Giving Thanks and Grieving

Long before the sun is up, my turkey is in the oven. It's a small turkey but in terms of intimidation it's ginormous. Still, I'm grateful to have it. Grateful to be able to cook a meal for my family. I have a lot to be thankful for, and I'm so glad to be able to celebrate that.Yet I live where the trail of tears began. Thar's gold in these here hills, and it's caused a lot of heartbreak. I have ancestors who were Tsalagi (Cherokee) and though only a very small amount of their blood runs … [Read more...]

You Can’t Appropriate Your Own Culture

Seems like common sense, right? Yet common sense, as the saying goes, isn't quite so common.At Pagan Spirit Gathering this year I attended the Redneck Ritual. Debby led the ritual, which involved Dale Earnhardt, RC Cola and Moon Pies. Being from the great state of Georgia herself, she didn't appropriate Redneck culture, because it's her culture. As a participant in the ritual, being from rural Georgia and eating boiled peanuts on occasion, I didn't appropriate anything from rednecks, because I … [Read more...]


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