Blessed Beltane and Happy May Day!

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Lot going on on May 1!

If you are celebrating May 1 as International Workers Day, be safe!

No matter how peaceful your protest is planned to be, follow some safety rules. Take water and snacks, have a contact buddy who isn’t at the protest, plan a meeting place for you and your friends, and document, document, document. Keep track of exit routes. If possible, wear shatterproof lenses and do NOT wear contacts. Wear comfortable shoes! More tips at right-to-protest.org.

Remember the Haymarket Riot!

If you are celebrating May 1 as Beltane, and you are celebrating it in *ahem* an adult way, be safe! 

Just remember 2 magic words – Consent and Condoms!

If you are celebrating with a Maypole, or flower baskets, or a walk in the woods, Blessed Beltane to you! Have a lovely day and a lovely year!

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Between the Lines Book Club: Born a Crime

between the lines book club logoThis month in Between the Lines Book Club we are discussing Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. We will be meeting on April 27, 2019 to  discuss this book at 10:30AM at Arden Dimick Library. 

In the segment of The Daily Show below, Trevor Noah discusses the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, the activist who played a crucial role in ending Apartheid in South Africa and who reconciled the country upon becoming its first democratically elected president.

Tarot of the Month: In praise of Pamela Colman Smith

220px-Pamela_Colman_Smith_circa_1912This month let us recognize the woman who created the most iconic Tarot images – Pamela Colman Smith. In 1909, she was commissioned by Arthur Waite to illustrate a tarot deck. She was the first to create full illustrate the court and number cards as well as the cards of the Major Arcana.

Smith was well-known as a romantic illustrator, and she designed costumes and sets for the Lyceum Theater (then run by Dracula author Bram Stoker). Smith founded her own magazine, The Green Sheaf, and collected and retold Jamaican fairy tales. She was friends with W.B Yeats, actress Ellen Terry,  and actress Florence Farr, who modeled for Smith during the illustration of the tarot deck.

Like Arthur Waite, Smith was a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn. Her contemporaries speculated about her race (she was rumored to be biracial, although there is no evidence to support this) and her sexuality. Later in life Smith became a Catholic. Her style of art fell out of favor following WWI and is just now receiving renewed recognition.

For more about this amazing woman, here’s the entry I wrote for Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Between the Lines Book Club: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

between the lines book club logoWelcome to Between the Lines Book Club for April! This month we are reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. In this autobiography the current host of the Daily Show talks about growing up as a mixed-race child in South Africa during Apartheid, when sexual and romantic relationships between white people and black people were illegal.

We will be meeting at Arden Dimick Library on April 27, 2019 at 10:30AM to discuss the book. Here’s Trevor Noah’s introduction!

A late, happy post

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This post is late because my friends had a baby and I had the honor of helping them out right after the birth with their other kids, who are the sweetest kids ever. The next day I got to hold the baby. Is anything better than a sleeping baby? Besides handing them back to their parents when they wake up?

As Easter approaches, we are reminded of the universality of Spring festivals that rejoice in the end of winter. Here’s an article from Scientific American that debunks some myths and shares some true stories about the significance of eggs across cultures, and here’s one about the significance of bunnies.  The importance of chocolate, in my opinion, speaks for itself! How lovely to cuddle a baby during this season of birth…and how luxurious to eventually go home to bed!