(Meet Mago Contributor) Alex Purbrick


Alex Purbrick lives in the Shetland Islands with her partner and three children. She lived and worked for four years with the late Native American elder and medicine man, Corbin Harney at his healing centre, PooHaBah in Tecopa, California.  Alex assisted Corbin in his work of traditional, Native American spiritual healing as well as participating in Native ceremonies such as sweat lodge, daily sunrise prayers, peyote circles and moon lodge.

She is the editor and co-author of the book, ‘The Nature Way’ (University Nevada Press, 2009) which tells the life story of Corbin Harney and his spiritual teachings of living in harmony with nature and our Mother Earth.

Alex is a strong advocate for encouraging and supporting women in home births after giving birth to two of her children at home. She is also a certified Breastfeeding Helper with the Breastfeeding Network and has learnt first hand the highs and lows of breastfeeding her 3 children over the course of 6 years.

Alex is currently working full time as a Mother homeschooling her children.

(Book Announcement 2) She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality by Helen Hwang

“This collaborative writing project began as a discussion in The Mago Circle, a Facebook group venue for Goddessians/Magoists. The phone conversation I had with Wennifer Lin, during which she expressed a need of focusing on the Goddess for her organization, Mother Tree Sanctuary, prompted me to think of an idea for a collective writing on the topic of Goddess. I facilitated a discussion in The Mago Circle by inviting members to answer the question “Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, or Spirituality?” As indicated in the question, I wanted us not only to revive the Goddess talk but also to claim its transformative power. Many members of The Mago Circle participated in the discussion over the course of the coming months. Initially, short writing contributions were published in the Return to Mago E-zine in eight parts.1 Continue reading

(Meet Mago Contributor) Diane Goldie

Diane Goldie picc.Art  is the creative baby of Diane Goldie: artist, obsessive maker, feminist, puppeteer and poet.

Born in Nottinghamshire in the early 60s, before emigrating to South Africa in 1975, where she received her art training and love of vibrant colours and tribal aesthetic, Diane has turned her hand to most crafts and arts over her 50 years on the planet, delighting in the quirky and oddball: crocheting strange anthropomorphic creatures and performance artists as well as sewing fetuses from cotton jersey.

Diane spent her early years as a scenic artist, copying Old Masters as part of her daily job before returning to the UK and then spent the next 25 years delighting London’s children as a puppeteer.  Then Diane met the inspirational Sue Kreitzman and her world changed. Now wearable art has taken front stage and Diane has closed those red velvet puppet show curtains for the last time .

Through the medium of painting, embroidering and appliqueing onto vibrant African prints, Diane aims to take art from the gallery walls and bring it to the street in the form of wearable art and personal creative expression of style, which is perfectly embodied in the form of the wonderful Sue Kreitzman, who has become c.Art’s most valued client and inspirational friend. Being able to interpret sensitively the work of other artists and turn it into clothing for them to wear, is a great  privilege and joy. Seeing people’s dreams of clothing become reality and witnessing their faces on seeing their ideas made into  unique garments, is something that will continue to fuel Diane’s creative pursuits under the brand c.Art.

(Review)  Journey to the Heart Waters by Louisa Calio, reviewed by Karen Tintori

Journey to the Heart Waters Cover_KarenTintori_ReviewIn the late 1970s, a journey of the heart tugged American-born Louisa Calio to Africa to reunite with a young man she’d met and loved several years prior in the US.  The two friends shared a connection to Eritrea.   He was born in Asmara, considered the “Rome” not only of Eritrea, but of Italy’s total African empire.   His was a city built by Sicilians and, as WWII began, more than half of its residents were Italians.  Now a different war was ravaging his country.  Colonized first by Italy, then by Great Britain, and finally ceded to Ethiopia, Eritrea was then 17 years into a war for independence.  Louisa, an Italian-American with Sicilian roots, felt profound empathy for the plight of the refugees fleeing the bombs pummeling their country, just as she still felt a profound pull to her beloved.

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(Poem) Belgian Upper Paleolithic Bear Cult by Robin Scofield

Early modern humans

stepped over bear bones,

finding a niche for each

of the red ochre bear skulls

painted by hand, eye

sockets turned outward

in the Mother Bear cave,

den of the Great Goddess.

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(Book Announcement 1) She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality by Helen Hwang

She Rises cover finalShe Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?

Edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill

  • Paperback:476 pages
  • Publisher:Mago Books (June 21, 2015)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1514257696
  • ISBN-13:978-1514257692
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight:8 pounds
  • Anthology: 92 Contributors

Available in Mago Bookstore (http://magobooks.com) and Amazon (www.amazon.com).

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(Prose) The Day my Father became a Beaver by Sara Wright

Beaver for Sara Wright postThe morning my father died I dreamed that he had become a beaver.  After the call came and the shock wore off (he had just been operated on apparently successfully and was in his fourth day of recovery in the hospital), the dream still wouldn’t let go of me. The dream wouldn’t let go of me. I kept contemplating its meaning during the following weeks while his maternal family and I planned a memorial service and his ashes were delivered to me.

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