Day of the Ancients: A Wizardy Father’s Day Message

On Sunday, those among us lucky enough to have fathers and perhaps even grandfathers still with us will thank and honor them with funny cards and beer and Amazon gift certificates. In no way would I ever diminish the importance and the magnitude of our living fathers and all they have done for us, but … Continue reading Day of the Ancients: A Wizardy Father’s Day Message

Spiritual Bullshit

Wednesday was May Day. You may know that, but you probably didn't think about it very much. It's just one more bright holiday in which we don't really get to participate in this joyless culture of ours. I've talked about this many times. We generally blow the holidays we manage to celebrate and skip altogether … Continue reading Spiritual Bullshit

Let’s Toast to Better Days (Yo Saturnalia!)

It is told in the old tales of a god who came to rule the land for a time. He arrived from places unknown, not with glory but instead as a fugitive. Instead of taking out his mysterious frustrations on the people through oppression, he gathered them together, binding them in perfect peace and unity … Continue reading Let’s Toast to Better Days (Yo Saturnalia!)

Celebrate – It’s Not ALL Terrible!

Even if you kind of hate Christmas (a sentiment I understand, having spent several years living it out), the absolute worst thing you can do during this season is fail to celebrate. Whether this failure is due to an embrace of the spirit of Scrooge or simply to our tendencies to go through the motions … Continue reading Celebrate – It’s Not ALL Terrible!

Days of Mid-Autumn Part II: Recognition and Gratitude: The Tree of the Ancients

Last Thursday and Friday, in Mexico and elsewhere, the Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) was celebrated with all the usual fanfare. It is a national holiday there, and everything is closed. The basic premise of the holiday, time set aside to honor those who are dead, is a very simple and ancient … Continue reading Days of Mid-Autumn Part II: Recognition and Gratitude: The Tree of the Ancients

Days of Mid-Autumn Part I: Recognition: In Praise of Beatification

As All Saint's Day comes to a close, it may be of some benefit for us to recognize the best among us. If you want to become a saint in the Catholic church, this is what you have to do. First, you must be dead. Then, a powerful bishop who is still alive, has to … Continue reading Days of Mid-Autumn Part I: Recognition: In Praise of Beatification

It is the Season of Death – Let us Celebrate Together

Summer is gone. Long gone. It’s over. The light is getting low. We haven’t even ended daylight savings time yet, and already it’s dark at what seems an impossibly early hour. The light is getting weak, too. Even the warm days that still roll our way have no staying power. The moment the sun begins … Continue reading It is the Season of Death – Let us Celebrate Together