All posts by Teresa Cavanaugh

I am a mother, grandmother, and witch with a capital B. I live in Prince George, BC with my partner Andrew, a cat and a bunch of ferrets.

Not a Witch War, just a minor skirmish.

A few days ago I was perusing Etsy when I saw some posters available as pdfs in CerridwenGrainne’s store . They reminded me of the parchment ones a lot of the metaphysical shops carry, but I hadn’t seen these particular ones. I assumed they were her own, so purchased three different sets. When I opened the pdfs I discovered that what they actually were was scanned copies of copyrighted material. They were parchment posters featuring the work of Amber K and Travis Bowman.

I immediately sent a message to the seller requesting a refund and telling her that I did not support copyright infringement. Although she did issue a refund, her response floored me.

2016-02-18_editedSo, I made a post to my facebook page:

“Please do not support cerridwengrainne1 on Etsy.com. I purchased some PDF’s for download to discover they are all badly scanned copyrighted documents by Pagan author’s Amber K and Travis Bowman.”

She then sent me a message on facebook saying this:

The items you purchased were not badly scanned and they are open for purchase. In fact ….if you go to Azure Green they are available for purchase! And ETSY all ready cleared the downloads. I will be contacting my lawyer for the slander you’re posting on facebook smile emoticon”

Now there are a number of things wrong with this statement, but I was going to ignore her.  I had my money back and would not be supporting her shop.   Then she sent me an email…….. My comments are in bold.

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Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 21:51:51 -0700
Subject: Teresa
From: cerridwen.grainne@…
To: Inanna_liban@….

I’m 58, married and have a BA in Archaeology and an MA in the Humanities and a son in college. I’m originally born and bred in Scotland and moved to the US when I started college many moons ago. I have researched and published articles and monographs on prehistoric sites in the northwestern US. I am well schooled on publishing and copyrights as I’ve worked with this myself.
Amazing you have made it so far in life without learning some basic facts.
The items you purchased were already cleared by Etsy. If you had read the descriptions you would have seen the names of the authors….but that would require a certain amount of reading knowledge.
It doesn’t matter if they were cleared by Etsy.  Etsy does not have the authority, only the owner does.  There was nothing in the descriptions to indicate another author, and I do have screenshots.  You do make the claim of “vintage”, which they are not.
And since you’ve decided to add me to your facebutt page and slander my shop and name I will be contacting my lawyers Harrison and Associates to take up the matter. Social media doesn’t give you carte blanche to say rude and nasty things about people without consequences or without knowledge of whom you’re dealing with first.
Facebutt….how clever.  Apparently something in your education was lacking.  It is libel when in writing, slander when spoken, but only if untrue. 
As for my knowledge of whom I am dealing with?  That is becoming rather clear.
You, my dear, are not a witch as we do not condone nasty people like you.
(I always love it when they pull this one out of their ass.)  Whether or not you consider me a witch is not relevant, now or ever.  What is very apparent is that my style of witchcraft has something called ethics.
I certainly hope you teach your daughter and grandchildren a better way to treat people.
Now this, this is where you pissed me off and crossed the line.  You brought my family into your little hissy fit.  Believe me, my children and grandchildren know exactly how to deal with people like you.

Remember the Wicca Rede and follow the Three Fold Law…or perhaps you don’t know what that is because it requires a certain amount of reading and comprehension as well.

I often find that those that like to fling around the rede and three fold law are the least likely to follow it themselves.  My knowledge of ethics, magic and life in general go far beyond reading.   It also, very obviously, go far beyond yours. 

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Now, the only response I emailed her was:

“How nice for you.  Unfortunately all your education didn’t teach you something.  If you are reselling products from Azure Green you must sell the actual product, not scan it, sell it, and pocket the proceeds.  Azure Green doesn’t make money that way. ”

You see, Azure Green is the distributor for those particular posters.   She did not have their permission to pdf their products and sell them as her own.  She also had other Azure Green items in her store.   I don’t know if she will still be able to use Azure Green as a distributor.  They were notified of her infringement, as was Etsy.  I do notice that her store has been closed since yesterday for “taxes”.   I also notified Amber K.

I have to admit that I am dismayed that Etsy has strayed so far from where it began.   I don’t know that I will use it much in the future.  I certainly know what store I will not use, or recommend however.

****Update****

The hubris of this woman doesn’t cease to amaze me.  Especially after her vitriol about the rede and three fold law.    I found this:

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This was listed on a site called The Hippy Corner.  Note that it claims the chest is Hand Carved by CerridwenGrainne.   These chests can be purchased from Azure Green.  They are made in India,  and many metaphysical suppliers carry similar items.

Rather sad if you ask me…..

Time Flies

Hard to believe it has been two years since I last updated this site. Some of that time is a little foggy. On March 17th of this year I had neurosurgery to treat my hydrocephalus. It was causing problems with balance and memory. The surgery has improved my mental state immensely. My joints are getting worse. I have a lot of problems with my left arm. The ligament located between the thumb and finger was ruptured. This has impacted my wrist and that has impacted the elbow.

A year ago in January my beloved Flower Ferret died. I still miss him. Now I usually take Short Bus and/or Nancy Boo with me. Short Bus is smarter than his name implies. He lays quietly in my lap while I drive.

Miss Violet crossed the bridge

handfulMiss Violet crossed the rainbow bridge tonight. She joined all the ones that have gone before, Miss Violet was special though. Like Flower, we chose her. We bought her from Total pet when she was 9 weeks old. She was 6 ounces of pure spunk in a cage with males, possibly her siblings, from the same shipment. They were all at least twice her size, and Miss Violet was struggling. So small she could fit in the palm of my hand, she could also fit through the bars of most cages. She was very food aggressive and loved dried chicken strips. One day my friend Nan was going to feed her a piece of chicken. Miss Violet lunged for the chicken, but got Nan’s finger instead. We had to pry her little jaws open to free Nan’s finger. We called her “Itty bitty, not so sweet, but awful pretty”. Itty Bitty used to climb up on Andrew’s recliner and war dance him so hard she would fall off. The 15 ounce Terror. flowerlovesmv
Flower loved Miss Violet. When she was a baby he used to curl himself around her as they slept. That is what he did last night as well. We had decided to separate her last night when we realised she was quite ill. She has never been alone, so we put Flower in with her. He seemed to know something was wrong. We took her into the vet this morning and he thought it was a gastrointestinal infection. We started her on the usual antibiotics and sucralfate. She was dehydrated so we gave her some subcutaneous fluids. I had to go back to work, but Andrew said initially she seemed to perk up a bit. When I got home around 5:30 she had crashed. She was almost comatose and her breathing was congested. It sounded like her lungs were full of fluid. I tried calling the vet, but Murdoch was the Vet on call, and knows nothing about ferrets. The only thing she could offer was euthenization, and that was going to be $200. As it turned out, Miss Violet wouldn’t have lived long enough to get to her office anyway.

Ultimately I have no idea what killed her. She was only four, and showing signs of early adrenal. It was fast, and I suppose that at least is merciful. I would rather she go fast then suffer.

When Ariana, my grand daughter, was 6 I told her a story about Miss Violet wanting to be a fairy. Later I wrote it down and posted it here. One day I would like to see it made into a children’s book. I am not sure how to go about it though. Ah well, D.I.P. my Itty Bitty Miss Violet. You are missed already.

Cautioning The Wildlife

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While travelling on Haida Gwaii we noted there is a very large population of very small deer.  It would appear that their small stature goes along with a rather casual disregard for personal safety.  Signs indicate  locals are asking for public assistant in dealing with this troubling attitude. We asked the Street Spirits crew to help us create a list of things we could caution them about.

So far we have:

– Look both ways before crossing the road.

– Don’t accept rides from hunters.

– Arrows, the silent killer.

– Friends don’t let friends trust men with guns.

– Headlights are not stagelights.  Keep moving.

– Never take candy or food from strangers.

– Humans ARE strangers.

– Premarital sex can lead to accidental pregnancies.

– Don’t fall for the “I will take you to your mother routine”. I’ve seen the movie, she is dead.

Do you have any suggestions to add?
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50 by 50

Back in October I set the goal of losing 50 pounds by my 50th birthday. After coming back from New York I tipped the scales at just over 200 pounds. The weight was causing the bone structure of my feet and ankles to collapse, it had to go. Two rounds of the HCG diet and I have reached my goal. I even managed to lose almost 10 pounds during my 6 week maintenance phase. My total so far is 51 pounds.

One site that both Andrew and I have found very useful is My Fitness Pal. It is a free website that allows you to track yor calories, weight and activities. If you have a smart phone there is even apps to help you stay on track.

The celebration of my birthday was spread over a week. The actual day of my birthday was quiet, although I had tons of birthday greetings on Facebook. Andrew and I had gone out for a steak dinner on the weekend, so I opted to cook dinner. He gave me a beautiful silver and amber necklace from Topaz Beads. A few days later he surprised me with a vintage orange glass bead necklace from there as well.

Thursday night at Street Spirits the kids threw me a surprise party. Orange decorations, and ice cream cake with orange butterflies, and a card they all signed. The kids told some of their favourite Teresa stories. It was perfect.

Friday I got my brand new BlackBerry Z10. Damn I love this phone. It is fast, easy to use, and takes phenomenal pictures. The feature picture for this post was taken with it. I also love the wait it works with my BlackBerry PlayBook. I can view the pictures I take with the phone on the playbook. BlackBerry Bridge is easy to set up and use. I love the new scan technology.

Saturday was my 50th birthday party at my Mom and Dad’s. My Mom and daughter Elizabeth made my fabulous Ferret cake. Mom made the cake and Elizabeth hand sculpted the ferret out of fondant and gum paste. Unfortunately my son was out of town at a Marilyn Manson concert, he missed a good party. I received some wonderful presents, but the best part was being surrounded by friends and family.

Not the woman I used to be.

The picture on the left was taken October 6th in New York. The one on the right was taken this morning, November 11, in our hallway. One of my pet peeves of diet “before and after” pics, is the tendency for the after picture to be in more flattering posture and clothing. Instead, Andrew helped me to repiicate the orignal pose as close as possible, and the same clothing. I have to say, the difference brought tears to my eyes. Missing chins and a much small belly!!

I am now on the 1500 calorie portion of the diet. I will be posting updates here for anyone that would like to follow my progress. I have also been adding some tasty, healthy recipes. I have 25 pounds to go to reach my goal of 150 pounds. Wish me luck!