Memorial for a 500 year old being

Today on the way to a friend’s house for dinner, we drove by a giant tree.  It appeared to be, and is in fact, dead.  My wife, the real tree lover, spotted it first.  It turns out that the tree, a Bur Oak located in Merrillville, Indiana, is between 500 and 800 years old and [Read More...]

Movies that are religious experiences: Part 1 (The Fountain)

Last Sunday, at the Spirit Circle at my Unitarian church discuss movies that inspire us.  There are a lot of movies I find inspiring.  One I recently watched was Fly Away Home with a young Anna Paquin, about a girl that rescues a flock of geese and then guides them to a mating ground in [Read More...]

Pagans in the Pews: Why I go to the Mormon church

I go to the Mormon church about once a month.  Honestly, it is a painful experience for me.  First, it’s boring (to me … just attached that qualifier to everything I say here).  There is no real discussion.  The questions and the answers are prefabricated, as they must be in any religion which claims to [Read More...]

Right Livelihood

I just finished Chapter 22, “Marriage and Loneliness”, in John Trevor’s autobiography, My Quest for God.  In this chapter, Trevor struggles with balancing the security of marriage and work with the desire for spiritual growth.  On the one hand, he explains that marriage grounded him in a way he had never been before: “It was [Read More...]

Fall is here!

Fall is here!  Well, it’s been here for about two weeks now.  It is gorgeous.  It’s what we call “jacket weather”, the air is crisp, although when you stand in the sunshine (which has been bountiful that last few days) it is almost hot. Some of the trees are just starting to turn.  One thing [Read More...]

Getting the Story Straight

Last night during our (belated) family Autumn Equinox ritual, my wife got frustrated.  Specifically, she got frustrated because of the “fuzzy” nature of Neopagan myth. Here’s some background: My wife’s LDS (Mormon), but very supportive of my Pagan faith.  In case you’re just joining my blog, I used to be LDS.  I left the Mormon [Read More...]


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