Why Churches Are Withering Away, Part I

Leslie White predicted this back in the 1950s. He could already see it happening, because the pressures had been building since the Renaissance. He was one of the great Cultural Historians, along with Toynbee and Kroeber. He was a Marxist—of a school that consisted of him and Karl Marx. We’ll get to the churches—but first [Read More…]

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So Am I Jewish?

In early December Melinda was on Ancestry.com, trying to track down her Cherokee ancestors, the Shellnuts. Her mother was born Lois Anne James (yep, related to Jesse). Looking at Lois’s maternal grandmother, she found that Alfred Shellnut had married a Rosa Salmat. Looking up that name, she suddenly yelled, “Oh, my God, I’m Jewish!” Yes, [Read More…]

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Can I Teach Again? Would Anyone Listen?

Recently a brilliant woman doctoral student picked me, apparently by intuition, out of the hundreds of editors available online, to edit her research proposal. Having hired me, she then googled me, learned much more, and sent me a long enthusiastic email about her psychic talents and experiences. She is immensely well informed and is what [Read More…]

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If Bernie is not nominated, we must vote for Hillary; we must stop Trump

Some “Berniecrats” are proclaiming that if Bernie does not win the nomination, they will not vote for Hillary. That attitude is contemptible. It would give the election to Trump, who is fascist. Political scientists are saying that the impoverished and marginalized are voting for Trump, just as such people voted for Hitler. The white supremacists, [Read More…]

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My Current Titles Are Now Available on Kindle

Getting them on there has been a technical problem. More precisely, it has been me having problems coping with the technology. But at last it’s done. Getting the novel, Aradia and the Books of the Sacred Marriage, up there is a relief. It had been growing for 45 years. Now it is done, released, finished. [Read More…]

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It is encouraging to receive good reviews

It is a pleasant surprise to find that someone has been saying good things about you behind your back. I don’t often look at my book listings on Amazon to see if there’s a new review. Not every day. Or every week. Or every month. Hardly ever, actually. So it made my day to discover, [Read More…]

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Around Some Lines of Wordsworth

  I saw that splendor in the burning roses, the radiating trees on that day of ultracolors. We cannot know what alien sensations Our words blind us to, censoring our senses Down to the world we make by our beliefs, Always that sense of having seen the incomprehensible reality Behind the machinery that makes the [Read More…]

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Caitlyn Jenner and Sexual Stereotyping

Her freedom is our freedom. I believe that all human beings have a natural right to be whoever and whatever they choose to be. Our advantage as Americans is that that right is guaranteed for us by law. Those who deny that are on their way to join the dinosaurs.
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Announcing Mythopoiesis: A Journal of Poetry and Radical Thought

When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain . . . At my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot, hurrying near.   I edited and published four issues of a journal by that name (to be accurate, the first two issues were called The [Read More…]

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Lenin, State and Revolution, the One Percent, and Me

In June of 1963, I wrote my first Goddess ritual, for the wedding of my dear friends Larry and Catherine Shaw. I had been planning to graduate from San Francisco State that month, but the administration ruled that my having only 27 transfer credits from UC Berkeley, not 30, meant that I had to take [Read More…]

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