Independence Day in Northern Redneckistan

When M'Colleague first broached the "what does it mean to be a Pagan-American" subject, I was all excited and deeply thoughtful. Unfortunately, even the deeply thoughtful must vacuum the car and buy some groceries. As I drove around my touristy-collegey-military town I was horrified at the holiday goings-on. It was an explosion of tourists in the tackiest red, white and blue get-ups you ever did see. One older fella was wearing patriotic plaid shorts with decorative patches. *shudder*I'm no … [Read more...]

Modern Ancestor Worship Musings

Galina Krasskova's column tomorrow will be focusing on ancestors, and it got me to thinking about my own ancestors and how I incorporate them into my spirituality.I've been slowly tracing back my family's history and thinking of the stories my parents and grandparents told me. Usually talk of ancestors was accompanied by a book, either a small notebook crammed with notes or family Bibles being opened. My mother's father had no birth certificate and the family Bible was the only proof of his … [Read more...]

Pagans and Bluegrass and Gospel! Oh My!

I was volunteering at a bluegrass festival in my town and I'm running a bit behind in getting this post out. Which is great because I want to talk a bit about it!For the first time ever just standing on the town square I casually met another Pagan, who encouraged me to join a local women's choir that sings gospel music. I'm seriously considering it. Bluegrass gospel is the soundtrack of my childhood. My grandparents often took me to gospel "singings" growing up and the sound of a banjo and … [Read more...]

Irish Snakes Survive and Thrive: All Snakes Day

The Irish love a good story. They are a lyric, storytelling people. Their storytelling tradition is full of the improbable, impossible and likely not quite so. So although I appreciate those whose commitment to veracity in historical matters leads them to be St. Paddy's Day debunkers each year, I feel they miss the point of the story of Padraig and the Snakes: it's a good story. What makes it even better is that in true Irish fashion, the story continues and evolves. The snakes survived.I … [Read more...]


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