This post is the transcript to a sermon given on July 19, 2020 to the First Unitarian Church of Hobart at the request of friend, John Halstead. He read the previous post and asked me to participate in their Sunday service with a similar idea. Much was rewritten from the original, including the “future myth” […]Read more "Making Peace with Extinction, Part Two"
I am interested in how to transmit this story in a way that achieves the ultimate goal of all storytelling: to restore a wider, more adaptive perspective for those who adopt it. In that hope, I make this humble offering.Read more "Making Peace with Extinction"
We offered up the dead to God as thanks for all our power.Read more "Remembering Sorrow"
Recently, I got a DNA analysis done for myself and my mother to get a genetic view of the family history. I couldn’t do my father’s DNA because he still lives in Cuba, and is thus unavailable. This is my attempt at digesting what the raw percentages and data could mean. It is only my […]Read more "Decoding Heritage"
I’m writing this second post in a day (rare) because I was struggling earlier about my feelings about the different labels for the current geologic epoch. Many say we’re in the Anthropocene, as in the Epoch of Man. Donna Haraway has brilliantly argued for/against/with this, as well as the Capitalocene as the Epoch of Capital, […]Read more "Transcending Timelines: Concurrent Cenes & Blurred Boundaries"
Our (oft pagan) ancestors knew how to return to death, to lift its veil of mystery, and reveal the bone-truth of Nature.Read more "What We Find in Death"
After a couple of days of teaching the science of climate change to my 6th graders, I found myself wistful for a different message. In between the sanitized lessons, it was impossible to hide my perspective, boiled down to a single idea: lost hope. They, more than I, will live in a mad world of […]Read more "Living in the Anthropocene"
I have written and rewritten this post well over five times already, not to mention the tweaks and modifications made in my mind before ever putting into writing. It was the fever pitch of the 2018 Midterm Elections, and on the night of, when I thought inspiration was on my side, the crushing news for […]Read more "Deserving to Live"
This sometimes brilliant critique of paleo-archaeology’s blind-spots, and the resulting light it sheds into the prehistory of magic, can sometimes feel scattered and over-ambitious. But, then again, that’s commendable scholarship on the author’s part, rather than something to sneer at. I just wish he’d separated this massive tome into two volumes, rather than one. The […]Read more "Reviewing: Star.Ships"
I believe in magick–to a certain extent–and I also believe in the natural history of the world, so often devoid of the mystical. Here is my argument for the reality, and usefulness, of magick: For starters, we have to acknowledge that our current worldview is essentially devoid of magick. We might say this was the […]Read more "Arguing for Magick"