Tempest Riddle: Beginnings of a Jaunty Bard

Hello there, around these parts, I’m called Tempest Riddle, upcoming bard and all around jaunty lass. I have embarked on a new start to my life and I thought it would be quite the pip to put some of my stories down. I won’t start at the beginning, as no one needs to hear all of that rather dull epilogue. But I will begin now, to tell my tale as my new life begins. One of music, of travel and of a bit of mayhem if I’m to be honest.

I hope you’ll enjoy following along.

Bard – Dungeons and Dragons – by ClintCearly 

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Letter for a new mother

This past weekend, I co-hosted a baby shower for a good friend, Kat. I was asked to say a few words to her and well, if anyone knows me, I have a lot of feelings.

This was what I wrote and read and I will encourage parents or anyone with a child coming into their lives to try and hear these words and take them to heart.

Portrait of an unknown lady  c. 1595. Attribution from Marcus Gheeraerts II: Elizabethan Artist


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An Emerald City Birthday

My daughter was about to turn three. Her current obsessions include Wizard of Oz, the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and Daniel Tiger. So when we asked her what she wanted for her party, she exclaimed she wanted to be “Dorofee with a Emerald City cake.”

It took no time to head to Pinterest for ideas and we threw most of the decorations together ourselves. Below are the results of our Continue reading An Emerald City Birthday

A Simple Yule Tradition: Seeking the Light

When I first began celebrating my faith, it was a very personal, singular and solitary experience.

As I joined my grove and then began celebrating with my then boyfriend, I wanted to create a tradition that could be celebrated no matter the finances. Something that would be meaningful and help us celebrate Continue reading A Simple Yule Tradition: Seeking the Light

Post Election: Daring to Hope?

Tuesday night, I was numb. Wednesday I cried. Today, I move forward.

Yesterday, I read a few mean-spirited, gloating posts and I heard jokes from well-intended people who do not understand the fears of many of their fellow Americans.

And for many hours, I lost hope.

For me, this was an incredible loss. To feel that the country around me was so disenfranchised that they put their vote in someone who preached such hate. To give the highest title an elected Continue reading Post Election: Daring to Hope?

Grove inclusiveness: The eternal clique debate

So I have been hearing a phrase so much in the last few years it has planted a seed in my brain and now I feel it has been given a chance to grow into what I hope is a helpful, concise explanation of expectations of a faith family.

“Your grove is too cliquey. I don’t feel welcome there. I’m not coming back.”

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