My introduction to nature was at my childhood home a top a mountain in West Virginia with thirty-five acres of woods to call my playground. Exploring those woods brought countless hours of delight as my siblings and I discovered...
Imagine a candlelit table. A jack-o’-lantern sits at the center, his glowing grin flashing onto plates full of autumnal fare: treacle tarts, pumpkin rolls, butternut squash, stews, puddings, and a great roasted pumpkin. Your hands are still sticky from an...
For years I used to think magic was all just made-up fairy tales and stories our parents tell us when we’re young. I would dream of fairy parties deep in the woods or mysterious treasure maps turning up in...
Signe Pike Photography by Mark Callander

Enchanted Waters

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Photography by Mark Callander Somewhere long ago, in a shady forest pool or a high mountain lake, a woman hovered her palm flat above the water’s surface. Whether this was so she could to meet her twin in the water’s...
Feature Image: CoralAntlerCreative:shutterstock.com BY SARA CLETO AND BRITTANY WARMAN We were both in our twenties before we realized we’d been making altars all our lives. Instinctively, we cultivated tiny altars in the corners of our childhood bedrooms, on autumnal mantels, or...
BY SARA CLETO AND BRITTANY WARMAN Cover Art: Here in the Grove ART BY CHARLES VESS If you’ve ever spent any time with a cat—black, brown, tabby, white, calico, gray, orange, or otherwise—you know that, despite appearances, they are no ordinary...
Photography by Craig Crist and the Wondersmith When I think of a “call to adventure,” I picture a mysterious invitation hidden in the woods inviting a lucky hiker to a whimsical dinner party, or perhaps a note tucked lovingly into...
Late summer in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, in northern New Mexico. Aspens, standing tall and graceful on the steep mountainside, their white trunks with black striations gleaming brighter than white feathers under the full August moon. Just wait...
She is known as Queen Wolf of the Witches. She is a four legged wonder of an animal, a great wolf spirit present in the body of a nine-pound chihuahua. She has a thousand and one names, as magical creatures often...
You could say that professional mermaiding began in 1904, when young Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman dove into a glass tank at the Melbourne Exhibition Hall and swam with eels and seals and tropical fish as a crowd gathered and...