Divine Drama in The Social Network

With very little reluctance, I must admit I’m more than a bit of a luddite. I see computers as something of a necessary evil, and held off from composing any sort of writing directly on the computer well into my first year of graduate education (1998). The mobile phone I currently own barely answers calls [Read More…]

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Harry Potter: Making Fantasy Cool Again

As a girl growing up in the 80’s I was in fantasy genre heaven: She-Ra: Princess of Power, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Willow, The Never Ending Story, Red Sonja, The Princess Bride, Conan, Excalibur, Clash of the Titans, The Beastmaster, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal among many others. Waging epic battle against [Read More…]

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Kathy Nance on the Ouiet Heroism of Snape

The Harry Potter books and movies have been so successful precisely because they transcend religion. By drawing upon universal themes and archetypes, J.K. Rowling was able to create a world and a story that could be enjoyed regardless of a reader’s religious point of view. It’s the world of the folk tale, populated by characters [Read More…]

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Harry Potter and Paganism

On our Facebook page we’ve been talking about Harry Potter and religion as the latest movie debuts this Friday. The discussion has been interesting because the Evangelical writers have a totally different perspective on Harry than I do. I don’t see it as a story of compassion, sacrifice and love, although those are certainly elements. [Read More…]

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My Top 10 Pagan/Heathen Movies

Ok, I usually don’t write about topics like this, but over the past week half a dozen people have asked me about my favorite “Pagan” movies. Maybe they wore me down because I woke up this morning with the thought that I should put a little article together on my top ten so that others [Read More…]

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Autism, Fundraising, Willy Wonka and Folk Music

Wired’s Autism Test Wired has an Autism test on their website. I found it when a friend took it and posted the results on Facebook. I decided to give it a whirl and was surprised by the results and intrigued by the questions. While the quiz isn’t a medical opinion or diagnosis tool, it does [Read More…]

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The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells is an absolutely charming film about the Book of Kells, Pangur Ban and the strange mythic interactions between Pagan and Christian Ireland. The story centers on Brendan, the nephew of the abbot of the monastery of Kells, who helps Aiden, the illuminator from Iona, work on the Book of Kells. In [Read More…]

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13 Things I Like About Judaism

Ah yes, it’s time again for another 13 things post and I’ve really been looking forward to this one. Once, many moons ago I was married and wanted wee babies of my own. It was important to me to raise the child in a religious tradition. I had no interest in Christianity and my husband [Read More…]

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Stregheria Horror Film?

Among the random things in my news feed today was a trailer for a new horror film: “Trick of the Witch”. In the accompanying text it said the film was based on Stregheria. While all the trailer really reveals is a low-budget horror flick that’s short on substance and style, there are approximately 590 hits [Read More…]

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A Conundrum of Conscience

Tonight I watched the new “Clash of the Titans” movie. Growing up in the eighties, the original had been something of a cult classic and had made an impression on me as a child. Sadly, the remake while boasting better special effects is nowhere nearly as good in story line and acting as the original. [Read More…]

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