Tending the Altar

altar 06.07.14 after

I look at my altar several times each day, but it’s been months since I saw the altar as a whole, living thing. It was cluttered – just like my mind. Not to the point of dysfunction, but badly enough to keep me from being focused on what I need to do. Time to tend the altar. [Read more...]

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Where Are You From?

Denton Texas

Where are you from? The question has many answers. The story of humanity is the story of immigrants and refugees, the story of colonists and conquerors. But sometimes when we ask this question – especially when we ask ourselves – we’re not asking about origins and migrations. The questions we’re really asking are “where do you belong?” and “where is home?” [Read more...]

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Water in the Desert

Rio Grande - 2010

Being a good Pagan or a devout practitioner of any religious or spiritual path is no exemption from the ups and downs of life. When we recognize spiritual deserts for what they are, we can find a helpful well… and keep moving through the desert. [Read more...]

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Am I Doing It Right?

08 09 Well of Tara

Wondering “am I doing it right?” is a good thing. It’s a sign you’re taking your religion seriously. [Read more...]

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Thoughts on Death

04 08 Salem cemetery

Our mainstream culture tells us to ignore death and pretend it will never come, but it always does. The time to contemplate death and how we want to die is now. [Read more...]

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This Year Has Goals

07 38a Cadillac Mountain

Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I select a theme for each year. My no-goals approach has been successful, so now I need to set goals. [Read more...]

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Integration – A Review

Pagan Pride Day - White Rock Lake, Dallas

2013 has not been an easy year for me, but it has been a year of learning and growth, and a year of integration. I’ll call that a success. [Read more...]

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Lessons From the Marathon

the start of the 2003 Dallas White Rock Marathon

The myth that inspired the modern marathon ended with the runner dropping dead. Yet every year, hundreds of thousands of ordinary people complete this supposedly impossible feat. It makes you wonder what else we think is impossible is merely improbable, awaiting only the proper application of science, art, and will to manifest it in this world. [Read more...]

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