A Love Song for Juneau

Juneau old growth forest - where I first experienced Otherness.

[Modified from a post on June 1, 2012]I haven’t lived in Juneau, Alaska, for over a decade. I’ve spent little more than a handful of weeks at a time there. Home for me these days is Olympia, Washington. [I am winding up my time from my most recent trip home - the first one in three years.]For those that know me in person forgetting that I’m from Alaska is impossible. It is a part of my identity on par with being human or female. I am not my body, I am not my sex, yet I am completely e … [Read more...]

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One True Thing

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[From earlier this spring]The gods are real.Remember that one time that one god walked through my living room? I didn’t make that up. Or the dream I had just last week about the work that other devotees are doing, things I shouldn’t know? Or that consistent, still, small voice that whispers to me when I am still and quiet. The gods are real.The land speaks.Some of it speaks more loudly than others. Sometimes I can hear it more easily than at other times or in other pla … [Read more...]

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Living Saraswati

May Saraswati, who is honored on this day of Navratri, surround my Teacher with beautiful poetry and music.

[Written on Oct. 11, 2013]Today begins the final three days of Navratri, in which Saraswati, goddess of language, knowledge and sound, is honored. I have an affinity with Her, as I have spent much of my life in pursuit of education and knowledge, as well as honing my singing skills.Saraswati is comparable to the Greek goddess Athena in many ways. Both are independent; Saraswati, unlike most of the other Hindu goddesses, is not the consort of any male deity; her devotion to her studies … [Read more...]

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What Do You Mean by “Scary”?

I drew Kali yantras a while ago.

I’ve met a new friend. We jumped right into some deep waters. She’s made some less than conventional life choices and has faced the consequences of people she loves telling her that she needs to get right with Jesus. I can relate, I told her. I’ve given many people many reasons to stop talking to me. Not only did I get a divorce in my early twenties, I ran off with a younger woman. Two good reasons for excommunication right there. But, I added, now I practice witchcraft and blog publicly about it … [Read more...]

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Why I Am Not a Christian

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Reflections on Bertrand Russell’s speech from 1927. (Read the essay online here.)This is the only essay of his I’ve read. I recommend it. It’s short, amusing and to the point. Many of the arguments he raises are still being raised by those in the New Atheism movement. I want to use this post to talk very briefly about Russell’s essay, even more briefly about the New Atheism movement, and about why I, Niki, am not a Christian.We begin with Russell’s essay. It’s hard to deny most of his … [Read more...]

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Broken Gods: A Book Review

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Patheos - the overarching home of Patheos Pagan - does book clubs and anyone from any channel is able to join it. Most of the books don't interest me, but this month I decided to try one of the books. Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the 7 Longings of the Human Heart, is by Gregory K. Popcak, PhD., a Catholic, therapist, and fellow blogger at Patheos (Faith on the Couch).I'll admit the title intrigued me. I wondered what a Christian could be intimating by "Gods." The blurb suggested Popcak … [Read more...]

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What We’re Reading

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School is out! Summer has started! And Mama is already exhausted after 4 days! Many Gods West is in 6 weeks and we leave for a family vacation to Alaska in 10 days' time. If I'm not giving you fresh insights, please forgive me. I'll be posting some older, but awesome posts to tide you over.Occasionally I like to share what we're reading in our house. Here is what we're reading:KidsMy 7 year old is engrossed in the Wings of Fire series. I don't find them particularly well-written … [Read more...]

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