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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Would Arranged Marriage Work For Pagan Communities?

Many of you probably already hate this idea, just from the title. Let me save you some time: I know that you hate it and I know why you hate it. I already know that most Pagans do not share the views I’m expressing here, and I don’t care. Now that that is out of [Read More…]

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Fresh Snark: Spreading Some Love (and Hate) on Polyamory: Married & Dating’s Episode 6

With a large mug of coffee and plenty of coughing and sniffling, I steeled myself to watch episode 6 of Showtime’s Polyamory: Married & Dating. I was genuinely expecting to hate it as much as episode 5. I didn’t. So today we have snarky bullet points with what I hated, followed by what I loved, [Read More…]

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Pagans and Family

I am mostly alive today. I’ve spent days busy dying: coughing, sleeping, shivering and feeling like warmed up dog poo. I’ve missed the anniversary of the WM3 being freed, I’ve missed a bit of drama I’m sure, and I still haven’t watched that stupid polyamory show again. I know I said I would, but when [Read More…]

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Mars, Sikhs, Hindus and Polyamory! Oh My!

Way too much going on today for me to focus on one thing. First of all, my heart aches for the Sikh community. Unlike the meaningless loss of the Aurora shooting, this apparently had a motivation that you can articulate your grief against. This is one hate crime among many, and one that leaves me [Read More…]

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The Jonathan Merritt I Knew: Why He’s Not Quite Anti-Gay & Why I Feel Sorry For Him

I am not a warm and fuzzy person by nature, but my heart is hurting for Jonathan Merritt. I haven’t seen the guy in 20 years but every so often I look him up and see what he’s writing about. He is an excellent writer, even though we parted ways politically and theologically long ago. [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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Owning Things

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 [Read More…]

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Pagan Hangout: Sarah Whedon Discusses “Birth on the Labyrinth Path”

This week we’re going to be doing the hangout a bit differently. I’m going to be chatting with Sarah Whedon about her new e-book on Pagan pregnancy: Birth on the Labyrinth Path. I’ll be posting the video here so you can keep this page open in a tab as a reminder if you like. The [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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