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...]

Pagan Response to bin Laden’s Death

While I was recovering from Beltaine festivities one of the most wanted men in the world was killed. My reaction is decidedly lacking in oomph in either direction. I am neither celebrating nor mourning the loss of life.I don't care which president gets credit. It's taken us 10 years to find him and two wars. I feel as if Menelaus is suddenly expecting an 'atta boy for finally defeating the Trojans. If you want to pat someone on the back it should be the service members that actually come under … [Read more...]

When A Black Cat Crossed My Path

Author's note:  On this day, two years ago, I lost my best friend. I'm not sure what it says about me, or him, that my best friend was a cat. My friend deserves to be remembered. His story should be told and libations poured in his honor. Consider this an inadequate, but heartfelt, act of devotional offering from me to him.Before Zack's death, I didn't understand the deep connection between flowers and souls. So when I celebrated the Anthesteria, a festival of flowers celebrated by … [Read more...]