WELCOME!

Welcome to Goddess in a Teapot, my home on the internet.   I write about  spirituality and creativity, especially as they relate to women’s lives,  and if you go to the Blog Post page, you will find many, many posts on aspects of those topics. My latest post is at the top.

You might be wondering about the name of this site. “Goddess,” a term I use here to mean the sacred in women and our lives, is in the teapot because teapots are both everyday, useful objects, and also have many spiritual and creative meanings — they are transformational, turning water and plants into something completely different; they bring together earth (tea leaves), air (their whistles), fire (heat) and water; they nurture and nourish us; they are that which women gather around to form families and communities.

This site celebrates the many ways in which we experience the sacred and express our creativity in our everyday lives.  The illumination of the sunrise, the noise of our families, the solidness of gravity’s pull against our muscles, the spicy taste of cinnamon and cloves, the joy and pride of creating poems or paintings or knitted scarves or gardens or educated children or businesses or whatever we make –  these and thousands of other daily gifts are all divine and worthy of gratitude.

We so often forget that we, also, are sacred and have important things to say.  We are each worthy of respect and being listened to and cared for.  Each person has her own unique wisdom that only she knows and that needs to be shared through art, crafts, or other works or it will be lost to all of us.  We each have our own destined job to do on this earth, but we have been given one another to help us through each day. I hope that these writings will help you on your own way. So, please sit down, have a cup of tea, and let’s chat!

Carolyn Lee Boyd

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NEWS

4/6/14 ASKING SACRED QUESTIONS

To read a new post of mine about asking essential and uncomfortable questions as a spiritual practice on the wonderful site Feminism and Religion, please click here.

9/3/13 OUR SOULS BETWEEN EARTH AND SEA

I am so grateful to The Goddess Pages for publishing a new short story of mine, Our Souls Between Earth and Sea, about selkies and women and the true home of us all in the water. If you would like to read it, please click here.

5/12/13 A MOTHER’S DAY GIFT FROM THE GARDEN OF DREAMS

Thanks so much to Mary Sharratt who posted my guest post, Mother’s Day Gifts from the Garden of Dreams, on her blog Viriditas. You may read it by clicking here.

4/18/13 DANCING WITH KALI GETS YOU TO THE OTHER SIDE

I’m very grateful to the site “Feminism and Religion” for posting a piece I wrote about Dancing with Kali Gets You to the Other Side. To read it, click here.

2/1/13 AWAKENING TO THE MYSTERY OF ABSOLUTE BEGINNINGS

I’m thrilled to have a guest post on the blog Feminism and Religion. It is titled Awakening to the Mystery of Absolute Beginnings and you can read it by clicking here.

1/31/13 CELEBRATING THE ICY MYSTERY OF IMBOLC

I’m so grateful to Mary Sharratt for having me as a guest on her blog today! You are invited to read my musings about Imbolc in New England weather in Celebrating the Icy Mystery of Imbolc.

1/8/13 – REMEMBER WHO YOU REALLY ARE

I’m thrilled to have the first piece of fiction I’ve published in quite awhile appear in this most recent issue of  The Goddess Pages. It is a short story titled “Remember Who You Really Are” and you may read it by clicking here.

12/18/12 – HONORING THE OLDER WOMEN OF DECEMBER’S DARKNESS

I’m so thrilled to contribute a guest post on the wonderful site “Feminism and Religion.” I invite you to read my post “Honoring the Older Women of December’s Darkness” by clicking here.

12/10/12 – THREE GIFTS ON MARY SHARRATT’S WEBSITE

Thanks so much to Mary Sharratt, author of Illuminations about Hildegard of Bingen, among other wonderful books, for posting a piece I wrote about the Solstice on her website. To read it, click here.

8/7/11 – HANDS BAKING BREAD COMES ALIVE ON YOUTUBE!

I am so honored that Holly Lavina has made a video of a passage of one of my poems, Hands Breaking Bread! To see it, click here.

7/15/11 -TRUTH AND CERRIDWEN’S CAULDRON AT THE GODDESS PAGES

I have a new essay up at The Goddess Pages all about the power of telling the truth and Cerridwen’s cauldron.  You can read it here.  If you aren’t familiar with The Goddess Pages, it is an absolutely wonderful publication with lots of great articles, fiction, poetry and reviews in it — and it’s all online!

11/9/10 – TWO REVIEWS OF “TEMPLE OF THE SUBWAY GODDESS”

I am so grateful for two recent reviews of my novel, The Temple of the Subway Goddess.  Just posted is Loretta Kemsley’s review in Moondance which you can read by clicking here. I also so appreciate Geraldine Charles’ review in The Goddess Pages which you may read  here.

Here are excerpts:

From Moondance: “Why are clouds beautiful? This is just one of the many metaphysical questions that wend their way through this delightful read by Carolyn Lee Boyd. The Temple of the Subway Goddess encourages the reader to pause and consider the underlying theme rather than rush headlong to decipher the ending.

Boyd’s imagery is startlingly beautiful. Her scenes come alive through the eyes of her various characters, each viewing the same world in a different way. The premise threaded through each of their lives is singular: What happens when a goddess touches your life? It is a question the reader absorbs as she reflects upon her own life.”

From The Goddess Pages: “This book is magical.  Seriously.  It worked on me in a very subtle way – I love science fiction and set about the novel with my usual SF brain in gear, but quickly found that I was becoming engaged with the story in a very different way.  For as the time-travelling priestess Mira follows her own destiny to come to a time some 7,000 years in the future, to a neighbourhood which could belong to any American or European city, she finds herself strangely drawn to Suzanne, a photographer who has almost given up her calling, almost settled for a dreary day job and unsatisfactory marriage.  But what I felt was the ageless quality of sisterhood and the eternal nature of spirit calling to spirit.”

6/8/10 – ESSAY IN THE GODDESS PAGES

You are invited to read a new essay in The Goddess Pages, my first ever in that wonderful publication.  It is titled “Creating in Mnemosyne’s Circle of Memory.” It begins:  As I’ve gotten older, the distance between the past and present has gotten shorter and become an easier journey.  When I was in my 20s and first learned about ancient Goddess-focused cultures, they seemed as if they were so far away that they almost did not exist in the realm of possibility…Read more

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Painting is from The Goddess of Afternoon Tea by Celia Player. Used with permission of the artist.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diane
    Sep 18, 2007 @ 23:52:54

    I love it, Carolyn! The whole symbolism of the teapot — what a great name. Sort of makes me think of the Japanese tea ceremony…

    Take care,
    Diane

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  2. carolynlboyd
    Sep 19, 2007 @ 00:02:49

    Thank you, Diane! I so appreciate your comment and also for introducing me to blogging!

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  3. inooshi
    Oct 18, 2007 @ 13:40:19

    I really love the photo of your kitchen with the inviting tea-ware. It is just like being welcomed into your kitchen!

    Thank you!

    Reply

  4. inooshi
    Oct 18, 2007 @ 14:05:11

    I just picked an avatar for myself, an engraving of Margaret Fuller! Let’s see if it appears!

    How cool is that! I love Margaret Fuller!

    Reply

  5. patricia a. boutilier
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 00:19:40

    I love the picture of the mauve sink—I have a turquoise sink that inspired a 1950′d pink and turquoise kitchen. Happy blogging!

    Thanks! That is my actual kitchen. It is supposed to be 1930s style since that is when the house was last really renovated and so all the cabinets, etc. (but not the sink), are actually from that time. Your turquoise and pink kitchen must be charming!

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  6. Nadie
    May 03, 2008 @ 16:32:25

    Carolyn, I have just discovered your site – I will spend many evening here with you. What a lovely site . . . it is your honesty that I truly love and share. With permission, I would love to add you to my blog. Thanks, Nadie

    Thank you so much! I visited your site and it is wonderful as well — so beautiful and inspiring! I am honored to be added to your site and I will add you to mine!

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  7. Debs
    Jun 19, 2008 @ 07:26:17

    ‘Goddess in a Teapot’ has to be one of the best names for a blog I have ever come across – makes me wish I’d thought of it! :) I have just discovered your site (am on a bit of a ‘voyage of discovery’ at the moment) but will be a regular visitor in future I think. xxx

    Thanks! I visited your site also and added it to my blogroll. What a wonderful, insightful, and informative site! I’ll be a regular visitor at your site, too!

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  8. Goddess Leonie I Creative Goddess
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 06:32:42

    What a beautiful idea ~
    I’m so glad I found your website dearheart!

    I’m so glad you came by! Thank you!

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  9. Em
    Feb 04, 2009 @ 16:09:07

    what a neat idea! Thanks!

    Thanks! I’m so glad you like it!

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  10. brucehood
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 06:42:48

    Hi Carolyn,
    I came here through your tweet.. see it does work!
    bruce

    http://brucemhood.wordpress.com/

    My goodness that worked fast! Welcome to my blog!

    Reply

  11. Jenny
    May 16, 2009 @ 02:25:28

    As a life coach for women, I speak with many amazing women. I am blessed to learn through their stories and see anew through their collective visions. My compliments to you on this blog. I love reading it.

    I’m so glad you like it! I hope you’ll bring some of your stories and insights to the blog!

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  12. Jen H
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 14:13:06

    Hello dear Carolyn,

    Inspired by a friend’s post on tea this morning, I shared your blog on my Facebook page. Still just love coming and browsing. Congratulations on your recent success and reviews!! All my best!

    Dear Jen,

    Thank you so much for both your kind words and sharing my blog on Facebook! Those were both so kind! I’m so glad you are still enjoying my blog!

    Carolyn

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  13. Jennifer Rockwell (@JoieDuhVivre)
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 22:36:34

    Carolyn, Ever an admirer of your work, I wandered from your recent “news” to the article “HONORING THE OLDER WOMEN OF DECEMBER’S DARKNESS.” Thank you for sharing those beautiful thoughts. I will not look at this time of year in quite the same way again.

    Reply

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