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Ravens at the Crossroads

I’ve mentioned it on most other platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram, but I haven’t remotely mentioned it here yet so if you haven’t been following me on any of those other platforms this will be news. Everyone else, if you already know the story you can scroll down to the music video. 😉

In February of this year, my friend Tyler and I were attending PantheaCon with a couple of our friends. It was their first time attending for all of them. I had attended the event for many years and was grateful to spend it with them. Attending PCon is often like a reunion with my magical family. It’s the only time I get to spend any quality face to face time with some folks, especially those from the east coast.

One morning Tyler and I helped cover the Ardantane Pagan Learning Center booth in the vendor’s room while Amber and Azrael K were busy giving a presentation.

As I sat there lamenting the recent losses of Pagan author, DJ Conway and my friend Ed, I was reminded about a project I knew that had been proposed years ago regarding recording the oral history of the Covenant of the Goddess from the people who had been there. I wasn’t sure what happened with the progress of that project. As I wondered this out loud, Tyler mentioned the word “podcast”.

He explained he had prior experience working on a podcast. I then mentioned I have both experience with radio and journalism as a former staff writer for a magazine for many years. We sat there and thought about it for a moment and then wondered… why not?

It took us a few months to pull some pieces together, but eventually we got everything squared away and Ravens at the Crossroads posted our first episode on July 29 with Tommie StarChild.

Now we’re only 12 episodes in, we’ve already traveled three times for events that allowed us the opportunity to meet people and/or conduct interviews with some amazing people. We’ve also had the good fortune to be interviewed by other Pagan podcasts, with more lined up on the schedule.

Our mundane lives have been keeping us both busy so we haven’t always had a podcast in queue to release each week. Fortunately, we have a bunch of new interviews that will be released next week and for several weeks after.

Overall, we just hope people enjoy them. I really hope folks learn neat new things about other people, traditions, events, and communities.

You can find Ravens at the Crossroads on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play Music, and of course, directly on our website: https://ravensatthecrossroads.com/

Something About You – Level 42

How, how can it be
That a love carved out of caring
Fashioned by fate could suffer so hard
From the games played once too often
But making mistakes is a part of life’s imperfection
Born of the years
Is it so wrong to be human after all?

Drawn into the stream of undefined illusion
Those diamond dreams, they can’t disguise the truth

That there is something about you, baby, so right
I wouldn’t be without you, baby tonight

If ever our love was concealed
No one can say that we didn’t feel
A million things and a perfect dream of life (gone) fragile but free
We remain tender together
If not so in love
And it’s not so wrong, we’re only human after all

These changing years, they add to your confusion
Oh and you need to hear the time that told the truth

That there is something about you, baby so right
Don’t want to be without you, baby tonight
Because there’s something about you, baby, so right
I couldn’t live without you, baby, tonight

And that there’s something about you, yeah
And I couldn’t be without you, tonight

“Women dialog differently with each other.”

Last year, after attending Social Media Mastermind OC (#SMMOC) a group of us got together for lunch. The ladies present were all very active and involved in WordPress. A discussion took place about creating a Meetup for women who use WordPress. We were all very inspired by this concept and thus a new group was created; Women Who WP.

For the last year I’ve spent far more time involved with the WordPress community in ways I never previously imagined. I attended my very first WordCamp last June at WordCamp OC, then WordCamp Los Angeles in September. Both were extremely informative and wonderful experiences. Next weekend we’ll be down south for WordCamp San Diego. I’m looking forward to another fantastic weekend learning new things and spending time with amazing people.

One of the more interesting things that I observed at WordCamp OC was how many women attended. It was nearly 50/50. This was very encouraging. Most of the tech related events I had attended previously were male dominated, especially in the security topics.

This month Women Who WP celebrated a year. We had a large turn out for our monthly event that included dinner at Mimi’s Cafe (sponsored by DreamHost) and a presentation on Flexbox by Jacob Arriola. One of the Meetup organizers, Bridget Willard, interviewed two of the regular attendees for WordPress TV: Carin Arrigo and myself.

Perhaps one of the best parts about getting so involved with WordPress are the friendships I’ve formed with some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met.

“Women dialog differently with each other.”

“There’s nothing like being with people under the same roof.” Carin Arrigo https://videopress.com/v/JLBb1T6Q

OC Pagan & Witches Meetup Monthly Dinner event – March

This Wednesday March 8th is the monthly dinner event for both the Orange County Pagan and Witches Meetup groups.

If you’re looking to networking with the local Pagan community within Orange County, CA, check out our group and join us for dinner.

OC PAGAN MEETUP

OC WITCHES MEETUP

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Orange County Pagan Meetup ©Yvonne C. Conway

 

 

Ask A Witch – Guest Host

Yesterday I received a message from the producer of a radio show called, “Ask a Witch” on the Pagans Tonight Radio Network. The hosts for the show had called in sick and she needed to find someone to cover for the 1 hour show and asked if I was available. She was aware that I have previous working experience in radio.

Now, let me just say, working regular FM type radio is not quite the same as working internet podcast type radio, so there was a tiny bit of a learning curve there. The main thing is talking over one another. While it’s not the best thing to do in general, it’s easier to prevent when you’re sitting face to face talking into mics. However, when you’re talking to one another, through a network, on the phone and half a country away from each other it’s slightly harder to recognize until it’s too late and the system seems to make it worse with some echo. It’s one of the reasons I’m not a big fan of VoIP in general.

All that aside, the experience was fun. Pam and I had a lovely time chatting. I answered a handful of questions and we talked about a variety of topics.

I was again presented with the opportunity to have my own radio show. It is being considered, but more in-depth discussions need to be had with my husband.  He’s intimately aware of how full my plate is and that some things might need to be taken off to make room.

If you’re interested in listening to Monday’s show you can find it here. I’m on the first hour of the recording.

Enjoy!

LISTEN HERE:
Tonight: Lady Brigid and Kazan are taking the night off after a long weekend. Please welcome guest host Yvonne C. Conway-Williams (MistressPrime)

Call for Performers for Pagan Pride Day LA/OC 2016

We are in the midst of planning for the big event and  I’m looking for entertainment acts to grace our stage for this year’s Pagan Pride Day LA/OC! This year’s festival will be held on Sunday October 2th from 10am to 5:30pm.

If you’re interested in entertaining us, please select the link below and fill out the form. I will be notified and will contact you as soon as I can.

PAGAN PRIDE LA/OC ENTERTAINMENT FORM

Here are some photos from the previous year’s performers:

Performers from Pagan Pride Day LA/OC 2015  ©Yvonne Conway-Williams
Performers from Pagan Pride Day LA/OC 2015
©Yvonne Conway-Williams