Maxim Monday: Choose What is Divine

With this Maxim I immediately want to know what the ancient Greeks considered divine! From what little I understand, ancient Greeks did not consider their gods omnipotent or omniscient. There is a very different understanding of divinity between ancient polytheistic beliefs and current monotheistic (particularly mainstream Christian) beliefs. But I'm going to leave the ancient Greek parsing of this Maxim to people who actually know something about ancient Greece.I've been sitting here in … [Read more...]

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Not Everyone Appreciated Our Rite of Passage

Last week I wrote about the coming of age ritual my husband and I did for our five-year old son. That single post has received significant attention: repostings, comments, and discussion. More people may have seen that post than any other I’ve written and there are a few things I want to follow-up on.In retrospect, the title is unclear. I would prefer to re-title it “Rites of Passage for a 5-year-old.” The event was not just a ‘regular’ ritual, it was specifically a rite of passage. ‘5 year o … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Be a Seeker of Wisdom

I feel like this one has been covered before in the Maxim series. But we always need nudges to remind us to seek wisdom, no?This is another Maxim that I think I've got covered. Once upon a time I was a seeker of knowledge. Until only recently I felt almost as though I could never get enough knowledge. I devoured books. I pursued degree programs. I wanted more. I was hungry for knowledge, and I hoarded it, like a book collectors stack books on shelves. (Until I moved to Wales I hoarded books, … [Read more...]

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Harvest in the Pacific Northwest

At the beginning of August many of my Pagan friends celebrated the first harvest, commonly known as Lammas or Lughnasadh (from the Celtic calendar system). That observance has never meant much to me. I am not a farmer, and have spent precious little time in places where early August means first fruits of any kind. Now in Washington, it means the height of summer, and I spend my summer time waiting for the days to cool.As August passed I began to have half-formed thoughts of salmon. Had my … [Read more...]

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What We’re Reading

I like books. I really like books. I seem  constitutionally unable read only one thing at a time. This filters down to the kids, too. We're reading some great stuff right now, so I thought I'd share.First up, the two-and-a-half-year-old. Here is her current obsession:She is in love with the Octonauts, a series of books and cartoons that we discovered thanks to the BBC in Wales. We read these several times every day (saints preserve me). The art is great, the characters are adorable, and, … [Read more...]

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Chop Wood, Carry Water

There is a Zen saying, "Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water."I'm definitely in the 'before enlightenment' state of things, and most definitely lately. I feel further away from anything spiritually meaningful than I have in a while. I'm tired, getting over some sort of mild virus, and likely swinging on the swing set of hormones. While I usually have a strong container for dealing with news and the internet, the last few says have felt … [Read more...]

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Five Year Old Rituals

Last week my son had his 5 Year Old Rituals. What does that mean? Let's start at the beginning.My son was born prematurely and spent the first month of his life in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). It was easily the worst month of my life. Son, B, was born healthy and strong, though very, very small. He has grown to inherit both his mother's and his father's emotional intensity, so while he's a bright, healthy, empathetic little guy, he's also combative, struggles especially much with … [Read more...]

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