How Vampires Led Me to Paganism

vampires do not sparkle

I just finished reading Margot Adler’s Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side. Adler’s fascination with vampires may seem strange to Pagans, but not me. In fact, vampires led me to Paganism. [Read more...]

Confessions of a solipsist

“Solipsism” is a word I learned in college.   It refers to the belief that only one’s own mind is real.  Everything external to one’s mind is like a dream.  The word is also an epithet used to describe ideas which tend toward, but are not actually, solipsistic.  When I heard this word for the first [Read More...]

The Storm King

Yesterday we had an amazing storm.  The wind blew and blew, for hours.  The rain fell, but did not pour, the whole time.  This is unusual for where I live.  Our storms are usually violent, but brief.  Since we are nearing All Hallow’s Eve, my mind was naturally drawn to the legend of the Wild [Read More...]

Justice, Karma, and the Savage Garden

Last Sunday in our “Spirit Circle” discussion at the UU Church, we had one of our typical discussions that was all over the place and is difficult to summarize.  It started with the question, “How do your beliefs play out in your daily life.”  We rapidly got off that track and at some point one [Read More...]

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...]

Intercessory Prayer and Cruel Miracles

The topic in the discussion group at my local UU Church today was prayer.  As usual, it was all over the place and hard to follow.  On my left was the Buddhist who told about an experience he had praying to a boddisattva that he does not believe in to help him find his way [Read More...]


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