A Dark Place In My Heart

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For several months now, I haven’t been writing like I normally do. A long time ago I used to blog without worrying about the consequences of sharing my spiritual path as it unfolded. I would write about what I was learning and what I experienced without shame or fear. I was never one to subscribe [Read More...]

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The Burning Heart of the Forest

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The Burning Heart of the Forest will never die out: a photo essay [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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The Science of Subjugation

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Drilling into Nature’s resisting holes: Francis Bacon and the rape of Nature. [Read more...]

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Elemental Ethos: Earth

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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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