When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature call out, “Come!” And out came another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth; so that people would slaughter one another, and he was given a great sword.
~Revelation 6:3-4, The New Oxford Annotated Bible, 3rd edition, 2001.
I was given that bright red horse, Sundance, in 1991. He is and will always be one of the greatest lights in my life. Don’t worry, I’m still waiting for my sword, so most of my peace stealing will be relatively bloodless. I don’t feel the need to “kill all humans“; most of them are just walking around dead anyway.
I was born in the American South. Specifically in a little triangle state with a strong streak of contrary and a whole lot of troublemakers. I’m oddly proud of that legacy. Just like I’m fond of the fact that my ancestors were Scottish and French troublemakers, long ago kicked out of their homelands for not dancing to everyone’s favorite tune. Were they always right? Nah…but I don’t care. I’m not either.
I grew up Southern Protestant, with half my family United Methodist and the other half southern Baptist. You’ll notice that ‘s’ is lower case. There are differences between southern Baptists and Southern Baptists…even if I’m not always sure what they are. I was also born about as pagan as you can be in the Bible Belt. I loved animals, trees, flowers, the water and the wind, and spent every possible moment talking to God in the Wilderness. When I was twelve I got Sundance, found out I had a Cherokee ancestor somewhere, and generally embraced my Nature-adoring side. I never did figure out why that made me a heathen.
All that solitude, and soon, I was reading Thoreau, Emerson, and Whitman right along with C.S. Lewis and Tolkien and my Bible. Modern Christianity didn’t stand a chance.
I have pursued knowledge and understanding across nearly three degrees. My BA is in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a double major in Psychology and Sociology, minor in Art History. My first MA is in Religious Studies: Secular Christian Studies. I recently managed to get my second MA in United States History.
I am smack dab in the middle of Happily Ever After. My Darkling and I have been adventuring for fifteen years. We share our life with our Monsters (two rescued Rotti/Shepherd/gods only know what else puppies), Aloysius and Princess Gnarlslag, two rescued Diamondback Terrapins, and a host of wildlife that has chosen to call me kindred. I am a Disney Princess. I have been greeted by deer, kissed by hummingbirds, and entrusted with the nest building of wrens.
I love my Family, writing, animals (even the ones I’m phobic of), creating, cooking, researching, gardening, yoga, and tea. Sometimes in that order. I am usually Chaotic Good, sometimes frighteningly Neutral Evil, and INTJ on the Myers & Briggs personality test. I believe in laughter, romance, honesty, self-examination, open minds and hearts, and a great deal of Transcendentalism. I enjoy games of all kinds, play, well-crafted weapons, and DIY. I have an almost unbalanced love of Winston Churchill.