Favorite Sites . . .
The first place I look for mythological information. A labyrinthine compendium of mythological links. Like wandering through a museum filled with fascinating objects accompanied by a brilliant interpreter, Kathleen Jenks.
Another comprehensive site embracing a range of spiritual beliefs. Great interviews and articles, a quiz to help you identify your beliefs (I found this both illuminating and disturbing), columns by notables like Starhawk and Caroline Myss, etc.
The first web site I ever visited and one to which I return frequently (usually to pull a divinatory card from Lunaea's beautiful tarot deck). Information on Lunaea's priestess training course plus a great collection of articles and links. Everything Lunaea does she does with style.
The Comfort Queen
I love Jennifer Louden's newsletterthe Self-Care Minder, especially her personal and candid reflections on how she finds comfort and joy in the midst of the a busy life.
Women of Wisdom - Annual Conference on Women's Spirituality
I've been attending this wonderful conference for years. It's always a rich experience. I am deeply grateful to have this opportunity to work with and study with some of the most amazing and inspiring women of this century.
My newsletter is inspired, in both design and intention, by Molly Gordon's wonderful email newsletter: The New Leaf. If you are an entrepreneur, a small business owner, particularly of an internet business, a creative artist or a coach, you will probably enjoy her weekly ideas for keeping on focus and finding new clients. I also recommend her Authentic Promotion course which changed the way I value my own work and, incidentally, finally pushed me into setting up these links.
Joanna Powell Colbert, Web Design
Joanna sparked the idea for this website and in doing so, changed my life. She guided me through the planning process, created the beautiful design for the site and maintains it impeccably. I think she's simply the best web designer I know. She's able to discern the soul of the business and design a website that illustrates and embellishes that essence. She does the same thing in her artwork (www.jpc-artworks.com) and her Gaian Tarot deck (www.gaiantarot.com).
WHC World Kigo Database
A fabulous site offering a selection of seasonal words (kigo) from around the world, for the benefit of those writing haiku.
Lori DeMarre, Photographer
My talented friend, Lori DeMarre, is a brilliant artist and portrait photographer. She works with integrity and respect, capturing the inner essence of her subjects in luminous photographs.
Folklore and portraits of folk-hero saints, on parchment and as plaques by Patricia Banker. A beautiful site and a labor of love.
The web garden home of EagleSong and Sally King, two of my favorite local herbalists, who offer classes, herbal tours in the Northwest and herbal products, including the ingredients to make a fabulous root beer.
CALENDARS AND ALMANACS
Quicksilver Productions (Pocket Astrologer)
My favorite calendar Jim Maynard's Pocket Astrologer is finally available on the web. It's the calendar I use for all my astrological references, like the dates and times of the equinoxes and solstices, Mercury retrograde, moon signs and moon void of course. It's filled with other lovely features (planets to watch for, most visible meteor showers) and attractive art and I love the small size, just right for carrying in your pocket, although I always keep it beside my desk. Jim Maynard also produces other calendars (wall size, datebooks).
Pip Wilson has been supporting my website for years, patiently waiting for his turn to get a link from me. I get his daily digest, a compendium of information for every day of the year, which is full of obscure and interesting facts, and sometimes fascinating rants from Pip. I also love his manual on how to feel good in which he lists his aims in life: (a) feel ecstatic and loving; (b) fulfil my dreams; (c) be useful to my family, humanity and the Universe; (d) harm no one and no thing; (e) waste no time.
Holiday Sites . . .
I knew I would love this web site when it opened with a gorgeous image of a field of heritage wheat. Sharon Rempel describes how she got interested in growing heritage strains of wheat, the information she has collected (including photos and pedigrees of variations of heritage wheat growing in Canada) and her research trips to learn about wheat in Ethiopia and Greece. In 2003, Slow Food nominated one of her wheat varieties to the Ark of Taste. Also includes articles and links.
American Museum of Straw Art
If you only look at one site, go to this one and take the virtual tour of woven straw art. It's just like walking through a museum. Great photos and informative captions. I came away with a new appreciation of the marvelous capabilities of woven grain and the spiritual dimension of this art.
Wheat Weaving Classes
List of teachers compiled by the Worldwide Wheat Weavers.
Wheat Weavings For Sale (and Viewing)
Many Hands Gallery
Features the work of Kathy Reid-Ready who lives in Trinidad, California. I particularly liked the pieces displayed in the Wheat Weaving Gallery 2 (that's the link I've provided) including traditional North African "cage" designs and a Welsh fan.
A site based on the idea that "live" foods promote health. Led me to all sorts of other cool web sites on fermenting foods including dairy, vinegar, pickles, plus beers and wines.
Wine Making in Pictures
This page provides a great visual description of a simple wine-making process. It's different from what I describe in the Harvest packet but similar enough so you can figure out how to make adjustments.
Jack Keller's Wine-Making Site
I don't think I'd like Jack Keller (nor would he like me) but I really like his website which has references to lots of other resources for the home wine-maker. He scoffs at making wine without chemicals but he provides great information about adapting recipes and making wine with wild plants: http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/plants.asp
Terry Garey's Joy of Wine
Another site friendly to beginning wine makers who want to use a simple process. Terry Garey offers reassuring advice and many recipes.
Making Simple Fermented Beverages
Chris Garrison offers a simple explanation of the home brewing process that can be used to make mead, beer or wine.