On a scale of 1 to 10, how alive are you?

Seriously. Think of all the moments you spend alive, all the things you do in the day-to-day, as existing within varying degrees of "living" and "dead." There's no shame in admitting that a lot of what we do has a certain level of "dead" attached to it. I'll admit it right now, and I'm a … Continue reading On a scale of 1 to 10, how alive are you?

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Promise on the Way

The summer's trail swings low and then high, The Milky Way may be but a path to hell, Among enemies, naysayers, annum trevails by and by, Even as many remain who yet wish us well. Grand Sol beats down on pines, fields of green, The hills doth make haste to respond, All while mysteries flutter … Continue reading Promise on the Way

I refuse to say what this story means – try to figure it out if you dare

LEGAL DISCLAIMER. The following story is not a magic or supernatural story. It takes place firmly in the real world and in the present day. I can't explain the meaning of it to you, and I probably shouldn't even if I could. Whatever your interpretation of it is - or, better yet, whatever your gut … Continue reading I refuse to say what this story means – try to figure it out if you dare

A rare glimpse inside the mind of an insane, sleep-deprived wizard

Last week, I worked 25.5 hours in a 32-hour period, leaving virtually zero time for sleep. Just before leaving work at midnight, technically Thursday morning, I decided the best way to stay awake on the ride home was to find a speech-to-text app and yell at my phone the whole way home. I was right. The … Continue reading A rare glimpse inside the mind of an insane, sleep-deprived wizard

A Secular Love-Hate Relationship with Lent

Yeah, as the picture above shows, it's Lent again. If you didn't see anyone joyfully walking around yesterday bearing ash smudges on their foreheads, all you had to do was check out Twitter or Instagram to find tens of thousands of #ashtags and other variously tagged Ash Wednesday selfies. It was a little weird, I … Continue reading A Secular Love-Hate Relationship with Lent

Monday Prayer: That We Would Have Responsible Hope

May we find our positions strong, if only for a moment. May we catch a whiff in the air of liberation and deliverance only just beginning to emerge from the shadows, But may we take it for what it is and nothing more, May we not get carried away. May we ever seek justice, Yet … Continue reading Monday Prayer: That We Would Have Responsible Hope

2014: Stories of Common Folk, Joyous Expectations

And so, as always, the cycle continues to turn. We arrive at long-awaited solstices and we celebrate, we experience magic, we are granted revelations, and then at long last the special holiday season departs. In some cases (especially if you did it right), you may be feeling yourselves relieved to return to more ordinary existence. … Continue reading 2014: Stories of Common Folk, Joyous Expectations

Tale of a Lost Worker, Part V

Turns out, along the way, I seem to have written a novel. You'd Guess From Their Cries: One Heretic's Quest for Salvation is a tale told in three parts, and in gratitude and love I'm posting the second of those parts, "Tale of a Lost Worker," in its entirety, as a serial. If you missed any of … Continue reading Tale of a Lost Worker, Part V

Tale of a Lost Worker, Part IV

Turns out, along the way, I seem to have written a novel. You'd Guess From Their Cries: One Heretic's Quest for Salvation is a tale told in three parts, and in gratitude and love I'm posting the second of those parts, "Tale of a Lost Worker," in its entirety, as a serial. If you missed any of … Continue reading Tale of a Lost Worker, Part IV

Memory Lane as Viewed From On High: Highlights from 2012 Solstice Coverage

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