I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

One of the Three Treasures of Buddhism is the sangha, the community of seekers. Budo Zennists have dojo communities. Pagans have covens and groves and circles. Read more

Healing At Autumn Fires

Then I started dancing. And it became a ritual, the unloading of a million pounds of black weight from my heart into the Great Transformer. Read more

The Return Of The Son Of Random Wednesdays

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Random Wednesday post. But it’s Pagan New Year. And I’m entering a new phase in my life. So I’m bringing it back, along with a few other renewals and changes. We’ll also be catching up (or trying to) with our 52 Make-Up Challenge, more on that coming soon. Meanwhile, three short bits. (And five Internet points to the first commenter to identify what the title of this post is a reference to.)… Read more

Samhain: My Father Is Dead

My father’s death puts me in a different relationship with my ancestors, and I will be contemplating that this Samhain. Read more

An Open Letter To Barry Manilow: Please Help My Mom

Dear Mr. Manilow, The last thing my father did in his life was take my mother to see your September 16th show at the Turning Stone Casino. Read more

A Eulogy For My Father, Mark Swiss

We have hopes about an afterlife. I guess some of us have fears — Dad didn’t, thank goodness. His God was love, and he knew that whatever comes after could never be something to fear. What do we really know for sure about what comes after? Well…sometime, long down the road, many years from now I hope, maybe I can tell you. But whatever the truth about that, the Buddha noticed something important about our life here. Read more

Life Is a Series of Dogs

If we love a dog, the odds are very good that they will die before we do, and we will suffer the pain of grief. But the same is true of all love. Read more

Hearts and Heads in Houston

Somewhere out there among the ordinary people saving lives in Houston is a guy with a Confederate flag sticker on his car. There’s a woman putting her safety at risk who supports torturing people suspected of terrorism. There’s someone wading through the flood who thinks Black Lives Matter is a terrorist group. There’s someone taking heroic action who supports more war in Afghanistan and Iraq, who thinks we should invade Syria tomorrow and nuke North Korea the day after that. And there are people out there conducting rescue and relief operations who deny that climate change from burning fossil fuels is a real thing, that it was a driver of the disaster. Read more

Love Starts With Boundaries

But we have to operate in both the realms of absolute and relative truth. It is true that you and I are fundamentally one; but it’s still identity theft for you to open up a credit card in my name. Read more

Nazis Are Bad. Now What?

While both are wrong, there is not a moral equivalence here between punching someone and running a car into a crowd of people. We can speak out against two different things without saying they’re the same. There are a significant number of people on the left ready to fight fire with fire. Funny thing about that: every firefighter I’ve known used water. Read more

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