Moss, Mire

This week we're in Charleston, South Carolina, visiting the Angel Oak. It's considerably sunnier and wetter here than it is back in Pittsburgh: the earth is sandier, the blue skies paler, and the waters warmer. In the morning we went out jogging past … [Continue reading]

Eyrie of the Garuda: Meditation on Changing Relationships

Some time ago I was meditating on relationship and boundary-setting -- specifically with a friend who threw a bit of a fit at me. She asked me to do her a big favor, trying to downplay the size of the favor in the asking. I refused (reasonably, I … [Continue reading]

Rain, Wind

It's been a cold, rainy spring here in southwestern Pennsylvania, and though there are lilies blooming in the garden and birds clamoring in the yard, I'm nevertheless wrapped under two blankets, the windows are shut tight and the rain and wind are … [Continue reading]

The Song of Self

A puzzle: Do you exist? Descartes famously answered this one by saying cogito, ergo sum: I think, therefore I am. Is it true, though? Does "thinking" have to be attached to a "thinker"? And what is "thinking" (cogitare) anyway? For Christians, … [Continue reading]

Temperance, Terror, Torch, Torture

My old blog, the Word of the Day, is defunct, and I’m getting ready to take it down. Before I do, though, I’m going to repost some of the best words here over the next few weeks. Enjoy! Temperance Ultimately, temperance comes from Latin tempus, … [Continue reading]

The Pagan Knot: Why ‘Pagan’ Is The Perfect Name For Us

Scott Reimers over at Patheos wrote a fascinating post recently suggesting that 'Pagan' was an unfortunate name for our religion (or family of religions) and that we should change it. Why? Because, according to Reimers, it's not really a word for … [Continue reading]

Sphere, Spirit, Stone

My old blog, the Word of the Day, is defunct, and I’m getting ready to take it down. Before I do, though, I’m going to repost some of the best words here over the next few weeks. Enjoy! Sphere Sphere comes from the beautiful Greek word sphaira, … [Continue reading]

Sacrifice, Sacrilegious, Savior

My old blog, the Word of the Day, is defunct, and I’m getting ready to take it down. Before I do, though, I’m going to repost some of the best words here over the next few weeks. Enjoy! Sacrifice Sacrifice comes from Latin sacrificium, meaning … [Continue reading]

The Tie that Binds: a Meditation on Love and War

Why are people violent? Years ago, during a visualization meditation on physical violence (I wanted to try and get at the root of it, to understand where it came from), I found myself on a path edged with tall, tangled bushes. Their branches were … [Continue reading]

Poetry, Prose, Praise, Prayer

My old blog, the Word of the Day, is defunct, and I’m getting ready to take it down. Before I do, though, I’m going to repost some of the best words here over the next few weeks. Enjoy! Poetry, Prose Poetry began life as the Proto Indo European … [Continue reading]

The World’s Doctrine: How Nature Teaches Us To Be Human

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact. - Emerson Most modern religions have doctrine: holy books, sacred scripture, lists of quoted dogma from sainted heads, annals of kings and battles adjudicated by the eternal powers, recipes … [Continue reading]

The Roads Ahead

A few weeks ago I posted a survey asking folks what kinds of products or services they might like for me to offer here on the blog. Many of you responded, and I am very grateful to all of you who took the time to do so. And it appears, ladies and … [Continue reading]

Using Meditation and the Tarot to Parent Consciously

Today I'm delighted to welcome a guest author: Kara-Leah Grant, yoga publisher, editor, writer, speaker, teacher, and creator of The Yoga Lunchbox. Enjoy! New Year's Eve packed a powerful punch for me this year - I broke up with my partner of … [Continue reading]

Om, Pagan, Paradise

My old blog, the Word of the Day, is defunct, and I’m getting ready to take it down. Before I do, though, I’m going to repost some of the best words here over the next few weeks. Enjoy! Om From Wikipedia: OM is a mystical or sacred syllable in the … [Continue reading]

Survey: What Do You Want?

Dear reader, I've been blogging since Midsummer 2006 -- almost five years now. During that time I've moved three or four times, changed jobs, been divorced and affianced, and gotten a cat. I've written about spirits (evil and good), phonosemantics, … [Continue reading]