Few Ancient Greek characters capture my imagination quite so much as Persephone, a goddess of springtime and fertility and growth. As the tales go, the god of the underworld, Hades, was stuck by Persephone’s beauty as she was out...
RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIELLE PROHOM OLSON (A.K.A. GATHER VICTORIA) Infused with rose water, filled with primrose custard, topped with a dollop of rose cream, and adorned with candied daisies, pansies, and violas, these classic Victorian Sponge Cakes are my tribute...
Reishi was called the mushroom of immortality in ancient China, as it was believed to be a cure for many age-related ailments. It represented a sort of spiritual potency, including well-being, connectedness, and longevity. It’s showed up in artistic...

Hygge at Home

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Photo by Stella Rose on Unsplash In his tiny tome The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, offers guidance on everything that is needed to achieve a happy state of hygge at home. “Hygge is about...
Holly Black Library Enchanted Living Magazine

A Writer’s Cozy Lair

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When I set up my very first office, I bought a modern glass-and-steel desk. It seemed clean and orderly. The problem was that I’m not clean and orderly; the desk quickly became heaped with papers, pads, pens, books I...
Hygge, the Danish word used to describe an approach to living that has a quality of cozy contentment, evolved as a way to embrace and celebrate the cold, dark Scandinavian winter months. I live in Maine, where one must...
Jessica Clark-Bojin Baby Yoda Pie

Warm-Baked Artistry

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There is a moment in the charmingly cozy and whimsical television show Pushing Daisies when the handsome young pie maker says, “Candy is sweet, but it’s a traveling carnival blowing through town. Pie is home, and people always come...
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Your Hygge Checklist

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 • Start with pillows. Lots of fluffy, soft pillows. These can be used to take drowsy naps or to start giggle-inducing pillow fights, if you’re getting cozy with a friend. • Add a blanket, or ten. Winter is cold, and...

Hekate’s Supper

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Recipes and Photography by Danielle Prohom Olson (a.k.a. Gather Victoria) Samhain is a time for honoring the ancestors and feeding the dead—so why not invite Hekate, queen of the shades and shadows, for dinner? Despite her bad reputation as sorceress of...
The common and spicy herb thyme has a surprisingly colorful history of magical and mystical uses. Dating back to ancient Rome, thyme has long been associated with strength and bravery. Roman soldiers were said to have bathed in thyme...