Pantheacon 2012

I’m excited about Pantheacon 2012.  This will be my first Pantheacon and only my second big Pagan event.  Presenters include Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, Patrick McCollum, T. Thorn Coyle, Gus DiZerega, Margot Adler, Christopher Penczak, Diana Paxson, Don Frew, and Z. Budapest, Sarah Iles Johnston, Sabina Magliocco, M. Macha NightMare, Starhawk, and more.  It will be cool [Read More...]

My Son Confronts Existential Despair

Yesterday, I initiated a conversation with my 13 year-old son about what he believes happens after death and why evil exists in the world. Let me preface this by explaining why.this is not an unusual conversation for us.  I haven’t written much here about my kids yet.  Today, I’m going to tell you a little [Read More...]

Finding Joe

Finding Joe, the movie You should really check out this movie: Finding Joe.  It is about Joseph Campbell’s monomyth or “Journey of the Hero” as they call it in the movie.  I bought it and didn’t regret it.  It presents the monomyth in terms that a layperson unfamiliar with Campbell can understand.  If you’re looking [Read More...]

Brendan Meyers Interview

You should check out this interview at Humanistic Paganism of Brendan Meyers, author of Loneliness and Revelation and The Other Side of Virtue.  Brendan describes himself as “a kind of Pagan that the modern revival doesn’t know what to do about, nor how to deal with, at least not yet” — one who is “not [Read More...]

Plunging into the sea of matter

I struggle with periodic bouts of existential despair.  I don’t mean depression.  Just periods when I question what the point of my life is.  When I ask, “Is all this really worth it?”  At times like this, I feel like this world is not enough, that I secretly long for … something else. I’ve blogged [Read More...]

Spiritually, but not religiously, Pagan

Recently at the Bishop in the Grove blog, Teo Bishop wrestled again with the label of “Pagan”.  The question of my Pagan identity has come up frequently in this blog as well.  The fact that I have named the blog “The Allergic Pagan” might suggest that I have resolved this problem, but it has not.  [Read More...]


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