Hindu Holiday Nail Art!

My nails and I have a rather difficult relationship. Though my hair is thick and strong, somehow my fingernails are neither. They break very easily, nail polish only lasts a couple hours if that, and (to my great frustration) they are constantly dirty. I seem to always have a dark layer of gunk showing under my nails. I had pretty much just given up on them.Then my friend Sue invited me to a "Jamberry" party. I thought it was going to be about making jam, so I signed up enthusiastically. … [Read more...]


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Islamic Terrorism: How I Plan To Counter It

Contrary to popular criticism, liberals are not fans of terrorism. No one wants terrorism! (Except the terrorists themselves, of course). It's not like liberals are going to forgive and forget the murder of innocent people. We're not saying to coddle terrorists, you know? We just try not to lump innocent people in with the terrorists.I can't imagine how frustrating and upsetting it would be if Hinduism, the religion that I love and the only thing that makes any sense to me, had famous groups … [Read more...]


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Worship of the Divine Mother

The world right now could use some feminine energy, I think. The comfort and safety of a mother's arms. The knowledge that she will protect you through any crisis. Here are a couple of ways that you can connect with the Divine Mother and the healing power of feminine energy... The Shakti Coloring Book I was sent this book to review. I've been kind of skeptical about the adult coloring book craze. I did love coloring as a kid but I wondered whether I would find it enough of a challenge for my … [Read more...]


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What Is Manusmriti (Laws of Manu)?

When I was growing up I knew Manu as a book of weird sayings and rules supposedly written by the first man in existence. It was something I was aware of and we read it sometimes but I never got the impression it was something to put much stock in. I didn't realize until I began blogging how much Manusmriti is used to try to discredit Hinduism.Those who want to paint Hinduism as backward or strange create memes with quotes exclusively from Manu. Which is frustrating because many, I would even … [Read more...]


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The Story of God: Proof of God

Proof of God is a particularly interesting topic.For me, I definitely feel God when I connect to the present moment, when I immerse in nature, when I quiet myself, and when I observe the world. I agree with the physicist that the more we learn scientifically about the world, the closer it brings us to God. I can never understand the people who see science as at odds with divinity. As I always say, if your religion can't address questions then it isn't much use. If it doesn't work with what … [Read more...]


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Story of God: The Chosen One

There's a new season of The Story of God out at National Geographic Channel! This is a really cool show exploring common themes in religions around the world.I've seen the first episode of the second season and I think this particular theme is a bit of a stretch. They are speaking about the concept of a "chosen one" in a religion. Though Morgan Freeman says, "Most religions have a chosen one" he then names the three religions that all come from the same source: Judaism, Christianity, and … [Read more...]


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DIY Home Puja Mandir

For years I have admired and wanted a home puja mandir. They are like tiny temples for your home and many are intricate and lovely. The only trouble is they are extremely expensive whether you buy here in the U.S. or ship here from India. So I've long admired them from afar.I was impressed to discover recently that people are making their own home puja mandir.This woman did an IKEA hack and turned a dresser into a home puja … [Read more...]


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Purchase the Mahabharata Board Game!

The Mahabharata board game that I designed, Exile In The Forest, is completed and now for sale! (I first told you about this board game in this post)I'm super pleased with how beautiful it came out. It's an epic adventure game for people who know their way around dice combat. You can download the rulebook for free here (and also purchase the game): https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/exile-in-the-forest Scroll down for some videos to show you the components and how to p … [Read more...]


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A Site to Connect New Hindus to a Community

Over on Facebook, Lorrie made a comment that got the gears in my head turning. (My husband will tell you I'm always plotting and planning something. I get an idea and then I jump in with both feet!). Anyway, Lorrie said that she has yet to find a home temple and a "temple buddy." The experience has been so wonderful for me that I started wondering if I could somehow connect new Hindus with temple buddies.So I don't know if this will work but I'd like to try it. I'd like to put together a … [Read more...]


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