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

Jen is literally the only reason watching scenes with the quad is bearable. Maybe because her reaction is in tune with the reaction of the audience so often.

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, and then some thoughtful analysis. If you are one of the people who really hated my review, go read this instead. Jessica Karels writes really thoughtful reviews. Unlike mine.Throwing Some … [Read more...]

Pagans and Family

Maybe none of these people are related. Maybe this is two gay dads taking their kids to visit their poly triad grandparents.

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 you feel like complete crap you just can't deal with watching it too.  So go watch Terisa Greenan's Family and trust some snark (and thoughtful analysis) are eventually coming your way.Even … [Read more...]

How Gays Are Saving Marriage

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I've tried to write this post several times, and simply haven't felt I could rise to the subject matter, because it's quite personal, not merely for me, but for many of my dear friends. Before I took my blog off in a new direction, I told my roommates I would write this, and they gave their blessing. When I originally told my roommates I was going to write about this, I joked that it would be in the style of a faux-exposé with bombshells like "Married gays fry chicken!!!!!" But months of living … [Read more...]

Eating God: Considering Eucharistic Ritual

A scene familiar to both Christians and Pagans.

It's not unusual to see Pagans joking about the "cannibalism" of the Christian eucharist. While the concept of transubstantiation is unique to Christian worship, eucharistic ritual is not. What do you think those ancient sacrifices were about? Why do you think women baked cakes for the Queen of Heaven? And when the officiant blesses the cakes and ale/wine in a Wiccan ritual, isn't that a eucharistic style of worship as well?One of the most important things for a human to do in this life is … [Read more...]

Delphic Maxims: Think As A Mortal (Φρονει θνητα)

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I like this Maxim. In the world of religion we spend a lot of time trying to think like Gods and other generally incorporeal beings. How should one address an angel? If I were a sea nymph what kind of offering would I want? How does one evolve over centuries, through millennia and via various cultures? If one is Immortal, what does one want or need?Sometimes I hear people talking about Aeons and Ages and the massive millennia long spiritual cogs of the Universe turning, and I sometimes … [Read more...]

All About The Love: Congrats to the Wigglian Way!

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I don't listen to enough Pagan podcasts. I'd be a better person if I did.Tonight I ran across Tim Titus' post on the Juggler for the 100th episode of The Wigglian Way. I can't like Tim's post enough, and you should go read it right now: From the very beginning, The Wigglian Way has been “all about the love.”  In a minority faith, it is so easy to use the platform of a popular podcast to rail against the oppressions of the majority faith.  In a community plagued by witch wars, it can be so … [Read more...]

Will, The Great Work, World Religions, and Other Things

Wyrd bið ful aræd. (Fate is inexorable.) This is one of my favorite phrases from Bernard Cornwell's Saxon saga, and it's grim certainty somehow fits his protagonist, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, like a glove. It seems to dovetail nicely in with Lord Summerisle's quote from The Wicker Tree: "Can fate be altered? This is a question that every religion has tried to answer, and the answer is almost certainly No."I've been thinking about a lot of big questions lately, and haven't come to any s … [Read more...]

Delphic Maxims: Intend To Get Married (Γαμειν μελλε)

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This is the first difficult Maxim I have to address, and not nearly the hardest (because there's one I intend to dismiss entirely so stay tuned). This is a Maxim geared towards a specific cultural norm that no longer exists. Yet some of the root virtue inherent in this Maxim still applies.Marriage meant children, and continuity. It meant maturity and stability. It meant status. It meant family. It meant love.So how does this translate into modern culture? For one thing, marriage doesn't … [Read more...]

Beyond Roses Red and Roses White (Possibly NSFW)

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Writing can become a bad habit, and a simple question can set loose a torrent of words. So when Niki Whiting asked me what I thought of Peter Grey's The Red Goddess last night, I gave a long and complex answer when a simple one would do. Now that all the words are just sitting there, I feel I should form them into a post of some sort. I should warn that there's some frank talk about sexuality in this post, and it is heteronormative. I'm not qualified to speak to any other kind of sexuality, but … [Read more...]

Everybody Say Love

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I didn't have a lot of downtime this weekend really, but I'm in a really good mood this morning. Such a good mood that I'm setting aside what I had planned for this morning (including an essay on my experience with gay marriage) but instead I want to share this feeling of love and hope I have this morning.As we are quickly speeding towards mid-year, I have to reflect that 2012 has not been very kind to me, but I didn't expect the Year of the Dragon to be flowing with milk and honey for a dog … [Read more...]


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