Nine Things I Think

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Nine Things I Think is an irregular feature whenever I have a list of things I want to talk about that aren’t long enough for their own individual posts. There’s no theme, just nine things I want to bring to your attention. Feel free to expand on any of these topics in the comments section.1) Pagan Pride Days will be starting soon – the day-long mini-festivals designed to promote cooperation between the various forms of modern Paganism and to tell the general public we’re here. For the ce … [Read more...]

Nine Things I Think

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Nine Things I Think is an irregular feature whenever I have a list of things I want to talk about that aren’t long enough for their own individual posts.  There’s no theme, just nine things I want to bring to your attention.  Feel free to expand on any of these topics in the comments section.1) I’ve lived in Texas for twelve years and as I wrote last month, it’s time to stop thinking of Texas as “where I live” and start thinking of Texas as home.  So I borrowed one of Cathy’s history books:  … [Read more...]

Religious Diversity in Action

Bryn Celli Ddu

Patheos is celebrating its 5-year anniversary and I’m happy to be a part of the site.Part of my happiness is practical.  I have a nice-looking blog maintained by the Patheos tech wizards.  My readership is three times what it was on Blogger, and while some of that growth would have happened anyway, much of it wouldn’t.I enjoy being part of the Pagan Channel.  While I knew several of the bloggers before coming to Patheos, I’ve gotten to know more, and quite a few are now friends I’ve met o … [Read more...]

Top 11 Search Terms on Under the Ancient Oaks

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I’m out of the country on a 12-day trip that’s part vacation and part pilgrimage.  Yes, you’ll hear all about it when I get back.  Until then, take a look at the top 11 keywords people use to find Under the Ancient Oaks on search engines. The vast majority of you come to Under the Ancient Oaks in one of two ways.  Either you’ve got me bookmarked and you come here directly, or you come here from a link on Facebook.But some people find me through Google or Yahoo or one of the other search … [Read more...]

Top 10 Posts on Under the Ancient Oaks

me with OBOD Chosen Chief Philip Carr-Gomm at the 2012 East Coast Gathering

I’m out of the country on a 12-day trip that’s part vacation and part pilgrimage.  Yes, you’ll hear all about it when I get back.  Until then, take a look at the top 10 posts since I moved to Patheos.When I moved here from Blogger in January 2013 I lost all my statistics.  So this list is based on traffic after I moved to Patheos – about the last 14 months.  But as you’ll see, some of the most popular posts were from the Blogger era.10) Race and Religion in the Modern Pagan World (August … [Read more...]

A Pagan Watches Cosmos

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I watched the new Cosmos science TV show on Sunday night.  It’s an update of the 1980 13-episode series featuring Carl Sagan.  Like the original, it’s designed to make big scientific concepts interesting and accessible to ordinary people.  Here are some of my random impressions:I can’t speak to his accomplishments as an astronomer, but as the public face of cosmology, Neil deGrasse Tyson is a worthy successor to his mentor, the great Carl Sagan, who died in 1996. Sagan’s fingerprints were … [Read more...]

Nine Things I Think

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Nine Things I Think is an irregular feature whenever I have a list of things I want to talk about that aren’t long enough for their own individual posts.  There’s no theme, just nine things I want to bring to your attention.  Feel free to expand on any of these topics in the comments section.This isn’t entirely a Pantheacon post, but I’ve still got a few odds and ends better suited for this format than for their own posts, so here goes.1) Maybe I’m just getting old and grumpy (as opposed … [Read more...]

Jailing Is Not Protecting

graphic via Wikimedia Commons

The Patheos Public Square has invited bloggers to explore the morality of drug use.  Here’s part of the question: How should faith communities respond to the growing debate about recreational drug use, and the changing climate around treating drug use as a criminal matter? If the government loosens laws and reduces or abolishes penalties for personal drug use, is it respecting individual liberties, or failing to protect the health and wellbeing of its citizens? I’m no political absolutist.  Ind … [Read more...]


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