Aurora, Grey’s Anatomy and Senseless Death

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...]

God the Father: Pagan Perspective on Father’s Day

My father has been dead for 13 years. He was a good guy. He was a bastard. He was human. He was my dad.I have a single picture of him, kept in the back of a book. I have never had the impulse to display or frame it. It's not a particularly good picture. But it's what he looked like when he was healthy, and I'd rather  remember that than the dessicated husk my family forced me to view in his casket.I struggled with the memory of my father for a long time. Do you love someone for the … [Read more...]

Mourning Whitney

The music of your childhood will always stay with you. I wasn't allowed to listen to contemporary music often as a child. When I did it was on rare occasions, playing on mall speakers, or, my favorite, driving around with my older sisters. Whitney Houston was everywhere: the radio, the mall, doctor's offices, and television.The cynic in me will make crack jokes. Whitney was no saint. She wasn't a musical genius in the league of Michael Jackson or John Lennon. I'm not going to walk around … [Read more...]

Hitchens and the Ultimate Human Limitation

It's fascinating how news shapes our lives. When I awoke this morning I had no intention of writing about Christopher Hitchens and every intention of writing about human limitations. And yet, it seems Hitchens has met the ultimate human limitation: mortality.No, this won't be one of those posts about the fate of Hitchens soul. His soul is in his own keeping and I merely tip my hat in respect for the work he did while living.Today, the idea of limitation seems unacceptable. No one … [Read more...]

Learning to Let Lena Go

You don't know Lena, although she has a big part in the creation of this blog. Lena is my laptop, and this month she turns 4 years old. I'm a little broken up about it.Lena has served me faithfully for years. She's old. It's getting to be time for her to go. She's helped me blog, write articles, create badly recorded podcasts, join conference calls, create blogs, customize images and write numerous e-mails. It was via Lena I got to interview presidential candidate Gary Johnson, and via Lena … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Psycho Ex-Girlfriend

Last night I was chatting with a friend about divorce. We talked about what a difficult process it was to go through, how it affects your subsequent relationships and the "rebound relationship." Suddenly a whole flood of memories came back, and I couldn't sleep as the ghosts of the past came to visit. You see, my first post-divorce "rebound relationship" was one of the most profound experiences of my life, and one of the most shameful. Because I totally, inexcusably, went batshit crazy on … [Read more...]

Regarding the War on Halloween

I've been joking about writing a piece on "the War on Halloween" for a few weeks now, because from a Pagan perspective it's such an absurd topic. Yet the more I joked the more it seemed a good idea.You see, the truth is, Halloween is a secular holiday. It doesn't belong to any religion. What we know as Halloween today began as an excuse for bored Edwardians to party and scare the crap out of each other. It kept going because it was fun, and after two World Wars the West needed an excuse for … [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...]

The Passing of Lord Merlin

Lord Merlin, aka David John White, was the elder high priest of the Ravenwood tradition for almost three decades and he died over a week ago, on Mabon. He led an extraordinary life, much like his wife Lady Sintana, and he died a year and a week after she passed from us. He was there by the Lady to bless the founding of my coven, and when I'm initiated this Saturday he will be a part of my lineage, my spiritual grandfather. Though I never met him, his passing fills me with sadness, and more than … [Read more...]

The Best 9/11 Memorial Ever

For once, Bono didn't annoy me. I watched and I cried. It was a ritual well done.I'd forgotten about this until reminded by the good Deacon Greg Kandra: On the banner were projected the names of all those who had died on 9/11, just four months before.And the music continued, and it went on, Bono and U2 singing about a place “where the streets have no name.” And the banner kept growing, and the list kept getting longer.  It seemed like it would never end.  Name after name after name, like … [Read more...]