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Yearning for a little mystery, a connection to nature, something to wonder about?  

Settle in, grab a cup of tea, read on and let the wondering begin. 

We're sharing stories, happenings, divinations, poetry and more.

We aren't in a hurry, sometimes the greatest treasures are the little things that happen in between the moments.

Claire's Corner: One and All

Poetry from Claire Sylvan’s book, Turnings

One and All

Look around. See the beauty of us all.
We are so many faces, so many bodies.

We are the particular strands of a spider's web,
The scrape of rock, the dance of serpent,
The sinuousness of your hand.

Take it all in, all.
Listen, do you...

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Claire's Corner: Beltane

Poetry from Claire Sylvan’s book, Turnings


Winter was long, dark, still.
Some days I let go,
To sink into stone, and like a stone, wait.

And now, undaunted by any human despair,
This relentless lusty earth has turned,
Surging out green.

A love-cry from deep in her belly rings out

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Claire's Corner: Coming Home to Earth

Poetry from Claire Sylvan’s book, Turnings

Coming Home to Earth

O Mother I have wandered,
Have spread only a quick nod, a wave, 
Hiding my own need for you, ignoring
My deep and complex rooting in your heart.

You have called me, yes,
And all the tendrils of your love and care
Still yearn...

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Claire's Corner: Quilt Rules

Poetry from Claire Sylvan’s book, Turnings

Quilt Rules

A half yard of blue cotton,
Mottled with navy, laced with gold,
Calls, opens a window for me to leap through,
And a quilt beings.

Calling, Green! Turquoise! Red! And flowing Teal.
Come! This corner, this swirl
Needs what you alone can offer....

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Claire's Corner: Tea Ceremony

Poetry from Claire Sylvan’s book, Turnings

Tea Ceremony

Women gather in sacred tea circle,
Bringing our many threads.

Earth has offered her minerals, her humus,
To the tiny rootlets, drawn up in water’s embrace,
To the furthest branch,
Nourishing each fragrant leaf and bud
Yearning to...

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Claire's Corner: Winter Solstice

Poetry from Claire Sylvan's book, Turnings

Winter Solstice

This night is deep, silent.
Moon magic weaves shadow branches across the snow,
Weaves our changing lives
As we gather to mark this turning.

Sharp cold cracks wood at blade's persuasion;
The fire leaps, all are welcome here
To know earth's...

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