Red Square Love

I never imagined that I would spend the turn of my third decade in Moscow’s Red Square, until it happened. Visiting Russia had long held a top spot on my bucket list but always seemed out of grasp. When I earned my TESOL/TEFL certifications a few years ago I started tutoring in English and German…

Epicurious in Asheville

Asheville really hits the spot when it comes to healthy food, funky beers, street art, flying freak flags, beautiful handmade goods, and world-famous breweries. I am quite lucky to have a big “framily” in Asheville and always look forward to seeing them, discovering new places, and settling into old haunts. Here is a collection of…

The Eostre Sabbat

The Spring Equinox falls between 19-22 March each year during a period when daylight and darkness is balanced, and the sun begins to move forward. Flowers start to bloom, lawns are continuously being mowed at awkward hours, and I have to stock up on sunscreen and Claritin. Now’s a good time as ever for a metal…

The Samhain Sabbat

Samhain falls on 1 November each year, just after Halloween and coinciding with festivals and holidays for remembering ancestors around the world. If you care to read more about some of them, check out my Venerate Your Dead blog series or search this site for #venerateyourdead. People of most cultures, and as in this case I am…

The Mabon Sabbat

Mabon is the autumn equinox and falls between 21-24 September. This is a relatively new name for the ancient Meán Fómhair that is sometimes known as the Harvest Home day and close to the Feast of the Ingathering. Pagans celebrate Mabon as the first of the three annual harvest festivals, with the second being Lammas (Lughnasadh)…

From Russia With Rap

(TL, DR: Enjoy this Russian Rap Playlist, suckas. Through my travels, I have fallen privy to unexpected information and earned some unconventional badges of expertise. It may come as a surprise, but for better or worse, I know my way around the core Russian rap scene.   A few people have laughed and been dismissive about the…