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...]

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...]

Fairy tales

My relationship with fairy tales is complicated. I loved them growing up. I enjoyed the Disney animated versions - mostly the old school Disney ones; I was 14 when The Little Mermaid was released (the beginning of the 'newer' era of Disney animation). That one in particular I adored: the singing, the underwater motif, the bright colors, the music.But discovering feminism in my early 20s killed that love dead. And for good reason. I look back the tropes of Disney fairy tales, especially the … [Read more...]

Shout outs

I would like to draw your attention to two things that I am loosely involved with and enjoy supporting.The first is an ebook, Birth on the Labyrinth Path, by my friend Sarah Whedon. She is the founder and maintainer of Pagan Families, a website with resources and articles that specifically focuses on the Pagan experience of parenting. So far the site has been written primarily from the mother's point of view, so if you're a father and want to contribute, please contact Sarah!Pagan … [Read more...]

Walk Like a God – a review

One of the blogs that inspired me to start my own is Rogue Priest, written by Drew Jacob. He is a modern-day Priest, Hero and Adventurer. What does that mean? Well, you'll have to read his blog to figure it out. I don't always agree with his take, but I love that he's actively thinking about the big Life Questions and attempting to live the life he believes in. One of the things that I love about P/paganism is that it seems to create space to live the life of one's imagination (fodder for a … [Read more...]

Why I Am Not A Christian

Reflections on Bertrand Russell's speech from 1927. (Read the essay online here.)This is the only essay of his I've read. I recommend it. It's short, amusing and to the point. Many of the arguments he raises are still being raised by those in the New Atheism movement. I want to use this post to talk very briefly about Russell's essay, even more briefly about the New Atheism movement, and about why I, Niki, am not a Christian.We begin with Russell's essay. It's hard to deny most of his … [Read more...]


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