Remembering the never born: claiming a sibling as an Ancestor

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As part of preparing for October's blogging about Ancestor remembrance, I had a long chat with my blogging partner for the project, the very lovely Reba Riley, who blogs on the Progressive Christian Channel at Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome. We found that we have a lot in common, from our shared interest in universal, heart aspects of spirituality, to some 'coincidences' in our personal histories and circumstances.My personal Ancestor remembranceWhen I was explaining to Reba how I … [Read more...]

Sitting On This Speck Of Dust In The Cosmos

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I didn't post on A Sense of Place yesterday. I wanted to, I really did, but there was nothing at all I could say that wasn't just a rehash of my personal struggle with belonging. This isn't the blogging that I used to do. I used to write about connection and learning from the voices in a place. Before Patheos I wrote about the seasons and the plants in Israel. Now, I fight my personal demon of loneliness and disconnection and I find my writing tiresome.Not that writing is tiresome. The idea … [Read more...]

When water is cut off: from Cochabamba to Detroit, by way of my bathroom

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In the mid-1990s, the water services of Cochabamba, a town in Bolivia, were taken over by the subsidiary of a trans-national corporation, Bechdel. Water bills rose at an astounding rate, and people were charged even for collecting rainwater from their own roofs.The people revolted.Despite pressure from both private and public security services, the people of Cochabamba won through in 1995, and made a declaration -- reiterating, in more earth-centred language, the UN's declaration of … [Read more...]

The Common Riding: Langholm’s Great Day

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This Friday just gone was Langholm's Common Riding. Since I've lived in Eskdale, I've been both fascinated by Langholm Common Riding, and mainly stayed as far away from it as possible -- although I have been, once.It's an odd local custom, involving thousands of people, a couple of hundred horses, and an awful lot of alcohol. And for some Langholmites, it's a bigger day than Christmas.What happens on 'Langholm's Great Day'The Langholm Common Riding is held on the last Friday in July, … [Read more...]

My Wishlist for the Pagan Community

What would it be like for the Pagan community to be completely mainstream? Not a majority religion, but such a common minority group as to be no different from any other minority religion? For many of you reading this, I suspect that seems like a fantasy for a far off, theoretical future. From where I'm sitting, it feels like we are already there. Wherever I go, there is Pagan community of some kind. Just a few clicks and a search, and I can find an open ritual pretty much anywhere in the … [Read more...]


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