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  • Merry Christmas, and Thank You
    December 21, 2020 Torie Tilley

    Merry Christmas, and Thank You

    I find that when I pen these pieces I ruminate on my divergent experiences between my Australian homeland and my adopted home of New York. I suppose that this is because it’s the lens through which I view and examine...

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  • Pandemic Holiday Special
    December 9, 2020 Sara Long

    Pandemic Holiday Special

    Holidays are about making memories that will last a lifetime. It would be a shame to let this yearly celebration slip by because we won’t be at the family home or with all of our loved ones. Let’s all take an extra few moments to get into the spirit of the season, because it matters.

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  • The 2020 Gift Guide: Jolabokaflod Edition
    December 3, 2020 Sara Long

    The 2020 Gift Guide: Jolabokaflod Edition

    Here at Common Era, we are enthralled by, enamored with, and inspired by history and literature. We believe that the human condition can be uncovered, turned over and examined, celebrated and honored through written word; in the pages of a book or the arc of a character, there is something for everyone. 
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  • Soul Foraging for the Cluttered Mind
    November 10, 2020 Sara Long

    Soul Foraging for the Cluttered Mind

    If you are like me, this week you tried to battle the anxiety by indulging in vice, and it didn’t work because you kept googling “election results” and keeping half an eye on the media. Personally, from November 3rd to the 7th, I felt like I was floating through a dream, unattached to the world around me, feeling infinitesimally small and powerless as it all began to unfold.

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  • Circe's Apothecary: Dark Arts
    October 27, 2020 Sara Long

    Circe's Apothecary: Dark Arts

    This time of year, while the veil is thin, it is a suitable occasion to dabble in witchery—particularly in that which is dark, dangerous, or extraordinarily strong. 

    People in power have long been afraid of educated women. During the early modern period, women were driven from healthcare by the threat of being accused of witchcraft, while men were educated and licensed.

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  • Precious Gemstone Lore
    October 23, 2020 Sara Long

    Precious Gemstone Lore

    For much of history, gemstones have been assigned mystical, metaphysical powers, due to their rarity and otherworldly beauty. Gemstone magic changes depending on the era and the people who wore them. Discover your affinity with one of the four precious gems: sapphire, ruby, emerald, and diamond.
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