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

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...]

Delphic Maxims: Intend To Get Married (Γαμειν μελλε)

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...]

Our Conduct Matters, Not Our Labels

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!I have literally been overwhelmed by the debate in the Pagan blogosphere over the weekend. It's been a chore simply processing all the information, and every time I found a point I felt I inclined to speak to, three new perspectives popped up and demanded my attention.In this debate I have found perspectives and statements I find disheartening. The idea that the only way for a minority religion to be strong is by dismissing … [Read more...]

Grumpy Star and The Lovers’ Tarot Deck

When the Universe wants you to learn a lesson, it will ask nicely at first, and then it pulls out the cosmic baseball bat to knock the lesson into you. Since Beltaine I've been pushed out of my comfort zone regarding all that "mushy, touchy-feely love stuff" and I'm not happy about it. I find myself shaking my fist at Bette Midler, Tina Turner, and those sappy Supremes more often of late.Love, in all it's forms, is demanding my attention lately, and like a naughty puppy, I keep pretending if I … [Read more...]