Does History Prove Polygamy or Polyamory Is Bad?’s Libby Copeland claims that history proves plural marriage is harmful to society: As marriage historian Stephanie Coontz has pointed out, polygyny is less about sex than it is about power. Rich old guys with lots of wives win twice: They have more women to bear them babies and do household work, and they also [Read More...]

Politicians Confused About What Makes A Minority

The Wild Hunt reports that Rep. Tim Scott seems to think Christians are a minority in the US: If Rep. Scott were clear-eyed on the issue of religion he’d see which religious groups were truly struggling in his state. He’d see a Wiccan ostracized and harassed when she objected to sectarian government prayer (and later held [Read More...]

Oral Roberts’ Grandson is a GLBTQI Activist

That guy on the streetcorner cooking stew and hanging out with his boyfriend isn’t homeless: he’s the performance art activist grandson of famous (or infamous) televangelist Oral Roberts: It’s a vaguely subversive idea—the antithesis of the “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it” ethos, a strategic divorcing of homosexuality from sexuality, a tent-revival effort [Read More...]

Imbolc Candle Ritual


Patti Wigington, over at, shares a candle ritual to honor Imbolc: Hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors relied upon the sun as their only source of light, the end of winter was met with much celebration. Although it is still cold in February, often the sun shines brightly above us, and the skies [Read More...]

Upcycled Bottle Keeps Incense Fresh

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Recently I received a gift of incense from a friend, not in a cardboard box, plastic sleeve or carved teak box, but snugged away in a wine bottle. The cork keeps the incense fresh, the bottle gets recycled and your creativity is unleashed by making custom labels for your incense collection. Plus, it stores handily [Read More...]

Orphic Hymn to the Earth


O Goddess, Earth, of Gods and men the source, Endu’d with fertile, all destroying force; All-parent, bounding, whose prolific pow’rs, Produce a store of beauteous fruits and flow’rs, All-various maid, th’ eternal world’s strong base Immortal, blessed, crown’d with ev’ry grace; From whose wide womb, as from an endless root, Fruits, many-form’d, mature and grateful [Read More...]

Incense May Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression

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All you nag champa lovers have reason to rejoice over Science Daily’s article on incense: To determine incense’s psychoactive effects, the researchers administered incensole acetate to mice. They found that the compound significantly affected areas in brain areas known to be involved in emotions as well as in nerve circuits that are affected by current [Read More...]