Strega Nona Entertaining: Conjuring Creative Fun

From recipes to rituals, I will kindly divine the perfect celebration for you!

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Login
    Login Login form

Something to Howl About

 Earth Day is here, and in many globally conscientious folks’ minds out there, every day should really be dedicated to Mother Earth and treating her well. Even if you hadn’t had time over the weekend to participate in a riverside cleanup or other related project, simply getting outside, going for a walk, and picking up a piece of trash to deposit in its proper receptacle, is one small act of kindness that does make a difference that you can perform. I’d also add chatting up a neighborhood squirrel or robin, just for the heck of it. These suggestions are actually brought up in a lovely part two of a conversation with my podcast guest, Stacy Schuerman, on the latest episode of Women Who Howl at the Moon.

 You’ll notice that Women Who Howl has its own SoundCloud page now, for newer episodes from 2024. This is part of a transition phase, where all new episodes will be moving to Podbean, and in turn, becoming more readily available to folks on Spotify and iTunes, broadening our podcast audience. The older archived episodes will still all live at “Scenes From a Soundtrack,” SoundCloud page, for your listening pleasure. Stacy is a psychic, medium, and spiritualist who is always a pleasure to listen to. Be sure to check out her episode. You can find out more about Stacy at:

 On another more serious note, I’d like to bring something to the attention of people who may not be in the know, about how brutally wolves are being treated in some areas. For someone such as the likes of Wyoming Truck Company Owner Cody Roberts, to torture, torment, and enact such unimaginable cruelty onto a beautiful, innocent creature is beyond horrific and sickening. People who behave in this way need to punished to the absolute fullest extent of the law, and additionally receive some psychiatric treatment, in my opinion. Every living, breathing creature in nature has a divine right and place in this world, just as we do. Animals do not go out of their way to abuse those rights. They are not vindictive, or small-minded. What they do has purpose and meaning, and maintains a perfect ecological balance, when left alone. There is no “sport” in killing a wolf. People don’t eat their meat, and in general, they don’t make coats and apparel out of them these days to make fashion statements or to keep warm. There is most definitely no gamesmanship in behaving like an absolute monster or would-be serial killer to an animal who has done absolutely nothing to you, or to harm your environment, simply by its very existence. Animals are much, much better, higher quality entities than some thoroughly evil humans in this regard. That is why these torturous humans should always be referred to as, “monsters,” not, “animals.” I don’t want to share the grotesque video footage, or go into great detail about what this person did (giving them any more free publicity), but there is more than one petition you can sign to express your outrage at:

 This is obviously an issue I feel very strongly about and will continue to howl from the rooftops in regard to. The wolves are not attacking us, or our small pets. In general, they won’t go after our livestock, and if they do, everyone’s financially compensated for every head of livestock lost in this way, through insurance. Wolves have learned to stay as far away from us as possible and will go out of their way to do so. That is why a true wolf sighting is so rare–not as common as coyotes in urban areas, which wolves are commonly mistaken for. People are not making the world a better place by poisoning and torturing wolves. They are creating an ugly, hateful world. Turning us into true barbarians, taking us back to Neanderthal lizard brain ways of thinking. Let’s not devolve into this, please. Just let the wolves be, to roam and howl free.



Last modified on
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.


Additional information