I struggle with personal, daily practice. But, I do have a small ceremony, developed over the last year or so, that I perform as the spirit moves me to start my day.
Words transmit meaning. We often say that they “have” meaning, as if it’s an intrinsic part of their existence. But, as we invent new meanings we, consequently, invent new words to transmit them or, sometimes, use existing words in new ways. Therefore, I say meanings have words.
Today’s writing (as “required” by my New Year’s resolution) is going to be fairly short. If writing code counted, I’d have already completed today’s installment a few times over, but alas, the slave driver who came up with these rules (i.e. me) is a bit of a tyrant. Author’s Notes The revived version of the
Ryan BellFor the last year, I’ve been reading an Ryan Bell’s blog at the Patheos Atheist channel called A Year Without God. Bell was a pastor at a Seventh-Day Adventist church for some time before resigning in 2013. Then, in January 2014 he decided to spend a year without god, exploring atheism and blogging about it on the site linked above. Now, one year later, he’s posted a retrospective on his journey, and I found one part of it truly fascinating.
Words transmit meaning. We often say that they “have” meaning, as if it’s an intrinsic part of their existence, but as we invent new meanings we, consequently, invent new words to transmit them or, sometimes, use existing words in new ways.
I thought I’d start out my first “real” post in 2015, i.e. the first one not about writing more this year, talking about the inspiring words of a Jesuit priest, Rev. James Martin.
With a new secular year comes new resolutions and a renewed sense of purpose. Or, it does if you’re me. Well, it probably does when you’re you, too, but I can’t say for sure.
I’ve always been a gamer, but the recent spate of verbal, and threatened physical, assaults on women in gaming bothers me personally and philosophically. I’m no longer willing to remain silent on the matter.
Throughout Pagandom, there has been a hue and cry over the idea of pop culture Paganism. Like many such arguments in the community, all sides of the conflict need to take a step back and actually listen to what people are actually saying.
International Pagan Coming Out Day (IPCOD) is an important call to action for Pagans to stand with others in our community who have come out but, just as importantly, to recognize that not all of us can do so safely.