Seeking Strength

Today, the man who abdicated his position as “Leader of the Free World” through ignorance, ego, bigotry and despotism, dealt a serious blow to the world’s effort to combat climate change:   Today is also the start of hurricane season, forecast to be worse in every way, while the southeastern Florida coast expects yet more […]

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Evenings at the Night Camp

I sit at a crossroads of sorts where Clematis Street, in Downtown West Palm Beach, is bifurcated eastward. Cars and people stream by, enjoying themselves in necessary oblivion. Sometimes the fountain behind me is running, creating a blanket of white noise. In the February heat of South Florida, evaporation loads the salty air off the […]

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Learning to Shout

Read this closely, it’s not what you’re used to hearing: We are not merely spirits in a body. It makes no sense whatsoever to rely entirely on “otherworldly” senses to make sense of the world, or merely spiritual acts like prayer, when our house is burning to the ground. And it is.The only planet we’ve […]

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Genius Loci

The spirit of the land is calling out, I think, as the reports keep coming in from different corners and devotees. The ancestors reach forward, hold us in an ancient embrace, and whisper of the paths we could travel to survive the tangled webs, threads sticky and dewy with corrupt ideology. The sinews of the […]

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Legacies

The sudden passing away of a community elder last week was a devastating blow to many folks I knew. I may not have known her for long, or as well as the priestesses she taught and nurtured, but those times I spent with her were invaluable. She was kind and honest, a real person tempered […]

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Love is a Blade

When I was first coming up with my personal philosophies–my own Zen, if you will–I had great trouble with embracing the idea of love. Can’t say I’m much of a Romantic, either literally or philosophically, and I fully understand that love isn’t as wonderful as many besotted people would like to claim it is. Love […]

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Not a leader, so what?

After years of quietly, patiently, holding out for a pagan community, everything’s in flux. Suddenly there are handfuls of folks interested, attending meetings, sharing brilliant ideas, and ready to work to reconnect. I do not claim to be a leader of this thing, but I seem to stand somewhere at the forefront: greeting and meeting […]

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