You Call it May Day, We Call it Beltane

late spring tulips

The season of spring has arrived! The rites of fertility have begun! This is a holiday with a colorful past, and strangely enough, one of the only major festivals on the pagan calendar which has never been Christianized. But as we shall see, it is a holiday with two distinct flavors of celebration throughout history... But first, some nostalgic wanderings...April 30th, 1972.Somewhere, I must have learned about May Baskets. I think my favorite third grade teacher mentioned them briefly in Social … [Read more...]

“Legal Defense Fund Against Abuser”: A New Wrinkle in the Kenny Klein Case

For those wondering if there is any news regarding pagan musician Kenny Klein's legal troubles, a new development has caught my attention. This evening I saw a link to a fundraiser online ("Legal Defense Fund Against Abuser"), started by Kenny Klein's ex-wife Tzipora Katz, for legal fees that may be incurred in the near future. As you may recall, the news of Klein's arrest for possession of child pornography caused a great deal of shock, anger and controversy in our community. Katz spoke out … [Read more...]

Tuesday Muse, News & Reviews: THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT

The Sisterhood of Night (Image from

This new film, based on a haunting short story by Steven Millhauser (whose work was previously adapted for the screen in THE ILLUSIONIST starring Edward Norton), opens this Friday April 10th. Created by writing-directing team Marilyn Fu and Caryn Waechter, THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT is the story of a group of teenage girls who decide to withdraw from the social intrigue of their school and community, and create a secret club that meets in the woods at night. Rumors of rituals, witchcraft and the … [Read more...]

The TWIN PEAKS reboot will not include David Lynch


Several weeks ago there were rumors flying that the reboot of TWIN PEAKS, a whole new season of the cult series that was to be produced for Showtime, was not going to happen. Twitter and other social media platforms went a bit crazy before things got cleared up (it was a matter of contracts not being finalized, just a formality, everyone agreed). But now, on EASTER SUNDAY no less (after I shared this lovely link this morning with all the episodes of David Lynch's "Rabbits" sit-com that was a … [Read more...]

Tuesday Muse, News & Reviews: RIP John Renbourn


Welcome to the Tuesday Muse, News & Reviews, a new quasi weekly feature on my blog! This will basically be a place where I'll review some bits and bobs of media, or share some news, or just muse on whatever is on my mind that is clogged with all kinds of media.There is a LOT to cover right now, as I have been playing catch-up with all the great stuff I have been reading, listening to, watching and being exposed to. So this first installment might just end up having several parts, in … [Read more...]

You Call It Easter, We Call It Ostara

Girl with rabbits (1886), Frederik Stuard Church

   Try this sometime with your children or a young niece, nephew or cousin: on the day of the Vernal or Autumnal Equinox, just a few moments before the exact moment of the equinox, go outside with a raw egg. Find a reasonably level place on the sidewalk or driveway. For a few moments just before and just after the equinox, you can balance the egg upright (wider end down) by simply setting it down on the ground. No kidding! It will stand up all by itself. Kids love this, and most … [Read more...]

Bruce Sinofsky, co-director of PARADISE LOST films, dead at 58

Bruce Sinofsky, working on Iconoclasts (image from

I am deeply saddened by the shocking news of the sudden death of Bruce Sinofsky. Bruce was an Oscar-nominated filmmaker known for his documentaries, most notably the Paradise Lost trilogy which chronicled the West Memphis Three case. His films Brother's Keeper and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (both made with his filmmaking partner and best friend Joe Berlinger, who has been posting some wonderful photos in tribute to Bruce on Twitter today) also met with critical and popular acclaim. Bruce … [Read more...]

First “Killer Clowns,” now “Psycho Witches”: new Italian video hijinks

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Remember the Italians who made the videos about the psychotic killer clowns? They feature killer clowns chasing people in public places that are mostly empty late at night (train stations and parks,mostly). As if clowns were not having a hard enough time, after American Horror Story: Freakshow decided to feature an evil, psychotic killer clown, played by John Carroll Lynch. Clowns across America protested and encouraged boycotting of the show.Now they've made a new group of videos that … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day, or Lupercalia? A Pagan Dilemma

Illustration by Sarah Goodreau

Well, it's that time of year again. Flowers, chocolates, champagne, seafood dinners, naughty lingerie (only two of those have actual aphrodisiac effects, by the way). It even falls on a Saturday this year, meaning lots of crowded restaurants (and possibly crowded theaters showing the newest Movie Everyone is Excited About and Outraged Over). If you're single, you may be ready to grab a six-pack, fire up Netflix and call it a weekend.But hard on the heels of Valentine's Day,the following day … [Read more...]