This website is a project of writer, ethnographer and artist Elisabeth Carol Harvey McCumber.
If you’re curious about me personally, I suggest you explore the links just below. If you want to know about my professional side, I can say I’m currently a graduate student of cultural anthropology and history, studying the intersection of storytelling, place, and meaning. Before returning to school, I spent about a dozen years as a communications consultant, focusing largely on copywriting and brand strategy; along the way I’ve also run a theatre company, driven a school bus and rehabilitated horses.
I started this website in 2009 because I was feeling disconnected from my faith and I wanted to begin again, using study as a form of prayer. Over the years it’s morphed into five main topics: mythology and mysticism; homesteading skills; real food; DIY; and parenting and homeschool. These days I use it to process ideas that interest me and try to 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. But I don’t post nearly as often as I mean to.
In other news, I’ve been writing fiction since forever, and you’ll find some of that here too. I believe that stories are the thing. One of my professional goals is to change the popular understanding of what myths can mean for us and contribute to the field of study on the stories that make us human.
Once again, I don’t know where this will lead — the road is rambling — but I believe in it. So, I am beginning again.