Why I’m No Longer A Journalist, But Just A Blogger

People keep calling me a journalist, but that's not quite true. I have attempted to act in that capacity in the past with varying levels of success, but no longer. I never made an announcement. I just quietly walked away from that vocation. I suppose I could be considered a pundit of sorts, but that sounds a bit pretentious for what I do.Jason Pitzl-Waters is a journalist, and a damn fine one. He talks about that in a post about his view of journalistic ethics: While The Wild Hunt is today … [Read more...]

Farewell Dave

Dave Grega, one of the hosts of the Pagan Centered Podcast, died Monday night. It's come as a big shock to the people who knew him. He was only 27, and had a mischievous sense of humor, so I wasn't the only person who wondered at first if it was a prank. Dave was a person who was very much alive, and it's difficult to think of him as dead.Dave had many admirable qualities and a fantastic ability to make things happen. His humor often took him to weird places and he loved debate for the … [Read more...]

Pagan Hangout: Media at Festivals

This week I'm going to be talking to a lot of Pagan Newswire Collective folks about their week at Pagan Spirit Gathering.Pagan Hangout happens every Wednesday. Here's the time guide:11 AM EDT (New York) 10 AM CDT (Nashville) 9 AM MDT (Denver) 8 AM PDT (Seattle) 4 PM BST (London) … [Read more...]

Supporting Pagan Journalism

People ask me to attend a lot of events. I have to decline a lot. I just don't have the funds to travel. This year I missed out on PantheaCon, but, far more heartbreakingly, I won't be able to attend Pagan Spirit Gathering. I could attend technically, but it would mean eating ramen for a couple of months and putting off needed car repairs. Traveling to Pagan events like this is expensive, and I don't make a lot of money right now. When I came back from PSG last year I had less than 50 cents to … [Read more...]

Pagan Spotlight: Laura LaVoie

I have too much to write about. I need clones or minions, and being sick makes me feel even farther behind on things that need to be written. I may have to go on a writing bender sometime soon.Today though, I want to write about Laura LaVoie. Another very busy Pagan, Laura is a Hellenic who blogs about Persephone, blogs about beer, blogs about building a tiny house in North Carolina and blogs at The Juggler on pop culture for the Pagan Newswire Collective.Just thinking about all her … [Read more...]

Why This Witch Supports Gary Johnson

Before he asked Pagan troops to fight overseas, and give their life for their country, then-Gov. George W. Bush told Good Morning America that he didn't think the military should give Pagan servicemembers equal rights with servicemembers of other faiths: "I don't think witchcraft is a religion. I would hope the military officials would take a second look at the decision they made." Last year, Christine O'Donnell asserted that she was NOT a Witch, as if that was a bad thing, to which I (and … [Read more...]

Earth Day: Love Your Mama!

As a counterpoint to the pervasive solemnity of Good Friday, today is Earth Day. All around us the irreverence of nature is bursting out. While my northern friends still battle snow, here all is green and lush.How can we not love and care for the earth? She is abundant and bountiful. She gives us everything.Take time to care for her today.The PNC has launched a new blog project called No Unsacred Place that you should check out today.Watch this adorable plea to get Facebook to be more … [Read more...]

Off to Pantheacon!

I'm off to Pantheacon bright and early in the morning. I look forward to seeing all the amazing folks there. The programming list looks excellent. Lots of hard choices to make about which workshops, rituals and concerts to attend. What I can guarantee is that I will be at the following events:The Pagan Newswire Collective is having a Meet 'n' Greet on Saturday, 5-7pm, at the COG/NWC/NROOGD Suite, and I will be there hanging with the PNC folks. These are really awesome, dedicated people. You … [Read more...]

Imbolc 2011: Link Love!

Blessed Imbolc! The interwebs are humming with interesting things on this quickening, sap-rising, sun-waxing, buds forming day!First is the 6th Annual Brigid Poetry Festival! Lots of really great poetry and inspiration here!The Wild Hunt is wishing everyone A Happy Imbolc with lots of good quotes and links!Over on our Mainline Protestant portal Christine Valters Paintner looks at Imbolc from a Christian point-of-view.The Juggler is musing on the magical properties of beer this Imbolc. … [Read more...]

When Good Pagans Do Nothing

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." - Leo Tolstoy My Southern Baptist upbringing taught me that I was in the world but not of it. I was not to be concerned with worldly things, or to seek to engage with the world on it's terms. I was to let that pass by and concern myself with the kingdom of God. My parents and some of my teachers at church had that old-school pre-politicized Evangelical worldview. There was a feeling that this world is run by Satan and … [Read more...]