Are We Vampires?

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Margot Adler thinks so.Adler, esteemed author of Drawing Down the Moon, NPR correspondent, and all around neat person from what I can tell, has read 260 vampire books and written a book about it. Vampires Are Us: Understanding our love affair with the immortal dark side, weighing in at only 237 pages, is more of a long essay (55 pages) with annotated bibliography. It's an easy read. Adler is a delightful companion and story teller. If you want to spend two hours with her, you will enjoy this … [Read more...]

Late Night Revelations

Albrecht Dürer's Praying Hands from 1508.

I seem to be doing my best thinking in the wee hours of the night, those minutes (or hours) between trips to the bathrooms or careful turnings over. For some reason last night I was thinking of an ended relationship and my reactions to it, wondering if I've been too harsh. In a flash of insight I realized that part of my problem is lingering Christian thinking.I'm the kind of person that takes things seriously. I've often been told that I take things too seriously. (Of course, I've often … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Praise Hope

The sun rises, even in winter in Alaska. By ra64 from nome, usa (sunrise 12:45pm 12/22/06) via Wikimedia Commons

Expectation, desire, wishes, ambition - these are words associated with hope (so Google tells me). As with most things, these words can express extremes. They can conjure up a fantasy world disconnected with the harsh realities of life, the worst of 'magical thinking.' Or they can be expressions of a positive attitude, high expectations, and the best of magical thinking.This ancient oracle encourages us to praise hope, so let's look to the second, more positive take on this word. I'm an … [Read more...]

Frozen: A review

Oh Disney, you are so complicated. Such beautiful art, such a weird and twisted empire. So many great movies, so many terrible ones. But one thing has remained constant for your empire: you are a feminist's nightmare.I fell in love with Disney when I was 14, when The Little Mermaid came out. The colors! THE SINGING. I didn't have a filter then for deconstructing the anti-feminist qualities of that film. And oh, it's awful for girls. Silence your voice to win a cute boy's heart? UGH. And then … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Magical Kids (and Kids at Heart)

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When I'm shopping for my kids for birthdays or holidays, I rarely think to myself 'is this Pagan?' I don't care if something is exactly my flavor of spirituality. What I'm looking for are things that foster creativity and enjoyment, and stories that reflect the values with which I and my husband are raising our family. There isn't a lot of high quality Pagan- or Hindu-specific kid stuff out there (that I can find easily). But there are some things I've found and I'd like to share with you. Some … [Read more...]

Living Saraswati

Today begins the final three days of Navratri, in which Saraswati, goddess of language, knowledge and sound, is honored. I have an affinity with Her, as I have spent much of my life in pursuit of education and knowledge, as well as honing my singing skills.Saraswati is comparable to the Greek goddess Athena in many ways. Both are independent; Saraswati, unlike most of the other Hindu goddesses, is not the consort of any male deity; her devotion to her studies means she has little time for … [Read more...]

Family Announcements

When I started this blog just over 2 years ago my youngest child was only 4 months old, we were living in Wales, I was enrolled in a PhD program specializing in systematic and feminist theologies and the Virgin Mary. Now I'm living in Washington State, my eldest child has started kindergarten, my youngest is 2 and half years old and goes to preschool five mornings a week, and I happily moved away from academia. Time flies!My family is the greatest joy in my life. It is the source of my … [Read more...]


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