in others to assign roles, practice the ritual, set the stage, and so on. A larger group of participants then come to attend the ritual. They may be able to participate at…

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When Fashion and Nature Collide – The Winter Outdoor Activities Issue

Hello!
The summer months are not the only time of year that you can take on the great outdoors. When it comes to winter, however, you do need to be a bit more prepared for the elements! Fortunately, there are ways to dress for winter outdoor activities that do not limit your ability to move, get crazy and have fun! Let’s take a look at some of the best ways.
For our January edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide I went skiing, skating, snowshoeing and I visited an alpaca farm… Yes, I layered like an onion but I made sure it was done properly and with style ––With the help of Lisa’s beautiful artwork! See below what she did with Darren’s onion drawing. Stunning, simply stunning art.
snowshoeing&onioncollage4Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Artwork by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper, & Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Photo…

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When Fashion and Nature Collide – Flowers January 2019.

The Arty Plantsman

This is my January 2019 contribution to our special project: When Fashion and Nature Collide

Happy New Year my friends 🙂

Normal blogging activity will hopefully resume soon, once I shake the winter doldrums. Meanwhile I have enjoyed looking at flower pictures from sunnier days when writing this post. Poor Dominique braved freezing conditions this past weekend to bring us her photographs. Go and have a well deserved hot chocolate my friend!

These flowers have provided the inspiration for Dominique‘s styling and Lisa’s art this month. Please go and visit their own blogs and see their posts. Collages used here were prepared by Dominique.

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Gazania krebsiana

Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Flower photography by Darren, collages compiled by 3C Style & Lisa.  Onion/Eye by Lisa & Darren from a concept by 3C Style

This is one of the wild South African Gazania, from which the garden varieties have been…

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Druidry for the 21st Century

The Druid's Garden

This is a challenging age, doubly so for anyone who is connected spiritually with the living earth and who cares deeply about non-human life. The Fourth National Climate Assessment, released towards the end of 2018, presents a dire picture for the future. This isn’t the only recent report from governing bodies globally–report after report continues to paint a clear picture of what humanity is doing, and what we need to do to change.  And yet, it seems to be business as usual.

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When I talk to druids about their thoughts about this present age, there seems to be a few ways to think about it.

First, the glass half empty approach is feeling extremely demoralized, looking at climate change reports and long-term forecasts and seeing the continued inaction on behalf of world leaders. The glass half empty approach may also have feelings that nothing we…

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