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...]

Blackmore’s Night “Dancer and the Moon” (Review)

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This new album from legendary rock guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and singer-instrumentalist Candice Night is the pair's 13th studio album. Like their previous work, the album's songs represent an array of styles and genres, while maintaining a unique signature sound that no other rock duo has achieved: a mix of hard rock, medieval and classical -infused art rock, grad-folk, and gypsy stylings. It's safe to say Blackmore's Night shows no sign of slowing down or losing their edge, although I did … [Read more...]

It’s Official: AMERICAN GODS to run 6 seasons on HBO

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Drop everything but your pants!The wonderful bestselling novel by uber-cool novelist Neil Gaiman is now officially in the pipeline for production on HBO, possibly debuting as early as 2013, according to this article from screenrant.com. The show will have a budget of $40 million and will rely heavily upon CGI effects.The novel chronicles a confrontation among ancient gods who have returned to earth in anthropomorphic form and are suffering from a loss of faith within humanity. … [Read more...]

Adventures of a Devil-Worshipping Whore, or, Why I Don’t Believe We’re Arguing About What We Believe

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So, earlier this month, in response to a request from Patheos for their bloggers to answer the question "What do I believe?"--I wrote about my beliefs. There were many positive comments and some folks, moved by my words and seeing, perhaps, a reflection of their own views in them, shared what I had written on their own blogs.I had not realized at the time that there had been an increasingly-contentious discussion occurring in the pagan blogosphere (and also on Tumblr and Facebook) about the d … [Read more...]


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