welcome back to the end of the year

December 4, 2007|Posted in: Catching Up, random

It’s that time. It’s that time AGAIN, I mean. Isn’t it? Why do I not feel like shopping, decorating or baking? What shall we do about that?

I think it’s because I’m still catching up from the weekend, where I did some awesome work with a group of women on personal power and transformation — which soulds like Magick but isn’t. It’s more about believing in yourself and knowing you are strong than about fairy dust and magic wands. Not about fairy dust at all, actually. Love, though. Lots of love.

Anyway. Good weekend. Busy days ahead…

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Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger. She is the author of six books: three novels, one poetry collection, and two women's history. She was the Poet Laureate of Alameda, California, in 2014-17. She's also the conservatrix of The Doris Diaries, the diaries of her great-aunt Doris Bailey Murphy. She has a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University, and MA in Early 20th C. British Literature from Cal State Hayward. Julia's articles have appeared on Salon, Thrillist, Paste, Scary Mommy, Narratively, Yahoo News, Your Tango, and Sweatpants & Coffee. Her articles have also run in Redbook, Woman's Day, Country Living, House Beautiful, Town & Country, the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Magazine, Quill, and MadeLocal. She was the founding editor of weekly Alameda Sun and literary zine Red Hills Review. Her poetry has been in The East Bay Literary review, Postcard Poems, Americus Review, Cicada, Tiferet Review, and many others. Julia has been recognized several times by the San Francisco, East Bay and Peninsula Press Clubs as well as the California Newspaper Association for her blogging since 2003.


  1. noreply@blogger.com'

    December 4, 2007

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    You can find Magick within as well as without, my dear friend. We all carry the power, but learning to focus and channel it and use it wisely… if that isn’t Craft, then I don’t know what is!

    Shopping: spend an hour or two with Santa Amazon. Decorating: delegate to one of your kiddos. Baking: keep it simple. Watch out for those nasty little expectations… not those of any in-laws or neighbors (they don’t matter anyway) but those of that little voice coming from your pillow around 2 a.m.

    My personal bugaboo: the annual holiday letter and card. I have no idea if I’ll get it done this year; maybe it will be a New Year’s card, or St. Patty’s day.

    Anyway, be kind to yourself. Prioritize, let go of the nonnecessary crap, maybe pick up some Mexican Wedding cookies from a bakery. It’s OK to have an off year now and then!

    Hey, I’ll be in the Bay Area between Jan. 7-9. I’ll try to get hold of you closer to the dates… but I hope you can spring free for lunch or tea!

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    nancy la vie
    December 17, 2007

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    Happy Holidays Julia!

    I know you are swamped, but don’t forget to check out the new Cathedral near the Lake in downtown Oakland. I am always amazed by how religions can build such beautiful buildings! If you haven’t followed this edifice’s construction, just google the Cathedral name and see why the architects/s did what they did. Opening this fall —

    September 25, 2008 Dedication Mass and Consecration of the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

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    Omar Cruz
    January 10, 2008

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