Welcome to your weekend!
It’s Fab Five Friday when you get to see five of my favorite things this week. Enjoy!
Listen: Cold winds blow through the streets as leaves fall and blanket the Earth. Halloween is only the beginning. Samhain and Winter Nights carry on until Yule in some traditions. There’s no doubt we are reminded of the cycles of life and death everywhere we look. Gather around in a warm place with friends and family. Keep sharing those tales of things that go bump in the night, and remember all you have to be grateful for in your lives. Cue Donovan. Must be the Season of the Witch …
Watch: I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed when I found a link saying The Last Kingdom is the best series I’m not watching. My curiosity won the day. I found my way to the first episode of the series based on Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Tales. I’m hooked. It is the best series I’ve seen in a good long while! Check it out! Be transported to England during the time Danes were controlling vast amounts, and a young Alfred was about to become King.
Help!: The Endangered Wolf Center brought the Red Wolf back from the brink of extinction. They were responsible for actually getting the Red Wolf reintroduced into the wild. Their work is important to our ecology. Please have a look at the campaign to raise funds with only 4 days left! You’ll get an awesome shirt for your kindness. You can also visit their adoption program or join as a member. Please Support the Endangered Wolf Center!
My Best Post on Facebook This Week: I keep seeing memes pop up trying to make virtues a simple this or that oversimplified campaign of right and wrong. People, this isn’t critical thinking or even close to wisdom. Here’s what I had to say that got a lot of love: Newsflash. There is more than one form of courage. It doesn’t only belong to the military following orders. You can find it in the kid who stands up to a bully. You’ll also find it in the teen who tells a teacher a schoolmate might be suicidal. Speaking of suicide, you can find it when a person picks up the phone and calls the hotline for help. You’ll see it with a teacher taking extra time with a difficult student. It is written on the face of someone stepping on the mats for the first time, a parent protecting a child from doom, a letter to elected officials, protesters, entrepreneurs, dancers, handicapped kids, and on and on and on. Courage beats in the heart of anyone about to look at fear and do what needs done anyway. Keep walking through those doors of pain, doubt and fear. The world needs you.
Best Book of the Week: I’ve completed American Heathens: The Politics of Identity in a Pagan Religious Movement by Jennifer Snook. She does an excellent job navigating the various challenges facing the growing faith of Heathenry in America. Snook has a critical eye for spotting specific problems such as gender roles, issues of race, who can or can’t be a Heathen, reconstruction vs innovation, and more. This book is a must read by anyone on a Heathen path or curious about Norse / Germanic Paganism. You can also see an incredible interview with her on the Norse Myth Blog.
Are you enjoying Fab Five Friday? Hit me up on Twitter. Tell me your favorites, what you want to see more of, and what would you like to do without? Do you have suggestions? Recommendations on blogs, books, music, tarot, services, shows, events or anything else? Send a tweet to @lonnie_scott with your thoughts! Make sure you include #FabFiveFriday in your tweet! You can also comment below.
That’s a wrap.
Fab Five Friday, out! Throwing down the mic and walking off stage.
May you enjoy a weekend full of discovery and wonder with many reasons to love and laugh!
P.S. Questions on your mind? Curious? Get a reading!