Last year, in a podcast episode, I read an email nearly in its entirety. Its author was to be my (then) three-year-old son’s new preschool teacher. Kellie knew her from childhood, the Waldorf community being the modest size that ti is, but this was my first impression. She was writing to introduce herself and also … Continue reading Together we Carry the Light
Even in my most cynical and misanthropic years, I could never bring myself to hate them Christmas lights. Just look at them!I acknowledge well that there are reasons, even if I don’t agree with them, to take shots at many of the other aspects of our varied traditions, but in all seriousness, why would decorating … Continue reading Get in the Glow
I keep catching myself turning into an old man. To be more specific, I keep catching myself doing and (most often) thinking things that a short time ago I would have attributed only to the mindset of a geezer. It’s worse than just being conscious of it, too. Each time I catch myself, I discover … Continue reading Being Anti-Anti-Christmas
Considering the fact that we may well be fast approaching the end of civilization, if not the world, we deserve a whole hell of a lot more celebration and mirth-making than we're getting. Collectively, we grasp for this in large part without any conscious awareness of the fact. There's this kind of foggy block just … Continue reading Making Sense of 2016 (Now that it’s Finally Over
New year's day might be a week and a half away, but the blessed sun cares nothing for our petty calendars. To the sun, the new year just started - just now. Happy 2016, everybody. Happy solstice. May your year to come be filled with blessings, May what curses come bring with them learning, May your joy … Continue reading Happy Winter Solstice – Love, Your Wizard
One Way of Going About It In the Emmy Award-winning drama series Mad Men, creative genius ad man Don Draper employs a very simple solution whenever he gets stuck trying to come up with an idea. First, he begins drinking liquor – Scotch – to start off the morning. By lunch, he has a great … Continue reading Don Draper Gets Drunk (Welcome Back to the Holidays, Part I)
Let's get this out of the way: like it or not, we are wholly defined by our relationship to the light of the world. It is accurate to state that the date of the birth of the Christ was (artificially) set in the wake of the winter solstice to coincide with both the Roman celebration … Continue reading The Sun is a Hero – and so was Jesus
Well, we've sure done our fair share of reflection in honor of the high holy week, and if you know our wizard, you know there will be more. Nevertheless, we'd best get to celebrating if we're to have any balance whatsoever in our holiday experience. With that end in mind, I enthusiastically present some abridged … Continue reading Memory Lane as Viewed From On High: Highlights from 2012 Solstice Coverage
"We all got up to dance, Oh, but we never got the chance, For as the players tried to take the field, The marching band refused to yield. [...] And in the streets, the children screamed, The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed, But not a word was spoken; The church bells all were broken." … Continue reading 2013: Just a Box of Rain?
"I can't help but think I won't still be at this job at the end of the year - which probably means I will be fired, because I'm not gonna quit unless something really crazy happens. It will probably suck, and this probably isn't gonna be the easiest year, but it's probably necessary in terms … Continue reading 2013: Clap, Everyone – it’s Over!