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October, 2008


Dark Lightning

I’ve disliked my tradition’s Samhain ritual for years. YEARS. Its got a vaguely condescending tone to large swathes of it, it doesn’t show so much as TELL, there are bits that don’t align with anything else in our mythos, and — worst of all — it is incredibly wordy. (Less of a problem in person, but online — deadly!) Since …Continue reading →

My Johari Window

The Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up. Which words do you associate with me? …Continue reading →

Samhain: Season of the Witch

The Season of the Witch – what on earth does that mean? Traditionally, Samhain (pronounced SOW-in or SOW-aine and which non-Pagans call Halloween) is the celebration of the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. The word comes to us from Old Irish word for the month beginning on November 1. The feast celebrates the end …Continue reading →

The Face of Proposition 8

I find this video and accompanying story scary, and very sad. The writing is WS, the video is very disturbing and therefore not absolutely WS. The power of the mob is well known, to see it in action is shocking. I wonder if I would have the courage to be so calm and take the video footage? Would you? Think …Continue reading →

Strength, Preparation, and Muay Thai

(this is sparked by a colleague’s LJ post — it’s locked, or I would share). I think just about everyone should take classes in Muay Thai — particularly anyone who believes they are weak, or helpless. MT is a dynamic, strength-building, flexibility-enhancing sport that builds mental and physical capability. Participants end up with the cardio workout of an aerobics or …Continue reading →

10 Commandments: My Version

ysabetwordsmith posted (from another LJ) the “10 commandments of Coyote” and I found them amusing. They inspired me to do the following: 1. I am the Divine; by whatever name you shall call Me, I AM 2. Worship Me, not My image. 3. My name — any one of them — is Sacred; to speak it is to invoke Me. 4. Keep …Continue reading →

Democrats v Republicans: Do the Math

This article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/business/31view.html?_r=2&em&oref=slogin&oref=slogin does a very good job of breaking down the presidential candidates economic policies. But this post (http://yaforobama.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2246335%3ABlogPost%3A8502) from Scott Westerfield walks the reader through the economic history of Republicans and Democrats. Its hard to imagine the difference being this easily seen, but it is.

Theme Changes

I know at least some of you are near-daily readers, and I apologize for the recent theme changes. Its just that I like to change themes seasonally. This time I ran into a hassle with the chosen theme (the autumn leaves against a blue sky) was missing a line of code or somesuch that I needed to run a specific …Continue reading →

“Don’t Pay Your Mortgage”

This is the best answer for the average person? Sure, your credit rating might be hurt, but you’ll save $1000s and get treated like a rich person by politicians. Why do I think this? Today’s thought-provoking blog post at wisebread, which relates to an article by Peter Schiff at the San Diego Union-Tribune saying just that. “Nobody likes foreclosure, least …Continue reading →

Weekly Silliness: Politics + RPG = FUN

Thank you thank you thank you somehedgehog for creating this bit of loveliness: http://somehedgehog.livejournal.com/245807.html (and thank you ysabetwordsmith for finding it) Worksafe, but your monitor might suffer from laughspray.

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