about

Welcome to Thoughts from a Threshold. I use this blog for public discussion of all sorts of Pagan related topics (in a very broad sense) from books to research methods, extended metaphors to ritual theory, interacting with seekers to pedagogical techniques.

Besides this site and an info site where I park links to published stuff elsewhere, I started and maintain the Seeking site, which has over 120 essays and articles focusing on early stages of learning about religious witchcraft (with a substantial amount of it also being of use to people interested in other Pagan paths.)

This section of pages

These contain some useful background about me, this site, and how I use some terms and concepts.

more about me

The basics:

Female, 40, live with my cat in the Boston metro area.

I grew up in a different Boston suburb, went to college in the area, and then moved to Minnesota for 12 years (where I became Pagan, found an initiatory tradition, and eventually got both my 3rd degree and finished my Master’s in Library and Information Science degree in the same 6 months.)

In August 2011, I moved to rural Maine for a new job, and then back to the Boston area (for a different new job) in May 2015. I’m delighted to be back in my home ground, and near lots of friends and awesome things.

I have a small handful of chronic health issues which range from ‘tedious’ to ‘seriously affecting daily life in complicated ways’ depending on how many of them are flaring at a time.

Religious life:

I’m a priestess, a witch, and general geek about religious theory and practice.

I’m particularly interested in the use of music in magical and ritual work, group dynamics and other ‘healthy community’ issues, and how to spend more time doing the things I like and less time on the things I’m not so crazy about. I’ve also focused on how to improve research and critical reading/thinking skills in the Pagan community. My personal ritual work tends toward the meditative and introspective side, with a dash of magical work for specific reasons.

I was on the board of the Twin Cities Pagan Pride event from 2005 to 2011 mostly as Programming chair or co-chair. It’s given a lot for me to think about in terms of community interaction, though my preference for ritual work is in a very small group (small coven) environment. I was one of the co-founders of Paganicon, a spring hotel-based Pagan conference and was the hotel chair through 2014.

Interests:

I read anything that sits still long enough. On the fiction side, there’s an emphasis on thought-provoking urban fantasy, dystopia novels, and character-driven speculative fiction. On the non-fiction side, I’m fond of narrative non-fiction and microhistories. I’m on the computer a lot, and read a lot there.

Computer interests include online communities, online gaming (I’ve played World of Warcraft on and offsince it came out, though I’m very much a casual player), and a number of online discussion forums. Non-computer hobbies include drop spinning (a recent passion), a 29 string folk harp, and making bread.

Day job:

I finished my Master’s in Library and Information Science degree in the summer of 2007, and I worked until June 2010 as a school librarian at an independent non-religious high school (grades 9-12, or about ages 14-18 for non-US folks.)

I then spent nearly four years as a librarian focusing on information technology training and resources at a small public university in rural Maine.

Since May 2015, I’m effectively a special librarian: I work at a larger educational institution, and provide research and reference help using a unique collection. A lot of my job is helping people track down very specific resources or details, and I love that.

Professional interests:

  • Just plain helping people find information (and other resources) that matter to them.
  • Online safety and literacy issues (from a non-alarmist point of view)
  • How libraries can better serve ‘invisible’ populations (with a particular interest in minority religious groups, especially Pagans)
  • Reader’s advisory (the library jargon term for “What do I read next?”)
  • Policy development and practical adaptation.

Got questions?

The easiest way is to use the Contact Me form (tab on the top header). Unless I’m amazingly busy or offline, I usually answer email within a day or two. If you don’t hear from me after 3-5 days, please feel free to leave a comment on an appropriate entry.

If you leave me a comment, I can see your email address (and can reply privately) but other people can’t. So you can leave a comment with “Hi, got something I’d like to discuss in email.” and I’ll email you from there, if you prefer.