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Searching for Normalcy in November

This is a very stressful time for many of us. The news inundates us every day to remind us just how stressed we are right now in 2020. We've certainly had enough to contend with this year, but so many things seem to be riding on the outcome of our presidential election on November 3rd. That this level of stress could stretch on for days after tomorrow almost feels unbearable.

I was fortunate to share an insightful chat with Mary Ellen Pride recently, who will be my next featured guest on November's "Women Who Howl at the Moon" podcast. Mary Ellen was voted as "Milwaukee's Best Psychic" in the Shepherd Express for 6 years in a row. She has over 40 years of professional experience and was a leader in the California-based group, Covenant of the Goddess, with which prolific author and activist, Starhawk, is affiliated.

Mary Ellen and I covered a lot of ground, from one of her most powerful early psychic experiences, to finding balance and calm in our current topsy-turvy world. She notes the big differences between identifying as a witch in the 70s versus today. 

A lot of my loved ones and friends have firmly stated that they are focusing on only the positive all day tomorrow– even opting to go to bed early at their regular time. Once we cast that ballot and have campaigned hard for our party, the matter is largely out of our hands. We should strongly focus on positive energies and outcomes, and trust that things will come to fruition as they are intended to.

Here's an idea to entertain: take care of yourself tomorrow. Do nice things to nurture you and ease any lingering fears. Whatever makes you feel stronger or more hopeful, that's what you should do. Take a long bubble bath and play classical music, make a healthful dinner with your loved one, read an uplifting book, color and do crossword puzzles. Unless you feel empowered by checking in with the news or watching coverage on TV, it might be better to take a break. We will all find out the results eventually. As a neighbor mentioned to me the other night, watching a perpetual feel-good movie like, "Singing in the Rain," might be just the thing to do. Make it a private election night party of goodness and hope. While you're unwinding, listen in to my podcast with Mary Ellen here:


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Colleen DuVall has written articles, plays, short films, and a novel. Most recently, her work has been featured in her new blog, Off The Beaten Path for the Shepherd Express online (, and the Wisconsin Life radio show for WPR. She recently adopted a little grey and white cat named Tessa, after beloved 22-year-old Bootise passed on.


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