The Lore vs. UPG – A False Dichotomy

tree and ruins - Ephesus 2012

Privileging lore and dismissing experience is the direct result of living in a Protestant-dominated culture. A religion with real Gods is messy, unpredictable, and scary. Even though I’m fond of order, I wouldn’t have it any other way. [Read more...]

In Praise of Communities of Convenience

Denton UU 04.07.14

The modern Western cult of the individual makes building homogeneous communities difficult. But humans are social animals – we need each other so much it’s worth forming and supporting imperfect, heterogeneous communities of convenience. [Read more...]

ADF Texas Imbolc Retreat

Sean Harbaugh titled this photo "Druids Doing Druid Stuff"

I had another great time at the ADF Texas Imbolc Retreat. Thanks again to Chris Godwin, Amanda Godwin, and all the folks of Hearthstone Grove for their hospitality and their good work in planning and presenting this retreat. [Read more...]

My Daily Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving breakfast

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, but giving thanks is an important part of daily spiritual practice. Rather than a holiday litany, I’d like to write about the things I give thanks for every day. [Read more...]

Faith in the Wrong Things

supermoon 11

Those who put their faith in Democrats – or Republicans, or Libertarians, or Communists – have been let down over and over and over again. There is no reason to expect things will be different next time. Instead, put your faith in something older, stronger, and more certain. [Read more...]

Honoring Our Ancestors, Sustaining Our Relationships

Bryn Celli Ddu

It is Samhain – “summer’s end” – and it is time to honor and remember our ancestors. Death has not ended our relationships with family and friends, for love never dies. It has simply transformed the relationships into something different, something that needs our work to sustain. [Read more...]

The Dark Side of Druidry

spear in tree

We like our Druidry to be light and peaceful and nice… something that won’t scare our Christian and atheist neighbors. But there’s a dark side to Druidry, and it’s as much a part of our heritage as plant lore and poetry. [Read more...]

Why I’m An OBOD Druid

Awen pendant on black

There is no best Druid order, just different orders that fit individuals very well or not so well. If you feel called to Druidry, do some on-line investigation, read a few books, talk to some people who have first-hand experience, and make the best choice for you. This is why I’m an OBOD Druid. [Read more...]


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