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.

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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.


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