New Ancestors: Saying Goodbye, Saying Hello

My mom died last Sunday. Over the past few days I have inhabited a whole spectrum of emotions in coming to terms with this fact. It was unexpected, sudden, and heartbreaking. So my mother is now with the ancestors, with the beloved dead who have gone before. She is a new ancestor and for the [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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. [Read More…]

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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. [Read More…]

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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. [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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, [Read More…]

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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. [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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