Beltane – A Holy Day

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It’s good to reclaim sacred sexuality from the Neopuritans who preach abstinence and shame, and from the evil sorcerers of marketing who use sex to persuade us to buy stuff we neither want nor need. But Beltane is about a lot more than sex. [Read more...]

A Druid With a Camera

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The stereotypical tourist with a camera is a stereotype for a reason – it’s easy to get caught up in taking pictures and miss out on experiencing a new place or event. But photography has taught me a few things I might not have learned otherwise. [Read more...]

Responding to the Religiously Obnoxious

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I’m a big proponent of doing what it takes to get along. But at some point, “getting along” becomes “pretending to be someone you aren’t.” I’ve crossed that line before, sometimes knowingly and sometimes mindlessly. It never ended well. [Read more...]

Be Careful Who You Pretend To Be

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We become what we do. We become what we tell ourselves we are. We become what we pretend to be. If we pretend to be harmless suburbanites, sooner or later we will be harmless suburbanites. [Read more...]

Are There Moral Facts?

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Justin P. McBrayer did a good job of driving traffic to the New York Times website with a cheap shot on public schools and pearl-clutching on moral relativism. Children need all the help they can get in learning to separate fact from opinion – and they need to be taught how to live virtuously. [Read more...]

Alliances With the Spirit World

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Like our human alliances, our alliances with the spirit world are best when they’re built on a firm foundation of honesty and reciprocity. They require constant attention. They’re a lot of work. They can be a lot of bother.
They can also be extremely rewarding. [Read more...]

When You Can’t Turn It Over To God

Southwestern Colorado 2009

Life is complicated. We can’t pretend it’s not, and we can’t expect a divine helicopter parent to take care of it for us. But we have resources for dealing with life’s complications, and we are far more resourceful than most of us assume. [Read more...]

Who Are Our Ancestors?

Bryn Celli Ddu, Anglesey, Wales

When we honor our ancestors we realize we are the beneficiaries of their lives and their work. Because of them, we are here. Because of us, future generations will be here. Will they look back on us as mighty ancestors who left them a healthy world and a thriving culture? Or will they look back on us as we look back on ancestors who owned slaves and slaughtered the buffalo? How do you want to be remembered? [Read more...]


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