Daily Reading on a Snow Day

There is snow today that fell last night quietly. The breeze brushes the soft snow from trees and rooftops in a parody of snowfall. The sky is bright blue gray and the branches of the old oak sketch white scratches above the shed roof.

 I do not at this season have a single place where I drink my morning coffee and read my daily devotionals in routine ritual.  I love day books, or I must from the number I have collected over the years. I have placed all my daybooks in a sturdy basket I can carry easily with me to wherever I happen to settle. Cold mornings I take my coffee and toast back to bed, huddling in the still warm spaces until the sun has warmed the other rooms. Sunny days I sit as I do now at the dining room table, watching Nature out the window as we begin our day together. Many mornings I sit at my desk, my office illuminated by well placed lamps, the windows shuttered against the morning glare. Some days I do not begin my reading until the afternoon, the morning busied with tasks and distraction. Then I sit in the corner wingchair in the office, cup of tea on the shelf, feet propped on a box I mean to cushion one day. Or perhaps pillowed on the very uncomfortable futon sofa, covered in cats, dog and afghan.

The basket is filled to overflowing with the 8 or so daybooks I enjoy. I don’t read all of them everyday, but I read at least one or two daily. Currently my daily reading includes 365 Goddess: A Daily Guide to the Magic and Inspiration of the Goddess by Patricia Telesco, as that is now a part of my daily studies. For over 20 years I have kept the 1982 edition of Each Day a New Beginning as part of my daily reading. When in a goddess-y mode, I have Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Goddess by Patricia Monaghan and Goddess Days by Nancy Blair. For Witchcraft there are The Pagan Book of Days by Nigel Pennick and The Real Witches’ Year by Kate West. Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Grace Notes by Alexandra Stoddard and The Yearbook of Comfort and Joy by Celia Haddon inspire me in daily life. Present Moment Wonderful Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh keeps me focused on just doing this one thing at a time.

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