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Bert and Ernie: Setting the Record Straight

Note:  This is a piece by my good friend and colleague, Samus Aquilus.A recent statement by the Sesame Workshop, regarding my fellow countrymen, Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street, runs as follows: Bert and Ernie are best friends.  They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they rem … [Read more...]

Going for “Gay Gold” at the Oscars

At this year's Oscars, the film The Kids Are All Right is up (amongst an unprecedented ten nominees) for Best Picture, and Annette Benning is also a nominee for Best Actress in her role as Nic in this film. It will be interesting to see whether or not the film and Benning end up the winners; Benning already won a Best Actress award at the Golden Globes, being nominated alongside her co-star Julianne Moore (as the character Jules) for that award. (Mark Ruffalo is up for a Best Supporting Actor … [Read more...]

Divine Drama in The Social Network

With very little reluctance, I must admit I'm more than a bit of a luddite. I see computers as something of a necessary evil, and held off from composing any sort of writing directly on the computer well into my first year of graduate education (1998). The mobile phone I currently own barely answers calls and does text messages; it certainly doesn't connect to the internet or have any "apps" of any description, nor even a camera. And while I have several e-mail addresses, a blog, and … [Read more...]

Lupercalia: It’s Not Just for Pagan Fetishists…

No matter what some Christians (and none too small a number of Pagans) might like to think, the connections between the Roman festival of Lupercalia on February 15 and St. Valentine's Day on February 14 are, in fact, few to none.  The idea that Lupercalia is "all about fertility," and thus some sort of distant, more physical and amorous (and therefore "Pagan") cousin to Valentine's Day, is more than a bit of an exaggeration.The part of the festival that most people know about, and … [Read more...]

The Hidden Imbolc

Of the four Irish quarter-days (Samain*, Imbolc, Beltene, Lugnasad), Imbolc superficially seems like a fairly straight-forward festival. It is considered, even in modern Ireland, to be the beginning of Spring, and it is a festival that is particularly associated with the goddess Bríg or Brigid, who is considered to be fundamentally the same as the Christian St. Brigid of Kildare, who was feted on the same day (February 1). Various signs of the beginning of Spring, therefore, have been attached … [Read more...]

Antinous is the Reason for the Season

Today, Saturday November 27, is for most people in the U.S. the “day after Black Friday,” a non-descript day at one side of the “biggest shopping day of the year” in the lead-up to Christmas.  That happens to be the case this year, 2010; depending on when November 27 falls, it can be Thanksgiving itself, or one of the days before or after it.  Even to the majority of Pagans, it’s just another day.For myself, it’s a far more important day, and it happens every year whether or not the 27th falls … [Read more...]