Sick Day

Dear readers, I have been sick. In truth I've been sick for several days now, and still haven't kicked the virus that has overcome my usually robust nature. I have no doubt  that I'm on the mend, but I'm taking a day off from my responsibilities so I can rest up and hopefully return a bit stronger when I do return.In the meantime, here's a neat little short film from We Are The Forest that I think you might enjoy (thanks to i09 for the link).Gloam from We Are The Forest on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

Pagan Psychotherapist Celebrates Conversion Therapy Ban in California

This past Saturday California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill SB1172 into law, banning controversial "conversion therapies" for homosexuality if the patient is a minor. In a statement, Brown condemned these therapies as "quackery" that create, rather than solve, mental health issues."This bill bans nonscientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine, and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery.” California is the first state to ban conversion therapy (also known as "reparative therapy") for minors despite the practice being considered harmful by several mainstream mental health organizati … [Read more...]

The Religious Pundit Class Equivalent of Hippie Punching

Director/producer Alan D. Miller seems like a very intelligent guy, he participates in the NY Salon after all, so I was disappointed to see him participate in the religious pundit class version of "hippie punching": criticizing all those "spiritual but not religious" people for CNN's Belief Blog. You see, these spiritual (but not religious) people are very shallow, and don't realize how darn important the Christian Bible has been to human history."A bit of Yoga here, a Zen idea there, a quote from Taoism and a Kabbalah class, a bit of Sufism and maybe some Feing Shui but not generally a reading and appreciation of The Bhagavad Gita, the Karma Sutra or the Qur'an, let alone The Old or Ne … [Read more...]

Quick Note: The Unexplainable in a Secular Context

Boing Boing points to a fascinating essay by author Ken MacLeod in Aeon Magazine about moments of ego transcendence and "ineffable encounters" that he's experienced over the years, and how he experienced them completely outside a spiritual or religious container."I was on my own, exploring the banks of a river that ran along a broad, deep gully. I wasn’t far from human habitation but I don’t remember any sound except the river on the stones, dripping moss and humming insects. The sun was high in the west, brightly lighting one side of the gully. I was on the other side, in shade but nothing like darkness. There was nothing spooky or scary about my surroundings, nothing dangerous about m … [Read more...]


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