My last offering in the series of free spoken audio for The Ruin of Beltany Ring: A Collection of Pagan Poems and Tales is now available here and on SoundCloud. Check it out!
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One of the most important things we can do as women is to support the strength of other women. When we undermine the concerns of another woman, when we downplay her righteous anger, when we say to others that she 'just gets that way sometimes', 'had a hard life', or 'simply doesn't understand', we are saying to the world that the voices of women are not worth hearing. It is a fundamental betrayal, a violation of trust and it does harm to all women everywhere.
This is especially true in the face of casual misogyny. Our culture still supports this disempowerment of women at the hands of men by downplaying the significance of it or dismissing the objections of women who are victims of it. Men who disempower women with their casual words and behaviors are often excused because of their advanced years, their cultural milieu, their odd sense of humor and so forth, while the women who defend themselves against this disempowerment are often told they need to be more understanding,...more
The birthday cake and frosting went over so well last night that I thought I'd post the recipe here. That way you can make it, and I'll remember it!
Vegan Chocolate Cake
2 1/2 C. All-Purpose Flour
2 C. Sugar
2/3 C. Cocoa Powder
2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 Tsp. Salt
2 C. Warm Water
2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
2/3 C. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Our Vegetable Oil of Choice in the House)
2 Tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (White Vinegar Will Work As Well)
Replace 2 1/2 C. All-Purpose Flour with 2 1/2 C. Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix
Add 1 Tbsp. Ground Chia or Flax Seed
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 13" x 9" cake pan or two round layer cake pans. In a large mixing bowl, whisk all of the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients and blend with a hand mixer until...more
I think I finally have our family recipe down to a science for this hugely delicious and nutritious hot beverage, so I thought I'd share it. I use a Vitamix to both blend and heat it, but you could easily substitute that for a saucepan and whisk, though you'd have to figure out your powdered ginger proportions in that case.
2 Cups Almond Milk
1 TBSP Agave Nectar
1 TSP Turmeric
1/2 TSP Cinnamon
1/8 TSP Cardamom
Thumbnail-Sized Chunk of Fresh Ginger
Pinch of Black Pepper
Toss everything into the Vitamix and blend on high until it's hot. Easy-peasey.
Woot! Woot! The Kindle edition of "Grandmother Mælkevejen's Belly: A Novelette of the Lodhuven" is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com with a projected release date of April 1, 2015. The story is priced at $0.99, so you won't have to plunk down too much coin if you're interested in it. I'm still working on post-production for the audio version, but I'll get that info to you as soon as it's available.
And while I'm on the subject, here's the thing about pre-orders on Amazon. They're all processed on release day, which can give a story a good bump in sales ratings out of the starting gate, and that can help other people find it. So if you're...more