Speaking of Burning Mountains…

Photo by Elisheva Sterling. license: cc-by-sa

So, here I am in the midst of writing stories about a world aflame, and what should happen in real life but the state I’m in is literally on fire. There are some 100 wildfires in the region right now. It looks from the map that 23 of them are currently considered “large fires”. Driving [Read More...]

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The Mountain Of Fire, A Parable

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Once upon a time, a long time ago, in another dimension where whole worlds can be built in a singular city, there was one such world on a magnificent volcanic mountain. The mountain was home to a vast number of humans of diverse skin colors, languages and cultures. The top of the mountain was covered [Read More...]

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The Most Important Issue Of Our Day

House on Fire by Eugene Peretz

You may have seen a comic by Chainsaw Suit called All Things Considered. It’s three panels. The first one shows a guy saying, “Well, I think that ALL lives matter.” The second shows a man holding a firehose and saying, “We should care exactly equally at all times about everything.” The third panel shows the [Read More...]

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Living Values in A Place

Reflections in a pond at ITC, University of Twente, Netherlands

When we try to live according to our values, we cannot just do so in the private sphere. Our values-driven actions spill into the public space, whether we intend for them to do so or not. One might even argue that all of our actions are values-driven. Although some of our actions seem to be against our values, we tend to have reasons for taking those actions that speak of competing values that live alongside of, or interfere with our stated core. As we interact with other people in our families and communities, those values bump into friction points. That’s where personal values often turn into political ones.
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Bugs of Africa

Beetle in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Before the plane left Dar Es Salaam, a voice came over the P.A. to tell us that the chemicals they were about to spray posed no risk to our health. Then the flight attendants walked up the isles between the seats spraying something from small canisters up into the air to ensure that no dangerous African bugs would hitch a ride with us to Europe. [Read more...]

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Anatomy of The Spirit of Place

Photo: © 2015 Elisheva Sterling.

I am a conscious being who lives and has experiences which affect me and shape my identity and personality. This does not seem strange in any way, even though modern science tells me that most of my body is not actually made up of parts with my DNA. There are bacteria and virii as well as chemicals which course through me which, if taken separately, are not “me”, but taken together are all part of me and all influence me, my thoughts and my activities. [Read more...]

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On Place, Pagan Values, and Politicizing Paganism

Sunset through the young trees in "my" woods. Photo: ©2015 James Lindenschmidt. CC by-sa

These woods where I live have a spirit to them, a kind of consciousness, and my own spirit is bettered when I deepen my relationship with these woods. This is my Paganism. [Read more...]

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