In the Name of the Goddess, I Say to You . . .

All saints revile her, and all sober men Ruled by the God Apollo's golden mean - In scorn of which I sailed to find her In distant regions likeliest to hold her Whom I desired above all things to know, Sister of the mirage and echo.It was a virtue not to stay, To go my headstrong and heroic way Seeking her out at the volcano's head, Among pack ice, or where the track had faded Beyond the cavern of the seven sleepers: Whose broad high brow was white as any leper's, Whose eyes were … [Read more...]

Nostalgia as a Root of Reactionary Politics

Now that life has calmed down a bit, I'll try posting  some more of my profound thoughts on here. Or maybe some satire.Tea Party Libertarians look like total nutcases to us liberals, but there is a rational explanation for their irrationality, one that might offer a way to push them toward at least a little more sanity. The problem is the illusion that there was once a Golden Age, which plays out on both the individual and the social level.The individual form of the illusion is our … [Read more...]

Goody Jones’ Law, or, More on Unteachability

 Goody Jones is your archetypal Ozark grandmother. She’s observed a great deal about humanity in her lifetime, and, although life did not afford her the luxury of college, let alone a doctoral degree, she has always believed that “God gave us brains to use” and has never let hers be idle. Early in life she learned to skeptical about beliefs that seemed not to be backed up by facts, and the modern technology of interlibrary loans enabled her, by making careful choices, to become well-informed in s … [Read more...]

#Patheos5Yrs

I've been writing blogs on here for about a year and a half. The discipline of writing 1000-1500 words on most days means I have accumulated about 200,000 words. These I will turn into books. Books make me money to feed my kids. Thay also mean my writing will survive. Print-on-demand technology has broken the corporate monopoly on publishing and freed me from having to argue with agents and publishers who are interested in nothing but money. And perhaps something I've written will help someone … [Read more...]

Disqus Sucks

This is not so much a blog as a complaint about this system. I did not like Disqus from the gitgo when Patheos decided to start using it to manage the comments. Disqus now seems to be frequently malfunctioning, at least for me. Half the time I can't see any new comments at all. Then they suddenly become available, then disappear again. I've also just had a case of Disqus decding to diapprove a comment, when I had done no such thing. So, sorry, Treeshrew. I don't enjoy being yelled at, but your … [Read more...]

Perhaps Another Way to Protect Teenagers from Suicide.

I just adore my 14-year-old, Chloe. I remember feeling the same way about Maeve when she was 14. At that age kids feel SO grown up—when they are actually the most fragile and vulnerable. So it is time to be worried about her.If you are a parent, I hope you know that suicide is the leading cause of death among teenagers. If you don’t know that, you’re not doing your job right. Teenage suicide is almost always caused by clinical depression, even if triggered by some life event, such as being bu … [Read more...]

“Credit” Is a Word Used to Exploit You: Step One in Economic Resistance

Lately I’ve been thinking more about social justice than about theology or philosophy or poetry. I am just as concerned as anyone else about our economic situation, caused by the greed, stupidity, and selfishness of the wealthy. They bully and exploit the other 98 percent of us with impunity, because our government, which they largely control, has stopped using the means provided by our laws to keep them from doing so. You cannot strike back by illegal means, for exactly the same reason that a c … [Read more...]

The Ocean Level and World Temperature Have Been Rising for 20,000 Years.

Google “Doggerland.” Look at the maps, read the articles about underwater archaeology.At the peak of the last Ice Age, 20,000 years ago, the ocean level was 400 feet lower than now. Europe extended far out into the Atlantic; the British Isles were its highlands. The Rhine and the Thames joined and flowed into the Atlantic. What is now the North Sea was a fertile plain and the home of the earliest civilization. The oldest city now known is under the North Sea, about parallel with Scotland. It … [Read more...]

Wisdom Is Sold in the Desolate Market

What is the price of experience? do men buy it for a song?Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the priceOf all that a man hath, his house, his wife, his children.Wisdom is sold in the desolate market where none come to buyAnd in the wither’d field where the farmer plows for bread in vain. . . .It is an easy thing to talk of patience to the afflicted,To speak the laws of prudence to the houseless wanderer . . .It is an easy thing to rejoice in the … [Read more...]

Blogging as Dedication to the Search

I miss the lively conversations I and my friends had on my Gardnerians All Yahoo group a few years back. For that matter, I miss lively conversations via email in general. There seems to have been a shift in American communication styles over the last few years. I’m seeing far more use of social media like Facebook and Twitter, and much less personal communication.  Facebook has reconnected me with dear friends I thought I’d never be able to find again, and I can get messages to many people when … [Read more...]


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