Pagans and the (Zombie) Apocalypse

Photo by Reagan Hackleman

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Pagan community here.Lately, the only big picture writing I've read on the state of our world is from writers on the fringe of the fringe. Peter Grey and the writers at Scarlet Imprint have written some of the most heart-searingly honest and downright chilling pieces on how witchcraft and the state  of the world intersect. Grey's essay Rewilding Witc … [Read more...]

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...]

Link love

Today I started my official Friday blog at Patheos! First post is about the solstice and the play of light and dark. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

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...]

Dispatches from the Great White North

It’s been three years since I’ve been back to my hometown, Juneau, Alaska. My relationship to Juneau is complicated. I wrote about its formative qualities in the early part of my spiritual biography. I’ve never been away from Juneau for this long. It’s as if I have new eyes, and yet my senses remember: the way the water smells here, the feel of this beach, my legs know how to respond to the sea, my eyes know how to spot whales and eagles at 300 yards, my ears recognize the wake of the cruise ship … [Read more...]

A love song for Juneau

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've just recently returned from a 'long weekend' in California, a stunningly beautiful part of the world. There were six ladies present: three of whom live in California (two in the Bay Area, one in the LA area), two in the Pacific North West (me and one in Seattle), and one who lives in Alaska - Anchorage. But five of us are from … [Read more...]

Artifice

Earlier this week I went hiking with my kids. We went to the Watershed park in town. Olympia is chock full of parks and I'm enjoying exploring them. The forest reminded me of SE Alaska, only slightly more tame, open and safe. Many of the plant species were familiar, though the underbrush wasn't as dense and more light was able to enter in. I was able to show my son two of my favorite plants, skunk cabbage and devil's club. Skunk cabbage is a bright cheery plant that grows in … [Read more...]


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