Words of the Day: Norn, Oak, Objective, Subjective

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! Norn A Norn is a kind of female spirit found in Norse theology, who can cause great…

Fiction and the Shamanic Journey

In a series of posts a few years ago, I talked about the function of fiction. What is it for? What purpose does it serve? After all, it’s all a pack of lies — and what’s more, it’s lies that everyone knows are false. In that article I argued that fiction’s primary purpose was to…

Words of the Day: Muslim, Music, Mystic

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! Muslim Muslim, and the related words salaam, Islam, and Salem, ultimately comes from Arabic salam, “peace”. In…

At Death’s Door: Thoughts on Immortality and Spirituality

A few months ago there was another breakthrough in geriatrics. This time, scientists were actually able to reverse aging in mice. The very thought of reversing aging has been considered insane for most of the history of science. Getting old happens — to animals, plants, buildings, planets, and stars. Bodies, like everything else, just wears…

Words of the Day: Medium, Mother, Muhammad

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! Medium Medium began life as me, a preposition meaning “between” in Proto-Indo European. A suffix dhyo was…

Live Deeply II: the Pagan Calendar 2011

Introducing the Pagan Month-by-Month Calendar for 2011. A calendar for a deeper experience of life. Experience Deeply. Seasons, Moons, Holidays. Attune yourself to the rhythms of earth and sky. From Wolf Moon to Flower Moon, from Epiphany to Lughnasadh, from Haiti’s Ancestry Day to South Africa’s Youth Day, set your spirit to follow the dance…