Beyond Roses Red and Roses White (Possibly NSFW)

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Writing can become a bad habit, and a simple question can set loose a torrent of words. So when Niki Whiting asked me what I thought of Peter Grey's The Red Goddess last night, I gave a long and complex answer when a simple one would do. Now that all the words are just sitting there, I feel I should form them into a post of some sort. I should warn that there's some frank talk about sexuality in this post, and it is heteronormative. I'm not qualified to speak to any other kind of sexuality, but … [Read more...]

Pagan Soup: Gary Johnson, Wild Hunt podcast and Autism Month

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Cara Schulz Hung Out With Gary Johnson Yup, a presidential candidate hung out with a Hellenic polytheist for a day. Could you imagine Ross Perot hanging out with Selena Fox? Me neither.Cara has written about the experience over on PNC-MN and it's worth a read. Even if you don't agree with his politics, it's refreshing to read something political without it being full of "God! Gays! Abortion!" The Wild Hunt Has A Podcast Jason has created a weekly podcast that looks deeply into news … [Read more...]

13 Reasons I’m Glad Bristol Palin Is At Patheos

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You may be aware that Bristol Palin is writing for Patheos. You likely have an opinion regarding it. I've gotten a few of your opinions, some rather strongly worded. I've had a range of opinions myself on the subject, but once the idea soaked in, I was fine with it. Here's why:13. She's A Troll Magnet We bloggers loathe trolls. They are the bane of our existence. The Palins are so polarizing that there's a chance that Bristol might draw the bulk of the trolls and haters on Patheos, … [Read more...]

Supporting Pagan Journalism

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People ask me to attend a lot of events. I have to decline a lot. I just don't have the funds to travel. This year I missed out on PantheaCon, but, far more heartbreakingly, I won't be able to attend Pagan Spirit Gathering. I could attend technically, but it would mean eating ramen for a couple of months and putting off needed car repairs. Traveling to Pagan events like this is expensive, and I don't make a lot of money right now. When I came back from PSG last year I had less than 50 cents to … [Read more...]

Why Google+ Is Great For Pagans

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I'm connected to social media for a good portion of my day. I'm a daily user, for both personal and professional reasons. I pay attention to trends and notice changes quickly. I'm vocal about what I like, and what I hate. And Facebook has made another silly change that has gotten under my skin.Now not only does your personal profile look like MySpace, so do Pages. While I quite like the large header photo, the two column, non-linear, shifting timeline is a nightmare. Although I manage the … [Read more...]

Beans, or Keeping Faith in Tough Times

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Saying it's tough right now may be the understatement of the year. Every day I am reminded of stories my grandparents told of the Great Depression. It's rough out there. Everyone I know is struggling in some way.My friend, Cara Schulz, and I were discussing how dismal the economy is the other night. We were expressing our worry and feelings of helplessness. What brought it up was Cara's post on G+ that has garnered a lot of attention. Here is an excerpt: I've been reducing meat and … [Read more...]

A New Look at the Pagan Umbrella

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Who is Pagan exactly? It's a question we've struggled with for decades. Often this questioned is answered by how people identify themselves. But Cara Schulz has taken a different approach. She looked around and tried to find which essential common factors existed in the Pagans she knew. And she came up with an intriguing theory.Maybe she's wrong. Maybe she's right. Maybe you like the theory. Maybe you hate it. But you have to admit it's fascinating to consider in all its implications. Let … [Read more...]

Mainstream Media, Pagans and the Air Force

You gotta love mercury retrograde. Weird crap just happens. Really funny things happen. I'm tickled. Here's why...See, it all started with Cara Schulz. She's spent probably about 6 months working on the 2-part Air Force story she published recently. You should read it here and here. It's really good.She spent countless hours trying to get people to talk to her, to get people to go on the record and to pull this thing together. When you're independent media, you have to work a lot harder. … [Read more...]

The Air Force is Pagan-Friendly? Who Knew?

Cara Schulz of PNC-Minnesota has published the second part of her report on Pagans and the US Air Force, and some of the quotes are quite surprising: “You don’t have to be scared about sharing your religion or think you need to stay in the broom closet about it,” Cadet Johnson says. “People are very understanding. We have officers in charge of us who are very understanding, the Chaplains are very understanding so it’s very easy to be a Pagan at the Air Force Academy.”Major Ihme wants Pagans … [Read more...]

Happy Veteran’s Day: Pagans find warm welcome at ‘Gateways to the Air Force’

What I love best about the Pagan community is that every time I feel down I read about something amazing happening in Pagandom that just lights me up. Today Cara Schulz at PNC- Minnesota has an incredible article up about Pagans in the military: When potential Military Members join the United States Air Force they usually enter through one of two Gateways To The Air Force.  Future officers attend college at Colorado Springs Air Force Academy and enlisted trainees go through Basic Military … [Read more...]


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