About this Blog

I’m Melanie–a writer, a researcher, and an entrepreneur. Welcome to Contemplative Resonance, a blog organized by categories: “Paths to/from Preservation” contains reflection on various approaches to and interpretations of and inspirations for preservation including environmental preservation and cultural preservation (traditions, documents, art & artifacts). “The Alternative Medicine Cabinet” discusses various approaches to alternative medicine. “Spirit…

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Controversy & Conservation: An Interview with Nicholas Pearson

Points of Healing, Points of Mine is a series of posts discussing the interweavings of conversations of crystal therapy, alternative healing, science & conservation, and eco-consumerism. Not all authors within the metaphysical crystal and gem community would be willing to address the controversial questions I have gradually been accumulating. Nicholas Pearson is versed in science and…

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Steampunk Journaling: Diary Writing in the Digital Age

“As we try to understand the past, we try to understand ourselves in relation to the past.” ~Steven Marcus, The Other Victorians (quoted in Steffen Hantke’s “Difference Engines and Other Infernal Devices: History According to Steampunk.”) Steampunk is not usually associated with journaling. It’s a sub-genre of “punk” sci-fi/fantasy fiction characterized by futuristic nostalgia. The reader…

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Witches: ‘Old Ways’ and ‘New Age’

Seasons have shifted with a turn of color, a shift of lighting, and a drop in temperature. I startled a flock of ravens perched in trees overhead while I was out walking the other day; their beating wings and caws of alarm ushering an additional atmospheric effect. We’ve recently seen a full moon, Mercury retrograde,…

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