Texas vs. California

I’ve always thought of myself as an American – period. But if you push me for a regional identity, I’m a Tennessean. Always have been, always will be. I was born in Tennessee, grew up in Tennessee, went to school in Tennessee, and lived in Tennessee for almost all of my first 33 years. Much of my family and many of my friends are still in Tennessee. I felt at home in Atlanta and I’ve made a home in Dallas, but Chattanooga will always BE home. I may live in Texas, but I am not a Texan.So I h … [Read more...]

Our Own Indigenous Religion

Bards, Ovates, and Druids begin to gather in the Grove Pavilion before the Lughnasadh Procession. In any discussion of Druids, history is bound to come up. Unfortunately, we know very little about the ancient Druids, and much of the material we do have is from sources that are anything but objective (most notably, Julius Caesar). This much we do know: the original Druids died out with the coming of Christianity. We can trace the Druid revival back about 300 years, which means Druids were absent … [Read more...]

Special Guests

John Michael Greer of AODA, Stacy of RDNA, and Isaac Bonewits of ADF. Not the best photo - the iPhone doesn't do well in low light.The only real disappointment of the weekend was the absence of Philip Carr-Gomm, Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (of which I'm a member). He has an illness in his family and didn't feel like he could travel from England to California. I went through a similar situation when my father was near death in 2000 so while I was disappointed, I … [Read more...]

Druid Gorsedd

I'm back from the Druid Gorsedd at Pema Osel Ling, a Buddhist retreat about an hour south of San Jose, California. It was a wonderful experience on so many levels, most of which I'll talk about and some of which I can't.I met sixty-something OBOD Bards, Ovates, Druids and friends. I had a small part in the main Lughnasadh ritual, a larger part in the Ovate initiation ceremony, and a supporting role in the Bardic initiation ceremony. To my shock, I was invited to be on the panel discussion on … [Read more...]