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Thanks to a silly Facebook meme I've been humming '90s Christian music in my head all week. I'm not gonna lie: I owned Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W Smith cds, but my favorites were Iona and Rich Mullins. I still like those last two.I think the last two spoke to me - speak to me still - because they weren't the standard popular music of day (Mullins played the hammer dulcimer!) and the lyrics were sometimes ambiguous, sometimes about the personal struggle to even feel the intimacy of … [Read more...]

What We’re Reading

Son's books

Every so many months I like to talk about what we're reading in my house. We're big readers and usually we have way too many books started!I've got this week's Economist and this quarter's Bitch. I've subscribed to these two magazines for over a decade. They keep me informed on things that matter to me, and they help me feel like I'm somewhat aware of what is going on in the wider world. Two books I've been reading for about 3 or 4 months now: Jason Mankey's The Horned God and in blue is … [Read more...]

Summer Solstice 2014

Morning glories doing what they do at 6.30am

I've been up since before sunrise. I actually like being awake at dawn. There is a chorus of birds that sing praises to the twilight and I love hearing them. My new baby girl slept from 9.30 or 10pm to 4.30am. She is an excellent baby! I nursed her in the wee hours of dawn and tried to go back to sleep. But then my son had a nightmare and crawled into bed with me.I realized how little we get to snuggle and have gentle touch with no agenda (not wrestling or while we're reading, or with the … [Read more...]

Monism – Your Mileage May Vary

Juneau old growth forest - where I first experienced Otherness.

In my corner of the internet there is some discussion (and some insulting, some deliberately not listening, and some jumping to conclusions) about monism and polytheism. Here are my two cents.Monism is the idea that there is one unifying source. It is NOT the same as monotheism. Monotheism is the idea that there is one god and one god only. Almost all monotheists are monists, but not all monists are monotheists. Can polytheists be monists? Yes, yes they can. How important are such … [Read more...]

Sabotage

That can wait. I totally need more tea.

Even when I haven't moved house and had a baby, even during my most inspired periods, I struggle with sabotage. Why is it that I do the things I know don't make me feel good, that get in the way of the work I want to do? Why do I procrastinate? Especially when I have such little uninterrupted time?I am reminded of a passage from the New Testament, Romans chapter 7:15 "I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing that I hate." The context is about … [Read more...]

An Uncomfortable Education

Sometimes a lingam is just a lingam. [Shivan Lingam from the Kushan period, Government Museum, Mathura, by Biswarup Ganguly, via Creative Commons]

I'm exhausted. School is out and I have an infant and two kids all day, every day. I haven't adjusted yet. I need more structure or the eldest child will be the death of us all. Last week was also my birthday, so there were a few fun birthday gatherings. Last week was also my blog post about Wendy Doniger's controversial alternative history of the Hindus, and with that came all the comments. And those comments were intense. Processing those on top of everything else left me feeling very … [Read more...]

The Hindus: An Alternative History

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Wendy Doniger's 700 page exploration of Hinduism and the history of the Hindus has been extremely controversial. The Hindus: An Alternative History was  published in 2008, received scathing reviews from Hindus, and was banned for a time in India. This is how I heard of the book to begin with. What could possibly be so scandalous that a country would ban a book of its history? As someone with more than one degree in religious history and a practitioner of Hindu devotions* I wanted to check out … [Read more...]


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