Cut Down By The Creeping Crud

I hate it when someone freaking lute player tries to cheer you up when you're sick, don't you?

I have so much to write. So much to do. So many thoughts in my head. So many projects to attend to after my "vacation." And here I am, cut down in my prime. I don't know if it is the flu, or a cold, or a virus, or bad salami, or psychic distress, or simply July, but I feel like crud. It has been coming on for days and now I have no choice but to succumb to the fatigue, nausea, achy-ness and defeated Drooopy Dog-ness of it all. I took a nap yesterday, went to bed early, slept in this … [Read more...]

Pagan Hangout: The Future of Pagan Publishing

From the dynamic between e-publishing and traditional publishing, to the rise of the biography, Pagan publishing is changing on a lot of fronts. We will begin broadcasting soon, and here is a time zone guide. If you like keep this tab open as a reminder to watch live. 11 AM EDT (New York) 10 AM CDT (Nashville) 9 AM MDT (Denver) 8 AM PDT (Seattle) 4 PM BST (London) … [Read more...]

Aurora, Grey’s Anatomy and Senseless Death

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I've seen the headlines. I know the basics. But I haven't read a single post or news story about the Aurora, Colorado shooting. I just can't do it. I mentioned that my vacation involved a Grey's Anatomy marathon. Took me all the way to the end of the sixth season. If you follow the show you know that at the end of season six an armed gunman roams the hospital and a lot of people are shot. A few die. As a viewer you sit helpless, knowing what is happening, unable to communicate what you know … [Read more...]

Owning Things

Migrant children in California. March 1935. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

Yesterday I wrote about owning things, and some of my readers were displeased with the idea of "owning" being something good in a spiritual context. My post yesterday was not great, and some readers mistook my unpolished stream-of-consciousness scribble for panic. I am far from panicked. I do not believe that the sky is falling on our heads. I am trying to see us and our place in the world clearly, free of projection and illusion. I have reached a point in my life where I don't own anything … [Read more...]

Why Polytheism Is Vital To Paganism

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Not all of us are polytheists. I get that. I've just spent a week watching Grey's Anatomy marathon fashion, and I've thought very little about Paganism. When I did think about it, I thought about the things that annoyed me. Then I reminded myself I was on vacation and put it out of my mind. All things end, and so has my "vacation." I'm not certain you can call it a vacation if you still make time to work everyday, but that seems to be the modern thing, to remain half at work when lounging on a … [Read more...]

My Fat Is My Business

This is what a healthy happy Fat Pagan looks like.

I'm supposed to be on vacation. Supposed to be getting a tan, reading sci-fi and watching Grey's Anatomy marathons on Netflix. But I check e-mail and social media twice a day, so this isn't really much of a vacation. I've already clocked two hours of work today and I still have things to do. Regardless, despite my personal vow to not get involved in a stupid internet debate on my vacation, I'm stepping into the "Fat Pagan" debate. I am fat. F-A-T. FAT. I am not obese or Goddess-sized or … [Read more...]

Friday the 13th: The West Memphis Three Living Free

Damien Echols at a book signing.

When you're talking about bad luck, these guys had it. In spades. But life is looking up for the West Memphis Three. I derive a lot of joy out of following Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin on social media and rejoicing in their happiness. So in case you weren't following them online, this is my attempt to persuade you otherwise. Jason Baldwin is going to school and becoming an advocate for kids who have been sentenced to life in prison. Follow him on Facebook. Damien Echols has written … [Read more...]

I’m Dumb as Mary Jane and Lois Lane: Teo Bishop is Matt Morris

Teo Bishop has come out as popular recording artist Matt Morris. I'm not merely surprised, I'm downright speechless. To echo my friend David Salisbury: This is like Mary Jane discovering that Peter Parker is Spiderman. Teo isn't merely internet famous, he sang on Ellen with Justin freaking Timerlake as his backup singer. So I'm feeling a bit dumb for not making this connection. But aside from being once again awed by his talent, I'm impressed by his bravery. He has come out as Pagan … [Read more...]

Pagan Hangout: Online Community, Culture, Trolls and Real Life

Paganism online is a totally different animal from the face-to-face Pagan culture and community. What are the strengths, weaknesses and issues that face those who primarily engage with Paganism online? We will begin broadcasting shortly, and here is a time zone guide. 11 AM EDT (New York) 10 AM CDT (Nashville) 9 AM MDT (Denver) 8 AM PDT (Seattle) 4 PM BST (London)   … [Read more...]

Farewell Dave

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Dave Grega, one of the hosts of the Pagan Centered Podcast, died Monday night. It's come as a big shock to the people who knew him. He was only 27, and had a mischievous sense of humor, so I wasn't the only person who wondered at first if it was a prank. Dave was a person who was very much alive, and it's difficult to think of him as dead. Dave had many admirable qualities and a fantastic ability to make things happen. His humor often took him to weird places and he loved debate for the … [Read more...]