Music Monday: Wild

I love Poe because she’s dark and soft, like black silk; she’s always softer than I expect and darker than that softness prepares me for. I always expect her to be a hard metal kind of sound—like an Evanescence—but find a ballad or soft rock instead. And once hearing that, I expect her lyrics to … [Read more…]

I have always been free

I’ve been acquiring spider jewelry and clothes for a few years now, and I wear them fairly regularly. I have gotten strange looks but few people ask me about them (unless it’s around October, when I wear them more often, more of them, and more brazenly, in which case no one looks at me even … [Read more…]

Tembatsu

After the 9.1 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, my Facebook was abuzz with people publicly praying and soliciting prayers for Japan. There were also those who posted links to the Red Cross or exhorted their friends to text REDCROSS to 90999, but they were markedly fewer. It didn’t take long for people to start interpreting these … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Rain on Fire

This seems eminently appropriate for Mind on Fire: Set Fire to the Rain, by Adele. It’s such a wonderful, terrifying image. I set fire to the rain! And I threw us into the flames. When we fell, something died. Throughout, she seems trapped in a relationship that she doesn’t seem to know how to escape—she … [Read more…]

Music Monday: This Night

I. Love. This. Song. It’s more like spoken-word poetry with a bit of a soundtrack in the background, but it’s so beautiful, so heartwrenching, so awesome. I love the undercurrent of both sorrow and lack of regret: There are rules I had to break, There’s mistakes that I made, But I made them my way! … [Read more…]

a Broken iPod Touch

I’ve been working at the Domestic Violence Clinic for about six months, now. I help people complete the paperwork necessary to get a temporary restraining order (and, in some cases, a forced move-out order) against their abusers. I sit in the back of the court, interviewing and typing. I rarely know whether or not the … [Read more…]

Creation

I once read (and have since forgotten where or from who—please feel free to correct this quotation or provide a citation if you have one), that Creating is not something that gods do, it is something that they are. Elsewhere, in reading feminist interpretations of the bible (specifically, the time in Eden), I discovered a … [Read more…]

Worship

The Charge of the Goddess (a popular pagan prayer/poem written in the form of the goddess telling her people how to worship her) contains the following line: behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals There is much to love in the Charge, which reads as an affirmation of life and love and … [Read more…]

Lent

I think I’m going to observe lent this year. I remember hating Lent as a kid: I was forced to “give up” something I liked for reasons not well explained to me. That is, until I did the math and discovered that Sundays don’t count in Lent and Sundays are never days of fasting, so … [Read more…]

On Being a Steward

A friend and I were talking recently about her belief system (Judaism), about which I know a fair amount, but not many of the intricacies. One thing she mentioned, that was drilled into her during shul (Jewish Sunday school for those who, like me, didn’t know), was that animals should be fed before humans. She … [Read more…]

ZOMEGs!*

*zee oh my elder gods A friend of mine, John Jocelyn, just wrote this and I thought y’all would enjoy it.

Music Monday: the History of Rap

I have just downloaded substantially all of the songs necessary to create a playlist that takes this clip and turns it into a retrospective. Justin Timberlake seems to me to be an incredibly talented musician who also happens to pander to “pop” to make money. And good on him for figuring out how to do … [Read more…]