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I Have Been So Long Away

Summertime...and yet the living is not but so easy.

My rich and full life has kept me away from here for a good part of the summer. I'm not just a village witch, you know. I'm a gardener and canner, and this summer we expanded one of the community gardens and brought another one "online" in my neighborhood.

The life of a subsistence-farmer/witch can get awfully busy in the summer--and it did.

In addition to tending and picking and planting and weeding--and witching!--I also write. And the real reason I have been so absent is that I've been finishing my second book on Appalachian folk magic.  It's in the final editing stages (at least I hope so) and I am excited about that part. "Asfidity and Mad-stones: a Further Ramble through Hillfolks' Hoodoo" is the title.

Did I mention teaching?  Um, yes, some of that, too.  Got back late on Monday after a terrific weekend in Delmarva and Maryland, where I was a guest presenter at the Delmarva Pagan Pride Day. Which was wonderful, by the way.  Big fun, met lots of new people and got to spend time with people I have liked for many years but our time together has always been too brief.

Merry meetings--and beautiful weather.

What sorts of fights have I missed while I was gone?  O dear--I hope someone will catch me up!

Autumn Equinox is just around the corner, friends in northern climes...and then Samhain.

I don't think I'm quite ready.


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H. Byron Ballard is a ritualist, teacher, speaker and writer. She has taught at Sacred Space Conference, Pagan Unity Festival, Southeast Her essays are featured in several anthologies, including “Birthed from Scorched Hearts“ (Fulcrum Press), “Christmas Presence“ (Catawba Press), “Women’s Voices in Magic” (Megalithica Books), “Into the Great Below” and “Skalded Apples” (both from Asphodel Press.) Her book Staubs and Ditchwater: an Introduction to Hillfolks Hoodoo (Silver Rings Press) debuted in June 2012. Byron is currently at work on Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet. Contact her at,


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