Gratitude & the Great Turning: Five Things to Do

A garden is a great place to prepare for the Great Turning. You can tell almost immediately how well it is being tended. In a tended garden, there is a feeling of peace, busy peace, perhaps, with bees and hummingbirds, monarchs and swallowtails, but also a calm contentedness that comes when the weeds are not… Read more »

Finding your Sense of Place: Snakes on Amazon!

Find your sense of place again by reading Snakes! Leaping Goat Press has just released a second edition of my first novel Snakes, originally published in 2011 by il piccolo editions, Fisher King Press. It has a new cover described in an earlier post. As I have re-edited the book, I realize how much the writing of the story has formed my writing sense of self…. Read more »

The “Spiritualized Earth” and the Birth of the New Consciousness: Analytical Psychology and Biodynamic Farming: What Might Save Us

The “Spiritualized Earth” and the Birth of the New Consciousness: Analytical Psychology and Biodynamic Farming: What Might Save Us If you are in the Portland area this weekend, consider attending Patricia Damery’s Friday night lecture of the Oregon Friends of Jung at the First Methodist Church on 1838 SW Jefferson Street, Portland. Free parking. $12… Read more »

Manger Scene

Manger Scene My sister and I called the nativity the “manger scene”. We would get the set out of the attic for the first Sunday in Advent. The scene had the holy family, of course, and an assortment of angels, but also a cow, donkey, two sheep, and a shepherd. My grandmother’s set was so… Read more »

Thanksgiving Memories and Blessings

Casey and Melissa with Hosts (Angels!!) in Scotland         Several years ago when my son Casey and his partner Melissa were on an extended European trip and backpacking in Scotland, our friend Norma arranged for them to stay with friends a few days to dry out and warm up. We received a… Read more »

The Chicks of ’66

“Chicks” of ’66 Graduating Class     We were the largest baby boomer class to go through our school, around 60 in our high school graduating class, and most of us had been together since first grade. Many of our fathers farmed as we began first grade; very few did by the time we were… Read more »

Smoky Talks Book Review of Snakes, by Patricia Damery

JUNE 27, 2011 · 4:20 PM ↓ Jump to Comments Smoky Talks Book Review of Snakes, by Patricia Damery Snakes, by Patricia Damery Review by Smoky Zeidel, Author of Observations of an Earth Mage, The Cabin, and Redeeming Grace. Fisher King Press, 2011, $17.97 Someone who reads as much as I read obviously has a love affair… Read more »

May 12 Reading, Point Reyes Station, California

Photo by Jan Beaulyn On May 12 Patricia Damery will read from Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation and her just published novel, Snakes, as a part of Soul Food Series. Both books address the impact of the end of an agrarian culture and the rise of the industrial and technological age on the human… Read more »

Snakes and ” The Light of Nature”

Snakes and ” The Light of Nature” Where we live in northern California, late March into April is the time large gopher snakes come out of hibernation. This year, with the cold, wet spring, they are late. We have yet to find them laying in the sun in the gravel or in the mowed grass… Read more »