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Ostara 2012

posted by Gus diZerega

Ostara, the Spring Equinox, is always beautiful here in Sonoma County, California.  This year was threatening to be different because we have had a disturbingly dry winter.  The grass was green, but very short.  We were having to water parts […]

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question for readers

posted by Gus diZerega

My posts for the forest with qualities like Pandora and also the one mentioning Xango seem to have disappeared.  Anyone find them?

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I saved a life and didn’t know it

posted by Gus diZerega

I arrived early into Lawrence, Kansas, for Thanksgiving.  As I drove up the turnpike I called my old friends, Nan and Jerry. They weren’t home, and I left a message.  A short while later Nan returned my call and invited […]

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I will be in Portsmouth, New Hampshire over Samhain

posted by Gus diZerega

Are there any public Samhain gatherings around there the night of the 31st?

Back from the Yukon and from being hacked

posted by Gus diZerega

Yesterday I returned from the Yukon after being essentially cut off from most communication and definitely from this blog for the better part of three weeks.  Right after crossing the border my email account was hacked by an outfit that […]

Packing for the Yukon

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve been scurrying about and making lists preparing to leave for my big adventure starting this Saturday: the road trip of a life time to the Yukon. It’s been very hard to think about blogging.  I’m picking a friend up […]

The Future of A Pagan’s Blog

posted by Gus diZerega

You cannot help but notice the new title strip for A Pagan’s Blog.  Beliefnet is upgrading their headings, and while it is more ‘cosmic’ that I would have designed, I like it.  It seems symbolic of siome changes I am […]

New about this blog

posted by Gus diZerega

This blog has been quieter of late, though perhaps the posts have been a bit more in depth.  I have been taking a vacation from the constant current events reporting on the nihilists to the right because it’s become clear […]

Setting the stage

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve been taking a vacation of sorts from this blog, for the reasons I already mentioned below. I’ve been trying to find a way to do more than write “aint it awful” every day, along with the occasional spiritual Pagan […]

The moral significance of the contemporary right wing – a personal reflection

posted by Gus diZerega

As I read again about the utter nastiness and hypocrisy of America’s ‘conservatives’ now that they are anticipating growing in power I wonder what their spiritual significance might be at a personal level.  In so many cases what they do […]

Of Goddess faires and thumbwrestling

posted by Gus diZerega

Went to the Goddess Crafts Faire yesterday and it was an impressive and very enjoyable event.  Lots of good craft booths, some not as good, but that’s normal.  I bought Yule gifts, enjoyed talking with the artists and craftspeople, heard […]

Culture Shock

posted by Gus diZerega

It’s been hard to concentrate on this blog since I returned from Utah.  Really hard.  While the trip, like any trip with a 9 year old, was not without its aggravations, being immersed in such powerful, beautiful and peaceful land was […]

Hot Hot Hot

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve been in NY for the past few days at a conference on philanthropy, one attended by a variety of people in academia and the world of philanthropy who are in no way a part of our community.  I am […]

A vacation from the net

posted by Gus diZerega

Every medium of communication has its strengths and weaknesses.  Some of the strongest media have the greatest weaknesses.  David Abram’s wonderful The Spell of the Sensuous makes a powerful, and for me convincing, case that literacy helped sever our awareness of […]

A request to my readers

posted by Gus diZerega

This has been eating at me since Steven called me on it a day ago.  He quite properly criticized the rude and boorish comment I made to Texmom while discussing a post on Avatar.  My stupid comment was the final […]

A Meditation on Charles Koch, Classical Liberalism, and Global Warming

posted by Gus diZerega

This piece has absolutely nothing to do with Pagan spirituality.  It does have a lot to do with why I am who I am. Two low-profile brothers have recently been in the news as the largest funders of attacks on […]

Personal Reflections on the Existence of Chi

posted by Gus diZerega

A couple of days ago I came across two Youtube videos of Qigong masters using chi to perform extraordinary feats.  One, in which I have enormous confidence, is from China,  and was linked to by a man I worked with for […]

Individuality, Freedom, and Superiority: Returning to Ayn Rand’s Problems

posted by Gus diZerega

Because this Rand issue has played such an important part in my own intellectual and moral history, and because my discovery of the Hickman stuff helped solve a puzzle for me about the contemporary political right, I will answer the […]

Ayn Rand, the Philosophy of Freedom, and a Serial Killer

posted by Gus diZerega

This will be a very personal post.  I have just come across a very disturbing article: a description of conservative and libertarian heroine Ayn Rand’s early and passionate admiration of a serial killer because of his lack of empathy towards […]

Back From the North

posted by Gus diZerega

Back from wonderful Vancouver, British Columbia, my favorite city.  I got there as the last tourists visiting for the Olympics were departing,  parking was becoming available again, and life began returning to normal.  I was there for non-Pagan reasons – […]

Writing’s Woes

posted by Gus diZerega

Today was spent mostly reworking some chapters on my 60s, Culture War and Divine Feminine manuscript.  The advantage of coming back to a basically finished piece after a couple of months is that I can look at it with new […]

Back in Business

posted by Gus diZerega

Yesterday a poor crashed hard drive was removed from this computer, and a new super duper one installed in its place.  The good folks at MacAdvantage said I had replaced an economy car with a Hummer.  Most of the rest […]

Yawwn

posted by Gus diZerega

I spent all of yesterday crossing the country from California to Maine.   I’m taking advantage of a free ticket I got from being “bumped” on a flight months ago in order to be at my godson’s birthday party up mid-coast […]

Of Rocks and Ruins

posted by Gus diZerega

I have just returned from a wonderful road trip to Utah’s canyon and natural arch country in and near Arches National Park  and the Anasazi ruins in and near Mesa Verde National Park.    A wonderful trip it was, though […]

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!

posted by Gus diZerega

There is a wonderful thread on coffee right now over at Balloon Juice.  I know John knows his coffee, because like him I was a snob for Peets until I discovered Kalani.  I think Peets’ Major Dickinson’s Blend is one […]

A Personal Statement

posted by Gus diZerega

In early 2000 I had completed a manuscript on salmon and sustainability, learning in the process never to eat anything from a salmon farm.  I was planning another manuscript on forest conservation and some more articles on democracy as an […]

Anniversary of a Stroke

posted by Gus diZerega

This week is an anniversary.  A year ago I got up one morning, and felt a little light headed in a way that was unfamiliar.  For some reason I wondered at the time whether it might be a stroke, and […]

To My Readers: My Blog, the “Other Religion,” and Related Matters

posted by Gus diZerega

Meical ab Awen and then some others as well ask a legitimate question over my recent posts dealing with Christianity – why have I recently focused on the crimes and shortcomings of some Christians?  Would I be better off and […]

A Day at Mt. Tamalpais

posted by Gus diZerega

Saturday was Pagan pride Day in Berkeley.  Many dear friends of mine participated, and if someone sends me an account, I’ll pass it along.  But after much dithering one way and the other, I did not go.

Meditations on Florence, Italy

posted by Gus diZerega

 I am staying in an old monastery just below the hill town of Fiesole, a longish walk up the hill from Florence, Italy. Luxurious by the standards of those who long lived here, my small room has a single bed […]

It’s Morning in America. Our long national nightmare is over. But oooh, the hangover…

posted by Gus diZerega

I am sure I am not alone among my readers in having partied long and well last night.  What a wonderful day.  I know it is alwys risky to invest too much hope in a political leader, for whom so […]

My Articles Are Up Again

posted by Gus diZerega

One reason I wanted this site was to serve as a place where much of my published work could be made easily available.  Some hacker removed it a while ago and left junk.  It has taken me a while to […]

Merry May!

posted by Gus diZerega

(Thanks to http://www.mythicjourneys.org/newsletter_apr07_sutton.html) Yesterday was May Day – Beltane for us Pagans – by far the most joyous of our seasonal celebrations. For me it was especially welcome, because so far 2008 has been the year of the tarot card […]

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Earth Day and the Sacredness of the Earth
I think Earth Day is a particularly important moment for contemplation and commitment by us Pagans.  Often American Christian critics accuse us of “pantheism,” and in a important respect they are right.  We do find the sacred, most of us, in the earth without reference to any transcendental sp

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Instructive examples on why interfaith work is a good idea
I deeply believe the problems in our country are more of the heart than of the head. Here are some youtubes courtesy of John Morehead of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy on Facebook. They speak more eloquently than anything I can write that interfaith work is a good

posted 1:08:25pm Apr. 12, 2012 | read full post »

The controversy over Pink Slime - and what it means.
The controversy over pink slime is helping educate Americans to the fact that corporations are as beneficial to agriculture as they are to politics. Tom Laskawy put it pithily: “What pink slime represents is an open admission by the food industry that it is hard-pressed to produce meat that won’

posted 4:03:07pm Apr. 11, 2012 | read full post »

How the "war on religion' backfired into a war on women
Here  is a really good article by Tina DuPuy on how the Republicans got themselves into such a mess with America's more intelligent women.  Left undiscussed is how the extreme pathological masculinity of both their deity and their leaders made that slip so very easy.

posted 12:12:35pm Apr. 11, 2012 | read full post »

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