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« Topic Start: October 03, 2007, 12:13:00 pm »

What is everyoneís opinion of Ellen Dugan? Good, bad, so-so? Iíve never read one of her books but Iíve heard the name. Sheís coming to my area to speak this month and next month and Iím wondering if I should make the effort to attend the lecture because itís on a weeknight and I hate going out on a weeknight. Any opinion you have or if youíve already met her would be great.
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« Reply #1: October 04, 2007, 07:13:36 am »

What is everyoneís opinion of Ellen Dugan? Good, bad, so-so? Iíve never read one of her books but Iíve heard the name. Sheís coming to my area to speak this month and next month and Iím wondering if I should make the effort to attend the lecture because itís on a weeknight and I hate going out on a weeknight. Any opinion you have or if youíve already met her would be great.

I have not personally read any of her books, but I have heard good things about them. From what I understand she is a master gardener, so if she is speaking on gardening or herbs, I know I would go! Her Cottage Witchery book has been highly recommened to me, I just haven't got around to reading it yet.

If you do go, let us know how it went!
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« Reply #2: October 04, 2007, 08:42:28 am »

What is everyoneís opinion of Ellen Dugan?

To be honest this is the first I've heard of her. Based on Nile_Lily's info I took a look at the book reviews and found a review for Garden Witchery: Magick From The Ground Up.  It's one of the longer reviews so maybe that'll help some.   Oh, I just realized there's a second review here too. 
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« Reply #3: October 04, 2007, 10:19:05 am »

I have not personally read any of her books, but I have heard good things about them. From what I understand she is a master gardener, so if she is speaking on gardening or herbs, I know I would go! Her Cottage Witchery book has been highly recommened to me, I just haven't got around to reading it yet.

Itís a lecture on Samhain actually. Sheís doing another one on Yule in November. I think Iíll sign up for both when I drive down to Pathways on Saturday. Iím just looking for ways to connect with the community and it sounds interesting. Geez, Iím gonna have to buy a date book at this rate. There is the meet-up at the Barnes & Noble in Kirkwood this Sunday and then the Pagan Beliefs Discussions next Wednesday and Saturday. Then I have that pendulum class on October 17 and then the Samhain lecture the following Tuesday the 23rd. And then there is Samhain itself and I still need to figure out what Iím going to do for that. Iíve never needed a date book before...  Tongue
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« Reply #4: October 04, 2007, 01:59:10 pm »

Geez, Iím gonna have to buy a date book at this rate.

There are worse fates.  After all you could live somewhere where there's not enough pagan events to necessitate a date book.   Grin

As for Ellen Dugan, I have no personal experience with her work, but one of my friends recently acquired her Cottage Witchery and loves it.  She describes it as very earthy and practical.  Very little high ceremony or waving about of arms/wands/etc.

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« Reply #5: October 04, 2007, 03:34:31 pm »

Geez, Iím gonna have to buy a date book at this rate.

Look at it this way: you now have a great reason to obtain a PDA.  It's a datebook and spellbook all in the palm of your hand... Wink
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« Reply #6: October 04, 2007, 06:13:22 pm »

There are worse fates.  After all you could live somewhere where there's not enough pagan events to necessitate a date book.   Grin


I have the worse fate.....I would have to drive over an hour to attend anything remotely pagan. Sad
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« Reply #7: October 05, 2007, 01:50:01 am »

I have the worse fate.....I would have to drive over an hour to attend anything remotely pagan. Sad

6 1/2 hours over here. Sad
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« Reply #8: October 05, 2007, 01:50:43 am »

What is everyoneís opinion of Ellen Dugan? Good, bad, so-so? Iíve never read one of her books but Iíve heard the name. Sheís coming to my area to speak this month and next month and Iím wondering if I should make the effort to attend the lecture because itís on a weeknight and I hate going out on a weeknight. Any opinion you have or if youíve already met her would be great.

I personally think she's awesome. Like others said -- very earthy and practical, and doesn't take herself too seriously.
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« Reply #9: October 05, 2007, 02:04:29 am »

What is everyoneís opinion of Ellen Dugan? Good, bad, so-so? Iíve never read one of her books but Iíve heard the name. Sheís coming to my area to speak this month and next month and Iím wondering if I should make the effort to attend the lecture because itís on a weeknight and I hate going out on a weeknight. Any opinion you have or if youíve already met her would be great.

I have read two of her books and found them both to be absolutely wonderful!  Her down-to-earth writing style and easy to follow instructions along the her antidotes make her books an joy to read and own.  I envy you the chance to hear her speak!
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« Reply #10: October 05, 2007, 11:38:08 am »

Her down-to-earth writing style and easy to follow instructions along the her antidotes make her books an joy to read and own. 

(bolding mine)

a_dream_painter, just to clarify since I haven't read any of Ellen Dugan's material, does she actually provide antidotes, as in neutralizing a poison, in her books or did you mean anecdotes, as in short personal stories?  I can see either one being listed but anecdotes makes more sense in this context.
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« Reply #11: October 08, 2007, 03:39:35 pm »

6 1/2 hours over here. Sad

I have to drive 40 minutes to reach Pathways off of Tesson Ferry and make 5 turns to reach the building. I get lost in a paper bag. But, it is an....acceptable distance to get a life.

The Pathways store is a wonderful place and I signed up for the Ellen Dugan lecture while I was there. Iím going back this Wednesday for the discussion on ďPagan BeliefsĒ. I also met a member of The Grey School last night at the Meet-up. [pets her new life]
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« Reply #12: October 10, 2007, 11:31:25 pm »

I have to drive 40 minutes to reach Pathways off of Tesson Ferry and make 5 turns to reach the building. I get lost in a paper bag. But, it is an....acceptable distance to get a life.

The Pathways store is a wonderful place and I signed up for the Ellen Dugan lecture while I was there. Iím going back this Wednesday for the discussion on ďPagan BeliefsĒ. I also met a member of The Grey School last night at the Meet-up. [pets her new life]

Hey! Your in my neck of the woods. I rarely get up to Pathways though. I am just too busy to have much me time these days.

Ellen Dugan is a Missouri native, so she appears in the area often. I haven't read any of her books but I have met her. She is a very sweet and caring woman. Very down to earth. She is also knowledgable on her chosen topics. I'd say you won't be disappinted to hear her speak.
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« Reply #13: October 11, 2007, 03:41:59 pm »

Hey! Your in my neck of the woods. I rarely get up to Pathways though. I am just too busy to have much me time these days.

Hey neighbor. I really live down in Saint Peters on Mid-River Mall Road, if you know where that is. The beginning of this month was when I firmed my decision to make some major changes in my life and, well, get a life. Thus braving the highways in my tiny Metro. I hate driving on the highway and canít wait to get a bigger car next month. Any chance Iíll see you at a Meet-up or one of the Pathways events in the near future?
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« Reply #14: October 23, 2007, 10:15:33 pm »

What is everyoneís opinion of Ellen Dugan? Good, bad, so-so?

I have Garden Witchery and Cottage Witchery and have read both. I highly enjoyed them... lots of practical tips, rather than a bunch of theory and "Wicca 101".

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