Privacy Policy

Check out the following for info on how I treat data collected from visitors to my website or when you subscribe to my newsletter.

Newsletter sign-up

When you register for my newsletter, I have to collect some personal information, such as your name and e-mail address so I know who to send the newsletter to. Duh. There’s also some other information that’s automatically gathered, like your IP address. I use this information to share stories, recipes, tips, and information about upcoming events. And, if you respond to a newsletter, I’ll write back, which means that my e-mail system may store your e-mail address in the address book. I don’t rent, sell, or trade email lists with other organizations and businesses. Believe me…I wouldn’t even know how to go about doing that! Nor would I ever want to do that.

I use a third-party provider, MailChimp, to deliver my newsletter. It gathers statistics about email opening and clicks, using industry standard technologies to help me monitor and improve my newsletter. For more information, please see MailChimp’s privacy notice.

You can unsubscribe from my newsletter at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of every e-mail. You can also e-mail me at to unsubscribe. However, I love having you in my community and I hope you remain part of the gang.

Visitors to my website

I hope you have a pleasant stay when you visit I had a lot of fun creating the site to make it a visual as well as informative experience. Some people use Google Analytics to collect standard Internet log information and details of visitor behavior patterns. They do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is processed in a way that doesn’t identify anyone. Currently, I don’t do this. Not really for any conviction…it’s more that I wouldn’t have a clue how to go about implementing and using such a thing. At some point, I may add this to my site…if I get that tech savvy. At that time, I’ll update this privacy policy.

Forms on my website

I use simple forms on my website to allow you to contact me easily. The information supplied will be used to respond to your inquiry and matters related to it.

Links to other websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. If you have questions about how other websites use your information, you’ll need to check that site’s privacy statement.


I love cookies!! Chocolate, coconut, peanut butter, oatmeal…Mmm! Gluten-free, of course! Wait! What?! We’re not talking about delicious baked goods? Bummer!

According to Merriam-Webster, a cookie is “a small file or part of a file stored on a World Wide Web user’s computer, created and subsequently read by a website server, and containing personal information (such as a user identification code, customized preferences, or a record of pages visited).”

Hmm…the other kind is so much tastier.

I use cookies on the site to help you login faster to the Mystic Cafe. You can have the membership to remember your login. But that is about it except for the yummy cookies I have with my tea.

Believe it or not, you can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings (like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.). Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser’s Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. I’ve done this a few times. However, it makes navigating the web much more cumbersome. And, I decided I didn’t much care for it. But, it’s a personal choice.

Social Sharing Features

My website and newsletter may offer social sharing features and other integrated tools (such as the Facebook “Like” button), which let you share with other media, and vice versa. Your use of such features enables the sharing of information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you establish with the entity that provides the social sharing feature. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please visit the privacy policies of the entities that provide these features.

Access to Your Personal Information

You are entitled to access the personal information that we hold. Email your request to me at Note: if you’ve registered for my newsletter, I only have your name and e-mail (and IP address), as mentioned above.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This privacy notice was updated on Jan 11, 2024. I may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If I make changes, I will notify you by revising the “Last Updated” date and, in some cases, I may provide you with additional notice (such as by adding a statement to my website or by sending you a notification). I encourage you to review my Privacy Policy periodically to stay informed about our information practices and the ways you can help protect your privacy.