Book Review: Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul by Tara “Masery” Miller

The past few weeks I've been reading Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness by Tara "Masery" Miller, and containing articles and interviews from a diverse group of Pagans.  It has been an absolutely fascinating journey.  The book accepted contributions from a variety of Pagans (as the title says) living with disabilities, addiction, and illness.  Perhaps of particular interest to those reading Pagan Families, it also has four ch … [Read more...]

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Disability, abortion, and love

By Cory Ellen Gatrall Pagan blogger Tara Miller recently wrote about her thoughts on the difficult question of the intersection of abortion rights and disability rights, asking “as the ability to detect disabilities in fetuses continues to advance, will women be more likely to have an abortion?” Gina Kolata also recently addressed a similar issue in her New York Times piece on the ethical debates over preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), in which she paraphrased ethicist David Wasserman: … [Read more...]

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Maiden, Mother, Crone-ish?

By ShelleiCould there be a new archetype emerging? The grand-mama, or maybe the crone-ma? Cronemother?In different times, and in different cultures, families live/d in extended family homes and communities, where "it takes a village," or at least a large family to raise a child. In an extended family, a child can receive caregiving, nurturing, guidance, help with schoolwork--in other words "parenting" from many different family members--not just mom or dad. In our nuclear family oriented … [Read more...]

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Mealtime Prayers: Connecting with the Earth

Growing a garden with my children has taught me a lot of things, but first and foremost it has taught me how important connecting with our food is.  It is the most important gift the earth gives to us - the gift of life.  But for many, especially children who sometimes don't even understand the concept intellectually, our food has become completely separated from the earth that grows and sustains it.  When my oldest was two, we watched an episode of Sesame Street together; it showed how milk com … [Read more...]

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When Interfaith Comes Home

Like many Pagan parents, I do not live in a solely Pagan household. When you factor in extended families, it becomes incredibly rare for a child's entire family to be Pagan. This can definitely create some issues, especially for those with families who don't accept Paganism as a legitimate and positive religion. I'd like to take some time to talk about my own experiences in an interfaith household, and one way to navigate the sometimes thorny issue of children growing up around multiple … [Read more...]

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Pagan Tea Time at Pagan Families

The many writers here at Pagan Families convened for a Google video chat this morning. It was both a business meeting and also a gathering to see each other face to face, catch glimpses of small children, and hear each others' voices. Seeing faces and hearing voices really does make this world-wide internet-based life feel warmer and more intimate!We talked about diversifying our posts and our voices. Things to look forward to on Pagan Families: more and more frequent posts; round robin … [Read more...]

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Symbols of Protection

If you're a parent, you know what it is to worry.  It's so hard to let our little ones go out into the world - to babysitters, to elementary school, to any of the numerous places they go on a daily basis where we can't watch over them.  It's supposed to be nice to have the break, but often I find myself spending more time stressing over how my children are doing than relaxing.Of course, I do my best in the mundane world to make sure my children are safe and happy; but there is a limit to w … [Read more...]

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Pagan Families Tea Time

Who wants to have tea and chat?Christine Kraemer, the managing editor here at Patheos Pagan has put out an invitation for Pagan bloggers and blog commenters to find a way to communicate face-to-face: "During the month of February, if you write online, make a date to have a cup of tea (or food or drink of your choice) with another writer or commenter. Even better, be daring, and make it someone you’ve argued with... I invite you to take a risk: e-mail someone (or more than one!) whose voice y … [Read more...]

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