Monthly Archives: October 2010

2010 Litany of the Dead

*created by Dagonet Dewr – October 29, 2010*

*As always, feel free to disseminate freely; I ask only that distribution be
complete. I also have noticed this year there is no central source for
recording the dead in the Pagan and Heathen communities. I am considering a project to address this; if interested, send email to
And as always, any omissions are pure oversight and my responsibility.
Please send any notable oversights to the same address, and I will add them
before this is posted permanently on the Web.*

The dead in political actions and wars – Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza,
Balochistan, Somalia, Mexico, and too many others.

The dead in the earthquakes in Haiti, Indonesia, and Chile; the flooding in
Pakistan and Central Europe; the heatwave in Russia; and all other
disasters, natural and man-made.

The GLBTQ who took their own lives in response to intolerance, including
Tyler Clementi. It does get better.

The political activists and journalists who paid with their lives, including
Farzad Kamangar, Ehsan Fatahian, Alberta Carino, Jyri Jaakkola, the dead
journalists in Honduras, Orlando Zapata, Flo McGarrell, Arun Krishnaji
Kamble, Ramin Pourandarjani, and too many others.

The bullied and the abused, including Phoebe Prince.

All the lives, human and otherwise, lost or destroyed by the Deepwater
Horizon spill and the Kolontar aluminum sludge spill.

*Those whose death went unmourned. Let us mourn the nameless here.*

Isaac Bonewits — Pagan; Author, Druid, spokesperson, apologist, debater,
mage, friend, and Pagan elder.

Brenda “The Campy Aide” — Pagan; long-time member of Thalia Clan,
Indianapolis, IN. “The World’s Oldest Postulant.” *Miss ya, Bernie.*

Tom Bosley — TV actor; Howard Cunningham on “Happy Days”.

Bob Guccione — Publisher; founder of Penthouse and Omni magazines.

Tony Curtis — Actor; Oscar-nominated for “The Defiant Ones”, “Some Like It

Greg Giraldo — Comedian.

Billie Mae Richards — Actress; the voice of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Edwin Newman — Television journalist.

Harold Gould — Character actor. “The Sting”, “Rhoda”, others.

Ted Stevens — Politician; former US Senator from Alaska.

Morrie Yohai — Inventor of “Cheez Doodles”.

Gary Coleman — TV actor; Arnold on “Diff’rent Strokes”.

Dennis Hopper — Actor; “Easy Rider”, “Blue Velvet”, “Hoosiers”.

Lynn Redgrave — Actress;”Gods And Monsters”, “Georgy Girl”.

Malcolm McLaren — Punk, impresario and band manager; manager of the Sex
Pistols and Bow Wow Wow.

Wilma Mankiller — First female chief of the Cherokee Nation in modern

Meinhart Raabe — Actor; one of the last surviving Munchkins. Had a speaking
role as the Coroner of Munchkinland.

John Forsythe — TV actor; Blake Carrington on “Dynasty” and the voice of
Charlie on “Charlie’s Angels”.

Alex Chilton — Musician; lead singer of The Box Tops and founder of Big

Peter Graves — TV actor; “Mission, Impossible”.

Mark “Sparklehorse” Linkous — Musician.

Henry Wittenberg — Athlete; wrestling gold medal in 1948 and silver medal
in 1952 for the United States.

Merlin Olsen — Athlete and TV actor; member of the US Football Hall Of Fame
and actor in “Little House On The Prairie” and “Father Murphy”.

Corey Haim — Actor; “The Lost Boys”.

Andrew Koenig — TV actor, “Growing Pains”; son of Star Trek’s Walter

Lionel Jeffries — Actor; “Camelot”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “The Trial
Of Oscar Wilde”.

Ronald Howes — Inventor of the Easy-Bake Oven.

Kathryn Grayson — Movie actress and soprano; “Show Boat”, “Kiss Me Kate”.

John Babcock — Canada’s last known veteran of WWI.

Alexander Haig — Politician; Secretary Of State under US President Ronald

Fred Morrison — Inventor of the Frisbee flying disc.

Alexander McQueen — Fashion designer.

Ian Carmichael — Movie actor; “School For Scoundrels”, “Lucky Jim”.

John Murtha — Politician; US Representative from Pennsylvania.

Karen Schmeer — Film editor; “Fog Of War”.

Zelda Rubenstein — Actress; the psychic in “Poltergeist”.

JD Salinger — Author and famed recluse; “Catcher In The Rye”.

Casper — The famous bus-riding cat from London.

Jean Simmons — Actress; Ophelia in Olivier’s “Hamlet”.

Kate McGarrigle — Musician and singer.

Robert Parker — Author; creater of the “Spenser” series.

Glen W Bell Jr — Founder of Taco Bell.

Jimmy Lee “Jay Reatard” Lindsey — Garage-punk musician.

Teddy Pendergrass — R&B musician; “I Don’t Love You Anymore”.

Art Clokey — Creator of Gumby.

Brittany Murphy — Movie actress; “Clueless”.

Curtis Allina — Inventor; the man who put the head on Pez dispensers.

Ken Ober — TV personality; host of MTV’s “Remote Control”.

Edward Woodward — TV actor; “The Equalizer”.

Eric Woolfson — Musician; songwriter and vocalist for the Alan Parsons

James MacArthur — TV actor; “Hawaii Five-O”.

Denise Borino — TV actress; “The Sopranos”.

James Wall — TV actor; Mr Baxter on “Captain Kangaroo”.

Paul The Octopus — Prognosticating cephalopod.

James Phelps — Musician; gospel and soul singer, “Love Is A Five-Letter

Lamont Johnson — Actor and Emmy-winning film director; “Lincoln”.

Sylvia Sleigh — Painter, “The Turkish Bath”.

Joseph Stein — Playwright; “Fiddler On The Roof”, “Zorba”.

Fran Crippen — Athlete; member of US Swimming Team.

Alex Anderson — Animator; original creator of Rocky, Bullwinkle, and Dudley

Marion Brown — Musician; jazz saxophonist.

Micheal “Eyedea” Larson — Musician; rapper and free-styler.

Barbara Billingsley — TV and movie actress; “Leave It To Beaver”,

Simon MacCorkindale — TV and movie actor; “Falcon Crest”, “Death On The

Belva Plain — Author; “Evergreen”, “Crescent City”.

T Lavitz — Musician; keyboard player for the Grateful Dead and the Dixie

Stephen J Cannell — Television producer; “The A-Team”, “The Rockford

Arthur Penn — Film director; “Bonnie And Clyde”.

George Blanda — Athlete; football player, member of US Football Hall of

Eddie Fisher — Singer and actor; “Butterfield 8”.

Rich Cronin — Musician; lead singer, LFO.

Glenn Shadix — Actor; Otho Fenlock in “Beetlejuice”. *A personal note; I
had the pleasure of meeting Mr Shadix at an InConJunction some years ago. He
was gracious and a wonderful conversationalist; a true gentleman. — Dag*

Vance Bourjaily — Author; “Brill Among The Ruins”.

George David Weiss — Musician and songwriter; “Lullaby Of Birdland”, “I
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”.

Michael Been — Musician; founder of The Call.

Bobby Thomson — Athlete; baseball player, “The Shot Heard Round The World”.

Robert Wilson — Musician; member of the Gap Band.

Gloria Winters — TV actress; “Sky King”.

Richie Hayward — Musician; founding drummer in Little Feat.

Dan Rostenkowski — Politician; former US Representative from Illinois.

Patricia Neal — Academy Award-winning actress; “Hud”.

Catfish Collins — Musician; guitarist for Parliament-Funkadel

Bobby Hebb — Songwriter and musician; “Sunny”.

Dan Resin — Actor; Dr Beeper in “Caddyshack”.

Lorene Yarnell — Mime; half of Shields And Yarnell.

Derf Scratch — Musician; bassist for Fear.

Larry Keith — TV actor; Nick on “All My Children”.

James Gammon — Movie actor; Manager Lou Brown in “Major League”.

George Steinbrenner — Sports figure; longtime owner of the New York

Harvey Pekar — Writer; comic book writer, “American Splendor”.

Tuli Kupferberg — Musician, poet, artist, and anarchist; co-founder of The

Bob Probert — Athlete; hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago

Allen Hoey — Poet; Pulitzer Prize nominee. “Country Music”.

Jimmy Dean — Musician and businessman; “Big Bad John” and sausage.

John Wooden — Coach; longtime coach and repeated national champion at UCLA.

Rue McClanahan — TV actress; “Maude”, “The Golden Girls”.

Peter Orlovsky – Poet; longtime lover and friend of Allan Ginsberg.

Jeanne Robinson – Dancer and author; wife of Spider Robinson, co-author of
the “Stardance” trilogy.

Art Linkletter – TV personality; “People Are Funny”.

Pat Stevens – TV actress; Nurse Baker on “MASH”.

Paul Grey – Musician; bassist of Slipknot.

Ronnie James Dio – Musician; Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio.

Aiyana Jones – Child; shot accidentally during a police raid in Detroit,

Frank Frazetta – Artist; known for his SF and fantasy-themed works.

Lena Horne – Actress, singer; “Stormy Weather”, “The Wiz”.

Robin Roberts – Athlete; pitcher, member of US Baseball Hall of Fame.

Edward “Jimmy” Gardner – Actor; Ernie Prang, driver of the Knight Bus, in
“Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban”.

Helen Wagner – TV actress; Nancy Hughes McClosky on “As The World Turns”.

Dorothy Provine – Dancer and actress; “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”.

Juan Antonio Samaranch – Sports figure; past president of the International
Olympic Committee.

Keith “Guru” Elam – Musician; rapper and half of Gang Starr.

Peter Steele – Musician; lead vocalist and bassist for Type O Negative.

Dixie Carter – TV actress; “Designing Women”, “Diff’rent Strokes”.

Christopher Cazanove – Actor; “My Fair Lady”, “Dynasty”.

Chet Simmons – Television personality; first president of ESPN.

Robert Culp – Television actor; “I Spy”, “Greatest American Hero”,
“Everybody Loves Raymond”.

Fess Parker – Television actor; “Davy Crockett”.

Nan Martin – Television actress; Mrs Lauder on “The Drew Carey Show”.

Doug Fieger – Musician; lead vocalist of The Knack. “My Sharona”.

Caroline McWilliams – Television actor; Marcy Hill on “Benson”.

Mallia Franklin – Musician; vocalist with Parliament-Funkadelic.

Kage Baker – Author; “The Machine’s Child”, “The Sons Of Heaven”.

Howard Zinn – Historian; “A Peoples’ History Of The United States”.

Pernell Roberts – Television actor; “Trapper John MD”, “Bonanza”.

Brian Damage – Musician; drummer for The Misfits.

James “The Rev” Sullivan – Musician; drummer for Avenged Sevenfold.

Erik Gates – Television personality; rocketry expert on “Mythbusters”.

Alaina Reed Hall – Television personality; Olivia on “Sesame Street”.

Oral Roberts – Religious figure; evangelical preacher and founder of Oral
Roberts University.

Chris Feinstein – Musician; bassist for Ryan Adams & The Cardinals.

Liam Clancy – Musician; last surviving member of the Clancy Brothers.

Robert Holdstock – Author; “Mythago Wood”.

The 29 miners killed in the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, West

The 8 people killed in the San Bruno, California, gas explosion.

Signal Boost: Tarot Reading

One item donated to help my friend’s financial situation* was a tarot reading by Melissa Tarot.

Melissa Tarot has been doing tarot and palm readings for 22 years.  She lives in the St. Louis area with her family and friends, and has been described as a ‘feminist, hippie, Pagan wackadoo’ – a title she bears proudly.  Melissa has been on Sirius Radio and often works with Catherine Chapman of Melissa’s Tarot Readings – I already know you want one.

Melissa writes: “My philosophy on tarot is that the cards do not reveal information that you do not already know (even if only on an unconscious level). I use tarot as a tool to tap the subconscious — your inner self, to reveal hidden knowledge, passions, fears, hopes, goals and dreams on the verge of fulfillment.

By asking for a reading from me you understand that I will abide by my own personal reading philosophy and no others.

I prefer to read in person or over the phone or via chat through Skype or google chat. By winning this auction you will be given contact information to  call or email to arrange an appointment for a reading.”

A typical reading is $45 for 30 to 45 minutes.

The item is listed on eBay for a starting price of $0.50 — please boost this signal and let people know that this BARGAIN is available and for a good cause.



Imagine having to spend $50,000 to keep your loved one safe from harm. My friend is having to do that after discovering that his ex-wife remarried a man who is a registered sex offender. He’s been to court three times this year to gain and keep custody of his seven year old daughter. If he loses, his daughter will spend time living in a home with a man who is a — let me say it again — registered sex offender.

A group of us are getting together and auctioning off items to raise money to help pay his legal bills. This is one such item.

Let me catch you up . . .

(warning: long post)

This is one of thew few times I wish WordPress had a /cut/ feature like they do over at LiveJournal. Oh well, you’ll just have to keep reading now, won’t you? Go ahead, get a cold drink, or warm one, depending on where you are. Maybe have a good *cough* pee while you’re up.


I had a (literally) perfect birthday. I took Wed & Th off which meant that my birthday vacation was six days long (Monday being a holiday), and I had plenty of time to do the various chores we normally do on the weekend. Laundry, cleaning, food prep, etc. Of particular interest to me was gettign the guest room set up. We were going to have our first guest!

My Dad had flow down to CA and was spending a few days with my sister and her family before driving a (rented) motorcycle up the coast. Becuase of various scheduling issues, he was going to miss my actual birthday and arrive Saturday morning. Now, he was leaving Sunday morning so he’d be here for less than 24 hours. I couldn’t believe it. He likes short visits, but this was a record! Nonetheless, I love my Dad and was glad h’d be here ’round my birthday.

Thursday afternoon J. arranged for me to go swimming with Sasha. I’d had a bit of a fantasy about paddling around with her but the water here is TOO DAMN COLD . .. so I altered my fantasy to swimming with her in a pool. Now, the PNW is dog-friendly, but not that dog-friendly. But J. found a place that does water therapy for dogs and booked us an hour of swim time. The therapist was a bit amused that Sasha was clearly a healthy dog, but quickly got our point and gave us a run down of rules and things to be careful. Then she helped me get Sasha into the water.

Picture a long hot tub/spa, one big enough for 12 people to sit in. One side has steps going into the water and the other has an underwater jet providing a current to swim against. I got in the pool and held my arms out and called to Sasha, who got to the edge and then stopped dead. She tried to walk around the side, but when we prevented her, she just got stubborn. You know sdogs, they don’t actually say ‘no’, they just RESIST. She was resisting with all her might and my 55-lb dog suddenly seemed to weigh a ton.

Finally I had to reach around her and pick up her back end and place her on the top step which was under the water. She looked less uncertain, but not really happy. I backed up and held up her water toy. With a look and physicality of “all right, but its a bad idea” she kind of hopped forward and — to her surprise! — found herself swimming.

Well that was just fine with her. Aside from trying to climb out of the side occasionally we then had a good time. J and I would throw her toy back and forth so she swam up and down. The place got very wet and we didn’t really swim so much as hang out in the water. It was fun.

On Thurs night we went out to Miyabi, a Japanese restaurant down in Tukwila. YUM. I love good sushi (the only kind to have) and had eaten at Miyabi years ago. But every time J & I had stopped by hoping for a meal, they’d been closed. Apparently we just had bad luck. Fresh (fresh) and tasty sushi. A nice selection of cooked food for J. Yummy sake and good friends.

Friday morning I slept in a bit. Then we went and had lunch at Wild Wheat — a favorite breakfast place that does a great lunch, but only M-F, so we usually miss it. Then I went and had an absolutely fantastic back, neck & shoulder massage along with a scalp and neck massage at Lemondrop in downtown Kent. It was an hour of heaven. Then it was home again and a quiet afternoon.  We had dinner plans . . . of some kind or another so it took me longer than usual to prepare.

This was J’s triumph. I knew only that we were doing dinner  . . . and that clowns were NOT involved. That’s it.

We left about 6:30 and as we drove across the valley, I ventured a guess. “It looks like we’re headed towards the water.” J. looked down at my shoes and said “Yeah, I’m glad you didn’t wear heels.” “Oh?” I cleverly replied. “We’re having dinner on a boat.” “Oh neat!” A few minutes later we turned away from the road to the Marina and headed back South. “Yeah, I lied.” “what!?” “Yeah baby, it’s dinner at Burger King for you, the one next to Blockbuster. And after you’ve had all you want, we’ll go to next door and any movie you want — even the first runs — it’s on me baby.”

I knew he was kidding, so he didn’t press that any further. We drove all up and down the Kent Valley for the next 20 mins. I was amused and absolutely bewildered — where were we going?

All was resolved as we turned toward SeaTac and ended up in the parking lot of Copperleaf, at the Cedarbrook Lodge. This is a lovely place to stay, less than a mile from SeaTac. It used to be WaMu’s corporate retreat . . . and the luxury details show how they spent their money. After they went bankrupt a group of local investors bought the place in the asset sale from JP Morgan and brought in a hotel management group to run it for them.

In the parking lot J. suddenly stopped and started patting down his pockets. Worriedly I watched him, then he smiled and apologized. “Sorry, hon, just thought I’d left the camera in the car.” We walked a few steps and then he turned me and kissed me. Very romantic, despite the setting. Also, a little weird.

The lobby opens onto the 2nd floor — a room full of golden wood and skylights letting in the golden light of the setting sun. It is stunning. We stepped to the edge of the stairs and I looked down — to see my father standing next to our friends Steve and Jen. I was overcome. J. said later that I turned 8. 🙂 I ran down the stairs and gave Dad a hug “You devil!” Everyone was laughing and I was just thrilled.

“Lorena and Graham are out on the deck” Jen told me. “There are two more coming,” J said ruefully. “Two more?” I said, “that would be Dan and Cori — he’s always late.”

My surprise was a lovely dinner with all of the Seattle people who have stuck by me when the chips were down. Everyone who didn’t just say ‘tell me if I can do anything’ but called and emailed and gave advice and came to see me when I was feeling up to it. Steve even gave me tips on how to go bald and helped me face it with equanimity. We shared all of the appetizers, and tried most of the entrees. The wine flowed and desserts was — of all things — a cake! (Yes, the chef had made a cake for my birthday, complete with candles to blow out.  He even came out to shake my hand and wish me a Happy Birthday.)

J. knocked this one out of the ballpark.

(But, now I know he can lie with a straight face! 🙂 )

Dad’s visit was (as always) nice. We went to the Ram for burgers and beer, then saw Inception. (WOW.) He left early Sunday morning and we had the gift of that day, and the next to just hang out and do what we wanted. Apparently we wanted to play XBox for two solid days.

It was a blast!

I had, in all seriousness, an absolutely perfect birthday.

Facing North Updated

Facing North, one of the largest collections of reviews about item of interest to the Pagan/ Alternative Spirituality  community has released its October reviews.

This month we are debuting a brand new review section devoted to tarot books and decks. Spearheaded by Elizabeth Hazel, editor of ATA Quarterly, this collection is starting small but growing quickly.

Added to our older reviews, are
The Deviant Moon Tarot
The Shadowscape Tarot — two reviews and twice the artwork!
Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot
Medievel Traumzit
Roots of Asia Tarot
Paulina Tarot
Legacy of the Divine Tarot
The Fantod Pack (Edward Gorey’s tarot)
The Rumi Tarot
The Pamela Colman Smith Commemerative Set

Along with the new section, we have our usual eclectic offerings:
Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination, and Life Beyond Death
Smoky & the Feast of Mabon — a children’s book.
Temples of Light: An Initiatory Journey into the Heart of the Egyptian Mysteries
Holy Smoke: Loose Herbs and Hot Embers for INTENSE Group Smudges and smoke Prayers
Runes; Theory & Practice
Arbatel: Concerning the Magic of the Ancients
Lodestone & Lady’s Mantle items — gorgeously magickal items for ritual work

Last month, we reviewed:
Housekeeping for the Soul
Daughters of the Witching Hill
Ariel & Electra: A Wyrding Lunation in 39 Parts
Healing Into Possibility: THe Transformational Lessons of a Stroke
Kick Ass Creativity
What to Do When You Can’t Decide
Hanuman: the Devotion and Power of the Monkey God
The Weiser Field Guide to Cryptozoology
Words of Power: Transform Your Life

As well as a number of music reviews.

All in all, as we finish our fourth year I am very proud of our work. We continue to add at least 10 reviews each month, all of which are honest and opinionated. The items we review vary and all are specific to this diverse community.