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Steven Abell
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Steven T Abell is a Heathen, a storyteller, and the author of Days in Midgard: A Thousand Years On, a collection of original stories based on Heathen myths. His live performances and his book have been well-reviewed and well-received by the Heathen community. As of 2013, he is also Steersman of the High Rede of The Troth, one of the major Heathen/Ásatrú organizations; any opinions stated in his articles are his own.

He grew up in a farmtown in central California, then attended the University of California at Davis, where he earned a B.S. in Mathematics. He makes his living as a software designer in Silicon Valley.

Steve came to Heathenry, not from some other religious standpoint, but from a rather stark atheism. He no longer calls himself an atheist, but he remains less interested in magical or supernatural issues than many pagans. Along the way, he learned to have constructive conversations with people whose views differ. Well, often, anyway. Steve sees himself more toward the left end of the Universalist-Folkish spectrum, and firmly in the libertarian-right corner of political space.

He came to storytelling by way of amateur and semi-professional stage acting, which was often his other full-time job. Storytelling puts him more in control of his time, and now he always gets all the good lines. One of the hints Steve received telling him that he really was Heathen was the manner in which the Days in Midgard stories came into existence.

You can reach Steve and learn more about his book, his thoughts, and Heathenry/Ásatrú in general at http://www.StevenAbell.com.

Works by Steven Abell
Not Interested in Love
Steven Abell | May 23, 2012
A fun fable about what matters in marriage....
Wallowing in Obscurity
Steven Abell | August 01, 2012
Refuse to say the Aurora shooter's name. Deed remembered, but he himself forcefully......
Who the Bad Guys Are
Steven Abell | June 19, 2013
Of all the calamities that can befall a people, an uncontrollable government is one of......
Thialfi's Wish
Steven Abell | June 10, 2013
The story of Thialfi, who gave up comfort for his wish to be one of the best of men....
Table Magic
Steven Abell | March 20, 2013
How does a Heathen family sit down for a meal together? Looking at an important and......
The Little Things
Steven Abell | September 05, 2012
Some of you have heard me tell this. Let's see how it works in print....
Killing Miss Prignasal
Steven Abell | January 07, 2013
Prudery is not a Heathen virtue. But have we banished prudishness and lost our ability......
Jealous, Fragile, Weak, and Small
Steven Abell | October 03, 2012
Don't like my religion? Nobody said you had to. Want to say so right out loud? Go right......
If You're New to Asatru
Steven Abell | November 17, 2011
Be respectable, be hospitable, and be in the company of the gods....
Why We Need Vengeance
Steven Abell | July 13, 2011
Osama bin Laden's death reminds us that vengeance is a dish best served cold -- and with......
Law and Religion in Indiana
Steven Abell | January 19, 2012
Allfather, who art in Asgard: many be thy names . . ....
Norse Myth in Academia
Steven Abell | May 10, 2012
A roundup of UCLA's conference on Norse mythology -- which was nothing like Pantheacon,......
Why I Am a Heathen
Steven Abell | April 03, 2013
Steven T. Abell answers Patheos' 200-word challenge....
Promote, Publicize... Proselytize!? A Heathen View
Steven Abell | December 20, 2012
You might say that we expect a world of many religions, and that's the way it is......
Some Assembly Required
Steven Abell | July 05, 2012
Remembering the presence of the remarkable....
Bolts
Steven Abell | August 21, 2013
The Son of Earth and I have had a wonderful evening together, out for a joyride....
"The Lost Sun": A Book Review
Steven Abell | September 08, 2013
One day, this part of your life will be over, and things will be different. You need to......
Ritual and Reconstruction
Steven Abell | December 01, 2011
Hammer in the North! Hallow and Hold this Holy Stead!...
Minding Your Manners
Steven Abell | September 07, 2011
Never been to a Heathen event before? Here's what you need to know....
Persuasion
Steven Abell | May 22, 2013
I may never change anyone's mind, but if I do, it won't be because I lectured and......
Trothmoot 2012
Steven Abell | June 17, 2012
What really happened....
Mitt Romney vs. The Guys Who Just Don't Get It
Steven Abell | October 19, 2011
Challenging the veracity of Mormon history is problematic for other religious believers......
A Heathen's View of LGBT
Steven Abell | March 01, 2012
Let's accept that there are different ways of being human and leave each other to be who......
Thinking of Heathen Women
Steven Abell | February 16, 2012
The perspective can challenge the unprepared....
Thicker Than Water
Steven Abell | July 01, 2014
Time has a way of reaching out unexpectedly and tapping one on the shoulder. I received......
Labels and Identity
Steven Abell | August 10, 2011
Who are these people, anyway?...
I wonder if Lithuanian is very well equipped to talk about religion, just not about......
Mouths and Ears
Steven Abell | February 03, 2012
Remember this was once the only way: the way our whole culture was kept alive....
Compassion in Cold Climates
Steven Abell | April 26, 2012
You can try to solve the world's problems. You will fail. Or you can try to solve your......
Wandering Around in the Moral Dimension
Steven Abell | April 17, 2012
Noble Virtues, Golden Rules, and how to know what to do (and not do)....
That Frightening Word
Steven Abell | June 01, 2011
If you want us to be ashamed of the name you gave us, you'll wait a long time....
That Special Gift
Steven Abell | December 18, 2013
Yule, the Winter Solstice, is the birthday of Frey, one of the Vanir, a Fertility God......
Gods Are Useful
Steven Abell | July 26, 2012
Gods can be useful even to those who don't believe in them....
Tomten: A Yule Tale
Steven Abell | December 16, 2011
In which we learn of many strange and familiar things on the longest night of the year....
Unmistakable Connotations of Groveling
Steven Abell | January 05, 2012
We don't do that. We have no reason to....
Becoming Heathen
Steven Abell | September 21, 2011
What are gods, and what does it mean to believe in them?...
Up In The Air
Steven Abell | November 02, 2011
When I read the headlines, especially with all the sound and fury we're seeing now,......
Pride and Arrogance
Steven Abell | June 15, 2011
Of course, the Pride and Arrogance I'm talking about here have responsibilities that go......
On Not Living Stupid
Steven Abell | May 19, 2011
There's a lot to be said for Not Living Stupid, however one achieves that. When groups......
Whacking the Monk
Steven Abell | August 25, 2011
Is it useful to carry a grudge for 1200 years? Depends how you go about it....
Religion and DNA
Steven Abell | July 27, 2011
Is a folk religion really a matter of DNA? Or are most people just more interested in......
Longing for Freya: A Bedtime Story
Steven Abell | October 05, 2011
Not all Heathens want to go to Valhalla. There are other options....
Fish Stories
Steven Abell | June 29, 2011
Are you really a big fish in our small but growing pond? Or are you simply someone who......