Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Waking the Witch

If you've ever thought of yourself as a witch - if only for a split second - the book Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women Magic and Power by Pam Grossman is like a warm welcoming hug. What is a witch? A witch can be anyone in any capacity because experiences range greatly from person to person. The traditional idea of a witch ascribes them to reading tarot cards, practicing candle magic, casting spells, befriending familiars, and being versed in the "old ways." But you may experience magic in your own life. Do you ever think of someone and they message you? Do you dream something and then it happens? Maybe you just have strong intuition or are gifted with a certain talent? Maybe you're an empath or a good listener? All of these things can make you feel like you are in tune with the unseen world around you. Waking the Witch will make you feel like you belong.


Grossman is a well-versed blogger, podcaster, and writer that covers a lot of territory regarding the history witches and intertwines them with her experiences, pop culture, and the current political climate. The book was published last year and she touches on Trump, the use of the term "witch hunt", and how identifying as a witch still has detrimental effects in other countries ~ but this is only a small part of the book. She talks about the burgeoning witch in the character of Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and her diverse characters, The Craft and it's authenticity, how Suspiria portrays a witch's power, and so much more.

This book is thoughtful and encouraging especially for someone like me, that often identifies as a witch and an outsider. It's positive and helpful with lots of references if you want to delve deeper. I only hope there is a follow up book because some of it will get dated, so I encourage you to read it now!

Never forget, we are the weirdos and we need to stick together.

For more information on Pam Grossman you can go to her website:
https://www.pamgrossman.com/

p.s. She's also a cat lady. 😉


(All images take from https://www.pamgrossman.com/)


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Dreaded Time

When I started this blog I was pumped to write about cats and horror movies---I still am, but I don't have the time to focus on it. I even have a list of topics I want to write about and the movies I want to watch! I'm jealous of the people that can watch a horror movie a day. I haven't sat in front of the tv in at least a week.

When I started this blog I didn't have to do as much work at my job (Cats Like Us) as I do now. I own a business and it's my priority and I'm the only staff person. We started carrying vintage in addition to retro. What that means is I need more time to clean, repair, measure, describe, and photograph for the website. My time is not my own, if it was, I'd be blogging.

When I started this blog my cats were younger. I think my little Ginger is getting dementia and Vicktor has bad arthritis. Ginger wanders around my house meowing and lost, especially in the middle of the night and Vicktor tries to jump up on things and falls down.

When I started this blog I had less family in town. This past holiday has proven that family obligations will be taking up a lot of my time. For the most part, I like hanging out with family.

Don't worry I have a 3 year anniversary giveaway planned next month. I'm still here and will be posting on my facebook. I'm just overwhelmed and will be taking a break. Thanks for supporting me over the years and reading my posts. It means a lot. I'm glad I'm not the only one interested in cats AND horror!