In catching up on the news today, I came across a pagan article titled “Who Would the Goddess Vote For?” Because I think it’s a little closer to our collective cultural understanding, I’d like to change the question to How Would Jesus Vote? The CA primaries are over, so I’m a little more interested in … [Read more…]

Wednesday Challenge: Mock Death

Happy Hallowe’en, everyone! One of the dominant themes of the holiday is to turn the scary into something safe. Often this is done by turning the scary into the funny or the cute: dressing children up like ghosts or monsters. Sometimes this is done by inuring ourselves to the scary by participating in it in a safe way: watching scary movies that we can turn off or walk away from.

Weekly Challenge: Sing!

I had occasion, a long time ago, to drive to Santa Barbara with a friend. We had our iPods (of course!) and traded off driving and DJing. And we both sang along with the music. Halfway there, I realized that my husband rarely sings along. This struck me, because, I am self conscious about singing along to music in the car, but only when there are other (strange) people around. By myself or with my husband: not so much. After I mentioned this to him, he started tentatively singing along with songs he knows.

Wednesday Challenge: Plan Your Last Supper.

It looks like I’m fighting a GI virus, so it may seem ironic for me to propose a food-related challenge. The (wanting to succumb to) death part fits though.

I had a little glimpse into chef culture today, thanks to Melanie Dunea’s My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals. Apparently chefs have been asking one another for ages, “What would you like to eat for your last meal on earth?”

OKC & an early Challenge

Living in LA, by most counts a hotbed of liberalism, I often feel rather conservative. I’m married, heterosexual, and I’ve never been on TV, nor have I such a desire. But in the few days I spent this weekend in Oklahoma City, I feel very much the liberal.

Wednesday Challenge: Astrology

One of the oldest “sciences” in the world is astrology. It operates on the principle of “as above, so below”, which is to say that the movements of the heavens affect the movements of people here on earth. The majority of it is probably bunk, but sometimes it’s fun to read a horoscope and laugh … [Read more…]

Weekly Challenge: Old Friends

I was listening to Gimon& Sarfunkle recently and one of my favorite songs came on: Old friends, old friends: Sat on their park bench like bookends. A newspaper blown through the grass Falls on the round toes Of the high shoes of the old friends. Old friends, winter companions, the old men Lost in their … [Read more…]

Weekly Challenge: Beauty

“We are surrounded by beauty,” I read somewhere recently (I think it was Rumi, but I can’t find substantiation for that), “Sometimes we just have to be in a garden to see it.” I thought of this as I sat, tea in hand, cats on either side, looking out my front door at a concrete … [Read more…]

Weekly Challenge: Fake Religion

At AX (that’s Anime Expo, not Armani Exchange) a few days ago, I bought myself the cutest little murderous monster ever. And I started thinking about why I like the fake religion of Cthulhu (see this treatise to prove I’m not the only one thinking about this in a vaguely serious manner). As stated in … [Read more…]

Weekly Challenge: Credo

While in Church recently, I remembered that, as I began to feel that I didn’t really believe, I left out the bits of the Nicene Creed that I didn’t actually believe. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even start the Creed anymore when it gets to that part of Mass (the only responses … [Read more…]