I am the person behind the words: a heathen, a woman, a mother, an observer, a traveler of one kind or another. Beyond that, I hope that the contents of this space will help you come to know a little bit more about me.
I have been called Peace-Maker, and Ungrateful,
Gentle One, and Tall-Girl.
I have been called Diviner, and Image-Maker,
Furious, and Schemer.
I have called myself Scholar and Loner,
Herb-Harvester, and Shy.
Weak-One, and Strong-One,
Dancer and Fearful and Brave.
They called me Strange-One in Bergvik’s hall,
But Quiet at Titus’s place.
I was called Odd-Duck, and Mystery
Observer, and Terrible,
Rude, and Filthy, and Fearsome.
Olivia is my name, but before that I was
Battle-Avoider and Laughter-Wise.
I think all these names were used for me alone.*
*my personal adaptation of stanzas 46-54 of the Grimnismal (a poem in the Poetic Edda where Odin lists his many names)