I'm Leah, a 40-something wife, mother and entrepreneur living in Springfield, Missouri. My fabulous husband, sir_umm — and I met in 1999 and married in 2003. We are polyamorous (http://www.xeromag.com/fvpoly.html for more information on that). Our daughter, who was born in 2003, is the light and joy of our lives. I participate in Renaissance faires, science fiction and fantasy conventions and have a wide and fascinating circle of friends from all over the country. Spiritually, I am an eclectic solitary pagan. I pride myself on being something of a domestic diva but June Cleaver, I ain’t. I am also engaged in actively trying to sort out some physical and mental health challenges through various traditional and non-traditional methods. I am also a *huge* fan of Enter the Haggis, a Celtic fusion band from Toronto, Ontario (http://www.enterthehaggis.com) as well as many other Celtic bands. I am a proud hippie and a DeadHead and always will be. I am passionate about the birth process and am active in lobbying for midwives and mother’s rights. I am also passionate about social justice and peace advocacy and do what I can to further those causes.
My user name: Ceann Cait means "long-eared owl" in Irish Gaelic. It is pronounced KYahn ket. Ceann cait also means "cat faced" or "cat headed" which makes sense if you look at pictures of the long-eared owl.
Some things you may read about here: Traditional homekeeping with a modern, pagan twist. Musings about polyamory, spirituality and life outside the mainstream. Geekery on faire, cons, books, gaming, Celtic music and other such pursuits. Information and thoughts on natural, midwife-assisted childbirth. Discussions of weight, healthy foods, exercise and the Weight Watchers program. A good bit of this journal, at least at first, will be devoted to posts chronicling my pursuit of answers regarding my health.
Who is welcome: Anyone who is interested in the above topics and willing to comment honestly and intelligently. Healthy debate is always welcome. Lightheartedness, tolerance and open-mindedness are always appreciated. NOTE: If I do not know you in real life, I am unlikely to friend you here. I’m truly sorry about that but I have a lot of real life friends I need to keep up with and limited time.
Fiction Filter: I have only one opt-in filter which I use to post bits and pieces of my fiction writing. If you want on, please comment on any entry or send me an email.
Ground Rules: Please do not violate the friends-locked nature of this journal.
If you read something I have written (a post or comment) that bothers or offends you, please come to me so we can talk it over.