Diana Rajchel
differently Wiccan: Contemporary, Urban, Integrated

Archives: the Big Picture

Unplanned play with Paint.net

October 22, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in the Big Picture

It’s not so much that I’m ever unmotivated, as that my motivation becomes intractable and I am forced to do some task I had not planned on doing today. So on this day it was the image heavy insistence. End result, along with a lot of photos edited? A new banner for my Twitter profile: […]

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A Digital Ephemera Roundup

October 15, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in the Big Picture

So I had to do a total system reinstall on my desktop today. I plan to request one on my laptop, next. (Sorry, Mike. This does mean the obsessive overwork will resume.) Since I was already reviewing my life and notes in detail I thought I’d clean up my bookmarks considerably. After all, now that […]

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I am under siege…

October 1, 2013 by di | 1 Comment | Filed in Environment, the Big Picture

Right now there are dozens of wasps hovering outside my house on the south side. Not cute honey bees or harmless drones of other varieties. Wasps. I seem to get stalked by them. I’ve already tried the natural method of dissuasion – clove and eucalyptus essential oils. No luck. I seem to have more as […]

Oh boy, now the misogynists are coming…

September 25, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in the Big Picture

I have gotten a few douchey misogynistic emails since word got out that I was writing a book on divorce. I have dealt with more than my fair share of crazy, including people trying to convince me that *I* was crazy over the years when I didn’t indeed agree jumping off a cliff was just […]

Dudes, we got trolled

August 27, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in the Big Picture

So there’s this Daria episode in the third season called Depth Takes a Holiday. It is the only “holiday” episode ever run on Daria. It is also, among fans, the most hated episode of the entire series. It is far and away my favorite. I’ve always enjoyed Daria – to this day I can rewatch […]

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Absolute Write: the Dog Days of Summer (FICTION POST)

July 13, 2013 by di | 3 Comments | Filed in the Big Picture, Writing

Absolute Write does a blog chain each month. Writers from the board participate with their posts on a given prompt. This month’s prompt: Dog Days of Summer In other words, the hottest and most sultry part of summer. Etymology lesson here. As always, can be prose, poetry, play, fiction, nonfiction. Instructions: Simply post your blog’s […]

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Of Privacy and Racism

July 1, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in the Big Picture

The pink flower poked out onto the sidewalk. It looked pretty, a little bit mischievous – worthy of a quick capture. So I paused in my walk to take the snapshot, to hear a woman yelling, “Don’t do that!” My camera was already poised. I could have just hit the button. But, curious as to […]


She always finds me in a crowded theater

June 25, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in the Big Picture

It always happens in a crowded theater. She comes sometimes with a husband, sometimes without. She is somewhere between 60 and 70; she wears her hair short and tight. Even sitting down, she’s short. I never remember what she’s wearing – summer, winter, it never registers. No matter: the way they decorate their husbands gives […]

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How we explained leasing a Nissan Leaf to our financial advisor

June 24, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in the Big Picture

  1. Leases are almost always a terrible decision. This was no exception, especially since we failed to do our legwork to find out that Nissan was subsidizing so that many drivers are paying a lot less than we are. Lesson 2: if you’re going to lease a car you can damn well still negotiate. […]

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Getting to know me – at last, an intro

June 18, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in the Big Picture

Around 2003, people still used Internet forums more than social networking sites. I decided to jump in to conversations on those fora without introducing myself. This was something of a mistake, especially in the Pagan neighborhoods. First, most people assume you an absolute newbie. Being new to a forum, with a name they did not […]

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