Saturday, October 3, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015
And, once again, Harper Lee is there with a novel whose prose perfectly sums up the issues at hand.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
Independence Day. It's a time of flag waving and hot dog eating and fireworks exploding and a time when folks pretend, at least for a day, like the political history of this country is a nice, straight line of nice, polite people that did nothing but have sex with bald eagles on a red, white, and blue bedspread and give birth to tiny, crowned Lady Liberties that spend their respective lifespans baking apple pies and killing terrorists. It's a time when we fall in love all over again with the idea of America.
And...that's great. But, when July 5th comes around, I think we need to have a discussion.
So go...have your fireworks...and then come back and read the rest of this.
I'll see you then.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
We're looking at the recent Supreme Court decision that recognized same sex marriage nationwide.
The majority opinion, the minority dissent, and reactions from YOU, the Rioter community!
Somebody Loves You - Betty Who
We Are The Night - Steve Grand
Safe In My Hands - Eli Lieb
Proud - Heather Small
Love and Lyte,
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Similar actions are being taken in Mississippi - whose state flag includes the "stars and bars" of the confederacy - where lawmakers are considering changing the state flag completely.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
This engaging book sets out to discuss the question: Who is Brigid? What follows are various myths and folktales that all in some way tie back to Brigid through name, association, symbolism, and history. As someone who has not spent much time working with Brigid or reading her stories I was delighted with the assortment of tales found in Weber's book. Both the stories and historical snippets were well rendered. The one main thing that did detract a bit from the overall enjoyment of the book were the italicized reflections at the end of each tale. Though not terrible they felt a bit like a parent asking you for the morale of the story you just enjoyed. I admit this may be entirely personal preference but I could have done without these.
Aside from the mythology, the other strongest element in the book was the personal point of view. Instead of a dry text about the history and significance of the deity as told by an omniscient author, Weber offers you the chance to experience Brigid in all her forms through the eyes of one of her devotees. I found most of the personal anecdotes to be honest and entertaining, Weber's pleasant narration leading me further in to the book. Even though Brigid as a goddess has never drawn me to work with her, through Weber I felt the emotion of connecting to a deity and how that impacted her life. Honestly this is one of the better Pagan books I've read from a main Pagan Publisher and I hope to see more of this ilk.
Who is this book for? Those who work with Brigid (obviously), anyone looking for a personal account of Pagan worship, and anyone interested in mythology and folklore.
To purchase a copy of Brigid visit: http://redwheelweiser.com/detail.html?id=9781578635672
To learn more about Courtney Weber visit her at: http://thecocowitch.com/
Until next time,
PS! Check out Vinna's most recent podcast interview with Mogg Morgan of Mandrake of Oxford publishing!
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Yesterday, I was browsing my mundane timeline when I saw a video posted of a baptism. While I will not repost the video here for privacy's sake, the text accompanying it reads as follows:
What an amazing day today has been. Anyone who knows me knows my love for my Lord and Savior. They also know my love for the greatest gift he has ever given me, my wife. Well today I witnessed my wife get baptized and it is a day I will always remember. A lot of couples have different things that only they can say they experienced together, well me and my wife have ours. We were both there when the other received God as our personal savior and both there when the other was baptized. God is so amazing. Ruth 1:16-17 #whereyougoiwillgo
Now... My immediate reaction was an eye roll. No, I don't hate love and affection. No, I'm not anti-Christian. And, no, I don't morally object to hashtags on Facebook. However, there's an issue with the above mentioned "first time". It wasn't her first time. I was actually there for her first time. I went to Sunday school with her. Youth group later on. I went to church camps and Bible camps and camp outs and all sorts of events over the 13 years of our growing up. And, most germane to this conversation: I saw her baptism. The actual first one.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Two days ago I had a pretty disastrous trail run. Disastrous for me, that is. Normally, I run for a good 6 miles or so on cardio days when the weather is nice and I am not working. I'm able to run at a good, steady pace and, by the end of the summer, I'm usually able to up that to 8-10 miles at an 8-9 minute mile. I enjoy exercise. I'm no muscle bound cover model, but I enjoy the cathartic release of stress through physical activity.
Two days ago I went out for my usual run. It was a gorgeous day that had, thankfully, proven the weatherman to be wrong in his forecast of gray skies and possible rain. It was warm and I needed a break from studying. It ended abruptly, however, as I realized about 1.5 miles in that I was not feeling well. My hands, lips, and legs started a familiar tingly feeling that begins when my blood sugar drops out. I'm just a touch hypoglycemic and I hadn't eaten enough that day...apparently. I walked the final half mile of my first lap through the preserve in defeat.
I have a little app that keeps track of my running progress. I normally share that run on my personal social media for a few reasons. My father is a runner, and running is a way that I connect with him. A lot of my family is made up of pretty active people. And, sure, it's a bit of a humblebrag. Hey! Look at my awesome running skills!
That day I did not share my run to social media. I drank a sports drink, got in my car, and headed home feeling more than a bit defeated.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Inspired by a discussion I had yesterday on social media, I would like to extend an invitation to all the parents out there that would be interested in coming on and discussing the issues involved when it comes whether or not to raise your children with spiritual beliefs.
The discussion will include:
- Do you have a particular faith? If so, is it different from your parents' faith? How did you come to it?
- Do you share your specific faith with your children? At what age did you start? Are there specific rituals (such as baptisms, naming ceremonies, high holidays, etc.) in which they participate?
- Do you expose them to other spiritual beliefs? How do you discuss the differences and similarities between another faith and your own?
- The word "indoctrination" gets thrown around when it comes to certain kinds of faiths and practices. Do you feel it is "indoctrination" to teach children about faith or spirituality (or lack thereof) at an early age? Why or why not?
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
I love comics.
All my favorite characters are girls.
And I have always wondered why my shelves had to be lined with Cyclops and Wolverine action figures.
Friday, May 8, 2015
And...for once...Netflix got something right.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
We got a cat. A dog. A horse. A bird. An apartment. Another apartment. Still another apartment. A rented house. A house we bought. A half dozen automobiles after mine mysteriously had a habit of ending up crashed. A couple of rings. A wedding day.
Did we fight for equality? I don't know. I didn't march in any rallies, but I cast my vote when I was able. I was the first openly gay person in the department in which I was an officer in Texas. There were times when he was not allowed near my parents' home and we had to hide his existence from our apartment. And there came a day when he and my father were showing off their respective roping skills.
Little battles are the ones that matter. The battle to not give up when things get tough. The battle to say yes when saying no is easier. The battle to see each other through the darkness and hope like hell that a light starts shining soon or else you don't know how you'll make it out alive...but then you do...
I don't know whether this segues properly or not, but I cannot get an episode of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore out of my head. It aired on April 27, 2015 and it largely dealt with the recent Bruce Jenner interview. It began with Wilmore interviewing Ian Harvie, transgender male entertainer (I use that codifier because...well...it's pertinent to the discussion), about certain terminology as it relates to the transgender community.
Larry's humor seemed to be less about satire, as his betters Colbert and Stewart do, and more about laughing at how icky and uncomfortable the entire situation was to him. Sure, he did his due liberal diligence and talked about how "brave" he thought the Jenner interview was, but...then he did something that made me...well...upset.
Monday, April 27, 2015
There's this blog whose existence I became aware of recently when a Rioter told me they used a picture of me on one of their blog posts. It's run by someone named "Selina Anderson" and seems to mine random snippets of other pagan blogs along with random photos from even more pagan blogs and posts them under the aforementioned Ms. Anderson's moniker.
Just because I'm That Guy, I did a little clicking around.
This is Selina Anderson on Google+.
This is her YouTube account.
She also claims on her Google+ account (seriously, who uses Google+?) that she contributes to something called Esoteric Soup and Alchemy and Alchemists.
Now, I'm not one to start any kind of online war or anything (please don't pop your eyeballs out of your head from rolling them), but this is a bridge too far for my liking, thank you very much. The author of the information that accompanies my dashing photograph is a guy named Carolina Dean, whose blog of quite interesting conjure information is found here. (*edit* On second thought, feel free to ignore that guy's blog. He was kind of an asshat about the whole thing.)
See...here's the thing about us Pagan folks. We're a small community. If you want to use something of ours, just ask. We will very likely say yes. We might have stipulations, but we don't mind sharing. But what's ours is not yours for the taking just because you like the picture or the spell or the quote or whatever.
Do I really need to have the Copyright Infringement discussion all over again?
Suffice to say, this blog, "Pagan-Space" is not affiliated with "PaganSpace.net", the social media platform for pagans to chat about...stuff.
It isn't even filled with original information. It just posts, seemingly automatically, every few hours with a snippet of information and a random picture.
Selina... Honey... You've angered witches.
I really, really wouldn't want to be you right now.
You might want to take down your entire website...before we do it for you.
Love and Lyte,