Holiday Travels


I’m off for a few days to a decidedly non-spiritual destination: the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Several years ago, Cathy and I decided that instead of running around trying to buy each other a bunch of presents we didn’t much want and certainly didn’t need, we’d go somewhere fun instead.

When we lived in Atlanta, we’d go to Biloxi a couple times a year. It’s a longer drive from Dallas so we haven’t been since 2001, and we haven’t seen it since it was rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. Still, it’s a doable drive (about 10 hours), and this year I’d rather spend the time driving than spend the money and irritation flying.

While Cathy is paying tribute to the goddess Fortuna, I’ll be digging into the stack of books I’m taking. It includes another of Rev. Diana’s recommendations, an academic look at polytheism, a collection of NeoPagan literary sources, plus a couple of “urban fantasy” novels.

I hope everyone’s Solstice was warm and your Christmas is merry.

About John Beckett

I grew up in Tennessee with the woods right outside my back door. Wandering through them gave me a sense of connection to Nature and to a certain Forest God. I’m a Druid graduate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the Coordinating Officer of the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and a former Vice President of CUUPS Continental. I’ve been writing, speaking, teaching, and leading public rituals for the past eleven years. I live in the Dallas – Fort Worth area and I earn my keep as an engineer.


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