September Tidbits

Not to get all random on you guys again so soon, but alas I have a laundry list of things to talk about and so again I will be cramming them all into one bizarre post. Enjoy!

As some of you may already be aware, this summer I got to try my hand at officiating a couple of weddings. I’m guessing you’re curious as to my thoughts and reflections regarding this odd new endeavor. I won’t be discussing it here on The Magical Buffet directly, but I will be sharing my experiences in a newsletter. If you don’t get the newsletter, you should, they’re always informative and fun. I’ll probably spread the link around too, so keep an eye out!

Where the heck are you going to be this Saturday? Wherever it is, if it’s not the Saratoga Springs, NY Barnes and Noble for the “Magical Buffet of Authors” event, you will be missing out big time! Unfortunately, due to health concerns the author Lama Willa Miller won’t be able to attend the event. Although not serious, if you’re the type who is inclined to pray for someone, show Lama Willa some love and keep her in your thoughts. Despite Lama Willa’s absence, we still have a pretty sweet line up, if I do say so myself: Deborah Blake, David Pitkin, Ellen Evert Hopman, Gordie Little, Maria Kay Simms, and Gail Wood. All will be giving brief talks, and all will be signing books. Also, if you care about these sorts of things, I too will be there, covering tables for authors, drinking lots of fattening coffee beverages from the café, and waiting in lines for author autographs with everyone else. Don’t worry if you don’t know what I look like, I’m sort of a legend at this particular Barnes and Noble for being the loudest employee they ever hired, so just listen for the obnoxiously loud voice bouncing off the book shelves and you’ll find me easily enough.

Long time readers know that my breast cancer organization of choice is the California based Breast Cancer Action. Every October I profile their Think Before You Pink campaign, and I showed my support for their lawsuit challenging the legality of patenting human breast genes. With BCA’s 20th anniversary coming this October, it saddens me to say that Executive Director Barbara Brenner will be stepping down from her position at the end of the year. Brenner was Breast Cancer Action’s first full-time Executive Director, and has served in that role since 1995. Thanks to Brenner’s fantastic, pitch perfect, appearance on the television show “Penn & Teller’s Bullshit”, I was introduced to an organization that I could feel good about supporting. The BCA continually impresses me with their sly wit, loving support, ruthless logic, unyielding morals, and all out righteous fury. If there was ever an organizational body that truly reflects the “total woman”, Breast Cancer Action would be it, and I suspect it was the work of Barbara Brenner who made them that way. On behalf of anyone who has ever uttered the phrase “Cancer Sucks”, I wish you only the best in all of your future endeavors Barbara. Anyone with breasts owes you a great debt.

Do you have a minute to spare on September 21, 2010? Well Odyssey Network is trying to collect a million of them for peace. You heard correct, they don’t care who you are, where you live, or what religion you practice, if you pray in any way, shape, or form, they want you to pray at noon on September 21st for world peace.

To learn more about A Million Minutes for Peace, visit their website. You’ll find other ways to show support for their initiative and connect with like minded individuals.

Remember the Contemplative Photographic Art of Roger Baut? Look what I’m now the proud owner of! I now have a skunk cabbage to love and call my own! Word!

Skunk Cabbage in Bloom

And lastly, congratulations are in order. I’m happy to say that two things that I reviewed here on The Magical Buffet won COVR Awards! (FYI, COVR=The Coalition of Visionary Resources. For a complete list visit Take a moment to applaud U.S. Games and Stuart Kaplan for the Pamela Coleman Smith Commemorative Set winning in the divination category and Llewellyn Worldwide and author Gede Parma for winning the Wicca/Paganism category with his book “Spirited“. Two great works, both deserving of recognition! Congrats guys!

Whew! I think that’s everything! I hope to see some of you Saturday!