January 23, 2019

There is a reason that the Black Sabbath t-shirt we see in the first episode of True Detective this season is essential to drawing a parallel to the West Memphis Three case. In the case of the West Memphis Three, part of the Satanic Panic focuses on the fact that eighteen-year-old Damien Echols likes Metallica, Black Sabbath, and other heavy metal bands. Echols wore black rock band t-shirts regularly. Read more

January 14, 2019

This month I composed a musical invocation of the directions that’s appropriate for the beginning of the new year or at the start of any new venture. Read more

December 29, 2018

Janus, the Roman lord of transitions, peace and war, the past and the future, hangs over us, His two faces looking backward and forward. Read more

December 28, 2018

One of my favorite questions just now is, ‘What do you value about the dark?’ Because the dark time IS valuable. Read more

December 21, 2018

The long night gives birth to the Sunchild. We watch for the coming of dawn to break through the mantle of night; we wait for the coming of Spring to break through the mantle of winter. Read more

December 20, 2018

“Whatever took care of me before I was born will take care of me after I die,” she says with a shrug. Read more

December 19, 2018

Take time to think how you are woven to many on this planet. Think about how all of our lights flickering together create a beautiful web that also connects to all . We are all bonded by our shared humanity. Read more

December 18, 2018

John Cooper writes, “May the light keep you during the darkest night; whether that be the light of a candle upon your altar or the light of a loved one upon your heart.” Read more

December 17, 2018

White confetti falls on countless branches shaping them with winter’s confections. All sleep, save the watchful pine. Read more

November 30, 2018

Several years ago, I went looking for stories for the winter solstice that celebrate darkness, rather than only focusing on the celebration of the returning light. Finding that challenging, I expanded my search to any story in celebration of darkness. I spent an afternoon looking at every single picture book in a local bookstore, and found one that sort of fit the bill, Stellaluna, by Jannell Cannon, in which a young bat discovers her proper place in the nighttime. I’ve… Read more

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