The Garland Shooting: Innocents Get Hurt

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The two men who attacked an anti-Islam gathering in Garland last night are dead and I can’t say I’m sorry. But I wonder if the organizers of the event understood that innocent people could also get hurt… or if they cared. [Read more...]

Fighting Evil Is Not A Fantasy Sport

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If you can watch the Islamic State videos or read their descriptions and not feel moved to do something to stop these evildoers, then you’re lacking empathy, not religion. [Read more...]

Life Is Complicated – A Rant

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Pretending the world is simple when it’s not just makes you vulnerable to those who would exploit you for their own purposes. [Read more...]

Nine Things I Think

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Nine Things I Think: a new Pagan blog, upcoming travel plans, Pagan conferences and retreats, and why I’m rooting for the Patriots in the Super Bowl. [Read more...]

The Big Tent of Paganism

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What do Druids and Wiccans, Heathens and Hellenists, Thelemites and chaos magicians, shamans and seers, kitchen witches and tree huggers all have in common? Not a single thing. But there’s still value in the Big Tent of Paganism. [Read more...]

Top 10 Posts on Under the Ancient Oaks

Beaumaris Gorsedd Circle, Anglesey, Wales

2014 has been a very good year on Under the Ancient Oaks. Here are the Top 10 posts as measured by page views. [Read more...]

Samhain: Looking Toward Death

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Death is a part of life. We contemplate death not to make sure we believe the “right” things about it, but to overcome our fears so we can spend our lives living as fully as possible. [Read more...]

Nine Things I Think

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Nine Things I Think: Pagan Pride Day, CUUPS surveys, football players behaving badly (and criminally), future speaking engagements and more. [Read more...]