Comforts of Home, and Ancient Wisdom

I don’t know about you, but I really hate shopping.

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Continuing the tradition of food and family togetherness that we celebrate here in the US on the third Thursday in November, when the fridge is stocked with delicious leftovers and the weather outside is chilly, the last thing I would want to do is fight crowds and traffic. No thank you!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, it’s a good idea to think of the indigenous folk who lived in your area prior to the invasion and colonization of Europeans. In our case, that’s Occaneechi and Monacan peoples. Where I was born and where we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday in a small town near the Virginia/NC border, the Saura people lived in Upper Sauratown near the Dan River. Their numbers were drastically decreased in the Tuscarora and Yemassee Wars, which were partially perpetuated by the settlers, before dying out entirely due to disease brought by traders.

Photo by Richard Ebert of Sauratown Woman on the steps of the Museum of History in Raleigh, NC.

The Monacan Indian Nation, another Algonquian tribe here in Central-Southwest Virginia, has survived over 400 years since European settlers came to Jamestown. After an interminably long battle, in 2018 the Monacans won federal recognition. These people are one of the few indigenous American nations that have continuously occupied ancestral lands.

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Some people have long recognized that the connection that indigenous people have with natural rhythms and seasons reflects ancient wisdom that should be respected, even emulated. Native people have much to teach others about how to live lightly and in harmony with ourselves the earth around us. Some Native societies have a tradition of storytelling during the cold weather months. It is also seen as a time to reconnect with the deeper self, to reflect on the past year, and to channel one’s creative energy into making things both useful and decorative.

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As we move through the winter holidays, I am looking forward to more time to slow down, settle in, and catch up on some of the things we had to put off during busier times. The waning light and cooler temperatures cause our bodies to shift into protective mode, as our metabolism slows, and we crave more rest. The wintertime, for me, has always been a time of quiet, a time to reflect and feel grateful for the life we have. And to share our bounty with others, as best we can.

2020 and 2021 have been challenging, but good to us as a Press. We’ve been able to bring nearly two dozen new books to readers in the past two years or so. Please share our good fortune with the coupon below, which offers an additional 15% off the already low discounted prices in our bookstore. The code is good from November 26 through November 30, 2021. Remember, free shipping always to continental US addresses, and low international shipping to everywhere else.

All from the comfort of your own home – no need to brave crowds or traffic. So reconnect with yourself, pick a new story, or share with someone you love. Peace and blessings to you all.

Everyday Assays

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Our fourth Short Story Anthology will dive into the everyday, but not in the usual manner. Taking a hard look at the quality and quantity of the moments of our lives, the 2022 Short Story Anthology will explore the mundane as a part of the sublime whole of our lives, sifting, mining, and measuring those brief seconds and weighing them in counterpoint to the value and meaning of life itself.

Are you a writer who is up to this challenge? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and join us as we dream of the possibilities in the whole, disarming, and fabulous array of precious and wonder-filled, everyday moments of our lives.

Poetry Anthology

We’ve made the decision to extend the deadline for submissions to our inaugural Poetry Anthology, Spheres and Canticles, from the end of this month to January 31, 2021. The anthology will be released in April, during National Poetry Month.

Please do check out our submissions portal, and send us your words!


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Launch Day! Anthology – Metamorphosis

Today, July 21, 2019, our newest release became available for purchase at major online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Metamorphosis: A Collection of Stories is available at pre-order pricing exclusively on our website through the end of July. Our first short-story anthology is a full 300 pages, with 26 stories by 23 new and established writers. The complete list includes:

Metamorphosis, An Anthology edited by Propertius Press
Metamorphosis, a Collection of Stories

How to be a Bad Boy in Four Easy Steps, by Paul Mills
A Tale of Nantucket, by Steve Carr
Diverted, by Kevin Keegan
A Ball of String Called a Clew, by Fionnuala Cook
Sleeper Cell, by Harvey Havel
The Clinic, by Donald Delver
A Girl Like Me, by Sara Confino
Obsoletism, by Aaron Weddle
The Looks of It, by Scott Pedersen
The Baroque Brothers, by Jeffrey Duchene
Freedom Bridge, by Sara Confino
The Burning of Nellie’s Mountain, by Susannah Eanes
Shady Lane, by Jimmy Hicks
Muse, by Jack Coey
The Reverend Broderick Sloan MacDougal, by Rebecca Redshaw
Cassandra’s Trump, by Stephen Bloom
If I Can’t Have You, by Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney
The Turning of Annie Riley, by Sandra M. Shaw
Pedestrian, by Aaron Weddle
As are We, by Sean Padraic McCarthy
The Sponge Society, by Lance Minnite
The Day I Cried Eyes, by Fionnuala Cook
Rainbow Bridge, by Joe DiBuduo
Fear is a Gentle Teacher, by Ted Garvin
Rosary Beads and Fioricet, by Stephen Young
Sugar Cane, by Sharon LaCour

Pick up your copy today, in our bookstore at reduced pricing, or at your favorite online retailer, and join us at Goodreads with a review!

Watch this space for more about our next Anthology, Whispers from the Universe.