13 Songs to Celebrate Yule, Solstice and Saturnalia!

I have chosen a solitary Solstice this year. So much bombards us every day. Ads. Music. Shoppers. Noise. News. Chaos. Stress. Even I, who completely bowed out of the obligatory family Christmas and avoid stores, is still feeling the intrusion of this commercial juggernaut of the holiday season.So this solstice playlist is themed for the quiet, restful, joyous and solitary celebration of the season. It's about letting go of the darkness. Of flying into the future.So I recommend finding a … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things (13 To Be Precise)

It would be disingenuous of me to write a holiday gift guide since I have sworn off gifts this year. It also feels wrong to write a "Best of 2011" list when my "liturgical year" has already ended, and shouldn't we focus more on Pagan culture than overculture?So my compromise is this: I'm going to write about a few of my favorite things. Some of these you can buy. Some represent what I've loved about the past year. Some, well, some defy categorization. 13. Good Music Two of my favorite … [Read more...]

13 Things I Like About Atheists

Every once in awhile I try to come up with a list of things I like about other religions. This time, I'm going to try a non-religion, and hopefully it goes better than the Scientology post. [You can find all the 13 Things posts here.]As you can imagine, the language and concepts in the following videos might offend. Click at your own risk.13. Tim MinchinHilarious.12. Stephen FryLovely man. He makes me want to be a gay man, just so I'd have a chance...11. … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Hallows

Like many of you, I'm extremely busy in October. Just as nature is drawing me into a time for quiet repose, I find I have more to do and accomplish than ever. As I am gearing up for projects to be tackled, my spirit is longing for long hours in meditation and quiet solitude.So although I was saving it for this weekend, here is my song list for Hallows.13. Dante's Prayer - Loreena McKennittWhen the dark night seems endless, please remember me.12. Twa Corbiez - OmniaWhere shall we gang … [Read more...]

Lemony Snicket Weighs In On Occupy Wall Street

In his inimitable way, Lemony Snicket has made 13 observations about Occupy Wall Street. As I am a fan of lists containing 13 items, I thought I would share this with you here:“Thirteen Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance.”1. If you work hard, and become successful, it does not necessarily mean you are successful because you worked hard, just as if you are tall with long hair it doesn’t mean you would be a midget if you were bald … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Halloween (again)

Last year I did a playlist for Halloween, and I thought I'd do another playlist this year before Hallows is upon us.13. The Skeleton Dance - Silly SymphoniesThe only video I'm bringing back from last year's list.12. The Highwayman - Loreena McKennitt11. Ghost Riders In The Sky - Johnny Cash10. Long Black Veil - Harry Manx9. Wise Woman - Monika McGee and Lenansidhe8. St. James Infirmary - Hugh Laurie7. Breakfast in Hell - Slaid Cleeves6. Don't Monkey Round My … [Read more...]

13 Songs for the Autumnal Equinox

I tried writing a post today three different times. Wasn't happening. So maybe we all just need some music. The autumnal equinox, or Mabon, or the Witch's Thanksgiving is upon us. I think music about food, family and reflection sounds pretty good.I hope you have family you can be with this weekend, biological or adopted, and I hope you're harvesting things for which you're truly grateful. May we be surrounded by love and abundance as we move into the dark half of the year.13. Home Again by … [Read more...]

13 Songs of Labor

Weavers, blacksmiths, healers, farmers, warriors: the myths tell us the Gods toil as well. Here's 13 songs in honor of Labor Day, for when labor we are like the Gods.13. Working Man Blues By Merle Haggard12. Union Maid by Old Crow Medicine ShowWritten by Woody Guthrie in response to a complaint that women were being ignored in labor music, it became one of his most popular labor tunes.11. John Henry's Hammer by Johnny Cash10. Pick a Bale of Cotton by LeadbellyInfluencing Woody … [Read more...]

Mid-Week is for Music or 13 Songs Just Because

Not all Pagan songs fit the Sabbat playlists I put together. Here's a few gems that will likely never make any holiday list...13. Arachne's Song by Dyonisis12. Just Because by Gaia Consort11. Go Away Godboy by SJ Tucker10. Vulcan Rubdown by Emerald Rose9. Isis Unveiled by Damh the Bard8. Soul Cakes by Moonstruck7. The Promise by Michelle Mays6. The Witches Promise by Jethro Tull5. Ancestors Chant by Sharon Knight and T. Thorn Coyle4. Falling From Your Eyes … [Read more...]

13 Things I Like About Islam Revisited

With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 around the corner, I'm considering old and new articles to share. This is an old one, but if a little good-natured interfaith understanding is all I share for 9/11, I will be content.Originally published September 10, 2010.13. AlgebraSo maybe I don't like algebra but I definitely respect it. Muslim scholars made significant contributions to mathematics. Well done!12. Cat StevensNow known as Yusuf Islam, this is an artist that has had a lot of … [Read more...]