These are not "my" trees, but they're very like them.  By Soil-Science.info on Flickr (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service) (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

A Boy Scout and the Forest Spirit

My sense from a lot of other Pagan authors, of books or blogs or whatever, is that many of have had a more personal connection with our gods. Whether through meditation, ecstatic states, divination, or other means, it seems like every other person online has had some sort of numinous experience with one god or another. I haven’t had experiences of this sort, or if I have, I haven’t recognized them as such.

Words and Meaning – A Completion

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.

A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry into Polytheism by John Michael Greer

Solo Book Club: January 2015

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

a photograph of the Milky Way taking in Australia

A Multiplicity of Religions

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 and Meanings (a fragment)

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.

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On #GamerGate

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.