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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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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The Problem with Subsistence Living

A view of Bethel, Alaska

There are many of us who would like nothing more than to live a subsistence lifestyle. We would like to be able to live light on the land, in partnership with the Earth and the other creatures we share Her with. Unfortunately, there is a deep and unavoidable problem with that lifestyle, and we can’t reconcile the life we want with the life we find that we must live.

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A Dark Place In My Heart

heart with key hole

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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Finding Home

View of Mt Rainer from Anderson Island

Glasgow and Seattle both whisper in my ear and tell me that they could be home. Both places promise me that I can be a part of good things. Both places tell me that I can be a part of wonderful, overlapping communities of people building a future that I want to live in. [Read more...]

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Lessons From D.C.

Flooding at the Capitol Mall due to a broken irrigation pipe 2006

At some point along the drive I noticed a change in myself. I was agitated and annoyed with the other people on the road and the imagined inhabitants of the buildings near the freeway. Something in my head had processed the fact that we were in the area around the capitol where lots of Federal employees live and work. I mentioned what I was feeling to my friend and said, “It’s just that I feel like this is where they are messing up the country.” [Read more...]

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