John Cheese on Being Poor

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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...]

Owning Things

Migrant children in California. March 1935. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

Yesterday I wrote about owning things, and some of my readers were displeased with the idea of "owning" being something good in a spiritual context. My post yesterday was not great, and some readers mistook my unpolished stream-of-consciousness scribble for panic. I am far from panicked. I do not believe that the sky is falling on our heads. I am trying to see us and our place in the world clearly, free of projection and illusion.I have reached a point in my life where I don't own anything … [Read more...]

Does Being An Urban Pagan Make More Sense?

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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.Higgs boson. Andy Griffith. TomKat. Independence Day. Lots of appropriate topics today. I was discussing the idea that environmentalism puts just as much of a target on the back of Pagans as Witchcraft does, and that the idea that if we relabel what we do we'll be better accepted is false.I don't want to talk about any of that today. I have cities on my mind. Bustling cities with trains and bus lines. Quiet cities gridded out with … [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...]

Structure Without Restrictions

Much of the argument surrounding the marriage debate is really regarding structure. Structure isn't a bad thing. We all need a set of parameters to support the lives we build. The problem with structure being imposed on us is that no one set of parameters fits everyone. We are diverse by nature.If Pagans want structure, if they need structure, they often have design it to fit. Pagans whose families have rejected them, or who do not identify with monogamous heteronormative lifestyles, have to … [Read more...]

Should Pagans Be Survivalists?

Nothing in excess. We all know the Delphic Maxim. All things in moderation. Consumerism is, in principal if not always in practice, antithetical to the Modern Pagan movement. Although we are not anti-material, we are not lulled by acquiring and consuming. Most of us reject the American Dream. Or do we?As a child I read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I had them all and read them through several times. My favorite, the one I read obsessively, was Farmer Boy. It's the book Wilder wrote about her … [Read more...]


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