Ancestor Remembrance Project: I Remember

In my last post I introduced the Ancestor Remembrance Project that I am involved in with the Patheos Pagan channel. My mentor, Jen, wrote a lovely post yesterday about remembering her Nana. I've been incredibly busy and haven't had much time lately to think about this project, but the last couple days I've had a few "nudges" that have really gotten me thinking about it. I'm supposed to be meditating, but as I mentioned, there's a big time issue for me right now. However, Monday night I had a … [Read More...]

Endings and New Beginnings

The last months have been a whirlwind for me and my family. So many things have happened this summer, and many things have fallen to the back-burner while I get the important parts of life, health, and happiness back to some type of normal. With the passing of my Father in March, I was amazed and a bit saddened to see how life just kept moving, even though it feels like it should stop, at least for a while.Since March, my husband and I have purchased a new home and moved in, adopted a new … [Read More...]

#Patheos5Yrs: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Today is the 5th anniversary of the official launch of Patheos. Congratulations! It really is something to celebrate, because it is very difficult to start a website today and have it grow to the size and impact that Patheos has.I have been working at Patheos for 2 years. I've been blogging here less than that, and the reason I started blogging is simply because I enjoy writing occasionally, and this provides a good platform for me to do so. But my real passion here is behind the scenes, … [Read More...]

Me and My Giant, Day 3: Learning to Love the Things that Slow Us Down

Ahhh, day three out on my bicycle for the year.After the initial complaints from my rear-end about the fact that I don't have a cushy gel seat on my bike, my ride was quite pleasant. Until I turned around. Holy cow, was it windy going the other direction. No wonder I was zooming along just fine on the way out!The combination of riding against the wind and getting stuck behind a tractor for a half mile got me thinking about all of things that slow us down during the … [Read More...]

Me and My Giant, Day 2

Day two?! Did I miss day one? Where's day one?If you follow this blog (does anyone follow this blog?) you know that I did not write about day one with my Giant. That's because yesterday was day one, but I didn't think about writing on this topic until today, which happens to be day two. So, if you're super particular, and don't like that I started with day two... sorry about that.Here's the thing. In one of my last posts, I mentioned that I wanted to start learning about and practicing, … [Read More...]

My Thoughts on the Super Bowl

I normally don't care about the Super Bowl at all. In fact, I admittedly didn't actually watch much of the game. My family had the game on, and I brushed my dog. Then, when everyone realized the game was a loss, we played cards. I did, however, try to catch a few of the commercials. While the game itself clearly deserves no comment on my part—I would have found it much more interesting if it were a close game—I do think there are three commercials that deserve my attention.Before I get to the … [Read More...]

Getting Started: Where Do I Begin?

In my last post, I "resolved" to start bringing Buddhism into my life on a more personal level—it's something I've been wanting to do for a long time, so I don't want to keep putting it off. But, I don't really know where to start.My first instinct when I don't know how to do something, or when I want to learn about something, is to find a book to read. I've read lots of books on Buddhism already—in fact, when I downsized my book collection (I was tired of moving 4 bookshelves … [Read More...]

New LIFE Resolutions?

I realize I'm way behind on my "New Year's Resolutions." Good thing I'm not resolving to be more on time with those this year...Nonetheless, I've been thinking about it quite a bit lately, and I do have a few things I'd like to work toward. I typically think it's a waste of time and energy to spend more than a passing thought on New Year's Resolutions because often they fall by the wayside anyway. Not to mention, the usual resolutions involve things like "lose 15 pounds," "work out more … [Read More...]

Happy Thanksgiving?

How “happy” can we possibly be about a day traditionally set aside for giving thanks, when that day has been overcome by consumerism?I am saddened by the fact that retail outlets are not only advertising sales for Thanksgiving day, but they are proud to be open and ready to serve the general public. I am more deeply disturbed by the reasons for this. One can only assume that the demand for stores to remain open on Thanksgiving is overwhelming.Black Friday has been a day I have found unn … [Read More...]

My Challenge and My Failure: What I Learned from My Fast

First of all, I'd like to say that I greatly admire the spiritual dedication of the Muslims who keep the fast throughout the month of Ramadan. It isn't easy, especially during the long, hot days of summer, that's for sure.I have to publicly, and somewhat shamefully, admit that I failed to complete my fasting project in its entirety. I made it through two full days, and half of the day today. To be totally honest, I could have finished the project. Physically, my body was handling the fast … [Read More...]