Land as Lover

Inspired by The Spell of the Sensuous I want to explore more personally what Land and Place mean to me.David Abram talks about geography as a container. More than just mountains that enclose or fields that spread out, land shapes our views of the world, our experiences with future places, how we perceive time and seasons, how communities function, and how we relate the non-human world. I see this so clearly from my own upbringing in Juneau, Alaska. It has so profoundly shaped me that, even … [Read more...]

It’s Maxim Monday! Now featuring a post on a parenting.

I have decided to jump on the blog themed day bandwagon and use Monday for the Delphic Maxims. Here's today's:Help your friends.This doesn't sound like spiritual advice to me. It sounds like standard human behaviour. Help your friends. Of course. But at its core this is what community is about, and community, in my mind, is a spiritual value. As the parent of two young children (4 and 19 months) and as a stay at home mom, I see the priceless value in helping and being helped.I try to … [Read more...]

Guest posting

I've got a guest post up at Project Conversion today! It's a little bit about how this blog came to be and how I've benefitted from the 'immersionist' experience. … [Read more...]

The best non-magic books about magic, part 1

My two most favorite books about magic aren't explicitly about magic at all. One is a philosophical work in the 'deep ecology' vein, the other is a young adult book about Vikings and Saxons.In this post I'll review (oh, who am I kidding? I'll praise) David Abram's The Spell of the Sensuous. I first learned of this book three years ago, during my first autumn in Wales. My friend, Haloquin, loaned it to me. I was thick into my PhD studies, so I did a 'grad school skim.' I loved it and knew it … [Read more...]

Control Yourself

It's been a while since I wrote on the Maxims. Time to get back to them!Delphic Maxim #14 asks us to control ourselves. I can't really argue with this one. I think self-control is important. Self-control of all our parts (verbal, emotional, physical, etc) allows us to be intentional and minimizes unnecessary damage to others. Self-control is a good thing.But I don't view this in some sort of Calvinist denial of the body, some Puritanical denial of all things shiny and fun. Knowing how … [Read more...]

We accept the ….. we think we deserve.

I remember when The Perks of Being a Wallflower came out. I was working in bookstores at the time and kept hearing how good it was. I never read it. Now the movie is coming out. This book was very important to a good friend of mine, and it's thanks to her that this is even on my radar again. One of the most famous quotes from the book is "We accept the love we think we deserve." I was thinking about this quote in meditation yesterday, thinking first about how it relates to my good friend, and … [Read more...]

Coming Out as a Polytheist

Earlier this week Adam and I went to visit with a family whose daughter attends the same preschool as our son. The kids had a great time, playing together happily, whilst we adults sat around talking, drinking delicious strawberry mint "mojitos" and eating amazing meatballs. It was a great party! Somewhere in there the conversation turned to my background in theology. As it does. I had an experience I haven't had in a while: I was asked if I believe in God.I was surprised at how the … [Read more...]


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