I have been a lifelong devotee of the medieval art of aventure,* long before I knew the name for it. A flyer fell out of a gym locker I opened, and led me to classes that changed my life. A chance conversation sent me to a program that gave me new skills, and a new business. An unexpected offer came in the mail right after I said I intended to change my life, and I resigned a tenured position as a professor (a job I loved) in order to start a new life.
The new life is situated in Albuquerque, where I live with my wife — a lawyer! she works for justice! — and a menagerie that includes, at the moment, an Australian Cattle Dog, two Cardigan Corgis, a Maine Coon cat, a Black and White cat, four parakeets, and whatever wild birds are hanging around outside; this last usually includes roadrunners, thrashers, rock doves, mourning doves, and desert finches.
I no longer teach classes online formally, but I will teach privately, through phone and Skype; information about available classes is available on the Courses link. I have been, for more than 30 years now, working in the Reclaiming branch of the Feri tradition, am an initiate of both, and have taught the craft in classes, weekend intensives, and weeklong witch camps in California, Missouri, Vancouver, London, and Frankfort. All of my classes are grounded in that training and experience.
I am also a writer: my poetry has appeared in such venues as New Mexican Poetry Review, Literary Mama, Fickle Muses, and Cabinet de Fées. My first chapbook, Finishing the Milky Way, published by Monk Court Press, is now available. My essay, “Agents of Death,” concerning my executioner great-grandfather, appeared in Issue #57 of Creative Nonfiction. From 2003 to 2007, I wrote the beloved knitting and humor blog, “Creating Text(iles).” From around 1984 to 1990, I wrote the humor column “Hannah’s Household Hints,” under the name Pandora O’Mallory, for the Reclaiming Newsletter.
*Aventure is not adventure, not quite, though that’s where we got our word. It’s more the art of noticing that the Otherworld has entered into this one, and following it where it leads.