Chastity vs Hedonism

Fasting. By Jean Fortunet via Wikimedia Commons

A few weeks ago (months maybe?) a reader asked me via Facebook if I'd write about chastity vs hedonism. Sure, I said. I like reader prompts...Chastity is related to abstaining from sexual activities of all kinds. Hedonism implies a rampant indulgence in all lustful desires. Hedonism conjures up images of luxurious excesses of all kinds of fleshly pleasures, not just sexual ones. I think the real issue in these words is what role does austerity play in our lives? Should it have one? If so, … [Read more...]

On Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship: the Cost of Being a Woman and Other

Albrecht Durer's Praying Hands

[This was written when I was revisiting Christianity at the beginning of 2012. I quite like this piece of writing.]Revisiting things that once held meaning for me is both tedious and informative. For example, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship. I studied Bonhoeffer in college. I wrote my senior history thesis on him. And I barely remember anything about him, other than: influential Lutheran German pastor, who resisted the Nazi co-option of the German church and joined the r … [Read more...]

The Body

'Venus Binding Her Hair' John William Godward.

[Written a year ago, but edited for better writing. I now have three children and am currently thick in the midst of post-partum recovery - and doing incredibly, surprisingly well this time around! Obviously, bodies are on my mind a lot these days, both mine and the newborn's. Humans are amazing.]What a complex site of confusion is the body. As spiritual persons we have a host of understandings about it to unpack. As a female in the Western world there are even more complications and … [Read more...]

Happy Five Years Patheos!

By Sander van der Wel from Netherlands, via Wikimedia Commons.

Patheos is celebrating its 5th birthday. While A Witch's Ashram has only been here since December, I'd been writing for both Pagan Families and A Sense of Place for over a year prior to moving my personal blog to Patheos as well.If you look to the right side of the page, you can see what my top 5 posts are here. I'd like to highlight some other things I've written for my own 'top 5.'Since I'm on loose maternity leave, I've been posting some of my favorite posts from before my move to … [Read more...]

Everything at Once: An Anouncement

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Last week my husband and I purchased our first house. A modest, but cozy thing, with a huge garden and a chicken coop just waiting to help us raise food. The house is very much not what we thought we'd go for when we started looking for houses. I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I suppose we both hoped for something a bit more..... presentable to certain upperwardly mobile eyes. By that, I mean, we wanted one of those beautifully redone craftsman homes that our town is known … [Read more...]

Third Trimester Update

Me, 35 weeks pregnant. Photo courtesy of my 5 year old on my iphone.

Folks, I'm on the countdown to meeting Baby #3. I'm 35 weeks and starting to prepare for anything. My son was born at 34.5 weeks, my daughter at 38 weeks. On top of waiting for Baby, my family is getting ready to move house next weekend. It's all more than a little stressful, especially since we're planning on a home birth. There is so much to get organized so that I will feel comfortable birthing!I am preparing by working on being adaptable and letting go of frustrations as soon as I can. I … [Read more...]

Birth as Edge Walking

Kali, from the Calcutta Art Studio, 1885.

Last month I entered my third trimester of my third pregnancy. I felt the shift about 10 days before the 'technical' date; I felt the fullness of my belly growing, the spread of my hips, and a certain mental shift. With my first child I didn't know what to expect; with the second and with this third one, I started out the pregnancies thinking, "Joy! I get to experience giving birth again! What a blessing!"And then sometime in my 6th month I woke in the night, and I knew I was entering the … [Read more...]


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