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The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl

I cannot put this book down!  I found it on discount trawling a local store with a friend, read a bit, then had a month or two when I could barely sit down let alone read.  I picked it up again earlier this week to read on break at work and *zooom* I’m about half through it.

The full title is The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis.  That’s pretty much the reason I bought it.  The author, Arthur Allen, introduces his reader to the vivid personalities of intra-war Lviv, Poland and deftly recreates the imperiled life of the residents before the horrors of WWII.

Please, please pick this up if you can – buy or borrow.  The general ideas aren’t new to me, but I’m enriched knowing more names and details of the people who resisted and survived.

Take a listen at the NPR interview with Allen here.

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Fall Cleaning

Finally, Fall is around the corner for my hemisphere!  I’m looking at September getting ever closer, and as usual, I’m checking in with the Year Wheel to see what needs doing.

Late summer/early fall is all about harvesting and planning.  Since I have no crops to bring in, I do this with daily life.  Time for inventory:  what plans have worked, what plans have fizzled, what unexpected things popped up?  For witchy purposes, I tend to clean around this time, as a complement to spring cleaning at the other half of the year.  Cleaning not only refreshes the home but it also literally allows me to take stock and donate excess.

This year, however, I want to spice it up.  I have been kicking around an idea for a challenge in my head for a while and it’s time to do it.  Since so much of my practice is, well, practical, it’s easy for me to loose my spiritual self in the everyday. To counteract that, I need to force myself to Do Witch Things.  So starting in September, I am going to make myself do something every day.

I’ve started a list, divided by time investment, and sorted some activities into it.  For those rushed days, I have some short activities.  For days with more time, I have more involved stuff:

list of witchy activities for september challenge

As you can see, I have more to add, but the idea is already down.  If you’re another pagan or witch reading this, feel free to jump in!  What do you do to recharge your batteries, magically and spiritually?  How do you keep that flame going when life is doing what it does best, getting in the way of plans?