Paying the Preacher, Paying the Druid

with the Rev. Don Dunn, October 10, 1987 When Cathy and I got married in 1987 we didn’t have a lot of money. We wanted a nice wedding but we couldn’t afford anything extravagent, and neither could our parents. Every decision was made with an eye toward keeping costs down, and every offer to provide [Read More...]

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Anger

Someone I love has been hurt and I am angry. Blood-boiling, curse-spitting angry. A blood obligation has been broken for reasons that are callous, malicious, and self-righteous. Though the facts are not in question, I realize I only have one side of the story. I strongly suspect this is a settling of old scores, revenge [Read More...]

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Slave, Servant or Co-worker

Yesterday I ended with the question “what do the goddesses and gods want from us?” I suppose I should apologize for the tease because that question, as stated, is absurd. It’s about as absurd as men asking “what do women want?” as though women are some monolithic group who all want the same thing. A [Read More...]

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This I Believe, This I Do

Recently there’s been some fighting between hard polytheists and humanistic Pagans on the nature of the gods. While I have no desire to participate in an unnecessary fight, I do feel the need to state my position as clearly as I can. The timing is good for such a statement, since some friends who don’t [Read More...]

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East Coast Gathering 2012

Now that I’ve told my big story I want to share my impressions of the rest of this year’s OBOD East Coast Gathering. This was the third year for this event and the second year for me attending. The big difference this year was the size: 103 people were registered and I think actual attendance [Read More...]

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Ordination

I’m back from the 2012 OBOD East Coast Gathering in Medford, Pennsylvania. Denton CUUPS is my spiritual home, but Druidry is my tribe, and there is nothing like spending a long weekend in a wooded campground with 103 fellow Bards, Ovates, Druids, members of AODA and members of ADF. I’ll have much more to say [Read More...]

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What Scares Me

Teo Bishop has a post on Patheos titled “Paganism Beyond the Warm and Fuzzy.” He describes two personal experiences where someone almost died in dramatic fashion and one dream where he was sure he was going to die, then says: All things have their place, and there is certainly a place for the warm and [Read More...]

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The Parthenon

In looking through some notes today I realized that while I’ve written about five of the ancient temples I visited earlier this year, I never wrote about the most famous of them, the Parthenon in Athens. The Parthenon, dedicated to Athena Parthenos, is the largest structure on the Acropolis of Athens. It was completed in [Read More...]

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