John Cheese on Being Poor

I am, once again, doing the kind of frantic budgeting in which having $50 left for a month's worth of groceries is actually good news. What expenses can I cut? What do I absolutely have to spend money on? What will actually be possible without someone laughing hysterically at my income and credit history? The kind of crazy budgeting with margins so narrow that moving to Paganistan looking for better opportunities suddenly seems financially unfeasible because "Oh Gods, I'd have to buy a winter … [Read more...]

Talkin’ Bout My Generation

Let's get the obvious out of the way first and set the mood:I'm a Millennial. Gen Y, if you will. Y? Y not? With two older Gen X sisters and being born practically on the cusp, I spent my childhood desperately wanting to be part of Gen X. When I was old enough to be able to listen to my own music, after listening to my parents country and oldies all my life, I hungrily sought out Madonna, The Cure, Beastie Boys and discovered Nirvana 6 years after Cobain's death. It took me awhile to … [Read more...]

What Really Happened to Dolores Umbridge (and Why It Matters)

The Friendly Atheist has already pointed out religious people are geeks. This must mean Pagans are uber-geeks, because we can seamlessly slide from theology into Monty Python and back again. Which is why when my friend Anita posted a simple question about Harry Potter we delved deeply into religion, gender issues and all things Harry Potter. Like we do.Here's her question, paraphrased: in the Order of the Phoenix Dolores Umbridge is carried off into the woods by centaurs after she insults … [Read more...]