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June, 2009

Companion Animals

I’m going to say this quietly. I’m going to whisper this softly. Companion animals feel pain, feel hunger, feel cold, feel heat. They depend on us. Our companion animals may be descended from creatures that do fairly well in the wild, but cities and suburbs are not the wild and our pets do not have automatic ‘instincts’ that will ensure …Continue reading →

One Year Ends . . .

. . . and we are in a breathing space before the next begins. I’m talking about my year-long Art of Ritual class. We start the year on July 1st and end it on the last Friday in June. Our three students are outstanding. They are funny, intelligent, and generous people who clearly *grew* over the course of their year …Continue reading →

Why I Won’t be Seeing Transformers 2

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments. One of these involves a dog-like robot humping the leg of the heroine. Such are the meager joys. If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of …Continue reading →

Update Delay at Facing North

My car accident the other day has produced definite injuries — mostly having to do with sitting at the computer for more than an hour or two at a time. As a result, my usual Facing North update will be delayed a week.


On the way home, having turned into our complex, we were hit by another vehicle. My neck hurts. The hood  of our car is bent up on one side. No damage to the other vehicle. A big Nissan Armada had stopped on the   of an intersection, so we stopped (prudently on *this* side of the intersection). We waited a …Continue reading →

The Wiccan Rede Project

Hi All! My article/essay on the Wiccan Rede is now published over at The Magical Buffet: Comments welcomed.

Wallpaper meme

from elsewhere on the web: 1. Anyone who looks at this entry has to post this meme and their current wallpaper. 2. Explain in five sentences why you’re using that wallpaper! 3. Don’t change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on! 1. It’s called Brilliant Sunset. 5 reasons:  I love the colors. It …Continue reading →

When did the Celtic Cross become a Neo-Nazi Power Symbol?

from: Over a plate of chicken wings, he tells me about his path into the white-power movement. “I was 14 when I decided I wanted to be a Nazi,” he says. At his first high school, near Los Angeles, he was bullied by black and Latino kids. That’s when he first heard Skrewdriver, a band he calls “the godfather …Continue reading →

P.O’d at the USPS

One of my other roles is the editor of Facing North, a review site for all things alternative spirituality. Every month or so, I send out a pile of books and things to my group of reviewers. I have learned to always put a ‘delivery confirmation’ on my packages, otherwise they tend to mysteriously disappear en route. (I once had …Continue reading →

One Reason We Are (Still) Together

(driving home from work) J: I love you, sweetie. M: Aww . . . . I love you, too. Where did that come from? J: I just got the feeling your day was extra-tough and decided to send you some love. M: That is sweet, and appreciated. (I bask for a moment and enjoy the love. Mellow good feeling time.) …Continue reading →