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CollectionsConsigned (49), Read but unowned (330), Your library (2,724), to be deaccessioned (1,659), unpacked (129), PEIB (2,423), keep (973), Verify Cover (1,345), cover verified (1,344), Verify location (262), Verify other (2,178), to be sent to UCSB (179), deaccessioned (170), sent to UCSB (38), Currently reading (3), duplicate in ib account (16), Wishlist (57), To Review (4), Divination Tools (24), Timeline project (5), Other Media (14), packed (2,506), Fiction (350), E-book (2), All collections (3,288)

Reviews38 reviews

Tagsoccult (341), magic (288), Celtic (267), sf (233), religious studies (230), Ireland (179), ultb (170), mythology (162), history (161), Witchcraft (160) — see all tags

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About meJust an old-fashioned occult generalist with enough library to insulate the house. I'm originally from Chicago, but I've lived all over the US. In the early '90s, I owned my own metaphysical bookstore in Peoria, Illinois (please, no "played in Peoria" jokes; I've heard them all.) In 2007, I published my first book, co-authored with my fourth husband, LT Author Isaac Bonewits, who passed away in 2010. I'm still cataloging the books from his extensive library. Want to buy any of them?

About my libraryI guesstimate our library is 80-90% cataloged. All items I physically possess (and have cataloged--keep finding more...) is in the collection "Your Library." I'm slowing divesting much of the library as I need to lighten my load of physical possessions. Two cross-country moves in less than two years will do that to your priorities.

All items listed in the Collection PEIB will be copied or moved to Isaac's account to create his Legacy Library. See and Items in that account in the "Your library" collection are still in my possession. Other items have been sold or donated. Some have been given to the Davidson Library at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), where they can be found in the American Religions Special Collection, which also holds the Isaac Bonewits Papers.

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, ADF LibraryThing Users' Group, Ancient History, Ask LibraryThing, Authors In Memoriam, Book Care and Repair, Bookshelf of the Damned, Booze!, Combiners!, Common Knowledge, WikiThing, HelpThingshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Isaac Bonewits, John Ostrander, Ginette Paris, Dorothy L. Sayers, Oscar Wilde (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresThe Atlantis Bookshop, The Occult Bookstore

Favorite librariesChatham Community Library, Jackson County Library - Ashland Branch

Favorite publishersBeacon Press, U.S. Games Systems, Inc.


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Real namePhaedra Bonewits

LocationAshland, OR

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMay 5, 2007

Currently readingCourting the Lady: A Wiccan Journey, Book One: The Sacred Path by Patrick M. McCollum
Four Complete English Novels: Persuasion, Wuthering Heights, Typhoon, The River by Lawrence H. Feigenbaum
Between the Living and the Dead: A Perspective on Witches and Seers in the Early Modern Age by Éva Pócs

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Happy thingaversary, Phaedra!
Re: Your note on Eudora Welty on Readers Over 60...

And, thanks back to you. :)

Munn a/k/a Bookblotter
Yup. Uther from CUUPS.... Stacey Greenstein from Facebook.
Dear Phaedra,

I saw you separated the Fitzgerald renditon of the Rubaiyat from other translations. A very good thing, thank you.
Of the five translations I own, only one was attributed wrongly, and I am myself to blame for this: I entered an edition published in Tehran in 1964 as just "Rubaiyat", while it should have been "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam : rendered into English verse". I corrected it and combined it with the right work.

Henk Lensen
One comment about BTRIPP's post below that I could offer is that when the What is the record number of LT members on line at any one time? started out, I was imagining that that could be a method of prompting the technical designers of Library Thing to put a continuous graph of the number of users that would replace the ...books - ...users section that everybody posts onto the thread. What got me thinking along those lines is that whenever I open the task manager on windows computers, there are some graphs that show how much capacity is being used in the CPU. And I thought, hey, why don't they just do the same thing with LibraryThing users, and make the time axis of the graph show 1 week or 1 year or whatever. Do you know if anyone else has thought of this idea? I am not sure if I should copy this post over to BRIPP's profile, because I wanted to share it with both of you. (I probably will go ahead and do that.)
I did a real LOL when I read your Hugotontheonbiquiffinarians comment!
If you know anyone who travels north regularly, there is a place in Baltimore which accepts unwanted books and gives them away to anyone who wants them completely free. It is called the Bookthing of Baltimore, Inc. ( and is a registered non-profit which has been around for about fourteen years. They have at least 100,000 books on their shelves at all times.
Hmmm ... I just wish that folks would update with the highest concurrent usage number!

Obviously, there's a "floor" to the user number, as many (such as myself) never log off the system, so we'll always be there to be counted ... frankly, I'm surprised that the minimum number isn't higher, as I know a lot of people who also say they just keep LT open in a browser tab.


- B.T.
Phaedra ...

Have a question, and since you recently posted in "What is the record number of LT members on line at any one time?" you might have some light to shed on this.

What's the purpose of that??? I've been tempted to ask in the topic, but it seemed like doing so would be "intrusive".

I only started following the "Talk About Library Thing" group about a month ago, and this particular "discussion" there has been a source of on-going confusion for me. Now, I'm a stats freak, so the concept of keeping track of number of books cataloged and number of members on-line inherently appeals to me ... but the data stream there doesn't DO anything but "snapshot" a particular point in time.

It especially falls down in the stated purpose of seeing what the "record number of LT member on line at any one time" is ... there is no on-going mark that hasn't been exceeded, just a constant spew of whatever the number was when folks grabbed the data (from wherever they're grabbing those figures). Considering that the current discussion thread is the EIGHTH page of this, I didn't feel like searching back through how ever many hundreds of posts to try to figure what the highest number was ... but WITHOUT that number, the whole exercise seems pointless!

I figured that since you were posting to it, you might be able to illuminate me on what the point was to that ... I mean, it IS interesting to see the cumulative book count go up, but the explicit purpose of that discussion is the the user number, and that is nowhere to be found ... am I missing something in this, coming to it late?


- B.T.
Sweet! I haven't spent much tmie up north, I'll have to keep a travelogue and have it printed up in Southern Living!
249769Member JustinTheLibrarian has left a message on timspalding's picture.
Phaedra - I hope you don't mind me contacting you to recommend a book - called your name?! Don't know if you have read it. June Rachuy Brindel's 'Phaedra' about a matriarchal take on the Theseus legend? It's wonderfully written though dreadfully sad, a sequel to 'Ariadne' also brilliantly evocative and tragic?

How nice to see you posting in the Chapel! Hope you continue. We share some interesting books.

Condolences on your recent loss.

I briefly emailed and conversed with Issac some years back and found him to be a very friendly and intelligent man. I only learned of his passing recently and when I saw your profile, I wanted to offer my condolences and support to you.

Blessed Be,

Jon Almada
I'm so sorry about Isaac.
Only just learned that Isaac has passed away. My condolences.
Phaedra: I'm am late, as I just learned of Isaac's passing. I am so very sorry. You have a hard path to follow, as I am well aware. I'm walking that path myself. I wish for you strength and happy memories.

Mary Lou
I'm sure we would have enjoyed "talking Trek".
Phaedra, I'm someone who mostly reads rather than posts, but you and your husband have been much in my thoughts and I've admired your strength and courage through this difficult time. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in your loss.

I'm so terribly sorry.
Hello Phaedra

Nothing to say that wouldn's sound trite. Thinking of you both.


(lurking at TPBM)
Temporary profile hijack: Any ideas on this "pagan fantasy" stumper? *hopeful*
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