A Sense of Florida

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It’s not all silliness and Florida Man har hars. Think drug cartels, murders for hire, the Seminole wars, a young Andrew Jackson cutting his genocidal teeth, and the Army Corps of Engineers. [Read more...]

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On Snakes, Truth-Speakers, & St. Patrick

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If we extend the metaphor further, then not only did St. Patrick (and by extension, Christianity) drive the Druids and Pagans from Ireland, but also he drove Truth and the wisdom of mind-expansion from Ireland. Anybody want a green beer yet? [Read more...]

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Elemental Ethos: Water

Collecting the best water on the planet, as a gift of the ecosystem.

The metaphysical associations with water tend to be the realm of emotions and felt experience. These associations do not surprise me, particularly when one looks at the symptoms of dehydration: sleepiness, irritability, dizziness, delirium, heart palpitations, confusion, fuzzy thinking, seizures, and nausea. Is it any wonder that our ancestors then associated Water with emotional experience? [Read more...]

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Pagan is Latin for Redneck

“Paganus” is an ancient term of otherness. It was disparaging, much like the “redneck” of today. [Read more...]

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Elemental Ethos: Air

Snow absorbing sound in the Maine woods. January 2015.

It’s snowing again today. The forecast calls for an additional 8-12″ blanket to top off the 30″ already on the ground. It had been a light winter until this week; certainly 3+ feet of snow on the ground changes one’s experience in the landscape substantially. For me, the most striking thing about the snow is the blanket of quietness it creates. [Read more...]

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Elemental Ethos: Earth

By Elmschrat (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The local ecosystem is our home, our host. I have come to realize that, for me, it is disrespectful to an ecosystem to bring food into it, particularly if the food was processed industrially. By learning and mastering foraging techniques, we can learn to accept the ecosystem’s hospitality. When we bring extrinsic food into our ecosystem, it comes with an implied message: I am not willing to even try to subsist in relationship with you directly, so that we can thrive cooperatively with one another. I am a mere visitor, and will not stay long enough to develop such a relationship. [Read more...]

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Gods Under Glass

Neolithic Idol (photo by Paganarch)

Why seeing gods in museums makes me a bit uncomfortable. [Read more...]

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