My name is Anita Susi. My parents were immigrants from Estonia, one of three small nations on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Estonians are closely akin to the people of Finland, and our languages are very similar. Even though my parents spoke English well, they knew I would learn it once I started school.
I began learning English through total immersion in the public schools in Paterson and Wayne, NJ. After majoring in English at Livingston College of Rutgers University, I worked as a newspaper reporter and marketing writer for many years.
Because I love playing with words, I write poetry when the spirit moves me. It is almost always in English because I lack a sense of the nuances in modern Estonian.
Paganism and witches have appealed to me since childhood, and I’ve been learning a little about Estonia’s native pagan religion, Maausk. The blog title, offeringstone, refers to large stones in Estonia’s ancient sacred places where the maarahvad, the pagan people of the land, brought their offerings in times of worship or need. This blog is an offering stone of sorts, on which we can share bits of insight and perhaps wisdom.