Climate Change: Talk, Action and Myths

Crossposted with No Unsacred Place. Check it out and read some of the other writers too! The United Nations Climate Change Conference is meeting this week and next week in Durban, South Africa.  The theme is “Working Together – Saving Tomorrow Today.”  That theme is far more optimistic than most observers of the conference. The [Read More...]

Happy Birthday Mama

Pearl West, circa 1930 Today would have been my grandmother’s 104th birthday. Pearl Hale West was born on this day in 1907 in Crossville, Tennessee. She was the only grandparent I really got to know. My father’s father died before I was born and his mother died when I was seven. My mother’s father died [Read More...]

The Season of Contemplation

The season between Samhain and Yule is traditionally one of contemplation and of rest. Crops have been harvested and preserved, hay is in the barn, herds have been culled and moved to Winter pastures. The hard work of farm life is mostly done for the year and the worst of Winter is still several weeks [Read More...]

A Special Christmas

I am not so old and cynical I can’t remember the joy that Christmas – a traditional American Christmas – can bring to a child. Nor am I so naïve I can’t recognize that my disdain for its materialistic aspects comes from a position of privilege. I remember being six or eight or ten years [Read More...]

Gratitude Is Not Enough

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice – Meister Eckhart With apologies to Meister Eckhart, whose life was exemplary and whose quote I have used on many occasions, gratitude is not enough. Don’t misunderstand – gratitude is important. The practice of gratitude reminds us to [Read More...]

Solstice Gifts

Cara Schulz, the excellent reporter for the Minnesota bureau of the Pagan Newswire Collective, asked me for three suggestions for Nature-inspired or eco-friendly Solstice gifts for a feature they’re running later this week. I’m not sure I’m the best person to contribute to this article – while I try to live responsibly and sustainably, I [Read More...]

Know Your Limitations

James Arthur Ray, the New Age guru who orchestrated high-dollar “spiritual warrior” retreats, was sentenced to two years in prison for the criminally negligent homicide of three people who died in one of his sweat lodges. Liz Neuman, Kirby Brown and James Shore died from a combination of dehydration and other heat-related complications. Ray had [Read More...]

Hoofprints in the Wildwood

Cernunnos. Herne. Bucca. Gwynn Ap Nudd. Pan. Maybe these are different names for the same god. Maybe they’re different gods who do similar things in different places. Maybe they’re both. In any case, the Horned God is a very old, very primal deity. He is a god of instincts, not a god of the intellect. [Read More...]