January 1, 2018

Fractal Cat is a Baltimore band that I’ve been fortunate enough to watch come together over the years. (I played and read at both the Carriage House open mic series where Miles Gannett and Keith Jones first met, and at the Side Streets open mic where they came together again.) The title track from their new CD, The Tower, is based on Tarot imagery. And it has a sing-along refrain; “I believe in you.” As I was dancing and singing… Read more

December 23, 2017

"Religious humor is a form of ‘deep play’ that works to renegotiate ideas about tradition, space, identity, community, and the body, and uses paradox to further one’s progress toward enlightenment." So in that context, I’d like to consider Festivus, a satirical or parody holiday celebrated on December 23rd. Read more

December 21, 2017

Change is going to happen. That’s pretty much an inevitable part of existence. But if we are intentionally making change happen, then we are magicians! Read more

December 17, 2017

Here in the dark of the year even the weather invites us, demands of us, to slow down. To walk on an icy path without falling, you must go slowly. Read more

December 10, 2017

As some try to impose order on the inherently chaotic world of sex, romance, and gender relations, I feel upon me once again the urge to toss a few golden apples into the discussion. Read more

November 28, 2017

If reportage like this seems to normalize race hatred, perhaps that should be a reminder that "normal" people can fall into it. Read more

November 16, 2017

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

November 13, 2017

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

November 2, 2017

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

October 30, 2017

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

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