(The Man Who Inspired) Timothy Leary is Dead

Albert Hofmann, who first synthesized LSD, has died. He was 102 years old. His "problem child," as he once called the psychedelic substance, turns 70 this year. Which means he was 32 when he first created acid — kind of ironic when you think about that famous slogan of the 60s, "Never trust anyone over 30."I tried LSD once, when I was in High School. It was 1979. It was a very nice, sunny spring day; I went with a friend to Newport News Park near my hometown of Hampton, Virginia; we spent the d … [Read more...]

China

Fran and I are going through various CDs in which we've archived photos taken over the last five years, and finding a few odd treasures here and there. Here's a picture of China, who is now our oldest cat — she'll turn 19 next month.Incidentally, all the bottles on top of the chest of drawers behind her are filled with water from holy wells in Ireland. … [Read more...]

More Thoughts About Christianity and Paganism

Judy's comment on my post yesterday concerning Quaker Pagans got me to thinking.Paganism and Christianity make for two very interesting spiritual cultures. In some ways they are practically mirror images of one another, in other ways they are so different from each other that they are like night and day. But what night and day and mirror images have in common is that each is somehow linked to the other.I have long felt that, on at least some levels, Neopaganism represents a new religious … [Read more...]

Quakers and Pagans

I'm briefly quoted in an interesting article on Neopagans who embrace Quaker spirituality. Cat Chapin-Bishop, who frequently hangs out at this blog and who is herself a Quaker Pagan, is featured in it as well. … [Read more...]

Christian Mysticism Book Discussion Group Forming

I'd like to invite everyone to participate in a Mysticism: Theory and History book discussion group through the Christian Classics Ethereal Library. The group kicks off this coming Thursday, May 1. The first book we’ll be discussing is Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love.Just follow this link to learn more about the group and to sign up: http://www.ccel.org/node/4557 … [Read more...]

Just a reminder…

Just a reminder: the Mysticism: Theory and History book discussion group through the Christian Classics Ethereal Library kicks off this coming Thursday, May 1. If you haven't signed up for it, I hope you'll do so now. The first book we'll be discussing is Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love.Just follow the link to learn more about the group and to sign up. … [Read more...]

Wish List

The insurance company has asked me to pull together a list of items stolen from our house, along with the cost to replace them. The easiest way for me to estimate the replacement costs was to create an Amazon wish list, which I have done. If you want to be a voyeur and see approximately what we lost, click on the link below. I say "approximately," because a number of the items listed are newer models (after all, most of what we lost were tech gadgets) — but in all instances save one, the newer i … [Read more...]


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