Leaving Greensboro

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It seems as if Greensboro, North Carolina did not want me to leave. Of course, it's all just coincidence. There is no meaning behind the force of nature. That's what our scientific knowledge tells us, anyway. The world just does what it does. The laws of physics and the chaotic nature of the global systems that interact with each other cause weather patterns. The Spirit of Place has no say in the snow fall or ice conditions that hindered my travel. That's just silly talk. But there it is.Not … [Read more...]

What We Built From Ruins (Part One)

Berlin Raben

(This is a work of fiction in response to the question posed by Christine Kraemer, "What do we hope to build?") I. The autumnal light shown gold and rose through the branches of the alder and birch as the group appeared. Despite his weak eyes and failing hearing, the old Druid needed no notice of their arrival—the young are never inconspicuous.“You’re here for a tale?” he called out, startling them.After a moment of confusion they all noticed him, and one called out in return. “Yes--W … [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...]

Gods In-Between

"In The Gloaming" (Atkinson Grimshaw--1878)

In between day and night there is a time which is also a place.When the sun sets, but before the world has gone dark, all things fade so slowly, so imperceptibly we almost cannot notice the difference, only that something is different. The colors seem to seep from the world, trees from brown and green to grey-brown, grey-green, then grey, then black. The river below the bridge where I stood today, the hills across from that river shrouded in darkening mist, the street behind me with the rush … [Read more...]

Do The Gods Care About Money?

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This week Niki, at A Witch's Ashram, wrote about money and privilege.  It’s a great article, and one I hope she expounds on, but the first thing I wondered when reading it, and the thought I couldn't get away from,  was whether gods even care about money.  I have had this conversation before with pagan friends, wondering whether the notion that a god (any god) who is interested in the minute details of so many people’s lives is just unexamined Christian magical thinking (in the anthropological se … [Read more...]

Twisted Roots

By Jim Dollar

I have just a week and a half left here in Greensboro, NC. I haven't seen much of anything. I know the house where I'm staying with my friend and her twin boys and I know the Greensboro College campus. One day I took a walk from the house to the nearest grocery store -- about a mile and a bit -- but I don't have any plans to do that again. The walk taught me a very important thing about myself, but I don't think I really want to work on that failing of mine right now.* I'm frustrated with myself … [Read more...]

The Garments of the Gods

Druid Grotto

We have our reasons when we travel.  Work. Vacation. Friends and family and all the rituals of life and death with which we celebrate our existences and world our stories into each other. Sometimes wanderlust or curiosity, the need for refuge.  Sometimes we flee a horrible place in hopes of security. Sometimes we travel towards a new place, one we do not yet know.I don't know if we take our gods with us, or if they are always in everyplace, but I know they often look different.  I wonder so … [Read more...]


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