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The False Husband

Today I read a post on Facebook about a couple who decided to write a book to counter in their opinion the deleterious affect fairytales like Cinderella and Rapunzel have on the minds of young women.  These stories are of young women who are trapped and helpless and feel they can’t move on without the male heroes rescue.  The women wrote a contemporary book about real life women who created and manifested their own realities. I think some of the characters in the book were about women like Freda Kahlo, Helen Keller, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, maybe Oprah.  All great names and definitely inspiring stories of the lives of women who are excellent role models for young women.  I have to agree 100% that young girls need all the knowledge they can get on how to be strong for themselves. Continue reading The False Husband

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Vasilissa The Beautiful

My birthday was a few weeks ago.  For my birthday I treated myself to a mortar and pestle to grind some spices.  I usually use my food processor to grind them but was feeling like I wanted the experience of using a mortar and pestle.  As I was grinding away, the sweet scent of cassia, that’s Cinnamon, wafting through the air, I was reminded of the fairytale Vasilissa the Beautiful.  In the story there is an old witch called the Baba Yaga who rides in a mortar and pestle.  The whole thing made me giggle and glow with a knowing smile as a warm comforting nostalgic connection to the many beings who all across the world throughout history have had the experience and joy of grinding spice.   Continue reading Vasilissa The Beautiful