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I’m blogging over at Magpie Girl now. Please re-set your RSS feeds and such and come on over! Urban Abbess-type posts appear under the Priestessy Thoughts category. You can also support my new etsy shop. Hope to see you soon!

Hiver: A Zine for Midwinter


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Many of you have traveled with me through the saga of chronic migrianes. About a year and a half ago I wrote about packing up all of my art-and-writing projects and putting them in the box headed for the basement. When I did that I had just begun on and idea for a ‘zine — actually for a series of ‘zines — and that is the project who’s death I mourned the most.

It’s truly a sign of my increasing health then, to introduce to you my first, flawed attempt at a ‘zine.

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This tiny edition, Hiver, is a collection of essays, songs, recipies, and petite pieces of art to get you through the grey … {read more…}

Something Good Finally Got Itself Born!


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My new arty website if FINALLY up! I’m so happy I could sing and dance. There are still some empty pages, and loads of content yet to come, especially on the recommendation page. But do, Do, DO go check out for me si vous plait. It’s right here:

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The goodness of unfinished stories.


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Well, here I am back at work and ready to finish up the collage journal I’ve been working on since last Summer. Alas, the scanner refuses to play nice with the computer and I can’t get the last two pages ready for print! Stymied from bringing even just one project to completion, I am a frozen by the possibilities of tinkering with dozens of unfinished or yet-to-be-started projects. It’s been two weeks without creating anything more solid than Christmas cookie dough. I’m not stuck exactly, just sort of stiff in the artistic joints. “So,” I say to myself, “Let’s warm up with a nice little blog.”

Let’s talk a bit about the creative process shall we? It’s a long … {read more…}

Winter Solstice


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I am gathering up yards of fabric, wrapping it around my forearms, letting it move through my hands. It slips across the threshold of the sewing machine, changing before my eyes from simple yardage into the magic of a gypsy tent.

I gather the lengths up in my arms, run up the stairs to a room large enough for its spread. I measure and clip, and pin; then run down the stairs again to sew another long, almost-perfect seam. Through the din of an almost-ignorable migraine and the slight fuzz of vasoconstrictors, I watch as the purple velvet joins the blue-on-blue stripe knit joins the panels of mahogany micro suede joins the remnants of dark denim embellished with ivory ribbons. … {read more…}

A Room of One’s Own


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I am in my studio. Magpie Girl Studios. Catie think’s it suits. This morning she said, “You are like a Magpie, Momma. That words sounds spunky and….cool, like you!”

It does looks like a magpie’s den. For starters, there are three vintage glasses on the book shelf: the umber wineglass spilling over with marbles, the green pudding cup filled with skeleton keys, and the emerald water goblet a resting place for my cell phone. Next to them lies a rusty tackle box rescued from a junk shop on my glorious Rockaway retreat with Jen. For my birthday Paul cleaned and painted the interior and now its accordion trays house the flotsam and jetsam of my craft – saint medallions, sparkling … {read more…}

For those of you who love jenlemen.com…


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you may not understand that some of her best stuff is in pictures on her flickr site. I’ll just help you along by posting the link here.

Poetry Slam


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Four diverse poems from our French Pantoum experiment. Enjoy!

Anger

Anger grips my heart
Anger makes me see red
Words will not express it
I scream in frustration

Anger makes me see red
It fuels the pursuit of change
I scream in frustration
Change takes too long

It fuels the pursuit of change
Words will not express it
Change takes too long
Anger grips my heart

-Tonya Hyde

Bon’s Song

Morning sunrise
Kissing her good morning
Sharing the drive
Evening sunset

Kissing her good morning
Holding her hand
Evening sunset
Kissing her goodnight

Holding her hand
Sharing the drive
Kissing her goodnight
Morning sunrise

-Timothy Ray

mama god papa god

skin like ebony —
or is it alabaster?
clothed in saris airy white
shot through with color
they come

laughing on bare - - or sandaled –feet
bejewlled and painted
strong arms of sculptor’s sinew
now outstretched,
now clapping

their mouths sweet with cream
and honey
tangy of … {read more…}

Eden’s French Pantoum About Fall (best read outloud while looking at autumn leaves)


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seeing fall birds
eating pumpkin pie
snow (sometimes)
jumping into leaf piles

eating pumpkin pie
new clothes
jumping into leaf piles
going to school

new clothes
snow (sometimes)
going to school
seeing fall birds

by Eden Claire Mee Chapman, age 7

French Pantoum


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Wish you were drinking cafe in Paris, writing ever-so-wonderful poetry in your journal while you wear your beret? Get a little taste of the writer’s life by trying your hand at a French pantoum. Feel oo la la and tres intelligent by using this pattern to turn simple phrases into a surprisingly good poem.

Send me your results and I will put them all up in a virtual poetry reading post — with a link to your own website or blog, bien sur! You can reach me at urbanabbess at monkfish-abbey dot org [new address: moi at magpie-girl dot com].

Many thanks to Christine Valters Paintner at Sacred Center for introducing me to this art-as-spiritual-practice technique.

French Pantoum

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