After the Rain…

After the Rain…

Taking a creative writing course this semester, this week one of our prompts was to write a poem based on two contrasting paint colors—I immediately knew which colors I wanted to use, so here is After the Rain...

News: June 23, 2020

News: June 23, 2020

This last week is being posted a bit late because I took one of my summer trips across Alaska, and my boyfriend and I ended up taking a road adventure all the way to Homer, Alaska. So I'm backdating this entry for the day after I left on my trip--my apologies! We're exploring the last of the Oregon Urban Legends and Ghost Lore this week with the reports of a ghost soldier, tortured and killed mental patients, the ghosts of the Flavel family, and a haunted lighthouse! Enjoy!

A Candle and a Galdr – Overcoming Enemies

A Candle and a Galdr – Overcoming Enemies

At some point about seven years ago, I came to a crossroads in my practice of witchcraft. I had put all of my craft supplies away, I rarely lit incense and I couldn't remember the last time I had lit a candle. That's not to say that these things are necessary in every practice, they were simply ways that I would have otherwise regularly manifested my intentions. I had lost myself in my marriage to my now-ex; I could no longer recognize myself. After about a year and a half of living that way, I moved to Alaska and had the most life-changing experience. I had never struggled so much before, just to keep a roof over my head and put food in the fridge--we hadn't prepared enough financially for the move to be comfortable the first few months. It took a long time before I felt comfortable and I couldn't have gotten to that point without the support of new friends in my life. To make this already long story as short as possible, I found myself interested in finding my roots. After a DNA test, I found that a lot of my heritage was Scandinavian and German--I already knew about the German ancestry and had even studied the language for two years while in college. I found myself learning more about the older Scandinavian practices that weren't as widely talked about, as the witchcraft I had spent the previous fifteen years learning and practicing. That's when I discovered galdr--essentially a spell, but with the connotations of being Icelandic in nature--galdr led me to galdrastafur, which is simply-put, Icelandic Stave Magic.

News: June 09, 2020

News: June 09, 2020

We're still exploring urban legends of Oregon, but this week we're starting to explore Alaska as well! Take a look at some of these interesting tales that have documented first-hand reports. Later on, I tackled some of the literature that Richard Matheson produced--you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that this month's dead author wrote quite a bit that you'll be familiar with!

News: June 02, 2020

News: June 02, 2020

This is the first time we've looked into the UFO side of the paranormal horror culture, but this particular story is one of the longest-lived UFO sightings in the history of Oregon! After the UFO sightings of McMinnville, we have the Haunting of Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City--which seems to be possibly one of [...]