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Beltane – Fire, Roaming Spirits, and Hanky Panky

When I was a kid May Day was an event. Granted it was in Minnesota, so maybe a bunch of Scandinavians and other Nordic people just really know how to have a good time. Ahem–when you are six years old. We’d get out our construction paper and make little heart shaped baskets with a handle that we’d fill with candy (one for the basket, one for my mouth – religiously upheld standard) and then go about the neighborhood and do…

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Easter – Peeps with Battleaxes

I admit to a slight obsession: queue the clucking bunny and bring on his Cadbury Cream Eggs. As a child I was neurotic, leaving these gooey beauties in my basket to savor last. Keep your jelly beans, your marshmallow peeps, even the chocolate bunny and gimme, gimme the cream eggs. Easter is upon us and already I’m trying to curb my Pavlovian response. In celebration of Easter, and since I have been neck deep in Viking era research, I thought…

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St. Barths – French Island of Pirates, Swedes & hella good Wine

Somewhere around March your endurance for winter becomes a fine thread ready to snap. The ache for sunshine and warm feet sends me into the arms of the island of Saint Barthélemy. It is French owned and affectionately known as St. Barths in the Caribbean. Only 8 miles long, you can travel by car from one end to the other in 20 minutes. But to reach the island requires a touch of bravery. You fly into St. Maarten next door…

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