St. Piran’s Day | Gool Peran

March 5th is Saint Piran’s Day. Who is Saint Piran, you ask? Well, this relatively little-known saint happens to be the patron saint of tin miners and Cornwall. In fact, the Cornish flag—that black flag with the white cross you see flapping in the wind around Mineral Point—is actually more properly known as Saint Piran’s …

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What spring song does your heart sing?

I can feel the groggy-eyed earth roll lazily in her late-winter slumber beneath my feet. The soil is warming. The snow doesn’t stick quite as long these days. We are greeted with rain as often as we are with flurries, and the warmth of the sun flavors the air with notes of melt and the …

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Mineral Point Myth: The Birth of Brewing Mother

Brewery Creek in Winter I took a class on Indigenous religions the fall of 2021. For our final project, we had to explain the mythographic landscape of our home using depth psychology and motifs from Indigenous storytelling. My mythos centered on Brewing Mother, a name that I gave to Brewery Creek. Brewery Creek runs behind …

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Brigid’s Crosses Reflections

2022 Brigid's Crosses | Crosóga Bhríde February 1st is the feast of Imbolg. Also known as Candlemas and St. Brigid's Day, this festival celebrates the warming of the sun and the fertile earth that lies beneath the snow. The festival was original a pre-Christian Irish celebration of spring, which is where we get the name …

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Red Amongst the White

Sumac on Merry Christmas Mine Hill I've been thinking about the color red recently. It's a very magical color. Though, truth be told, any color is magical if you use it for magic. Still, red is special. It's associated with blood and the lifeforce. Groups of prehistoric hominids used red ochre to decorate pottery and …

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A Social Action Prayer

Mineral Point suffered a tragedy this last week when two of its firefighters were killed in a vehicular accident. Like many in the city, I sit with sorrow in my heart, knowing that families and the community are changed forever. At the same time, I acknowledge sources of pride and inspiration that come in the …

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