Monthly Archives: January 2018

Book Review: Persephone

One of the things I do when I am preparing for Spring Mysteries is read as much as I can. I read scholarly research, websites, devotional anthologies, and fiction. Yes, I enjoy reading modern fiction about the Gods.

Persephone by Kaitlin BevisI don’t often expect a lot out of the fiction, especially because much of it is Young Adult. (I’m not knocking Young Adult Fiction – there’s some pretty amazing stuff out there in the YA genre. There’s also some pretty amazing drivel.) For example, a few years ago, I read a YA novel about the Furies being modern day teenage girls. It was a nice distraction, but I didn’t give much weight to it’s interpretation of the Furies.

So I wasn’t expecting a lot when I came across a book in the library’s e-book section called Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis. Especially because the description read:

The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.

Boreas? Trying to abduct Persephone? And THAT’S why she ends up in the Underworld? I really wasn’t expecting much. Boy, was I surprised! Well, once I got past the Boreas bit.

I truly enjoyed Ms. Bevis’s dialogue, especially between Hades and the crew in the Underworld. She writes a human-ness into the Gods, even while setting them apart from the rest of the humans. She creates a very logical world, with interesting rules such as, the Gods cannot lie; the Gods require worship to survive; worship is a broad term that includes people believing in them, as well as arguing about them, for example, whether or not Helios and Apollo are the same.

Kaitlin Bevis has definitely done her mythology homework, even if she does bend a bit here or there (even Rick Riordan does that). And for the record, Boreas did kidnap Oreitheiya in classical Greek mythology. I’m not convinced that is how winter began, but the rest of the story is engaging enough that I can suspend my disbelief.

In fact, I so thoroughly enjoyed the first book, that I went out and purchased the Kindle version of all of the books in her Daughters of Zeus series. There are three Persephone books (Persephone, Daughter of Earth and Sky, and The Iron Queen), and three Aphrodite books (Aphrodite, Love and War, and Venus Rising). It’s been just over a week, and I only have the last one left to read.

If you like mythological fiction, I highly recommend Kaitlin Bevis’s books.



PS. Full disclosure: if you buy any of the books I recommend, I receive NO commission. Enjoy!


Breakdown, No Breakdown

I don’t know if you noticed. I didn’t blog last week. That’s because instead of making it home after rehearsal for Spring Mysteries, we were stuck in Washington.

As we were on our way to rehearsal, the battery light came on. There didn’t seem to be any other effects, and it didn’t come back on after we made a stop, so we hoped it was just a fluke.

It wasn’t. The battery light came back on as we were on the way home. When we were about 40 miles from the border, the engine began revving high, and then other indicators started lighting up the dashboard. We pulled off at the next exit, which thankfully wasn’t far, and also had a gas station. Also, thankfully, we switched our cell plans a while ago so that we don’t have extra charges when in the US.

The first phone call I made was home to my eldest, who thankfully was home, and has his drivers license. I asked him to drive his brothers to school the next morning. My husband went into the gas station and got the phone number for a local auto shop. Next I called friends in Washington, Bella and Dusty. They agreed to come pick us up so we could stay with them for the night, and help us get back the next morning.

Then I sent a text message to the manager at work, letting him know I wouldn’t be in on Monday. He was awesome about it, asking if there was anything he could do to help. (There wasn’t, and it was nice to be asked.)

While we were waiting, I was patient and read. There was no panic. No freak out.

I had one moment of stress a couple of hours later. Our friends had over an hour drive to get us, and we had not eaten. We stopped for food, and it wasn’t quite what I had been looking forward to having (before the van stopped working). I was hungry, and the reality that I wasn’t going to see my boys or sleep in my own bed hit me pretty hard. With a couple of hugs, and a dose of Rescue Remedy, the moment passed quickly.

The next day, our friend Dusty took amazing care of us. He drove us to our van, and followed us to the auto shop to make sure we made it safely. Then he took us to lunch and to hang out with another friend while we waited for the repairs to be completed. The shop was able to replace the alternator (which was the problem) within a few hours. And the repairs didn’t cost more than we were able to cover.

For something that wasn’t a fun situation, it really had the best outcome possible. I am so grateful that it all went so smoothly and easily. And even more, I’m grateful that I was able to handle it without breaking down or getting upset with anyone.

The Universe threw me one more curve – Friday morning, the van had the exact same symptoms, as I was driving my boys to school. I got them safely to school, and the van to the shop. By sheer dumb luck, the part that was replaced was faulty. Our local shop was able to repair our van, again, and in time for us to make the trip to rehearsal. They are checking on the warranty on the part for us. Once again – so full of gratitude!




The Journey Begins Once More

This weekend was the first read through for Spring Mysteries. I’m in for a busy spring!

SMF Poster 2018We only finished revising the script Thursday evening. We had tried to complete it the week before, and the internet went out at the Tab…for the better part of a week. However, we got it done at the 11th hour!

I took Friday off work, since the boys were still out of school, and we did some shopping in Vancouver and Washington. It was a VERY long day – getting up for one of the first ferries, to make sure we had enough time to do all the errands we had planned.

The nice part of that was we got to spend Saturday with our spiritual family, and connecting with the people who have held our roles in previous years. However, that meant that Saturday was another LONG day of rituals!

Sunday was the read through. We actually got to read through the entire script! There are still a few tweaks to be made, and it was wonderful to hear the interactions between cast members. I’m really looking forward to what this year, especially the next few months, has to bring.

It was still a rush to make the not-last ferry to get home. We made it right about midnight. I’m tired. And I’m looking forward to next weekend already!

Are you registered for Spring Mysteries Festival? It is well worth the pilgrimage…



What is your daily practice?

The turning of the wheel (in other words, the new year) has most people thinking about New Year’s resolutions.

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that I’m not really one for making resolutions. I’ve begun thinking about the goals I have for the coming year, evaluating what worked and what didn’t this past year. The biggest thing I’m thinking about tweaking right now is my daily practice, as well as my weekly practice.

My current daily practice is mostly meditation. Each morning, I meditate for about 20-40 minutes. (OK, OK. Most mornings. I like to sleep in on weekends, and that usually messes with my routine.) Then I stretch for 12-20 minutes. Then it’s time to get up for work.

Last month, I started going to yoga during my lunch break a couple of times a week. I definitely plan to continue that. I’ve missed it over the past couple of weeks.

I’ve also missed writing in my journal. And I’ve have not been great at keeping up with my Passion Planner. So I’m adding a daily and weekly review/planning to my daily practice. I know how important it is to track my progress.

Why is a daily practice so important? If you want to grow or improve in any area, you have to work at it. Regularly. I didn’t get to where I am, in my life, in my spirituality, in my relationships, in my personal growth, without working at it. More than just now and then. Consistently.

Just like if your goal is to improve your fitness, you eat right and exercise consistently. Eating well once a week, or exercising once a month will not create the change you desire. Meditating once in a while, or working towards a goal occasionally isn’t going to get you there.

So what’s your daily practice?