A more interesting idea of goodness

My wife teaches a class once a month at her Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) congregation.  She teaches the women’s group called the Relief Society.  Each month she is assigned to give a lesson on the subject of a talk given by one of the (male) church leaders at the most recent biannual General Conference of the [Read More...]

The healing power of (modest) nudity

Over at Pantheon @ Patheos, Star Foster has posted about the phenomenon of “modest” nudity in Neopaganism, by which she seems to mean the un-self-conscious and non-eroticized display of (usually female) flesh.  She mentions the nudity at Pagan Spirit Gathering this past summer as an example.  I was a virgin-festival-goer at PSG this year.  And [Read More...]

A dead bird, a bottle of honey, and meaningful coincidences

A bird fell out of the sky in front of me today.  I was walking down the sidewalk in downtown Indianapolis, and a little grey and yellow bird hit the sidewalk with a sickening squish sound.  I was startled and then disturbed.  And then I proceeded to walk into oncoming traffic.  I looked right, but [Read More...]

All I need is a little bit of magic

At her blog, Onion Work, Ruby Sara has recently posted about the beginnings of her spiritual journey and the fascination that magic played.  She denies that this fascination with magic was escapism: And it was for magic specifically that I ached. To some, this yearning may seem the antithesis of my views regarding the need for a [Read More...]

Eating God Eating Us

I have been trying to write this post for a week or so and I am still struggling with it.  In my last post, I wrote about the ambivalent attitude I have about food, and how Neopagan myth has helped me to experience what Jane Ellen Harrison calls the “sacramental mystery of life and nutrition [Read More...]

Plunging myself into matter

Until relatively recently, I have always had an ambivalent attitude about food.  It is an attitude I inherited from my father, which undoubtedly has a great deal to do with our metabolisms.  Both of us are thin and neither of us enjoy food as we should.  My mother was fond of saying that some people [Read More...]


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