“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: RIP John Renbourn

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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

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   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...]

Review: PLAIN JANE: THE SHOCKUMENTARY

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Jane Hash is an artist, healer, blogger and activist. She is also barely three feet tall. Born with a genetic condition that left her with multiple fractures, her health was compromised for most of her youth, and her mobility limited by the fragility of her bones. As an adult, Jane seems like a powerhouse of energy, humor, and no-nonsense ass-kicking. Her podcast "Hash it Out with Jane" gives voice to her activism and consciousness raising.But don't take my word for it: see her hilarious and … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Twenty-First Century Satanic Panic

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Satanic Ritual Abuse. Hey, didn't we figure out more than a few years ago what a crock it was? Didn't the West Memphis Three case and the Lanning Report and those ridiculous episodes of Oprah! and Geraldo! make it clear that it was a crazy decade-long episode of hysteria?Well, unfortunately there's a whole new generation of gullible people who haven't been exposed to the debunking, and a whole bunch of trouble-makers who want to spread these insane rumors all over again. Welcome to the … [Read more...]

Yuletide Movies? Maybe not, but…

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...here are some holiday films I'd recommend that you may not have seen before, or may not have considered as having a "winter holiday" theme. Also known as "A list of Peg's Favorite Christmas/Yuletide/Winter Solstice Movies!" I love IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, too but they are not on this list because you should be watching those, anyway, just BECAUSE.1. EYES WIDE SHUT (1999). Stanley Kubrick's last and possibly most controversial film. … [Read more...]

2013′s Top Ten Movies for Pagans

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Well, everyone loves a year's end list of favorite stuff. This columnist does try her level best to make sure lists of favorites are crafted with en eye towards pagan sensibilities. With that in mind, in no particular order, I present the year's ten best movies for you witchy, tree-hugging, candle-burning, goddess-worshipping, animal-loving, mead-drinking, bonfire-dancing types!1. MORE THAN HONEY. This fascinating and moving documentary, in German and English, begins with an elderly man who … [Read more...]

COVEN: American Horror Story’s witchy new season

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By now you've certainly heard that the third season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY is subtitled COVEN and will be set in both Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana. As last season's ASYLUM was set further back in time than the first season, this third season goes back nearly three hundred years in its quest to fill an hour of primetime with more sex, gore, violence and perversion than we're generally used to seeing.And I, for one, can't wait.The first "teaser trailer" has been … [Read more...]

Not So Fast….Neil Gaiman sez…AMERICAN GODS is NOT Greenlit.

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Put your pants back on!The word on Twitter from the author himself is that the plan to produce six seasons of AMERICAN GODS on HBO is not in any way official:"Seeing news stories about AMERICAN GODS being 'officially greenlit' at HBO. These are just people talking on the internet & not true at all."  (from Neil Gaiman on Twitter)Sorry, folks. Sometimes you have to go right to the source. My thanks to those who have already pointed out the other articles were premature or … [Read more...]


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