Christ with His Pain
Lemon Butter Over Cod and Garlic from a Cast Iron Pan
Howl Origami


This website is a project of writer and mythologist Elisabeth Carol Harvey McCumber.

Right now it’s a growing collection of essays that are delivered to subscribers each month. The digest, which started in 2009, roams through five main topics: mythology, philosophy and mysticism; homesteading skills; real food; DIY; and parenting and homeschool.

Later, it will be more.

Let me explain. I’ve been a communications consultant since 2008. My professional work includes copywriting, marketing strategy, and branding. It’s interesting, story-driven stuff, and I’ve been successful at it, but it’s not what I want to do big-picture.

What I want is to publish my work — including a story of the world that blends world history & world myth, a fantasy novel that takes place in a dystopian 90s office, and a treatise on mythology that subverts the usual definitions and explains why we need it more than ever.

It’s to become a folklorist and a scholar of folklore.

It’s to change the popular understanding of what myths can mean for us, and to contribute to the larger field of study on the stories that make us human.

It’s to use this digest as a way to process the ideas that interest me most and engage in conversation around them, while continuing to build the skills — the making, homesteading and human skills — that I think we all will need as our society continues to decline and we find ourselves ever more pressed to generate our own abundance and self-sufficiency, within our own communities.

It’s to connect to the land. It’s to build relationship. It’s to walk by faith. It’s to find and tell and live our stories. Once again, I don’t know where this will lead — the road is rambling — but I believe in it.

So I am beginning again.

Will you join me?

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