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Hello everyone!

Happy Memorial Day and welcome to another written episode of ‘Writng  a Silver Broomstick’!

Last Monday was my first day of my internship at The Shepherd Express( yay!). Now, for everyone outside of Milwaukee, The Shepherd Express is a weekly arts newspaper that writes about many interesting things happening in Milwaukee and sometimes Wisconsin as a whole.

If you want to know about any performances in music or theatre, and you don’t want to hunt down a computer to Google it, you go pick up the Shepherd at your local grocery store or your favorite coffee place to find out. And it’s free (yay free!). So far, I’m absolutely loving it. I get to work from home on my own laptop, which is wonderful because I can sleep in until nine and go to work in my pajamas. 🙂 Right now, I’m ‘in charge’, and I say in charge delicately, of the Fall Arts Guide where I get to contact local performers and put together a list of their performance dates. It might sound boring but for an introvert like me it’s perfect.

Yesterday, my mom and I were on the bus going downtown to the Historic Third Ward, sort of like a mini version of Chicago, and we happened to pass by the Boulevard Theatre and I mutter, “Oh, that’s where that is.” My mom says, “What?”

I point and say, “The Boulevard Theatre, I talked to (insert name here) yesterday about their new play and I thought it looked interesting. I was wondering where the theatre was.”

My mom is very excited about my internship, sometimes more excited than me. While on the bus, she kept nudging me and pointing to people reading the Shepherd and talking about it. I kept envisioning her standing up from her seat and screaming to the passengers, “My Daughter is an intern at the Shepherd Express!”

She didn’t do that but I kept visualizing it.

The first week was great. I’m very happy working for one of the few remaining locally owned Newsweeklys in the US. If you want to check it out on the web here’s the site below.

Have a blessed Memorial Day!  Blessed Be 🙂

When I first started on my path, I read a lot of books on Wicca and Paganism. One custom that many write about is the giving of an offering to the G&G as a way of saying ‘thank you for everything’ or as a way of asking for help with something.

But one thing that I noticed is that in one book, the writer would say ‘offering’ while another author would use the word ‘sacrifice’.  Now I don’t know about anyone else, but when someone uses the terms ‘pagan’ and ‘sacrifice’ in the same sentence, some might get the wrong idea…like boiling bunnies or chaining a virgin to a stone slab.

There is a difference between an offering and a sacrifice. The lines between them can be confusing at times but there is a difference.

 A sacrifice is what the word means: the person is giving something up that is vital to THAT person. I mean the person that is making the sacrifice. You sacrificing your big sister’s mp3 player to the G&G by throwing it into the river and asking for a good grade in math is not a sacrifice because you didn’t give up anything. The most popular example of sacrifice is a sacrifice of blood. YOUR BLOOD! Not the blood of some poor helpless living creature. Blood is considered a sacrifice because you are giving a part of yourself up, a part of your essence. It is the reason why many ancient civilizations used human and animal sacrifices, because a living beings life essence it a very powerful form of magical energy.

An offering is the giving of something that you have in abundance. Many pagans have alters that they store their offerings on like freshly cut flowers, flower petals, salt, bits of bread or fruit, etc.

 Food is one of those confusing things that many question is it an offering or a sacrifice? Food is more accessible today than it was a thousand years ago,  where the giving of food was a much bigger deal.  When I do offerings, I like to use things from around the house that I know no one else will use. Such as the ends of a loaf of bread, cornmeal, fallen rose petals from our garden outside, leftover candy from holidays, etc.

So that is the difference between an offering and a sacrifice.  I hope I was clear enough, Blessed Be 🙂

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