Review: So Mote It Be by Isobel Bird

Note: This is an ancient review, orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished 10 March 2001, that I’m just now con­vert­ing to Word­Press. Last night I took advan­tage of the qui­et due to hav­ing two kids gone on a camp­ing trip to read So Mote It Be, the first book of Iso­bel Bird’s Cir­cle of Three series.  I’d heard about […]

On Religion

Plinky asked, “Do you con­sid­er your­self reli­gious?” Not at all. I was always more spir­i­tu­al than reli­gious, but I was raised in a very reli­gious fam­i­ly in which I was forced to par­tic­i­pate in their South­ern Bap­tist church. I start­ed ques­tion­ing the con­tra­dic­tions in the Bible at an ear­ly age and did my best to […]

All-Snakes Day?

Is any­body cel­e­brat­ing that this year? I’m out of touch with the pagan crowd any more. I think the St. Patrick­’s Day parade here in Atlanta was can­celed because of the tor­na­do Sat­ur­day. I was at home all day, so I did­n’t both­er wear­ing green or even think­ing about it. One of the “dai­ly quote” […]

Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks for chaos and logos and impli­cate order; for dark mat­ter, bright galax­ies, and non­lo­cal con­nec­tions; for crys­tals and con­ti­nents; for Lucy’s skull and Mary Leakey’s foot­prints in vol­canic ash; for Thales’ water, Her­a­cli­tus’ fire, and Pythagore­an forms; for the Indi­an zero, alge­bra, and algo­rithms; for the oscil­la­tions of the Yin and the Yang; for acupunc­ture, Su […]

R.I.P. Madeleine L’Engle

I start­ed this post on Sep­tem­ber 7, the day after the grand lady moved on to find out what’s next. I find myself cer­tain that she was­n’t afraid, that she looked for­ward to a reunion with her hus­band Hugh and oth­ers who had gone before. And yet I, who nev­er even met her in per­son, was too upset to fin­ish the post or even look at it again for two months.

Is there a pentagram badge?

A his­tor­i­cal arti­cle, writ­ten in 2001. In an intro­duc­to­ry post to a news­group, I men­tioned at one point that my part­ner and I have been active in start­ing a CUUPs (Covenant of Uni­tar­i­an Uni­ver­sal­ist Pagans) chap­ter in our area, and also that I had just start­ed train­ing to be a Girl Scout leader. The com­bi­na­tion of […]

It Isn’t Karma or Punishment

We did noth­ing, in this or any oth­er life, to deserve ill­ness. We aren’t being pun­ished, nor are health­i­er peo­ple being reward­ed. I’m all for find­ing out about the phys­i­cal and bio­log­i­cal bases of our con­di­tions, as that infor­ma­tion is often a key part of find­ing the right treat­ment and pre­vent­ing relapse.  Look­ing for a […]

Woof

Brezs­ny’s words to Scor­pios for this week: SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “At the inner­most core of all lone­li­ness is a deep and pow­er­ful yearn­ing for union with one’s lost self,” wrote Irish play­wright Bren­dan Fran­cis Behan. Let these words serve as your guid­ing light in the com­ing weeks, Scor­pio. They should inspire you to be brave […]

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